I think today is Bisexuality Awareness Day. Check out the GLAAD posts about this topic. I have multiple friends who are bisexual. Sadly, I have multiple acquaintances who 1) don't believe in bisexuality or 2) have no compunction mocking bisexual people as “not really gay.” There's also the whole contingent that believe all bisexual people are either indecisive or in denial. So much education to do. I will admit that more than one of my bisexual friends are hooked up with incredibly homophobic men. That doesn't help matters.
After lunch, I stopped by the Seeds of Peace location on the Northside and had a nice chat with some of the group members, as well as the neighbors who had also stopped by. You would barely notice they are there; just assume it was a parked church bus and keep on driving. They told me that donations, while not necessary, are appreciated so stop by and chat with these great folks performing a ministry, really. It would be so great if the neighbors along Buena Vista would stop wasting City resources by calling 911. One neighbor pointed out that they are in fact doing a community service by keeping the usual car thieves and vandals away for a few days. Nicely put.
I wrote to the Pittsburgh Marathon folks about people urinating in Manchester. They said they would help out this year. Stay tuned.
My peeps tell me that a well-known local faith community, Allegheny Center Alliance Church, which is renowned for social justice ministry may in fact have an ex-gay ministry. The church will not respond to my inquiries which looks shady. If you don't have one, of course you would deny it. If you do, shouldn't you be proud of it?
This is their statement on homosexuality. Note the last sentence.
The New Testament further states
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9–10).
But the same passage of Scripture strongly affirms the liberating power of the Christian gospel from all former sinful patterns of life, including homosexual behavior and inclinations:
“And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11).
This came to our attention when people noted that the Church is providing sanctuary for the police, not the protestors. That's an interesting place to be.
The sad thing is that this Church is involved in a lot of good work around the Northside. Ledcat and I are disappointed that we can't in good conscience now patronize Bistro to Go which is a fundraising project for the Church. I almost used them to cater my grandmother's funeral, who would not approve of someone thinking I needed to be cured.
Caught The Good Wife on CBS last night. It wasn't as strong as I hoped, but I haven't watched a character driven legal drama in a long time. Still, Jay Leno at 10 PM is just too much for me. So unfunny.
Well, I'm off to dinner and the rest. Poor Ledcat is working another really long day. More later …