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40 years

Posted 30 March 2011 by
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A barricade on the Rue Soufflot (with the Panthéon behind)

There is an show about the Stonewall Riots in New York in 1969 scheduled for showing in April 2011. Would I have stood up for my rights if I had been living in Greenwich Village in 1969? My guess is that it would depend on what my options were and what I understood to be at stake. Still, it is easier to man the barricades when you are running out of other options.

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Engage the culture, change the world on your own dime

Posted 12 February 2011 by
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Seattle Pacific University

Seattle Pacific University can do whatever it wants to do. It can support or condemn what it wants to. That is this institution’s right. It is my right not to support SPU when it goes against my beliefs.

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You only have to shoot straight

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Barry Goldwater campaign button in 1964

Senator John McCain thinks that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” needs more study. Maybe Senator McCain needs to read the reports that the late Senator Goldwater had read. And, listen to Senator Goldwater.

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The real reason is?

Posted 9 October 2010 by
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Gay Rights Flag

Why would someone compare calling someone a slut at a funeral to be the same as calling someone a fag? One is based on behavior. The other is what the person is.

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The Queen’s Birthday

Posted 21 May 2010 by
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Harvey Milk in 1978 at Mayor Moscone's Desk

In Canada, the last Monday before or on 24 May is celebrated as Victoria Day. Officially it honors Queen Victoria and celebrates the current monarch’s birthday (whatever the real date may be). One could assume that this happened because Victoria was queen for so long and people became used to marking the start of summer [...]

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Support all constitutional rights

Posted 19 May 2009 by
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It isn’t hard to find support for freedom of the press on the Internet. Some even are poetic about not censoring clueless people. Support for the First Amendment runs strong. For that matter, you can find support for pretty much any amendment to the US Constitution somewhere. I’m sure someone must be blogging support for [...]

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Marriage versus Partnership

Posted 6 February 2009 by
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Let’s take a detour to California for a moment. “Fidelity”: Don’t Divorce… from Courage Campaign on Vimeo. I do not know anything about the California state constitution. So, I have no clue on whether the California Supreme Court may or should overturn Proposition 8. At the same time, I remember something from from my required [...]

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