The real dangers of racism, bigotry and hatred
I’ve been a little obsessed with the media lately. I really can’t help myself in the light of Dr. George Tiller’s death. It was only after his murder I had an opportunity to see the full scope of the religious right’s campaign against him. The carefully worded press releases all publicly condemn the act, but it’s no surprise the majority of them are in fact quite pleased at Tiller’s death.
I’ve begun to realize the seriousness of their rhetoric, and the unsubtle messages that many religious leaders are implanting in their congregation. Take Pastor Wiley Drake as a perfect example: he recently stated unless Obama reverses his policy on abortion, he is actively praying for God to kill him. He also has this to say on Tiller’s murder:
I’ve been a Baptist pastor for a long time, been in the pro-life fight, been face-to-face with Tiller, told him about Jesus, and I’ve seen many, many others tell him about Jesus over and over and over again. And I’ve seen horrific things that go on in those death abortuaries — and that’s what they are — and so my initial response to those people, they said, ‘Well what was your response,’ and I said, ‘Well, in all honesty I have to just respond directly and say I am glad that he’s dead.
Drake shows his true colors by calling Obama a ‘secret Muslim’, accusing him of being a usurper, and not a real American. Drake is sending a message: if someone kills him, they will be doing God’s work. How else can you explain his reaction to Tiller’s murder. Yep, like all good Christians, Drake prays for those he hates to be sent to hell, hopefully sooner than later.
In most other countries, this type of hate speech would not be swept under the carpet. Enticing others to violence is not free speech issue, especially when the people doing this have such a high profile. This man has a large following who listen to everything he says. Drake and his ilk are extremely dangerous, and if you underestimate the risk of allowing this kind of hate speech to continue, you may realize too late what the consequences are.