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  • The Boy Scouts do not have the right to deny basic human rights and decency.

    Queers Need Not Apply: The Boy Scouts of Amerika Continue to Disappoint

    #america #boy-scouts #gay #glbt #lbgt #lesbian #queers Boy Scout Oath (or Promise)* On my honor I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.   Morally straight. Wow. In other words, queers need not apply. You’ve got to be kidding me. What century are we living in? On July 18, 2012, the Boy Scouts of America announced the results of a confidential, two-year review of its policy that explicitly excludes gays. The Boy Scouts’ national spokesman, Deron Smith, stated that a special eleven-member committee came to the conclusion that the exclusion policy ‘‘is absolutely the best policy’’ for the 102-year-old organization. Since when is unvarnished prejudice against a historically-maligned minority a good thing? Isn’t it somewhat hypocritical for an organization that requires its members “to help other people at all times” to gleefully endorse discrimination against gays? In what sense is perpetuating age-old, irrational prejudices “helpful” to gays? In case this might be news to the Boy Scouts, on September 20, 2011, the United States military officially terminated its Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. In doing so, the US military officially accorded non-heterosexuals the same civil rights as heterosexuals, while also affirming the enlightened notion that it was no longer “morally straight” to discriminate on the basis of sexuality. That historic policy shift by the US military represents a resounding endorsement of fundamental democratic freedoms. America’s democratic principles assert that, all people being created equal, everyone should enjoy the same unalienable rights: freedom, fairness, justice and equality. In practice, however, US democracy has all-too-often rolled out the red carpet to some (i.e., European, male, property-owning, heterosexual, Christians) while dehumanizing, subjugating and abusing “Others.” Though it took more than a century of aggressive social activism on the part of marginalized minorities, Americans gradually came to realize that there was a vast and inappropriate gulf between the USA’s democratic principles and its practices. Thus, slowly and grudgingly, American morality has transitioned from celebrating the abuse of marginalized minorities to castigating such malignant indiscretions. In other words–although more than a few Americans lament the passage of “the good old days”–it is no longer considered “morally acceptable” to treat Africans like slaves, women like property, indigenous people like vermin, and members of the GLBT community as deranged criminals.   Three cheers for the (long, slow, reluctant) march of democratic progress! Wahoo. The Boy Scouts have decided that, in spite of the march of progress, they are going to dig in their heels in a futile effort to preserve their anachronistic, undemocratic version of morality. For the Boy Scouts, gays may not necessarily be deranged criminals, but gays still fall into the category of undesirable “others.” As a private club, the US courts have ruled that the Boy Scouts are welcome to take this lonely, last, loathing stand against civil rights. For an organization that has existed for 102 years and that congratulates itself for upholding the highest moral principles, it is sad that the Boy Scouts would flaunt such an appalling ignorance of history, morality, common decency and democracy. *From the Boy Scouts page at http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/BoyScouts.aspx   Please support our sponsors The Great Awakening By: Michael The Great Awakening: Concepts and Techniques for Successful Spiritual Practice (GA) is your key to initiation of spiritual Awakening. The book is a primer of right thinking and basic spiritual technique designed to point you in the right direction, give you the tools you need to get started, and set you on the fast path back home. The Great Awakening consists of a collection of short essays on basic spiritual topics like breathing, grounding, visualization, communicating with spirit, spiritual protection, and so on. The Great Awakening is not a long book nor a complicated book, but it is an important book. If you are going to navigate the early stages of your (voluntary or involuntary) spiritual awakening process as safely and effectively as possible, you need to know basic concepts and techniques in this book. Knowing the concepts in this book can make the difference between anxiety, confusion, pain, suffering, and even untimely death, and calm, measured advance forward towards glorious, divine, consciousness. [ Kindle | Amazon.com | Book Finder ] Full Entry #america #boy-scouts #gay #glbt #lbgt #lesbian #queers

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    The emotional abuse of our children: Teachers, schools, and the sanctioned violence of our modern institutions.

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Opening your eyes to the new Surveillance Networks

Now here's a kick in the head. They know where you are. And by "they" I mean everybody. Anybody with even a minimum online presence in today's surveillance/social networks leaves a global footprint that anybody can trace. Sounds reasonable if you are thinking about the police I suppose. Why worry if you don't have anything to hide right? But what about organized criminals? Far more useful it is for them to know when you are out on your own, away from home, vulnerable, and alone. Don't have any enemies? No exes looking to beat you down? Don't know anybody that wants to take things from you? Then you have nothing to fear! Tweet away but just be aware, "they" are watching you.

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The Free Market That Never Was

Socialism for the rich, capitalism for the poor. As Timothy McGettigan points out, the ideal of free market capitalism being good for the economy, and good for the world, is largely a myth. Nowhere is this clearer than in the case of health care. When compared against, for example, Canada's health care system, the US private system is more expensive and less effective. And despite the rhetoric, the US GOVERNMENT spends almost twice as much per capital on its "private" health care. In fact, the US spends more per capital on healthcare than any other developed nation despite its efficiency rhetoric! So why does a privately funded medical system cost more for the US taxpayer than a publically funded Canadian system? Inquiring minds want to know.

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Teenage suicide, Amanda Todd, and new communication technology

A brave new world has emerged for our children. Whereas once bullying was confined to the school yard, or the back hall, now bullying penetrates into every aspect of their life space. At night, alone, in their bedroom, surrounded by family, our children have become targets, and victims. What are we going to do and who are we going to turn to? As Nat King Cole once sang, "Straighten out and fly right..."

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The NRA and Polarization in the Gun Debate

Today’s political landscape is deeply polarized. From liberals to conservatives, there are serious divides that are pervasive throughout politics. One group that has used the Internet and email in particular to contribute to and sustain an environment of polarization is the National Rifle Association (NRA). This paper examines how Wayne LaPierre as spokesperson for the NRA has used the rhetoric of polarization to address the gun debate in emails to members and potential members of the NRA.  Before discussing the emails that were sent, a brief history of the NRA is provided followed by an explanation of the rhetoric of polarization. Please support our sponsors Lila, the Revolutionary By: William T. Hathaway Lila, the Revolutionary is a fable for adults about an eight-year-old girl—smart, charming, and tough as can be—who creates a world revolution for social justice. No one ever told her she couldn’t end poverty and inequality, so she doesn’t doubt that she can Just Do It! Starting with the Nike shoe factory where she works. Like the boy in “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” Lila can see the reality that adults are blind to. And she’s not shy about pointing it out. Her story is a call to action: If Lila can do it, so can we. She convinces us that Yes, a better world is possible, and we’re the ones to create it. [ Kindle | Amazon.com | Book Finder ]

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