Alison Gardner

On this Independence Day — Religion: Real and Fake

120px-Human_soul-1

Stepping back in history for a moment to uncover the birth of religious freedom in this country, and how it was hampered by the Puritans, we are gladly representing a post we delivered a couple of years ago. Religion: Real and Fake, originally published on July 20, 2012 Society suffers from a severe misunderstanding of the nature and role of religion. Nowhere is this more apparent than in ongoing arguments about the “separation of church and state.” Blame the Puritans. The basic idea in the U.S. Constitution is one of freedom FROM religion, expressed as “freedom of religion.” The tenets of any religion ...

Read More

Teens Thinking About Homophobia Must Dig Deeper

Note: the slurs in this video are not censored to enable a frank discussion. These teens were shown a video of a recent homophobic reaction on a public street by Jonah Hill, the actor, and another video showing his apology on a late night talk show where he was a guest. It is worth watching to the end because it takes a while for some of these teens to get close to the crux of the problem in both the slur and the apology. The teens were especially struck by Hill's apology that noted his long-standing support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and ...

Read More

What? Science? Who Needs Science?

Flickr/creative commons

On Monday, we wrote our analysis of the disastrous 5-4 Supreme Court decision in Burwell v Hobby Lobby, which gives greater religious freedom rights to closely held for-profit corporations and less religious freedom rights to natural persons (their words). We also urged you to express your dissent byRead More

The Sexual Freedom Project: Sex for Disabled People

We're featuring this video today to remind people to consider the sexual freedom of handicapped people. It contains some graphic images that some may find disturbing so viewer discretion is advised. It may be news to some but disabled people have the same need for sexual freedom as everyone else but often with more barriers, such as mobility or the fact that they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, HIV+, or favor some form of kink. A disabled person may require special assistance or arrangements, as well as caregivers who approve of and are willing to facilitate any sexual encounters. Meeting the ...

Read More

Express Your Dissent!

Photo by James Palinsad Flickr/creative commons

It is unbelievable that in 2014 we are still fighting about women's access to basic health care like birth control.

If you agree — say so. Just click here now to add your name to the dissent. -- Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood

In a dramatic 5-4 decision along ideological lines, the Supreme Court today chose to side with corporations over people ...

Read More

Supreme Women Don’t Fail Us Now (again)

Photo by Paul Weaver Flickr/creative commons

It was painful last week to hear the unanimous decision of the Supreme Court in McCullen v Coakley, siding with abortion protesters' free speech right to engage women face-to face in the public square and against those advocating for clinics' privacy and public safety in consideration of the violence, bombings, and cold-blooded murder that beset them long before there was anything akin to a buffer zone. The case ended the a 35-foot buffer zone in Massachusetts, didn't rule on a handful of other states that had smaller buffer zones, and, the reasoning of each justice varied wildly. Abortion has ...

Read More

Profit from Pain is Inhuman

Flickr/creative commons

I just finished reading a June 23 New Yorker magazine article, "Get Out of Jail, Inc.," exposing on the crushing problems created by the private probation services which are thriving along with the private prison industry. The article references an important but perhaps overlooked February report from Human Rights Watch, cataloguing the lack of transparency in these services, across the South in particular. This 72-page report describes how more than 1,000 courts in several US states delegate tremendous coercive power to companies that are often subject to little meaningful oversight or regulation. In many cases, the only ...

Read More

United Nations Fails to Protect All Families

Photo by Elvert Barnes Flickr/Creative Commons

UN Human Rights Council Adopts Non-Inclusive Protection of the Family Resolution

“It should not be up to an accidental majority of states to define what does and what does not constitute a family. I urge all states to respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of all individual members belonging to all different types of families, including same-sex families.” -- Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP (Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Vice-President of the LGBT Intergroup

  A few years ago the United States crossed a meaningful threshold with respect to untraditional families. For the first time, untraditional families surpassed the number of traditional families. ...

Read More

An Introduction to the Worship of Love

Photo by Jonathan Emmanuel Flickr/creative commons

Here is small clip* from A Course in Immortality, (en espanol, Un Curso En Inmortalidad), written as an Appendix for our upcoming book, The Unseen Journey (working title), about the erotic connection to cosmic technology. The Course's complete table of contents can be found here. Tell us what you think either by commenting here or on Facebook/VenusPlusX or by private email (columbia@venusplusx.org). The most direct, basic, physical manifestation of the reality of Love is experienced in erotic joy, in the intense experience of neurological orgasm, in which the stimulated sensorium explodes with joy ...

Read More

The Sexual Freedom Project: Breaking Down Taboos

We just love this guy. Here he is prompts us to ask ourselves if we are open and honest about our sexuality, how we have you defied taboos, fear, guilt, and how much religion affects our own sexual freedom and/or fears. Please share your thoughts with us. Make us a video, write to us, create a poem or a work of art. Take advantage of this opportunity to express yourself, and get a free VenusPlusX t-shirt as a thank you. More videos. To learn more about The New Age of Sexual Freedom, click here. TRANSCRIPT  All organisms that are capable ...

Read More