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‘It Is Not a Closet. It Is a Cage.’ Gay Catholic Priests Speak Out
Gregory Greiten was 17 years old when the priests organized the game. It was 1982 and he was on a retreat with his classmates from St. Lawrence, a Roman Catholic seminary for teenage boys training to become priests. Leaders asked each boy to rank which he would rather be: burned over 90 percent of his body, paraplegic, or gay.
Each chose to be scorched or paralyzed. Not one uttered the word “gay.” They called the game the Game of Life.
The lesson stuck. Seven years later, he climbed up into his seminary dorm window and dangled one leg over the edge. “I really am gay,” Father Greiten, now a priest near Milwaukee, remembered telling himself for the first time. “It was like a death sentence.”
The closet of the Roman Catholic Church hinges on an impossible contradiction. For years, church leaders have driven gay congregants away in shame and insisted that “homosexual tendencies” are “disordered.” And yet, thousands of the church’s priests are gay.
Vatican secret out: There are rules for priests who father children
Southern Baptist president says database of sexual abusers possible
VOODOO – THE OLDEST RELIGION IN THE WORLD
I always thought Voodoo, was bad, satanic and evil. Society’s perception of voodoo rites and rituals have been distorted by Europeans to only place focus on the evil or malicious side of things. There are healing spells, nature spells, love spells, purification spells, joyous celebration spells. Spirits may be invoked to bring harmony and peace, birth and rebirth, increase the abundance of luck, material happiness, and renewed health. The fact is, for those who believe it, voodoo is powerful. It is also empowering to the person who practices it.
Voodoo is one of the world’s oldest religions, it has been purposely characterized as barbaric, primitive, sexually licentious practice based on superstition and spectacle. Much of this image, however, is due to a concerted effort by Europeans, who have a massive fear of any and EVERY thing African, to suppress and distort a legitimate and unique religion that flourished among their enslaved Africans. When slavers brought these peoples across the ocean to the Americas, the African’s brought their religion with them.
Yet upon researching, I’ve discovered that it’s not evil at all. Sure you can do some pretty nasty things to those who piss you off, but “Voodoo (Vodun) is a derivative of the world’s oldest known religions which have been around in Africa since the beginning of human civilization. Some conservative estimates these civilizations and religions to be over 10,000 years old.” Ironically, it was the enforced immigration of enslaved Africans from different ethnic groups that provided the circumstances for the development of Voodoo.
European colonists thought that by desolating the ethnic groups, these could not come together as a community. However, in the misery of slavery, the transplanted Africans found in their faith a common thread. They began to invoke not only their own Gods but to practice rites other than their own. In this process, they comingled and modified rituals of various ethnic groups.
Sexual harassment endemic for female workers in garment industry, study finds
Sexual harassment, sexism and pregnancy-related discrimination are rampant in the garment industry, a damning report by Human Rights Watch has found.
The £1.9 trillion apparel industry employs millions of workers globally – most of whom are women – and spans from garment and footwear factories to cotton fields and actual shops.
While India, Pakistan and many other countries have specific laws governing sexual harassment at work, 59 countries do not have any specific legal remedies for sexual harassment in the workplace.
But the report found even where there are laws governing sexual harassment at work, they often are not properly implemented.
Workers in India and Pakistan told researchers many employees are not aware of their own rights or of the responsibilities of their employers under sexual harassment laws and have not had any training at work.
A Pedophile Doctor Drew Suspicions for 21 Years. No One Stopped Him.
At first, officials at the U.S. Indian Health Service overlooked the peculiarities of their unmarried new doctor, including the children’s toys he hoarded in his basement on the reservation. They desperately needed a pediatrician at their hospital in Browning, Mont.
By 1995, after three years, they became convinced Stanley Patrick Weber was a pedophile and pushed for his removal from the government-run hospital.
“You’re going to have to leave,” Randy Rottenbiller, its clinical director at the time, recalled telling the doctor after learning a child patient had stayed the night in his house.
But the Indian Health Service didn’t fire Mr. Weber. Instead, it transferred him to another hospital in Pine Ridge, S.D. He continued treating Native American children there for another 21 years, leaving behind a trail of sexual-assault allegations.
Vacaville Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Child Sexual Assault
After allegations of sexual abuse, Afghanistan women’s soccer team fights for justice
Theodore McCarrick expelled from priesthood after sexual abuse scandal
Teacher awarded over $500K after principal sexually harassed her
CRUISE SHIP SEXUAL ASSAULT: EX-CHEERLEADING COACH ATTACKED DRUNK COLLEAGUE
Woman who alleged rape by Fairfax, Maggette spotlights issue of revictimization
Public Help Sought to Find Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Woman in Riverside
INDIA IS CRACKING DOWN ON ECOMMERCE AND FREE SPEECH
WHEN IT COMES to cracking down on tech giants, India is on a roll. The country was the first to reject Facebook’s contentious plan to offer free internet access to parts of the developing world in 2016. Since December, Indian policymakers have taken a page from China’s playbook, enacting sweeping restrictions in an attempt to curtail the power of ecommerce behemoths like Amazon, and pushing proposals that would require internet companies to censor “unlawful” content, break user encryption, and forbid Indian data from being stored on foreign soil. In the past week alone, Indian officials have demanded that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey come before Parliament to answer accusations of bias, called for a ban on TikTok, and opened an investigation into claims that Google abused its Android mobile operating system to unfairly promote its own services.
For all its good intentions, India’s tech backlash could backfire, with potentially dire consequences for all tech companies—big and small—operating in India, not to mention free speech online. “There is an element of nationalism which is creeping into tech policy in India,” said Apar Gupta, executive director of the Internet Freedom Foundation, a digital-rights group. Gupta says this has resulted in a number of India-First-style tech policies being rushed through the government using the much quicker executive notification process rather than seeking parliamentary approval, which could have resulted in laws that would be more comprehensive and enforceable.
Power - Isak Danielson
The parking lot suicides
Veterans are taking their own lives on VA hospital campuses, a desperate form of protest against a system that they feel hasn’t helped them.
Alissa Harrington took an audible breath as she slid open a closet door deep in her home office. This is where she displays what’s too painful, too raw to keep out in the open.
Framed photos of her younger brother, Justin Miller, a 33-year-old Marine Corps trumpet player and Iraq veteran. Blood-spattered safety glasses recovered from the snow-covered Nissan Frontier truck where his body was found. A phone filled with the last text messages from his father: “We love you. We miss you. Come home.”
Miller was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal thoughts when he checked into the Minneapolis Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in February 2018. After spending four days in the mental-health unit, Miller walked to his truck in VA’s parking lot and shot himself in the very place he went to find help.
“The fact that my brother, Justin, never left the VA parking lot — it’s infuriating,” said Harrington, 37. “He did the right thing; he went in for help. I just can’t get my head around it.”
School forced to shut down after inviting lesbian politician to speak for Black History Month
Students at Immaculata Catholic School in Durham, North Carolina, won’t be attending classes today after extremist right wing groups threatened protests over the school’s planned Black History Month celebration.
The event would have focused on African-American women and one of the planned speakers was lesbian city councilor Vernetta Alston.
“As a pastor, I cannot place our Imaculata students into this contentious environment,” school administrator Christopher VanHaight wrote in a letter to parents.
Federal judge rules Christian student group has constitutional right to exclude LGBTQ people
New push for public school Bible studies classes is an excuse to spread Christian gospel
Arizona state government is secretly funding an anti-LGBTQ hate group
Spain questions Catholic Church over sex abuse cases
I was groped by a man called “Mary”: The world changes but not the Catholic Church
Girl, 5, abducted, raped and murdered in Mumbai
SOUTHERN BAPTIST CHURCH SEXUAL ABUSE DATABASE REVEALS HUNDREDS OF CONVICTED PREDATORS AMONG LEADERS
We hold everyone accountable except religion. We kiss their asses and then expect them to eat ours. All we do is enable and empower a hate that is built-in. I'm tired of waiting for respect. Fight the fuck back! 08-Feb-2019
I don't even get to mature gracefully. 09-Feb-2019
I blasted "I don't like to be touched" three times to liquidate the actions his words had ascribed to me. 09-Feb-2019
I was appallingly me too'd again. I complain, they do nothing and I'm fed up with the world right now. 06-Feb-2019
This man is trying to sue his parents for giving birth to him
Let’s say that someone, without asking your permission in advance, kidnapped you and brought you to a new country where your life would be noisy, confusing, and full of suffering. That seems like something you could sue for, right?
Now let’s say that the way they did this was by giving birth to you.
That’s (approximately) the logic of Raphael Samuel, a Mumbai business executive trying to sue his parents for creating him. He told the BBC that he’s been obsessed since he was a small child with the question of why his parents were entitled to create him without his consent. Because it’s not possible to ask children for consent before they are created, he argues, it’s wrong to have them at all.
Amen - Amber Run
On a weekly basis my lover and I are bombarded with food spoilage. Whether we eat it the same day we buy it (from any supermarket) or dine at a local restaurant its never a safe bet. Meats, fruits, vegetables, breads, milk, eggs, frozen dinners...spoiled. When we complain we are met with resistance because it will fuck the proclamation that the environmentalists know what will save the planet. There was nothing wrong with grandma's food. It helped us look better and live longer. We are incapable of preserving food or a child, why the audacity in saving the planet? 31-Jan-2019
Bill Nye: Should we penalize parents for having ‘extra kids’?
Bill Nye “the Science Guy” did exactly what scientists are supposed to do this week — ask questions — and people are blasting him for it.
The engineer-turned-comedian-turned-TV host has sparked widespread outrage on social media thanks to an idea he proposed Tuesday on his new Netflix series, “Bill Nye Saves the World.”
During a panel discussion, the 61-year-old Cornell grad asked: “Should we have policies that penalize people for having extra kids in the developed world?”
Travis Rieder, a bioethicist at Johns Hopkins University, said he believed it was a good idea.
“I do think that we should at least consider it,” he told Nye.
'These diets are bulls***': Viewers criticise How to Lose Weight Well for promoting 'fad' slimming plans - including a liquid cleanse and one that only allows you a SINGLE meal a day
Channel 4's How to Lose weight Well has sparked anger from viewers for promoting 'fad diets'.
In the third episode, which aired on Monday night, Dr Xand van Tulleken and Dr Helen Lawal road tested the latest hyped-up diets including a 'visualisation' diet and a one-meal-a-day plan, on six volunteers.
Each slimmer tried a different plan, ranging from the 12 day 'crashers' and six-week 'shapeshifters', to the four-month 'life-changers'.
And while many of the participants saw dramatic results, viewers took to social media to slam the 'fad' diets as dangerous and not sustainable long-term.
When an artist is accused of disrespecting the environment our recourse is to mute their art. We cannot allow disarticulated power to strengthen and cultivate more victims. We abolish art with depictions of slavery, we push confederate statues to the ground and we burn books that don't adhere to someone's idea of morality. If you consider art more important than life, don't live it like an asshole. 19-Jan-2019