Laurie Rubin, who has been blind since birth, has had her share of challenges, and is no stranger to discrimination. This week, the internationally acclaimed opera singer debuts an inspiring new musical, which she has co-written, on September 18, at the Japanese Cultural Arts Center, Los Angeles.
While I am in no way suggesting that we should not work very hard and carefully to maintain freedom of religion, acknowledging that bad decisions in either direction can have dire consequences, the rhetoric of persecution being thrown around is not only false, it is offensive.
From immigration to foreign policy, the GOP, via its field of presidential candidates, has shown it is as extreme as ever. And, no matter the pundits' claims or the hopes of some gay activists, that holds true on LGBT rights as well.
Employers have successfully balanced such competing rights by providing religious accommodations for their employees while ensuring that services were otherwise provided. However, when such conscientious refusals involve marriage licenses, providing accommodations does not always work.
As we prepare to enter our 30s, and for those of us that are already here, I encourage you to alter your approach to dating.
Totally creeped out.
Just as the party was seemingly on the precipice of meaningful evolution and change, he's single-handedly transporting it back to its ugly, ark, losing days of ignorance and intolerance.
Does Islam scare you? Does it feel like an aggressive religion is trying to take over the world, subjugate women, persecute the LGBT community, and cut off your hand if you're caught stealing? Well, you've got good reason to be scared -- but not of Islam.
It would be nice to see some real defenders of religious freedom on the Christian right. It would be nice to see the Christian right acknowledge, once and for all, that religious liberty applies to all Americans, not just Christian conservatives in the heartland like Kim Davis.
"The rules apply to everybody, except when they don't." A cursory look at some headlines from last week reveals this to be the new American mantra, a burgeoning sense of individual "exceptionalism" that pulls at the very fabric of fair play.
Kim Davis certainly does not walk in the footsteps of progressive leaders who took a stand to improve circumstances for oppressed people. Rather, she follows the muddled path of such people as Alabama Governor George Wallace.
Given all the Kim Davis hoopla, I've been thinking about the phrase "traditional marriage," and wondering how the concept of "traditional" is being applied.
Kim Davis, the mockingjay for morons everywhere, is back at work and claiming she will not approve any gay marriage licenses. She says she will not go against her conscience because as a Christian she cannot possibly allow two people who love each other to get married simply because of their gender.
Peter Sollett's Freeheld was, for me, the find of the day -- an intensely emotional film based on a true story that could easily win Julianne Moore her second Oscar in a row (and, perhaps, earn a nomination for the terrific Michael Shannon).
I'm honored and humbled to have been invited to the White House when President Obama welcomes Pope Francis. I'm still shocked that so many people are even interested in my visit.