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Gay Outreach: You’re Doing It Wrong, Catholic Church.

20130331-173207.jpgHey, gay people! The Catholic Church wants you to know that it loves you, but not really.

Today on ABC’s This Week, America’s Next Top Bishop, Timothy W. Dolan came right out and said that gay couples are “entitled to friendship” but not sexitime love, thus giving the God Stamp of Approval to bromances, but not bro-on-bro romances:

Via Think Progress:

Cardinal Timothy Dolan told ABC’s This Week on Sunday that gay people are entitled to “friendship” but not a long-last romantic relationship in the eyes of the Catholic Church.

Appearing on the program following oral arguments at the Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of two laws targeting gay and lesbian couples, Dolan said that the Church should treat same-sex couples with love, while reminding them that “sexual love…is intended only for a man and a woman”:
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You can’t make homophobic jokes and be a Progressive.

Lindsey GrahamI have real, enormous, and numerous issues with Senator Lindsey Graham. Indeed, my first tweet of the day was to call him an asshole. Because he is. An asshole.

Also a dick.

Douchnozzle.

Douchcanoe.

Human sack of effluvium and fucknuttery.

And what have you.

But here’s the thing: If I, or any other Progressive in this country, want to take issue with any of Graham’s hateful and cruel policy positions — that’s what we should do.

We should argue the value of not holding up important Presidential nominations for the sake of personal glory; we should argue that President Obama’s plans for immigration reform are an important step forward; we should work to turn the tide of public opinion against the gun lobby; we should make clear the advantages of Obamacare; we should clarify just what it means to oppose the Violence Against Women Act; and we should lobby aggressively for the right of women everywhere to bodily autonomy (links to all these issues in the list of insults, above).

What we should not do is make puerile jokes about the fact that Lindsey Graham “looks gay.”

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Scalia Makes Stupid Comparison Between Sodomy and Murder

20121211-164214.jpgAntonin Scalia doesn’t think it is “necessary” to equate sodomy and murder — he just thinks that drawing parallels between the ban on both sodomy and murder is an effective way of discussing LGBT rights.

Why? Because shut up, that’s why:

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Monday found himself defending his legal writings that some find offensive and anti-gay.

Speaking at Princeton University, Scalia was asked by a gay student why he equates laws banning sodomy with those barring bestiality and murder.

“I don’t think it’s necessary, but I think it’s effective,” Scalia said, adding that legislative bodies can ban what they believe to be immoral.

Scalia has been giving speeches around the country to promote his new book, “Reading Law,” and his lecture at Princeton comes just days after the court agreed to take on two cases that challenge the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman.

Some in the audience who had come to hear Scalia speak about his book applauded but more of those who attended the lecture clapped at freshman Duncan Hosie’s question.

“It’s a form of argument that I thought you would have known, which is called the ‘reduction to the absurd,’” Scalia told Hosie of San Francisco during the question-and-answer period. “If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?”

Scalia said he is not equating sodomy with murder but drawing a parallel between the bans on both.

Then he deadpanned: “I’m surprised you aren’t persuaded.”

Not that it matters — since Justice Broccoli Mandate is quite plainly trolling America as opposed to engaging in good faith argument — but the law is the law and moral feelings are moral feelings. They’re not the same. And the activity we deem illegal — like murder — is usually activity that negatively impacts other people. When you murder someone, you render that someone not alive. When you bugger someone (with their consent, of course), you render them alive with pleasure.

I know, I know — homosexuality destroys heterosexual marriage. Every time a gay couple gets married, a hetero couple gets divorced.

Also –

Oh fuck it.

Just shut up, Tony.

***So as not to leave you on a sour note, take a look at these photos from all the immoral sinners who got married in Washington. They sure look like they’re destroying the fabric of our society, don’t they? Seize them!

[via Salon]

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Homosexualists Are Coming for Your Freedoms

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The gays are comin’ for your freedoms, just like the Muslims, apparently.

Or at least that’s what’s going down in the syphilitic minds of this particular trio of wingnuts: Judith Reisman of Liberty University, and Peter LaBarbera and John Kirkwood, hosts of the Americans For Truth About Homosexuality Radio Hour (Yes, apparently this group exists and they have a radio hour.)

