Archive for October 10th, 2010

by Jamee Greer

One.
This weekend in Serbia, a gay pride celebration was disrupted by almost 6000 rioters throwing molotov cocktails, stun grenades and bricks – and chanting slogans like “death to homosexuals!”.

“Serbia will guarantee human rights for all its citizens, regardless of the differences among them, and no attempts to revoke these freedoms with violence will be allowed,” Tadic said.

Belgrade mayor Dragan Djilas said damage was estimated at more than euro1 million ($1.39 million).

Right-wing groups say the gay events run counter to Serbian family and religious values. Most of the rioters Sunday were young football fans whose groups have been infiltrated by neo-Nazi and other extremist organizations.

Serbia is seeking membership in the European Union, which requires certain human rights standards be met before they can join.

Two.
New York State gubernatorial candidate, Carl Paladino, told a gathering of Orthodox Jewish leaders in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Sunday that children are being “brainwashed” into believing homosexuality was acceptable and normal.

“That’s not how God created us,” he said, reading from a prepared address. “I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family, and I don’t want them brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option — it isn’t.”

And then, to applause at Congregation Shaarei Chaim, he said: “I didn’t march in the gay parade this year — the gay pride parade this year. My opponent did, and that’s not the example we should be showing our children.”

Newsday.com reported that Mr. Paladino’s prepared text had included the sentence: “There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual.” But Mr. Paladino omitted that statement when he gave the speech.

Paladino went on to say to the media, “Don’t misquote me as wanting to hurt homosexual people in any way. That would be a dastardly lie.”

Three.
Another gay teen has taken their life, this time in Norman, Oklahoma. The 19 year old had attended a City Council public hearing earlier in the week which included discussion on the receipt of a mayoral proclamation recognizing October as Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Transgender History Month in Norman. The proclamation was approved 7-1, after three hours of graphic, homophobic testimony.

One man said he moved to Norman because he thought it was the kind of place that would never accept the GLBT community with open arms. A woman, who described herself as “bi-racial,” said she was tired of the GLBT plight being compared to Civil Rights.

Some of those who opposed the proclamation claimed that members of the GLBT community would use it to infiltrate the public school system, essentially allowing the “gay lifestyle” to become a part of the curriculum.

Others claimed that council recognizing October as GLBT History Month was a waste of their time. Some members of the audience even suggested that any council members voting in favor of the proclamation may have trouble getting reelected.

Numerous residents also claimed the Bible was their guiding light, citing the ancient text as their primary reason for opposing the proclamation and the GLBT community in general.

And for those in attendance, it was hard to ignore the intolerant grumblings, the exasperated sighs and cold, hard stares that followed comments from supporters of the GLBT proclamation.

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by  problembear

a long time ago in this nation, a time honored tradition of doing business without  interjecting one’s politics, religion or one’s opinions about your dog  has seemed to disappear completely.

i always thought it was a good rule. so what has happened to this organization?

seems like when you draw sides, you automatically lose 50% of your business to those who disagree with your opinions. am i wrong?  around missoula i see a lot of businesses who display fish in their logo spaces when they advertise. also, i see a lot of marketing by businesses who display their progressive politics front and center.  is this a good thing? do we really want to limit our customers to those who worship as we do?  or to those who vote as we do?

the separate marketing which targets church and business in this country and politics and business in our daily dealings doesn’t seem healthy for a country that prides itself on being a melting pot which derives our strength from the combination of everyone’s best traits. i believe that inclusion is better than exclusion if you want to have a healthy economy. but, maybe that is just wishful old fashioned thinking on my part.

but what i hope is not old-fashioned in this country is the notion that our politics in this country should not be a battleground for foreign corporations to exert undue influence over our elected representatives. so is the chamber of commerce telling us the truth when they refute democratic party charges that the chamber is using foreign money to influence congress? you decide.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/08/AR2010100804145.html

http://thinkprogress.org/2010/10/09/nyt-wp-on-chamber/

one comment i read today read true…..

“just because it is legal doesn’t mean it is good for this country.”




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