Another young person has been thrown out of his home for coming out as gay. I have written about this on a number of occasions covering such events in the United States, Nigeria and Uganda. This time the event was recorded. Trying to imagine the evil some people can impart on their children is no longer necessary. Now we can hear them in their own self righteous voices…
Another young person has been thrown out of his home for coming out as gay.
This time the event was recorded. Trying to imagine the evil some people can impart on their children is no longer necessary. Now we can hear them in their own self righteous voices
It started when the family called 20-year-old Daniel Pierce to an “intervention.” He left his phone recorder going during the confrontation and was later posted online as “How not to react when your child tells you he is gay.” It has now gone viral.
In the video, Daniel explains to what sounds like his mother, step-mother and father that he is gay. The choices this set of parents makes as a reaction are almost as bad as they possibly could be.
His mother makes a statement at the outset that becomes increasingly shocking as the video proceeds and the parenting adults collectively verbally attack and physically abuse the young man.
The mother’s statement is: “I have known since you were a young boy that you were gay.” If there was ever clear pointed evidence that Daniel was “born that way,” her comment would be it.
She knows who her child is, yet due to her own personal agenda she pretends he is making a choice and coldly rejects him as a result.
This is my open letter to Daniel’s parents.
To Daniel’s family:
Now you know.
You have handled this badly. I don’t know you, and I don’t know of what you are capable, good or bad. I hope that there are better people within each one of you than those displayed on that video.
I am a parent as you are. For me, contributing to my sons’ welfare, personal joy and life success is my purpose and mission in this world. I hope that somehow in your own warped way, that you want that for Daniel. I have written to children killed by parents who feared they might grow up as gay, and I can’t be sure those aren’t individuals who share your mindset.
To Daniel’s dad: I hear great frustration of not being thanked for having provided the food and “roof over the head” of a child for twenty years. Accomplishing that is no small feat — I have two sons, 11 and 12, and I provide for them. I have to. I will not get thanked for it. It’s cool, it is the gig I signed up for. Part of being a parent is being your child’s oxygen. They need us to survive, but they do not thank us as they take each breath. We just have to provide for them, because being a parent means you do that.
We seek to inspire our children to be the best they can be, and to do that, we have to know who they are. You all now know Daniel.
Choice is relevant here, but not for Daniel. It is for you. You are choosing only to accept him if he is as you want him to be, rather than who he really is. Instead of embracing this child that you nurtured through life, you cling to a bastardized concept of “the word of God” that has turned a religious practice into an exercise of superstition.
Where exactly you get this religious mandate is itself a mystery. The Bible does not define itself as being “the word of God.” It defines Jesus, and Jesus alone as being “The Word.” Jesus never once claims that gay people choose to be gay. The Bible directs us to the covenant of God, under Jesus, as written on one’s own HEART and HIS MIND (Hebrews 8).
I believe that Daniel DID ask God, and God wrote back on Daniel’s heart and mind, “I made you gay.” God generally does not cc others so, you getting a copy of that directive is unlikely. That is what the Bible says and you can choose to believe it if you want.
To Daniel’s Mom: At the beginning of the recording you tell him you love him. He says he believes you. I don’t believe you.
For me, my sons come first — before my dogma, before my standing in the local community, before anything. If I was Abraham in the desert and Jason and Jesse were strapped to a stone slab, and a big voice in the sky was telling me to make a sacrifice of them to Him, I would turn to the heavens and say “Screw you.”
That’s how monumental my kids are to me — they are beyond biblical proportions of importance. All the real parents I know feel the same about their kids.
Daniel has very little choice here. He is who he is, and now thanks to your rejection, he will do what he has to in order to survive. Our community will come around him, love him support him. He will be our son now and we will give him healthy alternatives. Many in his situation do not get that chance. They end up on the street and within weeks are surviving through less than savory means.
We will watch Daniel, and encourage him to grow. We will give him hope for his life, and a vision for an inspiring purpose. That purpose for him may or may not include a family of his own. We will show him how to find joy and fulfillment, and he will do it without you. Unlike you, we will let him know he can be his authentic true self.
Your choices are important ones that will affect the rest of your lives. Rejecting is a choice. Not caring for Daniel is a choice. Saving your face in the community over the well being of your son is a choice. What is your best possible choice? That would be a sincere re-evaluation of your priorities, bringing him home, and working towards a level of acceptance.
