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Question from a friend:

 

I could have sworn the court ruling pertained to the State of California; as, that is where the case originated.

The Prop 8 ruling applied only to California.

The DOMA ruling pertained to federal benefits currently only extended to heterosexual couples

The Prop 8 rulings do not affect any other state, but they are a moral boost for advocates and seen as something of a setback for anti-gay-marriage and anti-equality groups since they see developments like this as an affront to “traditional family values” although it has yet to be proven that any of this will actually threaten “traditional marriage” or “family values” since the definition of both have been neither “traditional” nor “family” oriented.

This is, of course, mostly my opinion, but since the biblical definition of marriage was originally one of ownership and seeing the wife as chattel, and most recently marriage was suddenly redefined as “continuation of the species” rendering any non-child bearing marriage as not a real marriage, I can’t for the life of me see what their problem is short of outright ignorance or fear of the unknown at best to simple bigotry at worst. I can only give the opposition the benefit of the doubt but I’ve been called faggot too many times to believe it’s all about family values.

To me it has turned out that too many well-meaning Christians have been lead by self righteous biggots into believing that they are doing the Lord’s work. I judge that work by it’s fruits and I see disparity and suicide too m any times – this cannot be the Lord’s will when too many suffer at the hands of the “well meaning rescuers.”

A farewell to my “Brothers in Song” Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus. This was my last performance wth them. More video View full article »

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This is the recording of the premier of “Hear Our Song” as performed by Common Woman Chorus and Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus.

There Will Be Rest

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Stephen Chatman Dryads’ bells
sung bell sounds by this Canadian composer, written in 1999
Dan Locklair Bond and Free
world premiere of NC composer Dan Locklair’s 2012 setting of a Robert Frost poem that explores two sides of life: the intellectual and the emotional
James MacMillan A Child’s Prayer
written by Scottish composer James MacMillan to honor the victims of the 1996 killing at the Dunblane Primary School, which took the lives of 16 children and one adult; performed in this concert to honor the victims of the killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December
Steven Sametz On the death of a friend
2003 composition, with a text from a sermon prior to 1910 burial of King Edward VII
Francis Poulenc Vinea mea electa
one of French composer Poulenc’s 4 Lenten motets from 1939; based on Isaiah and Jeremiah texts about a beloved vine that has turned bitter
Herbert Howells Take him, earth, for cherishing
massive and powerful work written in memory of President John F. Kennedy; performed in this concert to mark the 50th anniversary of his 1963 assassination
Ned Rorem Lift up your heads
written for Ascension Day in 1963, in memory of composer Francis Poulenc
Dale Warland There will be rest
a Sara Teasdale poem, in a choral setting with harp and flute, composed for the Dale Warland Singers in 2003
Dan Forrest Amen
8-voice final movement from SC composer Dan Forrest’s Words of Paradise, 2007
Eriks Esenvalds Northern Lights
2012 composition by this Latvian composer; including a Latvian folk song and the words of two Arctic explorers who encountered the wondrous sight of the Northern lights; with tuned water glasses and chimes!
Arvo Pärt Nunc dimittis
highly expressive 2001 setting by this beloved Estonian minimalist composer; “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace”
Jaako Mantyjarvi Psalm 150 in Grandsire Triples
his Finnish composer’s1999 piece that includes sung bell patterns in the specific change-ringing style called Grandsire Triples

 

Well, this has been an extremely productive week so far. View full article »

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