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Why we need to end the war on drugs - TED Video

Why we need to end the war on drugs - TED Video | Billy's year 9 journal |

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This is an interesting post that explores all aspects of drugs

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Is the War on Drugs doing more harm than good? What do you think?

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Same-Sex Marriage Ten Years On: Lessons from Canada

Same-Sex Marriage Ten Years On: Lessons from Canada | Billy's year 9 journal |
The effects of same-sex civil marriage in Canada—restrictions on free speech rights, parental rights in education, and autonomy rights of religious institutions, along with a weakening of the marriage culture—provide lessons for the United States.


Would recognizing same-sex relationships as marriages be much of a game-changer? What impact, if any, would it have on the public conception of marriage or the state of a nation’s marriage culture?

There has been no shortage of speculation on these questions. But the limited American experience with same-sex marriage to date gives us few concrete answers. So it makes sense to consider the Canadian experience since the first Canadian court established same-sex marriage a decade ago. There are, of course, important cultural and institutional differences between the US and Canada and, as is the case in any polity, much depends upon the actions of local political and cultural actors. That is to say, it is not necessarily safe to assume that Canadian experiences will be replicated here. But they should be considered; the Canadian experience is the best available evidence of the short-term impact of same-sex marriage in a democratic society very much like America.

Anyone interested in assessing the impact of same-sex marriage on public life should investigate the outcomes in three spheres: first, human rights (including impacts on freedom of speech, parental rights in public education, and the autonomy of religious institutions); second, further developments in what sorts of relationships political society will be willing to recognize as a marriage (e.g., polygamy); and third, the social practice of marriage.

The Impact on Human Rights

The formal effect of the judicial decisions (and subsequent legislation) establishing same-sex civil marriage in Canada was simply that persons of the same-sex could now have the government recognize their relationships as marriages. But the legal and cultural effect was much broader. What transpired was the adoption of a new orthodoxy: that same-sex relationships are, in every way, the equivalent of traditional marriage, and that same-sex marriage must therefore be treated identically to traditional marriage in law and public life.

A corollary is that anyone who rejects the new orthodoxy must be acting on the basis of bigotry and animus toward gays and lesbians. Any statement of disagreement with same-sex civil marriage is thus considered a straightforward manifestation of hatred toward a minority sexual group. Any reasoned explanation (for example, those that were offered in legal arguments that same-sex marriage is incompatible with a conception of marriage that responds to the needs of the children of the marriage for stability, fidelity, and permanence—what is sometimes called the conjugal conception of marriage), is dismissed right away as mere pretext. 1

When one understands opposition to same-sex marriage as a manifestation of sheer bigotry and hatred, it becomes very hard to tolerate continued dissent. Thus it was in Canada that the terms of participation in public life changed very quickly. Civil marriage commissioners were the first to feel the hard edge of the new orthodoxy; several provinces refused to allow commissioners a right of conscience to refuse to preside over same-sex weddings, and demanded their resignations. 2 At the same time, religious organizations, such as the Knights of Columbus, were fined for refusing to rent their facilities for post-wedding celebrations. 3

The Right to Freedom of Expression

The new orthodoxy’s impact has not been limited to the relatively small number of persons at risk of being coerced into supporting or celebrating a same-sex marriage. The change has widely affected persons—including clergy—who wish to make public arguments about human sexuality.

Much speech that was permitted before same-sex marriage now carries risks. Many of those who have persisted in voicing their dissent have been subjected to investigations by human rights commissions and (in some cases) proceedings before human rights tribunals. Those who are poor, poorly educated, and without institutional affiliation have been particularly easy targets—anti-discrimination laws are not always applied evenly.  Some have been ordered to pay fines, make apologies, and undertake never to speak publicly on such matters again. 4 Targets have included individuals writing letters to the editors of local newspapers,5 and ministers of small congregations of Christians. 6 A Catholic bishop faced two complaints—both eventually withdrawn—prompted by comments he made in a pastoral letter about marriage. 7

Reviewing courts have begun to rein in the commissions and tribunals (particularly since some ill-advised proceedings against Mark Steyn and Maclean’s magazine in 2009), and restore a more capacious view of freedom of speech. And in response to the public outcry following the Steyn/Maclean’s affair, the Parliament of Canada recently revoked the Canadian Human Rights Commission’s statutory jurisdiction to pursue “hate speech.”

