Reverend Al Telling It Like It Is

Every Wednesday on the Tom Joyner Morning Show Reverend Al Sharpton shares his thoughts on the latest hot topics in the news.  Today I applaud his commentary and appreciate him for showing us a different way to look at this issue about President Obama’s comment about same-sex marriage:

On the same-sex marriage opinion given by the president there’s been a lot of opinions on both sides.  I have said from the beginning this is a civil rights issue, not a religious issue and those that are trying to make it a religious issue I think have not answered some very hard questions.  If we guide government by the religion that we believe then what religion is that going to be?  We have a thousand different denominations in the Christian church, so according to whose understanding are we going to start doing law.  The fact of the matter is that people who don’t believe in God at all get married.  Marriage is sacred to those of us that believe.  But what about atheist that goes to the court to get married?  We don’t make it against the law for them to do it.  And when we get a divorce, you just finished talking about Deion Sanders; we don’t go to the pastor to get a divorce we go to the judge.  So let’s stop acting as if people don’t have the right not to believe as we do.  Do I agree with people who don’t believe as I do – no.  But they have a right to disagree with me.

The president gave an opinion.  He said in his opinion that people should have that right.  He did not propose a law.  He did not pass a law.  What is hypocritical to me is that nine states including Maryland recently and New York they made same-sex marriage a law where they can do it.  None of these people said that they would stop voting for those governors.  Nobody said anything about those governors and those laws.  They waited until to the president gave an opinion – not a law.

So let me get this right – if there is an opinion by the president you’re not going to vote for him so they can now appoint to the Supreme Court, they can take care of healthcare, they can take care of the economy, they can deal with your voter rights all of that because of some people you disagree with are getting married downtown.  But you didn’t take that position at home with your governor.  They call it hypocrisy; they call it talking out the both sides of your mouth.

My colleagues in the ministry some of them have sinned against their own flock and we said pray for them.  The president gives an opinion and we throw him into eternal damnation.  I don’t agree with that.

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Really!?!

For 37 seasons Saturday Night Live has been an NBC staple.  With that kind of longevity, it is hard to keep the material fresh and funny.  So, it’s such a treat when there are episodes where sketch after sketch you find yourself crying from laughter.  This season the shows hosted by Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph filled that bill for me and were complete grand slams.  Thinking about these funny gals made me remember last year’s SNL reunion show on Oprah where original cast member Jane Curtin said that during her tenure (1975-1980) it was a misogynistic environment.

[John Belushi] said, ‘Women are just fundamentally not funny.’ You’d go to a table read, and if a woman writer had written a piece for John, he would not read it in his full voice. He would whisper it. He felt as though it was his duty to sabotage pieces that were written by women.

Speaking of sabotaging women — with the great birth control debate in the news the past couple of weeks, I loved how SNL addressed the issue in their popular bit, Really!?! with Seth and Amy.  I also loved how Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, Democrat of New York, called out the panel by asking the obvious question:

Where are the women? It’s outrageous that the Republicans would not allow a single individual representing the tens of millions of women who want and need insurance coverage for basic preventive health care services, including family planning.

If the House committee wanted to only address a panel of religious leaders why not include women?  Last time I checked there are plenty of female religious leaders that could have taken part.  So much for the expression “You’ve Really Come A Long Way, Baby.”  Oddly enough, the Virgina Slims ad campaign that brought that expression into our daily dialogue highlighted a photo in the background of how men oppressed women, while showing a colorful splashy photo of a happy model appearing in control of her life in the foreground.

Background copy says: In 1962, Mr. Lee Evans made it clear that he wore the pants in the family. But once a week, he didn't mind giving them to his wife.

Background copy says: In 1913, equal opportunity employer Richard Pittman gave women every opportunity to shine.

Looks like the background image and messages from those ads continue to be more appealing to some men and places women exactly where they want them to be — in the background.

Rock Creek Park

Whenever Springlike weather is in the forecast people pour out of their houses and flood the great outdoors.  Yesterday morning I said I think I’ll go for a walk outside and soak up some sunshine.  Off to Rock Creek Park I went and strolled down through the National Zoo.  I snapped a few shots and witnessed nature in motion.  After looking through the slideshow you’ll see why the lyrics to The Blackbyrds’ Rock Creek Park came to light:

Doing it in the park, Doing it after dark, Oh yeah, Rock Creek Park, Oh yeah, Rock Creek Park

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The Rabbit

I caught a marathon of Sex and the City on the Style network today. I have fond memories of when the series first aired on HBO because I moved to Manhattan the summer of 1999 before the second season opener.  It was a magical time to live in the city where Carrie, Charlotte, Samantha and Miranda had wild escapades and showed the world what it was like to be strong, independent women in their 30s.

One of today’s episodes was The Turtle and the Hare,” which reminded me of a recent round of girl talk.

Carrie: You’re not going to replace some man with some battery-operated device? 

Miranda: You say that, but you haven’t met the Rabbit.

Samantha: Oh, come on.  If you’re going to get a vibrator at least get one that’s called the Horse.

Charlotte: A vibrator does not call you on your birthday.  A vibrator does not send you flowers the next day.  And you cannot take a vibrator home to meet your mother. 

Miranda: Well I know where my next orgasm is coming from. Who here can say as much?

{silence}