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Saturday, October 9, 2010

When “conservative leader” means “callous asshole who doesn’t care about others”

A couple of days ago was reported a case in which a couple who had been making fun of a 7 year-old girl with a deadly disease, had been harassed and threatened, in solidarity with the girl’s family.

The way people showed their discontent with the couple’s action may bot have been the best, but the support for the suffering child is obvious. You would think that normal people tend to have that sympathy for those who suffer, right?

Well, now consider that in the last days, five gays have killed themselves because of bullying. While bullying is actually part of most teenager’s life, a suicide means that it has gone too far. You would think that normal people would feel empathy and speak against it, or at least, say nothing.

But conservative leaders are not such people.

DeMint addresses conservative issues at Spartanburg church rally

[Senator] DeMint said if someone is openly homosexual, they shouldn't be teaching in the classroom and he holds the same position on an unmarried woman who's sleeping with her boyfriend — she shouldn't be in the classroom.

“(When I said those things,) no one came to my defense,” he said. “But everyone would come to me and whisper that I shouldn't back down. They don't want government purging their rights and their freedom to religion.”

So, regardless of gay teenagers killing themselves after suffering bullying, there are still those who will encourage his followers to discriminate gays, just for being gays (women in the way, too).

Moreover, he cites his right to “freedom of religion”, as if that were a reason to hate someone else.

I am tempted to think it is. Christianity has made it very clear that hatred against gays is not wrong, that it is actually in the bible (even though Jesus never said anything about it) and that judgment, punishment and discrimination are not wrong if it is against something God supposedly also hates.

But he is not the only one. David Barton, an evangelical Christian minister and Republican political activist proposed “regulating homosexuality” by saying…

So if I got to the Centers for Disease Control and I'm concerned about health, I find some interesting stats there and this should tell me something about health.

Homosexual/bi-sexual individuals are seven times more likely to contemplate or commit suicide. Oooh, that doesn't sound very healthy.

Homosexuals die decades earlier than heterosexuals. That doesn't sound healthy.

Nearly one-half of practicing homosexuals admit to 500 or more sex partners and nearly one-third admit to a thousand or more sex partners in a lifetime.

These people are so hateful they would not consider that these gays killed themselves after a long time of suffering, caused by bigots, just like themselves. In their idiotic mind, gays deserve to be shunned and harassed and if they feel bad about it, it’s their own fault.

These two came after the gays suicides. We also have Christine O’Donnell, candidate for Delaware, stating that Homosexuality is an identity disorder, or Sharron Angle, a congress candidate for Nevada, say that gays should not adopt children (even though the American Psychological Association find no problem in that).

Last but not least, is Focus on the Family, which states that School Anti-bullying programs push a gay agenda. If what this group seeks isn't the unpunished harassing of gay teenagers, I don't know what they seek.

All these people base their hateful views on their Christian faith.

This is why I cannot support the Republican Party in the US. While their economic views are not totally repulsive to me, their stand on social issues is repulsive and despicable. Republicans and social conservatives tend to throw reason and tolerance throw the window in order to keep their dogmas in power. Maybe that’s what Jesus do.

On the other hand, this is what caring people do:

Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet play a gay couple in ABC's comedy "Modern Family". Ferguson is gay, but Eric not. Yet, they both understand how painful it might be to be gay in a society that hates them, in many cases, for no more reason than ancient beliefs.

Others who (unexpectedly) also support gays' rights, are Cindy and Megan McCain, wife and daughter of John McCain. Who would have thought so, right? If these two can understand that gays are as much of humans as everyone else, then I think there is still hope for the world.

Finally, pictures of Meghan McCain. Because she is hot.

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