Friday, June 29, 2007
So how low can they go? Well if you call running a three different newspapers ad in and around a Virginia town.
Ok, what does this have to do with hate crimes laws? Nothing! These Cafeteria Christians[my new nickname for these types] are desperate, and seem to NOT have faith in their beloved President Bush.It's intersting they say "[t]he proposed law would make it a crime to preach on Romans Chapter 1 or I Corinthians Chapter 6. Or even to discuss them in a Sunday School class." Huh? I never read that nowhere in the bill. These arguments have are baseless. These some cripple-thinking-hypocrites who have NO shame in their game. I already cover those two bible verse their mentioning, so whatever! If you tell a lie enough, it becomes a form of truth. Doesn't it say "thou shalt not lie"? I tell you, these Christian values are knew to me. I wonder what Christ would say about these 21 Century Pharisees? After looking at that ad, you can't get any lower than that, or can you?
Thursday, June 28, 2007
It was yesterday in Los Angeles,Ca,former Exodus leaders publicly apologized for their involvement in the ex-gay movement. Darlene Bogle, Michael Bussee and Jeremy Marks each shared their own personal statements and then Michael read out the shared statement. They all signed the apology and presented it to ex-gay survivors who were present at the press conference.
Jeremy Marks, former head of Exodus Europe stated,
Perhaps I should take this opportunity first to say how sorry I am, and to ask forgiveness from all my fellow Gay, Lesbian Bisexual and Trans-gendered people who might be listening to this—for my part in colluding with the religious right in the Western world. Though at the time we did not see it this way, our collusion involved setting up and maintaining an oppressive anti-gay, and I must also say equally anti-Christian view of homosexuality, that profoundly dishonors Jesus Christ and has betrayed the Gospel.
Michael Busse, one of the original founders of Exodus shared some of the realities he witnessed during his time at Exodus recounting the good and the bad.
I need to say that some had a positive, life-changing experience attending our Bible studies and support groups. They experienced God’s love and the welcoming fellowship of others who knew the struggle. There were some real “changes”—but not one of the hundreds of people we counseled became straight.
Instead, many of our clients began to fall apart – sinking deeper into patterns of guilt, anxiety and self-loathing. Why weren’t they “changing”? The answers from church leaders made the pain even worse: “You might not be a real Christian.” “You don’t have enough faith.” “You aren’t praying and reading the Bible enough.” “Maybe you have a demon.” The message always seemed to be: “You’re not enough. You’re not trying hard enough. You don’t have enough faith.”
Justice MH: I think that is just a shame to tell some people! You're not praying enough? You're not a real Christian? Who says all Christians are straight? You're not reading the bible enough? To be honest, reading a contradictory book will NOT change a person's sexual orientation, and you certainly can't pray the gay away! It's a demon? Good LAWRD! What year is it? 2007, yeah i know, but someone needs to remind these people what year and century it is! When you can't figure out the causes of something, all kinds of insane stuff come out of people's mouth!
Darlene Bogle gave a moving apology that got a number of people in the audience crying during the press conference. CNN showed some of the footage on the Paula Zahn Show last night.
My heart was in the right place, but my message was not. I apologize to those individuals and families who believed my message that change was necessary to be acceptable to God. In recent years I have seen the resulting damage from rejection, shame, and conditional love. I apologize for my part in presenting a God of conditional love, and ask forgiveness for the message of broken truth I spoke on behalf of Exodus.
Justice MH: This is long overdue, but it's good hear these founder and former leader apologize for the damage that were cause by the Exdous and other ex-gay ministries.
The Ex-gay Survivor Conference is tomorrow, and i will more that in the upcoming posts!
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Right-Wing attack machine Ann Coulter was a guest on hard ball with Chris Matthews, and receive a phone call from Elizabeth Edwards. Elizabeth wants Ann to stop her personal hateful attacks against John Edwards.
Here how it went down:
Although Coulter flippantly agreed to a debate, Edwards kept pushing back. "It did not start with [yesterday]. You had a column a couple years ago which made fun of the moment of Charlie Dean's death and suggested that my husband had a bumper sticker on the back of his car that said, 'ask me about my dead son.' This is not legitimate political dialogue. It debases political dialogue. It draws people away from the process. We can't have a debate about the issues if you're using this type of language."
Coulter later questioned why the presidential candidate didn't phone in himself, to which Elizabeth had a ready answer. "I haven't talked to John about this call. I'm phoning in as a mother," she said to much applause. "I'm the mother of that boy who died. . . These young people behind you are the age of my children. You're asking them to participate in a dialogue that's based on hatefulness and ugliness instead of on the issues and I don't think that's serving them or this country very well."
Coulter had appeared earlier on Good Morning America and was asked about her "faggot" comment about Edwards at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference. Her response: "So I've learned my lesson. If I'm going to say anything about John Edwards in the future. I'll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot."
I really don't know why this woman continues to be booked. They just love to hear this woman rant. Queerty.com call Ann a Conservacunt! LOL! She shows why they call her that!
[More updates to come-Justice MH]
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
BET's Meet the Faith is hosted by the hot Ian Smith. I was really happy to see Keith Boykin, Sheryl Lee Ralph, and former NBA player John Amaech. Keith was very vocal in challenging Bishop E. Bernard Jordon on how homosexuality is somehow NOT a "sin". Bishop Jordon say it's a sin if it's outside of marriage. All this with a belief that sex is exclusive to marriage is just silly, but like fellow blogger Larry Lyons, I'm kindy sex-positive myself. But you gotta love religion, if it can control some things, how about sexual issues/morality as well! Anyway, let's use that logic, so when gays get married, then people like the Bishop won't label it a so-called "sin". My girl Sheryl was passionate about this subject, and was telling it. The debate was a good start, and it has made quite a stir on BET's message Boards, community, blogs, and possibly many people now.
I will discuss more on this in another post! Time for the BET AWARDS 2007 Tonight!
[Updates resume morning AM-Justice MH]
Religious Groups led through the streets of New York City a gay pride parade that feature a jumble of drag queens in feather boas, marching bands, motorcycle-riding lesbians, rugby players and samba dancers. The event was a true show of pride for everyone in attendence.
We stand for a progressive religious voice," said Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of New York City's Congregation Beth Simchat Torah. "Those who use religion to advocate an anti-gay agenda, I believe, are blaspheming God's name."
Amen Rabbi! Not only anit-gay, but anti-female, anti-science, and anti-black is blaspheming in God's name! However, they have no shame!
Kleinbaum, who heads the world's largest predominantly gay synagogue, and the Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the Metropolitan Community Church, were the New York parade's grand marshals, waving from hers-and-his convertibles.
The march took place days after the New York State Assembly passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, which Gov. Eliot Spitzer supports. Although the bill is unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled state Senate anytime soon, parade-goers said they were cheered by the Assembly's action.
This is one very important step toward full equality for all New Yorkers," Kleinbaum said.
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, one of the nation's most prominent openly gay elected officials, said she could not predict when the Senate might approve same-sex marriage.
As in past years, exhibitionists were also on display as the parade inched down Fifth Avenue and into Greenwich Village. Some revelers gyrated in bikini briefs and pranced in spike heels.
But the placement of the Christian, Jewish and Buddhist religious organizations near the head of the march — ahead of AIDS service groups and political advocacy groups — gave them unaccustomed prominence.
The gay Catholic group Dignity had a float and a giant rainbow flag. Jeff Stone, secretary of the New York chapter, said he was hopeful the church would someday change its stance opposing homosexuality.
"We see that the opinion of ordinary Catholics is changing," he said. "Eventually what happens at the grass roots percolates up in the church."
Mayor Michael Bloomberg marched with Quinn and other elected officials, including Lt. Gov. David Paterson.
Toni Cinanni of Perth, Australia, said she was surprised at the prominence of the church groups.
"I thought the religious groups had hijacked the parade," she said. "I couldn't put it together, religion and sexuality."
New York's parade featured contingents of gay police officers and firefighters, as well as ethnic gay groups including South Asians, Haitians and American Indians. An Argentinian and Uruguayan group featured an Eva Peron impersonator in a flowing gown.
Tens of thousands of people attended the march. Spectators lining Fifth Avenue included gay people sporting rainbow flags and curious tourists
Justice MH Final Thoughts: It's great to see religious groups showing pride. The mayor, and other New York public Officals was great to see there! Religious groups see that everyone is God's creation, and are celebrating who they are!
Monday, June 25, 2007
Ok, tell me something i don't know, but it's good to hear it called out!
White House Hopeful 2008 Sen.Barack Obama delivered a speech on faith and politics at the United Church of Christ General Synod in Hartford, Connecticut last weekend. Obama accused the right-wing social conservatives of influencing Evangelicals to focus on social issues. The Conservative Voices on the right have use their status and faith, and their take faith and politics have led to anti-woman, anti-gay, and anti- science messages.
Here's a sample of Obama's speech
"Somehow, somewhere along the way, faith stopped being used to bring us together and started being used to drive us apart. It got hijacked"
"Part of it's because of the so-called leaders of the Christian right, who've been all too eager to exploit what divides us"
Can I get a witness on here? Amen, boy you better speak that!
Obama also mentions their views are base on the book:"I don't know what Bible they're reading, but it doesn't jibe with my version." Yes, using a book like the bible or Jewish bible, or Qumran has hurt many people by denying their rights. Groups such as Women,African-Americans, Native-Americans, and currently LGBT people!
Here's a version of the bible these Conservative/ right-wing/ fundamentalists need to read:
Hat Tip/Courtesy: Thanks goodasyou!
[More Updates to Come-Justice MH]
Now, i really don't see what's so illicit or provocative about two people showing love and affection through a kiss.
Newark Superintendent of Schools Marion Bolden called the photograph "illicit" and ordered it blacked out of the $85 yearbook before it was distributed to students at a banquet for graduating seniors Thursday.
"It looked provocative," she said. "If it was either heterosexual or gay, it should have been blacked out. It's how they posed for the picture."
Russell Garris, the assistant superintendent who oversees the city's high schools, brought the photograph to Bolden's attention Thursday afternoon. He was concerned the picture would be controversial and upsetting to parents, Bolden said.
There are gay parents too, this is about all students both gay and straight being fairly represented in their own high school year book.
There are several photos of heterosexual couples kissing in the yearbook, but the superintendent said she didn't review the entire yearbook and was presented only with Jackson's page.
I'm not really surprise, but she made sure to review Andre and his boyfriend's kiss photo. In the state of New Jersey, it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, but the Newark, NJ school superintendent felt it necessary to protect parents on their "standards".
"I don't understand. There is no rule about no gay pictures, no guys kissing. Guys and girls kissing made it in."
-- East Side High School student Andre Jackson, whose photo of a kiss with his boyfriend David Escobales had a black marker taken to it in every copy of the yearbook.
Of course there is NO rule, they felt it was necessary, whatever that means. Andre is a inspiration to all young gay people. Andre Jackson says he came out when he was 16 and that he and David Escobales have been together since October. I wish them the best and many more. Also, it's strange a state like New Jersey would do some something like this, it recently legalized Civil Unions, and I predict in the near future, marriage will be extended to gay couples, because the new law is having problems. More on that in another post!
Saturday, June 23, 2007
It's time to take closer look at this interview that Charlene Cothran, an self-proclaimed ex-lesbian, publisher of the African-American GLBT Venus Magazine.
Since Charlene made the announcement of her sudden change, the "pro-family" movement has been using her story as yet another example of how gays can change. As I take a closer in this interview, we'll see if she provides any proof of change in sexual orientation.
Cothran says she longed for peace, but even in the midst of a long-term relationship, she felt intense loneliness. She'd grown up in a Christian home, and had come into the lesbian lifestyle at 19, after several bad relationships with boys.
"I didn't want anything to do with men anymore," she said. "I was away at college and that was a whole new world, and in that world there were many, many women who were attracted to me, and, of course, I was attracted to them. And these women were nurturing, wanted to get to know me intellectually -- they were organizers whom I found a lot of comfort in. It felt good, it felt right."
Okay, what's a lesbian lifestyle? Lifestyle simply means a way a person lives. When hetersexual women are being interview, we don't say hetersexual woman lifestyle. The ignorance is getting annoying. When referring to their first gay experiences, those who have "left" homosexuality [whatever that means] ALWAYS paint the picture of a world wherein they were somehow preyed upon or pressured. In some of these reclosted gays remebrances, they make it seem like they were never aggressors, or willing participants, but rather victims of some sort of confusing or predatory situation.
While Charlene doesn't fully play the victim card, she does present the idea that if it were not for certain women who happened to have been in her midst and not for bad relationships with men, she never would have had the idea to have lesbian sex.
For those of us who know what it means to be gay, it is NOT ideas that are waiting to be trigger. If Charlene explored her sexual orientation in college, which is quote common, as it is the first chance that many are given to truly know and express themselves. No matter how lovely, nurturing, or intellectual the women, it wouldn't have "felt good" or "felt right" unless she actually had these feelings!
Second Part: "When the Lord saved me, I knew everything would change," she said. "All of the ads, the editorials, the mission of the magazine had changed. We're going to be calling people out of homosexuality."
Most of the response from the gay and lesbian community has been fierce and negative. But she says she knows that many of them are just as conflicted as she was.
Cothran said, "In order to fill up this empty space, they pretend to put on this wonderful face, 'how gay and happy I am,' when in fact -- there's a lot of loneliness in the gay community that's not talked about, and it's real."
Well, what did you expect hugs, and kisses. I don't think so! Putting gays on the defensive about their mental state and happiness: Another page right out of the "ex-gay"/"pro-family" playbook. They love doing that! You can't put a group of people together and tell them about their mental state. Who isn't depress? Who isn't lonely? Who isn't feeling down? It doesn't matter if it's gay or straight, there is no difference in mental state.The fact is that there is loneliness and depression in the world. The World isn't heaven, but a hell. This world affects everyone's mental state. For us gays, it's no suprise that some of our mental states are down. After all, parental abandonment, societal shunning, having to fight for basic protections, and bias-motivated violence are concepts that can weigh heavily on the human psyche. Couple that with the sort of persecution that calls gays sinners and demands that they "change," and it's actually a little shocking that any of us can smile anymore. Our weakness has become our strength.
Third Part: CBN News asked Cothran, "I know people probably ask you, do you still have feelings for women, and are you dating a man?"
Cothran replied, "I'm living a celibate life. I'm so focused on the spirit right now, that I have no urges for anyone -- man or woman."
I said this before, what does celibacy has to do with change in sexual orientation? Nothing! You are simply celibate! In another interview with blogger Clay Cane, she said she was attracted to the spirit. Do we have a new sexual minority? She's attracted to spirits and mind as well say ghosts too. This is the most amusing STORY! I love fiction! However, it's duplicitous to bring the idea of "change" or "redemption" into the picture until you have some actual physiological reason to believe that you have changed your actual physiological truth.
"Our mission now," she said, "is to educate and to turn people away from the homosexual lifestyle simply by presenting the truth. We simply want people to question what they've learned through the pages of Venus magazine over the past 13 years."
Prior to Cothran's conversion, Venus circulated about 35,000 copies per issue which ran four times a year. But after the issue featuring her testimony, the gay political machine pressured advertisers to drop the magazine. And gay pride events and college campuses no longer subscribe.
