Saturday, November 29, 2008
In the rant against Tom Lang, co-founder of KnowThyNeighbor, they don't think it's fair that two men can own a beautiful home. According to their logic, just because someone has money they aren't allowed to participate in the democratic process:
The palace has been a base for harassing opponents of "homosexual marriage". One of its owners, Tom Lang, is the infamous cyber-bully behind the "KnowThyNeighbor" web site, which published the names of anyone who signed the pro-marriage referendum petition in Massachusetts a few years back.
Uh, Ms. MassResistance, the law allows anyone to see who signs public petitions. You would think that a person who signs a petition to take away someone's civil rights would be proud of their activism. I mean look at all those people you got to sign the repeal of the 1913 law. Oh, wait a minute, you didn't get enough signatures from the thousands of people who supposedly support you. Nice job!
MassResistance even has the nerve to post a section of the Massachusetts law about intimidation of constitutional rights when all they ever do is try and intimidate people in the Commonwealth about marriage and education. This post clearly exposes the jealousy they have over Lange and his husband's home.
In their second post they go after Lorelei Erisis, someone who was protesting the recent anti-gay Prop 8 in California and they specifically go after her because she is transgender:
Remember that President-elect Obama has promised equal rights for the whole GLBT community -- "T" meaning transgenders or transsexuals. ("Gender identity" is the code language used for trannies.) Clearly, there is no bottom to this pit of confusion, sadness, and perversion into which these people have fallen. Yet our leftist political leaders will encourage even more troubled people to fall in.That's right haters, equal means equal whether you are Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender. Maybe you should crawl back under that rock for the next eight years. Your divisional politics of "Us against Them" is not going to work in United States of America anymore. The people have spoken.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
We make choices throughout our lives - where we want to live, what types of activities will fill our days, with whom we spend our time. These choices are often a balance between our desires and our means, but at the end of the day, they are decisions made with intent. But when it comes to how we want to be treated at the end our lives, often we don't express our intent or tell our loved ones about it.
This has real consequences. 73% of Americans would prefer to die at home, but up to 50% die in hospital. More than 80% of Californians say their loved ones "know exactly" or have a "good idea" of what their wishes would be if they were in a persistent coma, but only 50% say they've talked to them about their preferences. But our end of life experiences are about a lot more than statistics. They're about all of us.
So the first thing we need to do is start talking. Engage With Grace: The One Slide Project was designed with one simple goal: to help get the conversation about end of life experience started. The idea is simple: Create a tool to help get people talking. One Slide, with just five questions on it. Five questions designed to help get us talking with each other, with our loved ones, about our preferences.
And we're asking people to share this One Slide - wherever and whenever they can.at a presentation, at dinner, at their book club. Just One Slide, just five questions. Lets start a global discussion that, until now, most of us haven't had.
Here is what we are asking you: Download The One Slide and share it at any opportunity - with colleagues, family, friends. Think of the slide as currency and donate just two minutes whenever you can. Commit to being able to answer these five questions about end of life experience for yourself, and for your loved ones. Then commit to helping others do the same. Get this conversation started.
Let's start a viral movement driven by the change we as individuals can effect...and the incredibly positive impact we could have collectively. Help ensure that all of us - and the people we care for - can end our lives in the same purposeful way we live them. Just One Slide, just one goal. Think of the enormous difference we can make together.
(To learn more please go to www.engagewithgrace.org. This post was written by Alexandra Drane and the Engage With Grace team)
Friday, November 21, 2008
Camenker’s anti-LGBT non-profit group Parents Education Foundation (the public education branch of MassResistance) paid Camenker $49,200 in 2007 for his role as president of the organization. What’s even more surprising is that over that same year the group only took in $56,226 in donations and other sources of revenue. About 88 percent of all the money coming into Parents Education Foundation went right into Camenker’s wallet.
