Posts tagged: Homosexuality
Both in Jane Mayer's New Yorker profile of (American Family Association talk radio host Bryan) Fischer and then again in his own blog, (Dennis) Mansfield bemoans Fischer's intolerance.”Debating the rightness or wrongness of homosexuality in our culture is something that Bryan Fischer is actively engaged in, and has been for over a decade. You know what? I used to be there, too. The term 'righteous anger' would have been an appropriate term to describe the ferocity with which I would debate this issue, and others,” Mansfield wrote. “The problem is that it doesn't work. Somebody who yells and screams makes for great entertainment, but little else. I've found that it is exponentially more difficult to shut my mouth, and listen. It is also exponentially more rewarding”/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune Cheers & Jeers column. More here.
Question: Are you more tolerant to other viewpoints today than you were 10 years ago? Or less tolerant?
I wish it didn’t need to be said, but here goes: “Rent” is not “about” fornication. It’s not “about” homosexuality. It’s about human beings and their trials. It tries to do what good art does: create empathy, draw viewers out of themselves, provoke emotional and intellectual reaction. It’s the constructive, valuable opposite of running around giving everyone a self-righteous thumbs-up or thumbs-down. But even if it wasn’t, one of the great things about America, of course, is we can go to hell if we want to. Whenever people start gas-bagging starchily about “fornication” – a word that’s only useful for hurling at others – you can be sure they’ve forgotten that. Besides the small-minded bigotry of it, opposition to “Rent” seems to grow from a serious cultural disconnect/Shawn Vestal, SR. More here. (Wikipedia photo)
Question: Do you plan to see Lake City Playhouse production of “Rent”?