A recent report has said that lesbian, gay and bisexual people in the UK meet prejudice at every level of society. How true is this? I would say totally true, and to a certain extent always will be.
I say this because it is so with everything. Some people with ginger hair still face prejudice, as do rather small people, like myself. Of course, this may not seem as fundamental a prejudice, but this fact holds an important message.
I am a great believer in freedom and equality for all.
This is my belief regardless of who, or what, they are, and I would defend the rights of anyone. But a degree of prejudice is endemic within any society.
This is a factor that people who fight for the rights of any group find hard to accept. Hence, when the fight for freedom begins, it is heroic and good. Eventually, and slowly, equality comes before the law.
But so often, it falters.
When the impregnable barrier of die-hard prejudice is encountered, the message begins to change. Becomes more fundamental. Become more absolute. And I always worry that, when this happens, the message begins to turn the silent majority who have already been won over.
If we take political correctness today, at one time it was a noble cause that I supported. But in recent years, it has led to a degradation of free speech that is not only appalling, but will end up annoying people to such an extent that mass prejudice will eventually return.
© Anthony North, April 2008
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