By now, you’ve read and heard it all

The Orlando night club massacre leaves us breathless. Above are just of a few of the victims mowed down by the shooter, whose name I won’t use. Reports first said the shooter had pledged allegiance to ISIL (which was the impetus of a uniquely awful tweet from Donald Drumpf), then reports said he was disturbed, then said he was a …

In a move that can only be called “no shit:”

Connecticut’s Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said he would sign an executive order that would ban people on the federal terrorism watch list from buying guns in Connecticut. Yes, that still means people under suspicion can still buy guns everywhere else in the country, because no other states have the guts to step up and enact this …

Dear Pope: Lift the ban on women priests

Read this, by Roy Bourgeois at CounterPunch. Bourgeois says: In 2012, after serving as a Catholic priest for 40 years, I was expelled from the priesthood because of my public support for the ordination of women. My expulsion from the priesthood by Pope Benedict came just five months before you became our Pope. As Catholics, we …

Turnabout is fair play

A North Dakota coffee shop has banned anti-gay lawmakers. And then, because satire is sometimes too subtle for some, the shop owner posted this on Facebook: “The Red Raven Espresso Parlor wants to clarify that all are welcome in our space. We do not attempt to discriminate,” he wrote. “The intent of our ‘ban’ was …

eBay bans witchcraft

Mike the Heathen sends this, a story about the mega-sales-website banning the sale of advice, spells, curses…well, let’s go to the 2012 Fall Seller Update: The following items are also being added to the prohibited items list: advice; spells; curses; hexing; conjuring; magic; prayers; blessing services; magic potions; healing sessions; work from home businesses & …

Dear Boy Scouts of America,

I read that you’ve upheld your ban on gays in your organization. I am a former Scout leader, and the mother of an Eagle Scout. I am proud of my Eagle Scout. He worked hard to get there, and the lessons he learned in Scouting inform him still. I originally put him in Cub Scouts …

Boy Scout board member vows to make organization more inclusive

James Turley, Ernst & Young CEO/chairman and Boy Scouts of America board member, says he’ll work to change the organization’s long-time ban on gay Scouts and gay Scout leaders. You can read more here. Rock on, Mr. Turley. And I say that as the mother of an Eagle Scout.