Tag Archives: Quotes

Now Here Is a Christian That Supports Queer Equality

I’m just going to let Bishop John Shelby Spong speak for himself (but I’ll space out his points so they’re easier to read): I have made a decision. I will no longer debate the issue of homosexuality in the church with anyone. I will no longer engage the biblical ignorance that emanates from so many […]

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Five (Whiny) Tips For Atheists I’ll Likely Ignore

Having just published my original venture into public atheistic discourse, I was reflecting a lot this weekend on how I first started writing about these issues. As I wrote in the Preface earlier today, the biggest challenge is finding ways to make points and share ideas so that people care to listen. Over at Pharyngula, […]

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Let us be inspired by the Stonewall Riots

46 years and 2 months ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail: We know through painful experience that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed. Frankly, I have yet to engage in a direct-action campaign that was “well timed” in the […]

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Ironically, My “This I Believe” Essay

If you’re not familiar, “This I Believe” is a project that encourages people to write about their core values in short essays.  It was a popular radio series in the 1950s that was brought back recently by NPR.  Anyone can contribute an essay, and NPR has selected some to be broadcast. Three years ago (May […]

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History might be made today: The fate of Prop 8

UPDATE (5 PM CST): Jeremy over at Good As You has audio of all today’s hearings.  Please take a listen if you didn’t get to watch earlier today! Well, today is going to be an intense day.  The California State Supreme Court will respond to the challenges of Proposition 8.  Will Ken Starr force 18,000 […]

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The good, the bad, and the ugly… we endure them together.

One of the interesting stories in the news this week was that of Utah state senator Chris Buttars and his radically offensive comments about gays: What is the morals of a gay person?  You can’t answer that because anything goes. Actually, Senator Buttars, you can’t answer that because the question is grammatically incorrect. Anyways, I […]

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Reminding ourselves of the conviction we have…

Lately, in all the amazing free time I have, I have begun rereading a book that first entered my hands as a freshman in college: Paul Rogat Loeb’s Soul of a Citizen: Living with Conviction in a Cynical Time. When I read it those years ago, it was inspiring, but in an, “Oh, that makes […]

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The Legacy of Harvey Milk

My name is Harvey Milk and I’m here to recruit you. I just took in my second screening of Milk, and I thought I would take some time to talk about why, for me, Harvey Milk is very much a hero. If I turned around every time somebody called me a faggot, I’d be walking […]

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