Same-Sex Marriage and Neutrality
Radio Luisteren is an interesting type of radio show that you would probably find in a middle-aged woman's home. I'm not sure if that makes sense though. The show can be very interesting and at times educational. Most of the shows are centered on fashion and interesting parts of the world. They also discuss current events in the region. One could say that the radio station is more of a journal of sorts and that they focus in on what is happening in the lives of the people who tune into the radio each day.
In one recent episode, the host addressed a very familiar topic of the day: abortion. He asked women around the country to stop using contraceptives and to discuss the pros and cons of abortion. He wanted all of the women who used contraceptives to get off the pill. The radio luisteren naar found that there were mixed feelings about this. Some listeners found that they could support the host's views on abortion, while others thought that his message was far out of touch with the realities of modern society.
The radio host then brought in a new guest to the show to talk about something that many people have been discussing, the upcoming plebiscite on same-sex marriage. The guest was euthanasia expert euthanasia advocate Peter Fitzsimons. He had previously made headlines when he talked about the topic at a press conference. He talked about the need for open debate on important issues like same-sex marriage.
While discussing the subject with Radio Luisteren via internet, the host again brought in euthanasia expert Peter Fitzsimons to the show to talk about the topic. The two men tangled over the specifics of the euthanasia procedure, where it should be done, the age limit, and other details that basically had nothing to do with gay marriage. This is when the discussion got heated.
The radio host pointed out that one of the main problems with gay marriage is that it will divide people, and het met with objection from a number of listeners. He asked listeners to talk about their concerns and how they could bring about change, and some people said they would go straight to the government about the matter. Others simply stated that they will abstain from voting on the issue if the Parliament votes in favour of same-sex marriage. Van Een radio zender then asked for their feedback on the topic, and one man said that he would vote no, because he does not agree with gay marriage, but he did not think that it was right to put a problem into the constitution for a reason.
In this way the debate between same-sex marriage and neutrality has flared up once again. Many people have taken to the streets to demonstrate their opposition either way, and for as long as this debate continues there will be tension between the religious right and the rest of society. Onze radio luisteren naar de breek, onze radio een dagbaag, and other websites have reported a rise in negative feedback from citizens, who are upset at the way the issue has been handled by the government. Whether or not the public opinion follows the government's lead remains to be seen, but in time we can only expect increased debates between the press clubs, and between citizens and the politicians that represent them.