Irony: Michele Bachmann may have won re-election in Minnesota, but Minnesota is likely going to legalize marriage equality within a year.
National Coming Out Day is tomorrow. I would come out, but I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t already know.
If you know someone who is gay or lesbian and think they deserve the same rights and happiness as you, you should be in favor of marriage equality. It doesn’t matter if you’re conservative or liberal. This shouldn’t be a political issue- simply a matter of compassion.
LGBT Pride Parades: My Mixed Feelings
First of all, I am a member of the LGBT community, and this is simply my opinion.
In a time when LGBT people are constantly working to gain rights and protections around the world, many people look at Pride parades and (falsely) believe that is how all LGBT people act and behave on a daily basis. All they see are the rainbows, the glitter, the half-naked dancing, etc.
In reality, most LGBT people are very normal and live normal lives just like everyone else. I know this because I am one of those people. So while I appreciate that the parades celebrate LGBT history/freedom, I think they have some negative effects on LGBT public image. Conservative senators, churches, etc. will look at those parades and use them as ammunition to accuse us of being flamboyant and different from the rest of society. You may say, ‘who cares what they think?’ That’s a fair point, but the fact is that many of those people/groups are very powerful and often the deciding factor whether we get certain equal rights or not (sadly). We HAVE to show them that we’re normal, loving people. We can’t fight their extremism with extremism of our own.
Some people may read this post and accuse me of being a traitor to the LGBT community. In reality, I want us to have all the same rights as everyone else. The best way to do that is to show that we’re normal just like everyone else. I’m not sure Pride parades are the best way to go about doing that. Again, I have mixed feelings.
”When President Obama was born, his parent’s interracial marriage was illegal in 22 states.”
Something to think about North Carolina and the many other states that have banned same-sex marriage/legal recognition of same-sex couples in the United States.
Homosexuality and the Bible
Found this to be very informative (and hilarious).
"Dear Dr. Laura:
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination… End of debate.
I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God’s Laws and how to follow them.
1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can’t I own Canadians?
2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.
4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is, my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?
5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath.Exodus 35:2. clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?
6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination - Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this? Are there ‘degrees’ of abomination?
7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle- room here?
8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?
9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16. Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)
I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.
Your adoring fan.
James M. Kauffman, Ed.D. Professor Emeritus Dept. of Curriculum,
Instruction, and Special Education University of Virginia”