The head of FIFA is amused by the plight of gay people in Qatar, where his organisation will be holding the 2022 World Cup:
FIFA boss Sepp Blatter has joked that gay people ‘should refrain from sexual activities’ at the 2022 Qatar World Cup…
He was asked what he would say to gay football fans who want to go to Qatar for the 2022 competition, given that homosexuality is banned in the Middle East country.
Grinning, he said: ‘I would say they should refrain from any sexual activities.’
Ha ha, they lock them up for their sexuality. It’s funny because it’s a monstrous violation of their human rights. LOL.
Are the footballing nations of the world happy with this, or preparing action to redress this problem as we speak? Please tell me it’s the latter.
And it’ll be interesting to see how Qatar applies and FIFA responds the country’s alcohol laws…
ELSEWHERE: A staggeringly moronic slippery slope argument from Bolt, suggesting if we have gay marriage, why not incest?
The same argument could be made against heterosexual marriage, of course. Or anything Bolt champions – eg, if we’re going to reintroduce the Pacific Solution to deter asylum seekers, why not actively sink their boats? That’d deter them more, surely.
It’s just a profoundly illogical argument. I’m arguing for marriage equality, an argument whose opponents have not been able to come up with a rational case against it. So I don’t have any strong arguments for or against incest – if it harms people, then I’m against it; if not, maybe not. If Bolt has some such points to make, then he should present them. (He won’t, of course, because then it’d be immediately obvious why they don’t apply to gay marriage and why it’s a completely different argument.)
UPDATE (18/12): Blatter’s apologised, although he doesn’t appear to have any strategies in mind for making things safer at the World Cup for the gay football fans whose plight he found so amusing.
UPDATE (19/12): I should’ve included this blunt piece by anti-Green unionist Paul Howes:
I HATE to be in agreement with some of the conservative commentators who write for this paper, but on the issue of gay marriage, I am in agreement with them.
I am personally opposed to gay marriage and therefore I have decided that I am going to stay in my heterosexual marriage.
And that’s my advice to all those people who are up in arms about the issue. If you don’t like gay marriage: don’t marry a gay person.