Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Dan Savage

Yesterday, I documented two Christian pastors, who supported the murders in Orlando because the victims were gay.
There have been others on the political right who have argued in response to the Orlando massacre that non-Muslim gay people in this country should turn against Muslims and become anti-Muslim after the attack because somehow Islam is uniquely violent and uniquely intolerant toward gay people, and the attack shows that.
Dan Savage is an author, media pundit, journalist, and activist for the LGBT community.  He explains: “You can’t draw a clean line between the LGBT community and the Muslim community because there are LGBT Muslims in the United States and all over the world.  Muslims are a part of the LGBT community, not distinct from it.
“LGBT people come from all races, all faiths, all ethnic backgrounds, all classes.  And Donald Trump attempting to pit the queer community against the Muslim community is not going to fly.
“I think of the reaction to the culture when HIV/AIDS slammed into the gay community, and hundreds, and thousands, and then tens of thousands of gay and bi men were dying.  The country, beginning in the office of the president, turned its back on us and ignored us and did nothing.  We had to get out there and fight the virus and we had to fight the indifference and the greed and the racism that made the virus deadlier than it already was, really for many years on our own.
Regarding reports that the Orlando killer Omar Mateen frequently visited the Pulse nightclub, and messaged people on gay dating apps; Dan Savage agrees that Mateen could be both a self-loathing deeply conflicted gay or bi man, who had been radicalized and also a religious extremist, because those circumstances aren’t mutually exclusive.


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