Sunday, June 27, 2010

Ferryman Foundation Makes Debut : Anthony Peake, the Binary Mind, and the Myth of Charon

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Anthony Peake,  British binary mind theorist and author from Wirrals,  England,  who charmed the crowds on Madison Avenue last summer,  is co-founding the Ferryman Foundation with a Boston-based American colleague and a New York City associate.

 Although the foundation is in its infancy,  it has already attracted the interest of  scholars and scientists globally.

 The foundation's function will be to form a compendium of scholars who will facilitate debate and dialectic,  and  obtain funding to add to-  and greatly expand upon  -   the research which Peake has conducted regarding the binary mind,  and a hidden,  "second self", which resides within human consciousness,  directing and guiding the individual in life, and at the point of death.

  Peake has termed this self "the Daemon",  and calls its purpose at death "cheating the ferryman",  based on the myth of antiquity about Charon the Ferryman, who ferries the dead across the River Styx.

Peake believes that the Daemon cheats the ferryman, and that we never arrive at the realm of the dead.  Each time an individual dies,  Charon is cheated out of yet another customer, via a function he calls the Bohmian I-MAX,  based on the principles of David Bohm.

Peake is author of Is There Life After Death?:  The Extraordinary Science of What Happens When We Die (Chartwell Books, 2006)  and The Daemon (Arcturus Publishing, 2008), and has a trilogy of books pending publication.

The foundation will be open to private,  business, and institutional donations.  

More updates in the near future..... 

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Friday, June 4, 2010

South Carolina GOP :Senator Should Apologize for "Raghead" Remark | NowPublic News Coverage

South Carolina GOP :Senator Should Apologize for "Raghead" Remark | NowPublic News Coverage
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In NYC, 25-yr.-old Unites LGBTs with Challenge to State Senator | NowPublic News Coverage

In NYC, 25-yr.-old Unites LGBTs with Challenge to State Senator | NowPublic News Coverage

Pro-Family Attrny Matt Barber Rebukes Obama for Gay Pride Month | NowPublic News Coverage

Pro-Family Attrny Matt Barber Rebukes Obama for Gay Pride Month | NowPublic News Coverage

New York Gay Group to Host Illegal Wedding Event | NowPublic News Coverage

New York Gay Group to Host Illegal Wedding Event | NowPublic News Coverage

Minnesota Lawsuit seeking to overturn ban on gay marriage risky

In the state of Minnesota,  a lawsuit seeking to overturn the state's ban on same sex marriage is facing   tough odds in court.
 It also lacks the broad public support that propelled which helped 5 other states successfully end their ban.  
Gay activists across the nation are worried that it may propel some sort of backlash in this election year: 

"There are both legal and political reasons to believe that this lawsuit is a very risky roll of the dice," said Dale Carpenter, a University of Minnesota law professor who supports same-sex marriage.
The state will elect a new governor in November, and voters will have a chance to change every seat in the Legislature -- which is currently controlled by Democrats. Some political analysts believe it could be a good year for Republicans, as public approval ratings for President Barack Obama and the Democratically-controlled Congress dip.
Gay rights supporters are very aware of how conservative groups will attempt  to use the gay marriage issue as a wedge,  and to put Democratic incumbents on the hot seat,  winning votes for the opposition.  
Some gay activists believe this battle might set gay advocacy back.  
Already,  a  national group opposed to same-sex marriage has  launched a $200,000 ad campaign targeting gubernatorial candidates who support same-sex marriage. And another conservative group is ready to intervene, and argue on behalf of Minnesota's state constitution. 

Across the country, state laws on same-sex marriage range from fully allowing it to strictly prohibiting it by state constitutional amendment. Minnesota is among a handful of states in the middle in which there's a ban on same-sex marriage but no constitutional amendment defining marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman.
States which are "on the fence" are being sought eagerly by both sides,  each wanting to tip things in their own favor. 
Some gay activists are looking at Iowa as a precedent for Minnesota.  But the lawsuit in Minnesota faces different challenges than those overcome in Iowa and elsewhere.
Minnesota Supreme Court Ruling, 1971

Minnesota Supreme Court ruled against same-sex marriage in 1971,  a precedent which no other state which won same sex marriage had,  and a decision which the current Minnesota State Court would have to overturn.  Four of the seven members were appointed by Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

"If they reaffirm that decision, there's a danger that they do it strongly. The danger is huge and the chance of success is small," said Amy Johnson, executive director ofOutFront Minnesota, a gay rights group that opposes the lawsuit and instead has lobbied at the State Capitol to lift the ban by repealing the 1997 Defense of Marriage Act.
The Defense of Marriage Act bans same-sex marriage and in addition rules that same sex marriages from other states cannot be recognized in Minnesota.  
DOMA Challenged on Behalf of 3 Couples 
Attorney Peter Nickitas filed suit on behalf of three couples,  challenging  the state's Defense of Marriage Act through the courts.
The lawsuit argues the law violates equal treatment under the law,  and that  Minnesota's Constitution provides for free conscience and equality;  It also says the Defense of Marriage Act addressed more than one issue at once, in violation of a constitutional requirement that legislation deal with a single issue.
Nickitas does not believe there is any reason for assuming the Supreme Court will rule against the couples.

