St. Thomas Wins The Fight For Its Soul: Gays, Straights, Christians

Sep 16

St. Thomas Wins The Fight For Its Soul:  Gays, Straights, Christians

Virtually no notice has been given to the amazing fact that — after several years of ugly battles, controversial decisions, apologies and hostility — the University of St Thomas in St Paul has stopped brawling. In a remarkable address, new UST president Julie Sullivan, the first woman and first non-clergyman to head the school in its 128 years, signaled...

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God, We’ll Miss Her: Michele Bachmann Turns MN Capitol into House of Gay Bashers

May 29

God, We’ll Miss Her: Michele Bachmann Turns MN Capitol into House of Gay Bashers

I wrote this in 2004, when then- State Sen. Michele Bachmann turned the Capitol into a den of homophobes. Satan raised a hideous hand in the State Capitol on Friday. But the faithful fought back with prayer. State Sen. Michele Bachmann ‘s 10-year-old daughter had taken sick and had been rushed to an emergency room. Bachmann , R-Stillwater, is the author of a...

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Bushwhacking: Michele Bachmann’s Greatest Hits: Spying on the Gay People

May 29

Bushwhacking: Michele Bachmann’s Greatest Hits: Spying on the Gay People

Michele Bachmann has announced that she will not seek re-election to Congress in 2014, bringing joy to many Minnesotans, especially the GLBT community that has so often felt her scorn. From the vault, I reprint this 4-17-2005 column about one of Bachmann’s most notorious antics: Spying on gays from the bushes in front of the State Capitol in St Paul. You may...

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Free At Last: Same-Sex Marriage Victory Rocks St. Paul, Not To Mention Church and State

May 19

Free At Last: Same-Sex Marriage Victory Rocks St. Paul, Not To Mention Church and State

This post is re-published here from www.theuptake.org An estimated 7,000 people partied down in St. Paul Tuesday, coming to the Capitol lawn and braving record 98-degree heat to celebrate the dawn of a new era: Same-sex marriages are now enshrined in law — a law signed under the blazing sun by Gov. Mark Dayton after a week’s worth of impassioned debates...

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The MN Marriage Amendment Fight | Bad Catholics: Divorced Mailman Scolds Family, Says Their Daughter is Diseased

Nov 01

The MN Marriage Amendment Fight | Bad Catholics: Divorced Mailman Scolds Family, Says Their Daughter is Diseased

On this All Saints Day, when the church celebrates all those, known and unknown, who have been united with God in heaven, I’d like to discuss a disturbing¬† newspaper story that appeared last week about the battle over the proposed Minnesota “Marriage Amendment” on the Nov. 6 election ballot. You may remember the story: A devout Catholic family...

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MN GOP Plan to Whip Up Anti-gay Vote is a Non-starter

May 12

MN GOP Plan to Whip Up Anti-gay Vote is a Non-starter

The Morals Police have taken control of the Minnesota State Capitol, fooling the public by pretending to focus on jobs and taxes while serving a radical right-wing social agenda aimed at turning back the clock to 1972. Gay rights, human rights, procreation rights — whatever it is, they’re against it. On Wednesday, all 37 Republicans in the State Senate...

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Target Corp. Problem: How to Appear Gay AND Republican?

Feb 18

Target Corp. has revised its dumb-as-a-post strategy for buying politicians, hoping to avoid a repeat of the 2010 fiasco in which its six-figure contributions to anti-gay Republicans like Tom Emmer, the GOP candidate for MN GOV who came up just 8,000 votes short of putting Minnesota into the kind of turmoil Wisconsin now is seeing, provoked a backlash among customers...

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Beaners

Nov 16

Beaners

Why the Archdiocese May Not Give a Fig About Gays, or You John Ireland, 1st Archbishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis, Cradling His Crowning Achievement, the Cathedral of St Paul, in His Arm, With the Original Minnesota Twins, Father Louis Hennepin and Father Lucien Galtier, at his sides.  Stained Glass window at my childhood church, St. James in St. Paul. The...

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Kids Get Lesson in Respect: Shut Up You Mouth

Nov 15

Kids Get Lesson in Respect: Shut Up You Mouth

Saint Sebastian by El Greco Update: Read My Most Recent Post on This Subject The ironically named Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School student paper, The Knight Errant, has been found guilty of deviancy. Officials at the St Louis Park Catholic school removed a student editorial that criticized the nakedly political ploy by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and...

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