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Bridge the gap between religion and gays

The immediate judging of religion doesn’t help.  It’s grouping an entire group together who doesn’t share the same views.  Not all religious people are anti-gay.  Just like not all gay people are anti-religious.  The only way positive change happens is when a gap is bridged.  It’s when those that are good from both groups speak louder than the ones that are bad.  There are religious people who love and include all people.  There are also those that are gay who are and have opened themselves up to a higher power of God or spiritualism.  The media only wants to focus on the bad ones from both sides making noise.  Once again, it’s not the truth or the whole picture.

Many gays seem to be Atheist, which is the not thought out point of view.  It’s no surprise having religious dogma shoved down their throats that they’re hated – which you are not. Think for yourself and find the answers on your own.

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Show your support for the gay community

Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha & Moses preached this. It’s in every holy book.

“Love thy neighbor as thy self.”

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Caiden Cowger, Conservative Teen Radio Host delivers anti-gay rhetoric speech

Caiden Cowger

Meet your enemy! A West Virginia-based teen radio host is making waves after proclaiming that President Obama “is making kids gay” in a recent episode.

Fourteen-year-old Caiden Cowgirl, I mean Caiden Cowger, who hosts the twice-weekly “Caiden Cowger Show,” made his anti-gay proclamations in a recent broadcast, video of which was uploaded to his YouTube channel on May 26. “Homosexuality is a belief,” Cowger, who has previously interviewed former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain, declares. “The person is not born that way, no matter what Lady Gaga says…it is a decision.”

Homosexuality is of course not a belief.  No one chooses to be gay.  No one chooses a life that would permanently ostracize them by dweebs like Caiden Cowger.

After confessing that he was once friends with some kids who have since come out as gay, he notes, “They were not homosexuals [then]…they just decided all of a sudden, ‘I think I’m going to be gay,'” before he eventually concludes, “I’m going to tell you this, guys: President Obama…Vice President Biden…is making kids gay!”

Cowger, who is identified by The New Civil Rights Movement as a Pentecostal Christian, slams homosexuality as “a perverted belief, it’s immoral and not natural” before noting, “I’m not for bullying homosexuals, I believe that it’s wrong. But when you’re trying to teach them the word of God and they consider that bullying…I find that a big problem, not being allowed to convert other people to my religion.”

On his Facebook page, Cowger cites Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck as his influences, but professes, “I make up my own mind. People don’t do that for me. I can make deside [sic] my own beliefs.”  That’s also not the case.  Caiden Cowger does not think for himself.  He spews out hateful rhetoric that is spit out by those around him.  He’s a follower, not a leader.

This isn’t the first time Cowger has slammed the Obama administration. Noting that June is “no longer one of [his] favorite months” on his website, he adds, “I want STRAIGHT PRIDE MONTH! I mean, fair is fair here!”  He’s also an idiot because there is no need for Straight Pride Month.  Straight people are not bothered and condemned the way Gays are.  The tables need to be turned so we can start harassing and bothering people like Caiden Cowger, then he can have his little straight pride month.

Conservative Blogger, Dana Loesch, goes on a rampage against others for not defending this teen that delivered hate speech towards an entire group.  The reason she goes on a rampage is because she sides with him.  If the teen had attacked her and her ways or her Tea Party then she’d have a field day with that.  All people are asking is for a little respect.  The reason they attacked the kid, deservedly so, is because he’s spewing hate.

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Apostolic Truth Tabernacle in Indiana under fire for allowing child to sing anti-gay rhetoric

An Indiana church congregation was caught on video wildly standing in ovation as a young child sings, “Ain’t no homo going to make it to heaven.”  The Apostolic Truth Tabernacle in Indiana is now under fire for allowing something has horrid as this to go on in an alleged place of God. After watching the video its clear that God and Jesus are nowhere near the Apostolic Truth Tabernacle in Indiana.

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Why would “anti-bullying” youth convention speaker Dan Savage mock the Bible, Christian teens?

The objective and at times opposing view, but with a good point since I was not a fan of Dan Savage’s rant.  Whether he was right or not, that’s not the way to win people over by demanding it.

The report is difficult to believe:  A paid “anti-bullying” expert is caught on video ranting at a national convention of high schoolers and is recorded bullying the Christian kids who were offended by his obscenities. They quietly follow his advice to homosexual youth in his “It Gets Better Project”– to passively walk away from bullies, but instead of praising them, he mocks them.

