Another day, another anti-gay Christian bigot rears his head.
As activists in Taiwan continue to build momentum for a bill to legalise same-sex marriage on the island, a TV host, voice artist and writer by the name of He Rong (何戎) has raised a ruckus by sharing his thoughts on the matter on his Facebook page .
He prefaced his post with the statement, “As a Christian, there are certain matters rooted in my beliefs that fall squarely into the realm of truth, and I must make my position clear.” He claimed that the bill — one that “will seriously impair the current institutions of family and marriage” — has been “quietly” “pushed” into the second reading stage of the Legislative Yuan. Carried with the post was a link to the website of Safeguarding the Family Taiwan (台灣守護家庭官方網站), a petition-gathering site set up for the express purpose of opposing the bill.
He followed up with another salvo the following day:
“Christians cannot only be a bunch of ‘silent sheep’; if we choose to ignore or comment on matters of national or social import and choose to focus on ourselves, then we would have wasted the life and mission given to us by God! Arise bravely, brothers and sisters in Christ!”
In his interactions with his Facebook followers, he speaks of “defending the Truth”, “defending the family”, and “the stability of society”. His comments have been widely carried by media outlets in Taiwan.
Besides his hosting duties (which include appearances on GoodTV, an evangelical Christian channel in Taiwan), He Rong and missus are also the founder and owners of iCross, a Christian-themed gift product line.
In 2011, gay groups in mainland China called for a boycott of movies by award-winning actress Lü Liping (吕丽萍) and her husband, director Sun Haiying (孙海英), after the former kicked up a maelstrom of debate on Sina Weibo for enthusiastically supporting a Chinese pastor in Rochester, New York decrying the legalisation of same-sex marriage by the New York State Senate.
The episode ended with the Golden Horse Awards un-inviting the 2010 winner of the Best Actress award to its 2011 event, thereby breaking a 48-year tradition of inviting the previous year’s winners to present the next year’s awards. In an unprecedented move, state broadcaster CCTV also slammed the actress for her remarks, and assured members of the LGBT community of their place in society.
[By Simin Tan.]