Things Are Good: Human Waste as an Energy Source

Human waste is a problem for every place humans live and throughout history it has been dealt with in various ways. Instead of treating human waste as a problem that needs to be removed from our towns we may want to think about it as an energy source. That’s right: turn our poo into electricity. ...

Dented Blue Mercedes: No Rainbow for Queer People: A Right-Wing Support for Russia Roundup

While much of the attention surrounding Russia’s “homosexual propaganda” law has been about whether there should be a boycott of the Sochi Olympics, the saga has continued to ripple outward in several directions, including statements being made in support of the law by Canadian and American far-right spokespeople.  Here is a round-up of several developments ...

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: Apparently Ms. Landolt Doesn’t Read Her Own Words

Over at LifeSite News, we find REAL Women Canada’s Gwen Landolt trying to backtrack on what she said so publicly last week. The pro-family, pro-life conservative organization REAL Women of Canada is calling a CBC report “absolutely not” accurate that quoted president Gwen Landolt as if she tacitly approved Uganda’s contemplation of the death penalty ...

Dented Blue Mercedes: REAL Women of Canada, and the naked far-right truth.

15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad ...

Dented Blue Mercedes: What LifeSiteNews’ attack on Pat Robertson says about religious freedom.

Last week, there was some curious notice given to American televangelist Pat Robertson, after he expressed support for transitioning trans people, and their access to sex reassignment surgery.  Less noticed was the backlash from other far-right groups over the same comments.  But it’s worth revisiting, because of what that backlash says about the far right’s ...

The Canadian Progressive: Desmond Tutu: I’d not worship a God who is homophobic

Iconic retired archbishop Desmond Tutu denounces religions that discriminate against gays, declares he’d not worship a God who is homophobic. The post Desmond Tutu: I’d not worship a God who is homophobic appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Dented Blue Mercedes: Canadian Evangelical audio program comes out in favour of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Sort of.

Well, perhaps it isn’t a coming out per-se, since it’s questionable as to whether they were ever “in.”  But RoadKill Radio commentators Kari Simpson and Ron Gray have more or less made their position known on Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill during an interview with Christian Heritage Party leader Jim Hnatiuk, who tacitly agreed.  The interview highlighted ...

Dented Blue Mercedes: Doing something about anti-gay lobbying in Africa

If you’ve frequented any LGBT media at all, you’ve heard about Uganda’s proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill (often referred to as the “Kill the Gays Bill”), and possibly other anti-gay legislative bills that have been debated in African nations.  Perhaps you’ve signed on to petitions directed to various governments to urge them to put pressure on those ...

Dented Blue Mercedes: LGBT human rights in Uganda, and John Baird’s dilemma.

Recent attention from both ends of the political spectrum has focused on the efforts of the Harper government to safeguard the safety and human rights of lesbian and gay people around the world.  I’ve commended Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird for taking the lead on this before, and without prompting.  But what has been ...

gay persons of character: Uganda to officially pass ‘Kill The Gays’ bill by Christmas 2012

Uganda is poised to officially pass the ‘Kill The Gays’ bill at the end of 2012 despite massive international criticism. “Referring to the law as a ‘Christmas gift’ to the population, [Rebecca Kadaga] spoke of ‘the serious threat’ posed by homosexuals.” (From Gaystarnews.) This is the equivalent of a contemporary witch hunt in one of ...

gay persons of character: Uganda to officially pass ‘Kill The Gays’ bill by Christmas 2012

Uganda is poised to officially pass the ‘Kill The Gays’ bill at the end of 2012 despite massive international criticism. “Referring to the law as a ‘Christmas gift’ to the population, [Rebecca Kadaga] spoke of ‘the serious threat’ posed by homosexuals.” (From Gaystarnews.) This is the equivalent of a contemporary witch hunt in one of ...

gay persons of character: Uganda to officially pass ‘Kill The Gays’ bill by Christmas 2012

Uganda is poised to officially pass the ‘Kill The Gays’ bill at the end of 2012 despite massive international criticism. “Referring to the law as a ‘Christmas gift’ to the population, [Rebecca Kadaga] spoke of ‘the serious threat’ posed by homosexuals.” (From Gaystarnews.) This is the equivalent of a contemporary witch hunt in one of ...

Slap Upside The Head: Theatre Producer Charges For Gay Play

Slap reader Christian submits this bit of craziness: David Cecil, a British theatre producer, is facing a possible prison sentence after staging a play criticizing Uganda’s anti-gay attitudes. The performance, entitled The River and The Mountain, is about a gay businessman who is killed by his own employees. Since it clearly wasn’t very well received ...

Art Threat: KONY 2012 and the mischievous media habits of slacktivists

Video still from Kony 2012. I was swamped at work last week, when I took a little Twitter break to see what was going on in the world. My feed was bombarded with what appeared to be a video gone viral, called Kony 2012. Even celebrities like Rihanna, Taylor Swift, and Kim Kardshian, you know, ...

Art Threat: Kony 2012: the photographer who shot the hipsters with a proud colonial mindset

Photograph by Glenna Gordon (detail). By now you’ve heard of the Kony 2012 campaign, and I’ve already expended enough energy discussing it on Facebook to bring anything new and arts-related to the table. However, the Washington Post has provided a different angle by interviewing Glenna Gordon, the photographer who shot the now infamous image of ...

From Orangutan: Dear Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army,

I learned about you from this video on the Internet, and I am wondering what happened to you to make you want to commit atrocities against your fellow human beings in Uganda? I read you justify your actions by claiming to defend ten commandments given by your Christian god. This is unfortunate.