Peter LaBarbera, the man who thinks about hot, sweaty man-on-man sex with thighs like pistons that can pump all night, was arrested in Canada in the University of Regina (and if you know how that word is pronounced I dare you not to giggle):
LaBarbera and fellow activist Bill Whatcott were escorted off university property and charged with mischief Monday afternoon.
The university learned the men were on the property around 12:30 p.m., and they were asked to leave the campus several times.
LaBarbera and Whatcott were displaying materials the university described as “graphic” and against the institution’s policy.
LaBarbera has left Canada and returned to the states to discuss the “Gay Thought Police in Canada and their American defenders” on Janet Medford’s hate radio show.
So, let’s get this right. LaBarbera crosses the border, deliberately creates an incident at a Canadian university [displaying graphic materials against University policy] to provoke being arrested, gets arrested, and then returns to the USA to complain about thought police in other lands?
(Vos Iz Neias) The Xristian Xrazie posse who are so proud to discriminate that they didn’t want to be ID’d. Heh.
Towle Road found out who the people are who posed for the Photo-op at the signing of the We Don’t Serve Your Kind law. From left to right (back row first):
- - Jameson Taylor: a supervisor of policy research at the “pro-family” (ie. anti-gay) Mississippi Center for Public Policy who haspersonally written about how “the homosexual lifestyle” will erode “free exercise of religion.”
- - Joey Hood: a Mississippi state representative who voted for the anti-gay bill.
- - Reverend David Tipton Jr.: the superintendent of the Mississippi District of the United Pentecostal Church who signed a letter to the state governor saying that opponents of the bill were “out-of-state, anti-religious special interest groups.” Y’know, like the ACLU.
- - Tony Perkins: the perennial hate-monger who heads the SPLC-designated hate group The Family Research Council and who has past ties to the KKK.
- - Andy Gipson: a Mississippi state representative who believes gays spread AIDS and should be put to death.
- - Delbert Hosemann: Mississippi’s secretary of state who supported a “personhood amendment” that would have categorized unborn fetuses as “a living person” and any women who abort or miscarry as murderers.
- - Ron Matis: a political liaison with the Mississippi District United Pentecostal Church who signed onto a letter written by the anti-gay hate group The Family Research Council that lamented the “comprehensive agenda” of “the pro-homosexual activists.”
- - Phillip Gandy: a Mississippi state senator who authored the anti-gay bill and called opposition to the bill (and to Chick Fil-A) intolerant.
- - Mark Formby: a Mississippi state representative who also sponsored a ban against the enforcement of federal gun laws and to allow students to lead prayers in public schools.
- - Jimmy Porter: the executive director of the lobbying arm of Mississippi’s Southern Baptist convention who threatened to retaliate against any Republican legislators who dared vote against the “license to discriminate” bill.
- - Rob Chambers: an employee of the Christian Action Commission which told pastors “to urge worshippers at Sunday service to put pressure on their legislators to pass the anti-gay bill.”
- - Phil Bryant: the Mississippi state governor who signed the bill into law.
Mock, Paper, Scissors has so few readers in Mississippi, I’m not sure if this is doing any good, but if you are from Mississippi and would like to let these people know your thoughts on their deeds, you can now put names to the faces.
Bless the beasts and the children
Wow. The University of Kentucky has a leading question for ya:
An email survey [Ed.: Campus Reform reports that respondents were entered into a drawing to win a $5 gift card] reportedly sent to all University of Kentucky students is garnering some unintended attention. The survey, first reported by a conservative college news site, Campus Reform, and then by the LGBT news site Back2Stonewall, asks different questions of self-identified LGBT and straight students, including asking if homosexuality is a “mental illness.”
“Students who identified as LGBT early on in the survey were presented with a unique list of statements to agree or disagree with, including ‘If it were possible, I would choose to be straight,’” Kaitlyn Schallhorn at Campus Reform reports.
Students who claimed to be heterosexual were presented with a different set of statements, including “Homosexuality is a sin,” “Male homosexuality is a perversion,” and “Homosexuality is a mental illness.”
So… a self-selecting sample pool who take the survey (or not) for a $5 gift card should have really valid results, especially when each sample pool is given different questions? I cannot imagine what purpose this survey could possibly have.
A University spokesperson told Campus Reform that the ”intent of the survey was to understand better the utilization of university health services on the part LGBT students.”
Ah. Drumming up business for gay conversion therapy? Will some chanting fetus-fondling god botherer show up at the gay kids dorm rooms shaking a bag bones and burning incense or something?
(The New Civil Rights Movement)
The theocrats in Mississippi have passed an even broader We Don’t Serve Your Kind bill, advancing it to Gov. Phil Bryant to sign:
“Religious liberty” bills like the one vetoed in Arizona differ from other states’ “Religious Freedom Restoration Acts” (RFRAs) because they extend religious protections to businesses. Mississippi’s bill has this same problem, because state law already defines a “person” to include “all public and private corporations.” Thus, if Bryant were to sign Mississippi’s bill into law, it would grant all businesses in the state a license to discriminate based on religious grounds.
