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DON’T LET THE CAPITOL DOOR HIT YOU ON THE WAY OUT

Arlon Lindner will not be running for another term.

When speaking for his bill to strip GLBT equal rights from the Minnesota constitution, he said “What I’m trying to prevent is the Holocaust of our children [from AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases]. If you want to sit around and wait until America becomes another African continent, you do that, but I’m going to do something.” He was, of course, trying to make the case that all GLBT people spread HIV.

Also when speaking of his anti-GLBT bill and asked about homosexuals and the holocaust: “It never happened,” Lindner told the Minnesota House. “I was a child during World War II, and I’ve read a lot about World War II,” he said. “It’s just been recently that anyone’s come out with this idea that homosexuals were persecuted to this extent. There’s been a lot of rewriting of history.”

When the Dalai Lama came to Minnesota, Lindner wrote: “He claims to be a god-king, a leader of the Buddha religion, which historically has been considered a cult because of its anti-Biblical teachings concerning the one true Holy God, Creator of Heaven and earth and His Son, Jesus Christ.” And then he boycotted the visit.

He said and done many other fundie christian things over the years. It’s gonna be great to see him go! Bu-bye honey!

PS. I found this picture on the internet! Oh my! There’s a ton more here.

SHIT

Queer Minnesotans take note. The organizations and institutions that have made the Twin Cities an excellent place to live are about to take a huge hit.

While Representative Mary Liz Holberg (R-Lakeville), House Speaker Steve Sviggum (R-Kenyon) and 26 other Representatives introduce a constitutional amendment to bar the legal recognition of same-sex relationships in Minnesota, other more realistic and far-reaching attacks are happening under the radar.

The University of Minnesota’s Queer Student Cultural Center has been reeling from a recommended 40% funding reduction announced last week by the student service fees committee, a student-run committee stacked with conservatives. I might add that the openly homophobic Students for Family Values received a recommendation for funding increase of 126%.

Meanwhile, rumor has it that members of the Minnesota Legislature are looking to sneak a measure into session that would prevent state employees (including University of Minnesota employees) from contibuting to the Community Solutions Fund by payroll deduction. This means that District 202, Minneapolis’ GLBT youth drop-in center will take a huge hit, as well as, Twin Cities P-FLAG.

This comes on the heels of significant funding decrease to HIV/AIDS service organizations, significant defunding and reorganization of the GLBT Programs Office at the U of MN, and increased legal actions by ‘christian’ student groups at the U of MN to try and legalize discrimination against GLBT persons.

And I’ve got a MAJOR midterm tomarrow morning. Thanks to Peter Bell, the Met Council, and God, I’ll probably be stranded in a snowstorm trying to find a parking spot because of the transit strike while my classmates are finishing essay #2.

CHRISTIANS HARASS LESBIAN COUPLE

A Minnesota couple seeking to adopt a child was harassed by 200 members of the Minnesota Family Council, so much so that the couple has asked to have their names removed from the Lutheran Social Services website.
This doesn’t sound very pro-family to me. But isn’t pro-family just another term for anti-gay?

It has started already

Just got the word that Minnesota will be trying to amend the state constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

The legislative session doesn’t begin until Feb. 2nd. Good god! I’m going to be a busy man in 2004.

Forum

I talked about this a week or two ago. Here’s a great event if anyone wants some action on this topic.Rolling Out The Trojan Horse

The CDC’s New Plan for HIV Prevention

The feds have a new plan for preventing HIV and it ain’t all that good. Abstinence until marriage is the guiding light, and less and less money for tried and true community prevention seems to be the way Uncle Sam wants to go. It’s all starting to sound like a throw back to the Eighties when we couldn’t talk about the real needs of gay and bisexual men, there was a witch hunt mentality about HIV testing, and blame was placed at the feet of people living with HIV. Hear what Terje Anderson, executive director of NAPWA (National Association of People with AIDS) has to say about our government’s break from effective HIV prevention and how it will affect you.

Tuesday, November 18

7 – 8 p.m.

Davis Auditorium at

Macalester College

St Paul

A PrideAlive, Positive Link, MAP Public Policy event sponsored by Minnesota AIDS Project.

To register, please contact the MAP AIDSLine at

(612) 373-AIDS or (800) 248-AIDS

Science versus ideology

Reading Bob Herbert’s November 3rd New York Times editorial got me thinking…. This country is becoming more puritanical, more deadly. The fact that a fundie group could create so much excitement, by creating a list of scientific research that they disagree with, is cause for alarm. But what is even more alarming is that this ideology is winning.

A while back, I was handed a report by Rep. Henry Waxman, which this site is based on. Science is swiftly becoming replaced by christian ideology, and pretty soon we’ll be faced with the assertion that, yes indeed, the universe revolves around the Earth, again (sorry Galileo, Copernicus).

The dangerous part is that queer healh concerns are being erased from conciousness of American government. It started with Healthy People 2010, a report comissioned by the Clinton administration to evaluate the health of the country. For the first time it had specific focus on GLBT health concerns. As soon as Bush arrived, the GLBT part of that report was rescinded.

Then, the government started increasing funds for abstinence-only until marriage health education, at the same time it continued to rally support for the proposed amendment to the Constitution banning same-sex marriage, thereby mocking all queer youth in America, telling them they are worthless and sexless. This is a perfect recipe for inflicting psychological torture on our queer youth as well as denying them any useful information about their sexual health.

The Centers for Disease Control also altered their information on condom effectiveness. In addition, studies on the CDC website that showed that comprehensive sex education does not cause kids to have sex was deleted. Abstinence infromation was put in it’s place.

And around the same time, HIV prevention and education programs thoughout the country are under attack.

This is only the tip of the pimple known as the Bush administration and its fundie christian pus is ooozing all over our health and safety. Welcome back to the 80s.

Fundie Christians are so cute

The Maranatha Christian Fellowship at the University of Minnesota is suing the university because they are scared that queers, communists, vegetarians, and other crazy folks are going to infiltrate their happy little group.

The heart of the suit focuses on the Equal Opportunity Statement that all U of MN student groups must sign in order to receive the benefits of registered student group status. These benefits include access to grants, free meeting space, and a credit union account among other things. They contest that the statement violates the group’s First Amendment rights.

MCF does not want to sign the document that would theoretically allow gays, atheists, adulterers, and fornicators into leadership positions within the group. MCF is concerned that these evil-doers will gain leadership and bring them down from the inside.

I don’t know how I feel about this one except that it would set a dangerous precedent if the Equal Opportunity Statement was ruled unconstitutional.

On a more serious note, I stopped by the MCF table at Coffman Union today out of curiousity, and thank the lord I did! As it turns out, the bible condemns Halloween, and dressing up for it is considered evil. Whew! That was a close one. Just think, I could have burned in hell for dressing up on Friday.