That is to say, Family Guy creator Seth Macfarlane joins the panel with Bill Maher and discussing gay rights & religion. On a weekend where I just watched Religulous on NetFlix, this is the perfect icing on the cake of my Bill Maher worship. [Pun intended]
Conservative Christians have been up in arms over a certain PC game "pushing the homosexual agenda". The game in question? Classic board game The Game of Life.
Hasbro's PC version of the popular Milton Bradley board game - where the objective is to drive your little car around a track that represents your path through life, moving from "leaving school" to "marriage" and "buying a house" until "retirement," collecting pegs to represent your spouse and children, while trying to build up enough money to retire rich - was first brought to the attention of the Conservative Christian site World Net Daily by a concerned mother.
After her six year old asked how come she could marry a woman, concerned mom shrieked to WND, "I had no idea how insidious they were being with pushing the homosexual agenda."
WND's position is this is "too mature" a theme for kids. But, getting married and having kids the traditional (good ol' hetero way) isn't. Once again, knowledge is being attacked by the narrow-minded cretins on the right who flock to sites like Town Hall, WND etc for their daily dose of intolerant stupidity, and the mantra: Yes, by all means, let your kiddies grow up to be big ol' homophobes like their parents. It's the American way. ~~
As I watched him prepare to shoot up on the bathroom floor, I felt a mix of fear, horror, fascination and arousal.
He didn’t tie that rubber thingy around his arm like I’d seen Diana Ross do in Lady Sings the Blues. Then again, this was no movie.
“You’re beautiful,” I said. “So fuckin’ beautiful. Anyone ever tell you that?”
His eyes cut up to me and sparkled; his thuggish craftiness faded. He could have been a wholesome, doe-eyed Norman Rockwell painting.
“Yeah," he smiled, displaying teeth surprisingly white. “Sometimes.”
He wasn’t a junkie anymore, just a beautiful young man sitting on the floor next to my toilet. Or maybe a handsome leading man, playing the hell out of his junkie role: Wardrobe had done a great job of making him disheveled, and make-up was on point too, giving him that hollow, hungry look.
But as our eyes locked, I saw the real José. I wanted to bend down and kiss those lips, stroke that angular cheekbone. I wanted to peel that dirty oversized shirt from his lanky frame, massage him with lavender oil; wanted to loosen that ponytail, so I could brush his black mane until it gleamed like it was meant to. And then his hair could hang wild, savage, and tickle my flesh as I held him close, kissed him, made love to him, again and again.
“Why you wanna watch this shit, pa?”
“I don’t know,” I responded. He was so young, so classically handsome. I heard myself saying, “With your looks, you could be . . . do anything you want. Why this?”
His innocence faded, the cameras stopped and the leading man stormed off the set. He slapped his arm like a baby’s butt and said, “Same reason you wanna watch.” ~~
From the pulpit of Tabernacle Baptist Church on Sunday, Rev. Al Sharpton called out the Mormon Church and other conservative faiths for mobilizing to support Proposition 8 to ban gay marriage in California while refusing to be as involved in any other social concerns.
“It amazes me when I looked at California and saw churches that had nothing to say about police brutality, nothing to say when a young black boy was shot while he was wearing police handcuffs, nothing to say when the they overturned affirmative action, nothing to say when people were being delegated into poverty, yet they were organizing and mobilizing to stop consenting adults from choosing their life partners,” Sharpton told a packed audience on Jan. 11.
“There is something immoral and sick about using all of that power to not end brutality and poverty, but to break into people’s bedrooms and claim that God sent you,” Sharpton added.
You may not see any commercials for this film, but on Friday, December 7th, in both New York and Los Angeles, Dirty Laundry, a new film starring Rockmond Dunbar, Loretta Devine, and Jenifer Lewis is set to open in theaters with wider distribution scheduled for December 28th.
Dirty Laundry follows the life of an African-American gay magazine writer with a near perfect life after turning his back on his southern roots by escaping to New York City--until an 11-year-old boy changes everything for him and his partner.
A new comedy with a stellar Black cast, Dirty Laundry stars Rockmond Dunbar, Loretta Devine, Jenifer Lewis, Terri J. Vaughn, Joey Costello, with a cameo appearance from Bobby Jones. It was produced I part by my good friend Keith Boykin and his partner Nathan Williams. GAY MOVIE...NEW DRAMA And as can be expected, the film is already being hit controversy from the Christian majority.
