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Born This Way? April 29, 2013

OK.  I can tell you’re thinking, “Gee, Dave, we already know that about you.” But, as it turns out, I’m not talking about myself (this time). No, I’m speaking of a man named John Corvino.
If you’re familiar with his work, you already know the description above is accurate. If you’ve not seen any of his videos, now’s a great time to start.

BABYOne of the entries in his newest collection addresses the issue of whether or not LGBT persons are “Born this way.”
Finally, we’re starting to hear “I don’t care!” instead of some supposed definitive response.
I’ve been stating for some time that the “born this way,” and the “change is possible” arguments need, as T.L. might say, “Left Behind.” (Which would be the first time he used that phrase with any exactitude. I digress.)
Anyway, it’s time, in my humble opinion, to leave in the dust those opponents of equality who wish to engage in the same old, tired and worn out donnybrooks.

It matter’s not one iota if you were born gay. Even if you were not, your life and experience are just as valid as if you were born that way. So what if someone, somewhere, sometime actually did change their orientation. That doesn’t mean you can or should.
There are, quite sadly, those who still do not believe in racial equality. Equally sad are those who still think a woman’s place is in the home. There will always be some who’s minds are closed tighter than a dolphin’s butt.*
The best revenge, as someone has said, is living well.
Yes, we always need to stand against prejudice and bigotry. We will continue to fight for equality for all. But, as much as possible, let’s quit giving undue attention to the naysayers, and prove them wrong by contiuning to live life to the fullest.

And, with that, let me introduce to you, the following video:
(With Corvino, always stick around for the tag.)

John has a lot of great videos.
Click HERE for his latest series.

* “Dolphin’s butt” reference provided by Kathy Foreman.


My Review of “Love Is An Orientation” September 23, 2009

LIAOrientationWhat a breath of fresh air this book is.  With all the hatred being spewed forth by BOTH the left and the right, there couldn’t be a better time for a book like this.  Mr. Marin presents ideas and an approach to dialog that is rooted in love and respect.  Finally, an alternative that I believe is truly Christ-like.  I am so sick and tired of self-proclaimed right-wing Christians talking about “loving everyone,” while their words and actions show they couldn’t be farther from the heart of God.  Then, on the left, you’ve got people yelling “Tolerance!” who have absolutely no tolerance for anyone who disagrees with them.
This is an issue that, more and more, is touching everyone’s lives.  We can’t afford to rely on our preconceived notions.  Nor can we keep addressing issues without seeing the flesh and blood people affected by those issues.  If you’ve ever wanted to be part of the solution, instead of just repeating religious rhetoric, while having no real understanding, then you owe it to yourself and others to read this book.
— David Foreman


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