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Anti-Gay Christian Group Refuses To Accept Mail With New Harvey Milk Stamp

Anti-Gay Christian Group Refuses To Accept Mail With New Harvey Milk Stamp

Commented May 29, 2014 at 19:48:00 in Politics

“It should be noted and just to be clear, AFA is not necessarily planning to not buy Harvey Milk stamps or refuse mail with said stamps affixed... They are recommending that their followers do these things.”
Maya Angelou Dead: Award-Winning Poet, Author And Activist Dies At 86

Maya Angelou Dead: Award-Winning Poet, Author And Activist Dies At 86

Commented May 28, 2014 at 11:07:59 in Black Voices

“Rest in peace and Godspeed Maya Angelou. Indeed, we will always remember how you made us feel...”
This Dinosaur Skeleton Proves The Biblical Flood Happened 4,300 Years Ago, Creation Museum Says

This Dinosaur Skeleton Proves The Biblical Flood Happened 4,300 Years Ago, Creation Museum Says

Commented May 24, 2014 at 14:50:10 in Religion

“Sounds like King James version to me!!! Go read it in the Greek and get back to me :-)”

mrovin1 on May 24, 2014 at 15:06:22

“Well, if you want to go that far back, since we don't have the originals or even copies of the originals, then the whole bible is an unreliable mess.”
This Dinosaur Skeleton Proves The Biblical Flood Happened 4,300 Years Ago, Creation Museum Says

This Dinosaur Skeleton Proves The Biblical Flood Happened 4,300 Years Ago, Creation Museum Says

Commented May 23, 2014 at 22:05:13 in Religion

“I wouldn't say Christian theology says they will all be eternally damned... Rather, the Bible thumpers that imagine themselves to be 'theologians' (but relying on the King James version) are the ones making such noise.”

mrovin1 on May 24, 2014 at 08:26:38

“I dunno. Jesus quotes such as these seem pretty clear.

"Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell."Matthew 10:28)"

Mark 9:43-48 says, "And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

Matthew 25:46, "Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”
Federal Judges Now Seeing The Simple Truth About Gay Marriage: It's A Matter Of Love And Equality

Federal Judges Now Seeing The Simple Truth About Gay Marriage: It's A Matter Of Love And Equality

Commented May 23, 2014 at 15:58:31 in Politics

“Excuse me, please don't paint all Christians with the same brush! Especially a brush of bigotry. I am a Christian. I am an LGBTQ ally. I am a minister. I too look forward to the day when we don't have to use the term "same sex marriage" and can describe that relationship as "marriage."”
Judge Rules Pennsylvania's Gay Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional

Judge Rules Pennsylvania's Gay Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional

Commented May 20, 2014 at 14:47:32 in Politics

“Congratulations Pennsylvania! The dominoes are starting to fall faster :-)”
Rough Day For The Anti-Gay National Organization For Marriage

Rough Day For The Anti-Gay National Organization For Marriage

Commented May 19, 2014 at 19:15:38 in Politics

“Funny how NOM thinks voter's rights to vote away rights is more important than that pesky 14th Amendment to the Constitution guaranteeing equal protection under the law for all citizens...”
Federal Judge Strikes Down Oregon's Gay Marriage Ban

Federal Judge Strikes Down Oregon's Gay Marriage Ban

Commented May 19, 2014 at 15:23:51 in Politics

“Congratulations Oregon! The trail of fallen dominoes is getting longer...”
Anti-Gay Mother's Day Protester Gets Slushie Thrown At Her

Anti-Gay Mother's Day Protester Gets Slushie Thrown At Her

Commented May 14, 2014 at 14:09:12 in Gay Voices

“If it were the Government throwing the slushie, then it could be construed as an affront to her 1st Amendment rights. Since it was not the Government throwing the slushie, it was a simple criticism of her opinion...”

