TUESDAY, 18 FEBRUARY 2014

What would Lincoln say about same-sex marriage?

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Check out Robert Reilly's incisive analysis  on MercatorNet's home page of a Virginia judge's ruling that a ban on same-sex marriage violates the state constitution. Here are the opening paragraphs: 

Denial of reality on the marriage issue is becoming almost impermeable. Self-reinforcing decisions from one federal court to another are weaving together a skein of an alternate reality in which we will all soon be required to participate.
It just hit Virginia, where I reside. On February 13, US District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen chose to disenfranchise the citizens of the Commonwealth by voiding that part of our constitution and those laws that define marriage as between one man and one woman as unconstitutional. 

http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/can_judges_redefine_reality_in_virginia_yes

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FRIDAY, 14 FEBRUARY 2014

Homophobia is “insulting to God”

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The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, says homophobia is “insulting to God,” because “God never created anybody that he doesn't love." According to the Independent Dr. Martin said:

"Anybody who doesn't show love towards gay and lesbian people is insulting God. They are not just homophobic if they do that – they are actually Godophobic because God loves every one of those people." 

Regarding the harassment of homosexuals, Dr. Martin said, "Certainly the sort of actions that we heard of this week of people being spat at because they were gay or ridiculed . . . that is not a Christian attitude. We have to have the courage to stand up and say that."  He added: "We all belong to one another and there is no way we can build up a society in which people are excluded or insulted.”

This is one problem with same sex marriage.… click here to read whole article and make comments


 
 
TUESDAY, 11 FEBRUARY 2014

Russia, gay rights and the protection of children

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Let’s face it, Russians are different: Tsarism, Stalinism, Putinism all set Russia apart and have given the West a superiority complex. But, like the rest of us, Russians like to boast about the high points of their culture and history – Tolstoy, the Bolshoi, Sputnik and all that – which they did to awesome effect in the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics at the weekend.

Not even the most expensive – and possibly most impressive -- Olympic extravaganza to date, however, could obliterate the carping about gay rights that has accompanied the Sochi games. Everyone from UN boss Ban Ki Moon to a little old grandmother in Berlin has been wagging the finger or waving placards at Russia’s terrible homophobic laws.

“More than 200 leading international authors including Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood and Jonathan Franzen criticised the anti-gay law as well as… click here to read whole article and make comments


 
 
TUESDAY, 4 FEBRUARY 2014

Stop messing with the family, say the French

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Passing a gay marriage law does not end the marriage debate, as the Prime Minister of France is discovering. Francois Hollande’s Socialist-led government has had to shelve plans to “update” family law after huge demonstrations in Paris and Lyon on Sunday against any further meddling with marriage and the family, Reuters reports.

About 100,000 people rallied to the protests organised by the movement La Manif Pour Tous (demonstration for everyone).

The government tried on Monday to reassure the protesters, who numbered over 100,000 in Paris and Lyon on Sunday, that the new law would not legalize assisted procreation for lesbian couples or surrogate motherhood for gay men who wanted children.

But when Socialist lawmakers insisted they would amend the planned bill to include those reforms, the government announced the draft law - which would also define the legal rights of step-parents in second marriages - needed more work.

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MONDAY, 3 FEBRUARY 2014

Catholic school sued to hire man in gay marriage

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On July 9, 2013 Matthew Barrett accepted a food service job offered by Fontbonne Academy, a Catholic girls prep school in Milton, Massachusetts. When he filled out their standard employment paperwork, he listed Ed Suplee as his emergency contact and under “relationship” he wrote “husband.”

Within three days, the school rescinded their job offer due to his male marriage. The Boston Globe reported: “She [school administrator] said the Catholic religion doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage, and that was her excuse. She said, ‘We cannot hire you.’ ”

Six months later Matthew Barrett registered a complaint against the school for rescinding the job offer, claiming he was discriminated against because he was “gay.” Barrett’s complaint form states: “I learned that Fontbonne would no longer hire me because I am gay and married to a man…I believe that I was terminated, in violation of Massachusetts law, because I am gay.”

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WEDNESDAY, 22 JANUARY 2014

Are “marriage equality” and gender segregation compatible?

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I grew up in a predominately white suburb in Connecticut. Our school was so monochromatic that the powers-that-be decided to bus in blacks from Hartford.

One of the blacks that got off the bus at my school was Joy, with her fluffy side ponytail and glorious smile. Joy said things I never heard spoken out loud before such as, "Lordy, Lordy" in our English class. The black girls taught me Double Dutch jump rope, after which there’s no going back to single. And at our school dances, we were all awed by the skill and grace of the African Americans; even the guys could bust a move.

At graduation Joy signed my yearbook: “To Kelly, one girl in this school that I really do like. Because you’re the only one that really talks to me…” Actually, she did most of the chatting and I did the listening because I wasn’t much of a… click here to read whole article and make comments


 
 
TUESDAY, 14 JANUARY 2014

Are we forgetting that fathers matter?

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Alana Newman, the child of an anonymous sperm donor, argues that it is wrong to deliberately bring a child into the world without a father. 

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THURSDAY, 9 JANUARY 2014

Protect trees - but not the family tree?

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Strange as it might seem, I would count wandering the graveyards of the evergreen Irish countryside with my best friend as one of my fondest memories of 2013. A trip, which possibly had its roots in our Irish dancing childhood, finally became a reality when we made it to the Emerald Isle together in July last year. Our shared fascination with our Irish heritage is what took us there, as well as a love all things Irish.

As we road tripped through the beautiful countryside, we were also on a mission to find the ancestors who had become legend in our households, and to see the places where the bearers of the numerous names on our family trees had stood, lived and died.

Still in a head spin after successfully finding and seeing the ruins of a castle where my ancestors had made their last stand,… click here to read whole article and make comments


 
 
TUESDAY, 7 JANUARY 2014

At last, a President who is tough on gay marriage! But in Ecuador?

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It would be hard to find a national leader whose leftist credentials have been more brightly burnished than Rafael Correa, Ecuador’s president since 2007. He allied himself with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, threatened to renege on the national debt, bashed American oil companies, gave Wikileaks leader Julian Assange asylum in Ecuador’s embassy in London, expelled an American ambassador, and denounced the pro-privatization, free-market "Washington Consensus”.

But, while calling himself a strong defender of gay rights, he has adamantly refused to back same-sex marriage, same-sex adoption, and redefining “sex” as “gender”.

His populist economics and his hostility towards the United States do not mean that he is wedded to politically correct views on gender fluidity, homosexuality or the nature of marriage. In 2008 he revised the constitution. This gave Correa sweeping new powers to implement a "citizens' revolution" -- but it also defined marriage as “the union of a man and a woman”. Absolutely nothing has shifted him from this stand, despite… click here to read whole article and make comments


 
 
MONDAY, 30 DECEMBER 2013

Duck Dynasty bounces back, thanks to angry fans

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WARNING: rough language ahead

Phil Robertson, of the wildly popular reality show Duck Dynasty, was recently pilloried by gay rights activists for colorful comments he made in an interview with Drew Magary for GQ.

Robertson’s crime?  He’s heterosexual.  He considers lady parts more attractive than men’s backsides.  

“It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes!”

His other crime?  He’s a Christian. 

“We’re Bible-thumpers who just happened to end up on television,” he tells me. “You put in your article that the Robertson family really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off. We ought to just be repentant, turn to God, and… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

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