I started this post before I checked GTS today, but I wasn’t surprised to see that Grace Chu had already posted her thoughts on It Gets Better. I know @TheLinster and @DorothySnarker have written about the recent suicides that have shaken our community. I have chosen to contribute my voice, because quite frankly, we all need to speak up and stand together and say NO MORE.
@DorothySnarker writes about creating a culture or tolerance; I say we demand a culture of acceptance. I say we argue that hate speech is not free speech when the price is a human life. A HUMAN life, a human who loves, a human who is loved. I say when religious leaders use their “faith” to espouse views that result in hate crimes, those religions should lose their tax exempt status. The Mormon church was the driving force to defeat Prop 8. Imagine if the Mormon church lost its tax exempt status, would they still be able to afford their magic underwear? Imagine if Preacher Phelps had to pay tax for his pulpit of hatred, would his followers be able to afford markers and posters to perpetuate their hate?
I wish there were an easy way to dispel the fear based religious movement against allowing homosexuals civil rights our constitution promises us, until our government gets out of bed with religion, we need to exercise our free speech and we have to speak louder and wiser than those who continue to inculcate hatred wrapped up in the guise of religion. The cost of being patient is just too damn high.