Too many liberals demonstrating an illiberal phobia for open debate 

your say July 17, 2018 01:00

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Re: “Hypocrisy a hallmark of LGBT activism”, Have Your Say, yesterday.

Although I have in the past crossed swords with Nigel Pike on a number of issues, I do agree with him on the matter of “gay conversion therapy”. He exposes most effectively the utter hypocrisy of those who oppose this treatment. If some people wish to rid themselves of what they think may be an inclination towards homosexuality, then that should be a matter for them alone to decide, and it should certainly be no business of the law to intervene.

I was irritated to note that Simon Ordsall accused Mr Pike of “homophobia” – yet another example of the increasingly reckless and indiscriminate use of this recently concocted term to shut down anyone who dares to question the “liberal” interpretation of sexual identity and orientation. Most dictionaries define a phobia as “an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something”, but one does not have to be in such an agitated state about homosexuality in order to be tagged with this now toxic term. Even the mildest and most carefully expressed view that homosexuality might not be quite in accordance with the natural order of things will see one denounced as a “homophobe”.

It seems that nowadays those espousing “liberal” or “progressive” views are only liberal in outlook as long as you agree with them, otherwise you will be denounced and harassed in a most illiberal manner. It’s a funny old world, and getting funnier and weirder by the day.

Robin Grant