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The Temptation of St. Carrie

WTF? a third-rate skank 4 Jesus from the lamer portions of San Diego County utters a barely intelligible defense of what she learned in youth group between fingerbangings in an effing beauty contest and now she’s the hero of the Right? it is as if Joe the Plumber and Miss South Carolina have merged.

does she even realize that nobody of any worth to society except homosexual men (and now hipsters) has ever WATCHED the Miss America Pageant?

WTF do we even care abt this story????? unlike in the days when anita bryant ejaculated messages about the family, today GLBT Americans are relatively safe and have massive public support across the civilized portions of the nation. if HRC gave up this h8 crymez joke and actually campaigned for civil rights (what we pay them for) the issue would be solved and Carrie Prejean and all her friends (the idiots, not the conservatives, though there is a fair amount of overlap) would be deported to a reservation in Nevada.

Concerned that we are too concerned about a stupid whore who’s this week’s head of the crazy Southern (and Fundie/MRMN/TradCath) party.

UPDATE: HRC is wasting no time getting back to doing absolutely nothing this session. glad to see the meaningless Shepard Bill may finally become a law. Meanwhile, my br0 can get evicted cuz he’s ghey.

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Nigeria finally gets around to banning gay marriage

One of the seven states currently executing gay people is on the road to formally criminalizing gay marriage, providing them a way to introduce even more draconian measures, according to a press release by several charities and human rights NGOs:

The Bill would introduce criminal penalties for marriage ceremonies between persons of the same sex as well as for persons witnessing or helping to formalize such a marriage. This is in contravention of the Nigerian Constitution and inconsistent with Nigeria’s obligations under international and regional human rights treaties which the country has ratified.

Prohibiting gays from marrying one another, as in Utah, is quite a bit different from this. I think all Americans, regardless of their opinion on gay marriage, should condemn this action, which goes far beyond banning gay marriage and actually calls for the punishment gay couples. This could set dangerous precedents, as there are currently 90 or so countries legally prohibiting their gay citizens from coming out or being outed. With several of Nigeria’s states currently executing gays, this law could have horrible repurcusions across the third world.

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Ounce of humanity still left in Utah, somehow

From The Lord’s Newspaper (the one with the boring instead of the stupid design):

“This is clearly a federal issue,” Szweda said. “I think it’s important for us to hold off. …. The Obama administration is clearly committed to moving forward with immigration reform. I think it’s spending a lot of money up front to have to turn around and do something different in three or four months.”

Szweda noted that the cost of SB81, $1.7 million, in addition to the $1 million required to enact Dee’s task force bill, may very well escalate in the event that they are implemented — via the cost of litigation that’s sure to follow.

“There are going to be lawsuits,” she said. “That’s a costly proposition.”

The recession is forcing theocons to act like humans toward the wicked Lamanite illegaloids. Basically, we can’t afford to be racists anymore. This may help the Common Ground Initiative, but I doubt it. Their concern for the well-being of the State would never get before their indomitable fear of all things gay.

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The Seventies are coming back!

By this time next year, everyone will have hair like this man.

By this time next year, everyone will have hair like this man.

According to The Guardian, some of the most notorious trends of the 1970s are making a comeback:

[Western experts] contrasted the Mumbai attacks with suicide and car bombers who have plotted outrages in London. The latter have been mainly self-radicalised, self-selected groups of individuals, slowly gathering bomb-making equipment and vulnerable to surveillance by the security services, counter-terrorist officials said.

In contrast, they said, the group who attacked Mumbai were armed with rifles and grenades and stormed their targets in the city head-on.

“It is a mode of attack that has fallen out of fashion,” one source said, referring to the violent radical European and Palestinian groups active in the 1970s. “If you are going to be martyrs anyway, why not go in firing AK-47s?”

Ugggh. Another observation comparing today to the ’70s: the Church being about 30 years behind on a major civil rights issue. Also, horrible music dominating the radio, with amazing (and, to future people, revoutionary) musicz on the undergroundz (except today’s underground is more visible thanx 2 the intarwebs). And all the jocks today listen to the same music their jock forebearers listened to in the ’70s (of course, along with the meaningless white-boy hip-hop of MTV).

Disco still sucks.

