Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Senate approves nation's first gay marshal and other Tuesday afternoon news briefs

America Is Cursed By God For Electing Barack Obama - Crazy Janet Porter strikes again.

Senate approves Lubinski, nation’s first gay U.S. Marshal
- Congratulations Ms. Lubinski!

Gays, lesbians should be able to serve openly in the military
- I agree with the Washington Post.

Gay Groups Win 25K Grants
- Shhh! Don't tell Andrew Breitbart.

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Religious right cheer abandoning pro-lgbt portion of U.N. resolution

I found this monstrosity via  One News Now:

Homosexual activists have failed in an effort to impose acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle on the world.

The United Nations General Assembly voted to delete language from a proposed resolution that claimed that two new anti-discrimination categories exist: sexual orientation and gender identity.

"What this body is trying to do is to elevate the homosexual agenda to a global right that governments are treaty-bound to accept," explains Austin Ruse, head of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM). "There was an attempt to have this reinterpretation officially accepted by the General Assembly, and it was defeated."

 One News Now does not provide details regarding the resolution but another right-wing publication, Lifesite News, does:

The deleted reference was to General Comment 20 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). The ICESCR was adopted by the UN on December 16, 1966, and declares that states that are part of the agreement will "undertake to guarantee that the rights enunciated in the present Covenant will be exercised without discrimination of any kind as to race, color, sex, language, religion ... or other status."

General Comment 20 states that the phrase "other status" includes "sexual orientation" and "gender identity." This means, according to the Comment, that members of the ICESCR "must ... adopt measures, which should include legislation, to ensure that individuals and entities in the private sphere do not discriminate on prohibited grounds."

This state of affair accentuates the problem for lgbts worldwide.

Even in the midst of all of this madness in Uganda, the raping of lesbians in South Africa as a "corrective measure," the recent arrest of a Malawi gay couple for getting married,  and a host of other facts regarding the mistreatment of lgbts in other countries, there are some people still clinging to the notion that lgbts are trying to "indoctrinate people."

That by merely wanting to conduct our lives in peace, we are trying to "force acceptance,"

And that somehow we aren't deserving of basic human dignity.

Austin Ruse, the man cited in the article further said:

"Most countries have a very traditional view of human sexuality, of marriage, [and] of the family, so when these ideas percolate through from radicals in the United States and the European Union, and they eventually get to the General Assembly where a lot of traditional people are represented, they get defeated," Ruse notes.

Someone should ask Ruse just what is his view of  "traditional human sexuality and people."

Does it involve hanging children like they did to those two innocent boys in Iran?

Or how about butchering innocent activists like what was done in Jamaica?

Or what about the laws in 30 Islamic countries that make homosexuality a criminal offense. In most cases punishment range from floggings to life imprisonment. In Mauritania, Bangladesh, Yemen, parts of Nigeria and Sudan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Iran, convicted homosexuals can also be sentenced to death.

Ruse and those who stand with him not only have a warped sense of tradition but also of right and wrong.

And it leads me again to say while I love and fear God, I have a serious concern about those who claim to represent Him.

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The Peter Vadala controversy was a major victory for lgbt community

As we remember major lgbt stories in 2009 like Maine and Carrie Prejean,  let's not forget the so-called minor stories.

One in particular I would like to point out because it was a victory for the lgbt blogging community.

Remember Peter Vadala?

He was the former employee of Brookstone (a Massachusetts retailer store) who was fired for supposedly expressing his Christian beliefs.

As we learned more about Vadala, it turned out that him "expressing his Christian beliefs" amounted to telling a lesbian employee that she is a "deviant" for simply talking about her upcoming wedding. Gay marriage, by the way, is perfectly legal in Massachusetts.

At first glance, the incident looked like a perfect cause celebre for the religious right. A young Christian attacked by the supposedly intolerant and invisible homosexual lobby - a perfect fundraising tool if there ever was one.

But it flopped.

What made Vadala's story different than say the story of Repent America when a supposed religious group was arrested at Philly Pride in 2004 or the group of city workers who filed a lawsuit against the city of Oakland when they were told to remove an anti-gay flyer from their workplace?