Im pretty sure that by now, most people reading this post, has been the victim of some sort of discrimination and/or bigotry. Whether youve been discriminated against for your age, sex, race, religious views, political views, or just because you look different. But today, I am going to address hatred of gay people.

Earlier this week I heard about this group called One Million Moms. They were attempting to get Ellen Degeneres fired from her job as spokesperson of JC Penney because Ellen is gay. Its funny that they call themselves One Million Moms when, at the time of this writing, is just a little more than 43,000. (And no, I am not going to link to their facebook page)

I came across this video of Ellen addressing this bigotry:

You will see that supporters of Ellen went to their facebook page and posted their support for her in droves. In addition to that, another facebook page was started called ‘One Million Human Beings Against One Million Moms’ (https://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Million-Human-Beings-Against-One-Million-Moms/283203235026830)

On February 6th, think progress posted the following: (http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/02/06/419905/mother-of-gay-son-responds-to-one-million-moms-against-ellen-your-hate-speech-is-hurting-your-children/)

This mother is quoted as saying: ‘We have a huge generation of our children destroyed, hurting, bullied, tormented and committed suicide because of non-accepting organizations such as yours; your group message portrays non-acceptance and hate. Being a mother myself my maternal instinct inside me would never risk the welfare of our children by the non-acceptance and public outcry for the termination of a gay person, what type of message are you sending? A message of HATE!’

I have to say that I agree with this mom. No, my children arent gay that Im aware of….but I do know gay people who suffer because despite the fact that they are loving, caring people, theres always gonna be people who look at them and hate them just because they are gay. They will be discriminated against at their jobs and amongst their own family members for this single fact. These bigots will not see them as a great teacher, cook, parent, etc.

On February 9th, JC Penney came out and announced that Ellen represents the value of their company: (see embedded interview) http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2012/02/09/422100/jc-penney-ceo-ellen-represents-the-values-of-our-company)

In this link, JC Penney CEO, Ron Johnson again speaks to his support for Ellen (http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/ellen-degeneres-only-choice-jc-penney-ceo-says-221440378.html)

Quite honestly, Im perplexed at why Martha Stewart isnt the one they chose to target with their boycotting. At least in the case of Stewart, she was found guilty of something and went to jail.

And this morning, I came across a video in which even Bill OReilly understands what this group was attempting to say and do. Be forewarned Sandy Rios might make you want to strangle your computer.

Bill OReilly needs to be commended for his comments. He is absolutely correct. No one should be fired because they are gay. This type of witch hunt IS equal to McCarthyism.

And while Ms Rios thinks that Ellen CHOSE her lifestyle (make no mistake about her choice of words here) and believes that Ellen marrying her long time partner is wrong….I have to point out that committing to marriage (no matter what the sexual preference may be) should be commended. Contrary to belief, most gay people I know are in long term relationships.

I also find it hard to believe that ‘middle America’ wouldnt know of any gay people. She also goes on to state that children shouldnt be exposed to or ‘propagrandized’ by the gay culture. Uh…..has she even looked around?

Does Ms Rios even know the gay/straight ratio of employees in any of the stores she patronizes? It seems me that perhaps she should look into that. She may find out that she has no where to shop.

How did she say it? We are seeing gay culture embedded in our society in an alarming way? Im guessing thats because many gay people have come out publicly despite the bigotry of people like her. Every person brings something into society. Maybe….just maybe our society LIKES what gay people bring to the table?

No, your disdain regarding gay people is NOT a legitimate complaint. A legitimate complaint would be that if while eating dinner in a restaurant, your food came to you half cooked.

Complaining about gay people is bigotry.

You know how you can tell? Substitute the word gay for another word – like Jews or blacks…..Can you see it now?

 

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