Showing posts with label Evolution. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Evolution. Show all posts

May 29, 2014

Kirk Cameron is Evolving on Gay Rights but,,,,,,,,,

Kirk CameronThe one time child actor Kirk Cameron made news a few months ago when he decided to put the cameras back on him, not because he was doing something great in acting but because he wanted to know how gays were doing it so badly on the eyes of god.  Why he would come out to put down, judge a whole class of citizen’s on an interpretation that he himself didn’t even had but was passed on to him  from his family and church. How can such a small significant disagreement on old books when we put bigger disagreements on which  even nations are violently split up because of scriptures. Smaller ones too, like eating shell fish and cheating on your husbands, which carries the same sentence in the bible(DEATH)

Be as it may this jerk off has decided to start evolving on the subject of homosexuality and gay marriage. My question is why did he start evolving a few months ago. Why didn’t he go soul searching and see if the things he were going to say were going to hurt millions for his new 15 minutes of fame listeners; Well he was not concern with those, he was only concer with his church and brothers in christ,
Kirk Cameron Mocked as 'Non-Cognitive' For Pro-Marriage Video

I consider my self an understanding person particularly on fields I have been part of. sFor this wipe adz I have none of that. I know there are a bunch of gays that are dying to forgive and that is commendable. This is a community  that it is forgiving. This guy doesn’t get understanding because I understand what he did, so actually he gets plenty of understanding from me but I would not want to live next to him and look at his face all the time. Because then he might feel unloved.

Every week, The Advocate 's Jami Smith brings you the top 10 tweetsAt this point he has made no reversal or apology on his statement. ‘An  evolving’  person that is studying the problem can be evolving and the president of the US can be evolving because we give him the carte blanche (deserving or not but we hope he knows what he is doing). Kirk is not studying anything that has to do outside of coming back on his career. I as a blogger I already know him and after studying  the issue and believe Im not evolving about him because I already evolved and believe he is just  a camera hugger and not important for me to write another word about him.                                                         

September 24, 2013

KY Ghost Town Comes Back Alive With The Passing of Gay Rights Ordinance

 In this Sept. 16, 2013 photo, Vicco, Ky., Mayor Johnny Cummings, left, and Police Chief Tony Vaughn sit in front of the city hall in the Appalachian town of Vicco, Ky.

In this Sept. 16, 2013 photo, Vicco, Ky., Mayor Johnny Cummings, left, and Police Chief Tony Vaughn sit in front of the city hall in the Appalachian town of Vicco, Ky. / AP PHOTO/BRUCE SCHREINER
VICCO, KY.Eight months after this tiny Appalachian town took a stand against gay-based discrimination, it's basking in a flurry of attention and even an infusion of much-needed cash. All that hoopla has its openly gay mayor dreaming of reviving a place that had long seemed past its prime.
Out-of-towners occasionally venture well off the interstate to make the trek to Vicco, a fading coal town of about 330 residents where an aging row of buildings lines one side of the block-long downtown. Railroad tracks run along the other side, though trains rarely pass by anymore.
Visitors pose for pictures in front of the Mayberry-like city hall or shake hands with Mayor Johnny Cummings, 51, a chain-smoking hair salon operator who grew up in the town, spent some time living on both coasts, and then returned home.
"I thought the 15 minutes of fame would have been over a long time ago," Cummings said.
Not even close.
The town may even become the setting for a reality-based television show. Cummings said he expects to review a contract proposal soon from a production company, but doesn't know which network might be interested.
He said he wants the show to focus on revitalizing the town.
"I don't see us being that entertaining, but somebody else seems to think we're a little unusual," he said.
Vicco was singled out, and drew applause, last week when University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto described Kentucky as a place "deep in values that show up in unexpected ways and in unexpected places." The event featured Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan on UK's campus.
Perhaps even more welcome since passing the ordinance: a potential financial windfall for the cash-strapped town that has seen its population steadily decline.
The town, about 130 miles southeast of Lexington, made national headlines when three of four commissioners voted in January to pass the ordinance, which prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing and public accommodations. City leaders said at the time they simply thought it was the right thing to do, and today marvel at the attention that has followed.
"All this hoopla, we're enjoying it," said Tony Vaughn, the town's police chief and friend of the mayor. "But our main focus is still getting a small town back to having jobs and revitalizing the area."
After passage, letters of support poured in from across the country, along with a handful of letters condemning the ordinance, the mayor said.
Money was tucked into some of the supportive letters, mostly in the range of $25 donations. A pastor from New England sent $40 to buy a round of beers for locals who appeared in a segment about Vicco by Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report."
A few other supporters are digging much deeper to show appreciation for the town's action.
A mother and son in California pledged to buy all the new playground equipment for a city park, a project that could reach $90,000, Cummings said. He declined to identify them, but said the gift would greatly expand what was going to be a modest new playground. The town had scraped together enough money to buy a couple of swing sets and a see-saw, he said.
The town is applying for an $80,000 grant from a private, out-of-state company that encouraged the application, he said. A company representative reached out to town leaders after hearing about the ordinance, Cummings said. The money would be used to rehab buildings and the sidewalks in the downtown area.
A man who runs an out of-state website company is donating his time to create a website for the town. And an Iraqi-born artist who lives in Louisville plans to paint a mural on an outside wall at Vicco city hall to showcase diversity.
All together, the pledges and grant applications amount to more than $200,000, approaching Vicco's annual budget of about $300,000, Cummings said. Still, the town has only a tiny fraction of that money in hand.
Cummings has ideas on how to spend it.
The town is cleaning up the weed- and trash-infested banks along the North Fork of the Kentucky River, which flows through town. The mayor wants to build a walking path and fishing piers along the river. Now, people have to fish off a bridge as traffic goes by.
"They need a safer place to fish," he said. "We're a little short on that budget, so we're working on that."
He hopes to renovate downtown storefronts and put in new sidewalks.
A more modest update will be a new downtown bench, paid for with a $1,000 donation from another Californian, he said.
Vicco City Commissioner Jimmy Slone, who voted for the ordinance, said he hopes the attention restores some vitality to the town.
"It was a dead town, but it's looking up," he said.
That isn't to say the ordinance has been welcomed by all.
Area resident Kim Sturgill said it's divisive. She's heard some residents talk about moving away because of the ordinance, but Sturgill said she's staying put, despite her objections.
"My thoughts were, they should have kept it in the closet," she said. "What people do is their own business, but that really messes with the town."
Vicco is by far the smallest of the five cities in socially conservative Kentucky to adopt ordinances protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination. The others are Louisville, Lexington, Covington and Frankfort. None appear to have gotten the amount of attention that Vicco has.
Two other Appalachian communities, Morehead and Berea, are discussing the issue, and grassroots efforts are under way in nearly a dozen other community across the state, said Chris Hartman, director of the Louisville-based Fairness Campaign, a gay-advocacy group.
Hartman calls Vicco a "modern-day civil rights leader." He said Vicco's ordinance "helped quash many stereotypes about Appalachia and how rural Kentucky and, really, rural America, feels about" gay-rights issues.
So far, no cases have come up to trigger enforcement of Vicco's ordinance, the mayor said. One landlord worried the ordinance would prevent her from evicting people who fail to pay rent. Cummings said he reassured her that she could evict them.
Similar ordinances have been enforced elsewhere in Kentucky, Hartman said. In Louisville and Lexington, the state's two largest cities, local officials investigate dozens of claims of discrimination each year based on a person's sexual orientation, he said.
Hartman said he's not seen such an outpouring of response for another community that took on the issue.
Cummings plans to run for re-election as mayor next year. He said he doesn't expect gay rights to be much of an issue.
"There are certain churches and certain people that will never agree with it," Cummings said. "But in general, it's all been pretty calm."
© 2013 The Associated Press. 