Dan Savage speaking to national high school convention

It seems that at the National High School Journalism Convention, author and sexual advice radio host Dan Savage was offended when a bunch of teenagers got up and walked out of his speech as he berated the Bible, repeatedly calling it a street obscenity for bovine excrement. When one by one, a number of kids silently stood and left the auditorium, he then called them another offensive street obscenity.

The ironies are incredible. Confronted with the video – which has gone viral on the Internet – the anti-bullying role model refused to recant, apologizing only for the obscenity he called the kids who walked out of his address.

The controversy raised by Savage’s tirade has raised so many questions on so many levels. Has the national anti-bullying initiative been hijacked by activists who have only one message – U.S. teens must be tolerant of homosexuality? That anybody who disagrees with that message must be bullied by peer pressure into compliance? That the tyranny of political correctness must be wielded against any teen who dares to dissent — particularly on moral or faith-based grounds?

Christian kids have grown used to nobody worrying about their rights in academia – where it is perfectly kosher to attack biblical teachings, church history and personal beliefs, but “unconstitutional” to pray, evangelize or defend the faith.

However, this time, incredibly defenders of the kids who walked out on Savage have come from across the spectrum – prominent rabbis, Southern Baptist theologians, Mormon commentators, Catholic academics and even gay rights activists.

A student walking out during Savage’s speech

“As an Orthodox rabbi with a gay Orthodox Jewish brother, I have endeavored mightily to reconcile the dictates of my faith with the most human, loving and respectful approach to homosexuality,” writes the Huffington Post’s Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. “I have counseled hundreds of gay men and women of faith who seek to find their place in G-d’s love amid a gay lifestyle.

“But such efforts at reconciliation are undone by the gratuitous hate-filled bigotry of people like Dan Savage whose response to prejudice against gays is to offer insulting and degrading prejudices against religion. Just what Savage felt he was accomplishing by irresponsibly using obscenities about the Bible at a journalism conference for high school students is beyond me.”

Under a headline “Dan Savage Was Right” on the website “On the Square,” Joshua Gonnerman writes: “He rejected the Bible as ‘bullshit’ in a keynote address to high-school journalists, and then described students who chose to walk away as ‘pansy-assed.’

“His hypocrisy is painfully evident.”

“Sadly, far too many voices telling people to quit judging, be more tolerant, and love more are the voices of individuals who judge the most, are the most intolerant, and full of hate,” noted Mormon writer Ryan Jenkins.  “It is very troubling, especially given what he is supposed to be speaking about. He should think some personal things through before his next public speaking opportunity.

“I think one lesson we can learn from this incident is the importance to read the scriptures and liken them to ourselves for our own profit and learning. Scripture is given ‘for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness’ (see 2 Timothy 3:16). As is evident from this public incident some people see the Bible as a threat to their lifestyle rather than spiritual guidance in mortality.”

Gay rights proponent Andrew Kirrel adds:

“As a proudly heterosexual libertarian committed to advancing gay rights, I think Savage does a lot of good. His ‘It Gets Better’ campaign is an inspiringly non-aggressive response to the anti-gay prejudices of bullies and politicians alike. We need more hopeful messages like that.

A convention delegate walks out during Savage’s tirade

“But when Savage behaves this way, he does more to hold back the equality movement. I understand he has no interest in converting Bible-thumpers to see the world his way, but when gay rights activists stoop to the same level as gay-bashers, and become religious-people-bashers, they polarize the debate even further. The word ‘tolerance’ should always be Savage’s greatest weapon.

“All of this only makes the gay rights movement look hateful in the eyes of our opponents.

“And in America, It does seem like Bible-bashing is met with significantly more an outrage than are generic homophobic remarks. But those ‘Bible guys in the hall’ didn’t beat you up, Dan. They are just Christian students who feel unwelcome during your speech’s aggressive Bible-bashing. You really didn’t need to insult them after they had already left. Besides, you can’t fault the students for doing exactly what you would tell bullied homosexuals to do when they felt bullied: walk away.”

Jake Naman, an 18-year-old Christian from Redlands, California, was in the crowd before Savage’s words turned ugly. In an interview with FOX News, he described what Billy Hallowell at The Blaze called “the lewd and inappropriate commentary Savage presented to the students.”

