Monday, September 10, 2007

History Repeating Itself?

I never really got into history but my husband has always been so when we talk about current events he reminds me of similar things that have happened in the past and its outcome. Recently he recalled this story about Oscar Wilde (Which I've copied and paraphrased from Wikipedia).

Oscar Wilde was a famous playwright, he was also married to a woman, however, he was known to prefer the "comfort of men". In 1895 Wilde claimed he was libeled by Lord Alfred Douglas's father, the ninth Marquess of Queensberry, for leaving him a calling card at his club. The offending card read "For Oscar Wilde, posing Somdomite [sic]".

In the preparation for the libel trial, detectives for Queensberry found out about all about Wilde's homosexual activities which eventually came out at the trial. Subsequently Wilde was convicted of gross indecency and sentenced to two years' hard labour for being a homosexual

Now, does that sound similar to anything going on today?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You make us laugh!! Thanks!

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