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Transgender Laverne Cox covers Cosmopolitan magazine to disrupt heteronormative ideas

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The “truth” isn’t based in reality for some people.
From Yahoo (via HuffPo):Laverne Cox can add “Cosmopolitan covergirl” to her ever-growing list of credits and accomplishments. 
The Emmy-winning actress, producer and LGBTQ rights advocate made history as the first transgender woman ever to appear on a Cosmo cover, appearing atop Cosmopolitan South Africa’s February issue in a sheer black leotard. The Valentine’s Day-themed #SayYesToLove edition is focused on LGBTQ issues, and features a rainbow-colored masthead designed specifically for the occasion.
Cox, 45, debuted the cover on Twitter and Instagram early Monday.
In a candid video interview that accompanied the issue’s release, Cox got candid about her celebrity crush, her proudest career moment and her ongoing struggle for acceptance in the heteronormative world of show business.
“As a black transgender woman, I’ve often been kept a secret by the men that I’ve dated,” she said. “So when my ex-boyfriend introduced me to his dad and invited me to spend Hanukkah with him and his family, it was the most special thing ever.”
She added, “Trans women deserve to be loved out in the open and in the light.”
Previously, Cox appeared in the October 2016 issue of Cosmopolitan’s U.S. edition, paying tribute to Tina Turner, Beyoncé and other iconic black women in a photo feature to promote her role in Fox’s television reboot of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”
Holly Meadows, who is Cosmopolitan South Africa’s editor-in-chief, said the magazine aimed to “disrupt heteronormative ideas around February and Valentine’s Day and look at love in 2018” in its latest issue. 
“Our goal was to play a small part in providing visibility for the LGBTQI+ community, of which Laverne has become a revolutionary icon,” she added.

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St. Valentine

St Valentine
Did you know that there is indeed a history to the celebration of Valentine’s Day?  From the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website (usccb.org):

“Today is the feast day of St. Valentine.  Did you know St. Valentine was a real person?  Well, actually there are at least 2 St. Valentines in the ancient martyrology of the Church.  While very little is known about Valentine of Rome and Valentine of Terni, we do know that Pope Gelasius declared February 14th his feast day in 496.  He is the patron saint of happy marriages, engaged couples and young people….
It is believed that Valentine was a priest arrested by the Emperor Claudius for marrying Christian couples secretly during a time of persecution in the Church.  Legend has it that while he was imprisoned and waiting for his martyrdom, he sent letters to his fellow Christians signing them, “From Your Valentine.”

Matthew Bunson, an apologist at EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network), tells us that not only was St. Valentine a Roman priest and martyr, executed on February 14th, but that he was also a physician, that he was probably flogged and/or beheaded and that he was buried on the Via Flaminia, with a basilica erected on the spot where he was buried in the year 350.  However, there is mention of another Valentine who was the bishop of Terni near Riome, although these two Valentines may be the same individual.
Going back to the tradition of sending missives, the Catholic Encyclopedia provides us with a history of this practice:

“The popular customs associated with Saint Valentine’s Day undoubtedly had their origin in a conventional belief generally received in England and France during the Middle Ages, that on 14 February, i.e. half way through the second month of the year, the birds began to pair.  Thus, in Chaucer’s Parliament of Foules we read: ‘For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate.’  For this reason the day was looked upon as specially consecrated to lovers and as a proper occasion for writing love letters and sending lovers’ tokens.  Both the French and English literatures of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries contain allusions to the practice.”

We know for sure that St. Valentine was a martyr and that he gave his life for Jesus with great love and loyalty.  Could we be that brave as to give our lives for our Faith, for Jesus?  I have asked myself that question and I believe that because I am such a determined and stubborn individual, and because I love Jesus so much, that I would be able to do so, although I would need unending help from Him.  Accordingly, it is most appropriate to concentrate on the Gospel today from St. Luke 9:22-25:

Jesus said to His disciples:
“The Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.”
Then he said to all, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.  For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.  What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself?”

