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America is awesome; the world sucks

By Paul Moomjean 08/22/2013


Bigoted. Racist. Anti-Intellectual. Homophobic. Sexist.


If you’re a liberal you’re probably thinking of the other half of America right now. You know, those pesky conservatives.  
If you’re a conservative, you’d apply all those adjectives not to America, but to the rest of the world. You see, it’s not America that’s the problem — it’s the rest of the world.


America is going through her awkward teenage years right now and developing her own new identity. Gay marriage, extended health care, a black president and female leadership are becoming the norm, while the rest of the world is showing its true intolerance and hate.


Right now in Russia, President Vladimir Putin has signed into law anything that would be deemed “pro-gay.” Yep. Not George W. Bush. Not a Utah governor. Not some right-wing fringe group. An Eastern European president signed into law this past July the most vile piece of homophobic legislation ever created by a modern society. 

      
The gay blog, America Blog, reports, “The new law, coming only seven months before Russia is to host the Winter Olympics in Sochi, would ban anything considered pro-gay, from gay-affirmative speech to gays holding hands in public, to even wearing rainbow suspenders.”


This disgusting law is a reminder of how tolerant, kind and accepting modern America really is. Just weeks after the Supreme Court lifted the Defense of Marriage Act to allow states the right to freely vote in gay marriage if they choose, Russia is making the very act of being gay illegal. America Blog went on to add how the LGBT community feels.


“LGBT people in Russia are scared, they live in fear, and we want people to be aware of the issue. If they feel strongly about human rights they should boycott the Olympics in Sochi,” said Nina Long, co-president of RUSA LGBT, a Russian-speaking LGBT organization based in New York.


“We really want the LGBT community to know it’s unsafe to travel there,” she added.


Meanwhile, in Eygpt, protesters, police officers and Christians are being killed and harassed. Supporters of Muslim Brotherhood member and former president Mohammed Morsi have killed hundreds of protesters and  more than 40 police officers.


Christians are being tormented as well by the Muslim Brotherhood. According to the news source The Tower, “Attackers … set fire to a Christian youth center in Fayoum. They also reportedly destroyed a fourth century church, one of the oldest in Egypt. Scores of other churches and Copt homes were attacked.”


The Tower reported that 21 churches were burned down and many were attacked.


All of these news stories coming in from around the world are a reminder of how awesome America really is.


So often, we as Americans look at our country and pick at its flaws. But while some Americans haven’t been the homosexual community’s greatest friends, the persecution is not even in the same universe as much of the world. While there might be a few fringe pastors or right-wing nuts who want to “ban” gays from everyday life, the majority of Americans are accepting of the gay community. There are numerous churches that reach out to the homosexual community. TV shows featuring gay characters win awards and high ratings. Even the Supreme Court has overturned laws that many argued were discriminatory.


Is it perfect? No. Do we still debate about marriage and rights and the such? Yes. But there are no Republicans wanting to “ban” being gay. We are trying to have a discussion about the soul of America. No one here is trying to butcher a whole community.


Meanwhile, the absolute lack of religious and political freedom in Egypt should remind us all how beautiful a democratic- epublic truly is.


No one is burning down churches and synagogues freely. Any act of terror against a religious group is shut down quickly and prosecuted properly.

   
When people protested taxes, Wall Street or the Trayvon Martin verdict, no one was killed by the opposing side.


So often the left and the right try to create a picture of an America falling apart, but in reality, we aren’t falling apart. We’re growing. We’re learning. We’re debating.


We’re being America. We’re being awesome, and the rest of the world isn’t.

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Your commentary is glib, light on substance, bereft of insight, and polyannish. Your point, "So often, we as Americans look at our country and pick at its flaws. But while some Americans haven’t been the homosexual community’s greatest friends, the persecution is not even in the same universe as much of the world.", is as naive as it dangerous. No, America's disparate treatment of gays rooted in unchallenged bigotry and ignorance may not be the same as Russia's or that of many other countries, but it's in the same universe, and in fact, it's right next door.

America's relative intolerance can't be characterized as one size fits all, but neither can other countries' civil climates. You cite Russia's anti-gay laws and propaganda and other headline-grabbing anti-civil rights episodes in other countries while ignoring what is a turbid climate for gays in this country - Yes, changing acceptance of gay marriage, while state after state, mostly in the south and mid-west, a priori disallow child adoptions to LGBT couples. But, more importantly, by not properly assailing where America's communities fall short in the defense of full civil rights of all LGBT members, your complacency aids and abets the lingering hate and bigotry that besets too much of America. How about your own backyard? Shall we not shine a spotlight on Oxnard and the rank bigotry of jurors, school officials, and most of the community that allowed the wanton murder of an innocent transgender boy, who, in the defense of a self-hating, raging, white supremacist-tending murderer, is pilloried for "bullying and sexually harassing", the bigger and stronger kid, i.e., the victim's deviance "made him do it" defense. Funny, I haven't heard of such a case in Russia, at least so far, despite all that I hear of its hostile climate for gays. Maybe you should look a little closer to home before throwing stones at "another universe" -- from a glass house, as it were.

posted by slhicks57 on 10/12/13 @ 02:01 p.m.
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