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Read this email and see what YOU think of their hate-filled agenda.
When are people going to realize that the vast majority of people cannot choose their sexual orientation? I'll venture a guess that Rock Hudson got almost as many offers from female groupies as Elvis Pressley. If it were REALLY a choice, why would he choose such a hard road to sexual gratification? Evangelicals can't explain Noah forgetting the dinosaurs OR homosexuality.
Their plea to the "Religious Right" and to those who like to legislate "Christian Morality" while supporting immoral wars:
Email from Nom.org:
April 8, 2009 (Trenton, NJ) --April 8, 2009 -- Today the National Organization for Marriage launched a $1.5 million ad campaign to protect marriage and religious liberty throughout the nation. The centerpiece of the new ad campaign is the 60-second TV spot "A Gathering Storm," bringing viewers face to face with the growing religious liberty threat posed by same-sex marriage.
We need your help to keep this ad on the air and to spread our Religious Liberty Campaign into more markets. Help us bring this ad into every household across the country as we bring together a massive army of marriage activists all across the nation! Will you help sponsor an ad today?
I hope each of you join me in contributing to the other side here:
http://www.couragecampaign.org/TurnFearIntoHopeRead this email and see what YOU think of their hate-filled agenda. When are people... more
GENEVA (AP)-The U.N.'s top human-rights body approved a proposal backed by Muslims [sic] nations Thursday urging the passage of laws around the world protecting religion from criticism. The proposal by Pakistan had drawn strong criticism from free-speech campaigners and liberal democracies. A simple majority of 23 members of the 47-nation Human Rights Council voted in favor of the resolution. Eleven, mostly Western nations opposed it and 13 countries abstained. The U.S. was not in attendance and abstained from the vote.GENEVA (AP)-The U.N.'s top human-rights body approved a proposal backed by... more
Informed sources in Washington tell Newsmax that Israel indeed will launch a strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities soon – possibly in just days as President George W. Bush prepares to leave office.
The reason: The time clock has begun to run out. Iran is close to acquiring a nuclear device under the control of its radical president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohamed ElBaradei said in June that Iran would have a nuclear weapon in as little as six months.
That six-month period has passed.
Reports of Israel’s decision to imminently launch strikes, although unconfirmed, would seem to contradict the Bush stance outlined in a front-page New York Times story last week, which asserted that Bush rejected a plea from Israel last year to help it raid Iran’s main nuclear complex.
The Times said Israel was rebuffed after it requested from the U.S. specialized bunker-busting bombs that it needs to attack Iran’s nuclear complex at Natanz. The U.S. also reportedly nixed permission to the Israeli warplanes to fly over Iraqi territory to reach Iran.
Israel’s requests to the U.S. for military assistance came as the Jewish state was reportedly angry over a U.S. intelligence assessment in late 2007 that concluded Iran had effectively suspended its development of nuclear weapons.
But an investigative report circulated by IAEA chief ElBaradei late last year disclosed that Iran was continuing to carry out uranium enrichment and had already established 6,000 centrifuges for enriching uranium, of which 3,800 were then in operation.Informed sources in Washington tell Newsmax that Israel indeed will launch a strike... more
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – One family buried a slain son over his grandfather. Another bundled up the tiny bodies of three young cousins and lowered them into the grave of a long-dead aunt. A man was laid to rest with his brother.
More than two weeks into the Israeli offensive that has killed more than 940 Palestinians, Gazans are struggling to find places to bury their dead. Cemeteries throughout Gaza City that were closed for new burials have now reopened.
"Gaza is all a graveyard," gravedigger Salman Omar said Tuesday as he shoveled earth in Gaza City's crammed Sheik Radwan cemetery, a cigarette dangling from his lips.
Just six miles wide and 25 miles long, Gaza has always suffered from a shortage of burial space. But Gazans say Israel's shelling and ground offensive have made it impossible for residents to reach Martyrs Cemetery — the only graveyard in the area with space to dig fresh graves.
