16 Feb 2011

Exactly Because This Persists

In many ways, of course, it's not fair to compare civil rights struggles.  There are many different unique aspects to each that get lost in comparison.  And yet, there is some value in doing so, as patterns emerge, and they inform our understanding of civil rights movements as a whole. 

25 Nov 2010

The Myth of “Special Rights” and Canada’s Trans Rights Bill C-389

Recent years have seen a regression with regards to the concept of human rights.  Most often, this push-back is in response to legislation that would protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and / or trans people, and is often accompanied by claims of infringement on freedom of speech, and / or that

28 Sep 2010

Choice and “Culturalism”

The latest language change to come from the Tea Party fringers is to replace bigotry with “culturalism.”  Dr. John Press, president of the Brooklyn Tea Party, spoke at a September 19th rally, reported in The Brooklyn Ink, saying that America is rooted in Judeo-Christian principles, and therefore when people encourage

18 Aug 2010

Why Human Rights Are Necessary, and Why We Have to Keep It Honest

Correction: Apparently, the videos and RCTV are for real. h/t to CatherineCC ———————————————- So.  Is this what the religious right wants? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2gZgspU1gA I'm pretty sure that the above video is a parody, although there is no statement of the sort, and RealCatholicTV does exist.  In their store, you'll find bumper

17 Jul 2010

Her Own Payette Idaho

Sunday, July 11, a mobile home and pickup truck were torched, fake pipe bombs found and a woman was arrested running naked down a county road carrying another fake pipe bomb. On that day, the Argus Observer reported: When fire and police personnel arrived, they found what appeared to be

13 Jul 2010

The Genetic Defense, Catholic-Style

In the National Catholic Register, Matthew Archbold asks, “What if science discovered the “Catholic Gene?” In it, he speculates that “the discovery of a papal mitre in our double helix could be a legal benefit to Catholics.”  He speculates: “Rather than just a life-style choice that’s so un-21st century, Catholics

25 Apr 2010

American Academy of Pediatrics Responds to “Facts About Youth”

Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters, Pam's House Blend and Box Turtle Bulletin recently looked at the Facts About Youth website and brochure.  The bogus American College of Pediatricians announced both in a letter sent to 14,800 school superintendants in the US.  The document and website repeat distorted claims that sexual orientation and gender identity

25 Apr 2010

Canada to Discuss Trans Protections

On May 10th, the Government of Canada will be discussing Bill C-389, which would add gender identity and gender expression to the Canadian Human Rights Act and the hate crimes provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada. This bill has travelled a long road to get here, and there is

03 Apr 2010

The Missoula Ordinance, Potty Mouthism and the Waking World

Society grows, adjusts, and absorbs each new experience into its vernacular, although it has to be occasionally reinforced if it's to be kept from being forgotten.  And by accepting the repeated expression of individuality of others, society grows less threatened by any one individual. This is part of what has

24 Mar 2010

Apartheid Doc With Alleged Connection to Aversion Project for Gay Soldiers Facing Assault Charges

Forensic Psychiatrist Aubrey Levin has been charged with sexual assault following complaints from a longtime patient, a 36-year-old man who claims that the assaults happened repeatedly over a period of time.  Levin, a former University of Calgary professor and consultant with Corrections Canada, was the former chief psychiatrist at the