Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2022-06-08
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

VIEWPOINT On A Scale of 1 to 10: Sex, Religion, Power, Politics--A Public Meditation
by Nick Patricca
2022-04-03

This article shared 1042 times since Sun Apr 3, 2022
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


QUESTION: "On a scale of one to 10, how faithful would you say you are, in terms of religion?"—U.S Sen. Lindsey Graham (R), South Carolina

RESPONSE: "… there's no religious test in the Constitution under Article VI."—Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, nominee, U.S. Supreme Court

QUESTION: "Can you provide a definition for the word 'woman?'"—U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R), Tennessee

RESPONSE: "Can I provide a definition? No. I can't."—Brown Jackson

STATEMENT: "I think you're the only Supreme Court nominee in history who has been unable to answer the question 'What is a woman?'" U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R), Texas

STATEMENT: "I know that I'm a woman," Jackson to Cruz who constantly interrupted her. "I know that Senator Blackburn is a woman, and the woman I admire most in the world is in the room today, my mother."—Brown Jackson

STATEMENT: "Judge Jackson has a pattern of letting child-porn offenders off the hook for their appalling crimes, both as a judge and as a policymaker. She's been advocating for it since law school. This goes beyond 'soft on crime.' I'm concerned that this a record that endangers our children."—U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R), Missouri, on Twitter, in March

********

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Joseph Biden's nominee for the US Supreme Court, is a Black woman. The reactionaries—they are not conservatives—who seem to control the Republican party today could not attack Judge Brown Jackson for being Black. They went after her sex/gender and her record on sex crimes, specifically sex crimes against children—and her religion.

Cynical people use sex and religion to control and divide us. They use sex and religion to divide us against one another and ourselves. Make us feel shame and guilt. Control our behavior and our feelings. They use governments and churches to punish us with laws that make us criminals and sinners.

WHY? Because sex is powerful. Politicians—unscrupulous politicians—employ its power to manipulate us and to win elections. In their attacks on Judge Brown Jackson for being "soft"on sex crimes, Cruz, Hawley, Blackburn and their ilk echo the bizarre accusations of QAnon conspiracy theories that claim powerful globalist elites run secret child sex-trafficking rings as part of their efforts to world domination through liberalism. In attacking the religiosity of Judge Brown Jackson, they insinuate the cause of her "weak" response to sex crimes is her lack of the type of religion they espouse and wish to impose on one and all in order for them to obtain power and wealth.

The use of sex and religion to enflame people against tolerance and diversity in the name of defending the family and children from evil is nothing new. What is new to our civil society is how normal it has become: It no longer seems disgusting to us to have a proud, competent woman subjected to such vile provocative behavior on the part of our civil servants who are supposed to represent the best of us.

The word "sex" comes from the Latin word secare: to cut or divide. Section/sectionalism and sect/sectarianism come from this root.

The reactionaries know well how to us sex to cut and divide us.

It dismays me when our sexuality continues to be used against us by governments, religions, churches, revolutionary movements—yes, even at times by our own queer movements that seem to forget that divisions are used to destroy us.

In his work the "Philosophy of Liberation," the Mexican-Argentine philosopher Enrique Dussel suggests that we free our imaginations from the unproductive, restrictive— often either/or—categories of our thinking so that we can see the creative possibilities of oppositional thinking for our civil society.

Oppositional thinking need not be destructive. People of good will who are pro-family and pro-life can find common ground with people of good will who are pro-women and pro-choice. Pro-Life must include the poor, the homeless and all who are in need of basic human requirements; pro-choice must include all that is necessary for the raising of healthy children.

The strength of oppositional forces can build a bonding together more powerful than the forces in isolation. Pro-choice and pro-family units are stronger together.

The arch is an example of such strength. The stonemasons who built the great arched bridges of Rome understood the power of oppositional forces: The strength of the arch is derived from the forces of the stones in opposition to one another—their energies holding each other together in unity. Opposing forces constructively in tension with one another create an enduring and rugged structure.

As E.O. Wilson and other biologist/sociologists have shown, biodiversity and history give testimony to the contributions the unmarried and the queer make to the health of families and the flourishing of children.

Our diversity—sexual and religious, political and cultural—can be such a creative opposition of forces making us a united, strong, just civil society.

Let us queers show the way.

April 2022 © nicholas.patricca@gmail.com .


