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Mike Tidmus on the arson in Florida

I shared my thoughts last night on the arson that burned down the home of a gay couple in Lakeland, FL. Surf over to Mike Tidmus‘s blog. He posts news about additional arsons in Arkansas and Texas, and shares graphic that symbolizes the significance of fire as a weapon of hate and intimidation of the Right:

Has the religious-right, through its continual ratcheting up of anti-gay rhetoric, created a climate in which we can expect to see an ongoing escalation of hate crimes against gay people?

Obviously, the answer is yes.

Are good “Christians” capable of a crime like arson? The divine Miss Polly, at Adult Christianity, points to a couple of incidents of fundamentalist, “Christian” pastors torching their own church’s for profit here and here.

Have Dobson, Sheldon, Perkins, Knight, Wildmon, Falwell and the rest of the religious-right gang declared open season on gay people?

Well, yes they have and no they haven’t. None of them, to my knowledge, have publicly encouraged their flocks to grab a book of matches and a can of gasoline — at least not in so many words.

And, as Mike notes, because these high-profile bible-beaters don’t direct the bigoted sheeple to perpetrate these crimes, they can continue to deny any responsibility for fomenting acts like arsons, beatings and killings of gays and lesbians, and still sleep like babies at night.

We have to tie these leaders of the Right to their flock of violent extremists. These arsonists, after all, are their people, their base, their alleged followers of the Holy Word.

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