Showing posts with label Gay Rights. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gay Rights. Show all posts

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Religious Arguments About Political Issues - Nothing New

It's all been said before... just with a different target in mind... Commentary: Gay marriage sermon isn't surprising - KansasCity.com

I would like to copy the whole thing, but that wouldn't be right. So, here is a taste....

Segregation and the recognition of interracial couples was the last time religion was incensed by the news of the day. And the preachers weren't always on the side of peace, hope and love.
In a 1955 opinion upholding Jim Crow laws, the Florida Supreme Court cast segregation as a divine construct. “When God created man, he allotted each race to his own continent according to color.” (Native Americans might have wondered what happened to their allotment.)

In a famous 1956 address to fellow southern religious leaders, Texas preacher W.A. Criswell, pastor of the largest church in the Southern Baptist Convention, attacked the Supreme Court’s landmark school desegregation decision two years before as “idiocy” and “foolishness” and “a denial of all that we believe in.”

Another notable Baptist leader, the Rev. James F. Burks of Norfolk, similarly warned that integration (not much more than a legal theory in the 1950s South) was an abomination against the “plain truth of the word of God” and would bring on the very apocalypse.
It wasn't until 1995 that the Southern Baptist Convention apologized for its racist past. (They were pro-slavery at one time, as well as pro-segregation.‡)

There is more like that, if you click through to the article. And there is the author's (Fred Grimm) first hand account of what happened in one Mississippi town when a federal court ordered it to desegregate the schools in compliance with Brown V Board of Education - two years after they should have done so.

So when they say the same things today, about how letting gays and lesbians have spousal social security benefits and inherit property without getting wiped out by estate taxes is an abomination, about how opening up the 1300 rights conferred by marriage (that number depends on who is counting) to gay couples will undermine the 50% of straight marriages who seem to avoid divorce, you'll excuse me if I don't just say "of course." It is like when the gun-fearing weenies say that "concealed carry will cause wild-west gunfights over parking spaces, and blood will run in the streets over road rage." It isn't true. It hasn't been true. But they have to say something or shut up. And they sure as hell won't shut up.

On the Baptists and slavery:
Of course, God as a racial segregationist had been an easy transition from the religious axiom espoused in the previous century that God was cool with slavery. Slave-holders got their theological approbation from the Rev. Richard Furman, a Baptist leader and educator (Furman University was named in his honor) who delivered his Exposition of the Views of the Baptists Relative to the Coloured Population of the United States in 1838. Furman said, “The right of holding slaves is clearly established by the Holy Scriptures, both by precept and example. In the Old Testament, the Israelites were directed to purchase their bond-men and bond-maids of the heathen nations.”

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

No Gays in a Republican Campaign.

Richard Grenell, openly gay Romney aide, resigns after backlash | The Ticket - Yahoo! News He let some witty comments about Hillary and few others go on Twitter. That was too much. (I guess it is only the left that can attack and insult people.) But the real issue was the fact that he was gay.
Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, took issue with Grenell over his criticism of the Bush administration’s failure to sign a December 2008 U.N. resolution that called for decriminalizing homosexuality across the globe.
Yeah, because it would be just awful if countries stopped executing people for who they loved. Just awful. </sarcasm>

I don't think the social conservatives want to win this election. I think they are having so much fun hating Obama, that they would rather put up with four more years than do anything that even looks like it might not qualify as "turning back the clock" to 1950. Because, hey, if you were a white Christian, 1950 was a pretty good time. Not so much for everyone else.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Government Officials and Censorship

Schools love censorship - it's for the children of course. Gay student sues over banned T-shirt | Cincinnati.com | cincinnati.com.

Of course others wear shirts with religious symbols or bible versus. But this one was too much.
Clark said administrators initially said the shirt was disruptive and later that it was too religious. He said they now claim it violates rules prohibiting clothing that is indecent or sexual in nature.
Yeah, the rainbow flag and "homophobe" are just beyond the pale.

