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Open Letter to Cardinal George regarding his comparison of LGBTQI to the KKK

I just could not let this one go without saying something...

Cardinal George set the low bar for reason, respect and atrocity this week in comparing LGBTQI persons and organizations to the KKK.

He is upset that a bunch of queers want to have their pride parade on a street where one of his churches are.  He claims that queer people walking past his church violate his religious freedom.  Here is my open letter to him.

Dear Cardinal shitbird George,

Religious freedom means that you can believe whatever you want and you can talk about it with others.  It does not mean that you can use the law to keep people out of sight, who disagree with you or whose existence contradicts your views.  

You can say whatever you want about god in a building you own (without paying taxes while collecting money to pay off victims of your pedophile rapist priests and to deny the rapes ever happened).

But you cannot choose who walks down the city street in front of your church.  

Not everyone shares your faith.  I myself think of god as non-existent and yourself as a deluded, power-drunk man pretending to be god.  

In looking at the KKK, they're christians.  They burn crucifixes on people's lawns and have operated with overt and covert support from christian organizations - and still do.

In looking at history, it was the Catholic Church --- your employer, who supported Hitler in the genocides of jews, homeless, poor, roma and millions of others.  It was the Catholic Church and Pope who organized the Inquisition, targeting jews and women because people were listening to them instead of the Pope.  It was the Catholic Church who blessed, financed and helped the Atlantic Slave Trade and the genocide of millions of indigenous persons in North & South America as well as the European colonies in the Pacific in exchange for gold, wealth, land and the right to force millions into praying to your god.

There are exactly zero LGBTQI organizations which have done any of these things.  

So, "Mr. blood on his hands from playing god", if I were you, I'd shut the fuck up and collect my money from the people I've already conned into believing in my shitty god story and not draw attention to murders and atrocities, because that shit all points back to your holy doing.

As for my right to parade down the street past your fucking church, I'm going to wear a leather speedo in front of your church, stick my hand in my pants and kiss men and women in front of your church - as is my goddamn right.  In fact, I may stop by tomorrow, during Christmas mass because that is my right as well.

Fuck you.

Christina Engela's picture

Tick Tock

As some of you may have heard by now, Media24 - the former employer of South Africa's new Ambassador (excuse, me - "High Commissioner") to Uganda - is challenging the constitutionality of section 10 of Act 4 of 2000.




Why am I still talking about this? Yes, still - because some of you who have been paying attention will already know this - but the sad thing is, many of you now reading this will not even know what it is all about. And it is for your benefit that this is the topic of discussion for today as well. I am hoping this will get through to you - and that the message with get out there, that we as a community are facing a serious threat to our civil rights.

Why? Because Act no 4 of 2000 is a vital piece of legislation. It fills the gap in sec 16.2 c of the SA Constitution. Yes, that nice gap that would allow people to incite hatred or express hate speech against others on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender (which is not mentioned in that specific section) - were it not for this Act, of course, which provides protection for everyone.

Because, along with their former employee - a "journalist" who has been anything but objective, has expressed hate speech and incited harm and promoted hatred against women, gay people, and white people - they face charges in the Equality Court. Obviously, the easiest way to fight such charges - which they know it is highly likely they will be found guilty on - is to fight dirty by trying to change the laws describing the charges to begin with. If the law is changed so it doesn't describe their crime, how can there be charges? Simple.

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"It's Okay To Say "Gay = Stupid" - BCCSA

 

This is yet another case in point of human rights and equality laws not being adhered to and misinterpreted according to personal bias - and made to fail those whom they were intended to protect:

"The BCCSA refused to uphold the complaint, saying that "the word gay was not used to refer to homosexuality, but according to widespread current usage of the word amongst young people, to a carefree attitude and unjustifiable statements."

It added that it was of the opinion that "although the word 'gay' was used (and even if it carried a negative connotation), there was nothing that could be described as the advocacy of hatred or incitement to cause harm to homosexuals in the programme."

The BCCSA further stated that "the broadcast was not intended to injure, that it was not malicious or mala fide" and that "the right to freedom of expression includes the right to offend within reasonable limits.""

A term which is used to describe homosexuality - "gay", which has been used as such since the 1960's - almost forty years - and which is described and defined clearly in the Oxford dictionary - is suddenly "not used to refer to homosexuality".

Below is a pretty clear definition of the word "gay"
Christina Engela's picture

Once Upon A Hate-Crime

Come kiddies, gather round - aunty Tina is going to tell you all a story... somebody was kind enough to send it to me, and I want to share it with you because it made me think. Pay attention in class, because I will be throwing lollipops at anyone I see sleeping - and there will be questions afterwards.

Once upon a time, a mouse looked through a crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package.

"What food might this contain?" The mouse wondered. He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap. Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed this warning :

"There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!" 

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it."

The mouse turned to the pig and told him, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"

The pig sympathized, but said, "I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers."
 
The mouse turned to the cow and said, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"
 
The cow said, "Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you, but it's no skin off my nose."

So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's mousetrap . . .. alone.. . ..
 
That very night a sound was heard throughout the house -- the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.
 
The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it. It was a venomous snake whose tail was caught in the trap. The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital. When she returned home she still had a fever.

Everyone knows you treat a fever - with fresh chicken soup. So the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient. But his wife's sickness continued. Friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.

But, alas, the farmer's wife did not get well... She died. So many people came for her funeral that the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them for the funeral luncheon.
 
And the mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness.
 
So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and you think it doesn't concern you, remember --- When one of us is threatened, we are all at risk.
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