1) Thanks to TruthSpew for this tid bit: the story of Paul Phillips, a gay, black man who grew up in the early 1900's.
2) Both Leon and I had the same reaction to the news of the death of Bin Laden. A sense of justice being served but no urge to celebrate. Neither of us quite understand the celebratory reaction. It is a sad world that we live in where terrorists plot and massacre thousands of people and where nations spend millions and send forth armies to attempt to thwart their plans. This man's death, while it may be just, is merely symbolic. Like the mythical beast of many heads, when one is cut off, two will grow. Unfortunately some will see him as a martyr and a saint. Celebration seems somehow inappropriate.
3) Funny how people raise their heros to sainthood. Sometimes it seems like politics or popularity. John Paul II got the roll of the dice and landed directly on "GO" - being beatified only 6 years after his death. This is the pope who likely "covered up" the abuse scandal, and did so much to demonize gay/lesbian persons as well - mostly under the influence of Raztinger, the present authoritarian, conservative, closeted and repressive pope Benedict XVI. JPII's beatification is, if anything, premature.
John Paul I died after only a month as Pope (some tout conspiracy theories and say he was murdered - not entirely incredible) and is considered by some to have been saint-worthy but does not have the political backing to move him very rapidly in that direction (his first miracle is "being investigated").
John XXIII was the last True Catholic Pope of the current era, as far as I am concerned (John Paul I might have been). He died in 1963 and was beatified in 2000 - 37 years after his death and there is little political motivation to keep his memory alive. In fact the politics of the current regime is to degrade John XXIII's attempts to reform and modernize the church.
Dare I say that the whole idea of "miracles" is archaic. One's holiness should be gauged by one's deeds while alive, not by what one might - or might not - do after death.
4) I can't wait to hear from Donald Trump regarding the death of Bin Laden. Will he refuse to believe the guy is dead until he sees the Death Certificate? The long version? And the DNA tests? And the Birth Certificate too? And his Passport? A photo of him lying dead next to a copy of Sunday's New York Times? Demand a retrieval of the body from the depths of the sea?