Grammy Weddings

I really didn’t see the show, but apparently there were a lot of weddings performed together at the Grammy Awards a few days ago. I’m sure you’ve all heard this, and many of us are happy at the show of loving support that everyone there got. And to have ‘Same Love’ by Macklemore and Lewis performed during this time was probably very touching. I know the song is quite beautiful.

Of course there are those who think the Grammy Awards are not the place for such an obvious ‘political statement’. Political statement is a funny way to refer to this, if you ask me. I guess it was, but it’s really just a show of love for one another. It’s a way to get people to see couples who love each other make a commitment. I suppose the point was to get people to talk, to get exposure for the cause of equality. So yeah, a political statement may be what it was. But how many times have artists over the years stood on stage and said they support everyone fighting for us overseas, or that they want us to end our involvement in Iraq or Afghanistan? Aren’t those political statements, too. The same people who think this time it was inappropriate probably supported it some of those other times. Seems it’s only the wrong place for a political statement if that statement is one they disagree with.

There are always going to be haters. People who think their version of how the world works is the only way, and anyone who doesn’t agree with them is just “forcing their agenda” down the throats of the people with the rigid point of view. And if any of you are reading this and you are one of the people with such a rigid view, please know that we aren’t trying to force anything on you, we just want you to let us live our lives and be happy, as anyone else can. We just all support equality, that’s it.

Congratulations to all the couples who wed. I wish every one of you a long and happy life together with your spouse.

Eagles Lose a Close One

It has been a week now, and there has been enough time for the wound to heal a little. As a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan, last week’s loss to the Saints was tough. I have been a fan of the Eagles since I was a wee little child, and I have never been more surprised by the team than I was this year. It was a great year, far above what was expected, and I know we have great things in our future.

I was a little upset when they got rid of Andy Reid after last season, but we needed a shake up and we got it. And Nick Foles had a fantastic season and showed a lot of promise for the future. I look forward to next season, when our guys will have a chance to once again make a Superbowl run, and maybe accomplish the one thing all us Eagles fans have so desperately hoped for all our lives: A championship.

Thanks to all the Eagles players, coaches and staff that made this season possible. You should be all proud of the effort you gave this year.

Phil Robertson suspended from Duck Dynasty

Okay, so everyone has their opinion on this guy and what he said, and how A&E handled it, and most everyone has apparently been letting that opinion be known, so I figured I’d add mine. What he said obviously offends me (hello, lesbian here!), but there’s more going on here than him offending gay people. For one, he also makes it sound like in his view African Americans were better off before any of the civil rights movement. That’s just ridiculous. Wrong. Crazy. Outright idiotic. A lot of the coverage I’ve seen of this has focused on his view of us gays, so if you haven’t seen his odd views on race, you can do so Here.

Another irritating thing about this is all the people saying that Mr. Roberton’s first amendment rights are being violated. No, no they are not. Um… not even close. Not remotely, not possibly, not maybe, and not sorta. The first amendment reads:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

So where in that text do these people see that his first amendment right was being violated? He can say whatever he wants, and clearly has, but A&E has a right to take action against someone who is in their employ when that person does something that makes A&E look bad. If I stood outside my employer’s office and told everyone that the people there liked to torture puppies with feather dusters and mint-flavored toothpicks (This is an example only, and in no way is meant to imply that my employers actually do or would torture puppies or any other living being–especially with feather dusters. That’s just cruel.), my company would have every right to suspend (or fire) me. This is no different.

I for one think this makes the extremist on the right look bad. What happens every time some nut says something like this is that the ultra-conservative part of the U.S. rallies behind them. But I think that’s a good thing. Every time they do this there is a few in their group that can’t bring themselves to support what the others are saying any longer, and they open their eyes just a tiny bit. Each one of these controversies that the ultra-conservatives play up causes them to lose a few more supporters. One day they will be nothing more than a tiny little, meaningless, petty, puny, ignorable fringe group. Their days are numbered, and things like this are helping that along. So thank you, Phil Robertson, for helping in your little way to get rid of this hate-filled group of people.