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March 20, 2011

Brooklyn man beat without mercy for being Gay

Filed under: News, politics — Tags: , , — skeptisys @ 9:18 pm

Six men beat  Barie Shortell senseless in Brooklyn NY 1 month ago, leaving him in need of 9.5 hour facial reconstruction surgery – because he is homosexual.

News report here.

Mr. Shortell has no medical insurance, so he will be liable for $100,000 in medical bills.  If you would like to donate to help with his bills, please visit this website.

To donate for LGBT rights, see ACLU.

If you want to protest, I recommend doing so at a catholic church or other organization that speaks against homosexuality.  We need to tell them to stop hating and start helping.

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Update: April 2, 2011

I received an angry message from a Catholic supporter, John.  Usually I do not respond to these messages, but this one actually contains semi-coherent thoughts that may be universal enough to warrant response.  The parts I left out of John’s message were for coherency and do not change the meaning.

 

John: “right, so 6 men beat this guy up and you’d rather punish the catholic church then the people who did it?   why are you blaming churches for this again, considering there’s zero evidence that the guys that did it are even religious?  for all we know he was beaten senseless by 6 skeptic atheist fag-haters.”

A: No, I did not speak about punishment at all, purposefully.  I think this country punishes too much and does too little to help.  If the police catch these guys, they will punish them strongly (unless they are on the board of directors of Verizon), so protesting the police to catch them would do absolutely no good.  So, why do I think it would do well to protest at a catholic church or other organization that speaks against homosexuality?

The Catholic Church does not just preach against homosexuality to the deeply religious.  They also preach to the rest of us and go as far as to push for anti-homosexuality laws, which is quite unconstitutional.  When their hatred reaches federal and state law, it has long since ceased to reach only the religious, and affects all people who may be persuaded to hate gays, including non-Christians.  The religion of the attackers is irrelevant to me.  But protesting the Catholic Church may just convince them and their followers to see that their divisive speech causes violence, and just maybe they will care about humanity and preach against violence instead of hatred of homosexuality.  If we can do that, we will prevent more violence like this in the future.  That should be everyone’s goal.

 

 

 

March 18, 2011

Glenn Greenwald presentation on journalism today

Filed under: law, News, politics — Tags: , , , , — skeptisys @ 1:05 pm

Glenn Greenwald, well respected journalist, constitutional attorney, and best selling author gave an informative speech in New Mexico on March 8 2011.  I highly recommend listing to the speech and follow-up Q&A period despite the length (combined approx 90 minutes).

Presentation here, through Lannan Podcasts.  Q&A here with long time journalist, David Barsamian is here.

You can pre-order Glenn Greenwald’s next book through Amazon here.

 

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Art by great street artist Banksy.  Check out some of his art at ResourcesforLife or his web page.

March 8, 2011

Michael Moore’s Speech to the Wisconsin People

Filed under: law, News, politics — Tags: , , — skeptisys @ 5:36 pm

For almost 20 years, Wisconsin had one of the best representatives in the Senate, Russ Feingold.  After 3 months of his replacement, Scott Walker, the people of Wisconsin have had enough.  Here is the video of Michael Moore addressing the courageous Wisconsin elite.

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