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In Temperament and History, We Are A Christian Nation. Cameron's Still Annoying Though.  »  Walk This World With Me
We are a Christian nation. Many years before Scotland or England existed (and thus many more years before the United Kingdom as is appeared), Christian Kings ruled on these isles. And even before them we were briefly under the influence of the Roman empire, whose Christian beliefs were late to appear but quickly spread. Visited by soon-to-be saints, and an important part of Christian medieval Europe (and Christian medieval empires), we really can't pretend our little islands aren't steeped in Christianity.Our villages and towns are adorned with elaborate churches, crucifix gravestones and pubs named after saints, Bishops and monks. Important ...
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Posted:  4/22 2:22pm
'The language of shirkers and scroungers?' Talking about illness, disability and coalition welfare reform - Disability & Society  »  Through Myself and Back Again
Picture: protesters at today's 'Hardest Hit' march, carrying a sign which is partly written in Braille. It reads "We're being ---- by the government." Someone has written a translation of the Braille word below it: "shafted". Photo copyright Lisa Egan.Yesterday's discussion on the BBC's You and Yours was about disability, cuts and welfare reform, and featured Where's the Benefit's own Bendy Girl. Some contributors' comments offered a clear example of how attitudes to disability haven't really changed much since Victorian times - if not before. Some academic research recently published has been talking about how these ...
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Posted:  4/22 3:30am
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Posted:  4/21 1:45pm
The Moose of New Zealand  »  Moonlight Investigation
On February 19th 1900, like many others at the time, 14 immigrants were bound for New Zealand. They carried with them (from Canada) the dreams of the New Zealand Government of a new enterprise. Sadly 10 of these intrepid adventurers died on the way to their new home in Hokitika on the South Island, dashing the hopes of introducing moose to New Zealand as a big game animal. The four remaining moose were released anyway and one particularly tame cow was seen regularly in the area for the next 15 years.Despite the failure of the first introduction, the Government ...
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Posted:  4/21 6:00am
Small Spaces Media Room  »  Just Don't Tell Mum
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Got Privilege: What is Cisgender Privilege and Why Does it Matter?  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Last week, trans equality activist Janet Mock released her first memoir entitled “Redefining Realness.” As part of her publicity tour she appeared on the CNN show Piers Morgan Live. What happened during that interview, and a follow-up the night after, has been a subject of great controversy after Mock rightly pointed out that Morgan and [...] ...
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Posted:  4/21 12:30am
7 Feel-Good Stories From the Causes You Care About  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Let’s face it, we’re constantly bombarded with bad news, and it’d be easy to think that the world is a grim place without hope or goodness. That’s just not true, though. Here are 7 wonderful stories loosely related to the causes you care about that, hopefully, will brighten your day.   1) Houston Man Steps [...] ...
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Posted:  4/21 12:30am
Sochi Olympics Begin with Awesome Solidarity and Shameful Rights Violations  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
It’s finally here. The Sochi Winter Olympics and Paralympics had its opening ceremony on Friday, and the games are now underway, but it comes amid turmoil and protest about Russia’s continued crackdown on civil rights. Here are some of the stories from the lead up to the games you might have missed. Sochi: The Great [...] ...
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Posted:  4/21 12:30am
The UK is Interrogating Gay Asylum Seekers and it Has to Stop  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
The British Home Office is facing intense scrutiny after leaked documents revealed that it has subjected gay asylum seekers to “degrading” interrogations about their sex lives. The report, dated from October 2013 and obtained by the Observer, reveals that Home Office officials questioned one bisexual man for five hours without a lawyer present, and asked him [...] ...
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Posted:  4/21 12:30am
5 Reasons to Smile: A Breastfeeding Song, Autistic Teen on a Mission and More  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
If you need a boost to get you through the week, here are five smile-inducing videos and stories that are currently taking the Internet by storm. 1. Addiction, a Poem Any form of addiction is a serious medical problem that can potentially devastate lives. Getting treatment from qualified professionals is of course vital, but what [...] ...
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Posted:  4/21 12:30am
Gay Parents Deserve Rights, Too: Chipping Away at Ohio’s Gay Marriage Ban  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Four couples from Ohio have filed a new lawsuit in which they are taking on the state’s refusal to list both same-sex parents on a child’s birth certificate. The issue is, at its heart, a simple one: “All of the (couples) seek an order that will establish for children and parents in families established through [...] ...
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Posted:  4/21 12:30am
‘Freedom Now More Perfect’ as Virginia’s Gay Marriage Ban is Overturned  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
A federal judge ruled on Thursday that Virginia’s gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. Though this decision is stayed pending appeal, it is being treated as a landmark victory. The lawsuit that led to this decision argued that the Virginia Marriage Amendment, also known as the Marshall-Newman Amendment, unlawfully relegated gay and lesbian couples to second-class [...] ...
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Posted:  4/21 12:30am
This Week in LGBT Rights: Marriage, Discrimination and Gender Recognition  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
It’s been a busy week in LGBT rights in the United States this week, with plenty of progress on the marriage equality front but also some worrying developments on the horizon. Here’s what you need to know. 1. Texas Court Sets Precedent for Recognizing Trans-Inclusive Marriage The 13th District Court of Appeals in Corpus Christi [...] ...
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Posted:  4/21 12:30am
Every Argument Against an Out Gay Football Player Debunked in Two Minutes  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Since Michael Sam came out earlier this week, there has been no shortage of commentary about whether the NFL is ready for an openly gay player, but one local news anchor has had enough. In his show this week, ABC anchor Dale Hansen embarked on a two minute monologue saying that, though he occasionally finds [...] ...
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Posted:  4/21 12:30am
How ‘Bronies’ Stepped Up to Help the Family of a Bullying Victim  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Michael Morones, an 11-year-old from North Carolina, loves “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,” a kid’s TV show with a cult adult following. Michael, whose interest is supported by his parents, would wear various merchandise from the show when he went to school. That is, until a few weeks ago, because Michael is now in [...] ...
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Posted:  4/21 12:30am
Amazing 92-Year-Old WWII Veteran Just Wants Her Marriage Recognized  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
A 92-year-old World War II veteran is fighting the Social Security Administration (SSA) after it refused her survivor benefits following her husband’s death, saying she was legally male at the time of her marriage. Robina Asti married her long-term partner Norwood Patton in a 2004 ceremony in an airplane hangar in Orange County, New York. [...] ...
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Posted:  4/21 12:30am
How Museveni Used Junk Science to Pass Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Uganda’s President Museveni has indicated he will sign the infamous Anti-Homosexuality Bill after Uganda’s lawmakers came up with “science” to prove homosexuality is a learned behavior. Uganda’s State House has indicated that President Museveni will sign the Anti-Homosexuality Bill after initially rejecting the legislation because he is now satisfied that ministers have proved that there [...] ...
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Should Terminally Ill Children Have the Right to End Their Lives?  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
Belgium has become the first nation in the world to allow terminally ill children under the age of 12 the right to assisted dying, adding fuel to the global debate over assisted dying. The legislation was given approval last week by Belgium’s Chamber of Representatives in a 86-44 vote with 12 abstentions. The country’s senate had [...] ...
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Posted:  4/21 12:30am
When Women Say they Wish they Had Breast Cancer, Something is Terribly Wrong  »  Gay Rights - Do You Care2?
A cancer awareness group in the UK has started a campaign featuring people saying they wish they had breast cancer. The charity’s reasons are controversial, but they’re also compelling. The campaign, by the group Pancreatic Cancer Action, highlights the incredibly low survival rate of pancreatic cancer compared to breast and testicular cancer. It features a [...] ...
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Posted:  4/21 12:30am