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The Digest

After the blogroll catastrophe last week, I thought maybe I needed to bring back the “round-up” posts I used to do, featuring favorite posts from whatever blogs I’m reading. I’m looking for a way to do this automatically in WordPress, and haven’t found an ideal solution yet. But for the time being I’ve found a relatively easy way to share some of the stuff I’ve been reading, but can’t find time to actually blog about.

Bush Yet Again Insults and Marginalizes Atheists

I suppose it’s marginally better than May Day: America trusts in the abiding power of prayer and asks for the wisdom to discern God’s will in times of joy and of trial. As we observe this National Day of Prayer, we recognize our dependence on the Almighty, we thank Him for the many blessings He has bestowed upon us, and we put our country’s future in His hands. From our Nation’s humble beginnings, prayer has guided our leaders and played a vital role in the life and history of the United…

I Guess It’s a Jungle in Here Too, Huh?

You know, the jungle. Where the savage brown people and ferocious animals are defeated by heroic white folks: Jill is writing her own follow-up post about this subject, but I feel so nauseous and sleepless about this whole thing that I felt the need to weigh in as well. I felt the need to post these pages, which I saw in person earlier tonight at a bookstore. The images were scanned by Wolfa and posted by Ico after being poitned out by Radfem. These pages are chapter headers from It’s a Jungle Out…

126 Veteran Suicides Each Week

It’s nearly incomprehensible. 300,000 veterans of the Iraq/Afghanistan war are suffering from severe depression or post traumatic stress disorder and 126 of them give up on life altogether every…

Ken Hutcherson’s Gay Protests Provide Perfect Lesson

It’s inevitable that something as controversial as the National Day of Silence would encounter some opposition. The annual event, now on its 12th year, directly counters homophobic bullying in schools. This, of course, means that we have a “gay issue” within the halls of lower education, which really, really pisses off conservatives. Thus, it should come as no surprise to hear that Washington state’s Mount Si High School saw itself turn into a culture war battle field today as Reverend Ken…

National Day of Prayer?

I’ve commented on this before, but there is more attention paid to this issue out there now, and a movement to change things around: The National Day of Prayer is primarily organized and planned by a single-perspective group (the National Day of Prayer Task Force, headed by none other than Shirley Dobson, wife of Focus on the Family founder James Dobson) that has framed the event in less than inclusive terms. The Washington Post reports on the controversy surrounding the event and highlights a few,…

Why Gays Should Fear McCain

A President isn’t the only one who takes office next January. Whoever wins the White House will bring along an entire staff of cabinet members, advisors and potential judicial nominations. That said, gay Republican and political science professor Christopher Latimer wants to remind voters why John McCain – who opposed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage – remains the most dangerous candidate for gay voters. Writes Latimer : Even if McCain is not actively hostile toward the LGBT community,…

Bill Clinton Wants His “Race Card” Back

I don’t really know what people mean when they say “playing the race card.” To me, 9 times out of 10 it’s really means “stop talking about race because I’m uncomfortable” or it means “don’t accuse me of racism.” But you have to laugh at some of our white American politicians like Bill “My Office is in Harlem” Clinton. Clinton is at it again complaining that the Obama camp “played the race card” on him. It all started with an interview with a Philadelphia radio station where…

T-Shirt Wars: A Temporary Victory for the Mean Spirited

Alexander Nuxoll sued his school district in order to be allowed to wear the slogan “Be Happy, Not Gay” on a t-shirt on the Day of Silence. Twice now courts have upheld the school’s right to ban insulting and discriminatory messages. But now the Naperville Sun is reporting that appeals Judge Richard Posner has validated Nuxoll’s right to wear his message of condemnation – at least until he has his day in court. But on Wednesday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit reversed the lower…

Proud of his gay son

A proud father in Oklahoma City took an extraordinary step today to stand up for his son in the face of the mean-spirited hatred spewing from a certain state representative there. I’ve had the honor of meeting Bob Lemon, through…

A Friend Leaves the AIDS Closet

One of the best things about my work with the Michigan Messenger has been meeting and becoming friends with Todd Heywood, one of my colleagues there. He is a man of enormous passion and commitment to his ideals and I have come to admire him a great deal. And though he’s long been out of the closet as a gay man, today he steps out of another closet and discloses what his friends have known for a few months now: he’s HIV-positive.

Today is the Day of Silence, a day on which students in schools stand up for equality for gays and lesbians. But it is appropriate that Todd chose today to break the silence about AIDS and to turn a critical eye not only on society, but on himself and on the gay community (yes, I hate that phrase but have nothing to replace it with) as well.

50 Shots=Not Guilty

I just keep thinking of Aunt Sally in Huck Finn…

Keep in mind that this case was decided by a single judge, rather than a jury. The cops weren’t comfortable with the idea of a jury of their peers.

This verdict occurs at a time when the NYPD has lapsed into a pattern of unaccountability, where instead of pursing violations, cops are given a tongue lashing:

Robinson’s Gay Nup. Strategy

Gay Anglican Bishop Gene Robinson’s upcoming nuptials get more press this morning. While we’ve all heard about Robinson’s plans, fresh new stories offers some more insight about why he planned the event for June, right before the Anglican Communion’s Lambeth Conference: He planned his civil union for June, he said, because he wanted to provide some legal protection to his partner and his children before he left for England for the conference. Bishop Robinson has received death threats, and he wore…

This is a Feminist Issue Too

It’s been a year and a half since Sean Bell and his two friends were shot 26 times by five NYPD officers. Bell was to be married later that day. He and his friends (who both survived) were unarmed. It seems likely that they didn’t even realize they were being confronted by plainclothes police officers, as opposed to being carjacked at gunpoint. This morning, all of the police officers got off scot-free. They didn’t even receive a token “reckless endangerment” conviction, perhaps because the…

Bioethicist Art Caplan: The Darwin-Hitler claim is a form of “Holocaust denial”

I knew there was a reason why I like bioethicist Art Caplan.

Leave it to him not to be afraid not only to wander a bit afield of medicine than usual but also to call it as he sees it, mainly his argument for why Expelled! and its claim that “Darwinism” led directly to the Holocaust is not only historically incorrect but a form of Holocaust denial. I don’t quite agree with him, but he makes a compelling argument:

This spoke to me…so, I bring it to you

Sometimes, I come across things that are just so on point and speak to me, I would like to share them.

This is a reply from the blog on The Field:

One Comment

  1. Thanks for the link. =)

    Suggestion (does not apply to all sites): could you paste the direct links to the blogs rather than the feedburner feeds, so we can see which blog it is you are highlighting without having to click through and be redirected? Or at least mention the blog by name somewhere?

    Cheers.

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