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Homophobia Watch

Posted By SajiniW On 9th October, 2007 @ 7:15 pm In Current affairs | 6 Comments

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

The recent murder of US desi [1] 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 [2] 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.


6 Comments To "Homophobia Watch"

#1 Comment By douglas clark On 9th October, 2007 @ 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 Comment By Billy On 9th October, 2007 @ 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 Comment By douglas clark On 9th October, 2007 @ 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 Comment By Sunny On 9th October, 2007 @ 9:49 pm

Damn!

#5 Comment By Sid On 9th October, 2007 @ 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 Comment By douglas clark On 9th October, 2007 @ 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.


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[1] Satender Singh: http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?aid=809
[2] Watchmen on the Walls: http://www.watchman.ca/