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Marriage equality inching forward in Maryland....here.
"The vote to approve the bill came after the committee defeated several proposed amendments introduced by opponents aimed at weakening or gutting the bill, including a proposal for civil unions"
If only the LGBT politicos and pundits would remember that there exist LGBT people of every ethnic category, including African American. And then, if only members of various communities would not ostracize and condemn their LGBT children, siblings, neighbors, and fellow parishoners... And if only we could all join hands and sing "We are the world"...... :-) OK, Im jaded.
Marriage Equality: Byron Rushing And The Fight For Fairness
Maryland's racial makeup is of interest in the issue of LGBT marriage equality, NPR/Root article here. "As in Maine's successful 2009 marriage-equality repeal, national white LGBT leaders will undoubtedly "parachute" into Maryland to help direct the ballot battle. But this time, black voters — and leaders — must take central roles in defining the battle's narrative."
Christian Aid group in defence of LGBT people in Africa? here.
But christianity seems to be central to the persecution of LGBT people in Africa, including American evangelical groups.
It would be wrong to blame christianity entirely, after all, why concentrate on Africa when Muslim countries are murdering gays, who knows, maybe more. But I think we need to start at home. Im not aware of groups in the US supporting the murders of gays in, say, Saudi Arabia (well, when we by gasoline, maybe we are), or Iran, but there are Christian Evangelical groups in the USA implicated in the actions in subSaharan Africa. Or condemnation belongs with those groups.
petition for rights of LGBT Africans
ns are subjected to threat of extortion and violence every day -- even from friends and family members.Tell the governments of Cameroon, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria and Zimbabwe that LGBT people have the right to live free of fear. petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/445/759/082/?z00m=19946747
How many more teenage suicides and murders of gay people will it take for people to realize that sometimes free speech rights should require a means test of consequences? If public speech is potentially destructive of a targeted groups integrity, should it be curbed? Do people have the right to falsely yell fire in a crowded theater? The absolutist interpretation of the right to free speech is not one held by Germany or Great Britain, where there are laws against public defamation of social groups.Is this another example of the social norm of acquiescence to religion and religious dogma regardless of the consequences for the physical and psychological safety of individuals?The Westboro Church is a small fringe group (probably numbering in the 10's of those who participate) whose ideas are not even taken seriously by mainstream respectable Christianity. But so were the Nazi's at one time a tiny but loud fringe group. - - Gary NEWS: Westboro Baptist Church Promises To 'Quadruple' Down On Protests After Supreme Court Ruling A leader of the Westboro Baptist Church told reporters Wednesday that the congregation would "quadruple" the number of funeral protests in the wake of a ruling by the Supreme Court, which found that their controversial demonstrations were protected by the First Amendment, ABC News reports. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/02/westboro-baptist-church-su...
Good point, Biped.
How about an article about why black people should have separate schools?
Those kooky, crazy Kansas children. A Wichita high school newspaper published a column that will elicit tears of joy from the editor of that Ugandan rag Rolling Stone.
The February 11 opinion piece, written by East High School student Colin Johnson, proclaims gay relationships “just are not normal” and “should be frowned upon.” The commentator decided to prove this by using my favorite Leviticus line about men, knocking boots, and death. He ends the op-ed by arguing same sex dating is counter to a school’s educational mission.
“Same sex dating in high school is not accepted by many, despite the efforts of a few. It is a social disruption in many cases, and should be kept out of school to ensure our educational mission with as little of a distraction as possible.”
He doesn’t say how a school should keep young mo’s from dating. I’m assuming he doesn’t want his LGBT peers stoned, but Johnson is vague on that point.
The editors, and faculty advisor, of the Messenger have been working overtime to defend themselves.
“We don’t necessarily agree or disagree. It’s one person’s personal opinion,” said editor Jessica Thomas (there are two others). “But just because something can possibly be offensive does not mean we have the obligation to block the publishing of that material.”
The newspaper’s faculty advisor thought the column fell under protected speech; the district is stoutly defending the newspaper’s decision to give Johnson space to foolishly ruminate.
“Mr. Johnson’s piece is the expression of his opinion, a right afforded to him and all students through the First Amendment and the Kansas Student Publications Act, which specifically notes that ‘material shall not be suppressed solely because it involves political or controversial subject matter,’” the district argued in a statement.
Sounds sensible, unless you think some opinions don’t deserve to be heard.
Sorry about the messed up intro section - the editor is acting weird and I can't change it back!
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