During the interview, in which he insisted that his church should refuse to budge on their anti-equality rhetoric, Burke suggested that gay and remarried Catholics are not all that different from “the person who murders someone and yet is kind to other people.”
Watch a video in which Burke explains why discriminating against gay people is "perfectly good and just," AFTER THE JUMP...
Last November, Pope Francis removed Burke from his position as head of the Vatican's "Supreme Court."
The Arkansas House has passed HB1228, a "religious liberty" bill sent to them by the Senate that would allow discrimination against LGBT people, people of color, religious minorities, women and other minority groups across the state according to HRC.
The bill, passed when the General Assembly concurred on three amendments from the State Senate, now goes to the state’s Republican governor, Asa Hutchinson, who expressed reservations about an earlier bill but more recently said he would sign the measure if it “reaches my desk in similar form as to what has been passed in 20 other states.” The Arkansas Senate passed the measure last week.
While there were several attempts up until the last minute to add a clause to the bill that would explicitly bar discrimination of gays and lesbians, a measure that Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana pledged to add in a news conferenceon on Tuesday, the sponsors of the bill in the General Assembly rejected such moves.
Hutchinson has said he will sign the bill despite opposition from Walmart, Apple, and the Arkansas Municipal League, among others.
"H.B. 1228 in Arkansas opens the door to a hateful past that some had thought this country had left behind. This legislation cloaks discrimination in the guise of religion--and it will mark people of color, LGBT Arkansans, religious minorities and women as second class citizens. Governor Hutchinson has a duty and a moral obligation to veto this legislation or the ghosts of the past will haunt his legacy."
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory releases new photos of Saturn's ice moon Rhea. "Images taken using clear, green, infrared and ultraviolet spectral filters were combined to create these enhanced color views, which offer an expanded range of the colors visible to human eyes in order to highlight subtle color differences across Rhea's surface. The moon's surface is fairly uniform in natural color."
Superbugs traveling the wind from cattle ranches: "Antibiotic-resistant bacteria from cattle yards are airborne and can be spread to humans on dust particles, a new study revealed. This means dangerous microbes that don't respond to drugs — and transfer antibiotic resistance to other bacteria — could potentially travel from Texas ranches to populated areas."
George Pataki to run for President? "Pataki was marginally pro-choice and marginally pro-gay rights, so it'll be fun (by which I mean profoundly depressing) to see him do the Dance of the Socially Moderate Republicans during the primary, should he throw his dunce cap into the ring..."
Gay rights supporters prepare for battle in Mississippi: Marriage equality is around the corner for Mississippi and the entire nation," said Amelie Hahn, a 37-year-old lesbian raising two children. "This is great. But that piece of paper isn't going to ensure that we keep our jobs, or that kids can come out in schools. It's scary here."
i-D: The colorful activism of New York's most radical queers. "Call them the radical queers, and know that the term is flexible, and evolving. From the local gardens of the East Village to Bushwick warehouses, a new wave of New York artists and activists young and old are banding together to question and redefine what it means to be queer today."
NOM blasts Indiana haters: "It's outrageous how the gay rights lobby and their allies in Hollywood and the media are drumming up hysteria on Hoosierland, by grossly misrepresenting the Religious Liberty Restoration Act, falsely describing it as a 'license to discriminate'," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "I am certain that noted legal 'experts' like Miley Cyrus have not even read a single word of the legislation, taking their cue from pro-gay marriage groups who trot out tired talking points to claim 'discrimination' when the real victims of discrimination are the individuals and small businesses who have been punished for living their faith in the workplace and compelled against their will to participate in same-sex weddings."
"Today, I direct all agencies, departments, boards and commissions to immediately review all requests for state funded or state sponsored travel to the State of Indiana and to bar any such publicly funded travel that is not essential to the enforcement of state law or public health and safety. The ban on publicly funded travel shall take effect immediately.
"New York State has been, and will continue to be, a leader in ensuring that all LGBT persons enjoy full and equal civil rights. With this action, we stand by our LGBT family members, friends and colleagues to ensure that their rights are respected."
New York joins Connecticut, and the cities of Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco in banning travel to Indiana.
According to the Washington Post, a number of radio stations around the United States have been forced to take “Girl Crush” by Grammy nominated Little Big Town out of rotation following complaints that the song is “promoting the gay agenda” - despite the fact the uproar is based on a misinterpretation of the lyrics.
“Girl Crush” is actually a song about a woman envious of her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend:
“I want to taste her lips, yeah cause they taste like you / I want to drown myself in a bottle of her perfume / I want her long blond hair, I want her magic touch / Yeah cause maybe then, you’d want me just as much / I got a girl crush.”
However, Billboard reports that despite headlines declaring that multiple stations are pulling the song, most broadcasters polled said they had received no complaints.
While country music is seen as more progressive now — in November of last year, Billy Gilman came out as gay — there’s a deep chasm between what’s popular on country radio and what fans are actually buying: “Girl Crush” is No. 4 on iTunes, but lags at No. 33 in radio rankings. Further proof is Kacey Musgraves and “Follow Your Arrow,” a song referencing same-sex kissing that racked up awards and sales but struggled to find a radio audience.
Little Big Town vocalist Karen Fairchild is surprised about a controversy which is based around assumptions made by listeners:
“That’s just shocking to me, the close-mindedness of that, when that’s just not what the song was about. But what if it were? It’s just a greater issue of listening to a song for what it is.”
The band’s label recently shot a short commercial to clear up some of the confusion. During the ad, the band introduces the song, while Fairchild explains “it’s about a girl saying, you know, ‘Why do you love her and not me?’"