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High school that named lesbian couple as Prom King & Queen gets deluged with hatemail from Christians

I'm glad the school isn't apologizing or backing down, but rather calling the homophobic bullies out on their unacceptable behavior. Joe. My. God.: Loving Christians Deluge School With Threats Over Homecoming Lesbians
On Monday, Superintendent Bill Kowba interrupted a news conference on the district's financial troubles to comment on an issue he called just as significant as the budget. “What is essentially disappointing is that adults who have contacted the school, many not even San Diego residents, are demonstrating such a lack of tolerance and such a negative role model for children with their hateful comments,” Kowba said. Kowba calls the adults behind the threats "bullies." He also says if the calls and emails came from students, they would have faced disciplinary action. . . . Here's a few examples from God's Gentle People at Free Republic: -"Stupid, brainwashed, delusional girls. They are signing up for a life of pain, misery, heartbreak and sin." -"This is disgusting. It’s deviancy on display, and our kids have been trained to approve." -"The Principal should be brought up on charges and be made to register as a sex offender." -"Children who attend godless socialist schools will learn to think and reason godlessly!" -"The faggot indoctrination continues."

September 26, 2011

Alabama Town Orders Small Time Offenders To Attend Church — Or It Will Throw Them In Jail

Alabama Town Orders Small Time Offenders To Attend Church — Or It Will Throw Them In Jail | ThinkProgress
This week, the Alabama town of Bay Minette will implement a bizarre and unconstitutional way of keeping minor offenders in check — go to church or go to jail: Operation Restore Our Community or “ROC”…begins next week. The city judge will either let misdemenor [sic] offenders work off their sentences in jail and pay a fine or go to church every Sunday for a year. If offenders elect church, they’re allowed to pick the place of worship, but must check in weekly with the pastor and the police department. If the one-year church attendance program is completed successfully, the offender’s case will be dismissed. This program isn’t just unconstitutional, it is unconstitutional even under conservative Justice Antonin Scalia’s vision of the Constitution’s Establishment Clause. In his dissenting opinion in Lee v. Weisman, Scalia wrote that the state may not us the “threat of penalty” to “coerce anyone to support or participate in religion or its exercise.” Telling someone — even someone convicted of a crime — that they must participate in a religious service or go to jail clearly fails Justice Scalia’s test. . . .

September 23, 2011

Pat Robertson is a hateful little troll

‘The last thing I’d do is condemn you’ | slacktivist
. . . Robertson always sees a connection between natural disasters and those people he views as Those People — gays, liberals, evolutionists, atheists, Pagans and women who have sex. His scapegoating condemnations have become so routine that I’ve come to think of them as just another part of natural disaster. Earthquakes are followed by aftershocks, and both earthquakes and hurricanes are followed by appalling pronouncements by Pat Robertson. If you mute the TV and ignore the substance of his comments, you can almost view Robertson’s reflexive blaming as a kind of “all-clear” signal showing that the worst of the storm has passed. “The wind is dying down a bit and, oh, look, there’s Pat Robertson saying this is all gay people’s fault — I think we’re out of danger.” But it’s not really that easy to ignore the substance of Robertson’s hateful post-tragedy statements. If you love God, or if you love GLBT people, or if you love both God and people, then it’s not easy to ignore Robertson’s habitual suggestion that every natural disaster is the product of a petty, reckless, sloppy god indiscriminately pouring out wrathful destruction due to some divine “gay panic” defense. That’s blasphemy. And the scapegoating of GLBT people as the alleged focus of this poorly aimed divine wrath invites Robertson’s many followers to imitate his churlish god by directing their own animus toward Those People as well. Robertson’s post-disaster ritual thus isn’t just abstractly hateful, it’s tangibly hurtful. Just once, I’ve often said, just once I’d like to see this guy respond with a little humility in the wake of human tragedy. I’d like to see him rendered speechless and incapable of glibly dismissive “explanations” — not rushing to judge others by imagining some direct and specific causal link between suffering and supposed sins. Just once I’d like to hear him say, “I don’t know.” I’d like to see him withhold blame and judgment and simply mourn with those who mourn. And, just once, I finally got to see this. . . .