Sunday, August 30, 2015
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“His holiness is grateful for the thoughtful gesture and for the feelings which it evoked,” the Vatican wrote to the author of several LGBT-friendly children’s books.
Tony Gentile / Reuters
After the mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, yanked a children's book showing animals in different forms of families from pre-school libraries in his city, the publisher of The Little Egg was surprised to get an enthusiastic letter on behalf of Pope Francis in response to the book and several others with LGBT themes sent to the Vatican.
"His holiness is grateful for the thoughtful gesture and for the feelings which it evoked, hoping for an always more fruitful activity in the service of young generations and the spread of genuine human and Christian values," wrote Monsignor Peter Brian Wells of the Vatican Secretary of State in a letter to The Little Egg's author, according to a report in The Guardian.
On her Facebook page, Pardi wrote that she sent copies of books published by her company, Lo Stampatello, to the pope along with a cover letter explaining that she started the company for the sake of her four children, which she is raising along with her partner, Maria Silvia Fiengo.
"The book, 'Why are there two mothers?' is simply our (their) story, and the book "Why are there two dads?" is the story of a family that we personally know," she wrote. She said conservative groups have distorted the books in a campaign against them in Italy, saying "we support the teaching of masturbation to children in schools, inciting people against us."
"In most cases, homosexuals are good people and face the task of parenting with great responsibility and competence," she wrote. "Many put their hopes in a church that is not fundamentalist and inhuman as we have known in other historical eras ... which is why I persist in trying to reach you with my voice."
Here are several pages from the most popular and controversial of her books, The Little Egg, who encounters families led by lesbian cats, gay penguins, interracial dogs, and single-mama hippos:
— Hey, are you a family?
— Yes we are two moms with our kitten.
— Look how many snuggles that pussycat gets!
Friday, August 28, 2015
Wake up, sheeple.
Leslie Kean's 2008 book is notable both for her prior experience as an esteemed investigative journalist and the breadth of strange and compelling UFO cases it explores. The book includes strange and chilling firsthand accounts from a retired Air Force major, an Air Force colonel, and a retired chief of the FAA’s Accidents and Investigations Division — in addition to several other distinguished sources. Kean's book is well-written, spooky, and completely un-put-downable.
The Mothman Prophecies, by John A. Keel
For a little over a year, starting in 1966, the town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, was besieged by a series of inexplicable sightings — all of a bizarre, giant, winged figure which came to be called "The Mothman." In this bestseller, journalist John A. Keel explores these and other, seemingly related strange events.
Witness to Roswell: Unmasking the Government's Biggest Cover-Up, by Thomas J. Carey, Donald R. Schmitt, and Edgar Mitchell
In this book, which highlights the infamous 1947 Roswell Incident — in which some believe a UFO crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico — the authors delve deeply into news reports, historical data, and witness accounts to explore what really happened. The detail presented is almost overwhelming, and many readers will be hard-pressed to deny that something beyond a mere weather balloon was found that day.
Communion, by Whitley Strieber
Whitley Strieber's 1987 account of his and his wife's repeated experiences with alien abduction — and their subsequent interviews with counselors and hypnotists — has drawn enduring, international interest and acclaim for its careful open-mindedness, the stirring writing style, and the vivid, convincing detail in which Strieber relays his story.