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  2. ChrisR

    Bullies by Colin Kelly

    What a well-written tale! The characters are all the more real because of their "normalcy" and they really reflect their personalities brilliantly. It doesn't hurt that I'm somewhat familiar with the general neighborhood an can imagine the comings and goings at 'John Muir'. Excellently done. Thanks!
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  4. Bruin Fisher

    Boy - by Camy

    A great piece of work and one that struck me particularly forcefully because I caught what might be a deliberate play on words in the last line: Amour, love, which I initially read as Armour, the young person's self-defence against the sadnesses of the life he leads, and behind which he has hidden the pain the line refers to. Bravo, Camy!
  5. bi_janus

    Boy - by Camy

    Wonderful evocation of the awkwardness of youth, Camy. Thanks for sharing this.
  6. JamesSavik

    God made you this way

    The problem protestants have with this is that to accept God made you this way, they have to accept implied biblical error in the six whole verses in the protestant bible that might apply to homosexuality. It is hard for any religion to acknowledge an inconsistency. They have, and will, LITERALLY go to war over stuff like that. Europe's history in these matters is quite bloody.
  7. bilal

    Dominic

    Many thanks for your positive responses to the story. Will endeavour to continue with it. Telling a story I'm not too bad at, but grammar, and punctuation, is not my forte.
  8. Graeme

    God made you this way

    @Cole Parker Exactly! One of the reasons some people use for discrimination is that being gay "is a choice" and hence isn't a protected attribute. Having the Pope say it's not a choice undercuts some of those people (though, I'll concede a lot of those people probably think the Pope can be ignored, anyway, since many of them are Protestants, not Catholics).
  9. Graeme

    Grammar, A Judge, and the F Word

    Nope. The gap is simply the space between the post and my signature. I believe the signature is aligned to the bottom of my profile on the left if there's not enough text in the post.
  10. Cole Parker

    God made you this way

    I'd say that's a specious analogy, equating ax murders, gang enforcers and rapists to gays because God made the all. Quite obviously the first three are despicable choices those fellows made after God had created them, and the Pope must have meant that for gays, their being wasn't a choice; otherwise the statement makes no sense. C
  11. ChrisR

    Grammar, A Judge, and the F Word

    Is there supposed to be something lurking in the dark abyss betwixt "...the Judge used." and "If you think you are too small..." ???
  12. ChrisR

    God made you this way

    The problem with the underlying theory that "God made you this way" therefore homosexuality must be perfect is that God made everyTHING and everyBODY. That must include such wonders as ax murderers, rapists, and gang enforcers. So alongside the approbation these "lifestyles" obviously must have is the need for the people thus created to NOT practice their otherwise natural tendencies. I suspect that those who possess such wonders must, in God's plan, lead lives that somehow avoid what Catholics refer to as "the near occasion of sin". (But a lot don't, to other people's sorrow.) For the record, God created Satan, right? Not exactly first on my list of who to invite along on a cruise. Even though we are oft reminded that all God's creations are good. And let's not even pretend that fried liver even approaches Godhood. I'm all for letting the calves grow up healthy and strong. (Although as a seafood lover, fish on Friday was never a problem!) And as far as homosexuality is concerned, it's a bit more of "to each his own said the woman as she kissed the cow." Each person takes what he's given and decides what to do with it. If it is DONE for good purpose, more power to it.
  13. Camy

    God made you this way

    @Cole Parker So sorry, I thought you said 'Priests being celibate.' Redundant journalists, tabloids shutting up shop, and choirs celebrating - Heaven forbid!
  14. Grammar, a Judge, and the F word I thought people here might appreciate the analysis the Judge used.
  15. Cole Parker

    Bullies by Colin Kelly

    Perhaps I should leave it to Colin to defend himself. He's good at that. C
  16. Rutabaga

    Bullies by Colin Kelly

    I have to take exception to @Cole Parker's position, but perhaps I didn't make my original point very well.
  17. Cole Parker

    Bullies by Colin Kelly

    I have a different take on this: Jerry's testimony (and many other students could also testify to this) that he saw them sitting in the cafeteria the next day as though nothing had happened would be devastating at a trial. If this behavior was truly out of character for them, they would show remorse, guilt, and probably revulsion at what they had done . . . especially since it was against someone they lived with. Because these two sitting in the cafeteria as though nothing had happened is entirely consistent with how some teens might behave after having done what they'd done, I don't find it strange at all. They'd cover up any remorse, guilt and revulsion because they'd want to get away with what they'd done. They'd want to look normal. They well may not have known the result of their aggression at that point. They may have thought Mike would have no memory of who did it because of his trauma. They may have thought he'd died. They had no idea the man who chased them had gone to the police. They were probably hoping to get away with what they'd done, no matter what they felt about it. That's how kids think! Many an adult would turn himself in and face the consequences of his actions. Very few teenagers would. As for filling out the story with legal proceedings and punishments, to me it didn't seem that that was what the story was about, and it was already a long short story. No, it was more about how this all affected Mike, and in that regard, I thought Colin did a wonderful job. C
  18. Rutabaga

    Bullies by Colin Kelly

    A comparatively long "short" story!
  19. Cole Parker

    God made you this way

    And if he really means it, then the obvious conclusion is gay must be good, because the things God made are good. I guess. I'm not much of a theologian. So if God made people gay, then that's why they're gay, and so the question then arises, why should they be deprived of a full and satisfying life? Priests, being celibate, have make that choice for themselves. Gay men haven't. C
  20. Graeme

    God made you this way

    @Merkin the interesting thing here is he's saying it's not a choice, that the gay man was born that way. While I concede your point, saying God made him gay is a big step forward. Indeed, it's the first step towards removing that subtext...
  21. Merkin

    Dominic

    I agree completely with Cole and William on this. You've clearly got the talent. Have you got the persistence? That's the part you have to acquire over and over, setback after setback.
  22. Merkin

    Boy - by Camy

    That's beautiful, but also so sad.
  23. Merkin

    God made you this way

    Pope Francis, bless his heart, has said words to this effect several times. What he leaves out is the subtext: 'it's OK as long as you don't practice homosexuality'.
  24. Bullies ~ A Short Story by Colin Kelly. Mike was attacked by two bullies. Trouble is, he knows who they are. Ren ~ Chapters 11 and 12 of a Novel by Cole Parker. Escaping one problem only to find others, a boy can find unexpected courage when pushed to his limits. From our archive: Stories and poems that we think you'll enjoy reading again — or for the first time. The Barlow Boy ~ A Short Story by James Savik. Some religions, and some of their practitioners, interpret the Bible using strictures that call out for introspection. Click here to read the hundreds of serial novels, short stories, flash fiction, and poems on the Codey's World site.
  25. William King

    Dominic

    Great story, very well written, and real. I wrote my first online gay fiction in almost the same way as you. A boy x boy romance. I got a couple of nice comments, which inspired me to continue, although I thought it would be really difficult to carry on the story. I liked my own first chapter, just as I like this, but would the rest be as good? Well yes, and after the second chapter, I just kept writing. I fixed a chapter length of 1500 to 2000 words, and ended with a book (40k words). Okay, it was raw and a little rough, but I still like it, and now I'm re-reading and tidying up. I'm telling you all this, because it would be a shame if you didn't continue. New writers come on the scene everyday, but it isn't everyday you get someone like yourself who can convey a real story in an engaging way, that is easy and enjoyable to read. So you should know this story warrants a book, you've got the talent, please write it.
  26. Cole Parker

    Boy - by Camy

    That's beautiful! C
  27. Cole Parker

    God made you this way

    Hear, hear! C
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