good news is that the Employment Non-Discrimination
Act finally passed the US Senate on November 7,
2013. By a 64 to 32 vote, the upper house of Congress
endorsed adding sexual orientation and gender identity
to the reasons one cannot legally deny human beings
Specifically, ENDA prohibits private employers
with over 15 employees from discriminating on the
basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Religious organizations are exempt, as they were
in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as are non-profit
It’s unlikely the House will even discuss
ENDA, given that Republican Speaker John Boehner
won’t bring it up, saying there’s “no
basis or need” for legalizing protection
of LGBT people and that it would lead to “frivolous
lawsuits.” As usual, Republican leadership
is out of touch with the majority of Americans
- over 70% support ending LGBT workplace discrimination.
the greatest threat to ENDA might not be religious....
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Minor on August 12, 2013, again responds to
Journal World "Faith Forum"
Satan a Real Person?"
Read Past "Faith Forum"
"Arguing About Families
- Gay, Straight or Neither"
Dr. Minor's keynote address,
"Arguing About Families - Gay, Straight
given at the Symposium "Legally Gay" at
the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona
State University on March 9, 2012, is now available
in print and online in the Law Journal for
"A lot of very
bad arguments take place using the word 'family.'
By that, I mean they are based in falsehoods
about the history and psychology of families.
They are steeped in very creative, and current-position-affirming
mythology, and void of what we historians call
data. And they are found in every sphere, from
religion to politics to law...."
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I Had Time to Read Only One Article This Week,
Most Helpful One for My Work Would Be —
Adam Lee: "There's
Nothing About Abortion in the Bible - So How
Do Right-WIng Christians Justify Their Crusade
(July 17, 2013)
"It's reasonable to conclude that the Bible's authors never mention abortion
because they weren't especially concerned about it. This often forces modern
Christian anti-choicers to resort to laughable rationalizations...Religious-right
activists are forced to engage in creative reinterpretation of vague biblical
passages, trying to wring out something
they can use to 'prove' God is
in favor of mandatory
Lee: "There's Nothing About Abortion
in the Bible"
Fairness Project On-Line Activist Tool Kit
The Fairness Project is in the process
of making available the handout materials from
Dr. Minor's popular workshop: "Being an Activist
Without Being a Victim." These materials are chosen
because they encourage activist leadership to proceed
from a progressive, healing model which contradicts
the models of leadership found in most popular
forms, models that are meant to keep the system
in place rather than to make changes that support
humanity, and result in burnout among leaders.
To access the current materials in The Fairness Project Tool
Kit for activist leaders, click