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Wednesday 08 October 2008


Proclamations of the Red Queen

Entries Tagged as 'Religion'

26th September 2008

Witchcraft in Alaska! Brian’s in Torbay!!!

Posted by: Craig Young

Sarah Palin has been defended by US Republicans who are trying to paint opposition to her vice-presidential candidacy as sexism- never mind that Palin is a hardcore anti-abortionist and gun lobby supporter, who believes in so-called ‘reparative therapy’ for lesbians and gays. Well, they can’t pretend she’s normal any more…
According to news stories about her […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

25th September 2008

Queensland: Lesbians Win Homophobic Vilification Case

Posted by: Craig Young

Queensland took a long-overdue step into the twenty first century yesterday when right-wing gun lobbyist and homophobe Ron Owen was found guilty of inciting hatred against lesbians and gay men in his native town, Gympie.
Owen was fined $A12,500, to be paid to three of the four lesbian and bisexual complainants, and he would also be […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

18th September 2008

Things That Went Bump in the Medieval Forest

Posted by: Craig Young

I came across a fascinating article in BBC History, a magazine associated with the broadcasters BBC4 highbrow channel. In it was a look back at how medieval Europeans would have seen the world around them. Hence the irreverent title.
In medieval England, life expectancy was rather short. Maternal mortality was commonplace, as was infant mortality, death […]

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Tags: Religion

18th September 2008

Premature Closure: John Key and LGBT Equality

Posted by: Craig Young

John Key argues that it is now time that we should shelve the issues of the past, as they are mostly in either adjudication or active policy development, and get on with our lives. It’s time that we stopped fighting the battles of twenty to thirty years ago, he argues.
Sorry, I am unconvinced by Mr […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

15th September 2008

Kapiti Coast: Silly Christians Against Nudity!!!

Posted by: Craig Young

“Stop it! Stop it! No more nudes!!   Stop it! Stop it! Crude and lewd!!” Will Kapiti Coast be beset by bellowing bigots if they grin and bare it on the beaches this Summer?
The Kapiti Coast District Council’s regulatory management committee has just ruled to allow nude bathing and fishing (???) on its beaches. This apparently […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

14th September 2008

Maxim Institute: NZVotes II.@#%&&…!?

Posted by: Craig Young

Why does the Christian Right Maxim Institute’s Nzvotes programme seem to be in such a mess?
Take a look at its candidate selection meetings, for example. On its main website, the Maxim Institute said it would hold fifteen such meetings, yet only those in Central Auckland, Pukekohe, Whangarei, Rotorua, Helensville and Christchurch (the only South Island […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

13th September 2008

Queen James: The Weird Fundamentalist Version?!

Posted by: Craig Young

King James VI of Scotland/I of England was a “man’s man.” Despite having a somewhat spindly frame, deformed palate and ambling gait, he first fell for another man, his cousin Esme Stuart, at fourteen. His most prominent male favourites were Scottish Robert Carr, who later became mixed up in a murder case involving Lady Frances […]

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Tags: Religion

12th September 2008

“Silencing” Social Conservatives?

Posted by: Craig Young

As I’ve noted in previous blogs and Gaynz.Com politics and religion articles, successful social movements form strategic alliances with professional associations that can provide evidence-based research to back their claims for public policy.  We’re not the only ones who’ve concluded that.
In New Zealand, there’s a chasm between the Maxim Institute and other Christian Right pressure […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

11th September 2008

Victoria: Euthanasia, Abortion and State Parliament

Posted by: Craig Young

After exerting a marathon effort on the most recent book reviews I’ve just blogged, I thought I’d take the opportunity to update everyone on the situation overseas. For once, there’s some good news from Australia- in Victoria, their State House of Representatives has just passed the first reading of legislation that will completely decriminalise abortion […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

11th September 2008

Review: The Invisible Cure: Africa, the West and the Fight Against AIDS (2007)

Posted by: Craig Young

Helen Epstein: The Invisible Cure: Africa, the West and the Fight Against AIDS: London: Penguin: 2007.
This isn’t the first time I’ve written about HIV/AIDS and the developing world, but Helen Epstein’s work provides a valuable new perspective on how African grass-root organisations are fighting the epidemic at its core.
At first sight, Uganda might seem to […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion