Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 19th through November 21st:
- Gay Marriage: The Culture War Has Just Begun | Psychology Today Blogs – But gay marriage is inevitable. Young people accept homosexuality in a way their parents can't. In addition, state courts have begun to recognize the logic that marriage is a fundamental right that cannot be denied to people because of their sexual orientation. In other words, gay marriage has the imprimatur of a liberation movement, which is why the recent bans led to immediate protests in California and around the country. These won't stop. And they are being supported by increasingly vocal gay spokespeople like beloved TV host Ellen DeGeneres (who was married to her lesbian lover in California).
Thus, slowly at first, but in a rapidly accelerating process, state after state, and finally the federal government, will accept same-sex marriage. The process could take less than ten years. Yet the impediments and dislocations this will cause are formidable, almost mind-boggling.
- ACLU Blog: Because Freedom Can’t Blog Itself: Official Blog of the American Civil Liberties Union » Don’t JUST Get Mad… Get Equal! – Already our community has shown that we aren’t going to take these defeats lying down. Seeing LGBT people and our straight allies taking to the streets to protest — in California and across the country — is inspiring. Yet, there is still more work to do. After the protests are over, we need to get back to the work of building on the progress we’ve achieved, so that the lessons of this year’s failures ensure our future success. Here are three things we can do — NEED to do — if we’re going to reverse the damage done by these initiatives:
- Obama Victory Brings “Racist Rats Out of the Woodwork” | Election 2008 | AlterNet – Far from heralding a new age of tolerance, Obama's victory in the November 4th election has highlighted the stubborn racism that lingers within some elements of American society as opponents pour their frustration into vandalism, harassment, threats and even physical attacks. Cross burnings, black figures hung from nooses, and schoolchildren chanting "Assassinate Obama" are just some of the incidents that have been documented by police from California to Maine.
- Box Turtle Bulletin » Determining God’s Wrath – There is a long tradition amongst religious zealots to read disaster as an evidence of God’s wrath. So it is not too surprising that ex-gay gadfly James Hartline had declared that the fires burning across Southern California are caused by God’s vengeance against evil homosexuals. But supposing that we could determine something from the fires raging, what could we determine that God was saying? The areas hardest hit are in Santa Barbera County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, and Riverside County.
- Thomas Kinkade’s 16 Guidelines for Making Stuff Suck: Culture and Celebrity: vanityfair.com – Thomas Kinkade, Painter of Light™, extends his purview to motion pictures with this week’s release of Thomas Kinkade’s Christmas Cottage, an inspirational holiday pastiche based on one of his paintings. Produced by Lionsgate, the film stars Peter O’Toole and Marcia Gay Harden. But not even a name cast could stop it from being unceremoniously dumped to home video a year after its planned release.
One reason might be that Kinkade, a postmodern Norman Rockwell for the evangelist set, instructed the crew to adhere to an aesthetic code that wouldn’t have flown in a first-year film class. The list of 16 “guidelines” on how to create “The Thomas Kinkade Look” on film, which was circulated to crew members in memo form, has been obtained exclusively by VF Daily.