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WATCH: Holland Goes Way Beyond “It Gets Better” In New Anti-Bullying PSA

 

 

The Dutch Children’s Ombudsman, a governmental child-rights group in Holland is tackling bullying in a new PSA, and they’re not pussyfooting around.

In the above clip, created by media firm Lemon Scented Tea and directed by Anne de Clercq, we follow the story of Dave, a Dutch 16-year-old who endures daily beatings and harassment at school because he’s gay. It’s one of four videos created as part of the “Every child has the right to…” campaign that puts children’s rights in the spotlight.

What’s truly unique, though, is that these stories are true. In fact, that’s David himself you see from behind in the video. Queerty reader David Pfister, who brought the campaign to our attention, says, “the film it is shaking up Holland.”

We were pretty shaken up after watching it too.

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Nov 13, 2011
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  • 57 Comments
    • Mike in Asheville
      Mike in Asheville

      Kinda proud right now about my one-quarter Dutch heritage.

      Nov 13, 2011 at 10:53 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr. Enemabag Jones
      Mr. Enemabag Jones

      The more that Muslims take over Holland, the more bullying we’re going to see. Why are countries allowing these people inside their borders; especially after September 11?

      Nov 13, 2011 at 11:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dorothea from Germany
      Dorothea from Germany

      Dear Queerty author:
      Holland is not the Netherlands. It’s merely a region in the Netherlands. Just like England is not synonymous with Great Britain or the UK.
      No wonder that US Americans have the reputation of being ignorant of other nations.
      Please correct your headline.

      @ Mr. Enemabag Jones:
      Ever heard of freedom of religion? Apparently, you don’t value your country’s constitution.

      To the article:
      I have always been a big admirer of the Netherlands. It’s the best and most progressive country in the world.

      Nov 13, 2011 at 12:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr. Enemabag Jones
      Mr. Enemabag Jones

      @Dorothea from Germany:

      Ever heard of freedom of religion?

      Maybe you should ask a Muslim that. Especially in Egypt, or Iran.

      Nov 13, 2011 at 1:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SteveC
      SteveC

      ‘The muslims are taking over’.

      It only took 2 posts for that old chestnut to raise its moronic head.

      The muslim population of the Netherlands (about 6% of the Dutch population) are citizens of that country you know.

      What I admire about the Netherlands is how progressive, practical and no-nonsense they are.

      If homophobic bullying is a problem there the authorities address it head on. There’s no freedom of religion bullshit allowed to excuse it.

      Nov 13, 2011 at 1:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • SteveC
      SteveC

      The hilarity of Enemabag Jones going off on a rant about muslims in the Netherlands. You do realise that life for gay people in the Netherlands is FAR better than here in the good ol’ USA.

      Nov 13, 2011 at 1:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dorothea from Germany
      Dorothea from Germany

      @Mr. Enemabag Jones: Do you really believe that nations like Egypt or Iran are comparable with ours in the Western world? Don’t you think that we should lead by example instead of sinking to their level of intolerance?
      Regarding immigration, I think that we should only allow people to immigrate to our countries when they respect our laws and understand the importance of equal rights. People who are not willing to integrate properly should stay where they come from. However, all this is regardless of religion. Christians can be just as narrow-minded as Muslims. I have never met a Christian who is in favour of equal rights for gay people. I consider all religions equally crappy.

      Nov 13, 2011 at 2:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Katie
      Katie

      @Dorothea from Germany: Kinda off topic, but I am a Christian and I am in favour of equal rights for gay people.

      Nov 13, 2011 at 2:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kat
      Kat

      @Mr Enemabag Jones: Anders Breivik, is that you?

      Nov 13, 2011 at 3:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dorothea from Germany
      Dorothea from Germany

      @Katie: Where are you from? Probably not from Germany.

      Please explain to me how one can be a Christian and at the same time support equal rights for gay people. The Bible says, “You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.” That sounds pretty clear to me. And a proper Christian has to take the whole Bible seriously, not just some parts of it. Don’t you think that cherry picking and reinterpretation falsify the “Word of God”? I wished all Christians would actually read the Bible, understand that it’s total bullshit and ultimately reject it.

      Nov 13, 2011 at 5:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CreoClayton
      CreoClayton

      @Mr. Enemabag Jones: You’re a damn fool, just as fucked as all the people who group every homosexual individual under the term “GAY” then list all the horrible things that person supposedly does because they’re gay.

