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It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine

By Ross Sharp

It is the mid-1980’s and I am working for a company in Sydney’s Pyrmont, a record company. There is the pressing plant, warehouse and recording studios downstairs, and two floors of offices above. On the ground floor is a canteen.

The canteen is managed by a young man named Gary, an affable, softly spoken and gentle man of good humour, and he is happy in his work, he is content. He is responsible for most of the food prep each day, the hot meals, and makes the sandwiches during lunch hours, along with two others who assist.

Gary is a gay man, which is no secret among the staff, and appears to be of no concern.

Then, suddenly. …

There is change.

A.I.D.S.

The “gay cancer”, they began to call it. The wrath of a vengeful God. Punishment for our transgressions, our sins. It is predicted that cities will crumble and towers fall, Satan and his vile and corrupted clutch of sordid cacodemons shall stalk the earth, leaving naught in their wake but barren and fruitless wastelands, the flesh of babes in arms shall be ripped asunder, devoured, men and women raped in the streets, and we shall see darkness and we shall feel pain.

Gary’s in the canteen making sandwiches. He’s in the canteen handling foodstuffs.

A contingent of staff approach management to raise their concerns.

How they expressed them, I do not know, but I suspect it went a little something like this …

“What if he sneezes, or coughs? On our food? Food we are expected to eat?”

“What if he breathes on us?”

“What if he cuts himself and bleeds all over my devon and tomato sauce sandwich? How would I know?”

And so on.

The management acquiesce to these “concerns”.

Gary is transferred from the canteen to the warehouse.

One day, I return to work from lunch at the pub, and I see Gary sitting on a rafter in the warehouse, lost in a reverie, and from the expression on his face, faraway eyes, it is a sad reverie indeed.

I wave to him.

“How are you, Ross?”, he asks.

“Not bad. Yourself?”

“Oh. You know”, and he shrugs.

After a moment, I say to him, “I think it’s f*cking shit what’s happened. It’s shit.”

He shrugs again, says nothing, nods, and I return to my desk seething with rage.

I am not a gay man.

None of my best friends are gay, nor have they ever been.

Yet. In the course of my life, the living of it in this world, I have met many gay men and women, through work, socialising, friends of friends, friends of flatmates, and the only thing I can or ever could say about these gay men and gay women is this …

They are men and women.

If there is a “gay agenda”, they’re either taking a bloody long time to implement it, or I’m too thick to have noticed.

During my adolescence, my emergent sexuality, a sexuality I didn’t, at age 13, know was even sexual in nature, was not and never has been the subject of debate. It was not a “lifestyle choice”. It was not a choice.

My eye turned, with no prompting, no lessons in “decency” or “morality” toward women.

There was Peggy Lipton from “The Mod Squad”. Susan Dey from “The Partridge Family” (the only reason I watched that ghastly show). A little later on, there was Suzi Quatro. In leather. Oh. My. GOD. And, when Countdown (in error) first played Blondie’s “In The Flesh”, and I clapped eyes on Deborah Harry, my jaw dropped so hard, I almost tipped off the couch.

I wanted to play with the girls, although at that age, if the opportunity had arisen, I doubt I would’ve known what the game was, let alone how to play it.

That all came a little later. So to speak.

Decades after the A.I.D.S. epidemic, a residue, a sticky, mucky, thick and filthy residue of the gay fear and loathing of that time still persists in the minds of many; small minds, tiny minds, minds uncomplicated and untroubled by fact, truth, reason or logic.

Here is one example, a one star review of the film “Spotlight” from Amazon.com

“Just too @&(%^ PC. They let their wish to sell homosexuality as normal get in the way of the truth. The truth is, first, that heterosexual rape and abuse of children is at least as common in public schools and non-Catholic religious institutions as it ever was in Catholic ones. Second, the rape and abuse going on in the Catholic Church was unusually homosexual and committed by homosexuals, period. The data is overwhelming that homosexual men are far more likely than heterosexual to be rapist or abusers. Even though homosexuals are at most 4% of the population, they commit at least of third of the sex offenses against children. And, the Catholic Church was one of those institutions targeted for exploitation by gays and by child rapists (or people who were both). Check out the data from the Family Research Council and in Michael Rose’s Goodbye Good Men. This weird, childish film tries to vilify all religion, tries to sell a “traumatized” gay victim as otherwise normal, tries to separate the rapists’ homosexuality from their crimes, and bascially is peddling dangerous myths and mind games.”

