Thursday, November 01, 2007

A new era?

So it's about time. Westboro Baptist LOST a court case and was fined $10.9 million dollars for one of their protests. Is it enough to shut them down? Will they appeal? Here's info from Queerty where I heard it today.

Despite being in throes of a multi-million dollar guilty verdict for picketing a dead soldier’s funeral (they were found guilty yesterday), about ten Westboro Baptist Church members spread their hate at the Matthew Shepard Awards in Los Angeles Saturday. Those zealots sure are tenacious!
According to one eye witness account, no one really gave a shit about the tacky picketing: “No one paid much attention other than a few homeless people”.
Meanwhile, Fred Phelps and his spawn Shirley plan to appeal yesterday’s ruling,, which left them with a $10.9 million bill. In this horror of a pdf press release, they write,
Not only did you fail to stop our preaching, but our message has gone forth to the entire world on this very day, because of your folly, like never before! Thank God for the $10.9 million verdict.

Interesting that the Phelps clan is thankful for the ruling - and for the publicity. Sick.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Scary: Fred Phelps on Fred Thompson

The folks over at Westboro Baptist Church have posted a really freaky (and very frightening if true) note to Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson.

The information (always posted as a PDF) on their site is below - it essentially calls out that Fred Thompson simply ISN'T homophobic enough these days - and Fred Phelps and clan long for the days when they saw eye-to-eye - and Fred Thompson helped them win a case in Topeka.

It's so bizarre, but doesn't seem implausible to me. It's entirely possible that Mr. TV Candidate at one point had contact with, and perhaps shared some beliefs with the Phelps clan.

In fairness though, Fred Thompson's people have vehemently denied any connection. Then again, it's politics. What would you say to get a nomination or win an election?

Here's the offending statement:

Sunday, October 14, 2007

New Book from Alex Sanchez: The God Box

There's a new book from Alex Sanchez about a high school kid coming to terms with his belief in God and his homosexuality. From

The God Box

How could I choose betwen my sexuality and my spirituality, two of the most important parts that made me whole?

High school senior Paul has dated Angie since middle school, and they're good together. They have a lot of the same interests, like singing in
their church choir and being active in Bible club. But when Manuel transfers to their school, Paul has to rethink his life. Manuel is the
first openly gay teen anyone in their small town has ever met, and yet
he says he's also a committed Christian. Talking to Manuel makes Paul
reconsider thoughts he has kept hidden, and listening to Manuel's
interpretation of Biblical passages on homosexuality causes Paul to
reevaluate everything he believed. Manuel's outspokenness triggers
dramatic consequences at school, culminating in a terrifying situation
that leads Paul to take a stand.

Lambda Literary Award-winning author Alex Sanchez tackles a subject
ripped from the headlines in this exciting and thought-provoking
exploration of what it means to be both religious and gay.

Click the image or title to purchase the book from

Monday, August 20, 2007

We have had visits in the last 2 weeks (since we started tracking geographically) from almost all 50 states.

We're still missing: West Virginia, New Hampshire, Nebraska & Hawaii. Hopefully we'll get visitors from those states in the near future. I'll post the world map when I'm back from vacation.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Westboro Baptist Upcoming Protests

As always, presenting this update so you can be informed.

Saturday 8/18/07 - 9:45 am
Memorial for Staff Sgt. Jacob Thompson
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
632 S. Broadway, Mankato MN

Saturday, 8/18/07 - 1:15 pm
Memorial for Army Maj. Thomas Bostick Jr.
Llano Junior High School, 400 Highway 71 E, Llano TX

Monday, 9/3/07 - Noon
City Hall of Treviso, Italy
No reason given yet.

God hates Ireland? What?

The whack jobs over at the Westboro Baptist Church have now decided that God Hates Ireland via a new website - which is exactly that phrase as a url. They, of course, call out their reasoning:

Sun., July 22, ‘07: God Hates Ireland – Land of the Sodomite Damned.

We are not ignorant of Satan’s devices (2 Cor. 2:11). “Then said they, Come, and let us devise devices – (contrivances, plots) – against Jeremiah.” Jer. 18:18. It begins to look like the fags and fag-enablers of the Literary & Historical Society of the University College Dublin have devised devices against me – phrased another way – they have contrived a plot – or conspiracy – to lure me to Dublin, Ireland, to speak at their 153rd Session on the subject of “Gay Adoption” – and then to arrest me for the crime of violating their law entitled, The Prohibition of Incitement to Hatred Act. (See WBC's response to their invitation). That Act is a draconian, antichristic cup of Satan’s slimy vomit straight from the maw of Hell. They know exactly what I will say on the subject of Gay Adoption. And they know that what I will say from the Bible about sodomites will land me in an Irish jail for two and maybe 10 years. “For they speak not peace; but they devise deceitful matters against them that are quiet in the land.” Psa. 35:20. It looks like they’ve taken counsel together against me and against the Lord, saying, Let us break their bands – (Bible doctrines about sodomites going to Hell) – asunder, and cast away their cords – (Bible doctrines about Sin, Predestination, and Reprobation) – from us. Psa. 2:2,3

Ok. So as I read that, I'm a little confused. Two or 3 small words require a translation, a'la Phelps, on how it relates to faggotry. There's also something in there about an invite to a gay adoption debate, and an unclear message on why dear old Fred is pissed about it.

