There was a list somewhere recently of Senator Bernardi’s political ‘thinking out loud crimes’. One of these was his call to ban the burqa – politically incorrect but not hard to understand.
I was torn. On the one hand, Senator Bernardi’s latest gaffe promised a chance to have some fun at his expense. On the other, his latest ‘error of judgment’ was voiced in the context of the debate over gay marriage which has become a big yawn.
Just imagine if, 100 years ago, a politician said something like giving women the vote would prompt calls for more extreme changes. The next step would be allowing women to run for parliament.
Or if we ban slavery, the next thing you know some sick bastard would insist that black people actually be paid the same wage as everyone else.
Bernardi’s latest gaffe a few days ago was to warn that legalising same-sex unions would prompt calls for more extreme changes.
…..There are even some creepy people out there, who say that it's OK to have consensual sexual relations between humans and animals. Will that be a future step?”
One of the great joys in life is turning to the last page of the Saturday Age Life & Style supplement.
Nobody – but nobody – nails it like Leunig:
A footnote to the debate and subsequent demotion of Senator Bernardi:
“Mr Abbott said the Coalition did not support gay marriage but he would not tolerate remarks which were offensive to people in same-sex relationships.”
Can Mr Abbott not see the irony in his remark?
*a mistake [from the Fr, faux pas]