Friday, February 27, 2004

Passions Here And There 

All kinds of passions this week; I'll have some thoughts on a few of them up this weekend, for any of you who may be interested.

In the meantime, let me direct your attention to:

Courtesy of Allan Brill, Melanie of Just A Bump In The Beltway points us to "The Passion of Bob Kerry," perhaps the most dangerous of the members of the 9/11 Commission, if you're one of those strangely disinterested members of the Republican right: in an interview with the NYNews that only Melanie appears to have picked up on, Kerry shows why....something about a resignation in protest against the constant secrecy of Bush & Co. That would be a big one. Let's hope he stays on and and stays angry, too.

While you're there, check out Melanie's passionate and delightful contribution to the gay marriage discussion here, and some depressing but unsurprising news about what's not happening in the matter of landmines here.

And speaking of Allan Brill of The Right Christians, is there anyone who has articulated with more passion the view that right-thinking (in the old right/wrong sense) citizens, especially those who are Christians, need to embrace the civic, moral and the religiouis arguments that justify extension of the rights of marriage to our gay breathren?

Find out for yourself here as well as here, and here, a wonderful contribution called "A Teaching Moment, but there's more here and also here. Be assured I don't recommend that much reading lightly. And don't skip the comment threads, especially if you're generally a secular lefty.

My own Jewish secularist perspective on the issue and on Mr. Gibson's movie, in a comparison to Scorsese's The Last Temptation Of Christ" and its reception at the time are among those thoughts I hope to post tomorrow and Sunday.

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