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Sunday, August 21, 2005

Special Treatment to "Straight" victims of Phelps

Anti-gay rallies at funerals draw complaints

According to the Chicago Tribune, Ald. James Balcer is going to ask the Chicago City Council for a resolution against so-called Reverend Fred Phelps.

Parents of fallen soldiers and war veterans stood with Ald. James Balcer Monday to publicly denounce the actions of an anti-gay, anti-American religious group that holds rallies at soldiers' funerals.

Standing before the eternal flame in Daley Plaza, Balcer, who represents the 11th Ward, called the actions of members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., hateful.

"We believe these protesters have stooped as low as possible," he said. "Those who are protecting our nation provide the fundamental right of the 1st Amendment. But to protest at funerals is wrong."

Jim Frazier, whose son, Jacob, was killed in Afghanistan in 2003, spoke at the news conference, saying American families had the right to bury their loved ones in peace.

"Our freedom of speech is the cornerstone of what makes America great and must be maintained," Frazier said. "But as a society of compassionate human beings, we can and should vehemently, and I mean vehemently, reject the abuse and fraudulent use of our most fundamental right."
Send a message to the Chicago City Council and the Chicago Tribune, that gays and our families do not appreciate being ignored for years, in the face of Phelps' fascism, while veterans suddenly can get a resolution and other actions against Phelps.

Here is the text of the letter The Rainbow Alliance has drafted:

Welcome to our world.

Welcome to a country where you have to endure persecution and discrimination in the name of "freedom of speech" and "separation of church and state." It's the country we've had to endure for some time now.

You had no support for us when we had to go through this. Now that you are being targetted, we have no support for you either.

When we were being blamed for any negative developments in the United States, you shrugged and walked away. Now that you are being blamed, we are to drop everything and come to your aid.

Not happening.

The gay/lesbian/transgendered community will not speak up on your behalf any longer. If you want support, you will have to show some meaningful support yourself.

Why? Because this country was predicated on the good of ALL people. The reason we have this democratic republic is so that the minority viewpoint is NOT trampled underfoot by the majority. The LGBT community is definitely a minority, but our rights and our voices have been trod upon with regularity. So you're incensed that Fred Phelps' people are picketing your funerals? NOW you want help to stop them?

Phelps picketed Matthew Shepherd's funeral, protesting that a homosexual was being given a Christian funeral, on blessed ground. His family had to endure an obscene demonstration in the midst of their grief, and were forced to listen to Phelps proclaim that his murder was justified, and that the death of all homosexuals was required to regain God's favor.

Not content with that, Phelps also tried to disrupt and ban the performance of a play based on the events, as well as the movie which was made from the play. He has even gone so far as to claim that the movie defames and slanders the so-called reverend.

And Phelps also wants to erect a monument on the spot where Matthew died, celebrating the fact that another fag is dead.

Phelps also claims that the death of Dianne Whipple (the woman mauled to death in her apartment building by two vicious dogs) is also justified, because, he claims, she was a lesbian.

Phelps has also endeavored to disrupt the weddings of same-sex couples, in Oregon, Massachusetts, and San Francisco (New Paltz, last I heard, escaped his notice). If not for the support of loving friends and family, quite a few of our friends would have had their "special day" utterly ruined (by the way, we didn't see you there).

During all of this, your outrage was limited to a some idle or sorrowful conversation, or perhaps trading a few jokes at the expense of the fags and lezzies. Then you changed the channel.

In other words, since it wasn't "your ox being gored," you didn't feel necessary to speak out on our behalf.

We have developed ways to deal with Phelps, and we have not used them all yet. Every single one of them is legal, very ethical, and very effective.

And not one alderman, city council member, or other politician has stepped forward to help us.

Not one military unit has stepped forward to ask if they could help plan or participate in our Pride celebrations.

We repeat: If you want support, you will have to show some meaningful support yourself.

At the hands of Fred Phelps, America has been given a message:

Your ox is being gored.

