Tuesday, December 29, 2009

God Hates Lady Gaga

At least according to the Westboro Baptist Church. In case you haven't heard of these wackjobs, they're a small church from Kansas led by Fred Phelps, who not only believe that God hates gays (nothing new there) but also that U.S. soliders are being killed in Iraq because of American's acceptance of homosexuality. They regularly protest the funerals of soliders with signs saying God hate fags and God hates America.

Anyways, now the Phelps clan is bringing their special brand of fanaticism to Lady Gaga.

The Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, led by the Rev. Fred Phelps, announced on Wednesday that they would picket Lady Gaga's Jan. 7 St. Louis show on account of her "seducing a generation," reports PopEater."Even as she gives lip service to 'liberating' her young fans, Lady Gaga brings them into slavery to their own corruption, teaching them to glory in their shame. She hates you," said the Rev. Fred Phelps in a written statement.

I highly doubt that anyone with half a brain in their head will listen to anything these fools have to say, and the show will probably sell-out because of the protests.

P.S. I'm pretty sure God doesn't hate Gaga and grooves to "Just Dance" like the rest of us:)

Religious Leaders Speak Out Against Anti-Gay Uganda Law

Several Anglican church leaders have spoken out against the extreme anti-gay legislation in Uganda, which would sentence gays to death or life imprisonment for committing "aggravated homosexuality.

Archbishop of York John Sentamu - who along with the archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, is one of the global fellowship's most senior priests - condemned the anti-gay law now being considered by the East African nation's parliament.

"I'm opposed to the death sentence. I'm also not happy when you describe people in the kind of language you find in this ... bill," he told BBC radio.

Although Sentamu seemed to suggest he was the first to attack the proposed law, Williams has also spoken out against it, telling The Daily Telegraph earlier this month that it was "shocking in its severity."

"Apart from invoking the death penalty, it makes pastoral care impossible - it seeks to turn pastors into informers," he told the paper in an interview published Dec. 12.

Homosexuality has been an explosive and divisive topic for the church, leading to splits in the United States Episcopal Church over the issue. African churches have been leading the charge in a backlash against blessings of gay unions and the ordination of gay clergy, such as the 2003 ordination of Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop.

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni will not try to block the bill, his spokesman Tamale Mirundi said Thursday, although he did say the president would attempt to convince his National Resistance Movement Party, which has a majority in parliament, to not support it.

"President Museveni cannot block the anti-gays bill," Mirundi said, saying that if he did so "he will have become a dictator."

Mirundi added that Museveni does not support homosexuality but thinks the bill goes too far.

"He believes that we should not have an extreme position," he said. "We have to consider the position of our foreign partners. For them they don't mind about homosexuality in their countries but here many people don't accept it."

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Same Sex Marriage Legalized in Mexico City

I may have to run for the border(5 points for whoever can name that reference:). Mexico City has legalized both gay marriage and adoption for gay couples, making it the first city in Latin America to do so.

By E. EDUARDO CASTILLO (AP) – 1 day ago
MEXICO CITY — Mexico City lawmakers on Monday made the city the first in Latin America to legalize same-sex marriage, a change that will give homosexual couples more rights, including allowing them to adopt children.

The bill passed the capital's local assembly 39-20 to the cheers of supporters who yelled: "Yes, we could! Yes, we could!"

Leftist Mayor Marcelo Ebrard of the Democratic Revolution Party was widely expected to sign the measure into law.

Mexico City's left-led assembly has made several decisions unpopular elsewhere in this deeply Roman Catholic country, including legalizing abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. That decision sparked a backlash, with the majority of Mexico's other 32 states enacting legislation declaring life begins at conception.

The conservative Nation Action Party of President Felipe Calderon has vowed to challenge the gay marriage law in the courts. However, homosexuality is increasingly accepted in Mexico, with gay couples openly holding hands in parts of the capital and the annual gay pride parade drawing tens of thousands.

The bill calls for changing the definition of marriage in the city's civil code. Marriage is currently defined as the union of a man and a woman. The new definition will be "the free uniting of two people."

