Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Beers, Steers, and Queers:

It's 6:22 in the morning, and I still haven't gone to bed yet. Between class, law review assignments, and the paper for work I've been trying to get finished for the past four months, it's a wonder I sleep at all.

But I'm not complaining. How could I in this age of Queer Beer? That's the new Swiss beverage that will be marketed especially for gays and lesbians. It's a shameless (and not especially clever) ploy to exploit the gay market, of course. And it's not quite the same thing as full legal and social equality.

But it sure beats the hell out of being burnt at the stake, hung, castrated, sentenced to hard labor, or subjected to electroshock therapy--all prospects that "sodomites" in England and the U.S. once had to fear. Even today sodomy remains a legal offense in many countries carrying penalties ranging from caning in Malaysia to life imprisonment in Nepal to death in Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

One day all this will change. But until then, this "beef and beer" Christian--to borrow Chesterton's fine phrase--eagerly awaits his first taste of Queer Beer.

(Hat tip: Evangelical Outpost.)

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