Sunday, July 17, 2005

Yesterday's news today

I had intended on blogging these stories yesterday, but didn't have time.

Via BuzzFlash, a Pensito Review piece on the State of Morality in the State of Florida. Wonkabout is sorry to award it's second Thomas Granger award to Alan Yoder and the state of Florida.
Florida, which has laws against gays adopting children, oral sex between adults of either gender, and erections that show through a man’s clothing, has no law whatsoever against people having sex with animals.

The recent arrest of a blind Tallahassee man accused of forcing sex on his guide dog highlights this egregious shortcoming.

Bleah. Dis. Gust. Ing.
More on the Tennesee teen who was placed in a prison day camp to remove his gayness by his parents.

First, an old post from Pam's House Blend on the parents of the young man, and what they had to say about what they want to achieve by showing their son how much they don't respect him.

Next, Pam comments on and links to a NYTimes article about the ex-Gay cult/group and the contraversy around them.
Fianlly, Daedelus writes on an article about the state of free speech and the right to peacefully protest.

Mark Harris, a 20-year veteran of the Air Force, was not pleased to see a sign-carrying Iraq war protester in Thursday night's Mexico Volunteer Fire Department Field Days parade.

What he saw happen to the man, though, raised some questions for him and, he said, his children.

An Oswego County sheriff's deputy pulled Joshua A. Davies, 23, of 25B North St. in Mexico, out of the parade and charged him with disorderly conduct. Davies had been walking in the parade carrying, Harris said, an "Impeach Bush" sign and another sign calling for an end to the war in Iraq.

Harris said he saw Davies get searched, handcuffed and put in a sheriff's patrol car. Harris said Davies was kept in the car until the parade ended about 45 minutes later.

"My kids watched it," said Harris. "Some asked, 'Can they do that?' "

"I felt bad that he was there," Harris said of Davies, "but I thought he had the right to his opinion."

"This was a signal to the kids that you can't do that here," Harris said. "Dissent, I mean. I thought that's what being an American means - the right to protest, to speak your mind."

We move a step closer to an authoritarian government where the right to protest is taken away in the interest of "society."

by Robster @ 7/17/2005 01:48:00 PM PERMALink