|Bertolli's responds to Guido Barilla's Homophobia|
Related post: Dear Barilla
|Supporters crowd the boardwalk|
|Archbishop/Homophobe John Nienstedt|
Longtime readers will know that I’m no fan of Twin Cities Catholic Archbishop JohnNienstedt. In fact, I believe that Nienstedt has inserted himself more deeply into the battle over civil marriage in his state than perhaps any other Catholic bishop across the country. (And considering some of the competition, that’s quite the accomplishment!)
|Barillo Pasta Jerk|
|Cathi Herrod-AZ's Morality Dictator|
The campaign, Why Marriage Matters Arizona, encourages same-sex couples to share their stories with friends and family in a bid to build support for a possible 2016 ballot measure. In coming weeks, community groups, businesses and religious leaders will also share their support for changing Arizona law to allow same-sex couples to marry.Oh and by the way Cath? You taught us well. Nothing is beneath us. We will broadcast stories like the very sad story below. This couple may live in Illinois, but there are plenty of stories here in Arizona that will tug at heartstrings (thanks to you):
|Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (R-Bigot)|
Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) this week tied up his chamber, blocking efforts to work on a bipartisan energy efficiency bill. He said he'd reconsider his obstructionist antics if the Senate voted on his measure to end the "Washington exemption from ObamaCare."But ...
There is no congressional "exemption" from the Affordable Care Act, as I imagine most senators realize. But Vitter engaged in his little stunt anyway, to his colleagues' annoyance.And ...
It appears that some of those colleagues are growing tired of the Louisiana Republican's antics, and have a brush-back pitch in mind.
Senate Democrats have had all they can take from David Vitter and his fixation on Obamacare -- and they're dredging up his past prostitution scandal to hit back.
Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, has infuriated Democrats this week by commandeering the Senate floor, demanding a vote on his amendment repealing federal contributions to help pay for lawmakers' health care coverage.
But Democratic senators are preparing a legislative response targeting a sordid Vitter episode. If Vitter continues to insist on a vote on his proposal, Democrats could counter with one of their own: Lawmakers will be denied those government contributions if there is "probable cause" they solicited prostitutes.So, are Democrats finally going to start fighting dirty? I sure as hell hope so. The Republicans certainly have no problem doing it. And who better to start with than the hypocritical embarrassment from Louisiana, Senator Diaper Dave?
Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) on Friday sent a letter to the Senate Ethics Committee requesting an investigation of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) for what he calls "attempted bribery."
The letter responded to reports that Senate Democrats were shopping around a plan to deny government contributions to lawmakers' health care plans if there is "probable cause" they solicited prostitutes. The proposal would effectively dredge up Vitter's 2007 prostitution scandal unless he stopped pressuring the Senate to vote on an amendment repealing federal contributions to legislators' health plans.You will have to click over to read Vitter's letter and Reid's office's response. I am simply astounded at just how stupid David Vitter really is. My gawd Louisiana, is this really the best you can do??
|Cathi Herrod-Arizona's top Morality Dictator|
The anti-gay-marriage groups are claiming victory, with the end of Equal Marriage Arizona.
“The so-called equal marriage campaign could not overcome the support for one-man and one-woman marriage,” Center for Arizona Policy President Cathi Herrod said in a statement. “Redefining marriage is a nonstarter today in Arizona.”
But Herrod said the battle will continue as both sides gear up for 2016.
“Our resolve to stand together for our families and our future must remain resolute,” she said.
As eHarmony distances itself from Christian group Focus on the Family, Spark Networks, the parent company of popular Jewish dating site JDate, is throwing its weight behind Christian dating site ChristianMingle. This week the Washington Post and CNN took note of the site’s $30 million advertising blitz, which promises to “Find God’s match for you.” It’s certainly a tall order, but reporters wondered if it might also be false advertising.
In response, ChristianMingle’s spokeswoman has been offering a weird blend of Internet-era religious doctrine and legal disclaimer. “God can orchestrate and use the medium of Christian Mingle to allow people to find their match for one another on the site,” Ashley Reccord explained to CNN. “He may or may not use that means, but he can use that means.” Access to the medium that God may or may not use will cost users $18.99 a month for a three-month subscription.
Unlike eHarmony, which admitted users looking for same-sex matches after a rash of discrimination litigation, ChristianMingle’s homepage offers two options: men seeking women and women seeking men.
"Today, many evil forces have set their sights on the dissolution of marriage and the debasing of family life. Sodomy, abortion, contraception, pornography, the redefinition of marriage, and the denial of objective truth are just some of the forces threatening the stability of our civilization. The source of these machinations is none other than the Father of Lies. Satan knows all too well the value that the family contributes to the fabric of a good solid society, as well as the future of God’s work on earth."A bit of advice Archbishop? If you are really worried about the sanctity of marriage, start working on those parishioners sitting in the pews of your churches who have 2 and 3 (or even more) marriages under their belts. And believe me, there are many.
On Wednesday, Sept. 4, Christians everywhere will begin to rise up and proclaim their unconditional love and support for their gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender friends, neighbors, co-workers, and family members. This new movement, inspired by Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” project, encourages LGBT-affirming Christians to upload videos that unapologetically express their full acceptance of LGBT people. The NALT Christians Project, created by Christian author John Shore and Truth Wins Out, will be an online platform that directly challenges the idea that anti-gay Christians represent all or even most of the Christian faithful. The first two videos on the website are from author and advocate Dan Savage, and NALT co-founder John Shore and his wife Catherine.