The change would allow same-sex couples to adopt children, apply for bank loans together, inherit wealth and be included in the insurance policies of their spouse, rights they were denied under civil unions allowed in the city.

"We are so happy," said Temistocles Villanueva, a 23-year-old film student who celebrated by passionately kissing his boyfriend outside the city's assembly.

Only seven countries allow gay marriages: Canada, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and Belgium. U.S. states that permit same-sex marriage are Iowa, Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut and New Hampshire.

Argentina's capital became the first Latin American city to legalize same-sex civil unions in 2002 for gay and lesbian couples. Four other Argentine cities later did the same, and as did Mexico City in 2007 and some Mexican and Brazilian states. Uruguay alone has legalized civil unions nationwide.

Buenos Aires lawmakers introduced a bill for legalizing gay marriage in the national Congress in October but it has stalled without a vote, and officials in the South American city have blocked same-sex wedding because of conflicting judicial rulings.

Many people in Mexico and elsewhere in Latin America remain opposed to gay marriage, and the dominant Roman Catholic Church has announced its opposition.

"They have given Mexicans the most bitter Christmas," said Armando Martinez, the president of the College of Catholic Attorneys. "They are permitting adoption (by gay couples) and in one stroke of the pen have erased the term 'mother' and 'father.'"

City lawmaker Victor Romo, a member of the mayor's leftist party, called it a historic day.
"For centuries unjust laws banned marriage between blacks and whites or Indians and Europeans," he said. "Today all barriers have disappeared."

Friday, December 18, 2009

Graduation: Reflecting On The Past, Looking To The Future

You knew I couldn't go through graduation and not post something introspective lol:).

The diplomas have been passed out, the caps and gowns have been taken off, and I'm officially a college graduate with a bachelor of arts degree. It's surreal to be typing this fact. As I woke up this morning, I started reminiscing over the past four years, thinking back to crazy nights out at the club with my friends, meeting all types of new and interesting folks, tough classes, staying up until the wee hours of the morning finishing assignments, writing news articles, karoke nights, first-time love (and sex:).

I can say without a doubt that college has been one of the best experiences of my life. I know that I will look back on this time in my life with nothing but fondness and happiness, which I couldn't say about my high school experience. I never thought that I would love college, but then again I never thought that a lot of things would happen. I never thought I would have the courage to come out to my friends and most of my family, to quit smoking, to be in a relationship, to embrace myself as I am. I entered college as a lonely, closeted, depressed individual afraid to be himself, and am coming out (pun intended) as an someone who is happier, calmer, healthier and more comfortable in my own skin. As cheesy as it sounds, I feel like I'm finally discovering and finding myself.

I know the job market is on life support right now (especially for journalists) so I'm aware this will not be an easy task. But I'm hopeful, ambitious( I'm not planning on being career cashier) and believe that eventually I'll get my foot in the door. Simply put, the 18-year old Kevin was all about surviving moment to moment, avoiding emotion at all costs. The 23-year old Kevin knows that to feel emotion, whether good or bad, is be alive and has the desire to not just survive, but thrive.

Now if I could just find a damn job!

Monday, December 14, 2009

The "Real World" Awaits....

Four years of hard work have led up to this moment. Graduation is this Friday, and as usual, I'm full of mixed emotions. Happy to finally be done with my degree program? Hell yeah. Sad because college has been great experience, especially when compared to all the inner turmoil and drama of my high school days. Scared that I'll never find a job in my field? Hell to the yeah lol:). But, whatever comes, I feel prepared and ready to face it.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Black and Gay Is Beautiful

In response to Donnie McClurkin's recent speech at a COGIC convention, gay activists and religious have taken out a full page announcement declaring an end to spiritual violence:

"For those of us in faith who have always loved the black church, the defining issue of our lives has been the churches damning stance on homosexuality. As children, the condemnation broke our spirit. As adolescents, this ridicule broke our hearts. As young adults, this disdain has attempted to drive us to the brink. Spiritual violence is wrong and it kills the spirit. The black church must find new ways to talk about sex and sexuality."

Anyone who's grown up in church knows all too well the lethal effects homophobia can have on the mind, body and spirit. Hopefully more churches will get the message.
H/t Rod 2.0.
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