If you have a gay magazine that suddenly becomes as "ex-gay" magazine, you can't really blame "the gay political machine" [whatever the hell that is]for pressuring anyone into dropping support. Several gay media outlets are suffering and having problems. Could this be the reason why charlene is using all this tv time? Who knows, but nothing surprise me! From a purely business standpoint, why in the world would anyone think that advertisers who had placements in a pro-gay magazine would, by and large,then she brings the "ex-gay" idea in the picture, which is rejected by the vast majority of black LGBT individuals.
She said, "There is a joy and a peace that you can't find in a club, I don't care how good the music is. You can't find it in the middle of a gay pride parade, I don't care if you have the biggest, prettiest float. I have a joy and a peace that I wouldn't trade for anything."
What does Charlene's social behavior have to do with change in sexual orientation? It seems her social behavior needed a change, but that has NO affect on sexual orientation. Because honestly, talking about true sexual feelings in terms of pride floats and bars, is just a ridiculous line of thought. I'm laughing just typing about it! lol. Of course you can't find peace with who you are inside a bar or club. Of course you can't find peace with who you are on a pride float. You can only find peace with who you are by shutting off outside noise and listening to WHO YOU TRULY ARE!!!! Charlene hasn't shown nowhere where are sexual orientation was change, or whatever. She talks about "save me" to GOD, she may be save with her personal beliefs, but what does that have to with sexual orientation? Religious conversion deos NOT change sexual orientation. This 700 club interview shows me of what i've been saying, "you can't pray away the gay! If you are truly seeking human validation via a club or pride float (and not merely looking for fun, good times), then you are always going to come up short. Frokm all the five parts, this last one is in many ways the most telling.
Things like that does NOT bring the idea of what sexual orientation is truly all about, by introducing superficial community elements into the mix. It overlooks what we're truly talking about, which is the nature of desire and biological attraction. Gay bars and pride floats are nothing more than modern inventions, ones in which some LGBT folks choose to participate while others abstain.If Charlene wants to prove that she's changed her orientation , then she's going to have to do more than simply denounce her past community involvement! Charlene hasn't proven a thing, but those who think religious conversion can change sexual orientation really tells you alot about them. They many Christians that are gay. I'm NOT done with charlene's story yet, and when I say story, that what i mean STORY! The rest of the weekend is a break from this so-called wonderful STORY! I'm not done with STORY at all.
[updates no later than 4pm-Justice MH] h/t goodasyou.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
I just finish watching this deeply flawed segment on 700 Club. As i said before, I do NOT watch this show. This show and channel will soon be ban from my cable service.
Anyway, charlene sound good, but didn't deliver what are story is suppose to be about.
I also find it amazing that Pat robertson knows what's in every gay person's heart, and how God handles people that God created. Back to Charlene, she talk a good game, but alot people aren't fooled. One thing stuck out, and some other things to, and i will address that closer in another post.
One thing that stuck was when she was asked whether she was still attracted to women, and is she now attracted to men? Cothran replied, "I'm living a celibate life. I'm so focused on the spirit right now, that I have no urges for anyone -- man or woman."
Okay, if you are living a celibate life, you can't even begin to claim that you are no longer gay. You also can't claim that you are straight. You are simply celibate! It's fine to say that you have chosen celibacy, as you feel that your faith will not allow you to continue having same-sex relations. However, it's duplicitous to bring the idea of "change" or "redemption" into the picture until you have some actual physiological reason to believe that you have changed your actual physiological truth. Charlene as i just said hasn't proven a thing.
Pat Robertson doesn't back himself or this flawed segment he present. Wonderful story? I don't think so. Pat doesn't even begin to discuss the nature of sexual orientation or even convey accurate and fair Biblical teaching on the subject, but rather he just blindly commands that gays are broken, detached from Jesus, and in need of prayer. He is not only misconstruing science and reality, but also putting words into Jesus' mouth (something I can't imagine such a misunderstood, misrepresented figure would appreciate).
Dare I say Robertson is bearing false witness? Yea, I will unapologetically say that. Just like Ms. Cothran has nothing other than her newfound celibacy to justify her claims that she has been "redeemed" or "changed," Pat Robertson has no real basis to parlay Cothran's story into some sort of proof that one can cure "the gay" with a hearty dose of prayer. After all, all Ms. Cothran has really done is STOP HAVING SEX OF ANY SORT. If Mr. Robertson wants to testify that folks can readily deny themselves of their biological attractions in order to appease their faith views, I will beg to differ in it. I may find it silly, but I will say that one CAN NOT Change, deliver, cleansed, or cured (with or without Jesus' assistance), it is NOT needed. If it something to be removed by GOD, then everyone would be successful, but none have been. It's like i always say people can convince themselves or live in denial, but the fact is you can't pray away the gay. Yes God is all-powerful, but sexual orientation needs NO pray! This segment told alot what i already predicted of what it was. h/t Jeremy@goodasyou.
I will have a detail examination of Charlene interview, either tonight or early am morning-Justice MH!
The reclosted gay movement is getting very interesting.
Exodus International's Alan Chambers recently made what many see as a public shift on the ex-gay ministry stance that homosexuality can be cured
With years of therapy, Chambers says, he has mostly conquered his own attraction to men; he's a husband and a father, and he identifies as straight. But lately, he's come to resent the term "ex-gay": It's too neat, implying a clean break with the past, when he still struggles at times with homosexual temptation. "By no means would we ever say change can be sudden or complete," Chambers said., he told the Orange County Register, "Today, I am a far different person. Not that I don't struggle, but my life has changed. I certainly don't have the desire to be involved in homosexuality. It has no power over me."
What exactly does that mean? If Chambers is struggling, then he obviously has the desire to be with a man. What else is he struggling over, whether to drink caffeinated or decaf coffee in the morning? And the larger question is, why not just come out and end a worthless struggle that modern biology increasingly proves is fruitless.
There has been an eruption of anger and outrage from recloseted homosexual "cured" professional heterosexual Stephen Bennett, who takes issue with Chambers' reassessment of the situation:
Stephen Bennett, President of Stephen Bennett Ministries, a pro-family organization advocating for the traditional family, the protection of children and proclaiming the truth about homosexuality, condemned the irresponsible and disturbing remarks attributed to and made by Alan Chambers, President of Exodus International, an organization claiming to be "The largest information and referral ministry in the world on homosexual issues."
Bennett, along with many others pro-family leaders, were shaken Monday by Chamber's remarks and are eagerly awaiting Exodus International's official response to their President's misguided statements.On CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer", the interviewer positioned Chambers as concurring there may be a "biological" basis for homosexuality.
There is ZERO biological, scientific "evidence" for homosexuality to this date. The biblical evidence for homosexuality is very clear: it's sin.[I beg to differ, that evidence is poor.]
...Stephen Bennett, an ex-gay himself now for 15 years, happily married for 14 years to his wife Irene and the father of their two children, stated, "Frankly, I am shocked that the President of the largest information and referral ministry in the world on homosexual issues, would ever make such irresponsible and false public statements. If Mr. Chambers, a married man and father who once engaged in homosexuality himself, says he's never met 'a former ex-gay' or one who has 'changed completely', he's personally invited to our home in Connecticut to meet one. I'd also be happy to introduce him to numerous other individuals - all former homosexual men and women."
Bennett once engaged in the homosexual lifestyle for 11 years with over 100 men - losing partners and friends to HIV/AIDS, until everything changed in 1990 - when he was confronted with the gospel of Jesus Christ. He dealt with his root issues and in 1992 completely changed. Stephen no longer struggles whatsoever with homosexual temptation.
"Homosexuality is an outward expression of an inward conflict. When I completely dealt with my inward conflict, my alcoholism, cocaine addiction, bulimia AND homosexual struggle were completely gone," said Bennett.
