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Posted on November 20 at 11:33 a.m.
I opposed Prop 8 and am supportive of total equal rights for gay people.
It would be helpful if someone made a specific list of the difference in rights between those who are married hetrosexual couples and gay civil unions. Specific - not "consult any Tax Accountant or Family Law Attorney" or "If you think gay people have equal rights, you should look into how many legal benefits come with marriage in this country. Civil Unions do not offer anywhere near the benefits that a marriage does under law."
There is lots of conflicting information out there relative to this question.
For me there will not be true equality until I can say that I would feel equal if I, as a hetrosexual person, felt equal if I was only able to have a "Civil Union" and not a marriage.
On Santa Barbarans Protest Prop. 8
Posted on November 20 at 10:14 a.m.
Noozhawk has an announcement from SBCC President indicating that 9 of 10 of the students were from SBCC.
On The Brief but Violent Life of the Tea Fire
Posted on November 19 at 7:44 a.m.
Below is another perspective that was posted on Noozhawk. I find myself having all the conflicting emotions and thoughts of so many that have posted. Brother Joseph's message below touches me deeply. I know that I am really fortunate/lucky that stupid things that I did not only as a youth - but as an adult did not result in their own disasters to others and myself. I cry at the loss of Mt. Calvary and the many homes and lives that have been so painfullly impacted. I honor Brother Joseph for being able to lift us higher than many of us seem to be able to go in this moment.
Br. Joseph Brown, OHC wrote on 11/18/08 @ 08:42 PM
If this is true, then it is very difficult for me to process the feelings. I was one of the monks at Mount Calvary Monastery. It was my home and the spiritual home of literally tens of thousands of people from around the world. Priceless works or art, books, historical treasures pertaining to the Order, archives and all of my personal possessions of the monks were lost. And this is the point at which being a Christian Monastic reaches its very core. I have to forgive these young people, AND do all that I can to help them. If I am unable to do that, then my habit, and my place in the monastery was a sham. That is what Christianity is, not Yes on Prop 8, not Faldwell or Dobson. It is forgiveness and reaching out to those who have hurt us. If as a monk I am unable to do that, then I did not deserve to live at Mount Calvary
On Tea Fire Cause Is Determined
Posted on November 16 at 3:37 p.m.
Randy - I ran into one of the owners of one of the homes at the top of Conejo Road whose home is on the list as burnt down - but it is actually standing and not damaged. If you are able to republish the list - I would suggest that you take 17 Conejo Road off the list and probably take 20 and 28 and possibly 50 off the list until they are confirmed one way or another. Thanks for the giant effort/work in putting together the best list that you can.
On First List Of Homes <br />Lost in Tea Fire
Posted on September 21 at 8:01 p.m.
Starshine has been by far the most interesting and enjoyable part of a very boring trial.
I had never read any of her columns - but as the News-Press Attorney read many of the titles of her columns with what seemed like great piety (as if she had sinned and Wendy/God was going to send her directly to hell) - I knew I had to go home and read each of these columns.
Her columns have this great sense of humor and her own personal honesty integrated together. She says things that most of us are thinking - but would not be caught dead revealing that such thoughts would possibly have gone through our heads.
My deepest regret of the trial was that I was not there when she was asked to repeat - outloud and in the tone/volume she had previousy delivered it - "F--- You Travis" - which is no doubt what everyone else in the room would have like to have said - only louder.
My sense is that Starshine is the only one who has been at the trial and actually enjoyed it.
Those of us attending the trial can only hope that the News-Press will call her back to the stand.
On Taking the Stand: Yes, I Do Solemnly Swear