These people confuse me to death. By the way, they also seem to have "proof" that God hates Sweden and Canada - in addition to the good old U.S. of A.

Please. Someone give these people a reality check. I guess it's not a good day to be a gay Irish-American (which I happen to be, actually).

Monday, August 13, 2007

At least he's consistent...

Caught this one over at Bent Blog. I believe it was alst posted over at Queerty. Both great blogs for very different reasons :) Enjoy. Or weep a little. Not sure which.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Westboro Baptist Upcoming Protests

As always, we publish the upcoming protest schedule for Westboro Baptist Church so you can be informed when they're coming to your community, and perhaps schedule a peaceful counter-protest as so many have before.

Saturday 8/11/07 - 1:30 - 4:30 pm:
WBC will conduct an outdoor "religious" service
Los Angeles at the intersection of Santa Monica Blvd. & San Vincente Blvd. (West Hollywood)

Saturday & Sunday 8/11-8/12/07:
WBC to picket the Republic of Ireland - at the "Irish Icons Festival 2007"
Irish Cultural Center, 200 New Boston Dr., Canton, Mass.

Sunday, 8/12/07:
WBC will picket three more Florida Mega-churches

Sunday 8/12/07 - 1:30 - 4:30 pm:
WBC will conduct an outdoor "religious" service
Los Angeles at the intersection of Santa Monica Blvd. & San Vincente Blvd. (West Hollywood)

Sunday 8/12/07 - 10:15 am:
WBC to picket memorial for Army Spc. Christopher Neiberger
Trinity Methodist Church, 4000 NW 53rd, Gainesville, Florida.

Monday, 8/13/07 - 9:15 am:
WBC to picket memorial for Army Pfc. Matthew M. Murchison
Newcomers Chapel, 11200 Metcalf, Overland Park, Kansas.

Monday, 8/13/07 - 10:15 am:
WBC to picket memorial for Army Pfc. Jaron D. Holliday
Tulsa Bible Church, 5838 South Sheridan Road, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Monday, 8/13/07 - 12:15 pm:
WBC to picket memorial for Army Spc. Charles Leonard Jr.
Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 2500 Southside Dr., Shreveport, LA.

Monday 8/13/07 - 9:15 am:
WBC to picket memorial for Army Sgt. Dustin Wakeman
Laurel Land Funeral Home, 7100 Crowley Road, Ft. Worth, Texas.

Tuesday, 8/14/07 - 10:15 am:
WBC to picket memorial for Army Spc. Justin Blackwell
East Wood Church of Christ, 800 East Wood St., Paris, Tennessee.

Tuesday, 8/14/07 - 1:15 pm:
WBC to picket memorial for Staff Sgt. Fernando Santos
Roy Akers Funeral Chapel, 515 N. Main Ave., San Antonio, Texas.

Wednesday, 8/15/07 - 9:15 am:
WBC to picket memorial for Army Maj. Thomas G. Bostick Jr.
Arlington National Cemetery, Washington, DC (Arlington, VA).

Friday, August 03, 2007

Gene Robinson, Gay Episcopal Bishop, Endorses Obama

This from (click the link at the end to read the whole story):

The Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop endorsed Sen. Barack Obama for president Thursday, even though they don't share the same views on issues critical to gay men and lesbians.

"Frankly, I don't think there's any major candidate that is where we in the gay community would hope they would be on our issues," V. Gene Robinson said in a conference call with reporters. "That being said, I would say the senator has been enormously supportive of our issues. We appreciate his support for civil unions."

The continuing repercussions from Robinson's 2003 election as bishop of New Hampshire threaten to break up the worldwide Anglican Communion, of which the Episcopal Church is part. His supporters hail him as a role model and civil rights pioneer.

Click here to read the rest of the story.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Could it be?

Ahhh... musical satire... Enjoy.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Shirley Phelps-Roper Charged With Child Abuse Over Anti-Gay Military Funeral Demo


(Omaha, Nebraska) The daughter of homophobic preacher Fred Phelps has been formally charged with negligent child abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, flag mutilation and disturbing the peace over an anti-gay protest at the funeral of a soldier last month.

The indictment was filed Thursday. Shirley Phelps-Roper, 49, was arrested last month in Bellevue, Nebraska, after her 10-year-old son stomped on an American flag during a protest at the funeral of a National Guardsman killed in Iraq.

Full story here.

Justice? We'll see. It's an interesting array of charges they've brought against her. Who knows how many will stick - or if the ACLU will take the case.

Monday, June 04, 2007

A different generation...

I normally don't write about things that are personal or close to home, but I feel compelled to today. You see, my Grandmother passed away this morning. Though that was only the catalyst for this post.

