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Common Wisdom?

Phobia This! Phobia That!

I am coming to agree with my daughter that I deserve the sobriquet Grumpy. Case in point was seeing the entry below on a Facebook entry:

How many homophobes does it take to change a light bulb? A: None – They are afraid of change, even if it will make the world a brighter place.

I saw this a few weeks after the Supreme Court rendered its decision on DOMA and gay marriage was legalized in California. To me these decisions were good steps to getting the government out of peoples’ lives. There may be valid reasons for denying gays state sanctioned marriage but none have to do with the sanctity of heterosexual union. But that is for another entry.

What raised my hackles and my blood pressure was that stupid entry. A homophobia joke which, in the current context if its use, paints a picture of fear on anyone who does not agree with the politically correct current slogans. As an example of similar phobias we have

  • Homophobia – Does not agree that gay marriage should be accepted and endorsed by the state. Does not agree that being gay is just as normal as being straight. Afraid of the obvious truth.
  • Islamophobia – Does not believe that Islam cannot possibly be a threat. Afraid of the obvious truth.

How do I state this nicely and politically correctly? Fu## You!

There are solid arguments against gay marriage, Islam and other, so-called, phobias. It seems that the arguments for these are stronger and have begun to triumph. To label everyone who disagrees with the current political correctness as phobic diminishes the argument and makes the labeler look like a moron. It makes the labeler look intelligence-phobic.

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Posted by Carey Miller - July 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm

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The not so new normal

We live an existence of change and uncertainty. We should celebrate.


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Posted by Carey Miller - February 7, 2013 at 8:46 am

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LPC leadership race – I want some fire in the belly

Audio Podcast: some initial thoughts after the second Liberal party leadership debate in Winnipeg.


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Posted by Carey Miller - February 4, 2013 at 2:16 pm

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I wonder if it is fair to say one is depressed when, in considering the future one’s brightest thoughts are a massive heart attack or a fatal accident?

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Posted by Carey Miller - August 25, 2012 at 1:33 pm

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Silence is Not Golden

“You could not write that as a book. Nobody would believe it.”

I have said those words myself about circumstances which seem cliched or outlandish but are true. At this time of the year, with friends and their children on the March of the Living, I fully understand the conundrum.


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Posted by Carey Miller - April 24, 2012 at 6:51 pm

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The Odd New Meaning of Phobic

<Note: I am starting back up some content for this blog. More current content is coming.>

As I take in my steady stream of media, I find bothered by the repetition of some new words that seem to have meanings that make little sense. There are many such words but I am wondering today about the odd use of the word phobia, as in homophobia and Islamophobia.

On Twitter today I saw a tweet that TOBuilt, an interesting database of Toronto buildings, was shutting down. It is an interesting site which I have visited and I was surprised. Going to the site, I saw the following letter on the home page:

October 25, 2010: End of TOBuilt

Thanks for your support over the years. I no longer have time to maintain this site or keep the data up to date. I've struggled with a decision about whether or not to re-engage and become more active with gathering data and photographing buildings, but my heart has not been in it.

Tonight, with the election of Rob Ford, my mind has been made up about how to proceed. Our new belligerent, homophobic, liar of a mayor, and the fact that the city around me voted for him overwhelmingly, seals my decision. Torontonians have voted for four years of backwardness and chaos, and I at the moment I have no desire at all to even be in the city, much less traveling its breadth in a quest to document its built environment.  

Thanks for your support over the years. Best of luck. 

I was surprised at the action but not surprised at the vehemence. I have been hearing Rob Ford vilified during the mayoral campaign as racist, anti-immigrant and homophobic.

Phobia defines a fear. Many now seem to have conflated disagreement with fear. This causes a freeze on discussions which are in any way outside the PC.

What a shame.

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Posted by Carey Miller - April 14, 2012 at 11:10 am

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