Now, where did I put the remote?

Mail this to the reporter and the City Council of Chicago!


9 Comments:

  • At 10:57 PM, Anonymous Kisa said…

    Here's my letter.

    *************
    My name is *******.
    I live in Seattle Washington
    My husband, though a native of WA state, spend many years living in Chicago and even worked as an officer of the court there at one time.

    I am the relative and friend of many les-bi-gay individuals. I'm bisexual myself.

    I have this to say to you -- to all of you.

    Welcome to our world.

    Welcome to a country where you have to endure persecution and discrimination in the name of "freedom of speech" and "separation of church and state." It's the country we've had to endure for some time now.

    You had no support for us when we had to go through this. Now that you are being targetted, we have no support for you either.

    When we were being blamed for any negative developments in the United States, you shrugged and walked away. Now that you are being blamed, we are to drop everything and come to your aid.

    Not happening.

    The gay/lesbian/transgendered community will not speak up on your behalf any longer. If you want support, you will have to show some meaningful support yourself.

    Why? Because this country was predicated on the good of ALL people. The reason we have this democratic republic is so that the minority viewpoint is NOT trampled underfoot by the majority. The LGBT community is definitely a minority, but our rights and our voices have been trod upon with regularity. So you're incensed that Fred Phelps' people are picketing your funerals? NOW you want help to stop them?

    Phelps picketed Matthew Shepherd's funeral, protesting that a homosexual was being given a Christian funeral, on blessed ground. His family had to endure an obscene demonstration in the midst of their grief, and were forced to listen to Phelps proclaim that his murder was justified, and that the death of all homosexuals was required to regain God's favor.

    Not content with that, Phelps also tried to disrupt and ban the performance of a play based on the events, as well as the movie which was made from the play. He has even gone so far as to claim that the movie defames and slanders the so-called reverend.

    And Phelps also wants to erect a monument on the spot where Matthew died, celebrating the fact that another fag is dead.

    Phelps also claims that the death of Dianne Whipple (the woman mauled to death in her apartment building by two vicious dogs) is also justified, because, he claims, she was a lesbian.

    Phelps has also endeavored to disrupt the weddings of same-sex couples, in Oregon, Massachusetts, and San Francisco (New Paltz, last I heard, escaped his notice). If not for the support of loving friends and family, quite a few of our friends would have had their "special day" utterly ruined (by the way, we didn't see you there).

    During all of this, your outrage was limited to a some idle or sorrowful conversation, or perhaps trading a few jokes at the expense of the fags and lezzies. Then you changed the channel.

    In other words, since it wasn't "your ox being gored," you didn't feel necessary to speak out on our behalf.

    We have developed ways to deal with Phelps, and we have not used them all yet. Every single one of them is legal, very ethical, and very effective.

    And not one alderman, city council member, or other politician has stepped forward to help us.

    Not one military unit has stepped forward to ask if they could help plan or participate in our Pride celebrations.

    We repeat: If you want support, you will have to show some meaningful support yourself.

    At the hands of Fred Phelps, America has been given a message:

    Your ox is being gored.

    Now, where did I put the remote?

     
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  • At 12:01 AM, Blogger Mike said…

    So by your logic it is okay to do what you are opposed to others doing the same thing. That would be something like being tired of being bullied so I decide to bully on someone else. Makes perfect sense. You ever wonder why the straight world doesn't jump on gay causes? It's because so many gays tend to make it their identity and we (heterosexuals) do not, i.e gay actor, gay singer, gay establishment, etc..

    I hope you don't label me a right-wing homophobe because I'm not. I have a gay brother, bi-sexual girlfriend, and I lived on Capital Hill in Seattle which is the largest gay community in the US outside of San Fransisco.

     
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  • At 12:51 AM, Anonymous Kisa said…

    Malcolm asked -- "You ever wonder why the straight world doesn't jump on gay causes?"

