News From Around The Blogosphere 6.22.10

June 22, 2010

1. North Carolina Secular Association introduces great new billboard – I really like this one. It’s a bit subtle but it promotes humanist values, separation between church and state, and cannot reasonably be argued to be mean…cause Zeus forbid we’re a little bit critical in our ads.

2. The Penn is mightier than “The Word” – Outspoken atheist and skeptic Penn Jillette (aka the talking half of Penn & Teller) is coming out with a new book titled GOD, NO! SIGNS YOU MAY ALREADY BE AN ATHEIST AND OTHER MAGICAL TALES. I don’t know much about it yet but ya gotta love that title.

3. Snubbed Mississippi lesbian teen going to the White House – Constance McMillen, the Mississippi teen whose high school held the prom without her because of her open homosexuality, was scheduled to attend a Pride reception at the White House tonight where Obama is supposed to have been present and delivering a short speech. She’s also going to be a grand marshall at New York Pride this Sunday. Constance McMillen is having the best week ever. Congratulations!

4. Religious Right bigots protesting Home Depot – Yup, my old friends at the American Family Association are outrage…OUTRAGED that Home Depot signed on as a major sponsor of its 2010 Gay Pride event:

But simply financing the event wasn’t enough for the big box chain.

Home Depot also signed on as a vendor, conducting kid’s craft workshops for children in the midst of loud and boisterous gay activities.

OH NOES! Anything but kid’s crafts workshops! Everyone knows crafts lead to homosexuality, and that homosexuality in turn leads to the apocalypse!

Of course the AFA is launching a protest but it will likely be as effective as their Pepsi boycott that failed to get Pepsi to even acknowledge their existence, let alone cause the company to change its evil, evil, pro-LGBT ways.

Advertisements

Christians call The Gap ‘naughty’ even after getting what they want

November 19, 2009

If ever you needed more proof that pandering to religious wackaloons doesn’t get you anywhere, The Gap was listed as “naughty” by the Christian group Liberty Counsel, who called for a boycott, because they didn’t single out Christmas on their website. Then The Gap mentioned “several unrelated holidays” in this commercial:

The commercial of course made the ironically named American Family Association furious. And I can see why. I’ve never seen such an anti-Christian commercial!

AFA believes this ad to be completely dismissive and disrespectful to those who celebrate the meaning and spirit of Christmas. AFA asked Gap for a meeting to discuss the ad, but Gap has not responded.

If this is Gap’s answer to recognizing Christmas, we are deeply disappointed.

The AFA also wrote (emphasis theirs):

Did you notice it? Gap compares Christmas to the pagan holiday called “Solstice.” Solstice is celebrated by Wiccans who practice witchcraft!

Gap also encourages you to “86” or “dismiss” traditions and “do what feels just right.”

Those heathens at The Gap should be crucified for this outrage…or burnt at the stake. You know who I think is really to blame here? The Jews. First they kill Jesus and now this.

I encourage everyone to call the The Gap’s customer service number (1-800-427-7895, Select more options then feedback to get a live person) and thank them for the all-inclusive commercial to counteract the nonsense of bigots.


Miss California to be stripped? Miley Cyrus a fag enabler?

May 5, 2009

Since both of these stories revolve around anti-gay bigotry, I figured I’d combine them.

First, Miss California USA Carrie Prejean may be stripped of her crown:

Pageant officials Tuesday said they are looking into whether Prejean violated her contract by working with a national group opposed to gay marriage and by posing semi-nude when she was a 17-year-old model.

Pageant spokesman Roger Neal said Tuesday it appears Prejean has violated the 12-page contract all prospective contestants were required to sign before competing in the November state contest. The contract prohibits Miss California from making personal appearances, giving interviews or making commercials without permission from pageant officials. In the last 10 days, Prejean has made televised appearances at her San Diego church and on behalf of the National Organization for Marriage, a group opposed to same-sex marriage.
The contact also contains a clause asking participants to say whether they have conducted themselves “in accordance with the highest ethical and moral standards.” As an example, it asks if they have ever been photographed nude or partially nude.

A photo of Prejean wearing only pink panties with her back turned to the camera appeared Monday on a gossip blog.

