From Robert A.J. Gagnon: Coming
soon to a locale near you, thanks to supporters of homosexual practice
around the world: "Advocating for the right of consenting adults to
share and enjoy love, sex, residence, and marriage without limits on the
gender [= homosexual practice], number [= polygamy of all shapes,
heterosexual and homosexual], or relation [= incest] of participants.
Full marriage equality is a basic human right." Arguments by proponents
of "gay marriage" are no different from those supporting
adult-consensual polyamory or incest. Indeed, one has to leapfrog over
polyamorous and incestuous unions between consenting adults to validate
the even more extreme violation of sexual ethics known as "gay marriage"
since the twoness of the sexual bond (no polygamy) and the necessity of
embodied complementary otherness (no incest) is predicated ultimately
on a male-female paradigm. As this site says on its headline moniker.
Even knowing that there are radicals in all movements, doesn't lessen the startling admission recently by lesbian journalist Masha Gessen.
On a radio show she actually admits that homosexual activists are lying
about their radical political agenda. She says that they don't want to
access the institution of marriage; they want to radically redefine and
eventually eliminate it.
Pretty telling is this quote from Gessen:
"It's a no-brainer that (homosexual activists) should have the right to
marry, but I also think equally that it's a no-brainer that the
institution of marriage should not exist. …(F)ighting for gay marriage
generally involves lying about what we are going to do with marriage
when we get there — because we lie that the institution of marriage is
not going to change, and that is a lie."
To vote for it, to legislate it, to rule in favor of it, to tell your
friends at the office that you think it's just fine—all this is sin. To
support it publicly or privately is to "give approval to those who
practice" the very things that God promises to judge—exactly what we're
told not to do in Romans 1:32.
Further, same-sex marriage embraces a definition of humanity that is
less than human and a definition of love that is less than love. And it
is not freedom from religion that the advocates of same-sex marriage
want; they want to repress one religion in favor of another.
Christians must not go with the flow. They must instead love the
advocates of same-sex marriage better than they love themselves
precisely by refusing to endorse it.
I have some concerns with Marco Rubio, but I think at heart he is a pro-US, pro-liberty conservative who has simply to be corrected on a number of premises he’s adopted along the way, after which his message will resonate more completely with constitutionalists who remain dubious. In the meanwhile, I like this.
Curtis Silver throws down the gauntlet with Amazon.com:
The Kindle e-book titled The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure crosses the line of free speech, spits in our face and then crosses back over the line. Everything that is happening here, with the existence and sale of this book is protected by free speech - unless a crime has been committed by the author. That is yet to be proven.
Physicians J. S. McIhaney and F. M. Bush have written this short but fact-filled book, aptly titled Hooked: New Science on How Casual Sex Is Affecting Our Children (Chicago, IL: Northfield Publishing, 2008), to make the general public aware of emerging scientific understanding of brain development as it pertains to adolescent sexuality. The authors give clear and easy-to-read insight into how nature has intended human beings to function optimally and why sexual behavior is reserved for marriage.
I was born in 1950 with several medical problems including neurological complications and a cleft lip and palate, which required immediate treatment and isolation from my mother – literally from the moment of birth. My sudden and violent separation from her resulted in two emotional (read: psychological) conditions universally recognized and validated by Christian and secular psychotherapeutic professions: separation anxiety and defensive detachment.
Wyoming County District
Attorney George Skumanick Jr. has presented local teens with an ultimatum: enroll
in an education course designed to spell out the dangers of sexting or accept felony charges of child pornography.
The images in this particular case extend from nude and topless photos to one girl
in an opaque training bra and another in a bikini.
actions are certainly contentious and some critics say he is over-reaching. And
of course, the ACLU has filed its obligatory suit claiming the attorney has violated
the privacy of some of the girls who have a First Amendment "right" to express freely
themselves. I could be wrong about this, but I don’t remember anyone having a constitutional
right to privacy, but I guess that’s a conversation for another day. But I
just a matter of time before this technological development lent itself to the soft
white underbelly of the social scene. I guess we can consider that progress
will always have its downside.
CHICAGO -- Though youth is fleeting,
images sent on a cell phone or posted online may not be, especially if they're
habit of distributing nude self-portraits electronically -- often called
"sexting" if it's done by cell phone -- has parents and school
administrators worried. Some prosecutors have begun charging teens who send and
receive such images with child pornography and other serious felonies. But is
that the best way to handle it?
we'll get the message out to these kids," says Michael McAlexander, a
prosecutor in Allen County, Ind., which includes Fort Wayne. A teenage boy there is facing felony obscenity charges for allegedly sending a photo of his private parts to
several female classmates. Another boy was recently charged with child
pornography in a similar case.
cases, the photos are sent to harass other teens or to get attention. Other
times, they're viewed as a high-tech way to flirt. Either way, law enforcement
officials want it to stop, even if it means threatening to add "sex
offender" to a juvenile's confidential record.
"We don't want to throw these kids in jail," McAlexander says. "But we want them to think."
That would be nice. In a different sort of way.
