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Maryland politician’s letter denouncing Brendon Ayanbadejo’s support of gay marriage – Yahoo! Sports

Unbelievable:

Maryland politician’s letter denouncing Brendon Ayanbadejo’s support of gay marriage – Yahoo! Sports.

And if you’re interested in the response by Viking punter Chris Kluwe, read it here.

Mitt Romney Accidentally Confronts A Gay Veteran; Awesomeness Ensues

 

I think this kind of candor is essential in this election. Here is a link to a really emotional video that captures a conversation between a gay veteran and Romney.

Mitt Romney Accidentally Confronts A Gay Veteran; Awesomeness Ensues.

Fears About Shariah Law Take Hold In Tennessee : NPR

I’m going to preface this by saying I am neither Christian nor Muslim. While I was raised within a Christian nation, having no belief in either religion or no formal education in either, I would consider myself more of an outsider than insider on the emic/etic scale.  Perhaps that is why I am baffled by this article, “Fears about Shariah Law Take Hold in Tennessee” and it’s seemingly obvious relation to the Biblical Literalism that is a mainstay of Evangelical Christianity.

Read Excerpt 1 from the previously mentioned article: 

“I don’t want anybody to persecute any religion including Islam, but we have a duty as Americans to understand that they intend to take us over and compel us to become Islamic,” Douglas says. […] The First Amendment may  Read more…

Why Paul Ryan is not ‘bad’ for women – CNN.com

There is a lot going on in this op-ed, and I’m not going to comment on all of it. You can read for yourself why the author, Anita McBride, thinks Ryan is “not bad for women.” I mostly want to emphasize one point – the GOP and conservative media keep saying that this election is not about “social issues” it’s about the economy. They say it’s not about women, or abortion, or homosexuality and same-sex marriage. It’s not about race, or minorities, or immigration.

In reality, of course, this election is about both the economy and social issues. Why do we try to sub-divide and put everything in little boxes? These things are linked, they do not exist in a vacuum. I know it’s difficult to see shades of gray and to think critically and with nuance (especially when states like Texas and Missouri are trying to give students the right to opt out of learning critical thinking skills or subjects that challenge their beliefs). Come on people, study your history. In times of economic strife, women and minorities are always, always the first to suffer. Read Anita McBride’s article here: Why Paul Ryan is not ‘bad’ for women – CNN.com.

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