Anti-gay crusader Bill Whatcott and four other Evangelicals from the fictional “Calgary Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster” infiltrated the Vancouver Pride parade last weekend.
With shock-pink hair, short shorts and rainbow beads, Whatcott handed out what looked like condoms but was actually anti-gay literature warning that “those who give themselves over to homosexuality suffer grievously because of their sin.”
He’ marched in Pride events before without disguising himself, but opted for the subterfuge this time to avoid confrontations. “Seeing as all the pagans were having fun while rebelling against God, we would have fun too, while evangelizing the parade route and winning souls for the Lord,” he wrote in an online forum.
Not all Whatcott’s cronies thought it was a good idea, though: “Bill, I’m not sure evangelizing under the cover of deceit is such a good idea,” replied one forum commenter. “If you have to make up a cult to get people’s attention, I’m not sure it gives Christ a lot of credibility.”
And that, boys and girls, is what we call an understatement.
Voters in Chattanooga, Tennessee, have repealed a domestic-partnership law that would have provided health-care benefits to the same-sex partners of city employees.
The Chattanooga City Council voted for the ordinance in 2013, but it was put to a public vote and more than 62% of residents wanted it thrown out.
“Chattanooga’s non-discrimination ordinance was repealed tonight, but I want every City employee to know one thing—your work is valued and you are important to the future of our community,” said Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke. “Regardless of the results tonight, my Administration will continue to hire and promote the best people who provide excellent service to our constituents.”
Remember when developers David and Jason Benham saw their proposed HGTV show nixed because of their anti-gay activism? The boys swore on a stack of Bibles they didn’t hate the gays, but the network still canned their show.
Well, if you can’t join ’em, beat em: The Benhams doubled-down on the hate this weekend at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, declaring that Americans who support equality live in a “parallel kingdom run by Satan.”
“If my son throws food across the table and I say, ’Bailey, stop throwing food’ and he says ’I’m sorry Dad, I’m just a food-thrower.’ It’s like, no you’re not, your behavior is not you. It doesn’t define you. So its very important that we speak to the fact that homosexuality is a sin that can only be redeemed by God when we repent.
But the idea of a ’homosexual agenda’ that seeks to capture the nation and capture children’s curriculum and capture television and entertainment and laws – that is an idea that is evil and wrong and needs to be dealt with.”
The summit also welcomed numerous high-powered GOP overlords, including Sen. Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum.
A Pennsylvania bridal shop has courted controversy for refusing to sell wedding gowns to a lesbian couple.
Victoria Miller, owner of W.W. Bridal Boutique in Bloomsburg, PA, told the AP that “providing those two girls dresses for a sanctified marriage would break God’s law.”