Just a few days ago I blogged about the Gladstone Observer who clearly think it’s ok to generate news stories that use gay people as a play thing.
Seems like there’s a bit of nasty stuff in the Queensland water supply, for lo, the Toowoomba Chronicle has gone all out on reporting about a website of a local ministry that says it can cure the gayz. It’s not so much a news story as just a bit of sensationalism to probably drive traffic to their site. The last blog entry on the “Cure the Gayz” website is June 2013 – so hardly a new site and hardly a new story. The website of the ‘ministry’ is really a front for selling books and CD’s. Apparently her God wants so much to cure his people of the gayz that you have to pay for it. There is no ‘church’ to attend or even an address to attend bible study courses. There is only a website and a contact form.
For what reason would a newspaper publish such a story I wonder?
Then, just for good measure the Chronicle conducts a poll. The question is really insulting.
“Can someone be healed of their homosexuality?”
No, it’s like a fucking terminal disease. Oh, sorry, I swore, I’m a tad upset by the poll. As if it’s not bad enough to create a news story about curing gay people, they then have to put the question to a poll. I’m not even going to participate in that poll. Yes and No answers are too simple – it really needs to be Yes, No and What are you, stupid? Healed? I mean really, what is this?
Despite all the information available about how to help people accept their sexuality, we are yet again subjected to another religious person showing intolerance.
I’m not broken, I’m not sick, I don’t need fixing or healing. Nor do I ever need to see a poll worded in such a way.
Just to provide balance they ask the opinion of the local gay artist. He is very dismissive of course.
Yet another regional newspaper that is drumming up business by making the gays their play thing. They too, like the Gladstone Observer, need to hang their heads in shame.
You can make a complaint about the poll to the Press Council here. The Council’s Advisory Guideline on Health and Medical matters says “The dangers of exciting unreasonable fears or hopes are far too great for anything but the most careful treatment.”