Category Archives: The Gays

Links and Comments: Bruni on ‘religious liberty’; love vs hate; godless kids do just fine; Biblical law; anti-science senators; Pinker on Shakespeare; io9 resources

Catching up: From a week ago Sunday’s New York Times, Frank Bruni, Your God and My Dignity. He captures better than I can the response to Jeb Bush’s demand to (as Michelangelo Signorile put it) ‘Respect’ My Opposition to Your … Continue reading

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The Imitation Game

(copied from Facebook post, 22 Dec 2014) We caught up with THE IMITATION GAME yesterday, the film about Alan Turing, staring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. Turing was the British mathematician who famously cracked the Nazi “Enigma” code during World … Continue reading

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Links and Comments: Gay Marriage; Evangelical Doomsday; Natural Selection is not a guide to life; Jibbers Crabst; the power of faith, and science, and physics

Slate’s William Saletan: A Conservative Case for Gay Marriage, subtitled, “How to talk to your antigay religious relatives about same-sex unions”. Key points: homosexuality is not a sin, because it’s not a choice; it’s not harmful, but is in fact … Continue reading

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Scientific fidelity vs narrative; anti-gay bigotry and socialism; the ecology of faith; Valerie Tarico on religion; Hans Zimmer and conceptual breakthrough

Here’s one of several articles in the past week or so about why we should not nitpick the science in Interstellar: Slate: Back Off, Scientists: Don’t be so nitpicky about the technical details of sci-fi movies like Interstellar I have … Continue reading

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Conservatives, Liberals, Disgust, and Social Progress

Why are some people innately ‘conservative’, and others innately ‘liberal’? — I put these terms in quotes because I’m not sure they apply in these terms to any cultures outside the American political system, though I suppose they must in … Continue reading

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Right Wing paranoia; Conservative propoganda; coming out Smart like coming out Gay

Interesting links the past few days, with comments. 5 Years After Passage Of Hate Crimes Law, Religious Right’s Dire Predictions Still Haven’t Come True Well, of course not. This is just another example of the Christian Right’s paranoia, and an … Continue reading

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Recent Links and Comments: Do You Believe in Blue?

Catching up on three weeks of content, having been preoccupied by personal projects and various life changes. Divided into groups. Science Fascinating speculation by Steve Pinker on the evolutionary significance of music Pinker argues that in fact that music is not an … Continue reading

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Parents and Children

On Sunday I posted this link and comment on Facebook: Major New Study Finds Kids Raised by Same-Sex Couples Are ‘Healthier and Happier’ Contrary to the right-wing funded studies in the US, such as the debunked Regnerus study, that have … Continue reading

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Assorted Links and Quotes: Selective Thinking, Southern Atheists, Creationist Logic, Fox News, Neuroscience

Assorted links from the past couple days: Neil deGrasse Tyson vs. the right: “Cosmos,” Christians, and the battle for American science, by Sean McElwee. About the selective thinking of the religious right in denying those Enlightenment values that threaten their … Continue reading

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Varieties of Homophobic Experience

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jessica-joseph/getting-up-close-to-homophobia_b_5264373.html Fascinating essay by a woman who reacts to “an intensely homophobic part of the world: the Caribbean”, and describes how… I’ve actually started engaging homophobes in deep conversation, looking for the reasons, spoken and unspoken, that they feel this … Continue reading

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