Man-on-Manny Marriage

In case we didn’t have enough wing-nut bigots for right-wing journalists to interview in the U.S., it’s now apparently fair game to interview sports figures from other countries to provide religious leadership and guidance on U.S. civil rights issues.

Granville Ampong, a conservative blogger for Examiner.com, invited Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao to weigh in on President Obama’s recent statement on the subject of marriage equality.  (Among Ampong’s other notable fair and balanced journalism on Examiner.com is the article entitled “Obama, the catalyst for America becoming Sodom and Gomorrah of modern times.”  Sheesh.)

The concept of separation of church and state apparently hasn’t reached the Phillipines yet. Or at least it hasn’t reached Pacquiao yet.  He prattles on about how God’s word supersedes the laws of man. Never mind the fact that people have been arguing about the interpretation of God’s supposed words for centuries.

I’ve got no problem with people like Pacquiao having his own opinion. But if he has a problem with gay marriage, the answer is simple. Don’t get gay married.

Well, at least he has possible brain injury as an excuse for his lack of critical thinking ability.

America’s Gay Rights Patchwork

Those who are in favor of small federal government often espouse that states can handle legislation more efficiently.

If you ever encounter someone who uses that line of reasoning, please direct them to the interactive graphic that The Guardian published today.  It identifies what laws are in effect to protect LGBT folks on a state-by-state basis.  It’s the most convoluted patchwork of laws that would take a social scientist to decipher.

Click on image to view interactive graphic

It’s mind boggling to think of the legal costs associated with all of the possible cases that might arise from this byzantine mess of legislation.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better argument in favor of a legislating marriage equality, as well as other human rights issues, at the federal level.

View the interactive graphic and the analysis:

ACTUP=UNF?

It only took sixteen years.The ‘Silence = Death’ message of the AIDS activist organization ACT UP was a little too unpalatable for its time. The slogan was formulated in response to the Reagan administration’s failure to acknowledge the disease or devote any resources to finding a cure. Back then, it was all but impossible to rustle up any interest in the subject of AIDS.

But flip the pages of the calendar forward a sixteen or so years, and we now see a slightly soft-pedaled variation of that same message – ‘Apathy is Lethal‘ – as a cornerstone of the United Nations Foundation’s campaign to stem this global epidemic. It seems the world view is now virtually identical to the view that the AIDS activist visionaries of the ’80s were professing. Tragically, the delay in adopting such awareness has cost many millions of lives.

I don’t care how sorry anyone now feels for the bumbling old coot. Can anyone still say with a straight face that Reagan wasn’t evil, down to his core? Wouldn’t it be safe to say, since his administration did absolutely nothing regarding AIDS, that ‘Reagan is Lethal’?