May 1, 2014 moom commented on Combatting Rape on College Campuses.
It's a little hard to believe that anyone is serious about dealing with the issue of sexual assault unless you are willing to deal with the problem of excessive drinking by college students. And that's a topic university officials are reluctant to deal with because most schools want a reputation as a "fun" place or they may have trouble attracting customers (did I say customers! I meant students.).
Feb 27, 2014 moom commented on A Baker Refused to Make Your Wedding Cake?.
From what I've seen, the homophobic policies seem to be limited to a handful of business (although it's compounded by state legislatures which seem to want to feed this way of thinking). This seems to make sense -- most small businesses want more customers, not chase them away. This is different than the policies in Southern communities prior to the Civil Rights era, where racial policy of exclusion and segregation were deeply embedded in the way communities operated. It just seems wise not to go overboard in dealing with a small number of bad operators.
Feb 20, 2014 moom commented on Slate Insults the Intelligence of LGBT Voters.
I've long thought that progressives of all kinds should register republican (in order to vote in their primaries) and heavily attend republican events. People of color and people from the LGBT community would be particularly valuable in this effort, as they would stand out from the customary republican crowd. They claim to be an inclusive organization -- make them prove it. Having progressives vote in republican primaries should make things more lively, and showing up at state conventions should spark some interesting interaction. Let's allow republicans to see what the real America is like.
Feb 5, 2014 moom commented on The Science Guy vs. The Creationist Guy.
I had to say I had a kind of admiration for Ken Ham for being honest -- he pretty much stayed with his Biblical argument & rarely tried to erect any scientific rationale for his ideas. Bill Nye offered reasonable examples, mostly to show that the earth had to be older than 6000 years, but he really didn't offer much in terms of a coherent argument.
One thing I thought was that it would have been useful to talk more about the history of science. Ham made a major point that he only accepted science that could be seen which his own eyes (which seems odd for someone who places such stress on the 2000 year old information in the Bible), but it's advances in scientific tools and methodology which have allowed us to gain a greater understanding of the natural world. It wasn't that people 500 years ago were stupid -- they just lacked the means to collect (and share) the information to understand how the world really worked. Ken Ham wants to stay locked in that kind of ignorance, which is really tragic.
Sep 21, 2012 moom commented on John Corvino: "Do Children Need a Mother and a Father?".
These are great. I wish I had the ability to produce such well-constructed arguments (about any subject). I remember Maggie Gallagher's videos on Andrew Sullivan's blog a few months ago, where the only thing she could do was say there was something "special" about heterosexual marriage, without ever being able to explain what that "special" thing was. John Corvino is performing a great public service in producing these videos.
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Jun 11, 2012 moom commented on Gay Man Marries Straight Woman, Enjoys Fucking Her, Writes Blog Post About It, Internet Explodes.
1) All kinds of sexual combinations are possible. Weed and his wife are consenting adults, look to be honest and open with each other, and have a functioning (even happy) family. It's probably not a common situation, but I'll take them at their word.

2) It doesn't matter how far it goes back -- most people follow the religious teachings they grew up with. There's a small group of people at the margins who will leave their religious community, but most people stick with what they grew up with. The only thing that may vary is the intensity of those beliefs and practices.