Amid the run-up to the mid-term election, football began in earnest last week. The NFL is a nice respite for all who hate politics and political ads and yet still enjoy the primal pleasure of watching millionaires ripping each other to shreds. And now, some NFL teams are untangling themselves from lawsuits alleging poor working conditions and inadequate pay brought by former team cheerleaders.
Last week the Oakland Raiderettes settled with the team for $1,250,000 --- or, as their lawyers told them, a quarter million dollars. The settlement gives past Raider cheerleaders about $3,800 each and the lawyers Bentleys. Such is the nature of class actions lawsuits in -- where else -- the People's Republic of California.
There are large pay differences for cheerleaders among NFL teams. The Jets "Flight Crew" cheerleaders were paid the most, about $150 per game. But they had to watch the Jets games, so things have a way of balancing out. more >>
Today's mainstream culture assumes that people attracted to the same sex are born that way because the same sex attraction is something that comes naturally to them. They didn't choose it, they didn't will it, they didn't ask for it. It has just always been there. And that's been my personal experience as a same sex attracted person.
This way of thinking isn't derived from facts based on anything biological or scientific, though; it's a theory rooted in logic. The logic goes something like this: "As long as I can remember I've felt this way, and I never made a conscious decision to choose to feel this way, so it must be true that I was born this way."
Honestly, I don't think that's super irrational. It kind of makes sense, doesn't it? Those of us with inclinations and drawings toward certain behaviors, like eating too much, temper tantrums, laziness, anger and depression, think that we were "born" with these inclinations. We know that these things just come naturally to us and we know that we don't choose what comes naturally to us. We choose to eat too much or fly off the handle, most definitely, but the drawings inside of us toward those things aren't drawings that we conjure up into existence. They're just there. Again, what we choose to do with them is up to us. Behavior is a choice. So are gay people born with natural-to-them inclinations to be attracted to the same sex? more >>
The pastor of an Ohio congregation whose members often protest the business of a nearby strip club, was arrested Friday for trespassing onto the club's property, a month after topless exotic dancers appeared at his church to counter protest.
Pastor Bill Dunfee of New Beginnings Ministries was standing at a public property parking lot next to the Foxhole North Club with his Bible, as he usually does to protest, when the owner, Thomas George, engaged in an altercation with him. According to the Coshocton County Sheriff's Office, Dunfee refused to leave and was immediately arrested.
Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker and born-again Christian Ray Lewis, who was once accused of killing two people but went on to retire as a darling of the NFL, condemned his former protégé and teammate Ray Rice, 27, Monday as a media storm erupted over video evidence of a domestic violence episode between him and his wife earlier this year.
"I'm disappointed. This is personal for me," Lewis explained during ESPN's "Monday Night Countdown."
On Sept. 8 TMZ released footage from the altercation between Rice and his wife, Janay, sparking a media firestorm. The Ravens also terminated Rice's contract and the NFL suspended him indefinitely. more >>
A majority of Americans consider Barack Obama's presidency a "failure," according to a new poll.
Conducted by The Washington Post and ABC News, the poll found that 52 percent of respondents considered Obama's presidency to be more a failure than a success, versus 42 percent who thought the opposite.
As expected, political affiliation contributed to the overall likelihood of a respondent considering the Obama presidency to be a success or failure, noted Aaron Blake of Washington Post. more >>
Hans Christian Anderson's famous story, The Emperor's New Clothes, teaches that we should strive to discern and declare truth in the face of mounting political pressure. This vitally important lesson was exhibited last week by district court Judge Martin Feldman in his remarkable and courageous ruling upholding the Louisiana constitutional provision that defines marriage as a union between one man and one woman.
Contrary to popular belief, traditional marriage is not dead (or at least not yet). In last year's much ballyhooed decision of U.S. v. Windsor, the Supreme Court did not strike down the traditional meaning of marriage. Though this nuclear option was squarely before the Court, and strenuously sought, the Court opted to go in another direction. Justice Kennedy, speaking on behalf of the majority, held deference ought to be afforded states in the realm of marriage, allowing states to define marriage for themselves and their citizens an opportunity to participate in the democratic process on this important social issue.
But following this decision, akin to Anderson's tale of swindlers selling imaginary clothes to the Emperor, same-sex marriage activists developed a clever plan to fool judges and everyone else. They put together talking points boasting of a new right for same-sex couples to marry, though none in truth exists. Coupling this fictional guarantee with the on-going, slick marketing campaign that links their cause to the virtue of equality, these activists trumpeted the Windsor decision as precedent triggering a massive overhaul of the marriage institution. more >>