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I’m a pro-gay Christian and I vote

Speaking of the calls for reconciliation between the LGBT movement and orthodox/conservative religion, Andrew Sullivan had this to say:

I agree and have tried to do this over the years (and failed at times). But there also comes a time when it is clear that reason is not motivating the other side and it becomes humanly very difficult to negotiate with people whose non-negotiable principle is retaining the power to define and control your lives. They key is finding those religious interlocutors open to listening. Their numbers have dwindled under the force of resurgent fundamentalism.

I am glad to say that I am among the few orthodox believers out there who has any respect for pluralism and secularism. I am open to listening to anybody. In addition, many other young Christians support you. Even at places like BJU and BYU, the movement is growing due to a youth revolution. Young people are beginning to care about things. I see this every day at the U. I see it in my student ward. Sooner or later, the world will change, and Christians of all stripes need to welcome that inevitable change. We must give up reaction and return to the timeless principles of Christian action on behalf of humanity.

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OMG OMG OMG they are trying to kill t3h Mormanz!

Typical apocalyptic insanity from the Mormons who have forgotten what persecution actually is:

But a great many people are talking about pursuing the Church and its members in other ways: picketing temples, going after tax exemptions and going after the livelihoods of people who dare to think and vote differently than them. And, most crucially, when they are confronted with the inhumanity of persecuting a specific religious group, they justify almost any action because we are Mormons. Stop and think for a second: would society at large tolerate such behavior against Jews, against Muslims? The clear answer is no, but Mormons appear to be a completely unprotected minority, free to be vilified and persecuted without repercussions.

Ooooh I am so scared of gay people I think I’m being persecuted. I meanwhile, basically spent the whole last week working for gay rights in Utah and never had any of these fanciful BYU dream-type attacks.

By the way, the fear many have of a challenge to the Church’s 501 (c) (3) status is unfounded. If anything, such a suit would give the Church a good chance to make up for the PR it has lost to civil libertarians in the past few years by helping overturn a blatantly unconstitutional law which limits freedom of religion. Likewise, anyone who advocates gay rights yet refuses to acknowledge the unconstitutionality of interference in religious affairs should not call himself a civil libertarian.

Also, the blogger goes on to call the religious right modern day Alexander Doniphans. Although Alexander Doniphan didn’t want us to go to hell, the fundies do hate gay people almost as much as we (sadly) do.

in other news, NOBODY HAS GONE AFTER OUR “LIVELIHOODS” although we, as a people, have gone after those of LGBT Americans.

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Something horrible from the bloggernacle

From this place:

Make no mistake– the same-sex community will NOT stop with Prop 8, and they will not be satisfied with just eHarmony.com. Next, they’ll want demonstrative CompatiblePartners TV commercials. Then they will go after the school curricula and the churches and any other part of traditional society they can overturn. It’ll be push, push, push– and the cracks will multiply and get bigger each time because of precedents.

Why do so many of my coreligionists spend so much time dreaming up Gay v. Mormon civil war fantasies and making us look like idiots? In this year, we’ve lost basically everything we’ve gained since the Roosevelt administration. And it looks like it won’t come back soon. Why can’t these people just acknowledge that there are gay people and be done with it rather than blathering on about the “temptation” of “same-sex attraction.”

I thank God I’m not at BYU right now.

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Baptists not attacking us?

A pro-Mormon Church petition is being spread by fundagelicals thanking us for destroying the rights of Californians

The list includes Dr. James Dobson and Tom Minnery of Focus on the Family, Chuck Colson, Tony Perkins, Gary Bauer, Bishop Harry Jackson and other marriage advocates.

If these are the church’s allies now, I can safely say apostasy is near. Remember when we cared about social order and human rights, rather than knee-jerk reactionary inanity? We’ve lost the support of the civilized world, but we have gained these hate-mongering bozos. Maybe next year we will team up with Khamenei and King Abdullah to promote the traditional family abroad!

