Wednesday, August 06, 2003

The first gay bishop

BBC: The US's first openly gay bishop says his confirmation is the first step to full inclusion of homosexuals in the church.

OK, here's my take on this whole thing. Robinson's confirmation was wrong. The reason I say this isn't because Robinson is gay but because he's not celibate. I think you can be gay but that doesn't mean it's right to carry out homosexual relationships. That's not a popular take these days, I realize that but it's the one I stand by. Sin is sin. Homosexuality is no different than any other sin. No worse and no better in God's eyes. Put it this way, if you have a tendency to abuse alcohol or drugs should you give in to it? Afterall, it's a part of who you are. It may very well be in your genes.

Does all of this make me a bigot? I don't think so. Ask my friends (both gay and straight) and I think they'd tell you that I will be one of the first people to speak out against hatred towards any group of people. In fact, I've had to speak out (and put some serious strains in relationships along the way) against bigotry and hatred amongst co-workers, family, friends and even fellow Christians. I would hope they would do the same if I was spewing hatred all over the place like I've heard far too often through this journey called life.

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Note to Waterloo, WI: Turn off the siren!
About every few days or so the town of Waterloo, WI decides it's time to let off this annoying high pitched siren. I've yet to discover what this is for and it just stopped about 30 seconds ago after going for at least two minutes straight. Next time I might drive through the middle of town and yell, “Run for your lives!”
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At age 19 I was kidnapped by Turkish pirates
Stephen Malkmus' first solo disc (OK, Terror Twilight probably was his real first solo disc) cracks me up. I haven't listened to it in quite a while and now The Hook is on. There's nothing quite like a song about being captured by Turkish pirates to get you going in the morning!
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The supposedly hot real estate market
Dave Winer points to a NY Times article that basically says the housing market in big cities is extremely hot and always has been. Most other areas haven't seen that kind of rise in real estate value. So, for all those that think they're going to get rich in real estate because it's so incredibly hot, make sure you're in an area where real estate truly is hot. Otherwise, you might end up like my wife and I who are probably going to make zilch or even lose money on a house in Canton, OH we bought about 4 years ago in a good area. Had the house been in California or NYC, maybe I'd be singing a different tune.
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The Colonel