President Obama was right to speak at an American mosque, as Jeb Bush agreed.
From four years ago, an extraordinary and illuminating tribute to our former Secretary of State. You may learn things you didn't know from this. And if you have bought into the decades of calumny, you may decide you have sold her short. Appropriate viewing on the eve of the Iowa caucuses.
I love this NYT photo of Sun Wenlin and Hu Mingliang. They have summoned the same simple courage as countless other gay folk all over the world in standing up for their love. They inspire others, and the struggle grows and spreads.
‘His death made us stronger’: Uganda's LGBT groups on David Kato’s murder https://t.co/ZtopbIi1uQ— The Guardian (@guardian) January 26, 2016
January 26 was the fifth anniversary of the brutal murder of Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato. His colleagues have carried on with great courage and remarkable grace. Below is video from Kato's funeral in 2011, where his friends carried his coffin themselves.
I am glad to see this development. ADL responds below.
Allowing diverse voices to be heard and challenged is essential to advancing equality and dignity for all. Enforcement of some folks' view of ideological purity is no better coming from the left than from the right. I say as a strong critic of Netanyahu's policies and war crimes that the Task Force's action in this case was pernicious and lamentable.
Our colleague Craig Howell writes, "Illustrating why I haven’t been a Task Force member for years." Our friend Dana Beyer wrote a bracing response.
CNN reports on the months-long diplomatic effort that led to today's release of WaPo reporter Jason Rezaian and three other Iranian Americans who were held by Iran. This is another diplomatic success for the Obama administration, though the president's detractors will never admit this.
But as inevitably as the night follows the day, Sen. Marco Rubio and Donald Trump quickly condemned the deal. They could not even wait until the released prisoners had cleared Iranian airspace before politicizing it.
The thing is, a lot of folks on the right are less interested in resolving conflicts than in having conflicts. They want to swagger and talk big and send other people's children into battle and see if they can make the sand glow in the dark. they do not care how much harm they do. We need to understand that everyone does not share the same values and goals. Everyone certainly does not agree about what America stands for or ought to stand for. If they did, don't you think they would agree that voting should be made easier, not harder?
As a group of young Iranians jubilantly chanted in Tehran last summer after the nuclear deal was announced, "Death to no one!"
Leaders of the 80-million-member Anglican Communion decided Thursday to suspend its U.S. affiliate, the Episcopal Church, for a three-year period in response to a decision last year allowing priests to marry same-sex couples.
There can be no true communion with people if you have to abandon your conscience to preserve it. There is a de facto schism already. Our friend Bob Witeck writes:
America's Episcopal leaders are listening to their "better angels." They understand that people of faith alleviate pain, rather than add more to the world.
Lou Chibbaro reports for the Blade on the push to decriminalize sex work, or at least to de-prioritize enforcement of anti-prostitution laws, an effort which many LGBT groups including GLAA have supported because so many already marginalized LGBT youth and trans women end up in the criminal justice system due to their having to rely on survival sex. Here is an excerpt that mentions GLAA and quotes me:
In D.C., the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance has been calling for decriminalization of sex work since 2008. D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At-Large), a longtime supporter of LGBT rights, said at the time of the Amnesty International declaration last August that he was considering introducing legislation to decriminalize prostitution in D.C.
But Grosso has since said he’s uncertain about whether such a bill would have any chance of passing at this time and he was reconsidering his plans for the legislation.
At a news conference on Monday, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and an official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced plans for a cooperative D.C.-federal government effort to crack down on human trafficking, including trafficking of sex workers. When asked by a Blade reporter what they thought about calls by some LGBT organizations to decriminalize prostitution, Bowser and Maria Odom, the head of a Department of Homeland Security project to combat trafficking stopped short of backing decriminalization.
The president soared last night, a fact that was all the more clear as Republicans, trapped in their refusal to give him credit or respect for anything ever, sat on their hands. He outclassed his detractors by so far it was embarrassing, and showed he was the grownup in the room. Here are excerpts.
"Will we respond to the changes of our time with fear, turning inward as a nation, and turning against each other as a people? Or will we face the future with confidence in who we are, what we stand for, and the incredible things we can do together?"
"Some of the only people in America who are going to work the same job, in the same place, with a health and retirement package, for 30 years, are sitting in this chamber."
"Food Stamp recipients didn’t cause the financial crisis; recklessness on Wall Street did."
"Sixty years ago, when the Russians beat us into space, we didn’t deny Sputnik was up there. We didn’t argue about the science, or shrink our research and development budget. We built a space program almost overnight, and twelve years later, we were walking on the moon."
This was first published on May 12, 2013. Commander Hadfield wrote:
A revised version of David Bowie's Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.
He now appends, "Rest in peace, Starman." He says more here.
If the alternative is more pandering to homophobia by Lambeth Palace, then it ought to split. What in heaven or earth is the point in pretending to a unity that is not there?
With all due respect to Mr. Trump (none), I am not concerned about people flooding across the U.S.-Morocco border. It is instructive that his people could not find a suitably dramatic video of Mexicans rushing across our border in large numbers (since it isn't happening). Naturally, Trump's campaign staff isn't even embarrassed at this. The more of this recklessness Trump indulges, the more he advertises the limits of his appeal.
Thank you, Ambassador.