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Boy Scouts troop leader in Texas compares gays to criminals, says he’ll refer gay Scouts to counseli

A Boy Scouts troop leader in Marble Falls, Texas, is under fire for comparing gay Scouts to criminals and suggesting that he’d refer them to counseling. Austin’s KEYE-TV reports:

Troop leader Thom Fairleigh was commenting about a reported agreement with the First Baptist Church of Marble Falls. The agreement would allow the church to continue to sponsor the troop after the Boy Scouts of America voted to allow gay scouts.

Fairleigh was quoted as saying, “It’s just like if a boy came to me and said he’s a thief — in Christian love I would say ‘you’ve got a problem and that we definitely will not approve of it’ and we would send him to get pastoral counseling.”

A spokesman for the Scouts Capital Area Council told KEYE-TV that Fairleigh’s statement doesn’t reflect the Scouts’ policy. The station contacted Fairleigh, but he declined further comment.

In related news, the Houston Chronicle reports that 30 churches in the Houston area have dropped sponsorships of Boy Scout troops in response to the BSA’s decision to allow gay youth, which took effect Jan. 1.

More at http://www.lonestarq.com/30-houston-area-churches-left-boy-scouts-decision-allow-gay-youth/ .

Cross-posted in the Texas Group and the LGBT Group.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jan 7, 2014, 09:58 PM (3 replies)

Boy Scouts troop leader in Texas compares gays to criminals, says he’ll refer gay Scouts to counseli

A Boy Scouts troop leader in Marble Falls, Texas, is under fire for comparing gay Scouts to criminals and suggesting that he’d refer them to counseling. Austin’s KEYE-TV reports:

Troop leader Thom Fairleigh was commenting about a reported agreement with the First Baptist Church of Marble Falls. The agreement would allow the church to continue to sponsor the troop after the Boy Scouts of America voted to allow gay scouts.

Fairleigh was quoted as saying, “It’s just like if a boy came to me and said he’s a thief — in Christian love I would say ‘you’ve got a problem and that we definitely will not approve of it’ and we would send him to get pastoral counseling.”

A spokesman for the Scouts Capital Area Council told KEYE-TV that Fairleigh’s statement doesn’t reflect the Scouts’ policy. The station contacted Fairleigh, but he declined further comment.

In related news, the Houston Chronicle reports that 30 churches in the Houston area have dropped sponsorships of Boy Scout troops in response to the BSA’s decision to allow gay youth, which took effect Jan. 1.

More at http://www.lonestarq.com/30-houston-area-churches-left-boy-scouts-decision-allow-gay-youth/ .

Cross-posted in the General Discussion and the LGBT Group.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jan 7, 2014, 09:56 PM (2 replies)

Boy Scouts troop leader in Texas compares gays to criminals, says he’ll refer gay Scouts to counseli

A Boy Scouts troop leader in Marble Falls, Texas, is under fire for comparing gay Scouts to criminals and suggesting that he’d refer them to counseling. Austin’s KEYE-TV reports:

Troop leader Thom Fairleigh was commenting about a reported agreement with the First Baptist Church of Marble Falls. The agreement would allow the church to continue to sponsor the troop after the Boy Scouts of America voted to allow gay scouts.

Fairleigh was quoted as saying, “It’s just like if a boy came to me and said he’s a thief — in Christian love I would say ‘you’ve got a problem and that we definitely will not approve of it’ and we would send him to get pastoral counseling.”

A spokesman for the Scouts Capital Area Council told KEYE-TV that Fairleigh’s statement doesn’t reflect the Scouts’ policy. The station contacted Fairleigh, but he declined further comment.

In related news, the Houston Chronicle reports that 30 churches in the Houston area have dropped sponsorships of Boy Scout troops in response to the BSA’s decision to allow gay youth, which took effect Jan. 1.

More at http://www.lonestarq.com/30-houston-area-churches-left-boy-scouts-decision-allow-gay-youth/ .

Cross-posted in General Discussion and the Texas Group.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jan 7, 2014, 09:56 PM (2 replies)

Readers outraged over San Angelo newspaper’s coverage of gay former mayor’s wedding in Mexico

J.W. Lown, the former mayor of San Angelo who made national news when he came out as gay and resigned in 2009, married his partner in Mexico in November.