Reisman hit the radio waves with LaBarbera and Kirkwood in order to promote Americans For Truth About Homosexuality’s fall banquet. (Yes, apparently this group exists, they have a radio hour, and they have banquets at which, presumably, only non-phallic food is served — you can’t be too careful!)

The trio talked a lot about homosexuality and how it’s ruining America and how homosexuals are ushering in an era of pedophilia and gay CNN anchors… or something:

According to LaBarbera, “many homosexual men were victims of predators, older men, as teenage boys they were seduced into the lifestyle,” and once again insisted that CNN anchor Don Lemon is gay because he was molested.

Reisman argued that pedophiles have targeted the government, the military and schools for infiltration like Soviet spies in order to seek power.

Yikes.

They later waxed crazy about the so-called “homosexual movement” and the rabid homosexualists (that’s a word now, I guess), who are turning everyone gay:

LaBarbera’s co-host, pastor John Kirkwood, called the “homosexual movement” the “greatest threat to freedom” in the US and LaBarbera said gays and lesbians are “similar to the Muslims, when they get the power that’s when they start oppressing freedom.”

LaBarbera: There are sectors of society that don’t want kids, little boys and girls to get help with unwanted homosexual attractions. We always said it was coming, we said that when the homosexualists, which are people promoting homosexuality in our culture, when they get the power it’s sort of similar to the Muslims, when they get the power that’s when they start oppressing freedom.

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Kirkwood: This is why that I say the greatest threat to freedom, I normally say religious freedom, in the United States is the homosexual movement. They won’t be satisfied until they control everything.

Tinfoil helmets, people. Put them on before the gayness infiltrates your brain and turns you into a gay Muslim Soviet communist.

[Right-Wing Watch]

Brad Pitt Reaffirms His Support for President Obama and Marriage Equality

Clooney is proud.

20120910-120837.jpgIn July, Brad Pitt’s mom penned an anti-gay and anti-Obama letter that was published in the Springfield News-Leader. It was chock full of wingnut nonsense:

I think any Christian should spend much time in prayer before refusing to vote for a family man with high morals, business experience, who is against abortion, and shares Christian conviction concerning homosexuality just because he is a Mormon.

Any Christian who does not vote or writes in a name is casting a vote for Romney’s opponent, Barack Hussein Obama — a man who sat in Jeremiah Wright’s church for years, did not hold a public ceremony to mark the National Day of Prayer, and is a liberal who supports the killing of unborn babies and same-sex marriage.

I hope all Christians give their vote prayerful consideration because voting is a sacred privilege and a serious responsibility.

Brad Pitt, half of the Clooney-Pitt bromance, recently denounced his mother’s position and reaffirm his support for President Obama:

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The Penalty for “Aggravated Homosexuality” in Uganda May Soon Be Death: Ugandan LGBTQ Folk Held Their First Pride Parade, Anyway

It’s not easy being queer in Uganda.  In fact, it’s against the law.  That’s right – it’s illegal to be queer in Uganda, but that’s not enough for some Ugandans.  Indeed, David Bahati, a member of Parliament and of The Family, introduced the now-infamous “Kill the Gays” bill back in 2009 that would put to death anyone who practiced ‘aggravated homosexuality’.  Life imprisonment is also a possible penalty for the ‘crime’ of being homosexual if the “Kill the Gays” bill passes.

When the bill was first introduced, it was met with world-wide outcry, and it was tabled.  It’s back, and even though Bahati said he had removed the death penalty portion of the bill, it’s still there.  Regardless, it’s a horrifying bill.  And, its roots are found in our very own religious right fanatics.  Not content to merely spew their anti-gay hatred to fellow Americans, prominent SPLC-designated hate groups such as the Family Research Council have pushed their radical anti-gay agenda in African countries such as Uganda.  This has led to the writing of the “Kill the Gays” bill, which said ultra-conservative Christian groups have denounced while simultaneously supporting the anti-gay rhetoric contained in the bill.

