by Madison Reed
Lotus Opening News
The hatred of Gays, Blacks, Jews, and other groups, along with hearing hateful epithets spit out from the mouths of the followers of Jesus Christ, is an old and persistent element of West Virginia's fundamentalist Christian culture. I grew up in West Virginia, and have spent most of my life here. I'm very familiar with this problem.
Here, it's not even what's openly stated that's most outrageous; such as the hateful trash published recently in Hamlin, West Virginia's Lincoln Journal after the Lincoln County Board of Education terminated lesbian teacher Kelli Burns when people complained that she was teaching children to be gay, but the always-has-been and ongoing, clever, tactical silence of Christian believers-at-large and the churches.
“We need to clear them people out and have good, white, God fearing Christians and everybody else needs to be put to death for their abominations.”Watch this video from WCHS-TV, broadcast March 20, 2013:
While I was a student at Marshall University I spoke and wrote about the dangers of Christian fundamentalism and the damage it has done to the people of West Virginia. At the time, I believe most people chose to ignore what I wrote. Either they didn't believe it, or they conveniently chose to ignore an inconvenient truth. With the destruction of the Defense of Marriage Act on the horizon in June, and full emancipation of gays and lesbians around the corner, we're seeing the old hatred raise its ugly voice.
Even though we are a modern society, West Virginia and the rest of the United States isn't much different than Pakistan or Afghanistan, in the sense that we too have a network of Taliban mentality religionists. Ours are mostly white and Christian. Except for the different name the invoke for God, that they speak English instead of Pashto, Persion or Urdu, and that they dress differently, they're nearly identical to primitive Muslim groups. Why is it so? It's because the authority invoked by both groups, hails back to the ancient tribal cult god composite El-Yahweh-Jehovah - a human-like, violent deity, whose "divine" attributes got mixed into the personality of the Creator God and transmitted to Christianity and Islam.
West Virginia is a modern society of friendly people, small cities and beautiful towns, colleges and universities. We're a place that anyone would enjoy visiting. We don't just have churches. We are NOT the Bible-belt anymore. We have synagogues, mosques in Charleston and Huntington, the beautiful Palace of Gold devoted to Lord Krishna in the town of New Vrindaban, a Tibetan Buddhist Lamasery in the Northeast, places to spend a weekend whitewater rafting, or you can hike the Appalachian Trail or go snow skiing. But spread throughout "wild, wonderful West Virginia," we still have the remaining relics of a primitive Christian sub-culture that's happily fading out, forever.
West Virginia paper’s anti-LGBT column wants death for ‘n*ggers, spics, kikes and wops’