December 12th, 2004

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Civil Rights

So yesterday, there was a big march down Auburn Avenue -- past the King Center, past Martin Luther King Jr.'s grave, past Ebenezer Baptist Church, etc. -- dedicated to "protecting marriage." The march was led and organized by the pastor of a large black church in Lithonia, east of Atlanta, and joined in by people, mostly black, from all around Atlanta.

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I didn't see this march -- I think the route turned a few blocks off of Peachtree. If I had seen it, I would've been pretty disturbed!

I think my Congressional Rep. John Lewis (D) when he says (quoted in an article Friday):

"If Dr. King were here today, he wouldn't participate in this march," said U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), a veteran of the civil rights movement who marched alongside King. "During the civil rights movement, we were trying to take discrimination out of the Constitution."

Meanwhile I find myself worrying about the future of this country when the contrasts in opinion seems so start that I feel like we are like people living on separate planets. Another quote from that Friday article:

Lee May, a New Birth church member, said people were distorting the purpose of the march by focusing on same-sex marriage.

"We're not marching against homosexuals, we're marching for a better world," May said.

Finally, I think it's notable that while one of MLK's daughters paritcipated in this march, Coretta Scott King did not. Here is a quote from the Friday article on her stance on gay marriage, which she has spoken about on many occasions:

"A constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages is a form of gay bashing, and it would do nothing at all to protect traditional marriages," she said during a speech at the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
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Georgia in a handbasket

So this show called Naked Boys Singing has been playing here in Atlanta since summer, with lots of advertising all over Midtown, got good reviews locally. It's an off-Broadway play that has run a few places and in NYC it's the 10th longest-running off-Broadway show (and also got cut from the "perks" package given to RNC delegates).

Well, last night it got busted as being "adult entertainment. The police say it's "pornography."


In OTHER news, I just read about how the Republican-dominated Georgia Legislature has THREE different anti-abortion they want to push through this year -- including one of those "Unborn Victims of Violence" laws that makes it a crime to hurt a fetus at any time during a pregnancy, and two other laws which make it ever harder to get an abortion in this state.

And I think they're still putting "Evolution Is Just A Theory" stickers on the fronts of biology textbooks in Cobb County.

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