Matt Baume of AFER gives an update on marriage equality cases.
Matt Baume of AFER gives an update on marriage equality cases.
If Rams can discriminate against a homosexual because his behavior doesn't measure up, so can bakers and photographers.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) August 31, 2014
AFA's Bryan Fischer rather desperately misrepresents the Rams' football-based decision to cut Michael Sam in order to make an unrelated point. Meanwhile, Breitbart in its report completely ignores Sam's strong performance in pre-season games, going back instead several months to before he was drafted.
Lucas Grindley reports at Advocate.com on Sam's situation. As Cyd Zeigler at Outsports says, the Rams' decision was based on the fact that it already has a strong defensive line. The fact that Sam was overlooked by every other NFL team, including teams like the Bengals and Patriots that needed pass rushers like him, suggest that something other than his merits was at play. Shame on the NFL.
Miranda Blue at Right Wing Watch reports:
A World Congress of Families event in Melbourne this week was supposed to feature speeches by three Australian government officials, including social services minister Kevin Andrews. Instead, all three have backed out in the face of criticism of the Illinois-based group’s promotion of harsh anti-gay and anti-choice laws around the world.
In addition, the Australian politicians had come under fire for the conference’s sponsorship by Catch the Fire ministries, a group run by far-right politician Danny Nalliah who has blamed wildfires on abortion rights and frequently lashes out against "multiculturalism." (Nalliah also happens to be an ally of bizarre birther WND columnist and RWW favorite Lord Monckton).
Andrews’ decision to back out of the WCF event is especially galling since the group had been planning to present him with its “Natural Family Man of the Year” award. In a somewhat confusing statement, Andrews criticized those asking him to back out of trying to “shut down debate” while agreeing with them that the WCF summit represented “intolerance.”
Outsports reports. Any other NFL team can pick him up in the next 24 hours. Very disappointing, but it's not over yet. Sam tweeted:
I want to thank the entire Rams organization and the city of St. Louis for giving me this tremendous opportunity and allowing me to (1/2)— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) August 30, 2014
show I can play at this level. I look forward to continuing to build on the progress I made here toward a long and successful career (2/2)— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) August 30, 2014
The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I've always known. The journey continues.— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) August 30, 2014
@MichaelSamNFL Your skills, toughness, spirit, and poise are an inspiration to millions. Thank you for stepping up. Still rooting for you.— Richard Rosendall (@RickRosendall) August 30, 2014
NYT offers a preview of the Sunday morning political shows on its op-ed page.
As predictable as the dawn. This week the President is a hapless weakling; next week, if he issues an executive order on immigration, he'll be a tyrant. It would be nice if those interviewing McCain and his closeted and overcompensating sidekick would ask them how their hawkish approach worked under Mr. Obama's predecessor. But the media has been much more interested in the President's haberdashery.
Samantha Bee normally annoys me, but this is funny. Michael Sam outclasses the people who persist in trying to marginalize him with their locker room fantasies. Rooting for you, Mike.
My column this week discusses the police abuses and racial injustice exposed by a recent police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. Here's an excerpt:
When civil disorder followed the fatal shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, it was fueled by police aggression that exacerbated existing community mistrust.
Ferguson police, overwhelmingly white in a community two-thirds black, offered a case study in how not to handle lawful protests. While failing to release a proper incident report and initially withholding Wilson’s name, they put out information to imply Brown deserved his fate. Never mind the double standard whereby (say) gun-waving white radicals like Cliven Bundy in Nevada are spared deadly force.
As police innovated daily escalations (infringing First Amendment freedoms, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at reporters and peaceful protesters), community leaders including Alderman Antonio French urged restraint, blocked looters, and transmitted events on social media. Capt. Ron Johnson of the state highway patrol showed maturity by replacing riot gear with respectful community engagement, though events (and some headstrong officers) outflanked him.
Live tweets and subsequent reports reveal belligerent officers with a history of abuse. While demonstrators chanted “Hands up, don’t shoot,” outsiders instigated violence that gave police an excuse to “drop the hammer,” as SiriusXM radio host Mark Thompson put it. A Missouri GOP official called on-scene voter registration efforts “disgusting.” So pointing guns at protesters is not a provocation, but registering voters is?
Read the whole thing at Metro Weekly.
Mark Joseph Stern at Slate has excerpted a string of audio clips from Tuesday's 7th Circuit hearing on the Indiana and Wisconsin gay marriage bans, in which conservative Judge Richard Posner quietly and brutally exposes the bankruptcy of the state governments' position.
Listening to the audio has a much more powerful impact than just reading Posner's words on the page. I think this is going to be a legendary moment when the history of this struggle is written. Judge Posner is devastating.
John Aravosis at AMERICAblog reports:
The wildly popular gay dating app “Grindr” is facing accusations that a glitch in its system is giving away the actual location of its users to anyone with a Web connection.
