You hear a gay bar called a “soft target,” and you are forced to confront the inconceivability of hardening the soft targets where you live your life, like the mall you were planning to shop at this afternoon, or the café where you ate last night, which in hindsight could be the twin of the Tel Aviv café where terrorists killed four people a few days before.
Once again, our nation is forced to struggle with the pain and confusion that follows an act of political violence, an act of terrorism. But I hope that an important facet of this attack does not go forgotten: Omar Mateen targeted the LGBT community, and he did so for a reason.
The year 2015 was tumultuous: Gay marriage was legalized nationally, the 2015 race began in earnest, transgender rights and racism become dominating discussions, and an underestimated threat named ISIS became a household name.
As the new year begins, PunditWire presents some of the most interesting and pertinent pieces that we published in 2015. Continue reading 10 Pieces from 2015
Houston is the nation’s fourth-largest city, yet it is one of the few major cities in this country that does not have an equal rights ordinance. Moreover, it is the only major city in Texas not to have one. Continue reading Will Houstonians be HEROic on Election Day?
I am a freelance speechwriter. I advertise on the Internet: www.ringingwords.com.
Suppose someone contacts me and asks me to write him a speech in favor of a proposition to which I am totally opposed. I decline as a matter of conscience. The other person says, “The heck with your conscience. You offer your services to the whole public on the Internet. You have no right to discriminate against any potential client because of your personal beliefs. If you don’t write my speech, I will take you to court and force you to do so.” Continue reading Who will bake my wedding cake?