Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Gimme Fur

1453 - Leonardo da Vinci is born near Florence, Italy.

When he was twenty-four years old, Leonardo was arrested, along with several young companions, on the charge of sodomy.  No witnesses appeared against them and eventually the charges were dropped. It must be said that often anonymous charges like this were brought against people just for a nuisance. Renaissance Florentines didn't make the distinctions we make about sexuality today and apparently it was common for young men to get into sexual relationships; in fact, the word "Florenzer" was German slang for "homosexual". Leonardo had no relationships with women, never married, had no children, and raised many young protégés, including one nicknamed "Salai" which means "offspring of Satan", a sketch of whom is shown below. Salai stole things, broke things, lied, and was generally a, well, devil; if he were a mere student or servant he would have been fired. It's not hard to see how this imp would be attractive to Leonardo. He stayed with Leonardo for over twenty years, and appears many times in Leonardo's sketchbooks.
Leonardo's friend Machiavelli, the Florentine statesman who is famous for his advocacy of unscrupulous political opportunism, had a son, Ludovico, who apparently had a boyfriend. Machiavelli wrote to a friend to ask what he should do about it. The friend, who was Florence's ambassador to the Papal Court, replied:
"Since we are verging on old age, we might be severe and overly scrupulous, and we do not remember what we did as adolescents. So Ludovico has a boy with him, with whom he amuses himself, jests, takes, walks, growls in his ear, goes to bed together. What then? Even in these things perhaps there is nothing bad."

The second major implication of the sodomy case is, of course, the question of Leonardo's sexuality. Homosexuality was common in quatrocento Florence, and several things indicate that Leonardo was probably gay. He never married or showed any (recorded) interest in women; indeed, he wrote in his notebooks that male-female intercourse disgusted him. His anatomical drawings naturally include the sexual organs of both genders, but those of the male exhibit much more extensive attention. Finally, Leonardo surrounded himself with beautiful young male assistants, such as Salai and Melzi.

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Do you personally believe that homosexuality is morally acceptable, morally unacceptable, or is it not a moral issue?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Eat More Ass Tuesday

Anti-gay, abortion activists arrested at University of Regina

An American anti-gay activist and a Canadian abortion activist were arrested at the University of Regina Monday. Peter LaBarbera, the controversial head of an American lobby group that has been labelled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Bill Whatcott, an abortion activist who has a history of legal troubles in Saskatchewan, were taken into custody by the Regina Police Service. They were arrested for trespassing after being asked to leave campus and refusing.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Bois In Bondage

Pope Francis Called On To Protect Homeless LGBT Youth From 'Religious Rejection'

A group which advocates on behalf of homeless LGBT youth has called on Pope Francis to end the Roman Catholic Church's rejection of gay people.
In an open letter published Sunday in The New York Times, Carl Siciliano, executive director of New York City's Ali Forney Center, asked the Holy Father to “take urgent action to protect [homeless LGBT youth] from the devastating consequences of religious rejection, which is the most common reason LGBT youths are driven from their homes.”

“At the heart of the problem is that the church still teaches that homosexual conduct is a sin, and that being gay is disordered. I hope that if you understand how this teaching tears families apart and brings suffering to innocent youths, you will end this teaching and prevent your bishops from fighting against the acceptance of LGBT people as equal members of society.”
“As LGBT youths are finding the courage to speak the truths of their hearts at younger ages, epidemic numbers are being rejected by their families, and driven to homelessness. The number of youths enduring this cruel fate is staggering; last year at least 200,000 LGBT youths experienced homelessness in the United States.”
Siciliano went on to invite Pope Francis to visit the Ali Forney Center.
“I greatly respect you as a leader who has shown deep concern for the plight of the poor. I invite you to the Ali Forney Center, to meet our abandoned youths and see for yourself how their lives have been devastated and made destitute by religious rejection.”
The full-page ad was paid for by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Home Furnishings, the Washington Blade reported.
“I'm hopeful that putting this out publicly will put this central question on the table, and that all advocacy groups and news media will learn more about it and frankly see how harmful this 'sin' teaching is,” Gold said. “While others tell me this is a heavy lift or you can't get the Catholic Church to change, I say 'let's try.'”

Carl, what you are doing is beautiful and noble and I sincerely hope you get a favorable response from the Pope...but I wouldn't hold my breath.
The best you can hope for, is he acknowledges there is a problem and sound all concerned in a very florid, meaningful photo op way, then shortly there after, insist RCR tradition is sacrosanct and should be strictly followed but Catholics should be nice to homosexuals as they continue too treat them as something less than human.  
You can read Carl's heartfelt plea to the Pope here

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