From The Backlot

formerly After Elton.

The Backlot

A rational voice in a frequently more irrational world.

‘Mexican Bishop Raúl Vera is bucking the Vatican line on homosexuality. “One mother came to me and said that she was being watchful of her son because he was hanging out with ‘those degenerate gays’ and I said ‘so blame yourself for it because that’s the way your son developed in your womb and he didn’t develop into a degenerate or a perverse person. He was born with a certain constitution you are trying to ignore. Calm down, you are the mother of that child and he began to be who he now is inside your womb. So the first one I’d kick out would be you because you are the perverse one who is first in line.’ That’s what I said.” He went further, saying “Why would I immediately think a gay or lesbian person is perverse or depraved the moment they approach me? That’s how people who are homophobic react. It’s a mental illness in which you see gays as depraved and promiscuous. You have to be sick in the head for that.” ‘


screw youJust saw an article about how things are going after the end of “Don’t ask, don’t tell”.  Apparently, idiots still run the military.  Personally, I think if someone is willing to possibly have to lay down their life to save yours, and you reject them for some homophobic, prejudicial claptrap, well maybe you should just go in their place.  Please.

Sad Jean is Sad

ImageTwo days ago I got into a big argument with someone over a (to me) unbelievably callous remark about the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.  I wound up saying to this person that I thought their god (the Christian one, I am atheist) must be so proud, and did they really think that their attitude was what Jesus taught?  Today, I’m reading blogs and come across another incident of homophobic discrimination, this time by a bus driver against two men holding hands, and I wanted to say it again, to all those so-called Christians who actually seem to believe that Jesus and their god would condone and even approve of their behaviour.  Have they ever actually read the NEW Testament.  Have they ever seen/heard/read anything relating to the teachings of Jesus.  I think not.  I am appalled at the attitude of the person I had the argument with, even though they are usually compassionate and caring, and I am just sick and disgusted at the attitude of everyone who chooses to hate people based on things over which those people have no control.  You do NOT choose to be LGBT, anymore than you choose what color your eyes are at birth.  I had a really wonderful weekend, which I am sorry to say will probably always be colored by the one incident.  Everytime I remember the wonderfulness, I will remember the callousness, and I cannot tell you how sad that makes me. 

Another good day

ImageMy homemaker came and amongst laundry and shopping, we had some laughs and I showed her a couple of vids from Hair and Jesus Christ, Superstar.  I am going through my old VCR tapes so I can toss them, and two nights ago I found one with Hair.  Kind of fast-forwarded to just get the music, but the end scenes just broke my heart.  Burst into tears, actually.  So I was YouTubing for vids of just the music, which then led me to Jesus Christ, Superstar from the sidebar.  God, I love YouTube.  You can watch entire movies, listen to entire soundtracks.  So my homemaker, who wasn’t even born when the movies were made, was just blown away especially by the ones from Superstar.  She was astounded that black people were featured.  Yes, the world has changed, and for the better if you ask me (RI had gay couples getting married yesterday.  Yay, RI.  I live right next door in Mass.) and I think she has seen/read about how things were back then for people of color.  I’m not religious.  In fact, I am an atheist and proud of it, but religion isn’t necessary to love a really, really powerful movie like Superstar, any more than having been a soldier or a hippie is necessary to love Hair.  Check them out.  You won’t be sorry.  I also found that they are redoing Superstar with Tim Minchin.  Tim Minchin.  I love Tim Minchin.  Check him out.

Addendum:  I’m also not gay.  I support gay rights, because I believe gay rights are human rights, and you only need to be human for that.  Something which a lot of Americans seem not to be.  Human, that is.  They have lost their humanity in favor of religion-fueled hatred.  Jesus would be so proud.  HA!