The offensive is aimed at crushing the militant group Hamas and ending its rocket attacks on southern Israel. But Palestinian medical officials say roughly half the dead are civilians.
Among them are the Samouni cousins, 5-month-old Mohammed, 1-year-old Mutasim and 2-year-old Ahmed, whose family hurriedly dug up the grave of an aunt to lay them to rest last week.
"We buried them quickly," said Iyad Samouni, 26, speaking from al-Awda hospital in Gaza City, where he was being treated for shrapnel wounds. "We were afraid we'd be shelled. My relatives were trying to open other graves to prepare for the other dead, but we didn't get time."
He said the family fled the graveyard after they came under fire from a.................................GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – One family buried a slain son over his grandfather.... more
I would guess by 'sponsors' they mean the Mormon church? This is a sad state of affairs...justice will prevail eventually.
The sponsors of Proposition 8 asked the California Supreme Court on Friday to nullify the marriages of the estimated 18,000 same-sex couples who exchanged vows before voters approved the ballot initiative that outlawed gay unions.
STORY @ LINKI would guess by 'sponsors' they mean the Mormon church? This is a sad... more
STATE-SANCTIONED polyamory is now the cutting-edge issue among scholars of family law.
Promoting polyamory is the ideal way to radically reorder society s view of the family," wrote Ettelbrick, who has since formally signed on as a supporter of gay marriage (and is frequently quoted by the press).
She is now part of a movement that hopes to use gay marriage as an opening to press for state-sanctioned polyamory.
Ettelbrick teaches law at the University of Michigan, New York University, Barnard, and Columbia. She has a lot of company.
Nancy Polikoff is a professor at American University s law school. In 1993, Polikoff published a powerful and radical critique of gay marriage.
A movement for gay marriage, warned Polikoff, would surely promote marriage as a social good, trotting out monogamous couples as spokesmen in a way that would marginalize non-monogamous gays and would fail to challenge the legitimacy of marriage itself. Like Ettelbrick, Polikoff now supports the right of gays to marry.
And like Ettelbrick, Polikoff is part of a movement whose larger goal is to use legal gay marriage to push for state-sanctioned polyamory--the ultimate subversion of marriage itself. Polikoff and Ettelbrick represent what is arguably now the dominant perspective within the discipline of family law.
Cornell University law professor Martha Fineman is another key figure in the field of family law.
In her 1995 book The Neutered Mother, she argued for the abolition of marriage as a legal category.
But it s University of Utah law professor Martha Ertman who stands on the cutting edge of family law. Ertman has offered a legal template for a sweeping relationship contract system modeled on corporate law. (See the Harvard Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review, Winter 2001.)
She goes on astutely to imply that the increased openness of homosexual partnerships is slowly collapsing the taboo against polygamy and polyamory. And Ertman is frank about the purpose of her proposed reform--to render the distinction between traditional marriage and polyamory morally neutral.
A sociologist rather than a professor of law, Judith Stacey, the Barbra Streisand Professor in Contemporary Gender Studies at USC, is another key member of this group. Stacey has long championed alternative family forms.
Her current research is on gay families consisting of more than two adults, whose several members consider themselves either married or contractually bound.
In 1996, in the Michigan Law Review, David Chambers, a professor of law at the University of Michigan and another prominent member of this group, explained why radical opponents of marriage ought to support gay marriage.
Rather than reinforcing a two-person definition of marriage, argued Chambers, gay marriage would make society more accepting of further legal changes. By ceasing to conceive of marriage as a partnership composed of one person of each sex, the state may become more receptive to units of three or more.
Gradual transition from gay marriage to state-sanctioned polyamory, and the eventual abolition of marriage itself as a legal category, is now the most influential paradigm within academic family law.
Finally, Martha Minow of Harvard Law School deserves mention. Minow has not advocated state-sanctioned polygamy or polyamory, but the principles she champions pave the way for both.
