When I posted last night about the death of Kenneth James Weishuhn I knew that the post would not accomplish much and that made me toss and turn all night. This morning Sweet Mother posted an article that gave my anger a name : One Million Moms.
This organization does not contain one million mothers, it only contains about 40,000 of them but they all campaign against gays. And when they go back to being mothers they teach their children the same hatred and bigotry that they spew online. Those children then go to school or they go online and they spread the hatred to their friends. Eventually that culture of hatred finds a victim. Sometimes the victim is strong enough to fight back, or at least ignore the cruelty. Sometimes the victim dies. Like 14 year old Kenneth.
We all know it has to stop. We all say how horrible bullying is but when it comes to bullying victims committing suicide we think that there must have been something else, some weakness at play, some fatal flaw for which the bullying is just a trigger. After all, words can’t kill.
I used to think that but in reading more about Kenneth’s death I discovered that words can kill when they are accompanied by the kind of hatred that was directed towards this young boy. Hatred that can send the bullies to the funeral and make them say they’re glad that he is dead is no ordinary hatred. It’s not a game. It’s not just kids ‘teasing’. This is real, inbred, homegrown HATE. The kind of hate that would kill if it dared.
Yet where does this level of hate with a capital ‘H’ come from? You guessed it : from people like One Million Moms. Well this mum is about to tell those ‘moms’ that they are evil with a capital ‘E’.
If you are a mum and if you love your children and if you believe that all children have a right to live then please join me in condemning these women. Even if we only make one ‘mom’ change her mind that is a start. That is one less source of hate. One less family spewing bigotry into the world. And maybe it will mean one less child dying.
Enough is enough.