Joe Brummer says this about Bennett:
I sometimes, actually most of the time, feel bad for Bennett. I feel Stephen needs to believe, as well as many other ex-gays, the things he does. He needs to believe that gays and lesbians can just change and that all they need to do is find god. The fact remains that dozens of men and women, including Alan Chambers, are still homosexual regardless what they call themselves. The dictionary and science define homosexual as someone attracted to the same sex and Alan has stated more than once that even though he calls himself a heterosexual, he is still "tempted" by his same sex attractions. In other words, he is still a homosexual. I too, hope that Alan will clarify his statements as I see this as a very important step towards finding the truth.
Justice MH: Indeed. Truth always sets free. Bennett plays a almost convincing hetersexual, but he's still gay, but reclosted. I wonder how long it will take for these two QUEENS to come to blows. My money is on Alan Chamber. I want a clean fight, no hair pulling, and no low blows [even though that's still y'all thing]. lol. Keep it clean!
h/t pam and wayne besen. Thanks.
[more updates to come-Justice MH]
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Charlene Cothran, then Black lesbian publisher, who is now a self-proclaimed ex-lesbian publisher of Venus Magazine. Charlene has now turned her gay magazine for Black gays into a ex-gay magazine of baseless theories, and ideology. Charlene has turned the magazine with pray-away the gay themes, which i don't recommend! Okay, from the top…Charlene Cothran, an African American ex-lesbian who is publisher of Venus Magazine, a magazine for Black ex-gays who have seen the light (with eyes rolling), has sent out a press release announcing her fifteen minutes of fame on the Christian Broadcasting Network’s “700 Club” Thursday, June 21st.
And I quote:
“If you have friends or family members who are struggling with homosexuality, encourage them to watch the 700 Club on Thursday – there IS hope!”
Yeah, i hope she stop this ex-gay nonsense, and myths. Just for the record and fact, being celibate does NOT make someone heterosexual. Just ask Donnie about being celibate. Black gay bloggers such as myself had no problem with charlene and her journey in life. But she just had to bash, and try to convert us. WHY?
Who say their struggling with something? I forget sometimes, i don't speak self-loathing, and self-denial language.
I haven't really address charlene on my blog, but i have read other black gay bloggers who have express some things on her, bloggers like Jasymne Cannick, and Darian. From her interviews she sounds lonely, and full of contradictions from her latest interview.
Anyway she will be feature on 700 club. I never watch that show at all, with a person, and so-called "christian like Pat Robertson. I think Jerry Falwell forgot his partner in crime. I doubt I’ll watch Charlene 's apperance on 700 club because for some reason my television seems to go blank when that program is on. I never understood why, lol. I'm thinking about banning that show and channel from my service. If a video get up on youtube, i'll have it up on here!
[More updates no later than 3pm-Justice MH]
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
So tomorrow morning regular updates will start right back up. Stay tune.......
Monday, June 18, 2007
Well look at this foolishness, and full of sh*t here!A group of conservative black "pimping" preachers have banded together to take on comprehensive hate crime laws. Is it a surprise? Hell No! It seems they have no sense of reality, or what the bill's purpose. The NAACP, gay groups, civil rights groups, etc support the bill.
As the the U.S Senate goes up to debate The Matthew Shepard law, "uncle Tom" Reverend Ken Hutcherson and his peers have placed the above ad, which reads:
"Christian clergymen and people of faith are making a stand today for religious liberty. WE OPPOSE S.1105, “The Matthew Shepard Act.” We believe prosecutors and anti-Christian groups will use loop holes in this proposed legislation to muzzle the church. Unnecessary lawsuits will bring a chilling effect to the free speech and religious liberty of our churches and of our members".
Now where does the bill say it restricts free speech such as religious speech? It's one thing to oppose the bill, but lieing is whole different thing.
"We understand more clearly than most that racially motivated violence can be a form of internal terrorism. The Black Community needs a free puplits. Indeed, ALL Americans need free pulpit. We urge Senate to to avoid misguided compassion take away America’s most basic freedoms - our freedom of speech, our freedom of conscience and our freedom to exercise religion.
Once again the bill clearly says: "Nothing in this act, or the amendments made by this Act, shall be construed to prohibit any expressive conduct protected from legal prohibition by, or any activities protected by the free speech or free exercise clauses the First Amendment to the Constitution" the hate crime bill says.
It seems to me and others they have taken a page out of the Family Research Council. These black Conservative have lost their damn minds. This ad’s logic, however, can certainly be described as “surprising,” and ridiculous especially because, as BoxTurtlebullintin.com points out, African-American people are included in hate crimes laws, yet still find themselves on the receiving end of hate speech:
"Despite enjoying hate crime protections for a number of years, the African-American community continues to be the target of constitutionally protected hate speech whenever the Klan wins approval to hold rallies on courthouse squares and statehouse lawns. Nothing in the existing hate crime laws has succeeded in muzzling their First Amendment rights to free speech.
… There are at least thirty seven racist Christian Identity groups active across America. Some even operate radio broadcasts and “prison ministries.”
Indeed. Hate crime laws do not and will not hinder free speech, particularly with regard to religion. Those who say the laws will are either idiots, over-zealous, blinded by discrimination, hateful,bigots,closted gay person, hypocrite, or all of the above. Free Speech will remain untouch!
[More Updates to come-Justice MH]
Most women themselves don't understand why they provoke and agitate their spouse to lash out or run away. They don't understand the subtle control they have over weak men.
-- Jesse Lee Peterson, founder and president of BOND, the Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny
In other words, these all-powerful women must be controlled, and tamed!
He goes by showing his love, he declares that a man has to realize how he has to deal with women and assert his dominance, also with patience of course. This he says, is all about love and order:
He says:There's an order to life: God in Christ, Christ in man, man over woman, and woman over children. When this order is broken or violated you have "hell" on earth.
In a relationship the man often has an unnatural need for his wife or girlfriend. He's addicted to her approval and to her sex. The woman senses this wrong need the man has and she begins to test him. Often times, men find themselves giving in more and more in order to a receive her favor. Sometimes the demands of the woman become unbearable to the point that the man may lash out -- I'm not saying this is right, but this is the reality. There's been a deliberate plan to wipe out masculinity in society. When you wipe out the man you wipe out God, because the man represents God on earth. Then there?s no truth -- no light -- and no hope for the family.
In other words, these men who leave just can't help themselves; their testorone can't handle it, and they have fragile egos. It also seems that can't stand up to the power of the pu**y! Please, maybe this man needs a vagina to understand a woman!
Who's trying to wipe out masculinity? I wish there was a balance between masculinity, and feminism. He says when you wipe out man, you wipe out God? HUh? If man represents God, then who do women represent? I believe both do, but this reverand feels that an perfect God shares his sexism, but God simply doesn't. His radical views about women is disturbing, ignorant, and arrogant! Typical straight man.
He screams anti-gay ignorance:"
"Homosexuality is not about love, it's not about family, and it's not about civil rights. It's about sex ? and selfishness. It's about pleasure at the price of morality and dignity, with reckless disregard for the raising of the young and for the traditional family unit. In many cases, it's about imposing a perverse lifestyle on a society based on close adherence to traditional Judeo-Christian values.
...The claim that homosexual conduct is legitimate since it is the consequence of an attribute (orientation) beyond one's control is also extremely dangerous. Underlying this claim is the notion that anything someone may have an orientation or a predilection towards, no matter how wicked (rape, torturing children) is by definition legitimate, simply by virtue of his having a predilection toward it.
He is so ignorant about gays it's sad, and pathetic! It seems he thinks gays are souless, and non-feeling creatures. When you don't understand a issue, all kinds of sh*t run out peoples' mouth. Please reverand go to the bathroom, empty your mouth, and come back with intelligence, logic, and reason!