Daniel Berman on Jun 19, 2014 at 10:24:14

“You're right. It really has nothing to do with the first amendment. But it is still assault.”
Newt Gingrich Complains Straight People Are Being Repressed

Newt Gingrich Complains Straight People Are Being Repressed

Commented May 14, 2014 at 13:26:05 in Media

“Being 'tolerant' of 'intolerance' is not an acceptable position. Same-sex attraction and affection is a natural occurrence; bigotry, discrimination, and insensitive comments are all learned behavior and must not be accepted or 'tolerated.'”
Starbucks' Teavana Oprah Chai Latte Ad Featuring Lesbian Moms Slammed By Peter LaBarbera

Starbucks' Teavana Oprah Chai Latte Ad Featuring Lesbian Moms Slammed By Peter LaBarbera

Commented May 13, 2014 at 22:23:54 in Gay Voices

“But therein lies the problem... People like LaBarbera and Brian Brown treat the LGBTQ community as being "less than." And they do so by minimizing or by demonizing. So to say that "equality" is like nails on a chalkboard, seems to also be a way of minimizing those who struggle with being treated as "the other."

Besides, the GOP has non-marriage equality statements in 43 out of 50 state GOP platforms (and of course the national GOP platform). So I don't think the word "equality" is at issue, I would hazard a guess that treating the LGBTQ couples the same way that straight couples are treated... ensuring that the same constitutional rights apply to all is contrary to GOP thinking and action.”
Idaho's Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down By Federal Judge

Idaho's Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down By Federal Judge

Commented May 13, 2014 at 21:21:33 in Politics

“I find it fascinating that the Governor, "Butch" Otter, is going to appeal the case because all of the people who voted to ban same sex marriages are somehow losing their rights... Their rights to what? To discriminate? To treat what they perceive as "the other" as being less than? Their rights to be bigots?”
All Science Is Wrong, Concludes Esteemed Fox News Panel

All Science Is Wrong, Concludes Esteemed Fox News Panel

Commented May 9, 2014 at 23:55:16 in Media

“Using the terms "Esteemed" and "Fox News Panel" in the same sentence causes me significant cognitive dissonance...”
These Two Students Had Their College Newspaper Confiscated After Publishing An LGTBQ Article

These Two Students Had Their College Newspaper Confiscated After Publishing An LGTBQ Article

Commented May 2, 2014 at 23:23:04 in College

“Indeed, what would Jesus deconstruct?”
North Carolina's New Gay Marriage Lawsuit Could Turn 'Everything On Its Head'

North Carolina's New Gay Marriage Lawsuit Could Turn 'Everything On Its Head'

Commented May 1, 2014 at 22:31:09 in Gay Voices

“"I'm not sure if this is a religious freedom claim or a publicity stunt," said Russell Moore..."

"Religious liberty is something different," said Moore. "It's when there is an infringement that happens on people's right to dissent to same-sex marriages. We are concerned with people being forced to participate in those ceremonies, which we see with cases of florists, photographers and others across the country."

Minimizing and demonizing... two common techniques used by Moore and folks like him. If you can't dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with BS.”
11 Vintage Slang Terms That Need To Make A Comeback

11 Vintage Slang Terms That Need To Make A Comeback

Commented Apr 28, 2014 at 12:09:30 in Fifty

“Those of us from New England are more than comfortable using "wicked" as an adjective or adverb.”

geeshep on Apr 28, 2014 at 15:11:25

“Wicked Pissah, Wicked Cool, this boy from Lynn Mass has used this word a wicked lot.”

Margery Bagley Welch on Apr 28, 2014 at 14:17:38

“Don't forget the pissa if it's REALLY wicked. :-) Cool beans is popular with us too.”

Falcon86 on Apr 28, 2014 at 12:14:17

“As a Midwestern transplant to Boston, I quickly picked up this highly useful term.”
The '7 Careers Christians May No Longer Hold' Because Of Gay Advocates: American Family Association's Tim Wildmon

The '7 Careers Christians May No Longer Hold' Because Of Gay Advocates: American Family Association's Tim Wildmon

Commented Apr 24, 2014 at 17:54:56 in Gay Voices

“I wish that they expanded the headline a bit so instead of "7 Careers Christians May... " it said "7 Careers Bigoted, Anti-Gay, Homophobic, Un-Loving Christians May... At least it would be more accurate...”
Franklin Graham Says Gays Can Go To Heaven If They Repent

