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May 20, 2013
The Week's Homophobia Hits New Highs, But Hate Was Transcended At New York Vigil For A Murdered Mark Carson
By Rev. Dan Vojir
Homophobia hit new highs last week, with the murder of a New York man named Mark Carson. However, the vigil for Carson was a strike back - in the right direction.
The victim of a hate crime murder in New York's Greenwich Village on Friday night was revealed as a 'courageous' gay man who never hid his sexuality - despite being subjected to anti-gay slurs for years.
Mark Carson was then shot in the head, and rushed to a hospital where he died. His alleged assailant confessed to the hate crime and to the homophobic slurs.
"Don't let it be a cowardly moment."
"Our grief and our anger brought us together."
The murder happened just a few blocks away from the Stonewall Inn, where, in 1969, the gay rights movement was born, bringing a sense of continuance to the vigil. In fact, from the statements during the vigil, rage was heaped upon a society at large rather than focused on any particular group. In many ways, the vigil seemed to make a valiant attempt to transcend hate by overcoming it with determination coupled with pride in the courage of Mark Carson, imploring everyone to be like him.
Yet no one mentioned the one label that the LGBT's worst enemy usually reserves for itself: "martyr."
Last week, one anti-marriage equality wag stated: "The forces of evil always always get greedy and then they give us an opportunity to fight back."**
In the wake of last week's extreme homophobic violence, let's hope that more such vigils take place when violence occurs.
*The video of the vigil is long (30 minutes) but well worth the view.
**[SOURCE: Drew Mariani Show--Relevant Radio ]
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Rev. Dan Vojir is has been writing/blogging on religion and politics for the better part of ten years. A former radio talk show host (Strictly Books " Talk America Radio Network) and book publisher, Dan has connected with some of the most interesting people of our time: Steve Allen, William F. Buckley, Alan Ginsburg, Armisted Maupin, Anne Rice, Grace Slick, Bishop John Shelby Spong, Patricia Nell Warren, and Betty White. He is also an ordained minister in the ULC and has studied extensively on the subject of the Bible and homosexuality. Additional articles can be read on his blog, The Devil and Dan Vojir. Future goals and activities: a new ministry focusing on reaching personal spiritual levels without the outside influence of proselytism or evangelism called The Church of the Inner Preacher. This ministry will be included in a new website The Devil and Dan Vojir. Vojir's main goal: to root out hypocrisy in religion and politics. "If only one person is saved from being killed or bashed by inane bigotry, then I'll have accomplished what I was put on earth to do: To Live and Help Live." http://sacredcowsmakethebesthamburgers.blogspot.com