Lown was very popular in San Angelo, and his departure shocked the city just as he was about to be sworn in to a fourth term. Lown moved to Mexico so he could remain with his boyfriend, an undocumented immigrant.

More than four years later, the San Angelo Standard-Times published a special report last Sunday, titled “Love and Exile,” about Lown’s wedding in Mexico City. The report consisted of multiple stories and an online photo slideshow from the ceremony.

The newspaper’s conservative readers were outraged, prompting editor Michael Kelly to pen an apology of sorts this week — in which he drew a rather unfortunate comparison between Lown and Warren Jeffs:

We got angry phone calls and letters, with some saying the report and its presentation suggested the Standard-Times was endorsing Lown’s decisions and actions. That was not our intention.

That story incorporated elements of two of the great public policy debates of our time — same-sex marriage and immigration — in the person of a single figure who at the time he left town was the one of the most popular mayors in San Angelo’s history. Like the story of Warren Jeffs and the FLDS ranch, it raised controversial questions.

To be sure, some found the images of Lown’s wedding, in particular, to glorify same-sex marriage. From their point of view, this was a misplaced effort that produced outrage rather than the effect we intended.

We recognize the report caused a strong reaction among some readers based on their personal convictions. Moreover, Lown had many friends and supporters before his departure, and some may feel a personal betrayal as a result of the former mayor’s actions.

We set out to present the facts and images of what we consider to be an important story in which San Angelo is involved, not to deliberately offend anyone.


More at http://www.lonestarq.com/readers-outraged-san-angelo-papers-coverage-gay-former-mayors-wedding-mexico/#more-1939 .

Fort Worth Star-Telegram admits report on ACA left out key information

Blogger Maggie Mahar writes for healthinsurance.org, and in a two-part post over this past weekend she criticized the Star-Telegram for doing what she considered a poor job of fact-checking the story before publication.

Specifically, Mahar said her research showed that claims the people made concerning their efforts to get affordable insurance were exaggerated and that a Google search revealed that three of the four people quoted in the story as “losers” under Obamacare were all Tea Party members and more likely to be predisposed to find fault with the Affordable Care Act.

One of the women quoted in the story, Whitney Johnson, told us Monday that, although she is not a member of the Tea Party, her mother is the founder of the Parker County Tea Party chapter. Johnson also wrote a letter to the Concerned Women For America that appeared on the Tea Party website, in which she makes her feelings about the Affordable Care Act pretty clear.

Johnson later found affordable insurance at the healthcare website with the help of a Fort Worth broker. Tea Party members, of course, need insurance just like members of other political parties.


The complete article is at http://www.star-telegram.com/2014/01/06/5464752/star-telegram-report-on-affordable.html?rh=1 .
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jan 7, 2014, 04:11 AM (6 replies)

How Do Infants Understand and React to Music? – UT Professor Investigates

For many people, most days would not be complete without music. Whether it's exercising to your favorite playlist or jamming along to the radio on your way home for work.

But how much do infants get out of music? And are there types of music that babies prefer?

A professor at the Children’s Research Laboratory on the University of Texas at Austin campus is trying to find out.

-snip-

“We know that infants are drawn to speech," {Dr. Eugenia} Costa-Giomi says. "They prefer to listen to speech {over} almost any other sound and there have been so many studies done on that. However, none of the studies have used sounds that could be classified as music.”

More at http://kut.org/post/how-do-infants-understand-and-react-music-ut-professor-investigates .
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jan 7, 2014, 12:56 AM (4 replies)

Anti-gay Dallas Councilman says God’s law prohibits gay marriage, tells me to read Bible (w/ video)

Anti-gay Dallas City Councilman Sheffie Kadane was surprisingly quiet during a committee briefing Monday on same-sex marriage. However, I unexpectedly got an opportunity to chat with Kadane immediately after the briefing.

Last June, Kadane railed against a proposed resolution in support of same-sex marriage. Kadane, a member of First Baptist Church of Dallas, repeated his opposition to the resolution during a committee briefing last month.

On Monday, Kadane basically told me he would support equal benefits for LGBT city employees as long as they don’t violate state laws banning recognition of same-sex marriage. He also told me same-sex marriage is against God’s law and that I need to read the Bible because I’m evidently not a Christian.

Watch the encounter below.



http://www.lonestarq.com/watch-anti-gay-dallas-councilman-sheffie-kadane-says-gods-law-prohibits-gay-marriage-tells-read-bible/

Cross-posted in LGBT Group.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jan 7, 2014, 12:12 AM (1 replies)

Anti-gay Dallas Councilman says God’s law prohibits gay marriage, tells me to read Bible (w/ video)

Anti-gay Dallas City Councilman Sheffie Kadane was surprisingly quiet during a committee briefing Monday on same-sex marriage. However, I unexpectedly got an opportunity to chat with Kadane immediately after the briefing.

Last June, Kadane railed against a proposed resolution in support of same-sex marriage. Kadane, a member of First Baptist Church of Dallas, repeated his opposition to the resolution during a committee briefing last month.

On Monday, Kadane basically told me he would support equal benefits for LGBT city employees as long as they don’t violate state laws banning recognition of same-sex marriage. He also told me same-sex marriage is against God’s law and that I need to read the Bible because I’m evidently not a Christian.

Watch the encounter below.



http://www.lonestarq.com/watch-anti-gay-dallas-councilman-sheffie-kadane-says-gods-law-prohibits-gay-marriage-tells-read-bible/

Cross-posted in Texas Group.
Posted by TexasTowelie | Tue Jan 7, 2014, 12:11 AM (4 replies)

Texas health advisers blast new proposed rules

AUSTIN, Texas —

Counselors who help Texas residents up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act criticized proposed state rules Monday that would require them to undergo additional training and pay fees, saying the regulations would impede people from getting health care.

Texas Insurance Commissioner Julia Rathgeber held a public hearing on the rules who agency generated after Gov. Rick Perry called for stringent regulation of so-called navigators, whose job is to help people sign up for health insurance using new health care exchanges. Perry and other Republican leaders say the rules are needed to protect consumers from fraud and bad advice.

But state Sen. Kirk Watson, the Austin Democrat who wrote the law allowing the commissioner to draft rules, told Rathgeber, a Perry appointee, that the proposed regulations go too far. He specifically cited requirements that the navigators have 40 hours of training — in addition to the federally-required 20-30 hours, get liability insurance and pay fees for fingerprints, tests and classes.

"That kind of training requires real time and costs real money. Where did the additional 40 hour requirement come from exactly? Who is it truly meant to help?" Watson asked. "TDI has failed to provide any explanation although repeatedly requested to do."

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/ap/ap/legislative/critics-blast-proposed-rules-for-health-advisers/ncdP8/

Cross-posted in LBN.

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Posted by TexasTowelie | Mon Jan 6, 2014, 09:45 PM (0 replies)

Texas health advisers blast new proposed rules

Source: AP

AUSTIN, Texas —

Counselors who help Texas residents up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act criticized proposed state rules Monday that would require them to undergo additional training and pay fees, saying the regulations would impede people from getting health care.

Texas Insurance Commissioner Julia Rathgeber held a public hearing on the rules who agency generated after Gov. Rick Perry called for stringent regulation of so-called navigators, whose job is to help people sign up for health insurance using new health care exchanges. Perry and other Republican leaders say the rules are needed to protect consumers from fraud and bad advice.

But state Sen. Kirk Watson, the Austin Democrat who wrote the law allowing the commissioner to draft rules, told Rathgeber, a Perry appointee, that the proposed regulations go too far. He specifically cited requirements that the navigators have 40 hours of training — in addition to the federally-required 20-30 hours, get liability insurance and pay fees for fingerprints, tests and classes.

"That kind of training requires real time and costs real money. Where did the additional 40 hour requirement come from exactly? Who is it truly meant to help?" Watson asked. "TDI has failed to provide any explanation although repeatedly requested to do."

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/ap/ap/legislative/critics-blast-proposed-rules-for-health-advisers/ncdP8/



Later in the article, it states that the Department of Insurance estimates that the cost to obtain and retain a health navigator license at $800 each year. Federal law does not allow for the navigators to recoup those costs.

Cross-posted in the Texas Group.
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