President Barack Obama certainly catered to lesbians, gays, bi-sexuals, trans-sexuals at a recent dinner.
“We cannot and we will not put aside issues of basic equality. This fight continues now. And I’m here with a simple message: I’m here with you in that fight.”
Butand it’s a big butObama went on to say he wants to look back over the years of his administration to “see a time in which we as a nation finally recognized relationships between two men or two women as just as real and admirable as relationships between a man and a woman.”
That’s where I would argue that same-sex marriages are not “admirable.” (Click links for further thoughts on this issue.)
U.S. House passes hate crimes bill. Why I hate it
It’s another “Random Rant Friday”!
De-stress your life
Leo Babauta at zenhabits.net has a great article called “10 Simple Ways to Live a Less Stressful Life.”
1. One thing at a time
2. Simplify your schedule
3. Get moving
4. Develop one healthy habit this month
5. Do something calming
6. Simplify your finances
7. Have a blast
8. Get creative
10. Be early
The site has a lot of helpful articles and generally avoids preaching zen metaphysics. You might find my article on Living Simplyand Richly helpful as well.
Publishing for profit
Andrew T. Le Peau, AKA “Andy Unedited,” has a chapter by chapter commentary on Tom Woll’s book, Publishing for Profit.
A great read for authors and publishers. And, if you’re not an author or publisher, simply buy our books. Thanks!
Connecticut becomes third state to legalize same-sax marriage
Connecticut’s Supreme Court just ruled that gay couples have the right to marry. Previously, only Massachusetts and California courts had ruled such unions legal. Like California, however, Connecticut voters will vote on whether or not to make same-sex marriage legal. Here’s my “two cents” on;
Marriage v. same-sex unions
Same-sex unions v. civil unions
Thousand of Christians flee Mosul in northern Iraq
ChristianPost.com is reporting:
“Hundreds of terrified Christian families have fled Mosul to escape extremist attacks that have increased despite months of U.S. and Iraqi military operations to secure the northern Iraqi city, political and religious officials said Saturday.
“Some 3,000 Christians have fled the city over the past week alone in a ‘major displacement,’ said Duraid Mohammed Kashmoula, the governor of northern Iraq’s Ninevah province. He said most have left for churches, monasteries and the homes of relatives in nearby Christian villages and towns.”
New format at jameswatkins.com
Finally, a slight change at jameswatkins.com. Previously, typing in that URL would have taken you directly to this blog. Now, you’ll go to a “table of contents” of most of my articles, book excerpts, etc. In the upper left-hand corner, you’ll find current topics on my blog and links to them. Hopefully it will make my site even easier to navigate.
Have a great weekend!
Today, California will begin performing same-sex unions for any residents of the United States, but the unions will not be legal in all other states.
On May 15, California’s Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples can marry. The window of opportunity could close in November, however, when a constitutional amendment could limit “marriage” to only a male and female couple.
And, across the pond, the the Sunday Telegraph reports: Male priests marry in Anglican church’s first gay ‘wedding’.
- An Anglican church has held a homosexual “wedding” for the first time in a move that will deepen the rift between liberals and traditionalists, The Sunday Telegraph can disclose. Two male priests exchanged vows and rings in a ceremony that was conducted using one of the church’s most traditional wedding rites–a decision seen as blasphemous by conservatives.
The ceremony broke Church of England guidelines and was carried out last month in defiance of the Bishop of London, in whose diocese it took place. News of the “wedding” emerged days before a crucial summit of the Anglican Church’s conservative bishops and archbishops, who are threatening to split the worldwide Church over the issue of homosexual clergy.
In 2003, the Episcopal Church consecrated its first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, bringing the church to the point of a split. Several U. S. congregations have broken ties with this country’s leadership and joined more conservative Anglican groups in Afrca.
So, some thoughts on homosexuality and same-sex unions: