I was thinking that the once great Christian religions of the world have lost their way, and have been marginalised, as they struggle to be relevant in our modern world. The Roman Catholic Church has paid hundreds of millions, perhaps even a billion dollars or more (which is pure speculation on my part), to settle lawsuits surrounding the sexual assault of minors around the globe. That wasn’t just a scandal here, it’s a worldwide scandal. While the Church says that they are sorry to some victims, and dance when the statute of limitations runs out in other cases, they continue to require chaste priests and nuns as their membership numbers decrease.
Religious extremists and their supporters have been waging war for over ten years with the LGBT community. This is a war that they aren’t going to win, though they will prolong the battle for as long as they possibly can. When they lose the war against marriage equality, and anti-discrimination laws are in place on a federal level, will they just fade away and form their own version of the patriot and militia underground movement? Will they ever be the center of American life again?
When I started my retail boycott campaign to deny corporate financial resources to fund FRC and other like minded groups, they employed every tool in their arsenal to take me down. This is a story that hasn’t been told yet, and it’s not over by any means. There were people and organizations who swooped in to help me, and handle different things, and the breadth of support was amazing. In a few cases I agreed not to disclose their help, and in other cases I agreed to delay telling anyone about the assistance I received. I had to turn some people away, regrettably, because there was one of me and I couldn’t manage it all.
The right-wing extremists are bankrolled by people with deep pockets, who figured that they could scare me away. They took to the television and radio airwaves, they used email, they even used snail mail, and I received some of the most vile, scary, and hateful mail, email, and phone messages that I never even imagined as a possibility, because life gets better when you’re out of school. Right? People don’t bully you or threaten to harm you when you’re an adult. Life gets better. Doesn’t it?
I made one very small mistake at the outset of my boycott campaign, that left me vulnerable to the mail and phone calls. I know better now, and will never do that again. Maybe it gets better if you’re not queer, and you’re not an activist? Does anyone have any idea? (it’s called sarcasm people)
The death threats originated in 2 distinct states, where death threats are de rigueur I suppose. One area didn’t surprise me, but the other area where the LGBT community is unwelcome did surprise me.
I’m stronger now from a legal perspective, and I have a better idea of what to expect than I did before. I quietly work on my advocacy issues, and I’m still having an affect, I’m just not public about it. When the time is right, I’ll let you know what I’ve been up to.
There are a number of other issues that continue to get me hot and bothered, and all worked up. Advocating or perpetrating violence toward children, and bullying of any kind, works my last gay nerve - and stories related to those issues are generally on my radar. While I can’t write about every story, I do write my fair share, and I try to only write about widely covered stories, if I have a unique perspective, or something different to add to the discussion.
As many of you know, and some of you may not know, politicians and religious leaders who promote the wholesale discrimination of the entire LGBT community, ticks me off to no end and works my last gay nerve too. These world class hypocrites and alleged leaders are supposed to personify a “holy” life, set a good example for others, and love thy neighbor, in our land of the free, and home of the brave.
We are indoctrinated from birth to believe that all men and women are created equal. We know that’s a big lie, unless you’re in the top 1%. If you’re in the bottom 99%, everything isn’t equal - that’s for damn sure. The further you go down the food chain, equality becomes more diminished and it changes depending on your sex, your race, and your sexuality.
These random thoughts were part of the introduction to my next blog post, where I will be talking about religion. I’ve been conducting an investigation of sorts into what does the Bible really say, about marriage equality, and LGBT people.
That will be posted tomorrow morning, so stay tumed!
Thanks for reading my random thoughts.
straight talk in a queer world.
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