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Church Member defends anti-Gay Pastor

Remember last week when I wrote about the North Carolina Pastor who wanted to put all Gays and Lesbians behind an electric fence and keep them there until they died out? That got a lot of play all over the net, mostly, I guess, because it was so disturbing… no disgusting… and even the religious folks out there were sort of pissed about it.

Well, Anderson Cooper interviewed one of that pastor’s church members who defended him. Keep an eye on Coopers face as he interviews her… you rarely see anyone so upset during an interview.

I believe Cooper himself is gay as well, so this must mean a lot to him.

North Carolina Pastor: Pen In ‘All The Lesbians And Queers’ With An Electrified Fence, Wait For Them To ‘Die Out’

What is it that gives Religion the kind of Clowns that North Carolina does?

North Carolinians voted to alter the state’s constitution to ban same-sex marriage… why? They were largely moved by fear-tactics fueled by far right religious groups bent on punishing lesbians and gay men. The vote also makes North Carolina, as The New York Times notes, the last state in the South to marginalize gay people with a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Now we have a North Carolina Pastor with a kind of “leper colony” proposal to end the problem of gays and gay marriage. He’s Charles Worley, and he proposed this to his wrapt congregation this week:

“I figured a way out — a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers. But I couldn’t get it passed through Congress. Build a great big large fence, 150 or 100 miles long. Put all the lesbians in there. Fly over and drop some food. Do the same thing with the queers and the homosexuals. Have that fence electrified so they can’t get out. Feed ‘em, and– And you know what? In a few years they’ll die out. You know why? They can’t reproduce.”

Don’t you just admire the logic of that? You KNOW the Bible‘s “agin’ it”… here’s Worley’s speech:

Victoria Lamb Hatch, who I have quoted in this blog before, made a fine summary statement on Worley’s little diatribe:

Does this mentally arthritic idiot know that the vast majority of gay people are born to straight people? Does he know that penning up gay people and waiting for them to die out won’t solve his “problem” because straight people will just continue birthing gay babies? Does he know that anyone who “can’t reproduce” would die out anyway, penned up or not?

Does he know that he’s a hateful, evil person who isn’t earning God‘s favor with comments like these?

I guess Victoria doesn’t realize it, but torturing the gay/lesbian community is where all the FUN is. Right?

Quote from the Looney Bin..er…the Religious Insane:

I wonder why he’s no longer a Navy Chaplain.

Former navy Chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt, founder of the lobbying group Pray In Jesus Name Project, appeared on a progressive talk show (The David Pakman Show) this week to criticize President Barack Obama’s endorsement of same sex marriage. He ended up promoting his theory that gay people unknowingly secrete invisible, evil creatures which find and possess certain animals, turning them gay as well:

“It is entirely possible — we know from the Bible, for example, when Jesus cast the devil out of Legion, he went into a herd of pigs. So, it is possible for demons or the devil to inhabit or invade animals just the same way they invade humans, and that causes the sin of lust.”

So, if you’ve been wondering what causes gay pigs, here is the answer from a guy who thinks the LGBT community has an agenda” to “repopulate their population by recruiting the children of heterosexuals.” And animals, too.

Klingenschmitt thinks everyone is borne heterosexual, but is converted to homosexuality mostly by gay television programming. So I think we can solve the pigs problem by just turning off the TVs in the sty.

What? They don’t have television in the sty?

Hmmmm.

 

Romney’s attitudes about Gays pops up again…

Tracy Thorne-Beglen

On Wednesday, the Romney campaign declined to weigh in on the Virginia legislature’s rejection of Tracy Thorne-Begland, an openly gay prosecutor, for a judicial post.

Begland is a former fighter pilot and Navy officer who was discharged from the armed forces because of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. He had bipartisan support from the Courts of Justice Committee, which vets judicial appointments. But a last-minute lobbying effort by social conservative lawmakers and the conservative advocacy group Family Foundation doomed Begland’s nomination, which failed to garner the majority votes needed in the 100-member House of Delegates. The vote happened just after 1 a.m. on Tuesday.

Asshole

Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas) led the opposition to the nomination and said  Begland could not be an impartial judge because of his sexual orientation:

“Marriage is between one man and one woman, and the the applicant has represented himself in public in a relationship that we don’t recognize in Virginia.” 

Barack Obama’s deputy campaign manager, Stephanie Cutter, tried to get the Romney campaign to weigh in on the controversy. Cutter:

“The man is overly qualified to be a judge and this is a real leadership moment for some people in Virginia.

“It is an opportunity for Mitt Romney to stand up and say what the legislature did is just plain wrong. I don’t know if he will show that type of leadership, he hasn’t so far.”

The Romney campaign refused to address the issue.

Don’t you think Delegate Marshall can’t be an impartial legislator because of HIS sexual orientation?

C’mon Romney… show your guts!

Religion vs. The Constitution – why are we even debating this?

Do you remember Jefferson’s ideal that “all men are created equal” and have “certain unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness?” Right… it’s in the Declaration of Independence… the document upon which our democracy has been constructed.

