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    by SajiniW
    9th October, 2007 at 7:15 pm    

    Following on from Sunny’s post, the clash of cultures and attitudes continues. This time - Stateside.

    The recent murder of US desi Satender Singh has been a bone of contention between recent immigrant groups and authorities.

    Gay rights activists blame Singh’s death on what they call “U.S.-Latvia Axis of Hate”, a reference to a virulent Latvian megachurch preacher who has become a central figure in the hard-line Slavic anti-gay movement in the West. Two Slavic men, one of whom had fled to Russia, were being charged in Singh’s death, which was characterized as a hate crime.

    The increasingly ferocious anti-gay movement in the Sacramento Valley centres amongst former Soviet immigrants, some of whom are representatives of international extremist anti-gay movement Watchmen on the Walls. The Watchmen are popular among US & European Christian fundamentalists. They are known for presiding over anti-gay rallies where gays and lesbians are pelted with bags of excrement and joining US Pentecostals in West Coast states to picket anti-homophobia protests.

    What bothers me most is that not only is this deplorable behaviour imported; it also continues to be supported by existing networks of hate. I’m interested in seeing how US authorities deal with this kind of behaviour, where actual action of dealing with these perpetrators may push authorities into the trap of ‘racism’ alongside the collusion of generalised apathy towards the attitudes of those who committed the crime.


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    1. douglas clark — on 9th October, 2007 at 7:39 pm  

      SajinW,

      Could you not have put a health warning on the link to the Watchmen piece of shit? I am a sensitive atheist and should not be exposed to this sort of stuff. I see their writings do not allow comments. Not much of a surprise there really, it being, obviously the word of god speaking through some human vessel. Ugly looking vessel, right enough.

      Although I do find it kind of hard to understand why gays and lesbians would go to anti-gay rallies? WTF is going on?

    2. Billy — on 9th October, 2007 at 7:47 pm  

      “Although I do find it kind of hard to understand why gays and lesbians would go to anti-gay rallies?”

      To protest against them, I’d guess.

    3. douglas clark — on 9th October, 2007 at 7:58 pm  

      Billy,

      Suppose so.

      Bugger the logical explanation. :-)

      I hope the gays and lesbians chucked stuff back.

      Locally, we had a swimming pool closure, where the final act - allegedly - included bags of urine being thrown. This seems to be becoming all too prevelant.

      Jimmy Boyles ‘dirty protest’ seems to be hitting the mainstream.

      This is no way to act, is it.

    4. Sunny — on 9th October, 2007 at 9:49 pm  

      Damn!

    5. Sid — on 9th October, 2007 at 9:59 pm  

      White people using religion to attack brown gays on the basis of religious doctrine? Don’t they know this is the West and we have Enlightenment values!

    6. douglas clark — on 9th October, 2007 at 10:41 pm  

      Sid,

      We do have Enlightenment values, last time I looked. Enlightenment values do not excuse this shit. It has nothing to do with colour, or religion. It is to do with rejecting Enlightenment.

      Got that?

      You and I could fall out big style, if you keep to that ridiculous line.

    7. peg — on 10th October, 2007 at 3:17 am  

      i live in the US and the religious wingnuts are a frightening bunch of humaniods. they are rewriting our history in books for “homeschoolers” to use — so they are perpetuating the myth that the US was founded on “christian principles.” yeah, right. they keep saying we are a christian nation.

      they are evangelizing our military - it scares me because it is like the crusades all over again. a man by the name of Mikey Weinstein is fighting this — http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0710/S00120.htm

      his website (watch the video there)
      http://militaryreligiousfreedom.org/

      here are a sample of groups watching and fighting against the religious freaks:
      http://www.talk2action.org/
      and Americans United for Separation of Church and State
      http://www.au.org/site/PageServer

      i was raised on “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” i don’t know where these freaks evolved from.

    8. Kismet Hardy — on 10th October, 2007 at 12:43 pm  

      For those that enjoy Skins. Great quote from Anwar’s Muslim dad when his mate confesses he’s gay before entering Anwar’s birthday party. I’m gonna paraphrase:

      “I have my God and there are many things He does that I don’t understand and I have the belief that one day He will explain it to me. In the meantime, I’m not going to worry about things I don’t understand. Can I get you a drink?”

      Our dads aren’t like that. But I reckon we’ll be like that when it comes to our kids

      I hope

    9. Sid — on 10th October, 2007 at 3:09 pm  

      douglas clarke

      There was a strong line in irony in my comment which seems to have gone way over your head and I don’t have the time to kill a perfectly good joke by explaining it to you. Falling out with you? Give it a rest man.

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