Homo What He Said
posted by February 25 at 11:56 AMon
Neil Steinberg at the Chicago Sun-Times…
A reader inquires why no one in Chicago has yet written about Lawrence King, the Oxnard, Calif., boy who was murdered two weeks ago for the crime of being gay. King, 15, had begun sometimes coming to class wearing makeup, a capital offense in the view of 14-year-old Brandon McInerney, who, according to police in the town north of Malibu, strode into their middle school computer lab Feb. 12 and shot King in the head in front of two dozen classmates.
“Where’s the moral outrage?” asks reader Bob Zuley, who answers his own question: “This hateful behavior is learned by a society that condones homophobia expressed through families that practice bigotry, churches and schools that practice exclusion, and national leaders that fight to prevent equality and acceptance.”
Sounds right to me. But is that the complete answer? One could once count on Chicago’s active gay community to raise an outcry over such matters, but they have gone quiet in recent years. I’m mystified as to why—perhaps the reduced lethality of the AIDS crisis has lowered the flame under gay social activism. Perhaps gays have grown comfortable and secure—a tad prematurely, perhaps, given crimes such as the one against King. Perhaps their voices are lost in the swelling informational cacophony.
Religious groups are another matter. They’re always going on how they love the sinner while loathing the sin. That said, and given how religion is responsible for much of the vacant faux moral blather that underlies hatred of gays, you’d think they’d step up after cases such as King’s with the bold pronouncement that, vile as the sin of homosexuality is, you shouldn’t murder gays, at least not while they are still children. We seem to expect the entire Muslim community to rise as one and publicly denounce every act committed in their faith’s name anywhere in the world. Why shouldn’t our home-grown faiths take responsibility for the fruit of their efforts?
Typically, condemnation for a crime falls upon the criminal. But when that criminal is a child, it is easier to see the hand of society at work. Lawrence King died for your sins.
In other news of dead gay teenagers, an openly gay teenager was shot to death in Florida, an anti-gay state, as we’ve recently been reminded.