We’ve all now heard of the horror that took place in Orlando and many are stunned at this act of senseless violence and that yet another person decided that because they couldn’t accept something due to their beliefs, then killing the people who offended their sensibilities was the only answer… and then the coward killed himself. Some writings are calling this an act of terrorism; folks on Facebook (and I guess other social media sites) are ranting and raving once again about the right to own weapons, raising hell against against Muslims, stuff like that.
It’s not like I’ve not seen violence against gays or have been the target of vigilantes running around and beating up anyone they think isn’t straight (didn’t go well for them when they did try to attack me) and long ago now, one senseless killing made the national spotlight when some self-righteous assholes tied a gay man to the back of a truck and dragged him to death – and too similar to how a Black man minding his own business got murdered.
The question that takes shape in my mind is that outside of the great loss of life in Orlando, what did this accomplish? Did the perpetrator of this crime think that his actions were going on put an end to homosexuality? Or is this just more of the same dumb shit we see all over the country where someone gets offended by something and decide that murdering those who offended them is the only thing to do? Even better, how is it that even these homegrown terrorists (or whatever you wanna call them) don’t know that instead of striking fear in us, such heinous shit makes us stronger and galvanizes us to resist thes idiotic attempts to change our way of life even more?
Someone on Facebook posted a video clip of some Islamic cleric in Orlando allegedly saying that all homosexuals must be killed – don’t know if it’s real or not (y’all know how Facebook is these days, don’t you?) but if one wanted to know why shit like this happens all over the world, it’s because (wait for it…) adherence to dogma keeps us from new realities. The shame of it all and something we fail to see is that Islam isn’t the only religion that preaches against not being straight and not the only religion that pretty much promises death as the ultimate punishment.
It makes me wonder what it’s going to take for all of us to finally see that this kind of mindset does not help us be better and all it it really does is keep us either defiant or at each other’s throats… and all because we believe – and for some, fanatically so – in something that since recorded time has never been true, that despite these teachings, men have sex with men and women have sex with women and the “threat” concerning the continuation of our species because of this sexual activity isn’t all that dire? According to http://worldometer.com, there are 7.4 billion people (and counting) alive in the world so, um, despite homosexual sex, uh, babies are still being conceived either the good old fashioned way or via modern techniques.
We embody the saying that those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it in that murdering those who aren’t like us or don’t believe in what we believe never solves any problems. We call ourselves civilized yet in some things, we are still barbiarians; we consider ourselves to be enlightened but cannot accept the reality of things, in this case, not everyone is or wants to be heterosexual. Them first and second amendments to our constitution are being used for foment senseless violence against each other and all because of a belief in something that is so badly outdated and nearly irrelevant as anything I know of; forever and ever, the reasons why homosexuality was seen as forbidden and prohibited do not exist in 2016. The thing that scares me is that religious dogma continues to be a measure of control and one that blinds us to that which should be obvious: You might murder a homosexual (or bisexual) today but it’s not going to put an end to something that humans have been doing all along. Even scarier is the obvious fact that there are people who can’t see the futility is such a thing.
And then there’s the cowardice in the crime committed in Orlando; that person felt strongly enough to kill and/or injure so many people… but wasn’t man enough to live and face the consequences of his actions. If there is a threat to our existence as a species, it sure as hell ain’t sexuality in any form; it’s our continued inability to not kill that which isn’t like us or that which we don’t understand. We’ve failed to learn from history; we keep doing the same things over and over and expect a different result… and haven’t changed one damned thing. Manynpeoplemwere killed or injured… and homosexuality still exists, doesn’t it? Somewhere in the world, someone is being taught that not being straight is a sin and a crime against nature and that those who are not straight have to be put to death and as long as we keep believing this shit, people are going to keep dying over what is, essentially, a lie…