In a world dominated by magical thinking, superstition and religion, give yourself the benefit of doubt. This is one skeptic's view of the Universe.

"Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure."

-George Carlin

“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.

-Albert Einstein

“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”

-Carl Sagan

The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.

-Christopher Hitchens

 

There is by now evidence from a variety of laboratories around the world using a variety of methodological techniques leading to the virtually inescapable conclusion that the cognitive-motivational styles of leftists and rightists are quite different. This research consistently finds that conservatism is positively associated with heightened epistemic concerns for order, structure, closure, certainty, consistency, simplicity, and familiarity, as well as existential concerns such as perceptions of danger, sensitivity to threat, and death anxiety.

Social Psychologist John Jost (and fellow scholars)

(Source: alternet.org)

bluejewofzsouchmuhn:

assholeofday:

Kevin Swanson, Asshole of the Day for March 27, 2014
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
Conservative radio host Kevin Swanson has finally figured out what the source of all evil in America is— Disney’s movie Frozen.
This may sound like a joke, but it certainly isn’t to Mr. Swanson. Two weeks ago he claimed the movie was trying to turn kids gay, asserting in part that:
Disney “is probably one of the most pro-homosexual organizations in the country”
Frozen will turn kids gay
Homosexuality is “something really, really, really evil”, perhaps on par with, say, murder or genocide
But that wasn’t enough. Now he’s returned to the topic of Frozen, and says that the movie will lead children to believe in witchcraft:

Swanson’s Generations Radio co-host Steve Vaughn argued that Frozen character Anna considers herself to be God: “If God does not exist and we are ourselves God, then we make up the rules and we can let ourselves go, we can let ourselves by, we save ourselves. That’s what a lot of these movies do. Even with Frozen, Anna saved herself, she had the frozen heart and she did an act of love and saved herself. That’s just the way it is, when you’re God you make up the rules.”
“These magical powers you find in these movies often times not attributed to God himself, God is not recognized, God is not worshiped, God is not seen as the source of power and thus many of these magical tales turn out to be a means by which children are led into witchcraft,” Swanson said.

There are plenty of legitimate complaints you might level against Disney movies, such as say the over-commercialization and excessive merchandising. But leading children to a life of witchcraft and homosexuality? Really?
It’s pretty clear that Mr. Swanson doesn’t think that people are born gay, and is sure that it’s the result of propaganda and brainwashing. Look, people are gay, they are not turned gay. But for continuing this ridiculous line of attack that Frozen is turning children gay, Kevin Swanson is the Asshole of the Day.
It is Kevin Swanson's second time as Asshole of the Day. His previous win was for saying Girl Scouts promote lesbianism and abortion.
Full story: Right Wing Watch and here too

What a dumbass! He should know that all the children are already gay witches and wizards because of Harry Potter. Duh!

The ignorance is strong with this one!

bluejewofzsouchmuhn:

assholeofday:

Kevin Swanson, Asshole of the Day for March 27, 2014

by TeaPartyCat ()

Conservative radio host Kevin Swanson has finally figured out what the source of all evil in America is— Disney’s movie Frozen.

This may sound like a joke, but it certainly isn’t to Mr. Swanson. Two weeks ago he claimed the movie was trying to turn kids gay, asserting in part that:

  • Disney “is probably one of the most pro-homosexual organizations in the country”
  • Frozen will turn kids gay
  • Homosexuality is “something really, really, really evil”, perhaps on par with, say, murder or genocide

But that wasn’t enough. Now he’s returned to the topic of Frozen, and says that the movie will lead children to believe in witchcraft:

Swanson’s Generations Radio co-host Steve Vaughn argued that Frozen character Anna considers herself to be God: “If God does not exist and we are ourselves God, then we make up the rules and we can let ourselves go, we can let ourselves by, we save ourselves. That’s what a lot of these movies do. Even with Frozen, Anna saved herself, she had the frozen heart and she did an act of love and saved herself. That’s just the way it is, when you’re God you make up the rules.”

“These magical powers you find in these movies often times not attributed to God himself, God is not recognized, God is not worshiped, God is not seen as the source of power and thus many of these magical tales turn out to be a means by which children are led into witchcraft,” Swanson said.

There are plenty of legitimate complaints you might level against Disney movies, such as say the over-commercialization and excessive merchandising. But leading children to a life of witchcraft and homosexuality? Really?

It’s pretty clear that Mr. Swanson doesn’t think that people are born gay, and is sure that it’s the result of propaganda and brainwashing. Look, people are gay, they are not turned gay. But for continuing this ridiculous line of attack that Frozen is turning children gay, Kevin Swanson is the Asshole of the Day.

