Franklin Graham knocks the Pope, Grace Jones being fabulous, AMC theaters teams up with Focus On the Family
Franklin Graham, Son of revered televangelist Billy Graham took issue with Pope Francis’ wildly overrated comments that he is not the one to judge gay people. “I think he’s right when he says he’s not the judge, … He’s not the judge. God is the judge.” He then said that he felt that homosexuality is a sin and that he was compelled to speak out against sin, and only one thing could change his mind. “God would have to shift — and God doesn’t. God’s word is the same, yesterday and today and a million years from now.” Hey, Franklin, your particular God sucks, and you better get to smiting people for eating shellfish and wearing mixed fabrics.
Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has written to Russia’s Foreign Minister in regards to the “gay propaganda” law. “We encourage the Russian Federation to extend to all of its citizens – as well as foreign visitors – full human rights protections, including freedom from violence, harassment or discrimination based on sexual orientation.” He also expressed the need for Canada’s consulate to have quick access to any citizen, should the need arise.
We knew that Utah was planning on spending $2 million defending their ban on marriage equality, and now we know part of the money will go to Monte Stewart, former U.S. Attorney and Supreme Court law clerk. He wrote a 2008 Law Review article claiming that opposite sex marriage was important to the fabric of society. “A fundamental purpose of marriage, then, is to situate heterosexual passion within a social institution that will to the largest practical extent assure that the consequences of procreative passion (namely, children) begin and continue life with adequate private welfare.” So I guess we’re not expecting new arguments in this case?
Amanda Seyfried is upset with TMZ over a headline about her dog that read “Amanda Seyfried’s Dog Rapes Other Dog.” She was quick to condemn that whole piece, tweeting “@TMZ – The encounter between Finn and unnamed Labrador was consensual” Plus, she called them out for the abuse of a serious word, “#dangerouswordtomakelightof #hardhittingjournalism #Pulitzer.”
AMC Theaters has decided to give over their screens on May 6 to screen the Focus On the Family’s Irreplaceable, which is a film filled with anti-gay propaganda, like ex-gay camps and people that advocate erasing us from society. Queerty has some creative ideas on how AMC can make it up to the gay community that don’t involve boycotts.
Tim Tebow has signed a multiyear deal with ESPN, specifically their SEC Network to provide commentary on college football. It’s been noted that the deal does not preclude him from playing football for the NFL should anyone want to sign him, but I think ESPN is safe.
The 10th Circuit says that Utah’s appeal of the marriage equality decision must be filed by January 27, while the winners have until February 18 to respond, with any further reply from Utah due by February 25. That’s really a fast track, and their new Attorney General better get on the ball.
We mentioned that Coca-Cola had post pictures on an official site that included protestors of the company’s sponsorship of the Sochi Olympics. Evidently that wasn’t some quiet protest on the company’s part, and the photos have been removed.
It’s not the first time that a hate group has used the photo of a same-sex wedding to protest marriage equality. Public Advocate is being sued for just that under copyright laws. But Peter Labarbera has gone much bolder, using a photo of GoodAsYou’s Jeremy Hooper’s wedding and labeled it “Perversion.” While I’d be calling an attorney just to make their lives hell for fun, Jeremy doesn’t really care. “Honestly, I don’t really care, nor does Andrew. It makes [LaBarbera] look terrible. If he wants to keep doing this, who am I to stop him?”
Sorry, MSNBC, but what you did here is just plain wrong.
Kevin Smith has announced plans to make a movie about ”mankind teaming up with Hell to save existence from extinction at the hands of a Rapturing giant Jesus.” Smith has evidently decided not to retire from filmmaking as announced, instead deciding he’s “only ever gonna make a flick that only I would/could ever make … Granted, this time the plot of the movie concerns mankind teaming up with Hell to save existence from extinction at the hands of a Rapturing giant Jesus — which means the budget has to be LOW, because NOBODY’S gonna wanna make that movie. At all.”
All the regulars at my gym, myself included, have watched apprehensively as the parade of new members get their orientation for the annual New Year’s Resolutions members that will flood our space over the next month. It’s great business for the gym, which sold a bunch of annual memberships that only get used for a few weeks, but it’s always a pain for those of us that are there every day and have to trip over people who don’t know what they’re doing. This article makes a case for those newbies, and I’m all for people getting the fitness bug, but yes, it’s going to piss me off, so let’s not make it worse than it needs to be.
I’ve been meaning to post this video from Imran Khan for days. He takes on stupid questions about being gay and India’s Section 377 with satire, and it’s pretty good. I had no idea that was why I did those things. But I do wish he hadn’t given out the details of our conversion technology.
I’ve alway thought that if I won the lottery I’d build a big, modern house, except for one room, which would be a classic library with floor to ceiling bookcases and a roaring fireplace, complete with a lazy basset hound to lie on my feet while I read in front of the fire. But here we can see that basset hounds don’t just lie around, they can run. And it is glorious!
This is Grace Jones and designer Philip Treacy arriving at Chateau Marmont, just being their fabulous selves. And when you’re Grace Jones, that’s more fabulous than everyone else.
When your brother gets married, you have to find the perfect gift to celebrate him and his new husband. And repurposing a popup book of Bert and Ernie is about the most perfect gift in the world.
Why do superheroes wear their underwear on the outside of their uniforms? Well, first of all, it’s not underwear. And if they’re from another planet, who are you to judge their customs? But seriously, there was a reason, lost in time.
Doug Stanhope is a comedian and general crank who likes to rile people up. So when he saw Wolf Blitzer ask an Oklahoma tornado survivor if you thanked God for surviving and she was brave enough to respond that she was an atheist, he saw an opportunity to prove that you don’t need religion to support a good cause. So he set up an IndieGogo campaign to help the atheist who was brave enough to stand up to prevailing soundbites, and it succeeded beyond his wildest dreams.