Friday, December 17, 2010

Over the rainbow

Final exams are over with and grades have been computed. This semester of teaching is over and I have about 3 1/2 weeks to get ready for the start of next semester and do all those things I've been putting off.

I also spent a wonderful evening in Grand Rapids where a semi-professional handbell choir (similar -- and just as good -- as the one I'm in) performed one of my compositions! They made the trip worthwhile.

Now to some of the things that have accumulated since I last wrote (some other things are either no longer relevant or will be relevant in new ways soon).

Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse of the Ruth Institute (part of the National Organization for Marriage) has a beef with the rainbow flag that represents the diversity of the sexual minority community. She said the coalition that passed the gay marriage ban in Calif. was the true image of diversity, having people of every race and color. "The gay lobby does not own the rainbow." Lots of people put rainbows in their children's nurseries and we can't forget Noah's Ark and all the animals. Dr. Morse wore a colorful scarf to highlight her intentions, but it wasn't a rainbow scarf.

Dan Savage takes the first and best shot. "Let's make a deal: give us our full civil equality—repeal DOMA, let us marry legally in all fifty states, end DADT, pass ENDA, stop torturing gay kids to death—and we'll let you have your f**king rainbows back."

Other comments:

"Time to get out the pink triangle. We OWN that."

It's OK, the rainbow flag is so 1980s.

Let's send her a real rainbow flag to wear as a scarf. "Let her walk around downtown and get called faggot or dyke. Or even worse, get beat up because people think she is gay."

Golly, they'll have to buy their rainbow scarves, bumper stickers, and jewelry from gay businesses.

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