In the wake of tragedies like the shooting in Connecticut this morning, the warnings some people float not to politicize the tragedy by starting a conversation about guns or gun control frankly sicken me. This is already a political issue, and has been for decades.
I am a liberal christian, also known as a progressive christian, and I believe that the love of Christ compels his followers to accept and support people from the whole spectrum of gender identities and sexual orientations. I’m going to set that aside for a minute, however, and channel the fundamentalist evangelical faith of my upbringing. There’s a statement by Family Research Council president Tony Perkins that was recently brought to my attention, and there’s something about it I need to point out. Even in the context of conservative evangelical christian belief, this makes no sense.
American liberals are upset that Ugandan Pres is leading his nation in repentance–afraid of a modern example of a nation prospered by God?
— Tony Perkins (@tperkins) November 26, 2012
A friend of mine runs an inclusive sexuality education program called “Our Whole Lives” at a local Unitarian church. She invited me to be on a panel of LGBTQ folk tonight for their middle school class. I and the others shared short versions of our stories: discovering ourselves, coming out, dealing with friends, family, and society at large. The kids asked us questions about shopping and what we liked to do for fun. They shied away from difficult issues a bit, but it was also nice to see they were interested in getting to know us as people.
Yesterday the International Energy Agency released their World Energy Outlook. It contained a statement that has been stated before by activists and scientists, but which has yet to gain widespread traction: “No more than one-third of proven reserves of fossil fuels can be consumed prior to 2050 if the world is to achieve the 2 °C goal” Continue reading