The Death of “Because” and the Reign of Reason
Illustrated by SONIA HAASE
In the spring of 2013 Yelana Mizukina, a russian lawmaker and head of the Committee on Family, Women and Children, deliberately made the world a more hateful place by endorsing one of the most bigotted beliefs of Russia’s Orthodox church. She and her close ally Olga Batalina, also a lawmaker, spearheaded Russia’s ban on homosexual “propaganda”, defining propaganda as anything “aimed at the formation of nontraditional sexual behaviour”. To the great disdain of the world’s LGBT community, the law came into effect during the summer of 2013.
The passing of this law is indicative of one of two things. Either Mizukina was not “endowed with reason and conscience” as the U.N. Charter of Human Rights would have us believe, or she purposely chose to cut herself off from the reason and conscience with which she was endowed, choosing instead to favour dogmatic belief. Conceeding that Mizukina was altogether lacking in reason and conscience would paint a very bleak image of mankind, one which is immediately discredited by the existence of countlesss great thinkers and social activists throughout the course of human history. It is therefore more probable that Mizukina chose to rid herself of the ability to reason and her human conscience in favour of hateful beliefs devoid of foundation.
As a result of their disregard for the potentially moral faculty of reason, whenever Mizukina, Batalina or the notorious Putin attempt to justify the enactment of the law, all they can come up with are a series of unfounded and predjudiced assertions claiming that homosexuality somehow adversely affects society. They are essentially incapable of providing anything more substantial than “because” as an answer.
It is time that bigots learn that “because” is not a justification, it is not a reason. “Because” is a homophobe’s excuse, it is hate’s greatest ally and it is entirely unreasonable. Hate is mankind’s greatest enemy, reason mankind’s salvation. For reason rescues the oppressed and marginalized from the grips of the hateful and reveals the truly deficient and evil nature of hate. When dogma and reason collide, reason always emerges victorious.
On March 21st, a small group of Dawson students, one Marionopolis student and myself stood in front of the Russian embassy in Montréal in solidarity with all those who are currently being psychologically and physically tortured and, at times, killed by vigilante homophobes. We stood for two hours protesting against Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law that has done nothing but condone these acts of violence against LGBT people. We did what bigots willfully and unintelligently refuse to do. We exercised reason and human conscience.
We refuse to stand in silence while fellow human beings fall victim to unjust persecution. For the invisible bridge of consciousness connecting us to one another has collapsed under the weight of bigotry. It is the duty of each and everyone of us to rebuild the bridge. It is our obligation to LOVE.