Unashamed To Be A Christian by Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz
On June 24th I voted my conscience and opposed Governor
Andrew Cuomo's key piece of social legislation in the New York State Senate
that redefines our marriage laws away from the traditional definition of one
man and one woman. I was the only
Democrat in the Senate to vote against this legislation, and I wear my vote as
a badge of honor.
I have been congratulated by religious leaders and
constituents not only from my district, but from districts all over New York
State. I have received messages of
encouragement and gratitude from people throughout the United States. Alberto
Martinez tweeted: "Jesus said: 'Whoever is ashamed of Him and His words, the Son of Man will
also be ashamed of such person at His coming.' Bravo Senator Diaz." All of these supporters know that I am
unashamed to be a Christian. If we talk
the talk, we must walk the walk.
Although Republican Senate Leader Dean Skelos ushered the
gay marriage vote to the floor in order to make the 11:00PM news, and even
though the vote passed, the hatred that has spewed in my direction before June
Yesterday I received a series of five emails in my Senate
account from one person that read like homicidal rantings: "You eat shit. You are
shit." "There is no worse person on Earth
than you. God has told me so." "You
worthless pile of human excrement!!!"
"I hope you die! I hope you die soon! I'm waiting for you to die!" "Satan would sooner nail a stake through
your heart than admit to knowing you. Your very own lover!!!"
To err on the side of caution and especially since one of the
messages awaits my demise, those emails were properly reported to the FBI.
Those messages suggest that even though the gay marriage
vote passed, that author did not get what he wanted which suggests to me that
for some reason, I am the embodiment of his disappointment. He may also be upset because I
am unashamed of my vote.
Last Tuesday, a website posted an article titled: "Sen.
Ruben Douchebag: I Made History." The
tag labels that follow that online piece are as vulgar as possible. I quote them here not to amplify their
vulgarity, but to let people know the ever-growing hatred freely expressed by
those who claim to promote tolerance: "assholery, batshittery, bigotry, bovine
spongiform encephalopathy, douchenozzles, evil, and f***weasels".
I am amazed that the author of that site continues to fixate
on me as he does. I was told that he even tweeted about me just one hour after
the supposed May 21 rapture: "An hour past #Rapture in New York City and this
town is still infested with Sen. Ruben Diaz and his filthy ilk. #Disappointed."
For all intents and purposes I am a stranger to this person,
yet for some reason I have his full attention.
As a religious leader I thank the Lord that he continues to pay
attention to my efforts to spread the Word of God. I hope and pray that since he seems to be a grown man, he will
try to no longer promote vulgarity, indecency and hatred online or elsewhere.
After the June 24 vote, so many people who disguise
themselves as victims and decry bullies hide behind their computer screens and
demonstrate what is called "keyboard courage" by posting hateful and vicious
comments about me.
In the great spirit of interfaith unity I will continue to
work to promote what the late Pope John Paul II called the Culture of Life and
continue to highlight the actions of the opposition which is still not pleased
even with their declared victory in New York against traditional marriage.
For my part, I will continue to be unashamed to be a Christian.