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I cannot apologize for my deeply held biblical beliefs about the boundaries I see in scripture surrounding sex, but I will exercise my beliefs with great care and respect for those who do not share them.  I cannot apologize for my beliefs about marriage. But I do not have any desire to fight you on your beliefs or the rights that you seek. My beliefs about these things will never again interfere with God’s command to love my neighbor as I love myself.

You have never been my enemy. I am very sorry that I have been yours. I hope the changes in my own life, as well as the ones we announce tonight regarding Exodus International, will bring resolution, and show that I am serious in both my regret and my offer of friendship. I pledge that future endeavors will be focused on peace and common good.

With how gay tumblr is (or is that just me?), I’m a bit surprised that I haven’t seen this pop up on my dashboard yet. Exodus International, probably the most famous of the “ex-gay ministries”, announced it is shutting down and has offered an apology for the harm it has caused, physically, mentally, emotionally to those members who were forced to endure “reparative therapy”. I think the harm that has been caused by this organization goes WELL beyond being “let off the hook” by this apology, but I give Alan Chambers credit for being thoughtful and sincere in his apology, and I feel maybe even somewhat moved that he seems genuinely interested in being open to hearing all sides and growing as a person in his beliefs and how he feels about these issues. There will always be crazies, and there will (probably) always be hate and organizations that come in to fill the space that Exodus International occupied, but I feel at least somewhat hopeful that the head of an organization of such magnitude has shown the ability to grow and at least admit he was wrong.

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I kind of wanted to hate this, and I don’t know what this says about me, but I actually found this very helpful and cathartic. I think some further action is needed on my part, and now I have some ideas.

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Given the limited information, it’s hard to know what to expect, but this certainly was not it. And I am not disappointed.

(Source: zomgblog)

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huffpostcomedy:

Jane Lynch: You don’t seem like a dark person, but you have to have something dark going on. Tell us what’s dark about you.
Amy Poehler: I don’t like most people. I really, really don’t. I don’t like other people or a lot of people. But other than that, I’m really fun to be around.

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When allegations of federal complicity in the shutdown of Occupy Wall Street sites across the nation went viral last weekend, the phenomenon showed that the crackdowns had clearly touched a nerve. 

Yet, Occupy New Haven remains on the New Haven green, and, according to the City of New Haven, that’s where ONH, at least at present, has permission to stay.

“I don’t foresee the city feeling a need to clear the green,” said Robert Smuts, chief administrative officer for the City of New Haven. “The green has been a center of assembly and free speech for 373 years, and we’re not about to try to change that — we’re proud of that heritage.”

The ONH presence on a green remarkably free of litter, with its trash split for recycling, continues to grow. In late October, ONH consisted of between 15 and 20 tents, said Meghan McGaffin, who serves on the outreach committee. On Friday, according to a member of one of the safety teams on site, the number of tents wedged between Yale University and the federal structures once known as Quality Row stood at 76.

“I’m surprised every time I go down there,” McGaffin said. “They’re determined and willing to stay, and preparing for the [winter] weather.”

McGaffin also saw the New England tradition of the green as one reason for the group’s longevity.

“The entire reason why towns in New England have a green is for peaceful assembly — to gather and have public discourse,” she said. “The green’s not meant to be looked at. It’s meant to be used.” 

This makes me happy.

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This is a pretty good list (with audio), but a little disappointing at the lack of depth. In addition to the obvious choices of Sufjan Stevens and the White Stripes, I am super happy to see Mason Proper also on the list.

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stef-lee:

THIS IS AMAZING.

it really is, you guys!

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climateadaptation:

“For years, the US city of Detroit has been scene as the emblem of industrial decay, but there are some companies that are bringing work back to the city.

There has been a significant growth of “green shoots”, or businesses that develop and build more environmentally friendly technologies than had been built there in the past.”

Al Jazeera

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Being the world’s foremost ice cream connoisseur (self-proclaimed), this is VERY IMPORTANT. The number one place, according to National Geographic, is in Philly which isn’t too far…I sense an adventure in my near-future!

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A fantastic article that beautifully captures Occupy Wall Street, AFP (one of my heroes), and the state of the music industry.

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synecdoche:

this is still one of my favorite things on the entire internet.

this is definitely one of the most beautiful things ever

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peterwknox:

To give you an idea of where this was starting from: the occupation began with just a few thousand dollars on hand and no idea who would show up.

The Occupy movement is officially a month old, so here’s a timeline to help you catch up.

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Best when played on shuffle

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(via nprmusic)

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You Guys! It’s National Cheese Month! A whole month devoted to man’s most wondrous creation! This list includes info on how to make your own cheese along with 10 variations on the grilled cheese sandwich I want to put in my face-hole immediately post-haste.

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