Franklin Graham Says Gays Can Go To Heaven If They Repent

Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 19:21:10 in Religion

“It is amusing (but not in a good way) that Graham has named "being gay" as a sin, but identifies himself as a generic sinner. He also states that he has repented from sin (but not from 'bearing false witness' IMHO), and is forgiven, so he is going to heaven... but who has done the forgiving? Finally, it probably escapes him that relationships, be they straight or gay, are based in love, and God is all about love.”
Republican Activists Push Party On Gay Marriage

Republican Activists Push Party On Gay Marriage

Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 15:49:02 in Politics

“You know, if the GOP were to consider marriage equality and citizen equality with reference to the 14th Amendment to the Constitution with the same fierceness that they look at gun ownership with reference to the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution, we would not be having this discussion...”
Republican Activists Push Party On Gay Marriage

Republican Activists Push Party On Gay Marriage

Commented Apr 23, 2014 at 15:44:21 in Politics

“Yeah, when the article said: "A Pew Research Poll found 61 percent of Republicans ages 18 to 29 supported gay marriage..." what they really meant was "3 out of the 5"”
Boy Scouts Sever Ties With Seattle Church After Its Refusal To Remove Gay Scout Leader

Boy Scouts Sever Ties With Seattle Church After Its Refusal To Remove Gay Scout Leader

Commented Apr 21, 2014 at 17:35:42 in Gay Voices

“Chartering organizations are responsible for finding/developing the adult leadership in the various scouting programs. As more chartering organizations start honoring their own practices and beliefs, we will start seeing more scout leaders from the LGBTQ community, and more scout groups have their charter pulled by the BSA. My feeling is that this does not bode well for the BSA... churches, rotary groups, schools, etc. will build on what was done by the Seattle UMC and affirm and stand by their leaders. Notice that the Seattle church did not force the BSA out of the church by dropping the charter, rather they said "no" to discrimination.”
Boy Scouts Sever Ties With Seattle Church After Its Refusal To Remove Gay Scout Leader

Boy Scouts Sever Ties With Seattle Church After Its Refusal To Remove Gay Scout Leader

Commented Apr 21, 2014 at 17:10:31 in Gay Voices

“So should female Scoutmasters/Assistant Scoutmasters be allowed to take young men (more than likely her son included) on camping trips? Since the BSA does not show any discrimination against straight women serving as leaders, they think "yes."

Also, the BSA does use a "two-deep leadership" model which, as the name implies, there are always at least two leaders working with the troop, to protect both the troop members as well as the reputation of the leaders.

Members of disliked groups (like the LGBTQ community) are often stereotyped as representing a danger to those who are vulnerable. There is no link to being gay and being a child molester.

I think the BSA is wrong in their discrimination against adult members of the LGBTQ community. The BSA is struggling to find adult leaders to facilitate the scouting program at all levels (Tigers, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturing). So to discriminate against a young man's two moms will ultimately hurt the BSA. Also, as more and more of the BSA's chartering organizations become open and affirming of the LGBTQ community, there will be more cases like the one in this article.”
Republicans Aren't Moving On From Obamacare

Republicans Aren't Moving On From Obamacare

Commented Apr 18, 2014 at 22:37:11 in Politics

“Rational Republicans!?! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!”
World Vision's Flip-Flop Begs Question: Can You Be Evangelical And Support Same-Sex Marriage?

World Vision's Flip-Flop Begs Question: Can You Be Evangelical And Support Same-Sex Marriage?

Commented Apr 17, 2014 at 15:55:17 in Religion

“Since you appear to be quoting Jesus... Where does Jesus say that same-sex marriage is a sin?”
Phyllis Schlafly Claims Women Paid The Same As Men Won't Find Husbands

Phyllis Schlafly Claims Women Paid The Same As Men Won't Find Husbands

Commented Apr 17, 2014 at 13:21:57 in Politics

“So, according to Ms. Schlafly, all women are 'gold-diggers' by nature (hypregamy) and if they make a lot of money, the pack thins as to whom they can choose for mates... If I were a woman, I would be highly insulted. However, since I am simply a man, I will continue to wonder why women would listen to Ms. Schlafly as mean spirited as she is!?!”
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