Michael Hamar revisits the question, What is the size of the gay population?
Since coming out in mid-life one thing that has struck me is the number of closeted men there are. They even exist in my old suburban neighborhood although the only place you will find them is on sites like Craigslist or Adam4Adam.
This knowledge leaves me with a deep sense of sadness. What also bothers me is that the Christofascist, anti-gay hate groups, and denominations like the Catholic Church and Southern Baptist Convention do not give a damn about the harm their anti-gay jihad is having on straight spouses. To me, that’s the biggest sin of all.
Read the entire piece.
Ironically, it was Michael himself who first got me thinking about these questions, and the unhappiness accompanying his divorce (he has written about it often, so I’m not breaking any confidences) that shaped my thinking about the question of same-sex marriage.
I’m in no position to judge the actual numbers of gays, but I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that it is much higher than generally acknowledged. I can assure you that, as Satan’s man in Wake Forest, I’ve encountered plenty of upright godly Baptists who will admit privately that they’re skeptical of the Eternal Truth given once for all to the saints, but would sooner eat a live toad than say so publicly.
A Colorado judge has ruled against a Colorado baker who claimed that making a wedding cake for a same-sex couple violated his religious liberty.
Longstanding Colorado state law prohibits public accommodations, including businesses such as Masterpiece Cakeshop, from refusing service based on factors such as race, sex, marital status or sexual orientation. Mullins and Craig filed complaints with the Colorado Civil Rights Division (CCRD) contending that Masterpiece had violated this law. Earlier this year, the CCRD ruled that Phillips illegally discriminated against Mullins and Craig. Today’s decision from Judge Robert N. Spencer of the Colorado Office of Administrative Courts affirms that finding.
This is not complicated: If you hang out a shingle and offer to do business with the public, you do so at the sufferance of the public and are obliged to obey the laws and serve all of the public.
All of this was settled in the 60s; the loonies are, really, just revisiting the old lunch counter cases — something I doubt that, even, the Roberts court will overturn.
Rick Santorum likens himself to Nelson Mandela by pointing out that the Affordable Care Act, which he is fighting, institutes something very apartheid-like right here in the Good Ol’ U.S. of A.
“He was fighting against some great injustice, and I would make the argument that we have a great injustice going on right now in this country with an ever-increasing size of government that is taking over and controlling people’s lives – and Obamacare is front and center in that,” Santorum said Thursday on Fox News’s “The O’Reilly Factor.”
What is there to say? It’s like the Piper video a few posts down — so far gone into La-La Land that there is nothing to do but face the reality that the evangelical right is insane. There is no reasoning with these people; they have to be defeated and driven from public spaces and back under their rocks.
As H.L. Mencken once said: “The job before democracy is to get rid of such canaille. If it fails, they will devour it.”
John Piper, American Holy Man, in Dubai:
What’s to say? The evangelical right are out of their minds.