The World is a large place and many peoples have different ideas of what is okay and what is not okay. Take Sochi or maybe any part of Russia and ask yourself if its a suitable and friendly site for the Olympics. One would think a great deal of thought goes into selecting an Olympic venue, but apparently not. It seems we have not moved on from the 1936 Olympics where Adolph Hitler refused to shake Jessie Owens hand because he was black. If I was gay would I want to risk attending Sochi as either a spectator or an athlete?, probably not. Why put myself in jeopardy, heck there is enough jeopardy right here in Canada. It seems there is jeopardy everywhere for a gay person, some areas perhaps worse than others. At the beginning of the twenty century it was okay to hang a black man for looking at a white woman. In the middle ages it was okay to burn a woman at the stake suspected of witchcraft. In the Roman Empire it was considered entertainment to watch humans thrown to the lions in the crowded coliseums. Surely there is a message here, none of these things would be tolerated today by civilized nations. So why do we still persecute people who are gay. There is a common misconception where a gay man and a pedophile are considered to be one and the same. That is totally wrong, the great majority of gay men and women are good people and contributed to society equally and sometimes more than the rest of us. I think the common denominator here is fear, the Romans feared the Christians, the middle ages feared what they didn’t understand, and the white man feared giving the black man equality. I like to believe those dreadful and cruel wrongs are in the past. However, in this modern world with educated people why would we fear a gay person????is it sexual orientation??if so how on earth does that affect you or me???Why should two men or two women not live together if they so chose. Then we have the Church sticking their oars in!!(why do I suddenly think of pedophiles????) Bishop claiming he can cure homosexuality, ministers fired for marrying two gay men? Hardly the role tasked to Christian church leaders by the Lord Jesus. But lets get back to the Sochi site of the Olympic Game. Why chose such a place considering the prevailing attitude of Russian views and their laws? Surely its like recommending the Everglades for a swimming competition. And that is how I see the World this Monday Morning.
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