Brian’s Reflection: Thursday, May 22, 2008
If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet
destroy every closet door.
The fact is that more people have been slaughtered
in the name of religion than for any other single reason.
That, THAT my friends, is true perversion.
- Harvey Milk, San Francisco Supervisor, Gay man,
born on this day, 1930 (Assassinated 1978)
Speaking of perversion! Harvey Milk was assassinated by a fellow Supervisor who had been dismissed. The assassin also killed the mayor. He was later given a very light sentence. It was called the “Twinkie Defense” - he claimed that he was “high” on sugar having eaten Twinkies. So much for American Justice and for the claim that all are equal and justice is for all. Not when it comes to Gayfolk in this country!
And let’s be clear: at bottom of the hatred and prejudice and discrimination against Gayfolk in America is Religion, and primarily Christianity. In my opinion, it is a betrayal of the God of Truth and Love we know in Jesus Christ.
Well, we know that good can come from evil and hate. May the bullet that killed Harvey be indeed a bullet that destroys every closet door. May Gay men and women rise up and emerge from the dark of hiding and prejudice and hate. May all just and loving people help them. And believe me: Jesus would be with them/us in the closet and leading everyone out, willing to accept persecution and death for these outcasts of American society.
Jesus. What’s not to love!!