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RoadRemember Marjorie Christofferson, the manager at L.A. Mexican restaurant El Coyote, who was forced from her job following revelations that she contributed to the campaign to pass Prop 8? She's back.

RoadFacebook forms "network of support" to combat LGBT cyber-bullying.

RoadSaudi media silent on murder conviction of gay prince: "If it has been reported in the kingdom's mainstream media I'll be interested to know where. Some of the Lebanese and Emirati media (Gulf News and Emirates 24/7) have carried reports from international agencies but mostly the Arab media seems to be showing a distinct lack of interest in the crime."

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RoadNaomi Davis is producing an NYU thesis film on DADT.

RoadClarence Thomas' wife harasses Anita Hill for apology in voicemail message: "I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband."

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RoadMembers of Finland's Evangelical Lutheran Church leave in droves after anti-gay remarks on TV: "The number of people resigning from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the wake of last week’s TV discussion programme on homosexuality and the church continues to rise. The number of resignations has now exceeded 20,000..."

RoadMedia Matters looks at Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen's treatment of hate crimes. Cohen: "Almost as bad as hate crimes themselves is the designation. It is a little piece of totalitarian nonsense, a way for prosecutors to punish miscreants for their thoughts or speech, both of which used to be protected by the Constitution (I am an originalist in this regard)."

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RoadThe window for civil unions in Illinois is brief if GOP gubernatorial nominee Bill Brady wins in November. Brady and his challenger Pat Quinn squared off on that issue in a recent debate. "Brady defended his position against protecting gay people from discrimination or letting gay couples marry. He said his beliefs are his beliefs, and believes the people of Illinois respect that. He said his agenda is about jobs and the budget, not social issues."

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  1. There was a debate on Finnish television a week ago about gays in church and should Lutheran Church bless gay couples and about the possibility of gay marriage. People who had old-fashioned views about the bible and marriage hit hard the liberals and gays.
    So far over 30 000 has left the church - some because the church is too concervative and some because it is too liveral - and the storm continues.
    The society is divided to opposite groups (pro and anti gay marriage) and at the time nationalist party (anti islam and gay) is rising in the polls. In short: what a total mess!

    Posted by: Matt26 | Oct 20, 2010 3:55:04 PM


  2. Good lord! Do you have to actually lie? The wife of Judge Thomas left one message asking if it wasn't time for an apology. That is NOT harassment by any standard of definition. It is just moronic to say that it is. And, the evidence to me, is that Hill should apologize, she lied. Which doesn't mean I like Thomas, I don't.

    And, let's just face it, regarding Obama and DADT, the man just is anti-gay. Actions speak louder than words.

    Posted by: cls | Oct 20, 2010 3:56:29 PM


  3. The DNC is still pulling in money? But I thought the GayTM was closed??

    We're important, dammit!!

    Posted by: Adam | Oct 20, 2010 4:03:49 PM


  4. Actually, Marjorie returned to work at El Coyote in December 2008 (one month after Prop 8's passage), which The Wall Street Journal reported in its coverage of the "boycott" of the restaurant.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123033766467736451.html

    Posted by: EchoMark | Oct 20, 2010 4:03:53 PM


  5. Kwame's a hell of a guy, and pretty damn smart, to boot. I disagree with his version of cosmopolitanism and sufficient obligation, but his experiments in ethics was a good, light read...

    Posted by: TANK | Oct 20, 2010 4:22:02 PM


  6. Mrs. Thomas' message isn't necessarily harassment, but it's pretty tasteless.

    Frankly, I think Anita Hill was telling the truth. If anyone should be praying about anything right now, it's a prayer of thanksgiving from Mrs. Thomas for her comfortable, affluent life as the wife of a Supreme Court justice.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Oct 20, 2010 4:34:59 PM


  7. CLS:

    After the things that were said on both sides, Thomas's wife LEAVES A MESSAGE saying that she thinks it might be just about time for Hill to apologize, and that she hopes she'll pray about it. And then, through her PR agency, she says she meant no offense.

    I'M offended, and Thomas didn't even sexually harass me.

    Clarence Thomas is "Judge Thomas" to you, and Professor Hill is just "Hill". And the evidence "to you" is that Hill lied. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that you DO like Thomas, and that your view of the situation is a bit of an outlier.

    One thing we can probably agree on, for different reasons, it that the Thomases deserve each other.

    I hope you'll pray about this, and apologize at your earliest convenience. But I mean no offense.

    Posted by: MammaBear | Oct 20, 2010 4:41:46 PM


  8. I don't have to click on the link to know that Maggie Gallagher does IN FACT have blood on her hands. She, and the women like here, raise their children to be intolerant of anyone who doesn't share their views (taking to violent levels at times).

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Oct 20, 2010 4:43:22 PM


  9. The absolute arrogance of it all.

    When I first saw this headline, I misunderstood it to be Ginni Thomas reaching out to Anita Hill to apologize herself for the disgusting circus that surrounded Hill's testimony, but I should have known that a tea party queen like Ginni Thomas would no more apologize to Anita Hill any more than she would apologize to the whole of America for her husband's proclivity for napping during SCOTUS hearings. No, instead, she had the unmitigated gall to call up Professor Hill to ask Hill to apologize?

