Did You Cause a Hate Crime? (With Updates!)
“On Sunday morning July 22nd a good friend and proud member of Lincoln’s LBGT community was brutally assaulted in a vicious hate crime. Three people broke into her home, tied her up and carved the words “Cunt” “Fag” and “Dyke” onto her face and body, then tried to set her house on fire. “
In the year 2012, there is no intellectually honest rationale for being against LGBT rights.
If you want to talk Biblical precedent, you will get schooled by even the most tepidly literate. If you think marriage is historically an institution of one man and one woman, then you don’t put even the most cursory effort into learning history. If you have any reason for saying gays aren’t equal citizens, then you’re the kind of caveman-like throwback that future generations will viciously mock, akin to Flat Earth-ers.
And you will deserve it. Because your prejudice is a requisite part of the savage and sociopathic violence that is committed against innocent human beings in the name of traditional values.
These movements don’t operate on crazy fringe alone. They need main-streamers to validate their nonsense. To give the pretty, nicely-clothed face to their blind, stupid hatred. They need Chick Fil-A to say it’s part of real family values to deny rights to gays. They need the Boy Scouts to say that gays can’t be around kids. They need your apathy and rationalization to feed their craven sadism.
But what prevents the kind of abjectly inhuman atrocities that were committed on this Lincoln woman? Anything. Any word that reinforces to people that talking shit on gays is lame, any action that demonstrates your commitment to equal rights. Calling out your friends, co-workers, family members, representatives and Facebook friends on their bullshit.
Because the people who commit these horrifying acts are not a separate species. They are part of our society: people who live and walk among us. And they have mental problems, obviously. But they also have people in their ears telling them who the source of society’s problems are and waxing philosophical about traditional values. And in some moment of limited frontal lobe activity, they act out, fueled by the speeches given in churches, the conversations had in passing and the institutionalized discrimination of our government.
And the only way to stop them is to stop saying stupid ass shit.
Many of us are just waiting for the majority of homophobes to hurry up and die. But we don’t wish your death, we wish your realization that this is the lamest, most ignorant battle in the world to wage. That the dating choices of other grown ups do not affect you. That the fair and equitable recognition of a same-sex union is no threat to opposite-sex unions. That only someone with a serious personal problem is so singularly focused on the private lives of other adults.
If you’re not chilled to the core by this hate crime, it’s debatable whether you’re wired properly. If you can read about this hate crime and think that there’s nothing you can do, you’re mistaken. You have no idea how much power your voice can have.
UPDATES: Police HAVE identified this as a hate crime. For those who want to contribute something to the cause, you can join this group online to keep up to date. There is a recovery fund set up for the woman, as she does not have health insurance.