Sexuality

Traditional Biblical Marriage Explained (by the great Betty Bowers)

Now you've all heard the anti-gay-marriage campaigners - in all their self-righteous raging homophobic glory - droning on and on about "traditional marriage", "God's intentions" and "Biblical teachings", as they condemn same-sex marriage and cry out that it's clearly something evil sent into this world by Satan himself to destroy us all.

You've listened, you've heard, you've observed, but you're not yet fully convinced that the haters are right and you simply don't have the time to read the whole Bible yourself right now.

Well, you're in luck, people, because Mrs. Betty Bowers, "America's Best Christian", has done all the hard work for you and in just four brief minutes lets you know everything you need to know about the good Lord's intentions when it comes to marriage.

The Milk Rave: Harvey Milk, Little Baby River and The Missing Scene

One man come in the name of love
One man come and go
One man come he to justify
One man to overthrow

In the name of love
What more in the name of love
In the name of love
What more in the name of love

Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride

         - U2, "Pride (In The Name of Love)"


By now I'd hope that everyone has seen Gus Van Sant's magnificent film Milk, about the life and death of gay rights activist Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in American history. And if you have seen the film then you know what a truly brilliant piece of filmmaking it is. I finally saw it the other day, after it had been released on DVD, and I found both the film and Sean Penn's performance in it to be absolutely enthralling.

 

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Benny?

How do you solve a problem like Benny
How do you catch an ideologue and pin him down
How do you find a word that means Benny
Small-minded, doctrinaire, a clown?


       - Mr. Rodgers and MC Hammerstein, "Benny"

Ok, Benny The Pontificator is at it again and this time he's pontificating on how it'd be way better to die of AIDS than to ever even consider using a condom. He even went as far as to state that condoms "can actually increase the problem of AIDS". And he said all this on a trip this week to AIDS-ravaged sub-Saharan Africa. Seriously.

Ridiculous & Religulous: Yet Another Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal & Bill Maher's Take On Religion

"Lighthouses are more helpful than churches."
       -Benjamin Franklin


Yet another disturbing story involving sexual abuse in the Catholic Church has just come to light. This one straight out of Southern India and including all of the standard elements we've come to expect, such as the attempted cover-up and a complete lack of compassion for the victims.

According to the story in the British newspaper The Independent, a former nun named Sister Jesme has written a book detailing the illicit sex, habitual abuse, threats, downright cruelty and outright rape that, it seems, is a regular part of life for a nun in the Church, at least in that part of the world. A Church spokesman has even admitted as much (read on).

The Pope's Annual X'mas Message of Hate

Benny The Pontificator Strikes Again

That buffoon Benedict is at it once again, lashing out at gays in yet another hate-filled speech and declaring that civilization must be saved from the evil, destructive influence of homosexuality (read more here: Pope attacks blurring of gender, and here: Gay groups angry at Pope remarks).

Now that's a Christmas message we can all get behind, isn't it? A message of peace, love and joy. Yet another classic in a long line of greats, such as the one about the corrosive influence of premarital sex on society; the one concerning the evils of birth control, particularly condoms (even in AIDS-ravaged places such as sub-Saharan Africa); and let's not forget that oldie-but-goodie: the need to conquer and convert all heathens and infidels.

Fear and Loathing in The Heartland: Republicans' Lovefest With Ignorance

"I can't understand why people are afraid of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones"

     - John Cage


What's up with Republicans and their love of stupid anyway? First Reagan, then George W. Bush, then Sarah Palin, and now Joe The Plumber. Well, perhaps it has something to do with their constant state of fear.

Drugs, terrorists, hippies, immigrants, universal medical coverage, Muslims, gay marriage, science, God, teenagers having sex - is there anything these people aren't terrified of?

It's Called Conservativitus: The Pity The Conservatives Rant

Your old road is
Rapidly aging
Please get out of the new one
If you can't lend a hand
For the times they are a-changin'

- Bob Dylan, The Times They Are A-Changin'


We know that throughout history conservatives have constantly fought tooth and nail against equality and justice? But the question remains, why? Could it be a sickness?

What's up with conservatives anyway? Time after time they have been shown to have been on the wrong side of history, standing strong, tall and proud against justice, equality and progress. Yet in the present they always seem to stubbornly cling to their bankrupt way of thinking, as they insist on opposing all progressive change, whatever it may be. Of course today's typical conservative wouldn't defend slavery or deny women the vote, but, in the end, it's the same mindset and, without a doubt, today's conservatives, had they been around back in the day, would have supported the status quo then, just as they do today. The conservative mind remains the same, it's just the topics under discussion that change.

The Greatest Talk Show Ever Made: The "Vagina Power" Rave

Ok, I think I may have found the greatest TV show ever made. I can't state that as absolute fact since I've yet to see every other show ever produced, but to my mind it really can't get much better than this. I mean, this is definitely one of the funniest things I've ever seen. Not just on TV, but anywhere... ever... period! Check it out and see if you don't agree. After all, a talk show called "Vagina Power" just isn't going to be boring now, is it? Especially not when a straight-talking host like Alexyss K. Tylor brings her mom along as sidekick - truly a classic combination.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Nails It... Again

As a heroic fighter against apartheid, South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, now 76 years old, knows bigotry and discrimination when he sees it. And he doesn't mind speaking up, even when he sees it in his own church.

The "Business Time" Rave

Definitely check this out. It's a video clip of the comedy/musical duo Flight of The Conchords doing their should-have-been-a-smash-hit "Business Time". It's pretty hilarious and may especially ring true to any of those who happen to be married or in a very long term relationship, particularly those who've been together for more than just a few years now.

I, myself, of course, can't relate to it at all, but I just thought that perhaps some of you might.

Enjoy:

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