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Summary | Intolerance, Hate, Intimidation, Fear-mongering, Violence, Incivility, and Ignorance Move Mainstream: Week of October 10

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  • Mormon leader gives anti-gay sermon after suicides -- Sign the open letter!
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  • Stop the suicides: put an end to bullying in schools!
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

Tony Auth

Mormon leader gives anti-gay sermon after suicides -- Sign the open letter!, Human Rights Campaign

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  • Organizations to hold press conference and deliver petitions to Elder Packer calling on him to fully correct the factual record
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  • Stop the suicides: put an end to bullying in schools!
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  • Mormon Church Attempts to Re-Write History; On-Line Change Proof Sermon was Harmful and Dangerous
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Stop the suicides: put an end to bullying in schools! Joe Solmonese, Human Rights Campaign

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  • Ask US Education Secretary Arne Duncan: improve our nation's anti-bullying programs so we can end this tragedy.
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  • Making Schools Safer for Gay Students
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  • Anti-gay group organizes in Anoka-Hennepin (MN) schools as community deals with gay suicides
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LGBT Students Harassed At Colleges Nationwide, New Report Says, Huffington Post

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  • Unequivocally, the 2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People demonstrates that LGBTQ students, faculty and staff experience a 'chilly' campus climate of harassment and far less than welcoming campus communities.
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  • Anti-gay group organizes in Anoka-Hennepin (MN) schools as community deals with gay suicides
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Anti-gay group organizes in Anoka-Hennepin (MN) schools as community deals with gay suicides, Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent
“Well, news flash: There are homosexual people all over the world. Having your kid meet a homosexual in school and possibly even having a nice conversation with one isn’t going to turn your kid into one.” --Tammy Aaberg

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As 'Peanuts' turn 60, Schulz family plans future

Jeannie Schulz, the cartoonist's widow, said she often hears from people at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, Calif., about how well the characters reflect their own feelings.

Brett Zongker, Associated Press/San Francisco Examiner | CA

Good grief, Charlie Brown. The world has certainly changed since the Peanuts were born.
In 60 years, the U.S. sent a man to the moon, survived the Cold War and now has one of the worst economic funks in decades. All that time, Charles Schulz's imaginary gang has been a fixture of newspaper funny pages and grainy holiday TV specials.
Now, his family is working to keep Snoopy, Lucy and the rest alive for generations to come. A handful of new projects is in the works. The first new animated film in five years is set for release next spring called "Happiness is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown." ABC just signed on for five more years of airing Charlie Brown holiday specials. A new social media game began on Facebook and Twitter last month to "Countdown to the Great Pumpkin," and the comic strip has made its way to a popular gaming website for millions of children.

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Welcome Planet Snoopy, Valley Fair
It’s a new look with an old friend as Snoopy and the Gang are finally coming home! Valleyfair Amusement Park, Shakopee, MN, is proud to announce it will be opening Planet Snoopy for our 2011 season. “It is a very exciting time for Valleyfair as Snoopy and his friends make our park their new home.” says Larry MacKenzie, Vice President and General Manager of Valleyfair. Planet Snoopy will be located in what is currently known as KidWorks.

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Play for Life

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  • Exploring the Lifelong Benefits of Inclusive Play
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  • October 23-24, 2010, Radisson Plaza Hotel, Minneapolis, MN
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Kanics Inclusive Design Services, LLC

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Mary Hauff

Play brings families, friends and communities together; it keeps us fit and makes us smile. Research shows that play is a key element of development and health for individuals of all ages and abilities. Unfortunately, play is being threatened on every front in the U.S. It’s seen as a “children-only” activity, if it’s thought about at all. Furthermore, concerns around inclusive play are primarily discussed among disability experts and are not part of most community agendas.

Please join a group of our nation’s leading experts for a thought-provoking, two-day symposium that examines the importance of play for all ages and abilities. Play for Life: Exploring the Lifelong Benefits of Inclusive Play will reignite your passion for play and inspire new ways to bring that passion to everyone in your community.

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Give us a cuppa jove...and we'll keep telling you the truth.

Four times a year we launch brief fundraising drives which have provided us with most of our annual budget. Can you help now with a small contribution? For the cost of a cuppa jove a month, we'll keep telling you the truth. Is it a deal?

Dear readers of Evergreene Digest,

When we launched Evergreene Digest 5  years ago our goal was ambitious for 2005:  to be the preferred one-stop on-line source for women, communities of color, working people, people with disabilities, veterans, youth, pacifists, GLBT, activists, spiritual seekers, progressives, environmentalists, youth, veterans, and other groups ignored by the mainstream media as legitimate audiences, sources, and subjects for the news.

We knew we wanted it to be free for our readers. And, we knew it would take a small staff of professionals to continually provide high-quality information 365-days a year.

Our bottom line dilemma: How would we fund it?

We could sell advertising. We could rely on big foundation grants. We could have corporate "co-sponsors". We could find a rich "sugar-mama or daddy." We could build a big email list and rent it to the highest bidders.

That would have been the easy, and inappropriate,  way.

But we decided to fund Evergreene Digest differently. Believing small is beautiful,  we seek thousands of small contributors, provide them with a high-quality product, and trust that the progressive community has our back as we moved forward.

No catering to advertisers because we don't have any. No need to avoid controversial issues that could upset a few wealthy donors because we don't have any. No steering of our agenda to fit a foundation's funding priority because we don't have any.

And it's working! We've managed to build a small but very dedicated group of readers and supporters who have pitched in over the years in many ways to keep us afloat and support our work. Relying on small contributions from our readers not only guarantees us the independence to speak truth to power - but it helps keep us in touch - and on our toes - with our growing community of supporters.

Four times a year we launch brief fundraising drives which have provided us with most of our annual budget. Can you help now with a small contribution? For the cost of a cuppa jove a month, we'll keep telling you the truth. Is it a deal?

To make a secure, online donation with your  PayPal account, click on the 'Donation' button in the upper right-hand corner, and follow the instructions.  Or, send a check through the mail, payable to “Evergreene Digest” c/o  David Culver, 460 5th Avenue North, #428, Hopkins, MN, 55343-7260.

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Summary: Intolerance, Hate, Intimidation, Fear-mongering, Violence, Incivility, and Ignorance Move Mainstream | Week of October 3

4 New Items including:
The Myth Of A 'Christian Nation'
Paladino Confronts Journalist: 'I'll Take You Out, Buddy!'

David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Mike Keefe

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The Myth Of A 'Christian Nation', A. James Rudin, Religion News Service/Huffington Post
That the US is not a Christian nation is historical fact--not an opinion--worth remembering.

Paladino Confronts Journalist: 'I'll Take You Out, Buddy!' Talking Points Memo
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski
Seems that Carl Paladino has lived up to his "mad as hell" campaign slogan. Last night at a campaign event in Lake George, the New York Republican gubernatorial nominee and New York Post state editor Fred Dicker had to be seperated, after they nearly came to blows during a heated exchange over Paladino's out-of-wedlock daughter.

MI Assistant AG's blog targeting gay student leader raises free speech issues, Kathy Barks Hoffman, Associated Press/Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN

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  • An assistant attorney general is using his personal blog to target the openly gay leader of the University of Michigan's student assembly, calling him a racist with a "radical homosexual agenda." The lawyer claims that when he's not at work, he has the right to say whatever he wants.
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  • But the vociferous criticism has raised questions of just how far a civil servant can go, and whether Andrew Shirvell's online attacks — which include putting a swastika over a gay pride flag in a photo of 21-year-old Chris Armstrong — should affect his job.
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VA to execute first woman in nearly a century, Steve Szkotak, Associated Press/Florida Times Union
The U.S. Supreme Court and Gov. Bob McDonnell declined to intervene. All her legal appeals have been exhausted, her attorney said.

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Lady Gaga a danger to the mental health of her fans?

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  • Pop music superstar Lady Gaga appears to have crossed the line into a world of necro-inspired insanity. Yet she's worshipped by children and teens (and quite a few adults) who listen to her music. Here's why she could be dangerous to their mental health.
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  • Seriously. This is the stuff your teenage kids are piping into their brains through their iPods, by the way.
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  • Lady Gaga: Pop Star for a Country and an Empire in Decline
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Mike Adams, NaturalNews.com

If you've ever wondered about the true mental sickness of the entertainment industry, look no further than Lady Gaga. She rose to fame and has become a teen favorite by pumping out tunes like "Love Game" where she belts out lines such as "Let's have some fun, this beat is sick, I wanna take a ride on your disco stick."

