Friday, March 24, 2006

Some Thoughts on Bigotry

Commentary by Martin Kelly
November 24, 2004

This column abhors all discrimination against black people, women and homosexuals on account of colour, gender or sexuality.

However, it also denies the existence of concepts called ‘racism’, ‘sexism’ and ‘homophobia.’

The words ‘racism’, ‘sexism’ and ‘homophobia’ are rooted in Marxist thought. As a life-long anti-Marxist, one cannot endorse or approve of anything that started as a Marxist construct designed to ensure Marxism’s ascendancy by creating divisions.

There is a very much more suitable and ancient word to describe those who despise black people, women and homosexuals on account of colour, gender or sexuality. That word is ‘bigot’, and common humanity, not Marxist political correctness, should at all times inform the conservative to disavow and shun bigots.

Bigotry got a fair old outing in the UK last week. The Labour Party, apparently the spokespeople for the poor, put more rural poor out of work last week by using the most extreme form of parliamentary procedure to ensure a ban on fox-hunting in England and Wales will take effect from February 2005. One of their drones has coughed up and admitted that the pursuit of the ban was just good old-fashioned class warfare, designed to hurt people because of what, not who, they are.

On November 21, it was reported that in Scotland, a Catholic is twice as likely to be the victim of a sectarian assault as a Protestant – Catholics comprise 17% of the population. The Catholic Church in Scotland has failed utterly to evangelise its flock, even with the advantage of taxpayer-funded separate Catholic education. Instead, it has concentrated on sacramentalisation and mysticism –the epitaph of Scottish Catholicism will be, ‘They all came for their ashes’, while the chapels stand half empty for the rest of the year. For many in my community, the real religion is soccer, their church Celtic Park, where they worship at the altar of Glasgow Celtic, while the hawkers outside sell scarves describing the head coach as the ‘Messiah’ and the former star striker as the ‘King of Kings’.

One can elect to stay out of this marsh – however, one cannot avoid Scotland’s summer curse, the parades and dreary drums of the Orange Order, wearing their garish uniforms, exercising their right to walk the Queen’s highway while denying others the right to cross it, fluting away their hymns to Protestant ascendancy and the victory of William III over James II at the Battle of the Boyne, fought on July 12 1690. It says much for a country if some of its citizens think the last thing in their history worth celebrating happened 314 years before.

Sectarianism is an ugly bigotry that, in my town, still leads to young men losing their lives if the wrong team loses a soccer match.

Coming from this background, it was a bit irritating to find out that one of my articles had been linked to ‘Stormfront’.

‘Stormfront’ is a website for the white nationalist community. Although it’s difficult to write that phrase without falling off the chair laughing, it’s still pretty disgusting to think you wrote something of which a white supremacist would approve. My own thoughts on the UK’s white nationalists, the British National Party, were recorded in an article I wrote last year for The Washington Dispatch where I called them ‘a sub-Klan collection of rednecks dedicated to race-baiting and immigration control’. There’s been no subsequent change in position.

What got the tinfoil twitching under the Wehrmacht helmets of the cyber-Klanners over at ‘Stormfront’ was an article I wrote called ‘Jihad-Ache’. The aim of the article was to point out that the jihad of Islamists is still a force to be opposed. It is not the jihad of all Muslims, or of all people with brown skins, Pakistani accents and names like Asif. It is limited to a small group who have nothing but contempt for civilised democratic order - much like white supremacists themselves.