While it is true that students' constitutional rights have some limits on school property, this is more about denying his existence than anything else. (Bullying is an on-going issue, so why aren't the authorities doing something about that?) Next they will say you can't wear black armbands to protest the war. Whichever war we are protesting today. (What happened to all the anti-war protestors? Maybe they are still protesting in Texas....)

So now, instead of acting like reasonable humans - the lawyer tried to settle without a suit - the district, which I am sure is just rolling in excess money, will spend some of that money on lawyers' fees. Good thinking.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Is Being Able to Keep Your Job Without Being Fired for Who You Are a “Special Right?”

Because one of the things that gays and lesbians would like is to be able to keep their jobs. In 2012 you can still be fired in 29 states due to your race or religion. Except of course it isn't your race or your religion that can get you fired.
While Obama is president and head of the Democratic party, which claims to support gay equality. Even though it did not pass ENDA, the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, which would protect gays from job discrimination, or repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, when Democrats controlled Congress and the White House from 2009 to 2011.
Democrats ignore gays and lesbians, and always try to push the implementation of anything off to the future. Don't kid yourself on Don't Ask Don't Tell. They only moved when it was clear the lawsuit was going to succeed - which it did.

You might think, this being campaign season and all, that the Democrats would include something about gay rights in the platform. You know, pay back all those years of loyalty by gays - who historically have given almost exclusively to the Dems.

With good cause. Newt's Gay-marriage = Paganism. And Santorum's 1950ish outlook on just about everything... Should the gay's be offended by Newt's comment, or the pagans, or both? Doesn't matter to Newt; if you are aren't straight and Christian apparently, ... oh why bother?

There is much complaining on the Right about "special rights." So, is being able to go to work and talk about your weekend a special right? Is being able to have a picture of your loved ones on your desk a special right? Is being able to invite your partner to company shindigs a special right? So why are those people who hate “special rights” reserving them for heterosexuals?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

A Voice of Reason on Gay Marriage

Constitution allows gay rights | LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - South Whidbey Record

The money quote:
My wife and I have agreed that our marriage will not be negatively affected. For those who feel their marriage would be damaged, you have my sincere sympathy. But I would implore you to avoid taking this problem out on others.
but the whole thing is worth a look.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Ellen Takes on Haters Head On

Guess I need to start shopping at JC Penny.

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I love the fact that 1 Million Moms have 40,000 members on their Facebook page. "Rounding to nearest million" indeed.

Be warned there is an ad, and the volume is super loud, compared to the video.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Because Any Positive Portrayal of Gays and Lesbians Must Be Crushed

In one of the more insane actions by the religious right, One Million Moms Pushes J.C. Penney to Drop Ellen Degeneres - Yahoo! News

Is anyone less offensive than Ellen? I suppose the American Family Association would be happy if one of the Kardashians or another over-the-top (but straight) celebrity was the spokesperson for JC Penny.
A vast majority of Americans today support Ellen as well as their LGBT friends and family members," Herndon Graddick, a GLAAD spokesman said in a written statement. "Selecting an out performer who has inspired and entertained millions, is not only a smart business practice, but a reflection of how LGBT Americans today are an integral and valued part of the fabric of our culture."

DeGeneres' daytime talk show has more viewers than the American Family Association has moms. Between January 16 and January 22, "Ellen" averaged 3.38 million viewers -- or 2.38 million more people than the AFA has moms.
In "related news" Ellen just collected the "Favorite Daytime TV Host" from the (somewhat inappropriately named) People's Choice Awards.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

5 Reasons To Ban Gay Marriage - By FCK H8

F-Bomb warning.

FCKH8.com: Top 5 Reasons 2 Ban Gay Marriage (LOL, Sarcastic) from FCKH8.com on Vimeo.


If you are offended by MANY f-bombs, you may need to avert your eyes.

