The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Monday, June 15, 2015

If a tree falls...

With all the daily protests, marches, sit-ins and blockades, which address a wide range of social issues, there has not been a peep about this..... unlike certain other countries... yes, I'm lookin' at you, El Norte.

from Americablog.
In a little-publicized “jurisprudential thesis” issued earlier this month, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that state laws prohibiting same-sex marriage are discriminatory and, therefore, unconstitutional. The thesis comes after multiple same-sex couples had won their right to marry by appealing to the nation’s highest court.
The ruling was not strong enough to overturn any existing state laws, meaning that couples denied marriage licenses will have to go through the court systems individually. However, this was still heralded as good news by The New York Times, which described the series of rulings as having “had the effect of legalizing gay marriage in Mexico without enshrining it in law.”...
Mexico’s ruling, along with Ireland’s referendum that granted its same-sex couples the right to marry in May, is a major blow to the Catholic Church. Over 80 percent of Mexican citizens are Catholic, and they support marriage equality at rates identical to the general public (unsurprising when the demographic makes up such a large portion of the overall sample).
That Catholicism is not predictive of opposition to marriage quality suggests that the Church simply lacks credibility on the issue. To the extent that rank and file Catholics pay attention to the Church’s teachings on homosexuality, they either aren’t listening or are outwardly disagreeing.
How interesting,  These two cultures are so different and this one seems so much more tolerant and accepting.

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