More students leave in the middle of Savage’s speech

“But while Naman was becoming more and more uncomfortable throughout the speech,” noted Hallowell, “there was a specific point at which he knew that the rhetoric would come flowing — when Savage mentioned ‘the Bible.’

“The very second he said the Bible and paused, I knew it was going to get ugly,” Naman told Fox News. “It was about to be a bashing.”

In a show of courage, Naman, who says he felt bullied — ironic, considering the catalyst’s ‘It Gets Better’ efforts — stood up and walked out of the event, reported Hallowell.

“I felt like in my heart I couldn’t just stay there at all. It was a really weird feeling I just had to get out,” Naman said. “I didn’t want to cause a scene but I really could not stand to be in that room anymore.”

“If Dan Savage had gotten up there and said ‘God hates homosexuals and they’re all going to hell,’ there would have been huge outrage from that crowd,” Naman said. But on the other hand, “When our faith is attacked like that — we are ridiculed for taking a stand against it.”

Although Naman thought he was alone in walking out of the event, when he got to the lobby, he realized that others had joined him. Among them was 17-year-old Haley Mulder.

“I never felt more hurt, felt persecuted,” Mulder told Hallowell. “For me, my faith is what I want to be defined by. For someone to say it was B.S. is really hurtful. I felt put down and bullied.”

Why Savage would be chosen as the keynote speaker is questionable. On the one hand, his anti-bullying program’s website declares: “Everyone deserves to be respected for who they are. I pledge to spread this message to my friends, family and neighbors. I’ll speak up against hate and intolerance whenever I see it, at school and at work. I’ll provide hope for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and other bullied teens by letting them know that ‘It Gets Better.’”

However, this is the same Dan Savage who in 2000 gained notoriety by posing as a supporter of conservative Republican presidential hopeful Gary Bauer during his primary campaign and bragged to the news media of trying to give Bauer a cold by sneezing and licking items which Bauer might come in contact with.

Savage promoting his anti-Santorum website

Currently Savage maintains an attack website deceptively called in which he defines Santorum in the filthy, shock language and posts sophomoric graphics that depict the former presidential candidate as bodily waste. Such a lack of judgment would seem sufficient to disqualify him from being put in front of a convention of high schoolers – and prompts concern about the wisdom of the sponsors of National High School Journalism Convention.

“They used to arrest middle-aged perverts who get their jollies from talking dirty to children,” writes Matt Barber. “Today, they get a television show, a nationally syndicated column, a lecture circuit and multiple visits to the Obama White House.

“The irony is palpable.”

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Michelle Pfeiffer’s statement on Marriage Equality when asked where she stands

Michelle Pfeiffer who has always been gay friendly and has many gay friends has never been one to be political or make a statement about the issue.   However, when recently asked where she stands on it since no one ever hears anything from her on the topic, she had this to say.

Michelle Pfeiffer statement on Marriage Equality when asked where she stands: “I do not know what the big deal is with legalizing same-sex marriage. I don’t understand the problem people have with that. I can’t even wrap my head around that way of thinking. I don’t know if it’s judgmental, bigoted? I don’t know how a person gets to be like that. I mean, who’s it hurting, you know?”

She can be seen in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows which opens this week and People Like Us in June 2012.

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Man shoots 4 year old for ‘gay behavior’. CNN & Nancy Grace don’t bother to cover this.

You won’t read about the fate of 4 year old Jadon Higganbothan on the front page of CNN today.

It’s unlikely that Nancy Grace will rage about him on her show. ABC and Fox probably won’t give his death wall to wall coverage.

Because Jadon Higganbothan was not blond, or a girl – but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t lament what happened to him, or why.

In Durham, North Carolina this week Peter Lucas Moses, 27, stood trail facing two counts of first-degree murder.

Moses was the leader of a religious cult who shot the 4 year old boy dead for what he called his ‘gay behavior.’  Moses also shot and killed Antoinetta Yvonne McKoy, 28, because she wanted to leave the cult.

‘In the religious belief of that organization, homosexuality was frowned on,’ Durham County District Attorney Tracey Cline told WRAL.COM.

‘Sometime in October 2010, Smith told Moses that Jadon had hit another child’s bottom, and Moses became angry and started walking around the house with a gun that belonged to Jadon’s mother, Vania Rae Sisk, prosecutors said.

‘He starts screaming, ‘I told you to get rid of him!’ and told Sisk,’How am I going to do this?’ Cline recalled the witness’ account.

