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President Obama Is Right: We Must Pass ENDA

President Barack Obama wrote an outstanding blog post on The Huffington Post, giving his reasons why we must pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, also known as ENDA. This new law would make it explicitly illegal for employers to make employment decisions (e.g., firing, hiring, promotions, compensation, etc.) based on someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

 

ENDA would extend federal employment discrimination protections currently provided based on race, religion, gender, national origin, age and disability to sexual orientation and gender identity. It’s important to note that ENDA isn’t offering any special rights but simply fair employment practices for LGBT employees.

In 2013 it’s absolutely repulsive that 29 states don’t explicitly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, and that 33 states don’t explicitly prohibit discrimination based on gender identity. It’s also part of the reason why so many American men and women are living lives of secrecy, afraid to admit who they really are. The United States is known as the “land of the free,” yet in some ways we’re anything but free. It’s time for all LGBT men and women to stop having to live in fear and worry that if their employer “finds out,” they’re going to lose their job.

 

Crosby Burns and Jeff Krehely at the Center for American Progress write, “Studies show that anywhere from 15 percent to 43 percent of gay people have experienced some form of discrimination and harassment at the workplace. Moreover, a staggering 90 percent of transgender workers report some form of harassment or mistreatment on the job.” If that isn’t bad enough for you, consider these statistics from the Williams Institute:

 

  • Eight to 17 percent of lesbian, gay, and bisexual workers report being fired or denied employment because of their sexual orientation.
  • Ten to 28 percent of LGB workers received a negative performance evaluation or were denied a promotion because of their sexual orientation.
  • Seven to 41 percent of LGB workers were verbally or physically abused or had their workplace vandalized because of their sexual orientation.

 

Behind these statistics are the heartbreaking stories of hardworking Americans who are outstanding at what they do but were let go or had to overcome unnecessary obstacles because of a discriminating employer. Even in states that currently have laws making this kind of discrimination illegal, it’s sometimes not enough. There are stories all over the Internet of people being fired, demoted or passed over for a promotion simply on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

 

Critical thinking is simple on this one: Your sexual orientation or gender identity should have absolutely nothing to do with your career. The only thing that should matter? Your job performance. There are so many very qualified, talented and hardworking Americans who happen to be LGBT. And so what if they are? Does it really matter? Of course it doesn’t, and that’s precisely why it’s imperative that Congress pass ENDA. The good news: The majority of Republicans and Democrats back ENDA.

It’s time to put a stop to workplace discrimination and singling out some of our best employees simply on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Any employer or person who fails to see that is exhibiting bigotry, discrimination and hatred.

As President Obama said, “[This kind of discrimination is] offensive. It’s wrong. And it needs to stop, because in the United States of America, who you are and who you love should never be a fireable offense.” The president got it 100-percent correct this time!

 

Mississippi’s Horrific Approach to Sex Education

When Mississippi passed a law requiring school districts to teach sex education, it was a great victory. After all, 76 percent of the state’s teenagers report having sex before they graduate from high school, and Mississippi has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the country, currently standing at 50 births per 1,000 females aged 15 to 19 in 2011.

But what was supposed to educate and inform teenagers in the state has turned into a big joke. For example, the sex education curriculum in Oxford, Miss., allegedly has students unwrap a piece of chocolate, pass it around class and take note how dirty it becomes. It’s a disgraceful parallel of comparing a young woman to a piece of candy, to drive home the point that a girl is dirty, unworthy and used if she has sex. This is not the kind of sex education that needs to be taught in our nation’s schools.

Right now in Mississippi, the law requires school districts to choose between abstinence-only programs that encourage students to wait until marriage to have sex, or “abstinence-plus” programs that urge abstinence but also teach about contraception. The problem with the “abstinence-plus” program is that although it allows lessons on contraception and STDs, it prohibits students from learning how to use condoms. Teachers are also forbidden to discuss abortion of any kind.

Perhaps the biggest shocker of all: Mississippi sex-ed classes are teaching kids that homosexuality is illegal. Yes, teachers can opt out of pushing this message, but the simple fact that it’s part of the curriculum is unbelievable in this day in age. Not only is this wrong for so many obvious reasons, but the fact is homosexuality is not illegal. Not only is Mississippi making a mockery out of teaching sex education to students, it’s teaching them bigotry, hatred and discrimination.

