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BY SAM GREISMAN
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Last night on America's Got Talent an 18-year-old boy who had been disowned by his parents because he is gay received not only a standing ovation but acceptance from the judges and the packed house. This is the cutest thing ever: Darren Criss finally got to meet the 8-year-old boy that has been his 'boyfriend' of two years. Also a few days ahead of the release of the newest Superman film check out my list of reasons why Henry Cavill is the sexiest Man of Steel yet.
Gay hate continues to run rampant in France. Two of France's Olympic athletes from this past summer's games are making waves as they have posed as a gay couple in a anti-homophobia ad campaign. The anti-gay marriage protesters who disrupted the men's final at the French Open this weekend have apparently set their sights on this summer's Tour de France and a gay-themed movie has been deemed too racy for some french towns.
Locally, Pat Robertson believes that the Boy Scouts have been destroyed by some kids who "want to do gay sex with each other". And the Southern Baptists have officially denounced the Scouts' decision to allow gay kids. Shocking. In much happier news, the NFL players association has begun selling LGBT pride t-shirts and Senator Patrick Leahy is trying to amend the immigration bill to include help for binational gay couples.
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Yesterday I reported on White House objection to an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) offered by Rep. John Fleming (pictured) (R-LA) that would expand "conscience protections", offering a "license to bully" based on religious beliefs.
Today, Fleming snapped back, the Washington Blade reports.
The text of Fleming's statement:
President Obama is continuing his war on free speech. With the IRS trying to intimidate and silence conservative groups, and the Justice Department digging into the phone records of reporters, it’s no surprise that the president also wants to deny First Amendment rights to our Armed Forces. With its statement, the White House is now endorsing military reprimands of members who keep a Bible on their desk or express a religious belief. That is an outrageous position, but it’s what I’ve come to expect from an administration that is aggressively hostile toward religious beliefs that it deems to be politically incorrect.
“My amendment protects, for our men and women in uniform, a principle enshrined in our Constitution and cherished since our Founding Fathers: the free exercise of one’s religious beliefs, including expressions of one’s belief. It has bipartisan support and takes into account the unique context of military service, accommodating the beliefs of our service members, while not jeopardizing military necessity. We need to protect the free speech of the brave warriors who fight to safeguard our liberties, and I hope Congress will reject this blatant White House attack on religious freedom.”
The Blade adds:
The measure puts the burden on the Pentagon to prove that the expression of religious beliefs would be an “actual harm” to good order and discipline in refusing to make an accommodation. It’s seen as a way for troops to harass their gay colleagues for religious reasons without fear of reprisal.
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Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) apologized today after offensive statements on his teenage son's social media accounts were uncovered by Buzzfeed.
Sen. Jeff Flake’s high school-aged son Tanner used twitter to threaten the “faggot” who stole his bike that he “will find you, and … will beat the crap out of you,” joked about an acquaintance stealing one-liners because he’s Jewish, and went by the name “n1ggerkiller” in an online game.
Another message said "I'm down to own some faggots."
Said Flake to Buzzfeed:
“I’m very disappointed in my teenage son’s words, and I sincerely apologize for the insensitivity. This language is unacceptable, anywhere. Needless to say, I’ve already spoken with him about this, he has apologized, and I apologize as well."
Flake's son's YouTube comments contain the same slurs, and also "called Mexicans the 'scum of the Earth' and on several occasions bragged that his father is a member of Congress.
Update: a reader sends in a sampling of Tanner Flake's comments from YouTube.
"you faggot retard pussy piece of crap i hope you die in a hole slowly and painfully"
“you gay fag ni**er go shoot yourself because no body likes you”
“Mexicans are the scum of the earth.”
“Then some ni**er started rapping and I looked at her album art and saw that it was Flo Rida.”
“IT'S THE NI**ER FAMILY!!!!”
“Stupid little ni**er”
“go die in a hole you stupid ni**er”
“The black guy always fails first...”
“Yes, because one white dude goes nuts. No. Black people do crap like this all of the time.”
“When he called himself a cheap jew i loled hard”
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