    To her credit, Hill has simply refused to give Thomas the apology she's seeking, rather than throwing it back in her face or perhaps laughing herself silly, which would have been my first inclination. And this is not the first time Thomas has sought an apology:

    “I initially thought it was a prank,” Hill told ABC News. “And if it was, I thought the authorities should know about it.”

    She reported the call to campus police.

    Mark Matthews of our affiliate KGO learned about this and reached out to Virginia Thomas.

    Thomas e-mailed him, saying: “I did place a call to Ms. Hill at her office extending an olive branch to her after all these years, in hopes that we could ultimately get passed what happened so long ago. That offer still stands, I would be very happy to meet and talk with her if she would be willing to do the same. Certainly no offense was ever intended.”

    Hill told ABC News: “Even if it wasn’t a prank, it was in no way conciliatory for her to begin with the presumption that I did something wrong in 1991. I simply testified to the truth of my experience. For her to say otherwise is not extending an olive branch, it’s accusatory.”

    She continued: “I don’t apologize. I have no intention of apologizing, and I stand by my testimony in 1991.”

    So that's what Thomas considers an olive branch? Okay then. Anita Hill proves both then and now what a class act she is compared to both Thomases.

    Posted by: CandL | Oct 20, 2010 4:51:31 PM


  10. Great post, CANDL. Co-sign.

    Posted by: rascal | Oct 20, 2010 5:14:04 PM


  11. Remember, when extending an olive branch, always dip it in doggy pooh-pooh before reaching out...

    Posted by: BobN | Oct 20, 2010 6:03:04 PM


  12. bobn, pooh is a bear; poo isn't.

    Posted by: TANK | Oct 20, 2010 6:11:09 PM


  13. This Thomas/Hill thing just proves what a dodo his wife is. What could she possibly expect? Why on earth bring it up again? I wonder how Clarence feels about it -- blindsided?

    Anita Hill's response: "Why, yes, dearie, let's all get together and have tea, or a coke if you prefer. I'll take mine without hair on it."

    Posted by: Coke or Pepsi? | Oct 20, 2010 6:36:53 PM


  14. I did a line-by-line takedown of Maggie's "blood on my hands" column. (Please excuse the blatant self-promotion)

    http://wakingupnow.com/blog/maggie-gallagher-washes-her-hands

    Posted by: Rob | Oct 20, 2010 7:46:25 PM


  15. "And, the evidence to me, is that Hill should apologize, she lied."

    There is no evidence that Anita Hill lied. And Anita Hill certainly doesn't believe that she lied. So while it may not be "harassment" that Mrs. Thomas made the call, it was certainly disgustingly tacky, particularly since she claimed Anita should apologize for being sexually harassed and then had the nerve to consider that an "olive branch." An olive branch wrapped in barbed wire, perhaps. Of course Mrs. Thomas is raking in huge amounts of anonymous tea party $$$$, which creates potential conflicts of interest for her husband, the worst Supreme Court judge we could ever hope for. So she should probably be more worried about her own ethics troubles and lay off the early-morning crazy calls.

    Posted by: Ernie | Oct 20, 2010 7:53:06 PM


  16. That NY Post op-ed piece by Maggie Gallagher has a comment section that is running virtually 100% against her. Her intro sentence asks "dDo I have blood on my hands?' and virtually every commenter answers in the affirmative.
    I hope she'll learn something but considering her superior attitude, it's hard to imagine she wants to have ANY real information on the harm she causes to gay people's lives.

    Posted by: GregV | Oct 20, 2010 7:59:26 PM


  17. maggie the cow does have blood on her hands and everywhere else just like all the others who practice hate speech and then cry foul when somebody critizes them. it is about time for maggie to just go away.too bad what happened in finland didn't happen to the mormons or the catholic, but notice the first thing they worried about was the money. tell you something about religion

    Posted by: walter | Oct 20, 2010 11:04:30 PM


  18. My film is mentioned here! You guys should check it out!

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    Posted by: Naomi Davis | Oct 20, 2010 11:56:53 PM


  19. Mr. Cohen, the US Constitution actually does NOT protect the freedom of thought in the way you suggest would invalidate hate crimes. Indeed, thought is an important factor in determining whether a crime has been committed, what that crime is, and how harsh the sentence should be. It's also used in determining whether a prisoner can be paroled, and whether someone is in fact insane rather than guilty. This isn't just for hate crimes, but a wide variety of crimes.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 21, 2010 12:32:35 AM


  20. Clarence Thomas' wife Ginny started a local Tea Party group. Everyone knows how slack jawed tea party members use outlandish remarks to make headlines, Ginny is no different.Clarence Thomas is sickening because he made disparaging remarks about his own sister who was once on welfare, publicly disrespecting your own family is about as low as it gets.

    Posted by: Petunia Picklebottom | Oct 21, 2010 6:48:41 AM


  21. Yes, I believe Mr. Cohen is correct. There are policemen running around asking people their opinions and then arresting them for having unfortunate thoughts and writing wrongheaded opinions. Everywhere, do you hear. We have slid down the slippery slope everywhere, and the feared consequences of hate crimes legislation are everywhere manifest. Our prisons are overflowing with people arrested for such crimes, or soon will be unless Mr. Cohen wouldn't make stuff up to prevent it from happening. In his well paid job, using the time-honored method of misinforming people about things, he lets us know what true liberals want-as many people arrested as possible.

    Posted by: Suffern ACE | Oct 21, 2010 9:32:13 AM


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