Happy St. Valentine’s Day!
With love and respect,
Usccb.org (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops); ewtn.com (Eternal Word Television Network)

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Massachusetts kids make valentines: ‘To Islam, With Love’

Useful idiots. Allah does not permit those of Islamic faith to celebrate that which belongs to Christians. Try explaining how inclusive that is to the kiddos.
From Boston Globe: Lots of kids make lots of Valentine’s Day cards this time of year, but the cards hung on a display inside the Massachusetts College of Art and Design on Sunday afternoon were different. Among the usual red and pink, hearts and doilies, glitter and paint, were messages in Arabic.
More than 150 adults and children showed up for “To Islam, With Love,” a card-making marathon at the school’s Design and Media Center.
The handmade pieces will be delivered to the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury around Valentine’s Day, along with others mailed in by people who couldn’t attend, said Tanya Nixon-Silberg, co-founder of Wee the People, which organized the event.
Twelve Boston Latin Academy students who study Arabic at the school volunteered their time at the event to help families write the Arabic script. Members of the Arabic program created a handout with “phrases of love” in Arabic as a guide, according to Katie Quackenbush, who teaches Arabic at the school.
“On a very visceral level, kids understand when someone’s not being nice to someone,” said Nixon-Silberg. “If kids can understand fairness, they can understand unfairness, which means they can understand injustice.”
Parents in the room said they felt a duty to make the local Muslim community feel wanted and included, especially given some of the heated rhetoric expressed during Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. And though the children in the room were young — most under 10 years old — their parents and caretakers wanted to get started early, teaching inclusion to the next generation.
“I don’t think they’re ever too young to teach empathy and support for others,” said Lisa Ballew, of Melrose, who brought her two young children to the event. Her 4-year-old son, Henry, said he was there to make cards for Muslims, “because some people don’t like them and we want to cheer them up.”
From attending rallies to contacting legislators to supporting local nonprofit groups, “every day, we do something” to spread inclusion and stand against Trump’s rhetoric, said Lynn Brown, of Jamaica Plain, who was at the event with her partner and her partner’s nephew Noren. That morning, she said, they had called the office of Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona.
It took a few tries, but 3-year-old Noren carefully used a clothespin to attach his card to the display. Scrawled in marker upon the red heart glued to the white doily, he explained, was a drawing of “a machine for when monkeys get hot.”
Renato Milone and his wife, Monica Cohen, smiled as their 1 1/2-year-old daughter climbed around his shoulders like a jungle gym, blue paint smeared on her face and hands. “This is beautiful,” he said. “With or without Donald Trump, this should happen every day.”

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Kids broken-hearted over school’s Valentine’s Day candy ban

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Fox News (Todd Starnes): Cupid is welcome but candy is not.

That’s the new rule this year at Harwinton Consolidated School in Connecticut, where parents received an email from the principal directing them to make sure candy was not attached to any Valentine’s Day cards.

“We are asking for parents/guardians to be sure that food products of any kind are not a part of your child’s Valentine’s cards,” Principal Megan Mazzei wrote to moms and dads. “We are working to encourage healthy practices as well as manage food choices in classrooms where food allergies are present in order to maintain a safe environment.”

That means no chocolate candies in heart-shaped boxes. The school won’t even allow kids to share those pastel-colored candy hearts with clever sayings like “You Rock” and “True Love.”

One teacher even sent a separate letter to parents reinforcing the ban.

“Our new school policy asks that students do not bring in candy or attach candy to their valentines,” the teacher wrote. She even bold-faced “do not” lest there be any confusion.

Stacey Sefcik has two children who attend the school, a fourth-grader and a second-grader. She said this is the first year there’s been an all-out candy ban.

“Last year the kids came home with tons of Valentine’s cards with pieces of candy attached,” she told me in a telephone interview. “It was never an issue.”

Her son’s fourth-grade teacher reiterated the candy ban in a letter to parents and even went so far as to cancel the annual Valentine’s Day party.

