Bigot Boehner

Bigot Boehner has a boner for banning benefits bequeathed in bonds:

House Speaker John Boehner said Friday the House may go to court to defend the federal law against gay marriage, which President Barack Obama’s administration has concluded is unconstitutional.

This helps no one, is based purely in bigotry, is itself blatantly unconstitutional, is political pandering, is overtly on the wrong side of history, and will only serve to continue to irrational hardship society inflicts upon gay couples.

Northwestern students given live sex show

And all the (relevant) responses have been amazingly mature:

More than 100 Northwestern University students watched as a naked 25-year-old woman was penetrated by a sex toy wielded by her fiancee during an after-class session of the school’s popular “Human Sexuality” class.

The woman said she showed up at the Feb. 21 lecture in the Ryan Family Auditorium in Evanston expecting just to answer questions, but was game to demonstrate. The course’s professor on Wednesday acknowledged some initial hesitation, but said student feedback was “uniformly positive.”

And Northwestern defended the class and its professor.

“Northwestern University faculty members engage in teaching and research on a wide variety of topics, some of them controversial and at the leading edge of their respective disciplines,” said Alan K. Cubbage, vice president for University Relations. “The University supports the efforts of its faculty to further the advancement of knowledge.”

Fantastic. Several students and the couple consented to the showing. And it happened. I find this incredibly refreshing. I’m sure there’s plenty of rage from the sexually immature Christian right, but who cares? They aren’t relevant to adult discussions on sexuality anyway.

I agree with other comments in the article that this is rather shocking, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s reality. People really do have sex and they really do use toys and they really do role play and they really do engage in fetishes. Not everyone is required to be comfortable discussing or viewing any of these things, or even doing many of them themselves, but I think it’s great that there are people out there – especially school administrations – that are mature enough to allow this. I think the ending quote from the class professor, John Michael Bailey, sums things up nicely:

“Do I have any regrets?” he wrote on Wednesday. “It is mostly too early to say. I certainly have no regrets concerning Northwestern students, who have demonstrated that they are open-minded grown ups rather than fragile children.”

Harvard to allow ROTC

After DADT was rightfully repealed by Congress, conservative bloggers went apeshit, attacking everything in sight. It was cute. One of their targets was higher education, something to which so many of them seem so hostile, and the institutes that haven’t allowed the Reserve Office Training Corps program on campus. Harvard was an especially big target. Well, stfu:

The university said it will formally welcome Naval ROTC, which trains students for possible service in the military, in a ceremony on campus between Harvard President Drew Faust and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Friday.

The change of heart follows December’s repeal of the 1993 “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law, which disqualified gays and lesbians from serving openly in the U.S. military.

“Our renewed relationship affirms the vital role that the members of our Armed Forces play in serving our nation and securing our freedoms, while also affirming inclusion and opportunity as powerful American ideals,” Faust said.

Under the agreement, Harvard will resume full and formal recognition of Naval ROTC on the effective date of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal, expected to come this summer.

Wow, some honesty in Biblical translation

I constantly see Christians making excuse after excuse over certain phrasings in their cultural holy book. It always happens that they argue in favor of the particular book and views their parents favored, as if by some magnificent stroke of luck they happened upon the One True Christianity. It’s pathetic. I mean, come on, let’s just look at the actual documents and actual words and translate them appropriately. No, that isn’t going to bring anyone to any cosmic truth, but it will at least bring some honesty to such a big piece of literary history.

The Catholic Church, while not known as the most truthful institution, especially if you want to look at their boy-rape record, and a council of its members made at least one honest change to one version of the Bible:

In a change in a passage in Isaiah 7:14 that foretells the coming of Jesus and his birth to a virgin mother, the 1970 edition’s reference to “the virgin” will become “the young woman,” to better translate the Hebrew word “almah.”

Of course, they aren’t going to alter their irrational belief in the magic of a virgin birth, but at least they have the wording correct now. And for everyone else it will be easier to point out that, hey, Mary had sex. Probably many times. Because that’s what happens not too long before babies are born.