Tags: Animus, bigotry, Catholic Doctrine, Catholic dogma, Rev. John Codega
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So I sent this:
Hey John, I’m sure you know that marriage equality is now law in RI. About time too! I’m dismayed by the Bishop’s recent screed though. You all fought an interesting if redundant fight that exposed the root of anti-gay animus.
To which he responded:
“antti-gay animus”? You know Tony, I don’t get it. I have never heard Bishop Tobin or anyone one who truly represents the Church (there are fanatics on both sides of the debate) say anything negative or derogatory about the gay community. Yet, including your own comments, some have have been extremely offensive, insulting, berating, hateful and accusatorial to the faith community. To me this exposes out of touch with reality and lack of truth put forward in the same-sex marriage debate proposed by the advocates. Give credit where credit is due – it worked!
Emotions trumped logic and threats and lies overshadowed truth.
Speaker Fox summed it up when he said, finally the State of Rode Island says his relationship to his partner is worth something. How sad. I sincerely hope a piece of paper issued by the government brings peace to couples seeking peace, though I doubt their personal struggles can be legislated to be whole again.
As always, I wish you well
Rev John Codega
And I shot back with:
Well John, It isn’t so much that he comes right out and says it, but rather says things like how attending same sex weddings could put their faith in jeopardy, etc. I’m paraphrasing but coming from a Catholic background I know how to read between the lines. And yes, I’ve made some comments that won’t sit well with those who espouse a paradigm that is essentially bigotry. But it had to be said.
It is however water under the bridge at this time because civil law trumps religious doctrine.
No response after my reply but if any I’ll update this post.
More on the Rev. Codega correspondence May 6, 2013Posted by truthspew in Uncategorized.
Tags: Animus, Anti-gay, Catholic Church
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So I sent the Rev. Codega and email that I was happy that marriage equality finally passed and how I guessed the anti-gay animus of the Catholic church didn’t hold.
He of course counters that there’s any animus including in what Bishop of Asshatedness Tobin had to say recently when he warned his flock of sheep that attending gay nuptials could endanger their faith.
Despite what Codega maintains – it’s animus.
2013 Is Turning Out to be Very Remarkable May 3, 2013Posted by truthspew in Uncategorized.
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Over the past year or so we’ve seen all sorts of progress. From the elections in 2012 where anti-gay discrimination was beat back in three states, and a horrid anti-gay law was walked back in one of the states.
Then of course we saw President Obama and even Vice President Biden come out swinging in support of marriage equality. It’s funny – in June of last year I attended the NetRoots Nation gathering here in Providence. I’ll probably hit the gatherings on election years since it’s a more charged atmosphere. At one of the LGBT meetings they handed out a proclamation from President Obama’s team acknowledging the LGBT community. That was interesting.
Then here in RI the stars aligned and yesterday Governor Lincoln Chafee signed marriage equality into law.
And I see that the bleating has already begun on how we’ll be persecuting the believers etc.
But the Rhode Island victory is notable for the fact that we were able to beat back the Catholic Church and the bigots that surround it. That proves to me that the Catholic hierarchy is VERY disconnected from it’s congregants.
And we’ve certainly heard from Asshat Tobin and now even Christopher Plante that in the former case is telling congregants to avoid gay weddings because it could put their faith in danger, and Plante has a major case of the sadz too. Aww too bad. And you can’t do a mother fucking thing about it. It’s law and will stay that way for some time.
And the bigot cavalcade starts up again in RI May 3, 2013Posted by truthspew in Uncategorized.
Tags: Animus, bigotry, Bigotry on Displaly, Bishop Thomas Tobin, Emotivism, gay marriage, MassResistance, Same Sex Marriage, Talk Radio
Now that equality is the law in Rhode Island I note certain bigots just can’t let it sit. Oh no – the day before the historic vote and signing of the marriage equality bill, Asshat Thomas Tobin, bishop of the Diocese of Providence told Catholics they shouldn’t go to gay weddings, or support or recognize them.
I note that MassRestance’s top two articles are titled
Rhode Island Legislature votes for “gay marriage” after two “pro-family” Senators cave during Judiciary Committee vote.
Analysis: What really happened — how the marriage battle in Rhode Island was lost
Then I hear talk radio is seething with bigotry today. I don’t even have to listen in to know that talk radio has now become a cesspool of hate. Be it for President Obama, The Health Care Reform Act, or the Marriage Equality Act here in RI, they’ll spew hate like it’s a virtue.
It’s all par for the course but I think we’re going to see the rhetoric coarsen. It’ll lay bare the anti-gay animus that motivates every one of these hate groups, SPLC hate group tagged or not. I suspect the folks at the SPLC are going to be increasingly busier in the coming months and years as the root is exposed in all these groups.
Just goes to show that the bigots won’t stop. They can’t, because the basis of their animus is a thing called emotivism or what I colloquially call the ‘ick’ factor. They get grossed out, terrified and angry when thinking what two men or two women can get up to sexually. It’s pretty easy to spot. Look at Porno Petey LaBarbera, or Bryan Fischer, Peter Sprigg, Pastor Ted Haggard, Tony Perkins; the whole lot of them. All of them likely have a spot of sugar in the tank.
And I note that here in RI NOM has pretty much given up. I know their director Christopher Plante suffered a health issue but the thing is, an effective organization doesn’t dry up when their leader drops out of the picture. Good leadership dictates you train your people to take up the reigns at any moment. Interestingly NOM both locally and nationally lacks that ability.
Little RI is going to be used as the latest template by the bigots in what went wrong in NOM’s and the Churches little anti-gay campaign. But the thing is, the bigots will completely miss the message. The stars finally aligned in Rhode Island. And there’s no way they’re going to be able to repeal it here.
A New Title for RI Bishop Tobin May 2, 2013Posted by truthspew in Uncategorized.
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I hereby dub him Asshat Tobin. That’s right – fucker says his flock should discriminate against gay marrieds. I think we should discriminate against the Catholic church. There I said it.
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One of the things I’d always thought about was once the marriage equality fight was over what will I do next. I find myself enjoying political theater but not enough to run for office.
But I’ve been agitating to get the Speaker of the House, and the Senate President to attend a gathering of we geeks at either Providence Geeks or DC401, RI’s local DefCon group which sort of is morphing into The Brain Tank for the Cons themselves.
I want them to understand that we’re giving the candy store away to the wrong guys, namely the big retailer in the state CVS, and banks like BofA, RBS Citizens and insurance companies. Meanwhile at the very bottom of the give away is technology. I’d like to see it rise far up the list because the ROI on that would be much better than a fucking bank.
Then there is the regulatory environment here in RI vis a vis public utilities or lets be frank, National Grid. I want them fully regulated, clamp the fuck down again.
And who knows, maybe some other issues will come up that pique my interest. You never know. But I can tell you beyond shadow of doubt, I will NEVER run for office. Too much crap involved.
Tags: gay marriage, Gay rights, RI Marriage Equality, RI Marriage Equality Act
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We were there. Had to listen to some bloviating from some of the pols, even Speaker Gordon Fox got a little choked up and teary when he was speaking.
All I can say is I never thought it would happen in RI. I thought we’d have to wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to finally give us our due. And it took far too long, 14+ years of long hours of testimony, of phone banking, of knocking on doors.
But alas, Rhode Island now becomes the tenth state with marriage equality.
Here’s Governor Lincoln Chafee talking about Marriage Equality. I did cut the video off when he started talking about economics of it. Sorry about that.
And here the Governor is signing the equality legislation into law. It’s over on the left hand side.
And the Providence Gay Men’s Chorus sings for the crowd.
And in my snarky mood – the bigots lost! Even Bishop Tobin is telling Catholics to avoid gay weddings. Really? Here’s mine, avoid Catholic churches.
For those getting ready for more snow May 1, 2013Posted by truthspew in Uncategorized.
Tags: Atwells Avenue, Providence, Spring 2013
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I offer this picture. This is Providence on a bright, clear sunny day. No snow in the forecast either. In fact no rain straight out to Sunday. Southern New England in the Spring. So beautiful.
Strawberry Granita April 29, 2013Posted by truthspew in Uncategorized.
Tags: dessert, food, Strawberry Granita
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Got the recipe from Foodwishes on YouTube:
2lbs Strawberries with stems and leave removed.
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
A pinch of salt
A few drops of balsamic vinegar
A few drops of lemon juice
Combine in blender and pulse until completely smooth.
N.B. When it comes to blenders the cheapies generally work maybe once or twice before giving up the ghost. I finally hit on one that works for me. It’s a Hamilton Beach WaveStation
Let me tell you – I’ve abused this one and it still works. So it comes with my seal of approval plus it’s $25. So you can get cheap and right.
Put it in a shallow pan and into a freezer for 40 minutes, take it out and using a fork pull the more frozen sides into the center
Then back into the freezer for 30 minutes, repeat fork procedure and place back in freezer.
Wait another 30 minutes and then give it a good scrape. It’s ready to serve.
Full of strawberry flavor. And fairly low calorie, makes about 6 to 8 servings.
Sunday Dinner and Dessert April 29, 2013Posted by truthspew in Uncategorized.
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So I did some quick fried and then baked pork loin chops. Seasoned with salt and pepper. That’s really all it takes.
Oiled up some Asparagus, seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder and thyme. Broiled for 5 minutes.
Roasted potatoes with garlic and rosemary.
And for dessert – Strawberry Granita.