Trew | Arkansas news, politics, opinion, restaurants, music, movies and art

Trew 
Member since Feb 12, 2015


Favorite Places

  • None.
Find places »

Saved Events

  • Nada.
Find events »

Saved Stories

  • Nope.
Find stories »

Custom Lists

  • Zip.

Friends

  • No friends yet.
Become My Friend Find friends »

Stats

Recent Comments

Re: “Don't miss David Koon's cover story on the 'cemetery angel'

I live in Hot Springs but unfortunately never had the chance to know Ms. Ruth Coker Burks. Hopefully some day I will get to meet her & if nothing else, just give her a hug & say thank you for all she did for those young men.

I can't even imagine disowning a child the way the "so-called" Christians do. I hope that all of those parents, the churches & the "so-called" Christian preachers & priests that wouldn't even go & say a few words at their funerals or even give them their "Last Rights" or pray with them before they died were or are prepared for the wrath that God did or will impose on them.
In either 1997,1998 or 1999 several of the gay-owned bars, restaurants, shops & professional businesses in Hot Springs organized several events at various places to be a "Gay Pride" weekend & all of the proceeds were going to be donated to HPWA (Helping People with Aids. I would like to point out that in the year leading up to the event, most o of the people with HIV that HPWA was providing services for were not gay & I believe most of them were women & some children. The goal of the promoters & supporters was to raise $5,000 during that weekend in June for HPWA.

There was NEVER going to be any kind of parade or anything held at any public forums. They had events like drag shows & male strippers at some of the gay bars (Hot Springs had 4 or 5 gay bars at the time & now we have none); a wine tasting event at a restaurant ; a 5 star dinner at another restaurant; a silent auction & a few others planned with different businesses throughout the city.

One of the local churches got wind of it and banned together with 11 churches & they tried to put a stop to it. They held meetings, called & wrote to city officials & God only knows what all else they did. They somehow got a list of all of the local businesses, gay & straight owned businesses, that had donated money to support the event.

Finally, what they ended up doing was...they spent $10,000 (twice the amount of the goal to raise $5,000 for HPWA) and ran two full page adds in Hot Springs' newspaper "The Sentinel Record" calling homosexuality an abomination & that gay people were the direct perpetrators of causing & spreading the AIDS Virus" among many other hateful things.

They included the names of all of the people & businesses that had bought advertising for, donated money to help sponsor the events, the business names & the names of the business owners & all of the venues where the fundraising events were to be held. They then asked (more like demanded) that the public permanently boycott all of the businesses & professionals like attorneys because of their sponsorship.

I can't remember the names of all of the 11 churches, but they were mostly, if not all, protestant "so-called" hypocrite Christian churches. It still blows my mind to this day that they spent twice the amount of money that the weekend fundraising goal was to spew their un-Christians hatred towards not only gay people, but even all of the straight-owned businesses & owners that sponsored the events.

There is no question in my mind that those "so-called" Christians will standing in line to go to Hell way, way ahead of me or anyone else just because they are gay. In fact, I know that I am right with God & won't be standing in "their line to Hell" at all. I consider myself to be a Christian & do not have a problem with Christianity or "true" Christians, my problem lies with most "organized" churches that are all about money, power & their bigoted far right-wing antics & agenda to force their opinions & oppressive actions to keep the wealthy rich and the middle & lowered classses, well, poor. Always follow the money. And frankly, most of them (and I personally know several) are bigoted hippocrates.

They twist & try to "pin-prick" scriptures taking them out of context without the true meaning if several verses before & after that explains the true meaning of what the Bible really says about something. Just yesterday the Alabama State Chief Justice that ordered all of the other judges in the state to not comply with the Supreme Court's Ruling to legalize Gay Marriage stated that if homosexuals were allowed to get married, then next mothers would be allowed to marry their sons & some other stupid suggestion like when bestiality & other nonsense they try to make a leap to. I've never once thought about incest or any other idiotic comparison they try to make. Plus, I really don't like labels. Being gay is only about 5% of someone's make-up. Gay people are patriots, military or veterans, pilots, doctors, lawyers, and everything in between. I've never once introduced one of my straight friends as "this is my he likes to do it "doggie-style and get whipped by a red headed dominatrix wearing black leather 5" spiked heels she ground into his back Jonathan" or "I'd like you to meet my he only does great big fat women when he's drunk Mark". So why do people always introduce their gay friends as "this is my gay friend William"?