      @Dorothea from Germany: You can correct minor errors, and even voice your opinions, but when you add that “I know everything about everything” tone…Yeah, makes you seem like a ripe pompus twat.

      Nov 13, 2011 at 6:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • kylew
      kylew

      @Kat: To all the Muslim supporters, I couldn’t agree more – what we should do is allow a bunch of uninvited guests to gradually subsume the culture of nortern Europe, even capitulating to their requests for laws that harmonise with their extreme world view. We should allow the landscape of the countries to change as mosques spring up, and we should surrender our unique identity to a religious belief system that has brought such unqualified harmony and human dignity to every country where it is dominant. Such as Nigeria, nd the Phillipines, where just last week ordinary Muslims were killing EACH OTHER for variations in their belief system.

      Should we bollocks! The trouble with Brevik was that his discomfort at the Muslim invasion was correct but thanks to his insane methodology, he’s made it an embarrassment to voice similar feelings.

      As far as I’m concerned, if you move to another country, you accept the culture that you move into, you don’t start changing it to suit your demands. Do what you want in the privacy of your own home, but when in Rome…

      I wonder how bloody tolerant all you Americans would be if Mexicans or Cubans were asking for law changes to suit their cultural beliefs?

      Nov 13, 2011 at 6:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Desdemona
      Desdemona

      @Dorothea from Germany:

      A person can be gay and a christian! The VAST majority (probably 100% in all honesty) of heterosexuals do not live up to what the bible says- and they are still considered Christians if they believe in Christ. The bible was written by church men in power to keep society in check- it was not written by Jesus or God. There is an inherent truth to the Bible, but most of the laws are an utter crock of $hit. If we can reject multiple other verses in the Bible that condone slavery and violate womens rights- we can reject the verses used against gay people. They say you can’t cherry pick from the Bible, but guess what- that’s what I’m doing because I have a brain!

      Nov 13, 2011 at 6:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CaliberGuy
      CaliberGuy

      @Dorothea from Germany:

      I to am a christian and gay and support equality (and know many non gay Christians who do as well) I think your problem is that you are not willing to actually see the Christians (or those of any other religion) that not only support equality but support the LGBTQ too; not only that but you subscribe to the exact same flawed logic that many of the ultra conservative factions of ever religion adhere to and that is ignoring the fact that God did not write the holly book of your choosing, but in-fact man wrote it and in most all instances the writing where recorded yeas even decades and centuries after they event was said to happen. Not only that but it ignores the fact that many parts of the bible especially leviticus have nothing to do with gods direct law but are actually based on what could best be called a standing social contract of the society at the time and there for included many of the human failing with in it. The bible is not something that is to be understood in a literal manor because the bible itself is contradictory, it is to pass along a message in a more general since, and more specifically the important message being that of Jesus Christ which is quite clearly to anyone that turlly pays attention a message of respect for you fellow human a message of forgiveness for perceived wrongs (trespasses) and a message of love. Which is a message the fits quite well with the want for all to have equality.

      How can one expect to gain equality not just in the eyes of the law but in the views of society if one is willing to so easily cast stones at a large segment of the population and especially to cast stones at even the parts of that population that support them or could very well be brought around to a position of support? Instead of distancing our selves from those of belief, and painting them as a mortal enemy while casting insults at them we should instead embrace those with in the religious community that support us and reach out to those that are on the fence. But demonizing those of faith only serves to help keep others on the opposite side of the fence and even push some of those that where on the fence to the opposite side instead.

      Nov 13, 2011 at 6:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dorothea from Germany
      Dorothea from Germany

      @CreoClayton: Seriously, what’s your problem? I gave my opinion, which is based on my own experience, and I also asked Katie for an explanation. If she is able to give me a satisfactory answer, I am willing to reconsider my opinion on Christians. Unlike you, I didn’t insult anyone. By the way, mistaking the Netherlands for Holland is not a minor error. I expect journalists to fact-check their articles.

      Nov 13, 2011 at 6:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CaliberGuy
      CaliberGuy

      @Mr. Enemabag Jones:

      So it’s not OK for people to hate us becuase we are gay but in your book is OK to hate others becuase they are msulim? You do realise that the people who perpatraid the atacks on 9/11 where extremist that has political reasion for what they did, it was not simply because they where msulim. They could have just as easily been christain as many christains have also commited acts of terrorisum, not to menttion that the vast majory of musslims abhore the terrist as well espicaly seeing that siad terroirst have killed more muslims then any other group they have killed. You do realsie that muslims are not more violent then any other given group that one can find, there is nothing about being muslim that makes one inharently violant or inharently hating of others.

