Table of Contents
Also on this website:
SPIRITUALITY: The Role of
Gay Identity in the Transformation of Human Consciousness
Things Our Homosexuality Tells Us about the Nature
of God and the Universe
MATTER: updated, revised & expanded edition from Lethe Press
with Afterword by Mark Jordan
LIFE IN PERSPECTIVE: A romance novel set in the 1980s and the 1890s.
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
CHARMED LIVES: Spinning Straw into
Gold: Reclaiming Our Queer Spirituality Through Story
A NOVEL ABOUT HEALING.
Books on Gay Spirituality:
Crane Gay Spirituality Series
Toby's review of Samuel Avery's The
Dimensional Structure of
Coincidence: "Aliens Settle in San
Simple Answer to the Gay Marriage Debate
Why gay people should NOT Marry
Wedding Cake Liberation
Gay Marriage in Texas
Shame on the American People
The "highest form of love"
Second March on
Bifurcation of Gay Spirituality
cause of homosexuality
origins of homophobia
about Jungian ideas in gay consciousness
What is homosexuality?
is Gay Spirituality?
What Jesus said about Gay
Common Experiences Unique to Gay
The purpose of homosexuality
The Reincarnation of Edward
The Gay Succession
Interview on the Nature of
What the Bible Says about
Mesosexual Ideal for Straight Men
of Gay Spirituality
of Gay Liberation Activity
Why Gay Spirituality: Spirituality
as Artistic Medium
Easton Mountain Retreat Center
Andrew Harvey &
Spirituality Summit in May 2004 and
the "Statement of Spirituality"
"It's Always About You"
The myth of the
Joseph Campbell's description of
Avalokiteshvara at the Baths.
Not A Wave
What is Enlightenment?
What is reincarnation?
How many lifetimes in an ego?
Emptiness & Religious Ideas
Experiencing experiencing experiencing
Going into the Light
Meditations for a Funeral
The way to get to heaven
Buddha's father was right
Advice to Travelers to India
The Danda Nata
& goddess Kalika
Nate Berkus is a bodhisattva
John Boswell was Immanuel Kant
The Two Loves
Toby Johnson Believes
The Joseph Campbell Connection
Campbell & The Pre/Trans Fallacy
The Nature of Religion
What's true about
Gay is a Blessing
Drawing Long Straws
Gay Spiritual Functions
The subtle workings of the spirit in gay men's lives.
The Sinfulness of
for a study of gay nondualism
"The Evolution of Gay Identity"
"St. John of the
Dark Night of the Soul."
Let Me Tell You a Secret
Religious Articulations of the
The Collective Unconscious
Driving as Spiritual Practice
Step in Evolution
The Moulting of the Holy Ghost
is a Bodhisattva
The Hero's Journey as archetype
Immaculate Conception & Assumption
Prostitution and the Nature of Evil
Hu: "God is present here"
The Life is in the Blood
retirement and the "freelance monastery"
Seeing with Different Eyes
experience at the Servites' Castle in Riverside
Great Dance according to C.S.Lewis
The Techniques Of The World Saviors
Part 1: Brer Rabbit and the
Part 2: The
Part 3: Jesus
and the Resurrection
Part 4: A
Course in Miracles
Secret of the Clear Light
Understanding the Clear Light
Souls Get Reincarnated
In honor of Sir Arthur C Clarke
Karellen was a homosexual
About Alien Abduction
are you looking for in a gay science fiction novel?
about Gay Mental Health
Ideas for gay
Kip and Toby,
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"
Michael Talbot, gay mystic
About Fr. Bernard Lynch
About Richard Baltzell
About Guy Mannheimer
About David Weyrauch
About Dennis Paddie
About Ask the Fire
About Arthur Evans
About Christopher Larkin
About Sterling Houston
About Michael Stevens
Our friend Tom Nash
Be Done on Earth
by Howard E. Cook
Pay Me What I'm Worth by
The Way Out by Christopher
The Gay Disciple by John Henson
Art That Dares by Kittredge Cherry
Coming Out, Coming Home by Kennth
the Light by B. Alan Bourgeois
Over Coffee: A conversation For Gay
Partnership & Conservative Faith by D.a. Thompson
Dark Knowledge by
Janet Planet by Eleanor
Kairos by Paul E. Hartman
with Jesus by D.K.Maylor
Kali Rising by Rudolph
Missing Myth by Gilles Herrada
Secret of the Second Coming by Howard E. Cook
The Scar Letters: A Novel
by Richard Alther
Future is Queer by Labonte & Schimel
by Charlene Spretnak
Spirituality 101 by Joe Perez
Cut Hand: A
Nineteeth Century Love Story on the American Frontier by Mark Wildyr
by Eleanor Lerman
Rizzoli by Felice Picano
to Unlocking the Closet Door by Chelsea Griffo
The Door of the
Heart by Diana Finfrock Farrar
by David Duncan
and Demion by Mel White
Gay Men and The New Way Forward by Raymond L.
Dimensional Stucture of Consciousness by Samuel Avery
Manly Pursuit of Desire and Love by Perry Brass
In 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
The amendment passed statewide by some 70%. Only in Austin did it fail
to get a majority of votes.
What an unfortunate thing that says about Texans. What about the old
let live" ideal of the West? What happened to Texan rugged
individualism? What happened to Texans love of freedom and distaste for
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.
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
freedoms as straight people is simply unavoidably American.
What else could "life, liberty, and the
pursuit of happiness" possible mean?
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.
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
The amendment writes into American law a
particular religious doctrine.
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
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.)
What's ironic .
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