Supporting bigotry in high places
There’s a crude video game recently released out there that gives players points for protecting heterosexual game characters, by shooting the faggots – the guys in pink shirts, making their heads explode in blood. Oh, yeah, and you get even more points by identifying and shooting the tranny freaks. Like my kids.
You lose points if you shoot the good heterosexuals.
Am I appalled? Of course. And while, yes, this is one person and his gleeful fans, and the big distributor dropped it after two hours (but allowed it up for two hours!) and there will always be haters, that’s a cop-out. What does appall me most is the way this attitude has been fostered, at the highest levels of our society.
“I do not construe homosexual rights as human rights.” – Chris Smith, national GOP congressman, about people being thrown in prison just for being gay
“My thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s a well-established, fundamental pillar of society, and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality, it doesn’t matter what they are, they don’t get to change the definition. ” – Ben Carson, GOP Presidential Candidate (note the words “what” they are, gay or bestiality)
Florida GOPs moved an anti-transgender bathroom law forward, stating the need to keep trans folk to the bathroom for their biological sex because “Single-sex public facilities are places of increased vulnerability and present the potential for crimes against individuals using those facilities, including, but not limited to, assault, battery, molestation, rape, voyeurism, and exhibitionism”
Every single GOP Presidential candidate has spoken out against gay marriage, against gay adoption and gay foster parents – to “protect” children and people and institutions of faith.
They have framed equal rights as an attack on “normal” Americans. The LGBTQ folk are a danger and a threat.
And their colleagues have voted that way, time and again, along party lines.
This attitude encourages Americans to feel justified, even proud, of violent bigotry. They are “protecting” their church and their way of life. Sure, these candidates may say, “I never meant it to go that far” if some real person is injured or commits suicide. But with every statement, they encourage the view that LGBTQ folk are less than equal, less than human, less than worthy of protection or the life offered a straight, white, male “Christian” American.
They enable hatred. They enable violence. Their casual pandering to that viewpoint makes me feel ill for the fate of true American values of equality and justice.
I know we authors are supposed to stay out of politics. This might lose me some readers. But I have two genderqueer kids. And the Republican party, if in power, would deny them protection, in jobs or in housing, deny them the right to marry or adopt kids, force my kid who shaves every day to stick to women’s washrooms where “she” belongs. Or potentially face arrest, fines, prison.
I cannot imagine, with a clear humanitarian conscience, voting Republican in America today. I feel sad for those who wished to work from within the GOP, because you cannot work from within when every major candidate holds bigoted views. I don’t care if they could turn straw to gold and cut government paperwork in half. I don’t care what great ideas they might have. Nothing makes up for encouraging discrimination, bigotry, and hatred against your fellow citizens, simply for who they are and who they love. Nothing.
The HRC keeps a record of “Your Elected Officials.” If you think your legislator is different, look at how they vote, as well as what they say. Too often, even someone who sounds reasonable, votes along party lines when the chips fall. We MUST NOT allow our elected leaders to condone bigotry, and encourage discrimination, on any grounds. Your voice counts.
It’s a long way yet to the election, but the statements our leaders are making, every day, emboldens people who think shooting my kids “protects people from the tranny freaks” and is worth lots of fun all-American points.