Archive | June 20, 2013

Exodus International shuts its doors: Alan Chambers to promote “safe, welcoming, and mutually transforming communities”

Progressive Culture | Scholars & Rogues

Back in February I declared V-LGBT Day, saying that “the battle for marriage equality is over.” There had been a lot of significant pro-equity activity, including a huge number of corporations and influential organizations coming down publicly against the Defense of Marriage Act and several prominent GOP defections from the homophobia camp.

The last couple of days have seen two more dominoes fall – one big one and the other positively massive. First, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski on Wednesday became the third GOP senator to endorse marriage equality.

“I am a life-long Republican because I believe in promoting freedom and limiting the reach of government,” Murkowski wrote in an op-ed explaining her decision. “When government does act, I believe it should encourage family values. I support the right of all Americans to marry the person they love and choose because I believe doing so promotes both values: it keeps politicians…

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Exodus International shuts its doors: Alan Chambers to promote “safe, welcoming, and mutually transforming communities”

Progressive Culture | Scholars & Rogues

Back in February I declared V-LGBT Day, saying that “the battle for marriage equality is over.” There had been a lot of significant pro-equity activity, including a huge number of corporations and influential organizations coming down publicly against the Defense of Marriage Act and several prominent GOP defections from the homophobia camp.

The last couple of days have seen two more dominoes fall – one big one and the other positively massive. First, Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski on Wednesday became the third GOP senator to endorse marriage equality.

“I am a life-long Republican because I believe in promoting freedom and limiting the reach of government,” Murkowski wrote in an op-ed explaining her decision. “When government does act, I believe it should encourage family values. I support the right of all Americans to marry the person they love and choose because I believe doing so promotes both values: it keeps politicians…

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Would we be better off if we moved Israel to North Dakota?

Progressive Culture | Scholars & Rogues

This week President Obama was interviewed on Charlie Rose. He justified us getting involved in Syria with this logic. “We’ve got serious interests there. And not only humanitarian interests; we can’t have the situation of ongoing chaos in a major country that borders a country like Jordan which in turn borders Israel.”

Ignore for a moment the sheer stupidity of this argument. Really, by that token we should protect Alaska by nuking Helsinki, since Finland borders Russia which in turn borders Alaska. I voted for this guy twice–the first time because I thought he was principled and smart and the second time because I thought he was at least smart. Looks like I was wrong about that one, too.

The point is that much of the mess we have made of the Middle East comes from our support of Israel.

Each year we give Israel $3 BB in direct military aid…

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Amanda Knox case shed light on police and judicial abuses everywhere

Progressive Culture | Scholars & Rogues

The Italian police and prosecutor made a laughingstock of themselves by zeroing in on the most unlikely suspect.

Knox,AmandaMany ostensibly informed citizens, including – especially  – progressives, have scoffed at interest in the arrest, tribulations, and trials of Amanda Knox. They see the attention the case garnered as a variation on “missing white woman syndrome” (MWWS), in which the likes of Ms. Knox receive attention denied minorities and foreigners in similar situations. The case can be made, though, that precisely because of who she is, her case generates sustained interest on the part of members of the general public who ordinarily wouldn’t be exposed to injustice in the form of police and prosecutorial misconduct. Whether or not they can extrapolate Ms. Knox’s victimhood to minorities in the United States and citizens in other countries, especially those with less developed legal systems than the United States or (cough) Italy, though, is ultimately…

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