While Qatar’s laws against gay couples are abhorrent, it’s not stopping venues on Westside from screening every World Cup match to foster the joy football brings to its customers. Westside business leader MIKE OLLEY reports.
Love isn’t a crime and, indeed, neither should casual sex between consenting adults be so.
Yet in around a third of the planet’s nations it is illegal for same-sex couples to have consensual sex.
The focus on the World Cup in Qatar has exploded in outrage over the laws of this nation in respect of consensual same-sex acts.
Watch Olley’s Oracle here:
It’s no small comfort that it’s not actually illegal to be a homosexual in Qatar, but it is illegal to have sex with another fella. Indeed, most of the Gulf countries have more or less the same laws on homosexuality.
I was therefore a little surprised that with last weekend’s F1 race in Abu Dhabi, there was no massive shredding of bank notes or calls to ban the screening of that race.
Indeed, there was no such hue and cry to bash the Russians at the last World Cup for their outrageous, outdated attitudes towards homosexuality.
Yet what is absolutely correct is the beat, bass and general noise that Qatar has generated in support of the gay etc. community.
It does no harm to give focus to contemporary wrongs. I would urge that this in itself should not spill over towards cultural imperialism. Getting the balance is the right thing to do. No harm in telling a nation their laws stink.
Meanwhile, back on planet Westside, we are all enjoying the World Cup and witnessing the inescapable destiny of the English journey to an inevitable victory in the World Cup 2022.
Come on England. Why not come on down and join us?