August 7, 2008

August 7, 2008
How's it going? Thanks for joining me again today. It was a very busy day in my life. How about you?

I was up early this morning around 6am because my dog, Chipper, was barking to go outside and Gary can sleep through a hurricane. (or his own snoring... same difference. LOL) Since I was already up with Chipper I decided to go ahead and make my morning protein shake. I also wanted to check and see how far I was on charging my camera's batteries. Any of my close friends know wherever I am my camera is never far away.

I came across some interesting news on the internet from London this morning as I was reading my emails. Faithful gay relationships are "comparable to marriage" in the eyes of God, the leader of the world's Anglicans wrote in private correspondence before he was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury, British newspapers reported. According to The Times and The Daily Telegraph, Rowan Williams argued in the letters, written in 2000 and 2001, that biblical prohibitions on homosexuality were targeted at "heterosexuals looking for sexual variety in their experience." "I concluded that an active sexual relationship between two people of the same sex might therefore reflect the love of God in a way comparable to marriage, if and only if it had about it the same character of absolute covenanted faithfulness," Williams was reported to have written. The letters were apparently written to Deborah Pitt, a psychiatrist and evangelical Christian, while Williams was still archbishop of Wales. He was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury, the head of the Church of England and the leader of the world's 77-million-strong Anglican Communion, in 2002. Williams presided over the once-a-decade Lambeth Conference earlier this month, amid a row over gay bishops in the church. Around 200 bishops boycotted the meeting over the consecration five years ago of the first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson, the bishop of New Hampshire in the United States. According to the newspapers, Williams apparently wrote that the church "has shifted its stance on several matters -- notably the rightness of lending money at interest and the moral admissibility of contraception so I am bound to ask if this is another such issue." In response to the reports, Lambeth Palace, the Archbishop of Canterbury's office, only quoted remarks given by Williams recently to the Church of England Newspaper: "When I teach as a bishop I teach what the church teaches. In controverted areas it is my responsibility to teach what the church has said and why." So I for one applaud his courage in advocating the rights of all people to love and marry the person of their choice. I wish him godspeed and continued success. Regardless of where you stand on the issue of gay and lesbian marriages, I hope we can all agree that it's hard enough to find true love in life without having gender limitations as a disqualifier. Isn't love, love?

I was able to find the clip with Paris Hilton that I was talking about in yesterday's blog. This is Paris's response to the ad McCain ran about celebrities. Truly hilarious so check it out by pressing play below.

My friend, Lindsey, picked me up around 3pm for our event with Divided We Fail at the HobNob2008 held at Metropolitan Park. This event is where local politicians and groups like DWF have tables and displays to meet the other groups, candidates and of course the voters. There was a much better turnout than I expected with roughly 2,0000 people showing up during the four hour event. Several local vendors also had food tables featuring hot dogs, edible fruit creations, ice cream and sodas during the event. It was incredibly hot under the tent until around 6pm when a storm front helped cool things down. It was great seeing everyone from our Divided We Fail group since it is rare that we are all at the same event due to scheduling. I also got to spend some time with Jeff our state director. I started getting exhausted around 6:30pm and had Lindsey give me a quick lift home. All in all except for the stifling heat I had a great time and even ran into a couple of friends from my community. If you were unable to make the event, I would urge you to go and meet your candidates one on one next year.

It is still very early here but I am exhausted and headed off to bed. So that is it for me today. How was your day? Hope you had a great one.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab