Russians seem to love authoritarianism. It doesn’t matter if it’s the czarist, Communist or modern variety.
The latest flavor is different only in degrees. Czar Vladimir, like his spiritual predecessors, has embraced God, specifically the Russian Orthodox Church, as a convenient enforcer. Protest band Pussy Riot learned this the hard way. From Masha Lipman at The New Yorker: Continue reading
Speaking of religion and morality, here’s another in a seemingly endless flood of great moralist preachers calling for a great moral approach to gays and lesbians. It’s presented to us by Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, North Carolina:
Build a great, big, large fence — 150 or 100 mile long — put all the lesbians in there. Do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out…and you know what, in a few years, they’ll die out…do you know why? They can’t reproduce!
Of course, the foundation of his moral approach to this issue is that “God’s ag-in it.” Profound.
I’m pretty sure science is not this man’s forte, but someone should tell him that the vast majority of gay people are born to straight people. That kinda screws up his big plan.
Over at the Family Research Council, bastion of theologically grounded hatred, Tony Perkins has launched a new campaign against “fake marriage,” better known to sane people as same sex marriage.
I’m not going to embed or link the video because the slime might leak onto this site and it’s expensive to clean up. Their argument is threefold: Continue reading
If conservative Orthodox Jews and other religious extremists would just practice their religious prejudices among their own, they would not be worthy of our time or comment. But they don’t. They constantly work to subvert the rights and freedoms of others.
Last summer the Agudath Israel of America worked vigorously to prevent the legalization of gay marriage in New York. This week, their public apologist, Avi Shafran, wrote in the Forward about Orthodoxy’s “Stance on Homosexuality.” It’s important to read articles like this in order to fully understand their warped view of reality. Continue reading
I can think of no worse situation for a gay person than to belong to a traditional religious community. For some the negativity and self-loathing is so internalized that they turn on themselves and other gays, exhibiting intensely homophobic attitudes and behaviors. Others suffer in silence.
In the Orthodox Jewish community there has been a very low level of discussion about this for a number of years. It began with Rabbi Steve Greenberg’s pseudonymous article about his own homosexuality in a 1993 issue of “Tikkun Magazine.” It has been explored in the film “Trembling Before G-d.” Some empathetic Orthodox rabbis signed onto a “Statement of Principles” that attempts to emphasize the importance of treating gay Orthodox Jews with dignity and understanding. Continue reading