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04/19/2007


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Road Armed neo-Nazis patroling Sanford, FL:

Neo-Nazis are currently conducting heavily armed patrols in and around Sanford, Florida and are "prepared" for violence in the case of a race riot. The patrols are to protect "white citizens in the area who are concerned for their safety" in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting last month, says Commander Jeff Schoep of the National Socialist Movement. "We are not advocating any type of violence or attacks on anybody, but we are prepared for it," he says. "We are not the type of white people who are going to be walked all over."

Because nothing diffuses racial tension like gun-toting racial separatists patrolling an already on-edge community.

Road Some pro-equality activists don't like what other pro-equality activists do with their money.

Road A survey for your mothers. (HT: Joe.My.God.)

CageCage Road Only dubiously witty, but unexpectedly fun: Nicholas Cage does John Cage.

Road Apparently, Los Angeles isn't superficial, New York drives aren't that bad, and Miami isn't full of fit people.

Road PinkIsTheNewBlog has a pic of Zac Efron's bum.

Road Andrew Sullivan on America's bad religion:

"When I go and see young people, their image of Christianity these days is one of judgment, intolerance and to some extent bigotry and politics," Sullivan said. "They associate it with one political party in this country, because of the fusion of evangelical and ultra-orthodox Catholics with the Republican Party. They don't see it as the message of Jesus, they don't see it any more as a message of love and forgiveness. They see it as a bunch of people trying to control their lives through political mechanisms.

Road Gallup probes American religiosity:

... it’s no surprise that all of the “top” ten [religious] states are in the south save Utah and Oklahoma, which, as Abbie Smith will attest, may as well be in the south. It’s also no surprise that the least religious states are in New England, with the proportion of “very religious” being 23% in New Hampshire and Vermont, 25% in Maine, and 28% in Massachusetts ...

What did surprise me was the 32% of Americans who see themselves as “nonreligious" ... Since roughly 10% of Americans don’t believe in God, and only about 1.5% go so far as to describe themselves as “atheists” or “agnostics,” I wonder how many of these 32% of “nonreligious” Americans are secret atheists who just don’t like the label, or are unwilling to confess to an interviewer that—horrors!—they don’t believe in God.

Road Teen sells kidney for Apple products:

He received 220,000 yuan ($35,000) for the transplant, gave the student 22,000 yuan ($3,500) and shared the remaining money with the other defendants and several medical staff involved in the operation, Xinhua said.

When the student returned home, he was asked how he could afford a new iPhone and an iPad and he told his mother that he sold one of his kidneys

Road High up in Chile's Atacama desert -- at almost 17,000 feet above sea level, where heads ache, noses bleed, and "dizziness overcomes the researchers toiling in the shadow of the Licancabur volcano" -- scientists are turning Chile into one of the world's elite destinations for astronomical research. But for how long? From the Times:

At the same time, the financial crisis in rich industrialized countries has raised concerns that funding for some ambitious astronomy projects could face constraints. In the United States, a Congressional panel last year proposed killing NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope before a compromise spending plan saved the project.

“It would be very sad for humankind if we were so spiritually decadent to forgo the pleasures of consciousness and of knowledge,” said Mr. Mosterín, reflecting on the funding choices political leaders need to make. “These things make human beings a very interesting animal indeed.”


Chile Passes Gay Discrimination Protections Following Daniel Zamudio's Death

6a00d8341c730253ef016764509406970b-800wiSeven years after first being proposed, and only a week after gay man Daniel Zamudio died from injuries sustained during an attack by four neo-Nazis, Chile's House yesterday passed anti-discrimination legislation that includes gay people.

The nation's Senate, the Washington Post reports, approved the bill last November. President Sebastian Pinera, a supporter of the law, will sign the legislation after a few more wrinkles are worked out.

The Post provides some more details:

The House of Deputies approved the law in a close 58-56 vote, seven years after it was first proposed. The Senate passed the law in November. Some passages remain to be finalized in a commission of senators and House lawmakers.

After Zamudio died last week, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights called for Chile to pass new laws against hate crimes and discrimination.

Some Protestant churches had opposed the anti-discrimination law, saying it could be a first step toward gay marriage, which Chile forbids and which is not explicitly included in the measure. The Roman Catholic Church also expressed some concerns about the law.

The law describes as illegal discrimination “any distinction, exclusion or restriction that lacks reasonable justification, committed by agents of the state or individuals, and that causes the deprivation, disturbance or threatens the legitimate exercise of fundamental rights.”

It's too bad it took Zamudio's brutal beating to finally get this law moving again, but at least his death was not in vain.


Outpouring Of Support For Family Of Daniel Zamudio: VIDEO

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All month long, Andy's been reporting on Daniel Zamudio, the Chilean gay man attacked by neo-Nazis; burned, cut, beaten, and left for dead in a parking lot with swastikas carved into his body. Zamudio persisted for weeks on life support before perishing on March 27th. On Friday he received a public funeral, and the streets of Santiago filled with friends.

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UN Official Urges Chile to Adopt Tougher Laws Protecting LGBT People After Brutal Murder of Daniel Zamudio

The UN is calling on Chile to strengthen protections against LGBT People following the death earlier this week of Daniel Zamudio, who had been in a coma since being beaten, slashed, burned and branded with a Swastika by a gang of neo-Nazis.

Daniel_zamudioThe AP reports:

Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, says the “particularly abhorrent murder” of 24-year-old Daniel Zamudio, who died Tuesday night, 25 days after he was attacked, demands news laws against discrimination because of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Colville told reporters in Geneva on Friday that Chilean lawmakers also should enact hate crime legislation allowing violence based on sexual orientation or gender identity to be added as “an aggravating factor” in prosecutions.

Earlier this week, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said the government wouldn't rest until such laws are passed.


Chilean President Reacts to Murder of Gay Man, Says Government 'Won't Rest' Till Anti-Discrimination Law is Passed

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Last night I reported on the death of Chilean gay man Daniel Zamudio, who has been in a coma since being beaten, slashed, burned and branded with a Swastika by a gang of neo-Nazis.

PineraThe horrific murder (it's a shame that's sometimes what it takes) has inspired Chile's President to speak out and vow action:

The case has prompted a national debate in Chile over hate crimes, and his death prompted Chilean President Sebastian Pinera to say from Asia that his government won't rest until a proposed anti-discrimination law is passed.

Four suspects are jailed, some with criminal records of attacks on gays. Prosecutors asked Wednesday for murder charges carrying life sentences.


Daniel Zamudio, Gay Chilean Man Beaten by Neo-Nazis, Dies

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Daniel Zamudio, a gay Chilean man who was beaten, stabbed, burned, and branded with a Swastika by a gang of neo-Nazis earlier this month and had been clinging to life in a hospital, was pronounced dead earlier this evening.

"Doctors performed a test this afternoon that confirmed cerebral failure and soon after, Zamudio died," Americas South and North reports.

The Chilean LGBT rights group MOVILH tweeted: "Daniel Zamudio died. Strength to your family. You will be remembered. Your passage was not in vain."


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