Hate: An American Value

Hate: An American Value

Since the day that Thomas Jefferson referred to Native Americans as "merciless Indian savages" in the Declaration of Independence, hate has been an American value. No matter what is going on in our Country, no matter how powerful our Country is, we have made it a point to try to collectively find a group to hate.

In 1857, the Supreme Court made it okay to express hate against African Americans by claiming that a master's slave was not a citizen. As if hating African Americans wasn't enough, in 1882, our Country decided to pass the Chinese Exclusion Act, an Act that prohibited immigration from China. The Chinese Exclusion Act tour apart Chinese families and made labor harder for those of Chinese hertiage already in the United States.

In 1924, our Country turned its' hate towards European Jews. The National Origins Quota Act (NOQA), which limited the number of Europeans that could immigrate to the United States, was passed. NOQA was enacted mainly to prevent an influx of Jews from moving to our Country. This hatred of Jews became even more obvious on June 4, 1939, when President Roosevelt refused to allow the SS St. Louis to dock in Florida. The reason for the refusal was because the ship contained 936 Jewish refugees from Germany.

Knowing this history of hate, I do not know why I am still surprised at how much hate exists today in our Country.

The lack of love and compassion we exhibit as a people is what makes it possible, and seemingly okay, for two young Arizona girls to make a completely racist and threatening video about Hispanics in America. In all fairness, why would they not make a video about hating Hispanics when our politicians and media have made it a point to demonize immigrants from Mexico.

The current hostility towards Hispanics is, of course, not enough for this Country, so it is also completely acceptable to hate on homosexuals. The Republican Party has made it perfectly normal to demonize homosexuals. Just this past week at the Republican National Convention the GOP stated their intent on passing a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage and their intention to reinstate the ban on gays in the military.

As with most hatred in our Country's history, at some point in the future, we as a Country will look back and feel utterly embarrassed at our treatment of gays and Hispanics. Our treatment of two groups of people will be a stain on our already blood splattered history.

Of course, the saddest part about all the hate, is that people use Christianity as their pathway to hate. Christianity is not about hate. As a Christian, I was not taught to hate those that are different than me. I believe that my God encourages me to love everyone. Even if I do not necessarily agree with what they do, I do not have a right to hate them or pass laws to infringe upon their rights.

If you claim to be Christian, yet still hate other people, maybe you should reevaluate your religion, because I do not believe you are doing it right. If you claim that Christianity is under attack in our Country, you are wrong. Christians, more specifically those on the far right-wings of Christianity, are the one wanting to cause harm and hatred to other people. To claim that your religion is under attack is utterly ridiculous, and you know it. You know that it is you that is wanting to inflict your hatred on others. If you do not know this, then open your eyes and look at the history of your people.

As a gay Christian, I have never felt hated for being Christian; however, I have felt hated by Christians for being gay.

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