I have to admit. Last year I developed a new respect for Tupac and his music. Normally, I can’t listen to gangsta rap without my ears bleeding, but Tupac’s music is poetic – painfully poetic – and completely free of that prepackaged record industry bullshit.
If Tupac is still alive, he needs to get his ass back in the studio.
The ninth commandment says “Thou shall not lie.” Is it too much to believe a religious organization would remember that?
Today, the anti-gay religious organization AFA sent out an email (screen capture here) designed to scare its recipients into believing that a new hate crime bill (H.R. 1913) will make incest a legally protected act. This is a blatant lie. Anyone with at least an 8th grade education can read the bill and see there’s no mention of legalizing incest.
H.R. 1913 is designed to provide harsher penalties for violent crimes “motivated by the actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability of the victim.”
I guess religious conseravatives failed in their attempt to convince religious fanatics that H.R. 1913 threatens religious freedom so they tried a more radical approach to stop the bill’s passing. There’s nothing in the wording of H.R. 1913 that supports this lie posted on TraditionalValues.org:
The so-called hate crimes bill will be used to lay the legal foundation and framework to investigate, prosecute and persecute pastors, business owners, Bible teachers, Sunday School teachers, youth leaders, Christian counselors, religious broadcasters and anyone else whose actions are based upon and reflect the truths found in the Bible, which have previously been protected by the First Amendment, resulting in a chilling effect on religious liberties.
Personally, I’m not a huge fan of hate crime laws. I advocate stiffer penalties for all violent crimes – regardles of the reason. Even though I don’t support the passing of hate crime legislation, I would never lie to my readers about the bill or exaggerate its ramifications
On today’s episode of Ellen Degeneres, Lindsay Lohan discusses her very public breakup with Sam Ronson. At least she’s no longer denying she was ever in a girl/girl relationship. That’s progress, right?
Without mentioning her former lover’s name, Ellen briefly discusses how she dealt with her very public breakup with Anne Heche.
Hat tip: thanks to bigkelleh for catching the spelling error in Sam’s name.
pieholepizza: The acronym has been actually expanded to LGBTQQIA… uugh. “Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Transgendered/Queer/Questioning/Intersexed/Ally”
nrdavis: to show that the community is welcoming of those questioning their sexuality
Piecemaker: Sometimes it’s used for “questioning” but mostly for “queer” those who don’t like or don’t fit the LGB or T. Seen LGBTQQI?
After seeing pieholepizza‘s response mentioning the new abbreviation LGBTQQIA, I responded with “I’m sorry, but I will NOT start using LGBTQQIA – that’s way too PC for me.” Doubeshiny said “That will never fit on a badge” and vautrin said “That one is impossibe for dyslexics!” DarkMusings added her opinion to the mix stating, “I understand folks want to be politically correct but LGBTQQIA is pushing it.”
Is the term LGBTQQIA too politically correct for the gay community? An even better question: is it ok for me to use the word “gay” to discuss the LGBTQ community as a whole? Is it possible that a community or an individual can be “too PC?”
Shanna Moakler, former Miss USA and executive director of the Miss California USA pageant, posted a rather long-winded response to the Miss California/Carrie Prejean controversy on her Myspace blog:
First, I want to be clear on the fact, that I have NOT and will not abandon our reigning Miss California, thou I have a STRONG difference of opinion, I do NOT hate her, nor do I have any issue with her stating her opinion, she is not the first conservative christian titleholder to be in pageants.
Are all beauty queens dumb, or just the ones in California? That’s one long run-on sentence connecting several random thoughts in what appears to be a rather strong statement about, well . . . I’m not sure. The rest of the blog post is riddled with incomplete sentences, excessive use of commas and misspellings that could have been caught by any spellcheck program.
Poor grammar aside, Moakler managed to convey to her readers that she did “NOT” agree with the reigning Miss California who said marriage should be a union between a man and a woman. In an attempt to defend
Prejean’s very public anti-gay marriage statement, Moakler says “sadly for California THIS is where we lost the crown. Not for her answer or even her beliefs, because again, sadly IN California her beliefs at this point in time are the majority.”
