Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Via Nalanda LGBT Buddhist Cultural and Resource Center

"In the present circumstances, no one can afford to assume that someone else will solve their problems. Every individual has a responsibility to help guide our global family in the right direction. Good wishes are not sufficient; we must become actively engaged." 
- His Holiness, the Dalai Lama

Via Courage Campaign:

Today the Republican National Committee finalized its platform concerning marriage equality. Which platform do you want to see your elected official stand behind?

Via JMG: NOM Launches "Brown Vs Savage" Site

NOM has launched a new website dedicated to coverage and reactions of Brian Brown's dinner with last week. The debate itself has not yet been released. From the site:
Dan Savage is one of the most influential activists bent on redefining marriage. Millions of Americans have seen his TV show on MTV or read his syndicated column. President Obama and his wife Michelle, along with hundreds of celebrities and sports stars have participated in Savage’s “It Gets Better” anti-bullying project. But there’s another side to Dan Savage that most haven’t seen: the bully. This April, when speaking to a group of high school students in Seattle, Savage launched into a tirade against Christians and what he termed the “bull****” in the bible.” He went on to call students who attempted to leave his presentation “pansy-a**es”. Savage has a long history of obscene anti-Christian comments, and yet he continues to be celebrated as the face of the gay marriage movement.
At least NOM didn't (yet) repeat the lie about that "spontaneous" staged walkout by "sobbing and horrified" students, who were put up to it by Focus On The Family.

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Via JMG: Tweeted Out By Matt Barber

Good As You points us to today's Twitter message from Matt Barber, whose employer is being sued for kidnapping. I'll add a message of my own.

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Two from Gay Politics Report:

  • Republicans poised to reaffirm opposition to marriage equality
    Republican Party subcommittees have reportedly approved party platform language that criticizes the Obama administration's decision not to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, and supports a "constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman." The language still must be approved by the full GOP committee today, and by delegates at the GOP convention in Tampa next week. BuzzFeed (8/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GOP platform addresses LGBT community, group says: Certain language included in the Republican Party's national platform is meant to signal the party's support for LGBT Americans, according to R. Clarke Cooper, the director of Log Cabin Republicans. A GOP delegate who supports marriage equality proposed the language "We embrace the principle that all Americans have the right to be treated with dignity and respect," Cooper said. Metro Weekly (Washington, D.C.)/Poliglot (8/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

"My Brother" Official Music Video by Nhojj

Via Buddhism on Beliefnet:

Daily Buddhist Wisdom

Suffering chastens us and makes us remember. We are like the child who tries to pick up fire and is unlikely to do it again, once she has seen the consequences. With material things, seeing is easy; but when it comes to picking up the fires of greed, aversion, and delusion, most of us arent even aware were holding fires at all. On the contrary, we misguidedly believe them to be lovable and desirable, and so we are never chastened. We never learn our lesson.
- Buddhadhasa Bhikku, "Heartwood of the Bodhi Tree"

Wrong Direction's "Disclosure" - A Full Frontal Freedom production

Via Tricycle Daily Dharma:

Tricycle Daily Dharma August 21, 2012

Refraining from Harm

To realize truly that there is only this nature, with no 'other' outside us, is to naturally want to refrain from causing harm, just as we refrain from doing harm to one of our own limbs or eyes.
- Bodhin Kjolhede, "Pain, Passion, and the Precepts"
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