We’re losing our neighborhood
As a reader of Dallas Voice and a person who shops and spends money in the Oak Lawn area, I am concerned that we could be losing our neighborhood.
As I talk to people at cafes, gyms and, yes, even while shopping, no one else really seems to care whether we lose Oak Lawn to Uptown and have to be relocated to the Bishops Arts District. But I care. This could be our reality in three to five years, or perhaps sooner.
Things are changing. Those who don’t know that should drive around Oak Lawn and see for themselves. We are losing our neighborhood to developers who want us out.
I recently was talking to a friend who lives down on Cedar Springs at the Tecali Apartments; he was forced out and now has to find a new place to live because they want to put in more condos.
Haven’t we had enough? Who is buying those condos? Not many of us can. Before too long, our night life and our identity will be moved to Bishops Arts in Oak Cliff.
Are you okay with that? I’m not. I love Oak Lawn it’s easy to get to, and it’s convenient.
It’s time we as a community stick together and fight to keep Oak Lawn gay.
LGBT Catholic hope is alive and well
This past year has been marked by the Vatican and U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops promoting an agenda of intolerance in the name of God. Their paw prints can be clearly seen in the anti-gay-marriage movement. Clearly, the loudest voices on these amendments battles have been the Catholic bishops, a sad commentary on the historical integrity of our Catholic social justice movement.
In one example of their intolerance, Catholic Charities in both Boston and San Francisco got out of the adoption business after the Vatican ordered a halt to adoptions by same-sex couples.
In the face of this Episcopal arrogance are church closures, school closings, a dramatic shortage of priests and a financial scandal right around the corner, not to mention the sexual abuse scandal.
If these men worked in corporate America they would be outside looking in.
Our scandal-ridden church needs to seek repentance before God, in a very meaningful way.
The bishops gleefully whistle the tune of intolerance when dealing with the civil rights of LGBT people pointing at gay marriage as if it was their province to define it, and do it in the name of God. Their theocratic mentality is in lockstep with jihadist terrorist fronts, including Al Qaeda.
As Catholics, members of the Rainbow Sash Movement support unconditionally justice for the victims of clergy sexual abuse, and we support unapologetically those bishops and priests who follow in the integrity of Jesus Christ.
We also support those who live, suffer and die from HIV/AIDS and those social service agencies both straight and gay who minister to them.
We support the many wonderful women and men who have answered God’s call to the priesthood, and the many married priests. We also support the divorced and remarried and encourage them not to leave the church.
We support the many wonderful religious men and women who live out their lives with love. We support our senior clergy as they journey.
We also support the right of a married straight couple the choice of birth control.
And finally, we support the right of a woman to chose life over death.
Going into 2007, the Rainbow Sash Movement prays that the Vatican and the bishops will embark on pastoral pilgrimage to the fractured family of the Catholic faith. As Catholics, we are committed to working for change even if it means excommunication from our faith and our GLBT community.
We honor those who have taken that journey.
Joe Murray, U.S. convenor,
Rainbow Sash Movement
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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition, January 5, 2007.
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