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Digest for July 6th through July 7th

Here are the people who are writing about the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for July 6th through July 7th:

  • The Abraham of anti-gay hatred – As Andoni well-noted, not only has a man of note died today, but a symbol has also died. Former Senator Jesse Helms (R-NC) was more than just a figure of anti-gay bigotry in the political arena. A lot more.
  • Let McCain Do a Little Gay-Bashing – Fred Barnes was apparently unconvinced by my advice to let John McCain be John McCain and has some advice of his own: BARNES: In particular, gays in the military for one. We know Barack Obama is for allowing gays in the military, and Bill Clinton tried to do, but backed off. This is not a popular issue. Gay marriage is another one. These are both issues that I think McCain’s going to have to use. You can’t ignore the right. If he does, he’ll lose. It sounds like John McCain hasn’t engaged in enough gay-bashing to satisfy Barnes’ hunger. But I think McCain can kill two birds with one stone if he stops telling people to eff off and starts calling people ‘fags’. Ann Coulter employs this strategy and just look at her book sales. This strategy is consistent with the advice I laid out and it has the added advantage of making Fred Barnes happy.
  • Deep Thoughts: Gay Rights is an Atheist Issue – Of course gay rights is a separation of church and state issue!Issues like excluding gays from the legal definition of marriage are clearly based in religion. James Dobson and his hate mongers push the agenda. Our politicians make it law. I feel like a tool for not putting 2 and 2 together on this one.
  • ACLU Blog: Because Freedom Can – Molly Ivins, who was a dear friend of the ACLU, expressed our aims in defending all Americans’ freedom of religion and belief best in a video comment a few years ago. She quotes James Madison, who once wrote: “The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe with blood for centuries.”And Molly quips: “That principle is so important, it’s worth being a pain in the ass about. And that’s what the ACLU is.”
  • Wait, Why Are There Gay Men? at Dear Science – If being a gay man is an inborn, inherent trait with some genetic basis–as the massive, overwhelming, credible, sound, tenable, probable, corroborating, confirming, affirmative collection of scientific evidence states–why are there gay men at all? It’s a trait that strongly discourages procreative sex. Less sex with women means less babies and therefore less spreading of the gay genes.These alleles should drop out of the population.


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