I loved my Grandmother very much. And believe that she was a great person at heart. She just grew up in a very different time and in a very different world than I did. She was in her 70's when she died, meaning she was born shortly after the great depression. She saw cars, telephones, televisions and computers become mainstream. She grew up in a world where wars were actually fought face to face - instead of from hundreds of miles away with tremendous technology.

She also grew up in a world where God Fearing Christians were the norm. Which leads me to this post. One of the most interesting and unusual things I ever knew her to believe was this: "If your church doesn't have Christ's name in it - he won't know how to find you when he comes back and your congregation will perish in Hell."


It's unfathomable to me, though I was raised a conservative Christian, to carry such a narrow view of "the Second Coming." I have a very broad view of religion and consider myself more 'spiritual' than 'religious' these days. But my Grandmother, and those in her generation grew up with a VERY narrow view of the world. Without Internet. Without CNN. Without BBC news on U.S. TV's and without routine air travel to other countries.

The world they knew didn't have a lot of tolerance for people who weren't like them. In some ways, the world I live in today is much the same. I like to think we've come a long way, but then I'm reminded of the many ways in which we haven't.

It gives me a new perspective on matters like God and gays and what makes people hate. But it doesn't change my resolve that above all else, we should treat others as we would like to be treated. And the greatest gift of all is love.

On those two things, I'm sure my Grandmother would agree.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Big Gay Political Statement

I have to tell you one of my favorite shows this season came out of nowhere and consistently makes me laugh... and think. Though they haven't yet tackled anything directly related to religion and sexuality, but I don't doubt they will in the near future.

It's the Big Gay Sketch Show on Logo. Here's a clip of "Political Project Runway" posted on Youtube. If you don't get Logo - call your cable or satellite provider. If you do, I strongly recommend this show.

New Book: Forbidden Fruit: Sex & Religion in the Lives of American Teenagers

This book popped up in my email today from Amazon as a recommended reading (probably because I've purchased and linked to so many books on religion and sexuality). It seems like it might be an objective, interesting read. If anyone has read it, or reads it - please feel free to send me a synopsis I can publish.

From the book description:
Americans remain deeply ambivalent about teenage sexuality. Many presume that such uneasiness is rooted in religion. But how exactly does religion contribute to the formation of teenagers' sexual values and actions? What difference, if any, does religion make in adolescents' sexual attitudes and behaviors? Are abstinence pledges effective? What does it mean to be "emotionally ready" for sex? Who expresses regrets about their sexual activity and why? Tackling these and other questions, Forbidden Fruit tells the definitive story of the sexual values and practices of American teenagers, paying particular attention to how participating in organized religion shapes sexual decision-making. Merging analyses of three national surveys with stories drawn from interviews with over 250 teenagers across America, Mark Regnerus reviews how young people learn-and what they know-about sex from their parents, schools, peers and other sources. He examines what experiences teens profess to have had, and how they make sense of these experiences in light of their own identities as religious, moral, and responsible persons. Religion can and does matter, Regnerus finds, but religious claims are often swamped by other compelling sexual scripts. Particularly interesting is the emergence of what Regnerus calls a new middle class sexual morality which has little to do with a desire for virginity but nevertheless shuns intercourse in order to avoid risks associated with pregnancy and STDs. And strikingly, evangelical teens aren't less sexually active than their non-evangelical counterparts, they just tend to feel guiltier about it. In fact, Regnerus finds that few religious teens have internalized or are even able to articulate the sexual ethic taught by their denominations. The only-and largely ineffective-sexual message most religious teens are getting is, "Don't do it until you're married." Ultimately, Regnerus concludes, religion may influence adolescent sexual behavior, but it rarely motivates sexual decision making.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

The Ex-Gay Movement - A Spoof

Sometimes you have to laugh at the world around you. Videos like this help you do just that!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Updates to the Blog

We're moving to a 3-column blog to provide more static information in the columns and hopefully enhance the overall layout. As we transition to this, some of the information that has previously been on the right column will be temporarily unavailable (the stylesheet transition doesn't move all content easily).

Rest assured, we'll have all of the previous info back up in no time - as well as some new content!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Would Jesus Discriminate?

A new website came across my radar - I believe the Rev. Jimmy Creech, who was ousted from a Methodist Church in Omaha for performing a gay commitment ceremony, has something to do with it. I'll have to research more.

The site poses several questions directly relating to Jesus and how he feels/would feel/felt about homosexuals. It also takes a new look at several scriptures where Jesus comments on the issue. While the Bible is subject to interpretation, it's an interesting counterpoint to many arguments. The site is intelligent, thoughtful and put together well.

One of their billboards:

Check out the site here and post your comments. Would love to know what people think.

I've Been Slacking

My apologies to everyone. I've been slacking with the site and haven't done any updates in quite a while. I'm very burnt on keeping this stuff up and managing my life - new house, keeping my relationship going, keeping my job going. It's a lot. I promise I'll be back at it soon.