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Dismantle, from a feminist perspective, all forms of oppression, including but not limited to those based on ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation.
Advocate for an equitable environment free from violence and harassment based on gender, race, and sexual orientation.
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Monday, September 20, 2010

Hatred Doesn't Pay

An anti-gay Christian group based in Hawaii is now being charged $20,741 in taxes for "excessive lobbying". The group is called the Hawaii Family Forum, notorious for their fight against civil unions. Since 2008 they have increased their lobbying expenses from basically nothing to $125,695 just last year. While the group claims to be a nonprofit charitable oranization, tax forms confirm this not the case and that they are a 100 percent lobbying organization.

Personally, I can't help but laugh. This organization spent thousands of dollars and put forth so much effort jsut to spread a message of hatred and are now paying (literally and figuratively) for it. While I can't say for sure that there are other organizations out there who do the same thing, I hope this sends out a message to those organizations that if they continue such acts they will be caught, and they will pay.

If anything positive can be taken from this event, I hope it is the message that hatred doesn't pay. While everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, myself included, I can't see the benefits of spreading words of hatred and discrimination. I look forward to the day when the trials the queer community faces are nothing more than a bad chapter in a history book that future generations ponder endlessly... Why was there such a struggle to admit we are all equals and all deserve the same protection from our government?

- Shane

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