Read more about the controversy here, as Jasmyne Cannick reports.
A black conservative Christian pastor of an evangelical megachurch has vowed to take over Microsoft by packing it with new shareholders who will vote against the company's policy of championing gay rights.
The Reverend Ken Hutcherson, a former Dallas Cowboys linebacker, heads the Antioch Bible Church in Redmond, home of Microsoft.
He told Microsoft executives at a shareholders' meeting last week that he would be their "worst nightmare" if they continued to defy him.
Antioch Bible Church attracts around 3,500 worshippers for its services and Mr Hutcherson is a powerful figure in the Christian conservative movement.
His church, which emphasizes racial diversity and a strict moral code, grew from a bible study class for just 15 people in 1984.
An advocate of a "biblical stance" against divorce and homosexuality, Mr Hutcherson, 55, is asking millions of evangelical activists, as well as Orthodox Jewish and other allies, to buy up Microsoft shares and demand a return to traditional values.
Microsoft, he declares, will be just the first company targeted in an escalation of the culture wars between evangelicals and corporate America.
"There are 256 Fortune 500 companies alone pouring millions upon millions of dollars into pushing the homosexual agenda," he told The Daily Telegraph.
"I consider myself a warrior for Christ. Microsoft don't scare me. I got God with me.
"I told them that you need to work with me or we will put a firestorm on you like you have never seen in you life because I am your worst nightmare. I am a black man with a righteous cause with a whole host of powerful white people behind me."
Mr Hutcherson's office is decorated with the heads of deer, elk and a buffalo – "when I run into animals, I kill them and bring them home and eat them" – as well as invitations to the White House and signed pictures of himself with President George W. Bush.
His ambitious plan signals a new offensive in his two-year battle with Microsoft after it abandoned its neutral stance on gay rights legislation, which he says he helped secretly negotiate before outraged gay employees intervened.
By trying to become a political player in Washington state, he said, the company was trying to impose its sinful ways on others.
"Microsoft stepped out of their four walls into my world so that gives me the right to step out of my world into their world," he said.
"They tried to turn their policy into state policy, making their policy something I had to submit to. And my playbook [the bible] tells me you don't submit to sin."
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Microsoft has some 79,000 employees in 102 countries and an annual revenue of more than £25 billion.
Mr Hutcherson said that this made it a Goliath to his David but he insisted that he could call on enough Christian foot soldiers to win.
"I don't care how big Microsoft is," he said. "They are nothing but a feather in the wind of God. America basically got started with a tea party and Goliath, if I'm not mistaken, got taken down by David, who believed in the same cause I believe in.
"I'm going to go after the new Goliath with one little rock called a share and I'm going to make them tremble before we get through."
At the shareholders' meeting, Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel, said it was up to shareholders to continue their longstanding support of Microsoft's diversity policy, which includes an internal "affinity employee group" called the Gay and Lesbian Employees At Microsoft (GLEAM).
Mr Hutcherson, who grew up in segregated Alabama and played football to "hurt whites" before he became a Christian, believes homosexuality is a sin rather than a biological phenomenon.
He rejects comparisons between the black civil rights movement and calls for gay rights.
"How many homosexuals have you ever seen had to ride on the back of a bus? I haven't seen one. I know that many blacks have in the past.
"I've never seen an ex-black. Michael Jackson couldn't even achieve that. But I've seen ex-gays. We minister to them every day. We talk to them about how to get out of that sin."
I've just learned that the Barack Obama campaign has invited a gay minister to the lineup of the gospel tour, "Embrace The Courage," in response to criticism from the LGBT community of his association with gay bashing gospel singer, Donnie McClurkin, and I hear that same-gender loving and LGBT groups are outraged. It has been reported that Reverend Andy Sidden, a white South Carolina pastor, who is openly homosexual, has been asked by Obama to participate in the event in South Carolina.
Tsk tsk tsk. This does not look good for Obama, because if he disengages relations with McClurkin, he will run the risk of losing the black vote of those who disdain homosexuality from a conservative and religious perspective. But if he remains, he will lose the support of the homosexual community: black, white and any other race that disapproves of homophobia. What makes this so bad is that Obama has never presented an image of homophobia or being associated with it. As a matter of fact, he's always been a fair supporter of the gay and lesbian community; so this really puts him in a precarious position.
