NEWS -- 2011.05.04.Wednesday
- 1) The Middletons
2) from the FRC -- NRA Unloads on King & Spalding
3) New Mexico school bans club meetings after gay club formed
4) S.F. Catholic lawsuit rejected by Supreme Court
5) Celebrating Osama bin Laden's death is anti-American ... and not very biblical
6) Love above all
Pippa Middleton's party role and what's next for her
My comment -- Pippa Middleon's dress, obviously made of the same fabric as Catherine's, was one of the most outstanding dresses I have ever seen.
May 01, 2011 01:20:00 PM ET
Google Search: James Middleton Gay
By Advocate.com Editors
Just because someone searches for something on Google doesn't mean it's true. But seconds after Kate Middleton's brother James delivered a Bible reading at he Royal wedding, thousands of people began searching for "James Middleton gay" on the search engine.
So many people searched for "James Middleton gay," Google now auto-suggests the term, "driven by the volume of people querying a particular term as opposed to an algorithm or editorial involvement by the company."
Though there is nothing online to suggest James Middleton is indeed gay, Pink News points out that multiple news outlets have begun pointing out things about James in an attempt to suggest he might be.
From the Washington Post: "Carole Middleton, mother of bride Kate, and her son James Middleton arrive[d] at the royal wedding [together]."
From The Examiner: "James looked calm after having a long day getting ready and having breakfast with... Prince Harry. He is the only one giving a reading at the wedding and looked comfortable chatting with the clergy and escorting his mother."
My comments --
Don't miss the comments at the URL.
One of the comments ---
"I googled it myself during the wedding. But to imply that he is gay because he escorted his mother to the wedding? Who else would escort her? Kate's sister was maid of honor (or whatever her role was called); her father escorted Kate down the aisle. That left him and his mother. Should his mother show up alone? Stupid. And having breakfast with Harry? Their siblings are marrying that day, why WOULDN'T they have breakfast together? Stupid. This is the most idiotic piece of gossip non-journalism on Advocate recently. There are plenty of OTHER reasons to think that James might be gay, but the two mentioned here WERE NOT!"
from the Family Research Council [ FRC ] -- political front of the Southern Baptist Church
May 03, 2011
NRA Unloads on King & Spalding
"Coward for Hire" isn't exactly a slogan that attracts business--or, in King & Spalding's case, keeps it. Barely two weeks into the drama over the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the law firm that quit the suit has lost--not one, but two--high-profile clients. Yesterday, the National Rifle Association (NRA) joined the state of Virginia in firing K&S for walking out on its contract with the U.S. House of Representatives. The NRA's decision will rock the legal community, since King & Spalding had represented the gun lobby in last year's Supreme Court case, McDonald v. Chicago. Sources say the two sides had been negotiating a bigger role for the firm after it won the Second Amendment suit. But, like Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the NRA has new doubts about the firm's credibility.
In a letter announcing the termination, NRA General Counsel David Lehman was clear. "...[W]e expect [outside counsel] to zealously advocate for our interests and not abandon the representation due to pressure from those who may disagree with us... Given your firm's recent conduct, we cannot continue to rely on King & Spalding to represent the NRA. Indeed, your decision only serves to embolden ideological organizations to protest the legal representation of other organizations with which they disagree, with the goal of freezing their opponents out of legal representation entirely. That, in turn, threatens the very principles on which our legal system is based."
This follows a bruising week for King, in which the who's who of the same-sex "marriage" movement spoke out in defense of former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement, the lead attorney on the DOMA case, who resigned from K&S as protest. Everyone from Justice Elena Kagan to Attorney General Eric Holder and Prop 8 opponent Ted Olson have lined up to applaud Clement for standing by his client. They join a growing number of media, whose outcry is filling columns from the San Francisco Chronicle ("This is intolerance") to the Washington Post ("The pummeling is entirely deserved"). Before the fallout, the Human Rights Campaign bragged about blackmailing K&S into submission. "I can assure you that a lot of law firms and companies took notice of what happened," said HRC's Fred Sainz. Oh, they noticed all right. But these companies aren't impressed. They're outraged.
New Mexico school bans club meetings after gay club formed
Wed, Apr 27 2011
By Zelie Pollon
Santa Fe, New Mexico (Reuters) - A school board in Clovis, New Mexico, voted to ban all extra-curricular clubs from meeting during school hours after a gay-straight alliance applied to become a club.
School officials call it coincidental that the alliance applied while school policies were being reviewed, but representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico say they are concerned about the timing of the decision.
"This sort of tactic has been used in the past by school districts to discourage gay-straight clubs from forming," Micah McCoy, communications specialist for ACLU of New Mexico, said on Wednesday. "A lot of alarm bells went off when we saw this."
In a vote Tuesday night, the Clovis school board decided to prohibit any extra-curricular club from meeting during school hours or using school resources to meet and gather.
Meetings for the gay-straight alliance were going to be held after school all along, said James Walker, a senior at the school. But without resources or the ability to hang flyers or make announcements, it will be difficult to publicize meetings, he said.