Is it over the top? Of course it's over the top. It's from FCKH8.com

UPDATE: Get your gear here. Includes a bunch of STR8 Against H8 stuff too. (For all of you who "choose" to be straight.)

Friday, September 02, 2011

Another of Those Special Rights Gays and Lesbians Want -
the Right to Have a Job.

Those crazy lesbians, wanting a job. What will they want next? SheWired - Woman Fired Due to Perception She's a Lesbian Based on her Facebook Page
A woman being considered for a position at the Charleston Youth Center in Charleston W. VA. is suing the company, claiming that its board members rescinded her job offer after viewing her Facebook page and perceiving that she was a lesbian.
Another reason to NOT use Facebook.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Gay Marriage in New York

Must be some really, really unhappy straight folks in the country today. The Road to Gay Marriage in New York

Big name Republican donors twisting some Republican arms. A Catholic governor.
But the donors in the room — the billionaire Paul Singer, whose son is gay, joined by the hedge fund managers Cliff Asness and Dan Loeb — had the influence and the money to insulate nervous senators from conservative backlash if they supported the marriage measure. And they were inclined to see the issue as one of personal freedom, consistent with their more libertarian views.
The pundits will be screaming on Monday (if they aren't already screaming, that is).

So, exactly how does this impact you, unless you are gay and living in New York?

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Firing Anti-gay Employee Upheld

You would hope so. Wal-Mart Harassment Policy upheld in case of gay harassment (ChicagoPride.com : Chicago, IL News)

So she screamed at a gay colleague, and she was fired. She complained because screaming at gay colleagues is her right because of her religion, or something.
In September 2005, during a break Matthews took part in a religious conversation about homosexuality. She allegedly screamed over Amy, an out lesbian, that God does not accept gays, they should not "be on earth," and they will "go to hell" because they are not "right in the head." Five other employees confirmed Matthews had made the statements.
When she was fired for violating the harassment policy, she sued, saying it was her right - because of her religion - to be an intolerant, bigoted pain-in-the-ass during working hours.

The courts have said, "Nope." (This time by a federal appeals court in Illinois.)

But before you feel all sorry for the poor bigot fired worker, you can take solace in the fact that she is still collecting unemployment. (Since 2005?)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

FCKH8.com

This is classic. It also contains a whole lot of F-bombs. Definitely Not Safe For Work.


Update: I suppose I should include a link to FCKH8.com.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

More of Those Special Rights Gays Want

HELEN DENNIS: LGBT elders face special retirement concerns - The Daily Breeze
Some LGBT elders are denied housing in mainstream retirement communities. In another study, one-third of gay and lesbian respondents thought they would have to hide their identity if they moved into such a community.
Told they "wouldn't be comfortable" in various homes/communities.

There is no right to housing for gays and lesbians. (Another damn special right!)

Oh, and the ability to have someone you trust take charge if you need to ...
Resources are denied. LGBT older adults often rely on friends and community members as their chosen family. This is partly because many are estranged from their biological families. The problem arises because policies, laws and institutional regulations generally recognize only legal and biological families.
Well biological families and married spouses. (Not members of civil unions.) And of course the courts have ignored things like medical power of attorney, and civil unions when gays are involved. (They know best, don't you know.)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

School That Didn't Want Lesbians At Prom Has to Pay

gay flagMaybe she can use the money to go to college. Lesbian gets $35K settlement over canceled prom That's 35,000 PLUS attorney's fees.
A rural school district that canceled its prom rather than allow a lesbian student to attend with her girlfriend has agreed to pay $35,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit the ACLU filed on her behalf.

The district also agreed to follow a non-discrimination policy as part of the settlement, though it argues such a policy was already in place.
No they didn't discriminate against anyone; they canceled prom for everyone. I mean be fair, the sight of two women dancing together would be the end of the world. Or something.
As part of the agreement, the school district also said it would follow a policy not to discriminate based on sexual orientation in any educational or extracurricular activities or allow harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Of course before they canceled the prom, they banned same-sex-couples from attending. (I guess they thought that canceling the prom would avoid a lawsuit. They only banned the prom, after it was clear they were going to get sued based on the rules they had set for the two young women to be able to attend the prom.)