Everyone I've been conversing with about this matter is wondering why would Obama ask a white, openly gay pastor to speak at an event geared towards gaining the vote of black people, when there are other black people who are either homosexual or in support of homosexuality that could have provided representation? I don't think this is going to sit well with the community. Either way, Obama is stuck between a rock and a hard place, and I'm really curious as to what he is going to do to fix this dilemma.
"Ex-Gay" Reverend Donnie Mclurkin once stated that he was at "war" with the LGBT community stating that: "The gloves are off and if there's going to be a war, there's going to be a war. But it will be a war with a purpose?. I'm not in the mood to play with those who are trying to kill our children." The singing group, Mary Mary, during a Vibe Magazine interview, stated that: "They [gays] have issues and need someone to encourage them just like everybody else - just like the murderer, just like the one full of pride, just like the prostitute." Well sadly it's been reported that U.S. Presidential Candidate, Senator Barack Obama has aligned himself with these gay bashers by participating in a gospel tour through South Carolina entitled "Embrace The Courage."
Since the news became public, the uproar amongst the homosexual community has been filled with anger, disappointment, and calls to Obama's camp. I, personally, have been a fan of Obama for many reasons, but to hear this news troubles me because this puts Obama between a rock and a hard place. When the vote of a race that is battling itself is needed, perhaps a candidate feels pressure to make a choice. And when I say a race that is battling itself, I'm referring to the fact that statistically there are far too many Bible toting blacks wIho feel disdain toward homosexuals. But black people have been the victim of discrimination for many centuries, but yet many still find it convenient to discriminate against each other based on sexual orientation. I think this is disgusting, at best. But in the south, religion (mostly Christianity's homophobic rhetoric) dictates the lives of most black people, and the Obama campaign to win the black vote may rely on his efforts to kiss up to this belief system. Unfortunately, it could come at the expense of losing the black gay vote, as it could send a message that he supports the same prejudice that black Christians impose upon homosexuals.
So where does it leave Senator Obama? After this firestorm of bad press emerged, he issued a written statement: "I have clearly stated my belief that gays and lesbians are our brothers and sisters and should be provided the respect, dignity, and rights of all other citizens. I have consistently spoken directly to African-American religious leaders about the need to overcome the homophobia that persists in some parts our community so that we can confront issues like HIV/AIDS and broaden the reach of equal rights in this country. I strongly believe that African Americans and the LGBT community must stand together in the fight for equal rights. And so I strongly disagree with Reverend McClurkin's views and will continue."
While I applaud his verbal support of homosexuals, I also know that this written statement won't save him if he moves forward with an allegiance with McClurkin and this gospel tour. It will simply make him appear hypocritical to the homosexual community, and votes will be lost.
See this is why I don't care for politics, because the practice of it lacks integrity. It's all fucked up, if you ask me. Read the specifics at The Hutchinson Post and read how pissed off Taylor Siluwe is about the whole debacle.
"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, they make them." -- George Bernard Shaw
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COREY delivers a defly written post entitled Audacity of Change regarding his feelings about Obama becoming our president. Check it out at his blog, I'll Keep You Posted.
December 17, 2008
QIANA MARTIN, DREAM FULFILLER
One of the most thoughtful and spiritually grounded people I know, Qiana Martin took a risk and jumped on an opportunity to go to Brazil to fulfill a dream many would be fearful to try. In these profoundly dreary economic times, quitting a job at a prestigious law firm to pursue a passion is rare and courageous. Read her story here.
December 16, 2008
MARCOS LUIS, THE ART OF GIVING
My buddy, Marcos Luis, runs an Open Mic Showcase in Alphabet City, and he's being featured in an online blog called NewYorkNightsOnline.com. He's a really special person who wants nothing but to give back to the artistic community. Check out the article here.
December 8, 2008
CLEO MANAGO, LEADING MAN
Acitivist, Cleo Manago is honored as a 2008 Leading Man in Instinct Magazine.
Odetta, the singer whose deep voice wove together the strongest songs of American folk music and became an accompaniment to the black-and-white images of the freedom marchers who walked the roads of Alabama and Mississippi and the boulevards of Washington in quest of an end to racial discrimination, died on Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2008 at the age of 77. Read more.