Thursday, February 4, 2010

Enough is Enough

I am angry. I am sick and tired. I am outraged.

The relentless attacks on gay men, lesbians, transsexuals by everyone from Martin Ssempa in Uganda to the Pope in the Vatican, from Muslims to Baptists, from the likes of Peter Sprigg and John McCain, from the courts in California to the US Congress, seem to be getting more bold, more hateful, more violent, more frequent and more public.

How is it that so many (supposedly) heterosexual, ignorant, uninformed, opinionated, self-righteous, and self-proclaimed experts on homosexuality are given credibility to publicly define the basic assumptions and the terms of discussion and debate about our lives, our rights, our morals, our love, and our very existence?

Our lives, our sexuality, who we choose to love, and our civil rights should not even be up for debate. That we even dignify these idiots by taking seriously their participation is counter-productive. There can be no rational discourse with irrational people; and there will be no reasoning with those who use their irrational religious beliefs or cheap, erroneous "behavioral science" opinions to justify their hatred and bigotry.

3 comments:

Russ Manley said...

I agree with all you said there buddy. When you step back and consider all the maniacal ranting and raving from the scared-shitless straights, from a cosmic perspective it would be kinda funny, if it weren't so sad.

It's just exactly like what all the white people in the South were foaming at the mouth about, over the blacks and civil rights in the '60s.

Don't guess you were around to hear it but I was, and it was awful. And justified by every argument that could be devised from scripture, history, politics, and even biology.

And all that was nothing but sheer hatred, just pure-T arrogant disdain for the Other. Which is the story of humanity, sad to say.

I don't know how things will go in future, but I do know that kind of ugly talk faded away after the laws were finally put in place and enforced. And I expect the hetero hatred will too.

Sure is hard to listen to in the meantime, though, ain't it?

Jeepguy said...

Hey Frank -
This does get pretty sickening and tiresome, and I agree that it seems to be getting more intense.

Our greatest weapons against this hatred will be our unified tenaciousness in combatting the ignorance and our refusal to just "go away." Ain't gonna happen!

Over time, I think that it will become more the norm to accept LGBT people. Overall, the younger generation is much more accepting of us than our parents generation was, so there has been some progress, albiet slow.

I hope someday the fear will subside and the bigotry will die. I don't know if this will happen in our lifetimes, but it is important to keep carrying the torch...otherwise, they win.

Take care.

Heretic Tom said...

I hear ya, too. I blogged this morning about bullying and a couple conservative folks in Iowa are trying to remove LGBT kids from an anti-bullying law that passed a few years ago. These people are not rational and they are not compassionate. It's disgusting and sad.

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