Despite all the homophobia they face,  the Ugandan LGBTQ community planned and carried off their first gay pride weekend.  They had to deal with the police and being arrested, but they continued the events despite the interruptions.  They did this despite knowing they could be imprisoned simply for showing up.  So, to our homegrown religious bigots who whine about being persecuted because they can’t go about their bigoted ways without any pushback and think that buying shitty chicken sandwiches is making a patriotic stand, Imma need you to shut the fuck up and have a row of seats.  This is real bravery in the face of ACTUAL persecution, and I applaud them for their courage.

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There’s no such thing as homophobia.

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Two Weeks – We Should Be Ashamed

It’s Shameful


One of the most frustrating things to me is that as a nation, we have the attention span of a fungus. Oh, there are some things we remember. Usually massive events, like 9/11. But when the damage is smaller, we forget. Quickly.

Two weeks ago today, we were reeling from the news of a mass murder in Aurora, CO. As you would expect, there was a little talk about gun control, even less about sensible gun laws, and plenty of victim blaming and statements that the reason it happened was our lack of Christianity. And for a few days, until they got the bombs out of the killer’s apartment, there was some attention.

Since then? An occasional new bit of information. But talk of fixing gun laws? Nope. In fact, the media has been proud to tell us that there won’t be any discussion. And Congress has been more than willing to prove them right.

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JC Penney Vs. Chick-Fil-A – There’s A Connection

It’s a small world.

Just had a good discussion with a friend regarding the Chick-Fil-A deal. He used the argument that if the protest were flipped, if Christians were protesting an LGBT-friendly concern, they would be vilified. Never mind the actual irony in that. What I pointed out to him was that they do exactly that, and reminded him of the JC Penney protest by One Million Moms.

His response was that they are an extremist right-wing group. I actually agree with him. But they decided to start a boycott not because of any stance on marriage equality, but because they had the temerity to hire an openly gay spokesperson. Of course, they ignored the fact that she is also a wildly popular talk show host who happens to connect very strongly with women, their target market. No, they only focused on her sexual orientation.

But I put the pieces together for him. See, One Million Moms is an arm of the American Family Association. You can look up their record on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s site. Why is this important? Because of one of the companies that regularly funds AFA is none other than… wait for it… Chick-Fil-A. Continue reading

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“The Narrow Mindedness of Andrew Sullivan” by @DCPlod

[Here's a post from friend of ABLC, @DCPlod.  -ABLxx]

Here’s what Andrew Sullivan believes: if you are gay and a public figure, as the late Sally Ride was, your country needs you to expose your private life to public viewing and be Jesus for LGBT people. Not to do so makes you a moral draft dodger, for you ‘had a chance to expand young [LGBT people's] hope and esteem’ and didn’t (so all those gay suicides are on you, bucko).  To paraphrase Batman,  it’s not who you are underneath, but which gender you do that defines you. Oh yeah, and any paper that doesn’t make a dead gay person’s sexuality front and centre is forcing gay people back in the closet. Or something.

This isn’t the first time Sullivan’s worked himself into a lather about a public figure’s sexual orientation. When Elena Kagan was nominated for a SCOTUS seat and was up for confirmation, Sully decided, based on the following, that, that Kagan was secretly a lesbian:

[W]e have been told by many that she is gay … and no one will ask directly if this is true and no one in the administration will tell us definitively.

In a word, this is preposterous – a function of liberal cowardice and conservative discomfort. It should mean nothing either way. Since the issue of this tiny minority – and the right of the huge majority to determine its rights and equality – is a live issue for the court in the next generation, and since it would be bizarre to argue that a Justice’s sexual orientation will not in some way affect his or her judgment of the issue, it is only logical that this question should be clarified.

So, several anonymous sources saying Kagan is totally batting for the other team meant she has a question to answer. What the fuck is this, high school? And note Sully’s claim that a SCOTUS’ sexuality would be a key issue because it would affect his or her judgement – is exactly the same argument put forth by the anti-gay right against Judge Vaughn Walker, who was revealed to be gay, when he struck down Prop 8 (more on this convergence with the homophobes below). Additionally, it’s telling that in both cases it’s been women on the receiving end of Andrew’s ire regarding what they did or did not do for LGBT people. So when Sullivan writes dishonest, generalising shit like this:

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