Showing posts with label Genocide. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Genocide. Show all posts

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Last Known Pink Triangle Speaks about Being Placed in a Concentration Camp in Nazi Germany

     One myth thrown out by some conservative Christian Americans is that Hitler and the Nazis were gay.  Untrue.  Homosexuals were persecuted by Hitler, marked with pink triangles, and sent to concentration camps.  This is a historical fact.

     In the video below, Rudolph Brazda, who is possibly the last surviving Pink Triangle, speaks of his experience.

     97 year-old Rudolf Brazda is probably the last surviving man to have been deported by the Nazis for being a homosexual. In a video interview for Yagg he remembers his years as a prisoner at the Buchenwald concentration camp. He had previously given his precise and moving testimony to Jean-Luc Schwab, of the French organization Les “Oublié(e)s” de la Mémoire (Forgotten from Memory), who turned it into a fascinating book: Itinéraire d’un Triangle rose (Itinerary of a Pink triangle).
     The son of Tcheckoslovaquian immigrants in Germany, Rudolf Brazda was 20 when Hitler rose to power. He had lived his homosexuality freely and openly until the law penalizing homosexuality, the notorious “Paragraph 175″, was toughened by the Nazi regime. On August 8, 1942, after having gone to prison twice, he was sent to the concentration camp of Buchenwald, where he was given the number 7952, and a pink triangle.
     Here is the video of Brazda telling his story:

Thank you to Towleroad for introducing me to Yagg.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

The Priest and the Concubine: A Sunday School Lesson of Traditional Values

     Happy Sunday.  It's time for a Sunday school lesson.

     Today's lesson is care of "Betsy's Sunday School Bible Classics."  This is the divinely inspired and inerrant word of the Judeo-Christian god as revealed in the bible (Judges 19-21).  This is a story of traditional family values upon which the Catholic Church's traditional value of raping children is based.  Enjoy.





     My latest work is about the Old Testament, in which I took eight stories from various books and told them pretty much as they really are in there; my illustrations give voice to the women, the children, and the animals, as well as give commentary on the classic interpretations of the stories. No doubt some will call these irreverent and offensive, but really they are the actual stories, and they do beg for explanation. Of course my versions are funny as well. Five of them have been adapted to video and are on YouTube, and two of the stories are in the book Betsy's Sunday School Bible Classics, available on Amazon.com.
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Image Credit: BetsySalkind.com

Friday, April 16, 2010

The Top Ten Hateful Things Blamed on Homosexuals by Christians

     In light of the numerous claims of powerful Catholics, both in and out of the Vatican, blaming homosexuals for the systematic child rape and cover-up in the Catholic Church, Ranker.com compiled "The 7 Craziest Things Ever Blamed on Homosexuals" in the name of hate.
     In light of the Catholic church blaming homosexuals for the child rape they are committing, here are the 7 most inane, ridiculous and idiotic things that have been blamed on homosexuals. People in a position of power, including various world leaders and fundamentalist Christians, have been blaming the minority with the least amount of power in the state for a whole slew of insane problems that they were either responsible for or couldn't explain for a long time now. People don't seem to blame homosexuals for something unless they have an agenda to push, and that agenda is usually that of hate.
     Ranker's seven include:
  1. Child Rape
  2. September 11, 2001
  3. Mass Murder
  4. Hurricane Katrina/Natural Phenomena
  5. The Economic Downturn in Post-World War I Germany
  6. Converting Children and Teens to be Gay
  7. AIDS
     Click here for the full article.

     I would add to these three to to the list:
  1. The Destruction of Heterosexual Marriage
  2. The Deaths of U.S. Soldiers Overseas
  3. The Mythical, Biblical Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah
     Can you think of other insane things that religious folk have blamed on gays? 

     Please list them in the comments below.

Monday, March 22, 2010

The Dutch Respond to U.S. Retired General Sheehan's Blaming the Gays for the Srebrenica

     In an attempt to defend Don't Ask, Don't Tell in Washington last week, retired U.S. Marine Corps General John Sheehan blamed the presence of gays in the Dutch armed forces for the 1995 Srebrenica Massacre/Genocide, in which Christians ethnically cleansed Muslims by committing the largest mass murder in European history since the slaughter of German citizens in Eastern Europe after World War II.  

     The Dutch are outraged at Sheehan and have been quick to attack and discredit Sheehan's ignorant and homophobic statements.   Rachel Maddow reports on the specifics of the Dutch response below.  In short, Sheehan based his allegation on the word of a Dutch man who doesn't exist (and I'm not talking about his god) and the highest members of the Dutch government are condemning Sheehan's ignorance. 

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Let's Put Your Life up for Debate

     Online yesterday, the BBC asked the question, "Should homosexuals face execution?"  Should we gays and lesbians be put to death?  Seriously.  Just asking the question implies that it's up for debate and that both sides have legitimate arguments.


     When the genocide in Rwanda was going on, did the BBC ask "Should Tutsis face execution?"  When the ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia was going on, did the BBC ask "Should Muslims face execution at the hands of Catholic Croats and Orthodox Serbs?"  And what about Sudan and the current Muslim-lead extermination of Christians and animists?  So, BBC, why ask the question of orientation cleansing?

     Why not ask the real question that lies at the root of issue: Should religious people be allowed to continue murdering people in the name of their god?  If the BBC really wanted to ruffle some feathers, they could have asked "Should all religious people be executed?"  This question is just as absurd as asking whether homosexuals should be put to death. 

     The BBC eventually changed the question to "Should Uganda debate gay execution?"  Which in my opinion is not much better.  The government in Uganda is in fact debating this horrendous question and fundamentalist Christians are encouraging it.  BBC, why encourage hate-filled responses calling for the blood of all homosexuals throughout the world?  Do you enjoy rubbing death threats in our faces?


     I have some questions for BBC, the United Nations, and the news media.  Why aren't we also challenging the gay death penalty and life prison sentences in the other countries that have them?  Why not threaten them with the same withholding of aid that we threaten Uganda?

  • Iran
  • Mauritania
  • Saudi-Arabia
  • Sudan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Yemen
  • Nigeria
     I wonder how many of my tax dollars have gone to aid and finance the governments of these nations, where I would be put to death.  This makes me sick.  Surely, the U.S. could speak to our "ally" Saudi Arabia about this issue, or are we too afraid of losing our oil connections?



     And what of the 86 member nations of the UN that still punish being homosexual with prison sentences up to and including life? Would we allow the same to hold for people with blue eyes, or red hair?  Or for Catholics or atheists?  Or why not execute adulterers or rape virgins and kill them?

     Uganda is the tip of the iceberg.  The calls for justice and equality for homosexuals need to be heard throughout the world.
   
     Postscript: I don't recall any moment in history when the gays banded together to exterminate their religious persecutors or to kill all the straights. 




Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sartre on Colonialism

"Colonialism...is genocide. This crime is perpetrated under our eyes every day, making accomplices out of those who do not denounce it."
-- Jean-Paul Sartre