Instead of treating students like the young adults they are, teachers are being forced to present this important information as if it’s being taught to a group of first graders. Sex education must be taught through objective reality, or the way things really are. Teaching abstinence is a nice thought, but it’s also unrealistic. Like it or not, teenagers are going to have sex. Therefore, what we need is comprehensive sex education that teaches kids how to have safe sex.

How do we accomplish this?

  1. Stop teaching teenagers that sex is a sin and that it’s wrong unless we are married. Stop teaching teens to be ashamed of their sexual desires. This is another far right fabrication the church continues to push, and guess what? It’s never worked! The human sex drive is the most powerful force on earth. It’s a beautiful, natural phenomenon that produces unparalleled pleasure. Our culture of sexual repression makes America appear naive and immature. Critical thinking says nothing will ever stop the most primal drive that smolders within the human psyche. Nature will always favor this form of expression, no matter how many fanatics threaten us with eternal damnation.
  2. Don’t make it a Biology lesson: Many sex education courses are weighted down in the biological mechanisms of how the male and female bodies work, how a baby is made and how STDs are spread. No doubt this is important information, but there’s way more to it. As author Mark Manson said, “Sex ed should account for the recreational, social and emotional reasons for sex and their consequences. It should discuss the interpersonal meaning of intercourse, setting clear expectations and boundaries, communicating desires, dealing with feelings of shame and awkwardness, and of course, being responsible about protection and privacy.”
  3. Access to condoms: Our public school systems are still debating whether or not providing condoms in schools promotes sexual promiscuity. Condoms don’t promote promiscuity, hormones promote promiscuity! Giving students access to condoms doesn’t increase their odds of having sex, it just increases the odds that they’ll have safe sex.
  4. Identifying as LGBT is perfectly normal. Whether teenagers are straight, gay, transgender or any other orientation, they should be respected and left alone. It’s time for America to grow up and recognize that homosexuality is neither a choice nor a disease, any more than being a heterosexual is. We need to push more the message of equality for all, regardless of sexual orientation or anything else.
    Right now only 22 states mandate sex education courses in public schools. This is embarrassing. It’s time to pass legislation that mandates comprehensive sex education in all of our public schools so students aren’t forced to learn love making through porn or on the streets. Of course, not sex education like Mississippi that has turned it into a charade, but a world-class program that educates our kids about one of the most beautiful parts of life and helps them make better decisions.

More Victories for Gay Rights – More Work to Be Done

More history has been made recently in the fight for gay rights and equality. Just last week, a judge in Texas struck down a ban on same-sex marriage. And in Arizona, it was a decision that can only be viewed as a victory for common sense and justice. Last Wednesday, Governor Jan Brewer vetoed bill SB 1062, which would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gays and lesbians on the basis of religious beliefs. This is a huge victory for the LGBT community, same-sex marriage specifically, but also for our nation and equal rights in general. The fact that legislation like this could even be brought forward and passed the state legislature in Arizona shows there is still a lot of growing up that needs to be done in our country.

The transition from infancy to maturity is not always an easy one. It is achieved through a series of baby steps interspersed with periods of growing pains. This is just as true for a nation as it is for an individual.

America literally changed the way the world worked ever since the “shot heard around the world” heralded in a new era of freedom. It showed a light of hope that began as a distant beacon and grew brighter and warmer until much of the globe stepped out of the darkness, threw off its shackles and embraced a new age of humanity instead of one of tyranny.

The blight on all of this has been our history of discrimination. We still feel the pain of slavery, and other minorities that have been treated and seen as second-class citizens for too long. So much has been healed, but we still show the scars. As the years have gone by and each new generation reflects upon the attitudes of those before them, there has been more of a drive to truly embrace freedom and an inclusive environment where all types of people can live and prosper, no matter what the differences may be. The demographic that has been among the last to be embraced into this has been gays, lesbians and transgendered people.

Time will reflect back on this discrimination with the same revulsion that most of us now feel about the Jim Crow laws or not letting women vote. Much of the same language is used to justify anti-gay discrimination as was used against letting blacks and whites intermingle and have equality under the law. The most vocal opposition against homosexuals has come from specific right-wing groups who cite religious reasons as justification for society to officially scorn a group of people who have done no harm. Lest we forget, our nation’s attitude towards freedom was formed in the Declaration of Independence, not the 10 Commandments. Despite the fact that our country has a history that goes right back to the founding fathers of being a secular democracy, and not a theocracy, there are some who wish to foment hate under the umbrella of religion.

