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Bigotry is alive and well, and still living in American politics.

Updated on October 15, 2016

Bigotry and Hatred

We, as individuals are the only one who can change our own fate
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Hatred is not a religious value
Hatred is not a religious value
Bigotry is not a family value
Bigotry is not a family value

Bigotry and Hatred Kills

Politicians who promote such things should be removed from office without question.

Personal opinions and/or religious beliefs DO NOT belong in politics.

Bigotry - alive and well and still thriving in the U.S.A. It permeates all walks of life.

In the past week on CNN there have been three different episodes that show hatred and bigotry is alive and well and thriving in the good old U.S.A. This seems to be a recurring theme in the U.S.A. today.

The first event was discussed In a hub on the subject: "POLITICIANS - they never cease to amaze me", that profiled an assistant attorney general in Michigan that has been blatantly targeting a Michigan university student who is openly gay and elected by his peers as president of the student council.

This politician, Asst. A.G., Andrew Shervill openly admits he has been stalking, harassing and calling names because the student is gay, and because he can, and get away with it.

He is being shielded by the attorney general, Mike Cox, apparently because they reflect each others views. They are both republican conservatives that represent their party values.

The 2nd one to look at concerns a 12 year old boy who committed suicide last week because he was continuously being bullied and tortured (terrorized) by his fellow students.. For no reason other than being gay.

The 3rd one from yesterdays newscast is an 18 year old student at Rutgers University in New Jersey. His name is Tyler Clemente. He committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. He could see no other way out of a predicament that was forced on him by fellow students in an attempt to ridicule him for the fact that he was gay.

He was secretly video taped by his room mate via phone camera and live streamed directly to the Internet. This was clearly a hate crime because he was gay. If he were a female student having sex that was streamed to the Internet, these students involved would have been punished.

My deepest sympathies go out to the families of all three of these young lives, ruined by the hatefulness of an ignorant society.

Man has created a world of shame, guilt, blame, abuse and sadness

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Unfounded guilt
Unfounded guilt
Blame
Blame
Domestic abuse
Domestic abuse
Sadness
Sadness

The "logic" behind the bullying

Let us explore the logic, or rather the lack of logic, behind this bullying and targeting of the young and vulnerable, whose only 'crime' was being born 'different'.

Anyone with at least 1/2 of a working brain, by now should be aware that homosexuality is a genetic condition - not a choice that children make as soon as they "pop-out" into this hateful and unforgiving existence.

Who is perpetuating this hatred and why - again.

1. RELIGIONS:

(first and foremost) that promote and teach their anti-gay agendas. Freedom of speech is one thing, but teaching and preaching unfounded bigotry and hatred and intolerance is inexcusable. There is no rational justification for this inane belief (inane: lacking significance, meaning, or point; empty, unsubstantial)

2.PARENTS:

who were brain washed from their youth and encouraged to continue to teach this folly to their children. And so it goes from generation to generation. (folly: lack of good sense or prudence and foresight. Criminally or tragically foolish actions, conduct, wickedness, evilness that goes against realism).

3. POLITICIANS:

who are also brainwashed from their youth and who choose to continue to propagate this false testimony; and who are elected, supposedly, to serve all the people; without exception or prejudice.

Political Correctness

It is NOT politically correct to quote the bible, Koran, Quran, or any other 'religious' book, to justify their (politicians) own agenda of religious idiocy, and their attempts to mandate morality based on their own beliefs. They were elected to represent ALL the people, not just their religious counterparts.

Religions want to have a say in politics - well i say let them pay taxes like any one else. Or keep their hatred and intolerance to themselves. Morality cannot be mandated. And these beliefs reside only in the little minds of those that believe this drivel.

Politicians who cite bible verses to justify their bigotry should be chastised or removed from public office.

Parents whose children taunt, ridicule, bully and harm others, should be held accountable. After all, they are the ones who taught this trash to their offspring. Ignorance begets ignorance. Punishment for these offenses must extend beyond the children, to their parents who taught them, as well.

Freedom of speech does not justify cruelty. If it does in the eyes of the law, then more SHAME on a government that allows it. I would bet that 99.9% of those that do the bullying, taunting, bashing, etc., are from a strict religious upbringing and practice "conservative" politics, and taught that their personal god advocates judging others. They are also most likely to have the same deeply repressed feelings, that they criticize others for, and hide them in the dark recesses of their own closets. The only way to hide their own personal skeletons, and fears of exposure, is to beat up on others that they relate to on a subconscious personal level.