Seriously. This is the stuff your teenage kids are piping into their brains through their iPods, by the way.

And that's just the beginning: Lady Gaga is also largely responsible for the new craze of wearing "dilated pupil contact lenses" which make young girls appear to be either sexually aroused or stoned. These contact lenses are potentially dangerous, and they are being brought into the U.S. illegally, bypassing FDA approval. But thanks to Lady Gaga, young girls are increasingly interested in wearing them so they, too, can look "aroused and stoned" in order to arouse potential sex partners.

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Lady Gaga: Pop Star for a Country and an Empire in Decline, Sarah Jaffe,  AlterNet
We have made monsters out of others in order to kill them without fear. Gaga makes herself a monster to try to show us ourselves.

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Summary: Intolerance, Hate, Intimidation, Fear-mongering, Violence, Incivility, and Ignorance Move Mainstream | Week of September 19

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  • Hate Takes Center Stage
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  • Rallies of Misinformation
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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Signe Wilkinson

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There Is No 'Ground Zero Mosque' Keith Olbermann / Special Comment, MSNBC

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  • Keith responds to the American Family Association's declaration: "No More Mosques. Period!"
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  • It's not about the mosque! It's America's war on "the Other."
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  • The GOP's War on Islam and Park 51
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The United States of Fear, Bill Quigley, Common Dreams
You tell me what happened to the land of the free and the home of the brave since September 11, 2001.

Hate Takes Center Stage, The Progress Report, Think Progress
Hate Pastor Terry Jones' plan to burn the Quran comes on the heels of a summer in which Islamophobia ginned-up by the right wing took center stage.

Rallies of Misinformation, The Progress Report, Think Progress

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  • In the months leading up to the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, conservatives, right-wing media, and Republican lawmakers have led a campaign of misinformation, paranoia, fear, and anger toward Muslims.
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  • News Bias' and the Media Battle over the Meaning of 9/11
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Texas Textbook Massacre: State Board Suggests Books 'Tainted' With 'Pro-Islamic, Anti-Christian Distortions', Associated Press/Huffington Post

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  • Kathy Miller, a spokeswoman for the religious-liberty group Texas Freedom Network, said "This is another example of board members putting politics ahead of just educating our kids," Miller said. "Once again, without consulting any real experts, the board's politicians are manufacturing a bogus controversy."
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  • Texas Board of Education Wants to Change History
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LGBT Students Harassed At Colleges Nationwide, New Report Says, Huffington Post

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  • Unequivocally, the 2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People demonstrates that LGBTQ students, faculty and staff experience a 'chilly' campus climate of harassment and far less than welcoming campus communities.
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  • Anti-gay group organizes in Anoka-Hennepin (MN) schools as community deals with gay suicides
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The Emmys: As White As Ever, Regina King, Huffington Post
Up to and including this year, there have been only 53 non-white actors nominated for Emmys out of nearly 1,000 possible nominations in the top four acting categories for drama and comedy.

Fellow Americans' suspicions frustrate US Muslims, Rachel Zoll, Associated Press/Washington Examiner | DC

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  • There is no simple way for American Muslims to move forward.
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  • Top 10 Myths About Islam
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The cantankerous cure

Australian philosopher Simon Longstaff says we need to question everything to heal our sick institutions.

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Gregory Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times | CA

Australian philosopher Simon Longstaff hopes Westerners are nearing the end of what he calls a long age of forgetting. Even in the midst of a digital revolution that's making it ever more difficult for us to delete traces of our individual pasts, Longstaff, the head of the St. James Ethics Centre in Sydney, thinks forgetting who we are collectively is the most powerful threat to Western societies.

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No, he's not advocating a Glenn-Beck-style "restoration" or pining away for some glorious lost era that's been stolen from us by some internal enemy. He simply thinks that in the course of hundreds -- even thousands -- of years, Westerners have forgotten the essence of the ideas on which many of our institutions were founded, be it the corporation, the church, the university or the media.

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