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Three quotes from three articles
that are really worth reading in full:

The religious prelates, this time the protestant ones, have come out with yet another communique, again telling the world what it already knows; that they are obsessed with homosexual sex.

Rather confusingly, they have called homosexual sex "“innovation of the truth"" [sic]. Never mind that this statement doesn't make make any sense whatever. The only notable thing about the lofty pronouncement is that they reiterated it in front of their boss, Bishop Rowan Williams, who was no doubt watching the proceedings in bemusement.

Frankly, this kind of conduct used to be rude in the traditional African societies these prelates claim they are protecting. We never, ever, invited our elders to our house to publicly lecture them about positions we already knew they were not going to change their or our mind about. It was and still remains un-African to do that. So, on the matter of decorum alone, the protestant clergy get a zero score. 
(AfroGay at SEBAS' SPACE)

But it is how gay men of my generation feel rather than what they do that is more revealing. For all our partying back then, were we happy?

"I didn't feel I was living the dream at the time in terms of my relationships or my sex life," says Cons.

"In my youth I wasn't officially gay. Now I live the life of a gay man. I am in a loving relationship and I'm happy and settled," said one of my tweeters.

My own experience is that life has sorted itself out with no particular effort on my part: just when it would be unseemly for me to skulk in the dark corners of nightclubs, I no longer felt the urge to go. It all dovetailed rather neatly. I couldn't put my finger on when exactly this happened – but I remember speaking to my mother one morning after the night before and she commented: "Aren't you a bit old for that sort of thing?"

In my mid 30s, going to clubs was all about booty. As you grow older the success rate may fall below a level that makes the experience worthwhile. Also, it gets boring. In my youth, the early stabs at relationships were usually ditched for the thrill of getting back out there on the hunt. But with age comes the appreciation of what you gain from getting to know someone's name and maybe more.
(The wonderful Julian Clary at THE GUARDIAN)

Anonymous soldiers and Pvt. Anthony Smith, who is on active duty with the National Guard in Arizona, told Truthout they were among approximately 80 soldiers who were punished for choosing not to attend "The Commanding General's Spiritual Fitness Concert" headlined by BarlowGirl, an evangelical Christian rock group, at Fort Eustis on May 13.

After being punished by cleaning the barracks, Smith and another soldier that night organized approximately 20 of the punished soldiers to complain to the fort's Equal Opportunity (EO) office. According to the Army's Deputy of Chief of Staff's web page, the EO program "formulates, directs, and sustains a comprehensive effort to maximize human potential to ensure fair treatment for military personnel, family members, and DA civilians without regard to race, color, gender, religion, or national origin, and provide an environment free of unlawful discrimination and offensive behavior."

According to Smith and another soldier, they were clearly discriminated against because of their beliefs. "Why do Christians get to celebrate their religion while we get to clean," Smith said. "That's the f**ked up part."
(Matthew Harwood at TRUTHOUT)

Thanks to Tracie for sending in the link to the American soldiers' article and to Cathy for sending in the Julian Clary link. Without you I am nothing.

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED — 2 Comments

  1. The Associated Press has already reported the Army’s Inspector General (internal affairs office) is investigating the forced concert thing. Will be interesting to see the results of that investigation. A listserv of chaplains (and chaplain-fellow-travelers) I am on has been horrified by this.

    At least one report I read of this said other Christians in the group (particularly some of the RCs) were not pleased with it either.

  2. Yes, I read about the Ft. Eustis story and was absolutely appalled. I couldn’t even bring myself to blog about it, I was so sickened.

    Thanks for calling that to MadPriest’s attention, Tracie.