Ravi and Wei didn't just want to harass and bully Clementi. That they could have done any time, in person, in private. They were not even trying to out him. It's just life in the online world where everything is fair game and privacy is just a Facebook option.
Pastor Fred Phelps led the congregation that gained notoriety in recent years for picketing the funerals of soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan. He spoke with me about hell, homosexuality, and the Supreme Court.
What if the authors of this fable intended the mob's behavior to be understood as symptomatic of something far more ominous -- that is, a breach in the social contract that could threaten the fabric of desert culture?
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission has its work cut out for it. But its actions won't be effective without a widespread movement calling for an end to persecution based on sexual orientation.
A recent debate in the fields of bioethics surrounding novel treatments for an uncommon genetic disorder has raised the question: Is it ethical to attempt to predetermine the sexual orientation of one's children?