January 16, 2010

January 16, 2010
Voices of Hatred

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Saturday and I hope you are having a safe and great weekend so far. At least the weather is warmer down here in South Florida even if the skies are overcast.

I have been resting a lot due to recent health problems so there is not a lot to report on a personal front. I have been enjoying the walks with the dogs around the new neighborhood. They are slowly adjusting to their new home. But both Sugar and Harley are going to have to learn not to bark at every person and dog we see during our walks. I guess because they were mainly to themselves in the yard in Jacksonville, it will take them some time to get used to seeing other animals all the time.

I am sure if you have been watching television at all, you have seen the coverage about the earthquake in Haiti recently. The images through the news makes your heart ache for what those poor people are going through right now. But what is even more upsetting are the negative comments by certain conservatives leaders and religious figures.

Listen to them. Voices of hate begging for followers from a place dark and distant. They spit forth sounds that make us cringe like nails scratching across a chalk board. They come from bodies isolated on distant rocks in a sea of black stagnation. If we follow them like lost souls, we drown in that ocean of mud that they inhabit while they sit and watch us from their dirty rock pedestals.

We cannot make these voices of hate go away. They will always be there, and in a free world they will always demand their right to be heard. But we can drown them out with the louder and more powerful voices of love and compassion. It is those sounds that provide the only salvation for a world that rotates on progress and positive forward motion instead of remaining stuck in the stagnation that those voices of hate represent.

Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh are a part of a collective force of hate that smoke-screens prejudice with "religious values" and hatred with "tradition." Their attempts to link the tragedy in Haiti to a pact with the Devil or President Obama's response to the tragedy with a bias for Black people is part of a familiar pattern. It's the same self-serving voice of hate that comes from the likes of Maggie Gallagher and her refusal to accept the rights of Gay & Lesbian couples who wish to marry. It is the same voice of hate that comes from Fred Phelps when he rants that "God hates Fags!" It is the same voice of hate that comes from all homophobic killers who scream, "Burn in Hell, Faggot!" as they attack individuals who they assume are LGBT. It is the same voice of hate that justifies murdering our children in school and in their neighborhoods, because the killers claim they were "threatened or approached" by the people that they ruthlessly killed.

We can be overwhelmed by these voices of hate, or we can do something about it. We can muffle them out by being as aggressively outspoken, compassionate, and supportive as possible towards the people that these voices of hate attack daily. We cannot silence the voices of hate. But we can be louder and stronger. We all have the power to do it. It is up to us, all of us, to make ourselves heard and to never allow the voices of hate to overpower the voices of love and compassion that will take all of us to a better place.

Do not remain silent. The power is in YOU to enact change.

Those are my thoughts. What about yours?

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope and happiness.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab