Here’s a great video from The Atlantic, starring Dr. Demetrios Matsakis, Chief Scientist for the U.S. Naval Observatory’s Time Services labs, taking us on a tour of a place where they know time better than anyone.
I was looking for a picture of a gay Muslim wedding cake yesterday, just to poke fun at the wingnuts, but I found this Imam instead. He wasn’t lost, of course; the rest of us were if we thought he couldn’t exist.
I didn’t find a credit for the above photo, but it appears on the Imam’s own website, smaller but less cropped.
The article below is from last April. I found it through this website, which is where I first saw the wonderful photo above. It makes a nice introduction.
Imam Daayiee Abdullah arrives by bus, sweaty and lugging a green bag stuffed with a Koran, two books of poetry by Persian mystic Rumi and three Islamic prayer rugs. Tonight, he’s speaking to a room full of young, gay activists and progressives after a screening of the documentary “I Am Gay and Muslim” at the Human Rights Campaign’s bright white Equality Center in downtown Washington.
But when the openly gay imam takes the stage, he stuns even this audience.
“I think we’re at the start of a movement: a more inclusive Islam in America,” says Abdullah, who runs Washington’s Light of Reform mosque and is thought to be the only publicly gay Muslim leader in the Western Hemisphere.
“So if you have any same-sex marriages,” he says with a soft smile and a shrug, “I’m available.”
Some young Muslims in attendance mumble, “Wow!” and “Seriously?”
Read the rest of it here: Imam Daayiee Abdullah Welcomes Gay Muslims to Worship, Marry
I also found an article from the Metro Weekly from 2006, which gives more insight into the Imam’s personal and spiritual journey.
A Man for All Seasons
Imam Daayiee Abdullah offers a gay Muslim’s insights for the holidays
This year, with the Christmas battlefield relatively quiet, a cheerful Abdullah took time from his day-to-day life of running his own foreign-language software company to speak with Metro Weekly. With an educational background in Chinese and Arabic languages, Middle Eastern studies, the Koran and law; extended periods of time spent in Beijing, Cairo, Damascus, Taipei, among other global spots; and decades of activism in the gay community, including moderation of an Internet group for gay Muslim men, there turned out to be quite a lot to talk about.
‘Cheerful’ seems to be his hallmark. Read the whole interview here.
The President of Tea Party Nation, Judson Phillips, was a little miffed in the wake of Jan Brewer’s veto of the “religious freedom bill” in Arizona, and sees nothing but doom in our future:
“Tyranny is on the march,” Phillips declares in a piece on the TPN website that he also emailed to members of the group, adding that business owners who are not allowed to discriminate against gays and lesbians are “slaves” to the “great liberal state,” aided by “French Republicans” like Brewer.
“The left and the homosexual lobby are both pushing slavery using the Orwellian concepts of ‘tolerance’ and ‘inclusiveness,’” he writes.
Then…well, methinks he tipped his hand a little:
The left loves to come up with absurd hypotheticals to scream that there must be compliance with their fascism, so how about a couple from our side.
Should a devote [sic] baker be required to create a cake for a homosexual wedding that has a giant phallic symbol on it or should a baker be required to create pastries for a homosexual wedding in the shape of genitallia [sic]? Or should a photographer be required to photograph a homosexual wedding where the participants decide they want to be nude or engage in sexual behavior?
The real question, it seems to me, is how long it took for him to come up with that “absurd hyopthetical?”
My guess is…a long…LONG time!
And again, another perfectly good gaydar blown to smithereens!
So a few days ago I posted a page about how Alabama is attempting to force “Christian” prayer in all Public schools.
Specifically, this revolved around Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin, R-Indian Springs, who blatantly ignored a 2-3 loss in a voice vote for something she (and her imaginary friend) wanted - enforced cult indoctrination in Alabama public schools.
Well, that turns out to be the tip of the iceburg.
She, of course, is an Anti-Choice Forced Birther.
She has, presumably using the same “voice voting with gawd” style unethical (and illegal) techniques as she abused above for the cult indoctrination bill she is trying to push through, pushed four anti-women bills through committee:
- A Ban on abortions after 6 weeks (earliest in the country, this would effectively outlaw abortion)
- A 48 hour waiting period on Abortion
- An effective prohibition on underage abortion
- Enforced emotional torture / blackmailing of women by requiring doctors to inform them that fetuses with fatal abnormalities can be admitted into special hospice centers.
Now, all these are pretty standard cult-written anti-women attempts at religious control, we’ve seen them in plenty of other states (although the “yeah, your kid will be born without a brain but we have a hospice center you can put it in until it eventually dies” thing is particularly horrific and new to me), but McClurkin, the “voice votes with gawd” lady, her reasonings are… scary. Even for an anti-women cultist:
1. She not only admits her bills are an attempt to Illegally ban abortion in her state, her argument is that sex us only for heterosexual procreation and sluts that have sex should expect to be a glorified brood mare.
2. She made headlines last year when she claimed that “When a physician removes a child from a woman, that is the largest organ in a body. That’s a big thing. That’s a big surgery. You don’t have any other organs in your body that are bigger than that.” It’s classic cognitive dissonance leaking out (or just bullshit for bullshit’s sake) — because after all, forced-birthers usually claim that fertilized eggs are people.
3. She is, of course, connected directly with ALEC. Most everyone here already knows of ALEC, they’re this group of GOP operatives that write bad template laws that come out of the Tea Party’s wet dreams and then give them to shills like McClurkin to try and push through in every state they can. Stand Your Ground, for example is an ALEC dropping.
4. She brags about not knowing the most basic of elements of how government works, but still was able to unethically sneak an abusive “forced ultrasound image” law through.
Of course, the ACLU is all over these latest 4 bills.