Cosmic Karma does not reward bigotry, in spite of what religion teaches.

by: d.william 10/01/10

Everyone decides their own fate and destiny.

you decide every moment of every day who you are and what you believe in.  You get a second chance every second.
you decide every moment of every day who you are and what you believe in. You get a second chance every second. | Source

Thanks to religion and government for promoting this behavior.

This is where bigotry and hatred begins.It is rooted in every religion

© 2010 d.william

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    • Invisiblestats profile image

      Invisiblestats 6 years ago from london

      So well written and I agree 100%.. things have to change.

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      To http://hubpages.com/@invisiblestats

      thank you for reading and your comments are always welcome.

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      Howard Schneider 6 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      You are quite right D.William. Prejudice and bigotry has been ingrained in our society from the very beginning. I do believe it is improving with each generation albeit ever too slowly. I wrote a Hub about a month ago detailing this subject. My argument is that these stories last a couple of news cycles and then disappear without a true, comprehensive, and honest debate. Until our media and politicians get serious about this, nothing will improve. It's up to us also. Great Hub.

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      To: http://hubpages.com/@hschneider thank you for reading, and your comments are always welcome.

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      SilentReed 6 years ago from Philippines

      It is not only in sexual attitudes that bigotry rear it's ugly head.Until the world learn not to judge a man by the color of his skin,religion and social standing. We will always see human tragedy that could have been avoided.Thank you for sharing.

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      To: http://hubpages.com/profile/SilentReed.

      You are correct in your analysis. I have always stood up for the underdog throughout my lifetime, and sometimes with dire consequences to myself. My greatest wish is to see the demise of hatred and bigotry in my life time. But, alas, i fear it is just not meant to be. True freedom always comes with a price to pay. Thanks for your kind words.

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      unBroken1 6 years ago from Florida

      Unfortunately it is human nature for people to fear what is different. Or what they perceive to be different.

      Very sad indeed!

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      Baileybear 6 years ago

      Bigotry is active in the forums too - by some very judgemental "christians"

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      http://hubpages.com/@baileybear

      thanks for the comment and tip. I will start exploring that aspect of hub pages.

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      Stump Parrish 6 years ago from Don't have a clue, I'm lost.

      I have to disagree with unbroken1. IMO humans are a social species and will seek ways to live together. Most of this hatred is learned in the same way religion is learned. I also feel that most of this hatred comes from religious teachers passing on the hatred they were taught. I live in the biblebelt and encounter hatred and bigotry on almost a daily basis. Simply stating my opinion as an atheist in my local paper has resulted in threatening phone calls. That my phone is unlisted and my father's isn't results in him receiving these calls. (I am a jr) In regards to polititians spouting this hatred, they are simply trying to stay in office and feel that by appealing to the hatred and bigotry most christians seem to need to survive, they are making their job easier. Differences in people is how we learn about different people and cultures. Why do so many people fear knowledge?

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

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      Thanks for your comments, and for reading my hubs. And your question: why do so many people fear knowledge? Is a profound one. Maybe it is the fear that comes along with the saying: The more i learn, the more i realize how much i don't know. Or the fact that with knowledge comes the realization that they might just have to learn to think for themselves for a change. The sheep mentality is prevalent in all religious orders and the conservative party. That is why the term "liberal" has become such a dirty word these these days. I guess the old saying that ignorance is bliss is the most appropriate answer to that question after all.

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      tom hellert 6 years ago from home

      d will,

      I voted this funny- not Seinfeld funny but interesting - never thought of it that way funny-one of the coolest bosses I had was a gay woman, i got fired but I deserved it. i am a cons rep but not a cr that is anti-gay, i am however anti-militant anything-- you know the ones that wanna force their agenda-in everyones face, i am against the " pro-gay teachings in school" ut i am not against teachingproper conduct to all-humans should be treated like humans.As for what gays do and when-i dont care as long as they like me do it in private... and not shove it the public eye as being different enough to be rewarded by special treatment... that is one of my only issues- the other is marrage is between a male and female a civil union can be between male male- female female-

      its up to ins companies to accept same sex civil unions

      So in general i look at "gayity" as different not special.

      TH

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      http://hubpages.com/profile/tom+hellert.

      Thanks for stopping by and your interesting comments. I never really thought of the gay community thinking of themselves as "special". There is quite a difference between feeling like you are 'special' than feeling like equal rights were intended for all living humans, not just those who decide they don't like another person for what they are born, or for not belonging to the same religious cults as the majority. Imposing you own beliefs on another person is just plain wrong in every sense of the word.

      Frankly i do not believe that any homosexual has the slightest interest in what heterosexual couples do in their bedrooms. I just can not understand the morbid fascination and the relentless interest that heterosexuals have with the sex lives of others. The only thing that i can think of, is that they think other people may be getting better sex than they are. LOL.

