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Former UKIP donor takes out newspaper ad to say: You cannot be ‘homophobic’

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  1. I really wish there were more hate crimes against straight people.

    1. We need to be against all hate crimes not wishing them upon those that do not agree with us or even upon those that actually commit hate crimes.

    2. Christopher in Canada 29 Jan, 12:12am

      I know where you’re coming from, Pedro. What gives them the right to bash us black and blue while we are expected to be nothing but saints? There is a journalist in New York right now needed brain surgery (story on these boards)… how many more of us have to have broken bones or worse? Taking the high road hasn’t solved all that much, when you really stop and think about it. How many years and sacrificial lambs to we need to offer them?

      1. I think it’s very, very dangerous to think of it as us against them. At the end of the day we’re all human and continuing a cycle of hatred does nobody any favours. It’s not about taking the high road, it’s about common decency.

  2. Has this bloke time-travelled from 1895? Women who wear trousers tut tut. Idiot

    1. maybe women wearing trousers turns them into a lesbian

  3. What dickionary are using to find the word homophobic love? You are a incorrect the homophobic does appear in some dictionaries.

    How can you comment on being gay -what do you know about being gay?

    So you have had to pay to have your views printed, how sad

    What a waste of money -just think of the good the cost of the ad could have been put towards.

    These people are doing so much damage to UKIP

    1. “These people are doing so much damage to UKIP.” Good! keep doing it.

    2. He is using the dictionary that supports his standpoint. Like many politicians he only takes note of things that support his views.

    3. Whereas she is being paid to write her views. Theres a clear cut winner here!

  4. Here we go again – “god made me a homophobic simpleton”

  5. Stephen Glenn 28 Jan, 3:44pm

    Homophobia Etymology

    homo (from homosexual) +‎ -phobia, coined in 1971 by George Weinberg in Society and the Healthy Homosexual. So in other words it has been a word for 43 years.

    1. HOMO is actually the genus of bipedal primates that includes modern humans and several extinct forms and does not refer exclusively to the word homosexual – so all of us are Homos – the species Homo sapiens or one of its members

      1. Dave Dickinson 28 Jan, 4:15pm

        Actually the word element “homo” in “homosexual” comes from a different Greek root to “Homo” meaning “man”. It is the same root as used in “homogenous” and it means “the same”, so homosexual means “sexuality with the same gender” or thereabouts.

        Interestingly I just checked my Complete Oxford English Dictionary (second edition, reprinted 1993) and the word “homophobia” does not appear. So he has some (not much, but some) justification for saying what he does.

        However, I feel sure that it will be well represented in modern dictionaries and it certainly in online dicitonaries. He doesn’t appear to realise that languages evolve and develop new words to cover lexical gaps.

        1. bobbleobble 28 Jan, 7:21pm

          It’s in my Concise OED from 1995.

      2. Bobbleobble 28 Jan, 5:11pm

        It doesn’t refer to the word homosexual at all. The homo part of the word comes from the Greek for same, not Latin. It should be pronounced as in homonym and homophone not as on Homo sapiens.

        1. Leigh Oats 30 Jan, 6:45am

          Says Bobbleobble re “homophobia” et cetera: “It doesn’t refer to the word homosexual at all.”

          Yes, it does. I invite you to absorb some other parts of this thread.

          You continue re “homophobia” et cetera: “The homo part of the word comes from the Greek for same, not Latin.”

          So? I’m lost. What are you trying to say?

          Anyway, the truth is that the “homo” part of the word “homosexual” comes from Greek just as much as the “homo” part of “homophobia” comes from Greek.

          The word “homosexual” means “same sex”, not “man sex”. Thus the species Homo sapiens boasts not only male homosexuals but also female ones.

  6. Presumably this chap either refuses to possess a television, or at least refrains from watching channels with “TV” in the name, when he objects to compound words of mixed Latin and Greek derivation.

    1. Leigh Oats 28 Jan, 10:08pm

      Says And: “[. . .] he objects to compound words of mixed Latin and Greek derivation.”

      Just for the record I should point out that both the “homo-” bit (= “same”, in this case short for “same-sex”) and the “-phobia” bit (= “fear”) come eventually from Greek, ie long before Latin.

  7. Tim Hanafin 28 Jan, 3:55pm

    Oh dear, I’m coming over all Grecophobic. Look, I invented a new word. That is the strength of the English language. He is a homophobic cretin with too much money, whose views do not chime with the majority of this country that I am proud I was born in.

  8. He needs psychological help.

    And as he believes in Christianity – I’d suggest to him that his money would be better spent feeding the poor and helping the vulnerable as Jesus would want him to – not paying for adverts in papers and donating to a joke political party.

    1. “as Jesus would”: if, that is, Jesus actually existed – a claim for which there is no contemporaneous evidence.

  9. Kelvin Beer-Jones 28 Jan, 4:29pm

    It’s fantastic when one of the silent ones who actually ‘own’ the world emerge from their fortresses of wealth to enlighten us with their views. Usually they just pay to ensure that ‘we’ have their views for them. Well done Libby for getting one to stand up and be counted. There are a lot more like this guy, be afraid, be very afraid.

  10. Oh good grief, who cares what this nutcase thinks? If he wants to waste his money on an ad in the Telegraph, let him! It’s hardly as though its readers are going to be converted by his hogwash. Indeed, his blatant inaccuracy in relation to dictionary entries will probably make him a few more enemies there, which is all to the good!

  11. The difference between Libby Purves and Demetri Marchessini is that a mostly reputable newspaper pays Ms Purves to write for them as her opinions are respected. Mr. Machete has to pay to have his views published, as nobody actually gives a toss about what he thinks.

  12. Isn’t it sad that this man, who obviously has too much money if he can waste it on full-page ads and would be better doing the work his ‘christ’ demanded … GOOD works for the poor …. that he is so full of hatred?: Are these people born just plain nasty or does religion make you like that? Whatever has caused his angst about homosexuality (and I have my own thoughts on that … why are some people so obsessed with it when others couldn’t give a monkey’s ….) he really should stop being so hateful and try to follow the central message of his religion’s founder: LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

    1. Tim Chapman 28 Jan, 5:12pm

      Ooh, I can answer that. No-one’s born nasty!

  13. Firstly he donates to UKIP, then pays some vast amount to the Torygraph to babble on about his ‘Christian’ beliefs and how the word ‘Homophobia’ doesn’t exist….really?!!. Obviously has much more money than sense.
    The man is a total prick (does that word exist?) so ignore him.

  14. I think I might screenshot the page this article appears on and send it to him. “You cannot be homophobic” appears beneath another article which shows a photo of a journalist in New York who was seemingly beaten into a semi conscious state purely because of his “homosexuality”. Oops, did I just make up another word?

    There is just a cruel irony to all of this. I wish he was right, and homophobia didn’t exist.

  15. If assholes could fly UKIP would be an airport and this idiot a chief pilot!

  16. Mr Farrage must be DELIGHTED with all the publicty about his loyal supporters. It’s all helping to cement opinion on how sensible, forward-looking and trustworthy UKIP is as a potential party of leadership and not just a bunch of swivel-eyed, racist, ‘homophobic’ bigots.
    Then again ……

  17. Colin (Queenstown/London) 28 Jan, 7:54pm

    There ain’t anything about this guy to like is there?….nutter

  18. Do I need to point out again that no-one ever commits crimes or publishes such nonsense in the name of my Lord and Saviour the Easter Bunny?

  19. Badgerwocky 28 Jan, 9:53pm

    It’s almost not worth taking this idiot to task, but he’s such a bellend that it’s quite tempting to email him. For starters, he seems to be under the impression that people who don’t follow his religion should adhere to that religion’s concept of sin, without giving any compelling reason why. He’s also committing the etymological fallacy, in that he’s wrong about “homophobia” being a mixture of Greek and Latin – “phobia” is from the Greek for “fear”, and “homo” is from “homosexual”, in which the “homo” part is from the Greek for “same”, and in this context relates to the fear or hatred of homosexuality. He’s flat wrong that it doesn’t mean anything and that it doesn’t appear in dictionaries. As if things need to be published in dictionaries or have a consistent etymological trail from Greek or Latin in order to have meaning anyway. If the word *were* a splicing of Greek and Latin, it would still mean the same thing.

  20. Leigh Oats 28 Jan, 10:19pm

    For the unwitting joker Demetri Marchessini’s 80th birthday on 20 July this year somebody should give him both a dictionary and a list of all the pronouncements that Jesus Christ is on record to have made about homosexuality, ie not even one.

  21. Jennie Kermode 28 Jan, 10:58pm

    Interestingly, the word ‘heterosexual’ was not invented until some years after ‘homosexual’. One might therefore conclude, using Marchessini’s logic, that for most of human history being heterosexual was impossible.

    1. Excellent!

  22. Leigh Oats 29 Jan, 12:18am

    Despite the mentions of “homophobia”, “homophobic” and “homophobe” in every one of my modern comprehensive dictionaries of the English language, the pair of names “Demetri Marchessini” is mentioned in none of them.

    It doesn’t even appear in my Greek one.

    The obvious conclusion is that the celebrated trousers-wearing comedian of that name does not exist, even if his every utterance seems to catch him with his mental trousers down.

  23. Erica Cook 29 Jan, 4:45am

    Well, it’s comferting to know that all the crazy people aren’t in the US.

  24. “only God decides on morality”
    yes we’ve seen. Killing almost every living thing on the planet for making a “mistake”
    killing children in Egypt. Encouraging genocide.

    The Christian god certainly is an expert on morals….

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  26. ” How can anybody, let alone Miss Purvis [sic], tell people what they should think about homosexuality” Yet this man is obsessed with trying to tell others what they should think about homosexuality?

    1. … and what does THAT tell you about this man …? A little bit obsessed with the subject …? Hmmmm – and why might THAT be, I wonder?

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