Within the next couple of days, Fidlerten Place will be launching a new segment called Bead-Reader. It is culled from a catchphrase used in the gay community from at least as far back as the sixties and perhaps further. Someone might say, “Did you here that girl read his beads? She sure told him!” or “I just read her beads, that (expletive)!”
It means to tell someone off really well. If you “read someone’s beads”, you are giving them the “what for”. I am sure most of us can remember a time we would have liked to straighten someone out on a few facts and give them a piece of our mind.
Once a week, if not more, I will be publishing a Bead-Reader. This will be done by either: Read more
The Mormon Church took an unprecedented step toward accepting gay people recently and though it is a positive move, it does not go far enough.
The church opened a website: mormonsandgays.org , which seems to be an attempt to reach out to Mormon gays and the gay community at large. The website’s official statement states:
“The experience of same-sex attraction is a complex reality for many people. The attraction itself is not a sin, but acting on it is. Even though individuals do not choose to have such attractions, they do choose how to respond to them. With love and understanding, the Church reaches out to all God’s children, including our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters.”
I am glad that the Mormon Church has accepted the fact that gay people are born the way they are, which is a step in the right direction. What they do not seem to grasp, the same as Evangelicals and even Catholics do not grasp, is that gay people are not going to choose to live a life of celibacy because of whom they are. Read more
Coming from a small town and growing up in the 70s and around a lot of people who had problems with those who were different, I kept my homosexuality to myself. I knew that if the fact I was gay came out my life would never be the same; I’d be ostracized, ridiculed and possibly even face great danger.
I also had to listen to the jokes and snide remarks about not only gay people but African-Americans, Hispanics or anyone that was different. Being defensive in those days could get you deep in trouble too so it was best to just keep your mouth shut. Read more
Growing up in a Christian home may have its benefits, especially if it’s a loving home with parents who are good people and love their God and their children. There are also children who grow up in very conservative so-called Christian homes where children are instilled with an indoctrination of fear and hate. Just take a look at all the parents who have let their children die or caused their child’s death because of religious beliefs. Read more
Pastor Sean Harris of Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, N.C. is no kind of shepherd at all. A pastor to me has always been someone to turn to for spiritual guidance; someone who has the ear of God and speaks for God. For a pastor to tell his congregation that if their young boys show any signs of effeminacy, they should just “punch” them. If I had been in that congregation at the time, I would have gotten up and headed out the door, but probably not before I turned on the man and told him what I thought about him as a supposedly man of God, right in front of his congregation. I’m also certain I would need to speak quickly before the ushers got to me to force me out the door. Read more