Once again, Hitchens’ claim that “religion poisons everything” proves true. I find myself thinking this more and more as time goes on, especially with the Olympics shit going on in Russia.
Retrogressive anti-gay law in Uganda has ties to the US
The revised law, which awaits President Yuweri Museveni’s signature, also criminalizes those who fail to report homosexual conduct and imposes a seven-year prison term for those who perform same-sex marriages. The law reverberates in the U.S. both for the outrage it caused and its potential impact on a lawsuit currently before the federal district court in Springfield, Mass. The suit was filed in March 2012 by the New York–based Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of Sexual Minorities Uganda SMUG, a coalition of Ugandan lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex LGBTI advocacy groups.
Ugandan lawmakers say the legislation is necessary to protect families from Western gays who attempt to recruit their children. That purported threat was aggressively promoted by American evangelicals. The anti-gay bill was introduced in 2009 only months after a conference in Uganda titled Seminar on Exposing the Homosexual Agenda.
Several prominent evangelical pastors, including Scott Lively, a minister and self-proclaimed expert on the gay movement from Springfield, spoke out vehemently against the dangers posed by gays. Lively’s how-to book “Redeeming the Rainbow” advises opponents of gay rights to counteract sympathy for gays by highlighting instances of rape and child recruitment. This strategy is now at work in Uganda.
Want to read an interview with an actual Phelps, ex-member of the batshit-crazy Westboro Baptist Church? It’s fascinating and really drives home what neanderthals these people are.
Q: I remember reading somewhere that your father treated your mom like trash. Can you give examples if what he did to her and if that played a part in you leaving?
A: He pulled her arm out of the socket. He beat her with his fists, his feet and a mattock handle. He cut all her hair off, down to where her scalp showed through because she wasnt in subjection. He screamed and threw things like a child having a temper tantrum.
Imagine that as the image you have of the person who defines your world and how safe you feel in it. I dont mean to get melodramatic, but I only have so much time and opportunity to impress the reality of the situation on you.
This excellent article in Rolling Stone shows just how far some will go to demonize homosexuals. In this case, an entire town (in Michelle Bachmann’s home district, no less) got into the act, forbidding school teachers from even approaching the subject in their classes, no matter what the context. The trail of teenage suicide bodies they left behind did nothing but embolden their religion-fueled orgy of hate against anything and anyone associated with the “gay lifestyle.”
This shit will make your blood boil, and the below excerpt is only a taste of what the full article delves into.
LGBT students were stunned to be told for the first time about the existence of the neutrality policy that had been responsible for their teachers’ behavior. But no one was more outraged to hear of it than Tammy Aaberg. Six weeks after her son’s death, Aaberg became the first to publicly confront the Anoka-Hennepin school board about the link between the policy, anti-gay bullying and suicide. She demanded the policy be revoked. “What about my parental rights to have my gay son go to school and learn without being bullied?” Aaberg asked, weeping, as the board stared back impassively from behind a raised dais.
Anti-gay backlash was instant. Minnesota Family Council president Tom Prichard blogged that Justin’s suicide could only be blamed upon one thing: his gayness. “Youth who embrace homosexuality are at greater risk [of suicide], because they’ve embraced an unhealthy sexual identity and lifestyle,” Prichard wrote. Anoka-Hennepin conservatives formally organized into the Parents Action League, declaring opposition to the “radical homosexual” agenda in schools. Its stated goals, advertised on its website, included promoting Day of Truth, providing resources for students “seeking to leave the homosexual lifestyle,” supporting the neutrality policy and targeting “pro-gay activist teachers who fail to abide by district policies.”
Asked on a radio program whether the anti-gay agenda of her ilk bore any responsibility for the bullying and suicides, Barb Anderson, co-author of the original “No Homo Promo,” held fast to her principles, blaming pro-gay groups for the tragedies. She explained that such “child corruption” agencies allow “quote-unquote gay kids” to wrongly feel legitimized. “And then these kids are locked into a lifestyle with their choices limited, and many times this can be disastrous to them as they get into the behavior which leads to disease and death,” Anderson said. She added that if LGBT kids weren’t encouraged to come out of the closet in the first place, they wouldn’t be in a position to be bullied.
via Rolling Stone
Something for Valentine’s Day!
