Stop Hate 2000 Newsletter March, 2010

Will’s father commented about how difficult school is for queer students. “Most parents worry about if they make a grade, make a team, or do things like that. When we sent Willi to school, we worried that it would be the last time we would see him.” Stated in interview in the documentary movie Anti-Gay Hate Crime: A & E Investigative Reports. Available from Amazon.Com and Amazon.Ca.
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Racism and ant-Semitism are in the news this month. An Associated Press article, carried on the Mike on Crime web site informs us of a teenager who is believed to have made racist comments in the public address system at two different Wal-Mart stores. In one of the Wal-Mart stores, the teenager is reported to have told Black people to leave the store. The teenager has been charged in connection with the incident. Racist incidents appear to have taken place at the University of California, at San Diego. An Associated Press article, in the Mike on Crime site, provides details about the incidents. A racist comment about Black people was made on a student-run TV station. Another incident was a noose being left hanging in a university library. Heinrich Boere, who is 88 years old, was found guilty of murdering three Dutch citizens in a 1944 Nazi hit squad action. Details about the conviction can be found in an article on the Mike on Crime site.

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Over the past few months, we’ve been following the trails of Robert Pickton, a Canadian man who was convicted of murdering six Vancouver area sex-trade workers. Some people think Pickton might have murdered over 40 sex-trade workers. Because he appears to have targeted females and sex-trade workers, his crimes might be hate-related.

A Canadian Press article gives an update. Pickton is appealing his conviction to the Supreme Court of Canada, because the trial judge might have made an error.

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March saw an important landmark in gay marriage rights in the United States. Gay marriage was legalized in Washington, DC. The battle for gay marriages in Washington, DC was hard fought, with numerous conservative religious groups uniting against same-sex marriages. A Christian Coalition article reported the Catholic Church in the District of Columbia threatened to end its foster care services, if gay marriage was approved. One step toward gay marriage was when the Washington, DC city council passed a law allowing for same-sex marriages in the District of Columbia. The legislation had thirty days to be reviewed by Congress before it became law. In theory, the bill could have been overturned by a majority of Congress and the President. The Washington City Paper web site carries an article that discusses how the Congress could have overturned same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia. According to a Christian Post article, an appeal was made to the Supreme Court of the United States to strike down same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case against gay marriages.

Same-sex couples in Washington, DC are celebrating their love by exercising their newly gained legal ability to get married. A Canadian Broadcasting Corporation article states civic officials were expecting as many as 200 licenses would be requested. Not quite that many licenses were granted, but the number of marriage licenses requested was significantly higher than usual in the District of Columbia. A New York Times article reports that at 6:00 am same-sex couples were waiting in the cold and rain outside the courthouse to get marriage licenses. The New York Times article indicates the court house usually processes 10 licenses a day. By late afternoon, over 140 licenses were filed. A Washington Post article states 151 marriage licenses were completed by the end of the first day same-sex couples could get married in the District of Columbia.

Unfortunately, same-sex marriage rights in the District of Columbia might have another challenge. An article on the Baptist Press web site indicates there could be an attempt to have the issue of gay marriage placed on a ballot. The Baptist Press article explains a little about why anti-gay rights groups think they can get the measure on a ballot, when they lost attempts to do that before.
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Perhaps, the worst hate is internalized self-hate. Self-hate is not unusual among members of visible and invisible minority groups. Self-hate can result in very self-defeating behaviors. A few members of sexual minorities hate themselves enough to put on a very strong public face of opposition to all rights for gay, bisexual, and trans-identified people, and may make many very condemning remarks about GLBT people.

A conservative Republican State Senator left a gay bar, and was picked up by the policy for driving under the influence. Days after his arrest, Roy Ashburn, came out on a radio show. News about Roy Ashburn can be found in an article on the Mike on Crime web site.

The credibility of those political leaders who oppose human rights being extended to sexual minorities comes increasingly into question. As more and more prominent political and religious opponents of sexual minority rights are found to either be gay or to have been involved in same-sex relationships, the credibility of those who continue to oppose gay rights and same-sex marriages declines.

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Uganda continues to be in the world headlines, because of its proposed anti-homosexuality law, which could result in the death penalty being imposed on some gay people, and for provisions that call for jail sentences for not turning gay people into the authorities, and for promoting homosexuality. Unfortunately, good news does not appear to be Uganda’s horizon in the near future. A March 2 article on the NY Daily News web site states Uganda’s Speaker of the Parliament stated the proposed bill will not be withdrawn. His comments came after a petition opposing the proposed bill, signed by more than 450 thousand people, was delivered.

The anti-homosexuality bill continues to draw protests from around the world. Unfortunately, the impact of the bill is going to be bad for Ugandans. The bill will serve to alienate Uganda from the countries and the peoples of the world that provide financial and economic aid for Uganda. To the very people, who by nature support foreign aid, Uganda’s proposed legislation risks important good will. Bethany Caldwell has an insightful article on her blog site that discusses other negative implications of the proposed legislation for Ugandan society. She believes, among other things, the bill will make it more difficult to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS in Uganda. Bethany Caldwell’s blog is well worth reading.

The Democracy Now web site has an informative video about the proposed Ugandan law. Africans interviewed in the video show a relationship between American conservative Christians and increased levels of homophobia in Uganda. An African minister who studied the links between American conservative Christians and the proposed genocidal Ugandan anti-homosexual bill claims that African countries where Rick Warren promoted his purpose-driven ministry have passed new anti-gay laws. Countries he claims passed new anti-gay laws after Rick Warren’s purpose-driven project was there include Nigeria and Rwanda. In January, 2010, a volunteer with Stop Hate 2000 emailed Rick Warren and asked if he had come out against homosexuality to groups containing Ugandans or had written to Ugandans condemning homosexuality. To date, there has been no response to the email. Rick Warren has a You Tube video that strongly condemns the proposed genocidal anti-gay Ugandan law, and that indicates he had nothing to do with the law in Uganda.

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