      Again it was people filled with hate irespective of their religon that perpetrated 9/11 yet it is a whole group of people that have nothing to do with it that get blaimed.

      Nov 13, 2011 at 6:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr. Enemabag Jones
      Mr. Enemabag Jones

      @SteveC:

      The hilarity of Enemabag Jones going off on a rant about muslims in the Netherlands. You do realise that life for gay people in the Netherlands is FAR better than here in the good ol’ USA.

      And you do realize that most of the gay bashings that have happened in the Netherlands have been perpetrated by Muslims; don’t you?

      Nov 13, 2011 at 6:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr. Enemabag Jones
      Mr. Enemabag Jones

      @Kat:

      More like Geert Wilders.

      Nov 13, 2011 at 6:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr. Enemabag Jones
      Mr. Enemabag Jones

      @Katie:

      How dare you Katie!

      Only Christians hate gays. Muslims love us so much they hang gay teenages, and shoot us, and glue our anuses shut, and poison us, so we can die a slow, painful death.

      Christians hold up signs, and say mean things. Oh the horror!

      Nov 13, 2011 at 6:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr. Enemabag Jones
      Mr. Enemabag Jones

      @Dorothea from Germany:

      Do you really believe that nations like Egypt or Iran are comparable with ours in the Western world?

      No. That’s why they’re inferior, backwards dust bowls, that need to be razed.

      Don’t you think that we should lead by example instead of sinking to their level of intolerance?

      No. If anything, we should be more intolerant of Muslims, Islamofacists, and Muslim nations.

      Regarding immigration, I think that we should only allow people to immigrate to our countries when they respect our laws and understand the importance of equal rights.

      Good luck on that.

      People who are not willing to integrate properly should stay where they come from.

      Why? they’re oppressed, and want to leave their oppressive counties–and come to our countries and oppress us.

      Christians can be just as narrow-minded as Muslims.

      I’ve never heard of a Christian strapping dynamite to themselves, and blowing up civilians.

      Nov 13, 2011 at 7:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr. Enemabag Jones
      Mr. Enemabag Jones

      @SteveC:

      I suggest you read this article:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/14/world/europe/14dutch.html?pagewanted=all

      Ms. Kuhlman has lived in the Slotervaart neighborhood for 36 years but says, “I no longer feel at home.” Built in the 1950s, Slotervaart is now about 60 percent immigrants or their children, most from Morocco or Turkey. Crime rates are high, especially among the second generation.

      She remembered sunbathing topless on her balcony in the 1980s. “It’s inconceivable now,” she said. “Now my next-door neighbor doesn’t even greet me in the hallway, he can’t look at me, and it’s been 28 years,” Ms. Kuhlman said.

      Nov 13, 2011 at 7:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • lemon-lime
      lemon-lime

      @Dorothea from Germany: Using Holland is an accepted pars pro toto for the Netherlands. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many Dutch folks. They all presented themselves as coming from Holland, and when I inquired as to why they didn’t say the Netherlands, they said they are from Holland in the Netherlands and it doesn’t matter to them which name you use for their country.

      I imagine that those folks who aren’t from the Holland region (which includes the provinces of North and South Holland, but more importantly, the 3 largest cities in the country) do take offence to everyone calling the Netherlands “Holland”, but it sure as hell isn’t just Americans. So stop being an insufferable know-it-all. No wonder everyone thinks Germans are soulless calculating assholes with a superiority complex.*

      Sheesh.

      PS: I am a gay christian. Chew on that. The Bible also says I’m not supposed to eat shellfish or pork and that touching pigskin is an abomination. Or wear polyester or other blended fabrics. Seems to me you should know more about what the Bible says before trying to tell everyone else what they should or shouldn’t believe about it.

      *How does it feel to have your entire culture painted with a wide brush? Don’t do it. It’s mean.

      Nov 13, 2011 at 7:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dorothea from Germany
      Dorothea from Germany

      @Desdemona:
      What makes you think that there’s an inherent truth to the Bible? I mean, the Bible contains so much bullshit that the people who wrote it were clearly insane. Do you consider a book that was written by insane people a good source for wisdom?