Cartoon by Steve Kelley, New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Using fallen angel Ted Haggard as his linchpin, Jeff
Buchanan, Director of the Exodus Church Network, addresses how the church can better
reach those who struggle with same-sex attractions and behavior:
he had been honest from the very beginning? I'm not talking about the beginning
of the scandal, I mean from the very beginning of his ministry. What if he had
disclosed his struggle with same-sex attractions to his church and to the
National Association of Evangelicals at the very start? Would he still have
become president of one of the world's largest evangelical organizations? Would
he still have become one of America's most respected spiritual
leaders? I would like to believe so. However, I am not naïve to the fact that
there are, unfortunately, many other organizations that desire leaders who are
"spiritual lions" but upon the admission of any significant weakness,
they are sacrificed liked lambs. Was this what Ted was afraid of and if so, was
it justified? Do we have a culture in the church today where vulnerability in
leadership is considered a disqualifying weakness? If so, what are we going to
do about it?
question, one that’s been asked for quite some time and for which the church at
large has yet to find a suitable answer. I'm going to be in the Caribbean when Ted's HBO special (proof that money will, in fact, buy anything) airs on Jan.29th, so I'll get my two cents in now. I can't think of a story less worth telling to the general public. Just another reason television is not a part of my life.
line: I have had to work very, very hard my whole life to accept myself as a
gay man, and to be able to introduce myself freely as such and be proud of my
relationship. No one did that for me. But a big plus was living in this crazy,
over-the-top country that has changed so much just in my lifetime – and done
such an incredible about-face after eight years of an unpopular President. What
other country on earth is that flexible? What other country is that trusting?
however, I often feel as if I’ve been shoved right back into the closet by the
very people who go around espousing diversity and equal rights and compassion –
fellow gay people and “sophisticated” urban friends who in fact can’t tolerate
an idea that’s not out of the playbook. When a Muslim leader in Nigeria – or even scarier, in Canada – declares that gay people should
be killed and their heads cut off, I’m sorry, but that offends me. And it also
worries me because we have all seen these believers act on their hate.
the affluent gay community in LA never makes a peep about hate speech if it
comes from non-caucasians with funny Arabic names. The buff, mostly-white
queers just continue doing what they do best: identify as victims and pretend
it’s 1977 – protesting the harmless Mormon church, which never fights back, and
boycotting campy Mexican restaurants to put other tax-paying minorities
(including some gays) out of work. Meanwhile, a threat much bigger than Prop. 8
is growing fast.
is: I don’t think American gays fully comprehend that in many countries, such
as Iran, gay people really don’t have any
rights – not even to live. Just last September, a brave, 27-year-old student
and gay rights activist, who helped organize safe houses for gay men in Baghdad
and coordinated the Iraqi LGBT group, was gunned down at point blank range by
Islamic militants – not by Christians or US soldiers. But by literal neo-Nazis.
I see statistics still pointing toward an endemic, I am honestly relieved we
are not in an epidemic anymore." – HIV Prevention Planning Council (HPPC) member
At last week’s
monthly HPPC meeting, SF DPH officials presented estimated HIV stats and survey
results related to serosorting practices – where men have sex only with men of
the same status.
I’m tucked away in my small town in Indiana, so I’m unaware of the tone and
timbre in which the following data was laid out by the DPH. Bay Area Reporter Matt Bajko was there, however,
and has a pretty candid follow-up
piece in today’s paper about the new info and the HPPC's reaction to the stats:
San Francisco health officials set for
themselves a fairly high mark five years ago in their fight against HIV: reduce
new infections among gay and bi men by 50 percent by 2008.
the latest estimates for new HIV infection rates in San Francisco, the city failed to reach its
goal. It did achieve a roughly 10 percent reduction in HIV rates and has
downgraded classifying its HIV epidemic to now being endemic, meaning rates are
remaining flat from year to year.
. . .
activist Michael Petrelis said the city would not achieve its 50 percent target
until health officials directly address gay men and promote such safe sex
strategies as serosorting – only having sex with a person of the same HIV
status – and sero-adaptation, determining what sort of sexual behavior to engage
in based on the HIV status of one's sexual partner.
they want that 50 percent reduction, they have to do more than hold weekday
meetings downtown instead of the Castro," he said. "I would like the
sexually active gay male community to receive positive (no pun intended) reinforcement for our smart, safe sex
Here are three slides from the DPH’s presentation that I find to be the most
shows that the number of new infections for all populations remain stable.
The second slide shows how many HIV-positive men have a sero-adaption strategy
for not spreading HIV.
slide presents data on how many gays plan to use the strategy in their sex
Extrapolate from this what you will and interpret them however you wish. I wish the numbers were better if the HPPC and DPH are thinking sero-adaptation will continue to lower the number of HIV cases in SF.
Magazine publisher Larry Flynt (pictured above) and Joe Francis, the man who
single-handedly (no, really) revived Cinéma vérité with his series of Girls
Gone Wild documentaries, have written to congressmen Henry Waxman and
- appropriately enough - Barney Frank (who oversees the House's Financial Services Committee) asking for
a $5 billion bailout of the porn industry. Apparently, according to industry stats, XXX DVD
sales are off by some 22%.