      As far as your concerns about teaching "pro gay in school". This has never been the intention of any of the gay community. 'Teaching pro gay' is an insulting term that implies that recruitment is involved. There certainly is no greater recruitment to young children than the obtrusive brainwashing by an entire civilization hell bent on spreading their inaccurate doctrine of the holy bible. Now THIS is true brain washing, not teaching children that not everyone is alike. And that being different is OK in the eyes of God. And that we do not get to pick the color of our skin, the color of our hair and eyes, and especially our sexual orientations.

      I believe that the teaching of diversity in schools is imperative to stopping the indoctrination of hatred and bigotry by parents, and their religious spewers, who harbor these feelings based on their ignorant religious beliefs, as they are certainly not basing anything on reality.

      And to top this all off, we have those religiously indoctrinated brainwashed morons that are totally unable to generate a single sensible thought on their own, in Washington, running our governemt and making rules only for those they think are "worthy" of equality.

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      tom hellert 6 years ago from home

      I guess I don't see gays as different so I do not see why they need "special circumstances" It is sad when any race creed color sexual persuation" deserve any special treatment-

      Bad things happen to all types of people all the time a married middle aged-white guy like myself ( wow- I just called my self middle aged)..we are discriminated against by the fact we are not "special or a minority type of person"

      TH

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      http://hubpages.com/profile/tom+hellert.

      Thanks again for commenting. As i said, there is nothing "special" about being homosexual or any other minority.

      What everyone wants in this world is to be recognized as an 'individual' with the same equal rights and status, with the same rights to pursue their own happiness, as everyone else in this country, and this world.

      When the republicans, some democrats, christians, and tea party members call gays a 'special interest group', it is just a subversive way of continuing their discrimination against those they feel are 'less human' than they are, and in the eyes go their god.

      My Creator sees all humans as equal and he alone will pass judgment on his own creations, not some narrow minded group of biased people.

      Do not think that i am unsympathetic with your views about being discriminated against for being white. I grew up in an era where being white, male, single, non christian, and american born, always got you the shit end of the stick.

      When "equal rights" were finally given to everyone (except gays) this country went to an extreme to prove that they were NOT discriminatory. In the process, yes, they did hurt people like you and me. But, in the long run, it should have helped those who were doing the discrimination to understand what they were doing to minorities on a regular basis, in every aspect of society. In some radical cases it did just the opposite and made those bigots bigger bigots and bigger haters.

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      tom hellert 6 years ago from home

      D,

      You get my meaning it seems the "white word " now dithers over how to not offend" because of 190+ years of oppresseion... of which I was involved in zero years of since I am neither a racist nor homophobic... I just get a little ticked when other people try to ell me and others who think like me get told what we supposedly are because of alledged knowledge of "who we are".

      Tea Partiers are notbigoted, some christians are- allot of them are the "holier than thou crowd"- You see them all the time on here they state some points and then start quoting the scriptures-

      Mt 11th grade teacher gave me the best advice-

      "Beware Zealots".

      hope this helps...

      TH

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      d.william 6 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      http://hubpages.com/profile/tom+hellert.

      Thanks for you comments. I understand the frustration of many people, like myself, losing out on jobs, raises, etc.., because of things that i (we) had no part in. It does not seem fair that we are paying the price for what others did in the past. I just wish everyone could just let go of the past and start from today to move into a future that is fresh and without prejudice, hatred and resentment. This constant bickering about who is right and who is wrong is neither productive or healthy, both physically and mentally. Politics and religion are both

      equally guilty of promoting, and dragging this foolishness out, each with their own agendas, that do not include peace and harmony.

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      tom hellert 6 years ago from home

      D,

      Nice soliloqy, well put but alas it is a question neither of us will get the full 10 points for so we had better hope for some extra credit somewhere...

      i agree- Bigots are everywhere right left center-

      diggity...

      TH

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 5 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      Very enlightening hub. It is about time that we act as if we were living in the 21st century and not medieval times. People are all one and should be treated with kindness and love.

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      d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      http://hubpages.com/profile/gmwilliams.

      Thanks for taking time to read and comment. If the new politicians have their way, we will revert back to that awful hateful place in the past that we fought so hard to get rid of. The greatest evil is trying to mandate your own versions of what one perceives to be proper, or not.

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      2413life 5 years ago from Still figuring that out......

      Great work, loved this piece! Each day I am continually amazed by the hatered, bigotry and poor excuse for human beings that seem to be around us. I realized our country had entered a new phase of hate and lack of respect for others when I witnessed, for the first time that I can recall the President of the United States being heckled by Rep.Wilson from S. Carolina. A gay soldier was recently booed during the Republican debates. We have lost our humanity. I look at my children and find myself fearful for the world that awaits them and it is not fear of being attacked by those outside our country, but by those from within our own boarders. Thanks for putting all this so perfectly!