      Nov 13, 2011 at 7:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr. Enemabag Jones
      Mr. Enemabag Jones

      @CreoClayton:

      You’re a damn fool, just as fucked as all the people who group every homosexual individual under the term “GAY” then list all the horrible things that person supposedly does because they’re gay.

      If you think Muslims are such a wonderful people, move to Iran and be openly gay. Comparing the way anti-gay people treat gays who have never done anything to anyone, to a distrust, and dislike of Muslims–who have done horrible things to many people–demonstrates the juvenile logic you posses.

      Nov 13, 2011 at 7:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr. Enemabag Jones
      Mr. Enemabag Jones

      @kylew:

      What he said.

      Nov 13, 2011 at 7:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr. Enemabag Jones
      Mr. Enemabag Jones

      @CaliberGuy:

      So it’s not OK for people to hate us becuase we are gay but in your book is OK to hate others becuase they are msulim?

      Yes.

      You do realise that the people who perpatraid the atacks on 9/11 where extremist that has political reasion for what they did, it was not simply because they where msulim.

      There were–and are–Islamofacists, who live, support, teach, and die–and kill for–Islam, and their Muslim faith.

      They could have just as easily been christain as many christains have also commited acts of terrorisum

      Citations please.

      not to menttion that the vast majory of musslims abhore the terrist

      What else are they suppose to say? if they “abhore” terrorism, then they need to remove their leaders.

      as well espicaly seeing that siad terroirst have killed more muslims then any other group they have killed.

      Good.

      You do realsie that muslims are not more violent then any other given group that one can find

      Yes, because there are so many people who follow Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Jainism, Judaism, Shinto, Sikhism, Taoism, Wicca, Zoroastrianism, and Druidism, who go around flying planes into buildings, and blowing up soldiers, and civilians, and ordering jihads on Americans.

      there is nothing about being muslim that makes one inharently violant or inharently hating of others.

      And there is nothing about being Muslim that makes the less hateful, or violent.

      Again it was people filled with hate irespective of their religon that perpetrated 9/11 yet it is a whole group of people that have nothing to do with it that get blaimed.

      They’re all the same.

      Nov 13, 2011 at 7:22 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • in case you aren't a troll
      in case you aren't a troll

      @Mr. Enemabag Jones: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2017851/Norway-attacks-gunman-Anders-Behring-Breivik-right-wing-extremist-hated-Muslims.html
      Do you know how many children this guy killed? Watch yourself before you head down his sad path.

      And as a practicing Buddhist and Confucianist, I politely ask that you refrain from invoking the names of religions you know nothing about in order to illogically support your argument for hatred toward large groups of mostly law-abiding people whose big offensive trait is that they’re not from where you’re from.

      Nov 13, 2011 at 7:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr. Enemabag Jones
      Mr. Enemabag Jones

      @in case you aren’t a troll:

      I’m not sure if your comment is pathetic, or desperate. How many innocent children have Muslims killed? Do they get a pass because they’re not white?

      And I’m sure Islamofacists are pleased that a non-believer is defending their violence, and terrorism.

      Nov 13, 2011 at 8:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mk
      mk

      @Mr. Enemabag Jones: Christians have tortured and/or killed a lot of kids and adults over time too, and they still do. Islam isn’t inherently bad or extreme and Christianity isn’t inherently good or mild. The crusaders were aggressive, ignorant, antisemitic, brutal Christian zealots who waged unprovoked war on comparatively far far more tolerant, advanced and enlightened muslims. Not so long ago when homosexuality was still illegal in many western democracies Christian gays from those countries who could afford it would take vacations to muslim countries and find them an oasis of relief from the repression and threats regarding gay sexuality at home.

      Nov 13, 2011 at 9:07 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • sam
      sam

      Could all of you douchebags shut the eff up and comment on the goddamn video please?

      I’ve seen like… three comments relating to the content of this great video, and the rest has been pathetic arguing. Christ.

      Nov 13, 2011 at 9:15 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • adam
      adam

      Christians today commit a lot of terrorist acts and terrorists threats against abortion clinics and doctors. They’ve blown them up, set fire to them and murdered people Dr. Tiller.

      Christians have also had oppression and long bloody violent conflicts and terrorist acts over sectarian differences like protestant and catholic, and they have exploited and killed africans and indigenous people in incredibly inhumane ways. Christians have had a long habit across cultures historically of extreme institutional anti-semitic bigotry and murder of jews.

