You know, I'm fairly sure this is 2009, but there are some days I think we've all been transported back in time a few decades. :/ Every time I see a stupid, hateful person trying to justify discrimination, every time I see "I'm not racist but I don't believe in mixing races", every time I see someone like the family that names their kid something like Adolf Hitler and then proclaims that they aren't white supremacists, every time I see someone spouting bullshit about gays and lesbians and quoting Leviticus and that godawful stupid line "Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve", every time I see a photo of the Westboro Baptist Church people and the other braindead bigots of their ilk, I have to wonder what decade we're living in and if we've actually learned anything
in the past century or so. It makes me genuinely sad to know that there are still such idiots in the world, honestly.
The things that made me post this:http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091016/ap_on_re_us/us_lesbian_yearbook_flap;_ylt=AmHbsGw_3elm401v5a2LlucEq594;_ylu=X3oDMTNka3BxMW5iBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMDkxMDE2L3VzX2xlc2JpYW5feWVhcmJvb2tfZmxhcARjY29kZQNtb3N0cG9wdWxhcgRjcG9zAzQEcG9zAzQEc2VjA3luX3RvcF9zdG9yaWVzBHNsawNsZXNiaWFuc3R1ZGU
Alesbian girl is being denied the right to be photographedin a tux for her yearbook photo because 'it's traditional' for girls to wear dresses and boys to wear tuxes for said photos. This is not the first time such a thing has happened, and I think it is utter bullshit. Why the hell is it so difficult to allow person to wear what they want for a photo or a prom? 'S not like the big bad queer chick is going to hurt anyone by showing up in a tux.
And then there's this gem, which is the source of the "I'm not a racist. I just don't believe in mixing the races that way." quote. And of course there's that oft-repeated argument of 'Look! ' have black friends! I let them use my bathroom and everything! I can't possibly be racist!" *facepalm* No, of course not. :/http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091016/ap_on_re_us/us_interracial_rebuff;_ylt=AhJQxW9E.nALrpyYdYhszVMEq594;_ylu=X3oDMTNhdGZjNjg4BGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMDkxMDE2L3VzX2ludGVycmFjaWFsX3JlYnVmZgRjY29kZQN
Some days I get very, very tired of this country and its attitudes, of the hatred disguised as politics and justified as faith and the misquoting and bastardisation of books that preach tolerance and love, and especially of the hypocritical so-called faithful who haven't actually bothered to read them and follow the examples set by the people in them. It isn't jsut these two stories; it's the other I read all the time and the overall sense that we haven't made a huge amount of progress in the last several decades.
There are days when the future looks very bleak indeed.