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The Mulder family, whose son Ryan was killed in a gay hate crime this year, asks (via video) the candidates, “As president, what will you do to help create a climate of understanding and respect towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered Americans?”

The Mulders’ story here.

(H/T)

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I wondered the same thing as Glenn Greenwald when I watched NBC Nightly News last night.

The segment on Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip’s 60th wedding anniversary was nice nonetheless.

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Hands, touchin hands
Reachin out
Touchin me
Touchin you

Sweet caroline
Good times never seemed so good
Ive been inclined
To believe they never would

Neil Diamond, Sweet Caroline

Yes, those lyrics are about the young Caroline Kennedy, apparently. Is it just me, or is that just a bit creepish?

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South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu harshly criticized homophobia in the Anglican Church. From BBC:

In an interview with BBC Radio 4, he said the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, had failed to demonstrate that God is “welcoming”.

He also repeated accusations that the Church was “obsessed” with the issue of gay priests…

Archbishop Tutu referred to the debate about whether Gene Robinson, who is openly gay, could serve as the bishop of New Hampshire.

He said the Anglican Church had seemed “extraordinarily homophobic” in its handling of the issue, and that he had felt “saddened” and “ashamed” of his church at the time.

Asked if he still felt ashamed, he said: “If we are going to not welcome or invite people because of sexual orientation, yes.

“If God, as they say, is homophobic, I wouldn’t worship that God.”

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The Reverend Ken Hutcherson, former Dallas Cowboys linebacker and minister at the Antioch Bible Church in Redmond, Washington is threatening Microsoft (again) for its support of anti-discrimination legislation in Washington State. Hutcherson had threatened a boycott on Microsoft in 2005, causing the corporation to briefly suspend its support for the legislation (it later renewed support after protests from gay employees). From the Daily Telegraph:

An advocate of a “biblical stance” against divorce and homosexuality, Mr Hutcherson, 55, is asking millions of evangelical activists, as well as Orthodox Jewish and other allies, to buy up Microsoft shares and demand a return to traditional values.

Microsoft, he declares, will be just the first company targeted in an escalation of the culture wars between evangelicals and corporate America.

“There are 256 Fortune 500 companies alone pouring millions upon millions of dollars into pushing the homosexual agenda,” he told The Daily Telegraph.

“I consider myself a warrior for Christ. Microsoft don’t scare me. I got God with me.

“I told them that you need to work with me or we will put a firestorm on you like you have never seen in you life because I am your worst nightmare. I am a black man with a righteous cause with a whole host of powerful white people behind me.”

I really can’t imagine one of the most successful corporations ever being run on “biblical” principals–just doesn’t jive well with the profit factor.

 

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From IHT:

Norway’s state Lutheran church on Friday lifted an outright ban on allowing those living in homosexual partnerships to serve in the clergy, but will leave it up to each bishop to make individual decisions on whether to employ them.

The compromise decision reflected the realization that the church may have to live with a deep split over the issue…

The decision means that six of Norway’s 11 bishops are likely to open the pulpit to gay clergy in partnerships. In a vote earlier in the year, those six bishops voted in favor of easing the ban.

The church already allows gays to serve in the clergy as long as they are not living in a homosexual partnership.

A promising step. Gay equality will never fully be achieved without movements like this from within the religious establishment. Organized religion has always been one of, if not the biggest obstacle to the societal recognition that gay individuals deserve the basic respect and dignity afforded to straight individuals.  Since religion has relatively large influence in governments throughout the world (in varying degrees), I believe the biggest push for gay equality will come from within the church.

In the US, Christianity was a driving factor behind both the abolitionist and Civil Rights movements. Now we’re beginning to reach an important juncture in the current movement for gay equality. Among all of the other societal questions being raised with regard to homosexuality,  Christians will have to reconcile with an inherent tension within the faith: Jesus’ call for love and charity on top of scriptural condemnation of homosexual activity.  I find it promising that more churches such as the Lutheran Church of Norway, and many episcopalian dioceses in the Northeast US, are beginning to reconcile the two in a way that supports the equal recognition and treatment of gay individuals.

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Jamelle weights in on the “Not Gay” column. I concur with his conclusion that Cortes is:

1) an idiot.

2) a first-year taking a 100-level philosophy class who got his terms mixed up.

Queerty also weights in, making the point that the need to reaffirm one’s one heterosexuality, is “the gayest thing we’ve ever heard.” In this regard, Cortes does sound strikingly similar to a certain Senator from Idaho…

There were also several good response letters published in the Cavalier Daily.

While I recognize that I am helping to draw attention to this whole matter, I find it annoying that Cortes is getting so much attention for his poorly thought out rant. It’s only helping him cultivate his image as a martyr, which is what he was trying to do with the original column.

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