MORE ON THE TSUNAMI EVENT: Here's some additional information about the reading to benefit survivors of the Asian tsunami at Outwrite on Tuesday, Feb. 1. If you can't make to the store than evening...and shame on you if you can't...then you can drop donations by Outwrite anytime during the month of February. Visit www.outwrite.com for more details, directions, etc. Or you can mail a donation directly to the nonprofit Gay Spirit Visions, P.O. Box 339, Decatur, GA 30031. Make checks to GSV and note they are for tsunami relief. All money will go directly to GLBT organizations in tsunami affected countries.

A couple of other big events are coming up next week as well. On Friday, Feb. 4, I'll host the Georgia Poetry Society Open Mic & Reading Series at the Barnes & Noble at Georgia Tech. The evening is being co-sponsored by Poets & Writers through a grant from BellSouth. My pal and poet Cherryl Floyd-Miller will be featuring that evening.

Then on Sunday, Feb. 6, and Monday, Feb. 7, the staged reading of my play The Dark Horse will be staged by Theatre Gael at 14th Street Playhouse at 8 p.m. Mark your calendars. Beth Gylys will also be there reading from her new collection, Spot in the Dark. More on this next week.

A quick political rant: Georgia is slowly devolving into a fascist state run by the fanatical christian right. Not only do we have a republican senator introducing a bill for a 24-hour waiting period before abortions, we have another rube trying to get creationism back in all the classrooms. Scary thing is, with a majority republican legislative body, this shit might pass. The abortion bill is a first crack at trying to sidestep a woman's right to an abortion. The next four years are going to be an uphill battle as we fight to maintain liberties in this country as the republicans and fundamentalists work to dismantle them. There was something on the news tonight about some hick introducing a bill about having everyone wear a gun. The direction this country is headed in frightens the hell out of me.

Comments

Molly said…
Ummmm . . . I think you should spell "christian" with a capital "C". There's a lot more we have to argue about than that, like Jesus's DNA . . . but don't talk about that, it's my next novel . . .

Woof! Peace and crackers in bed without crumbs . . .
Collin said…
They don't deserve a capital C, Molly. They are right wing fundamentalists. True Christians don't stomp on other people's rights.
Anonymous said…
I agree Collin, I think the far right hates JC, maybe the left should use that as a slogan to get some new people (who are Christian, because if you weren't Christian I'm thinking you might not care one way or the other) into the fold...maybe that would be inflammatory, but it would be funny could you imagine.

Going to churches and attempting to raise money with bumper stickers that say,

"Right-wingers Hate Jesus and they Hate you too, vote Green"

No that's kind of bringing the universe down and going down to people who don't get it level, but it would be kind of funny.

I think most spiritual philosophies are for tolerance, its exploiters and their agendas which try to take a sentence and spin it into nastiness...

teka-lark
Teamaster said…
I think the misery and disgust stems from a general human tendency to shirk ethical/moral standards in favor of either self-aggrandizement or "excused" oppression of others. After all, there have been/are Buddhist *warriors*. Huh?? Or Christians who claim that God *hates* certain types of people. Huh?? Where does this shit come from? Folly.

Though I dislike labels, I could be called a non-denominational, Christian, Romantic Idealist - and I mourn for the reputation of Christianity in particular (although all other religions had/have their hypocrisy and crimes). Labels and affiliations are abused left and right, so to speak.

Want to knock an empty-headed loudmouth "Christian" for a loop, folks? Say: "Well, *Jesus* wasn't a Christian."

Watch their heads spin. :)

-David
Bookfraud said…
Good to hear some sanity in a world (or part of the world) gone mad. I'll tell my bro who lives in Atlanta about your blog and perhaps he'll show up for an event...

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