Last October, appearing on a radio show hosted by Americans For Truth About Homosexuality founder Peter LaBarbera, the Rev. E.W. Jackson lobbed the kind of incendiary device that has become his forte. By sanctioning homosexuality (which he associated with AIDS), Jackson alleged liberals had “done more to kill black folks whom they claim so much to love than the Ku Klux Klan, lynching and slavery and Jim Crow ever did.”
Jackson, the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor of Virginia, has quickly established himself as a uniquely polarizing politician. But when it comes to AIDS, Jackson has backed up his words with action. As an activist in Boston in the late 1980s and early ’90s, Jackson worked tirelessly to defeat programs designed to curb HIV transmissions and save lives. In his view, the only sure-fire way out of the AIDS crisis was abstinence; everything else simply encouraged the kind of immoral behavior he was against
In 1987, as federal and local officials were first beginning to take preventative efforts, Jackson organized a group of 30 clergymen in opposition to a proposal from Boston’s superintendent of schools to place four public health clinics in city schools. He claimed any program that even mentioned condoms was promoting promiscuity. That same year, he held a candlelight vigil outside a local ABC affiliate, WCVB, demanding that the station pull sex education public service advertisements that endorsed the use of condoms. As the Associated Press reported at the time, “Jackson said the commercial showed a 10- to 12-year-old girl saying, ‘I just learned to have safe sex.’” (The girl was actually either 16 or 17, according to the ad’s creator.)
Here is where Ferguson really got it wrong - the side of the economic debate that realy does not give a crap about future generations is the anti-science crowd on the right.
ut in a message posted on his personal website today, Ferguson wrote that the comments were “as stupid as they were insensitive.”
He continued: “I should not have suggested - in an off-the-cuff response that was not part of my presentation - that Keynes was indifferent to the long run because he had no children, nor that he had no children because he was gay. This was doubly stupid. First, it is obvious that people who do not have children also care about future generations. Second, I had forgotten that Keynes’s wife Lydia miscarried.
“My disagreements with Keynes’s economic philosophy have never had anything to do with his sexual orientation. It is simply false to suggest, as I did, that his approach to economic policy was inspired by any aspect of his personal life. As those who know me and my work are well aware, I detest all prejudice, sexual or otherwise.”
On one side of the great divide, the past few days have been revolutionary. France became the 14th country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage, eight years after Canada did. Rhode Island became the 10th U.S. state to do so, in a fast-changing America where six out of 10 citizens, and more than 80 per cent of those under 30, now believe that marriage should be open to all and that gays are fully equal. As if to symbolize this change, Americans, including their president, gave warm blessings to the coming out of a major-league basketball player.
On the other side of the divide, it’s grim. In Uganda, a notorious “anti-homosexuality” law, which includes harsh sentences for “aggravated” homosexuality, is working its way through parliament along with crackdowns that have resulted in the death of a protester. Ethiopia is facing strong pressure to introduce the death penalty for homosexuality. In Russia, a law banning “homosexual propaganda” appears poised to pass in the Duma. It’s sufficiently vague, Russian activists and writers tell me, that it could (and certainly would) be used to silence, imprison or banish any dissident figures who happen to be gay or even tolerant. A similar law is in the works in Ukraine.
Viewed from this perspective, the world seems to be splitting in two.
The video is a rather incredible, and touching rendition of what it would be like for those of us who are heterosexual if the world suddenly found OUR sexuality deviant.
Amazing video; pretty well-done. The reversal of heterosexuality and homosexuality is really eye-opening.
Give it a look.
“Out In The Line-Up” is a documentary about homosexuality and surfing that examines why people think there aren’t any gay surfers.
The surf film tells the story of all gay surfers who seek acceptance, happiness and some really good waves, without any type of discrimination.
Filmed in Ecuador, California, Mexico, Brazil and Australia, “Out In The Line-Up” is a 75-minute documentary made by several teams shooting in all different locations.
Nice to see someone making an effort to break down some barriers in the sport of surfing.
A member of ‘Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ arrested for firing handgun at 20-year male during sexual encounter.
In a very strange and sad story developing out of Pennsylvania, one of Michael Bloomberg’s “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” members has found himself in jail. James Schiliro, mayor of Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, was arrested this past Thursday for official oppression, reckless endangerment, unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, and furnishing a minor with alcohol.
Schiliro ordered a local policemen to bring him a 20-year-old male to his home. At which point Schiliro allegedly served the minor alcohol and tried to have sex with him. When the minor refused, Schiliro apparently retrieved multiple handguns, where he then proceeded to fire one of them in the minors direction as a form of intimidation.
Schiliro was released on bail and states he will be fighting the charges.
There’s video at the article’s page, and the comments are actually useful, as more than one commentator links to a usable story. One such fellow, named Jon Zurell, posts a link wherein we find that the hypocritical mayor is a Republican. So for a rarity, I’m actually going to call James Schiliro a RINO. I hope this jackass gets a nice prison term to cure him of his entitle attitude.
Some of it has been pretty minor stuff, like butt-busting brownies and a fast-food diet. Some of it’s been considerably dicier. He’s railed about arsenic in apple juice, sending the FDA into attack mode. Last year he “investigated” reparative therapy, asking, “Is there a gay cure?” and welcoming “experts on both sides” — including the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality. Though he claimed on his blog that “I have concerns about the potentially dangerous effects when the therapy fails,” he also defended the show and its guests, saying, “You have to present multiple perspectives.”
