Friday, June 17, 2016

Seared Music: Gloria Gaynor - "I Will Survive"

....enough said, folks...

"I'm Done Accommodating Religious Hatred Towards Queer Lives"

With all due respect to social conservatives, I couldn't agree with Paul Raushenbush here below more....quoting in foll:
Over the last 48 hours I’ve come to know that I am fully and finally done accommodating religious hatred towards queer lives — whether from foaming mouthed extremists from any religious tradition, or polite, “respectable” religious denominations with which I most closely identify.
I’m done. It’s over.
How utterly pathetic that it took 49 lives slaughtered for me to pack up my “thank you for your point of view on why queer lives are not fully human” table and close shop.
For too long I have tolerated “Setting a big tent” and “Allowing many points of view” and “Dialogue” when talking about LGBT people as if our lives are up for debate and as if the jury is still out on our humanity, our dignity, or our being made beautifully in God’s image.
Fuck “love the sinner, hate the sin.” All I hear in these conversations now is death.
Recently, a woman associate pastor who is the lifeline for closeted LGBT people in her congregation told me that the senior pastor insists that their church be “Welcoming and NOT Affirming.”
Prettified permission to kill others, petrified permission to kill self.
I’m done. Silence = Death.
There is no more debate on queer lives. I will love and be loved and my love is not a question mark in your canon. I will not debate at your annual gathering. There is either death, or life. I will choose life. I will give life. Everlasting.
And now, a benediction from Angels in America: “The world only spins forward. We will be citizens. The time has come. Bye now. You are fabulous creatures, each and every one. And I bless you: More Life. The Great Work Begins.” (Huffington Post)
If this past weekend's tragic shooting in Orlando does anything, it should forever put to rest the idea that we in the LGBT community should ever - ever! - take it easy in regards to life in this great Republic. Have we made gains? Hell yes.

Can we as part of America writ large - and America in turn towards us - go further? Yes, quite definitely, even if it means standing right in the faces of the social conservatives - even, as I sometimes like to point - if it means standing right in the faces of fellow conservatives...and saying to them very bluntly, "We're not going to the back of the proverbial bus ever again; we want to be an equal part of this great and grand society that is America; we simply want to be ourselves and not have to worry about whether you accept or not.

America doesn't work like that; there are no qualifiers on anything enshrined in the Constitution that say "these rights are available to everyone but queer lives"...those rights are just as available to us as to anyone else in this great land and I'll be damned if I'm going to continue and sit by, watching as others on my side of the political aisle cast aspersions on my fellow Americans simply for being who they are.

Founder's Quote, 17 June 2016

The good Education of Youth has been esteemed by wise Men in all Ages, as the surest Foundation of the Happiness both of private Families and of Common-wealths. Almost all Governments have therefore made it a principal Object of their Attention, to establish and endow with proper Revenues, such Seminaries of Learning, as might supply the succeeding Age with Men qualified to serve the Publick with Honour to themselves, and to their Country. - Benjamin Franklin, Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pensilvania — 1749

Thursday, June 16, 2016

JV Team...

...yes, I don't think just saying the words "radical Islamisc terrorism" does anything to stop these thugs, brigands, thieves and murderers who cloak themselves in the cloth of one of the three great Abramhamic religions...but, at least Obama (and others in power) should at least acknowledge that such a thing does actually exist, that it is a threat to America and that we need to do something about it.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Once Again, Franklin Graham Puts His Foot In His Piehole... else do you explain this?

Where do you begin? Well, to start with, Donald Trump's speech earlier this week was filled with some of the most despicable, vilest language that I've ever heard used towards a sitting president (Media Matters links 1, 2, 3, 4) which makes you wonder at times if we aren't seeing a replay of conditions in Germany c. late 1920's prior to Hitler's rise to power. Of course, this ain't the first time Billy Graham's son has attacked the LGBT community, so none of this surprises me any...what does surprise me is Graham's sanction of it.

Now, I know, under the Constitution, there are and to a great degree should be protections on religious freedom as stated in the 1st Amendment...but when you read Mr. Graham's words above (I refuse to call him a 'reverend'; in my opinion, Franklin Graham is a bigoted thug hiding himself in the cloth of Christianity)one wonders when someone will say to Mr. Graham, 
Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?

Founder's Quote, 15 June 2016

The known propensity of a democracy is to licentiousness which the ambitious call, and ignorant believe to be liberty. - Fisher Ames, speech in the Massachusetts Ratifying Convention — 1788

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Founder's Quote, 14 June 2016

Resolved: That these colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent states, that they are absolved of all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved. That it is expedient forthwith to take the most effectual measures for forming foreign Alliances. That a plan of confederation be prepared and transmitted to the respective colonies for their consideration and approbation. - Richard Henry Lee, Resolution in Congress — 1776

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Latest Islamist Attack: 49 Dead In Orlando

I'm of two minds in regards to this Patriot Post article concerning Sunday's horrific mass shooting at an Orlando gay nightclub...on the one hand, I agree with Mark Alexander's words here in regards to the demagogic language being used on the Left:
The assailant is a “murderer,” not a “gunman.” The attack occurred in a “gun free” zone. And if Obama could wave his executive “magic wand” and remove all firearms from the United States, may I remind you that Islamists worldwide have murdered far more civilians with simple bomb components. Recall that there were more than three times the number of casualties in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing by a couple of deranged psychopaths, than in Orlando. That bomb was composed of readily available fertilizer and diesel fuel.

Again, this is not a “gun problem,” and for the record, tens of millions of innocent men women and children have been slaughtered once their means of self-defense was confiscated. See Stalin, Hitler, Mao, et al. (Patriot Post)
On the other hand, I have two questions for Mr. Alexander and for others:

  1. Whenever any of these acts occur, why do we rush to condemn all Muslims as somehow being collectively responsible? Yes, there is such a thing as radical Islamist terror, yet I've known enough Muslims over the years, both American and foreign-born, to know that just as there are whackos and radicals in most every religious faith, there were whackos and radicals w/in the Islamic faith...yet we don't seem to paint adherents of other religions with the same broad brush; why is that?
  2. And why bring up the fact that the perp in this event was a registered Democrat? What relevance does that have to his actions? I mean, I under the vitriol that's thrown at the modern-day Democrat Party, but still...

Founder's Quote, 13 June 2016

These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. - Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, No. 1 — 1776