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Greek Neo-Nazis Protest Gay Jesus Play 'Corpus Christi'

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Police in Athens Thursday night detained 30 people during a violent protest by the neo-Nazi group Golden Dawn of the gay-themed play Corpus Christi.

In addition to blocking entry to the playhouse, the group also reportedly beat their opposition while the police turned their backs.

Penned by Terrence McNally in 1998, Corpus Christi has always been controversial because of McNally's casting of Jesus and the Apostles as gay men in Texas, a plot device Greece's Golden Dawn and dozens of other groups over the years have called "blasphemous."

"This is a blasphemous play," Golden Dawn lawmaker Ilias Panagiotaros said. He also launched into a tirade against gay people and Alabanians, because the play's director is Albanian, according to the South African Independent.

Leftist lawmaker Petros Tatsopoulo described the showdown as a "night of terror," telling reporters, "Golden Dawn members twisted the doors so the actors could not get out, and to keep [help] from getting in."

And according to eyewitness accounts, police did nothing as Golden Dawn members brazenly beat their open-minded opposition. Local reporter Manolis V offered his take via Twitter: "The police is next to us. I shout 'They're beating me, aren't you going to do something?'... I move away so I can look on from distance. A well-known Golden Dawn MP follows me. He punches me twice in the face and knocks me to the ground. While on the ground, I lose my glasses. The Golden Dawn MP kicks me. The police are just two steps away but turn their back."

Yiannis Baboulias at UK's Guardian notes that this incident is just another example of how right-winger fascist groups are operating with carte-blanche in Greece:

Greece is being held hostage by a police force that increasingly appears beyond state control, and which has long forsaken its role of protecting citizens from the thugs they now side with, and by a government which relishes the distraction the Golden Dawn provides from the cuts and tax hikes.

The government's unwillingness to revoke parliamentary privileges from those Golden Dawn MPs who participate in or condone violent acts, and to speed up processes to have them prosecuted and condemned, demonstrates this.

As in many other European nations, Greece has seen a rise in neo-Nazi activity, though Golden Dawn insists they're not related to Hitler and his hideous ideology. Rather, they claim to be patriotic.

"We will continue the fight for a Greece that belongs to Greeks," said Golden Dawn leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos in May after Golden Dawn retained 18 parliamentary seats.


Violence At Greek Pride Parade

AnthimosYesterday's Pride Parade in the Greek city of Thessaloniki was violently disrupted by a group of 50 or so thugs who pelted the approximately 400 revelers with eggs and water bottles. Police intervened quickly, and no one was injured. From the AP:

In recent days, Anthimos, the senior Greek Orthodox cleric in Thessaloniki, had publicly criticized the planned gay pride parade. Anthimos, who only uses one name, is known for outspoken speeches on social and political issues.

The AP doesn't report whether the egg-throwers were Anthimos fans. They might have just been fascists


NEWS: Fathers, Rodney, Greece, Iran

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Towleroad-roadicon Rodney King, dead at 47:

The police in Rialto, Calif., said they received a 911 call at 5:25 a.m. Sunday from Mr. King’s fiancée, Cynthia Kelley, who reported finding him at the bottom of his swimming pool. Mr. King, 47, had been living in Rialto, a small middle-class city, for several years.

Police arrived and removed Mr. King’s body from the pool and tried to resuscitate him. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead at 6:11 a.m.

Towleroad-roadicon On the "gift" of being a gay dad:

When I finally accepted in my 20s that I was gay and that in order to live a life true to myself I had to come out, I knew there were “risks.” When my mother let loose a stream of consciousness list of fears that the world would visit on me for being openly gay – including never finding happiness, or being bashed coming out of a bar with my lover – the one she settled on was “…and you always wanted to be a father.”

It was the thing that broke my heart: the feeling that by coming out, I was giving up the one thing I had always wanted since I was a kid – more than any profession or any pursuit – being a dad.