The charge, first reported by NDTV – which I tested and found to be accurate — is that someone not even signed in to the phone/tablet application can find the location of any Grindr user to within about 100 feet.
Among the locales in which gays were detected by my test of the security breach: Turkey, Jordan, the British House of Commons, and the DC headquarters of the Republican National Committee.
(Update: Using the Grindr security glitch, I just found three gays in Kampala, Uganda; and a colleage found two inside the Russian state Duma (parliament), and one inside the Kremlin itself.)
Grindr claims it's not a bug, it's a feature.
Video of Michael Brown's funeral service, held Monday at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis. May he rest in peace.
Beautiful New Yorker cover this week, by Eric Drooker. Hands up, don't shoot.
In addition to being spot-on, this commentary by Aussie comedian Adam Hills is a beautiful tribute to Robin Williams. Helloooooo!
In what may spell the end times for the deranged Phelps family, they have accepted the offer by Hills to pay their first-class fare to Iraq (and pay the carbon offset) to protest anti-Christian persecution by the radical Islamic group ISIS. And just as a sweet reminder, a scene that illustrates why the late actor and comedian reviled by the Phelps loons is so beloved.
Kyle Mantyla reports at Right Wing Watch on the latest lunacy from Bryan Fischer of AFA.
Brian Tashman at Right Wing Watch has the latest craziness from David Horowitz. Here's a sample:
Obama is an anti-American radical and I'm actually sure he's a Muslim, he certainly isn't a Christian. He's a pretend Christian in the same way he's a pretend American. It really is disgraceful. He's inviting the terrorists to behead more Americans when he should be attacking them with our military. His whole agenda in office has been to defeat America, he lost the war in Iraq deliberately, he created a vacuum which ISIS has filled.
Click on the link above for audio clips.
A curious article appeared in the online version of the Blade on August 15, written by Felipe Sousa-Rodriguez and Heather Cronk and titled, "LGBT success comes from diverse communities." In it they take objection to a quote by Robert Raben of The Raben Group in a previous article. He was remarking on the power of white privilege, but Sousa-Rodriquez and Cronk managed to turn this into a claim "that only white men can secure progress," as they put it. They took great issue with this. The trouble with this is that it is simply not what Raben said.
I posted the following reply:
The authors should re-read the article. They have seriously misconstrued Robert Raben’s remarks. He did not say that only white men can secure progress. He was noting the power of white privilege, not (to say the very least!) endorsing white supremacy. He is known as someone who continually spends his privilege to empower all. During our community’s preparations for passage of marriage equality in DC, which we won five years ago, Robert was as clear as anyone about how crucial it was for our city’s effort and its public voice to reflect the diversity of our community. He must have gasped at being so badly misunderstood by these writers, whose interpretation is approximately the opposite of what he and his firm uphold.
As Barney Frank used to say, some of us are working to create change; but some people just want to complain.
Florida AG Pam Bondi says y'all can just stay in limbo until SCOTUS rules.
Rep. John Lewis, renowned civil rights champion and veteran of the Freedom Rides and Bloody Sunday, marches in Atlanta to show solidarity with the peaceful protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.
Meanwhile in Ferguson, the protests are being infiltrated by violent outside agitators.
John Oliver nails it once again.
Save the Date: Transgender Day of Remembrance 2014 takes place Thursday, November 20th.
(Hat tip: David Mariner)
Jerry Markon, Wesley Lowery and DeNeen L. Brown report for The Washington Post.
Video of Ferguson, Missouri on August 11, taken by Alderman Antonio French.
Then another standoff. Myself and others tried to hold back the crowd. I pleaded for both sides to stand down. pic.twitter.com/0D8qOnxdxV— Antonio French (@AntonioFrench) August 16, 2014
"We're better than this." St. Louis Alderman @AntonioFrench (L) urges calm in the streets of Ferguson. Many protesters spent Friday night protecting stores from looters. Below is a message from one of his young supporters urging people to help protect the neighborhood tonight. Here we see an inspiring example of citizen leadership.
This chilling video was one of the first taken on the scene after a police officer killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown a week ago in Ferguson, Missouri. Imagine this was your street. Can you? Solving the problem may depend on it.
(Hat tip: Antonio French)
DC Council members have taken entourages 2 Vegas! Includes candidate 4 Mayor, Bowser. We need affordable housing, jobs but they play!— Graylan Hagler (@Graylanhagler) August 16, 2014
@Graylanhagler Rev, I'm sure they have that on their wish list. They just have to keep their chips on #22. Oh, sorry, that's Casa Blanca.— Richard Rosendall (@RickRosendall) August 16, 2014
@RickRosendall lol!— Graylan Hagler (@Graylanhagler) August 16, 2014
@Graylanhagler They'll always have Vegas.— Richard Rosendall (@RickRosendall) August 16, 2014
Rev. Graylan Hagler is a candidate for At-Large Council.