"Now it's almost an underground operation," he said.
The gay-straight alliance is meant to create a safe place where students can get together and work toward greater tolerance and make schools safer places for gay, lesbian transgender and questioning students, McCoy said.
Clovis is in eastern New Mexico, on the border with Texas. There are 15 extra-curricular clubs currently at the school.
Calls to Clovis High School principal Wayne Marshall and district superintendent Terry Myers were not returned on Wednesday.
But Myers, who is in his first year at Clovis, told the Albuquerque Journal this week that the gay-straight alliance's application did not trigger the policy review.
"Being a new superintendent in Clovis, the board asked me to review each policy as it came up and make recommendations or at least bring those to their attention if there's some question as to what the board truly wants with a particular policy," Myers said, according to the newspaper. "This was not prompted by a particular request."
This isn't the first time the high school has gotten attention for an issue involving gay and lesbian students.
In 2008, the school changed its yearbook policy after a public outcry when lesbian couples were featured on a couples page of the yearbook. Now, the principal reviews any content that may be controversial.
(Editing by Corrie MacLaggan and Greg McCune)
San Francisco Chronicle
S.F. Catholic lawsuit rejected by Supreme Court
Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
(05-02) 16:36 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Supreme Court turned down an appeal Monday by Catholics who said San Francisco supervisors violated their religious rights by denouncing a Vatican ban on placing adoptive children with same-sex couples.
The supervisors passed a resolution in 2006 condemning the decree by Cardinal William Levada, the former San Francisco archbishop who now heads the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He said allowing gay or lesbian couples to adopt children "would actually mean doing violence to these children."
The decree barred Catholic Charities, the church's provider of social services, from placing children with gays or lesbians.
The nonbinding resolution, sponsored by then-Supervisor Tom Ammiano, called Levada's order "hateful and discriminatory." It urged the new San Francisco archbishop, George Niederauer, and the local Catholic Charities to disregard the ban.
In response, Catholic Charities of San Francisco stopped placing children for adoption with any families.
The lawsuit by the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights and several individual Catholics accused the city of expressing hostility to Catholicism, violating the constitutional requirement of government neutrality toward religion. The plaintiffs asked a federal judge to order the city to repeal the resolution.
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the suit last year. The Supreme Court denied review of the Catholics' appeal on Monday without comment.
William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, said the lawsuit appears to have had an effect despite the courts' rejection.
"We haven't seen the same level of vitriol and hostile remarks from the Board of Supervisors" in recent years, he said. "These people are notorious anti-Catholic bigots."
Ammiano, now a Democratic state assemblyman, demurred. Describing himself as a practicing Catholic, he said the target of his resolution was not the church, but "statements that are ignorant, particularly when it comes to the lesbian (and) gay community and children."
The case is Catholic League vs. San Francisco, 10-1034.
E-mail Bob Egelko at begelko@....
This article appeared on page C - 3 of the San Francisco Chronicle
Celebrating Osama bin Laden's death is anti-American ... and not very biblical
As crowds cheering bin Laden's demise last night illustrated, revenge is a natural reaction. But a natural impulse isn't necessarily a good one. Our key religious scriptures and greatest political leaders warn us against this dark desire. Indeed, we are at our most human when resisting it.
By Jonathan Zimmerman / May 2, 2011
"Do not rejoice when your enemies fall, and do not let your heart be glad when they stumble."
So says Proverbs 24:17, in a book that millions of Americans hold sacred. The Bible also says that you should love your enemy as yourself, and that vengeance is the Lord's alone.
But all of that went out the window Sunday night and Monday, as news spread that American forces had killed Osama bin Laden. At Ground Zero in New York, site of the World Trade Center attacks that bin Laden masterminded, crowds sang the "hey, hey, good-bye" song that sports fans use to taunt their defeated foes. Borrowing another sports metaphor, one reveler held up a sign that said, "Obama 1, Osama 0."
President Obama himself struck a solemn note as he announced bin Laden's death, in a televised address from the White House. But outside, on Pennsylvania Avenue, the mood was merry. An estimated thousand people danced, waved flags, and chanted "U.S.A.! U.S.A.!" They carried signs, too, including one which read, "Ding, Dong, Bin Laden is Dead."
There is something deeply wrong with this picture. By celebrating death, even of someone as evil as bin Laden, we let our worst impulses trump what Abraham Lincoln called "the better angels of our nature." We look petty, juvenile, and small. And we should all be worried about that.
Let me be clear: I am relieved that Osama bin Laden is dead. He caused a lot of death himself, of course, and his own demise means that he won't be able to wreak more havoc on the world.
Second, I recognize that revenge is a natural reaction to tragedy, violence, and injustice. Ever since Homer's Illiad, where Achilles goes on a rampage to avenge the death of his beloved friend Patroclus, poets and playwrights have reminded us about the powerful role of vengeance in human affairs.