There is an agenda behind this that is far removed from religious principles. If this were really about sticking to the text of the Bible, then it’s ironic that the major target for exclusion would be homosexuals, about whom there are a few vague passages, and not people of other religions, about whom there are many more very explicit references against. It’s easy to take a few lines out of context to further an agenda. Most of the most vocal hatemongers are living a life that is far removed from the teachings of Jesus. Would the “Prince of Peace” likely condone much of what’s being said to bring about hate in this way? I think not!

In Arizona, even many major businesses expressed opposition to the bill. Even many conservative politicians condemned it. Across the country, courts are striking down same-sex marriage bans. It’s dawning on people that you cannot run the same kind of hate campaign, no matter what face you put on it. It’s dawning on people that this is rather childish to continue having this be a stumbling block for freedom.

In our society, it’s time we stopped turning towards discrimination of anyone who doesn’t hurt others, no matter who they are. Homosexuality is neither a choice nor a disease. Love comes to everyone in many different forms. As time goes on, we will start to grow up and forget the repressive culture and religious dogma that we are still caught up in.

We’ve shown the world freedom in the past, but this is one area where much of the world has pulled ahead and can show us something. As a country, we are progressing. We’ve gotten past much of our internal “angry adolescence.” We’re getting there, but there’s a lot more work to be done. And as we experience more victories like we did in Texas and Arizona last week, we’ll be that much closer to seeing equality for all.

Michael Sam Sends Bold Message to The NFL: It’s Time For Change!

The light of equality could soon be shining strongly in the NFL come next season. Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam has announced he is gay. This comes prior to the much anticipated NFL draft which takes place in May.

In an exclusive interview with SI.com, eight NFL executives and coaches anonymously predicted that Sam’s announcement will significantly hurt him in the upcoming draft. Sam is expected to be a high-round draft pick, but those interviewed by SI.com predicted this will make his path to the league “daunting,” and cause him to drop drastically in the draft.

One player personnel assistant interviewed by SI.com said, “I don’t think football is ready for [an openly gay player] just yet. In the coming decade or two, it’s going to be acceptable, but at this point in time it’s still a man’s-man game.”

A veteran NFL scout told SI.com, “I just know with this going on this is going to drop him down. There’s no question about it. It’s human nature. Do you want to be the team to quote-unquote ‘break that barrier?'”

I for one would be excited to welcome Michael Sam to my team if I were coaching in the NFL, not because he would be the first openly gay football player in the NFL, but because he is the epitome of mental toughness. Just look at the guts of this young man to come out to the world and to the league before the draft. Sam is a bold and daring visionary and he’s not afraid of what other people think, and his bravery and courage are going to serve him well and take him places both on and off the field. We already know what Sam is capable of on the football field physically speaking, but we now know how tough he is mentally. Anyone who can handle that kind of pressure is going to make an awesome addition to any team.

Like any great movement in history, there always has to be someone who gets the ball rolling. Think about what Jackie Robinson was to African American’s in Baseball. The Major Leagues had not had an African-American player since 1889, when in 1947, Brooklyn Dodgers president Branch Rickey approached Robinson about joining the Brooklyn Dodgers. Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball, and Michael Sam is the catalyst of bringing down the wall for gay football players throughout America, whether they are pros in the NFL or pee wees in Pop Warner.

Critical thinking on this one is simple: Michael Sams’ talent and ability to play pro football has absolutely nothing to do with his sexual preference. How do we know? Because Sam told the Tigers last August that he was gay and the team not only fully supported him, they made him a team MVP and watched him sack the quarterback 11.5 times. The same scenario can and should play out in the NFL. The only thing that matters is the bottom line: can Michael Sam help an NFL team be more successful? Absolutely! He’s a strong football player and that’s all that really matters.

 

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said in a statement Sunday night, “We’re really happy for Michael that he’s made the decision to announce this, and we’re proud of him and how he represents #Mizzou.” Perhaps the NFL could learn a thing or two from the NCAA.

