I was dismayed to read about a hate crime committed in our mostly tolerant community. A “possibly Hispanic man” viciously attacked a lesbian, claiming to be acting according to his religion.
Meanwhile, four Hispanics have recently been killed in Pasco by police. Cops have been killed just for being cops. There is a circle of hatred going on that we need to love our way out of.
Bravo to the neighbors who called the police, but also to everyone to stands up to hate speech, no matter how seemingly insignificant. Hate crimes come as violent stabs and gunshots, and they also come as subtle barbs.
If a young person only hears about the humanity of LBGTQ folks every time he spews hatred – or even if he only hears it once, by somebody he respects – can he remain confident in his concept of a God who supports hate? On the other hand, silence in the presence of hate is seen as complicity.
A free society requires that we speak out against hatred of any group, working together to celebrate diversity.