Monday, December 29, 2008

Yet more evidence why abstinence-only education is a failure

Why rely on anecdotal evidence of the failure of strict abstinence-only sex education such as that offered by Sarah Palin's daughter? This policy, favored by the fundamentalist Christian right guarantees only one thing, takes a hit on the statistical side of things with the release of a study by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health showing that teens making abstinence pledges are just as likely to have premarital sex. What's worse is that these same teens are less likely to use condoms. Abstinence-only approaches are a great way of boosting the teen pregnancy rate, something I can't imagine anyone would desire.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Hypocrisy in action: Hater Rick Warren accuses gays of hate speech

True to his right-wing evangelical stripes, Rick Warren, rather than apologizing for his on-the-record remarks about gay couples being in the same category as pedophiles, or saying that gay people are "immature" or that they can be "cured," Rick Warren now goes on the attack. He sees himself as the object of hate speech and "Christophobic." You can't make this stuff up. So not only, in this man's views, are we members of the LGBT community somehow immature or sick, we are accused of hate speech for the mere fact of speaking up when we are so accused. The Christian right expects us to be silent as they lie about us. And this is the man whom Barack Obama has chosen to give a national stage on what should have been a day, his inaugural, for optimism and new beginnings. The incomparable Rachel Maddow sums it up nicely:

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Obama's Cabinet Pleases Pat Robertson

Pat Robertson is "very pleased so far" with Obama and his cabinet choices. When Pat Robertson of "the gays and feminists are to blame for 9/11" fame is pleased with something, I know that spells trouble. Not that I was thrilled anyway. So which party won this election?

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Op-Ed Columnist Richard Cohen on Obama's Choice of Rick Warren

This piece hits all the points I've been making concerning Barack Obama's choice of preacher Rick Warren to lead the invocation at the upcoming inaugural: Warren On? Party Off.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Biden can ask homophobes for donations...

Jane Smiley of Huffington Post put it succinctly in her blog entry from December 18th. That was the day, on the heels of the Warren pick, I received yet another email from Joe Biden asking me for my gay money. Perhaps he should go ask homophobic right-wing fundamentalist Christians for money instead. I wish him luck.

Friday, December 19, 2008

The US in league with the Vatican and Islamic countries in opposing gay rights...

The US has refused to support a draft UN resolution calling for the decriminalization of homosexual relationships and acts. The US is thus keeping company with the Roman Catholic Church, Islamic countries and China. Apparently my government agrees with the others that it's OK for lesbians and gay men to be subject to punishment for our sexual orientation. I feel so well represented. The full story is in The New York Times.

Reactions to Barack Obama's Insult to the LGBT Community

There are people far more eloquent (and much more polite) than I could ever be, leaders in our community, voicing outrage at Barack Obama's choice of bigot Rick Warren to give his inaugural invocation. Apparently, even a self-professed "fierce advocate" (his word) of our community such a Obama is happy to insult an entire segment of the American people. Here are some reactions:
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
Human Rights Campaign
US Rep. Barney Frank
LA Gay and Lesbian Center
I'm left to wonder if he might have so readily picked an antisemite, misogynist or racist to this role in his inaugural. Somehow I doubt it. Apparently, in Barack Obama's world view, the LGBT community is the one group which still does not deserve the respect afforded others.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

More troubling signs from Obama

Many of Obama's cabinet picks have been safe centrist or even right-of-center, which is troubling by itself. But now we learn that right-winger and homophobe Rick Warren will deliver the inaugural invocation. I keep being told to give Obama a chance or that he's reaching across the aisle. But picks like this demonstrate that he clearly doesn't concern himself with the folks who have actually supported him. He's risking playing so hard to the right that he ignores his progressive supporters.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Count on the Vatican to promote hatred

After two thousand years of fighting human progress at every turn, it shouldn't come as a shock that the Roman Catholic hierarchy can be relied upon to oppose equal rights for lesbians and gay men. The Vatican opposes a resolution to be proposed to the UN by the EU (as represented by France) calling for the decriminalization of homosexuality.

It's remarkable that in an age when the gay rights debate, at least in the OECD countries and many others, has moved on to issues such as the right to marry, adoption and parental rights, ability to serve in the armed forces, etc., the Roman Catholic hierarchy actually believes that same-sex attraction (and particularly same-sex relationships) should remain against the law. I hope Roman Catholics worldwide understand that, every time they contribute money to their churches, they are contributing to an organization that sides with countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran and countless others who regard lesbians and gay men living full lives as criminals.

The facts are quite clear. The Vatican has thrown its lot in with others who, by criminalizing same-sex attraction, subject lesbians and gay men to fines, imprisonment, torture and execution. While the Vatican no longer has the power to burn people like me at the stake as it once did (we can thank the Enlightenment for that), it is still so unabashed and unapologetic in its hatred for men and women like me that it readily sides with those countries that would. This doesn't surprise me at all in light of this institution's long history of oppression and hatred of human freedom and happiness. It is, after all, an institution that has long been dedicated to sacrificing human happiness on an altar of illusions. I can't blame it for being true to its nature as surely as no one could blame a shark for attacking its prey. But I can and do blame supporters of this institution for lending aid to an organization that is inimical to justice and happiness.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Fed Up With Inequality Town Meeting

Garden State Equality of New Jersey has announced that Stuart Milk, Harvey Milk's nephew, will address GSE's upcoming Fed Up With Inequality Town Meeting. New Jersey gays should definitely make an effort to get on GSE's action mailing list and come to this and future meetings. We need to work together for full equality.