I'll tell you this for free: I am sick and tired of the outrage culture. In fact, the outrage culture is probably one of my least favourite cultures — just ahead of raunch culture, but way worse than spoiler culture. And the thing that grates on me most about outrage culture is all the outrage — that's basically the worst part of it.
Everywhere, all we seem to see is people getting outraged. We get outraged over low medal counts, sexy children, and rude internets. We get outraged that we're all too fat, then we get outraged because someone said we're all too fat. We get outraged that our prime minister is Kevin Rudd, then we get outraged that our prime minister is Julia Gillard. We're impossible to please, we of the outrage culture!
And perhaps more than anything else, we get outraged at Christians. It's very fashionable nowadays, to insult Christians, to criticise them and shout them down and stick little pins into their arms maybe if we get a chance. And sure, bashing Christians is not only easy, but fun, so really it's understandable that we enjoy doing it so much.
But the question is, is it fair? Is it fair, for example, that our outrage culture has gotten its outrage on for Jim Wallace? I mean, let me remind you that Jim Wallace is a veteran of our armed services, which means he's at least twice as Australian as you or me, and can probably kill you without even blinking. And yet we mock and pillory him, simply because he's a Christian. Is that fair?
Because all Wallace said, cutting through all the shilly-shallying and hoo-ha, was that we will soon owe an apology to smokers for the demonisation they have suffered for their supposedly unhealthy habit, given that being gay is even more unhealthy, yet virtually nobody is calling for gays to be put in plain packaging, or telling anyone they're not allowed to light gays up in restaurants. We're remarkably tolerant of gays, Wallace noted, considering the death and destruction they bring crashing down upon our society. Is that so outrageous?
Now, OK, I will grant you the science is somewhat in dispute. There are indeed some scientists who claim that there is no absolutely conclusive evidence that homosexuality causes lung cancer, or that gays are full of tar, but can't we at least have that debate?
Moreover, Wallace this week received that most valuable gift of all in the scientific world: independent corroboration. Archbishop Peter Jensen, venerable Anglican statesman and spiritual leader for all those people in the greater Sydney area who don't have the balls to go full-Catholic, spoke up to reveal that his own research had revealed that being gay is, indeed, a major health hazard, but that nobody talks about it because of censorship.
Well I'm glad somebody finally said it, because if there's one thing I'm more sick and tired of than outrage, it's censorship. When will Australia stop censoring the truth? When will decent hard-working Christian researchers like Peter Jensen and Jim Wallace be allowed to speak their minds without Orwellian censors cracking down on them with their "disagreement"?
Well, the truth is out now: homosexuality is lethal, and a mature nation has to have a robust debate about just what to do about it. Should we ban gays? Or just means test them? What impact will this have on the resources boom? Is it ethical to throw gay people in the sea in order to stop them dying of gayness? What do gays actually do anyway? Doesn't it hurt? And lesbians, how do they work? All good questions, but first we must answer the most crucial one: gays or cigarettes, which is the greater killer?
Thankfully, I am a trained gayologist myself, and I am able here to lay out just how gayness trumps cigarettes on the deadly-meter. I hereby present my Top Ten (10) Ways In Which Doing Gay Things Hurts More Than A Bit Of A Puff.
So there you go. Now can we stop being so outraged, stop vilifying caring folk like Jensen, stop verballing plain-speaking folk like Wallace by twisting his words to make it seem like he said something fairly similar to what he actually meant? Can we face the facts of the gay epidemic, and reach out to these poor diseased people and offer them some help?
Because if we fail to heed the warnings of Wallace and Jensen, those poor homosexuals may live their entire lives having no idea they're so unhealthy, and I think we can all agree, that's no way to live.
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