Monday, August 23, 2010

Nikki Araguz Update 14 -Going To War In The Comment Section

As the Araguz case in Wharton continues to a hopefully successful conclusion for us, those of us in the Houston area GLBT community and our allies continue to fight the war against faith based ignorance, smears of Nikki Araguz, the trans community, and Faux News propaganda.

We've already had fun this week gleefully smacking down a slanted Fox26 poll question.

Now the war against ignorance has moved to

I checked out an opinion piece written by a person I had the honor and pleasure of meeting at last month's TTNS, UH professor Maria C. Gonzales.

Entitled 'Legal chaos reigns in same-sex unions', she stated:

Many Texans are so afraid of gay, lesbian, bisexual and especially transgender persons that what would be simple probate matters to others turn into media fodder for us.

The Nikki Araguz case going on in Wharton County is another example of how the systematic disenfranchisement of members of my community has turned one woman's private pain into a very public indignity. Firefighter Thomas Araguz died, and his wife and children would normally receive his death benefits. Perhaps like many in-laws who do not approve of their children's choice of spouse, Araguz's parents do not want their daughter-in-law to receive anything.

Professor Gonzales' piece concludes with this statement.

One day, Texas, like five other states, the District of Columbia, and many countries around the world, will grant its gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender citizens equal protection under the law, including the right to marry. When that happens, the dramas of dysfunctional families, even our families, will unfold around the dinner table, and perhaps in the quotidian business of the probate court, instead of in the media spotlight.

Of course, the faith based Conservabigots, Texas Division are making their stupidity known in the comments section. We're countering the lies and disinformation with the facts.

Out of the 30 plus comments on this piece so far, this one from a person calling themselves ugly_girl4_ugly_guy drew my attention:

ugly_girl4_ugly_guy wrote:
I <3 it when highly uneducated heterosexual bible thumping bigots try to make arguments that far exceed their capability to comprehend
Some of us are not religious, some of us are educated, and ALL of us are bigotted in some way. I see you are bigotted on uneducated, hetero Christians, and make no mistake about it you are a biggot. You didn't state the obvious, that I'm white ... but you're probably white and stopped short... alot of blacks won't side with GBLTs even on a bad day.

USS Monica going to Defcon 1, spooling up rhetorical Tomahawks. Board is green. 5...4...3...2...1...launch.

You really need to turn off Faux News because your faith based ignorance is showing..

Let's see, for starters, TBLG civil rights has the support of people such as Julian Bond, the late Coretta Scott King, Rep. John Lewis, Dr. Joycelyn Elders, Rep. Barbara Lee, the NAACP, the National Black Justice Coalition, Kerry Washington, state Rep Senfronia Thompson....

And me.

Because as John F. Kennedy so eloquently stated in a September 22, 1962 speech, 'In giving rights to others which belong to them, we give rights to ourselves and to our country.'

And the Blacks that side with the Forces of Intolerance like you do are right wing sellouts and thankfully few in number. We African descended Americans stand with the people who love freedom, justice and equality, not hate and intolerance.


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