It was not that long ago when gays and lesbians were verbally and physically assaulted by those who hated anyone whose sexual ideas differed from mass opinion. Dale McAlpine is a Christian street preacher in Ireland who was sounding off on a street corner about evil gays and quoting the Bible to support his views on sexuality when he was suddenly arrested by police on grounds he violated the Public Order Act which forbids using abusive or insulting language to other people. I was raised on the streets of New York where we spent our days devising insults to friends and foes alike. Mr. McAlpine has views which are contrary to my own which means I have views which are contrary to those of this street preacher. He believes the Bible does not approve of same sex relations. And, he was arrested in his home town for speaking his views. “I had been arrested in my own town and treated like a common criminal in front of people I know.”
The police trotted out the argument about the need to protect public order. Hogwash. He was talking with strangers, who most probably passed him by and went about their daily business. No one was disturbed but the police. God made each human unique. Let us respect the uniqueness of Mr. Alpine because he has a right to hate gays and lesbians just as I hate those who hate gays and lesbians.