The district says they never discriminated. The ACLU (who ran this lawsuit)says if that were true, they would not have banned same-sex prom-dates? (Or said that girls had to wear dresses.)

You can read more about this in my post from March.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Sound of Sanctity Being Sucked Out of Marriage

Or maybe not. Perhaps you didn't notice anything in your own relationship. Argentina legalizes same-sex marriage - CNN.com
Argentina became the first Latin American country on Thursday to legalize same-sex marriage.

Lawmakers in the Senate passed the bill after 14 hours of debate that began Wednesday and carried well into early Thursday morning,
Though Argentina is the first country to adopt such a law, same-sex-marriage is legal in some Mexican states and the Federal District. (Mexico City.)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Gay Pride

Gay FlagJune 28th, 1969 — A lot has changed Since Stonewall But not enough.

Employment discrimination. Bashings. The military ban. (may be changing, finally) etc.

Don't feel much like celebrating this year.

You think a lot would have changed in 41 years, since the Stonewall Riots, but last year Fort Worth, TX celebrated by reenacting the raid on a gay bar. Gays can be fired from a job just for being gay. Kept out of housing. etc. You know, all those "special rights" we keep asking about. Like being treated equally before the law.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Hypocrites?

Well what would you call gay politicians who are rabidly anti-gay in public? Top 10 Anti-Gay Politicians Caught Being Gay: Anti-Gay Activists Out of The Closet | Ranker - A World of Lists File this under "scratch a homophobe, find a homosexual."

Hat tip goes to ifeminists.com...
Following the coming-out of Roy Ashburn, the Republican state senator from California, website Ranker.com named the "Top 10 Antigay Activists Caught Being Gay." Other politicians to make the list include former U.S. senator Larry Craig and the Reverend Ted Haggard.
The list is interesting.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Sucking the Sanctity Out of Your Marriage

Or, not. The Press Association: First gay marriages in Mexico City
Two glowing brides in matching white gowns and four other same-sex couples have made history in Mexico City as they wed under Latin America's first law that explicitly approves gay marriage.
Could it be that those 6 couples have no impact on you? That all they want are the same rights? (Like - hospital visitation, or medical decision making, or one of the many rights married couples enjoy) Or maybe they're just in love.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Lesbians at Prom? Not in Mississippi

gay flagNot in Mississippi. School cancels prom over fear of lesbians Girls have to wear a dress? I suppose the powers that be are going to ensure that the dresses meet some minimum standard. No tuxedos for women. (Ellen D. - take note!)
Constance McMillen, an 18-year-old student at Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton, Mississippi, asked to be able to take her date. The school's board objected – and to McMillen wanting to wear a tuxedo – so the American Civil Liberties Union got involved, pointing out the discrimination issue.

How did the school react? By blaming "distractions to the educational process caused by recent events" and cancelling the prom for everyone – which left the rest of the students unhappy.
From the lawsuit (of course there is a lawsuit....)
She was told, according to the lawsuit, that the pair would have to arrive separately and could be thrown out "if any of the other students complained about their presence there together." McMillen was also told she could not wear a tuxedo, according to the suit, because boys are to attend in tuxedos and girls in dresses.
Do you really think the world would end in Mississippi if two women were to dance together, and get their picture taken? Apparently the good folks of Fulton think so.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

I Don't Know How I Missed This - Gay Marriage in DC

I have been concentrating on real like, but still.. DC couples obtain marriage licenses
A new law takes effect Wednesday in the nation's capital, granting equal rights in marriage licensing for same-sex couples.
The Religious Right tried everything to stop this, including an appeal to the SCOTUS for an injunction.

I am sure that the Right will keep trying, but for now there is a little slice of equality in our nation's capital.