Wednesday, May 2, 2012

THIS Is What We're Up Against!

By now, I'm sure that many of those reading this blog, or on the facebook blog page, have read the story of the North Carolina maniac, disguised as a pastor, who told his congregation to physical abuse their young children if they thought they were beginning to show homosexual tendencies.  That's right!  In his words, "I give you a special dispensation this morning to..." crack the perceived limp wrists of their very young boy if they thought he was showing homosexual tendencies.  "Man up".  He also urged them to PUNCH the boy.

I have to pause for a moment to regain my composure and dignity.

What's worse is the "congregation" he was delivering the "sermon" to were laughing, cheering, and offering their "amen" to the words of this barbarian.    I'm guessing that advocating the harm of a child isn't a crime in North Carolina.  Or, is that ok "as long as it's done for religious, political, or philosophical beliefs."?

My mind wants to go back to the person who "Anonymously" posted a comment last month to one of the blog entries who said that it was "absolutely absurd" to blame religious and political "leaders" for what's going on in this country, and around the world, today when it comes to the LGBT community and, in particular, the LGBT youth.  Those words don't go away.  I seeth every time they replay in my mind.

It doesn't get any clearer than this:  what we're witnessing right now in this country is an all-out war against the LGBT community.  Keep in mind, as well, that there was also recent a "DJ", DJ Dominic Dieter, who went on record as telling a father that he should get one of his friends to screw his lesbian daughter straight.  For a nation so obsessed with terrorism, and the threat thereof (and, rightfully so), it's interesting that groups who publicly wage war against a segment of our population aren't considered domestic terrorists.  To be fair, I will add that a number of these maniacs are, in fact, listed as hate groups.  Wouldn't you, as a Christian, be just a little leery about going to a church that is listed as a hate group?  Well, yes, of course you would.  That is, of course, unless your mind is as warped as those who lead these "churches".

Here's the issue in plain black and white:  we are in the fight of our lives, as a community, right here and right now.  At stake is our freedom, as a community, as "they" systematically attempt to erase all gains that have been made over the past few years as it pertains to marriage equality and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.  WORSE, what's at stake is the very lives of the LGBT teens from coast-to-coast and border-to-border as we see one political and/or religious "leader" after another all but say "we don't care that they're killing themselves.  If they'd stop being LGBT, they'd feel better about themselves and wouldn't commit suicide."  We need to let them know that this is 100% unacceptable.  From this constant attack, led by highly visible "leaders" comes the mentality of the young ones that it's okay, and even expected of them, to bully those they perceive to be LGBT.  


I get a little emotional about this.

This just shows what we're up against.  It shows that we need to fight harder, with even more conviction, and we need every single available voice to speak up loudly and clearly.  The message needs to be crystal clear:  we are NOT second-class citizens; we are NOT mistakes; we ARE equal in every sense of the word; and, God's opinion of me and my life is between me and God.  Being gay or lesbian or bisexual or transgender has NOTHING to do with the quality of our character.  We are PEOPLE, first and foremost.


Spread the word.  Every voice is needed...right now!

10 comments:

  1. I'd just like to say that he didn't really use any Homosexual Slurs from what I remember, It sounded more like he was talking about Gender Non-Conforming / Possibly Transgender Children.

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    1. Are you making an excuse for him? And you were actually there to HEAR him. Forgive me, Ms. Payne, but perhaps you've ambled into the wrong chat room.

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    2. The use of slurs is irrelevant to the message.

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  2. The problem is the unreasonableness of religion. As long as lots of people are convinced that "Faith", to believe things for which there is no evidence or in spite of evidence to the contrary, is a good thing, we will have lots of people who will not listen to reason. Religion is evil.

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  3. I was just pondering some old research I did for college about homophobia and remembered a website that popped up when I google the term. Well I decided to do this again this morning and lo and behold there it was. It is the site for the Westboro Babtist Church in Kansas and their web address is actually www.godhatesfags.com . I have never in my life read such horrible rambling. That they are allowed to puplicly spew such vitriol and hatred astounds me. Yes, freedom of speach etc yada yada yada but this borders on criminal. They show a picture of that poor lad Matthew Sheppard who was beaten, tied to fence and left to die because of his sexuality as the "poster boy" of why god hates fags. Ok all you professional hackers out there, somebody shut these units down. Sick, stupid, hate filled bigots, religious self centred asswipes who denigrate anyone who does not believe in their hate filled god. No wonder I am an athiest.

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  4. The arrogance of these bigots is astounding that they can say what God hates. I've seen images of kids wearing t-shirts with slogans like God hates whores and faggots writen on them. It makes me so bloody angry. Who the hell are they to say what He hates. And these kids look demonic as they grin into the camera. They don't worship the same God I do that's for sure.

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  5. With regards to the religion comment, I thought people all knew by now that Leviticus wasn't even mentioning homosexuals. He does however mention haircuts and tattoos and women after pregnancy as being abominations so...I don't know why these "activists" aren't outside barber shops and tattoo parlors.

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  6. God isn't hate filled, but to listen to a good number of his so called "followers" one would think so. I have absolutely no excuse whatsoever for them and it makes me sick that they say they represent God. They do not. Honestly I don't think there is any hope for the Westboro group, but for any so-called Christian who has any open brain cells left, they need to refer to the Bible which says let him who is without sin cast the first stone...judge not lest you be judged... each person stands or falls to his own master (not to the judgmental neighbor, pastor, school bully etc). The problem is not with the Bible, which correctly interpreted in its culture and time teaches love, acceptance, and staying out of other people's business (Paul said not to be busibodies)--it is with those who pick a few words out of the Bible and decide for themselves what they must mean and then trumpet their ideas to everyone who will listen. Hate won't overcome hate, but maybe real Bible truth will sink in to anyone who is willing to hear the real truth.

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  7. @Maxine Payne, it doesn't matter what words he used, he is advocating and encouraging snapping the wrist of a four year old and punching him. I don't care what the child did or didn't do, NO ONE has the right to treat a child like that. He is advocating child abuse and tacitly giving the approval of God for doing it. He should be removed from his pulpit.

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  8. "love thy neighbor" not "love thy neighbor UNLESS..."

    Then again I had a catholic school that said that using condoms meant "doing the works of Satan" and that homosexuality was a disease that came from having "issues." Luckily enough instead of agreeing the student population was horrified and started debating with the speeaker.

    But honest child abuse because the kid was gay? If that's what they think the "truth" is they're missing a few brain cells. Or a lot of brain cells.

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