With Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, and Google, and many other tech companies all supporting gay rights, I call for all those supporting the Godly war against the gay agenda to boycott computers and the Internet. Alan Turing, one of the main pioneers of computers, was gay himself! This is about more than a silly cookie. Support God and the sanctity of marriage! Boycott the Internet NOW!
Kansas house passes a law that allows discrimination against gays on grounds of “religious freedom.”
Kansas lawmakers voted overwhelmingly today to pass a bill that opponents say legalizes discrimination against gays and lesbians.
Members of both parties joined together in the House on the 89-27 vote,according to theLawrence Journal-World. If the Senate follows suit and Governor Sam Brownback signs the bill, as he has indicted, then anyone could opt out of anti-discrimination laws that protect gays and lesbians by claiming they violate their “religious freedom.”
For example, an employer could fire someone if they discovered the employee was gay. Or a landlord could kick a renter out of their home. The religious exemption extends past places of business to universities, where students or instructors could opt out of a school’s anti-discrimination policy.
Fuck everything about this, religious freedom SHOULD NOT give the right to discriminate.
— Ellen DeGeneres
GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum engaged in a contentious discussion about same-sex marriage during a campaign stop at a Christian college in Sioux City, Iowa last night, after a student compared the senator’s position against marriage equality to prohibitions against interracial marriage. The student, 23-year-old Jason Kornelis, demanded to know how same-sex marriage would “be a hit to faith and family in America”:
“You can’t think of any consequence?” Santorum asked.
Kornelis answered that he did not.
Santorum then said that if same sex marriage was legalized then “their sexual activity” would be seen as “equal” to heterosexual relationships and it would be taught in schools.
“Really- wow- um okay, well let’s see if we can have a discussion. We can flesh out some, well, let’s look at what’s going to be taught in our schools because now we have same sex couples being the same and their sexual activity being seen as equal and being affirmed by society as heterosexual couples and their activity,” Santorum said.
“So what is going to be taught to our people in health class in our schools? What is going to be taught to our children about who in our stories, even to little children — what are married couples? What families look like in America? So, you are going to have in our curriculum spread throughout our curriculum worldview that is fundamentally different than what is taught in schools today? Is that not a consequence of gay marriage?” he GOP hopeful asked.
Of course, it’s unclear why teaching children to respect students regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity would disadvantage society, particularly since teaching about diversity leads to more tolerance for gay, lesbian, and transgender students, who often feel marginalized and bullied in schools.
This has been on my mind for a bit now, so I guess I’ll just post how me realizing I was an atheist has shaped me as a person and for the (opinionated) better.
Prior to me thinking to myself about by beliefs, I was exceptionally pessimistic and nihilistic in regards to the existence of everything. I became very desensitized to world events, tragedies, and what have you. I had seen family members and friends pass away without shedding any real remorse or emotional pain at the time. Looking back I do feel as though I miss them, but not miss them in a sense that I wish to bring them back. I realize that we as biological creatures only have one life, and this makes me exceptionally value the existence of people who I feel improve my life.
Realizing I was an atheist phenomenally opened up a mental door to new ways of thinking for me. Prior to my realization I wasn’t remotely interested in the oppression of various minorities, not that I supported their suffering but due to a lack of compassion and understanding. Once I came to my realization I saw the experience of others in a new light. Through atheism I came to support gay rights, rights of ethnic and religious minorities (although I detest religion all the same), transgenders, and new support for education and knowledge in schools.
Gay rights: As part of a group that’s equally hated and misunderstood, I think this is probably the one I support the most. This unfortunately stems from religion. I honestly think to myself whenever I see some politician trying to pass anti-gay legislature “If a dude wants to take dick why the hell not? If some girl wants to fuck another girl who the hell cares?”
Ethnic and Religious minorities: While it may not be caused by religion, it’s certainly been exploited by it. Seeing any ethnic or religious group being denied basic rights because of the ethnicity or religion is appalling.