Towleroad-roadicon LZ Granderson breaks down the "super duper evil gay lifestyle" at TEDx.

Towleroad-roadicon Ahmadinejad to voluntarily leave politics in 2013 ...

Towleroad-roadicon ... though Nicholas D. Kristof doesn't think he'll have a choice. 

Towleroad-roadicon Greek exit polls show pro-stability, pro-bailout parties eeking a narrow lead.

Towleroad-roadicon Sandusky should just plead guilty:

Sandusky’s only real hope at trial was that Mike McQueary, the former Penn State quarterback who allegedly saw Sandusky raping a boy in a shower on campus in 2001, would stumble on the stand. He didn’t ...

... If any good can come out of this spectacle of a trial, it will be our increased awareness about why sexually abused children rarely come forward, and how adults, even well meaning ones, can fail them so terribly. But what matters right now is for Jerry Sandusky to admit to the wrongs the evidence unalterably shows he committed. He owes his victims much more. But this, at least, he could give them.

Towleroad-roadicon Joy McNair, daughter of astronaut and Challenger-disaster casualty Ronald McNair, discusses honor and remembrance.

Towleroad-roadicon Curiosity, NASA's new Mars-bound rover, will land in August and embark on an awesome off-road journey:

The summer landing will be the start of a Martian ... trip that will take months or possibly a year as Curiosity makes its way toward its final destination, the Gale Crater, said Curiosity contributor James Wray, an assistant professor of Earth and Atmospheric Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

... [a] new landing destination has been pinpointed with accuracy previously impossible and will shave several months off Curiosity's drive to Gale Crater. Strategically, the new landing site makes sense. But, "the public and scientists will have to be more patient to get the really juicy stuff," Wray said.

The 'juicy stuff' that Curiosity seeks to uncover is evidence of the ability for life as we know it - past or future - on the Martian surface.

Gale Crater was created more than 3 billion years ago when Mars was struck by a meteorite and now houses three miles of sediment, providing the perfect location for such an investigation. Wray said examining Gale Crater will be similar to going through Earth's history by examining the layers of the Grand Canyon and learning, by the thickness and make up of the rocks, if they were once carved by oceans, lakes or air.

"We'll start down at the base, and we'll just climb up as high as we can during the mission and move forward in time in Martian history and see how the environment changed," Wray said.

Towleroad-roadicon Club where Chris Brown and Drake got into scuffle is closed indefinitely.

Towleroad-roadicon Earnestine Shepherd, 75-year-old body-building grandma. She's fabulous.


NEWS: Athens Burns, FOX Fans Discuss Whitney, Starry Night Comes Alive

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Road Facing austerity, Athens burns:

... Cinemas, cafes, shops and banks were set ablaze in central Athens as black-masked protesters fought riot police outside parliament.

State television reported the violence spread to the tourist islands of Corfu and Crete, the northern city of Thessaloniki and towns in central Greece. Shops were looted in the capital where police said 34 buildings were ablaze.

Prime Minister Lucas Papademos denounced the worst breakdown of order since 2008 when violence gripped Greece for weeks after police shot a 15-year-old schoolboy.

"Vandalism, violence and destruction have no place in a democratic country and won't be tolerated," he told parliament as it prepared to vote on the new 130 billion euro bailout to save Greece from a chaotic bankruptcy.

Road Bishops unhappy with Obama's contraception compromise:

The bishops’ decision to rebuff the compromise means that “religious freedom” will continue to be a rallying cry for some Catholics who have heard it preached from the pulpit for the last three weeks, for evangelical Christians on the religious right, for Republican candidates on the campaign trail and for members of Congress who are supporting a legislative fix on Capitol Hill.

... Mr. Obama said that the compromise would take the Catholic institutions out of the equation by relieving them from either paying for coverage for contraceptives or providing any referral to their employees for the coverage. Instead, insurance companies would be required to pay for the contraceptives, and to arrange it. The insurers will agree, the White House said, because it is more expensive for them to pay for pregnancies than to pay for contraceptives.

