Manhattan Diaryby Cahir O'Doherty
- Gay wedding cakes latest target of anti-gay bigots
- Sarah Palin is saving Christmas
- Bill O’Reilly slams Nelson Mandela as an unrepentant “communist”
- Forging a bond with my father during an idyllic trip to Donegal
- JFK and the Sacred Heart were the twin pillars of life in Donegal
What are we looking at here? I mean apart from the rudeness, the herd instinct and the all the panic? Is it desperation? Is it fear that someone else will cheat you out of the what you need?
If you have an increasingly small budget, then being cheated of what you want must cut deeper surely? Could that explain the depressing frenzy you're looking at?
These absurd mass hysterics have all unfolded at Walmarts. That's probably not an accident. Certainly other big chains have witnessed similar scenes, but truly biblical mass hysteria seems to have played out at the big box store with more regularity than just about anywhere else.
Everyone has their pieties, even nonbelievers. It's how we respond when we see them debased that underlines who we are.
That's why the responses to fashion house Benetton's latest ad campaign have been so depressingly predictable. In fact it's why Benetton supported the campaign at all.
In the column Daniel Avila, who is a Massachussetts attorney and (take a breath here) Policy Advisor for Marriage and Family of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, bluntly says that 'the scientific evidence of how same-sex attraction most likely may be created provides a credible basis for a spiritual explanation that indicts the devil.'
So if you're gay the phrase the devil made you do it has a whole new meaning this week. We are all made in God's image (except for the gays, obviously).