03/29/2015

Bill Maher Pushes Back Against #BoycottDolceGabbana: 'What Is The Point of Attacking People Who Are 95% On Your Side?' - VIDEO

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On Friday's editorial New Rule, Real Time host Bill Maher took aim at various news stories he deemed examples of "intolerance" among those on the political left: Elton John's feud with Dolce & Gabbana over the designers' "synthetic baby" comments, the backlash against The Economist after its cover story image on America's Latinos featured chile peppers, Smith College president apologizing for sending out an email saying "All Lives Matter" instead of "Black Lives Matter," the all-women's Mount Holyoke College canceling a performance of "The Vagina Monologues" because of concerns the play was not inclusive enough for trans women, and more. 

Said Maher:

You can't sell handbags now if you only agree with Elton John almost all the time? In Syria ISIS is throwing gay people off buildings. Maybe there are bigger battles to fight. We liberals always talk about how the right needs to rein in its crazies, but the left has some crazy reining in to do to. 

See why Maher's pissed, AFTER THE JUMP...

In a related video from Friday's episode, Maher and his guests Zachary Quinto, Barney Frank, S.E. Cupp and Jay Famiglietti discussed America's progress on gay rights in relation to other Western countries.

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Posted Mar. 29,2015 at 10:10 AM EST by in Bill Maher, Dolce & Gabbana, News | Permalink | Comments (38)


Indiana: It's a Great Place to Be a Bigot — VIDEO

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Look at what 'religious liberty' has done for the Hoosier State. Paid for by the Indiana board of terrible people.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Posted Mar. 29,2015 at 9:00 AM EST by in Indiana, News | Permalink | Comments (8)


Richard Dawkins Answers 'How Does Evolution Explain Homosexuality?' - VIDEO

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In honor of Darwin Day, celebrating Charles Darwin’s contributions to evolutionary theory, reputed evolutionary biologist and ethologist Richard Dawkins fielded a question regarding how evolution explains homosexuality. Dawkins elaborated on homosexuality’s role in natural selection and how the homosexual gene has continued to survive and pass on to future generations despite the rules of natural selection with some tantalizing hypotheses.

Watch Dawkins explain his hypotheses, including one regarding homosexual male societal roles within hunter-gatherer societies, AFTER THE JUMP

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Posted Mar. 29,2015 at 8:30 AM EST by in Genetics, Richard Dawkins, Science, YouTube | Permalink | Comments (30)


LGBT Groups Call BS on Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's Push to 'Clarify Intent' of Discriminatory 'Religious Freedom' Law

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As thousands marched outside the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday to protest the state's new law allowing individuals to discriminate on religious grounds, Gov. Mike Pence announced he will support the introduction of legislation to "clarify" the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

To what extend this "clarification" will alleviate growing fears among LGBT Hoosiers remains unclear however and LGBT groups so far aren't buying it.

Tweeted HRC President Chad Griffin:

Freedom Indiana is also calling bull, with campaign manager Katie Blair issuing the following statement:

“You can’t ‘clarify’ discrimination. Indiana now has billions of dollars and thousands of jobs on the line, all because the Governor wouldn’t stop this dangerous bill. He has a second chance to save our reputation for Hoosier hospitality, but he has to stand up and protect LGBT Hoosiers. 
 
“Discrimination is not a core Hoosier value, and we can’t afford to let our state continue to suffer. Please, Governor, listen to the voices of common sense and reason trying to get through to you. Fix the bill to protect all Hoosiers, and make it clear our state is open for business again.”
 
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When asked yesterday whether his "clarification" will include making sexual orientation a protected legal class in Indiana, Pence replied, "That's not on my agenda."
 

Posted Mar. 29,2015 at 8:00 AM EST by in Indiana, Indianapolis, Mike Pence | Permalink | Comments (14)


03/28/2015

Indiana Governor Mike Pence to Seek Legislative Clarification That 'Religious Liberty' Law Won't Allow Discrimination

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act has put Governor Mike Pence, who signed it into law this week after several statements that he was "looking forward" to doing so, is today searching for answers after the bill created "the worst crisis of his political career," according to the Indy Star.

PenceThe paper reports that he'll seek to "clarify" that the law does not allow for discrimination against gay people:

“I support religious liberty, and I support this law,” Pence said in an exclusive interview. “But we are in discussions with legislative leaders this weekend to see if there’s a way to clarify the intent of the law.”

The governor, although not ready to provide details on what the new bill will say, said he expects the legislation to be introduced into the General Assembly this coming week.

Asked if that legislation might include making gay and lesbian Hoosiers a protected legal class, Pence said, “That’s not on my agenda.”

Among those who have come out publicly against the bill: the White House, the NCAA, global cloud computing company Salesforce, Yelp, George Takei, Audra McDonald, and many, many more....

Hundreds of people gathered outside the Indiana statehouse on Saturday to protest the new law.

Posted Mar. 28,2015 at 8:35 PM EST by in Indiana, Mike Pence, News | Permalink | Comments (52)


Broadway Star Audra McDonald Tears Indiana Gov. Mike Pence a New One for Signing Discriminatory 'Religious Freedom' Bill

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Add six time Tony Award-winning actress Audra McDonald to the list of big names who are pissed off at Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for singing a bill allowing businesses to discriminate against people on religious grounds.

 You tell him Audra!

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Posted Mar. 28,2015 at 5:30 PM EST by in Discrimination, Indiana, News | Permalink | Comments (12)


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