But the financial cost of fighting the human rights machine remains enormous—Maclean’s spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees, 8 none of which is recoverable from the commissions, tribunals, or complainants. And these cases can take up to a decade to resolve. An ordinary person with few resources who has drawn the attention of a human rights commission has no hope of appealing to the courts for relief; such a person can only accept the admonition of the commission, pay a (comparatively) small fine, and then observe the directive to remain forever silent. As long as these tools remain at the disposal of the commissions—for whom the new orthodoxy gives no theoretical basis to tolerate dissent—to engage in public discussion about same-sex marriage is to court ruin.

Similar pressure can be—and is—brought to bear on dissenters by professional governing bodies (such as bar associations, teachers’ colleges, and the like) that have statutory power to discipline members for conduct unbecoming of the profession. 9 Expressions of disagreement with the reasonableness of institutionalizing same-sex marriage are understood by these bodies to be acts of illegal discrimination, which are matters for professional censure.

Teachers are particularly at risk for disciplinary action, for even if they only make public statements criticizing same-sex marriage outside the classroom, they are still deemed to create a hostile environment for gay and lesbian students.10 Other workplaces and voluntary associations have adopted similar policies as a result of their having internalized this new orthodoxy that disagreement with same-sex marriage is illegal discrimination that must not be tolerated. 11

Parental Rights in Public Education

Institutionalizing same-sex marriage has subtly but pervasively changed parental rights in public education. The debate over how to cast same-sex marriage in the classroom is much like the debate over the place of sex education in schools, and of governmental pretensions to exercise primary authority over children. But sex education has always been a discrete matter, in the sense that by its nature it cannot permeate the entirety of the curriculum. Same-sex marriage is on a different footing.

Since one of the tenets of the new orthodoxy is that same-sex relationships deserve the same respect that we give marriage, its proponents have been remarkably successful in demanding that same-sex marriage be depicted positively in the classroom. Curriculum reforms in jurisdictions such as British Columbia now prevent parents from exercising their long-held veto power over contentious educational practices. 12

The new curricula are permeated by positive references to same-sex marriage, not just in one discipline but in all. Faced with this strategy of diffusion, the only parental defense is to remove one’s children from the public school system entirely. Courts have been unsympathetic to parental objections: if parents are clinging to outdated bigotries, then children must bear the burden of “cognitive dissonance”—they must absorb conflicting things from home and school while school tries to win out.

The reforms, of course, were not sold to the public as a matter of enforcing the new orthodoxy. Instead, the stated rationale was to prevent bullying; that is, to promote the acceptance of gay and lesbian youth and the children of same-sex households. 13

It is a laudable goal to encourage acceptance of persons. But whatever can be said for the objective, the means chosen to achieve it is a gross violation of the family. It is nothing less than the deliberate indoctrination of children (over the objections of their parents) into a conception of marriage that is fundamentally hostile to what the parents understand to be in their children’s best interests. It frustrates the ability of parents to lead their children to an understanding of marriage that will be conducive to their flourishing as adults. At a very early age, it teaches children that the underlying rationale of marriage is nothing other than the satisfaction of changeable adult desires for companionship.

Religious Institutions’ Right to Autonomy

At first glance, clergy and houses of worship appeared largely immune from coercion to condone or perform same-sex marriages. Indeed, this was the grand bargain of the same-sex marriage legislation—clergy would retain the right not to perform marriages that would violate their religious beliefs. Houses of worship could not be conscripted against the wishes of religious bodies. 14


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I believe that gays sho be able to marry if they choose and that God is compassionate enough to realise that it is ok

littlebytesnews's curator insight, March 27, 2013 3:32 AM


@EWErickson had a great piece on religious liberty protecting DOMA,but then tweeted this...


The Slippery Slope, Lessons to Learn From Same Sex Marriage:


March for Marriage 2013


Here are some examples of gays who do NOT support same sex marriage:

"I'm Gay and I Oppose Same-Sex Marriage" ;

Gay French Mayor Explains Why He's against Gay Marriage ;

Gay Tea Party Founder: If We Redefine Marriage, ‘We’re Going to Redefine Children’ ;

List of articles by gays against gay marriage; (granted not for the exact same reason, but well thought out ones nonetheless) ;


These are the groups of homosexuals the Conservative movement and GOP need to embrace and welcome to defend marriage and traditional values and win future elections. We MUST stand for our traditional values and core principles, otherwise we stand for nothing and become a mirror copy of the Democratic party. 