It is Kevin Swanson's second time as Asshole of the Day. His previous win was for saying Girl Scouts promote lesbianism and abortion.

Full story: Right Wing Watch and here too

What a dumbass! He should know that all the children are already gay witches and wizards because of Harry Potter. Duh!

The ignorance is strong with this one!

Kevin Sorbo: Sour Grapes, Pascal's Wager, Mock Turtle-Necks

Washed up actor Kevin Sorbo says it’s Hollywood’s anti God culture that keeps him, a Christian conservative, from getting any acting work and he’s making a stand.


“I think ultimately, the sleeping giant is waking up. People are tired of it,” Sorbo said. “Christians as a whole, I find, are far more tolerant than the kinds of things you see on SNL and MSNBC bashing Christians and making comedic jokes about Jesus.”

Look at Bill Mahr who often makes jokes at the expense of the religious, said Sorbo. “He’s the biggest atheist out there but look at him, he’s miserable.”

Be an atheist if you want, the actor said. But don’t tell him he can’t believe in God.

"I’m not the perfect Christian, I don’t pretend to be," he admitted. "I’m sure there are smarter atheists out there that can make me look like a complete fool but that’s why they call it faith. If I’m wrong, I’ve lost nothing and if I’m right I’ve gained everything."

Leading Christian conservative Brent Bozell exposed as a fraud

Newspapers are dropping Bozell’s syndicated column after inside sources revealed Bozell does not write any of the material published under his name.

The revelations are ironic, and reveal a startling degree of hypocrisy. As TPM reports, Bozell staked much of his career on challenging what he claimed to be a lazy media establishment, all the while taking credit for and collecting profits from books and columns he never actually wrote.

Bozell, a longtime arch conservative crusader against feminism, secularism, marriage equality and other LGBT rights, has written about such topics as indecency, media violence, and anti-Christian sentiment, with articles appearing in such publications as The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Washington Times, New York Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and National Review. He is also a regular on television, appearing frequently on the Fox News Channel program Hannity…

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Chicago GOP hopeful: Autism and dementia are God’s punishments for LGBT rights

One of the Republicans lining up to challenge Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) for her seat representing the 9th District of Illinois told the Chicago Daily Herald that God is “angry” with the United States and has sent scourges to punish the American people.

Candidate Susanne Atanus believes that autism and forms of dementia are punishments sent by God because of the growing support for marriage equality in the country and the prevalence of abortion.

“I am a conservative Republican and I believe in God first,” Atanus said at an endorsement session with the Daily Herald on Monday.

God controls the weather, she said, and tornadoes are evidence of his wrath.

“God is angry. We are provoking him with abortions and same-sex marriage and civil unions,” she said. “Same-sex activity is going to increase AIDS. If it’s in our military it will weaken our military. We need to respect God.”…

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Within her last name there’s a clue as to the location of her head.

Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson is everything that is wrong with conservatives

Robertson’s initial interview resonated so deeply with conservatives because it fit with the narrative they mutter to themselves daily: “Things used to be better, and once we’re all dead you’ll see we were right all along.” Gay sinners in the closet, darkies picking and grinning on the porch, America the way God (their very particular and peculiar God) meant it to be.

For the Right to reject Robertson now would mean acknowledging that his advocacy of cradle-robbing is of a piece with his comments about the blissful black workers of his youth and his anus-centered eschatology. The thing about marrying off women before they got old enough to know better? It used to be that way, as well. And it was justified with the same paternalistic logic and ruthless rejection of anything that dared to threaten the position of those in power.

For the professional Right – candidates, pundits and the like – this Duck Dynasty flap is a reminder of a different disturbing truth: the gap between what you want voters to believe you stand for and what it’s OK to say out loud. There’s a reason they call it a dog whistle and not a duck call.

And I think it has to do with fear. I think it’s a group of people that are so afraid of change, and they’re so narrow-minded that some people — when they see change coming — get so threatened by change, they get angry and they get terrorized, and then they get vicious. I think that’s who these people are. They’re so afraid of change that they’re behaving miserably.

ezlncheerleader:

nerdycurvyboundandflirty:

lastdaysofmagic:

Said No One Ever!

Said me, actually.  Why?
Those funny books and websites with Chuck Norris jokes? He sued them.
Chuck Norris has given thousands of dollars to the Republican party since before some of us were born.
Norris said that Obama being reelected would bring on “socialism or something much worse” and  "1,000 years of darkness".  Hmmm… that wording’s not problematic at all, right?
Chuck Norris vocally supported California Prop 8, saying, “[P]ro-Prop. 8 votes weren’t intended to deprive any group of its rights; they were safeguarding their honest convictions regarding the boundaries of marriage.” 
His good buddy Rick Perry (who only seems opens his mouth when he wants to piss me off) made Chuck Norris an honorary Texas Ranger ten years after the show was canceled.
He thinks schools should not allow LBGTQ students to participate in the Day of Silence.  Norris asks, "Is encouraging or teaching about homosexuality what our forefathers expected for the public education they founded?"
For Chuck Norris, promoting Christianity trumps freedom of the press.  "How abhorring it is when the freedom of the press is abused to demean the biblical God?"
So fuck Chuck Norris.

he also starred in a Zionist movie with a plot centered on him killing loads of racist depictions of Palestinians

ezlncheerleader:

nerdycurvyboundandflirty:

lastdaysofmagic:

Said No One Ever!

Said me, actually.  Why?

So fuck Chuck Norris.

he also starred in a Zionist movie with a plot centered on him killing loads of racist depictions of Palestinians

We still meet people who consider a new idea an annoyance and probably a danger. Of those to whom socialism is repungent, how many are there who have never examined the arguments for and against it, but turn away in disgust simply because the notion disturbs their mental universe and implies a drastic criticism on the order of things to which they are accustomed? And how many are there who would refuse to consider any proposals for altering our imperfect matrimonial institutions, because such an idea offends a mass of prejudice associated with religious sanctions? They may be right or not, but if they are, it is not their fault. They are actuated by the same motives which were a bar to progress in primitive societies. The existence of people of this mentality, reared in an atmosphere of freedom, side by side with others who are always looking out for new ideas and regretting that there are not more about, enables us to realize how, when public opinion was formed by the views of such men, thought was fettered and the impediments to knowledge enormous… Wherever [conservative] belief prevails, novel opinions are felt to be dangerous as well as annoying, and any one who asks inconvenient questions about the why and the wherefore of accepted principles is considered a pestilent person.

John Bagnell Bury, 1913 

(via andrewkletzien)

(Source: epanastase)

confrontingbabble-on:

