Wednesday, July 05, 2006

You've Got Hate Mail!

From time to time I get spam comments on my blog. For each comment I get an email notification and that way I can keep track of the comments. Yesterday I checked recent comments and I found this beauty:

At 6/30/2006 7:49 AM, Anonymous said...
If there were any mighty men in of reknown .....and Holy unto Hashem, these Sodomites would have all been slain. May Hashem send Moshiach now to cleanse the Holy City of filth.

You can read it for yourself here. Just to decode a little for my non-Hebrew speaking readers, Hashem=God, Moshiach=Messiah.

I am not going to leave that nasty comment up for long at that post.

Here's the thing folks: I know that this person is hiding behind the anonymity of the internet and probably wouldn't express these sentiments in a public forum. But the fact that they have them, even as a joke, should be enough motivation for those of you who are lovers of free speech, democracy, and religious freedom to come and march in Jerusalem in August!

To me this is not a "gay rights" issue. This is the front line of preserving an important democratic principal in Israel - free speech. It is not democratic to ban a group of law abiding people from sharing their message and gathering together anywhere in a democratic country just because you don't agree with the message. Jerusalem is the new Selma.

My test of discrimination is simple. Many people are saying things like, "Gays cannot march in Jerusalem." Take out the word gays and replace it with women, blacks, or Jews. Still comfortable with that? Gay, trans, and bisexual people are a minority and it is the responsibility of a democracy to ensure that all voices are heard. Democracy is not tyranny of the majority.

I have a friend in Jerusalem who is gay and has his own person conflicts about the parade. Yesterday we were talking and he said that maybe the parade was too controversial and that the LGBTQ community in Jerusalem should try to accommodate the concerns of the religious and have the parade elsewhere. That's like the slave asking the master, "Well, when you are comfortable with letting me go, it's a nice thing to do. I am not going to complain about these chains until then either." The religious right in Jerusalem isn't going to compromise - they don't want the parade in Jerusalem. The LGBTQ community in Jerusalem makes concessions all of the time in our big closet on the hill - and for one day - ONE DAY, people! - we are going to come together and say NO! You can't tell us where to go and what to say! We will not ride on the back of the bus! You can't gag our expression! We will not be threatened into repression! Our love is love too.


At 7/05/2006 10:40 AM, Blogger Katherine said...

I'm coming!

At 7/05/2006 5:03 PM, Blogger A soft socialist said...

Good on you stand up to them.

At 7/05/2006 5:09 PM, Blogger Adam said...

Im my opinion there is no god and we only have one another. Once I figured that out it became so clear to me why we need to stop hating one another and embrace our brothers and sisters in humanity. Comments like that are why I have a problem with religion.

I'd love to be there in the March in August but alas I cannot. However, I send my thoughts and support you, be loved, be proud!

At 7/05/2006 5:24 PM, Anonymous dahlia said...

Hi John,
I've been reading for a while, and I live in Jerusalem now after a few months abroad.
I absolutely agree with you -- I'll be marching and I think that so will most of my friends. It's so important to support recognition and equality for all, and Israel has definitely got a long way to go in supporting minorities. It's great that you're promoting this cause!

At 7/05/2006 10:00 PM, Blogger John said...

Thanks everybody for your support! And welcome to the new folks!

Adam - if you come, you'd have a free place to stay! ;-)

At 7/06/2006 1:47 AM, Blogger Aviv said...

ג'ון, אין לי בעיה עם מצעד של הומואים. או של סטרייטים. או טרנסג'נדרים.. לא איכפת לי. הבעיה היא עם המצעדים בכלל, זה לא דבר שאבא וילד שעוברים ברחוב היו רוצים לראות. אם המשתתפים היו שומרים את החולצות על עצמם באמת שלא היתה לי בעיה עם זה, הצבעוניות מבורכת אבל המיניות מופרזת. ולדעתי זה נכון לגבי כולם, גם בירושלים וגם בתל אביב.

At 7/12/2006 4:34 AM, Blogger Sam said...

so much hate... glad you're addressing it


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