What the Hell? 10/21/2009
 
I've been out recently due to Swine Flu, Fall Break, and lots of makeup work and midterm exams. The good news is that I'm back, and I've decided to make up for lost time.

Now, you may not know this about me, but beneath this cynical and pessimistic exterior, I'm really quite the idealist. I'd like to think that, while some prejudice still exists, really hardcore racism isn't a big problem anymore. I'd like to think that everyone is united in support of rape victims and that women are generally considered equal to men. I'd like to think that people are safe on the streets no matter their sexual orientation. I'd really like to think these things, but recently I've been coming across so many articles (thanks to stumbleupon), that I just can't sit back and ignore reality anymore. And the reality is that people are really messed up. Do you need an example? Don't worry, I've brought a few. I think I'll be doing a small series about them.

Last week, PRIDE held a Matthew Shepard candle light memorial. In case you don't know, Matthew Sheard was a Student at the University of Wyoming, who was robbed, beaten, tortured, and killed by two men simply because he was gay. This happened on October 6-7 1998. That's right. Only 11 years ago someone was brutally murdered for no other reason than their sexual orientation. And that isn't an isolated incident. Violence against LGBT individuals is all too common, and yet many states still refuse to pass hate crime legislation to protect them. There are large groups of people (the same type who fight gay marriage) that spend lots of time and money actively fighting against hate crime status for LGBT people. Why? I don't know. Apparently they are so filled with hate that they don't care how many people get harassed and abused.

But can you really expect them to act any differently? I mean, it's not like gays have equal rights in other areas either. They aren't allowed to get married for one. This denies them over 1000 federal benifits that straight couples take for granted. They also can't serve openly in the military. Our military loses many people, often volunteers or people who do important jobs like Arabic translation, just because they are gay. Why? What is the point? Because all the macho men who run the military are afraid of gay people? Great. Wonderful reasoning. How can you expect people to treat gays equally when the government doesn't? All those bullies that try to convince gay kids that they aren't as good as everyone else are partially right, because according to the law they aren't. And we aren't the worst. In 80 countries, homosexuality is illegal, and in seven countries the penalty is death.

Honestly, I'm having a hard time understanding what the issue is. Killing someone because you hate gay people is a hate crime. The end. Legal marriage has nothing to do with your religious views (clearly, or divorce would be illegal too). The end. If you have so much hatred in your heart that you don't care about people being beaten and abused, then there is something dreadfully wrong with you, and you need to seek professional help.
Oh, and when do the gay people get to vote on your right to marry?
 

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    I am a music education major at UNC-G, and I play the oboe. My hobbies include reading, watching movies, playing music, and spending time with my friends. I am very liberal and concerned about a number of current issues. The purpose of this blog is to chronicle my progress in completing 101 pre-set tasks in 1001 days, as well as to document my life and to comment on current events.

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