Prejean on Tuesday fired back that she has done nothing wrong and that she suspects she’s being hounded for her anti-gay-marriage stance.

“I am a Christian, and I am a model. Models pose for pictures, including lingerie and swimwear photos.” She added, “On April 19, I chose to answer a question during the 2009 Miss USA pageant in an honest and personal manner that expressed my views of the long-established definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman. Yet my comments defending traditional marriage have led to intimidation tactics that seek to undermine my reputation and somehow silence me and my beliefs, as if opinion is only a one-way street.”

Okay, I actually have to agree with her that considering she’s a model and considering she had to even be in swimwear for the contest itself, I always find it extremely hypocritical of beauty pageants to suddenly object to modeling that is only slightly more risque, especially considering there’s absolutely nothing wrong with nudity or with the human body. Now I’ve also heard from some reports that there’s even a topless shot of her, but again, so what?

HOWEVER, ya gotta love the classic Fundie persecution complex. Whether the rules are fair or not, she signed a contract fully knowing what was expected of her. She violated her contract. She KNOWS she violated her contract. And yet, it’s just the evil gay agenda inquisition that’s out to get her. Ugh!

And then there’s this Miley Cyrus thing. I never thought I’d ever compliment Miley Cyrus but I’m proud that despite her seemingly squeaky clean, Christian-friendly image, she recognizes the absurdity of opposing marriage equality. Her position on this issue came out when she tweeted her support of Perez Hilton regarding Miss California discussed above. And now, the bigots are coming out of the woodwork to attack her:

OneMillionMoms.com, an anti-gay website brought to us by the American Family Association, has issued an action alert against tween sensation Miley Cyrus because she sent out a Twitter message in support of marriage equality.

Essentially, their charge is the same as that of the Westboro Baptist Church, that she’s a “fag enabler.” Only for some reason, the WBC are viewed as evil fanatics because they picket funerals while these assholes are just seen as conservatives with a differing political view because they pick on little girls. Classy.

Can you imagine if these douchebags would actually devote their time to helping to solve real problems in the world like war, feeding the hungry, Global Warming, or religion? What a waste! Miley, you get a gold star from me.


Christians tells parents to force their kids not to go to school

April 7, 2009

lesbians-kissing2April 17th, students are encouraged to participate in the Day of Silence:

The Day of Silence… is a student-led day of action when concerned students, from middle school to college, take some form of a vow of silence to bring attention to the name-calling, bullying and harassment — in effect, the silencing — experienced by LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) students and their allies.

Now the American Family Association and the Illinois Family Institute are calling for Christian parents to pull their children out of school that day in response (emphasis theirs):

Parents must actively oppose this hijacking of the classroom for political purposes. Please join the national effort to restore to public education a proper understanding of the role of government-subsidized schools. Please help de-politicize the learning environment by calling your child out of school if your child’s school allows students to remain silent during instructional time on the Day of Silence.

In an email newsletter, the AFA said:

Parents must actively oppose this hijacking of the classroom for political purposes. Please join the national effort to restore to public education a proper understanding of the role of government-subsidized schools. You can help de-politicize the learning environment by calling your child out of school if your child’s school allows students to remain silent during instructional time on the Day of Silence.

Okay, now first I have to actually agree with them on 1 point. This is pushing politics in the schools. But my objection is not that it’s pushing “evil” tolerance but rather the mechanism in which it’s being done. If the schools on this day were to hold some sort of an assembly where a speaker was given a platform to discuss tolerance, particularly for gays, or if the curricula for the day was somehow focused on the subject, I’d have no objection. But promoting the issue by encouraging students to remain silent, and to make any student who actually wishes to speak seem unsupportive of the cause is ludicrous.

But all that being said, telling kids to simply not come into school is even more ludicrous.
Why not just tell them to not participate while the parents fight the school board over the issue? A day of silence is not the best idea but keeping your kid out of school is worse.


Fox: The unlikely home of godless heathens

March 30, 2009

Dr. House on atheism:

This week’s episode of Family Guy, which mocks Kirk Cameron’s evangelism and prominently features a plotline in which Brian Griffin is persecuted for his atheism can be seen here, on Hulu, a site the show’s creator Seth MacFarlane can currently be seen advertising in an amusing commercial that pokes fun at David Icke believers.

