Then don’t do it

October 29, 2010

(Language warning: This post is not appropriate for sensitive readers. Actually, it’s not appropriate for the writer, but there we are.)

“I would never support suicide for any kids,” he said. “I don’t support bullying of any kids.”

Those words were uttered by Clint McCance, the member of an Arkansas school board on his way out, for posting on his Facebook page this comment:

Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers killed themselves. The only way im wearin it for them is if they all commit suicide. I cant believe the people of this world have gotten this stupid. We are honoring the fact that they sinned and killed thereselves because of their sin. REALLY PEOPLE.

He would, in fact, support suicide for kids. He just said so. He support bullying. What’s he going to say if a group of bullies hounds a gay kid, calling him “queer”? That it’s not right?

Of course he supports this stuff. His apology rings hollow. He can regret that he endorsed hatred, bullying, and suicide, but he can’t claim that he would never do so. He did. Right there on Facebook.

The comments get worse, of course. As he got some negative and positive feedback, he went on to elaborate just how much he’s against bullying and suicide:

“being a fag doesn’t give you the right to ruin the rest of our lives. If you get easily offended by being called a fag then dont tell anyone you are a fag. Keep that s*** to yourself. I dont care how people decide to live their lives. They dont bother me if they keep it to thereselves. It p****s me off though that we make a special purple fag day for them. I like that fags cant procreate. I also enjoy the fact that they often give each other aids and die. If you arent against it, you might as well be for it.”[…]

I would disown my kids they were gay. They will not be welcome at my home or in my vicinity. I will absolutely run them off. Of course my kids will know better. My kids will have solid christian beliefs. See it infects everyone.”

He likes the fact that homosexuals get AIDS and die.

He would disown his kids and run them off.

But he thinks he has any idea what solid Christian beliefs are?

I don’t really care what you think of homosexuality. It has nothing to do with this post, really.

This is about bullying. This is about hatred. And it’s about collateral damage.

New Hampshire’s recent anti-bullying law ran into trouble with at least one Christian advocacy group that was concerned about homosexuality. You see, it’s impossible in this day and age to talk about bullying without mentioning homosexuality, because these kids are targeted brutally, and run higher suicide rates.

Bully Free NH really had little to do with LGBT issues except bullying, but was still targeted by Cornerstone Policy Research for mentioning that gay kids get bullied.

Kids don’t deserve to be bullied. They deserve to be protected. Whatever you think of other life choices, they don’t deserve to be beat up or tormented for it.

McCance and those like him will give lip service to the idea that they don’t wish ill on anyone … they’re lying.

His comments demonstrate absolute hatred. He claims that he now regrets what he said. Maybe. More likely, he regrets being caught so publicly and regrets the backlash.

After all, he laughed about the number of people who die. He wasn’t moved by five suicides. Did losing his job really get his attention?

Really?

Kids deserve protection. Whether they’re the heavy kids, skinny kids, rich kids, poor kids, gay kids, unathletic kids, kids with glasses, Muslim kids, bald kids, kids with the wrong style shoes, vegan kids, or anything else … the key word is “kids.” McCance betrayed them obviously, but how many other people hold similar sentiments?

If you don’t support suicide, then don’t say you do. If you don’t support bullying, then don’t do it. That’s a place to start.


Geek Romance

October 23, 2010

(Reposted from my former blog, 11-14-2008)

I’ve recently had occasion to think of this story, and I now feel compelled to share it. First, though, I must tip the hat to brotherhank at Lawn Gospel for bringing it to mind.

It’s worth looking at that post (it won’t take long) before going on here.

I’m reminded of one of the first dates my now-wife and I had. We were eating onion rings, and she was looking for one that had extra batter in a line across the middle. She explained that they remind her of the Greek letter theta. For those who don’t know, this is theta:

theta

I handed her the appropriately-shaped onion ring, and she took a bite. I then looked up and said, “I guess I’ll call you ‘zeta‘ now.”

Quite appropriately, this prompted a raised eyebrow and a cocked head, followed by a, “What?”

Naturally, I answered, “Because zeta eta theta.”

We laughed hysterically. If you don’t get it … well, … Zeta and I do have a somewhat-higher geek quotient than most people.

Enjoy the weekend!


Cast your vote!

October 22, 2010

For the most vile political ad of 2010!

I have three nominees, here, and I’d love to see what you think (assuming that anyone is still even looking at this blog).

If you’ve seen an ad worse than these three, then I’m sorry. But let me know, and open it up for voting, too.

This stuff makes me glad that I don’t have cable, and don’t get subjected to political ads.

So, without further adieu, here’s Nominee #1, from Kentucky’s Jack Conway vs. Rand Paul race. The ad from Jack Conway 2010 is called “Why?” …

So, there we are … college stupidity, clearly (assuming that it’s true). But does it really mean that he’s some kind of devil-worshiper today? Really?

Nominee #2 is from the group called Latinos for Reform, which is actually a Republican named Robert De Posada. The ad itself has been pulled, but here’s a story about it and an interview with the reprobate. Hat tip to Hysterical Raisins for bringing this candidate to my attention.

Don’t vote? This isn’t trying to engage in the battleground of ideas, this is trying to bypass it. This is actually un-American and anti-democratic.

Nominee #3 is from Colorado, when a pro-life group is depending on hatred of Pres. Obama and fears of money and such to make its point. Hat tip to Joel at The Church of Jesus Christ for that one.

This one pains me, because I probably support the amendment. I’m a fan of personhood endeavors and want to see such amendments passed. But not because Pres. Obama is the angel of death bringing hell behind him and looks like a Batman villain. Because of respect for life. Whoever put this ad together seems to have missed that aspect entirely.

By the way, I’d rather not debate that issue on this blog. Just making a point …

So, there we are. The three most disgusting political ads I know for this year.

Thoughts?