Monday, December 8, 2008

Same As It Ever Was

We saw "Milk” this weekend. Good movie, but it depressed me.

It was 30 years ago that Dan White murdered Harvey Milk and Mayor Moscone. I was living in California at the time, and I remember it well. I remember Anita Bryant’s jihad against gays and the Briggs Initiative (although I was too young to vote). Seeing actual interview clips of Bryant in the film just reminded me how little has changed in 30 years. You can’t hear Bryant and John Briggs talk about “God’s law” and “homosexuals want to recruit our children” and not think of recent battles over marriage equality and gay couples adopting children.

Are we seriously having the same conversation after 30 fucking years? Let’s just stop it, already.

I love these people who insist we are a “Christian” nation. Really? Which flavor Christian are we? Catholic? Episcopal? “Non-denominational” (i.e., Southern Baptist? Come on, you aren’t fooling anyone with the linguistic whitewash.) I attend a pretty liberal Presbyterian church. We have a lot of GLBT families in our congregation; we welcome everyone. Are we my kind of Christian nation? Somehow I think the answer would be no.

And do you really want the government deciding which religious doctrines are valid and which are not?

Of course not.

So give it a rest already. Let gays get married. If you don’t agree with it, then don’t do it. No one will force a church to perform a ceremony they don’t agree with -- that’s what separation of church and state means, you nitwits. After you people have behaved so horribly towards GLBT folks, what makes you think they’d even want a church wedding, anyway?

The more things change, the more they don’t.

With that in mind, I leave you with this:
Pair launches campaign to encourage youths to pull up pants

Arguing that the sagging-pants fashion trend promotes an unhealthful lifestyle of gangs, crime and violence, they've launched the Pull Up Your Pants education campaign, designed to persuade young people to abandon the look -- especially pants often worn so low that their underwear, or more, is exposed.

They already have the support of one Louisville Metro Council member, who plans to introduce a resolution in support of their campaign next month.

Somewhere in the ruins of Pompeii archeologists have found a father’s lament that his daughter’s toga is too tight/revealing/low cut/whatever, which by yea Gods never happened back in his day, by Juno!

No, some things never change, but that doesn’t mean they should always stay the same, either.