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Digest for July 29th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for July 29th from 07:56 to 16:40:

  • Preemptive Karma: Fox News Mocks Jesus – A lot of Christians watch Fox News because they've bought into the idea that it's somehow more honest, good, and godly than the other networks (a lot of Christians believe their faith is only compatible with Republican views). But this video, in my opinion, mocks the entire concept of a Messiah. I
  • Preemptive Karma: Knoxville shooting but a symptom of the disease – The would-be mass murderer in Knoxville was likely mentally disturbed – to say the least. He was unhappy and apparently deeply stressed over lack of work when he started planning the shooting at the Unitarian/Universalist church. But why did he choose that church?
  • Right-Wing Pathologies Revealed After Adkisson Shooting at Unitarian Church | Media and Technology | AlterNet – The grotesque irony of the FR discussions is that, after early posters have indulged all their bigoted guesses about the identity of the killer, they find out the gunman was actually straight out of their own demographic: a 59-year old white man named Jim Adkisson, who left a four-page letter ranting against liberals, was known by his acquaintances to hate "blacks, gays and anyone who was different from him," left a pile of books by O'Reilly, Savage and Hannity behind in his car, and even wore a red-white-and-blue shirt to his church killing spree.
  • Pharyngula: City workers in Birmingham are not reading this right now – The Birmingham city council has put up blocking software to lock out atheist websites, which is OK — they've got to crack that whip and keep their employees focused on the work at hand, of course. Unfortunately, they apparently aren't doing this to improve productivity, but simply to shut down a point of view some bureaucrat doesn't like.
  • Dispatches from the Culture Wars: The Wingnut Index – It works the same way, by assigning point values to the rhetorical claims of conservatives to determine whether they should be taken seriously or whether they are simply wingnuts mindlessly repeating the talking points (and one could do the same thing on the other side, of course).
  • Judge: Principal Went On Gay Witch Hunt | 365 Gay News – During the two-day trial in May, Davis testified that he believed clothing, buttons or stickers featuring rainbows would make students automatically picture gay people having sex. He went on to admit that while censoring rainbows and gay pride messages, he allowed students to wear other symbols many find controversial, such as the Confederate flag.
  • Gay American war hero with Purple Heart who didn’t tell unless asked – Americas, World – The Independent – In life, Major Alan G Rogers was an American patriot, committed to the US Army in which he had served for 18 of his 40 years. His death this year, from a roadside bomb, which took the number of American losses in Iraq to more than 4,000, robbed the service of an outstanding military intelligence officer and deprived his friends of someone they all described as a great listener and a profoundly religious man. Major Rogers was also gay.
  • Peterson Toscano’s A Musing: Spirit of Perversion??? Ex-Gay Survivor in Malta Speaks Out – On my recent trip to Malta, I met Paolo (not his real name), who when he was 18 (three years ago) stumbled into the ex-gay movement. His story helps illustrate how the US-based ex-gay theories and practices sneak in under the radar in Europe.
  • Latest Dean Deposition Addresses DNC’s Internal Gay Delegate Feud / Queerty – The hits just keep coming for Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean. And when we say “hits,” we mean video of his testimony in the ongoing discrimination lawsuit filed by former gay outreach director Donald Hitchcock.
  • Lavena Johnson Was Raped and Murdered: Then the Army Covered It Up | War on Iraq | AlterNet – Lavena Johnson died a horrific death at the hands of her fellow soldiers — and then the Army called it a suicide.
  • Box Turtle Bulletin » Frothing Lunacy – Sometimes the anti-gays come out with something so ludicrous, so froth-at-the-mouth insane, so raving lunatic that it’s worth of Lewis Carroll. Except, of course, they believe themselves… or the less sane among them do.
  • Rod 2.0:Beta: Saro Harvey at DC PFLAG, Discussion on Black Families and Gay Children – Ironically, on the same evening that CNN broadcasts its much-heralded Black in America series that totally ignores black gays and lesbians and "the black family", there was an excellent discussion on the subject at the campus of the University of Washington DC. O

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