As George Michael knows, it is illegal in England to have sex in public places. So, when four fireman discovered four men have sex in the bushes in a park, they could have caused a citizens arrest (if they do that in England), or called the cops on them. Instead, they just shined a flashlight on the frolicsome foursome (and it’s unclear whether their motive was to ensure that no one was being hurt, to figure out what was going on, or just to watch), and then returned to the fire station. Rather than breathing a sigh of relief that they weren’t carted off to prison, the four law breakers got belligerent — and this is where it gets farcical, in a very pathetic way:
Firemen who shone their torches at four men they found having sex in bushes have been disciplined by their bosses.
The crew spotted the men engaged in illegal ‘dogging’ – outdoor sexual activity with strangers – on parkland known as the Downs in Bristol late one night.
After embarrassing the men by pointing their torches at them, the crew continued on their way to their fire station.
But one of the ‘doggers’ complained to Avon Fire and Rescue, ultimately accusing the four-man crew of being homophobic.
The firemen, who have 26 years of service between them, were then suspended on full pay for three months during an internal investigation.
Yesterday it emerged that two have been fined £1,000 each, another demoted to a rank which will see him forfeit a similar amount of money, while a fourth has received a stern written warning.
It is believed Avon Fire and Rescue plans to give the money raised from the fines to a gay rights charity.
Among those being considered is the Jamaican Forum for Lesbians All-Sexuals and Gays.
The crew have been transferred to other stations and ordered to attend an equality course.
But no action has been taken against any of the men believed to have been involved in the dogging.
Is it only me or is there something incredibly humorous about the phrase “embarrassing the men by pointing their torches at them….?” It seems to me that four men who elect to have an orgy in a public park are pretty much beyond embarrassment.
Unsurprisingly, the firemen’s colleagues, who haven’t had a gag order placed on them, are unhappy:
But one of their colleagues said yesterday: ‘This is a complete farce. All four officers have been let down by their senior officers when they needed their support the most.
‘They have been treated as the criminals and it has been forgotten that they witnessed criminal activity occurring in a public place.’
Another fireman said: ‘There are a lot of firefighters in Avon who feel the four involved have been treated very unfairly so the service can be seen as being politically correct.’
A society has completely lost its moorings when criminals get to complain that, instead of being arrested, they were stared at while committing their crime.
Just as a thought experiment, I’d like you to imagine that it wasn’t four firefighters in the park, it was a family of four going out for a postprandial stroll, and it was their 11 year old who was first attracted to the shaking shrub. “Hey, Mum, I think there are some dogs in there,” he cries out. The family cautiously moves forward to investigate, only to find a gay orgy taking place. Try a rational explanation of the birds and the bees for your kids after that one.
England has become a very sick, sick society, and I’m not being homophobic here. I’m talking about the complete breakdown of law and order, where the distinction between wrong and right has been turned on its head (and it is wrong, very, very, very wrong, for people of any sexual stripe to be engaging in orgies in public parks).
Hat tip: RD
UPDATE: Zombie has filed a report from the Folsom Street Fair, which I last observed about 20 years ago. I went then to see it purely as a curious spectator, and left quickly, disgusted by the casual perversion of it all. It’s gotten lots, lots, lots, lots worse in 20 years. Zombie’s report is hedged with warnings, and you really should take them seriously before reading the descriptions and checking the photographs. That children were there is shocking. Those kids are going to grow up craving pure celibacy.
In any event, I mention it here, because it ties in perfectly with this story from Britain about the vanishing line between public and private, especially when it comes to sex in public places.