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...]

Gay Marriage & Free Speech (Repost)

I hope to get back to real-time blogging soon, but we're still sick over here. Since last time I looked at the news Barack Obama was saying the Sermon on the Mount justifies Gay Marriage, I figure this might be timely.GAY MARRIAGE, HATE SPEECH, GOOD LORD! (originally posted June 12, 2007)Let's put this in chronological order, shall we?Primo: The dispute began in January 2003, when the two Oakland employees created a subgroup at their workplace called the "Good News Employee Association." … [Read more...]

Gay Marriage, Hate Speech, Good Lord.

:::UPDATE::: CALIFORNIA PASSES GAY MARRIAGE::: MY THOUGHTS here :::END UPDATE::::Let's put this in chronological order, shall we?Primo: The dispute began in January 2003, when the two Oakland employees created a subgroup at their workplace called the "Good News Employee Association." It was partly in response to a group of homosexual employees having formed their own group 10 months before and being given access to the city e-mail system. One e-mail, dated Oct. 11, 2002, invited city … [Read more...]

The Dangerous Prayer of Blessing

This blessing is dangerous because it takes you (and me) out of the equation and dares to allow God to work what and as He will. I read it first from an emailer who got it here, via hereThis ‘blessing’ was prayed over Henri Nouwen by his spiritual mentor:May all your expectations be frustrated. May all your plans be thwarted. May all your desires be withered into nothingness. That you may experience the powerlessness and the poverty of a child and sing and dance in the love of God the Fat … [Read more...]

Sons of Adultery! Homosexuals provoking!

Watch videotape taken in Paris, France February 11, 2006, and the effect two peaceful counterdemonstrators have on the insecure manly men who populate the ranks of Islamofascist extremists.No Pasaran! transcribesNote how the counterprotesters are immediately labeled "homosexual" by these men. 4,000 men protesting see two men counterprotesting and immediately assign an identity to them which makes them "easy" to hate and even kill. They see two men and respond, "they are provoking; [they] … [Read more...]

Gay Marriage and its effects

Texas has voted a ban on gay marriage.Many will say such a thing is "intolerant," and that gay marriage will have "zero effect" on straight marriage or society in general, it is merely "fair."Well, some feel differently.No Speed Bumps while trying to be sensitive, doesn't really see the point in it. He has lots of links.Meanwhile, Katherine Kersten notes that since gay marriage became legal in Canada, its tentacles reach into every aspect of society. (Hmmmm that page is no longer … [Read more...]

More on the “witchhunt”

Two interesting pieces in the NY Times, today, on the Vatican's inspection of US Seminaries and the so-called "witch hunt" taking place regarding gay seminarians (not, it must be noted, ordained priests).The first is an op-ed piece by Amy Welborn who examines exactly what this inspection - which some are finding so troubling - entails:When you read through the set of questions to be asked of all seminary administrators, faculty and students - the Instrumentum Laboris - you find that there is … [Read more...]

“Witch Hunt”: Goodstein drops the ball

There are only a handful of reporters at the NY Times I really respect, and Laurie Goodstein, who covers religion, has been one of them. She is generally very balanced in her reporting, very careful to make sure she is presenting all sides.She doesn't do it in this piece, though. This piece, while taking the time to quote folks in the pew, spends a great deal of time fomenting sympathy for gay priests and seminarians while skipping over the "whys" of the current "witch hunt."Full … [Read more...]