Surprisingly, Ethan notes that MFI's leader, Kris Mineau, who works a 40 hour week only makes about $41,000 for his anti-gay work yet Brian only clocks in 25 hours a week. Who do you think OK's his salary because on the Mass. Secretary of State's website Brian is not only the President but the treasurer too.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Marriage is a vital social institution. The exclusive commitment of two individuals to each other nurtures love and mutual support; it brings stability to our society. For those who choose to marry, and for their children, marriage provides an abundance of legal, financial, and social benefits. In return it imposes weighty legal, financial, and social obligations. The question before us is whether, consistent with the Massachusetts Constitution, the Commonwealth may deny the protections, benefits, and obligations conferred by civil marriage to two individuals of the same sex who wish to marry. We conclude that it may not. The Massachusetts Constitution affirms the dignity and equality of all individuals. It forbids the creation of second-class citizens.And the only thing that has changed is that families are stronger and more protected.
Monday, November 17, 2008
I arrived a few minutes before the start of the event. Have you ever been to a wake? If so you know what the atmosphere was like.
Just to remind you, the topic was the “Future of Marriage”.
First up was Maggie Gallagher who talked for about a half hour immediately asking the crowd to identify whether they were for or against gay marriage. Dividing the crowd is always a good ice breaker. All that stuck out from her talk was that she doesn’t like being called a bigot. That seems to be the biggest concern from her side, they don’t like to be called haters even though they want to take away people’s rights. She doesn’t believe it is bigotry to recognize that there is a special unique relationship between men and women and we should give them special rights. She says she has a dim view of the U.S. if marriage is redefined.
Jeff Jacoby was up next and to be honest, he was a bore. He blames Frank Rich of the NY Times for starting the “haters and zealots” language when Frank equated San Francisco’s marriages in 2004 to the racial discrimination in the south at the lunch counters. He doesn’t believe it’s a civil right even though several civil rights leaders who marched in the south do.
Then some lawyer who is the President of the Pro-Life Legal Defense Fund goes up and just reads from the Goodridge decision. He, like MassResistance, believes that marriage equality is not legal in Massachusetts and blames Mitt Romney for issuing the marriage licenses.
Finally, David “Mad Dad” Parker gets his chance. He blames marriage equality for his arrest, again, he never mentions that he chose to be arrested after being told if he didn’t leave he would get arrested. He believes that homosexuals want to indoctrinate children with their books and lessons. Side note to David: I went to elementary school and read all those lovely heterosexual stories, Cinderella, Snow White, etc… and I’m still gay.
In all, they didn’t talk about the future of marriage at all. They all were just living in the past and didn’t want to be called bigots.
Update: Massmarrier over at Marry in Massachusetts was also there at the forum. Check out his version of the event.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
3. Commentary: The real reason they're so enraged.
On the surface, it would seem strange that the homosexual movement is so enraged at the passing of Proposition 8. California already had a domestic partnership statute that gave same-sex couples all of the significant rights and obligations traditionally associated with the institution of marriage. Proposition 8 doesn't change that. Prop 8 only deals with the word "marriage". It simply says, "Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California."
Like the recent weak Massachusetts marriage amendment, it allows any kind of exact copy of marriage. So they already have everything they want.But they don't really have what they want. They're not that interested in technical rights.
They want acceptance. They want acceptance of homosexuality to be forced on a society that would never accept it without coercion. That's why the word "marriage" is much more important to them than the rights and obligations of marriage.
At a very visceral, emotional level they want all of society's institutions -- the schools, government, business, media, etc. -- to recognize homosexual behavior as a natural equivalent to heterosexuality. That's why the word "equal" is a part of so many of their activities and organizations.
But humanity being what it is, over all these thousands of years, the radicals know that what they want won't ever happen on its own. Ultimately, a human court or legislature can't repeal the laws of nature. That's a big problem for them.
Oh Brian, Brian, where DO you get your ideas? We could care less if you accept us. We're here, we're queer and we're not going to go away no matter how many times you change the name of your organizations. We pay taxes, just like you and we should be treated, just like you.
