“Perhaps you're right, but lets be honest. No matter what they did with him, --whether they jailed him or sacked him-- the Catholic Church and the far right would find some way of making a martyr figure out of him and presenting him as the victim. If this is unavoidable, then you might as well lock him up.
Plus given the extreme language he is using at a time of escalating violence and extremism, it's the least he deserves.”
“I'm sorry to say I agree. Americans should focus on their own turf and militant hatemongers like Scott Lively (who the Center for Constitutional Rights is in the process of suing for crimes against humanity) who spread fascist discourses in Africa like that adopted by the Ugandan state.
Plus, I looked at this guy @Dramasett3r's Twitter account. I realise he is trolling, but what on Earth he hopes to achieve spreading hashtags like #opFuckAfrica, I don't know. Talk about immature.”
sfmarkh on Aug 19, 2012 at 02:04:08
“The American press reported Nazi violence toward Jews as early as 1933 but it waw buried in news reports. None the less Americans knew Jews were targeted. It was not until 1942 that Americans found out about the death camps. Imagine how many lives might had been saved had America taken actions (not military) in the 30's or if more of a unified global denouncement of German hate occured.
Keeping silent about abusing any peoples is wrong. There should be more attention to what is going in Africa and more condemnations, especially from religious organizations. Religion and Government go hand in hand in Africa.”
Don Clanton on Aug 18, 2012 at 17:04:04
“You live on planet Earth. Anonymous is planetary.Don't refer to them as some vaguely American organization.”
“Chick fil-A donates to the American Family Association whose leader Bryan Fischer has gone on record to say homosexuality should be a custodial offence. They're not alone in this grubby association of course. The American Family Association lobbies the National Prayer Breakfast (lead by a Democrat president). Both are complicit in Bryan Fischer's poison.”
“She is a very switched-on and intelligent lady actually (with great outfits at that) so I'll take that as a compliment. You just don't care about the threat the Illuminati pose to us God fearing Britons and our children.”
Ppenguinator on Jul 25, 2012 at 17:02:36
“The illuminati as people know them were invented whole cloth in the twenties. The real Illuminati were only active for a few years in the seventeen-hundreds. They don't exist, and her outfits are terrible.”
“Yes, the BBC is biased and partial. Biased to the RIGHT.
Andrew Neill, who presents two political shows, is an ex-Murdoch employee and also used to be a spectator editor. I invariably presses and interrupts left-wing guests more than right-wing ones. David Dimbleby has a similar. Nick Robinson is a Tory and says pretty much whatever he wants him to say.
Their foreign reporting leaves a lot to be desired, lets put it that way. Has there been any coverage whatsoever of the 3500 hunger strikers in Palestine? If you watched BBC news, you'd think it never happened. I submit it has a strong pro-Zionist slant too (now and then they might let John Pilger do a documentary on Israel for balance, but they never forgave him for the last one).”
Jim Schreiber on May 14, 2012 at 07:47:16
“This is a correct statement. The BBC, if anything, has been right wing for the longest time. But I trust it's neutrality most of the time. That's way more than I can say for any other non-governmental news media outlet.”
eric14 on May 14, 2012 at 07:36:32
“I agree with you. BBC tends to avoid any expression of left-wing ideas. For example through three years of financial crisis there has been no investigation of the effect of asset taxing the wealthy even though this idea has been proposed several times. When it came up on the 'Politics Show' the interviewer threw a fit and grossly insulted the guy describing it. This is right-wing bias.
A comedian uttering anti-tory quips is not evidence of being left-wing. It is evidence of playing to the gallery for a cheap laugh.”
“Tough one actually. Of those I was torn between workplace protections, housing and public accommodations (which encompasses homelessness as far as I'm concerned) and transgender rights, but picked workplace protections in the end. Identity politics alone is insufficient for this though. Industrial relations need to be radically changed so that workers are able to sue homophobic employers. Right now that's almost impossible unless you can afford a good lawyer and an can put up with a long and humiliating tribunal. (the same goes for racism and sexism in the workplace)
I would also add (a) tackling hate crime and (b) challenging casual homophobia and transphobia (particularly in sport) and (c) immigration. More of an example needs to be made (in the UK at least) of people who commit homophobic assaults and murders. I don't know if anybody remembers the beating to death of Ian Baynham in Trafalgar Square. But his killers got off with a six year sentence for manslaughter of which she is likely to serve just 2.5 years. Casual homophobia should be challenged if only to get more people out of the closet (an alarming number of people I know directly or indirectly are gay, but married to a woman) and fight homophobic churches and media outlets. On immigration, the system needs to be improved so that an asylum seeker does not have to "prove" they are gay in order to attain refugee status.”
“I can't believe this is a Labour MP. As a potential Labour voter (assuming they stop following the government's economic agenda like a lost puppy) and a gay voter, this is NOT appreciated.”
fred cavanagh on Apr 6, 2012 at 15:46:59
“Why dont you wake up,Ben is being honest,he will support this bill but you are missing his point,The TORIES make out they are a modern party,they are just using this gay issue!!”
ecasper on Apr 6, 2012 at 14:40:55
“It's appalling that any politician in the developed world is being equivocal about equality. He seems to be saying that he is happy with his civil partnership therefore it's too bad for younger gays in less accepting environments who may benefit from the introduction of marriage equality.
This isn't a drive for special treatment, just equality, with no religion involved against their wishes.”
“If we can attempt to look at the Rodney King riots or last year's unrest in England (a reaction against police corruption) in all its complexity with a non-judgemental eye, I see no reason not to do the same here.”
“"Billy Graham is 93 years old, in the advanced stages of Parkinson's disease (among a host of other age-related ailments). He's been having fluid drained from his brain on a regular basis for over a decade."
File that one under "sh*t nobody cares about". Do you seriously expect anybody on the receiving end of Billy Graham's malice to be moved to sympathy with your sob story? People are turned away from hospitals everyday in America or die from treatable illnesses thanks to America's backward healthcare system. Graham has had a comfortable 43 years of old age, probably with some of the best doctors in the country.”
“I wish they'd get the whole legal parity thing over with. The only reason I'm not as bored of this now as I was of Don't Ask Don't Tell is the infantile, hate-filled reaction from the Christian right.
After this, it will be good for the gay rights movement to be able to focus more on fighting hate crime, domestic violence, homelessness, workplace discrimination, poor access to the right mental health services in my opinion. Homophobia is not going to go away when the law is changed.”
“A genuinely despicable, cretinous organisation and it is no coincidence that it was put together by cretins. As fake a grassroots organisation as Americans for Prosperity and the Taxpayers' Alliance.”