It's been more than two weeks since the Supreme Court handed down the decision that gutted the Defense of Marriage Act, and anti-gay activists continue to decry and bemoan that fact. However, if Matthew Hagee of the show "Hagee Hotline" is at all correct in his recent assertion, said activists might not have to live in a post-DOMA world for much longer.
While answering a viewer question, Hagee, son of controversial pastor John Hagee, pulled an excerpt from Luke 17:21-30: "just as it was in the days of Noah [and] Lot ... so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed." In his subsequent explanation, "the days of Noah" is meant to indicate a time when "men were Agnostic, not believing in God," and "the days of Lot" is meant to refer to a time when "men had given up the natural affections for women and were lying with other men." Despite the fact that Agnosticism and homosexuality have existed for centuries now, Hagee still cautioned "we have all of those things happening in the world around us."
To put things in a more contemporary context, Hagee then cited the Supreme Court's decision for Windsor v. United States.
"That's something that would have been applauded in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah. So when you see these things similar to the days of Noah and similar to the days of Lot, it's very easy to know that the rapture of the church is about to occur."
Astronaut Luca Parmitano is orbiting on the International Space Station. On his spacewalk today he shot a photo and tweeted "This sure beats any 'selfie' I’ve done up to now."
And history is made.
CBS's reality show Big Brother likely hasn't had this much attention in years; a shame it's for all the wrong reasons. In a single terrible season, you have racism against blacks and Asians, no small amount of homophobia, and praise for Hitler and hate crimes.
Condemnation for the offending contestants has been loud and swift, and has even cost them their jobs once word got out. Meanwhile, fans of gay contestant Andy have set up a fundraising charity to combat homophobia and racism by supporting the Trevor Project.
On July 9th, the Jewish Anti-Defamation League added to the dogpile with an open letter from National Director Abraham H. Foxman to Leslie Moonves, the Chairman of CBS, requesting that the station either remove the contestants from the show, or:
Should you decide to retain them, we suggest that you provide a statement accompanying the feed that not only condemns the hate speech, but states that you are broadcasting it so that viewers will see for themselves how ugly and poisonous such prejudice and bigotry are, and will understand the importance of standing up to it.
As of this writing there has been no public response from Mr. Moonves or CBS.
Towleroad is no stranger to Pat Robertson and the many outrageous and bigoted comments that he has made over the years. Just earlier this week, the televangelist expressed a desire for a "vomit" button on Facebook, to be used for photos of same-sex couples.
Now, Robertson is expressing his disapproval of LGBT activists labelling him as "anti-gay", and came to his own defense during an episode of The 700 Club.
“I am very pleased that we have many, many, many homosexuals watching this program and many of them are looking for love and acceptance and help, and I’m glad to report that we have thousands of these people who are saying, ‘yes we want to follow Jesus, we’re not happy with the lifestyle we’re in and we want to have a better way,’ I think it’s wonderful that that’s happening.”
Robertson did not delve into any specifics at to how he obtained data about these supposed gay viewers who managed to convert via watching his program. That didn't stop hiim, however, from explaining precisely what the actual root causes are to alternative sexuality. According to Robertson, people develop same-sex attraction...
“because they have forsaken God, it’s not something that is natural and when people reunite with the Lord, the Lord will get their priorities the way it is supposed to be…. You work through it and if you meet the Lord it should be, it can be instant.”
For those not satisfied with this explaination, Robertson offered a more pseudo-scientific one:
“A lot of people are into this homosexual thing because they’ve been abused by a parent, abused by a coach, abused by a sibling, abused by a friend, they’re little boys and little girls and they don’t know any better and then they somehow think, ‘well I must be gay,’ they aren’t they are heterosexual and they just need to come out of that.”