According to the Bible children are supposedly without sin & God makes no mistakes. Yet I and just about every gay person I know knew that they were "different" or gay when I was just 6-7 years old. Although my family accepted me right away & never treated me any different because I am gay (I am fortunately one of the lucky ones because I've known several gay people whose parents turned their backs on them & threw them out onto the streets with nothing) many gay people are not so lucky. I don't understand how love, support, care & affection can be turned off like a light switch. My mind can't even conceive that kind of thinking & behavior. And I was raised in a Pentecostal church- The First Assembly of God to be exact.

Another quick but hot topic I would like to briefly point out is to all who oppose gay marriage. Like in the article about St. Ruth, the main reason that gay people want to be able to legally marry is because

When I was a kid & realized that I was gay, I use to pray to God every night that I be straight when I wake up. Anyone who still thinks that being gay is a choice & that people aren't born gay are, and I really don't want to sound mean here, but they are sadly mistakes & complete idiot morons. Does anybody really think that a young teenager who's already going through puberty,awkward body changes & the stress of trying to fit in & be liked at school would actually choose to make themselves the target for even more problems, being picked on, bullied, beat up or possibly killed & made to become an outcast on purpose? Does anyone really believe that on top of all of that, that they would choose to take the chance that their family might disown them, discontinue the only means of support they've ever known with no means to support themselves & be thrown out onto the streets just because they "want" to have sex with another guy?

How many more kids have to kill themselves, get beat to near death, tied to a barbed wire fence & left to die like Matthew Shepherd or get flat out murdered walking down the street before the people of America & around the world wake up & realize that hate under the guise of Christianity or any other religion is not the way it is suppose to be. That hate is not what Jesus was teaching. If being gay was so immoral, an abomination or wrong, don't you think that it would have been in the top 10 of Commandments? Aren't we suppose to not pass judgment on our fellow man & He who is without sin suppose to cast the first stone?

I say again, there is no doubt whatsoever what line & what place in line I will be in when it's my time for God to pass judgment on me.

One last point that I am having to reconsider since the Supreme Court's Ruling about Gay Marriage, unless or until it gets overturned, but again follow the money. The far right wing conservatives aren't really against gay marriage because of morals, immorality or that it would undermine the social fabric of America. Most gay people are quite successful. Mainly because of having to learn to deal with all of the obstacles & overcome adversity, rejection, bullying, insecurity & having to fend for themselves at a early age because their family turned their back on them. Even though it should be the same across the board for everyone no matter what their race or vendor is, single white males, especially successful ones, are in the highest tax bracket. So if two successful gay men were allowed to get married & enjoy the same tax breaks that straight married couples do, the government would lose money. The same principles apply when it pertains to auto, home & health insurance discounts; widow's benefits; survivor's benefits; pensions; retirement benefits; wrongful death suits or benefits; Social Security benefits; Medicare; military & VA benefits, healthcare, base housing & privileges; pensions & survivor's benefits; etc. On the other end of the scale for those who aren't so successful, public assistance; housing; Food Stamps; Medicaid; etc. They really don't care who people they don't know are sleeping with. They only care about the money. They'll do whatever it takes to keep & keep multiplying theirs & will do whatever it takes to make sure that gap between the wealthy & the middle and lower classes isn't bridged anytime soon or at all. Hopefully,the Supreme Court's Ruling will stand & not get overturned, but only time will tell. Hopefully, the younger generations will continue to be more accepting & tolerant that everyone in this great country can & should exist in peaceful harmony accepting the contributions of every hard working & hopefully, free American.

