There are a number of issues in this story: (1)no one should be ridiculed; (2)no one should be called names of any sort; (3)Personally, I do not have an issue with anyone’s homosexuality–nevertheless, in this story, being labelled “gay” is said in an offensive way to this young boy–this should never happen! (4)WHO teaches children to “name-call”…to call someone “gay?” in a derogatory way? This is a sad reflection of the adult models in the lives of these children.
A very open-minded, constructive and sensible approach that would help us all travel to respect for one another.
The two court rulings this week relating to the whelming social issue of gay rights provoke fiery passions and deep conflicts. I wish it were not so, but it is, and I think I understand it. But I believe it’s best for everyone to take a few steps back and try to view the larger frame. Regardless the technical strengths and weaknesses of constitutional jurisprudence, and there are both, in the arguments made before the court as well as in the decisions and dissents of the justices, the core issue grinding these judicial proceedings is simply one of human decency and social equity.
My citizenship credentials are conservative; philosophically, politically, economically and ethically. I am Roman Catholic by birth and by informed adult choice. So I understand much of what motivates protest against gay rights. But the good Lord blessed me with a free will and a soul I…
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the green of the leaves
lightly dances in the rain
hoping love’s reclaim
the stream flowed through the forest bend
and i always hoped i would speak with you again
the flowers danced delightfully when you were around
now all i see are the stark stems…the life snapped to the ground
the water crystals once spun…the spider built its glorious web
then the awful words by me were said…and now i am a broken thread
the stars struggle to shine through the night
my heart is torn…i did not plan to fight
the moon is rising in the sky so high
but you have not returned and i weep a heavy sigh
the wind blew…the sun was you shining through
you were the breath that gave me life as our friendship grew
moss now covers the roots and stone
i call your name but there is no one home
the caterpillar struggles to become the butterfly
but the wings have been clipped when you said goodbye
not that i did not deserve it…deserve it I did
i wish that i could undo…all that i said and hid
like the seed that doubts the sun and rain will come again
i doubted you…did not believe…and left myself to the henchman
if only i could have realized beauty in my midst
that was offering me a deep gift that i should not resist
the silence of the night
caused serenity’s flight
dipping into your consciousness
you failed with your bluntness
awakening your questioning thoughts
of all that was lost while your loneliness fought
thinking of those who stepped into your life
for a brief time you had it until out came the knife
their faces pass before you, one by one
like the stars of the night, until you were shunned
glistening feelings deep within
where are they now…when did it wear thin
what are they doing…why did it end so soon
did you ask too much…did they fly to the moon
did you ask more than they could give
did you forget to forgive…allowing it to live
did you not understand…did you have to demand
do you not have a right to be heard…your brain was banned
why did it become so absurd…did you really have to be heard
why do humans sift away…and you are left with an empty day
why does emptiness loom looking for a home to stay
why can’t we be more open and receive
why do we run and deceive
why do we burn what we are given
do you enjoy the feeling of being beaten
Freedom to demonstrate should not be curtailed in any country. People should have the right to express their concerns without the fear of being bullied and killed. My heart bleeds with the citizens of Istanbul and those who were trying to keep Gezi Park open.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has praised the “legendary heroism” of police forces in quelling anti-government protests that have rocked the country for more than three weeks.
Speaking at the Police Academy in the capital, Ankara, on Monday, Erdogan thanked the country’s security forces for their “patience” and “discipline” during the demonstrations.
“Our police successfully passed a very important, very challenging democracy test,” Erdogan noted, adding, “Our police have responded to attacks, provocations without violating the law … and have written a saga of heroism.”
Erdogan’s remarks came as his government has been widely criticized by human rights groups and its Western allies for using excessive force against protesters.
The unrest in Turkey began on May 31 after police broke up a sit-in at Istanbul’s Taksim Square to protest against a proposal to demolish Gezi Park.
The protesters said Gezi Park, which is a traditional gathering point for rallies…
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