‘Moses ordered two of the women to set up computers and speakers in the garage, prosecutors said they were told by the witness. They said he started playing music with the Lord’s Prayer in Hebrew, took Jadon in the garage and shut the door, and the women then heard a gunshot.’

Four years old. Jadon died with the Lord’s Prayer ringing in his ears and hearing himself condemned in the Bible.

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Bigotry and prejudice is taught by other people

You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late,

Before you are six or seven or eight,

To hate all the people your relatives hate,

You’ve got to be carefully taught!

— Rodgers and Hammerstein, from “South Pacific

Bigotry, as the musical’s Lt. Cable said, is “not born in you … it happens after you’re born.” In Utah, as in other parts of the country, expressions among teenagers of the bigotry they see in their parents and other adults all too often end tragically for gay and lesbian students.

A gay young man from Morgan County, Jack Denton Reese, whose story of being bullied was told to an audience at the screening of a documentary on bullying in Ogden a week ago, committed suicide the day before. His death is one of many among bullied gay and lesbian teens. It’s time parents, teachers and school officials put a stop to it.

Gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual youths are all too often the targets of cruel bullying in Utah schools that, in the most horrific cases, ends in the victim’s suicide. Unofficial estimates put the number of suicides among Utah LGBT youths and adults at one a week.

The Utah Department of Health reports that the Beehive State has the 12th highest rate of teen suicide in the nation; suicide is the leading cause of death for Utah boys and young men ages 15-19. Two Utahns age 15-19 are treated or hospitalized every day after suicide attempts.

Feelings of depression and alienation, which are often associated with bullying related to sexual orientation, are among the leading causes of suicide. And, as difficult as it may be to accept, children learn cruelty from adults. They learn from jokes and snickers that it’s OK to make fun of people who are gay. They learn from legislators who refuse to extend civil rights to gays and lesbians that “those people” are not as valuable as straight people.

Even parents who say they don’t hate gays and lesbians but who teach their children to avoid classmates who are homosexual are guilty of encouraging bullying. Adults who are comfortable with bigotry probably restrain themselves from expressing their feelings openly. But teenagers are much more vulnerable to peer pressure and are less inhibited.

Kendall Wilcox, a gay man fired by Brigham Young University after making a documentary about being gay and Mormon, said, “Whether the child is gay or not, the epithet with the most detraction is ‘fag.’” Sadly, bullies usually hear the word first from the lips of adults.

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Student wants Fullerton district to protect gay rights

Fullerton Union High School teen was disqualified from Mr. Fullerton pageant after saying he hopes gay marriage will be legal.  Fullerton isn’t particularly an open minded city even though it is part of Southern California.  It’s part of the O.C. which is divided on the issue.


FULLERTON – The student disqualified for his remarks about gay marriage during a campus competition wants the Fullerton Joint Union High School District to support the rights of gay students.

Kearian Giertz, 17, said he was not upset with Vice Principal Joe Abell, who eliminated him from the Mr. Fullerton pageant when the senior said he hoped to marry a man and that gay marriage would be legal.

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Fullerton Union High School student Kearian Giertz talks about being disqualified from the school’s Mr. Fullerton pageant for saying he hopes gay marriage will be legal in 10 years.

“If Mr. Abell had to react that way to do his job that means there’s something wrong with the district and something wrong with the message that they’re putting out for gay teens,” Giertz said. “They simply don’t want to hear about it.”

The Mr. Fullerton pageant is a mock beauty pageant held annually for male seniors at the school’s Plummer Auditorium. The contestants are entered by peer vote, with the pageant consisting of skits, dances and an interview.

During the interview, held April 3, Giertz was asked where he saw himself in 10 years. His answer was that he hoped to have won multiple awards for theater and dance, and be married, with the hope of gay marriage being legal.

Giertz, who said he is openly gay, said he was not seeking attention.

“What other people think of me is none of my business,” he said. “It’s sad because some of those people were my family or people who I thought cared about me. I have to live my life for me.”

Sherry Little, Giertz’s grandmother, said there were no detractors in the audience: “The people in the audience stood up and cheered him.”

While the audience cheered, Giertz said, the administrator motioned to have the microphone cut off. Backstage, Giertz said he was disqualified because his answer was not preapproved, but he still participated in the rest of the show.

“I can guarantee you that more than Kearian spoke off script,” Little said. “He humiliated my grandson.”

In a statement, Fullerton Joint Union High School District Superintendent George Giokaris said the student’s answer did not violate school rules.

“The district has concluded that the matter was not handled appropriately by the assistant principal,” Giokaris said. “The district believes that the matter should have been handled privately with the student by the assistant principal.”

Giertz said Abell apologized privately the next morning, and he publicly apologized over the school’s public address system, but Giertz said the apologies were different.

“He did apologize and it was very sincere,” Giertz said. “When he apologized on the PA system, he apologized for the circumstances and the time. I was taken aback because the public apology was different from what he said in private.”

The story has drawn national attention. Giertz said most of the reaction he received has been positive.

“It makes me happy – all the support that I’ve been receiving from everyone – because it makes me realize that it’s not really my community or society in general,” he said.

“It’s just the office of administration and the district that has a problem with speaking out about homosexuality and gay marriage.”

Seniors Blake Danford and Katy Hall – Giertz’s friends – organized a protest by passing out nearly 200 letters addressed to the assistant principal asking, “Where do you see yourself in 10 years?”

The students will deliver the letters to Abell next week when school is back in session from spring break.

“We just hope that tolerance is bred, starting from the administration down to the students,” Hall said.

Danford hopes the situation will force the district to write language in its policies to protect gay rights and pro-gay speech.

“I feel like even the action taken onstage that night was bullying,” Danford said. “What kind of message does that send when they disqualify him for what he said?”

Abell did not return calls asking for comment.

Of course he didn’t.

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Our Founding Fathers WERE NOT founded upon Christian values. Philip Rivers Quarterback misquotes.

Philip Rivers, quarterback for the San Diego Chargers, has suffered one to many blows to the head as he has come out in favor of Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum.  His warped reasoning for doing so were,  “because of his stance on issues that attack vital Christian values our country was founded upon: no abortion, upholding traditional marriage, defending religious freedom, no euthanasia.”

There have been many of these narrow minded people who vote specifically because of the President’s values and not that the President will get us out of this horrid impoverished economy.  To vote in that manner is country suicide and shows the lack of intelligence in some of the American people.  In essence, they’re responsible for the long decline of the country.  We’re seeing progress made and those people are losing in numbers.  The statistics and polls over the last 20 years specifically are demonstrating this.

Also one of the bullet points that they seem to overuse is what Philip Rivers just did, “…vital Christian values our country was founded upon.”

Anyone who knows anything about history knows that the Founding Fathers WERE NOT founded upon Christian values.  In fact, The founding fathers were against this nation being founded on religion… any religion, and view organized religious with mistrust.  They found ‘faith’ to be not be a matter of the state, but the choice of the individual citizen to worship phony mysticism as they so choose.

The Founding fathers DID NOT  allow any religion to have an influence or role in government.  Period.  They were both separate in the eyes of the state.  No one seems to bother correcting these guys so I have to do it.  They should not be allowed a voice in the media they so hate in order to spread their hate and lies.  I and you also will continue to debunk all their myths from here to the grave and the other side and back.   They all follow each other like cattle without investigating anything which is typical among bible thumping trailer trash.

Some of the actual quotes by our Founding Fathers who vehemently were against mixing religion with government and in fact WERE NOT religious:

“Religion and government will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.”James Madison

“The appropriation of funds of the United States for the use and support of religious societies, [is] contrary to the article of the Constitution which declares that ‘Congress shall make no law respecting a religious establishment'”James Madison

“The Christian god is a three headed monster, cruel, vengeful, and capricious. If one wishes to know more of this raging, three headed beast-like god, one only needs to look at the caliber of people who say they serve him. They are always of two classes: fools and hypocrites.”Thomas Jefferson

“Among the sayings and discourses imputed to him [Jesus Christ} by his biographers, I find many passages of fine imagination, correct morality, and of the most lovely benevolence; and others, again, of so much ignorance, so much absurdity, so much untruth, charlatanism and imposture, as to pronounce it impossible that such contradictions should have proceeded from the same being.” Thomas Jefferson

“I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved–the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced!”John Adams

“As to Jesus of Nazareth…I think the system of morals and his religion, as he left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is likely to see; but I apprehend it has received various corrupting changes, and I have, with most of the present dissenters in England, some doubts as to his divinity.”Benjamin Franklin

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