Tag: rage

Advent Calendar Day 7: Charity!

The quintessential Christmas charity is probably the Salvation Army. Personally, though, I’m uncomfortable donating to the SA due to their historic (and contemporary) attitudes to LGBT people, and, of their militaristic, evangelical style of Christianity. Enough hate. Today’s window opens on other and perhaps worthier causes (chosen in entirely idiosyncratic and incomplete fashion by me)…

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Petition to allow Anglican clergy to bless civil partnerships in church

Provided in the comments to my previous post, “Born This Way” and the Sanctity of (all) Marriage was a link to the following petition: Petition to allow Anglican clergy to bless civil partnerships in church. In December 2011, it became legally possible for civil partnerships to be blessed in houses of worship. Currently, Anglican clergy…

David and Jonathan

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Rape and anti-rape

Once again, I’d like to know why anti-rape advice focuses on women changing their behaviour, not men. I’m not saying that “don’t walk alone at night in unsafe places” isn’t advice that might stop SOME women being raped. But if that advice is given – from schools up – I want it to be followed…

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BNP, MEPs: Not a protest vote.

Reading about the election results tonight, unable to sleep, I started wondering if this was all some big karmic joke; paying the UK back for years of smugness about US politics – yes, Tony Blair was a goon in a tie, but at least he wasn’t George Bush, at least our bloke wasn’t stupid. I…

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‘Gay’ as perjorative: in a shock twist of fate, people can be idiots.

Why do people still think using 'gay' as a perjorative term is acceptable? When you're speaking in the hearing of someone queer, and you use 'gay' as a synonym for 'rubbish', you're saying:

"I don't think it's worth my while to moderate my language out of deference to your feelings. I will not make the minimal effort to keep from saying hurtful things in front of you. I am not concerned with your comfort, or - crucially - your good opinion of me." I can't believe I regularly hear this word being used as a perjorative in a university city meant to contain some of the brightest young people in the UK.

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