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Homosexuals: What Do You Really Know? (Part 14--Last Installment)



Part 14

Warning Signs Everywhere

Christianity's reputation is declining especially among young Americans, concludes a study by evangelical Christian researcher, George Barna. Recent research by The Barna Group…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 12, 2014 at 6:07am — 5 Comments

Homosexuals: What Do You Really Know? (Part 12-13 in 14 Part Series)

Part 12

And Then, There's the Bible

Homosexuality has been condemned by religious leaders for centuries. For many, homophobia is a prejudice largely created and sustained by the scriptures of the Judeo-Christian tradition. Citing the Bible as the ultimate proof-source, many may find that it is not as clear as one might think on the subject.

Essentially, there are seven biblical passages cited by Christians to…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 11, 2014 at 2:30pm — 15 Comments

Homosexuals: What Do You Really Know? (Part 11in14 Part Series)

Part 11

Same Sex Marriage

There is probably no other issue that highlights the Black Church's view of homosexuality than same-sex marriages. A recent Pew study indicated that the Black Church community was more opposed to these marriages…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 10, 2014 at 9:00am — No Comments

Homosexuals: What Do You Really KNow? (Part 9 & 10)

Part 9

Let the Church be Recognized

Talking about homosexuals without mentioning religion is impossible. As with many other subjects, the church unfailingly injects itself into a social…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 8, 2014 at 3:41pm — 4 Comments

Homosexuals: What Do You Really Know? (Part 8)

(The following articles contain graphic information concerning disease and sexual activity. Proceed at your own risk.)



Part 8



The Looming Specter of AIDS



Bigotry against homosexuals in the black community contributes greatly to the AIDS epidemic. Today, AIDS drifts in and out of the top position as the number one killer of African…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 7, 2014 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Homosexuals (Part 6 & Part 7)

Part 6

Gays in the Community

In many ways, the discrimination against gays brings about reminders of how whites tried to move away from blacks once segregation brought newly minted Negroes to the neighborhood. The media…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on December 1, 2014 at 8:17am — 20 Comments

What Does Science Say (Part 4 & 5 Homosexuals)

Part 4&5

What Does Science Say?

In a famous letter to an American mother, world renowned psychiatrist Sigmund Freud, wrote in 1935: "Homosexuality is assuredly no advantage, but it is…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 24, 2014 at 5:30am — 3 Comments

In the Closet (Part 3 Homosexuality)

Part 3

In the Closet

"In the closet" means keeping one’s homosexual orientation hidden, often acting as a heterosexual to avoid discovery. At one time in…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 21, 2014 at 8:00am — 26 Comments

Homosexuals (Part 2)

Part 2

Any Community, USA

In the United States, no welcome sign ever hung out for homosexuals, but they have been here since the nation began. Although no one ever said anything about it, homosexuals lived in my…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 19, 2014 at 9:30pm — 48 Comments

Homosexuals!

I wrote this piece as a freelance reporter for a black magazine six years ago. It was in response to homophobia in the black community and the reaction of the black church. Although this article was aimed at a particular audience, I believe what I found can be applied to any group or ethnicity. I wrote this article…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 17, 2014 at 8:30pm — 61 Comments

Lewd, Licentious & Lecherous Confessions

Peering too closely at one's self can be harmful to the framed and mounted picture you have in your mind. Taking stock of my inventory of foibles, I found one in particular that bothered me more than I believed it should. Evidently, I am a licentious and lecherous old man formerly addicted to strip clubs. There, I've…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 16, 2014 at 8:30pm — 29 Comments

Let Me Drive the Hearse

Notheist—(ˈno,-thē-ˌizt)—A person that believes gods are not relevant. As opposed to an atheist that believes there are no gods, the notheist believes that whether god or gods exist or not is of no importance. To notheists, gods are irrelevant to living and unworthy to…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 13, 2014 at 5:00am — 8 Comments

Much Is Asked

Watching television last week, a commercial caught my eye and made me think. Normally, commercials are unable to crack my consciousness, but this one did. It went so deep as to infuriate me.

As a veteran of the Vietnam War era the treatment of former soldiers always was a concern.

Suddenly, this…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 9, 2014 at 1:50pm — 22 Comments

Do Atheists Talk About Anything Other Than God?

I started to dismiss this query immediately, but quick reflection prompted me to answer the question. However, the question took me aback not that I hadn't considered it, but because it was one of the few times, I've run into someone who in effect asked me if I was human.



Something that is unclear in the…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 6, 2014 at 8:30am — 113 Comments

I Hate Politicians

 Today is a day that will live in infamy as the sleaze, scum and general vermin rise from the dregs to temporarily put on their masquerade faces to pretend they are something other than the low life, Sycophants they are.



I despise politicians, especially those of the Congressional ilk. To me, they are…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on November 4, 2014 at 9:30pm — 16 Comments

Laff and Happiness

All credit to Al Green for writing a song that could butcher in the name of humor. Two nights ago I strapped on my guitar, wearing it low and to the side like and old-time gun slinger. After setting up my gear, a few minutes passed before the director came in and counted it off.



From there we kicked up a Texas dust storm. Three hours later it was done and all the musicians were ready to call it a night. Until one of the audience members recognized and obviously thought it was a good… Continue

Added by Donald R Barbera on October 24, 2014 at 12:08pm — 9 Comments

Urban Myths and Other Bullshit

This is from a speech I gave in 1999 as we were about to move into 2000. I thought it might be appropriate as we near Halloween.



First, let’s look at the popular conceptions and misconceptions about a mysterious group called the Illuminati.…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on September 29, 2014 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Theodicy and the Black Experience

Why Lord?: Suffering and Evil in Black Theology—Anthony Pinn—Theodicy has to do with suffering under a loving and benevolent God. It is a difficult subject because it challenges why bad things sometimes happen to good people. This book will not make it any better, but you will see that someone is at least trying to explain it in a religious context.

As Harvard University’s Humanist Chaplaincy “Humanist of the Year" in 2006, Pinn provides a clear look at the idea of…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on September 18, 2014 at 2:00pm — 6 Comments

Who the Hell is Michael Sam?

Before his announcement of being homosexual Michael Sam was an ordinary football player and the emphasis was on “ordinary.” However, he was ordinary enough to be selected in the NFL draft. While no guarantee that he would ever become a member of any team he was good enough to be selected. So, what is so special about…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on September 4, 2014 at 12:00am — 8 Comments

Putting the Cart Before the Horse



Time and time again when speaking of atheists, the question of whether one can be moral and upright without God and/or religion unfailingly comes up. For years, I have believed that the…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on August 21, 2014 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

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