Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Criminally Insane Among Us / Lloyd

Last night I work in maximum security, forensic psychiatric hospital where I work, a patient said we either had to meet his demands right then or he would hurt himself, destroy property, or hurt someone else—including staff. His language was from the streets, pressured, and grating; and he had just finished loudly pummeling the metal water cooler.

Another patient complained because he didn’t get an increased level of hospital access privileges and demanded to know why. When reminded that he had recently inappropriately caressed one of the female staff, he yelled indignantly, “You’re taking her word over mine!”

Murder, assault, and forced sexual offenses are common convictions among the criminally insane, and I’m amazed at how well behaved they are until their demands are denied.

This is an entitled group and their tantrums mirror very young pre-socialized children and developmentally troubled older children.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published by the American Psychiatric Association, covers behaviors noted above among the criminally insane.

Now consider the behaviors of “Bash Back,” an extremist organization currently running free in the streets.

item one - bash back in lansing, michigan

“On Sunday, November 9, a band of about 30 gays stormed a church in Lansing, Michigan. Some were well dressed and were stationed inside Mount Hope Church; others were outside dressed in pink and black. The group of self-described homosexual anarchists, Bash Back!, claims the evangelical church is guilty of “transphobia and homophobia.”

“The protesters outside the church were beating on buckets, shouting “Jesus was a homo” on a megaphone and carrying an upside-down pink cross. Fire alarms went off inside the church, protesters stormed the pulpit and a huge rainbow-colored flag was unfurled with the inscription, “IT’S OKAY TO BE GAY! BASH BACK!” The church was vandalized, obscenities were shouted and worshippers were confronted. There were no arrests. “ (http://www.catholic.org/national/national_story.php?id=30504)

item two - bash back in olympia, wash

"Bash Back! Olympia Trashes Mormon Church

"Last night, under the veil of fog, we visited the Church of Latter Day Saints. We left their locks glued with anarchist messages scrawled in spray paint over their boring veneer.

"We did this to show our solidarity with all who are resisting heterosexism everywhere, hopefully to spur them into action; and also because we are angry at the amount of money and propaganda that the Mormon church pumped into the homophobic Proposition 8 campaign. From their disgusting commercials to their despicable sermons to those gross lawn signs, we are sick of this parade of bigotry. The Church has to pay.

"We as anarchists are opposed to marriage but we see that this blatantly anti-gay act as a threat to all us gay, lesbian, transgendered and queer folk. The Proposition 8 campaign was used as a medium to instill homophobic fear into the population of California so as to squash queer culture, it is dangerous to let these actions go unchecked and not confronted.

"Liberating our sexual fantasies and desires is dangerous to this rigid system, because free people enjoying themselves in a plethora of ways sexually will eventually want to enjoy themselves in other areas of life too, capitalism doesn’t want sexually liberated people because they ask too many questions and may not show up to work on time (or at all).

"The Mormon Church (just like most churches) is a cesspool of filth. It is a breeding ground for oppression of all sorts and needs to be confronted, attacked, subverted and destroyed. The church reinforces sexism, transphobia, homophobia, racism, capitalism, and leaves its members emotionally wounded and unable to engage in critical thinking. The Mormon Church teaches us to hate our bodies, not to trust ourselves or our desires. This ends up deforming us as healthy sexual and communal beings. This is unacceptable.

"This is a few reasons why an affinity group of the Olympia, Washington Chapter of Bash Back! decided to attack their church with glue and paint. Let this be a warning to the Mormon church, dissolve completely or be destroyed. The choice is yours.. ~BASH BACK! OLYMPIA "http://bashbacknews.wordpress.com/2008/11/17/bash-back-olympia-trashes-mormon-church/ [link site no longer available]

comment  Had to wonder if “Bash Back” wasn't a terrorist group of street fighters not unlike “Occupy Wall Street” set up to create “news” and frighten & intimidate opposition. Let folks know just how bad things could get if they didn't get in line. A classic terrorist tactic that ideally takes off on its own, but is typically jump started with shadow organizers and outside financing. Would be interesting to learn more about the funding, organizers and instigators behind the masks.--5 May 2013] (emphasis added)

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