Monday, 27 September 2010

Bad news cont: Hate speech

Hate speech is one of my main beefs. I believe it is the foundation on which discrimination, prejudice and violence is built. These things do not happen in a vaccuum -they happen because there are people, organisations, the media and authority figures giving their consent and encouragement with their hateful words and bigoted speech.

I very much believe this is the basis for so much of the badness we face

The Catholic Church is always a source of hatred, I wonder soemtimes if they try to generate as much hate as they do. Is it a concerted effort?

Cardinal Jorge Medina Estévez has declared that “homosexuality is immoral” (pretty standard and even friendly for the Catholic Church) and moved on by saying BEING homosexual is disordered – like missing an eye or a foot. Hmm, ableism and homophobia together, it’s a hate twosome!

Cardinal Norberto Rivera in Mexico seems rather mundane by calling the Supreme Court’s ruling accepting same-sex marriage in Mexico City “evil” and “immoral” Can’t you do better than that? I mean there wasn’t even a condemnation to incest or paedophilia! You’re not even trying any more in your bigotry.

Ah that’s better! Sad to see you’re back to form And even worse than drug violence as well? That’s a new one!

Meanwhile, in addition to the third world comment we got with the Pope’s visit, another Catholic official in the UK, Edmund Adamus, calls Britain a wasteland for our support of GBLTQ equality

But then, they’re getting kind of desperate – even having to blatantly lie and alter their own polls to maintain proper amounts of hatred

In Nottingham men have been putting up “gay free zone” posters in response to Pride. No, really no. I know there’s a whole lot of people in this country that hates me, but hell no do we accept a “gay free zone!”

In Australia, Senate Candidate Wendy Francis hates gay marriage - in fact she thinks it’s CHILD ABUSE. Child abuse? Seriously/ Y’know what I think is child abuse? Feeding GBLTQ kids so much hatred and bigotry that they grow up hating themselves – and, all to often, killing themselves. THIS is child abuse. Marriage? Not so much. Unless the wedding is like REALLY long and the kids have to wear really uncomfortable suits and there’s CAKE there but they can’t eat it! Yeah, that’s kinda nasty. And, no, I never did like attending weddings as a kid – and whose idea was it to give the gold wedding rings to a pre-adolescent anyway?

Alveda King goes one step further. Gay marriage is GENOCIDE MUAHAHAHA! Genocide, because a common gay custom when tying the knot is to… annihilate entire populations, um, yeah. “I do. I’ve kissed my husband, now pass me the organised killing machine!”

Iowa Republican Candidate, Jeremey Walters has declared AIDS a punishment for homosexuality along with some very standard Bible based hatred. Oh dear oh dear, how unoriginal. Y’know every time we continue this myth that AIDS is a gay only disease, we’re putitng lives at risk. Ignorance is killing people. While Iowa GOP condemned him, anotehr republican candidate for the Senate, Dave Leach agreed with him and defended his hate. Bonus points for the “sodomite” line – isn’t that a bit old school now? But apparently the actions of sodomites CREATED AIDS. Uh-huh, more life threatening ignorance

A group backing Oklahoma rep Sally Kern called her transgender opponent Brittany Novotny a “confused it“. I really do wish that we had at least reached a point where such vile comments were political suicide

In reponse to a Blog report about the (lack of) DADT repeal vote in the senate, a staff member for Senator Saxby Chambliss decided to post a comment calling for the death of all “faggots.” Wow, stay classy there

The Tea Party doesn’t surprise by being a source of hate speech. But I admit that I blinked when I read what Tim Ravandal (president of the Montana Tea Party), wrote and condoned with Dennis Scranton

Dennis Scranton: “I think fruits are decorative. Hang up where they can be seen and appreciated. Call Wyoming for display instructions.”

Tim Ravndal: “@Kieth, OOPS I forgot this aint(sic) America no more! @ Dennis, Where can I get that Wyoming printed instruction manual?”

Dennis Scranton: Should be able to get info Gazette archives. Maybe even an illustration. Go back a bit over ten years.”

A reminder I’m sure no-one needs – Matthew Shepherd was murdered and hung from a fence in Wyoming.

He was fired from the Tea Party, prompting Republican Nominee Kristi Allen-Gailushas to quit the Tea Party in protest – protest of kicking him out, NOT of the hate speech!

50 cent, in a spat with Perez Hilton (gods I cannot stand that man) decided to respond by tweeting about shooting up a gay wedding – complete with picture of 2 men running from a crowd

The Family Research Council is being its usual hateful self and has declared that allowing open gay soldiers in the military will increase the risk of HIV and other STDs because… um… well… knowing there are gay people around you makes you have unprotected sex, y’know.

They are supported in their hate speech elsewhere in a partnership with a Campbells Soup supplier of all brands to fight against anti-discrimination ordinances with lies.

Another of the hate groups, NARTH, has spread such much of its evil that it’s now being used by Christians in Hong Kong to try and fight against any GBLTQ rights. Exporting hate, well there’s one industry the economy isn’t killing

Speaking of hate groups. Concerned Women of American are here to tell you why black men aren’t graduating as much as they should. Is it racism? Noooo. What? Really – not the disproprotionate poverty rates, the grossly disproportionate incarceration rates, gang violence in neighbourhoods the police have written off – the same police who are fare more the enemies of those men than any kind of help. Nooo – it’s the GAYS