      Nov 13, 2011 at 9:21 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr. Enemabag Jones
      Mr. Enemabag Jones

      @mk:

      The crusaders were aggressive, ignorant, antisemitic, brutal Christian zealots who waged unprovoked war on comparatively far far more tolerant, advanced and enlightened muslims.

      Wow. You had to go back 1000 years to find an example of Christians being violent, and Muslims being peaceful.

      Not so long ago when homosexuality was still illegal in many western democracies Christian gays…would take vacations to muslim countries and find them an oasis of relief from the repression and threats regarding gay sexuality at home

      Well guess what? This is the present, and I think you’d be hard pressed to find any American gays who would venture to any Muslim country, expecting to find an “oasis of relief”. Why don’t you try it, and let us know how it goes?

      Nov 13, 2011 at 9:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr. Enemabag Jones
      Mr. Enemabag Jones

      @adam:

      Christians bad for what they’ve done in the past, Muslims good for what they’re doing today. Thanks for clearing that up, Adam.

      I’d love to take all the gay people who defend Muslims, and drop you in the middle of Tehran, and see how much you love being there.

      Nov 13, 2011 at 9:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Paul F
      Paul F

      I guess I must have led a charmed life in school, the only times I got beat up and called names was by my BROTHER. The only other time I have been assulted for being perceived as gay was in college when a “little” girl snuck up behind me and slugged me in the kidneys as hard as she could in the apartment complex I lived in at the time. She was one of a gaggle of bratts that ran wild during the day while the parents were at work, ripping the wallpaper off the hallway walls and generaly vandalizing the place. As far as I could tell they were all christian “terrorists” although I doubt religion was their driving motivation, just p*ss poor parenting.

      Nov 13, 2011 at 10:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • adam
      adam [Different person #1 using similar name]

      @Mr. Enemabag Jones: Christians groups and individuals are committing terrorism, terrorist threats and murder against abortion clinics and their staff and doctors TODAY not just back in history.

      Uganda is a christian majority country that in current times has been trying its best to pass legislation that will condemn all gays in the country to death, and anti-gay American christian groups in recent times introduced Ugandans to the bunk science anti-gay literature that is being used as a justification for that legislation. The US christian groups have not been making an effort to stop the results of their handy work in that country.

      Nov 13, 2011 at 11:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • mk
      mk

      @Mr. Enemabag Jones: My point was that its nothing inherent to the religions.

      You don’t have to go back 1000 years to find examples of Christians being bloodthirsty bigoted violent abusive zealous pricks or of muslims being sophisticated and moderate, the many crusades were just a huge gross stand out example.

      There are a lot of Christians who are not Americans, gay rights have not existed for long in the west, and a lot of the attitude adjustment towards homosexuality in muslim countries over the last few decades has been due to AIDS and an upswing in fundamentalism. Christian countries have their upswings and downswings in fundamentalism too.

      Nov 14, 2011 at 12:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rrr
      rrr

      Jamaica is majority christian. They are famously shitty and violent to their LGBT. One of their popular dance songs instructs listeners to set fire to gay men.

      Nov 14, 2011 at 12:51 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Pavel
      Pavel

      I live in Amsterdam, and things are not how they use to be. Muslim, have rights and are the ones who bully us homosexuals they us the freedom of speech. A lot of my friends as soon as we see a muslim we act macho so that the group of kids won’t harass us. What needs to happen in the Netherlands is we need laws to protect us and not just do lip service.

      Nov 14, 2011 at 4:41 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CBRad
      CBRad

      @Pavel: Everyone I speak to from the Netherlands tells me the same. They are the biggest violently homophobic element in that country. Pym was right.

      Nov 14, 2011 at 5:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Riker
      Riker

      @Dorothea from Germany: Yes, it is true the Book of Leviticus says that. However, that chapter establishes a set of laws for the Hebrew people. The Hebrew nation no longer exists, so those rules do not apply to anyone.

      As far as the New Testament mentions of homosexuality, those are due to mistranslations. The word Paul used was arsenokoites, which is now generally understood by scholars to refer to the practice of temple sex rituals.

