Monday, June 13, 2016
HateMongers Be Gone!
We all know what happened in Orlando. 50 people killed and 43 injured. It’s the largest massacre in our history. I am heart sick, as you are. Now we are faced with the after-math. Let the “blame game” begin!
It came as no surprise that before the blood was dry in the Orlando massacre, I saw a nasty post on Face Book blaming President Obama because of his soft stance on Islamic Terrorism. I wish that person had included in his post HOW he thinks our president could have stopped this lone wolf in this land of 324 million people?
So, what’s the common denominator of all these terrorists’ attacks? Guns and hate. After each incident, there is a call for gun reform. One day after the Planned Parenthood massacre, Republicans rejected a bill aimed at suspected terrorists on the Terrorist Watch List from buying guns and explosives. Sounds like a pretty good idea, but of course, the gun lobby controls Congress. Another bill rejected by Republicans would have required expanded background checks for gun show and firearms sales.
Let’s face it, PLEASE. We need a total ban on assault weapons to the general public. Keep your handguns, keep your rifles, keep your shotguns, but you do not need rapid-fire assault weapons! I have asked many assault rifle owners why they need them. I have yet to hear but one single justification, “That’s my right under the Second Amendment.” The NRA will tell you that if a single law is passed to regulate gun sales, “they” will end up taking them all. Horse feathers!
The statement that Obama is to blame because he doesn’t call it, “Radical Islamic Terrorism” is the lamest thing a person can say about our President. I admire the fact that our President doesn’t besmirch an entire religion for the actions of a few. Depending on how you define “radical,” many of the religions in our country have radical factions. The Radical Christian Right is just as capable of terror as a radical Islamic. Just ask Dr. George Tiller. However, you would not want our President to trash your religion due to the actions of a few.
Hate is the other common denominator we need to address. Our country has become a nation of HateMongers. HateMongers kindle hate and prejudice in others. In fact, the HateMongers in this country and their leader, the biggest hater of all, Donald Trump, got a twofer this weekend. 50 Latinos killed who happened to be of the LBGT community. Was this terrorist looking for a place to kill the most Hispanics due to the hate instilled in him by Donald Trump, was he looking for a place to murder the most gay people, or both? We’ll probably never know the answer to this question.
An anti-gay HateMonger in Georgia that we should keep our eyes on is State Senator Josh McCoon. He is continuously using his position to stir the pot and stir up his followers, all in the name of religion, by introducing legislation to hurt members of the LBGT community. Haters inspire hate. This kind of HateMongering has no place in our State and communities and must stop. LBGT people are part of our lives and cannot be legislated away.
Our African American brothers and sisters are no strangers to HateMongering. When President Obama was elected, I breathed a sigh of relief. I thought that would be the turning point in our society when people would no longer be judged by the color of their skin. In fact, we have gone backwards. When I heard Donald Trump say, “Look at my African American” over there,” I was horrified. It sounded like he was talking about a slave brought with him from the Mara Largo Plantation. Upon further thought, I realized it was probably the only African American supporter he had. I then saw an interview with the African American and he said, “No, I don’t support Donald Trump!”
Folks, speaking of hate, we have a big problem here in Georgia. Eighteen months ago, David Perdue was elected Senator here. At the time, I thought it was a poorly thought out election, considering the high quality candidate opposing him. But we Democrats didn’t fight hard enough. Now we are stuck with another HateMonger for nearly five more years. This past week, Perdue was speaking to the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference. He began his opening statement called a Prayer for Obama. He quoted from Psalm 109:8. Please take the time to look the scripture up in your Bible and read it in its entirety. He calls for the death of Obama. He used scripture to justify his hate. Those hateful words, coupled with his double-down support of Donald Trump, tell me he is running for Vice-President. God help us all!