Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

Homophobia in the Netherlands alive and kicking

The coalition agreement for a new Dutch government that is being formed in the coming three weeks says that to the first article of the Constitution, which forbids discrimination on certain grounds, will be added: a person’s sexual orientation and being handicapped.

It also pledges to reduce immaterial government registration of gender.

On paper, all seems OK in the first country that legalized gay marriage.

However, how liberal is the Netherlands really? A few examples.

There are 10,000 men active in Dutch professional soccer. How many of them, would you think, are openly gay? Add to that amount the gay soccer players who in the last four years called a special number to help them come forward. Let me give you a hint: it’s a round number.

This total number is just published: zero. In liberal the Netherlands.

You would think that that’s because it’s a working class problem? Let’s go to the highest echelons of Dutch society. Past Thursday prospective new head of government Mark Rutte in the main debate sought permission (for the third time) to form a new administration. The leader of the largest and ultra-right-wing opposition party wanted to know why he was not allowed to join that team. Rutte admitted that it had pleaded to participate, but it had made itself completely impossible showing its ugliest sides, as a woman who doesn’t want to be loved. Its leader then retorted to Rutte: And that while no one in the country knows if you ever had [a relationship with] a woman. Mark Rutte is single and has never be seen romantically involved with a woman – or anyone.

However, whose business is that? How can Rutte be called out in Dutch parliament for not being open about his partner choice or preference – if he has one at all? This scandalous irrelevant attack on his person was not countered by any of the 150 MPs present including the otherwise very strict president of the House.

And just now you wanted to think that Rutte is the saint in this area – he and his fellow coalition leaders typify their new government policies as prioritizing “normal people.” They thereby brush aside the Muslims, the poor, the elderly and yes: the homosexuals and the handicapped.

If you want to see a better world, you better go for the long haul.

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To subscribe to his next blog posts, click on the circle next to the blogger's picture, containing a dot with two quarter circles around it (the Feed Computer icon). * The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch Holocaust survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo and Rav Zev Leff. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science, Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Many people can't understand or like him because he has such a wide vision that he never fits any specialist's box. But that exactly what others love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * He likes doing age-appropriate and age-inappropriate things and looks forward to getting to know his timeless mature out-of-the-box soul mate. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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