Proving, making it socially admirable to overtly be a fundamentalist religious extremist…just creates…extreme hypocrites!
“1. Caleb Douglas Hesse: First grade teacher and volunteer youth leader Caleb Douglas Hesse has been a longtime anti-gay activist and even donated to Prop 8 in California to ban gay marriage. In August 2012, he confessed to sexually abusing “numerous underage boys,” usually during overnight trips with the Evangelical Free Church youth group in Yucca Valley, CA. Investigators believe Hesse’s inappropriate contact with young boys may have spanned up to three decades, occurring in “the early 1980s and as recently as a week ago.”
2. George Rekers: George Rekers belongs at the top of this list. He’s not the most recent, but dear Lord did he get caught the most red-handed. Not only this, but he had the absolute worst excuse. Here’s the story: George Rekers, a man who helped start one of the most powerful anti-gay lobbying groups in the US during the 80s and has written published papers such as “Growing Up Straight: What Families Should Know About Homosexuality”, had a recent surgery so during a lecture tour and was unable to lift his own luggage, so he hired some help — which is perfectly reasonable.
Where did he go to get this help? Rentboy.com , baby.He there found a young, ripped, hairless, vampire-from-a-young-adult-boo k-looking boy named Lucien (pictured to the left) who he brought on his trip to “lift his luggage”(which is now an awesome euphemism for hiring a male prostitute and/or having sex with a male).Rekers denies having a sexual relationship with the boy or even knowing that he was a gay male or prostitute. There is no way to stumble upon a profile on rentboy.com , as they are all private. So obviously, Rekers had an account there. He found Lucien, whose profile bragged about his “smooth, sweet, tight ass” and “perfectly built 8 inch cock (uncut.)” His profile also said that he’d be “up for anything” as long as the person paid… which Rekers was MORE than happy to do.UPDATE: a few months later, Lucien admitted to having sex with George Rekers, understandably, as it would take anyone quite a while to admit that; even to themselves.
3. Pastor Eddie Long: Georgia Pastor Eddie Long, a Baptist and famed televangelist in his area. In 2004, he led a march to Dr. Martin Luther King’s grave in the name of defining marriage as between a man and a woman. He has also been quoted as saying that his church can “deliver” people from homosexuality.He is currently being sued by four young men (ages 21, 20, 23 and 22) for using his fame and influence to coerce them into sexual relationships. The relationships lasted months and occurred during the boys’ late teens. The age of consent in Georgia is 16, so it was legal, but it was still wrong of him to use his power to get the boys to do sexual favors for him. Here are some examples of what he did…The pastor of New Birth Missionary (*snicker*) Baptist Church, Eddie Long used his influence to take the boys places such as Kenya, paid for their hotel rooms and gave them gifts such as cars, cash and jewelry in exchange for mutual masturbation, oral sex and sensual massaging.Click on the image to the left to see a gallery of the kind of text messages the (admittedly in-shape) Pastor sent his accusors.
4. Troy King: This amazing entry, starring Alabama Attorney General Troy King, plays itself out in beautiful symmetry.Known for his vocal opposition to gay rights and for his attempt to outlaw sex toys, King was caught by his wife while having sex with a local homecoming King (see what we did there?) from—wait for it—Troy University.Someone get the mascot over here and have it do a little dance.
5. Richard Curtis: This Washington State Representative has an anti-gay rights voting record—he voted against domestic partnerships for gays and opposed a bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. Oh really now? Well, it wasn’t before long that Mr. Mega-Compensation resigned from the House due to reports of his sexual encounter with a male escort being made, you know, “public” and all. The reputed male prostitute, Cody Castagna, with whom he was cavorting, told police that Curtis offered him $1,000 to have sex with him and that Curtis purchased two gay pornographic films from the hotel for them to watch in his room. Even more, this all went down with Curtis wearing a red negligee and Castagna has pictures to prove it. Pictures he only took as revenge when it was discovered that Curtis only had $200 in his wallet. That’s something to smile about. For us.
6. Ted Haggard: Known as Pastor Ted to his congregation at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Ted Haggard was outed by prostitute, and professional masseur, Mike Jones in November 2006 for paying him to engage in sex with him for three years. He was also purchasing, then using, crystal methamphetamine (“Crystal Meth”, for all the kids out there) with his pay-for-play partner. Haggard had supported Colorado Amendment 43, which bans same-sex marriage in the state. In his own words, he’s not a homosexual, he’s just a “heterosexual with issues.”
7. Glenn Murphy Jr.: Glenn Murphy Jr., former head of the Young Republicans and one of the (former) leading Republicans of Indiana, always advocated “straight” family values and straight forward sexual orientation views.He was caught (finally, the second time he did it) performing fellatio on another Young Republican while that man slept, without that man’s consent.He was later jailed in 2008 and as of March of 2010, has been forced to register as a sex offender.
8. David Dreier: David Dreier is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives who has voted against gay marriage rights, gay legal rights and gay adoption rights and was part of an organization called “Californians for Bush” in 2004.He’s been accused of having sex with members of his staff and even paying his alleged boyfriend a high salary (like any politically-corrupt, good boyfriend should.)Hypocritical as always, he has since denied any mentions of his homosexuality altogether.When he almost became the majority leader of the House in 2005, he was denied the position by the most right-wing republicans because they said his views were “too moderate.”When asked if David Dreier was passed over for the job due to his “moderate” views, openly-gay Democratic Congressman Barney Frank told the press “Yes, in the sense that I marched in the moderate pride parade last summer and went to a moderate bar.”
9. Bruce Barclay: Bruce Barclay, the Republican commissioner of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, is practically the gay porn star of politics. Due to an allegation of rape by 20-year-old male Marshall McCurdy, police obtained a warrant to search Barclay’s home on March 31st. They didn’t find evidence of rape. Instead, they found videotapes of hundreds of sexual encounters with men that Barclay filmed on high-tech surveillance cameras. It was apparent that Barclay and McCurdy had consensual sex. It was also apparent that his personal Republican stance was not as right-wing as he’d led people to believe.
10. Roy Ashburn: On March 3, 2010, this conservative California State Senator, who always votes against any gay-rights bills, should have just stayed in for the night. But then again, if he did, he wouldn’t have accidentally outted himself in such a grand way. As the story goes, after leaving a gay bar with an unidentified man, Roy Ashburn was arrested for DUI. Despite his classy reveal, the point is this: he left a gay bar with an unidentified man. Since then, Ashburn has admitted that he’s gay to KERN radio host Inga Barks, but that his voting record reflects his “responsibility to [his] constituents”. Kinda feels like he has a whole new demographic of constituents now that could use a liiiittle more help.
11. Jim West: Spokane Mayor Jim West has worked really hard to debilitate gay rights in his community. He supported a bill to ban gays and lesbians from working in schools, daycare centers, and some state agencies, as well as a bill that bars the state from distributing pamphlets informing people how to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS.He’s proposed that “any touching of the sexual or other intimate parts of a person” among teens be considered a criminal act. However, for 25 years, West was having sexual relationships with boys and young men from his community and was, before he was caught, frequenting the very incognito website—just to show you his ninja skills—gay.com All under the covers, of course. He even offered to find boys he’d “befriended” jobs with the city of Spokane in exchange for sex.Some handcuffs, please. And no, not that kind.
12. Larry Craig: Former Idaho Republican, Larry Craig, who served 18 years in the U.S. Senate, supported the Federal Marriage Amendment which banned marriage rights to same-sex couples and has a 0 rating from the Human Rights Campaign group. His rating for lewd conduct, however, was raging high when he was arrested at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on June 11, 2007 for cottaging an undercover police officer. A male undercover police officer. Can the HRC give out negative ratings? Please?
13. Ed Schrock: Ed Schrock vehemently opposed gay-rights issues during his two terms in Congress. From same-sex marriage to allowing gays in the military, he was 100% against anything gay happening anywhere on, or near, the grid. Meanwhile, off the grid: August 30, 2004, Ed Schrock dropped out of the race for his third term in Congress after being caught on tape soliciting sex from a gay prostitute.Don’t know why it was so incriminating he didn’t even run, he could have just said what the next guy did when he got caught for the same thing…
14. Robert Allen: The truth comes out in a public restroom yet again. Florida State Representative, Robert Allen, was arrested for offering to perform fellatio to an undercover cop in the men’s room of a park for $20. The politician backed himself up by saying he only offered the policeman oral sex because he was afraid of black people and “didn’t want to become a statistic”… which makes about as much sense to us as it does to you.Statistics, though, show that Allen—who is married with children—has always voted against gay rights legislation. His voting record is over 90% in line with the Christian Coalition, an advocacy group for anti-gay amendments. He has achieved quite a bit, though, in going from anti-gay, to racist, to hypocrite, all the way to contradictory math error all in one day. Hats off!
15. Mark Foley: Oh, Mark Foley. A man formerly in charge of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children (which dealt with legislation protecting Americans against sexual predators, and made stricter guidelines for tracking them) was caught having unlawful internet conversations via IM and email with two former pages (aged 16 and 18… oh, the irony). Later, two news organizations quoted anonymous former pages saying they had sexual liaisons with Foley after turning 18 and 21. Foley’s answer to this, after all was said and done (through his lawyer), was that he had never “ever had inappropriate sexual contact with a minor in his life” and that he is “absolutely, positively not a pedophile”. His lawyer also said that Foley was a victim of sexual assault by an (unnamed) clergyman as a child and that the inappropriate conversations he had with the pages were due to alcoholism. Which is all a pretty convenient way to promote the right-wing “gay = disease” angle while still going down in flames. His lawyer also stated that Foley is gay, even after Foley described even the thought of early allegations of his homosexuality as “revolting and unforgivable”.Apparently, his homosexuality had been an “open secret” in Washington for years.
16. Phillip Hinkle: The Indiana State Representative, who voted to pass a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely something between a man and a woman, has been caught trying to bribe an 18 year old male teen he met on Craigslist for sexual favors. It was reported by the Indy Star that: "The emails, sent from Hinkle’s publicly listed personal address, ask the young man for “a couple hours of your time tonight" and offer him cash up front, with a tip of up to $50 or $60 “for a really good time."The email exchange is in response to the Craigslist posting in which the young man — who lists his age as 20 in the ad but says he is 18 years old — says, “I need a sugga daddy.”The young man told The Star that they met, but that he tried to leave after the man told him he was a state lawmaker. He said the lawmaker at first told him he could not leave, grabbed him in the rear, exposed himself to the young man and then later gave him an iPad, BlackBerry cellphone and $100 cash to keep quiet.”“
From http://www.ranker.com/list/top-10-anti-gay-activists-caught-being-gay/joanne
and http://www.topix.com/forum/city/minneapolis-mn/TBSR55P2MAK1VRS42

