Meh Culpa

Meh Culpa: On heartbreak

I’ve saved Andrew Sullivan’s post, “The Mormon War on Gay People,” for a few days:

I do not intend in any way to remove a single right from Mormons. I do intend to protest their imposition of their own religious dogma – that marriage is always between a man and a woman and it is eternal and will be replicated in heaven by the couple physically present – on civil rights protections vested in a civil constitution.

I should add that I dated a Mormon man for a few months a while back. What he told me about the LDS church’s psychological warfare on their gay members, the brutality and viciousness and intolerance with which they attack and hound and police the gay children of Mormon families, would make anyone shudder.

They hounded my ex for having HIV and for being gay. They followed him secretly, outed him to his family and persecuted him for his illness. When he was diagnosed with HIV at Brigham Young, he had to run out of the college clinic to escape those who wanted to sequester and punish him. He died a few years ago. Most of his Mormon family didn’t show up for his funeral. You want me to love these people? Let me say it’s my Christian duty to try.

I know a young lesbian who grew up Mormon.  She hasn’t spoke much about her family’s rejection of her–they didn’t attend her wedding to another woman and I don’t believe most of them speak to her–but I have a feeling her experience has been just as traumatic.

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November 19, 2008 Posted by | civil liberties, gay rights, religion, US Constitution | , , , | Leave a comment

Meh Culpa: On the future of the Republican Party

The history of political parties in the US contains many splits and reformations of an organic nature.  Contrary to its nickname, the GOP isn’t really the Grand Old Party.  That award goes to the Democratic Party, which began its existence under Andrew Jackson and was solidified under Martin Van Buren.  The Republican party wasn’t created until 1854.

Prior to the 2008 presidential election, the Republican evangelical James Dobson threatened to leave the Republican Party and create his own.  It wasn’t until the McCain interview at Saddleback Church and the nomination of Sarah “Bristol can be used” Palin that the Evangelical faction could be considered thoroughly satisfied. Should the intelligensia of the Republican Party manage not only to regroup by redefining Conservatism but by becoming more mainstream to increase its appeal, it’s possible the GOP will splinter into its constituent factions.  Even without such alterations, the party as we know it may still be doomed as groups within merge and scramble to take its place.

It could happen.

November 17, 2008 Posted by | political parties in the US, politics, religion | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Israel proposes, US disposes

Israel National News again reported [tomorrow at 8:08 AM for us] that outgoing Prime Minister Olmert proposed attacking Iranian nuclear sites spread throughout the country and located “ dozens of yards underground and beneath reinforced concrete” as early as this past spring.

The United States refused to back the plan citing the probability that Iran would retaliate, that American bases in the Middle East might prove more interesting targets, and that all-out war could break out in the Middle East. None of these fears are irrational. Even if the United States doesn’t provide military backing, once Israel flies through Iraqi airspace–because that’s the shortest route and because Syria and Saudi Arabia would be crazy to consider supporting an Israeli attack on Iran–the Iranians will believe Americans were behind the attack. Since Iran and Iraq are neighbors, provoking Iran is a little more than unwise. Not only that, when you provoke Iran you provoke Russia and China. Not a good idea.

Mark Regev, spokesman for the Prime Minister, denied such a conversation had ever happened. I suppose that’s what a spokesman (or spokeswoman) is for.

In related news, Muslims in Gaza and Iran celebrated “Quds Day,” an annual even established by Ayatollah Khomeni to oppose Israeli control of Jerusalem and support the rights of Muslim Palestinians, by mocking the Holocaust and calling for the death of Israel. “Hamas legislator Ahmed Abu Helbiya called on Arabs ‘to contain the enemy and halt its [Israel’s] aggression by planning martyrdom operations,'” the report stated.

Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has talked about religious reasons for not having nuclear weapons:

“Our religion prohibits us from having nuclear arms and our religious leader has prohibited it from the point of view of religious law. It’s a closed road.”

It is may be a sin against Islam to own and maintain nuclear weapons, but it’s apparently OK to rile up Israel’s neighbor Gaza to do all your dirty work for you.

September 27, 2008 Posted by | Foreign policy, Iran, Israel, politics, religion | , , , , , | Leave a comment