Money shouldn’t be able to buy the chance to hate on a global scale

My basic rules for being a decent human:

  1. Look after your neighbour like they’re your family, and look after your family like they are yourself;
  2. Be the person you want your neighbour to be;
  3. Don’t hate people, or generalise, it is a waste of energy;
  4. Some people are idiots regardless of any of their distinguishing physical or mental features and won’t stop being idiots. But never stop trying to educate them;
  5. Bad people are the minority;
  6. Smile!

Speaking of decent human beings, it is heinous that in 2013 countries criminalise homosexuality.

Anti-gay laws have been brought in by the otherwise totally charming Russian Government. With regular action man Vladimir Putin at their helm it isn’t massively surprising that the LGBT population have been targeted in the country. You don’t need me to list topical news stories about Russia’s human rights violations because it’s hardly hidden. If you do want to find out more though, Amnesty International have more information on their website.

Four Dutch tourists have already been arrested under the anti-gay laws and I suspect that many more will be in the coming months. This is incredibly worrying for the people of Russia and it is globally poignant given that Russia will, over the next five years, be hosting two out of three of the biggest sporting events in the world – the Winter Olympics and the football World Cup.

It can only be for financial reasons that the 2018 football World Cup will be held in Russia and the 2022 World Cup will be held in Qatar. It seems that FIFA have an absolute and neglectful view towards basic human rights, no wonder football is flooded with gay players…

Both countries criminalise homosexuality and politicians in Russia have suggested that gay supporters, and gay athletes, attending the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia could be arrested under their vile and disgustingly prejudice anti-gay legislation.

Money buys sports events, we all know that. In the developing world where the money should be spent on infrastructure and the education, health and welfare of the population, money is instead spent on letting beer companies make tax-free profits and entertaining the aging male representatives who decide on the next hosts.

Money bought the 2014 Winter Olympics, money certainly bought the 2018 World Cup. Money is getting in the way of equality.

No countries will be strong enough to boycott the Winter Olympics in 2014 and even fewew will be willing to boycott the World Cups of 2018 and 2022. We as fans of sport and human endeavour must though.

I urge you to sign this petition: All governments supportive of LGBT rights : Boycott the Winter Olympics of 2014 due to Russia’s homophobia.

Sport is exactly the platform to fight prejudice and hate. Politicians don’t shy away from using sport as propaganda, look at David Cameron and London 2012, so we should collectively make sure we use sport to fight hate.

Hating people for being different to ones self is truly awful. Hating for one reason leads very quickly to hating people for other reasons. Intolerance is unacceptable nowadays because most people have access to education. For the last 100 years education has been relatively widespread and yet people still stupidly hate.

Hateful views perpetuated by Governments, the media and individuals contribute to keeping the world ignorant to the wonderfulness of others.

Martin Niemöller – First they came…

First they came for the communists,  and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

Then they came for the socialists,  and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,  and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,  and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for the Catholics,  and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Catholic.

Then they came for me,  and there was no one left to speak for me.

Actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein recently wrote in the New York Times about Russia’s anti-gay legislation, comparing such laws to those present in Nazi Germany: “Although Mr. Putin may think he can control his creation, history proves he cannot: his condemnations are permission to commit violence against gays and lesbians. Last week a young gay man was murdered in the city of Volgograd. He was beaten, his body violated with beer bottles, his clothing set on fire, his head crushed with a rock. This is most likely just the beginning.”

It’s amazing how one countries haters look similar to other countries haters.

Selina, an activist from London, said: “I was at a demo against the English Volunteer Force and we were met by maybe 50 people hurling abuse and Nazi salutes at us. I am very concerned that fascism as an ideology is growing in the UK and this incentivises populist politicians and our right wing government to lean even further right.

“We need to fight homophobia and bigotry of all kinds because traditionally, fascism has risen from the ashes if apathy and financial hardship.”

Sadly, this isn’t just a problem in Russia and I refuse to believe that the Government have in Russia implemented laws that are reflective of the views of the vast majority of Russian people. You can find out more about the issues worldwide by visiting Amnesty International.

We need to all stand together, as a decent, modern society, and make sure that in the face of oppression and prejudice we are strong.

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2 Comments

  1. I agree wholeheartedly!Hatred begets hatred!If all we did was keep mum saying that it doesn’t concern us,where would we be as humans?
    Martin Niemoller summed it up very beautifully.
    As did Ella Wheeler Wilcox:”To sin by silence when we should protest,makes cowards of men.”
    You’ve done a great job by blogging about this issue.

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