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Why The LGBT Community Scares The Holy BeJesus Out Of The GOP

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LGBT

It does make you wonder why the Republicans are so anti-gay as a party. Oh, that's not to say everyone in the Republican party is homophobic -- but we can argue that their most vocal spokespeople certainly are. And on the state level, it's even more acute than nationally.

One reason might be that the conservative wing of the once Grand Old Party (now the WHOMP - White Homophobic Old Men's Party), is being led by the nuts (take that any way you wish) by the Tea Baggers. And they fear anyone or anything that doesn't look old, white, Anglo-Saxon Christian.  Anyone else -- Jew, Muslim, immigrant, minority -- is a threat to them. And their rule book is the bible. More appropriately, their interpretation of its teachings. When it suits them, they quote it. When it doesn't, they interpret it.

The anti-gay movement within the Right-wingnut conservatives bible-thumpers isn't really new, Yahoo News:

Then there are the influential conservative “Christian” groups who have long demonized gays, such as Bryan Fischer at the American Family Association (AFA) who said the “homosexual agenda” is “the greatest immediate threat to every freedom and right that is enshrined in the First Amendment.” Even the Republican Party’s 2012 platform made it seem like the end of days were approaching with their description of gay marriage as “an assault on the foundations of our society.”

So, if Fisher and his AFA group are to be believed, the LGBT community is out to get us. They're the enemy. They're going to enlist us to join (I wonder if they have glossy membership cards) or if we're not willing to convert, to enslave us. By that I guess they mean to turn us into concubines and rape us and our children -- not to mention our pets.)

 AFA’s former general manager, Dr. Buster Wilson, explained the “homosexual agenda” in this light: “Simple ‘equality’ is not the goal of the gay activists.  They want total domination in some cases…not just ‘accept them’ but to bow to them and their wants.“

Who can argue with that reasoning? Us straight folks face a real threat of enslavement and domination. Oooh. Whips. Yup, that's the gay S&M scene. We should all thank visionaries like Fisher and Wilson. They have seen the light. Pull out all the stops to make sure the gays don't even find equal protections under the law or else.

Comedian Sabrina Jalees,  revealed a bit of the homosexual agenda: “You should see what we've got planned once we get our equal rights. We're gonna go ahead and keep living. Almost exactly the same way heterosexuals do, just with better clothes.”

So now we know what's behind the Conservative hatred core. But my favorite comment about the LGBT haters out there is this comment from comedian, Jim David. He put it succinctly: “People who aren't having any good sex are seriously threatened by those who are.”

Anyone else out there who thinks it's time to stop this Conservative right-wing hatred?

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Parents & Courts Condone and Encourage Child Bullying And Harassment

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Levi Null

So this is what society has  come down to. Encourage bullying and terror.

Say you're blessed enough to become a parent. Sadly, your child is born different -- with a disability. Perhaps autism, Asperger Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Tourettes or one of many other afflictions.  Wish, will and pray as you might, you hope that by the time they reach school age, they'll be well enough to attend. To be as much like one of the other kids as possible.

You get to the point that you believe this will be a solution. Perhaps integration into a social environment of school peers will be the panacea. At least, you figure your child will be protected, be kept safe.

But what happens when you realize your prayer isn't answer and hope is not a viable option? You find yourself up sh**s creek without a paddle. You've been deserted. And not just by the kids (who we know can be cruel) but by the teachers and the school officials as well.

How do you stand by when you report your child's abuse to the school and they side with the bullies? How about when they even blame your abused child as bringing it on himself?

Then you, as the heartbroken parent find you're faced with public ostracism over Facebook, blaming you for your child's behavior. Does this seem fair? Just? Right? How do you think you feel when you find the bully kids posting videos on the Internet of  their abuse which also shows teachers in the background witnessing this harassment and just turning their backs?

The cherry on this disgusting sundae comes when the parents of the bullies defend their kid's offensive actions on TV news, and they get hundreds of responses, applauding their support of their bullying kids.

Watch this story of 13 year old Levi Null, from the Melcher-Dallas school district in Texas.

The message here is that sadly, ignorance and inhumanity is passed down from generation to generation. What we do as parents matters. As the parent of both a boy and a girl, I know how hard it was to reprimand them, and I did it sparingly but judiciously. I did it to make them better children. But not doing anything or worse, condoning such bad behavior leads to a total deterioration of society.

Just over a month ago I reported on a 12 year old girl, Rebecca Sedwick in a post on how cyber bullying led her to climb up a grain silo and jump to her death.

HERE'S AN UPDATE on this related story. The two kids who drove Sedwick to her suicide were suspended from school but just yesterday, the court made their determination on any charges, reported by the New York Daily News:

Charges against two Florida girls accused of bullying a 12-year-old former classmate to her eventual suicide will be dropped, local authorities announced Wednesday.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd confirmed Wednesday evening that two of Rebecca Sedwick's accused cyberbullies, 14-year-old Guadalupe Shaw and a 13-year-old girl, will have their charges of aggravated stalking dropped.

Is this the fair signal to send in addressing an epidemic of harassment and bullying?

Parents condone it. Courts refuse to condemn it? Buckle your seat belts. We're in for the proverbial bumpy ride.

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Rich vs. Poor

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Kindness

I think we often take what we have for granted. That sometimes means we don't aspire for better but settle instead. Other times we accept graciously what we have but know that our privilege to so much must be shared with those not so fortunate. Knowing we can do better should be our goal. And helping others along the way is not shameful. It's joy. In Yiddish, it's called "NACHAS" -- pleasurable pride. It's a balance worth keeping in mind. So take just under two minutes to reflect while watching this split screen view of life. Being kind and generous isn't a flaw, it's a virtue. Maybe our congress can learn that someday. Flex your vote and they will. But until then, we must have hope and compassion.

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