Peadophiles. Polygamy. Bestiality. Perversion. Diseased. Disgusting. Queer.

Filfthy f*cking faggots.

To be gay is to be less than human, they say. It’s abnormal. It’s sick. It is an affront to God, to civil society, a self-indulgent depravity, a disease of the mind and a corruption of the body and of the soul.

So some say.

I say this. To those “men”, those “women”, so fearful, so full of hatred, of ignorance, guided as they are by ancient superstitions in a nonsensical fiction written by men in frocks, “Go f*ck yourselves with forty sticks and die of f*cking cancer”.

These men in frocks.

They’re at it again

“Australia’s most senior Catholic bishops have intervened in the federal election, warning Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten not to undermine traditional marriage.

Marriage and family are at the heart of a healthy social environment, the ACBC states, but “political decisions can end up undermining marriage and providing less and less support for families despite a rhetoric that claims otherwise”

“The fact is that economic decisions have been less and less favourable to families in recent years; and it may be that political decisions in the future will undermine further the dignity and uniqueness of marriage as a lifelong union of man and woman,” the bishops say.”

“A lifelong union of man and woman”, it has never been and never will.

I wonder what they think of Rupert Murdoch or James Packer, these bishops?

These defenders of truth, these moral bastions, so pure, so righteous, so convinced of their own infallible judgements, their Holy institution so transparent, so accountable, so just, devoted as they are to peace among men (not so much the women, especially women, or – gaspgirls in trousers).

I have no quarrel with religion or those of faith who find comfort and solace in their beliefs in times of trouble or turmoil, those whose faith is a bedrock, a foundation upon which they build their lives.

I have quarrel only with those who use their faith as a hammer with which to beat those of no faith, or those whose lives they deem to be … “wrong”, especially when it comes to matters of sexuality, consensual acts between adults, gay, straight or transgender, or the issue of women’s reproductive rights, of choice.

How dare these bishops lecture government, lecture us on how we should live, how and who we should love.

These bishops.

Are these the very same men, who for decade upon decade, cloaked the sins of their own ilk in silence and obfuscation? Are these bishops the very same men who protected the fiddlers on the altar within their ranks, the ones with children always on their minds, the ones who leave stains upon their garments and stains upon the souls and bodies and in the mouths of innocents, and who remain unrepentant, without conscience, empty, soiled, damned?

Would they had but one neck, I would HACK. IT. THROUGH.

I ask these bishops.

Your God. Why did It give us desire, just so you may use it to prove we are the ones depraved?

Go to Hell.

You bishops.

Go to Hell.

Reliable reports inform that Ross Sharp has recently purchased a new PC and a rubber mallet. Further details as they come to hand …


34 comments

  1. Shaun Newman

    Religion = delusion. I don’t know of a modern marriage that has not collapsed. I’m on my second and hope last marriage, with a lovely wife and a beautiful daughter. even though our little family struggles financially from week to week we all love each other, and at the moment under the current regime it’s us against the world, hoping like hell that Labor gets in on 2nd of July.

  2. Shaun Newman

    Pedophilia should not be categorized along with homosexuality, homosexuality is a relatively natural state, whereas pedophilia is practiced by twisted minds and scars a lot of people for life, it is abhorrent.

  3. DisablednDesperate

    Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.

  4. kerri

    Good article! I concur except for one small point! I have no tolerance for those who believe in the fairy man. Mostly for the reasons you so eloquently outline but also because their hobby should not impinge on my life.

  5. mlitzaha

    Who cares. These “Bishops” have no power here. And they know it.

  6. Shaun Newman

    That’s a bloody good yarn Ross. One thing we don’t have diapers in Australia, we have nappies. I don’t like these yank terms creeping into our language, otherwise it was a bloody good read.