Aside from his stupidity about homosexuality[gays]. His take on women is typical straight men wanting the good ol' times with domniating and controlling women. But can you blame the reverand? No it's what he was taught, and the bible was written by men, and is very anti-female. God isn't anti-female, but the book is, and fallible. In the bible,if she is not a virgin on wedding night, take her to her fathers door and stone her to death. Something extreme like this is NOT from an all-loving God, but a fallible man/writer. All are responsible in a relationship, but no one should have control over anyone!
[More Updates before or no later than 12 Noon-JusticeMH!]
Saturday, June 16, 2007
GQ, the men’s quarterly that’s really a monthly, has a feature in its new issue called "A GQ Guide to Being a 21st Century Dad." In the guide readers can find Vernon Scott, Martin Lofsnes and five-year-old Demian Lofsnes-Scott, two New York dads and their son.
Justice MH's Thoughts: I want to wish these dads a happy father's day, and God bless them, for being there for their five-year old son. I hope they have fun today tomorrow! Now, I will have my post on Father's day early tomorrow AM. It was last month during Mother's Day, captian said will be interesting to see what I have say for father's day. Well i won't hold back on what i want to say on that day. So tomorrow Justice MH's thoughts on father's day. I should say my day, but my thoughts on that day tomorrow AM!
Friday, June 15, 2007
This must be the "family values", and "moral values" they like to talk about. So much for being christ-like, or turning the "other cheek". Christian outreach? Yeah, right! via:[365gaynews]:
"A woman who was part of a conservative Christian group rallying Thursday at the Massachusetts Statehouse for a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage is charged with assaulting a gay marriage supporter who was attending a rally across the street opposing the amendment.
Diane Steele, 52, was arraigned Friday on charges of assault and battery.
Steele, from Richmond in western Massachusetts, was one of about a hundred protestors calling on state lawmakers to approve the amendment and send it to voters in 2008.
Steele allegedly crossed the street and slapped the unidentified person. The victim was startled but not hurt.
Boston Police spokesperson James Kenneally said Steele apparently decided to "escalate" the debate into a physical confrontation".
Well She probably feel like God gave her permission to put her hands on somebody. Don't know what God that is? And this isn't first time conservative christitan groups have been charge with assaulting marriage equality supporters. So i'm not surprise. The hate, intolerance, and bigotry. You gotta love their version of "Christian values", right?
After a major victory for marriage equality in Massachusetts, more good news come out: A new awareness campaign targeting homophobia in Boston's historic black community has been well-received, and will start a visibility.
We Are Part of You" is a series of three related ads, each using the phrase "I Am Gay", that was originally developed for black communities in New York City.The goal of the campaign, which will run on billboards and in MBTA stations in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan, is to drive home the point in Boston’s black communities that "gay men have always been and will always be a part of those communities," says Douglas Brooks, the executive director of JRI Health.Brooks took the # 22 bus up Columbus Avenue to gauge the reaction to the above billboard in Egleston Square:
"I was on a bus full of black people, and wondering what the reactions would be…. I saw people looking at it. I saw people reading it. You can’t help it, it draws your attention because it’s so bold. And I think more than anything the fact that there were no comments made me feel good. I thought, ‘Okay, maybe people are just sort of taking it in,’ or at least they’re not making loud homophobic remarks on the bus. But I was very proud of it, too. I hope it makes a difference.”
Another ad is three black gay men showing they play basketball on the same courts as others. Yes, there are gay athletes, who are black! The ad breaks some stereotypes about gay men that people are know to have. This ad is refreshing, and show black gay men who are masculine.
The Last billboard, showing a black gay man with a pastor, was placed in Dorchester on Blue Hill Avenue.“I placed that one there in particular because it’s an area where there are several large black churches, and I thought the power of having that image of a gay black man and his minister standing there, reminding people that they’re part of their congregations as well, was an important [message],” said State Sen. Dianne Wilkerson (D-Boston). The location Just happens to be near the church of the Rev. Eugene Rivers, one of Boston's loudest ant-gay black pastors. So the billboards can't be miss, and will send a clear message of what is already known!
Bill Maher is a guy i admire, and have much respect. His show is real talk. Bill and his guests discuss U.S. Marine General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who refused to apologize for saying that homosexual acts are "immoral," explaining that he was expressing his "personal moral views."
People and their moral codes is annoying, but he's entitle to his personal views. But when it comes to shaping public policy, he's obligated to reach a bit higher -- to consider facts and evidence and the impact of his public expressions of intolerance on the men and women he commands.
The video is right on point, this "don't ask don't tell" policy beyond discrimnatory, and just plain silly. Check out the video!!!
Thursday, June 14, 2007
There will be no marriage vote in Massachusetts. Gay Marriage will remain legal in Massachusetts. State Lawmakers blocked a proposed Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage from reaching voters. The 45-151 vote means Massachusetts remains the only state in the nation that allows same-sex couples to marry. This is a major victory for gay rights and marriage equality supporters.
Marriage Equality has been legal for over three years, and over 9,000 same-sex couples have tied the knot. The first black governor, a marriage equality supporter had this to say:
"In Massachusetts today, the freedom to marry is secure," said a victorious Gov. Deval Patrick, who had lobbied lawmakers up until the final hours to kill the measure.
Gov.Deval Patrick is the first black Governor to march in a Pride Parade, and to make sure freedom to marry was NOT taken away!
After all this intense debate, it will take years to have support to open the debate to have a ban on gay marriage, and the chances in the years to come are very slim.
Freedom to marry is now preserved for the state of Massachusetts. Equality is a value that works for all Americans!
Montgomery County Public School teachers may tell students that homosexuality is not an illness. This newly approve sex-ed plan will help students who have important questions about human sexuality. The gay-inclusive sex education program will be taught throughout the district this fall.
“If a student asks ‘Am I mentally ill? Am I sick?’ that child deserves a response, if there is a response,” said Superintendent Jerry Weast.
Many supporters praise the new Curriculum. One PFLAG dad was very please with new curriculum. “It deals with the greatest fear that so many kids who are gay have,” said David Fishback, a PFLAG dad whose gay son once contemplated suicide. “Now that fear can be dealt with.”
Jim Kennedy of Teach the Facts, a coalition of curriculum supporters, said he’d hoped the district would incorporate other positive statements about homosexuality, such as notes that gays can live happy and successful lives.But the social psychologist said he was relieved that teachers can now tell their students that homosexuality is not an illness, a view that previously could not be stated in class.
Of course where there is a positive, there is a negative. The sex-ed plan has drawn critism from a group called PFOX-Parents & Friends of Gays & Ex-Gays. The director is really of out of touch with this.
Regina Griggs, director of Parents & Friends of Gays & Ex-Gays, said the lessons for students in eighth and 10th grade are improper and the board’s decision was triggered by political concerns. “It has nothing to do with education,” she said. “It has everything to do with politics.”
Lady Please! This has nothing to do with politics! Those children don't need to hear discredited, and baseless theories from PFOX. This help students with unanswered questions, and now they have them with scientific proof, and backup for it, unlike PFOX's junk science theories.
The curriculum, titled “Respect for Differences in Human Sexuality,” explains concepts such as sexual identity and orientation using nonjudgmental language.
Students in eighth grade are taught to recognize healthy relationships and how to define human sexuality, gender identity and other terms. Students in 10th grade receive a more robust curriculum, including an examination of topics such as coming out. It also asks students to consider the challenges a transgender student might face.
Justice MH's Final Thoughts: As i said throughout the post, this is a good move by this school district. Mont. teachers can now give students the question they need answered. It will also help students that are straight to understand and respect their fellow students who happen to be gay. Now the real learning can begin!
A New Orleans community activist and former grand marshal of Southern Decadence was found beaten to death in his home Monday, police reported.
