You may remember my rant on the “Regressive Left”, a phrase used by those wishing to disparage the views of those on the left who approach cultural mismatches with tact and pragmatism. Well, those on the right have had a pop at Peter Tatchell this week on Twitter. I’m so pleased that a well-known figure such as him is standing up for sensitive and intelligent handling of difficult issues. Here’s some of the highlights:
Oh, wait, smearing LGBT folk looking out for ordinary Muslims as “the regressive left”, or “turkeys voting for Christmas” is actually doing the far-right’s work for them. Whoopsy!
When you stand up for human rights, you need to consider a set of universal values. You don’t get to downplay the rights of one group just because some of them hold objectionable views – that would be moral relativism, and I thought that was a bad thing, no? They are still human beings. We even have to extend that truth to the racists. They are but human, sadly.