Jon Kennedy
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I said when I resumed the Jonals after my C.S. Lewis series I would occasionally just quote other people's blogs or link to good things in this space. A link to the video below was sent on Wednesday by lifelong Nanty Glo resident Mary Lou (Ciprich) Ford, who said: "I know among you are members of other faiths, [but] give this a try. I think most of us find common ground on this issue." Though there are some images here that I wouldn't have included if I'd produced the video (though I still enjoy watching videos of JFK, I wouldn't use him to endorse anything, but I think I understand why the producers did that and can excuse it), the overall message here is moving and much needed, in my opinion.

Go to the link Mary Lou sent if you'd like more information.

As a California voter I get to vote on a more important issue this year than who will be the next President of the United States. It's a ballot issue to overturn a state court ruling earlier this year making same-sex marriages legal in California. I share the opinion offered by many other political observers that if Proposition 8 does not pass, gay marriage will very soon be recognized all over the United States, as California (unlike Massachusetts, which has had gay marraige for several years) has long been considered a belwether of national trends.

Sacramento's major newspaper, the Bee, reported July 1 that Senator Barack Obama opposes Proposition 8, a fact that is now the theme of a major advertising campaign by the "No on Proposition 8" campaign. This excerpt is from the Bee coverage of Obama's position, which includes quotations being used against the ballot initiative:

In a letter to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club read Sunday at the group's annual Pride Breakfast in San Francisco, the Illinois senator said he supports extending "fully equal rights and benefits to same-sex couples under both state and federal law."

"And that is why I oppose the divisive and discriminatory efforts to amend the California Constitution, and similar efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution or those of other states," Obama wrote.

Obama's position is diametrically opposite the one his running mate, Senator Joseph Biden, claimed he and Obama hold, during the vice-presidential debate earlier this month. (The link accesses a transcript and a video of the entire debate.)

Finally, here's a link to another video, on the Proposition (but more importantly, the issues behind it that now face all people in the United States and the rest of the "first world") if you'd like more food for thought. In it, reporters even for the left-leaning National Public Radio network, admit that where gay marriage has been legalized, freedom of speech and freedom to practice religion has been curtailed for all orthodox faith communities. If you have problems downloading the 26-minute video linked above, here is an alternate, condensed version of it.

Early reports claimed that Proposition 8 would be overwhelmingly defeated by California's electorate, despite the fact that just a few years earlier a large majority voted to define marriage as being licensed only between one man and one woman. However, recent polls indicate that the Yes voters have gained a lead on the issue, so there is hope...even in California.

As always, I welcome your input.

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Funny Bones

Recently, I called to make reservations on a small charter plane that departs from Teterboro airport in New Jersey.

I knew that I would be flying in a very small plane, so I was not surprised when the clerk said, "The plane is very full with baggage and passengers." Then she asked, "How much do you weigh, sir?"

Not thinking clearly I answered, "With or without clothes?"

"Well," said the clerk, "how do you intend to travel?"


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Jon Kennedy's latest book is The Everything Guide to C.S. Lewis and Narnia, now in stores, from Adams Media, F&W Publications. From May 9, 2007 through July 2, 2008 his blog entries or "Jonals" were articles inspired by readings in Lewis's work that didn't fit into the book. Click here for a list of all articles in the C.S. Lewis Overflow series. The book is available for purchase in support of the Liberty Museum in Nanty Glo and is also available on Amazon.

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