Archive - 2005
From a story in The Washington Post:
Ford Motor Co. said it will stop running ads for its Jaguar and Land Rover brands in the gay press, helping to avoid a confrontation with conservative Christians but setting up a fight with gays and lesbians.
The American Family Association, a conservative religious group, launched a boycott of Ford this year for extending marriage benefits to same-sex couples and giving "thousands of dollars to support homosexual groups and their agenda," the group said in written statement. The group criticized Ford for supporting gay commitment ceremonies and gay pride parades...
Ford is the latest company to be ensnared in the culture wars over homosexuality, religion and American culture. Microsoft Corp. became a target of religious groups this year for its support of a Washington state bill to ban discrimination against gays and lesbians. The company withdrew its support for the bill, saying it was not caving to pressure but wanted to avoid taking a stand on a politically sensitive issue. After protest by employees, Microsoft reinstated its support for the anti-discrimination bill.
Ford became a target of the American Family Association in May. The association was founded in 1977 by Donald E. Wildmon, who was the pastor of a United Methodist church in Mississippi at the time. It claims to be one of the largest pro-family organizations in the country with nearly 3 million supporters. The association owns 200 radio stations under the American Family Radio name, according to its Web site. In the past, the group has targeted Walt Disney Co. for extending benefits to gay couples and criticized the Fox television series "Boston Public" for sexually oriented story lines.
This, to me, is distasteful. It seems like bullying, meddling.
Here's a photo I borrowed from Grandma B. It's of Finn, Elliot, and Coby playing in the leaves on the day of Coby's birthday party in October:
From an article on Yahoo news:
Beginning March 16, 2006, fans will be able to watch live broadcasts of the NCAA tournament from outside their viewing area via NCAAsports.com, the official NCAA Web site. The effort will be supported by advertising sales.
From an article in USA Today:
Nearly 2,000 pastors have traveled to Orange County's Saddleback Church for a national conference that coincides with World AIDS Day on Thursday. On the agenda: How to start local AIDS ministries and free HIV testing in churches...
Churches have realized that AIDS isn't a "gay disease" and can't be easily labeled, even in the United States, said Doug McConnell, dean of School of Intercultural Studies at the Pasadena-based Fuller Theological Seminary. Interest in domestic ministries has steadily grown in the past five years, he noted...
"The church has the moral authority to say, 'Hey, it's not a sin to be sick,'" said Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life, a best-selling book. "The Gospels repeatedly show that Jesus loved, touched, and cared for lepers â€” the diseased outcasts of his day. Today's 'lepers' are those who have HIV/AIDS."
Here's another article from Christianity Today.
A little good news...for the first time, Saudi women competed and voted in chamber of commerce elections.