Oh, and the biggest problem with your "argument" against equal rights for gays and lesbians...homosexuality IS natural, check out the animal kingdom Brian. Remember that book about the Penguins? Yeah, it's not fiction.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Their banner in Wikipedia says, "These faggots kill fascists." The group is gearing up all over the country, no doubt soon joining the fray in Massachusetts.
"They'll be here soon in Massachusetts". Hmm...Ms. MassResistance, if Marriage Equality is the root of all evil, why didn't these "rogue" groups start here? I mean, according to your logic, anything you deem evil should all start in Massachusetts since same sex couples can marry here (and now Connecticut). Brian Camenker even confirmed this in his interview on the Daily Show where he claimed to be able to link gay marriage to everything.
I had never heard of these "Satanic Trannies", so a big thank you goes out to MassResistance for telling us all about them. I find it strange though, MassResistance is equating these people, and I don't know much about them, with GLBT people in Mass, yet when MassResistance is equated with their counter parts, groups like Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church and Neo-Nazi's, groups that target and protest all things gay, they go berserk. Maybe they're afraid these "Satanic Trannies" will be going after them?
Sunday, November 9, 2008
We also know that the MassResistance article "What same-sex 'marriage' has done to Massachusetts," was used extensively in California and Florida (and somewhat in Arizona), emailed, re-posted on websites, and sent as op-eds to newspapers. We were also interviewed on radio shows in Florida and California about that article.
I guess the people who might have read MassResistance's garbage didn't know that it was all BullS**t.
One of their ridiculous bullets in that article was that:
It’s become commonplace in Massachusetts schools for teachers to prominently display photos of their same-sex “spouses” and occasionally bring them to schoolOOH, that's so radical, having pictures of a loved one or this:
All insurance in Massachusetts must now recognize same-sex “married” couples in their coverage. This includes auto insurance, health insurance, life insurance, etc.
Those silly gays, they want to protect their families by providing for them now and if something happens to them, they're immoral!
Brian Camenker is not successful with his gay hating tactics in Massachusetts and is looking for a bigger stage to beg money from since it appears that MassResistance pays his salary. MassResistance has been successful in uniting unlikely parties against their silly repeal of the racist 1913 law, it united both gay and other anti-gay organizations against them, now that's something to talk about.
MassResistance, in every posting on their website and every press release they put out, ensures that they will once again be listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for years to come. Congratulations Brian!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.
It's the answer told by lines that stretched around schools and churches in numbers this nation has never seen, by people who waited three hours and four hours, many for the first time in their lives, because they believed that this time must be different, that their voices could be that difference.
It's the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled. Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states.
We are, and always will be, the United States of America.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Referendum petition drive comes up short. Would have forced state-wide vote on
Legislature's repeal of "1913" law.
This was a fight about principle -against overwhelming opposition and suppression from all sides. One result: MassResistance now stronger.
If you read between the lines it means that Brian needs more money to run the HUGE organization that MassResistance has become so you better contribute because his bills won't be paid by wishing.
Of course, the do a lot of blaming and they blame the gays, again:
Homosexual activists terrorized our petition gatherers across the state. They would come up to them and scream horrible things, and then call the police (or store managers) with phony complaints and charges. It happened constantly. Homosexual websites sometimes tracked our signature-gathering activities. And they even tried to intimidate the MassResistance office by sending us a stream of obscene emails.They make all these claims but have no facts to back them up. I would love to know which homosexual websites tracked them. With the exception of one article in BayWindows about the anti-gays collecting signatures at the Burlington mall, they got no publicity good or bad.
Yes, they point a lot of fingers except to recognize the three fingers that are pointing back at them.
Massachusetts is finally becoming aware of the hate group that dwells within its borders and proudly taking its place in history. Fortunately, Brian Camenker is also taking his place in history. Unfortunately for Brian, history will not be complimentary to him.