Archive | November, 2008

Enough with the Finger Pointing at Ourselves

Posted on 24 November 2008 by admin

Questioning or being skeptical of our campaign over protesting the opposition and the fact that our rights were taken away is the argument that our opposition makes.  And some in the gay community are trying to say the same thing.

Doing so — while complaining that our anger is misdirected — suggests that putting this on the ballot was OK. We have to make people aware of the injustice that was done and not just retreat within the walls of our community for a round of finger pointing. The quality of our campaign is somewhat irrelevant considering that in a fair world we would not have needed a campaign at all.

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New Yorker: Swamp of Bigotry Grows Toxic with Evaporation

Posted on 24 November 2008 by admin

Hendrik Hertzberg writes for The New Yorker:

Like a polluted swamp, anti-gay bigotry is likely to get thicker and more toxic as it dries up. Viciousness meets viciousness.

I think this is a great way to express how I’ve been feeling as people complain that we are not doing anything to win over hearts with our protests.  Most people who can be reasoned with are already on our side.  It is time for people to get off the fence, and I think that is being accomplished with our demands for equality since the election. The debate now needs to framed without middle ground: between freedom and equality or bigotry and oppression.

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Prop 8 & Mormon Prof Appropriated Pepperdine’s Name

Posted on 24 November 2008 by admin

It wasn’t only Barack Obama’s name that was used dishonestly by the Mormon backed Proposition 8 campaign. Pepperdine University is still feeling the fallout after the Protect Marriage campaign associated itself with the school in advertising, via a controversial professor at the school who just so happens to be Mormon.  Yes on Prop 8 discontinued the practice for a short time after the university objected, but then resumed using the name after testing showed that it improved viewer response.

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We Can Thank The Mormons… Seriously

Posted on 23 November 2008 by admin

It seems safe to say that a new day has arrived for the gay community. We can all feel it in the air. It’s not only anger whirling around, but definitely something else. Hope? That seems too weak. Certainty that we will prevail? That too, but there is more.  As terrible as this dirty fight smack-down feels, this is unquestionably a new day, and many, many others are standing up loudly with us now.  Whatever it is, hope and certainty seem like woefully inadequate words to describe it.

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What’s Wrong with Discriminating Against Those Who Want to Discriminate?

Posted on 23 November 2008 by admin

Michael Russnow wrote an article for The Huffington Post, discussing complaints about the backlash from Prop 8.  I like the points he makes, but I’d go a step further and say that it is NOT discrimination, in the unfair sense that Prop 8 supporters try to claim, for people to protest and speak out against those who passed Prop 8.

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Religious Bigotry: What the F$%#?

Posted on 23 November 2008 by admin

Death Camp of Tolerance     

Death Camp of Tolerance

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist for any of us to find holes in the arguments of the opposition, which is why nobody really takes the time to discuss these things.  But I’m so fed up with them that I thought I’d vent on the blog as someone just posted a “who is the bigot now” argument.

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Harvey Milk: Gotta Give Them Hope

Posted on 22 November 2008 by admin

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Help Push MILK to Top Box Office at Opening

Posted on 22 November 2008 by admin

 

Please encourage everyone you know to see the new film, Milk, between Wednesday and Sunday. This is a very important film about a historic person, time, and events for gay civil rights. It is very timely with many parallels to the current uproar about Proposition 8. And if you don’t already know the story, I can promise you that this will NOT be a boring docudrama. The film is often mentioned as a top Oscar contender. Please visit NoMilkForCinemark.com and support their efforts to see the film at a gay rights friendly theater.

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Gay Friendly Church Has “Hope” Banner Slashed

Posted on 21 November 2008 by admin

On Thursday, members of Seaside Community Church in Torrance were stunned to see a banner – which read “Someday everyone will have the right to legally marry. Don’t give up hope!” – pulled down from their front lawn and slashed with a knife.

“We intended it as a positive affirmation,” said the Rev. Paul Lance, pastor of the 100-member church on Ocean Avenue. “We figured there were a lot of people in the Torrance area who are feeling bruised by the actions of their neighbors, and we wanted to give them a positive message.”

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Prop 8 is PR Fiasco for Mormons, Romney

Posted on 21 November 2008 by admin

The Salt Lake Tribune reported today on the fallout for the Mormon church from Prop 8 and ramifications for the political aspirations of high profile Mormon, former Massachusetts Governor, and Presidential contender Mitt Romney.

One article talks with Gregory and JaLynn Prince, LDS church members in Washington, D.C.  Even there, they have felt the backlash from the Mormon involvement in Proposition 8.  Their daughter, a Boston University student, has lost friends, while their son, an LDS missionary, has found it more difficult to spread the Mormon gospel.

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Targeting Mormons Unfair?

Equality California estimates that Mormons donated as much as $20 million to Prop. 8, while the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal group, gave $1.25 million to the effort and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, $200,000.

 

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