Stonewall calls itself an educational and lobbying organisation that works for social justice. A closer look reveals something quite different.
If you haven’t heard of Stonewall, it was founded in 1989; it takes its name from the so-called Stonewall Rebellion of 1969. In the early hours of June 28 that year, the police raided the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village. At that time, homosexual acts between consenting adults were still criminal in New York State; it was not until 1980 that its anti-sodomy law was struck down as unconstitutional.
As recreational drug users, certain young black men and many others have long realised, the police like easy targets, so raids on homosexual dens of iniquity were not exactly uncommon. This time though, the patrons of Stonewall had had enough, and the raid set off a series of riots that lasted for days. This incident also triggered the formation of the Organised Homosexual Movement, so-called gay liberation.
Not content simply with an end to arbitrary harassment and the right to engage in consensual sexual activity as long as they didn’t do it in the street and frighten the horses, politicised homosexuals and their left wing fellow travellers decided to take the initiative. Thus Stonewall and other campaigning homosexual organisations emerged.
The UK Stonewall organisation had a more parochial inspiration. For all her faults, Margaret Thatcher was a very straight-laced woman and a mother of two. As such she had no time for proselytising homosexuals, and one of the more visible and supposedly controversial policies of her Government was to protect the young from indoctrination. To this end, Section 28 of the Local Government Act, 1988 was enacted.
This states that
“A local authority shall not—
(a) intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality;
(b) promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship.”
Most responsible people including the overwhelming majority of parents regarded this as a good thing. Does any parent want her and even less so his son to grow up to become a practising homosexual? Yet that modest clause in an extensive piece of routine legislation led to a massive, well-funded hate campaign.
Incredibly, the rise of AIDS at about the same time, far from discouraging the homosexual activists, actually encouraged them. Two decades and more on we have gone from a blanket ban on teaching homosexuality to the indoctrination of the young, attempting to convince them it is a “normal” healthy lifestyle contrary to all the existing medical evidence.
Stonewall itself concedes as much; on a website set up specifically for the young it says:
“Britain’s gay and bisexual men are more likely to attempt suicide or self-harm, have depression, smoke, drink and take illegal drugs, their needs are often overlooked by health services which tend to focus solely on gay men’s sexual health.”
Curiously there is no mention here of the harmful effects of sodomy nor of sexually transmitted diseases, especially AIDS.
The claim that there are 1.8 million homosexuals and bisexuals in Britain is, fortunately, a gross exaggeration, but clearly the people who run Stonewall would like it not to be.
If much of the propaganda on the Stonewall and related homosexual websites is pernicious, some of it is positively laughable, like this article about gay-friendly architecture. There is an obvious joke here about certain public buildings, but let’s not lower the tone.
Stonewall has targeted primary schools with a specious campaign against homophobic bullying. The bottom line is that some kids use gay as a swear word. Earlier generations were not so polite, and parents regularly told their offspring “Sticks and stones”.
There is certainly nothing wrong in principle with even primary school children being taught the rudiments of sex. Without making them paranoid, this should include things like warning them not to talk to and certainly never to go with strange men, like the tragic April Jones; not to allow anyone to touch them in a certain place; and in this cyber age, basic on-line safety. Needless to say, like the physical dangers of unnatural sex, none of this falls within Stonewall’s remit.
Stonewall’s latest nonsense is directed at the misnamed beautiful game; some half-wit has come up with the idea of footballers wearing rainbow coloured boot laces, a campaign that is being backed by a major bookmaker. According to Stonewall, a spokesman for this august organisation said: ‘We love football but it needs a kick up the arse”.
Yes, he did say kick.
[The above was originally published September 27, 2013. Like its caption, the first image was not uploaded by me. The second image was (as was its caption) and deleted in double quick time. One small correction has been made to the article].
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