"Lame, gay and churchy"...
Abbott lame, gay churchy loser, says his daughter.
The headline for this article in today's Age, seems to suggest that Tony Abbott's daughter went to the press with this accusation against her father. In fact, reading between the lines, it seems that what really happened was that Abbott himself related his daughter's summation, in an attempt to show how difficult it can be sometimes for parents when they try to talk to their children about drugs.
That is an important issue, but not what interests me in the article. What interests me is the reaction from David Moutou, the "developmental manager" of a "gay youth support group" called "Twenty10".
David Moutou, said ''gay'' was not synonymous with ''bad'' and was disappointed it would be repeated that way by a respected member of Parliament.Quite. I know a time when it used to mean "happy".
''Young people in their school environment are hypersensitive to the use of words, like 'gay', with negative connotations,'' he said.
But wait a moment! Where are the disability rights activists? Shouldn't they be objecting to the use of "lame" as a term of derogration?
AND, of course, what about "churchy"?
Of course, being "churchy" IS an acceptable term of abuse, with all the "negative connotations" you could ask for in this day and age. Just ask Catherine Deveny.
I tell you, I am seriously considering whether to continue my subscription to The Age very much longer. I guess I will, though. After all, what is the alternative?