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Chick-Fil-A: Enlightenment or the Bottom Dollar?

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Chick-fil-A CEO backs off of his rather stark view of marriage to encompass a more equitable approach of Christian tolerance.  Well, at least that was the jest of his statement although he never quite comes out and admits to any wrong except to say…

“I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.” -Chick-Fil-A president Dan Cathy

Personally, I would hope that it’s enlightenment but after reading his statement I’m more inclined to admit it leaves a little leeway from an interpretation standpoint.  Was it a mindful statement or something more in line with protecting the bottom dollar.  Only time will tell.  Also, while we’re at it, just think about all those high caloric saturated fats, carbohydrates, and sodium we may be missing out on. To find out some of the pros and cons to consider when making that trip to Chick-Fil-A, click on the following link provided by About.com calorie counter. The sodium content alone is an eye-popper.  Be Smart, Stay Sharp and Buy for the Heart!

PunditFact: PuditFact Madness Tournament

PunditFact, a division of PolitiFact.com, is hosting a new PunditFact Madness Tournament in a head to head run-off based on viewer votes on SurveyMonkey.com.  According to the site’s intro to the bracket-style runoff, “We’re pitting 16 Sunday show pundits against each other. Voting for the first round closes 10 a.m. March 26.”  If you’re interested in participating, run on over to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VQLP83N

#1 BTW: A Little Side Finding

Making the Ideal Vacation Home

Talk about a home make-over, this guy did it from the ground up and came up with one of the most beautiful homes I’ve ever seen.  Truly a marvel to look at and read about.  Follow the link to Higher Perspective’s website and take a look.  I’m sure you’ll be highly impressed.

#2 BTW: A Millionaire Worth Every Bit

Harris Rosen, millionaire philanthropist

Although this story goes back to April of 2013, this human interest story is well worth repeating.  Harris Rosen, a self-made millionaire who grew up in a rough New York City neighborhood, decided to invest in the hopes of a rough Orlando, Florida neighborhood of Tangelo Park.  Go over to the Today.com website and take a look at what this one man has done to make life a little more meaningful with a little bit of hope and the money to back it.  I only wish millionaires and billionaires ALL over would take this man’s example to heart and learn that people, not politics matter most when exercising real power and authority.  Koch brothers, I mean you too especially.  Link to the full article:  click here

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Aside from being known for his role as Sulu in the original TV series Star Trek, George Takei has become presently known as an outspoken proponent of gay rights issues, locally and world wide.  He has clearly adapted to the internet with not only with a strong presence on Facebook with over 6.3 million followers as himself, George Takei, but as well for his recent venture into “Takei’s Take” on YouTube as seen here in episode 11 of his recent video postings.  You can find his other posts and subscribe by visiting the following link – http://www.youtube.com/user/TakeisTake

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This week’s Speak Out Spotlight (SOS) is on a group called Transparency International (TI).  Based in Berlin, the secretariat provides leadership for the movement’s international initiatives, supports chapters and coordinates regional work through knowledge sharing, advocacy and coalition building.

If you’re looking for a way to combat corruption either locally, nationally, or on a more international stage, then this might be the right way to go.  Their site provides several opportunities to report, investigate and get involved through a number of effective resources.  In addition to their site, TI also offers a Facebook and Twitter feed (links at the bottom of this page).

Transparency International is as they say in their Vision statement and Overview:

Their Vision

“A world in which government, politics, business, civil society and the daily lives of people are free of corruption”

Overview

One global movement sharing one vision: a world in which government, business, civil society and the daily lives of people are free of corruption.

In 1993, a few individuals decided to take a stance against corruption and created Transparency International. Now present in more than 100 countries, the movement works relentlessly to stir the world’s collective conscience and bring about change. Much remains to be done to stop corruption, but much has also been achieved, including:

  • the creation of international anti-corruption conventions
  • the prosecution of corrupt leaders and seizures of their illicitly gained riches
  • national elections won and lost on tackling corruption
  • companies held accountable for their behaviour both at home and abroad.

