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Toby Johnson's books:

THE FOURTH QUILL, a novel about attitudinal healing and the problem of evil

TWO SPIRITS: A Story of Life with the Navajo, a collaboration with Walter L. Williams

GAY SPIRITUALITY: The Role of Gay Identity in the Transformation of Human Consciousness

GAY PERSPECTIVE: Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us about the Nature of God and the Universe

SECRET MATTER: updated, revised & expanded edtion from Lethe Press with Afterword by Mark Jordan

GETTING LIFE IN PERSPECTIVE

PLAGUE: A NOVEL ABOUT HEALING.

CHARMED LIVES: Spinning Straw into Gold: Reclaiming Our Queer Spirituality Through Story

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Books on Gay Spirituality:


  Articles and Excerpts:

Read Toby's review of Samuel Avery's The Dimensional Structure of Consciousness

Funny Coincidence: "Aliens Settle in San Francisco"

The Simple Answer to the Gay Marriage Debate

A Bifurcation of Gay Spirituality

Why gay people should NOT Marry

Wedding Cake Liberation

Gay Marriage in Texas

What's ironic

Shame on the American People

The "highest form of love"

 The cause of homosexuality

The origins of homophobia

Q&A about Jungian ideas in gay consciousness

What is homosexuality?

What is Gay Spirituality?

My three messages

What Jesus said about Gay Rights

Queering religion

The purpose of homosexuality

Interview on the Nature of Homosexuality

What the Bible Says about Homosexuality

Mesosexual Ideal for Straight Men

Varieties of Gay Spirituality

Waves of Gay Liberation Activity

Why Gay Spirituality: Spirituality as Artistic Medium

Easton Mountain Retreat Center

Andrew Harvey & Spiritual Activism


"It's Always About You"

The myth of the Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara

Joseph Campbell's description of Avalokiteshvara

You're Not A Wave

What is Enlightenment?

What is reincarnation?


Emptiness & Religious Ideas

Experiencing experiencing experiencing

Going into the Light

Meditations for a Funeral

Meditation Practice

The way to get to heaven

Advice to Travelers to India & Nepal

Nate Berkus is a bodhisattva

John Boswell was Immanuel Kant


Curious Bodies

What Toby Johnson Believes

The Joseph Campbell Connection

Campbell & The Pre/Trans Fallacy

The Nature of Religion

What's true about Religion

Being Gay is a Blessing

Freedom of Religion

The Gay Agenda

Gay Saintliness

Gay Spiritual Functions

The subtle workings of the spirit in gay men's lives.

The Sinfulness of Homosexuality

Proposal for a study of gay nondualism

Priestly Sexuality

Marian Doctrines: Immaculate Conception & Assumption



 "The Evolution of Gay Identity"

"St. John of the Cross &
the Dark Night of the Soul."

Avalokiteshvara at the Baths.

 Eckhart's Eye

Let Me Tell You a Secret

Religious Articulations of the Secret

The Collective Unconscious

Driving as Spiritual Practice

Meditation

Historicity as Myth

Pilgrimage

No Stealing

Next Step in Evolution

The New Myth

Gaia is a Bodhisattva


Teenage Prostitution and the Nature of Evil

Allah Hu: "God is present here"
 
Adam and Steve

The Life is in the Blood

Gay retirement and the "freelance monastery"

Seeing with Different Eyes

What are you looking for in a gay science fiction novel?


The mystical experience at the Servites'  Castle in Riverside

The Great Dance according to C.S.Lewis


The Techniques Of The World Saviors

Part 1: Brer Rabbit and the Tar-Baby
Part 2:
The Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara
Part 3:
Jesus and the Resurrection
Part 4:
A Course in Miracles


The Secret of the Clear Light

Understanding the Clear Light

Mobius Strip

Finding Your Tiger Face

How Gay Souls Get Reincarnated

About Alien Abduction

In honor of Sir Arthur C Clarke

Karellen was a homosexual

The D.A.F.O.D.I.L. Alliance

More about Gay Mental Health

Psych Tech Training

The Rainbow Flag

Ideas for gay mythic stories

Toby's friend and nicknamesake Toby Marotta.

Harry Hay, Founder of the gay movement

About Hay and The New Myth

About Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, the first man to really "come out"

About Michael Talbot, gay mystic

About Guy Mannheimer

About Dennis Paddie

About Arthur Evans

About Christopher Larkin

About Sterling Houston

About Michael Stevens

Our friend Tom Nash

Second March on Washington

 
Book Reviews

Be Done on Earth by Howard E. Cook

Pay Me What I'm Worth by Souldancer

The Way Out by Christopher L  Nutter

The Gay Disciple by John Henson

Art That Dares by Kittredge Cherry

Coming Out, Coming Home by Kennth A. Burr

Extinguishing the Light by B. Alan Bougeois


Over Coffee: A conversation For Gay Partnership & Conservative Faith by D.a. Thompson

