I took a few days off after my twister adventure, (check out Progressive Thinking Chicano's blog for more info.) but am back now and readier than ever!
Yesterday I saw a movie that broke my heart and made me cry more than words can say. I saw the Matthew Shepard Story. By now everyone should know who he was, but for those of you who don't I will enlighten you. Matthew Shepard was a young college student who was brutally murdered for nothing other than being gay. As someone with MANY gay friends and a gay Uncle, I found this movie extremely upsetting! I believe in equal rights for all, and that you should be able to love freely without having to worry if your way of life is going to "offend" somebody. I don't believe in "don't ask/don't tell", if your happy shout it to the world! Nobody has the right to tell somebody else how to live their life. How many abortion clinics are blown up, or how many Dr.'s who perform these procedures are MURDERED every year, along with countless numbers of other people either because of their sexual or religious preferences? All this, these COWARDS will claim are done "in the name of God"? Well to quote my Mother, "God hates murderers too!!!" I am urging all my fellow friends to get on Matthew Shepards web site if you can and sign the "erase hate petition". We have to do something now to stop the HATRED & LACK of TOLERANCE in this country, or else we will end up with more situations like this one. The tragedy we saw today at Virginia Tech is also a reminder of what happens when we display acts of IGNORANCE, Shrub&Co. can come out and say all they want that they do not condone this type of behavior, but the reality is THEY TEACH AND LIVE THIS BEHAVIOR!!! They have taken it upon themselves to show the world that when "we" as a country do not agree with something the answer is to go and show displays of VIOLENCE rather than try diplomacy. They talk about terrorist overseas, what about the terrorist they're raising here? Nobody talks about that. What about the Timothy McVeighs, Terry Nichols, and John Walkers of America??? This is not a random or isolated incident, this is the future of America! Columbine happened almost 8 years ago, but EVERYDAY in America there are school shootings and acts of violence, that they do not get publicity as often as they should, doesn't mean it doesn't exist. This is a problem that NEEDS to be addressed! How can "we" as country tell others not to "harbor terrorist or radical groups" when we can't control the one's we have here in our own back yard? Today is ANOTHER truly sad day in America. My heart goes out to EVERYONE who has lost a loved one due to IGNORANCE!!!