1 - Scotty Weaver
July and August of 2004 we learn of a gay Austin, Texas man who is
robbed, beaten and sexually assaulted for two hours, after he met a man
who pretended he was gay. And the gay community is also rocked by the
death of Scotty Weaver. A lot of anger and fear appears to have been
taken out on Scotty. His body showed signs of being beaten, strangled,
stabbed, cut and burned.
is political and religious polarization over gay rights. There are a
few religious and political figures who have the intestinal fortitude
to stand for gay human rights. Some powerful religious groups are
vocalizing the evils of the gay life style, as they try to prevent
basic human rights being extended to gay people. President George Bush
and some other leading political figures are promoting laws that would
restrict the ability of gay people to get married. In this highly
charged climate, we see what appears to be two very hideous gay hate
crimes. Certainly, political and religious leaders opposing gay rights
are not to blame. Only the men guilty of these terrible hate crimes are
responsible for what happened.
level of rhetoric needs to be turned down. People are dying and we
cannot afford to have highly inflamed public debates. Inflammatory
public debates increase the level of fear among men who have so little
security in their own masculinity and manhood that they feel they must
beat or kill people who express their masculinity or femininity in ways
that are different. While most religious and political leaders are
ignorant of the impact of their actions, the tragic thing is that some
may not care about the damage they are doing.
or write political and religious leaders when they turn up the
rhetoric. Tell them you oppose the strong language they are using. In
this debate, we cannot afford to inflame public fears.