Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Fruits of Religion: Mother Stabs Son to Death for Being Gay

Some people wonder why I find myself increasingly hostile towards religion, especially fundamentalist Christianity.  The  recent murder of a 17 year old teen boy in Brazil (pictured above) demonstrates the manner in which Christianity all too often justifies hatred and violence against others. Yes, Islam carries a similar hatred of gays as well.  The irony, of course, is that both Islam and Christianity derive their anti-gay animus from the Jewish Old Testament. As the boo"The Origins and Role of Same-Sex Relations in Human Societies,", the end product of over ten years of historical research, documents, the harsh condemnation of homosexuality in Western society is a relatively recent phenomenon, unique among world societies throughout history, and that the spread on anti-gay animus and homophobia around the globe was the result of the efforts of Christian missionaries.   Stated another way, take away religious doctrine and homophobia and anti-gay hatred go away.   Yes, there are some "good Christians," but most do far too little to oppose their anti-gay co-religionists.  A piece in LGBTQ Nation looks at the horrific murder of Itaberli Lozano in two pieces, one here and the other here.  Here are excerpts:
A 32-year-old supermarket manager from a town near Sao Paolo, Brazil, confessed to stabbing her 17-year-old gay son Itaberli Lozano to death last week.  The body was found a week after the murder, burned and buried in a cane field.
The mother, Tatiana Lozano Pereira, 32, claims that Lozano used drugs and brought men home. The teen’s uncle Dario Rosa denies that, saying that Lozano was hard-working and educated, according to G1. Rosa believes that Lozano Pereira killed her son because he was gay and says that this is the first time she accused her son of drug use.
Her story changed when it was found that in December Lozano reported his mother to local authorities. He also posted a message on Facebook on December 26th accusing his mother of hiring several boys to beat him.
Last Friday, two teens were arrested in connection with the Lozano’s murder. They confessed that they were hired to attack Lozano, but they claim that it was the mother who stabbed her son to death in the end. She says she hired them to give her son “a lesson” and that when she saw that her son was dying, she stabbed him because she thought it was better to end his life, according to Blasting News.
Prosecutor Wanderley Baptista of Trindade Junior says the crime was committed because of homophobia. He cites a December 27th Facebook post from Itaberli where the teen says he was beaten by his mother for being gay and kicked out of her home. Itaberli’s uncle also says that the boy was murdered for his sexuality.
Carolina Aram, a lawyer with Brazilian Bar Association’s Commission on Sexual Diversity, said she has evidence that homophobia was the motivation behind the crime that she obtained from neighbors, and that Itaberli had already been the victim of a homophobic hate crime, according to G1. She will deliver the evidence to the judge.

Take a good look at Itaberli's face.  He died because of religious based hate.  While most parents fundamentalist Christians do not murder their children, let's not forget that 40% of homeless teens are LGBT, many thrown out of their homes by their "godly" parents. Fundamentalist religion, be it Christian or Muslim, is a surge on mankind that needs to be eradicated from the face of the Earth.

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