You have to admire Isagani Cruz for being so bold despite his being paranoid and contemptuous, particularly in his PDI column yesterday entitled, "Don we now our gay apparel." I feel bad for his gay friends, assuming he has any.
I won't go into the details of what he wrote, since my gay and straight friends have already dismissed Cruz as an angry old-timer who's viewpoints are stuck in the 1930s. As for me, he's simply making an opinion. An arrogant opinion, yes, but that's why he's a columnist--he gets paid to cook up occassional drivel.
I honestly don't care about him taking stabs at gay people, particularly at the publicly loud and crass ones. Because, indeed, there are some members of the homosexual communty (like some of their heterosexual counterparts) who choose to attract attention in a crowd by being less than appropriate in their speech and manner and need to be a little more considerate in public. He even makes a disclaimer in favor of those who conduct themselves in a "decorous manner", even issuing an apology to those he respects and admires. But the end of his write up defeats his effort, to wit:
"Must we allow homosexuality to march unobstructed until we are converted into a nation of sexless persons without the virility of males and the grace of females but only an insipid mix of these diluted virtues? Let us be warned against the gay population, which is per se a compromise between the strong and the weak and therefore only somewhat and not the absolute of either of the two qualities."
Thus, he steps beyond the limits of propriety by emphatically suggesting that homosexuals, including those he respects and admires, are 1) inferior citizens and 2) a threat. Not for economic level or educational attainment, but for the simple reason of who they are. This is a sweeping bigoted statement that the PDI shouldn't have allowed published.
He says that in the seventies his sons studied in a school where all students were "certifiably masculine," like they had a board exam for that. (He uses the word "macho" a few times.) Cruz is in for a surprise--being masculine doesn't equate to being straight.
ADDENDUM: Following is my letter to the Philippine Daily Inquirer...my first letter to them. :-D
To issue a sweeping statement of opinion under responsible journalism, I believe, requires thorough knowledge of the issue at hand. Unfortunately, Isagani Cruz doesn't know--or even cares to know--the spectrum of the homosexual experience when he wrote "Don we now our gay apparel." And I, like many others, wonder how the PDI could allow this major lapse of responsibility to pass. Maybe the PDI dislikes Cruz so much that it published his piece so he could take a proper beating.
From what facts did he base his statement that homosexuals are "pansies" with "insipid virtues?" Why does he call the increase in the number of homosexuals "alarming?" Where is his thesis coming from? Fear? Disgust? A scarred past?
Again, cite the facts from which opinions are based. Otherwise, "Separate Opinion" will simply be separate from reality, and be better off in a trashy tabloid than a prestigious publication like the PDI.