Time for sober reflection, not silly celebration
But a natural impulse isn't necessarily a good one. Yes, we feel the need to exact revenge from our enemies. But our key religious scriptures as well as our greatest political leaders warn us against this dark human desire, which transmits our feuds and vendettas to future generations. Indeed, we are at our most human when we are resisting it.
That's why Lincoln concluded his second inaugural address, in March 1865, by promising "malice toward none" and "charity for all." Lincoln and his generation bore witness to the greatest bloodletting in American history; whereas fewer than 3,000 died in the World Trade Center attacks, over 600,000 would perish in the Civil War. But Lincoln rejected calls for revenge against the soon-to-be-defeated Confederacy. Instead, he called upon all Americans to recognize the essential humanity of us all.
And part of being human, Lincoln insisted, was recognizing our own intellectual and moral limitations. Even as he directed the most devastating war Americans had seen, Lincoln did not assume that his side had a monopoly on virtue. "Both read the same Bible, and pray to the same God," Lincoln said, referring to the North and South, "and each invokes His aid against the other.... [L]et us judge not, that we be not judged."
It would not be easy. But Lincoln understood that, too. That's why he invoked our shared national destiny, insisting that America had something hugely important to teach the world. To Lincoln, and to millions of Americans since, the United States represented "the last best hope of earth." In striving to meet his charge, we would establish a model and an example for people everywhere.
And last night, in celebrating the death of Osama bin Laden, we lost sight of that responsibility. And don't think the rest of the world didn't notice, either. Remember when Palestinians danced on the streets of the West Bank, to rejoice over the World Trade Center attacks? That's what we looked like last night to many of the very people whose hearts and minds we've spent billions to win.
But there's still time to make it right. The death of Osama bin Laden should be an occasion for sober reflection, not for silly celebration. We should use it to ask what we have won, what we have lost, and what remains to be done. Anything less will do violence to our own better angels, and to our best national aspirations.
Jonathan Zimmerman teaches history and education at New York University. He is the author, most recently, of "Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory."
a.. The Monitor's View: The real victors over Osama bin Laden
b.. At ground zero, an outpouring of emotion as New Yorkers feel 'closure'
c.. America's new drug of choice: revenge
My comment ---
The subject of "what is biblical" leads the huge disagreements involving theological mythology.
(Mine is better, bigger than yours.)
Theological mythology is one of the problems.
Weapons of mass destruction are another.
These two are wedded in hatred, and hugely financial.
Love above all
A Christian Science perspective: The death of Osama bin Laden has stirred hearts worldwide. We need to seal this decade of unrest with love.
By Fujiko Signs / May 3, 2011
Death is not to be celebrated. Upon hearing the news about the death of Osama bin Laden, many people feel a sense of relief. Others feel uneasiness and ask, "Is it over?"
No, it is not over unless we pray our hearts out and continue to know that only Love will stop the violence; violence itself will not stop it.
We need to seal this decade of unrest with love. I don't mean personally loving someone who perpetrated one of the most senseless and darkest killing of the innocents. Yes, Jesus charges in the Sermon on the Mount to "love your enemies" (Matt. 5:44). This doesn't mean we remain victims. Rather he is asking us to triumph in the fact that in the end only Love - the highest good, which some people call God - can stop violence, division, and conflict.
This is crucial not just in a moral sense but for the sake of spiritual enlightenment. Fear, hate, or dislike of anyone will inhibit our readiness to heal elsewhere in our daily lives.
If I am praying for the healing of a person who is conflicted with illness, my consciousness - the closet of prayer Jesus asked us to enter - has to be filled with spiritual qualities such as love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance.
Sound familiar? These are the qualities described in the New Testament as the "fruit of the Spirit." And the list concludes with this statement: "against such there is no law." I find it important to fill my consciousness with these qualities, as well as that conclusion.
There is no law against those who can hold steadfastly to these qualities as much as possible. There is no enemy, no demon, no curse, no revenge, in perfect Love. Divine Love can transform someone from hatred and violence to reason, wisdom, justice, and moral strength.
Today, what is needed is humility and not fanfare. Mary Baker Eddy, who discovered Christian Science, wrote, "What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds" ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," p. 4).
And as the resurrection of Jesus proved, death becomes the last enemy, not the passage to heaven; for in reality we are here and now living in the kingdom of heaven - and forever will live in the kingdom of heaven. Our charge is to see more of that kingdom in our lives and in the lives of others.
Death should not and need not be celebrated. Instead, we need to celebrate life more, and see it as spiritual, full of goodness and love. We must look to the real source of this life - divine Life, God - as the unifying central light for true security, progress, and love for humanity.
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a.. Bin Laden dead: Why people celebrate, and why it probably won't last
b.. Opinion: Celebrating Osama bin Laden's death is anti-American ... and not very biblical
My comment ---
All this blather about love, but the Christian Science church remains homophobic, and absolutely does not recognize gay people. Indeed, gays are expected to sit in the back of the church, quietly.
Google -- Biological Exuberance.
Birthers and Homophobes are the same.
Against African-Americans and Homosexuals.
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