Right now, over 200 authors are conducting a massive bloghop: Hop Against Homophobia. All the details are here. Each author is posting a blog–comments left at that blog place you in the running to win prizes–but that’s not what it is really about. It’s about standing up against blatant homophobia, be it in your state assembly, the local schoolyard, against someone you love, or someone you’ve never met.
It’s about respecting the civil rights of a group of people because it is the right thing to do. No, I don’t have to be a homosexual to believe in the rights of same-sex couples to marry. I don’t have to be a lesbian to believe that people should not be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation, or that media celebrities should be condemned for calling on the death of all homosexuals. (This allegation has since been denied)
Civil rights for one minority affects the civil rights of ALL minorities. Don’t believe me? Look at the direction the GOP is taking the election this year. They can’t win on the terror platform. They can’t win on the economic platform. So they are making this election about social issues. Abstinence. Access to birth control and sex education. Benefits to single mothers. Financial aid to college students. Abortion. And gay rights.
They are taking the Us against Them battle into the far right territory, where their staunch electoral base still lies. The battle for your civil rights isn’t something that is fought for and won, game over, you have the title. The war on civil rights is ongoing daily, with the people who hold the most power doing everything in their power to erode the rights of others. Why? That’s how they *stay* in power.
So don’t think for an instant, this doesn’t apply to you because you aren’t a homosexual. It does. It applies to every thinking, compassionate person in this country who believes that bullying is wrong, and that hate crimes should be tried as such, and that women deserve equal pay for equal work, and that if you love someone, you have the right to marry them, to sit beside them when they are hospitalized, to make decisions concerning their care when they cannot.
I was at the barn yesterday morning when a country music song came on over the radio, touting the freedoms of living in America, and how this would always be the case.
Um, no. Those freedoms are up for grabs each and every day, and if you aren’t paying attention, *your* civil rights could be the next to go.
I want to tell the GOP: Back to the Future called. They want their DeLorean back. Because we will not go quietly back into the 1950s at the whim of politicians looking for re-election. Did you know that Congress has its own health insurance plan? Yup. That’s right. A pension plan too. Funny how you don’t hear about that when they are making decisions regarding *your* health and pension plans.
Why do I bring politics into it? Because it is a divisive lightening rod for civil rights. I guarantee you the average politician doesn’t give a rat’s ass about homophobia, except as a means to whip up the electorate into a frothy rage.
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking it doesn’t apply to you. It does. Because when the civil rights of one person is trampled, the stampede can occur with us all. Right now in Iran, they are putting to death homosexuals. No, that is not happening here in the US, not yet. But there are people who think this should be done.