September 24, 2012

Nye The Science Guy “Religious Based Dismissal of Evolution Endangers Science"

The man known to a generation of Americans as “The Science Guy” is condemning efforts by some Christian groups to cast doubts on evolution and lawmakers who want to bring the Bible into science classrooms.
Bill Nye, a mechanical engineer and star of the popular 1990s TV show “Bill Nye The Science Guy,” has waded into the evolution debate with an online video that urges parents not to pass their religious-based doubts about evolution on to their children.

Nye has spent a career teaching science to children and teens with good-natured and sometimes silly humor, but has not been known to delve into topics as divisive as evolution.
Christians who view the stories of the Old Testament as historical fact have come to be known as creationists, and many argue that the world was created by God just a few thousand years ago.
(J. Scott Applewhite, File/ Associated Press ) - FILE - In an Oct. 18, 2010, file photo, Bill Nye, host of television’s “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” arrives as President Barack Obama hosts a White House science fair in Washington. Nye recently waded into the evolution debate with an online video urging parents not to pass their religious-based doubts about evolution on to their children.“The Earth is not 6,000 or 10,000 years old,” Nye said in an interview with The Associated Press, citing scientists’ estimates that it is about 4.5 billion years old. “It’s not. And if that conflicts with your beliefs, I strongly feel you should question your beliefs.”
Millions of Americans do hold those beliefs, according to a June Gallup poll that found 46 percent of Americans believe God created humans in their present form about 10,000 years ago.
Nye, 56, also decried efforts in recent years by lawmakers and school boards in some states to present Bible stories as an alternative to evolution in public schools. Tennessee passed a law earlier this year that protects teachers who let students criticize evolution and other scientific theories. That echoes a Louisiana law passed in 2008 that allows teachers to introduce supplemental teaching materials in science classes.
“If we raise a generation of students who don’t believe in the process of science, who think everything that we’ve come to know about nature and the universe can be dismissed by a few sentences translated into English from some ancient text, you’re not going to continue to innovate,” Nye said in a wide-ranging telephone interview.
The brief online video was not Nye’s first foray into the combustible debate, but “it’s the first time it’s gotten to be such a big deal.”
“I can see where one gets so caught up in this (debate) that you say something that will galvanize people in a bad way, that will make them hate you forever,” he said. “But I emphasize that I’m not questioning someone’s religion — much of that is how you were brought up.”
In the video he tells adults they can dismiss evolution, “but don’t make your kids do it. Because we need them.” Posted by Big Think, an online knowledge forum, the clip went viral and has 4.6 million views on YouTube. It has garnered 182,000 comments from critics and supporters.
It drew the ire of the creationism group Answers in Genesis, which built a biblically based Creation Museum in Kentucky that teaches the stories of the Old Testament and has attracted headlines for its assertion that dinosaurs roamed alongside Adam and Eve.
The group produced a response video featuring two scientists who say the Bible has the true account of Earth’s origins, and that “children should be exposed to both ideas concerning our past.”
Nye, who is prone to inject dry humor into scientific discussions, said Earth is about 4.5 billion years old.
“What I find troubling, when you listen to these people ... once in a while I get the impression that they’re not kidding,” Nye said.
Ken Ham, a co-founder of Answers in Genesis, said dating methods used by scientists to measure the age of the earth are contradictory and many don’t point to millions or billions of years of time.
“We say the only dating method that is absolute is the Word of God,” Ham said. “Time is the crucial factor for Bill Nye. Without the time of millions of years, you can’t postulate evolution change.”
America is home to the world’s biggest creationist following, Ham said, and the $27 million Creation Museum has averaged about 330,000 visitors a year since it opened just south of Cincinnati in 2007.

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