The University of North Texas is going into day 5 of no school during finals due to icy conditions and these are a few of the memes that describe the frustration of unt’s students
Salvation Army ‘Does Not Consider Homosexual Orientation a Sin’
The Salvation Army removed two links to organizations that advocate so-called ex-gay or reparative therapy from its website Tuesday, after LGBT organization Truth Wins Out contacted the charity group about the supposed endorsement of the scientifically discredited practice that aims to turn gay people straight.
"We thank the Salvation Army for acting swiftly and decisively in addressing our concerns about links to ‘ex-gay’ organizations," said Truth Wins Out executive director Wayne Besen. “This is a step in the right direction and congruent with their antidiscrimination campaign. We hope this action leads to further progress in gaining the full confidence and trust of the LGBT community.”
In a letter sent to Truth Wins Out Tuesday, the Salvation Army’s director of communications claimed the “ex-gay” links were part of an archived page that was inadvertently republished when the organization relaunched its site last month.
"We apologize for our oversight and any confusion this may have caused," said Jennifer Byrd in the letter, published at Truth Wins Out. "The Salvation Army does not consider homosexual orientation a sin. Please know that we serve anyone who comes to our doors without discrimination."
The offending links, posted under the site’s resource list for dealing with “sexual addictions,” included Harvest USA, which bills itself as a “ministry committee to offering hope in Jesus to men and women struggling with sexual brokenness and sin.” The second resource, Pure Life Ministries, boasts 35 full-time “biblical counselors and support staff” who its website promises are dedicated to “bringing the hope, healing, and restoration found only in Christ to those who have been touched by the leprosy of sexual sin.” Pure Life’s website notes that most of its counselors and staff are themselves “graduates” of the faith-based counseling programs.
Both organizations advocate the scientifically discredited practice of “reparative therapy,” which aims to turn gay people straight through prayer and counseling. Reparative or “ex-gay” therapy has been disavowed by every major medical and psychological organization in the country, and its use by licensed therapists on minors has been outlawed in California and New Jersey.
"Harvest USA and Pure Life Ministries are two destructive organizations dedicated to demonizing LGBT people," Truth Wins Out associate director Evan Hurst said in a statement. "The Salvation Army did the right thing today by removing these ‘ex-gay’ groups from its website before they could harm more innocent victims."
The Salvation Army, a Christian organization, has had a strained relationship with the LGBT population. In 2011, several LGBT advocates called for a boycott of donations to the Salvation Army’s iconic bell-ringers collecting change outside storefronts in red buckets, citing allegations that the evangelical charity refused to serve LGBT people because it considered them “sexually impure,” according to NBC.
But Tuesday’s statement from the Salvation Army’s director of communication indicates an apparent shift in tone, as the organization strives to fulfill its new antidiscrimination policy, which prohibits the denial of services or employment based on race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, or sexual orientation.
due to all the anti-Salvation Army posts I’ve seen lately, I feel like this should be seen because they’ve addressed the allegations and made steps to repair the damage so now we can continue to donate to them and help people in need and know they’re not facing discrimination from them.
so now I can shop at the thrift store without feeling guilty?
Happy birthday to French composer, ornithologist, and scarf model Olivier Messiaen!
Born on December 10, 1908, Messiaen was a renowned synaesthete — he experienced colors associated with particular musical notes and chords, and even wrote in the margins of his scores which colors the performers should try to evoke when playing his music.
One of Messiaen’s most famous pieces is the Quartet for the End of Time (Quatuor pour la fin du temps). Written while Messiaen was a prisoner in a German POW camp during World War II, the quartet is a powerful meditation on nature and spirituality. Listen to it here.
No. That is not snow.
That is ice.
Thursday night, we received several inches of sleet that froze onto every surface in North Texas. We don’t have light fluffy snow, we can’t build snow men or have snow ball fights. It’s all solid ice, and it is slippery as hell.
It bewilders me that people rag on Texas for not being able to cope with winter weather, when this, inches of solid ice on every motorway, is our winter weather if we have any at all.
Major road ways were shut down because semi’s were stalled out in the middle of lanes. Cars and trucks everywhere spun out into ditches while traveling between five and fifteen miles an hour because the black ice is so bad. I was one of them. I nearly hit one of those semi’s parked on the side of the road. Twice I had to be pulled out of ice because my car got stuck. This is all on the same three hour drive that normally takes me thirty minutes.
North Texans are shut inside their homes, many with no food, no electricity, and no hot water. Stores are running out of dairy, eggs, and bread.
North Texas is not equipped to deal with this sort of weather. It is not normal for us. We don’t have enough salt and sand trucks to service the entire DFW when a storm of this magnitude hits, even with four days notice. This morning, I-20, I-30, I-35, US 114/170, and various other Texas high ways were impassible, closed off, or clogged with traffic because icy conditions.
Even though today the roads were slush, the bridges and overpasses are still covered in bumpy ice, making driving difficult and at times unsafe.
And the DFW has a lot of bridges and overpasses.
These are horrible conditions, terribly unsafe, and employers still expect employees to come in to work, even with these driving conditions. This is not funny, and this does not deserve snark.
We did not get any snow.
Alright, here’s something funny. These boys in my hall went outside in their undies to take some photos in the snow. Funny, right? They’re trying to get attention and it’s hilarious. Us ladies choose to do the same, we are wearing more clothing, and are doing the exact same poses. We are wearing as much clothing as is acceptable at the pool or the beach, at the gym, etc.
There is a serious double standard here— us girls have gotten responses like:
"What’s the point of being half naked?"
"*ahem* sluts *ahem*"
"What’s wrong with you females?"
Or worse, what my mother said. Her initial shock was apparently because she thought I was in my underwear, but when I told her I was in a swimsuit, she was suddenly happy I was having fun in college.
The idea here is that we are doing the same thing. When arguing this point with one of my hallmates, he said “But men’s bodies aren’t built the same, you don’t see girls getting pumped up over a topless guy, but how many guys do you think are gonna get all crazy over a topless girl?” Seriously? Really? Women don’t need to dress in order to avoid a reaction from men. You’re mad because you can’t control yourself? Men can pose in their undies in the snow without an issue because women aren’t going to go wild over it? Keep it in your pants, that’s your responsibility, not ours.
The double standards are killin’ me.
"Keep it in your pants, that’s your responsibility, not ours." Is literally one of the best quotes I’ve ever heard. Thank you.
Sam Melnick - Composer
I just can’t get over this piece that I wrote yesterday. I just love it so much.
(Note, this link will show a different piece every now and then when I change it. At the time of this being posted, the Featured Work is “Flurries”.)