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March 26, 2004

Two Rallies Set

By Karl-Thomas Musselman

I want to let everyone know about two important rallies in Texas in the next two days concerning Marriage Rights and Equality at Universities in Texas.

The First is the "Dont Outlaw Love" Rally set for today at 4:30 in front of the State Capitol Building in support of equal marriage rights and recognition here in Austin. The event is actually being organized by High School students and is one of the projects being coordinated by the Austin Coalition for Marriage Equaltiy (whose new website will be up soon and I will link to when it is). The group will listen to speakers, rally, and the march on over to good old Governor Perry's Mansion in case he wants to join in on the lovefest.

The second big event is taking place in Waco tomorrow in reponse to Baylor University's treatment of gay students.

Organizers of a gay rights rally in downtown Waco Saturday say they expect 1,000 demonstrators to voice their criticism of Baylor University for its treatment of gay students. A group calling itself United4Change will protest the university's policies at 11 a.m. Saturday at Heritage Square. It is led by Matt Bass, a former Truett Seminary student who had to drop out of school after his scholarship was withdrawn when he admitted to officials he supported homosexual marriage.

Bass, 24, who stayed in Waco after withdrawing from school to help bring attention to issues facing gay students, said he hopes for a large turnout for the rally to "help administrators understand the effects of discrimination."

Posted by Karl-Thomas Musselman at March 26, 2004 12:42 PM | TrackBack


I'd link to this but i have no idea where it originated. It came to me as email. Certainly on this Blog it will be recognized as such, but it was sent out with an all-caps warning that it was a "spoof". It has quite a few subtle shadings in it.


"Los Angeles _ The discovery that affiliation with the Republican Party is
genetically determined announced by scientists in the current issue of the
journal NURTURE has caused uproar among traditionalists who believe it is a
chosen lifestyle. Reports of the gene coding for political conservatism,
discovered after a decades-long study of quintuplets in Orange County, CA,
has sent shock waves through the medical, political, and golfing

"Psychologists and psychoanalysts have long believed that Republicans'
unnatural disregard for the poor and frequently unconstitutional tendencies
resulted from dysfunctional family dynamics -- a remarkably high percentage
of Republicans do have authoritarian domineering fathers and emotionally
distant mothers who didn't teach them how to be kind and gentle. Biologists
have long suspected that conservatism is inherited.

"After all," said one author of the NURTURE article, "It's quite common for
a Republican to have a brother or sister who is a Republican." The finding
has been greeted with relief by Parents and Friends of Republicans (PFREP),
who sometimes blame themselves for the political views of otherwise lovable
children, family, and unindicted co-conspirators.

"One mother, a longtime Democrat, wept and clapped her hands in ecstasy on
hearing of the findings. "I just knew it was genetic," she said, seated with
her two sons, both avowed Republicans. "My boys would never freely choose
that lifestyle!" When asked what the Republican lifestyle was, she said,
"You can just tell watching their conventions in Houston and San Diego on
TV: the flaming xenophobia, flamboyant demagogy, disdain for anyone not
rich, you know."

"Both sons had suspected their Republicanism from an early age but did not
confirm it until they were in college, when they became convinced it wasn't
just a phase they were going through.

"The NURTURE article offered no response to the suggestion that the high
incidence of Republicanism among siblings could result from their sharing
not only genes but also psychological and emotional attitude as products of
the same parents and family dynamics.

"A remaining mystery is why many Democrats admit to having voted Republican
at least once -- or often dream or fantasize about doing so. Polls show
that three out of five adult Democrats have had a Republican experience,
although most outgrow teenage experimentation with Republicanism.

"Some Republicans hail the findings as a step toward eliminating
conservophobia. They argue that since Republicans didn't "choose" their
lifestyle any more than someone "chooses" to have a ski-jump nose, they
shouldn't be denied civil rights which other minorities enjoy.

"If conservatism is not the result of stinginess or orneriness (typical
stereotypes attributed to Republicans) but is something Republicans can't
help, there's no reason why society shouldn't tolerate Republicans in the
military or even high elected office -- provided they don't flaunt their political

"For many Americans, the discovery opens a window on a different future. In a
few years, gene therapy might eradicate Republicanism altogether.

"But should they be allowed to marry?"

Posted by: tony gallucci at March 26, 2004 01:18 PM
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