Working Passover

Whilst millions of Jews celebrate Passover (פסח), I will scribble frenetically in order to finish my essay on religious freedom before the deadline on Tuesday morning. The blog will go silent until then, unless something very dramatic happens in the world.

Have a nice Passover or Easter holiday!

Before ‘La Bohème’

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It’s been a good day. I spent the afternoon at Malmö Opera where I saw Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème. It’s not my favourite opera, but it’s a nice, although tragic, love story in the usual Italian style—boy meets girl, they can’t have each other, but then, just before she dies, they realize that the obstacle to their love can be conquered. Sweet love and grim death, accompanied by beautiful music. I took the photo from my seat a few minutes before the opera began.

How the Homophobic Jihadists Normalize Hate and Defamation

In an article published by the homophobic website World Net Daily, professional homophobe Matt Barber writes:

Average folks have finally begun to recognize that America’s “progressive” power class of cultural Marxists and left-wing statists really intends, and always has, to subjugate ideological dissenters through abject inequality and intolerance, while demanding blind obedience to an anti-Christian, sexual-anarchist, socio-political agenda.

After this self-pitying victimhood, Barber moves on to defame gay people:

So, America, here’s a refresher. Homosexuality 101: The central, defining feature of homosexuality is same-sex sodomy, a filthy practice—both from a moral and biological standpoint—that spreads disease, ruins lives and mocks both God and nature. […] In short, these sexually confused and spiritually lost souls, particularly males caught-up in this lifestyle, can only “consummate” a counterfeit “gay marriage” through the squalid, unnatural and feculent misuse and abuse of both the reproductive and digestive systems.

The homophobes’ obsession with anal sex is fascinating. Linking same-sex marriage and male homosexuality to dirt and faeces is repeated in homophobic rhetoric throughout the world—from the extreme right of Barber’s America to the rallies in favour of genocide in Uganda. For these people, anal sex is the “defining feature of homosexuality”, when, in reality, this sexual practice is not exclusively gay. In fact, it’s quite popular amongst heterosexuals:

The report, titled “Sexual Behavior, Sexual Attraction and Sexual Identity in the United States,” which reportedly polled thousands of people between the ages of 15 and 44 from 2006 through 2008, found that 44 percent of straight men and 36 percent of straight women admitted to having had anal sex at least once in their lives.

Not that Barber et alii would ever consider these facts. To him and the rest of the homophobic movement, the sole purpose is to infuriate the public and legitimize hate and detestation of gay people.

By the way, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with anal sex. Many people find it disgusting, and that’s fine, but it’s a sexual practice as ancient as humankind. The whole idea that body parts are made for one thing only is faulty; and worse still is the belief that one can make moral judgements based on this idea. If anal sex were immoral because God made the reproductive and digestive systems for one purpose only, then it could be argued that it’s a sin to lick a postage stamp with a tongue made for tasting and swallowing foot. It would also be a sin to use your foot for driving a car when God made it for walking.

Shabbat Shalom

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Picture by Willy Horsch of an old Torah scroll from Glockengasse Synagogue in Cologne, Germany. Nazis destroyed the synagogue during the Kristallnacht on 9 November 1938. Miraculously, the scroll survived in a condition good enough to be repaired. The city’s opera house now stands where the synagogue once stood.

The Death of Internet Explorer

This month, less than one in ten Internet users used Internet Explorer, Microsoft’s web browser. Ten years ago, 84.7% used Internet Explorer and Microsoft’s arrogance towards consumers and competitors was staggering. Back then, everyone had to comply to Microsoft’s standards, now, no one cares about its lame attempts to neglect recommendations and standards by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Blake’s Cerberus

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Cerberus, a monstrous watchdog with three heads, which, according to Greek mythology, guarded the entrance to Hades, the land of dead. Here portrayed by English artist William Blake (1757–1827).