This article shared 1042 times since Sun Apr 3, 2022
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

'The Black Church and the LGBTQ+ Community' panel on July 7
2022-07-03
The Pride in the Pews event "'Don't Ask, Don't Tell': The Black Church and the LGBTQ+ Community" will take place Thursday, July 7, 5:30-7 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church of Chicago, 6400 S. Kimbark Ave. The ...


Gay News

VIEWS How same-sex couples can ensure parenting rights if Supreme Court reverses Obergefell
2022-06-30
By Jeffery M. Leving - After the U.S. Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade last week, many are now wondering if the court would go after same-sex marriage next. Justice Samuel Alito, in his majority decision, wrote that nothing in its ...


Gay News

Survey: Americans hold complex views on gender identity and trans+ Issues
2022-06-29
-- From a press release - WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 28, 2022) — As the United States addresses issues of transgender rights and the broader landscape around gender identity continues to shift, the American public holds a complex set of views around these ...


Gay News

VIEWS Workers' rights are LGBTQ+ rights
2022-06-27
June usually marks a joyous month for the LGBTQ+ community and our allies as we reflect on the decades of hard work that our community and movement have put into securing and promoting our civil rights. ...


Gay News

WORLD Japanese ruling, Pride events, Colombia election, Boris Johnson
2022-06-26
A Japanese court ruled that the country's ban on same-sex marriage does not violate the constitution, and rejected demands for compensation by three couples who said their right to free union and equality has been violated, ...


Gay News

How Coming Out in the 1970s Helped Me Make Brave, Life-changing Decisions
2022-06-25
By Edith Forbes, author of Tracking A Shadow: My Lived Experiment With MS - As a child growing up in Wyoming in the 1960's, I did not know any actual person who was gay. I knew exactly one fact about gay people, a fact universally accepted but never talked about: Gay people were strange. Even ...


Gay News

Controversial pastor Rev. James Meeks announces retirement
2022-06-20
Salem Baptist Church Senior Pastor Rev. James Meeks announced he is retiring next January. The church has more than 9,000 members, according to its website. The vision statement is that Salem is "a multi-generational church focused ...


Gay News

Pride Flag arsons raise alarm, church leaders say
2022-06-19
-- From a Metropolitan Community Church press release - The intentional burning of two LGBT Pride flags in Baltimore earlier this week resulted in three people being seriously injured and significant damage to multiple homes, and leaders of the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) are expressing ...


Gay News

VIEWS The gay general at Valley Forge
2022-06-18
Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin von Steuben was born on Sept. 17, 1730, in Magdeburg, Germany. Son of a military father, Friedrich joined the Prussian army— considered the most advanced professional army in Europe at the ...


Gay News

Catholic publisher cancels Chicago theologian's 'Queer God de Amor' book
2022-06-13
On June 9, New Ways Ministry received the following statement by Miguel Diaz, a former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See and the John Courtney Murray, S.J., University Chair in Public Service at Loyola University Chicago. ...


Gay News

Critically acclaimed Queer Serial History Podcast continues new series into Pride Month
2022-06-06
-- From a press release - In Queer Serial's radio drama style, NLGJA award-winning producer Devlyn Camp is bringing gay history to life with news & gay radio shows from the archives, unheard interviews between historian Will Roscoe & Supervisor Harry Britt, ...


Gay News

VIEWS Introductory speech at the IML/IMBB 2022 contest
2022-06-04
Note: International Mr. Leather (IML) 2022 and International Mr. Bootblack (IMBB) 2022 took place May 26-30 in Chicago. At the culminating contest on May 29, Chuck Renslow Charitable Foundation President ...


Gay News

LETTER Homophobia on The Maze Jackson show
2022-06-02
NOTE: Maze Jackson—who hosts"The Most Dangerous Social-Radio Show in Chicago" on weekday mornings at WBGX 1570AM—is the husband of Metropolitan Water Reclamation District President and Cook County assessor candidate Kari ...


Gay News

VIEWPOINT: LETTERS Pride: Remembering who we are
2022-05-30
The LGBTQAI community echoes the mantra of secular society: Happiness comes from sex, money and power. Life is too busy with work and leisure to have time for religion and/or values. During this period of Pride ...


Gay News

Church of Scotland votes to allow same-sex marriages
2022-05-28
The Church of Scotland has voted to allow same-sex marriages after recent warnings that its historical opposition had increased the church's decline toward irrelevance, The Guardian reported. The church's general assembly voted 274-136 to allow it ...


 



Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.