Family Values

Family Values

A Chapter by Lyn Anderson
"

but of course

"
"Hate is not a family value"
proclaims the bumper of the car in front of me.
There are those who believe it is.
One madman --
who doesn't deserve
to have his name
repeated again and again
comes out of the closet
pretending to fall in line
with Radical Doctrine
of a usurped religion.
and suddenly,
the Right,
and the Christian Churches
pray for gays.
Maybe that is God's plan.




© 2016 Lyn Anderson


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Tragedies rally people. It's sad but true.
Sad that it has to take a tragedy...

I always admire your voice here KL.
It's powerful and fearless. I have two family members that have come out.
I worry because I think one will be attending our Pride parade here.
But to stop it would be tragic too. We need to move forward not backward.

Posted 5 Years Ago


Lyn Anderson

5 Years Ago

Thanks. I just had a writer attack and block on this piece. No room for debate. I am the bad guy. :)
Ana Papaya

5 Years Ago

Judging from your smile you don't appear too rattled by it. :)
Lyn Anderson

5 Years Ago

Nope. Just don't get why it is allowed to insult and dash and block on here. Poor planning.
I think your short message is a distinct possibility, and even a hopeful wish for humans to evolve . . . but in my honestly jaded viewpoint, I highly doubt if people with anti-gay sentiments are changed at all by this (or any other) tragedy. I just reviewed someone's work yesterday who was basically saying: "I think gays are dead wrong, but in the face of such a tragedy, I will put aside my viewpoint for a minute or two." In our back-and-forth on the topic, I saw no compassion toward gays, but rather just a religious-right viewpoint slightly manicured to be politically correct in the face of this tragedy. I love that you can still have such a hopeful viewpoint, tho. Your seeing the good in this tragedy is something I aspire to.

Posted 5 Years Ago


Lyn Anderson

5 Years Ago

I try. The religious right has a ways to go. But I can tell you that in more traditional, less radic.. read more
What an interesting take on the tragedy. We have to see things from another perspective sometimes. Still, I find it hard to believe there is a greater plan. If there is, it could use a whole lotta white out! Great write. Lydi**

Posted 5 Years Ago


Lyn Anderson

5 Years Ago

It's not so much that, as I would hope it would wake some of these people up to realize people are p.. read more
Such a great piece.
twists our linear thinking into place.

Posted 5 Years Ago


Lyn Anderson

5 Years Ago

Thank you. It is a shift for sure, but from one hate to another, not sure to what we are headed.
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V
This is indeed a smartly and brilliantly expressed piece. Powerful, straightforward and simple yet a good one.

Posted 5 Years Ago


Lyn Anderson

5 Years Ago

Thank you. My heart aches. And I am angry. Although I do believe that Pride will be bigger and bette.. read more
V

5 Years Ago

I think I understand. Thanks for sharing your opinion.
Damn..KL...you just voiced this so poignantly that I have no extra words to say...brilliant...

Posted 5 Years Ago


Lyn Anderson

5 Years Ago

Thank you, I appreciate that.
what is also "amazing" no not in "grace"), is that still the links between such madness and all religions is staring us right in the face but not once mentioned in any of the crocodile tears shed for these beautiful people who have been lost.... our understanding of gender needs a total reversal of what it is in all cultures and societies.. gone must be this patriarchal view of gender roles and identities... there is only one identity and race- HUMAN... your poem is courageous KL, thank you for creating it...

redzone

Posted 5 Years Ago


Lyn Anderson

5 Years Ago

And you guys are poised to possibly elect Trump. A little nervous to be your neighbour. :)
redzone

5 Years Ago

A little nervous to live here..
Lyn Anderson

5 Years Ago

His hate rhetoric gets everybody all fired up - don't think it will make us safer.
yes, suddenly, because of an occurrence like orlando...when we should be loving and praying for all of us, all the time...not just when a tragedy strikes...really strong piece, KL

j.

Posted 5 Years Ago


Lyn Anderson

5 Years Ago

Thank you. Yes. But one small thing, if it makes people rethink their hate, when it is there, in fro.. read more
I feel I must be clear. By no means do I believe this thing should ever have happened, but that it has had the opposite effect is a certain kind of justice. And people should not be allowed to post on a poem then block you from commenting. P.S. I was brought up Catholic too, but I can acknowledge the church's mistakes, as well as radical ideologies coming from the Right that clearly are negative against many things, including homosexuals and people of non Christian backgrounds. To deny this is to deny the earth is round. P.P.S. I also understand why people would be angry, thinking that I am dissing their religion, or conversely, defending religion. It is not that simple, and I respect that. But one little church in one rinky dink Canadian town was asked to pray for victims of a terrible shooting in a night club in Orlando. This was before a lot of us had heard or seen the news. There was no mention of the fact that the club was gay, or in a gay district, or that the victims were gay. That might not be much, but it made me realize there is change, however small, in the small thinking of some places.

Posted 5 Years Ago



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