Minow argues that families need to be radically redefined, putting blood ties and traditional legal arrangements aside and attending instead to the functional realities of new family configurations.
Ettelbrick, Polikoff, Fineman, Ertman, Stacey, Chambers, and Minow are among the most prominent family law theorists in the country.
They have plenty of followers and hold much of the power and initiative within their field. There may be other approaches to academic family law, but none exceed the radicals in influence.STATE-SANCTIONED polyamory is now the cutting-edge issue among scholars of family law.... more
Three-quarters of Canadian gay men in relationships lasting longer than one year are not monogamous, according to a limited study presented during the American Sociological Association conference held in Atlanta this week.
Barry Adam, a gay professor at the University of Windsor in Canada, last year interviewed 70 gay men who were part of 60 couples for his study, “Relationship Innovation in Male Couples.”
Only 25 percent of those interviewed reported being monogamous, with age and experience playing a major factor, Adam said.
“Those who were monogamous were more likely to be younger, more likely to be in newer, shorter relationships — that is, under three years — and more likely to come from Latino or Asian immigrant groups who said a more romantic approach is what they were used to,” Adam said.
Adam’s study was one of several on gay topics presented during the conference, held Aug. 16-19 at the Hilton Atlanta. Some 4,100 researchers attended the annual event.Three-quarters of Canadian gay men in relationships lasting longer than one year are... more
What gays call marriage is not the same thing as traditional marriage, especially regarding fidelity.
While some same-sex relationships, especially among lesbians, are sexually exclusive, many male couples, including those in marriages, have arrangements with each other that allow for mutually agreed upon infidelity under certain circumstances.
Some couples will allow a partner to cheat while he is out of town, or as long as both partners are present, or - and I am not making this up - as long as the infidelity is on the couch and not the bed
Gay marriage would still harm the meaning of marriage in society if gay infidelity was private. However, many gay couples are quite open about their mutually approved "adultery."
Last summer, after I wrote an opinion piece about this problem in the San Francisco Chronicle, I received more than a dozen letters from gays and lesbians defending their right to define marriage as a non-exclusive relationship.
One of these letters was so brazen, it s worth quoting at length. Like the others, it was signed by name (Richard Dupler of Oakland, California):
I ve been with my partner 10.5 years... We have not been sexually exclusive, ever. The relationship has been open, and honest, from the start.
"We are getting married August 17, and I doubt seriously that the sexual part of our relationship will change. Just because we re calling it marriage, doesn t mean we have to conform to widespread ideals and beliefs about marriage, we only have to follow the law. What works for some likely doesn t work for others.
This freedom to marry, which we take very seriously, should also mean we are free to define that marriage the way we see fit.
I m not suggesting we punish the entire gay community for the non-monogamy of some of its members.
I m saying we shouldn t redefine marriage to include adultery by mutual consent - a very rare arrangement among heterosexuals, but something that barely fazes gays. Even gays and lesbians in monogamous relationships tend to see nothing wrong with consensual adultery, even when a couple has children.
Don t believe me? Ask some gay people you know what they think of marriages in which each partner is openly and publicly allowed sexual indiscretions as long as certain rules are followed. Then ask some straight people. I am confident you will find the same gulf in attitudes I have found.What gays call marriage is not the same thing as traditional marriage, especially... more
Eye-witness account by member of Christian group VICTIM OF HATE CRIME
I went to the Castro District like we usually do on Friday nights.
Normally, we sit on 18th and Castro, and someone plays the guitar, and we all worship God.
Sometimes a person will yell at us, or maybe a few. Sometimes people will ignore us. Sometimes people will let us pray with them.