Eric S. Peterson comments on the whole Prop 8 debacle:

But there is light too. The equality movement still has momentum of course and shouldn’t be counted out yet. Especially with advocacy groups at home and elsewhere putting the pressure on for more sex orientation and identity equity on a number of fronts from housing to employment non-discrimination. The problem is that while this revolution is still coming together, the LDS position is not only as strong as before but is now starting to win over their long time evangelical foes. The Baptists, who would never invite the Mormons into their cool Christians club before, have now signed onto an online petition thanking the LDS church for its support on the issue.
It’s beginning to look like this last election was a revolution. But with the Obama-phenomena magically blue-ifying states across the conservative south and west, perhaps a counter revolution by the religious right maybe in the works. What’s that choking sensation I feel? Why it might just be the bible belt, slung over the Rockies and slowly being cinched up.

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The brushfire is spreading

Yes, I know City Weekly is published on Wednesdays, but I didn’t bother to read mine until this morning. As always, John Saltas has some great stuff to say in the Private Eye column. This week, he fights back against people who went out against him for pointing out that this “Utah Boycott” fantasy of Savage’s does little, if nothing, to help the movement, and just means worse skiing for Savage. The Private Eye continues:

I suspect Savage hasn’t been to Utah since we first met. Insider baseball: Following a gay caucus at the 1996 convention of alternative newsweeklies here in Salt Lake at which local gay leaders spoke to persons who had called for a Utah boycott due to the Salt Lake City school board rejecting the gay/straight alliance at East High School, I asked Savage what he thought of Utah. He said, “I hate fucking Utah.” I asked him why, and he replied, “Your gay bars are way better than Seattle’s.” Hating and boycotting Utah isn’t new to Savage who needs some new verbs and a more effective call to action. Last week, he was off to ski in Colorado. Now, he’s changed his mind—maybe because it’s been pointed out that James Dobson of Focus on the Family might share a ski lift with him—and is apparently heading to Whistler, British Columbia. Nice, but that’s like boycotting tofu by eating edamame.

It’s great to see someone pointing out that Dan Savage and his HRC allies have DONE ABSOLUTELY NOTHING since the glorious quasi-compromise of DADT, while simultaneously making huge amounts of money from well-intentioned liberal elites who need a new cause to support. All they have succeeded in doing is perpetuating the gap between gays and the middle class. They have alienated millions of potential allies with this type of knee-jerk reactionary politicking.

In spite of the 100% evil and reactionary population that exists between the Tri-State Area and Savage’s beloved Left Coast, the movement is growing. Join the Impact resulted in substantial and hate-free protests across the nation. Mr. Savage should come here during Pride Week: he will see one of the best Pride Parades in the country.

The fact that the interior west lacks the moderating influences of oceans has been a constant during its history. The region has fluctuated between periods of hyperpolitical left-wing advocacy (Populism, the Progressive Movement, the New Deal, wilderness, etc.) and periods of similarly radical rightist movements (Goldwater, the “Sagebrush Rebellion,” the Perotistas, et al). Brown v. Board was a case about schools in Topeka. The first men to die so that their brethren could be free died in “Bleeding Kansas.” Utah was the first state to give women suffrage, which was almost as controversial as the contemporary Mormon policy of polygamy back east.

The demonization of all Mormons is uncalled for. Firstly, it prevents our movement from reaching out to Mormons who are sitting on the fence on the issue, which, judging anecdotal evidence, is a substantial amount of the Utah population. In addition, it hurts the LDS faithful who have been behing LGBT rights for a long time.

The LDS Church leadership made its position known. However, contrary to the ideas some may get from sexed-up armchair histories of the territorial Utah, there is no Mormon hive-mind. Not a few brave LDS souls openly opposed proposition 8. And the entire state of Utah looks down upon the boycott-men as prime examples of divisive, hate-mongering idiocy.

Shut up and start working to ensure equal rights for LGBT Americans. Instead of organizing knee-jerk boycotts, how about marching the streets to demand our rights? How about writing to your representatives instead trying to avoid JetBlue? In martyred Utah activist Joe Hill’s final words, “Don’t mourn, organize.”

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No depression

I read the New York Times story on the failure of marriage equality in three states today. In response to the story, Charles Kaiser argues:

…this week’s victories for the religious right in California, Arizona and Florida are really the last gasp of a fringe movement trying  to forestall the inevitable, rather than proof of a new “cultural brick wall.”

He also explains action taken on the Eastern seaboard recently and the polls showing the issue of gay rights is largely generational.

Also, Yglesias explains there is no “gay politburo” and the movement is uncontrollable.

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