Dark Knowledge by Kenneth Low

Janet Planet by Eleanor Lerman

The Kairos by Paul E. Hartman

Wrestling with Jesus by D.K.Maylor

Kali Rising by Rudolph Ballentine

The Missing Myth by Gilles Herrada

The Secret of the Second Coming by Howard E. Cook

The Scar Letters: A Novel by Richard Alther
 

 




Gay Marriage in Texas



I
n the name of saving American morality, the legislatures of the various states are moving to pass constitutional amendments that would define marriage as between hetoersexual couples only and, in some states, outlaw any kind of parallel to marriage for homosexuals, like civil unions or domestic partnerships, and, indeed, in some cases, invalidate contractual agreements between gay couples regarding inheritance, powers of attorney, authority over medical decisions, and even common ownership of property.

These efforts have nothing to do with morality. They seem more like ploys to distract the American people from real issues facing us in the first decade of the 21st Century.

Getting married and pledging monogamy is about as conservative and "moral" as you can get.

In November 2005, Texas voters were asked to vote on the Anti-Gay-Marriage Amendment.

The amendment passed statewide by some 70%. Only in Austin did it fail to get a majority of votes.

What a nasty thing that says about Texans. What about the old "live and let live" ideal of the West? What happened to Texan rugged individualism? What happened to Texans love of freedom and distaste for government meddling?

What a waste of money and time and effort
to have an election for a non-issue!

Marriage in Texas is already defined as the union of a man and a woman. Same-sex marriage is not legal in Texas, and there's very little chance the legislature would make it legal.

The supposed threat that merited this was that so-called "activist judges" might force gay marriage on Texans by overturning the opposite-sex requirements as unConstitutional.

It's certainly true that laws against gay marriage amount to unequal treatment of individuals before the law. These laws truly are unAmerican and unConstitutional. And the "activist judges" are serious, intelligent, experienced jurists who are looking very carefully at the issues of same-sex marriage and deciding that allowing gay people the same freedoms as straight people is simply unavoidably American.

What else could "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" possible mean?

But the Texas Supreme Court is not about to legalize gay marriage. The U.S. Supreme Court is not about to legalize gay marriage. There was no need for this amendment.

Worse than what the "Defense of Marriage" campaign might do to gay couples is what it does to American democracy and Founders' vision of a free society. For the reality is that this amendment is blatantly religious and driven by politicized religious officials.

The amendment writes into American law a particular religious doctrine.
It may be so that the idea that marriage is between a man and a woman is widespread and generally accepted by the vast majority of Americans, but it is still a tenet of a very specific religion. Not all religions oppose gay marriage: some Native American traditions on the American continent practiced same-sex marriage long before Europeans came and tried to kill them all; African-disaporic religions in the the Caribbean recognize religious forms of same-sex marriage; in the early days of Christianity, apparently, there were rites for declaring a pledge of lifelong companionship between same sex individuals.

There are currently progressive churches in the U.S. -- like the United Church of Christ -- that officially support gay marriage. For the government to come down on one side of this issue is to establish one religious doctrine over another. That's not permitted in the United States Constitution.

Besides, everybody knows it's the particular brand of right-wing, neo-conservative, Fundamentalist Christianity that has been drawn into the Republican Party that is pushing this idea of "Defending Marriage" by making homosexuals the scapegoats for all the problems striaght people are having with traditional marriage today. (The nuclear family that these conservative Christians declare to be the backbone of civilization is really only less than a hundred years old. It's a new thing for a man and a woman and their couple of children to live separate from the grandparents, aunts and uncles--some of them "maiden aunts" and "gay uncles"--and cousins and family friends that make up the real family.)

The Defense of Marriage Amendment is really about the Republicans giving official recognition to right-wing Christianity. It's a sort of indirect way of "establishing" them as the religion of the United States--something they very much want. (These Fundamentalist Christians DO NOT believe in separation of Church and State.)







Toby Johnson, PhD is author of eight books: three non-fiction books that apply the wisdom of his teacher and "wise old man," Joseph Campbell to modern-day social and religious problems, three gay genre novels that dramatize spiritual issues at the heart of gay identity, and two books on gay men's spiritualities and the mystical experience of homosexuality. In addition to the novels featured elsewhere in this web site, Johnson is author of IN SEARCH OF GOD IN THE SEXUAL UNDERWORLD and THE MYTH OF THE GREAT SECRET (Revised edition): AN APPRECIATION OF JOSEPH CAMPBELL.

Johnson's Lammy Award winning book GAY SPIRITUALITY: The Role of Gay Identity in the Transformation of Human Consciousness was published in 2000.

His Lammy-nominated book  GAY PERSPECTIVE: Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us about the Nature of God and the Universe was published by Alyson in 2003.


Toby Johnson and Kip Dollar have been partners for over 21 years.
Their relationship is a fine example for both gay couples and straight couples.

kip & toby
pen & ink sketch by Susan Carlin

 

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