"God Loves Uganda"

by: the national gadfly

Thu Oct 10, 2013 at 12:17:48 PM EDT

** note: as usual, my film reviews are just my collected thoughts.  don't expect Roger Ebert here (read: I swear a lot)...just sayin' **

So, I went to an advanced screening of this film, "God Loves Uganda" tonight.  It was sponsored by Political Research Associates and shown at the SAIC.  I can't remember how I found out about it...twitter, I suppose...but I'm glad that I did go.  There was a panel discussion afterward as well.  

There were some snacks and chatting beforehand, but I had a bout of social awkwardness and ate cookies off to the side and tooled around on tumblr, etc.  

The film is a documentary about how US evangelicals are shaping anti-gay hate in Uganda.  The film covers several aspects of the bill before the Ugandan parliament.

Posted at SexGenderBody's tumblr

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I'm Proud That Obama's Campaign Never Attacked Romney's Faith

by: Inoljt

Mon Sep 16, 2013 at 10:25:21 AM EDT

By: inoljt,

There is one thing that I'm very proud that the Obama campaign did - or rather, that it didn't do. Obama's campaign never attacked Mitt Romney's faith.

More below.

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The Demographics of America's Governors: Religion

by: Inoljt

Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 04:54:06 AM EDT

This post will look at the demographics of America's governors by age, as of August 2012. All in all, this series on the demographics of America's governors examines:
  • Age
  • Place of Birth
  • Race and Gender
  • Race and Gender and Political Party
  • Religion

    Outside of place of birth, this was the hardest category to get information on. Unlike race and gender, which are pretty obvious, your face doesn't indicate which religion you are.

    More below.

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    Why I am Converting to Catholicism

    by: Strummerson

    Fri Mar 15, 2013 at 05:47:00 AM EDT

    Yes. You read that correctly.  I've lived my life as a Jew, a traditional Jew in many senses.  And I have always been a rationalist.  But I am converting to Catholicism.  And it is the most rational thing for this rationalist Jew to do.  It's motivated by empirical observation and analysis that suggests, quite convincingly, that The Roman Catholic Church has been telling the truth.  I cannot be an obstinate super doubting Thomas and remain unconvinced, even after probing the wounds of the Savior with my own grubby fingers.  The fact is, the Catholic Church has performed a miracle.
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    Anti-Zionism and Anti-Semitism

    by: Strummerson

    Sun Feb 10, 2013 at 04:58:58 AM EST

    One of the most debilitating and divisive aspects of the discourse surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the way constituencies engage the question of how anti-Zionism relates to anti-Semitism.  Very often, the division on this question is dichotomous and creates a binary of extreme positions that cannot engage with one another.  

    One of these sides sees anti-Zionism, and indeed all criticism of what they call the settlement of Judea and Samaria, as anti-Semitism masquerading as political critique and individuals with humanitarian intentions being manipulated unwittingly by anti-Semites.  These folks emphasize how Israel, even when they grant its imperfections, is singled out for disproportionate criticism, that it is inaccurately depicted as the root of all discord in the Middle East and the primary source of tension between the Muslim world and the west.  And even when they grant that criticism of Israel doesn't have to be anti-Semitic, at least in theory, they argue that it almost always is and must be viewed through the lens of this question.  Israel's critics must be considered guilty of anti-Semitism or of unwitting and naïve collusion with anti-Semites, until categorically proven otherwise.

    The other side, as is so often the case in this ideologically over-determined debate, seems its mirror image.  These folks argue that the accusation of anti-Semitism is a canard meant to silence valid criticism of Israeli policies and that the occupation of the West Bank and the blockade of Gaza are the primary causes of contemporary anti-Semitism.  Furthermore, they accuse the "Israel Lobby" of manipulating US politics, and thus international politics, to support Israel's continued repression and exploitation of Palestinians against American interests and values.  This accusation strikes their opponents as all too close to the ugly conspiracy theories emanating from the anti-Semitic forgery known as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which depicted international Jewry as the ultimate source of all war and suffering in the world.  

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    UK Parliament Passes Landmark Same Sex Marriage Bill - UPDATED

    by: Peter Jukes

    Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 19:15:47 PM EST

    Just a heads up about some news here in the UK which should give those campaigning for equal same sex marriage rights some hope. (I'll quote from my impending Daily Beast piece and link when the whole thing is published early tomorrow)

    By a resounding majority of 400 votes to 175 the House of Commons voted on Tuesday night for the second reading of a bill according equal rights same sex couples.  The government sponsored bill represented an overwhelming victory for those campaigning for gay marriage - a victory many didn't expect to see in their lifetime. But how did the UK, which often lags behind the US on civil liberties, manage to steal another march on gay rights?

    UPDATE: link to the Full Daily Beast article

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    Freedom of Speech? Only if you're a religious nutcase apparently

    by: LabWitch

    Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 15:17:13 PM EST

    apparently, to the very religious, freedom of speech works, but only in one direction.  They have the right to speechify to YOU, you do NOT have the right to reply.    this has become a fundamental problem in the dialogue between the fundamentalist religionists and those of us who are free from religion.
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    Religiosity Slowly Declining in the US

    by: sricki

    Sat Dec 26, 2009 at 08:48:34 AM EST

    A lot of people think of the United States as a religious country, but really, it's just a religious world out there. The US simply happens to have a lot of Christians. If you go hunting statistics, you'll generally find estimates between about 12 and 17% for the "nonreligious" (atheist, agnostic, secular humanist, etc.) world population. From my personal heathen perspective, the religiosity in America and around the world is a bit puzzling. I doubt I will ever truly understand the need people seem to have for religion, though some of what I read indicates that it may increase life expectancy in some places and for various reasons. (But then again, so does owning a pet, so I figured I'd skip the religion bit and adopt four cats.)

    This season tends to annoy me a tad, primarily due to the "in your face" attitude of so many southern Christians. Most of them mean well, of course, so it's hardly something I feel comfortable directly criticizing; it still makes for many moments of slight vexation and exasperation, however, which I do my best to cover with a polite smile.  

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    Pakistan - A State of Denial

    by: LotusBloom

    Sun Feb 22, 2009 at 02:58:02 AM EST

    My conversations with louisprandtl have forced me to try and organize my own thoughts on Pakistan.  The current state of affairs in Pakistan can best be described by stating that Pakistan is not a religious state, or a democratic state... it is, quite simply, a state of denial.  It is a state that simultaneously denies it's glorious history (and it does have a most glorious history), and the less-than glorious events of recent years.

    In my previous diary , I presented the obvious contradiction between the secular words of an overtly secular lawyer, and his deed (that of separating people on the basis of religion).  In this diary, I will simultaneously try to grasp the problem, and to offer a solution.

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    Dogs, Love, Religious Faith - The Twisted Path of Personal Enlightenment

    by: John Allen

    Mon Dec 08, 2008 at 22:47:48 PM EST

    Even after decades of self-inspection, I can still be surprised by a sudden insight. I would venture that I'm not alone in this. Bear with me as I re-enact the twisted path I took to my latest discovery.

    This most recent breakthrough came about in the usual, very roundabout way. It started with an article in the Atlantic that posited the behavior of man's best friend is entirely driven by genetics. I found little in that article to make me rethink my knowledge of canine behavior, but it provoked further thought.


    The article really pushed the idea that humans mistake a dog's instinctive behavior as a form of love between dogs and humans. What the article didn't mention is that science is beginning to show that many, perhaps all, forms of love are driven by brain chemistry. One study found a chemical basis for the love demonstrated by elephant mothers towards their young and another study showed a real bond between human couples that share the sex act.

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