Mississippi does not currently have any state or local nondiscrimination protections for the LGBT community, but a business could use this legislation to justify discrimination against anybody not protected by federal law. Public accommodations that are supposed to provide equal access to all citizens could attempt to refuse service to divorcees, people who’ve had children outside of wedlock, or anyone else who might give rise to a religious objection. And if any town or city in Mississippi voted to extend protections based on sexual orientation or gender identity, businesses could claim that those protections violate their religious beliefs and insist on discriminating against LGBT people.
The economic impact on Arizonastan of cancelled conventions, The Superbowl and high-tech projects to draw businesses to the state eventually led Jan Brewer to veto the bill in the terrible sand kingdom. Does Mississippi have the same sorts of pressures?
Dance, bigot, dance:
Mid-afternoon on March 20, I was interviewed by Steve Malzberg on his Newsmax Internet show about this issue. I was surprised when Steve asked me to respond to the news that the organizers of The Heritage of Pride parade had agreed to allow my proposed unit, “Straight is Great,” to march. This was the first I had heard of it. Moreover, no such invitation was ever made to me.
Here he is being surprised on NewsMax:
I try to not ascribe motive to the actions of others, but sometimes it is hard not to. Take Ezra Klein’s decision to hire Brandon Ambrosino for the news blog site, Vox.
Now, aside from Ezra (may I call you Ezra?) trying to fill in coverage areas with science, policy, reporters hired recently, he hired openly gay Ambrosino (presumably to cover gay issues). But when you look into Ambrosino’s work, it becomes clear that he is not exactly a spokesperson for gay rights. He really might be a self-loathing character out of Boys in the Band. Let’s look into this:
- Hails from a deeply religious and conservative family
- Attended Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University
- Wrote an apologia for the University, “it’s not as bad as you might think” which sort of put Ambrosino on the radar of Conservatives
- Says that there is nothing anti-gay about not wanting to give gay people marriage rights
- Declared that he would go fishing with the Duck Dynasty star — after that man’s homophobic rant
- Defended Alec Baldwin’s critics when Baldwin used gay slurs against a photographer
- Claimed that he chose to be gay (and gave more fuel to the fundies’ claim that it is a lifestyle choice and not innate)
- Finds “ex-gay therapy interesting”
Maybe Ambrosino thinks he is edgy instead of self-loathing? The evidence suggests otherwise, but this is only a blog post, not a clinical diagnosis. I doubt very much that anything Ambrosino will write will speak for or even to the gay community, just for himself. I doubt that Ambrosino will develop much of a following from the Castro or Christopher Streets, either, but he probably will have the Xristian Xrazie demographic locked in.
And now onto motives that I try not to ascribe: I can only conclude that the reason one hires an apparently, self-loathing, gay man is because you are uncomfortable with gay people yourself, Ezra. And from reading the linked articles, Ambrosino is not that good a writer. You could have done better. Much better.
Everything I read about Vox tells me that my initial impression of Klein was right: sooner or later bloggers who sell out for access become the thing they mocked. Welcome home, Ezra.
“The gay sinners are oppressing my right to legally hate them, and why the hell are they being so smug about all their victories?”
Jeebus. What an assrocket.
Tiger Beat on the Potomac has given voice to the voiceless once again: Rich Lowry, editor of The National Review for some inexplicable reason is guest writing there. (Reminder to self, see if Mike Allen’s email thingy has ads for the National Review.)
Lowry’s thesis is that Jan Brewer blew it and should have legalized discrimination in the name of liberty, because: Jeebus. Now, given that the National Review’s long and well-documented history is, um, rather un-nuanced about bigotry, this should not come as a surprise. It’s another exercise of the variety that notes, “but it doesn’t say ‘Gay’ anywhere in it!”
And then there is the tell, as the card sharps say:
The market has a ready solution for these couples: There are other bakers, photographers and florists. The wedding business is not exactly bristling with hostility to gay people. If one baker won’t make a cake for gay weddings, the baker across town can hang a shingle welcoming all couples for all types of weddings.
I might be wrong, but I don’t think the Woolworth’s Lunch Counter has been in bidness for years, so maybe this offensive separate but equal argument is not worth fighting, Rich.
UPDATE 1: This post at The Teabagging Nation is the most over-the-top, rend the garments drama club angst piece I’ve read yet.
If this legislation passes, there will be a lot of empty dinner shows in the Broadway of the Bible Belt:
JEFFERSON CITY — A Republican state lawmaker filed legislation Monday that would allow Missouri business owners to cite religious beliefs as a legal justification for refusing to provide service.
Although it doesn’t mention sexual orientation, the bill could provide legal cover for denial of services to same-sex couples.
The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Wayne Wallingford of Cape Girardeau, states that a governmental authority shall not substantially burden a person’s free exercise of religion unless the government demonstrates that it has a compelling interest.
Again, it’s only a matter of time before some snake handling Baptist is going to deny services to some fire-and-brimstone Methodist, and then shit gets real.
(Kansas City via Scissorhead KCTomato via the electronic mail device)