Quote of the week

Over the last 150 days we have learned much about the power of the habitual in post-millennial, post-apartheid South Africa. We have heard it in the grumbling, cavilling, quarrelling and grousing about the logic (or lack of) of government decrees. We have also seen it in the defiance of logic among the many bourgeois folks who mistook their entitlement for rights, whether to go running, do yoga on the beach, surf, get takeaway coffees, or to purchase items subjected to restricted trade… We saw it in the contradictory messages relayed by official government channels, in the conflict between some experts advising government, between government officials and such experts, and in the ways in which opposition parties contradicted themselves as they opposed government proclamations.

Angelo Fick
Johannesburg Review of Books
24 March 2007

The Bible made them do it?

My take, published in Die Burger today, on the argument made by Dutch Reformed Church Dominees that the Bible tells them to discriminate against gay men and lesbians. I argue it is like Hansie Cronje saying the devil made him do it. Money quote:

DIT is moeilik om te verstaan waarom die Christelike godsdiens so behep met seks is. Self, moet ek sê, kan ek nie sien waarom daar so ’n bohaai oor seks gemaak word nie. Is dit dalk omdat seks nogal lekker kan wees en dus dat te veel seks ons vrees vir God sal laat taan?

Watter skade berokken seks tussen twee instemmende volwassenes enig­iemand? Dit sou wel die gesag van die kerk kon uitdaag, maar andersins is dit skynbaar net verkeerd omdat die kerk se interpretasie van die Bybel dit verkeerd ag.

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