Firstly, to reiterate, I am not being homophobic. I can't speak for Scott, or others who choose to comment, but they are entitled to their opinion. After being quite vociferous in the past about Free Speech I am afraid that I am still very reluctant to moderate comments, but for those of you who need a disclaimer, "some of the views expressed are not necessarily my own".
Secondly, I have no problem with the Gay Pride march being included in the news; it was after all a big event. It is the way it was included, which sparked the last post. At one level, to include something in such an irrelevant way does not demonstrate the high standards of journalism I'd like to see from the BBC, and - ultimately does not do the march justice.
My main point, however, is that it was included in the headline article where the terrorism had otherwise pushed everything else back or out of the news completely, and I couldn't help but wonder if this was a reaction to the pressure which civil liberties groups might have otherwise exerted.
Obviously I have no proof, but - as my comment on the previous post details - I am fed up with civil liberties groups who so often have their own agenda in the name of 'equality' for all, and I object to the fact that the media might feel the need to succumb to them.
As I outlined in my last comment, many members of the groups in question are heterosexual and I am not having a go at anyone based on their sexual orientation.
Neither am I questioning the idea of equality; I'm purely arguing against the use of the term for selfish motives beyond what is necessary and the promotion of self righteousness.
At the end of the day, it was a (controversial) observation and subsequent comment on Saturday night's BBC News; feel free to continue the debate but from my PoV it's time to move on and go back to being a little more light-hearted.