Redeem the time 

It turns out Tim LaHaye wasn’t part of a special generation. And he wasn’t right about 2016. This world has outlasted him, just as it will outlast us all. And what we do here matters. Redeem the time you have here and make the most of it, don’t just waste it awaiting a Rapture that will never come.

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If this guy can get an assault rifle…

I have so much and yet so little I want to say about this weekend’s tragedy, but perhaps the only thing I will say is this:

If Omar Mateen could legally purchase the handgun and assault rifle he used to slaughter 49 people, perhaps it’s (past) time to consider and debate whether or not people like him should be able to legally purchase such weapons in the future?

Bathroom talk

How would one actually verify if a transgender person was using the bathroom of his or her gender identity?

Would we have video cameras aimed at peoples’ genitals?

Would we need to enforce “pants checks” in public restrooms?

Would we “self police” and start peeking our heads into stalls and over urinal walls?
Or would we need real, actual police and law enforcement officials?

Putting the ethics and politics of the question aside for a moment, how does any of this work practically? How does one detect, let alone enforce, any of these proposed rules from either side of the political aisle?

And if the answer is that there isn’t a practical way to enact any of these detection or enforcement policies without massive intrusions into personal privacy, doesn’t this sort of suggest that forcing trans people into one bathroom or another is kind of a moot point?

Honestly, I don’t check out the genitals of other people in public restrooms, and as far as I know, people aren’t checking out mine. If a trans man uses a stall next to me – pre or post transition – I literally have no way of knowing…which is pretty much as it should be, right?