Robin Malta, 43, was found by his sister Monica Thurmond, who had gone to his Marigny district home to check on him. He had apparently been dead for some time, a coroner's spokesman told the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
On Tuesday morning, Malta's 1997 Nissan was found dumped in a Central City neighbourhood, burned and its windows shattered.
Among those questioned by police is Shawn Curry, 36, an ex-roommate of Malta's, WWL-TV reported. Authorities said Tuesday that Curry is not a suspect, but they hope he can shed light on the killing, the fourth reported in New Orleans in as many days.
Malta and Thurmond, both third-generation NOLA residents, owned Salon d'Malta, a popular hair salon in the French Quarter. Famed for his generosity and good spirits, Malta raised tens of thousands of dollars for gay and other causes, including Food for Friends, the pantry of New Orleans' AIDS Task Force.
In 1998, he was named grand marshal of Southern Decadence, the massive gay event held every Labor Day weekend. After Hurricane Katrina, he gave National Guard members free haircuts in gratitude for their service.
"He loved everyone," Thurmond told WWL. "He didn't have an enemy anywhere."
Especially after Katrina, Malta spoke and agitated often against the rise of crime in his city and particularly in his neighborhood.
"Drive-by muggings -- I mean, there's guys riding around in vehicles just mugging people, jumping in their vehicles, going around the corner, mugging somebody else," he told WDSU-TV in October.
"I'd like to see the mayor actually walk Marigny Street, from Charters to Rampart Street, by himself at 3 o'clock in the morning. I guarantee you he'd get mugged."
Friends plan to organise a march on Malta's behalf. They ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the city's Crimestoppers program.
Justice MH's Final Thoughts: I grew up in New Orleans, so i know the violence in the neighborhoods was very high. I want to send my prays to Malta's family for their loss. A person of kindess, gentleness, and love will be miss by his New Orleans community.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
The three minute commercial starts commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the historic Loving Vs. Virginia court decision.Each couple shares how once under the law they were not permitted to marry but because of the Loving decision and the 2004 Massachusetts High Court decision, which permitted gay marriage within the state of Massachusetts they are now legally married.
Freedom to marry is often restricted based on religious-bigotry disguised as religious truth. Religious leader oppose interrical marriages base on their poor, unjust, and baseless bibical beliefs. They said it would destroy Marriage, and it was not God's will. Fast forward 40 years later, the same religious-bigotry is used against same-sex couples' right to marry the person they love.
Let's end religious-bigotry, now and forever!
Reggae stars Beenie Man, Sizzla, and Capleton renounce homophobia, and have signed the Reggae Compassionate Act in a deal brokered with top reggae promoters and Stop Murder Music activists, deal to stop anti-gay music. All three top reggae/dance hall singers condemned violence against lesbians and gay men.
The agreement follows the three-year-long Stop Murder Music campaign, which resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of the singers’ concerts and sponsorship deals, causing them income losses estimated in excess of five million dollars.
The Reggae Compassionate Act is a big breakthrough,” said Peter Tatchell, of the British gay human rights group OutRage!.
Mr Tatchell is coordinator of the worldwide Stop Murder Music campaign. He helped negotiate the deal with the three singers.
“The singers’ rejection of homophobia and sexism is an important milestone. We rejoice at their new commitment to music without prejudice,” said Mr Tatchell.
“This deal will have a huge, positive impact in Jamaica and the Caribbean. The media coverage will generate public awareness and debate, breaking down ignorance and undermining homophobia.
“Having these major reggae stars renounce homophobia will influence their fans and the wider public to rethink bigoted attitudes. The beneficial effect on young black straight men will be immense,” he said
In the Reggae Compassionate Act the three singers pledge to:
■ “respect and uphold the rights of all individuals to live without fear of hatred and violence due to their religion, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or gender”;
■ “there’s no space in the music community for hatred and prejudice, including no place for racism, violence, sexism or homophobia”;
■ “we agree to not make statements or perform songs that incite hatred or violence against anyone from any community”.
In this declaration the artists promise to not sing lyrics or make public statements, in Jamaica or anywhere else in the world, that incite prejudice, hatred or violence against lesbian and gay people.
The other five murder music artists – Elephant Man, TOK, Bounty Killa, Vybz Kartel and Buju Banton – have not signed the Reggae Compassionate Act as of right now.
Justice MH's Final Thoughts: I am really proud that these three reggae artist realize that homophobia, and hate is wrong, and unaccceptable. They have paved the way for other reggae artists to do the same and renounce hate, and homophobia.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Noah's Ark Season 2 DVD release has finally come. I have pre-order my Season 2 Dvd.
"Navigating life and love in L.A. isn't easy, and no one knows that better than Noah and his friends - Alex, Ricky & Chance. LOGO's ground-breaking, one-of-a-kind series Noah's Arc follows all four as they chart an uncertain course through the City of Angels, where laughter and drama are never in short supply".
All 8 Episodes of the 2006 Season on 3 Discs
Tales from the Arc Side
Getting to Know the Cast
On the Set with the Cast
At the Salon with Jensen Atwood
At the Gym with Christian Vincent and Gregory Keith
Clothing Noah's Arc
Behind the Scenes...Photo Shoot
At the 17th Annual GLAAD Awards
Oh No They Didn't - Blooper Reel
Celebrity Coming Out Story - Wilson Cruz
NewNowNext Off the Record - Deadlee
Outlaugh Festival on Wisecrack - Marga Gomez
Easter Egg: Trey's Calendar Gallery
To order Season 2 on DVD, two best sites to do that is amazon.com and logoonline.com.
Friday, June 8, 2007
Exodus International, the largest ex-gay organization and increasingly active anti-gay rights lobby, is now making a rather bold claim. Without any explanation, support or fanfare, they have released two radio spots as part of a media campaign to promote their upcoming Freedom Conference in Irvine, California.
"Revolution - a sudden, radical, complete change - through Christ - freedom is possible for those who struggle with same-gender attraction…”
Both audio clips use the same script with different background music to fit the various radio programming formats. The page contains no information or support concerning the claim, and as far as one can tell it would only be heard by someone listening to the radio or happening across that particular page. A web search would not find it.
In the past, Exodus president Alan Chambers has denied this kind of immediate transformation, and certainly no proof exists to support it. When confronted by Anderson Cooper about Ted Haggard’s claim to have become heterosexual after three weeks of therapy, Chambers said:
Well, the truth is that’s not my story, and it’s not the story of anyone I’ve ever met. I don’t know Ted Haggard’s journey over the last three weeks, but like Mark, I would say that it’s something that — it doesn’t seem like something that is really the case.
Others, such as Melissa Fryrear of Focus on the Family, have made the claim, again without any substantiation, that it is possible for one to be instantaneously changed from homosexual to heterosexual:
"I know some people that God and it’s their testimony that god did an instantaneous work and they never have had homosexual thought or temptation or idea again in their lives and moved on to heterosexuality, that identity, marriage, children and it was an instantaneous moment for them".
These conferences attract not only parents, but a large youth contingent as well. Gay youth are obviously particularly targeted. It is disturbing that Exodus has placed this dubious message, one that does not even match Exodus’ own past official stance, on the radio with no explanation whatsoever. At the very least this will confuse many, and at worst - well we deal daily with what the worst can be.
Justice MH's Final Thoughts: I'm not surprise by this baseless claim by Exdous. This group still promotes that you can pray away the gay, which doesn't happen at all. Using God, the bible, and twisting Jesus's message is good bait for people with temporary blind faith. Exdous still hasn't convince America that they have had any success, and they haven't provide any document on so-called sudden radical change.
As TWO's Wayne Besen says, "this just goes to show that people can change behavior or live in denial - but they don't change their sexual orientation. The truth is: You can't pray away the gay."