    Nope, I don't wonder any such thing because -- in my experience of over 30 years of championing human rights causes -- when it comes to gay rights, the folks most often asking questions like that are heterosexuals who are looking at the world as divided between their sexual orientation and any other.

    Many heterosexuals don't distinguish between the rights of one human and the rights of the next. The only ones who make sexual orientation an issue usually do so when caught showing that they only give a spit when their personal oxen aren't being gored.

    My husband actively supports gay rights. He does so because gay rights are human rights. My husband is a heterosexual. To him human rights are human rights.

    TO some people the only human rights they give a damn about are the human rights they perceive as theirs being trampled. I don't know any les-bi-gay men or women who think or act that way. Oh, a few may exist, but they're not exemplary of what it is to be lesbian, bisexual or gay.


    The irony about Alderman Balcer calling for a resolution over Phelps *now* is this: IF Alderman Balcer had given a damn about ALL human rights instead of just those of the people he identified with, he'd have already called for resolutions about Phelps at the time his son created the "godhatesfags.com" website for his pappy. He'd have called for a US Congressional resolution against Phelps and his grim band of spiritual poisoners the day they showed up in Wyoming for a dead boy's funeral.

    But Alderman Balcer didn't do that. It appears in Alderman Balcer's world, it's only news if it happens to "appropriate" victims. Apparently homosexuals aren't appropriate victims.

    If it takes a few jarring wakeup calls to get people to get off their butts and realize that HUMAN rights INCLUDE gay rights -- rather than being separate from them -- then this is a good wakeup call.

    I haven't seen many lately. Wakeup calls that is.

    What I have seen is some pretty embarassing whines by people who STILL don't "get" what Niemoller meant when he wrote:

    "In Germany, they first came for the communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Catholic. Then they came for me -- and by that time there was nobody left to speak up."

    Balcer still doesn't get that in this country right now, homosexuals are what Jews were in Germany in the 1930s and that the facists this time around aren't National Socialists but hatemongering theocrats.

    Until Alderman Balcer "gets it", it appears to me that he's just whining for his special rights.

    Veterans and dead soldiers are no LESS important than dead homosexuals -- and no MORE important.

    Now it remains to be seen just how active on ALL human rights Alderman Balcer -- and those who, like him, only yap when their personal oxen are gored -- wake up and become.

    Or not.

    I'll hold hands with them -- when they apologize and extend their hands to me.

     
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    However, the general characteristics of hypnosis are well documented. It is a trance state characterized by extreme suggestibility, deep relaxation and heightened imaginative functioning. It's not really like sleep at all, because the subject is alert the whole time. It is most often compared to daydreaming, or the feeling you get when you watch a movie or read a captivating book. You are fully conscious, but you tune out most of the outside world. Your focus is concentrated intensely on the mental processes you are experiencing - if movies didn't provide such disassociation with everyday life and put a person in a very receptive state then they would not be as popular (nor would TV advertising be as effective!). Have you ever stated that a film wasn't great because you just couldn't 'get into it'???
    This works very simply; while daydream or watching a movie, an imaginary world becomes almost real to you because it fully engages your emotional responses. Such mental pursuits will on most occasions cause real emotional responses such as fear, sadness or happiness (have you ever cried at a sad movie, felt excited by a future event not yet taken place or shivered at the thought of your worst fear?).
    It is widely accepted that these states are all forms of self-hypnosis. If you take this view you can easily see that you go into and out of mild hypnotic states on a daily basis - when driving home from work, washing the dishes, or even listening to a boring conversation. Although these situations produce a mental state that is very receptive to suggestion the most powerful time for self-change occurs in the trance state brought on by intentional relaxation and focusing exercises. This deep hypnosis is often compared to the relaxed mental state between wakefulness and sleep.
    In this mental state, people feel uninhibited and relaxed and they release all worries and doubts that normally occupy their mind. A similar experience occurs while you are daydreaming or watching the TV. You become so involved in the onscreen antics

     

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