Monday, February 18, 2013

B.S. in Action – Pun Intended

I just watched the following interview:

I don’t know where to begin. Is this guy not aware that the Boy Scouts of America covered up allegations of sexual abuse? That doesn’t sound like an upstanding group to me. His argument isn’t worth the time it took him to say it. If “straight” scout leaders have abused boys and your only argument against openly gay scout leaders is that they will abuse boys or have inappropriate relationships with them, then clearly the organization needs to be disbanded because the boys aren’t safe with anyone. I do find it surprising that the host seems genuinely blown away by the guy’s ignorance. I like that she tried to insert a few facts in to their discussion and he skillfully skirted around them and kept going as if they were insignificant.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

LGBT Money: Not Accepted Everywhere

An Arkansas restaurant owner canceled an LGBT fundraiser because he did not agree with the lifestyle. When I saw the headline, I didn’t understand why it made the news. The restaurant owner is not the first person to reject LGBT money. LGBT money is the new Black money (there was a time when places regularly refused to do business with black people). When the owner was interviewed about the situation, he said, “I’m not gonna have a fundraiser here for that or, like I said, for the KKK or the Nazis or, you know, any group that would be a controversial group.” His statement is an example of someone talking too much. You shouldn’t compare an LGBT rights group to the KKK or the Nazis unless they have done something to warrant the comparison. I wish people would take more time to think before they speak. The article didn’t say much about the circumstances surrounding the cancelation, but one of the comments alleged that the restaurant owner had worked with the River Valley Equality Center in planning the event for two months and only canceled it after an advertisement for the event appeared in a local paper. My initial take on that piece of evidence is that someone called the restaurant owner and took him to task for hosting an event for “those people” and the owner caved and canceled the event. I wish the owner had more guts, but ultimately, he runs a business and he made a decision which he thought was good for his business. I can’t be mad at him for that, but I can be sad that discrimination is still such a major part of our society. I can’t help but wonder if we will always find a group to discriminate against.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Pure Heart

I like movies that grab my attention and movies that are a bit “off” but in a way that intrigues me instead of pushing me away. Junjou Pure Heart is about a couple who loved each other from a distance in high school then meet again years later. The movie has English Subtitles.