Saturday, March 03, 2007
The Green Antichrist and the War on Gay Kids
Choppers scooting across the bay near the bunker. An orange moon in the sky. It reminded me of another place where I used to wonder what I was doing. Just like now I wonder where I'm going. Or what I'm blogging about. How are you supposed to keep your bearings...in a world going slowly mad?
How else you can you explain a Pope choosing to go on a retreat with a Cardinal who believes in a Green Antichrist?
An arch-conservative cardinal chosen by the Pope to deliver this year’s Lenten meditations to the Vatican hierarchy has caused consternation by giving warning of an Antichrist who is “a pacifist, ecologist and ecumenist”.
As the planet burns...and war and religious hatred rip people and countries apart...
How else can you explain a country that in a month or two could give a climate change denier and warmonger like Stephen Harper a majority? The majority he so desperately seeks.. to destroy our country's values. And change it beyond recognition.
Am I growing too cynical? I know you can't be a cynic without believing in something better....like a kinder gentler world. Because if you didn't believe in something you wouldn't be so disappointed. But am I starting to turn everything into a joke? Like my post on Ann Coulter last night.
Why couldn't I just try to write an excellent post like this one? Or this one.
Attack Coulter's creepy homophobia like it deserved to be attacked. Instead of just laughing at her.
But then I remember I am what life made me. It's really simple. They hurt me. I fought back. I hurt them. Then one day I decided that nothing would ever hurt me again. So I can laugh at just about anything....except for one cause that I could never be cynical about.
The cause of gay kids in our schools who are being bullied to death. Like I almost was...
I'd hear `faggot' and people would throw things at me. They'd yell at me a lot. One time when the teacher was out of the room, they got in a group and started strangling me with a drafting line.
One day in the parking lot outside his school, six students surrounded him and threw a lasso around his neck, saying, "Let's tie the faggot to the back of the truck."
He arrived at school early one day and was surrounded by eight boys, one of whom kicked him in the stomach for five to ten minutes while the others looked on and laughed. Several weeks later, he collapsed from internal bleeding caused by the attack.
He was subjected to a mock rape in a science lab by two of his classmates, who told him that he should enjoy it; twenty other classmates looked on and laughed. He attempted suicide at the end of his eighth grade year.
This report received almost no coverage in the U.S. media. Just like the plight of bullied gay kids receives almost no coverage here. Where in case you wondered.... the problem is even worse.
Not enough is being done to fight the shameful level of bullying in our schools. Except in British Columbia. And that program is under attack. By the same people who believe in the Green Antichrist.
Thousands of British Columbians have signed petitions and sent letters to the Education Ministry insisting that parents be allowed to pull their children from public school lessons to avoid gay-friendly messages that conflict with religious or family values.
If Stephen Harper gets a majority one of the first things he will do is pass a Defence of Religion Act. That will allow the religious extremists of his wingnut base to stop any programs aimed at helping gay kids.
So kids will continue to be bullied and die. Just like this kid. Or the kid in this video by Canadian band Billy Talent....
How come in a country preparing for an election, the plight of bullied children in our schools....and the wingnut war on them... isn't even an issue? What kind of country doesn't put its children first.?
What kind of politicians are too cowardly to tell the Roman Catholic Church to keep their hatemongering, planet burning Green Antichrist faraway from our schools and our Canadian children?
Who will save our country...
Who will save our kids?