George Tiller, a 67-year-old abortion provider, was murdered during church services in Wichita, Kansas. The latest reports say a suspect is in custody.
This isn’t the first time Tiller had been targeted with violence. He was shot in both arms in 1993 and his clinic was bombed in 1986.
Now I’m not much of a supporter of late-term abortions, which Tiller was (in)famous for providing, but you can’t just go out and murder people who do things you don’t like.
In my mind, you have to be pro-life all around to have a credible anti-abortion argument.
Pro-life groups have been quick to issue statements condemning Tiller’s murder. Operation Rescue’s founder, Randall Terry, came out with a bit different of a statement:
George Tiller was a mass-murderer. We grieve for him that he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face God. I am more concerned that the Obama Administration will use Tiller’s killing to intimidate pro-lifers into surrendering our most effective rhetoric and actions. Abortion is still murder. And we still must call abortion by its proper name; murder.
Those men and women who slaughter the unborn are murderers according to the Law of God. We must continue to expose them in our communities and peacefully protest them at their offices and homes, and yes, even their churches.
Despite saying they “peacefully protest,” pro-life (or perhaps more accurately called anti-abortion) groups have been stirring the pot for years. They called him “Tiller the Killer” and his clinic a “murder mill.”
… find it so important to convince everyone that being gay is not a choice?
One of my (gay) friends asked me this last week. He had a good point: Religion is a choice, yet it’s a protected status. I also saw the question come up on Yahoo! Answers.
I’ve been pondering this amidst all the hoopla surrounding the Prop 8 decision. Supporters of Prop 8 and opponents of marriage equality in other states make this argument about how the legalization of same-sex marriage will affect their children’s education. Kids will be taught that it’s *gasp* okay to be gay and okay to want to marry someone of your own gender. What these arguments say to me is that these people fear their children will become homosexual if they learn that being homosexual is okay. So here’s where the “being gay isn’t a choice” argument comes in. Don’t make some BS argument about protecting your kids from being “indoctrinated” and “turning gay.” So, in my mind, that’s why it’s important for people to understand that you don’t just “turn gay” because you wanted to.
2-13% (research varies) of the population is gay. Your kid might be one of them. They might come out sooner and be happier about who they are because they learned that it’s not wrong to be gay, but learning about it didn’t make them be attracted to people of the same sex. Straight people didn’t need to learn about traditional marriage to cause them to be attracted to people of the opposite sex.
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ReligiousTolerance.Org and one of my high school religion teachers (a Catholic deacon) assert that of the nearly 300 suggestions from Jesus on how to live and believe that are recorded in the New Testament only 3 pertain to sexual ethics. And of those 3, none address homosexuality.
WhatMormonsBelieve.Org has little to cite from “The Book of Mormon” to support the church’s opposition to homosexuality. It seems all they could come up with was “the natural man is an enemy to God” (Mosiah 3:19) and that through the grace of Jesus weaknesses can become strengths (Ether 12:27). I know little about “The Book of Mormon,” but neither of these seem to explicitly condemn homosexuality.
I don’t believe in the literalness of the Bible, but there are many people who do. If you’re a believer of Jesus and the New Testament, you need to see how minute Jesus’s concern was for sexual issues versus his concern with poverty and “loving your neighbor”.
Using numbers from the LDS’s own website, church members donate about $9.1 million a year for humanitarian work (and I respect them for that). I figure 1 percent of Jesus’s teachings touch on sexual ethics, so if Mormons want to oppose gay marriage it would make sense for them to use about 1 percent of their charitable donations to support Proposition 8. That would be about $91,000. But no, Mormons contributed more than $17 million to the “Yes on 8” campaign.
Why the disproportionate concern with homosexuality?
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I’m not interested in voting on who you can marry. Why worry about who I might want to marry?
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So I’m a little behind on the local news. Two weeks ago today, a lesbian woman was beaten outside a club in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. Her attacker punched her to the ground and kicked her in the face, calling her a “dyke bitch.”
Where I first read about it. My blog title comes from the art project Gina Genius (of Team Gina) is doing.
Samantha Ronson was the headlining DJ at the event. She blogged about it.
Pics of the survivor.
So if you’re a lesbian and concerned about gay bashing, please consider joining Gina Genius’s project.
Here’s my contribution: