Christians & Gays & Proposition 8

My latest is up at Pajamas Media - my usual deathless pearls about the need for gays to man-up and act like citizens working within the confines of real democracy, and the need for Christians to find a better way to befriend them, and the past-due need for the churches to protect themselves from the litigation we all know is coming their way.An Excerpt:The Christians may have unintentionally come off as condescending. We may presume that they would not want a crowd of gays meeting on their … [Read more...]

Proposition 8 and Believers

As I leave for retreat, I note it's getting pretty hot in California and elsewhere regarding Proposition 8. Almost sad to be incommunicado as the debate rages. Does seem to me, though - from a strictly legislative point of view, anyhow - that the "will of the people," is supposed to mean something. Had gay marriage been approved, that would certainly (and justly) be the case, wouldn't it?As my Li'l Bro Thom said to a co-worker at his job (about a different but similar issue)"...this is a … [Read more...]

Iran "has no gay people…"

Isn't that what Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said when he visited Columbia University? I think he said something like that.The Nose on Your Face does the worst Jimmy Durante impression ever...but manages to pull of a pretty damn funny parody Go watch. The Yassir Arafat interlude made me want to say, "go get a room!"A look back. … [Read more...]

Dems run away; McCain shows leadership

I'm jaw is ON THE FLOOR at this headline: Democratic Congress May Adjourn, Leave Crisis to Fed, TreasuryThe Democratic-controlled Congress, acknowledging that it isn't equipped to lead the way to a solution for the financial crisis and can't agree on a path to follow, is likely to just get out of the way.Lawmakers say they are unlikely to take action before, or to delay, their planned adjournments -- Sept. 26 for the House of Representatives, a week later for the Senate. While … [Read more...]

Palin/Gibson/Obama/McCain; let's party!

Okay, I'm just having too much fun, even though I also feel sick and the insomnia's kicking me in the head. Let's just link around at and watch the fun. I'll keep a running commentary, newest stuff on top!Since we've been talking about the pros and cons of my chanting podcasts, thought you'd like this. H/T Piano Girl who had us howling with The Perfect Fifth (stay with it):Liveblogging Hurricane Ike: Hey, if Dan Rather could stand in the storm into his 70's this young'n can try it from … [Read more...]

Meyer: Americans, feel pride re Obama!

Dick Meyer, writing over at NPR (when we all know he should be out there promoting his excellent book, Why We Hate Us) says we as a nation - regardless of our political affiliations or which way we're voting - should feel proud, tonight, to watch an African American be declared the official presidential nominee of a major political party.I would hope that as voters listen to Obama's acceptance speech and watch his campaign, they will do so with pride no matter how they ultimately vote. And I … [Read more...]

Salmonella impeachment, gay marriage & more

It's now official, CNN's Lou Dobbs has become that network's Keith Olbermann.Lou Dobbs: Bush Should Be Impeached for Salmonella OutbreakThere's really nothing to say. Dobbs wonders if there is "any sense of embarrassment" in the Bush administration. I might ask the same of the mainstream media. I mean, honestly...are we supposed to believe there were never salmonella outbreaks before President Bush took office? This is beyond parody.Meanwhile, try as they might, congress - in its … [Read more...]

The Widening Gyre: Liberty Edition

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. - Verse 1, The Second Coming, William Butler YeatsWhat a useful poem Yeats concocted - so many applications. Today let's look at some stories that flesh out the idea of … [Read more...]

Gay marriage and the churches – UPDATED

Posted my thoughts on the California ruling a little while ago at Inside Catholic - my concern is for the welfare of the churches, and by churches I don't mean only Catholic churches but all religious affiliations that could possibly find themselves hounded by the government and lawyers on this issue....once again - as with Roe v Wade, an activist court (not the legislative body) has overturned what was essentially "the will of the people." That never serves us well. And depending on who gets … [Read more...]

Ferraro Quits: Old Man River Keeps Rolling

Geraldine Ferraro, having suggested publicly not once, but twice, over the course of 20 years and two African-American presidential bids, that (essentially) the black man can only ascend to the presidency through affirmative action or white guilt, is stepping down from her position in the Clinton campaign's finance committee:Ferraro said she is stepping down so, "I can speak for myself and you can continue to speak for yourself about what is at stake in this campaign."Okay. Possibly she … [Read more...]