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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-09-03 04:13
Subject: [links] Link salad flies to California this afternoon
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The Flash Fiction Open continues well [ jlake.com | LiveJournal ] — Some more good entries yesterday in comments on both sides of the blog. I'll put together a poll over the weekend. Meanwhile, if you've been thinking of writing one, you've got a few more days.

Steve York talks about the hard realities of the magazine business

Google's Book Search: A Disaster for ScholarsThe Chronicle of Higher Education weighs in with a completely different perspective. (Thanks to AH.)

Living, growing architectureDark Roasted Blend with some pretty amazing images.

Geo-engineeringDiscovery with an interesting, albeit somewhat puffy, piece on geo-engineering.

Deleting the Bush Personality Cult from history — More weird stuff from the conservative mind.

The Edge of the American West on George Wallace and the schoolhouse doorHis governorship was a blessing to the White Citizens' Councils, who also believed in their own "respectability" and rewarded Wallace with enduring and unflinching loyalty. This is an important point with obvious contemporary parallels. Segregation (and opposition to interracial marriage) was bigotry, pure and simple, but support for it often wrapped in high minded political and social rhetoric uttered by people who believed their own words. There was never a viable social or moral justification for it. So with opposition to gay marriage — I have yet to see an argument against that wasn't ultimately based in personal bigotry or religious commandment, neither of which is an appropriate framework for social policy in a constitutional democracy. Contrast with abortion, where I have very strong opinions but recognize a principled opposition to my viewpoint. There is no principled opposition to gay marriage, at least not one I've seen any evidence of to date.

?otD: What was the best of times, the worst of times?

Body movement: 5 minutes of mediation, 30 minute stationary bike ride
Hours slept: 6.25
This morning's weigh-in: 230.4
Currently reading: The Real Wizard of Oz by Rebecca Loncraine; The Other Lands by David Anthony Durham

Originally published at jlake.com.

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Lawrence M. Schoen
User: klingonguy
Date: 2009-09-03 12:26 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Because of my great love for you (and because of your fetish for airships) I share this link to Walter Jon Williams's blog:

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Elizabeth Coleman
User: criada
Date: 2009-09-03 14:44 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Speaking of irrational opposition to gay marriage, here's an article from the current issue of The Stranger. The reporter called four supporters of R-71 and asked why they hated gay people. The answers are...interesting.
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User: hkneale
Date: 2009-09-04 11:07 (UTC)
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"So with opposition to gay marriage — I have yet to see an argument against that wasn't ultimately based in...religious commandment." and "There is no principled opposition to gay marriage, at least not one I've seen any evidence of to date."

I fail to see how someone objecting to homosexuality due to their religious beliefs to be considered "unprincipled".

Since a principle is a belief, a doctrine or personal basis of conduct, and since religious types are known for subscribing to such, their objection to homosexuality is indeed principled. Just because you don't agree with their side, nor believe in the source of their determinations does not make someone else unprincipled. A lot the people of my personal acquaintance who are against the practice of homosexuality (and therefore are standing against gay marriage) have reasons other than "God commanded it so." I know because I've asked them.

Now, the religious have their reasons for believing certain things about all sorts of topics, and not just about homosexuality. Part of that system is that they declare their beliefs if asked, or if questions arise. To not do so is considered weak and cowardly. "Be not ashamed," is one of the counsel given to them considering standing for the things they believe in.

Two thousand years ago they were being thrown to the lions for standing up for their beliefs and they're being thrown to the lions today.

Would you respect them any more if they failed to stand firm by their principles? Probably not.

When it comes to this whole gay marriage thing, I get much bemusement out of human behaviour. Those who openly support it are getting very hateful and malicious in their attitudes towards those on the fence, even when they are not normally hateful and malicious people. That's probably the last sort of attitude one should adopt

Don't be one of the haters.
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-09-04 13:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Hi! See my response in depth, here:

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