March 20, 2023

BIGOT FREE: Why do we allow hateful homophobic organizations to ruin our holidays?

BIGOT FREE: Why do we allow hateful homophobic organizations to ruin our holidays?

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You’ve got to be taught
To hate and fear,
You’ve got to be taught
From year to year,
It’s got to be drummed
In your dear little ear
You’ve got to be carefully taught!
You’ve got to be taught to be afraid
Of people whose eyes are oddly made,
And people whose skin is a diff’rent shade,
You’ve got to be carefully taught!
You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late,
Before you are six or seven or eight,
To hate all the people your relatives hate,
You’ve got to be carefully taught!
“Carefully Taught” from South Pacific, Rodgers & Hammerstein, 1949

No one is born hating anyone or believing in anything.

It’s always been astonishing to me that the same people who claim to be “loving Christians” also spend their entire lives broadcasting their hate for everyone else.

There are organized hate groups because people somehow feel more united by their common hatred far more often than their common likes.

Conservative think tank pays $1.3 million to air anti-LGBTQ ad during Thanksgiving weekend

If that image bothers you, then YOU ARE THE PROBLEM.

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I don’t understand why people are afraid of those who are different from themselves.

Oh wait, because their parents were, and their parents, and back and back.

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But it still makes no sense.

Let’s ask ourselves a few important questions that might require *GASP* some self-reflection:

  • Why do you care about who somebody else loves? How does someone else’s relationship impact you in any way?
  • Why does some extra melanin in another person’s skin freak you out? If you touch darker skin, it doesn’t feel any different from your pasty white skin, so explain why something biological–which someone can’t change–is a reason to just hate another human being?
  • Why does it matter how somebody else chooses to worship an invisible Sky Parent that’s never been proven to exist? If you all want to believe there’s a Higher Power Of Some Kind because the reality of your life is too scary for you to process, then what does it matter if other people do it too, but in a slightly different way? How many people have been killed over–essentially–“My Sky Daddy is better than your Sky Daddy?”
  • Similarly: having a difference of opinion over politics should never result in a person killing another person. Seriously, can you take a step back and see what this all is? We’re never obligated to agree with everyone. We should only be obligated to treat everyone with the same kind of respect we want for ourselves. I feel like there are several versions of what I just said written in books sitting in various houses of worship right now.

All of this is leading up to me telling you about yet another hate group hiding behind “Christianity” to use fear as a fundraising grift to then broadcast during football games on Thanksgiving.

The Heritage Foundation, aka the Christian hate tank that can’t possibly ever see how hypocritical they are, spent $1.3 million in grifted hate dollars on an ad campaign opposing the Respect for Marriage Act.

The commercials (which I’d never link to for anything) are full of beautiful displays of love used to show disrespect for anyone else’s marriage but theirs. On Thanksgiving Day.

During NFL games (New England Patriots vs Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills vs Detroit Lions, and New York Giants vs Dallas Cowboys) as well as college football games.

Because what’s more American than serving up extra hate on a day that celebrates taking land away from indigenous people? YAY MURICA!

Imagine giving others any respect for having a loving, private, non-scandal-filled relationship which has no impact on anyone else!

The Heritage Hypocrites say the bill, which would codify protections for same-sex marriage, is an “attack on people of faith.” AHAHAHAHAHA OK GOP JEEBUS, whatever you have to tell yourselves to sleep with that sex worker at night.

The Heritage Foundation of Hypocrites can shut the entire Falwell up with their hateful hypocrisy, Ladies and Pool Boys.

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Tara Dublin is a woefully underappreciated and unrepresented writer currently shopping a super cool novel that has nothing to do with politics while also fighting fascism on the daily.

Follow her on Twitter @taradublinrocks.

Editor’s note: This is an opinion column that solely reflects the opinions of the author.v

Tara Dublin

Tara Dublin is a woefully unrepresented writer who thinks more people would read her cool rock & roll love story inspired by Dave Grohl than any ghostwritten GOP crapbook, agents & publishers. Follow Tara on Twitter @taradublinrocks

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