My latest column is now up at Metro Weekly. It is subtitled, "Amid war and plague, right-wing Americans export religious intolerance." Here's an excerpt:
In Entebbe on August 9, more than one hundred LGBT Ugandans celebrated the first Pride Uganda since the Constitutional Court overturned the draconian Anti-Homosexuality Act (AHA) for being passed without a quorum. Entebbe is on Lake Victoria, and the paradise suggested by some of the photos would not make you think the revelers risked mob violence, unless you noticed the masks some wore.
A British name for an African lake is a relic of the same colonial legacy that keeps homosexuality illegal despite AHA being tossed out. African leaders are strangely selective in their outrage over Western influences. They embrace foreign laws, religions, and aid while treating sexual minorities who have always lived among them like hostile aliens. American evangelicals like Scott Lively incited the persecution with the slander that gays recruit and sexually abuse children. This pious vulture denies any responsibility for the consequences, including LGBT Ugandans being hunted like animals.
Here's a new one. Thanks to Ian Silverstone at Right Wing Watch.
I was looking around for something that would make you smile amid all the horrors going on in the world, and here it is in the form of an unorthodox marriage proposal. Be sure to watch to the end.
(Note: the title of this blog entry is a line spoken by Diana Muldaur in an episode of the original Star Trek. Extra points if you guess correctly to whom she said it. And no, I did not look it up, because I've had this silly stuff in my head for the past 46 years.)
Today is International Youth Day. Here's an excerpt from a joint statement by ORAM and IGLYO on "the perils facing particularly vulnerable young people, including young LGBTQI asylum seekers and refugees":
ORAM and IGLYO call on governments, inter-governmental organizations, NGOs, refugee professionals, LGBTQI activists, youth service providers, and youth leaders to:
1. Reinforce capacity building and LGBTQI training for service providers and refugee professionals, teaching them to utilize safe and non-discriminatory screening methods.
2. Create new networks and platforms of dialogue between youth groups, LGBTQI groups, refugee professionals and young LGBTQI refugees, enhancing experience-sharing and awareness-raising.
3. Create safe spaces for young LGBTQI refugees to express their fears and hopes, helping them embrace their identity and break the silence often accompanying internalized homophobia or transphobia.
4. Encourage states to adopt and enforce international human rights law applicable to sexual orientation and gender identity, such as, Principle 23 of the Yogyakarta Principles, to ensure that LGBTQI persons and youths are not extradited, removed, or expelled to any state where they may face persecution, degrading treatment or punishment on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
NYT reports on the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri following the murder of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by police.
If you think that racial discrimination had nothing to do with it, check this out from the LA Times:
"Blacks make up 65% of Ferguson's population, yet they accounted for 93% of arrests after traffic stops, 92% of searches and 80% of traffic stops in the city last year, according to a racial profiling report by the Missouri attorney general.
"Blacks in Ferguson are twice as likely as whites to be stopped by police even though police find contraband for 34% of whites stopped, versus 22% of blacks, said Scott Decker, a criminologist on a team contracted by the attorney general's office to compile the data."
Some tweets from Frank Mugisha in Entebbe, Uganda, where more than 100 brave Ugandans celebrated Pride Uganda 2014.
Arrived at the Pride venue all looking good happy faces, had to stop by Entebbe police station for last check.— Dr. Frank Mugisha (@frankmugisha) August 9, 2014
Perhaps my best selfie ; Pride Uganda 2014 pic.twitter.com/hi5sDYBhvJ— Dr. Frank Mugisha (@frankmugisha) August 9, 2014
What an awesome display of courage and grace, to celebrate their lives amid religious persecution and threats of mob violence.
President and Mrs. Obama greet Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni at the White House.
I could have sworn I read something about sanctions and travel restrictions.
Fox 9 reporter/anchor Tom Lyden, who is openly gay and in a long-term relationship, interviews Minneapolis-St. Paul Archbishop John Nienstedt. CityPages reports:
Fox 9 reporter/anchor Tom Lyden's interview with the archbishop was especially noteworthy. Lyden, who's married to a man he's been in a relationship with for more than two decades, grilled Nienstedt about his own sexuality and anti-gay views. The line of questioning culminated in the archbishop acknowledging that his beliefs about the sinfulness of same-sex sexual relations don't seemingly make much sense at all.
Click here for the 30-minute raw video of the interview.
Intead of dying politely? RT @EQMatters: Rush Limbaugh: The left will politicize Ebola, just like they politicized AIDS to undermine Reagan— Richard Rosendall (@RickRosendall) August 4, 2014
I was replying to this:
Rush Limbaugh: The left will "politicize" ebola, just like it did with AIDS! [AUDIO] http://t.co/NLsYLn3k71— Salon.com (@Salon) August 4, 2014