America’s most deadly mass shooting at an Orlando LGBT nightclub on another American day that will live in infamy almost half way through Gay Pride month was a national tragedy at so many levels. And the responsibility for it falls at the feet of every right-wing religious and political leader who has publicly spoken out in their nationally orchestrated campaign to demonize, dehumanize, and threaten LGBT people with punishment in this life and the next.
Words matter, and words spoken publicly echo and reecho in the hearts and minds of those who will act on them. In this case they may have produced the kind of self-hate LGBT people internalize so they come to despise who they are and those who remind them of it.
And of all people, right-wing preachers and televangelists who spend their time minutely parsing every word in their Bibles because what they say it means is so important in confirming their prejudices, know what the impact of their words is. They’re responsible for their speech and for those who act upon them..."
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-- 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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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
His Latest Column on 50PlusPrime.com
Writers both online and in print have discovered that the quickest way to get a reader’s attention in a busy world is to put whatever one has to say into a list, preferably one that’s not too long. Lists simplify the reading and thinking process so that we only need to check off quickly what we must know or do to get whatever we want.
Lists get our immediate attention. They promise what could be quickly and easily absorbed answers without having to work through a thinking process behind the answers.
In addition, the more desperate someone is for solutions to a seemingly every-present problem, the more someone wants answers right now so they can immediately apply them. The more lost one feels regarding the problem to be solved, the more these lists call out as saviors.
Given human desires for fulfilling relationships that we hope will fill holes in our lives, there are few subjects in which lists attract us more. The fact that article after article of lists of three to ten “crucial” features of successful relationships appear monthly, if not weekly, indicates that writers and their publishers are also convinced that relationship lists capture eyeballs....
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