Wednesday, November 9, 2011

JMG Quote Of The Day - Mark Morford

"Are you not furious, righteous Republican homophobe? I bet you are. I bet you're dialing your angriest, most confused buds right this moment to write letters, post barely punctuated rants to the hate forums on Free Republic, call in to Rush to demand a Tea Party-wide boycott of every single one of these sicko companies. I mean, you can't really call yourself a true American, a real Christian and still openly wear Nikes or Levi's, use Microsoft or Google, or watch Warner Brothers movies, can you? If you really walk your anti-gay talk, well, every one of these companies should be banned from your life, right?" - San Francisco Chronicle columnist Mark Morford, in a hilarious essay about the avalanche of major companies backing the repeal of DOMA.

Read the entire article.

reposted from Joe

Michigan's Children Speak Out Against Republican Pro-Bullying Legislation

Via JMG: Ninth Circuit Turns Down Second Log Cabin Appeal On Constitutionality Of DADT

In September the Log Cabin Republicans lost their bid to have DADT declared unconstitutional when a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals panel of three judges declared that their suit had been made moot when Congress repealed the law. Today the Ninth Circuit refused Log Cabin's appeal for an en banc (fully court) hearing of their case. Via LCR press release:
"The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has chosen to back away from its role in defending the constitutional rights of servicemembers. With open service the law of the land, it now falls to servicemembers themselves and their allies to be vigilant in protecting the freedom of gay men and women in uniform," said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director. "Log Cabin Republicans will continue to fight for uniform treatment of all servicemembers, in Congress and in the court of public opinion, including working to end the so-called "Defense of Marriage Act" which wrongly discriminates against military families. Log Cabin Republicans are proud to have brought this case, proud of our victory at trial, and proud that the ruling in Log Cabin Republicans v. United States provided the necessary motivation to make repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' a reality."
The Log Cabin suit is critical should a future Congress or administration elect to reinstate a ban on openly gay soldiers.

reposted from Joe

A Discussion of Homosexuality, Sexuality and the Baha'i Faith - Columbia, SC

From: Nancy Songer <>
Date: November 9, 2011 12:17:33 AM EST
To: "South Carolina Baha'is" <bahai-us-sc@BCCA.Org>
Subject: more on  "A Discussion of Homosexuaity, Sexuality and the Baha'i Faith"
Reply-To: Nancy Songer <>
A Discussion of Homosexuality, Sexuality and the Baha'i Faith
Saturday, Dec. 3   10 am –  4 pm
Columbia Baha'i Center 2020 Assembly St. Columbia
Sponsored by the Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Columbia, SC
Please advise if you plan to attend
Homosexuality is a delicate and divisive subject requiring more – and more thoughtful - attention in order to transform the Baha’i community into one of knowledgeable, supportive friends for fellow believers and articulate bearers of Baha’u’llah’s healing Message. This introductory conversation addresses: Issues in discourse on this subject. Baha’i teachings on seeking truth. What is sexuality? Homosexuality? What is science? Current best science on homosexuality? What are views of the therapeutic community? What difference does that make for Baha’is?  Where do science and moral questions intersect?  How do they relate to the Covenant? Teaching the Faith?
This day will feature:
·            " Sexuality, Spirituality, and the Baha'i Model of Morality." - a talk by Mary K. Radpour, a practicing psychotherapist and long-time worker with the Baha'i Network on AIDS, Sexuality, Addictions and Abuse (BNASAA)
·            "Engaging in Discourse on Homosexuality."  - a  presentation given by Nancy Songer and Lisa Ortuno at this year's Association for Baha'i Studies Conference
·            Questions and Discussion
In order to encourage discussion, this gathering is for Baha'is only, and for people who are 18 or older. We know this is a matter of importance and interest to young people; however, this particular presentation is for adults. 
Registration, to cover travel and other expenses, will be $10 per person.  (Assistance can be available.)
Room is limited. There have been requests from friends in other states to attend, but we would like to give priority to SC believers. Pre-registration  (meaning notice that you are coming) is requested. Please email by November 15.
Childcare - Unfortunately, childcare cannot be provided.  
If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Songer at
Loving regards,

Local Spiritual Assembly of
Columbia, SC

Via Tricycle Daily Dharma:


November 9, 2011

Kindness is Society

During a lecture while I was interpreting for the Dalai Lama, he said in what seemed to me to be broken English, “Kindness is society.” I wasn’t smart enough to think he was saying kindness is society. I thought he meant kindness is important to society; kindness is vital to society; but he was saying that kindness is so important that we cannot have society without it. Society is impossible without it. Thus, kindness IS society; society IS kindness. Without concern for other people it’s impossible to have society.