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TwitterQ moblogging digest for 2008-12-31

  • gotta love the south. dec 31 and it feels like spring 🙂 #

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In almost every tragic, major act of school violence, anti-LGBT harassment, bullying and rejection has been an underlying or contributing cause.

It’s happened again (h/t DailyQueerNews):

A single gunshot fired into the torso of one 15-year-old by another in a crowded hallway at Dillard High School immediately ignited concerns about violence in South Florida’s public schools.

But smoldering under the surface is worry from some community activists about what might have sparked the shooting — a girl stung by rejection, struggling with her sexual orientation, with no one to turn to.

How long can we ingore this epidemic. How many more boys or girls will turn to violence after being taunted, abused, beaten and rejected for their real or perceived sexual orientation after having no one to turn to after years of socially and religiously accepted and encouraged psychological terrorism?

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Squandering nature’s knowledge

What happens when you take one of the most powerful, most influential world-wide “governments” with unfettered access to all the accumulated knowledge of Western Civilization and allow them to speak on the environment, nature’s “law,” sexual orientation and gender?

They ignore it, trash it, squander it — and sound like they’ve never taken a serious look at human biology in their entire 2,000 year existence.

Recently, Pope Benedict XVI said, “[The church] must defend not only the earth, water and air as gifts of creation that belong to all. It must also defend the human person against its own destruction. What’s needed is something like a ‘human ecology,’ understood in the right sense. It’s not simply an outdated metaphysics if the church speaks of the nature of the human person as man and woman, and asks that this order of creation be respected.”

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Getting back into the swing

After almost five days away from the office, practically ignoring the entire world as I visited with family for the holidays, I’m finding it awfully hard to get back into the swing of work and daily life. And, it doesn’t help that I have tomorrow off, too.

Either way, I’ll get back to the daily grind soon — with it will come more posts. It’s good to take time off every now and then, you know?

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TwitterQ moblogging digest for 2008-12-30

  • -hats better than xmas gifts? ignoring the cell phone, twitter and internet all vacation long 🙂 im back! #
  • 7 deadly sins week on the History Channel. Up now: Envy. God, I’m such a dork. #
  • @KipEsquire I think all of America could use a lesson on the evils of gluttony. envy shaping up to be a good lesson too lol in reply to KipEsquire #
  • @cfishy5 anal sex is so overrated 😉 in reply to cfishy5 #

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TwitterQ moblogging digest for 2008-12-24

  • i keep looking at the clock, wishing 1pm would get here faster lol #

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Merry Christmas!

It’s Christmas Eve, y’all. A much deserved break from work is coming my way, after I work about half the day today. Traveling up I-85 back to Winston-Salem is going to be quite the journey. Traffic — it wouldn’t be a holiday without it.

Enjoy your holiday!

For all those finding it hard to get in the Christmas mood, you aren’t alone:

For those who loved this song as much as I did in my childhood:

And a little gay treat, from the London Gay Men’s Chorus:

Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church, gave a message to his congregants recently. He addressed the controversy over the invite he received to lead the inaugural invocation.

Addressing his repeated comparisons of gay relationships with incest and pedophilia, Warren said (quick, paraphrased transcript):

…what do you really believe about gay marriage? Let me just lay it out for you, my members. My views have not changed in 30 years. I’ve been accused of equating gay partnerships with incest and pedophilia. I believe no such thing. You’ve never heard me in 30 years talk like that.

I’ve in no way ever taught that homosexuality is the same as a forced relationship between an adult and child or between siblings. I’ve never taught that in 30 years. I understand why people think that because of a recent BeliefNet interview. In that interview I named several other relationships such as living together, a man with multiple wives, a brother and a sister relationship, adults with children or common-law relationships. I don’t think any of them should be called marriage. There should only be one definition: one man, one woman.

Now, for the facts. This is what Warren really said:

BELIEFNET: What about partnership benefits in terms of insurance or hospital visitation?

WARREN: You know, not a problem with me.

[Clarification from Pastor Warren 12/15: I favor anyone being able to make anyone else the beneficiary of their health or life insurance coverage. If I am willing to pay for it, I should be able to put a friend, partner, relative, or stranger on my coverage. No one should be turned away from seeing a friend in the hospital. But visiting rights are a non-issue in California! Since 1999, California has had a domestic partnership law that grants gay couples visiting rights and all the other rights. Prop 8 had no -zero -effect on those rights.]

The issue to me, I’m not opposed to that as much as I’m opposed to redefinition of a 5,000 year definition of marriage. I’m opposed to having a brother and sister being together and calling that marriage. I’m opposed to an older guy marrying a child and calling that marriage. I’m opposed to one guy having multiple wives and calling that marriage.

BELIEFNET: Do you think those are equivalent to gays getting married?