Sorry that I kind of went off on a tangent with some of these comments. I do not want my opinions to take anything away from this article that we are commenting on. This just hit a little too close to home for me. I have driven by that cemetery a thousand times & never knew it's history until today. I can't help but wonder if I knew any of those men that are buried there without even a marker. Even death row criminals that were executed & their bodies were never claimed have a marker with their name on it at the prison graveyards. I find no fault whatsoever with St. Ruth - to the contrary, she truly is a God sent angel & saint, but the condition of that cemetery with 43 young men's ashes buried there without a marker is unacceptable. We have to do something to rectify the situation & give those men & St. Ruth a memorial honoring her selfless work & contributions & those 43 men's names, birth & deceased dates.

In closing, I would welcome any help or suggestions (or at least, make a plea) for people to assist in making St. Ruth's dream come true that her cemetery be cleaned up, restored & a permanent memorial be erected not just to honor her legacy, but to give those 43 young men a deserved resting place & their names, birth & death dates forever on record as part of the burials they deserved 30 years ago.

Please reply to this comment if you have any suggestions or to help me find a way to make this happen. Because I have just learned about this, I will think about Howe to proceed to make St. Ruth's dream a reality, consult with some people & if I can set up a way for this to become a reality, I will post another comment that will include a contact number or email address so if anyone agrees that this is doable or has suggestions I can be reached. I will check back to see if there are any positive responses to this commentary.

Thank you.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Trew on 02/12/2015 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Don't miss David Koon's cover story on the 'cemetery angel'

I live in Hot Springs but unfortunately never had the chance to know Ms. Ruth Coker Burks. Hopefully some day I will get to meet her & if nothing else, just give her a hug & say thank you for all she did for those young men.
I can't even imagine disowning a child the way the "so-called" Christians do. I hope that all of those parents, the churches & the "so-called" Christian preachers & priests that wouldn't even go & say a few words at their funerals or even give them their "Last Rights" or pray with them before they died were or are prepared for the wrath that God did or will impose on them.
In either 1997,1998 or 1999 several of the gay-owned bars, restaurants, shops & professional businesses in Hot Springs organized several events at various places to be a "Gay Pride" weekend & all of the proceeds were going to be donated to HPWA (Helping People with Aids. I would like to point out that in the year leading up to the event, most o of the people with HIV that HPWA was providing services for were not gay & I believe most of them were women & some children. The goal of the promoters & supporters was to raise $5,000 during that weekend in June for HPWA.

There was NEVER going to be any kind of parade or anything held at any public forums. They had events like drag shows & male strippers at some of the gay bars (Hot Springs had 4 or 5 gay bars at the time & now we have none); a wine tasting event at a restaurant ; a 5 star dinner at another restaurant; a silent auction & a few others planned with different businesses throughout the city.

One of the local churches got wind of it and banned together with 11 churches & they tried to put a stop to it. They held meetings, called & wrote to city officials & God only knows what all else they did. They somehow got a list of all of the local businesses, gay & straight owned businesses, that had donated money to support the event.

Finally, what they ended up doing was...they spent $10,000 (twice the amount of the goal to raise $5,000 for HPWA) and ran two full page adds in Hot Springs' newspaper "The Sentinel Record" calling homosexuality an abomination & that gay people were the direct perpetrators of causing & spreading the AIDS Virus" among many other hateful things.

They included the names of all of the people & businesses that had bought advertising for, donated money to help sponsor the events, the business names & the names of the business owners & all of the venues where the fundraising events were to be held. They then asked (more like demanded) that the public permanently boycott all of the businesses & professionals like attorneys because of their sponsorship.

I can't remember the names of all of the 11 churches, but they were mostly, if not all, protestant "so-called" hypocrite Christian churches. It still blows my mind to this day that they spent twice the amount of money that the weekend fundraising goal was to spew their un-Christians hatred towards not only gay people, but even all of the straight-owned businesses & owners that sponsored the events.

There is no question in my mind that those "so-called" Christians will standing in line to go to Hell way, way ahead of me or anyone else just because they are gay. In fact, I know that I am right with God & won't be standing in "their line to Hell" at all. I consider myself to be a Christian & do not have a problem with Christianity or "true" Christians, my problem lies with most "organized" churches that are all about money, power & their bigoted far right-wing antics & agenda to force their opinions & oppressive actions to keep the wealthy rich and the middle & lowered classses, well, poor. Always follow the money. And frankly, most of them (and I personally know several) are bigoted hippocrates.

They twist & try to "pin-prick" scriptures taking them out of context without the true meaning if several verses before & after that explains the true meaning of what the Bible really says about something.

According to the Bible children are supposedly without sin & God makes no mistakes. Yet I and just about every gay person I know knew that they were "different" or gay when I was just 6-7 years old. Although my family accepted me right away & never treated me any different because I am gay (I am fortunately one of the lucky ones because I've known several gay people whose parents turned their backs on them & threw them out onto the streets with nothing) many gay people are not so lucky. I don't understand how love, support, care & affection can be turned off like a light switch. My mind can't even conceive that kind of thinking & behavior. And I was raised in a Pentecostal church- The First Assembly of God to be exact.

Another quick but hot topic I would like to briefly point out is to all who oppose gay marriage. Like in the article about St. Ruth, the main reason that gay people want to be able to legally marry is because

When I was a kid & realized that I was gay, I use to pray to God every night that I be straight when I wake up. Anyone who still thinks that being gay is a choice & that people aren't born gay are, and I really don't want to sound mean here, but they are sadly mistakes & complete idiot morons. Does anybody really think that a young teenager who's already going through puberty,awkward body changes & the stress of trying to fit in & be liked at school would actually choose to make themselves the target for even more problems, being picked on, bullied, beat up or possibly killed & made to become an outcast on purpose? Does anyone really believe that on top of all of that, that they would choose to take the chance that their family might disown them, discontinue the only means of support they've ever known with no means to support themselves & be thrown out onto the streets just because they "want" to have sex with another guy?

How many more kids have to kill themselves, get beat to near death, tied to a barbed wire fence & left to die like Matthew Shepherd or get flat out murdered walking down the street before the people of America & around the world wake up & realize that hate under the guise of Christianity or any other religion is not the way it is suppose to be. That hate is not what Jesus was teaching. If being gay was so immoral, an abomination or wrong, don't you think that it would have been in the top 10 of Commandments? Aren't we suppose to not pass judgment on our fellow man & He who is without sin suppose to cast the first stone?

I say again, there is no doubt whatsoever what line & what place in line I will be in when it's my time for God to pass judgment on me.

In closing, I would welcome any help or suggestions (or at least, make a plea) for people to assist in making St. Ruth's dream come true that her cemetery be cleaned up, restored & a permanent memorial be erected not just to honor her legacy, but to give those 43 young men a deserved resting place & their names, birth & death dates forever on record as part of the burials they deserved 30 years ago.

Please reply to this comment if you have any suggestions or to help me find a way to make this happen. Because I have just learned about this, I will think about Howe to proceed to make St. Ruth's dream a reality, consult with some people & if I can set up a way for this to become a reality, I will post another comment that will include a contact number or email address so if anyone agrees that this is doable or has suggestions I can be reached. I will check back to see if there are any positive responses to this commentary.

Thank you.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Trew on 02/12/2015 at 11:10 AM

Re: “More reaction to the 'Cemetery Angel'

I just hope that all of those parents, Churches of "so-called" Christians and especially all of those "so-called" religious preachers and priests are proud of themselves and are or were ready to have to endure the wrath that God has in store for them. Me. Ruth Coker Burks is a true Saint and should be officially declared so by the Pope because not only did God perform miracles through her, He spared her and her daughter from being infected - another miracle.

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Trew on 02/12/2015 at 6:00 AM
  • Re: Open line

    • Cato, there is a reason that the bill of a farmer's cap is bent to…

    • on December 10, 2017
  • Re: Open line

    • John Oliver deserved winning the 2016 and 2017 Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Talk Series…

    • on December 10, 2017
  • Re: Open line

    • I will have to say, Cato, that it was us Democrats who started subsidizing agriculture,…

    • on December 10, 2017

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation