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  • Apple, Rehabilitate Thyself

    04/07/2015 3:31:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    Just last month, Apple chief executive Tim Cook made headlines when he wrote a piece in The Washington Post, panning Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act as "very dangerous." Apple, Cook wrote, does not believe in discrimination and strives to "do business in a way that is just and fair." This month, the San Francisco Chronicle's Wendy Lee reported, Apple fired some construction workers at Apple Campus 2 in January because they had been convicted of felonies or face felony charges. Just and fair? Hardly. Apple would not respond on the record, but someone familiar with the matter said the Apple...
  • 7 San Francisco officers suspended over racist texts

    04/04/2015 1:17:29 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4/3/2015 | KRISTIN J. BENDER
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Seven San Francisco police officers accused of sending racist and homophobic text messages have been suspended, and the police chief has recommended that they be fired. Chief Greg Suhr announced Friday that he has asked a police oversight committee to approve firing the officers. Six others face disciplinary actions that include reassignment to positions that don't have contact with the public. Another officer tied to the investigation already has resigned. The text messages "are of such despicable thinking that those responsible clearly fall below the minimum standards required to be a police officer," Suhr said in...
  • Don't Call It "Frisco" -- If You're Old and White

    01/06/2014 2:36:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 61 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wednesday, Jan 1 2014 | Joe Eskenazi
    One may think twice after receiving unsolicited advice from a laundromat. And yet, the joint at Hayes and Laguna made a fair point. Locals toting sacks of soiled clothing or just out for a stroll while wondering what the neighborhood washeteria would demand of them were regaled by the Don't Call It Frisco Laundromat. Obeying the pronouncements of a laundromat is a matter of personal choice. But it's less so when the identical dictum emanates from the mouth of a judge — which happened in San Francisco. A 1918 article in the Examiner recounts the opprobrium heaped upon a divorce...
  • San Francisco placed on high alert after terror threat

    08/04/2013 8:32:18 PM PDT · by jodster36 · 185 replies
    ABC ^ | 8/4/13 | Lilian Kim
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- The Department of Homeland Security is beefing up its presence at airports, train stations and other travel hubs in the United States in the wake of global travel warning imposed on all U.S. citizens Local authorities are not going into specifics but the San Francisco Police Department does acknowledge receiving a bulletin by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DHS. The SFPD says their officers are monitoring various areas of the city and will determine if additional resources are necessary. areas of the city and will determine if additional resources are necessary. They say they have...
  • Sen. Feinstein Makes Wild Claim to Push Gun Control at Senate Committee Hearing

    03/09/2013 11:21:04 AM PST · by yoe · 37 replies
    The Blaze ^ | March 8, 2013 | Jason Howerton
    During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun control Thursday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) shot down a proposed amendment to her “assault weapons” ban that would exempt military veterans from the gun ban. She also made some questionable claims. Pushing a ban on high-capacity magazines, Feinstein argued that it is “legal to hunt humans with 15-round, 30-round, even 150-round magazines.” Here’s her dubious rationale: “The time has come, America, to step up and ban these weapons. The other very important part of this bill is to ban large capacity ammunition feeding devices, those that hold more than 10 rounds. We...
  • Obama returning to SF for (another!) fundraising sweep — 2 events here on Wednesday (6-6-12)

    06/01/2012 5:20:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 6/1/12 | Carla Marinucci
    On a non-stop fundraising roll, President Barack Obama is making his 16th trip to California next week, hitting two San Francisco campaign events on Wednesday to pick up more cash. He’ll star at a luncheon at the fabulous Julia Morgan Ballroom in Clint Reilly’s historic Merchants Exchange building on California Street — site of a Michelle Obama fundraiser last year. The San Francisco events come just two weeks after his last Bay Area fundraising trip which included three Bay Area events — a Redwood City Fox Theatre appearance and an Atherton fundraiser at the home of Doug Goldman on May...
  • Obama's Re-Election Campaign - The Thrill Is Gone

    05/26/2012 6:32:26 PM PDT · by kristinn · 59 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Saturday, May 26, 2012 | Willie Brown
    The president's trip to the Bay Area last week made it painfully clear that the Barack Obama re-election campaign has lost its mojo. There was no life, no personality, no memorable line or moment and no real enthusiasm in the entire fundraising foray. In short, there was no buzz. It was like a summer rerun of a show that wasn't very interesting to begin with. Worse yet, Obama sounded like he was playing catch-up to Mitt Romney. I can't think of anything that should have him in that role, but he's acting like the underdog.
  • CBS San Francisco to air scare story on "Bullet Button" mag ejectors

    05/20/2012 10:45:08 PM PDT · by Axenolith · 84 replies
    CBS 5 news ^ | 5-20-12 | CBS 5
    California has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. But one wouldn’t know that going to the firing range these days. AR-15s and AK-47s are the must-have guns of choice. How can that be? Every time California tightens up the assault weapons ban, the gun industry finds a way around it. The latest example involves a tiny device...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Trashed Mission District businesses want answers

    05/01/2012 6:09:33 PM PDT · by SmithL · 61 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/1/12 | Vivian Ho, Ellen Huet, Jaxon Van Derbeken
    Business owners in San Francisco's Mission District, cleaning up after a night in which protesters damaged more than 30 stores and restaurants and vandalized cars, questioned Tuesday why activists had singled them out and why police hadn't done more to halt the rampage. Among those dealing with the damage were officers at the neighborhood police station, where black-clad, masked activists threw paint and bashed the front door Monday night. Even as they defended themselves from criticism that they had allowed the vandals to run wild - one restaurant owner said officers even appeared to be "escorting" the group - high-level...
  • One Of Last Known 1906 Quake Survivors Dies

    02/20/2012 11:11:29 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Feb 20, 2012
    Ceremony to honor memory of 1906 quake survivorOne of the last known survivors of San Francisco's 1906 earthquake died over the weekend. The San Francisco Chronicle reports, Rose Cliver was just 3 years old on April 18, 1906, when the quake and resulting fire killed more than 1,000 people and ruined more than 28,000 buildings. Cliver was 109 when she passed away Saturday at a residential care home in Santa Rosa. Cliver once spoke with NBC Bay Area about her memories of the quake, saying her family climbed up a hill in Bernal Heights, where they lived at the time,...
  • Ex-health inspectors charged in S.F. bribe scheme

    12/14/2011 6:50:35 PM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/14/11 | Vivian Ho, Chronicle Staff Writer
    Two former San Francisco environmental health inspectors have been charged with taking bribes and falsifying food safety manager certifications for hundreds of local restaurant managers and owners, prosecutors said Wednesday. Clifton Sanders, 41, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to bribery and falsification of public records charges. Ajamu Stewart, 54, pleaded not guilty to bribery, perjury and falsification of public records at his arraignment Dec. 6. Both Sanders and Stewart are former employees of the city Public Health Department. Each took hundreds of bribes of $100 to $200 apiece from restaurant managers and owners in 2007 and 2008 in exchange for allowing...
  • Total lunar eclipse on tap for early Saturday (early 12/10/11, 4:45am w/total at 6:05am PT)

    12/09/2011 10:16:44 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 12/9/11 | David Perlman
    Early risers Saturday will see a total eclipse of the moon low in the western sky, and if the Bay Area's clear weather persists, the sight should be spectacular. "The full moon should appear even larger than normal when the eclipse is total because it will be so low in the sky that Earth's atmosphere will magnify it into a blood-red monster," said astronomer Andrew Fraknoi of Foothill College in Los Alto Hills. The partial eclipse will begin at 4:45 a.m. and will become total at 6:05 a.m., Fraknoi said. Totality will last until 6:57 a.m.
  • Victory: McDonald’s outsmarts San Francisco on Happy Meal ban

    11/29/2011 7:27:02 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 60 replies
    HotAir ^ | November 29,2011 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Come Dec. 1, you can still buy the Happy Meal. But it doesn’t come with a toy. For that, you’ll have to pay an extra 10 cents. Huh. That hardly seems to have solved the problem (though adults and children purchasing unhealthy food can at least take solace that the 10 cents is going to Ronald McDonald House charities). But it actually gets worse from here. Thanks to Supervisor Eric Mar’s much-ballyhooed new law, parents browbeaten into supplementing their preteens’ Happy Meal toy collections are now mandated to buy the Happy Meals. Today and tomorrow mark the last days that...
  • Occupy movements nationwide celebrate holiday

    11/24/2011 6:38:56 PM PST · by quantim · 21 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Nov 24, 7:14 PM EST | BETH DUFF-BROWN
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Most Americans spent Thanksgiving snug inside homes with families and football. Others used the holiday to give thanks alongside strangers at outdoor Occupy encampments, serving turkey or donating their time in solidarity with the anti-Wall Street movement that has gripped a nation consumed by economic despair. In San Francisco, 400 occupiers at a plaza in the financial district were served traditional Thanksgiving fixings sent by the renowned Glide Memorial Church to volunteers and supporters of the movement fighting social and economic inequality. "We are thankful that we are, first and foremost, in a country where we...
  • Rick Perry's Bay Area Supporters

    09/07/2011 11:14:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Bay Citizen ^ | September 7, 2011 | AARON GLANTZ
    A winery owner, a tech executive and venture capitalists are among the Texas governor's local backersWant to meet Rick Perry? The Republican governor from Texas will be at the Four Seasons in East Palo Alto for a $1,000-a-plate fundraiser on Friday during his first trip to the Bay Area since declaring his candidacy for president. Perry's campaign says the GOP candidate has no public appearances scheduled for the region. He has a packed schedule, with three fundraisers on Thursday (in San Diego, Orange County and Los Angeles) and three more on Friday (in Bakersfield, Fresno and East Palo Alto). But...
  • Ex-Giants’ employee arrested for stealing $1.5 million from players

    08/31/2011 2:52:38 PM PDT · by DFG · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 08/30/11 | David Brown
    The San Francisco Giants won the 2010 World Series thanks to great pitching performances from Tim Lincecum(notes), Matt Cain(notes) and Brian Wilson(notes). And they got timely offensive contributions from the likes of rookie Buster Posey(notes), Aubrey Huff(notes) and Juan Uribe(notes). You remember those guys. How could anyone forget? And what about Robin O'Connor, a payroll department manager? There's no way the Giants get past the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS without her.
  • BART website hacked, customer info leaked [ Hacker Group 'Anonymous' ]

    08/15/2011 8:37:19 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Sunday, August 14, 2011 | Casey Newton
    The amorphous hacker group known as Anonymous made good Sunday on its threat to strike BART, breaching an agency website and releasing customers' personal information in retaliation for BART's decision to cut cellular phone service to prevent an antipolice protest in San Francisco. The hack attack sent BART scrambling to protect its websites, and it infuriated some riders whose information was leaked. It came as the hackers also called for a 5 p.m. protest today at BART's Civic Center Station, where a police officer fatally shot a knife-wielding man on July 3. BART, which ignited a debate about technology and...
  • California – SERIOUSLY? .. Now a STATE law on circumcision?

    07/20/2011 3:46:26 PM PDT · by cakid1 · 20 replies
    cbs47 ^ | 7-20-11 | cakid1
    By now, you’ve no-doubt heard that residents in San Francisco want to vote on banning circumcision for male children. As if that was not controversial enough - now the state is getting involved. That’s right… Assembly Bill 768 - would apply to any city or county government. Its being introduced in response to a San Francisco ballot measure. AB 768 is designed to derail the San Francisco measure - if its approved by voters. "To enact an outright ban on an expression of personal, medical and religious freedom is an affront to all who value liberty," said Assemblyman Mike Gatto,...
  • California Gov Signs Landmark Law to Teach Gay History

    07/15/2011 5:30:43 AM PDT · by NYer · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 14, 2011
    <p>California has become the first state in the nation to require public schools to add lessons about gay history to social studies classes, after Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed the landmark bill on Thursday.</p> <p>The Democratic-majority Legislature passed the bill last week on a largely party-line vote.</p>
  • Circumcision-hatred: It was only a matter of time

    06/04/2011 11:39:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 153 replies · 1+ views
    hot air ^ | 6/4/11 | J.E. Dyer
    You have to wonder very seriously if these people are insane. The San Diego-based group that is laboring to get circumcision banned in San Francisco has perpetrated a comic book. In it, a superhero named Foreskin Man saves a baby boy from being circumcised by the evil Monster Mohel, a vicious-looking Orthodox Jewish rabbi who could have been drawn by an acolyte of Joseph Goebbels. Indeed, Foreskin Man has a distinctly Hitlerian “Aryan” look to him. It’s crystal clear from the dialogue that the perpetrator of this literary opus intends to depict the Judaic religious view of circumcision as evil...
  • Proof that S.F.’s circumcision ban Is anti-Semitic

    06/03/2011 7:46:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    The PJ Tatler ^ | June 3, 2011 | Zombie
    As you may have heard by now, San Francisco will be voting this November on whether or not to ban circumcision in the city. Defenders of the measure say it’s all about “human rights” and “protecting babies” from unnecessary procedures. But critics suspected there was something vaguely anti-Semitic about the whole proposal, since among Jews (and Muslims, as well) circumcising male babies is a religious duty, not just a mistaken medical procedure. Ban proponents insisted their proposal had nothing to do with Jews — really, it’s all about the rights of children. Well, any doubt that they were lying have...
  • Nazi Legislation for a "Judenrein" (Jewfree) California: Banning Judaism

    06/03/2011 4:29:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 6/3/11 | Pamela Geller
    Last week I posted on a clearly antisemitic piece of legislation in San Francisco and Santa Monica banning the Jewish religious tradition of circumcision. Judenrein in Sunny Southern California: Banning Male Circumcision. America, this is getting very, very ugly. Male circumcision is significantly healthier with or without the important religious significance. The Islamic practice of female genital mutilation (cutting off the clitoris) is sick misogyny. To equate the two is officially legislating Jew-hatred. Any doubt this was motivated by hatred and racism? Zombie over at PJM: Proof that S.F.’s circumcision ban is anti-Semitic As you may have heard by now,...
  • Banning Circumcision,Foreskin Man and the Rise of Left Wing Anti Semitism

    06/04/2011 1:59:54 PM PDT · by kevinaw2 · 23 replies
    Ward World ^ | 06/04/2011 | Kevin A Ward
    Recently, enough signatures were gathered in San Francisco to place a ban on circumcision on this November's ballot. Today, the blogosphere is buzzing with an online comic book by one of the initiatives most prominent supporters called "Foreskin Man". The titled super hero is tasked with saving infant boys from the barbarism of circumcision. J.E. Dyer of HOT AIR has it correct: "It’s crystal clear from the dialogue that the perpetrator of this literary opus intends to depict the Judaic religious view of circumcision as evil and repulsive.  The “comic” hauls out every theme of Jew hatred in the arsenal. Note...
  • Hey San Francisco, 1930&#8242;s Germany Called – They Want Their Anti-Semitic Propaganda Back!

    06/21/2011 5:42:14 PM PDT · by SJackson · 25 replies
    Sink or Swim ^ | June 5, 2011
    I posted brief thoughts on this issue on Friday on Facebook. For the benefit of the non-Facebookers and for the sake of having a more permanent record of my When the San Francisco ban on circumcision was first proposed months ago I wrote two posts defending one’s right to circumcise their son. One was from a legal perspective: Is a Ban on Circumcision Constitutional? Probably Not and the other from a moral perspective: Circumcision Follow Up (or why circumcision is not barbaric for Orthodox Jews). Since that time, I have had several conversations in the comments on my blog as...
  • Oy vay! Foreskin Man sparks cutting-edge scandal

    06/07/2011 8:14:23 AM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 69 replies · 1+ views
    WND ^ | June 6, 2011 | Bob Unruh
    An organizer behind a growing campaign to outlaw circumcision for infant boys now has created a comic book specifically targeting that Jewish practice, and critics say he's gone too far by using Nazi images and stereotypes. "This comic is modern anti-Semitism at its best. It is one story to fight against circumcision, and another to portray Jews in a false anti-Semitic stereotype. The Jewish depictions look like they came right out of Nazi Germany propaganda in the 1930s and 1940s," wrote Hailey Dilman in a commentary at Digital Journal.
  • Heard on TV: Anti-semitic comic book ‘hero’ Foreskin Man

    06/07/2011 12:07:03 AM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 17 replies
    glennbeck.com ^ | Monday, Jun 6, 2011 at 5:14 PM EDT | One of Glenn Beck's Staffers
    On TV tonight, Glenn talked about Foreskin Man, a blonde, muscular super hero who fights evil-looking Jewish mohel! There’s nothing anti-semitic about that, right?
  • Jewish activists call circumcision ban superhero anti-Semitic

    06/07/2011 9:04:05 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 23 replies · 1+ views
    LA Times ^ | 6/3/11 | Staff
    A ballot measure to ban circumcision in San Francisco has taken a strange twist with the publication, by the measure’s sponsors, of a comic book in which an anti-circumcision superhero -– blond, buff and handsome -– battles evil Jewish characters who recall the stereotypical images of classic anti-Semitism. "Foreskin Man" was written and created by Matthew Hess, one of the leaders behind the initiative to ban circumcision, the ritual cutting of foreskin on a baby's penis that, in the Jewish religion, is considered central to the covenant between the Jewish people and God. Opponents consider it painful and barbaric, akin...
  • Sex and circumcision

    06/21/2011 5:26:52 AM PDT · by SJackson · 70 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/20/2011 | SHMULEY BOTEACH
    Radical secularists, for whom Judaism is a target of choice, wish to portray religion as so barbarous that it excises any pleasure in sex, reducing copulation to a cold and sterile act. Talkbacks (11) The growing number of anti-Semitic caricatures associated with the attempt to ban circumcision in San Francisco is disturbing. These include the highly inflammatory “Foreskin Man” comic, depicting a superhero saving innocent boys from evil circumcisers, which The Jerusalem Post reports was produced by Matthew Hess, “one of the central backers of the anti-circumcision measures.” Indeed, the attempt to ban circumcision in San Francisco smacks of a...
  • Literature for SF's anti-circumcision measure stars "monster" rabbis and blonde superheroes

    06/03/2011 10:43:39 AM PDT · by SmithL · 56 replies
    SFGate: Politics Blog ^ | 6/3/11 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    San Francisco's anti-circumcision measure will be decided by voters in November, but the literature for the movement aims to sway them with some disturbing images -- including dark, evil-looking rabbis and a blonde superhero saving babies from their clutches.The measure, supported by self-described "intactivists," would make circumcision performed on anyone under 18 a misdemeanor, even if it is done for religious purposes. It would be punishable by a $1000 fine, or up to a year in jail.But that's not the half of it: check out the eye-opening "Foreskin Man,'' the comic book for this anti-circumcision movement that uses images critics...
  • S.F. judge puts state's cap and trade plan on hold