Churches and houses of worship that object to birth control coverage are already exempted. The compromise applies to primarily Catholic institutions, such as hospitals, universities and charities, that employ and serve large numbers of non-Catholics.

The bishops said the plan offered insufficient protection for their institutions: “In the case where the employee and insurer agree to add the objectionable coverage, that coverage is still provided as a part of the objecting employer’s plan, financed in the same way as the rest of the coverage offered by the objecting employer. This, too, raises serious moral concerns.”

Road A history of terrestrial nuclear explosions, in time lapse -- a video both frightening and lyrical.

Road Dose a male snake with estrogen, and other male snakes go wild.

Road Is gay lit dead?

Road Dick Polman: Marriage equality no longer a wedge issue:

During the 2004 campaign, Republican strategists put gay marriage on referendum ballots in key swing states as a "wedge" issue to unnerve Democrats and gin up the conservative base for President George W. Bush. The Massachusetts high court had just ruled for legalization, and hostility toward the concept was the centrist position in America.

This is no longer true.

Granted, social conservatives voiced anger Tuesday when, for the first time, a federal court of appeals declared that gay marriage was a constitutional expression of equal rights. But most Americans will shrug and move on. As evidenced by all the polls, tolerance is the new centrism.

Road Gay consumers reward JCPenny's defense of Ellen DeGeneres with a buycott.

Road The trials and tenacity of The Washington Post:

... That has left the newspaper and the company’s other businesses exposed. The newsroom, once with more than 1,000 employees, now stands at less than 640 people, depleted by buyouts and staff defections. The newspaper’s Style section, once one of the most coveted assignments in American journalism, has shrunk from nearly 100 people to a quarter of that size. Bureaus in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago are gone. There were so many Friday afternoon cake-cutting send-offs for departing employees last summer that editors had to coordinate them so they didn’t overlap.

Picture 20 Road New York Times bloggers' surprisingly fun live-blog of the Grammys.

Road As expected, the classiest comments on Whitney Houston's demise come from FOX News fans.

Road Van Gogh's Starry Night, as you've never seen it before.


NEWS: Gabbie Giffords Retires; Joe Paterno Dies; Rich Kids Love Romney, And Sex Ed -- Ugh!

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Road Gabbie Giffords, sounding sure of voice and better than she has all year, nevertheless announces that she'll retire this week. Watch her announcement AFTER THE JUMP.

Road A Greek anti-discrimination bill is shelved.:

... in order to avoid a government crisis, plans for a parliamentary debate of a new bill that would  punish “serious manifestations of racism and xenophobia” are cancelled indefinitely. The bill would have punished those "who incite, provoke or promote violence or hatred against people or groups based on their race, color, religion, origins, nationality or sexual orientation” with a prison term of up to three years.

... The bill was a project of the previous socialist government, that was replaced by a three-party coaltion last November in order to come to terms with the escalating fiscal crisis that plagues the country.

...The bill was supposed to be debated in the full house last week, after being approved in a parliamentary committee with the support of the socialists and a smaller leftist party. Last Thursday it was revealed that the bill will be shelved indefinitely ... The contents of the bill was for many months the target of angry reactions from nationalist right-wing opinion in the country.

Road Ever visit Fox Nation? If not, here's what you're missing.

Picture 28 Road Aerosmith was my first concert when I was 14 years old, and I still incubate a special kind of love for Steven Tyler. Which is why I wish people would stop hiring him to sing the National Anthem.

Road It's a city of strangers: The subway as musical instrument.

Road Although adorable rich kids love Mitt Romney ...

Road ... The New Yorker thinks Newt might win this thing. John Cassidy invokes the Muskie Curse:

... the main reason I think Newt could win is what is happening to Mitt's campaign. Outside of his own backyard, the former Massachusetts governor has yet to win more than twenty-seven per cent of the vote. At this stage, he is beginning to look ominously like another establishment favorite from the North East who had everything going for him except the voters in his own party: Ed Muskie.

