In the pantheon of gay heroes, David Norris ranks among the greatest. His long legal battle with the Republic of Ireland led to the repeal of its anti-homosexuality laws in 1993. His career in the Seanad (Irish Senate) has been characterized by his passion for civil rights (for homosexuals, not for anyone else). And until just recently, he was the odds on favorite to be the next President of Ireland. If he had achieved that feat, he would have been the first openly gay president in the history of Ireland; and Europe for that matter. His candidacy had strong support across Ireland, particularly among Irish youth. His following generated comparisons between Norris and Obama circa 2008. He was, in short, a rock star.
Electing an openly gay president would have signaled Ireland’s complete break with the medieval institution so long associated with it–the Catholic Church. The once socially conservative country has moved left in a big way, having legalized divorce, homosexual relations, and even gay civil unions. Abortion and gay marriage seem like the next logical steps.
Faith in the church has largely declined because Irish priests are a bunch of icky child molesters. Which wouldn’t normally bother me, except for the fact that the child molesters involved are Catholic priests. I don’t hate child molesting Catholic priests because they’re child molesters. I hate them because they are Catholic priests. And David Norris basically agrees with me.
Mr. Norris abandoned the campaign for the Irish presidency last week after a trumped up pedophilia scare brought the pressure to bear on him. Which is so stupid, because when I look for a president, I don’t ask myself what his personal feelings are on adults having sex with children. That’s of no consequence to me. I want competency. And I also want to advance the homosexual agenda while simultaneously bankrupting the nation, which is why I voted for Barack Obama. And if I were Irish, I’d be voting for Norris.
The statesman weathered a previous “scandal” in May when a tawdry restaurant critic–Helen Lucy Burke–dug up an old interview she’d done with Norris from 2002. In it, Norris mentions his support for pedophilia.
“In terms of classic paedophilia, as practised by the Greeks for example, where it is an older man introducing a younger man or boy to adult life, I think there can be something to be said for it.”
What’s controversial about that? One of my favorite tactics to use when trying to justify the morality of homosexuality is to point out that it has always existed. And that means that it’s okay. Just like pedophilia has always existed. Homosexuality was rampant in all sorts of pre-Christian societies like Rome and Greece. And that means that it’s okay. Just like pedophilia. The samurai of feudal Japan were raging homosexuals and no one thought anything was wrong with it. They were usually raping the boy apprentices placed in their charge, and no one thought anything was wrong with that either. To tell the truth, I can’t think of a single society that has tolerated homosexuality that didn’t also tolerate all sorts of other perversions. Those societies are clearly more enlightened than this one, which drips of Chrisotfascist moralisms.
Basically, everywhere you look in the non-Christian world, homosexuality has flourished. Well, except for the Muslim world, where they kill fags like me. But then along came these religious zealots with their moral hangups about sex and everything changed. All of a sudden it wasn’t permitted anymore for guys to take it in the poopchute or to have huge orgies with eleven year old boys or to fuck the samurai trainees. It’s a good thing we’re rapidly progressing toward the post-Christian world when these taboos on things like homosexuality and pedophilia will fade away again.
The senator continued:
“Now again, this is not something that appeals to me, although when I was younger it would most certainly have appealed to me in the sense that I would have greatly relished the prospect of an older, attractive, mature man taking me under his wing, lovingly introducing me to sexual realities, and treating me with affection and teaching me about life – yes, I think that would be lovely; I would have enjoyed that.”
Yeah, me too.
Norris called the reemergence of a nine year old interview “sabotage”, which it clearly was. No fair bringing up stuff like that, especially in an election year. Norris fired back:
“This is an attempt to sabotage my campaign. It’s a 10-year-old article. There is nothing new and I want to ask why is this being brought up now… I abhor, and I’ve made that clear, again and again on the record, I abhor the abuse of children, sexual, emotional or physical”
Yeah, so there! It’s old news. Everyone knew that Norris thinks it’s okay for adults to bang boys. Everyone knew, and nobody cared. Certainly not the people of Ireland who continued to name Norris as their top pick in poll after poll, even after the restaurant critic attempted to sabotage him.
The dapper senator has always been quite liberal in his views. Cosmopolitan, you might say. He thinks, for example, that Ireland’s age of consent law is much too high. Well, not that it’s too high, but that it shouldn’t exist at all. That’s right, these silly laws are really just as backwards as all the others that came before it–the ones against sodomy and killing children in the womb and stuff like that. David Norris remarked to Jason O’Toole of the Irish Daily Mail that he doesn’t believe there should be any laws regarding the age of consent for sexual activity.
Oooh…so “controversial”. If you’re a complete square, that is.
Now, he DOES abhor the abuse of children. He’s been on record about that. He took the church to task for its sex scandals in the Seanad’s Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse. Read it here:
That’s right, this perv was on the Commission to Inquire Into Child Abuse! But, like me, he only hates pedophiles when they belong to the homophobic church in Rome. Because they’re HYPOCRITES. Not like David Norris.
Ireland’s leading LGBTQXYZ crusader loathes child sexual abuse so much that he even dated a child sex abuser for about thirty years. In fact, his love an adoration for this man was eventually what brought down his campaign. Norris was once romantically linked with an Israeli peace activist named Ezra Yitzhak Nawi.
Mr. Nawi bedded a fifteen year old Palestinian boy in 1992. He was later convicted of statutory rape for the offense in 1997. Senator David Norris then sent a letter, on his official Irish parliamentary letterhead, to the High Court in Jerusalem begging for clemency. Norris presented himself as a character witness on Nawi’s behalf. He’s the Irish Bawney Fwank! (See This Day in LGBTQXYZ History: July 20th)
The senator really went to bat for his butt buddy:
“I know him to be an intelligent, honest, trustworthy, good and moral person for whom the present difficulty is quite uncharacteristic.”
See? So this is totally uncharacteristic. He’s only done it like two or three times before. Usually he only sleeps with men who are at least sixteen…usually. He’s also a very moral person. He’s the most moral statutory rapist there’s ever been. Norris even went as far as to say that Nawi is “a very good son to his mother”! Yeah, Nawi really makes his old Jewish mother proud when he piddles Palestinian boys. He’s a real Mensch, eh?
Senator Norris rounded out his chutzpah by arguing that his ex-boyfriend was the true victim here, having been “lured into a carefully prepared trap.” No doubt by the Joos! But Nawi pled guilty nonetheless, just so a trial would be averted and the Palestinian boy would be spared the pain of having to give testimony. So he pled guilty for the boy’s sake, and not because he did anything wrong. Norris also wrote that he was writing his letter “out of love and concern” for his former lover.
I do not regret supporting and seeking clemency for a friend, but I do regret giving the impression that I did not have sufficient compassion for the victim of Ezra’s crime.
Um…what crime, David? Ezra’s the victim here, remember?
Well, we all know that Norris has compassion for the “victim”. That’s why he thinks that age of consent laws should be abolished. And that there’s something to be said for “classical pedophilia” in the Greek tradition. And why he talks dreamily about how wonderful it would have been if an older man had stuck his dick in his rectum when he was a child.
That letter brought down the presidential campaign of a gay giant, and along with it the hope of a new, post-Catholic generation of young Irishmen and -women. Ireland is the poorer for it. The nation will just have to wait a little longer for its first gay president. Hopefully the next one won’t like the lads as much as this one does.
As David Norris remarked:
“I have lived a decent, respectable life, and there has been no scandal.”
So true, David. So true.