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"Tyler Clementi's Suicide, Fifty Cents Worth of Illiterate Hate, and More Homophobia from the Christian Right."
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 05:14
by Mel Seesholtz Ph.D.

Both mainstream and alternative media (in the U.S. and Europe) covered the late September suicide of Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi.

FromABC News:

ABC’s Good Morning America reports that prosecutors in New Jersey are considering hate-crime charges for Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei, the Rutgers University students who live-streamed the gay sexual encounter of fellow freshman Tyler Clementi, who later killed himself by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. …

GMA reports evidence on Twitter, where Ravi told his followers about having a gay roommate before school even started. He directed readers to a profile on JustUsBoys.com, where subsequently Clementi, posting under the handle “cit2mo,” appears to have complained about invasions of privacy via a video camera in his dorm room.

At a press conference Thursday, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, an avowed opponent of marriage equality, said, “I don’t know how those two folks are going to sleep at night, knowing that they contributed to driving that young man to that alternative.”

FromMTV’s website:

Tyler Clementi's suicide, which was apparently triggered by the Rutgers University freshman's roommate allegedly posting a video of Clementi being intimate with another man online, has set off a national debate on the dangers of cyberbullying and the struggles of young gays and lesbians who are taunted by their peers. …

 
Clementi's roommate, Dharan Ravi, and Ravi's childhood friend, Molly Wei, have both been charged with invading Clementi's privacy by allegedly taping him while he was engaged in sexual activities with another man.

Of course the websites of the rabidly anti-gay Christian Right had virtually nothing to say about the tragic event. Indeed, they simply continued their hate-filled tirades against gay people, as did Curtis James Jackson III.

Jackson is better known as “50 Cent,” a rapper with a considerable audience. According to a September 30, 2010 article on Advocate.com,

50 Cent has posted an ill timed message on his Twitter page, suggesting that any man who isn’t into women should kill himself right now.

“If you a man and your over 25 and you don’t eat pu**y just kill your self damn it. The world will be a better place. Lol.”

Earlier this month, the rapper tweeted, "Perez Hilton called me douchebag, so I had my homie shoot up a gay wedding. wasnt his, but made me feel better."

“50 Cent” should spend fifty cents and buy a grammar book. His illiterate anti-gay ranting inspires homophobia and the violence he seems to be so fond of. And this illiterate cretin is a “role model” for many young people in the African American community who have made him a very rich man? Perhaps they too should spend fifty cents and buy a book about Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wayne Besen of Truth Wins Out had this comment about 50 Cent’s posting:

“In this time of mourning, we need voices of love and compassion,” said TWO’s Besen. “The last thing we need is a recording artist with 3,366,288 Twitter followers to throw gasoline on the fire and encourage hate. I certainly hope that 50-Cent makes it clear that his statements were misunderstood. If his statements were, indeed, anti-gay, then we are looking at a genuine monster.”

On October 1, 2010, Mr. Besen sent this via a TWO e-mail:

Ten minutes ago, 50-Cent left this message on Twitter:

“The other night I made a joke about a blow job. My male followers enjoyed it. So I then went on to joke about women receiving the same....Some how they turned a simple joke about oral sex into a anti gay statement. I have nothing against people who choose and alternative life...Style in fact iv publicly stated my mom loved women. It funny how people think negative statements are news worthy but positive statements are not worthy of coverage.”

A “joke about oral sex” meant to amuse “male followers”? Give me a break. What Mr. Jackson wrote was – without equivocation – anti-gay and inflammatory. Apparently he subsequently spoke with his spin-doctor PR people. Damage control.

His attitude toward gay people is blatant in his statement, “I have nothing against people who choose and alternative life” (italics added).

“Choose”? Perhaps 50 Cent should spend fifty minutes reviewing the scientific and medical literature about homosexual, virtually all of which points to sexual preference not being a “lifestyle choice.” He might also want to read the official statements of the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics about the nature of homosexuality.

As for trotting out his mother’s alleged lesbianism to excuse his vile anti-gay comments, well… Mr. Jackson might also want to spend another fifty cents at a used bookstore to pick up some materials on Freudian psychology.

But I’m sure 50 Cent’s initial comments pleased the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer, whose grammar and command of the English language are somewhat better than 50 Cent’s, but whose stupidity and homophobia are even more insidious in that he wraps them in perverted Christianity and theofascist politics.

