Monday, April 26, 2010

Canine Homophobia

The owners of an Australian Thai restaurant have been ordered to pay a man $1,500 for refusing entry to the man's dog, because they thought it was gay. Actually, the man is blind, and when waiters were told he wanted to bring his guide dog into the restaurant, they misheard "guide" as "gay". And the fine isn't for practicing sexual discrimination against dogs so much as refusing to allow entry to a guide dog, as is mandatory under Australian disabilities laws. So the gay thing is really just an excuse. A strange excuse, though, as it outs this restaurant as a homophobic establishment. Though I suppose it's possible they have nothing against homosexual humans and instead direct their hatred only at gay animals. Is there anything in the Bible about a male Corgi lying with another male Corgi? I don't think so, but I've never read a Thai translation of the Old Testament. You know, the more I think about it, the more I suspect this whole thing boils down to a massive copy editing error in southeast Asian Bibles. More details here.