YOU just know that anyone who can claim that it is virtually impossible to contract HIV through heterosexual sex is a fool of the first order.
Yet some people seem to think that Stacey Campfield, 42, a ginger, blue-eyed state legislator in Tennessee, is someone to be taken seriously – so seriously that an anti-gay bill he authored last year was passed this week by a House education subcommittee.
Stacey’s “Don’t say gay” bill aims to outlaw informing Tennessee kids about homosexuality before they reach the ninth grade. Campfield insists his bill, which would limit class discussions to “natural human reproduction science” in public schools, is necessary because homosexuality is more dangerous than heterosexuality.
UGANDAN legislators just won’t let go of their obsession to outlaw homosexuality. Like a dog returning to its vomit, they are reported to be planning once again to debate the country’s notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
It was first introduced as a private member’s bill by MP David Bahati in October 2009. Bahati is an evangelical Christian and a member of the Fellowship Foundation, also known as the Family, a US-based Christian and political organisation which arranges the annual prestigious National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.
CAN “One Million Moms” be wrong? Oh yes. Very! And this week the anti-gay, fundamentalist Christian hate group – a better name for which would be “One Million Morons” – is licking its wounds after a disastrous attempt to have popular TV talk show host and comedienne Ellen DeGeneres sacked by the retail chain J C Penney.
WITH some reservations, the UK gay humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) has welcomed the unequivocal support for gay rights given by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his speech to the recent African Union summit.
Discrimination based on sexual orientation had been ignored or even sanctioned by many states for too long, Ban Ki-moon told the summit. He told delegates that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity:
WHAT a weird Saturday this turned out to be. First I almost blew a gasket this morning when I heard an ATHEIST on the BBC World Service saying non-believers could learn lessons in morality from religion, then later had an urge to reach out and cuddle a BELIEVER who passionately believes Christians have a lot of apologising to do to the gay community.
Trouble is, I am in Spain, and Nathan is in the US. Ah well, to you, Nathan, I send a cyber-kiss for the action you and members of the Marin Foundation took at the recent gay pride in Chicago.
I REGRET being unable to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with defenders of free speech at an important rally in London on February 11 due to pressing engagements in Spain over that period.
But I have added my name to the fast-growing list of those supporting the One Law for All rally for Free Expression which is being held in London from 2pm to 4pm at the Old Palace Yard opposite the House of Lords, and I would urge readers who cherish the right to criticise religion to either attend the demo, or sign the declaration.
FURY erupted among young Jewish Amsterdammers this week after Aryeh Ralbag, the city’s nominal Chief Rabbi, signed a statement saying that homosexuality was “sinful” and could be “cured”.
And today it is reported here that the homophobe has been sacked by Amsterdam’s Orthodox Jewish community.
Ralbag, who lives in New York and visits the Netherlands once or twice a year to rule on legal matters, signed the Declaration On The Torah Approach To Homosexuality using all his official functions, including that of chief rabbi of Amsterdam.
WE have just learned of the death this week in Brighton of veteran gay rights campaigner, Janey Buchan, 85.
An email we received today from ScotsGay’s John Hein said of the ex-Labour MEP:
She was inspiring to and influential in the LGBT movement in Scotland in the dark years between decriminalisation of gay male sex in England/Wales in 1967 and its eventual decriminalisation in Scotland in 1980.
THE UK website Totaljobs.com is a very useful resource for people in search of employment – but it really ought to be a great deal more careful with the ads it accepts.
Yesterday, our attention was brought to an ad it is running for a company in Sussex called Amtechnica Ltd which appears to be in gross violation of the Equality Act, 2010.
ATHEIST writer Kurt Vonnegut Jr once created a character, allegedly based on Hemingway, for his play Happy Birthday, Wanda June. In it, the sexist buffoon Harold comes out with the following line:
Educating a beautiful woman is like pouring honey into a fine Swiss watch. Everything stops.
I burst out laughing when I first read that quote way back in the early 1970s … and spent several guilty hours after regretting my mirth. But then I decided to adapt it to suit my own worldview:
Religiously educating a person is like pouring honey into a fine Swiss watch …