It’s time for America to grow up and recognize that homosexuality is neither a choice nor a disease, any more than being a heterosexual is. Homosexuality is a natural predisposition that exists throughout the animal kingdom. In fact, a study by The Williams Institute estimates that approximately 9 million Americans – roughly the population of New Jersey – identify as LGBT. These are our brothers, sisters, friends, neighbors, professionals in all different industries of the workforce, athletes and more. They deserve to be treated with the same respect as everyone else.

 

Michael Sam might be the first openly gay football player who is drafted to the NFL, and because of his courageous announcement he won’t be the last. While today’s news could be historical for the gay rights movement, we must look beyond that. Just as gay marriage will eventually simply be referred to as marriage, let’s look forward to the day when we can simply identify great athletes like Michael Sam as great athletes, and leave their sexual orientation out of the story.

 

The Days of Ozzie and Harriet are Over!

School Boards Must Pass New Sex Education Curriculums

The Broward County, Florida, School Board is considering expanding its sex education curriculum to younger students, and would cover topics such as abstinence, human development, contraception, HIV prevention and decision making. This is a hot topic of debate in South Florida, where supporters overwhelmingly dominated public opinion at a school board workshop this week. This isn’t just an important issue in Florida; it’s important to students across the nation.

 

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, only 22 states and the District of Columbia require public schools to teach sex education. Shocking statistics when according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 47 percent of all high school students say they have had sex; and 15 percent of high school students have had sex with four or more partners during their lifetime.

Comprehensive sexual education is the right thing to do. The delusional thinking by those against it is that providing comprehensive sex education in schools is an endorsement of sexual activity. So instead, in the richest country in the world, we are forced to learn about sex on the streets.

Here’s objective reality: whether you like it or not, teenagers are going to have sex. They always have and always will. The average teenager has been exposed to more sexually explicit movies, games, magazines, and other materials than older generations have in our entire lives. As much as some Americans would like to hold on, the days of Ozzie and Harriet are over. Teenagers are bombarded by sex; what they are lacking is sex education. They’re learning lovemaking through porn.

Are we too emotionally immature to educate our kids about one of the most beautiful parts of life? Only 22 states require their public schools to teach sex education, which is an embarrassment for a country that claims to be progressive. Our public school system is still debating whether or not providing condoms in schools promotes sexual promiscuity. Condoms don’t promote promiscuity, HORMONES promote promiscuity! Giving students access to condoms doesn’t increase their odds of having sex, it just increases the odds that they’ll have safe sex.

I remember sneaking into a drug store when I was in high school to buy condoms. It was a painful experience because like most Americans, I was programmed in church to be ashamed of my sexual desires.

Pennsylvania Pastor Wrongly Suspended for Officiating Son’s Marriage to Another Man

A United Methodist minister from Pennsylvania has been suspended from the church for 30 days after marrying his gay son to another man. In addition, the Rev. Frank Schaefer was told that he will lose his credentials if he violates any church rules in that time period. But a defiant Schaefer remains unrepentant and refused to promise that he wouldn’t perform more gay unions.

In studying mental toughness training for the last 28 years, I’ve discovered that every one of us has the capacity to be mentally tough. The problem is that most of us don’t know how to access our toughness, and as a result, people who are operating from a weak state of mind are vulnerable to bullies and bigots. That’s why critical thinking demands that the mentally tough stand up for the people who aren’t strong enough to stand up for themselves. And that’s what people like Rev. Schaefer are doing.

The Rev. Frank Schaefer is a hero, yet the church has decided to scold this man for doing the right thing — the same thing that every other church leader in America and around the world should be doing: joining two people who love each other in matrimony regardless of sexual preference.

Rev. Schaefer said, “The church needs to stop judging people based on their sexual orientation and we have to stop the hate speech. We have to stop treating them as second-class Christians.”

 

The nation’s largest mainline Protestant denomination does accept gay and lesbian members, but it rejects the practice of homosexuality. Is this not akin to allowing blacks to attend school with whites but insisting that they drink from separate water fountains? I guess we can call it “partial bigotry.”

The church is hailed as this great, loving community that welcomes “everybody” to celebrate God — everybody except for gays and lesbians, apparently. What kind of loving community is that? Would Jesus really endorse this kind of behavior? It’s time for the church to stop fighting the LGBT movement. It’s never going to win. It’s hard to blame people who lived during the Dark Ages for not applying their brain power or using their critical thinking skills, but in the 21st century it’s just embarrassing.