confrontingbabble-on:

Proving, making it socially admirable to overtly be a fundamentalist religious extremist…just creates…extreme hypocrites!

1. Caleb Douglas Hesse: First grade teacher and volunteer youth leader Caleb Douglas Hesse has been a longtime anti-gay activist and even donated to Prop 8 in California to ban gay marriage. In August 2012, he confessed to sexually abusing “numerous underage boys,” usually during overnight trips with the Evangelical Free Church youth group in Yucca Valley, CA. Investigators believe Hesse’s inappropriate contact with young boys may have spanned up to three decades, occurring in “the early 1980s and as recently as a week ago.”

2. George Rekers: George Rekers belongs at the top of this list. He’s not the most recent, but dear Lord did he get caught the most red-handed. Not only this, but he had the absolute worst excuse. Here’s the story: George Rekers, a man who helped start one of the most powerful anti-gay lobbying groups in the US during the 80s and has written published papers such as “Growing Up Straight: What Families Should Know About Homosexuality”, had a recent surgery so during a lecture tour and was unable to lift his own luggage, so he hired some help — which is perfectly reasonable.

Where did he go to get this help? Rentboy.com , baby.

He there found a young, ripped, hairless, vampire-from-a-young-adult-boo k-looking boy named Lucien (pictured to the left) who he brought on his trip to “lift his luggage”(which is now an awesome euphemism for hiring a male prostitute and/or having sex with a male).

Rekers denies having a sexual relationship with the boy or even knowing that he was a gay male or prostitute. There is no way to stumble upon a profile on rentboy.com , as they are all private. So obviously, Rekers had an account there. He found Lucien, whose profile bragged about his “smooth, sweet, tight ass” and “perfectly built 8 inch cock (uncut.)” His profile also said that he’d be “up for anything” as long as the person paid… which Rekers was MORE than happy to do.

UPDATE: a few months later, Lucien admitted to having sex with George Rekers, understandably, as it would take anyone quite a while to admit that; even to themselves.

3. Pastor Eddie Long: Georgia Pastor Eddie Long, a Baptist and famed televangelist in his area. In 2004, he led a march to Dr. Martin Luther King’s grave in the name of defining marriage as between a man and a woman. He has also been quoted as saying that his church can “deliver” people from homosexuality.

He is currently being sued by four young men (ages 21, 20, 23 and 22) for using his fame and influence to coerce them into sexual relationships. The relationships lasted months and occurred during the boys’ late teens. The age of consent in Georgia is 16, so it was legal, but it was still wrong of him to use his power to get the boys to do sexual favors for him. Here are some examples of what he did…

The pastor of New Birth Missionary (*snicker*) Baptist Church, Eddie Long used his influence to take the boys places such as Kenya, paid for their hotel rooms and gave them gifts such as cars, cash and jewelry in exchange for mutual masturbation, oral sex and sensual massaging.

Click on the image to the left to see a gallery of the kind of text messages the (admittedly in-shape) Pastor sent his accusors.

4. Troy King: This amazing entry, starring Alabama Attorney General Troy King, plays itself out in beautiful symmetry.

Known for his vocal opposition to gay rights and for his attempt to outlaw sex toys, King was caught by his wife while having sex with a local homecoming King (see what we did there?) from—wait for it—Troy University.

Someone get the mascot over here and have it do a little dance.

5. Richard Curtis: This Washington State Representative has an anti-gay rights voting record—he voted against domestic partnerships for gays and opposed a bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Oh really now? Well, it wasn’t before long that Mr. Mega-Compensation resigned from the House due to reports of his sexual encounter with a male escort being made, you know, “public” and all.

The reputed male prostitute, Cody Castagna, with whom he was cavorting, told police that Curtis offered him $1,000 to have sex with him and that Curtis purchased two gay pornographic films from the hotel for them to watch in his room.

Even more, this all went down with Curtis wearing a red negligee and Castagna has pictures to prove it. Pictures he only took as revenge when it was discovered that Curtis only had $200 in his wallet.

That’s something to smile about. For us.

6. Ted Haggard: Known as Pastor Ted to his congregation at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Ted Haggard was outed by prostitute, and professional masseur, Mike Jones in November 2006 for paying him to engage in sex with him for three years.

He was also purchasing, then using, crystal methamphetamine (“Crystal Meth”, for all the kids out there) with his pay-for-play partner.

Haggard had supported Colorado Amendment 43, which bans same-sex marriage in the state.

In his own words, he’s not a homosexual, he’s just a “heterosexual with issues.”

7. Glenn Murphy Jr.: Glenn Murphy Jr., former head of the Young Republicans and one of the (former) leading Republicans of Indiana, always advocated “straight” family values and straight forward sexual orientation views.

He was caught (finally, the second time he did it) performing fellatio on another Young Republican while that man slept, without that man’s consent.

He was later jailed in 2008 and as of March of 2010, has been forced to register as a sex offender.

8. David Dreier: David Dreier is a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives who has voted against gay marriage rights, gay legal rights and gay adoption rights and was part of an organization called “Californians for Bush” in 2004.

He’s been accused of having sex with members of his staff and even paying his alleged boyfriend a high salary (like any politically-corrupt, good boyfriend should.)

Hypocritical as always, he has since denied any mentions of his homosexuality altogether.

When he almost became the majority leader of the House in 2005, he was denied the position by the most right-wing republicans because they said his views were “too moderate.”

When asked if David Dreier was passed over for the job due to his “moderate” views, openly-gay Democratic Congressman Barney Frank told the press “Yes, in the sense that I marched in the moderate pride parade last summer and went to a moderate bar.”

9. Bruce Barclay: Bruce Barclay, the Republican commissioner of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, is practically the gay porn star of politics. Due to an allegation of rape by 20-year-old male Marshall McCurdy, police obtained a warrant to search Barclay’s home on March 31st.

They didn’t find evidence of rape.

Instead, they found videotapes of hundreds of sexual encounters with men that Barclay filmed on high-tech surveillance cameras. It was apparent that Barclay and McCurdy had consensual sex.

It was also apparent that his personal Republican stance was not as right-wing as he’d led people to believe.

10. Roy Ashburn: On March 3, 2010, this conservative California State Senator, who always votes against any gay-rights bills, should have just stayed in for the night.

But then again, if he did, he wouldn’t have accidentally outted himself in such a grand way.

As the story goes, after leaving a gay bar with an unidentified man, Roy Ashburn was arrested for DUI.

Despite his classy reveal, the point is this: he left a gay bar with an unidentified man. Since then, Ashburn has admitted that he’s gay to KERN radio host Inga Barks, but that his voting record reflects his “responsibility to [his] constituents”.

Kinda feels like he has a whole new demographic of constituents now that could use a liiiittle more help.

11. Jim West: Spokane Mayor Jim West has worked really hard to debilitate gay rights in his community. He supported a bill to ban gays and lesbians from working in schools, daycare centers, and some state agencies, as well as a bill that bars the state from distributing pamphlets informing people how to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS.

He’s proposed that “any touching of the sexual or other intimate parts of a person” among teens be considered a criminal act.

However, for 25 years, West was having sexual relationships with boys and young men from his community and was, before he was caught, frequenting the very incognito website—just to show you his ninja skills—gay.com

All under the covers, of course. He even offered to find boys he’d “befriended” jobs with the city of Spokane in exchange for sex.

Some handcuffs, please. And no, not that kind.

12. Larry Craig: Former Idaho Republican, Larry Craig, who served 18 years in the U.S. Senate, supported the Federal Marriage Amendment which banned marriage rights to same-sex couples and has a 0 rating from the Human Rights Campaign group.

His rating for lewd conduct, however, was raging high when he was arrested at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on June 11, 2007 for cottaging an undercover police officer.

A male undercover police officer.

Can the HRC give out negative ratings? Please?

13. Ed Schrock: Ed Schrock vehemently opposed gay-rights issues during his two terms in Congress. From same-sex marriage to allowing gays in the military, he was 100% against anything gay happening anywhere on, or near, the grid.

Meanwhile, off the grid: August 30, 2004, Ed Schrock dropped out of the race for his third term in Congress after being caught on tape soliciting sex from a gay prostitute.

Don’t know why it was so incriminating he didn’t even run, he could have just said what the next guy did when he got caught for the same thing…

14. Robert Allen: The truth comes out in a public restroom yet again. Florida State Representative, Robert Allen, was arrested for offering to perform fellatio to an undercover cop in the men’s room of a park for $20.

The politician backed himself up by saying he only offered the policeman oral sex because he was afraid of black people and “didn’t want to become a statistic”… which makes about as much sense to us as it does to you.

Statistics, though, show that Allen—who is married with children—has always voted against gay rights legislation.

His voting record is over 90% in line with the Christian Coalition, an advocacy group for anti-gay amendments.

He has achieved quite a bit, though, in going from anti-gay, to racist, to hypocrite, all the way to contradictory math error all in one day.

Hats off!

15. Mark Foley: Oh, Mark Foley. A man formerly in charge of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children (which dealt with legislation protecting Americans against sexual predators, and made stricter guidelines for tracking them) was caught having unlawful internet conversations via IM and email with two former pages (aged 16 and 18… oh, the irony).

Later, two news organizations quoted anonymous former pages saying they had sexual liaisons with Foley after turning 18 and 21.

Foley’s answer to this, after all was said and done (through his lawyer), was that he had never “ever had inappropriate sexual contact with a minor in his life” and that he is “absolutely, positively not a pedophile”.

His lawyer also said that Foley was a victim of sexual assault by an (unnamed) clergyman as a child and that the inappropriate conversations he had with the pages were due to alcoholism. Which is all a pretty convenient way to promote the right-wing “gay = disease” angle while still going down in flames.

His lawyer also stated that Foley is gay, even after Foley described even the thought of early allegations of his homosexuality as “revolting and unforgivable”.

Apparently, his homosexuality had been an “open secret” in Washington
for years.

16. Phillip Hinkle: The Indiana State Representative, who voted to pass a constitutional amendment defining marriage as solely something between a man and a woman, has been caught trying to bribe an 18 year old male teen he met on Craigslist for sexual favors.

It was reported by the Indy Star that:

"The emails, sent from Hinkle’s publicly listed personal address, ask the young man for “a couple hours of your time tonight" and offer him cash up front, with a tip of up to $50 or $60 “for a really good time."