To find out more about TI or to get involved, please click on the following link to their website:  Transparency International

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and on Twitter through:  TI @ anticorruption

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BRIAN TASHMAN | Right Wing Watch

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Last year, Ben Carson grouped gay people with the likes of the pro-pedophilia group NAMBLA and “bestiality supporters” as nefarious forces trying “to change the definition [of marriage].”

Carson, a conservative columnist and retired neurosurgeon, later apologized for the remarks, but Saturday at CPAC (the Conservative Political Action Conference being held in Washington), the potential presidential candidate sang a different tune, saying that he will “continue to defy the PC police who have tried in many cases to shut me up.”

“I still believe that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Carson said to applause, and denied that he ever compared homosexuality to bestiality. “Of course they’re not the same thing. Anybody who believes that is a dummy, but anybody who believes somebody who says that somebody said that is a dummy, that’s the problem.”

“Of course gay people should have the same rights as everyone else,” Carson continued. “But they don’t get extra rights, they don’t get to redefine marriage.”

Question:

Are LGBT people trying to vie for “more rights” or are they simply asking for the same recognition given to any other human being, or is this argument simply a guise to mask the real issue of narrow minded bigotry – are they in fact  the very ones attempting to demand the “special rights” above and beyond all others?

Commentary:

No, gay people are not trying to gain “extra rights”, but to the contrary, we are attempting to receive the same rights, recognition and benefits that any other “straight” or “human” counterpart is given in our society.  These bigoted comments made by so called “normal” people accusing us of claiming the need for preferential treatment is nothing more than an act put on at the expense of the LGBT community to gain “extra” notoriety from “like-minded” individuals.  After all, as the old saying goes, “there is safety in numbers” and the numbers here are thankfully dwindling in favor of a much more equitable and deeper approach.

That we’re even having this discussion in this day and age simply means one thing,  the old dragon is desperately gasping for its final breath.  It’s an old dragon created out of the fear that somehow or in someway the human race, as it is known, would suddenly vanish from the face of the earth because of sin or transgression.  The truth of the matter is that the old dragon isn’t giving up without a fight, and it’s at this time that it becomes all the more violent and malevolent.  The dragon in this case is a Christian dogma that says that the only acceptable form of marriage is their ideal of marriage as sanctioned between a man and a woman. This isn’t to say that all Christians share the same belief but rather a small but very vocal body of fundamentalists.

As much as they may choose to deny it, we are all humans made from the same fabric of creation with all the same substance of spirit, mind, and body.  Some would even have you believe that a benevolent God would never have created such a monstrosity and that we deserve to be treated as scum because they are, after all, the better species deserving nothing less than very special treatment. Failing to justify their arguments on a rational level, they have sought to engage a rather large stronghold of human emotions, namely Christianity, to protect what precarious stances they’ve chosen to defend.

After having been raised as a Roman Catholic who subsequently took to experimenting around with other Christian beliefs,  I can say one thing for sure; it is a highly charged, emotion driven human enterprise. Yes, believing in an unseen God requires a huge leap of faith, a leap not geared towards rational thought but on an emotional surrender to the idea of a higher being.  As much as someone may try to give it a sense of logic, that reasoning is largely based on an assumption, an assumption largely derived from an emotional need to belong.  The fact of the matter is that we all have that need no matter how we choose to slice it.

In a very compelling argument presented by leading Christian writer, John Shor in his book UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question, he states:
If there is no clearly stated directive in the Bible to marginalize and ostracize gay people, then it is morally indefensible for Christians to continue to do so.

If there is one thing that I took away from reading the new testament of Christianity it is that we were all put here on earth to learn to love one another, not to devise bigger and better arguments on how we shouldn’t or to assume one person is more worthy than another.  The fact is that we are all created beings, with all the same intellect and emotions with the same needs.  The need for love is something we should all share, equally and without regard or prejudice.

After all, the “good book” says:

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. – 1 John 4:7-8 ESV

and…

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; – 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 ESV

– Thank You

Courtesy of: GLAAD via The Washington Post and ABC News Poll

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