Ultimately, whether Martin was a perfect person is irrelevant to whether Zimmerman’s conduct that night was justified. Clearly, there are two different versions of the events that transpired on February 26, the night Trayvon was killed. There are conflicting statements by witnesses and conflicting evidence as to who was the aggressor. Zimmerman has the right to tell his side of the story. But his opportunity to do this will come in a court of law after he is charged and arrested. In the meantime, Zimmerman’s supporters should stop trying to smear the reputation of a dead, 17-year-old boy.
-Christian Piatt lists the warning signs that you might be an emergent Christian. And in case you were wondering, numbers 2, 5 (Lutheranabaptiscopalian), 6, 8, 9 (considering that I'm openly bisexual), 11, 15, 18, 19, and 20 accurately describe me!
-Crystal S. Lewis wonders if equality really is a self-evident truth. Excerpt:
As I stand back and observe the ongoing fight for marriage equality, and the ongoing demonization of Muslims in America, and the continued religious bias that so pervades our political system, I ask myself: “To what degree are we really a country where people can put down their suitcases? And what does it mean to unpack? Are un-privileged classes ever really at home in a place where inequality is a systemic problem?”
-And finally, Emily Dievendorf explains why bisexual invisibility is dangerous. Money quote:
The stigma, or biphobia, that comes with being bisexual has serious consequences. Bisexuals have higher incidences of depression, suicidal thoughts and attempts, alcohol and drug abuse, and poor physical health in general than their heterosexual, gay and lesbian counterparts. Bisexuals most often don't come out to their health provider and as a result receive incomplete information regarding their sexual health. Bisexual women with monosexual partners have an increased rate of domestic violence compared to every other female demographic. Compared to lesbians, bisexual women are twice as likely to live in poverty. Discrimination against bisexuals is greater in the workforce. While lesbians earn 2.7% less than straight men, bisexual women earn nearly 11% less.