NOMblog: Video: What is Marriage Co-Author Anderson Defends Marriage on CNN


Slippery slope: another example - Andrew Bolt


Message to GOP:Don't Abandon Same-Sex Marriage Issue |


Q-poll: Catholic voters are leading US to same-sex marriage - The CINOs need to be purged!


Shady Chief Justice Roberts’s Lesbian Cousin Predicts ‘Ruling In Favor’ Of Same-Sex Marriage


Powerful 7 minute video from a former Obama supporter |


Conservatives divided on gay marriage --Stand for traditional values or stand for nothing




Tom Hauck's comment, March 27, 2013 9:36 PM
I still say this whole argument is not about equality...because no matter what they get from us...they go after more... It's all about undermining our religious attachments because as long as our Judao/Christian bonds remain strong as with our country's foundation...then MArxism...Socialism...radical Islam...Sharia...these corruptions will not gain control of our society. But if we allow the Left to continue weakening and undermining our core religious beliefs...we will fall.... Every country in the world that has survived Communism or Marxism had to go through a period of destroying their religions...their faith in God had to be weakened and turned to a blind faith in government. That's how all tyrants achieved their goals and the Left is trying to achieve it here today....
littlebytesnews's comment, March 30, 2013 2:17 AM
I agree Tom, but how to stop it when you have Christians willing to sell their souls for votes and 'evolving' views because of pressure from the media, lobbyists, etc??
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Fundraiser planned for legendary surfer battling lung cancer - Hawaii News Now

Fundraiser planned for legendary surfer battling lung cancer - Hawaii News Now | Billy's year 9 journal |
Fundraiser planned for legendary surfer battling lung cancer
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In the 1970s Buttons Kaluhiokalani stamped his signature on surfing.
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I believe that raising money for a disease such as lung cancer is an extremely thought full thing to do especially for a hero like buttons

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Are you a binge drinker? Your doctor likely doesn't know, report finds -

Are you a binge drinker? Your doctor likely doesn't know, report finds - | Billy's year 9 journal |
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Are you a binge drinker?
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Binge drinking is bad

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Debra Goldman of Wayland: Teaching healthy body image - Wayland Town Crier

Debra Goldman of Wayland: Teaching healthy body image - Wayland Town Crier | Billy's year 9 journal |
Debra Goldman of Wayland: Teaching healthy body image
Wayland Town Crier
I'm concerned that adolescent males have a very distorted image of what an adult woman is supposed to look like. And I'm not even ...
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Wider Understanding: New Research on Obesity

Wider Understanding: New Research on Obesity | Billy's year 9 journal |

A CALORIE is a calorie. Eat too many and spend too few, and you will become obese and sickly. This is the conventional wisdom. But increasingly, it looks too simplistic. All calories do not seem to be created equal, and the way the body processes the same calories may vary dramatically from one person to the next.

This is the intriguing suggestion from the latest research into metabolic syndrome, the nasty clique that includes high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unbalanced cholesterol and, of course, obesity. This uniquely modern scourge has swept across America, where obesity rates are notoriously high. But it is also doing damage from Mexico to South Africa and India, raising levels of disease and pushing up health costs.

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I think that obesity is a real issue and should be treated very seriously. 

ScientificAnimations's comment, August 17, 5:30 AM
In 1997, the WHO formally recognized obesity as a global epidemic. Let's pay attention to it.
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Rare lung cancer treatment discovered in breast cancer drugs test

Rare lung cancer treatment discovered in breast cancer drugs test | Billy's year 9 journal |
Scientists funded by Cancer Research UK have uncovered a surprising use for experimental breast and ovarian cancer drugs – a rare treatment for common lung cancer.

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I think that shareing this post will hopefully help researchers make more treatment for cancer

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Missing children rescued from Super Bowl sex trade in FBI sting

Missing children rescued from Super Bowl sex trade in FBI sting | Billy's year 9 journal |
Sixteen teenagers were rescued from commercial sex trafficking and more than 45 pimps and their associates arrested in a sting operation conducted by law enforcement over the weekend, the FBI announced Tuesday.
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Are young people more likely to drink now than ten years ago?

Vox pops with adults and young people in London who were asked if young people today drink more than they did ten years ago.
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