Monday, December 19, 2011

Double-standard Much?

Right-wingers aren't trying to ban this:

Strip clubs and nudie bars all over the world: big money, big immorality

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Why I'm A Liberal Christian

The Bishop of Borg, Norway.  Yep, she's a woman.  Deal with it.
Sometimes I get the feeling that many Filipinos have a hard time accepting that someone can be a Christian and a liberal at the same time.  It's funny because, once you get outside of Southeast Asia (and Africa), you'll find that many Christians are in fact quite liberal.  This is especially true where I'm from, where liberal Christians FAR outnumber the conservative ones.

It may stem from simple misunderstandings.  Some may believe that if a person is very liberal, he is either an atheist or not a "true" Christian.  These certainly aren't true.

Being a liberal Christian doesn't mean "anything goes,"  and it doesn't mean we don't believe that Jesus is the Son of God.  Liberal Christians have morals, values, standards, and faith in Christ, too.  But what sets us apart from conservative Christians is that we liberals use our brains in order to think and reason, rather than simply surrender our minds to our religious leaders.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

One More Reason to Love Starbucks

As if we needed another reason to sing the praises of what is arguably the best coffee on the planet, our friends at Starbucks have made themselves even more likable lately.

The Seattle-based company has always been proudly and loudly pro-LGBT rights (giving big bucks to pro-gay causes around the globe and offering their gay and lesbian employees the same partner benefits as their straight ones), and now Starbucks has gone grande with its stance on equality.

It has joined 69 other American companies in signing an amicus brief to declare that denying gay and lesbian couples the right to legally marry is bad for business, bad for freedom, and bad for the future.

What makes it even better is that it caught the ire of one Mr. Tony Perkins, the head of the "Family Research Council," a right-wing, anti-gay, anti-woman's choice organization that calls itself "Christian."  They're not.  I'm a Christian and they certainly don't represent my values.  Perkins and his gang are just fundamentalist nutjobs, plain and simple.

So Tony boy issued a battle cry to stay away from Starbucks because, as he said, "they like gay marriage a latte."  But not all of us consider that a negative, Tony.  In fact, it makes me more apt to support Starbucks even more often than usual.  I'm just thrilled that Tony has one more thing to panic about this holiday season.

Now where are my keys?  Time to go spend some money at Starbucks!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

"Uphold Our Rights, But No One Else's"

Dashing in white.  So pretty.
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) is at it again.  They never cease to amaze.

In typical style, the CBCP is busy panicking over the prospect of all Filipinos being treated with equality.

Senate Bill 2814, the "Act Prohibiting Discrimination, Profiling, Violence and All Forms of Intolerance Against persons based on ethnicity, race, religion, belief, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, language, disability, or other status," is making the bishops grip their rosaries even more tightly than usual these days.  Their fear is that, if it passes, SB 2814 will open the Philippines up to same-sex marriage.  Oh how they love to push those religious fear buttons!