This should be sobering for all the culture warriors in our own country. In light of this essay published by the Daily Beast, America by comparison, continues to be light years ahead of every other country when it comes to individual rights and civic decency. The political left feigns outrage when they run up against their conservative/traditionalists counterparts and often use isolated incidents to its fullest effect. Meanwhile, in countries like Brazil, gays really do have it bad.
Though the overall crime rate is down sharply in major cities, murders of gays and lesbians are on the rise. It’s especially acute in the most populous areas: Bahia, Minas Gerais, and the cities of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo—precisely where police have made their biggest dents in criminal activity in general.
Attacks against gays have climbed steadily for most of the last decade, with 272 murdered in 2011—one every 36 hours, according to Grupo Gay da Bahía, a leading gay-rights group that tracks antigay violence. This year, GGB reports, it’s even worse, with 75 murders in just the first 10 weeks. That’s one every 24 hours.
I have little regard for special rights when it comes to sexual tastes or orientation. To me, its not a human rights issue. I see it as a counter sub-culture seeking to over-represent themselves through sympathetic courts whose judges often play loose with the Constitution and academia where so many abhor traditional America. The latter goes on to teach as well, join PACs, think tanks and state and federal government.These progressive warriors continuously advance over traditional ground through activism and public relations so much to the point that conservatives are no longer fighting but defending and retreating.
Because of my resistance, and others like me, we are targets for strong-arm tactics and ad hominem attacks. This crowd loves to throw out words like fascists, homophobes and hate-mongers, while portraying themselves the perpetual victim simply striving to make America a better place. For those who have been on the inside know that is garbage. This group shamelessly put themselves on the scale of blacks during the 19th and 20th centuries. As a consequence, rather than have one’s character assaulted and labeled insensitive and mean, many in America find it all tiresome and boring. The outcome to which will one day mean a complete reversal of what America once was.
Those are my thoughts and feelings and while I disagree with the progressive counter-culture warriors, at no point do I see any need whatsoever for violence or the subversion of their civil rights. That sentiment is the popular one, too. And that is what has made American unique in the eyes of the world. We disagree, even disagree strongly, but we have always met at the negotiating table, and not some back alley where numbers and brute force prevail.
The news out of Brazil should make that last point all the more important. Brazil our southern neighbor and a power in the Western Hemisphere, should make both sides in America feel thankful for our rich history and reverence for civic virtues and community.