The evils of religious abuse and repression failed to snuff out a spark between these two who just wanted to love and be loved. Anyone who thinks this is wrong or “unnatural” seriously needs to reexamine what they think love is. Oh, and shut the fuck up. Thanks.
At night, the counselors would discuss the group. In the morning they would come to the meeting and tell each one what they could no longer do.
Larry was a dancer and today teaches two dance classes in Plano. He said when he was nervous he’d begin to tap. One morning he was told he could no longer dance.
“That was one of the most devastating things they could do to me,” he said. “It was like waking up one day and finding out I was paralyzed.”
In order to turn the group into “men,” at 6:30 each morning they had to go to the gym because gay people don’t go to a gym.
But they had Larry play basketball.
“We’re in a gym full of hot bodies and muscles,” said Larry. “One day, they had me play basketball. Just because I’m 6’-2” doesn’t mean I can dunk a damn ball.”
But he did it because he wanted the program to work.
According to an eye-opening story in the Daily Mail, the Pope is ready to unleash an army of exorcists to purge the world of Satan and evil and stuff. (I know it’s basically a tabloid, but the story looks legit so far.) It says that “the Vatican is particularly concerned that young people are being exposed to the influence of Satanic sects through rock music and the Internet.” Oh, that. So get ready, folks…the power-crazed Evil Emperor, wearing his fancy dress and Jiffy-Pop on his head, has decided that you are possessed by demons because you like rock music and read a lot of email.
Isn’t it fascinating how these people are still trapped in Dark Ages thinking? They really are doing all they can to keep people dumb and docile. I mean, come on…blaming demons for peoples’ bad behavior? They may as well blame it on the four humors or alien anal probes. Or maybe Bigfoot is secretly eroding our morals via sub-ether waves emitted from his hidden moonbase. As long as we’re talking complete nonsense here, why not?
People used to call Terence McKenna crazy because a certain drug caused him to see gnomelike creatures in his mind. He called them “elf-clowns of hyperspace” and he carried on full conversations with them, some of which were quite interesting. This is what the Pope should be worried about! The danger of some sort of interdimensional elf-clown invasion is very real, and it should be the Pope’s top priority. C’mon, Pope…sniff out those gnomes and smite ’em with your Jesus stick!
This idiotic site is a flashy new face on putrid, evil people: Love Gods Way (a.k.a. “God Hates Fags”) is run by C.H.O.P.S, which stands for CHANGING HOMOSEXUALS into ORDINARY PEOPLE. Because, you know, to most Christians we homos are less than human. Most won’t admit it, but they think there’s something wrong with us, something defective and unnatural. To them we’re animals, really. But rather than face their own bigotry or (gasp!) show us some of that love they yap so much about, they want to “cure” us by telling us what music to avoid. Apparently listening to Erasure or Madonna makes you a filthy homo gaywad butt-pirate (despite all the straight people who flock to her shows), but jamming to the squeaky-clean whinings of Michael W. Smith or the laughable faux-hipness of DC Talk brings you closer to pure, white, hetero Christian perfection. (Funny, I didn’t start liking Erasure until my late 20’s and I’ve been gay long before that. Hmmm.)
Obviously these people are deranged, but it’s just hilarious how much emphasis they put on “gay bands” and the perceived damage they can do. And why was Cyndi Lauper put on the non-gay list? I don’t know a single Cyndi fan who isn’t gay, though legend says they exist.
This is astounding: Bank of America is offering credit cards to people without Social Security Numbers, and they’re testing a “special new pilot program” targeted at Hispanics in the Los Angeles area. Obviously they’re trying to bait illegal immigrants into the credit card trap. Critics are saying this program will “foster identity theft, money laundering and terrorism”, but what about the LIFELONG DEBT it will foster for these people? Welcome to America! Enjoy one of our most popular forms of slavery: credit debt. Christ!
Credit card companies and banks, being among the most vile and evil entities on the planet, love to suck you in with great promises of financial freedom while attaching giant shackles to your ankles. Unless you’re in full control of your budget and expenses, you’ll be wearing these shackles the rest of your life. In most cases, credit debt is a lifelong struggle for people who either can’t control their spending or just don’t know any better. This program might result in some fraud and shady activity, but the eternal noose of credit debt will probably do more damage to these people in the long run.