“With respect to this new policy, I am going to ask that no food be sent to school on Valentine’s Day,” the teacher wrote. “No snacks will be needed, and treat bags cannot be sent home in backpacks.”

The teacher said boys and girls could exchange cards, but advised they “will not be having a party.” “I ask that you please respect this policy and do not send in any food items attached to the Valentine’s cards,” the teacher stressed.

Sefcik said her daughter’s second-grade teacher was a bit more lenient. They won’t be able to eat sugary treats, but kids will be allowed to eat “healthy snacks” like popcorn and fruit.

I’m sure it’ll be one heck of a party – dancing the hokey pokey while gnawing on a fresh celery stalk. I hope nobody spikes the carrot juice.

Sefcik called the candy ban “the straw that broke the camel’s back.” “I’m totally fine with teaching nutrition and encouraging healthy choices,” she said. “I applaud their intent, but the execution has a lot to be desired. It’s just candy for one day.

She said she’s read similar stories about school districts imposing draconian rules to enforce wellness policies, but she never thought it would happen in her town.

I thought in our little corner of the world, things were rational and sensible,” she told me. “I had always thought that my district had its head solidly on its shoulders.”

Well, based on the letters and emails the school sent home to parents, I’d say the school has its head up another part of the human anatomy.

So what can boys and girls at Harwinton Consolidated School expect on Valentine’s Day? Well, one teacher announced that instead of a party, they’re going to have “academic Valentine activities.”

OK, kids. Spell “lame.”

The teacher also encouraged children to express their affection for one another by giving something special. “I suggest pencils, stickers, temporary tattoos, homemade cards or other crafts,” she wrote in a letter to parents.

Remember back when you were in fourth grade – how the girls used to swoon when you presented them with a Number Two pencil?

Sefcik fired off a letter to Principal Mazzei expressing her extreme displeasure in the new rules. “It seems we are going the way of so many other schools who lose sight of the meaning of holidays in their efforts to appease a very small minority,” she wrote.

The school nurse sent home an additional letter to parents explaining that several students have allergies to “tree nuts, peanuts, chocolate, milk, certain dyes, etc.”

But my favorite part of the letter came when she offered helpful suggestions to budding young Casanovas trying to woo their significant others.

In lieu of candy, she recommended art supplies. “Stickers, using art materials such as felt, colored paper, etc. attached to the envelopes to personalize them is a great idea,” the nurse wrote.

Nothing says “Be My Valentine” like a piece of construction paper and non-woven textile.


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True Love

True Love

For God so loVed the world
       That He gAve
              His onLy
                          That whosoever
        Believeth In Him
            Should Not perish
         But have Everlasting life.”
                                   ~John 3:16
H/t beloved fellow PatriotAngel
Who was Saint Valentine?
At least three different Saint Valentines, all of them martyrs, are mentioned in the early martyrologies under date of 14 February. One is described as a priest at Rome, another as bishop of Interamna (modern Terni), and these two seem both to have suffered in the second half of the third century and to have been buried on the Flaminian Way, but at different distances from the city. In William of Malmesbury’s time what was known to the ancients as the Flaminian Gate of Rome and is now the Porta del Popolo, was called the Gate of St. Valentine. The name seems to have been taken from a small church dedicated to the saint which was in the immediate neighborhood. Of both these St. Valentines some sort of Acta are preserved but they are of relatively late date and of no historical value. Of the third Saint Valentine, who suffered in Africa with a number of companions, nothing further is known.
Saint Valentine’s Day
The popular customs associated with Saint Valentine’s Day undoubtedly had their origin in a conventional belief generally received in England and France during the Middle Ages, that on 14 February, i.e. half way through the second month of the year, the birds began to pair. Thus in Chaucer’s Parliament of Foules we read:

For this was sent on Seynt Valentyne’s day
Whan every foul cometh ther to choose his mate.

For this reason the day was looked upon as specially consecrated to lovers and as a proper occasion for writing love letters and sending lovers’ tokens.
[Source: Catholic Encyclopedia]

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