Open Letter to SaveOurKids.net

by Karoli on February 16, 2008 · 58 comments

Dear SaveOurKids,

Meet Larry King*, age 15, deceased, murdered in cold blood on February 13, 2008. He died because he was different. EffeminateInappropriate, if only to the likes of you.

red lipstick imageOn February 13th, Larry got up, got dressed, put on some of the blue eyeshadow he really liked, slipped on his black high-heeled boots, touched up his lipstick and went to school.

He’d talked to his friend Melissa Castillo the day before about ideas for the Valentine’s Day dance and was helping Melissa get ready for the big day. He arrived at school the morning of the 13th, reported to first period literature class, and headed off to the computer lab with his classmates.

Larry had some problems at school. The blue eyeshadow, red lipstick, high-heeled boots, and feminine clothing made him stand out. He knew it, shrugging and telling his friends,  “I am what I am.” Still, there had been teasing and confrontation, and he’d had to switch to a different PE class because he was being bullied.  Even though he switched classes, he still used the boys’ locker room, and on the field, was like everyone else in the shorts and sneakers required for PE.  Normal.  Acceptable. Noncontroversial.

That same morning, 14-year old Brandon McInerney got up, put on his jeans, t-shirt and sneakers, ate breakfast, and loaded up his backpack with books, pencils and a handgun. He also reported to first period, where he met up with his friend and told her that today would be the last day Larry King would spend on earth. She shrugged it off uneasily, figuring it was just more big talk. After all, Brandon and Larry were hardly best friends. She wasn’t sure exactly what had happened, but it was common knowledge that Brandon and Larry had a confrontation in the past, and Brandon couldn’t stand Larry. Maybe it was the makeup. Maybe Brandon thought Larry had a crush on him — everyone knew Larry was gay. Maybe Brandon didn’t like the same things Larry liked — Crosby, Stills & Nash, singing, animals, butterflies, music — all kinds of music.

blue eye shadow imageMaybe Larry was just a little too nonconformist– too controversial – for Brandon, maybe a little too stubborn, a little too feminine. Maybe he forced Brandon to face his fears about different people, feminine people, feminine boys. Effeminate. Inappropriate.
 
Whatever the reason, Brandon picked up his backpack, headed over to the computer lab, walked into the room, went straight to Larry King, where he placed the muzzle of his gun to Larry’s head and pulled the trigger, execution-style. Then he pulled back the gun and fired into Larry’s back one more time just for good measure before he took off running as fast as he could. Brandon is tall and fast, so he was able to get out of the room and off campus before anyone really realized what had just happened.

Now that you’ve met Larry and Brandon, I have some questions.

In the circular that you created to hand out to churches about SB 7771, you say this: SB777 does not reflect the will of the majority of parents, who send their children to school to get an education and get along with others, not to be introduced to controversial lifestyles and pressured into accepting them.

What did you mean by “…and get along with others, not to be introduced…and pressured into accepting them“? Did you mean that they should get along with others to the extent that they are similar (appropriate, noncontroversial)? That not only shouldn’t they learn about these so-called controversial lifestyles but they should also reject them within their social sphere, ostracize them, minimize them, and not be taught to live within a society where these “controversial lifestyle” folks live? Is that really what you meant?

Did you also really mean to say this? “[The law] will encourage and permit exposing children to many inappropriate concepts while they’re at school.”

Blue eyeshadow is not deadly.  It doesn’t give the wearer the urge to put a gun to someone else’s head until you all made it “inappropriate” for certain folks to wear it. Wearing blue eye shadow is not a crime, even when you’re a boy.

Here’s another question. When you concluded, you said this: Thankfully, Save Our Kids has started a referendum to overturn this outrageous assault on our values.

Did you ever imagine, ever in a million years, that someone might have been outraged enough at this outrageous assault on your values to pick up a gun at the age of 14, load it, and put it to the head of one of those “protected homosexuals” and perpetrate his own “outrageous assault“?

When you described this campaign for signatures as an effort “to save our kids from homosexual indoctrination“, did you ever imagine for a moment that one of those kids you sought to save would be laying on the floor of a middle school classroom with his brains blown out and blood pouring over that blue eyeshadow he so carefully applied that morning? Did you?  Save them from homosexual indoctrination while indoctrinating them with a lead slug in the center of their brain. Is that it?

In your petty effort to marginalize people and stir hate toward people you don’t understand, did you ever for one moment imagine that those children you so desperately seek to “save” heard your hate and were “indoctrinated” as a result?

blood spatterWhat’s more objectionable? A 15 year old boy who wears blue eye shadow, loves a stray dog and his high-heeled boots, and wears the word “effeminate” like it’s the latest fashion, or that same 15-year old boy laying stone-cold dead in a casket tonight, waiting to be lowered into his grave tomorrow, his heart beating in the body of the Valentine’s Day transplant recipient, his corneas in the eyes of another?

