Virulently anti-gay preacher Ken Hutcherson has been increasingly vocal in his disdain of "sissified" discrimination groups that he says are too soft on gay people, including the National Organization for Marriage.
Now Hutcherson is saying that NOM and their prominent allies are racist. From Christian Post.
[Hutcherson went] as far as to accuse some of the outside leadership of racism, and felt they were excluding him because he was African-American.
"When I knew my involvement was going to generate controversy, I offered to step back and suggested others who were on the front lines do so as well for the sake of unity. They refused, leaving me as the odd man out. If you look at them, they were all the same color with the same moderate views. It just didn't make sense why they would not include a person of color who was willing to fight."
"I believe there are conservatives of all colors, but the leadership from NOM, Focus and Mission Public Affairs, wanted to run being a moderate campaign where everyone felt warm and fuzzy. But we know that sin is never satisfied and always wants more. These guys just looked and acted too much like the GOP – old and white."
NOM big-wig Brian Brown called Hutcherson's comments "absurd and reckless" and "not true." "Pastor Hutcherson wanted to work on an initiative and not a referendum which we thought was the best method," Brown claimed.
So what about those cynical attempts to play on racial divides to weaken progressive groups? Was that not racist?
[via Good As You]
Miami bar Tobacco road has been many things in its 100 years, including a gay bar.
With weed food possibly going mainstream in Colorado and Washington, CBS News takes a look at some cooks crafting foods that will make you smile.
Some low ball estimates for immediate revenue Maryland, Maine and Washington could enjoy once same-sex marriages get up and running: "Wedding-related spending for in-state couples is projected be about $16 million in Maine, $63 million in Maryland and $89 million in Washington."
On Dean Chambers' attacks on Nate Silver and his "voodoo statistics": "There was more than a touch of homophobia to the criticism (Silver is gay), not to mention an aversion to scientific rationalism that has come to characterize certain segments of the conservative right. (Gawker compared the attack to "something like a jock slapping a math book out of a kid’s hands and saying, 'NICE NUMBERS, FAG.'")"
An Israeli airstrike on Gaza City killed eleven people today.
Oh, Rupert Murdoch: "Why is the Jewish owned press so consistently anti-Israel in every crisis?"
Tea Party Rep. Allen West's supporters are losing their minds after election officials failed to meet a recount deadline, meaning that, as expected, Democratic rival Patrick Murphy will take West's seat in Washington, though not before more right wing protests, of course.
Adam Roberts somehow got great chefs to share their best kept culinary secrets. Now he's passing them on to you. How delicious.
Just for the record, David Beckham is not leaving the LA Galaxy to play in Australia.
Michael Fassbender rubbed up on co-star Ryan Gosling while shooting Terrence Malick's new film in Mexico.
The happiest of birthdays to Rachel McAdams.
Check out Fiona Apple's new track for This Is 40.
Don't expect marriage equality in Pennsylvania, at least not without federal or SCOTUS intervention: "Gov. Tom Corbett and many in the Republican-controlled General Assembly oppose gay marriage, and state law barring it would have to be repealed or struck down by a court. Those on both sides of the issue say the commonwealth's political climate has not forced lawmakers to take a stand on the issue, which isn't viewed as a high priority."
Jeremy Renner and the SNL cast had a ball sending-up The Avengers last night.
The origin of Twitter-born words: "Jacob Eisenstein at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and colleagues examined 30 million tweets sent from US locations between December 2009 and May 2011... After collecting the data, the team built a mathematical model that captures the large-scale flow of new words between cities. The model revealed that cities with big African American populations tend to lead the way in linguistic innovation."
Cynthia Deford, a lesbian mother in Washington state, has started a petition to ban teachers from campaigning for political causes in school after her daughter's teacher wore a button supporting a ban on gay marriage there.
Posted Nov. 18,2012 at 4:45 PM EST by Andrew Belonsky in Allen West, David Beckham, Florida, Gay Marriage, Israel, Jeremy Renner, Marijuana, Michael Fassbender, Nate Silver, News, Pennsylvania, Rupert Murdoch, Saturday Night Live, Science, Sports, Tea Party | Permalink | Comments (6)
Anti-gay activists' marches in France took an appropriately French turn in Paris today when activists from the group Femen, topless and dressed as nuns, got into scuffles with the predominantly Catholic people protesting marriage equality there.
ABC News has the details:
The controversial Ukrainian group Femen, whose topless members stage pranks to support gay rights, have taunted a march in Paris by Catholics who oppose France's draft law to legalize gay marriage.
The Catholic group Civitas organized Sunday's march by several thousand people carrying pro-family banners.
Several Femen activists turned up topless, chanted "in gay we trust" and sprayed white powder from bottles.
That prompted several anti-gay marriage protesters to hit the Femen members and push them to the ground.
Some of the bottles containing the white power were labeled "sperm," as you'll see in not work friendly videos AFTER THE JUMP.
One witness, French feminist writer Caroline Fourest, said of the incident, "When they moved toward the demonstrators, some of (the protesters) ran after them, raging." Five people were arrested.
Via Joe.My.God comes this video of the world's longest word, which takes about 3.5 hours to say and is 189,819 letters. Boiled down, it's the chemical name for the protein titin.
If you have some time to kill, watch it being read AFTER THE JUMP.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's announcement that marriage equality should be a high priority for the Illinois legislature has some wondering if the Land of Lincoln is the next frontier in the fight for gay rights.
According to an AP report today, the outlook is hazy:
...The political realities in Springfield mean ending Illinois’ 16-year-old law banning same-sex marriage isn’t a slam dunk, in the next few weeks or next session.
Because gay rights are not strict party-line issues, a Democratic majority doesn’t automatically mean the bill will pass. When the General Assembly approved civil unions for same-sex couples during the lame duck session in 2010, 17 Democrats – most from central and southern Illinois – voted no, while six Republicans said yes. The bill passed the House by just two votes and the Senate by just one, though Democrats had larger majorities in the House and Senate than they do now.
And as activists lobby friendly lawmakers, religious conservatives are consolidating their discriminatory forces. The Catholic Conference of Illinois, for example, has distributed "tool kits" to outline why the voting public should oppose marriage equality and they are also coordinating their efforts through a sub-group they're calling the Defense of Marriage Department. Very macho.
Franklin Graham, the evangelical leader famous for being the son of Billy Graham, offered up some standard conservative fear-mongering about President Obama's second term and increased support for marriage equality during an interview with CBN's David Brody.
Basically he believes Obama's reelection proves the nation "turned our back on God" and same-sex nuptials are an assault on family because "[it] takes the family away and there is no way you can have a family with two females or two males, if you just think biologically how God made us our plumbing is completely different."
To correct our course, he says, "we need someone like a Jerry Falwell to come back and resurrect the Moral Majority movement." How very retro.