On Monday, March 12th, trending on storify was tweets to people's unborn children. Tweets that vowed to KILL their unborn child if he or she turned out to be LGBT. I don't think it gets any worse than that. Luckily, these tweets were picked up on by someone, and these people are being put in the spotlight.
Codie Sowders wrote:
From Daborey Burrell comes this:#ToMyUnbornChild if you so much as think about being a homosexual I'll put a bullet in your damn skull
#ToMyUnbornChild if you turn out gay, I will burn you alive.Rob Grant wrote:
#ToMyUnbornChild if your gay or retarded I will kill you.And, this tweet from Chris Woodie:
#ToMyUnbornChild If you think gay is an option,let me know because we'll abort youExtremely graphic, I know. However, I think it's urgent that we know, and fully realize that there truly ARE people out there who, by their own admission!, would kill their own child if he or she were gay. Worse, they said it unabashedly, as if the murdering of unwanted LGBT children was just the norm.
My first thought was "I sure hope they don't have any other children!" Any person who can even formulate such a thought about any human being at all, let alone their very own unborn child should, at the very least, be mandated to have every snip and tie done as to assure that they can never, ever reproduce. This level of homophobia is reprehensible.
Here's the danger: this level of hatred, intolerance, and violence is precisely the accelerant that fuels the violence against the LGBT teens we're seeing today. And, as we're being shown more and more every single day, the violence against LGBT teens, the bullying, is a learned behavior taught to them, in many if not most cases, by adults. Directly or indirectly. Imagine: Codie Sowders has another child, or children!. Wonderful parent in all aspects; however, the child or children knows Codie's intolerant feeling towards gays. And, that level of hatred would be impossible to mask despite the best efforts. Well, what do you think the odds would be of that child, or those children, growing up to become homophobes themselves? And, thus, the vicious cycle continues. The bullying continues. The LGBT teen suicide rate remains the same. And, frightfully, if an LGBT child is born to any one of these people, the murder rate will go up as well. By their own admission.
I've got a real problem with this one. Hopefully, a lot of people have a real problem with it. Just reading these real tweets from real "people" should be enough to get your blood up to 210 degrees. For that other 2 degrees needed to reach boiling point, realize that there are teachers, judges, police officers, definitely politicians. priests and preachers...people from every walk of life with this level of homophobia.
It's getting better, yes. We still have lots of work to do.