Another Conservative Shits The Bed

Hello, RCMP? I’d like to report a #BarbaricCulturalPractice:

A Conservative candidate in suburban Toronto is defending therapies that attempt to turn gays straight, having penned an editorial that referred to homosexuality as “unnatural behaviour” and heterosexuals as “normal. Jagdish Grewal, running in Mississauga-Malton, wrote an editorial in the Punjabi Post earlier this year entitled “Is it wrong for a homosexual to become a normal person?” He describes an NDP private member’s bill passed unanimously in the Ontario legislature in June that removed public funding for services designed to “change or direct the sexual orientation or gender identity of a patient.” Grewal writes in the piece that some psychologists blame a “shock” during childhood for causing a person to become gay, but that the change “can be corrected.”

cdnelxncircleOkay, one more time for the thick-skulled nincompoops: people are born gay. They don’t choose to be gay. That’s coming from both medical authorities AND the reported experience of LGBT people. Ignorant ideas like Grewal’s should not. Be. Expressed. Stop it. Conversion therapy is a failed idea and homophobia is barbaric.

At this point, what are we supposed to think about people who support candidates? Are they  racist? Are they homophobes? Are they assholes? I know Conservative supporters will bristle at my harsh language, but what the fuck are we supposed to think? What is wrong with you people? Stop supporting this awful political party.

Also: nice turban, Mr. Grewal. I’ve always been a vigorous defender of the right to wear turbans because I tolerate cultural practices when they don’t impact people who don’t freely share them. Besides, turbans are objectively cool. Homophobia is not.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

9 thoughts on “Another Conservative Shits The Bed”

  1. Just to point out the obvious: Mr. Grewal would appear to be a practising Sikh and not a Christian. It’s long past time that PD acknowledged the wide spectrum of cultural beliefs.

  2. Has this been edited? I don’t see anything in here to indicate that Steve thinks Mr. Grewal is Christian. In fact he seems to be making a cloaked reference to his support for Sikhs to practice their religious and cultural beliefs in the wake of the Air India tragedy (“I’ve always been a vigorous defender of the right to wear turbans”) when there was a huge racist backlash against the practice by our Old-stock ™ Canadians.

    Barb, sometimes I think you see things that aren’t there.

  3. kat, I sometimes think that you don’t see things that are there. The usual whipping boy for homophobia, or anything else you might name, is Christianity. Generally unacknowledged is the fact that Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Muslims, and Orthodox Jews take a very dim view of homosexuality. Going by culture/ethnicity, Asians and Africans, including those in Caribbean countries, tend not to care for it either. In a multicultural country such as ours, that’s a problem, even though we have laws that protect the rights of LGBT people (not perfectly, but then we aren’t Russia or Nigeria, either). It’s a problem that won’t be solved by advocating the suppression of free speech with which you don’t agree; nor will it be solved by saying “Hey, I like your turban, so quid pro quo.” Finally, if you’re going to bash religious beliefs, do it across the board.

  4. Can you quote something from this blog post to support your position Barb?

    The usual whipping boy comment indicates to me that you can’t. Also give “Wrestling with God and Men” by rabbi Steven Greenberg a read. You might be surprised at Orthodox Judaism’s breadth of opinions on the matter. It’s available at the RPL.

  5. Rabbi Greenberg is openly gay as well as Orthodox, and he is very much in the minority. His rabbinical status and his publications have been vigorously disputed by fellow Orthodox rabbis, who firmly believe that the Torah, with its clear prohibition of homosexual acts, is not negotiable.

    Proof of the “usual whipping boy” can be found in many places in the PD and the dogblog; it’s the prevailing tone behind posts and articles on what could be termed moral issues. Just because you can’t see subtext, that doesn’t mean it’s absent.

  6. In case you missed the subtext from the last comment kat, it’s: no, she can’t. Happy to help.

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