Friday, July 14, 2006

articles: "San Franciscophobia" and "Real Christians Fight Intolerance"

San Franciscophobia
We're stuck with a terrible war and a worse president, and all the GOP can do is scream, "Pelosi and her Nancy boys are coming"?
This is pathetic.
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People who want to take a swing at San Francisco should think twice. Yes, the Irish coffee at Fisherman's Wharf is overpriced, and the bus tour of Haight-Ashbury is disappointing (where are the hippies?), but the Bay Area is the cradle of the computer and software industry, which continues to create jobs for our children. The iPod was not developed by Baptists in Waco, Texas. There may be a reason for this. Creative people thrive in a climate of openness and tolerance, since some great ideas start out sounding ridiculous. Creativity is a key to economic progress. Authoritarianism is stifling. I don't believe that Mr. Hewlett and Mr. Packard were gay, but what's important is: In San Francisco, it doesn't matter so much. When the cultural Sturmbannfuhrers try to marshal everyone into straight lines, it has consequences for the economic future of this country.
San Franciscophobia by Garrison Keillor ~ Salon.com ~ Jun. 07, 2006
(Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" can be heard Saturday nights on public radio stations across the country.)


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Real Christians Fight Intolerance

A reverend declares that gay bashing is an attack on the gospel -- and that real Christians don't participate in any form of discrimination.
Gay bashing is not just an opinion, it is an assault. Just as the Klan did, religious fundamentalists have a right to believe that homosexuality is a sin. They even have a right to preach a message of hate. But when they harass people in public, it is time for Christians to rise to challenge their intolerance.
Real Christians Fight Intolerance by Rev. Jim Rigby ~ AlterNet ~ July 14, 2006

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