Friday, April 13, 2012

I Didn't Say It....

Jay Hayes, the captain of the NYU men’s volleyball team, in an "It Gets Better" video:
“Athletics is the next frontier for gay rights. When you look at the civil rights movement, it wouldn’t have been as successful if a person like Jackie Robinson hadn’t been there. I really hope that a gay athlete comes out soon. I think that professional sports these days are just a business and these players know that it could hurt the brand and the bottom line if they came out. Once we see a professional gay athlete come out and succeed, that will be monumental."

And, in my mind, it would have to be an athlete on a team, as opposed to say an individual sport athlete--gymnast or swimmer.
Then we can see how the rest of the team reacts to the openly gay player.
That'll be a big change, and I know it's coming.

Frank Bruni, on marriage equality, and homophobia:
"Voters in states with marriage equality on the ballot can tell us that we matter as much as anyone else. Or they can tell us that we don’t. Many of us--most of us, I hope--figured out long ago how not to root our self-esteem in the soil of popular opinion. But not everyone succeeds in doing that. Some people respond to the climate around them. They flourish when it’s hospitable. And when it’s hostile, they fail to, often falling prey to self-destructive behavior, and on occasion even ending their lives early. What sort of 'values,' family or otherwise, abet or turn a blind eye to that? 'Overt homosexuality' is a phrase with little currency today. But censure and condemnation of homosexuals still have traction. And a price."

More proof, though I didn't need it, that coming out is best for the entire LGBT community, and for the LGBT individual.
It's hard to demonize your co-worker, next door neighbor, or friend.
Oh, I know some people do, but it does get hard to demonize a gay person when they right next to you.

Anne Rice, on Facebook Easter Sunday:
"Happy Easter, Gay People of the World: you have indeed risen in the last few decades from centuries of persecution and oppression. May this be a great holiday for you all wherever you are. You are winning the battle for equal rights. And your victory over discrimination and hate is a victory for all oppressed persons. Happy Easter!"

It's another step in making sure that equality is for all of us.

Andrew Sullivan, on the rise of atheism: 
"What has happened since 1960 is that organized groups, like the Southern Baptist Council and other religious groups, have in fact become self-consciously political. They have become fused with one political party, the Republican Party--a party that is now defined by a particular religious faith, evangelicalism or far-right Catholic hierarchy. And that is making many people feel that faith in Jesus is about politics and power and partisanship, in ways that’s turning off an entire generation. The biggest growth in any belief sector in this country in the last ten years has been atheism."

Jesus was not a Republican.
Say it with me.
Jesus was not a Republican.
And, neither was he a Democrat.
Separation of church and state is a good thing, for these very reasons.

Rick Warren, on when he might evolve on marriage equality:
"Well, if the Bible is the word of God, then I don’t have the right to change it. Policies come and go over the years. And so if I’m unpopular for certain beliefs, well, then I’m unpopular for certain beliefs. And to me, the Bible is very clear that sex is for a man and a woman in marriage only...history shows that when the church accommodates culture, it weakens it. This is why there is a very weak church in Europe today. It’s almost non-existent in many areas."

Hmmm, I wonder if Rick realizes he shouldn't be shaving his facial hair, because, you know, the Bible, the word of God, doesn't like that.
Does he eat shellfish? God won;t be happy.
Wear clothing of mixed textiles? God won't be happy.
But then God knows that Rick Warren is a pandering hypocrite who hides his hatred in a book.

Mitt Romney, on Frothy's exit from the campaign:
"Senator Santorum is an able and worthy competitor, and I congratulate him on the campaign he ran. He has proven himself to be an important voice in our party and in the nation. We both recognize that what is most important is putting the failures of the last three years behind us and setting America back on the path to prosperity."

Mittsy comparing himself to Santorum.
Yeah, that'll get him elected.
Oh, except that he'll change his mind on that point, too, and suddenly begin distancing himself form his severely conservative rhetoric.

Hilary Rosen, apologizing to Ann Romney [sort of]:
"Let’s put the faux ‘war against stay at home moms’ to rest once and for all. As a mom, I know that raising children is the hardest job there is. As a pundit, I know my words on CNN last night were poorly chosen. In response to Mitt Romney on the campaign trail referring to his wife as a better person to answer questions about women than he is, I was discussing his poor record on the plight of women’s financial struggles. As a partner in a firm full of women who work outside of the home as well as stay-at-home mothers, all with plenty of children, gender equality is not a talking point for me. It is an issue I live every day. I apologize to Ann Romney and anyone else who was offended. Let’s declare peace in this phony war and go back to focus on the substance."

And it's just another way Mittsy will shift focus from his flip-fopping record, by keeping this spat alive.
End it.
Ann Romney was a stay-at-home Mom who worked very hard raising five sons while her millionaire husband fired people and put money in banks in the Cayman Islands.
There.....all better now?

Bev Perdue, governor of North Carolina, on her opposition to North Carolina's Amendment One that would constitutionally ban same-sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships:

"Whatever your personal, moral or religious views might be, writing discrimination into North Carolina’s constitution is just plain wrong...It would ban the state from recognizing civil unions, strip away domestic partner benefits and it actually could eliminate legal protections for all unmarried couples in the state. This will harm the stability and security of North Carolina families like never before....The amendment I believe is dangerous for women. There is a real risk that some laws we have on the books now to protect the victims of domestic violence may no longer apply to many women in the state."

Keeping it plain and simple.
Discrimination, as law, is unconscionable.
Thanks, Governor.


froggy said...

Heard this morning that Romney campaign has a bumper sticker, that you can get for a donation, "Moms Drive the Economy"

Bob said...

And by 'economy' does he mean the economy car?
Or one of her two Cadillacs?

froggy said...

Only two?
The question is - how long will the media, the campaigns and the pundits spin this out?

truthspew said...

Friends and I all see the signs that Christianity is waning. It started with the Catholic Church. Under Pope John XXIII the church began to liberalize and they were doing well.

Then that evangelical idiot John Paul II got in and the whole game changed.

What JP II and Benny the Rat don't get is that you attract more flies with honey than you do with vinegar, though fruit flies do love the vino!

People are waking up to the fact that they don't need religion in their lives. Community yes, religion no.

I for one will be perfectly happy in a post religious world.

Wonder Man said...

Love Anne

S'A said...

I personally "left" the church because it has become a business. I went to several different churches, different denominations, same story. It's made me a bit of a black sheep in the family, but so be it. I can't stomach what they are preaching, anyway.