There are now over 100 anti-LGBT bills under consideration around the country, according to a recent Huffington Post compilation. They represent a national radical right-wing industry creating laws that give conservative politicians symbolic causes to convince their bases that they’re still leading the fight against the evil of LGBT equality.
Many of these bills are unnecessary, even repeating what’s already in the law. Mississippi’s recent notorious contribution adds nothing to its already existing law.
But their purpose isn’t legal or rational; it’s political. Constantly championing new “God, Guns, and Gays” measures is the way to maintain elected office by demonstrating to politicians’ right-wing and Evangelical bases that they’re Davids fighting heroically against the big bad Supreme Court Goliath....."
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including his, in this issue, saying that we must go beyond just calling bigots hypocrites - the religion itself has to be held accountable. He names names and is right: 'What we’re seeing is the heart of what right-wing religion itself really is, not merely hypocrisy.'"
-- Letter to the Editor in the Liberty Press where "Minor Details" has appeared monthly for 17 years, written by veteran LGBT activist (since 1959) and a founder of LA's Homosexual Information Center in 1968, Billy Glover
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Most Helpful One for My Work Would Be —
Desmond M. Clarke: "Religious Belief, Fundamentalism, and Intolerance" (January 16, 2016)
"In many western democracies today, the defensive strategies of churches—to protect their members from ‘contamination’ by non-members—are limited to demands for separate schools, in which they can indoctrinate those who had been made members involuntarily soon after their birth. Peaceful non-engagement with other citizens has replaced civil war. Those who still endorse the logic of Aquinas and Calvin, however, are not restrained by the uncertainty of their convictions. For them, the Kalashnikov is the modern equivalent of burning at the stake. Technology changes; poor philosophy survives in the closed minds of religious fundamentalists."
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Minor on Love, Dating, and Relationships
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One of the takeaways of the field of religious studies is that there are at least two ways that people think about this thing they call faith. Interestingly, one of those definitions is more important than another when we speak of the word faith as a crucial factor in healthy human relationships.
We’re not talking about the use of “faith” as a substitute for the word “religion,” but as an attitude. And though distinguishing what is meant by the word is helpful when analyzing religion, our concern here is its importance when discussing friendships and committed couples.
The faith that is least important in relationships is defined as belief about certain things related to the object of faith. In religion, this would mean believing the right doctrines.
Likewise, in relationships this means accepting certain facts about a friend or partner. Are they a redhead? What do they do for a living? How tall are they? How much do they weigh? What is their clothing style? What kind of music do they like? Do they or do they not have freckles?...
But the other kind of faith, the one that comes closest to predicting the longevity of a relationship, is faith defined not as knowing true things about someone but faith as belief in someone. This faith believes in someone, not believing the right things about its object....
more in Dr. Minor's latest column: "How Is Faith a Key to Successful Relationships?"
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