      Nov 14, 2011 at 8:25 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr. Enemabag Jones
      Mr. Enemabag Jones

      @Pavel:

      @CBRad:

      I’m glad people who actually live in the Netherlands came here to tell their side of the story. Too many people are defending Islam, and Muslims.

      Nov 14, 2011 at 11:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Michael Lucas
      Michael Lucas

      Im Michael Lucas and I endorsed this ad!

      Nov 14, 2011 at 1:45 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jurgen
      Jurgen

      @lemon-lime:
      No wonder everyone thinks Germans are soulless calculating assholes with a superiority complex.*
      That’s what most people outside the USA think of Americans. But besides that, you’re right with some of the things, but also Dorothea. I am from the Netherlands myself, but I don’t like it when people call each other names. Because I am half Dutch/half German, I know a lot of Germans. Ofcourse some are soulless calculating assholes, but so are also a few Americans, or Australians, Russians, Japanese, Dutch etc for that matter.
      Most people all over the world are ok. So, if you want to better the world, start with yourself. Everyone has the right op expressing their opinion.

      Nov 14, 2011 at 2:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B
      B

      No. 29 · mk wrote, “The crusaders were aggressive, ignorant, antisemitic, brutal Christian zealots who waged unprovoked war on comparatively far far more tolerant, advanced and enlightened muslims.”

      Not exactly. There was some politics involved in initiating it (and it also helped
      empty Europe of colorful characters like “Peter the Hermit” and “Walter the Penniless” who somehow attracted large following, people that those in the power structure probably wanted out of there anyway).

      See http://history-world.org/crusades.htm:
      “ORIGINS OF THE CRUSADES
      After the death of Charlemagne, king of the Franks, in 814 and the subsequent collapse of his empire, Christian Europe was under attack and on the defensive. Magyars, nomadic people from Asia, pillaged eastern and central Europe until the 10th century. Beginning about 800, several centuries of Viking raids disrupted life in northern Europe and even threatened Mediterranean cities. But the greatest threat came from the forces of Islam, militant and victorious in the centuries following the death of their leader, Muhammad, in 632. By the 8th century, Islamic forces had conquered North Africa, the eastern shores of the Mediterranean, and most of Spain. Islamic armies established bases in Italy, greatly reduced the size and power of the Byzantine Empire (the Eastern Roman Empire) and besieged its capital, Constantinople. The Byzantine Empire, which had preserved much of the classical civilization of the Greeks and had defended the eastern Mediterranean from assaults from all sides, was barely able to hold off the enemy. Islam posed the threat of a rival culture and religion, which neither the Vikings nor the Magyars had done.

      “In the 11th century the balance of power began to swing toward the West. The church became more centralized and stronger from a reform movement to end the practice whereby kings installed important clergy, such as bishops, in office. Thus for the first time in many years, the popes were able to effectively unite European popular support behind them, a factor that contributed greatly to the popular appeal of the first Crusades.

      “Furthermore, Europe’s population was growing, its urban life was beginning to revive, and both long distance and local trade were gradually increasing. European human and economic resources could now support new enterprises on the scale of the Crusades. A growing population and more surplus wealth also meant greater demand for goods from elsewhere. European traders had always looked to the Mediterranean; now they sought greater control of the goods, routes, and profits. Thus worldly interests coincided with religious feelings about the Holy Land and the pope’s newfound ability to mobilize and focus a great enterprise.”

      Nov 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joetx
      Joetx

      I come to Queerty to get some gay news, not read a bunch of xenophobic comments.

      Hatred is wrong in any way, shape, or form.

      Nov 14, 2011 at 6:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dannie
      Dannie

      @Mr. Enemabag Jones:
      People like you are the reason the world is never going to progress. Stop blaming others and start taking responsibility for your ignorance and racism. Let the people you discriminate against be intolerant, as you think they are; that doesn’t excuse you from being tolerant. Just because you ‘think’ that every Muslim in the Middle East and in Europe and the US is intolerant and radical doesn’t mean that you should be too.

      Nov 14, 2011 at 9:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ken
      Ken

      @Dorothea from Germany:

      When admonishing others for not being culturally aware enough, please try not to push your own misguided stereotypes… plenty of Americans are well aware that Holland and the Netherlands are not interchangeable, aware that England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales are all different places, and a few of us even know all of the Canadian provinces.

      These stereotypes do not exist because they started with a grain of truth, but because people in one place or another thought they were better than others simply because of their location at the time of birth. While I keenly remember choosing exactly where I was going to be born, most people did not enjoy such a luxury, so I think we do all of those people a great disservice by continuing to propagate all these stereotypes*.

      *except for when Jeremy Clarkson does it, because he is a frickin riot.

      Nov 14, 2011 at 10:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Curtis
      Curtis

      WOW! This is awesome. Too bad a public service announcement like this would never be aired on American airwaves. I believe in laying the truth bare. The fact that we always stick our fingers in our ears and go “LA LA LA LA LA LA” is one of the reasons we are so fucked up in this country. Ignoring it will not make it go away. Just look at what happened at Penn State. We pride ourselves in our sheltered lives and pride ourselves in sheltering our children, but it isn’t working people. The sheltering is backfiring. We have higher STD rates and higher unwanted pregnancies in this country from this stupid over sheltering too. It isn’t working. Lets talk about it. Lay it all out there, for all to see. Children too!!! You are fooling yourself if you think they haven’t seen it already. They are living it. You are only blinding yourself while your children pay the price.

      Nov 14, 2011 at 11:26 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • emily
      emily

      @Mr. Enemabag Jones:

      wow… isn’t your comment the exact thing we are trying to change here? stereotypes and hatred?

      Nov 15, 2011 at 12:39 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dan
      Dan

      The lesson is simple: don’t get angry or sad, get revenge. Revenge has brought an end to more human rights violations than any other human action in human history.

      Nov 15, 2011 at 1:30 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Allen D.
      Allen D.

      I thoroughly enjoy that he’s wearing an Arch Enemy shirt. That’s pretty badass, really.

      Nov 15, 2011 at 1:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rfk
      rfk

      @Dorothea from Germany:

      Actually Dorothea unlike your country where citizenship if based on some Germanic Aryan race myth, the United States allows religious liberty but also takes a stand against religious bullying. We don’t pay tithes to any church or synagogue: unlike your country that just burns them down.

      England is synonymous with Great Britain because when one says “Great Britain,” there is an expectation they think of; they don’t think of Wales.

      I come from a long tradition of looking suspiciously upon anyone doing things in the name of “progress.” To admire the Netherlands or any country just because of fly-by-night political attitudes is fatuous.

      Nov 15, 2011 at 1:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Orion
      Orion

      @Mr. Enemabag Jones:

      I’ve never heard of a Christian strapping dynamite to themselves, and blowing up civilians.

      Right wing Christian extremist Anders Behring Breivik killed 77 of is own people in Norway via bombs and guns. All because he was pissed that they were letting Muslims into the country….

      All kinds of people can go bad, Christians, Muslims, anybody. SO don’t group the one you “prefer better” as more innocent then the other.

      I just wanted to point that out.

      Nov 15, 2011 at 1:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • xander
      xander

      Anyone who believes Christians aren’t also capable of terrorism needs to remember “the Troubles” in Northern Ireland.

      The religious ‘logic’ behind such sectarian violence? Easy: “a sin to overcome a greater sin is not a sin at all”. Makes me sick just thinking about how people use their faith (any faith) to justify violence.

      Nov 15, 2011 at 3:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Aaron
      Aaron

      I remember when this used to happen to me in school…my school years were the most horrible years of my life…and the funny thing is, I didn’t even know I was gay at the time…all I knew is that I was the pain of being bullied !!!

      Nov 15, 2011 at 12:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dorothea from Germany
      Dorothea from Germany

      @rfk:
      “Actually Dorothea unlike your country where citizenship if based on some Germanic Aryan race myth, the United States allows religious liberty but also takes a stand against religious bullying. We don’t pay tithes to any church or synagogue: unlike your country that just burns them down.”

      Yeah, right! And the Southern United States still have slavery …

      You are a further example of an ignorant US American. Clearly, you can’t distinguish between past and present. Never learnt how to properly read a calendar, huh?

      For your information, Germany does have freedom of religion as well as many other liberties. Also, we have the Equal Treatment Act, which – among many other things – protects gay and trans people from discrimination with regard to employment and occupation, education, social security (incl. medical care), as well as supply of goods and services (incl. accommodation). The vast majority of LGBTs in the USA can only dream of such a legal protection… But of course only the oh so great USA is able to evolve away from past injustice.

      Nov 15, 2011 at 2:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Andy
      Andy

      DON’T FEED THE TROLLS!!!! that is all.

      Nov 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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