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."

*blinks*

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.

*barfs*
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