This time was not a normal night. It was the first time we'd been back in the Castro to do our normal outreach since California Proposition 8, which defined marriage as 'one man with one woman,' was passed. We played the guitar and sang together and worshiped the Lord. After just singing and worshiping God for a while, Roger decided that we should all hold hands in a circle and continue singing. So we did
Then some guy who was dressed up like one of the sisters — The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence is a group of men who dress up like nuns and call themselves the spiritual authority of the Castro, took a curtain-type thing (Which I think they use to curse people) and wrapped it around us.
Then a crowd started gathering. We began to sing "Amazing Grace,"and basically sang that song the whole night. At first, they just shouted at us, using crude, rude, and foul language and calling us names like 'haters' and 'bigots' Then, they started throwing hot coffee, soda and alcohol on us and spitting (and maybe even peeing) on us.
Then, a group of guys surrounded us with whistles, and blasted them inches away from our ears continually. Then, they started getting violent and started shoving us. At one point a man tried to steal one of our Bibles. Chrisdene noticed, so she walked up to him and said, 'Hey, that;s not yours, can you please give it back?' He responded by hitting her on the head with the Bible, shoving her to the ground, and kicking her. I called the cops, and when they got there, they pulled her out of the circle and asked her if she wanted to press charges. She said, 'No, tell him I forgive him.' Afterwards, she didn't rejoin us in the circle, but she made friends with one of the people in the crowd, and really connected heart to heart.
Roger got death threats. As the leader of our group, people looked him in the eyes and said, "I am going to kill you,"and they were serious. A cop heard one of them, and confronted him. It wasn't long before the violence turned to perversion. They were touching and grabbing me, and trying to shove things in my butt, and even trying to take off my pants - basically trying to molest me. I used one hand to hold my pants up, while I used the other arm to hold one of the girls. The guys huddled around all the girls, and protected them. Soon after, the cops came and stood between us and the mob.
Probably half our team got their jackets stolen. Eventually, as the crowd was getting more and more uncontrollable, the cops were afraid for our lives, so they escorted us to our van. (The cops were very nice to us from start to finish.) Our van was parked pretty far [away] because it was hard to find parking that day. As the cops escorted us, the mob followed us, until the cops formed a line and held off the people so we could drive away.
We took the long way home, just in case anyone tried to follow us. When we got home, we prayed and sang more, and then prayed over each other. Please know my heart. All of what we do is for the Love of Jesus Christ, and the love for those in the Castro. The Bible says to love God, and then love people. We can only love because He loved us first. We can’t hate the people because they are just broken and blinded by the spirit of this age. Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against Principalities and Powers. It's not a political thing, we just love the people. This is the raw footage of the walk from 18th and Castro Street to our car. It was only the very tail end of the night.Eye-witness account by member of Christian group VICTIM OF HATE CRIME I went to the... more
If you want to live in a democracy leave Califonia
Here is what the LaTimes says:
Here s an important footnote to the string of boycotts and protests by gay-marriage supporters after Proposition 8 was approved by voters last month.
Marjorie Christoffersen, a manager at El Coyote who became a lightning rod for protests because of her donation to supporters of the ban on same-sex marriage, is said to be considering resigning, according to a restaurant official.
El Coyote manager Larry Crenshaw said Christoffersen is considering leaving the eatery, but no final decision has been made.
The restaurant was the scene of protests, pickets and boycotts in the days after voters approved Proposition 8.
Christoffersen, who is Mormon, had given $100 to the Yes on 8 campaign. Her mother owns the restaurant. Crenshaw said Christoffersen has stopped serving and greeting customers at the venerable Mexican eatery known for its margaritas.
Activists opposed to Proposition 8 have launched boycotts of numerous businesses whose owners or employees contributed to initiative, which banned same-sex unions in California.If you want to live in a democracy leave Califonia Here is what the LaTimes says:... more
Fresh from the shocking recent revelation that the brother of former England footballer Stuart Pearce is an active member of the British National Party, there is worrying news that the party can now boast another relative of a national treasure within its unseemly ranks.
To the noise of collective jaw-dropping among EastEnders fans everywhere, it transpires Angela Reid, the youngest daughter of the late but much-loved stand-up Mike Reid, was due to stand on behalf of the BNP as a candidate at next month's council by-election in Braintree, Essex. The election has come up after the Conservative councillor Bill Rose recently decided to stand down.
Reid was apparently all set to contest the seat until the weekend, when I'm told she decided to withdraw from the race for "personal reasons".
"She would have been an excellent candidate for us and it's a terrible shame that she won't be running this time but we've got plenty of candidates for the future elsewhere," says a BNP spokesman, hastily adding that her U-turn had nothing to do with any political misgivings she may be feeling.
"Not at all, she is 100 per cent behind the party," he insisted. "Her withdrawal is purely personal.
"In fact, she is one of our loyalist members and strongest supporters."
For all their words of support, party activists must secretly be seething.
Since Reid's withdrawal has occurred after the deadline for candidate applications, the party will now not be able to run a replacement.
Fresh from the shocking recent revelation that the brother of former England... more
This MTV article asks the question, "Can hip hop support Obama without hurting his campaign?" My answer is a resounding, YES! The fact that Senator Obama has made it this far with a campaign that reaches the hearts and minds of Americans young and old is a testimony of how far we have come. Nevertheless, we still have a ways to go. In the meantime, it seems REAL that Senator Obama, with Sen. Biden as his running mate, can take over the White House for at least the next four years and give to many Americans, including myself, something we have lacked for the past eight years: HOPE!
Your thoughts? This MTV article asks the question, "Can hip hop support Obama without hurting... more
Is this what we are to expect from our fellow citizens? Attempts on the life of a man that wants to make our country, America, a better place?
Your thoughts?Is this what we are to expect from our fellow citizens? Attempts on the life of a man... more
LOS ANGELES - Tavis Smiley is all wound up. His voice is rough from too much vocalizing, but the host of public television's Tavis Smiley talk show and public radio's The Tavis Smiley Show is on an oratorical roll about race, politics, and his fellow black, Barack Obama, the expected Democratic presidential nominee.
"There is no such thing in America as race transcendence, and Obama's going to find that out real soon," says Smiley, leaning into his words. As he sermonizes, he sheds suit jacket, tie and belt in succession, getting comfy in his spacious suite at KCET in Los Angeles after taping two installments of Tavis Smiley (12:30 a.m. Tuesday through Friday, 1:30 a.m. Saturday on UNC-TV).
Despite the peaceful vibe inside his sanctuary, with its African masks and scented candle, Smiley frowns. "There's no such thing as ‘post-racial' in America, because if you push the envelope too far, you're going to hear about it." Smiley should know. For months he has been the object of an Internet firestorm for his perceived negative comments about Obama on commercial radio's syndicated The Tom Joyner Morning Show.
Smiley found himself between race and a hard place when he criticized Obama on-air for choosing not to appear on Smiley's annual State of the Black Union cablecast on C-SPAN in February.
Smiley's remarks sparked a blaze of invective by black bloggers, who questioned Smiley's loyalty, motives and ego.LOS ANGELES - Tavis Smiley is all wound up. His voice is rough from too much... more
Connor Diemand-Yauman is president of the sophomore class at Princeton, and determined to help counteract the pernicious effects that gossip sites like Juicy Campus have had at his school.Connor Diemand-Yauman is president of the sophomore class at Princeton, and determined... more
Marlène is a cool 36 year-old woman who enjoy living in Paris.
But still, she admit that sometimes, the most romantic city in the world is not-so-lovable!
Here's why...Marlène is a cool 36 year-old woman who enjoy living in Paris. But still,... more
Emma is a 37 year-old Paris lover.
Now, if you ask her about what she dislikes the most, she will respond like many others : the parisian subway during rush hours.
Here is why...Emma is a 37 year-old Paris lover. Now, if you ask her about what she dislikes the... more