The Right Not to Learn

Brian Grasso, a freshman at Duke University, is taking a public stand against reading “Fun Home,” by Alison Bechdel, as part of his course studies.  The depictions of lesbian sexuality conflict with his moral conscience: After researching the book’s content and reading a portion of it, I chose to opt out of the assignment. My choice had nothing to … Continue reading The Right Not to Learn

Survey Says…

Have you heard?  Americans feel that religious freedom is more important than LGBT human rights, by a 4 to 1 margin. That’s according to a poll by FOX News contributor Patrick Caddell. Of course, there are some problems with the poll, such as the fact that it’s an online survey and not clear as to … Continue reading Survey Says…

Doublespeak Decoder: “Gay marriage rights” / “those who believe in biblical marriage”

Taking a step back for a moment, it’s worth having a brief lesson in spin, here. Opposition to LGBT people and their human rights is being soft-sold among far right groups and to the public at large as opposition to same-sex marriage.  The idea plays on the familiar adage of “hate the sin, love the … Continue reading Doublespeak Decoder: “Gay marriage rights” / “those who believe in biblical marriage”

“Won’t Somebody Please Think of the Children..?”

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation is targeting the Cosmo cover.  All of them. “Still, [Dawn Haskins] explains, the problem is that in many stores the typically racy magazine cover is at eye level where children can see its inappropriate images. Hawkins says their campaign targets 30 companies that do display Cosmopolitan at eye level…” … Continue reading “Won’t Somebody Please Think of the Children..?”

On Atheist Parents’ Rights

Remember this the next time you hear that sex education, LGBT-positive anti-bullying instruction, teachings on evolution, etc. are about a “parent’s right” to teach their children according to their own social mores. RightWingWatch is reporting that Pat Robertson responded to a letter written by a grandmother who is concerned about her grandchildren being raised by … Continue reading On Atheist Parents’ Rights

An Unwed Mother’s Ultimatum

Today in religious freedom, one religious school demonstrates that LGBT families are not the only “lifestyles” being targeted: “In a lawsuit filed in state court on Tuesday, Richardson said that she received notice from Northwest’s administration that her “lifestyle” was inconsistent with the university’s “faith-based” policies. Administrators issued her an ultimatum: Marry the baby’s father, … Continue reading An Unwed Mother’s Ultimatum