The wrestling match now unfolding in California over a proposed ballot measure aimed at exterminating gay people is actually a teachable moment, and not only about religious extremism and violent hate. It calls attention to the value of a simple screen test for the subjects of initiatives and constitutional amendments. In this area, California might take a lesson from New Mexico.
The Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C., is using the Freedom of Information Act to unearth a "culture of animus" that permeated the U.S. Civil Service Commission -- now known as the Office of Personnel Management -- and demonstrate that anti-equality laws and regulations have long been grounded in hostility, which is not a permissible justification for discrimination.
"The Christians" weren't the standoffish clique historians frequently make them out to be. Many Christians, in fact, were perfectly good Roman citizens. Shockingly, though, very few people have ever gone back to listen to the stories of the quieter ones who lived their lives without any hint of drama.