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  1. I don't have funds to give financially right now, but I really want to help them. So I thought I'd share Esenia and Anastasia's story in case someone else has funds and will to donate. Esenia and Anastasia met few years ago, came out, and were rejected by their small Siberian town. To protect themselves and Esenia's daughter, they moved to Kaliningrad. Things were still bad, and school basically kicked their daughter out for having two mums. So they moved to Kiev. They quickly discovered that Ukraine is not as progressive as expected. They had a trouble finding a place to live, they can't work and are forced to homeschool their daughter. So they are now trying to get out of there as well (to EU, I suppose), but don't have money to do so. And even with money it will be hard AF. Read full story here: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/01/11/exclusive-please-dont-make-the-mistake-we-have-one-lgbt-familys-account-of-running-away-from-russia/ Donate here: https://fundrazr.com/f1JgM4?ref=sh_174vsc_ab_1VDAbBjVGxw1VDAbBjVGxw I so hope things get better for them and they can finally find a home after all that running. They look like happy, loving family. And they are fighters - they have come this far with a kid and two dogs and they are determined to do everything they can to save themselves. I'm sure that with little help they'll do amazing things.
  2. Again, embarrassed to live here. The comments on this and other Argus Leader articles on the subject make me want to move. https://www.argusleader.com/story/news/politics/2018/02/21/supporter-s-d-bill-ban-refugee-resettlement-you-dont-want-hear-truth/358003002/ Since immigration is a Federal issue, all these (deleted) local folks can do is withhold funds from places like Lutheran Social Services, to make sure immigrants have no safety net once they arrive. Great. We need more homeless, needy people who came here for hope from The Best Country Ever and get shafted. Blame a small group of pissed off people on an entire religion/culture. OK. One of the comments was "NO MUSLIMS!" and I just about shut down the computer for the night....
  3. So this wandered onto my Facebook feed yesterday. It will get some attention in Kansas, but only because it is going to possibly affect the University of Kansas Basketball schedule going forward. And I may be sitting here remembering a certain travel slogan of Kansas about 8 years ago or so. Kansas - as big as you think (or something like that). Naturally, the immediate response around rather liberal Lawrence, KS was bumper stickers that read Kansas - as bigoted as you think. Needless to say that travel slogan ebbed away rather quickly. http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article128717554.html
  4. From the part of the UK that still bans marriage equality and abortion (Northern Ireland) Ashers bakery have lost their appeal over initially agreeing and then refusing to bake a 'sinful' cake which included the message 'support gay marriage'. They have to pay the guy who ordered the cake £500. They intend to appeal to the Court of Appeals in London. The business owner is 25 with 2 kids and a wife who looks at him adoringly in a ATI kind of way. Ugh. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/oct/24/born-again-christian-ashers-bakery-lose-court-appeal-in-gay-cake-row
  5. Some stupidity from across the pond; bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-36264229 I'd like to make whoever came up with that dumbass policy to be made to stand at attention in spike heels for eight hours straight.
  6. not sure but I see this is as people are afraid to approach her. just too different or worried about saying the wrong thing. I see this with my blind wife how do you approach a blind person? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/1 ... 60684.html A Chicago Muslim woman's essay detailing her accidental experiment of having her hijab concealed by winter weather clothing appears to have had a deep resonance far beyond "Chiberia." In a Feb. 7 post titled "I Took Off My Hijab," Blogspot user leenamielus described what happened after she began layering up with a knit hat and scarf wrapped around her neck amid the Windy City's historic cold this winter: "People started talking to me more. Women would speak to me like I knew them since forever. Men looked at me like I was actually approachable. And I was made to feel like I was actually from this planet." After she realized what she was noticing likely had something to do with the winter gear concealing her hijab, or headscarf, she wrote that she felt more confident -- like she "had simply crossed over to another world for one season." Contrary to most Chicagoans, she began to look forward to heading outdoors and continuing her "experiment." "The power of this experience lies in the fact that it was not an intentional experiment. It happened simply because of the Chiberian weather which required me to cover as much of by body with warm pieces of cloth." The essay was one of the top stories on both the Chicago and "True Reddit" Reddit communities Monday morning.
  7. Sam Harris thinks that we should profile Muslims, or anyone who looks like he or she could conceivably be a Muslim, at airport security. He sets out his position here: http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/in-d ... -profiling, and further defends it here: http://www.samharris.org/blog/item/to-p ... to-profile. Among other things, he writes: [quoteFor this reason, I have argued that we should profile for Muslims, or anyone who could conceivably be Muslim, at airport security. More specifically, I argue that we should anti-profile—paying less attention to people who, based on the totality of their characteristics, could not conceivably be jihadists. Once again, I would not put you or myself in this category, but many people one sees at the airport would fall into it. I think you overestimate the ability of jihadists to recruit people who do not fit the profile, and you seriously underestimate the talent that neurologically intact observers (not to mention trained screeners, like those who work for El Al) have for spotting high-risk individuals. While it is clearly prudent to scan everyone’s bags, doing a secondary screening of low-risk travelers, purely for the sake of fairness, seems like a dangerous waste of time. Please remember, we are talking about recruiting people who want to die for the privilege of waging jihad against infidels. Just how deep a recruiting pool could this be among people born as non-Muslims? Not very. How easy can it be to recruit an old rancher and his wife from Texas to be suicide bombers? What about a pretty blonde from San Diego who once had a walk-on part on Battlestar Galactica? If it were easy to recruit such people—people about whom you would say, “Are you kidding me? They are members of al-Qaeda?â€â€”then we would not be seeing young middle-eastern men show upon on the news, again and again. ]
  8. So apparantly it is okay to make a cake for a Wiccan coven, but for a gay marriage it is against your Christian principals. http://wildhunt.org/2013/06/quick-notes ... ition.html Link not broken because it is a news site (though made for Pagans)
  9. A woman in Toronto went into an all male barbershop in Toronto because she wanted a "man's" hair cut. Every barber there refused to cut her hair because they were all Muslim and they said it violated their religion to touch a woman they were not related to. She is now taking them to the Human Right's tribunal. It is a pretty sticky case because they are framing it as competing rights, the men's right to practice their religion and the woman's right to not be denied a service based on her gender. It is interesting that most of the comments on the article seem to be siding with the men's right to practice their religion. I wonder how fundies would react to this? They either have to side with the woman not performing proper gender expectations or Muslims. I think their brains would shut down trying to figure out who they hated more. http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/article ... of-ontario
  10. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/8655 ... tml?pg=all http://ivn.us/2012/06/26/department-jus ... h-arizona/
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