  7. diannaart

    “These bishops” – if god is at all bothered, it continues to do absolutely f^ckall.

    Which is not all surprising given that the god of the bishops does not, never has and never will actually exist.

  8. Anomander

    According to the evangelical ranters in the US and here, the gays are responsible for all manner of storms, tempest, the flooding of New Orleans and all the major environmental crises that happen around the world.

    Should we really be making them angry?

  9. Matters Not

    According to the evangelical ranters in the US and here, the gays are responsible for all manner of storms, tempest, the flooding of New Orleans and all the major environmental crises that happen around the world.

    How wrong can they be? Everyone knows it’s the fault of Islam and its adherents. 😈

  10. Adrianne Haddow

    Great article, Ross

    I only wish these bishops would use their ‘influence’ to push for peace in the Middle East, freedom for the asylum seekers locked up in Australia’s off-shore gulags, an end to the avarice of the corporations presently misgoverning Australia, justice for the lives that pedophiles and rapists have blighted, affordable medical treatment for the sick, and relief for the homeless who survive on our streets, rather than worrying about the “threat” to traditional marriage ( if there is such a thing.)

  11. Anomander

    I have some very close friends who are gay. They are in a loving long-term relationship, and our medical technology has afforded them the opportunity to have three beautiful children.

    Those children will be raised in a loving family, surrounded by supportive friends and extended family, by parents who are highly educated with good paying jobs, and they will be afforded every opportunity their parents can give them – far more than most.

    In truth, this couple are no different to any other straight couple in Australia. Why should they be treated any differently or denied the opportunity to marry, just because the concept may offend some moron’s mythical god.

  12. Jaq

    I hate this government, and the stupidity of people too fearful to stick their stupid noses out of their holes to see how they are dehumanising certain people in our society, be it gay, Muslim or poor, scarred with a mental illness, appearing on national TV to ask a question.
    And Catholic/ priests, bishops, cardinals, and Popes?
    Don’t get me started.

    Are the charitable, compassionate, intelligent people so thin on the ground here now?

  13. @RosemaryJ36

    I find it interesting that a significant number of self-proclaimed Christians (most of whom I personally think Christ would not accept as following in his footsteps) are Catholic yet our founding fathers belonged, as does the Queen, to the Church of England – which is significantly less dogmatic in sexual matters and whose clergymen (AND women!) can and do marry!

  14. ImagiNation

    Marriage? Find someone you hate and give them a house? No thank you. The best spouse to have is someone else’s.

  15. Michael

    Religion = a human construct
    Why?

  16. JonL

    I knew my younger son was “different”, about 30 secs after he was born. When I found out 18 yrs later he was gay, boy was I relieved! They are born that way, it’s not a choice!. Live with it and get on to more important things in life……

  17. Ross Sharp

    @JonL – I’ll drink to that.

  18. Johnathan123

    Catholics aren’t Christians, they are Catholic. Christians worship Jesus, Catholics worship his mum.

  19. Johnathan123

    Interestingly, gay and christian often end up in the same conversations. If Mary was a virgin does that mean Joseph was gay? Did Mary have an affair and invent a cover people believed for 2000 years?

  20. jim

    When God arrives the first thing I’ll say is “now then,which one are you? ” as if, …….Stumbled upon this site ,oh how screwed are we all.

    The federal Parliamentary Christian Fellowship organises regular prayer breakfasts – which are addressed by invited ministers and last year a Christian chaplain was appointed to the Parliament. In 1993 a Parliamentary Prayer Network was established for people to gather and pray in Parliament House. This group has a schools program which links Christian schools with members and Senators. And you can contact them if you are interested in upcoming elections – not their own but state and federal government elections. In 2005 the Parliamentary Prayer Network hosted a two-day conference in the great hall of Parliament House – a conference on https://www.rationalist.com.au/religion-and-politics-opportunity-or-threat/the theme of ‘Prayer, Nations and Government’, which included church services. The guest speaker at that conference was Texan prophet Cindy Jacobs who believes that Christians must take over the world through its governments, exhorts Christians to train their children for martyrdom on the mission field in the final clash of civilizations and has prophesied that Australia will become a theocracy.

