Feb 28, 2012
commented on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: Champions of LGBT Equality!
@9 "They have to have a body? Now they are grave robbing?
Or are they saying that a currently alive person stands in for the deceased and becomes them for the purposes of the baptism?"
My boyfriend's childhood church used children (and I believe that's the usual way to do it). It's seen as a righteous thing to do: be the vessel for someone's ancestor, who is being "brought into the faith" posthumously. My boyfriend's brother, who was used in this fashion, still claims that the ghosts of some of the people they tried to baptize "fought back," and that the experience scarred him for life.
Barring whether or not there are ghosts, and whether or not they fought back, I can completely see how damaging that kind of experience would be for a child.
Jan 11, 2012
commented on Review: West Side Story at the Paramount
My sister and I bought tickets to the final show on Sunday for my mother, who loves and introduced us to WSS when we were kids. I didn't think I could be more excited, but your review has me wishing for the weekend even more.
Jan 8, 2012
commented on Santorum v. Griswald
@19 "Criminalizing contraception promotes marriage by making it more difficult for single men to get laid. If hetero-marriage is the only way for a guy to get his rocks off, then he has a powerful incentive to get over his commitment anxiety and get hitched."
And yet if we look at history, a lack of contraception and a social stigma against sex outside marriage mostly only caused upper and middle class women to wait until marriage. More lower class women were hookers, and men from all classes patronized them.
So, yeah, let's criminalize contraception and see where THAT leads...
Dec 16, 2011
commented on The Friday Morning News
Agreeing with @5. The dogs were licensed and behind a ten-foot fence in their owner's yard when the man climbed said fence to prowl the owner's cars. These dogs, no matter what their breed, were not attacking an innocent person. They were defending their home from an intruder.
If someone breaks into my house, I hope my (sweet, goofy, mellow) mastiff does something similar.
Oct 17, 2011
commented on Police Preparing to Arrest Protesters?
Via Kiro7's Twitter: "Pike and Pine streets are closed between 4th and 5th Ave. Buses are being re-routed right now."
I'm on my way down, but it sounds like this is going to happen fairly quickly.
The dump truck, like the one used in the San Francisco raids last night (in which police also attacked protesters and destroyed their food), is probably for the tents.
Oct 14, 2011
commented on Safety in Numbers
@5, it does not smell like urine in Westlake Park. It's quite organized, clean, and there are very few offensive odors (the same odors you'd smell walking around downtown when there's not a protest).
Please stop by Westlake, even if only to check it out. I went down there feeling cynical, and was surprised to find myself energized by the intelligent, serious people spending time there. I ended up staying for more hours than expected, and came back the next day.
We're an apathetic city, but maybe we can let curiosity get the better of us on Saturday.
Oct 11, 2011
commented on SL Letter the Day: Living a Lie
SHHH, as a child whose parents tried to "stay together for the kids," I can tell you that if your children are perceptive, they have or will have figured it out, and potentially even resent you for it. It took me telling my parents to get a divorce, knowing they were unhappy, for them to do it.
Teach your children to be kind, loving, respectful adults, no matter what their sexuality, by being kind, loving and respectful to yourself and your wife. You two can divorce slowly, amicably and in a way that shows your children just how important it is to be good to others while being true to yourself.