Transgender rights: They’re people as well, while they may not be within the norm of our biology they still have the same DNA structure. I simple abnormality within someones development doesn’t strip them of their human makeup.
Science and education: I gained an extreme love and appreciation for science and the workings of our universe. Simply understanding the basic cogs that function here on earth doesn’t compare to the exceptional knowledge we can gain from exploring and understanding our universe.
Being an atheist has also led me to promote and support human and animal rights. I don’t support the abuse of animals for petty personal gains, nor do I support the infringements of the rights of men. Men in this sense meaning all of humanity.
I’ll end my jumble of thoughts here.
That was absolutely beautiful.
Your story is like so many others I’ve read, to me it always sounds like an awakening.
A joy in finding what it is that you really are, a child of the universe, thinking, feeling stardust. Perceiving the universe in it’s true magnificence, no longer taking for granted the elegance of it all, that the natural world produced this experience, and this opportunity to ponder it.
I’m truly happy for you.
Michele Bachmann’s Husband Calls Homosexuals ‘Barbarians’ Who ‘Need To Be Educated’ And ‘Disciplined’
By Guest Blogger on Jun 29, 2011 at 4:18 pm
When trying to figure out where presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) gets her stringent, anti-gay views, you only have to look as far as her husband. Dr. Marcus Bachmann, who has described himself as his wife’s “strategist,” runs a Christian-based counseling center in Minnesota that has been rumored to offer reparative treatment for those looking to “ungay” themselves.
Just last summer, Dr. Bachmann explained his position on homosexuality while offering theoretical advice to parents concerned that one of their children was gay.
BACHMANN: We have to understand: barbarians need to be educated. They need to be disciplined. Just because someone feels it or thinks it doesn’t mean that we are supposed to go down that road. That’s what is called the sinful nature. We have a responsibility as parents and as authority figures not to encourage such thoughts and feelings from moving into the action steps…
And let’s face it: what is our culture, what is our public education system doing today? They are giving full, wide-open doors to children, not only giving encouragement to think it but to encourage action steps. That’s why when we understand what truly is the percentage of homosexuals in this country, it is small. But by these open doors, I can see and we are experiencing, that it is starting to increase.
Along with offering faith-based counseling at his clinic, Bachmann also gives presentations at various conferences. In November 2005, he and Rep. Bachmann both ran sessions at a “Minnesota Pastors’ Summit” in Eden Prairie, Minnesota: hers focused on the gay marriage amendment she was trying to push through the state legislature, and his was titled “The Truth About the Homosexual Agenda.”
One of the people present for Dr. Bachmann’s talk almost had to leave the room because “there was so much bile.” Curt Prins, a marketing executive who identifies as gay, reported that Bachmann believed homosexuality was a “choice” rather than due to genetics:
The climax of the presentation was when, according to Prins, Bachmann brought up “three ex-gays, like part of a PowerPoint presentation.” The trio, two white men and a black woman, all testified that they had renounced their homosexuality. “One of them said, ‘If I was born gay, then I’ll have to be born again,’” Prins recalls. “The crowd went crazy.”
After seeing her husband’s virulent remarks, it’s no surprise then that Michele Bachmann has fiercely disparaged the gay community and has announced she’s in favor of an anti-gay marriage amendment on the campaign trail. What’s the most terrifying isn’t what Dr. Bachmann said, but the threat that the United States could elect a president who believes that homosexuality can be disciplined out of someone.
There is a video of Bachmann’s husband talking about this on the original page for this story.
This type of thinking isn’t only sickening, it’s dangerous.
What you have here are people who think it’s okay to change someone else’s (completely harmless) behavior because they “don’t like it” that’s basically all it comes down to.
It’s like re-education, or brainwashing, and these people think that’s okay. What happens when they decide to adopt this “religion it out of you” attitude to more situations, or people the don’t agree with, it’s frankly frightening that Bachmann is going to even try and run for president, and ever more frightening that she actually has supporters.