Road Of course, the real winner of the Republian primaries so far, other than Barack Obama, is the National Organization for Marriage.

Road A "coalition of health and education group" released new standards for American sexual education earlier this month ...

Road ... and wow! CitizenLink's Candi Cushman and Focus On The Family's Janet Mefferd are really unhappy about it:

Cushman: The important things for parents to understand is that these standards are supposed to start in kindergarten so at the elementary level students are going to start to be taught to ‘identify different types of family structures.’

Mefferd: Ugh.

Cushman: And then demonstrate respect for these different types of families. That’s basically codes for, ‘We’re going to teach your kids about same-sex marriage and homosexual relationships and this is an option worthy of being embraced just like heterosexual marriages and relationships.’ Not only are they going to be willing to embrace it but they’re going to respect it and they’re going to get that down by the second grade. So they will need to start that probably around kindergarten so they’ll have it down in their heads by second grade. That’s just one example of them dealing with the homosexuality topic.

Mefferd: Well and in most states we don’t have same-sex marriage, so why the need for that?

Cushman: Right, it’s totally undemocratic.

Road Joe Paterno, coach, philanthropist, and alleged enabler of child rape, is dead.

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NEWS: Harvey Milk, The Canadian Age of Consent, And Pamela Geller Vs. Turkeys

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Road Today is the 33rd anniversary of the assassinations of Harvey Milk and George Moscone. It's a good time to relisten to that "Hope" speech, which resonates as powerfully now as ever. (Next year, it looks like Harvey will be getting a street.)

Road This 56-year-old had sex with a 15-year-old three times, and now he's a registered sex offender. (But if they'd slept together exactly one year earlier, somehow, that would have been completely legal.)

Road Slate brownnoses an unelected Michigan technocrat who's gutting towns' public services by diktat under an emergency law.

Road Famed anti-Muslim crazy lady Pamela Geller is courageously uncovering Butterball's stealth campaign to inculcate turkeys with Islamism:

Yesterday I published the latest in the Butterball coverup of foisting halal turkeys on an unsuspecting public. After being exposed in my article in the American Thinker (all Butterball halal turkeys are ‘certfied halal’ but not labeled) the Butterball company is scrubbing their website and telling a completely different story despite repeated confirmations last week that all their whole turkeys were halal.

Their halal happy website has been scrubbed of all of their halal references but they are still in the doanloadable [sic] pdf on the Glossary of cooking terms page:

Road Arab League imposes sanctions on Syria.

Road Greek's new Minister of Infrastructure is literally an ax-wielding fascist ...

Road ... and UC Davis's current head has an interesting backstory in Greece.
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Road Fran Drescher on her 18-year marriage to a gay man:

About two thirds of the way through our marriage he started therapy and he realized that he was bisexual but choosing to live his life with me, so I had already known that he had feelings but had never acted upon them, and really didn’t want to lose me. I was still at that place where I didn’t really absorb how that made me feel, only that he must really love me if he’s not only being honest with me but choosing to live his life with me and so we stayed the course. So when he finally came out it was a huge relief for me because I had harbored so much guilt for having hurt him by abandoning him and divorcing him. I just felt like it took a load off my shoulders. That the divorce he so adamantly didn’t want at the time gave him the opportunity to explore his authentic self. I was a little ahead of him in realizing something was wrong.
Road It's about time to get that anti-sodomy law off the books in Kansas. Think Brownback'll help?

Road Violence follows the A-List wherever it goes ...

Levi Crocker—the cowboy Cassanova of LOGO’s The A-List Dallas—says that he got attacked by four men at an Oklahoma City gay bar last night just because they hate his show. One even allegedly busted a barstool over his head.

... Crocker posted several messages on Twitter including a shot of his bleeding head after the alleged attack. No word yet on police or other news reports.

Road Fashion designers of the 1930's predict what you'll wear in 2000, AFTER THE JUMP ... [HT: BuzzFeed]

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