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      2413life 5 years ago from Still figuring that out......

      Sorry in my comment meant to say "borders", not "boarders"!

      :( Thanks......

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      d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

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      Thanks for reading and commenting. It IS truly appalling how the minorities (gays, latinos, muslims, etc..) in this country are being 'used' by these politicians as simply 'fodder' to boost their ratings amongst their party members. It certainly does not say much for the intelligence of their base membership. One would think that in this time of supposed enlightenment that these atrocities would no longer merit such attention. I guess hatred is inherent in some people thanks to their religious, and party affiliations and indoctrinations. Just another American Shame to be ridiculed around the world.

      Funny - i did not even notice the misspelling of the word border/boarder until you put your second comment on. I knew what you meant, so the spelling did not stand out to me. Thanks for the clarification for those who take things literally.

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      Riski 2 years ago

      Fantastic blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring wreitrs? I'm hoping to start my own site soon but I'm a little lost on everything. Would you suggest starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I'm completely confused .. Any ideas? Thanks a lot!

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      Karla 2 years ago

      Right on Stanton. We need more lesbians in the chruch. (about the fairy boys tho ummm I'm sure I can find a nice little mosque or tabernacle for those peeps to dwell) So yeah that age old question comes up again I guess Why do hot dogs come in packages of ten and hot dog buns come in packages of oh..no not that one. Is it bad to be gay. Well What if we were ALL GAY! Yeah..what if we all rebuked the opposite sex in favor of our own flavor (thats funny) eww yucky I don't like girls I want big wangs..and girls would be all like ooohhh nasty snauseges (yeah its spelled right) I like yummy box! And then like in say 50 years the earth is devoid of people. Which would make environmentals happy, but it probably wouldn't do so well for big business. Think of WalMart, Fry's Think of STARBUCKS! Who's gonna buy all their crap? Not me I'm gay I never procreated, and now No one in my line or any other line is around to buy into corporate America. YEA! WE WIN wait shit we don't WHY? Cause we were all busy like everyday was GLAAD day and we were getting busy positive to positive and negative to negative connectors all sexed up like. The battery didn't get no juice. The car fucking died, and we missed the goddamn KISS concert, because Ronny wnated a white cherry icey. This is some bullshit!I know I know. Yer gay, you leave it to the Breeders..but isn't that kinda like the libs leaving the dirty business to the Conservative right wing nut jobs. Sure rebublicans are insane war mongering nut jobs, but christ if they weren't this country woulda been pussy whipped into submission like 4 thousand years ago by the orcs of mordor. (Damn no, I mean some other country that really exists. and some other time not 4 thousand years ago because America wasn't around cause not one single Shell station had popped up yet.)So thats my rant, the whole thing about the cranberries stewed like apples? Yeah it does taste more like prunes. So tell me what you know.;)bleach!

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      Mohmed 2 years ago

      Okay, this is sick. Everyone who believes this shit is more liekly going to hell than me. I believe in god. God loves me. You can't change anyone that was homosexual. They say they are, they are hiding it. Because of people like this. You make people feel like scum. Like they should not live. You are all sick. You belong in hell. You have no right to judge. If homosexuality is wrong. You have no say or not. Its gods. And if a god would lead me on thinking what i am doing is right and it really not be. I would say forget him. My god is the same god as yours. And i'm doing what i should. You are turning people away from god. You really should learn to see what is the TRUTH!

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      d.william 22 months ago from Somewhere in the south

      Sorry for the delay in answering the last few comments. I have not been on this site for many months as i had other pressing issues to deal with in life.

      1. Riski: Sorry that i can't give you that kind of advice. This is the first site i have ever subscribed to and written on. However, Hubpages has an excellent learning tool you might want to access. They will tell you everything you need to succeed on this site that also applies to other sites you might want to post articles on. Good luck with your writing.

      2. Karla: Your ranting is quite comical. I am leaving it one here for others to read, but hope Hubpages doesn't censure it off. You did a lot of rambling, but actually did not write anything constructive about the article itself.

      Anyway, thanks for reading and taking the time to leave your strange comments.

      3. Mohmed: thanks for leaving your comments strange as they may be. Religious fanatics who judge others based on their flawed teachings have no place even making comments on how other live their lives, or trying to pass laws against things that they do not even understand. I guess the old saying that "ignorance is bliss" has some merit for the nay sayers (and religious zealots) after all.

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