Miss. school cancels prom over same-sex couple | The Clarion-Ledger

Brad = Pissed Off. Warning: Capitalized letters below.

Newsflash: It’s socially marginalizing to be gay in high school. Adding fuel to the fire, the Itawamba County Agricultural High School canceled the senior prom to avoid having two young women bring each other as dates. I don’t know what the hell they’re so scared of.

Oh wait, she was going to wear a tuxedo. And we all know that women look better in tuxedos that men do. Sorry to discriminate, but it’s true. (I have a small crush on Ellen DeGeneres. Sorry Kathleen.) Those school board officials just couldn’t handle that. You gotta’ stick to your assigned gender roles, people! If you don’t do that, how are us white dudes going to stay in charge!?! We need ORDER!

A picture of what is detroying all that is right and decent.

Here’s a quote by the young women in Itawamba, from the Clarion-Ledger article. Don’t let the high-school talk distract you:

“Oh, my God. That’s really messed up because the message they are sending is that if they have to let gay people go to prom that they are not going to have one,” she said. “A bunch of kids at school are really going to hate me for this, so in a way it’s really retaliation.”

Miss. school cancels prom over gay controversy | clarionledger.com | The Clarion-Ledger.

Back to me: Notice her observation. “It’s really RETALIATION.” She’s making a wise and prophetic observation here, a SYSTEMIC analysis. The school board is PUNISHING her for being gay by canceling the prom, therefore making all the kids at school hate her and treat her poorly.

Here’s the kicker: This proves that BEING A QUEER IS A THREAT TO THE STATUS QUO, and that’s AWESOME. Powerful people find queer sexuality a threat to the worldview that keeps them in power. Otherwise, they wouldn’t give a damn. The task at hand is banding radicals together to support each other in the work of liberation. I wonder if there’s a radical person that we could rally around… someone of high moral character who confronted socially powerful people while also bringing good news to the marginalized… someone willing to lay down their life for the cause… let me know if you think of anyone.

The social abuse and orphanage of gay teenager is a giant systemic evil in our society. This is why we need a theology of young liberation. Someone should write their master’s thesis on that.

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The Ethics of Being a Theologian – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Ethics of Being a Theologian – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Here is an interesting article on the difference between religious studies and theology. I probably don’t agree with some of what Professor Noll says, but I am always drawn to discussions about the boundary between religious practice and religious study. I find that I have a foot in both realms, however they are usually defined.

Perhaps I’m like the Stones in this odd song:
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more about “Sittin’ on a Fence Rolling stones“, posted with vodpod

Summer Reading Selections

This was posted on MissivesFromMarx, but I thought I’d add it to my own blog.

Here are the books I’ve started this summer. I am incredibly guilty of starting many selections and finishing few, but my girlfriend says that’s okay, since some books might not be worth finishing. The list moves from recent finds to stuff I started back in May:

– Lament For A Son, by Nicholas Wolterstorff – A friend of mine had her younger brother killed in a random accident, and I knew him, so I’ve been looking for some solace here and there.
– Being Logical: A Guide to Good Thinking, by D. Q. McInerny – I got this because of my new-found love for Vulcans. The book attempts to be akin to Strunk and White’s ‘Elements of Style’.
– The Need for Roots, by Simone Weil – I’m reading ahead for a class on her Political Theology that I’m taking this fall. Weil is an intriguing person for many reasons.
– Jesus and the Disinherited, by Howard Thurman – Re-reading this, since I may use it in my masters thesis.
– Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison – Because I’ve never read it. Shame on me, cause it’s good!
– White Theology: Outing Supremacy in Modernity, by James W. Perkinson – A good approach to life for postcolonial whiteys like myself. I’m taking a class on Dismantling White Privilege this fall, and I recently (and happily) found that we’ll be reading it.
– Race, by Studs Terkel – There are some amazing interviews in this book…..

I also started the Cartoon History of the Universe, which is fun bedside reading.

From The Cartoon History of the Universe, by Larry Gonick

From The Cartoon History of the Universe, by Larry Gonick