    “Christians must take over the world through its governments” [Cindy Jacobs, Texan prophet] I’d say the Liberals are riddled by such folks……………………………………………………………………..Funding changes under the Howard Government have substantially increased taxpayer money for non­-government schools, the majority of which are church­ based. In the past few years churches were actively encouraged to tender for contracts to provide counselling in custody disputes under the new Family Law Act; and earlier this year church run services were encouraged to bid for new government monies to provide pregnancy and abortion counselling services. And just last month Mr Costello was calling on the churches to become more involved in providing child care.

  21. diannaart

    Whether Christians or Catholics worship Jesus or his mum – they all worship a Jew.

    Christianity wasn’t actually a word until Paul had his enlightening walk along to Damascus – I may be incorrect, but between 150 to 200 years passed before the Jesus/Mary worshipers had a legitimate name and acceptance in Rome.

    Every time some Christian bangs on about the Sermon on the Mount – I recall the orator was Jewish – not a Christian in sight (if this sermon was ever spoken by just one man,ever).

    🙂

  22. Matters Not

    recall the orator was Jewish

    Yep! And of ‘middle eastern’ appearance. Not ‘white’. Further, he probably orated in Aramaic, (and knew Hebrew as well). 😱

    If he had come to modern day Australia even by ‘walking across the waters’, he would’ve been sent to Manus. 💀

    Even those who perform ‘miracles’ do not qualify.

  23. jimhaz

    [Did Mary have an affair and invent a cover people believed for 2000 years?]

    The most likely scenario is that it was made up later on to give her some sort of mysticism.

    Plenty of other religious based virgin births existed prior to The Impossibility.

    http://www.hope-of-israel.org/originsVBmyth.html

  24. ImagiNation

    Matters Not if he had come to modern day Australia the feminists would have castrated him for saying god was a man.

  25. ImagiNation

    Misogyny, misogyny, beat ya, ha ha.

  26. John Mayor

    THE GAY/ LESBIAN AGENDA FREQUENTLY POSES AS A TRANSGENDERED AGENDA (and… the Gay/ Lesbian Agenda, and the Transgendered Agenda, not to be confused with the “Gay/ Lesbian Transexual Agenda”, and the “Gay/ Lesbian Transexual Gender Re-assignment Surgery Agenda”!… which are other matters, altogether!)!
    ___________________

    NEW PARA/ SPACE

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    ALL GAYS/ LESBIANS WERE NOT SIMPLY “BORN THAT WAY”!… AND!… JUST AS ALL TRANSEXUALS WERE NOT “BORN THAT WAY”!

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    NEW PARA/ SPACE

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    Such thinking, would suggest that there’s no such thing as “FREE WILL”/ “CHOICE” when it comes to sexual orientation (the TRULY TRANSGENDERED, being the exception to this!)! And again!… not to be confused with those who are transexual!… or!… transexuals who have “CHOSEN” “Gender Re-assignment Surgery (AND!… DESPITE EVIDENCE OF ANY PROVEN BIOLOGICAL/ GENETIC PREDISPOSITION TO BEING “BORN THAT WAY”!… AND POSSESSING A TRULY “TRANSGENDERED BIO-SEXUAL ORIENTATION”!)”!

    ___________________

    NEW PARA/ SPACE

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    THE RATIONALE FOR “TRANSGENDERED GENDER RE-ASSIGNMENT SURGERY” IS NOT SYNONYMOUS!… AND IS NOT TO BE MADE SYNONYMOUS!… WITH “GAY/ LESBIAN TRANSEXUAL GENDER RE-ASSIGNMENT SURGERY”!

    ___________________

    NEW PARA/ SPACE

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    For!… it’s one thing for a six year old boy to want to cut off his genitals due to an overwhelming biological (hormonal) tendency to femininity!… but!… it’s quite another issue, to do so, based on a series of “familially-based, peer-based, or socially-based behavioral influences (and!… on many occasions!… due to incidents of ‘incest-based, peer-based, or stranger-based SEXUAL ABUSE’!– whether as children, and/ or, as adults!)”!