Oh, nameless people behind SaveOurKids.net, you failed in your efforts to repeal SB 777, but your campaign of hate bore fruit.

If I had a choice between wearing blue eye shadow or wearing blood on my hands I’d choose the eye shadow. Evidently you prefer blood.

1 SB 777 changes existing nondiscrimination laws to broaden the coverage of the law and mandates the implementation of certain nondiscrimination standards for any school which receives, directly or indirectly, federal funding. The law itself is not clearly worded and should be amended to protect both the schools and the groups it seeks to save from discrimination. However, the changes I think should be made in no way weaken the force or intended effect of the law; e.g. to prevent discrimination, violence and hate speech against other students for their sexual orientation, race, gender or disability.

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1 Liz Ditz February 16, 2008 at 11:14 am

SaveOurKids is an astroturf lobbying offshoot of Capitol Resource Family Impact, a new affiliate of Capitol Resource Institute.

http://www.capitolresource.org/web/133.html

The mission of Capitol Resource Institute (CRI) is to educate, advocate, protect, and defend family-friendly policies in the California state legislature and at local government levels.

STAFF
Karen England | Executive Director
phone: 916.498.1940
email: [email protected]

660 J Street, Suite 250
Sacramento, CA 95814

From the Bay Area Reporter

http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&a

The anti-gay Sacramento-based Capitol Resource Family Institute issued a warning to its members that Schwarzenegger's signing of SB777 by out lesbian Senator Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica) will open “female locker rooms to transgender men.”

“We are shocked and appalled that the governor has blatantly attacked traditional family values in California,” wrote Karen England, the institute's executive director, in the e-mail. “With this decision, Governor Schwarzenegger has told parents that their values are irrelevant. Many parents will have no choice but to pull their children out of the public schools that have now become sexualized indoctrination centers.”

England went on to state that “School boys have always made excuses to get into girls locker rooms – now they won't need any because it will be a state-sanctioned policy.”

The institute has submitted paperwork with Attorney General Jerry Brown's office so it can begin collecting signatures to place a repeal of the bill on next year's ballot. Once Brown gives it a title, the petitioners will have 150 days to circulate petitions and collect 433,971 valid voter signatures in order to qualify the referendum.

Capitol Resource Institute
http://www.cityonthehill.org/
City on the Hill is a nonprofit organization composed of Christian men and women involved in the fields of Christian ministry, education, business, law, medicine, media and public service – organized for the purpose of sponsoring this fantastic educational opportunity. Highlights of the program include workshops on our Christian heritage, the government of California, grassroots community organizing, the influence of the news media, and career guidance.

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Tim LeFever
Chairman

Richard Treakle
Treasurer

David Reade
Secretary

Ken Campbell
Boardmember

ADVISORY BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Barbara Alby
Former CA Assemblymember

Sam Aanestad
CA State Senator

John Doolittle
U.S. House of Representatives – 4th District

Ray Haynes
Former State Senator

Dennis Hollingsworth
CA State Senator

Rick Keene
CA State Assemblymember

Tim Leslie
Former State Senator

Doug LaMalfa
CA State Assemblymember

Tom McClintock
CA State Senator

George Runner
CA State Senator

Sharon Runner
CA State Assemblymember

Audra Strickland
CA State Assemblymember

Jim Sweeney
Attorney

Mark Wyland
CA State Senator

2 Liz Ditz February 16, 2008 at 11:17 am

http://www.capitolresource.org/web/81.html

After much planning and preparing, Capitol Resource Institute proudly announces the formation of Capitol Resource Family Impact, a new affiliated organization dedicated to advocating for family values throughout California. Throughout our 20 year history, CRI has faithfully defended family values in the capitol. As a C(3) non-profit, we recognize the limitations this places on our group when it comes to advocating for families in many other areas. For this reason, CRI decided to found a C(4) so that we will be able to advance the pro-family movement in a variety of new ways.

3 Vanessa February 17, 2008 at 6:55 am

That was powerful. Such hatred especially from children is mind-boggling. Death for being different…wow.

4 Karoli February 17, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Liz, they're funded by groups like the Beverly LaHaye group, who are so virulently homophobic it literally turns my stomach. I'm sure the Dobson group is in there, too.

And yet, even with all the ugly, many of the kids are the ones with the good sense to know what is really right. Over 1,000 of them turned out for a peace/tolerance rally in Larry King's honor yesterday. In this neck of the woods, that's unprecedented.

Even more encouraging: The school officials were there in support of the kids, too.

5 CFTIE February 18, 2008 at 5:27 pm

Sinner, your fear (phobia) is misplaced. Stop fearing Man. Fear God who can destroy both your body and your soul.

6 Eddie89 February 19, 2008 at 8:28 pm

Karoli, that was a damned good letter! Thank you for writting it and expressing my feelings about Larry's murder and the evil work of the “saveourkids” group.

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Karoli, that was a damned good letter! Thank you for writting it and expressing my feelings about Larry's murder and the evil work of the “saveourkids” group.

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