Even Pope Francis has shown some acceptance of the LGBT movement quite recently. He said of gay people, “Who am I to judge?” And not long after that he said, “The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently. We have to find a new balance; otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.”

 

Schaefer testified that his son had heard hateful messages from the church and the culture around him that told him that he isn’t normal or valid and labeled him a freak. And that’s the crux of the problem right there: Think of all the televangelists and other anti-gay leaders who have driven so many members of the LGBT community into therapy, swallowing anti-depressants and even committing suicide. Religious leaders claim that marriage can only be between a man and a woman, and that’s why they are against gay marriage. This is another far-right fabrication. The real reason that they’re against gay marriage is that it would make gay couples equal to straight couples and remove the stigma that has been cast upon homosexuality.

Critical thinking in the case of Rev. Frank Schaefer is simple. The man is a loving father who did the right thing by supporting his son — and after all, a loving parent is the backbone of the Christian faith. Schaefer is also a leader to the gay community. And most importantly, he should be treated as a role model and a refreshing change for the Christian community around the world. Suspending Schaefer is ludicrous; if anything, he’s entitled to a promotion.

If the United Methodist Church in southeastern Pennsylvania eventually defrocks Rev. Schaefer, it would be a great shame. This is a man who can teach the church and the community real life lessons about love, compassion and doing the right thing.

 

Hawaii Says ‘Aloha’ to Same-Sex Marriage and Equality

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie will sign a bill today legalizing gay marriage, making Hawaii the 15th state to allow same-sex marriages, and allowing thousands of gay couples living in Hawaii and tourists to marry in the Aloha State starting Dec. 2. Hawaii, which is a huge tourist destination to begin with, is expected to see a boost in tourism of $217 million over the next three years, according to estimates from the University of Hawaii.

Back in the Midwest, Illinois is set to become the 16th state to allow same-sex couples to unite in matrimony when Gov. Pat Quinn signs state measure S.B. 10 on Nov. 20, as is expected.

It’s remarkable how much progress our country has made in the fight for equality. Fifteen years ago, Hawaii and Alaska became the first U.S. states to pass constitutional amendments against same-sex marriage. And in this short period of time, despite massive opposition from the right, Americans are finally doing the right thing and starting to recognize everyone as equals. While we’ve come a long way, there’s still a lot of work left to be done. Until all 50 states legalize gay marriage, we must keep fighting on in the battle for equality.

Harvey Milk, the martyr in the gay community who was called “the most famous and most significantly open LGBT official ever elected in the United States,” said, “All men are created equal. No matter how hard they try, they can never erase those words. That is what America is about.”

 

Unfortunately, America has a long history of discrimination. In 1857, the Supreme Court ruled that an African American could not be a citizen. Lincoln freed the slaves, and it still took another 100-plus years for blacks to be treated like equals under the law. The point is that when it comes to all our country’s claims of exceptionalism, we have some pretty slapdash history as it relates to human rights.

Critical thinking on gay marriage is extremely simple and straightforward. There are three things to understand.

First, regardless of what you think of any LGBT person, they are our friends, our neighbors, our co-workers, our children’s teachers and many others and should be treated with dignity and respect. If you can’t find it in your heart to treat them like you would treat anyone else, you’re exhibiting hatred, discrimination and bigotry.

Second, same-sex marriage is not a fad or a temporary movement, and with almost 16 states supporting it, it’s only a matter of time before every state follows and welcomes the LGBT movement into our culture and allows people to live their lives on their own terms.

Third, does it really matter? Does it really matter who someone is attracted to? Does it really matter if a man wants to be with another man, or a woman with another woman? The main premise of marriage is to take two individuals who love one another, and create a union of shared hopes, dreams and aspirations that will hopefully last a lifetime. Denying marriage to two individuals who love each other is to deny them a fundamental freedom. Gay men and women possess the same potential and desire for sustained loving and lasting relationships as their heterosexual counterparts. As Aristotle said, “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” Does it really matter if those two bodies are two men or two women? Love is love.

President Obama said, “Whenever freedom and equality are affirmed, our country becomes stronger. By giving loving gay and lesbian couples the right to marry if they choose, Hawaii exemplifies the values we hold dear as a nation.”

