Monday, June 14, 2010
Cons, Homophobes, and Hate Crimes
Another day in Stephen Harper's Canada. Another violent anti-gay attack.
Holtzman said he and Regier were attacked without provocation. He received about 50 punches to his head and body and was twice bitten by his attacker.
Both Holtzman and Regier suffered concussions, with Regier beaten so viciously he was taken to hospital, where surgical staples were put in his head to close a wound.
Because if you think 2008 was horrifying.
Police services are reporting a big jump in hate crimes, and they say gay men are being targeted more often and in the most violent incidents.
Hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation were also the most violent: 75 per cent were violent compared with 38 per cent of racially-motivated incidents and 25 per cent of religiously motivated incidents.
Now it's even WORSE. Last year was the bloodiest year. This year threatens to be even bloodier.
And don't forget that most cases aren't reported because many gays don't trust the police. And who can blame them eh?
When police decide that this isn't a hate crime.
This isn't a hate crime.
And neither is this one.
The fact is a wave of anti-gay violence is sweeping across the country, and as someone who could be hurt or killed, I blame Stephen Harper's homophobic government.
Because when you treat an oppressed minority like second-class citizens, you send out a message that it's OK to treat gays like garbage, and human scum everywhere can interpret that as a green light to bash them.
At the very least you might expect the Cons to fund anti-homophobia ads, instead of spending millions promoting their Porky Action Plan.
You know ads like this British one...
But I have never ever seen an ad like that in Canada.
And how can you expect the Cons to fight homophobia when they are part of the problem?
Organize, unite, defeat these ugly bigots.
Before they cause a BLOODBATH...