Bryan Fischer-Focal Point

Homosexuality, Hitler and ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ 

Date: 5/27/2010

The bottom line from what follows is this:

Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine and six million dead Jews. Gays in the military is an experiment that has been tried and found disastrously and tragically wanting. …

The next month he posted this nonsensical non sequitur

Bryan Fischer-Focal Point

Gay sex = domestic terrorism

Date: 6/10/2010

Some of England's leading newspapers - The Sun, the Telegraph, the Daily Mail - all had feature stories yesterday about the latest Taliban terror tactic: burying dirty needles with their bombs in an effort to infect troops with HIV. They are planting hypodermic syringes below the surface with the points facing upward in hopes that bomb squad experts will prick themselves and become contaminated with hepatitis and HIV. If the bomb goes off, then the needles become deadly flying shrapnel.


Said a member of Parliament, “Are there no depths to which these people will stoop? This is the definition of a dirty war.”



If we connect the dots here, the inescapable conclusion is that gay sex is a form of domestic terrorism. …

Mr. Fischer is particularly fond of quoting Old Testament passages to justify his homophobia and advocacy of killing animals and their owners (“Bible ignored, trainer dies”) – and, in one of his more ludicrous pieces, to claim that “God” is sending bear attacks to kill Americans because we’re not following Old Testament edicts (“Bible ignored, grandfather mauled by grizzly”).

Mr. Fischer’s idol seems to be the hateful, vengeful “God” of the Old Testament. You know… the one who supposedly decreed that people who wear clothing made of two different threads should be killed, along with those who work on the Sabbath and, of course, all those nasty non-virgin brides: the Old Testament “God” who, in the first five books of the Bible, spends most of the time thinking up new and more maliciously cruel ways to torture and kill human beings, the “children He loves.”

AFA’s master of anti-gay Bible babble was at it again in his August 6, 2010 Focal Point column:

I have suggested on more than one occasion that a practicing homosexual should not serve in public office. …

Homosexual behavior is aberrant sexual behavior. It is clearly contrary to “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” to which Thomas Jefferson so eloquently referred in the Declaration of Independence. Biblical passages such as Leviticus 18:22, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, and 1 Timothy 1:8-11 make it abundantly clear what “Nature’s God” thinks of homosexual behavior. It is fundamentally immoral and pernicious, and puts homosexuals in the same category (according to 1 Timothy) as those who assault their parents, commit murder, are sexually promiscuous, engage in the slave trade, and lie under oath. 1 Corinthians adds adulterers, substance abusers, thieves and swindlers to the list to which homosexuals belong. …



Although Fischer does cite passages from the New Testament this time, what’s also obvious is that none of them are from the gospels. That’s not surprising since Jesus never said a thing about homosexuality, and Fischer’s cherry-picking of the Bible has been refuted by Rev. Patrick S. Cheng, Ph.D., theologian, seminary professor, and ordained minister.

On 23 September 2010, Mr. Fischer posted this:

Reagan shows the way: no “government endorsement of homosexuality”

If the current crop of GOP leadership wants to pick up the mantle of Ronald Reagan, here is a simple way to do it: oppose every single attempt of the federal government to promote and legitimize homosexual behavior.



Said Ronaldus Magnus, “Society has always regarded marital love as a sacred expression of the bond between a man and a woman. It is the means by which families are created and society itself is extended into the future. ... We will resist the efforts of some to obtain government endorsement of homosexuality” (emphasis added). …



The mantle of “Ronaldus Magnus”?

Now that made me laugh. Ronald Reagan: the president-actor who repeatedly fell asleep during cabinet meetings, championed jelly beans, and presided over the raping of the American people by big business was “great” only in the eyes of ultra-conservatives.

That Mr. Fischer chose the “magnus” designation for Reagan without understanding its implications is not surprising. That’s what biblical literalists and political conservatives do: they look backwards with sanitized, rose-colored glasses and little if any understanding of socio-political realities, then or now, but they’re especially not interested in realities now. They want only to return to their sanitized version of the past, even when that past was a dismal failure. From ServingHistory.com:

Magnus died 235 was a Roman usurper.

Magnus was a senator of consular rank. After the death of Emperor Alexander Severus there was much ill-feeling in the Senate about the elevation of Maximinus Thrax to the throne. A group of officers and senators under the leadership of Magnus plotted to overthrow Maximinus. Their plan was to have Roman soldiers destroy the bridge over the river Rhine, after Maximinus had brought the army across during his campaign against the Germans. Maximinus would be left stranded on the north bank of the Rhine, at the mercy of the Germans. Before it was realized, the plan was discovered and all conspirators executed.

People like Bryan Fischer and 50 Cent inspire hatred that, in turn, inspires violence. They should be held accountable.

 
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