On The Symbolism Of Book Destruction

Over the past few days we’ve been discussing creationists Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron’s plan to freely disseminate 50,000 copies of a new version of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species which they are putting out and which contains a deceptive, creationist introduction filled with bad science and false history.  RichardDawkins.net and Pharyngula have encouraged people not only to [Read More...]

Jamaica’s Violent Homophobia

In reply to this brutal story about the murder of the honorary consul to the British High Commission in Jamaica which involved a note threatening the same fate for all other gays, “Sendai Anonymous” points me to a must-read article by the invaluable Johann Hari about the extent of the homophobia in Jamaica. Key excerpts: [Read More...]

Carrie Prejean’s Speech To The Value Voters Summit

I’m astounded by her self-absorbed, self-congratulating, and self-righteous cognitive dissonance as she champions herself an enemy of “intolerance” (which “disgusts her”) while being the poster girl for denying people equal rights: And for those who are real gluttons for punishment here is Maggie Gallagher’s introduction to Prejean. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

The Bible On What’s To Be Done With Non-Virgin Brides

via 13Suppose a man marries a woman, but after going in to her, he dislikes her 14and makes up charges against her, slandering her by saying, “I married this woman; but when I lay with her, I did not find evidence of her virginity.” 15The father of the young woman and her mother shall then submit the [Read More...]

Exposing The Myth Gay Marriage Will Lead To A Bestialincestuouspedopocalypse

ZJ points out that incest and pedophilia are already most prominent precisely in those places most opposed to gay marriage: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Dustin Lance Black Arguing For A Harvey Milk Day

The screenwriter of the film Milk, Dustin Lance Black, gives an impassioned, personal, and powerful appeal for a day of recognition for Harvey Milk.  The picture he paints of growing up gay with thoughts of suicide, lacking for a role model or any other positive recognition of what he was in the culture is a bleak [Read More...]

Permission To Marry

A well-done video. And it does my heart good as ever to hear the strains of Lisa Hannigan in the background.  The song is called “Ocean and A Rock” and it’s simply gorgeous lyrically, musically, and in her performance.  I got to see her live sitting about two feet away from her (if that much) [Read More...]

Does Religious Misogyny Get A Free Pass?

Ophelia Benson and Jeremy Stangroom have a book out called Does God Hate Women? Nick Cohen quotes it thusly, Well, what can one say. Religious authorities and conservative clerics worship a wretchedly cruel unjust vindictive executioner of a God. They worship a God of 10-year-old boys, a God of playground bullies, a God of rapists, of [Read More...]

Defend Maine’s Same-Sex Marriages

Greta Christina sends out the rallying cry: momentum is huge in politics. A win makes the next campaign on the issue seem less radical and less scary; not just for voters, but for politicians and public figures, who are way more likely to fight for a cause if it looks like it already has some [Read More...]


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