Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Your Day Without Gay Fosco

Although he earlier poo-pooed the idea, Fosco is calling in gay to Fosco Lives! tomorrow. In fact, Fosco is swearing off the entire web for the day. Alas, he would love to avoid email as well, but he has a responsibility to his students...

Why the change of heart? Fosco read this excellent post, which included some convincing options for people (like Fosco) who can't skip work tomorrow but who want to make an impact nonetheless. The idea here is to efface one's presence economically:

Here are 5 ways you can make an impact tomorrow:
1. Volunteer your time and services after work
2. Do not buy anything
3. Do not watch TV or use your cell phone
4. Do not go online (yup, don’t even visit this site tomorrow)… Online advertising is everywhere and a simple page load could cause money to be spent.
5. Do not buy lunch (and don’t go out today to get what you need for lunch tomorrow), find something you already have and pack your lunch.
Fosco is going to try all of these (with an exception for his work-related email). In other words, Fosco is going to become as invisible as possible for the day. And he sure as hell won't be shopping at Urban Outfitters (but I guess that kinda goes without saying).

So what are you to do without new content on Fosco Lives! for a whole day? Well, without Fosco here to hector you about Prop H8, how will you keep up to date? Never fear: here's some Prop H8-related reading to do in your free time on Wednesday:
  • The must-read article of the week is Newsweek's cover story on the relationship between religion and gay marriage. Guess what: religious fundamentalists may be misreading the bible (no! yes!). How so?
    The argument goes something like this statement, which the Rev. Richard A. Hunter, a United Methodist minister, gave to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in June: "The Bible and Jesus define marriage as between one man and one woman. The church cannot condone or bless same-sex marriages because this stands in opposition to Scripture and our tradition."

    To which there are two obvious responses: First, while the Bible and Jesus say many important things about love and family, neither explicitly defines marriage as between one man and one woman. And second, as the examples above illustrate, no sensible modern person wants marriage—theirs or anyone else's —to look in its particulars anything like what the Bible describes.
    In fact, Lisa Miller (the author) concludes that
    Scripture gives us no good reason why gays and lesbians should not be (civilly and religiously) married—and a number of excellent reasons why they should.
    Good, good stuff.

  • A great article in the NYTimes about the new gay activism (a very heartening piece, actually). Apparently, gay youth are taking Prop H8 as a wakeup call to abandon the timid rhetoric of traditional gay rights organizations in favor of a more confrontational approach. This seems like a reasonable conclusion. The appeasement/assimilation strategy of groups like the Human Rights Campaign has clearly reached its limit. It turns out that people aren't just going to give full civil rights to gays as long as we act harmless enough. We are going to get our full civil rights when we demand them and when we do so with enough power and strength to make people listen.

    The other great thing about this article are the tantalizing hints of protests to come:
    But many activists seem unwilling to wait for a legal solution and have planned a series of events to keep the issue in the public eye, including a nationwide candlelight vigil later this month, a Million Gay March in Washington next spring and continued protests at county clerks’ offices throughout California.
    Fosco is so down for the Million Gay March.

  • Think domestic partnership is an acceptable substitute for gay marriage? Here's a heartrending story by a gay man who is caring for his partner's developmentally disabled brother (luckily, there are also some heartwarming parts). Thanks, Todd for calling my attention to this piece.

  • Did you ever notice how Mike Huckabee is a likable, penis-having (reputedly) Sarah Palin? He's just as crazy as she is, but he's actually appealing (and can string together complete sentences). He also seems to think that the gay civil rights struggle is not comparable to Black civil rights because Black people faced the threat of violence during their rights struggle (read the transcript). Sure, Huck... tell it to this guy:

    On this Day Without Gays, take a moment to think about those gays who are not with us anymore.


m said...

Oh, BYU is up to its nonsensical approach to censorship again!

Anonymous said...

I wanted to comment on the dire mess that is the Newsweek cover story. But I deliberately delayed my comment a day in respect for Fosco's "Day without a Gay" observance. I would have complied with not even reading Fosco Lives! but The Great One announced his wish on the day of! Doh! He just wanted us to mess up first thing in the morning so he could be better than us!

Anyway, one of my points yesterday was that Newsweek wasn't allowing online comments to the story. Today I see they did for a while, then shut it down again. "This is what the bible says and no, you can't comment!"

Opinions aside, the article is rife with factual errors about what is (and isn't) in the bible.

There is a rational debate to be had about what the bible says (and doesn't) on this subject. For instance, Leviticus does not call homosexuals an abomination, and the New Testament does, in fact, mention lesbianism. Unfortunately such topics will be drowned out by a tidal wave of response from the other side which I suspect will be just as brutal and over the top as "Senior Religion Editor"(!) Lisa Miller's story.

By the way, my word verification for this comment is "chiwboon" which I imagine to be a recently discovered and extremely rare new world primate.

The BeeMaster

Anonymous said...

Or maybe a cross between Ulala and and a baboon: "Up - down, up - down, chiw-chiw-BOON!"

For this comment it is "hollin" which is clearly a gerund of "holla."

The BeeMaster