American Family Association spokeshater Bryan Fisher yesterday rehashed his claim that gay rights activists are modern day Nazis who seek to do to Christians what the Nazis did to the Jews.
Fischer, who knows "for a matter of historical record" that Hitler's top stormtroopers were all gay and that the Nazi Party started in a gay bar, says that the "thuggish, totalitarian, and repressive" tactics of gay rights advocates are proof of their Nazi roots:
"That's what homosexual activists want to do today. Not physically, but through intimidation and legal action and harassment do the same thing to Christians today. They are not content to 'live and let live.' They've go to punish. They've got to destroy. They've got to eliminate. They've got to marginalize. They've got to neutralize. They've got to completely silence any voice that defends man-woman marriage and the abiding truths of the word of God."
What about you? Have you fulfilled your marginalizing, neutralizing, and silencing Christian quota for the day?
Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...
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De Blasio pummeled in unaired final 30 minutes of NYC mayoral debate.
Anthony Weiner, oblivious, dances to homophobic Jamaican song about killing gays.
The house that Calvin Klein built.
The mother of Aaryn Gries, the racist Big Brother contestant, is angry at Julie Chen for going after her daughter.
Another Superstorm Sandy might hit NYC, unless it doesn't: "Sandy was an extremely unusual storm in several respects and pretty freaky. And some of those things that make it more freaky may happen less in the future,” said Columbia University atmospheric scientist Adam Sobel, co-author of a new study on Sandy. But Sobel quickly added, “There’s nothing to get complacent about coming out of this research.”
Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent show off their biceps in NYC.
Chaz Bono lost a lot of weight!
UN Chief Scientist gives dire warning on climate action: "We have five minutes before midnight...We may utilize the gifts of nature just as we choose, but in our books the debits are always equal to the credits. May I submit that humanity has completely ignored, disregarded and been totally indifferent to the debits? Today we have the knowledge to be able to map out the debits and to understand what we have done to the condition of this planet.”
Jake Gyllenhaal suits up to promote Prisoners.
The first poster for American Horror Story: Coven.
Justin Timberlake looking sharp at the GQ Men of the Year Awards.
The Newsroom renewed for a third season: "Star Jeff Daniels — whose portrayal of anchor Will McAvoy on the HBO drama earned him a 2013 Emmy nod — first announced the news late Tuesday, tweeting, “It’s official. “#Newsroom coming back for a Season 3.” (The cabler, for its part, has yet to confirm renewal.)"
Poll: Ohioans split on same-sex marriage. "The nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute, in a survey of 1,001 adults – 883 of them registered voters – found that 47 percent believe same-sex couples should be allowed to wed. Another 47 percent do not. Six percent were unsure or did not respond."
Elton John says he was a monster before he had kids.
HUD charges Texas RV park owner with anti-transgender discrimination: "The action is believed to be one of the first few investigations by HUD to proceed to the trial stage since the federal agency adopted a new policy in March 2012 banning discrimination against LGBT people. If the charge of discrimination is upheld in a federal administrative hearing or a U.S. federal district court the park owner could be fined $16,000 and be required to reimburse the complainants for damages."
KFC selling deep-fried soup in Japan.
Gay rights activists in Cyprus protest Russia's anti-gay laws: "Organizers said the turnout for Tuesday's demonstration may have been small, but it was significant because it was the first such open expression of support for gay rights in this conservative country in many years."
The most corrupt states in America.
Westboro's Margie Phelps amends discrimination lawsuit: "The amended complaint includes at least 16 examples of instances when the church says its members were kept hundreds of feet from funeral services while counter-protesters were allowed to congregate immediately outside services. Seven of the examples, from 2010 through 2012, occurred after the lower court dismissed the lawsuit and are being included in the suit for the first time."
Here's the first image of Gina Gershon as Donatella Versace, from a new Lifetime movie, via the HuffPost:
The TV movie was written by Rama Stagner and directed by Sara Sugarman and is based on Deborah Hall's book "House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder and Survival."
Look for the film to follow Donatella as she struggles at her brother's company following his death.
The Department of Justice won't enforce Title 38, a law barring gay veterans from spousal benefits, the Washington Blade reports:
In a letter dated Sept. 4, U.S. Attorney Eric Holder notifies U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) of the change in the way the Justice Department will enforce Title 38 of the U.S. code.
“[I]n light of subsequent developments and my recommendation, the President has directed the Executive Branch to cease enforcement of Sections 101(3) and 101(31) of Title 38,” Holder writes. “Decisions by the Executive Branch not to enforce federal laws are appropriately rare. Nonetheless, for the reasons described below, the unique circumstances here warrant non-enforcement.”
The HuffPost adds:
Holder said last year that the Justice Department would no longer defend Title 38 in court. But Wednesday’s announcement went even further, with DOJ finding that the legal basis laid out by the Supreme Court in the DOMA decision should nullify the marriage definition in the provision. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki said just last week that the spouses of gay veterans weren’t eligible for benefits because no court had found Title 38’s definitions to be unconstitutional.
Writes the White House in a press release:
The new policy means that the administration will no longer enforce statutory language governing the Veterans Administration (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) that restricts the awarding of spousal benefits to opposite-sex marriages only. The language, contained within Title 38 of the U.S. Code, has, until now, prevented the Executive Branch from providing spousal benefits to veterans—and in some instances active-duty service members and reservists—who are in same-sex marriages recognized under state law.
In a letter to Congressional leaders, Holder stated that the President’s decision was consistent with the Court’s decision in Windsor in June.
“Although the Supreme Court did not directly address the constitutionality of the Title 38 provisions in Windsor, the reasoning of the opinion strongly supports the conclusion that those provisions are unconstitutional under the Fifth Amendment,” Holder wrote.
The decision not to enforce Title 38 aligns with the Obama administration’s determination last year that two provisions of Title 38 that govern benefits for veterans and their families were unconstitutional as applied to legally married same-sex couples. At that time, the Attorney General informed Congress that the Department would no longer defend the Title 38 provisions, but that the Executive Branch would continue to enforce them. Today’s announcement makes clear that enforcement of the provision in Title 38 defining marriage as between a man and a woman will now cease.
The announcement comes after the House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group (BLAG) recently decided to stop defending the Title 38 provisions in pending cases. In addition, last week, a federal district court in California held the Title 38 provisions unconstitutional on equal protection grounds. After consideration of these developments and a recommendation by the Attorney General, the President directed the Executive Branch to cease enforcement of the Title 38 provisions.
Federal Judge Strikes Down Law Barring Same-Sex Veteran Benefits [tlrd]
At a campaign stop in Borough Park, NYC mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner got in a shouting match with a voter:
Said the voter: "You have the nerve to even walk around in public. You're disgusting...Your behavior is deviant. It's not normal behavior...It's disgusting...It's immoral...Think about your wife. Right, how could you take the person you're most closest to — and trusts you — and betray her? Think about that."
Responded Weiner: "You know who judges me? Not you. You don't get to judge me because you've shown no sign you're superior to me and you are not my god."
Watch (with updated video), AFTER THE JUMP...
UPDATE: What set Weiner off? The voter said "You're married to an Arab".