Whatever you choose, it will define you forever. You will either be defined as the people who worked to grow as parents, or the people who should never have been parents in the first place.
If you do have any love in you at all, it will fester and one day you will find yourself sitting upright in bed, having a better educated sense about the nature of the true God, and realize that you have made a horrific and terrible mistake. One that, at that point, you may not be able to fix.
You may truly be cold loveless shells. Certainly, it appears that one or more of you deserves to be in jail right now for assault. Instead of looking for healing, you may launch into a further tirade of homophobia and tell us about the vengeful God that you emulate.
You will not need to preach to us about hell, however. We will see it in your eyes.
The more we depend on women to prevent rape, the easier it is to blame them when it happens to them. Here’s a look at the well-documented ways we can actually stop rape. Maybe it’s time we invest a little more time and resources into implementing them before we send gallons of nail polish to colleges across the country.
Hey tumblr, I need help! Cassie Simkins, my step sister, has gone missing from her home in the middle of the night (a day or so ago). We have reason to believe she is NOT with someone safe and she is also epileptic and does not have her necessary medications. She’s from the Rockwell City area in Iowa but it’s been over a day so they may be further away.
She’s also been using a fake account on fb to communicate with friends under different names.
EDIT: The person she is with is considered dangerous, please be careful.
If anyone has information or sees her, please contact her father Jeff Simkins immediately at 712-830-3145
These are pictures of the guy we believe took off with her. He’s dangerous (stole a weapon from someone’s home), so please be careful around him!
UPDATE: Two people that fit the descriptions of Cassie, as well as the guy we believe she’s with, were spotted around the east of Carrol (Iowa) yesterday evening (August 30th) and were spotted by vendors in Dayton (also Iowa).
Thanks for all the reblogs so far guys, keep it up!
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The English language needs a word that means “I understand what you’re saying but what you’re saying makes no fucking sense.”
Imagine all the papercuts though.
once a girl in my biology class asked if the sun had bones
Pretty sure the sun is a kind of jellyfish.
I will never understand people who actually want to be referred to as “it.” To my mind, being called “it” is the kind of insult I stab someone for.
“Just so everyone is aware, there is a bunch of misleading info being spread around re: ALS research - the “27%” figure is based on previous years’ annual funding; furthermore, the remainder goes to improving the quality of life of those suffering from ALS. Given that the annual funding is approximately 16M, that’s just over 4M spent on decreasing their suffering. It isn’t greed, it’s a lack of money.”
Shut up already.
And the next time you start to complain about a charity either a) working on multiple fronts (because that’s what ALSA does—both seeking a cure and helping people suffering now) or b) daring to have administration expenses—let’s see how long you can last, much less tackle a cause, without printer paper and an internet connection.
As someone who has watched a family member die from a neuro-degenerative disease; funding to develop better wheelchairs and bedsore creams is *just* as important as funding research to cure the disease itself…
A friend of mine posted an update from one of HER friends to FB earlier. Her dad has ALS. The ALS foundation came out to see if they could put in a ramp for his wheelchair, but they couldn’t afford it because of the kind of ramp he needed for the kind of house they had.
This week they called back and said hey, the thing is, we suddenly have a bunch of money, so we’re coming out to build that ramp. And they did. She posted pics.
So if you feel like complaining about the ice bucket challenge…reconsider.
Anarcho-capitalism doesn’t make any bloody sense. Anarchism is about more than just getting rid of the government, it’s about getting rid of all rulers. Capitalists inherently want to rule the roost, because that’s how capitalism works: profit and greed motivate people to want more profit, and eventually the greed for money becomes great enough that only power can sate it any more than it is. But greed can never be sated fully; it is a hunger that is never satisfied, a hunger that wants more the more you feed it. So an anarcho-capitalist society would not last more than a few years before people started to become corrupt in their quest to sate their greed, and that corruption would end up in a brutal plutocracy full of child labor, human sex trafficking, unsafe working conditions for little or no pay (even worse than at present), and many, many more horrible things.
Capitalism is, thus, inherently unsuited to anarchism. These two philosophies are diametrically opposed. So “anarcho-capitalism” makes about as much sense for the common person as blacks and jews demanding to join the KKK.
So anarcho-capitalists are all either lying with the hopes of being one of the head honchos of the new plutocracy, or more delusional than the flat-earthers or geocentrists.
Done by a sushi chef in Tokyo