Thursday, October 15, 2009

Hate-crime justified as gay-panic by guy with anti-gay biblical tattoo

First saw this on Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish. Last Friday night a New York City gay man was attacked and beaten nearly to death by two men. The incident was fortunately caught on surveillance camera. Both suspects have been arrested, one Daniel Aleman and one Daniel Rodriquez. A friend of Rodriquez (picture below) claims that the beating wasn't a hate crime. He claims the victim wasn't beaten because he was a homosexual but rather because he had made a pass at the attackers. He claims this had happened in the past as he lived in the same neighborhood as the victim. Isn't it odd how this is the standard excuse?

Aside from it being disgusting and most definitely inadequate to justify a vicious beating with such a pathetic excuse as 'he was hitting on us' (A.K.A. 'gay panic'), one should consider that the source for this claim is this goon:
That's right, Marcel Gelmi here has Leviticus 18:22 tattooed on his arm: "One shall not lie with a male as one does with a woman. It is an abomination." Here is a video of him being interviewed by Eyewitness News reporter Josh Einiger. A person must have some very serious issues (obsessions) to have anti-gay biblical quotes tattooed on his arm for the world to see. Overcompensation much?

By the way, this bigot, Marcel Gelmi, might want to turn just a few pages from Lev. 18:22 and look for the many other commandments that he clearly has chosen to ignore. For instance, the most obvious: "Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD." - Lev. 19:28.

He should give more thought to his wardrobe also: "Do not wear clothing woven of two kinds of material." - Lev. 19:19

And his hair-do is completely unacceptable, so sayeth the Lord: "Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard" - Lev. 19:27

You know, personally I don't care about all this minutiae. I'm okay with thugs like Marcel Gelmi getting whatever kind of tattoo they want and wearing clothes and hairstyles however they see fit, but I do believe people should be held accountable to follow the beliefs that they proclaim should be held by others. If you can't live up to your own standards, then you damn sure shouldn't be preaching to others.

I'd like to make a suggestion, also. Marcel here might want to consult with these friends of his whom he has choosen to defend, explaining to them that Leviticus is rather clear about things like: "Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD." - Lev. 19:18

Now, one could easily imagine this bigot might claim that homosexuals do not qualify as one of his 'people' because we are so 'different', or foreign or subhuman or whatever, and therefore beating us down is perfectly acceptable, biblical even. Ah, but Leviticus has something to say about this, too: "When an alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. I am the LORD your God." - Lev. 19:33-34

He might also want to consult with his friend who not only beat a man nearly to death, but stole his wallet afterwards, spending his last $10 on drinks according to news reports. As it turns out, Leviticus also commands: "Do not steal. 'Do not lie. 'Do not deceive one another." - Lev. 19:11

Not clear enough? How about this one: "Do not defraud your neighbor or rob him." - Lev. 19:13 and this one: "Do not do anything that endangers your neighbor's life. I am the LORD." - Lev. 19:16

Interestingly enough, the two gay-bashing Daniels here have been violating all kinds of strict Old Testament biblical codes, the kind that their preachy friend, Marcel Gelmi has tattooed (or should) to his body. I'm not sure what Marcel would think of all this, I'm sure he'd manage to invent some convenient excuse. If so then this would just make him a hypocritical bigot, hiding behind his religion like a coward to mask his own prejudices and insecurities. Probably not the reputation he was going for.

My final suggestion to Marcel is that he start minding his own business more often, learn to 'love thy neighbor', follow the golden rule, and all that other do-good Christian stuff. They're good tenets to live by. Now if he'd like to do something a bit more dramatic to show his devotion to "the Lord", he could inscribe some of the above Levitical codes on other parts of his body and work out a way to start following them. Oh, and hold his friends to follow those too, just as he apparently holds everyone to follow Lev. 18:22.

One final thought. It is an irony of ironies that the House of Representatives just passed Hate Crimes legislation protecting people on the basis of sexual orientation last week. Obviously it can't come soon enough.

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