Do It In the Name of Heaven

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I am not a cynic on Pope Francis; though he's clearly very well managed in terms of PR, I do believe there is a meaningful difference between this pope and his predecessor which has the potential to, perhaps, bear some fruit down the road."Potential" is the operative word there, however. The Advocate's bestowal of its "Person of the Year accolade on the pontiff is unconscionable in light of the fact that Pope Francis' record remains resolutely anti-LGBT; his particular gentle approach is a welcome change in tone, but in practise it merely de-italicises the Church's standing antipathy to LGBT people. To simply say "don't judge the queers" is redolent of the "hate the sin, love the sinner" pseudo-compassion that drives a particular strain of prejudice among the spiritually inclined. Even just considering the narrow band of issues that animate The Advocate's editors, Francis has not been terribly encouraging-- his spirited opposition to Argentina's tranche of progressive LGBT and … [Read more...]

Crowds Are Calling Your Name

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"As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the evil that they set out to destroy." --Christopher Dawson The cyber conflagration that began with Bachelor producer Elan Gale’s live tweeting of his “epic” takedown of fellow airline passenger “Diane” has now metastasised into that most schismatic of internet events: the hand-wringing-cum-bacchanal with outposts in Salon, BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, and beyond, either celebrating or decrying the episode. It is easy to roll one’s eyes at this—whether “this” is Gale’s own immaturity masquerading as street justice (aisle justice?), or the proliferation of articles on the subject (my own included). But I would not be so quick to dismiss this incident as insignificant piffle, or a joke that got a little out of hand. Nor does it really matter if Diane didn’t exist, as some have suggested. Elan’s behaviour itself, even, matters less than the true acme of our problem: … [Read more...]