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This is about Zach, a young man who is currently being held against his will and being forced to suffer acts of child abuse in the name of religion.
After coming out to his family about his sexuality, Zach's parents deported him to a Christian fundamentalist camp operated by the group called Love In Action Intl. The camp, ironically named, "Refuge" is committing acts of child abuse and violating both National and International Human Rights laws.
This group's mission is to not only free young Zach (as well as the other teenage captives), but to also speak out against intolerence and dissolve the bonds that allow rogue religious organizations to commit such crimes against humanity.
"In times of great human suffering, silence is the voice of complicity; neutrality, a crime."
-Writer Elie Wiesel
-He wrote this when he was at home and he told his parents some time ago that he is gay.-
Monday, May 30, 2005
The World Coming To An Abrupt - Stop.
Current mood: depressed
Somewhat recently, as many of you know, I told my parents I was gay. This didn't go over very well, and it ended with my dad crying, my mom tearing, and me not knowing what I'd done - or what to do. It kind of.. went away for about a week or two I think. They claim it's beause they didn't want to interfere with my last week or two of school.
Yesterday they told me that I couldn't go anywhere until I got a job. Out of the blue. Because I'm the most irresponsible child my dad knows - as he told me - mainly because I forget to unload the dishwasher sometimes... it doesn't matter that I have to clean up after my sisters and myself everyday. It just doesn't.
Well today, my mother, father, and I had a very long "talk" in my room where they let me know I am to apply for a fundamentalist christian program for gays. They tell me that there is something psychologically wrong with me, and they "raised me wrong." I'm a big screw up to them, who isn't on the path God wants me to be on. So I'm sitting here in tears, joing the rest of those kids who complain about their parents on blogs - and I can't help it.
I wish I had never told them. I wish I just fought the urge two more years... I had done it for three before then, right? If I could take it all back.. I would, to where I never told my parents things and they always were mad at me-- It's better than them crying and depressed cause they will have no granchildren from me. It's better than them telling me that there's something wrong with me. It's better than them explaining to me that they "raised me wrong."
Saturday, June 04, 2005
"I can't take this... noone can... not really, this kind of thing tears you apart emotionally. To introduce THIS subject... I'm not a suicidal person... really I'm not.. I think it's stupid - really. But.. I can't help it, no im not going to commit suicide, all I can think about is killing my mother and myself. It's so horrible. This is what it's doing to me... I have this horrible feeling all of the time... I wish this on no person... I'm so satisfied--happy's too strong of a word the state I'm in-- that everyone's taking the time to email and write letters in complaint to these people. I dont know if it will do anything, but if something did happen it would be -- awesome."
-Zach, from his blog;
Visit Zach's Blog, click here <http://www.myspace.com/specialkid>
Please help by sending letters to the following organizations:
Love In Action International (The group that funds the detention camp)
Email: John Smid, Director
A Safe Place (The camp itself)
Contact Info on Site
Germantown Baptist Church (host Love In Action)
Contact form: <http://www.germantownbaptist.org/templates/cusgermantown/details.asp?id=20898&PG=contact>
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, Tennessee Senator
Contact form: <http://frist.senate.gov/index.cfm?FuseAction=AboutSenatorFrist.ContactForm>
GOOD! (They might help):
ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union)
Email: contact form on site
Amnesty International (USA Branch)
Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
Website: hrc.org <http://www.hrc.org>
Website: margaretcho.com <http://www.margaretcho.com>
Contact Form: <http://www2.oprah.com/email/reach/email_reach_fromu.jhtml>
Lambda Legal (A Gay-Centric Legal Service)
Website: www.lambdalegal.com <http://www.lambdalegal.com>
Tennessee Equality Project (A Gay Rights Group In Tennessee)
National Libertarian Party (political party dedicated to human rights)
Website with Contact Info: <http://www.lp.org/organization/lncdirectory2.shtml>
Neutral (May or may not help):
Attorney General of Tennessee
Website (with contact information): <http://www.attorneygeneral.state.tn.us/index.html>
Governor of Tennessee
Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton
Contact Form: <http://www.cityofmemphis.org/framework.aspx?page=554>
Free Speech TV: email@example.com
Democracy NOW!: <http://www.democracynow.org/storyidea.pl>
Independent World Television: firstname.lastname@example.org