Queer Sisters and Catholic Nuns

Sister Unity (found on Facebook) responds to a self-professed gay male Roman Catholic political activist who accused Sisters (as in, of Perpetual Indulgence) of ‘mocking nuns‘ and putting the fight for equality at risk by offending all members of that religious faith tradition. In comments on a Facebook post Sister discounts the charges:
1] Sisters are not insulting nuns,
2] Not all Catholics are offended,
3] Such Catholics as are offended won’t defeat our fight for equality,
And he closes with a reminder that the Catholic Corporation (my term, not hers) has no ‘moral high ground‘ in regards to the rights of queer people. He has graciously allowed me to quote her words here as a guest post:
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Fight For Fifteen

At the end of 2008 I said “Good-bye” to the corporate world. So long to 60 hour weeks and driving over 1,500 miles a month. I Also said “So long” to 4 weeks a year of paid vacation and a 6 figure income- salary, bonus and expenses. Oh and great benefits*. So there I was, unemployed as of December 16, 2008 with a 401(k), my best ever bonus payment on its way and a chance to start over. If you are hoping to read how I took the world by storm and started raking in tens of thousands of dollars, or expecting a story of happiness in spite (or because) of learning to live on minimum wage, you will be disappointed.
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Religious Freedom and Social Contracts Old and New

At the founding of the USA the concept of Religious Freedom as used in the US Constitution was clear and focussed. In contrast to European countries with Established Churches and stipulations such as ‘No Catholic may ascend to the British throne’ the new country would have no state-favoured religion and no religious test for office holders.

Many of the European immigrants that came over here did so specifically to escape such state-sanctioned religiousity while maintaining some church affiliation. With most people living in rural areas or villages there was plenty of self-imposed segregation; ‘like finding like’ as it were. The most obvious perhaps being Amish and Mennonite communities but a number of US States were founded for one particular demographic. So long as there was plenty of ‘new land’ to confiscate each religious/ethnic group could easily live in harmony with minimal interaction with ‘the other’. The Constitution did not directly address such discrimination; only the afore-mentioned religious tests.
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Slut

As long as I can remember I have defined a slut as “someone who has more sex than the person using the term,” because that’s how the term seems to be used. The traditional definition (as in, Merriam-Webster online) applies only to females- and uses the value-loaded term “promiscuous.”

So the term ‘slut-shaming’ would seem redundant- ‘shame’ so often seen as integral to the label of ‘slut’. However the full term is useful as it suggests that the use of the first word is more than descriptive; it is harshly judgemental. And it clarifies that labeling some one else a slut is generally done as an attempt to coerce the person to stop doing that which ‘earned’ them that label. As Wikipedia puts it:
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Coming Out Again, More Coming Out, Coming More Out

I came out as gay to my family and the world (well, the readership of the Chatham Daily News) late in 1977. Although I’ve always reserved the right to decide whether or not to tell people I come in contact with, not saying anything has been rare. My paternal grandmother was never told, to honour a request from my family as recounted in My Coming Out Story.

Over the years I’ve learned that it wouldn’t take much effort to pass as a ‘straight’ (i.e. heterosexual) man. Just editing stories and being careful of what I say. Of course it would’ve cost me my Soul so it was never really an option. My parents gave us kids many blessings; self-awareness being one.
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Thoughts on 2 Books by Oscar Moore

(This post includes recurring themes from my blog, and expands upon a post earlier today on my Facebook profile)

Fundamentalism. Traditionally used only in reference to religious world views it is now often applied (by me if no one else) to other spheres; politics being perhaps the most common. I’ve elsewhere described it thus: “Fundamentalism is any approach to complex issues (spiritual, political, sexual or any other) that attempt to offer a single, universal solution.

People often say “forget the past- don’t look back, just ahead.” While I agree that it isn’t helpful to be ‘stuck in the past’ to ignore our past and how it continues to impact our present pretty much guarantees that it will continue to inform (and perhaps interfere with) our future. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” (George Santayana, ‘The Life of Reason’ 1905). Totally forgetting our past would mean constantly relearning skills and losing all the experiences of people, places and events that give our time here meaning and richness. Fully understanding our past often helps us move forward; while allowing us to enjoy the pleasant memories. Forgetting details of negative experiences while retaining relevant lessons learned is a useful balancing act. And ‘balance’ is the key to so much of life.
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