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Digest for July 28th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for July 28th from 14:36 to 16:45:

  • Hate Politics Leads to Violence: Tennessee Shooter Attacked Liberals | PEEK | AlterNet – Right-wingers love to "joke" about mowing down, rounding up, and otherwise "wiping out" all things liberal. It's become a standard feature of conservative-movement rhetoric. And whenever anyone calls them on it, they have a standard response: "Aw, c'mon — it's just a joke!"
  • The Bilerico Project | Why Black Transgender Issues Are Black Community Issues – As a proud African-American that also happens to be a transwoman, there is no doubt- and I make it quite clear on many TransGriot and TBP posts- that I love my people. But some of them don't love me.
  • Pharyngula: Conservative confederate killer – I don't know what happened, but despite it happening in a church, I don't get the impression that it's a consequence of a conflict between Christians and an atheist. It was a Unitarian church, full of secular humanists and deists and non-specific theists, not exactly a prime target for a psychotic atheist. More likely issues are that the place had a sign out front saying "Gays welcome", that he was a Confederate South sympathizer, that he was insane, and that he "was motivated by frustration over being unable to obtain a job and hatred for the liberal movement." At least, that's the word that has leaked out of a long note he left behind.
  • HRC Back Story – It was another memorable week where a major GLBT civil rights issue headlined on Capitol Hill, as Joe Solmonese wrapped up in his weekly message. Eric Alva was one of the stars at this week's congressional hearing on Don't Ask, Don't Tell – and like Joe said, we're so thrilled to have Eric as a part of our family. He's also a great friend.
  • Leah Daughtry Defines Marriage As “One Man, One Woman” / Queerty – When asked about whether she supports gay marriage, Daughtry replied that she does not. The Pentecostal minister turned politico goes on to explain that same-sex nuptials go against her personal beliefs: “I believe, as the church believes, that marriage is intended for one man and one woman.” Daughtry goes on to insist that she keeps her religious beliefs separate from her duties at the DNC: “People know that I am a reverend but it is completely separate from the work at the DNC.”
  • Think Progress » McCain Caves To Right Wing On Gay Adoption, Says Orphans Shouldn’t Have Gay Parents – McCain didn’t acknowledge that a two-parent family can also consist of same-sex parents. Unlike his spokeswoman, he also didn’t recognize that rejecting adoptions by same-sex parents means leaving thousands of children with no parents. As Winnie Stachelberg and Robert Gordon noted, about 130,000 children wait in the foster care system each year for a permanent home. And every year, half of these children are never placed.
  • ‘Doctor Who’ Actor Meets Ex-Gay Preacher | Ex-Gay Watch – Barrowman asked him whether being gay could simply be a matter of wiring in the brain. Woolsey’s reply confirms what most of us have experienced for ourselves, that being ex-gay does not change underlying orientation, but simply denies it.
  • Box Turtle Bulletin » Just Concluded: Knoxville Press Conference – According to Chief Owen, Jim David Adkisson had spent at least a week planning the attack, based on the four-page letter that was recovered from Adkisson’s vehicle. The shotgun was purchased about a month ago. The police spokesman said that Adkisson was frustrated over not being able to find an job, and that he “hated the liberal movement.” Owen targeted TVUUC because of some “recent publicity” the church had received regarding its “liberal stance on things,” but he would not provide any further details. They are investigating the crime as a possible hate crime.
  • ACLU Blog: Because Freedom Can’t Blog Itself: Official Blog of the American Civil Liberties Union » Faith-Based Termination – Last week the LGBT Project and Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed a brief before a federal appeals court on behalf Alicia Pedreira, who was fired from her job at a publicly-funded Baptist group home for wards of the State of Kentucky because she didn’t observe the organization’s belief that being a lesbian is sinful.
  • Trans Formed: To Be Homeless & Transgender – washingtonpost.com – Six young people arrived in a clump at 10 p.m., clutching pillows and belongings and, in one case, a teddy bear. They came from Sylvia's Place, an overcrowded downtown shelter. One woman, wearing a do-rag under a baseball cap, surprised me with a quick hug. In the coming months, she would outline the danger she felt in our relatively safe-seeming Manhattan neighborhood, how every time she walked outside she'd hear some comment, how she was hit in the face just waiting for the bus.

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