[Sayma-Discuss] response to hate
Quakerkristi at aol.com
Quakerkristi at aol.com
Fri Feb 29 16:07:33 EST 2008
I received quite a few supportive responses to my last post about the radio
talk show. Thanks y'all, especially the SAYMA folks. If we respond to "all"
we can share those thoughts.
Here's one that Judy Guerry sent that highlights a story you may not have
In light of Peterson Toscano's (and your) recent experience in Memphis,
I wanted to share this mailing from the FaithTrust Institute/Marie
Fortune. As you'll see, her essay is directed toward faith communities
and their/our responsibility about raising our voices prophetically
about hatred toward lesbian and gay persons. I'm copying Bob, Nancy, and
Susan, thinking about implications for individual meetings in our
respective ministries and for SAYMA.
Peace--and wisdom--to you all,
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The Hate Crime You May Have Missed
February 26, 2008
Among the numerous school shootings in the past several weeks, one stands
out for me: the killing of Lawrence King, 15, allegedly by Brandon McInerney,
14, in Oxnard, California. However, it got the least _media coverage_
The other school shootings appeared to be acts of random violence directed
at strangers who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. But at
Oxnard Junior High School, McInerney walked into the computer lab, went
directly to King and shot him in the head before fleeing, according to reports.
King died later at the hospital. The memorial service was held at Westminster
Presbyterian Church which celebrated Lawrence's short life.
Evidently, McInerney and his friends had been harassing King after King had
disclosed that he was gay. Then McInerney took it one step further. King was
different, as they say. He was proudly gay and wore high-heeled boots,
make-up and jewelry to school. So he became the target of bullies.
The shooter will be tried as an adult charged with murder as a premeditated
hate crime and if convicted, could spend up to 52 years in prison. So where
did he learn this kind of hate? My best guess is home, church and peers.
Anti-gay sermons, jokes, and language teach people that it is okay to hate
lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered people, and the action to follow that hate
is bullying and violence.
This is not an isolated violent event. In the 2005 National School Climate
Survey, nearly a fifth (17.6%) of LGBT students reported being physically
assaulted at school in the past school year because of their sexual orientation,
and over a tenth (11.8%) because of their gender expression. Nearly
two-thirds of LGBT students (64.3%) said they feel unsafe in school because of their
sexual orientation, and two-fifths (40.7%) because of their gender expression.
Those of us in the faith communities should be asking ourselves these
questions: what are our youth programs and ministries doing to counter the hate and
homophobia that is still taught and learned in much of society today? What
are we doing to support the Lawrence Kings in our youth groups? What are we
doing to challenge the Brandon McInerneys? Two young lives tragically
interrupted because it's not okay to be different from the rest.
April 25 will be a national day of silence to remember Lawrence King and all
who suffer from hate crimes. Consider organizing an event in your mosque,
church or synagogue.
Rev. Dr. Marie M. Fortune
Founder and Senior Analyst
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