Current Affairs Hub

Students Stage Scalia Kiss-IN


Scalia_faceSupreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made an appearance at University of Connecticut's law school yesterday, where he told students his proudest moment as a judge was not being "chased off" a case involving his hunting buddy Dick Cheney. That's his proudest moment? How pathetic.

Maybe he would have felt differently if Cheney had shot him in the face.

Anyway, some students took the liberty of setting up a same-sex kissing booth outside the hall where Scalia was speaking, as protest against his comments on gays, minorities, and women: "'His visit opened a lot of conversation on this campus,' said third-year law student Colby Smith, who was wearing an 'I Kiss Boys' T-shirt. 'We want to make sure people understand what the concerns are with him, and why his views are particularly offensive.'

That's Smith above (right), kissing fellow student Doug Heim.

Gays with Guns: Fighting Violence with Threats of More

Pink_pistolsAre guns the answer to gay bashing? A Philadelphia group called the Pink Pistols seems to think so. They hold monthly get togethers and then shoot together at a nearby range:

"...the Pink Pistols are among the most mundane-looking human beings you could ever possibly meet. There are no tight shirts, no Versace bags and no Indigo Girls T-shirts. You could walk past one of these gun-packing people in the grocery store and not even notice them.

'We break down stereotypes when we can,' says Patton, a freckled, heavyset 43-year-old woman clad in nondescript loose-fitting clothing. 'People look at us, and it plays with their brains.'

None of these people would be welcome on the set of Will & Grace. At the same time, you'd never guess that any of them has a gun strapped under their arm, or resting in their pocket, or waiting under the seat of their car."

Normal or not normal, imho having more guns in the world will do little to prevent hate crimes. Guns don't change attitudes.

Silent Ill


Here's a Silent Hill parody I mashed up. Now, Silent Hill is supposed to be a scary movie, but frankly, this one may be a comedy.

And the latest in related news: Ann Coulter's felonious Florida voter registration application.

Two Dozen Soulforce Members Arrested


More Soulforce members were arrested at Brigham Young University on Tuesday, cited for trespassing.

Carrying Easter lilies, a procession of 30 students and Soulforce members marched from a Mormon temple to the entrance of BYU. They carried 35 lilies, respresenting gay Mormon students who have committed suicide since 1965.

They were lead by openly gay BYU student Matt Kulisch: "I'm proud to say I'm gay. I'm proud to say I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that God loves me." Once on campus, Kulisch got down on the ground and pretended he was dead.

He was then cited for "public expression" which is not allowed at the school.

Student Expelled for Saying He's Gay on MySpace

I didn't get a chance to cover this yesterday, so here goes. Jason Johnson, a student at Kentucky's University of the Cumberlands, was recently "dismissed" from school for saying he's gay on his MySpace profile.

JohnsonA University spokesperson said the Baptist school has the right to expel a student who "promotes sexual behavior not consistent with Christian principles." Johnson's story has spread quickly around the internet, and last Thursday, his boyfriend Zac Dreyer began a campaign to get Johnson's story out.

CumberlandsFrom Dreyer's blog:

"I ask that you do what you can to help stop this attrocious act of discrimination on gays and lesbians at Cumberland. Help get the story out there so that all the gays and lesbians at the University will no longer have to live in secrecy in fear of having their dreams crushed in front of them. Get the story out to the news, the newspapers, spread it through the internet and if you are daring enough call the President of the University yourself, as I have done to see that this discrimination is stopped."

And Johnson left a thank you message there as well:

"Thank you for all of your support and encouragement throughout this time. Although this has been a difficult past couple of days, I am confident in what has happened thus far, and what is coming up in the next few weeks. Your words of encouragement have kept my spirits up and made it that much easier for me to continue this cause. At this time, I cannot respond to indvidual comments or messages, but I am hearing them, reading them, and they are moving me. Continue speaking out against discrimination, not just by what is happening at University of the Cumberlands, but throughout the nation. 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere' (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr) Thank you, from the bottom of my heart."

Dreyer's call to action and Johnson's predicament have prompted some students at the Christian school to speak up about the university's actions. Said student Renee Kuder: "They're being hypocritical, by Christian standards. If we love each other, accept each other for who we are, why are they kicking him out? I almost feel like they're trying to mold us, me, into a person that I wouldn't want to be. There's a letter in the student handbook that says everyone is a unique creation of God, you're special, we care about you. They didn't care if he didn't have a place to go. They could have pretty much ruined his life."

Amen. Best of luck to Jason.

Reaction Grows to Gay Student's Expulsion [lexington herald leader]
Student Expelled After Revealing He's Gay On MySpace [mtv]

Citizen Scolds the President

Bush_speech_1Things went off topic at a Bush speech today in Charlotte, North Carolina when a man named Harry Taylor got up and gave Bush a piece of his mind:

"I feel like despite your rhetoric, that compassion and common sense have been left far behind during your administration. And I would hope from time to time that you have the humility and grace to be ashamed of yourself...

...What I wanted to say to you is that I — in my lifetime, I have never felt more ashamed of, nor more frightened by my leadership in Washington, including the presidency, by the Senate, and – and I would hope — I feel like despite your rhetoric, that compassion and common sense have been left far behind during your administration, and I would hope from time to time that you have the humility and the grace to be ashamed of yourself inside yourself. And I also want to say I really appreciate the courtesy of allowing me to speak what I’m saying to you right now. That is part of what this country is about."

Head over to Think Progress for the full exchange.

And check out those faces on the women seated next to Mr. Taylor. Priceless.


Towleroad - Blogged