3 news stories that you should know about…

by Jamee Greer

This weekend in Serbia, a gay pride celebration was disrupted by almost 6000 rioters throwing molotov cocktails, stun grenades and bricks – and chanting slogans like “death to homosexuals!”.

“Serbia will guarantee human rights for all its citizens, regardless of the differences among them, and no attempts to revoke these freedoms with violence will be allowed,” Tadic said.

Belgrade mayor Dragan Djilas said damage was estimated at more than euro1 million ($1.39 million).

Right-wing groups say the gay events run counter to Serbian family and religious values. Most of the rioters Sunday were young football fans whose groups have been infiltrated by neo-Nazi and other extremist organizations.

Serbia is seeking membership in the European Union, which requires certain human rights standards be met before they can join.

New York State gubernatorial candidate, Carl Paladino, told a gathering of Orthodox Jewish leaders in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Sunday that children are being “brainwashed” into believing homosexuality was acceptable and normal.

“That’s not how God created us,” he said, reading from a prepared address. “I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family, and I don’t want them brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option — it isn’t.”

And then, to applause at Congregation Shaarei Chaim, he said: “I didn’t march in the gay parade this year — the gay pride parade this year. My opponent did, and that’s not the example we should be showing our children.”

Newsday.com reported that Mr. Paladino’s prepared text had included the sentence: “There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual.” But Mr. Paladino omitted that statement when he gave the speech.

Paladino went on to say to the media, “Don’t misquote me as wanting to hurt homosexual people in any way. That would be a dastardly lie.”

Another gay teen has taken their life, this time in Norman, Oklahoma. The 19 year old had attended a City Council public hearing earlier in the week which included discussion on the receipt of a mayoral proclamation recognizing October as Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Transgender History Month in Norman. The proclamation was approved 7-1, after three hours of graphic, homophobic testimony.

One man said he moved to Norman because he thought it was the kind of place that would never accept the GLBT community with open arms. A woman, who described herself as “bi-racial,” said she was tired of the GLBT plight being compared to Civil Rights.

Some of those who opposed the proclamation claimed that members of the GLBT community would use it to infiltrate the public school system, essentially allowing the “gay lifestyle” to become a part of the curriculum.

Others claimed that council recognizing October as GLBT History Month was a waste of their time. Some members of the audience even suggested that any council members voting in favor of the proclamation may have trouble getting reelected.

Numerous residents also claimed the Bible was their guiding light, citing the ancient text as their primary reason for opposing the proclamation and the GLBT community in general.

And for those in attendance, it was hard to ignore the intolerant grumblings, the exasperated sighs and cold, hard stares that followed comments from supporters of the GLBT proclamation.

  1. To add to this tragic list, http://tinyurl.com/25ejyez

    I’ve got nothing more to add to this. It’s so sad that this blog post could have gone on for pages. People will learn to put away their hate, I hope.

  2. Pancho

    The Bronze Age mentality that wrote the Bible neglected to say anything about abortion, said very little about homosexuality, and said as much about not eating shellfish or pork. I don’t see any of these raging “Christians” picketing seafood restaurants or barbecue joints.

    Maybe though, they’ll read their favorite version of the Book and join in the anti-payday lender campaign. After all, usury is condemned in Leviticus, Nehemiah, Ezekiel, Deuteronomy, Jeremiah, Mark, Luke and even the Koran.

    I know the Catholics are on board in this campaign. How about any of the fundy denominations?

  3. like flies looking to deposit their maggot eggs of hatred, these white separatists and homophobes move to places in the country which appear hospitable to their views. our job is to expose them and confront them when they appear.

    montana must not ever be allowed to become a hospitable environment for hatred. the majority of montanans reject hatred as an ideology and if we expose them they will withdraw back into the compost heaps of ignorance and hatred where they came from.

    it takes persistence and it takes monitoring but eventually love does conquer hate.

  4. mr benson

    “montana must not ever be allowed to become a hospitable environment for hatred”

    I’d hate to be identified with hate the way Topeka Kansas is. But they’ve found no way to deal with it legally or ethically.

    I’d say “hate” as you call it, I’d call it bigotry and evil, has had a toehold here in Montana for a long time. The Freemen espoused a male dominated old testament based theocracy intolerant of “mud people”. They talked of killing county officials and taking over counties in Montana.

    I’ve seen it active in the state for twenty plus years. It’s not the “tea party”. although they’d co-opt that movement if they could. But very few people buy into taking away voting rights for women and minorities and refusing to use zip codes and all the rest of their nonsense.

    They’ve got newspapers in the Gallatin, websites, organizations, and they’ve had success in some elections. They call into radio stations and urge people to read “the priories of the elders of zion” or whatever racist nonsense they can get away with. They’ll insist on returning to the days when potential office holders had to take “test oaths” swearing allegiance to protestant christianity.

    In particular, small towns in very conservative areas could be taken over, just as the freeman movement talked about and tried before.

    Just as they did to toss out the communists in the “red corner”, responsible democrats and republicans will need to drop whatever axe they’re grinding and respond to this threat. But I don’t really think there are enough of those, because they aren’t running because they can’t get elected.

  5. mr benson

    Kind of said that last pp wrong. Republicans and Democrats will need to drop whatever axes they’re grinding and elect a slate of candidates they can both agree on, or the radicals will continue to gain a foothold in Montana. I just don’t know if we can attract those kinds of people to politics anymore.

  6. Thanks, Jamee- you beat me to the punch- and beautifully! Remind me to get up earlier on Mondays, would ya?

  7. I’ve seen it active in the state for twenty plus years. It’s not the “tea party”. although they’d co-opt that movement if they could. But very few people buy into taking away voting rights for women and minorities and refusing to use zip codes and all the rest of their nonsense.

  8. The Polish Wolf

    Pancho makes a point I think bears elaboration, especially as regards the events in Serbia. I attended a gay rights parade in Krakow, Poland, and it was somewhat frightening to see the crowd of skinheads that were aggressively demonstrating their opposition. The thing is, these skinheads weren’t the same as the old Catholics shaking their heads or crying as we passed – they were violently anti-religion the same way they were generally anti-compassion. Whatever the Bible as codified has to say about homosexuality, the Gospels say nothing on the topic, and are highly anti-racist. Most mainstream Christian denominations reflect this, and their general sentiment towards homosexuals is a mix of disgust and disappointment bordering on misguided compassion.

    The old homophobes are like Paladino and his Jewish friends may abhor homosexuals, and they are, through their votes, the passive political problem for the gay rights movement. But the acutely dangerous hate groups are not the conservative religious ones – they are the radical pseudo-religions, who half-read Nietzsche and despise mainstream religions as weak and compromising, giving too much ground to the lambs who are the proper prey of hawks.

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