Germany Is Treating Straight Acting Erik To Some Man Action

Hello from Germany! Erik, our "straight acting gay guy" and American college student now studying in Deutschland, is living in a house with 18 other people. Jesus. Some of his housemates are alpha male types — you know the ones, who reaffirm their masculinity by throwing around "faggot" as often as they say "brah." Kind of like that jerk Ryan. But it's not all bad news for Erik. He's found himself some local wienerschnitzel.

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—  John Wright

Advice to Catholic Church on treatment of gays: Glass houses

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Is it me or does the Catholic Church have no business doing any criticizing of the LGBT community? Here are some headlines I found today:

The BBC reports today that during the past decade, “the Holy Office received details of 3,000 Catholic priests reported by their Bishops to Rome for sexual misconduct or, even worse, crimes.”

The Vatican minimizes the importance by saying that only 10 percent of these cases, or 300 priests, involve pediophelia.

Brazil:

Sex scandal embroils Catholic Church in Brazil

Three priests being investigated.

Ireland:

Irish Cardinal Apologizes for Sex Abuse Scandal

This scandal involves abuse of as many as 15,000 children, according to an AP report.

Germany:

Pope meets with German bishop amid sex scandal

From various German Catholic schools and an all-boys choir once led by the pope’s brother, 170 former students from  have come forward.

Austria:

Vienna Boys Choir admits possible sexual abuses

Abuse of boys ages 10 to 14 goes back decades and involves priests, although the chior is not offically affiliated with the church.

That’s just from today’s news.

Yet, when Mexico City began allowing same-sex couples to marry last week, where did the biggest criticism come from? The Catholic Church.

When Washington, D.C. insisted that agencies funded by the government treat all couples married in that city equally, where did the loudest protests come from? The Catholic Church.

As Vera Carp said, “Glass houses.”

For more news about religion and how if affects the LGBT community, see tomorrow’s Spirituality section of the Dallas Voice.

—  David Taffet

Author to discuss Jewish Nazi soldiers, some 'gayewish,' on Sunday in Dallas

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On Sunday, SMU history professor Bryan Rigg will speak on Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers:  Questions of Identity & Morality during the Third Reich at the Jewish Community Center in Dallas. His research uncovered that as many as 150,000 Jews and partial Jews served, often with distinction, in the German military during World War II.

His interviews revealed the nature and extent of the dilemma faced by the Mischlinge (the legal test under Nazi Germany’s Nuremberg Laws that was applied to determine whether a person was considered a “Jew”) who served: divided loyalties and states of constant tension.

His presentation will include discussion of Hitler’s gay soldiers who were half or quarter Jews.

Rigg is the author of Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers: The Untold Story of Nazi Racial Laws and Men of Jewish Descent in the German Military.

The Dallas Jewish Historical Society is presenting the free event on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 11 a.m. The Jewish Community Center is at 7900 Northaven Road.

—  David Taffet