More than half the population, however, faces discrimination every day in every aspect of their lives and do not enjoy equal rights.

Republicans do not embrace equal rights for all Americans…  their drive to subject women to inequality and discrimination is only matched by their punitive actions to restrict gays from marrying or even having a civil union with the partner they love..

President Obama, in his historic announcement on Wednesday that he supports gay marriage, defines himself as a true advocate for equal rights for all Americans.

The opposition to gay marriage is based solely in religious dogma, and by legislating against same-sex marriage, Republicans are sanctioning religious discrimination laws that are, at the least, unconstitutional. Republicans claim that not following the Christian prohibition on homosexuality threatens traditional marriage, destroys children, and will lead to America’s demise, but they have no evidence to support any of their claims.

Conservative republicans’ media outlets, Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, advocate this inequality and discrimination and  emboldens homophobic Americans to renounce the rights of all citizens for gays. Giving the gay community the right to marry is not only about ending social discrimination, it also means the end of financial penalties for being gay…for instance, the ability to have “married status” on federal income tax returns.

Is our freedom for all Americans? For some Americans? Fort rich Americans? For Religious Americans? – I hope it is for EVERYONE and no backsies.

Most Americans want it, the Administration wants it, McCain doesn’t want it. Who’s right?

Looks like this will come up this week and we may get a decision on DADT:
clipped from www.huffingtonpost.com
 

The Pentagon study that argues that gay troops could serve openly without hurting the military’s ability to fight is expected to re-ignite debate this month on Capitol Hill over repealing the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

Officials familiar with the 10-month study’s results have said a clear majority of respondents don’t care if gays serve openly, with 70 percent predicting that lifting the ban would have positive, mixed or no results. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the findings hadn’t been released.

Republicans, led by Sen. John McCain of Arizona, have mostly opposed repealing the law because they say efforts to do so are politically driven and dangerous at a time of two wars.

“This was a political promise made by an inexperienced president or candidate for presidency of the United States,” McCain told CNN’s “State of the Union” last weekend.

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Did you know Obama has appointed a record number of gay officials

I just read this article and here’s one more major move forward that Obama has not been generally credited with. I hope this all changes soon.

There’s more in this article over at news.yahoo.com:

clipped from news.yahoo.com
Less than halfway through his first term, President Barack Obama has appointed more openly gay officials than any other president in history.

Gay activists say the estimate of more than 150 appointments so far — from agency heads and commission members to policy officials and senior staffers — surpasses the previous high of about 140 reached during two full terms under President Bill Clinton.

The pace of appointments has helped to ease broader disappointment among gay rights groups that Obama has not acted more quickly on other fronts, such as ending the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that bans gays from serving openly in the military.
In a sign of how times have changed, few of the appointees — about two dozen required Senate confirmation — have stirred much controversy.
Gay activists, among Obama’s strongest supporters, had hoped he would be the first to appoint an openly gay Cabinet secretary.
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“It’s both significant and rather ordinary,” said Michael Cole, a spokesman for the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign. “It’s a simple affirmation of the American ideal that what matters is how you do your job and not who you are.”

Did you see Cenk’s piece on the “anonymously sponsored” anti-Obama billboard in Colorado?

I’ll be glad when the election season is over and the snakes go back under their rocks.

I realize that Colorado is an ugly contest as it is. This just takes it one racist step farther. If I were a Coloradoan, I’d be interested in finding out who put the Billboard up and have their names publicized all over the state. And then I’d ask the Government to move the Air Force Academy to another state.

As of this week it has apparently been taken down after both Democratic and GOP politicians complained (Democrats called it “Racist”, Republicans called it “Silly”… guess which party had the least problem with it.)  They still don’t know who put it up.

btw: While it’s unknown who paid for the billboard, the artist is Loma, CO,  resident Paul Snover.

“I am not allowed to say who (paid for it) at this time. If it had been me, I would have included the Republicans as part of the problem.”

…said Snover.

As long as I was discussing Colorado, here’s a quote from last weekend…

Discussing gays in the military, Ken Buck (Colorado Republican Senate Candidate) said he believes sexual orientation is a choice

“I think that birth has an influence over it, like alcoholism and some other things, but I think that basically you have a choice.”

– Ken Buck on Meet The Press.

I know a lot of gay guys who are thrilled that they now have a choice.

House votes to repeal military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy

clipped from www.mcclatchydc.com
WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives voted 234 to 194 Thursday night to repeal the military’s 17-year-old policy that prohibits gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the nation’s armed forces.
The historic House vote followed the Senate Armed Services Committee voted 16-12 to end former President Bill Clinton’s 1993 “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that allows gays and lesbians to serve in the military but subjects them to expulsion if their sexual orientation becomes known.

Supporters of repealing the “Don’t Ask” say that 13,500 service personnel have been dismissed from the armed forces under the policy.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a Navy veteran who opposes repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” solicited letters from the four military chiefs saying that changing the policy before the Pentagon finishes its review would send the wrong message to service members.
70 percent of Americans support allowing openly gay men and lesbians to serve in the military, while 25 percent oppose it…. says pollster Gallup.
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Senate could vote on it this week.