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Discussion in 'Et Cetera, Et Cetera' started by fratpack, Oct 12, 2011.
On this day, Matthew Shepard passed away. Just wanted to take a moment and remember.
Thank you OP
We had much news of his passing and the tragic circumstances at the time even here down in New Zealand
( i was actually working in Aussie i think - so it was news there also of course)
Will have the guy.in remembrace today
would it be possible to place this into the "etc." forum, it would serve this thread better, i believe.
It seems like just yesterday I heard the news about his senseless death. It's still just as sad this many years later. RIP.
If you haven't seen it people of all stripes should watch the Laramie Project from HBO films. Amazingly well done. I watch it once a year around this time. I come close to crying once a year too.
Rest in peace, Matthew...I'm ashamed of the United States, compared to the other European countries...and I'm a black female. Posters, I can back-up my statement.
The USA has a lot to be ashamed of, but especially the way Matthew Shepherd was beaten, tortured, and left to die on a barbed wire fence overlooking Laramie, Wyoming. And we should be ashamed of all the people previously taunted and killed and those subsequently bullied to the point of taking their own lives.
Regardless, Shepherd's death is a reminder of how hate is still acceptable to teach to young people today in USA schools and churches.
thanks for expressing my feelings as well midlifebear
know if i started the words chosen would have been .. mmm forget it
i am so hateful of the way people treat others..
Lets face the facts. Is the USA prefect? NO But it hardly the only place where acts of discriminatory nature have occurred.
Just where has it ever been acceptable in the mainstream of American culture to teach hate?
Matthew's brutal death has served a basis not only for more but, better open communications. And for the passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. hate crimes prevention act.
Ignorance will always be among us, it has been since the beginning of time. Only with on going education and honest open communication can we hope to stay the course of a brighter future for everyone.
I didn't realize till to late, I had pasted the wrong paragraph in my last post. Below is the corrective version. :redface:
Matthew's brutal death has served as a lighting rod.
Sparking an awaking not only felt in the gay
community but, worldwide. Opening the closet
door for the first time for many.
With the passage of the Matthew Shepard and
James Byrd Jr. hate crimes prevention act, we are now
security in our rights as gay Americans to love as we wish.
Ignorance will always be among us, it has been since
the beginning of time. Only with on going education
and honest open communication can we hope to stay the
course of a brighter future for everyone.
Next time I'm in your area I'll drag you out early Sunday morning to sit and listen to some evangelical bible thumpin' 'bout how evil, nasty, and everything else an old homo -- hell, any homosexual -- is. That a be teaching hate.:frown1:
midlifebear I live in the Bible Belt. I have been to every denominational church to be found. I have heard preachers preach on practically everything to be found in the Bible. Never once has any of these ''Bible thumpers'', threated homosexuality any different than any other sin.
I tell you what, I'll go with you to see any evangelical Bible thumpin' you can drag up. And in return, You agree to attend one our snake handling church services. They aren't for everyone, but you might leave having a fresh outlook.
So sad. The world we live in needs to change in so many ways and i fear it will not. For those of us who remember what happened to Matthew Shepard perhaps we can change the world by never forgetting.
Poignant, intelligent and true!!!
I've just read an article about this guy's story. I had never heard about him, but I found it very shocking. I can't imagine what he had to endure and I have a thought for his family and friends. Today would have been his 37th birthday.