Further, The God Delusion was also featured in this season’s premiere episode of Family Guy

And a few weeks ago, Family Guy pissed off the hate group the American Family Association for “promoting the gay agenda”
and here.

Family Guy – Cosmos For Rednecks:

Adam Carolla and Seth MacFarlane talk Religion and their Atheism:

Christopher Hitchens references Family Guy:



AFA wants you to watch Family Guy

March 26, 2009

The bigots at the American Family Association are not too happy with Family Guy. Now they’ve launched a fatwa against the cartoon:

Fox’s ‘Family Guy’ goes too far; file a complaint with the FCC

File an official complaint with the FCC against the FOX network and your local FOX affiliate station.

March 25, 2009

On March 8, Fox network aired Family Guy, a perverted and sickening program, into the homes of millions of Americans. This episode was rated TV-14 DLSV by FOX, meaning that in the network’s opinion it was appropriate for 14-year olds. It aired during prime-time.

The content of this program was so explicit that I can’t even begin to describe it here.

Click here to watch these scenes or read our detailed review. WARNING: These scenes taken from the Fox program Family Guy are highly offensive.

Even more offensive is Fox’s view of Christianity. At a “straight” meeting, the speaker talks to gays about Jesus and tells them, “He [Jesus] hates many people, but none more than homosexuals.
” Incidentally, Pepsico helped sponsor this program (BoycottPepsico.com.

You really cannot get the full effect of the show’s portrayal of Christianity without watching the video or reading our review. You will hear the tone and sarcasm very clearly.

The FCC has a duty to enforce the law and fine Fox for this sickening violation of broadcast decency standards. In addition, your local FOX network affiliate did not have to air this episode. Obviously, they do not care about your local community standards.

It must be so horrible to be so insecure that your beliefs can be so threatened by cartoon show. Sucks to be them.


AFA upset that Pepsi TV ad pushs gay “lifestyle”

February 3, 2009

I personally think AFA’s campaign against Pepsi is the best advertisement I’ve ever seen FOR Pepsi:

Please help us get this information into the hands of as many people as possible by forwarding it to your entire e-mail list of family and friends.

Pepsi TV ad pushing gay lifestyle

Watch the TV ad

January 26, 2009

Pepsi is now using its TV spots to promote the gay lifestyle. AFA asked Pepsi to remain neutral in the culture war. Pepsi refused. The company said it will continue major financial support of homosexual organizations seeking to legalize homosexual marriage.

Pepsi gave $500,000 to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest and most powerful gay lobbying group in America. The company also gave $500,000 to Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). The total gift of $1,000,000 to the two homosexual activist groups was to help promote the gay lifestyle in the workplace.

After Pepsi gave their money to HRC, HRC gave $2.3 million to oppose California’s Prop 8, an initiative which defined marriage as being between one man and one woman.

Pepsi also forces its employees to attend sexual orientation and gender identity diversity training, where they are taught to accept homosexuality.

Take Action!

• Watch the 30-second TV ad.
• If you haven’t already done so, sign the Boycott Pepsi Pledge.
• After signing the pledge, please call Pepsi (914-253-2000 or 1-800-433-2652) and tell the company you will boycott its products until its stops promoting the gay agenda. Please be polite.
• Pepsi’s products include Pepsi soft drinks, Frito-Lay chips (800-352-4477), Tropicana (800-237-7799), and Gatorade (800-367-6287).
• Print and distribute the Boycott Pepsi Petition to family, friends, fellow church members, and others. Millions of people are not aware of Pepsi’s support of the gay lifestyle.
• Join our cause on Facebook
This boycott has nothing to do with whether or not Pepsi hires homosexuals, or if homosexuals purchase Pepsi products, or how Pepsi treats its homosexual employees. This boycott is about the fact that, as a corporation, Pepsi is promoting the gay lifestyle.

I love how the AFA particularly rail against Pepsi for spending millions of dollars supporting tolerance, equality, and human rights. (Those monsters!)