He also conceded that it is possible that gay people “maybe got some chromosomal damage that’s different from heterosexuals," but that it is still possible to change. Now that Exodus International has officially thrown in the towel, he claimed that it's not up to another group to come in and fill the void and "help people who want out.” Apparently, Robertson does not see these erroneous statements as hateful, and must instead believe that he is simply offering gay people an alternative.
In Part One, the ladies got their chance to shake what their momma gave them to Aram Khachaturian’s Suserov Par. Now, the fellas get a shot, this time to Rossini's William Tell Overture. The result is a work-unfriendly video that is sure to titillate and/or amuse.
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Allyson Robinson announces resignation as head of Outserve-SLDN.
Ask California Governor Jerry Brown to sign AB1266, a bill protecting trans youth.
Man captures incredible images, video of waterspout north of Tampa.
Alexander Meadows, Corey Johnson's rival in NYC City Council race, drops out and endorses him over candidate Yetta Kurland. "I am endorsing Corey today because, over the course of the campaign, I have seen him really listen to voters and show a deep understanding of the issues." Johnson also gets the endorsement of Assemblymember Deborah Glick.
Google fundraising for anti-gay climate denier Senator James Inhofe.
San Francisco Asiana crash 911 calls released.
Gay couple banned from worshiping in English church: "Labour MP Ben Bradshaw said a 'local conservative evangelical church' had turned away the unnamed couple, who do not want to be identified....He told the House: 'I recently came across a case of a Christian couple in a same-sex relationship and with children in the local church primary school to whom it was made clear by the local conservative evangelical church that they would not be welcome to worship in it.' He added: 'Intolerance and bigotry have no place whatever in the Church of England.'"
Jake Gyllenhaal takes his Boston terrier for a walk.
Male model fix: Christian Johnson.
Indian woman confesses to police after killing husband over gay affair: "When asked that why she had committed such a heinous crime, Uttam claimed that all her efforts to change the sexual inclinations of her gay husband had proven futile and she was left with no other choice except killing him. 'He had an affair with a domestic help who used to work at their house. Uttam was upset over the matter and had warned him many teams,' a news report quoted the investigating officer of the case telling."
Carol Channing thrilled that Johnny Depp may play her: "Every time I see someone impersonate me, I can't help but think I must have a hormonal imbalance. Johnny Depp has said he wants to play me in a movie. Wouldn't that be great? People say, "But he is a man," but it doesn't surprise me at all. I can’t remember the last time one of my impersonators didn't have a 5 o'clock shadow."
James Franco to be roasted.
Texas Senate adjourns for the day, but only after everyone gets their picture taken with Rick Santorum.
My Husband's Lover makes groundbreaking TV in the Phillippines.
One of Big Brother's resident racists, Aaryn, thinks being called Barbie is an equivalent slur.
A New Hampshire gay couple talks about their experience adopting a child: "Parenthood scared me, there’s no doubt. And it took time for my mind to change. But my husband helped me. Our lawyer helped me. Baxter’s mother helped me. Years of planning and research and saving helped me."
First look: Josh Brolin in the Spike Lee remake of Oldboy.
Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys talks to Spin about rediscovering the joys of youth in Electric: "We first recorded in New York exactly 30 years ago, and we were listening to Latino dance music on the radio. I had a cassette of Madonna's first album, because I was a journalist and I had an advance. We were listening to 92KTU on the radio, and it was a very powerful influence. Somehow, it's all re-emerged on [Electric], and I don't even know how. It wasn't a deliberate strategy, but it seems to have some of that young flavor of New York in the early '80s. Throughout the album, the music's got a lot of space in it. If you listen to electronic dance music of the early '80s period, like for instance, Madonna's first album [1983's Madonna] — there's a lot of space in the music, too. It's not filled up with samples and clever keyboard parts. [That era's music] has a slightly naïve technological approach in that the synth-bass lines are probably played live, so the timing of the records is a little unsteady. If you listen to Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam's [1985 single] "I Wonder if I Take You Home," she's singing totally out of tune, but there's something really great about it."