Rainbow lions farce shows that some in Hong Kong have a problem with civil rights

Rainbow lions farce shows that some in Hong Kong have a problem with civil rights

HSBC’s decision to grant benefits to the same-sex partners of employees has brought an ugly reaction from the backward side of Hong Kong society

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Rainbow-coloured versions of the landmark HSBC lions, commissioned to represent pride and unity in diversity, have got some Hongkongers foaming at the mouth.
Photo: Felix Wong/SCMP

HSBC is accused of destroying the family unit and offending the entire population of Hong Kong… by displaying rainbow-coloured lion statues outside their headquarters. In what seems to be yet another temper tantrum by sign-toting, closed-minded evangelical social conservatives, the ugly and backward side of Hong Kong has again come to the fore.

Convenor of the “Family School Sexual Orientation Discrimination Ordinance Concern Group” (what a mouthful) Roger Wong Wai-ming has put the case for their homophobia most eloquently. Wong (who happens to be the father of Joshua Wong Chi-fung) claimed that HSBC’s move to display painted lions and grant spousal benefits to the partners of employees was tantamount to “forcing every shareholder to recognise the homosexual lifestyle” and an “intrusion on the freedom of conscience”. Despite the numerous logical lapses he has made in the space of 14 words, his campaign has gained some support, with more than 1,800 people putting their names to it at the time of writing.


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It’s not too difficult to see the folly in his argument. HSBC’s actions do not bind their shareholders to any way of thinking; HSBC, believe it or not, does not police their minds. (Though they probably do control your life savings). Their recognition of sexual minorities does not prevent shareholders from practising their religion, either, and shareholders are free to sell their shares if they disagree with the policies of HSBC. Furthermore, the bank has no obligation to listen to its shareholders on issues like these, which have no major effect on the way the company operates. Much like his son, it seems that logical thinking isn’t one of Wong’s strong suits.

Though this seems little more than a minor emotional outburst, there are in fact structural factors that allow this form of bigotry to survive in a modern society such as Hong Kong. A report by the Pew Research Centre found that the majority of degree holders, at least in America, were likely to hold socially liberal political opinions. Those without degrees were more likely to be conservative. Another study by the same organisation found a strong correlation between age and conservatism, which again isn’t much of a surprise to those familiar with Roger Wong’s group, which has also been protesting against unisex toilets at the University of Hong Kong.

To the majority of the Hong Kong population who believe in civil rights and equality, this farce serves as a reminder that there are still people in our city who don’t agree with the values that we take for granted. As such, it is time for us to educate people on the necessity of civil rights in a modern state and make sure that they are exposed to different viewpoints from a young age. Access to liberal higher education is one way to ensure that the next generation of Hongkongers remains receptive to social change. If we want to curb bigotry, we should curb it through education.

Edited by Pete Spurrier

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Liberal education key to open society

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Lai Tammi

18:33pm

What the writer does not understand is that Roger Wong's group supports civil rights and equality for all. However, the LGBT movement is very controversial. In Hong Kong, this movement supports the enactment of anti-discrimination laws and **** marriage.

There are many reverse discrimination cases in western countries because of the ****ual orientation or gender identity anti-discrimination laws. For example, a bakery in Northern Ireland was fined 500 pounds for refusing to bake a cake with the slogan " Support **** Marriage". Actually, the owners of the bakery did not discriminate against the customer. They had served him before. They only did not agree with the slogan. It is unfair to punish the owners who only acted according to their conscience.

Regarding **** marriage, it deprives children of their right to a father and a mother. This is very unfair to children.

Lai Tammi

18:33pm

What the writer does not understand is that Roger Wong's group supports civil rights and equality for all. However, the LGBT movement is very controversial. In Hong Kong, this movement supports the enactment of anti-discrimination laws and **** marriage.

There are many reverse discrimination cases in western countries because of the ****ual orientation or gender identity anti-discrimination laws. For example, a bakery in Northern Ireland was fined 500 pounds for refusing to bake a cake with the slogan " Support **** Marriage". Actually, the owners of the bakery did not discriminate against the customer. They had served him before. They only did not agree with the slogan. It is unfair to punish the owners who only acted according to their conscience.

Regarding **** marriage, it deprives children of their right to a father and a mother. This is very unfair to children.

Lai Tammi

18:34pm

What the writer does not understand is that Roger Wong's group supports civil rights and equality for all. However, the LGBT movement is very controversial. In Hong Kong, this movement supports the enactment of anti-discrimination laws and **** marriage.

There are many reverse discrimination cases in western countries because of the ****ual orientation or gender identity anti-discrimination laws. For example, a bakery in Northern Ireland was fined 500 pounds for refusing to bake a cake with the slogan " Support **** Marriage". Actually, the owners of the bakery did not discriminate against the customer. They had served him before. They only did not agree with the slogan. It is unfair to punish the owners who only acted according to their conscience.

Regarding **** marriage, it deprives children of their right to a father and a mother. This is very unfair to children.

東方承傳

21:12pm

"Respect" exactly is what the young author needs to learn through education. I don't understand what is the point (or a non point) he is trying to make by disclosing Wong Wai Ming's relationship with Wong Chi Fung? What relevance does it have in a fake argument he is trying very hard to put forward? Does he understand it is exactly for the defenxe of civil rights that this group of people "come out" to face the public? Does he understand what he wrote and promote was against human rights which assure freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, freedom of education? Deploying shareholders equities to promote controversial values against conventional (widely accepted) family values is the root cause of this protest.

Fai Chong

00:44am

Strictly speaking, all LGBT in H K has the civil right as same as all HK normal citizens beside **** marriage right. What extra right is given to LGBT would be a special right or even so-called hegemonism ( so what is the point HSBC to support LGBT equal right movement ? 」. Regarding to **** marriage, it is not a human right according to European Court of Human Rights' 3rd times judgement in 2016. " European Convention on Human Rights does not include the right to marriage for homo****ual couples, neither under the right to respect for private and family life (art. 8) nor the right to marry and to found a family (art. 12)."
Indeed, marriage is an institution law which has a very important functional role to build up the society. **** marriage doesn't fit the original purpose and function of marriage. The following YouTube link clearly define what the role of marrriage in the society is and how **** marriage destory natural marriage and family unit.
https://****youtube.com/watch?v=t_8oEZLcYhM

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