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Monday 08 November 2010


Proclamations of the Red Queen

Entries from 2009 February

28th February 2009

Canada: Progressive Country, Conservative Censorship Laws

Posted by: Craig Young

For some strange reason, Canada’s censorship legislation and enforcement agencies are severely out of step with the rest of the country.
Xtra Canada recently did the honours and provided a list of censored tomes that have offended someone’s sensibilities somewhere along the line in the True North, although not always in Canada. They include:
1. James Joyce’s […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

27th February 2009

United Kingdom: Christian Institute Attacks Antibullying Programme

Posted by: Craig Young

 According to PinkNews, the UK Christian Right’s “Christian Institute” is trying to interfere with the General Teachers Council’s implementation of an LGBT-inclusive antibullying programme.
For some reason, the Christian Institute views the programme, which targets bullying, discrimination and stereotyping in schools, as proselytising for LGBT rights and “secularism.” They claim that it is now fundamentalists who […]

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27th February 2009

Australia: A Lesbian Visits Planet “Ex” (Gay)

Posted by: Craig Young

Katrina Fox recently paid a visit to “Straight and Narrow,”  a fundamentalist “exgay” programme held at Sydney’s Wesley Mission, and wasn’t converted, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
It’s all about a “Grace and Sexuality” Conference, which the infamous “Living Waters” programme held there. For some reason, there was a range of participants- old, young, and […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

26th February 2009

LGBT Life and The Recession

Posted by: Craig Young

LGBT academia now sports several books about LGBT economics, but none of these tackle questions related to the current recession. I thought I’d come up with about ten that occur to me:

1. What happens to our sex lives when recession hits? Do our sexual habits change?

2. What about gay men’s sex on site venues? Are […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

26th February 2009

Hawaii’s Civil Union Debate

Posted by: Craig Young

The US Christian Right is moaning about Hawaii’s civil union bill, which has just passed its lower House of Representatives, en route to its Senate and Governor.
The fundamentalist Hawaii Family Forum is the ringleader of opposition to this measure. We’d find the anti-CU arguments quite familiar, as most of them were used by New Zealand […]

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24th February 2009

Uganda, Its Corrupt Regime and Antigay Interfaith Groups

Posted by: Craig Young

 In Uganda, the US Christian Right is up to its old tricks- running an antigay propaganda session designed to poison the minds of the inhabitants of that unfortunate country against LGBT rights.
According to PinkNews, Kampala’s “Family Life Network will welcome three homophobes from the United States. According to FLN’s Stephen Langa, the propaganda workshops are […]

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Tags: Politics · Religion

22nd February 2009

Religion and Politics Short Notes: Muslims, Catholics, Mormons and Neofascists (and the Abortion Debate)

Posted by: Craig Young

London: In the United Kingdom, concern has been expressed about the continued existence of Muslim polygamous relationships. Conservative Baroness Warsi (House of Lords) requested that all religious marriages should be legally registered to prevent the occurence of such relationships within Muslim communities. She accused Britain’s Labour government of ignoring the issue, while Manzoor Mughal (Muslim […]

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20th February 2009

Cool Britannia! Home Office Bans Phelps from United Kingdom…So He Attacks Australia…

Posted by: Craig Young

In a delightful turn of events, the Home Office has banned US fundamentalist hate preacher Fred Phelps and his daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper from entering the United Kingdom to make a nuisance of themselves outside the latest overseas performance of The Laramie Project. 
British Home Secretary Jacquie Smith has said that they won’t be allowed into the […]

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19th February 2009

Questions of Solidarity

Posted by: Craig Young

I’ve just amended an earlier blog, given that Burundi’s Senate has refused to recriminalise male homosexuality. However, there are other questions of solidarity, as Saudi Arabian and Lithuanian LGBTs still lead arduous lives.
According to PinkNews, Lithuania decriminalised homosexuality in 1993, and passed an anti-discrimination law in 2005. However, Respublika, a right-wing tabloid, has been agitating […]

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19th February 2009

Religion and Politics Notes: Phelpses and Drugs…

Posted by: Craig Young

United Kingdom: The vile ambulatory Phelps clan are trying to flap their way over to Basingstoke, England, to protest a performance of The Larame Project, which commemorates the life and condemns the hate crime that ended the life of Matthew Shepherd over a decade ago. There’s a refreshing display of unity. Conservative MP Maria Miller […]

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