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Friday, July 15, 2005

More on "Thought Toddler Gay, Dad Kills Son"

I'm going to continue on the subject that Ion began in her last post. Sorry, Ion, I'm not trying to step on your toes. I was merely posting about this in my personal journal and I found myself with a longer entry that I wanted to share.

So. Ion linked to this news article: Thought Toddler Gay, Dad Kills Son. Here's the first few paragraphs:

A 21 year old Tampa man is charged with murder after his 3-year old son was pummeled into unconsciousness and then died.

Ronnie Paris Jr. went on trial for his own life this week in a Tampa courtroom. The toddler's mother, Nysheerah Paris, testified that her husband thought the boy might be gay and would force him to box.

Some blogs are blaming the radical Christian. AMERICAblog says:

Well, the radical right hate groups must be very proud. They preach hate and tell parents they should be ashamed and despise their gay kids and they tell kids of gay parents to be ashamed of and despise them.

Their message of hate is getting out: a Florida man is going on trial for beating to death his three year old son. He feared the little toddler was gay and insisted on "teaching" the boy to box by slapping it on the head repeatedly until the poor child vomited or peed himself. Ultimately, the child fell into a coma and died. (Thanks to threader Ms. Julien in Miami for pointing us to this.)

That's what happens when you demonize human beings and destroy families by ewncouraging parents to turn against their children.

I'm don't want to blame all Republicans (period, do not pass go, that's that) for this. I highly, highly doubt any of the real haters, that even Falwell or Bush, would actually want little kids to die. And I think it's clear that the man who killed the boy had some major problems.

However, I have to admit that John from AMERICAblog has a point. You teach hate, fear and prejudice, and people do dumb things. Those dumb things can be bashing a couple holding hands in the street, voting against allowing gays to marry, or supporting your church to speak for intolerance. In this tragic case, for a guy who's clearly nuts, doing something dumb was forcing a three year old to box.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

On your LJ, you said he WOULDN'T have done it if his kid had been short - but who's to say that? He probably would have done it to "toughen him up" so he wouldn't get beat up for being short/looking easy to pick on. I think this is where our fundamental disagreement lies. The fact that he would have beat the kid up and used any excuse no matter how flimsy and ridiculous it sounded in my mind makes the fact that the excuse was imagined gayness nil.

I'm not a blogger.

12:34 PM


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