WARREN: Oh , I do. For 5,000 years, marriage has been defined by every single culture and every single religion – this is not a Christian issue. Buddhist, Muslims, Jews – historically, marriage is a man and a woman.

Does Pastor Rick Warren suddenly think the Ninth Commandment doesn’t apply to him? Bearing false witness is bad thing, Pharisee — ooops…. I mean, Pastor.

In the same message to his congregation, Warren said (quick, paraphrased transcript):

I believe God gives us free choice… I believe I must give everyone else that same freedom of choice. I’m opposed to forcing people to act the way I believe God wants me to act.

Oh, really? If that’s so, you should have no problem with civil unions or gay marriage. You know, since you don’t want to force other people to believe the same thing you do or anything. Or, do you just get to set your own rules?

Facts:

  1. Warren supported Prop. 8. — Forces gay people to not marry, i.e. act the way Warren thinks they should act.
  2. Warren does not support civil unions (“No American should ever be discriminated against because of their beliefs. Period. But a civil union is not a civil right. Nowhere in the constitution can you find the “right” to claim that any loving relationship identical to marriage.” src) — Warren to gays, “Act they way I believe you should.”
  3. Warren told NBC’s Anne Curry he believes gay people should “control their natural impulses” and refrain from having committed, monogamous relationships. After, all, he controls his natural impulse to have sex with every beautiful woman he sees, he said.

At the end of his message to his congregation, Warren sounds nice. He talks about love and kindness, and I have no doubt he might be inclined to actually live out that love and kindness among gay people. BUT, that doesn’t change the fact that he is a liar. What makes it worse is that he’s actually contemplated and pre-meditated his lies. All in the name of God.

Part of that whole “Do not take my name in vain” thing applies to people who use God’s name to further their own agendas. Using God’s name to lie, or invoking his name during your sins, is just as immoral as lying. It’s a shame America’s most well-known preachers can never live by the own laws they try to impose on everyone else. Wait… I thought that’s what Jesus was fighting against? Oh well. Pharisee Rick will never see that.

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TwitterQ moblogging digest for 2008-12-22

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Jasmyne Cannick wasn’t content blasting the white gays after Prop. 8. The lesbian, African-American blogger and activist, has spoken again.

Is it any surprise she’s again pointing fingers and speaking outrageously?

Instead of denouncing Obama’s choice to invite Warren, gays should be hailing it, as it shows a continued effort on Obama’s behalf to reach across the aisle in an effort to bring everyone to the table, the very thing that the gay leadership hasn’t even made an effort to learn how do post Prop. 8.

Seriously, I don’t understand why she’s so divisive. Besides the fact she’s blatantly wrong about the LGBT community and its lessons learned after Prop. 8 (I’ve been in many conversations about this issue since Prop. 8), I just don’t understand how she, of all people, can advocate “bringing everyone to the table” when that includes sitting down with people who deny your existence, work against your civil rights and compare your love to pedophilia and incest.

Jasmyne, would you sit down with white racists who wanted to take away your civil rights as an African-American? No? Guess what: I don’t want to sit down with homophobes who want to take away my rights, either.

Oh, Jasmyne… Are you trying to score brownie points with Rick Warren? Newsflash: He doesn’t like you or lesbianism either. He doesn’t care that you’re black: All he’ll ever see is your lady-lovin’.

Oh, and one more point:

Criticizing the first Black president before he even takes the oath of office for doing something that white gays themselves haven’t been able to do, bring everyone to the table, isn’t going to win them any fans in the Black community.

[…snip…]

As politically incorrect as this is going sound, I feel it needs to be said. The white gay community needs to go somewhere and just STFU already and let Obama get into office.

Jasmyne, that’s the most racist thing I’ve heard. Obama can’t be criticized just because he’s “the first Black president” and because he hasn’t taken office yet? Sounds like someone has an Obama-Messiah complex. I love Obama. I voted for Obama. I think Obama will be best to deliver LGBT equality, but that doesn’t mean he’s perfect. Thank God we live in America and can actually criticize our leaders, but, oh, I forgot, The Great and Mighty Cannick says we shouldn’t do that because he’s black.

I think I’ve lost all respect for Jasmyne Cannick; to think I actually used to defend her opinion among my friends and collegues almost sickens me.

It’s pretty clear that Jasmyne Cannick is good at only one thing: She exists to divide and conquer — to pit one minority against another. All this complaining and acrimonious bellyaching and, yet, not one constructive, positive attempt to bridge the gaps. Yes, there are problems between the white LGBT community and black community (of all sexual orientations), but Cannick’s self-righteous, racist rants aren’t making any headway in bridging those gaps. She’s doing quite the opposite actually: She’s tearing down the bridges before they can even be built.