Are we supposed to forgive Prejean’s statement because her comments supposedly mirror “the majority” voice in California?
I don’t know what annoyed me the most: Miss California’s big ass teeth, Perez Hilton judging a beauty pageant, or the fact that we STILL have beauty pageants in this country.
Miss California Carrie Prejean claims she lost the Miss USA pageant because of her answer to Perez Hilton’s question about gay marriage. Prejean said, “I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised.”
That’s how she was raised? She couldn’t come up with anything better than that?
“It is a very touchy subject and [Perez Hilton] is a homosexual, and I see where he was coming from and I see the audience would’ve wanted me to be more politically correct,” Prejean added.
Supporters of gay marriage and anti-gay marriage folks had a shouting match in the lobby after the contest ended. Prejean is very confident she would’ve won the contest had she given a more PC answer to Hilton’s question. She said: “It did cost me my crown.” Prejean says she has no regrets even though she lost to Ms. North Carolina.
Of course Prejean has no worries. I’m sure she’ll secure dozens of spokesperson offers from anti-gay organizations who want to use her overnight star status to push their hateful anti-gay agenda.
—- What are people saying about this on Facebook and Twitter?
—- Update: Miss California defends her anti-gay marriage comments.
—- Update: I just saw an update on Twitter that suggests Miss California is a former Hustler magazine model. I haven’t confirmed this information yet. Still working on that.
Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop of his denomination, has suggested the church has no business meddling in the civil marriage issue.
During a visit to St. Michael and All Angels Church, the Rev. Gene Robinson said he favored the system used in France and other parts of Europe in which civil marriage – performed by government officials – is completely separate from religious vows. In the United States, the civil and religious ceremonies often are combined by the cleric signing the government marriage license.
Robinson, once accused of calling Jesus Christ a homo, will surely irritate all those churches that rely heavily on wedding-related revenue to keep their minister sittin’ in the lap of luxury. If marriage truly is a civil issue, why would a couple need a lavish church wedding and an overpriced minister to perform the ceremony?
Robinson also said:
“The church is infringing on the secular society and trying to enforce its beliefs onto the entire culture,” he said. “If we can get these two things separated, we can assure every religious group, no matter how conservative, that they will never have to bless these marriages.
That sounds a lot like the separation of church and state issue our founding fathers spoke about.
Rev. Bishop was once married and has two children from that marriage. He is now living with his male partner.
On April 15, 2009 Washington state lawmakers approved a bill that would expand its current domestic partnership law and grant same-sex couples the same rights and benefits offered to married heterosexual couples. Well, everything but the name “marriage.”
Gary Randall, president of the “christian” organization Faith and Freedom Network says his organization has launched a campaign they hope will repeal the law. He said:
“I do not believe a majority [of] Washingtonians believe in homosexual marriage, nor do they want to become a national attraction for homosexuals from other states and countries,” he adds.
Keep your gays in your own state! We don’t want ‘em here.
Is Randall afraid a mass influx of homosexuals will result in daily gay orgies on his church’s front lawn?
Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons plans to veto a pending proposed law designed to give same-sex couples the same rights and benefits offered to married heterosexual couples because, well, he doesn’t believe in it.
An Ohio teacher has resigned after she was accused of taking four high school girls to a gay bar.
Lori Epperson took the four cheerleaders to Club Masque in Dayton, Ohio where the girls were served shots and cosmos. Epperson claims she had permission from the girls’ parents to take them to the bar and get them fucked up.
If I didn’t know a whole lot of bad parents, it might be hard for me to believe Epperson had permission from the girls’ parents. I don’t think it matters if she had permission. It’s unethical for an adult teacher to take her underage students (girls or boys) to a bar (gay or straight) and serve them alcohol.
“I apologize for not telling you the truth from the beginning,” Epperson wrote. “I accept the consequences and believe I should not be in the environment where I make a negative impression on kids. I made a very bad decision that I have regretted ever since.”
Pfft! I don’t believe her. How many other teenage girls has she taken to a gay bar?
Epperson claims the girls kept bugging her to take them to a gay bar so she finally gave in. Ummm, who’s the adult here?