    ___________________

    NEW PARA/ SPACE

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    So… the question, is:… are you “coming out” to reveal your gay/ lesbian “CHOICE” OF ORIENTATION (i.e., a “CHOICE” based on whatever “NURTURE-BASED/ non-biological” circumstances may have led you to your resolve!)!… or!… are you anxious to end the REAL MENTAL/ EMOTIONAL PAIN of hiding a TRULY “BIOLOGICALLY-BASED CONDITION” THAT YOU HAVE HAD– HAVE!– NO CONTROL OVER (AND WHICH MAY HAVE LED YOU– IS LEADING YOU!– TO THE POINT OF SELF-HARM!… OR!– WORSE!… SUICIDE!)?

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    NEW PARA/ SPACE

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    If it’s the former… fine!… THAT’S YOUR “CHOICE”!… BUT (and… if it was your “FREE CHOICE”!), DON’T THEN, HAVE YOURSELF– AND/ OR US!– BELIEVE, THAT YOUR DECISION TO COME FORWARD WAS BASED ON SOME BIOLOGICAL/ GENETIC PRECONDITION THAT “PREEMPTED” YOUR “TRUE DECISIONMAKING (I.E., THAT YOU WERE ‘BORN THAT WAY’!… OR HAD NO ‘FREE CHOICE’ IN THE MATTER!)”! AND!… IF YOUR “WOULD-BE CHOICE” WAS “PREEMPTED” BY WAY OF SOMEONE ELSE’S MANIPULATION OF YOUR “FREE WILL (E.G., BY WAY OF AN ABUSER!)”!… AND, YOU’VE SUFFERED– AND/ OR ARE SUFFERING!– MENTAL/ EMOTIONAL PAIN AS A RESULT OF SOMEONE ELSE’S PAST– AND/ OR PRESENT!– MANIPULATION OF YOUR OTHERWISE “FREE WILL”!… THAT MANIPULATION DOES NOT EQUATE TO BEING “BORN THAT WAY”! AND SO!… AND AS SUCH!… YOU MUST BEGIN TO SORT OUT– HONESTLY!– WHAT HAS HAPPENED (AND/ OR IS HAPPENING!) TO YOU!… AND TO SEEK TO EITHER ACCEPT A TRULY “TRANSGENDERED STATE”!… OR!… SEEK TO ESTABLISH WHETHER YOUR “WILL” IN YOUR SEXUAL ORIENTATION, WAS “PREEMPTED”– AND/ OR IS BEING “PREEMPTED”!– BY ANOTHER, OR OTHERS!… OR NOT!

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    NEW PARA/ SPACE

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    As for “BATHROOM LAWS”!… a “THIRD BATHROOM”!– AND DESPITE THE COSTS, AND DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS!– would be a wiser solution, than pitting hetero males and females (adults, or children!) against the transgendered, and/ or gays, or lesbians! And to offset the costs for “The Third Bathroom (an excellent title for a movie… starring whoever! And wherein!… a gay, and lesbian meet– and fall in love!)”, I’d suggest, Crowdfunding campaigns!… and/ or!… the proceeds, from a movie!

    ___________________

    NEW PARA/ SPACE

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    Please!… no emails!

  27. Matters Not

    ImagiNation, as an avowed feminist of long standing and an atheist to boot, I fail to see your point. As for the laughter, again I fail to see your point.

    Please explain. 🖕

  28. diannaart

    As I am fast losing interest, due to subsequent attempts at conversation derailing, I will simply point out that Muhammad was a Jew as well.

    Of course Christians are the only right ones, Jews are the only right ones, Muslims are the only right ones… go figure…

    … they are all, mostly likely, fabrications – because that makes the most sense.

    😉

  29. ImagiNation

    I’m sure you do….

  30. Ross Sharp

    @John Mayor – Now there’s a well thought out, reasoned and logical argument if ever I’ve read one.

    Keep up the good work, lad.

    NEW PARA/ SPACE

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