Thursday, November 12, 2009

GAY IN AMERICA(Color Lines Across Rainbow Skies) Loft XVA 66 Parts 3 and 4

In order to exorcise the nastiness of Donnie McClurkin, I present parts three and four of GAY IN AMERICA(Color Lines Across Rainbow Skies) Loft XVA 66

See parts 1 and 2 here.

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Prejean cracking under pressure, Hannity admits wrongdoing, and other Thursday midday news briefs

Carrie Prejean Threatens To Walk Off "Larry King" (VIDEO) - Geez Carrie! Queen Esther never cracked under pressure.

Hannity: Jon Stewart Was Right About Protest Footage (VIDEO) - When journalist Janet Cooke admitted to lying, she was forced to resign. My, have times changed!

Campfield should blame himself for bizarre antics - Anti-gay attention grabber falls on his face HARD!

LGBT protesters, anti-gay counterprotesters clash outside Fort Worth City Hall - Things are getting ugly all over!

76% of Mass. voters in favor of protecting transgender people from discrimination - Good news out of Massachusetts!

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Catholic church trying to 'blackmail' D.C. in attempt to erode lgbt equality

After pouring a huge amount of money into defeating same-sex marriage in California and Maine, the Catholic church is now jumping into the D.C. argument with a little blackmail:

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington said Wednesday that it will be unable to continue the social service programs it runs for the District if the city doesn't change a proposed same-sex marriage law, a threat that could affect tens of thousands of people the church helps with adoption, homelessness and health care.

Under the bill, headed for a D.C. Council vote next month, religious organizations would not be required to perform or make space available for same-sex weddings. But they would have to obey city laws prohibiting discrimination against gay men and lesbians.

Fearful that they could be forced, among other things, to extend employee benefits to same-sex married couples, church officials said they would have no choice but to abandon their contracts with the city.

The church will be "forced" to end these services? That's like a kidnapper saying that he will be forced to kill someone if he isn't sent ransom money.

In this case, it's the homeless and destitute who are being held hostage:

Catholic Charities, the church's social services arm, is one of dozens of nonprofit organizations that partner with the District. It serves 68,000 people in the city, including the one-third of Washington's homeless people who go to city-owned shelters managed by the church. City leaders said the church is not the dominant provider of any particular social service, but the church pointed out that it supplements funding for city programs with $10 million from its own coffers.

This new argument is specifically over the following:

The archdiocese's statement follows a vote Tuesday by the council's Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary to reject an amendment that would have allowed individuals, based on their religious beliefs, to decline to provide services for same-sex weddings.

"Lets say an individual caterer is a staunch Christian and someone wants him to do a cake with two grooms on top," said council member Yvette M. Alexander (D-Ward 6), the sponsor of the amendment. "Why can't they say, based on their religious beliefs, 'I can't do something like that'?"

Almost a good question but the devil is in the details. I prefer to point to the words of hopefully soon-to-be EEOC head Chai Feldblum:

Once an individual chooses to enter the stream of economic commerce by opening a commercial establishment, I believe it is legitimate to require that they play by certain rules. If the government tolerated the private exclusionary policies of such individuals in the commercial sector, such toleration would necessarily come at the cost of gay people’s sense of belonging and safety in society. Just as we do not tolerate private racial beliefs that adversely affect African-Americans in the commercial arena, even if such beliefs are based on religious views, we should similarly not tolerate private beliefs about sexual orientation and gender identity that adversely affect LGBT people.

There may be some who disagree with this and I understand that. However the matter at hand is this: that the Catholic church would make such a petty move as to threaten to eliminate services for thousands of people in an attempt to erode not just gay marriage but gay anti-discrimination rights is just petty.

Perhaps the church should show the Biblical verse that points out just why this sort of travesty is appropriate.

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