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Marjorie Jones Cooke

Marjorie Jones Cooke
Location
Price, Utah, United States
Birthday
April 13
Title
Owner
Company
Indie Artist Press
Bio
Marjorie Jones Cooke is an award winning freelance writer currently living in Southern Utah with her wife and 4 of their shared 7 children. She is also an ordained minister who performs pagan and traditional themed weddings, a freelance editor and owner of Indie Artist Press - a publication assistance service for independently published authors.

Marjorie Jones Cooke's Links

Salon.com

A blogger at Secular Pro Life Perspectives made an argument against abortion using an interesting example recently. He stated that women should not be able to legally obtain an abortion for the same reasons that men are forced to pay child support, even if they did not intend to create a… Read full post »

The Sutherland Institute has released a series of ads opposing a proposed non-discrimination bill in Utah. One of their ads places a young, African American woman in the position of one who espouses that her rights will be taken away by granting rights to others. She states that the new law woul… Read full post »

[See update at the bottom of this article...]

So, here’s the thing about fear mongering: It is a process through which propaganda is distributed with the sole intent to create fear. One of the best ways to fear monger is to ask questions in such a way that the listener is forced… Read full post »

DECEMBER 27, 2013 6:18PM

An Open Letter to Everyone I Know

Dear Everyone,

I do not accept love "anyway." I am worth more than your love and friendship "anyway." I am a human being with a mind, a heart and a soul that is complete and replete... there is no room for "anyway."

I often hear you say, "My [insert relationship here] is gay,… Read full post »

A funny thing happened on my way to equality in Utah...

This morning, I stopped by the Carbon County Clerk’s Office in Price, Utah to see about getting a marriage license.  I’m already married, but I wanted to know if they were issuing same sex marriage licenses, anyway. They were no… Read full post »

DECEMBER 19, 2013 10:57AM

Bestiality, Homosexuals and Ducks

Phil Robertson, one of the highlighted person’s on the hit A&E reality show, “Duck Dynasty,” recently expressed his views about homosexuality during an interview for GQ magazine.  The fact that a bearded, slovenly, self-described member of the “white trash” comm… Read full post »

According to Bill O’Reilly of FOX News fame (prior to his fame there, he was the anchor man of the tabloid TV program, Inside Edition), those of us on the political left have a serious agenda that is opposition to the traditions upon which this country was founded. He claims that in… Read full post »

Basic facts

A charter school in CO (and one in SC) collected toys for needy children for Christmas. 

They were participating in a program run by an Evangelical group called Samaritan's Purse. Specifically, this program is known as "Operation Christmas Child."

People fill shoe boxes with… Read full post »

OCTOBER 27, 2013 11:22AM

Leaving the GOP to Crash and Burn?

 Should Open-Minded, Fair Republicans Leave the Grand Old Party for Democracy?

I’ve seen a couple of news stories recently highlighting Republicans who have made the decision to leave their party in the dusts of homophobia, racism and good-ol’-boy-nepotism and change their affiliatio… Read full post »

OCTOBER 18, 2013 5:31PM

Let them Eat Cake - American Style

I recently watched a video a friend shared with me on a social networking platform. It highlighted the enormous disparity between the rich and the “everyone else” in America today. In researching the validity of some of the claims in this meme, I came across a message board debating not wRead full post »

OCTOBER 16, 2013 5:09PM

PFOX - Speaking of Hidden Gay Agendas

One of the exhibitors/sponsors of the Values Voters Summit is a group called PFOX, or Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays. The organization touts itself as a support system for individuals who have children, family members or friends who are gay-identified, or have identified as gay at some… Read full post »

OCTOBER 16, 2013 10:44AM

The ObamaScare - Math Isn't Everything

This is a very interesting 10 minutes, (video link opens in new window) and Dave Ramsey makes a good point that some insurance premiums will go up based upon simple math. Everyone is going to be required to have health insurance coverage. Health insurance companies are going to be paying… Read full post »
"All sexual behavior is adult behavior, in my opinion, so keep it private."

This quote, from the excerpt of Star Parker's address at the Value Voters Summit, has me a bit puzzled. As a gay woman, a proud lesbian who is madly in love with my wife and life partner, I generally… Read full post »

Most of us have heard of the wild, crazy and often destructive-sounding ingredients of a witch’s brew.  “Eye of Newt” and “Adder’s Tongue” jump to the front of my mind, and to be perfectly honest, I used to think these names were to be taken literally.  T… Read full post »

APRIL 10, 2012 9:40AM

Going Out Instead of Coming Out

I read a great piece on The HuffPost this morning, borrowed from gaygirlrevolution.com.  The author wrote a letter to her 15-year-old self about how her life got better after she acknowledged to herself that she was gay.  It got me to thinking of a very special friend who struggled with her… Read full post »

APRIL 10, 2012 9:39AM

Going Out Instead of Coming Out

I read a great piece on The HuffPost this morning, borrowed from gaygirlrevolution.com.  The author wrote a letter to her 15-year-old self about how her life got better after she acknowledged to herself that she was gay.  It got me to thinking of a very special friend who struggled with her… Read full post »

Home Remedies That Work

Every so often, I’ll see an article online or in the print media that talks about those miracle, often-misunderstood home remedies that actually work.  They are sometimes written with a flair of, “OMG! Did you know that you can do X, Y or Z or A,… Read full post »

For the past couple of years, I’ve been running a very small and very limited, incredibly part-time business.  I make custom essential oils, I am an ordained pagan minister, and I create and mix my own gem essences, among other things.  I am also trained in the art of Theta Healing… Read full post »

I hear it and read it all the time.  Individuals posting comments on articles debating the question of whether being gay is a sin. It happened again this morning as I read an article about Kirk Cameron’s recent visit to the Piers Morgan Show on CNN.  Mr. Cameron, who experienced some… Read full post »

MARCH 2, 2012 8:55AM

Hate Crime Abuse: The New Threat

The most recent debate about what a hate crime is and whether it should be applied has reached the Huffington Post.  Three women are charged with beating a gay man after he bumped into them with his backpack.  During the assault, they hurled anti-gay slurs at him.  Ultimately, the man… Read full post »

"It is time that members of the Negro race are accorded, without reservations or evasions, the full rights guaranteed them under the 14th Amendment to the Federal Constitution. Judges have been avoiding the real issue too long."

Powerful words, aren’t they?  This poignant statem… Read full post »

Hattie McDaniel and the New Civil Rights Movement

"It is time that members of the Negro race are accorded, without reservations or evasions, the full rights guaranteed them under the 14th Amendment to the Federal Constitution. Judges have been avoiding the real issue too long."

Powerful w… Read full post »

Today, I performed a very special wedding event.  My daughter married her partner for life in a beautiful ceremony in my front yard, beneath the protective branches of our favorite tree.  As I read the rites and joined these two amazing people, I couldn’t help but think to myself, &ld… Read full post »

Whitney Houston lay dead in her hotel at the age of 48.  Four stories below in the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, some of the best and brightest in the industry were arriving for Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy bash.  This is the party that Whitney Houston was preparing for when, for… Read full post »

Today, I received an interesting email from Presidential candidate… oops, sorry, House of Representative Incumbent Michele Bachmann.  Apparently, Howard Stern called her the “the worst person in the world,” on his radio show.  Other than the fact that I would have loved t… Read full post »