Monday, August 20, 2012
Washington state based mobile phone giant T-Mobile today endorsed marriage equality. HRC has the good news:
The Bellevue-based wireless carrier joins REI, Microsoft, Starbucks and a growing list of other employers in supporting the efforts of Washington United for Marriage. “Our support of this issue is a reflection of our culture, how we do business, and our belief in the fair and equitable treatment of all employees,” said Jim Alling, interim chief executive officer and chief operating officer. HRC applauds T-Mobile for this positive step on its journey toward LGBT inclusion. More than 4,800 T-Mobile employees live and work in Washington state, according to the company.RELATED: T-Mobile is the U.S. subsidiary of Germany's Deutsche Telekom. Last year a sale of the company to AT&T was thwarted after fierce resistance from the U.S. federal government.
Michelangelo Signorile has penned an open letter to Family Research Council president Tony Perkins and invited him to a debate on his SiriuxXM show. An excerpt:
Perhaps you recall that in July 2008, a man armed with a shotgun went on a shooting rampage inside a church in Knoxville. The Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church, like many Christian churches and denominations across the country, is welcoming of LGBT people. The gunman killed two people and severely wounded several others. Police said that the killer's motive was to target gays and liberals. "This isn't a church, it's a cult," the killer wrote in a four-page letter he had left behind. "They embrace every pervert that comes down the pike.... [T]he only way we can rid ourselves of this evil is kill them in the streets, kill them where they gather."Read the full letter.
I wouldn't claim, as you did with regard to the SPLC, that the FRC gave that killer a "license to shoot." No one knows what's inside the mind of a premeditated killer. But I would ask: Where do people like this killer get the distortions and ugly mischaracterizations that convince them that gay people are evil? More so, where do others who wouldn't engage in gun violence but who do harm to LGBT people in other ways -- firing them from their jobs, throwing them out of their homes, bullying them in schools -- get their misinformation about gay people? They get it from a wide array of sources that contribute to a culture that demonizes LGBT people. And you and the Family Research Council are among those who feed into that culture.
Aligning with the Cosmic Order
Buddhist practice, in its traditional context, is to align oneself more and more deeply with the cosmic order. Transcendence occurs when that coming into alignment is complete.
- Linda Heuman, "What's at Stake as the Dharma Goes Modern?"