Normal people die for bad ideas

I hate reading stuff like this.

Police confirmed that 19-year-old Marcellus Richard Andrews was officially pronounced dead at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Relatives and acquaintances said he died after being removed from life support at an Iowa City hospital.

Even more than that, I hate that reading this no longer surprises me.

The two women hadn’t made it as far as Adams Street a block away when they heard yelling back at the house. They ran back and found a truck stopped in the street, and the occupants were taunting Andrews, calling him “faggot” and “Mercedes,” a feminization of his first name, Simpson said.

And what fills me with utter despair for humanity is reading through the comments of that article and seeing people positively baffled at how this could be considered a hate crime.  One of the most telling comments was this one.

“Its tragic this happened. But when you live outside the norms and don’t stay low key or ignore the comments, things like this will happen. He should have just stayed in the house instead of getting in thier faces.”

This is just what happens when you live outside the norms? Fuck this person raw with a dozen sharp objects.

There are many things that have worked to empower the LGBT community.  Their movement has fought an insanely difficult battle and is coming out victorious, but there is still a very long way to go.  As the religiosity of Americans declines, this battle will get easier – and that fact is one of many that makes me proud to do what I do.

When religious leaders harp on about how gays are an abomination, they are contributing to the maintenance of this environment.  When politicians, in the interest of pandering to the religious, paint homosexuality as a threat to America, they are allowing people to view themselves as defenders of the country by doing shit like this.  This murder would not have happened if not for these sentiments, and I assign a great amount of the culpability to these leaders.  What they say is dangerous, as are the ideas rattling around inside their heads.

Those ideas deserve no quarter and must be eviscerated whenever they are spoken in public, whether on Fox News or when you are approached personally in your daily lives.  Remember this the next time you ‘don’t feel like having this conversation’.

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