Your little item about Bulgaria's "race to the bottom" of the homophobic nation barrel missed a certain irony in it. The etymology of the words buggery and Bulgaria. They derive thus: bugger from the Middle English bougre or heretic; from the Old French boulgre; from the Medieval Latin Bulgaris, i.e. Bulgar or Bulgarian! So you see what those poor homophobes are up against: a near millennium of etymology that links them with this act they find so alien. And yet, it bears their name. God does have a sense of irony, let it not be forgotten.
Christian Draz, Boston