The email exchange is in response to the Craigslist posting in which the young man — who lists his age as 20 in the ad but says he is 18 years old — says, “I need a sugga daddy.”

The young man told The Star that they met, but that he tried to leave after the man told him he was a state lawmaker. He said the lawmaker at first told him he could not leave, grabbed him in the rear, exposed himself to the young man and then later gave him an iPad, BlackBerry cellphone and $100 cash to keep quiet.”“

From http://www.ranker.com/list/top-10-anti-gay-activists-caught-being-gay/joanne

and http://www.topix.com/forum/city/minneapolis-mn/TBSR55P2MAK1VRS42

citadelofhalcyon:


I’d like to correct this:
“God, send us someone to cure AIDS, cancer, etc., etc.”
“I did, but you gave them a substandard education because they lived in an area with poor funding due to low property taxes.  I did, but you let them die because they couldn’t afford healthcare.  I did, but due to racism you stomped out their potential and didn’t give them the same opportunities.  I did, but you make a college education too unaffordable while giving the big bankers passes.  I did, but you saw a homeless youth before you saw a kid with potential.  I did, but you kicked the downtrodden while they were already shoulder deep in sinking sand.”

THIS THIS THIS ^^^

citadelofhalcyon:

I’d like to correct this:

“God, send us someone to cure AIDS, cancer, etc., etc.”

“I did, but you gave them a substandard education because they lived in an area with poor funding due to low property taxes.  I did, but you let them die because they couldn’t afford healthcare.  I did, but due to racism you stomped out their potential and didn’t give them the same opportunities.  I did, but you make a college education too unaffordable while giving the big bankers passes.  I did, but you saw a homeless youth before you saw a kid with potential.  I did, but you kicked the downtrodden while they were already shoulder deep in sinking sand.”

THIS THIS THIS ^^^

(Source: godlessmen)

It’s Arma-gay-ddon! 5 Craziest Reactions to Yesterday’s Marriage Equality Rulings

1. Rand Paul and Glenn Beck worry about Muslims and animals: In a video captured by Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski, the purportedly libertarian Senator and popular talk show host worry about a host of bizarre “logical” consequences of the moves toward marriage equality, with Beck asking “who are you to say that, if I’m a devout Muslim, I come over here and I have three wives, who are you to say if I’m an American citizen that I can’t have multiple wives?” Paul nodded, saying “people take it to one extension further — does it have to be humans?…I’m kinda with you…we should not just say ‘oh, we’re punting on it, marriage can be anything.”

2. Mike Huckabee channels Jesus’ tearducts: On Twitter, the former Governor and leading GOP Presidential candidate had two words: “ Jesus wept.” He later elaborated, saying that the Supreme Court declared itself “ bigger than God.”

3. Congressmen declare the apocalypse is imminent: At a press conference ThinkProgress watched after the ruling, Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) declared that “society itself is at risk and cannot continue.” At the same presser, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said that same-sex marriage was “usually tried at the end of a great civilization.” Walberg and Gohmert’s comments echoed House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), who had said earlier that “preserving the institution of traditional marriage is crucial to the stability of our society.”

4. Ralph Reed sees “Orwellian” threat to federalism, rule of law, and Western civilization: In a press release emailed to ThinkProgress, the influential evangelical activist falsely claimed that there “has never been any attempt by either party to repeal or modify” DOMA, and that the overturning the act was “an Orwellian act of judicial fiat.” He added that the Prop 8 ruling “endangers federalism as well as the most time-honored tradition in the history of Western civilization,” and that “these twin decisions will undermine the already low respect for the federal courts and the rule of law.

5. The National Organization for Marriage suggests the Supreme Court is corrupt and smells bad: The leading anti-marriage equality organization’s press release blamed a conspiracy of “homosexual” and “liberal” lower circuit judges for the Court’s rulings. “There is a stench coming from this case that has now stained the Supreme Court,” said Brian Brown, the organization’s President, in a confusingly mixed metaphor. “They’ve allowed corrupt politicians and judges to betray the voters, rewarding them for their betrayal.” The organization vowed to challenge any efforts by marriage advocates to overturn bans in the states, and looks to have an ally in Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), who announced he would introduce a federal constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage in response to the court rulings.

Another fiery reaction — outgoing Rep. Michele Bachmann’s declaration that “no man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted” — didn’t have quite the intended impact. “Who cares?” responded House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), when asked for comment on Bachmann’s outburst.

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…Erick Erickson isn’t only an amateur theologian. He also considers weighty moral issues like what to do if your own child is gay. And his answer? Well, he’s not worried if his son is gay … as long as society then properly shuns and discriminates against him.