    05/21/2011 9:08:59 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 5/21/11 | Rick Daysog
    California must put an immediate halt to work on its cap and trade program until it completes a review of alternative approaches to reducing climate change, a state judge said Friday. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith ruled in March that the California Air Resources Board failed to conduct such a review but left open the question of whether the agency could conduct rule-making, environmental studies or do any other work while the legal issues were being resolved. The state said at the time that it would appeal. On Friday, Goldsmith enjoined the ARB from "engaging in any cap...
  • Supreme Court rejects appeal challenging SF anti-Catholic resolution {Ecumenical} - Pinko alert

    05/06/2011 3:08:02 AM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 4-May-2011 | Kevin Jones
    The San Francisco Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution in March 2006 that attacked the Catholic Church’s opposition to the adoption of children by homosexuals. It reacted to Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith head Cardinal William Levada’s instruction that Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Francisco stop placing children with same-sex couples. It deemed the Church’s teaching on homosexuality to be “insulting to all San Franciscans,” “hateful,” “insulting and callous,” “defamatory” and “insensitive and ignorant.”
  • SF Residents May Vote On Proposed Circumcision Ban.

    04/29/2011 7:42:23 PM PDT · by GSP.FAN · 29 replies · 1+ views
    KTVU ^ | April 29, 2011 | KTVU
    SAN FRANCISCO -- A proposal to criminalize male circumcision in San Francisco was submitted to the city this week with enough signatures to put the ban on the ballot for the November election, but local religious groups have promised to strongly oppose the initiative. Lloyd Schofield, who has organized a campaign to ban circumcision in San Francisco, submitted 12,265 signatures to the city's Department of Elections on Tuesday, exceeding by more than 5,000 the amount necessary to put the initiative on the November ballot.
  • Video- Obama Administration Bans Reporter for Using Camera to Record Anti-Obama Protesters

    04/28/2011 6:50:47 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 23 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 4/28/11 | Aurelius
    Is this really that big of a surprise? A reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle recorded several anti-Obama protesters who disrupted an Obama fundraiser. In other words, she was reporting the news. The Administration's response: the reporter, Carla Marinucci, was "removed as a [press] pool reporter..." Not really much, but the Administration found it worthy to take away Ms. Marinucci's privileges. The SF Gate provides addition details: The hip, transparent and social media-loving Obama administration is showing its analog roots. And maybe even some hypocrisy highlights. White House officials have banished one of the best political reporters in the country...
  • Protest video stirs up White House (

    04/28/2011 7:32:48 PM PDT · by Yossarian · 14 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/28/2011 | Carolyn Lochhead
    Protest video stirs up White House Threatens to exclude Chronicle from pool coverage in Bay Area after paper posted recording of demonstrations at S.F. event. ------------ (04-28) 04:00 PDT Washington - -- The White House threatened Thursday to exclude the San Francisco Chronicle from pooled coverage of its events in the Bay Area after the paper posted a video of a protest at a San Francisco fundraiser for President Obama last week, Chronicle Editor Ward Bushee said.White House guidelines governing press coverage of such events are too restrictive, Bushee said, and the newspaper was within its rights to film the...
  • Court Allows San Fran City Resolution Condemning Catholicism as 'Insulting,' 'Hateful'

    10/27/2010 12:10:42 PM PDT · by topher · 87 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | October 26, 2010 | By Kathleen Gilbert
    Tuesday October 26, 2010 Court Allows San Fran City Resolution Condemning Catholicism as 'Insulting,' 'Hateful' By Kathleen GilbertSAN FRANCISCO, October 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has shakily allowed to stand a resolution by the city government of San Francisco that lambasted the Vatican as "meddl[ing]" and "insult[ing]" for reaffirming its teaching against homosexual adoption, and which urged Church officials to disobey the Magisterium.The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2006 had issued a statement clarifying that Catholic Church agencies, in line with the Church's moral teaching on sexuality, should not hand...