June 10, 2011

VERBAL HOMICIDES IN THE NAME OF RELIGION MUST STOP NOW!


San Francisco, CA:  As the official start of summer nears, weather reports are dominated by stories related to extreme weather, heatwaves, tornado's, rain, and June snow in the Sierras. While scientists and climatologists seem to agree that the increased precipitation is related to climate change, none of these Scientists agree on what the future holds outside of our planet getting warmer.

Presidential politics are starting to dominate news and talk programs, with the President seeking re-election, and 3rd tier extremist Republican politicians are eager to oppose him. As the campaign heats up, when you watch your evening news, listen for the code words or shtick, where the news anchor or talk show host asks the candidate how they feel about “gay marriage,” or Don't Ask Don't Tell, and the candidate goes off on a tangent speaking of the deviant behavior practiced by homosexuals in the privacy of their homes, and talks about preserving traditional marriage because not doing so is going to destroy society, and then they say homos don't need rights. "They can choose a different lifestyle, or accept God in their heart, and then they will be saved", says Pastor Pete.

We all hear the hate all the time. The guy driving home with his 2 kids asleep on the back seat can hear his talk radio station, and the DJ is talking about how them queers are causing high taxes, while an obscure evangelist is asking for donations to cure fags and make them ex-gay, because that's the only way to eliminate tornadoes.

Kids hear this talk too, adults hear it, adolescents are aware, and little toddlers listen. This hatred makes parents get uptight, and can create tension that turns into arguments and disagreements, while your grandma wonders what a muff is, and the returning gay serviceman who lives next door, is lonely and lost after 2 tours of duty in Iraq while no one speaks or reaches out to the kid. Mister Don wakes from his nap and mentions hockey, praying each day that the masculinity of the sport will inspire his son to be straight.

The verbal homicides that religious and political figures commit in the name of God and Religion, vilifying and criticizing human beings for immutable characteristics that cannot be changed, is hateful bigoted speech. It is intended to hurt, discredit & demean anyone that is different, whether it's sex, race or sexual orientation. This hate speech often scares children, and adults alike, and if we keep allowing kids to hear it, they will become conditioned to accept that critical comments and hate speech centered around religion, are acceptable even if the words hurt one's feelings and destroys any sense of self confidence. When hateful venom is repeated over and over, a child will learn to adapt and may not react immediately, but the long term consequences for the child will be negative and long lasting.

We must start demanding that network news programs exclude guests who represent hate groups, whether religious or otherwise, or promote anti-gay or anti-anything sentiments that are based on religion or stereotypes. We cannot accept hate speech attributed to the word of God, as you will never find evidence of such. He does not represent or sanction hatred toward anyone and only has love in his heart.

Verbal homicide is murdering a human being with words. These thoughtless actions cause kids to commit suicide, make poor choices of sexual partners, develop eating disorders, and creates long-term mental health problems. We must stop the madness now! We want our kids to be the best they can be. We must tell children from an early age that we will love them for who they are, and that we will always be there unconditionally.

The next time you hear hate speech on any network, please email, call, or write the station to register your complaint. This world would be amazing if everyone would stand up to bigotry and hatred! Please join me!



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