"The world has changed quite a bit since 1971," he said. "In 1971, no religious denomination or faith movement honored same-sex marriage. Today, many do so."
Gay Group OutFront Minnesota Says Suit Too Risky

OutFront Minnesota issued a statement criticizing the action as ill-conceived and risky.  But one of the plaintiffs pointed out that after  the suit was filed, more than 1,000 people joined Marry Me Minnesota -- the group raising funds for the legal fight -- on Facebook,  although the suit lacks national backing.  
A legal scholar pointed out that Iowa's Supreme Court was more moderate than Minnesota's,  and Iowa has a tradition of upholding human rights.  
Two examples of states where lawsuits were filed over the objections of some in the gay rights community were given by Evan Wolfson,  founder of Freedom To Marry:  New York and Arizona. Both lawsuits failed, and it became more difficult to change the law after that.

"Going to court is not the only way to end discrimination," he said. "It's better to engage the people of the state in understanding. Minnesota is a state where people are inclined to be fair."

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Bill O'Reilly Commentary on Gay McDonald's Ad: Why not al-Queda? | NowPublic News Coverage

Bill O'Reilly Commentary on Gay McDonald's Ad: Why not al-Queda? | NowPublic News Coverage

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) Outed from Closet After DADT Repeal Vote

Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) gets outed 
Former Washington, DC fundraiser and journalist form  Micheal Rogers knew Republican Illinois Senator Mark Kirk was a closeted gay,  but only decided to "out"  him when he found out  Kirk  was not one of the Senators voting for the repeal of DADT.  

Times have changed. Now, for the first time in his congressional career, Mark Kirk really had the chance to stand up and do what is right with the power of a vote. When I heard that five GOPers voted to lift the Don't Ask Don't Tell ban I instinctively thought Kirk would be one of them. What a disappointment when he wasn't. The five were: Judy Biggert (R-IL), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Ron Paul (R-TX), Joseph Cao (R-LA), and Charles Djou, (R-HI).

Rogers says Kirk had good ratings with the Human Rights Campaign, and formerly, the DADT repeal was more or less a dead issue. 

 Thus the matter of his being a closeted gay man (Kirk was married and divorced;  the marriage produced no children) was not deemed too important.  

Now that he has angered gay activists like Rogers and others,  the claws are coming out:  Huffington Post is running a piece about Kirk's lies about military awards he has received.  

AFTAH defends Kirk

Predictably, Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) founder Peter LaBarbera , is more or less defending Kirk,  and pointing to the evils of outing a gay man for not voting gay on  all issues (true enough). 
LaBarbera points out that his and Rogers' methods and rationale for outing closeted gay politicians are counter to eachother:
  • Rogers will not out a closeted gay if he is doing all he can for gay advancement while in the closet
  • Conversely,  LaBarbera will not out a closeted gay unless he is using his political power to advance the gay agenda. 
When — as in years preceding the Mark Foley scandal — talk of the VIP’s reported homosexuality becomes so widespread that it demands clarification, AFTAH and this writer ask politicianspotential judges and VIP media members the “Homosexual Question.” Deeply-held private biases affect public policy, so the voting public has a right to know those biases, especially when they are the target of hard-ball pressure politics. Of course, Michael Rogers — who queried this writer on the same question — comes at it from the opposite perspective. 

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Great Britain's Mr. Anthony Peak on Zone Unknow...

Great Britain's Mr. Anthony Peak on Zone Unknow...

Haggard Announces Opening of New Church: Gays Welcome ? | NowPublic News Coverage

Haggard Announces Opening of New Church: Gays Welcome ? | NowPublic News Coverage


Haggard to Open New Church;  Gays Welcome
 Disgraced ex-pastor Ted Haggard announced today that he will soon be hosting a "launch party" at his own home to kick off a  new church he's starting. 

 He claims everyone -  including gays - will be welcome, and that he does not expect a new mega church,  but will be happy "if just a few people join".  
Called St. James Church,  Haggard and his family  plan a launch party at his home on Sunday at 10 a.m. At the party, Haggard says people can mingle, swim and jump on the family's trampoline.

After the planning meeting, Haggard says the church will find a location.
Haggard did not rule out the possibility of a realityshow about the new venture.
"There is a potential possibility for another documentary, similar to the one HBO did, so we'll see," Haggard said, adding that nothing was concrete.
But will he perform gay marriages?
Haggard says everyone is welcome to attend the party:  
Democrats, Republicans, Independents, gays, straights, the short and tall, specifically.
The church's first official service was scheduled for three weeks from Sunday.
For a gay response to Haggard's announcement, link to Towleroad. 

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