Straight from the horse's mouth:
Let me put it bluntly: If you are for the legalization of homosexuality, you are for the acceptability of homosexuality, you are for the normalization of homosexuality, you do not care about black males. You have no compassion in your black heart for black males because they're being decimated by HIV/AIDS ... So why am I opposed to the normalization of homosexual behavior? Because I love black males. I want black males to live long, prosperous, healthy, disease-free lives.
This is, of course, completely wrong as HIV transmission rates have very little to do with the normalization or legality of homosexuality. Much more influential are the systemic equalities in place that disproportionately affect black men and women and are more likely to leave them with lower education on sexual issues, a mistrust of medical professionals, and poverty that results in reduced access to insurance and thus medical care. And this isn't even scratching the surface of other issues such as religion, attitudes of masculinity, and drug abuse, all of which can be entangled in the same knotty web that can't simply be solved by hating the gays harder.
You can hear Fischer speak for himself AFTER THE JUMP...
Though he thinks of gays as "abnormal", Ugandan President Museveni recently blocked his country's anti-homosexuality bill for being pushed through the system illegally and is now waiting to have scientific proof that homosexuals are made, not born, before he would sign off on the bill. Drs. Kenneth Omona, Sam Lyomoki, Medard Bitekyerezo, and Chris Baryomunzi have risen to the challenge with findings of their own that say that homosexuality is not an inborn trait. Said Dr. Bitekyerezo:
From the research that I have engaged in for some time ever since we were assigned by the caucus, I have discovered that there is no gene that is said to produce [homosexuality] as claimed by some people.
Dr. Omona continued with:
In one study [it is] revealed that actually 50 per cent of the homosexuals revert to heterosexuality if rehabilitated in time. This, in itself, reveals a behavioural aspect.
Of course, none of this has been peer-reviewed, their methodology has not yet been detailed, Dr. Omona hasn't indicated the difference between "rehabilitation" and "conditioning", and controls for logical fallacies (correlation v. causation, false cause, personal incredulity, "the Texas sharpshooter", etc.) and biases have not been indicated. Additionally, the preliminary remarks seem to dismiss or ignore the 2010 Report of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in England on Human Sexuality submitted to the Church of England, which found that:
[S]exual orientation is biological in nature, determined by a complex interplay of genetic factors and the early uterine environment. Sexual orientation is, therefore, not a choice.
Deadspin reports that NBC edited out a significant portion of IOC President Thomas Bach's opening ceremony remarks when it broadcast them last night.
The remarks that were edited condemned discrimination:
Now you are living in an Olympic Region. I am sure you will enjoy the benefits for many, many years to come. Thousands of volunteers have welcomed us with the well-known warm Russian hospitality. Many thanks to all the wonderful volunteers. Bolshoi spasiba, valantyoram! Thank you very much to everyone. Russia and the Russians have set the stage for you, the best winter athletes on our planet. From this moment on you are not only the best athletes, you are Olympic Athletes. You will inspire us with your outstanding sports performances. You have come here for sports. You have come here with your Olympic dream. The International Olympic Committee wants your Olympic Dream to come true. This is why we are investing almost all of our revenues in the development of sports. The universal Olympic rules apply to each and every athlete- no matter where you come from or what your background is. You are living together in the Olympic Village. You will celebrate victory with dignity and accept defeat with dignity. You are bringing the Olympic Values to life. In this way, the Olympic Games, wherever they take place, set an example for a peaceful society. Olympic Sport unites people. This is the Olympic Message the athletes spread to the host country and to the whole world. Yes, it is possible to strive even for the greatest victory with respect for the dignity of your competitors. Yes, Yes, it is possible - even as competitors - to live together under one roof in harmony, with tolerance and without any form of discrimination for whatever reason. Yes, it is possible - even as competitors - to listen, to understand and to give an example for a peaceful society.
Deadspin has video and a full transcript, if you'd like to take a look.
It's worth noting that Bach's remarks that were broadcast did mention diversity, tolerance, and peace.
Not that Russia or the IOC is paying ANY attention to those precepts.
In the latest development of Seattle's gay bar arsonist, police have determined that Musab Musmari is a flight risk and have thus set his bail at $1 million. This determination was reached in light of the fact that when SPD arrested Musmari as he was leaving home he was in possession of his U.S. and Libyan passports and a one-way airline ticket to Turkey.
Meanwhile, the FBI, working on the case as part of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, are investigating the case as a possible hate crime, and friends and victims of Musmari have described him as having increasingly volatile and unstable behavior over the past year.
Following the removal of the Gay Pride flag from the roof of West Hollywood City Hall last month amid a firestorm of criticism, the city has voted to incorporate rainbow colors into its new flag, the L.A. Times reports:
“This has been a very exciting debate,” said Mayor Pro Tem John D’Amico, who is gay. “I think flying a rainbow flag at City Hall is perhaps not as interesting as flying the City of West Hollywood adopted flag that has the rainbow on it. There’s a pedigree there, there’s a history.”
The rainbow flag was removed in January after an earlier unanimous vote by the council to maintain the city’s practice of displaying only the United States, California and city flags on public facilities. At one meeting, Councilman John Duran, who is gay, said the city “belongs to all of us” and is "not just a city of gay men."
More than 40% of West Hollywood’s residents identify themselves as gay or lesbian, according to city surveys, and four of the five council members are gay men.
A restaurant owner, in Enid, Oklahoma refuses to serve African-Americans, Hispanics, gays, or people with disabilities, KFOR reports:
Gary James, owner of Gary’s Chicaros, said, “I’ve been in business 44 years, I think I can spot a freak or a faggot.” He added, “I don’t deal with these people walking down the street with no jobs on welfare.”
James said, “If I reached over there and slapped the sh** out of you, you should be offended. But to call someone a ‘chink’ or someone call me a bigot, that doesn’t bother me.”
Now, a wave of comments on Facebook claim James refuses to serve African-Americans, Hispanics and people with disabilities, like Matt Gard.
Gard said, “He doesn’t like certain people of race, color, ethnicity.”
Gard was a regular at Gary’s Chicaros restaurant for years. He said he turned a blind eye to the owner’s choice of customers, until recently.
Gard said, “Now, he tried to find a weak excuse not to let me in with my wheelchair or the weak excuse of having loud people with me.”
Even the business’ t-shirt is viewed as offensive. The shirt features derogatory slogans against homosexuals, it has the N-word on the front and threatens violence against Muslims, minorities and democrats.
James said he is proud to wear that shirt. He said, “I really don’t want gays around. Any man that would compromise his own body would compromise anything.”
Watch KFOR's report, AFTER THE JUMP...