Aug 17, 2013

Marine who lost leg in Iraq booed by right-wing Christians

Eric Alva, who lost his leg serving in Iraq,
was booed by right-wing Christians
for speaking out in support of a proposed
San Antonio ordinance to ban anti-gay discrimination.
A Marine serves downrange in Iraq; comes home after losing his leg; and after rehab speaks out and stands up for anti-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation, gender identity and veteran status at a hearing at the City Council chambers in San Antonio, Texas this week.

Said Eric Alva, " I already spoke and even some of the religious groups even booed me as I spoke. Such disrespect as they preach the word of God."

Caught wind of this from the Wisconsin Gazette.

Righwinger "Councilwoman Elisa Chan went on an anti-gay tirade while discussing the ordinance privately in her office on May 21. James Stevens, a 28-year-old aide to Chan, secretly recorded her hateful remarks and released the audio to the San Antonio Express-News."

From Eva Ruth Moravec of the San Antonio Express-News. Said Eric Alva, age 42:
"I said that if this ordinance doesn't pass, I could be fired from a job and even thrown out of a restaurant, and people started to boo me. I was real hurt by that. It was unbelievable."

Alva was the first American injured in the U.S. invasion of Iraq. He received a medical discharge and was awarded the Purple Heart. His prosthetic leg was visible Wednesday, under his khaki shorts. News of Alva's 3-minute speech spread via social media that night.
Yes, America just melts under the love and compassion of rightwing Christian love.

On a positive note, the anti-bias, pro-equality measure is expected to pass.

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