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
When you try to teach children how words have power, it doesn't always be safe issue to try to teach about. This is what brought my attention to Nashville,TN. A Metro Nashville middle school teacher with a long history of opposing gay bias was suspended without pay for asking a black student how she would feel if he called her by a racial slur.
Stephen Henry, a sixth-grade teacher at Creswell Arts Magnet School and the newly elected vice president of the Metro Nashville Education Association, probably will serve his three-day unpaid suspension near the start of the 2007-08 school year, according to school officials.The 21-year teaching veteran was placed on administrative leave May 23, about a week before the end of school. He plans to appeal the decision.
Henry is a professional actor who has won numerous awards as a human rights activist and serves as vice president of the Tennessee Equality Project, a group dedicated to advancing the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.
He also is a member of the executive committee for the Metro Nashville Education Association and teaches training courses on safety and gay and lesbian issues.
Last month, Henry overheard a female student, whose name was not released by school officials, describe something as "gay".
Henry, who declined to comment, told school officials he wanted to use the incident as a way to educate students about offensive words."Because it has been my practice all year long to address teachable moments when they present themselves ... I felt compelled to pursue that lesson," Henry wrote in an e-mail to Principal Dorothy Gunn.
"I stated that regardless of what one means, when emotionally-charged words are used, the intent of the speaker is often never heard or understood by those who actually hear the offending words."
"According to other accounts of the May 15 incident, he then asked the student how she would feel if he called her the offensive slur.
The student responded by saying, "How would you feel if I called you a cracker?"
Now did someone call her something? No. She's one of those teens who doesn't like to be corrected. This girl now call mommy. Teens are good for calling parents when they know their wrong. Believe me i try to get my mom on my side whether i'm right or wrong. Anyway here comes mother, Anzora Lee-Starks, the students mom.
"I don't think he meant it to come out the way it did, but I think my daughter was very hurt, and I was very upset about it," she said. "I teach my children not to use that word. I think he made a very poor choice in trying to explain something that is over their heads and using the n-word in the way he did."
Please! Your daughter has a smart-a** mouth. Teens these days are ready to flip-off a adult, especially when their trying to teach them about how words have power.
Lee-Starks said her daughter was bothered because she felt the teacher was using the "what-if" scenario as an excuse to call her the racial slur. Lee-Starks said Henry apologized for the incident, and she felt his apology was sincere. But, she said, she doesn't believe he should have been explaining such a sensitive topic to sixth-graders by using such a racially charged word.
She was bothered? I wonder if she told you she went off, and call the man a cracker. He wasn't trying call her a racial slur, and she knows it. She just doesn't like someone telling he about the words she was using. Stop trying to make excuses. When i was sixth-grade, i knew alot about diverse topics.
"I think he's aware what he said was inappropriate for that age group," she said. "Maybe high school or college you might have that kind of exchange and be able to say the word and it would be a discussion. It wasn't a discussion."
Um ms, that age-group more than ever needs to know about how their words have major effects on other students. The age group for sixth grade is 12-13, their ready. Why do parents act like their children can't comprehend issue that they go through? Adults always underestimate teens.
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
I have been hearing alot about this controversy from alot gay media about eHarmony.
The issue is that the business discriminates in favor of heterosexuals -- to the exclusion of providing comparable services to gays, lesbians, and bisexuals. In California's law it looks like eHarmony has already lost this case before the battle is even engaged.
The reason is eHarmony has apparently already lost is in part due to their headquarters being based out of Pasadena, California. Since January of 2006, California modified the state's Unruh Civil Rights Act with AB1400:
"The Civil Rights Act of 2005 [AB 1400] adds sexual orientation, gender, and marital status to the Unruh Act, explicitly strengthening nondiscrimination protections to clarify that businesses that provide services, goods or accommodations to the public cannot discriminate against LGBT people. The law requires "Full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges or services in all business establishments" covered by the Unruh Act, which include shopping centers, mobile home parks, bars and restaurants, schools, medical and dental offices, hotels, theaters, hospitals, salons, public agencies, retail stores, and certain organizations like condominium homeowners' associations".
AB 1400 actually goes further than that. This is because the definition of sex used for AB1400 includes gender identity/transgender people. The text of the Unruh Civil Rights Act also specifically states about the businesses affected:
All persons within the jurisdiction of this state are free and equal, and no matter what their sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, marital status, or sexual orientation are entitled to the full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, privileges, or services in all business establishments of every kind whatsoever. (Emphasis added)
In all business establishments of every kind whatsoever will no doubt include California based e-businesses, whether owned by Christians (like eHarmony's Dr. Neil Clark Warren) or not.
Justice MH's Final thoughts: I can see where this case is going, and it's not in favor eHarmony's discriminating policies. I believe Dr. Neil Clark Warren and eHarmony have already lost this court case -- they just don't know it yet.
Thanks Pam @http://pamshouseblend.com.
Tim Hardaway has come up with another excuse for his homophobia. It has alomost been four months since his "i hate gay people" rant.. I don't like it. It shouldn't be in the world or in the United States." Oh but Tim loves to takes his time and be naked with other men. How you doin? Well Tim is about let us know he's doing with his latest excuse. Sportswriter Benjamin Hochman with the Times-Picayune cathes up with Mr.Hardaway.
An "unapologetic Hardaway dismisses his homophobic rant as mere "comment":
"It was just a comment, that's what it was to me. It's over with. I don't think about it...Let bygones be bygones. A lot of people are putting their foot in their mouths...
"When you say something positive, they don't write anything positive in the paper. Whatever people say now is taken out of context. Everybody is blowing stuff up. What can you do? People in the media need to start writing positive stuff."
Justice MH's Fianl thoughts: Please! Tim really needs to just keep his comments to himself. The more he opens his mouth, the more trouble he gets in, and the media will let it be known. Tim is still trying to get people to forget his comments, and it doesn't look like it's forgotten. His comments make me think of a only saying "me thinks the lady protest too much". Good luck Tim!
In a new book, Forbidden Fruit: Sex & Religion in the Lives of American Teenagers by Mark Regnerus, a professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin, he confirms what has already has many flaws that teens are still having sex despite virginity pledges and purity balls. His research is based on several surveys of young adults about their sexual habits (or lack thereof).
"The fate of the True Love Waits movement, which began with the Southern Baptist Convention in the '90s, is a perfect example. Teenagers who signed the abstinence pledge belong to a subgroup of highly motivated virgins. But even they succumb. Follow-up surveys show that at best, pledges delayed premarital sex by 18 months -- a success by statistical standards but a disaster for Southern Baptist pastors.
...When evangelical parents say they talk to their kids about sex, they mean the morals, not the mechanics. In a quiz on pregnancy and health risks associated with sex, evangelicals scored very low. Evangelical teens don't accept themselves as people who will have sex until they've already had it. As a result, abstinence pledgers are considerably less likely than nonpledgers to use birth control the first time they have sex. "It just sort of happened," one girl told the researchers, in what could be a motto for this generation of evangelical teens".
Justice MH's Fianl thoughts: This is something which everyone should be aware of. President Bush's abstinence-only programs have already been discredited by growing amount of research by medical officals. It's sad that these kids don't have the knowledge of safe sex and contraception. Like his war policies, President Bush's abstinence-only programs are deeply flawed!
Well it seems history will be made in Dallas, Texas. Dallas City Council member Ed Oakley might win that honor if he wins upcoming runoff election. Dallas has a population of 1.2 million and has an LGBT community estimated at 120K.
"Ed Oakley's candidacy is the latest indication that Dallas' reputation as a conservative stronghold is giving way to more diversity. The city is already home to several gay elected officials, including the sheriff.
"Dallas is less and less the Dallas that people think it is," said Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University. "And Dallas is less and less the Dallas that it used to be."