And while Dr. Oz explicitly states that he does not endorse “any brand name or commercial supplier,” all it takes is one mention of an exciting! possible! breakthrough! — usually concerning looking younger or losing weight - for anything to do with it goes flying off the shelves. He’s devoted shows to ways to “supercharge your body with human growth hormone” and started a run on SeroVital - despite the fuzzy evidence of its effectiveness. He examines green coffee beans for weight loss, and zing! suddenly coffee bean extract is a thing.
Last month, Oz did an episode about the HCG Diet, and featured the glowing testimonial of Dr. Sheri L. Emma on his website — with a handy link to her own site and its $149.95 “starter kit.” He’s invited the controversial Dr. Joseph Mercola on repeatedly, gently stating that he doesn’t agree with everything the man says but praising him for “defying convention and thinking largely outside the box.” Mercola’s outside-the-box thinking: advising against mammograms and selling an $8,000 “Whole Body Vibration Training Machine” on his website.
I wanted to give my opinions about the Catholic Church’s positions regarding homsexuality and marriage. First, I want to say that calling homosexuality evil is wrong. Murder is evil, rape is evil, fraud is evil. Consensual sex is not evil.
But I also want to say a few things about the church’s positions regarding sex and marriage. I was taught in high school by Father Handjob that the basic description of the church’s view of sex is that it is a gift from God to be enjoyed within the institution of marriage for the purpose of procreation. He endured a lot of really probing questions from the wise-ass crowd, and he told us that an impotent man cannot be married because he could not function, but a sterile man (or woman) could because, you never know, a miracle could happen. (I guess the impotent man was SOL - this was before Viagra).
He was very interesting about homosexuality. He told us that homosexual sex was no different than pre-marital or extra-marital sex. It was against the church’s values simply because it was not sex inside of marriage. PERIOD.
I think the church and its leaders are wrong to villainize homosexuals. I’m ok with its doctrine on sex and marriage. After all, your faith is your choice. You don’t have to be Catholic if you believe that the values are contrary to yours. If assholes tell people they’re going to hell, they’re wrong.
UC Riverside professor Jennifer Scheper Hughes, who has studied Benedict’s reaction to liberation theology in Latin America both before and during his papacy, suggests that he leaves a painful legacy for Roman Catholics in the region. Says Hughes,
“Both as Cardinal Ratzinger and as Pope, Benedict devoted himself to a process of undermining, silencing, and marginalizing the theologians, priests, and religious who committed themselves to the liberation of the poor. His legacy in Latin America is precisely this: the systematic dismantling of the infrastructure of liberation theology. Some in Latin America may hope that this period of antagonism has now come to a close. Others are, by now, far more cynical.”
DignityUSA, the advocacy group for LGBT Catholics, has called on supporters “for a period of prayer and reflection as we prepare for the conclave” to elect a new pope who may put an “end to statements that inflict harm on already marginalized people, depict us as less than fully human, and lend credence to those seeking to justify discrimination.”
“It’s hard to identify a figure who has been more oppressive to LGBT people in the religious world than Pope Benedict,” says DignityUSA Executive Director Marianne Duddy-Burke.
From the labeling of homosexuality as “objectively disordered” and “intrinsically evil” in magisterial documents he developed as a cardinal, to condemnations of transgendered people as mentally ill, to more recent attacks on marriage equality as a deterrent to world peace, says Duddy-Burke, the current pope has actively worked to undermine the full equality of LGBT people and denigrated their human dignity. Duddy-Burke notes that the announcement of Benedict’s retirement on the eve of the Christian Lenten season provides an opportunity for deep reflection on the harm such words and actions do within and beyond the Church. She hopes such reflection will fuel action among the faithful in the pews.
He told me a story about getting to know a middle-aged gay man who runs a costume shop. The man asked if Chandler would allow him to take communion. Chandler asked if the man believed that Jesus was the son of God. The man hemmed and hawed. Well, there you go, Chandler told him. You have to believe if you’re going to partake.
But suppose the man did believe in Jesus’ divinity? Could he take communion then?
“Like anyone else who is walking in open sin, no,” Chandler told me. “Brazen, unrepentant sin has to be dealt with before you can come to the Lord’s table.”
Brazen, unrepentant sin. That’s harsh. But Chandler went on to make sure that I understood that homosexuality is no worse than other sins. He also said he was in favor of same-sex partners being granted legal protections like hospital visitation rights. And while he has preached about homosexuality before, offering one of the most detailed biblical cases against it I have heard, that topic, he assured me, isn’t a priority. For the first time in our conversation, Chandler lowered his booming voice. The gays are best discussed in hushed tones.
Like Chandler, Giglio said homosexuality was not a focus of his ministry. But notice what he didn’t say. He didn’t say that his views had evolved since the 1990s. He didn’t say that he no longer thought gays and lesbians were hell-bound. He didn’t say that the dreaded homosexual agenda had ceased to be a threat to these great United States. He just reminded everyone that he hadn’t said that in a while, as if opinions have expiration dates.
The trick is to oppose homosexuality without appearing to be a bigot. Mark Driscoll, the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church, which has 14 campuses in four states, once answered a question about the Bible’s teaching on homosexuality with the following syllogism: sex outside of marriage is wrong, God said marriage is between a man and a woman, therefore gay sex and gay marriage are wrong. But he was quick to name-check other sins and to note that he had been a “fornicator,” i.e. sexually active while single, back before he was saved. “I will not be baited into picking on homosexuals,” he said.