It’s time for other states to step up to the plate and stop living in the dark ages and hiding behind the Bible or constitutional amendments. We must follow the example of states like Hawaii and treat everyone as equals. The conservatives can kick and scream all they want, but it’s only a matter of time before all of America, and the world, respects and honors same-sex marriage.

 

Federal Judge Strikes Down Key Texas Abortion Limits

The issue of abortion grabs the spotlight yet again, when just one day before a new abortion law was scheduled to take effect in Texas, a federal judge has struck it down. The law would have required physicians to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic at which they’re providing abortion services, and also controlled usage of RU486, a drug that induces abortions.

When handing down his decision on the 30-mile rule, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel said, “It places a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion of a nonviable fetus and is thus an undue burden to her.”

 

I’m happy, yet amazed Roe v. Wade hasn’t been overturned. It’s proof that there are so many people who believe in a woman’s right to choose but are only brave enough to admit it when it’s law. I don’t blame people for being afraid, because taking any social position in America that goes against the religious right can cost you your job, friends, and even family. Religious extremists are a mob you don’t want to cross. At least gangs don’t pretend to exhibit “Christ-like” behavior.

 

The delusional thinking is that a fetus is a human being. A fetus is only a fetus and it cannot survive without its mother’s body, which makes critical thinking on abortion simple: we own our bodies, and neither the government nor the church has any jurisdiction or say in what we do with it. Once it’s breathing independently outside the mother’s womb it has rights, but until a fetus becomes a human being it is part of its mother’s body.

The problem with people who argue against this is they are thinking through emotion instead of logic. Abortion is a sad but sometimes necessary event, but the mother should be free to choose what happens inside her own body. The fact is that the advent of contraception and legalized abortion has done more to liberate women than any two events in history, and the all-boys club of “women should be kept barefoot and pregnant” is none too pleased. Women have been controlled, bullied, and abused by men since the beginning of time, and maintaining control of their reproductive rights is one of the methods men have used to keep them from rising up in the world.

As long as a woman had to be home raising kids, she couldn’t go out in the world and stake her own claim or make her own money. Men not only had a physical strength advantage over women, but they enjoyed absolute monetary power as well. It’s hard to have equal rights with empty pockets, and unplanned pregnancy was the catalyst of inequality.

Birth control and abortion changed all that, and in the past 40 years we have witnessed the greatest emancipation of women in American history. Women now have the power to forge their own destiny, earn unlimited amounts of money, and challenge men for political power. This evolution would never have taken place in America without legalized abortion.

 

Overturning Roe v. Wade has never been about saving babies. It’s about controlling women, and the religious extremists will continue masking this hidden agenda until they are exposed. All a critical thinker has to do is read what the Bible says about women, which treats them as the property of men with about the same status as cattle. It baffles me that any woman of even modest education can embrace a book that demeans them to this degree, yet this is the power of delusional thinking.

 

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said, “The ruling marks an important victory for Texas women and sends a clear message to lawmakers: it is unconstitutional for politicians to pass laws that take personal, private decisions away from women and their doctors.”

 

To Richards’ point, fortunately millions of strong independent women refused to be subjected to the tyranny of ancient religious dogma and puritanical societal norms and are boldly creating their own futures. As women continue to gain more political power, social status and financial equality, they will make America a stronger, more prosperous country. It’s a great victory for women in Texas, but we must keep pushing forward to always guarantee a woman’s right to choose.

 

Petraeus Sex Scandal

The firing of General David Petraeus as the director of the CIA for having an affair is yet another example of America’s emotional immaturity. What does Gen. Petraeus’ s sex life have to do with how he runs the CIA? If we fired every politician and military leader that has had an extramarital affair, Washington, DC would be a ghost town. When will America grow up and get out of people’s bedrooms?  Watch this short video and I’ll look forward to your comments. For more on this, read my article in the Huffington Post at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-siebold/cia-director-david-petrae_b_2119965.html

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Party at the Playboy Mansion: Immoral?

I just returned from attending Hugh Hefner’s Halloween Party at Playboy Mansion in Hollywood where we raised $5.4 million for charity. The press was not allowed inside the party, but some of them called this event immoral because it was held at the iconic epicenter of the sexual revolution. Watch this short video I taped  in Beverly Hills and I’ll look forward to your comments.     Steve Siebold

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