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Wisdom does not necessarily come with age.

Two of Michigan's oldest academic institutions are showing nothing but stubbornness when it comes to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues. Rather than endorse healthy academic debate, Hope College of Holland, Michigan and Calvin College of Grand Rapids, Michigan--my home state--are playing 'hear-no-evil-see-no-evil,'dlbhope.jpg when it comes to exploring viewpoints that may differ from the established.

Calvin College--a Christian Reformed Church institution--this week declined to review a memo barring instructors from speaking positively about LGBT issues, despite a faculty vote of 36-4 demanding the administration withdraw the memo for the sake of academic integrity and out of concern for censorship.

Meanwhile down in Holland, Hope College is saying "Thanks, but no thanks," to the opportunity to host a brilliant Academy Award-winning screenwriter at their school--because he is gay. Hope College has put the kabosh on plans to have Oscar-winning Milk writer Dustin Lance Black take part in a round-table discussion of homosexuality and Christianity--a presumably appropriate topic for a Christian academic institution and seminary in charge of creating the future spiritual leaders of the Reformed Church in America...

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Yes 443437 45.75%
No 525865 54.25%

Supreme Court Justice Michael J. Streit
Yes 442459 45.6%
No 527921 54.4%

Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus
Yes 437118 44.99%
No 534486 55.01%

The court was unanimous in its 2009 ruling that Iowa's constitution required marriage equality."

Can we trust Rasmussen anymore?


Happy Hour Roundup will be coming late today. Fortunately, there is lots of news to report on! Unfortunately, there will be no time for me to collect it and send it. Expect it between 5pm and 6pm!