In the mayoral race, Oakley and former construction company CEO Tom Leppert emerged from a crowded 11-candidate field that included another openly gay man and a transgendered woman. Oakley and Leppert will be the only candidates in the June 16 runoff.
...The city has nondiscrimination policies covering sexual orientation and gender identity and offers health insurance to the domestic partners of city employees, measures praised as progressive by local gay-rights activists. "I think some people don't realize that Dallas is very diverse: economically, ethnically, culturally," said Pete Webb, president of the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance.
"That has helped mute any controversy about Oakley's sexuality in a state where two years ago voters approved a ban on gay marriage by a 3-to-1 margin".
Justice MH's Final thoughts: Good for Dallas! I'm glad voters are interested in his leadship skill, and what he can do as a public official. Not so focus on his sexual orientation.
Monday, June 4, 2007
It has been four days into pride month, and several whitehouse hopefuls such Sen Clinton, and Sen.Obama on June's Pride Month. Both Clinton and Obama have release their respective statements on June's Pride Month.
From Senator Obama’s campaign website:
Pride Month is a reminder that while we have come a long way since the Stonewall riots in 1969, we still have a lot of work to do.
Too often, the issue of LGBT rights is exploited by those seeking to divide us. But at its core, this issue is about who we are as Americans. It’s about whether this nation is going to live up to its founding promise of equality by treating all its citizens with dignity and respect.
It’s time to turn the page on the bitterness and bigotry that fill so much of today’s LGBT rights debate. The rights of all Americans should be protected — whether it’s at work or anyplace else. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” needs to be repealed because patriotism and a sense of duty should be the key tests for military service, not sexual orientation. Civil unions should give gay couples full rights. And those who commit hate crimes should be punished no matter whether those crimes are committed on account of race, religion, gender identity, or sexual orientation.”
This Pride Month, let’s make our founding promise of equality a reality for every American.
Justice MH: Sen Clinton shows her Pride in June's Pride Month:
"As we celebrate Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, I want to commend the LGBT community on a historic year that brought our country closer to equality and closer to ending discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. Just a year ago, I worked with my Democratic colleagues in the Senate as well as with LGBT leaders to defeat the divisive and discriminatory Federal Marriage Amendment (FMA). Since then, we not only defeated FMA, but we have been able to make real progress in achieving fairness for all Americans. In fact, since June 2006, New Jersey and New Hampshire became the third and fourth states to adopt civil unions and Washington and Iowa were added to the list of states that outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. A similar bill in Colorado is expected to be signed into law soon. And in Congress, we are finally on the verge of passing the Matthew Shepherd Act, which would expand hate crimes laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity. What a difference a year makes".
Justice MH: Sen.Clinton just keeps it coming with her Pride on America's roots:
"When I am president, we will work together to make sure that all Americans in committed relationships have equal benefits and that nothing stands in the way of loving couples who want to adopt children in need. We’re going to finally expand our federal hate crimes legislation and pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. It is just plain wrong that in the year 2007, people who work hard and do a good job every day can still be fired because of who they love. And finally, we will put an end to the failed policy of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Courage, honor, patriotism and sacrifice — the traits that define our men and women in uniform — have nothing to do with sexual orientation".
Justice MH Final thoughts: They sound pretty good, but i still haven't choose either yet. I might not decide until the New Year 08. They have been good...... so far!
The personal faith of candidates has become a very public part of the 2008 presidential campaign.
Seven years after George W. Bush won the presidency in part with a direct appeal to conservative religious voters - he cited Jesus Christ as his favorite philosopher during one debate - it seems all the leading presidential candidates are discussing their religious and moral beliefs, even when they'd rather not.
Democratic Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama have hired strategists to focus on reaching religious voters. Obama's campaign holds a weekly conference call with key supporters in early primary and caucus states whose role is to spread the candidate's message to religious leaders and opinionmakers and report their concerns to the campaign.Democrats in general are targeting moderate Roman Catholics, mainline Protestants and even evangelicals, hoping to enlist enough voters for whom religious and moral issues are a priority to put together a winning coalition.
Next week, Clinton, Obama and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards are scheduled to address liberal evangelicals at a forum on "faith, values and poverty."
Also, it seems Republicans are having a hard time with conservative religious votes.
Lets start with Democratic hopeful's views on sharing faith in the 2008 elections:
First Dem: Sen John Edwards
In March, Edwards told the multi-faith Web site Beliefnet.com that Jesus would be appalled at how the nation has ignored the plight of the suffering."I think the majority of Americans, the people who largely decide elections, what they are looking for - particularly in these times - is a really good and decent human being to be president," "If you are a person, a man or woman, of faith, that has an impact on how they view you as a human being, whatever your faith is."
Justice MH: I like how the way Edwards had a sense of inclusion of every Americans' faith. He's probably in the front spot for my vote and support.
Next Dem: Sen. Chris Dodd
Sen Chris Dodd is a Catholic, told an April forum at Boston College that Democrats have made "a huge mistake over the years" by not talking more openly about how their personal faith informs their public policy positions.
Justice MH: I don't fully agree with Sen.Dodd. However, Bush had success by openly expressing himself about God, and that Jesus is his favorite philosopher. So i say go for it!
Next Dem: Sen. Barack Obama
Last year, Obama chastised fellow Democrats for failing to "acknowledge the power of faith in the lives of the American people," and said the party must compete for the support of evangelicals and other churchgoers."Not every mention of God in public is a breach to the wall of separation. Context matters," he said.
Justice MH: I agree with Obama that not every mention of God in public breaches separation of church and state. If you have to mention faith mainly bible-loving christians, then so be it. Obama hasn't proven to me that he will support my causes at a point i want him to be. He has strong leadership unlike Bush, but i'm still skeptic about him. Okay i took a look at some of Democratic field, i know this isn't everyone, but the rest of Dems haven't voice their faith yet. The GOP is ironically having a hard discussing faith in public.So lets take a look at the GOP:
First GOP: Mitt Romney
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has been questioned so much about his Mormon faith - 46 percent of those polled by Gallup in March had a negative opinion of the religion - that he has taken to emphasizing that he is running for a secular office.
Justice MH: Now you see, this is the problem i have with asking people about their faith and personal religious beliefs. In our U.S Constitution, it says NO religious tests or etc. If that not enough for Romney, he's also a flip-flipper, and a wannabe conservative. I'm far from being a Conservative. I don't support Romney's campaign, but he's going to have a struggle to get the GOP nomination.
Next GOP: Sen. Sam BrownBack
Sen. BrownBack is a former Methodist who converted to Catholicism in 2002, told a forum that faith "doesn't make all your decisions, but you can't segregate it out - it's part of the values basis you bring.
Justice MH: Now i have to say i agree with him, but Bush seems he doesn't get that.
Sen.Brownback has a struggle himself. He's behind in public poll by the likes of rudy, mccain, romney, and thompson. I don't have to think on this one, and that mean this GOP doesn't have my vote!
Next GOP: Rudy Giuliani
Rudy is a catholic, and supports abortion rights. He seems to not be comfortable in talking about his faith. Rudy's campaign spokesman said "The mayor's personal relationship with God is private and between him and God,"
Justice MH Final thoughts: I wonder what that means? It's like i said in beginning it shouldn't be anybody's business. Giuliani may be the only GOP who may get my vote, and that "may" is slim. One reason is because my family is Democratic, certainly NOT GOP. I may decide to be a independent voter. Who knows. The Democratic hopeful who looks pretty strong is John Edwards. On the GOP side to me is Rudy Giulani. But alot can happen between now and 2008. It seems that all these White house hopefuls are going through religious test, which why in the Constitution that is NOT suppose to happen. Our founding fathers didn't want someone's personal religious beliefs to win public offices. Now it seems this has led to alot religious a** kissing. Religion and Politics is a dangerous combination!