Monday, October 31, 2011

Tweet of the Day: October 31, 2011

The Wrap-Up: October 31, 2011

This story on genetically engineered mosquitoes is apparently not science fiction.

Gay marriage or marriage equality? Gotta love semantics.

In completely tasteless exercises of free speech, a pro-gun rally is planned in November at...Virginia Tech. You know, that school where 32 people were gunned down April 16, 2007? This being my alma mater, there is no end to how disgusting I find this.

Michele Bachmann (R-MN)
According to Media Matters, FNC has largely ignored the anti-LGBT bullying epidemic facing schools and, instead, given more airtime attacking anti-bullying measures. I'm sure I can count the number of surprised people on one hand.

It wouldn't be late October without someone saying celebrating Halloween is celebrating Satan. Take it away Linda Harvey!!!

Foreign policy is like making a pizza...

Eric Cantor (R-VA)
After 72 days, Kim Kardashian is ending her marriage. Obviously, the right is succeeding in protecting marriage.

Michele Bachmann gets caught in another falsehood. It's really sad that her problems with truth aren't really news anymore. I'm glad Amanpour called her on it, but I wish she had done so in a more overt manner.

It looks like Eric Cantor's views on marriage equality didn't quite mesh with this audience in Michigan. Also, notice how he didn't answer the all.

A California high school crowned a lesbian couple for homecoming, giving me hope for the future.


Marriage News Watch: October 31, 2011

Friday, October 28, 2011

The Wrap-Up: October 28, 2011

Linda Harvey
It looks like a battle is shaping up between Wayne Bessen of Truth Wins Out (which, in part, debunks ex-gay reparative therapy) and Linda Harvey, an arch-homophobe and conservative radio host. She has threatened to sue him over quoting her verbatim. In the latest salvo, TWO has posted a list of quotes and audio attributable to Harvey. Ain't she sweet?

Just when the one out rugby player from the United Kingdom retires, another one comes out of the closet. This begs the question: are U.K. athletes braver than American athletes or is it merely a difference of culture?

The House Blue Dogs (conservative leaning Democrats) were worse than decimated in to 2010. Facing another tough election next year, they're cranking up their fundraising efforts.

Stuart Walker
An arrest has been made in the brutal murder of Stuart Walker in Scotland.

And about those allegations that Stuart had molested a child? Yeah, turns out they were false and the source was very unreliable.

Despite the FACT that Republicans want to gut Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, education, and every other form of government spending that isn't defense or subsidies to big oil while at the same time giving massive tax cuts to their corporate overlords, they are claiming to be the ones saving the social safety-net.

Why do Republicans keep switching front-runners for their party's nomination? Cenk Uygur explains.

Speaking of Cenk Uygur, HERE he is talking about Oakland's pandering/tone-deaf mayor and the behaviour of Occupy protesters.

Kirsten Gillibrand
When even a super skeptical Koch brother funded scientist finds that the world is warming rapidly, THE WORLD IS WARMING RAPIDLY!!!

Apparently marriage equality will destroy America, despite the fact that it has done no serious damage to Holland which has had it for a decade.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has introduced a bill to end adoption discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The Religious Wrong: The Real Nazis?

Maybe I wasn't paying attention, but I must have missed the part where Christians were being rounded up and sent to Concentration Camps. Thus, the analogy falls apart. German Jews weren't spewing hate the way that these types of Christians (though not all Christians) are, so there, the analogy falls apart. German Jews weren't trying to get laws passed to restrict the rights of other Germans, so there, the analogy falls apart. Come to think of it, it was Nazis who were doing all of those things, which I guess would make "Matt Barber" type Christians the real Nazis in this analogy. Go figure that.

Also, just because SPLC has called you out on your hateful bigotry doesn't make them hard left-wing radicals. I guess the truth really does hurt or else Liberty Counsel wouldn't lash out like this.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Wrap-Up: October 27, 2011

Linda Wall: VA House of Delegates candidate
Apparently, marijuana made Linda Wall have an affair with a female student.

ATTENTION PROGRESSIVES: Join the Wolf PAC  (FYI, this has nothing to do with N.C. State)

Georgia Shorter University, "Gays need not apply."

Remember that gay soldier who was booed during the Tea Party debate in September? HERE is what his husband had to say...and more.

An unfortunately accurate graphic, given that the Oakland Police Department fractured the skull of a 2-tour veteran of Iraq, among other acts of police brutality.

Gareth Thomas
HERE is a look for support for marriage equality over the last decade by religion (although lots of groups are left out including Jews, Muslims, Mormons, etc).

An anti-gay attack at school was caught on tape. I don't have the heart to watch (even reading the article was hard), but you decide.

The NFL doesn't take too kindly for its players posing with porn stars wearing their jerseys. Football players have done lots of things requiring apologies, but I don't understand why this is one of them.

Governor Bob McDonnell (R-VA) helping a gay candidate? I'm shocked too.

Openly gay rugger Gareth Thomas is hanging up his cleats (I'm assuming rugby players wear cleats) at the ripe old age of 37.

And finally, Jon Stewart takes a lighter look at Occupy Oakland.

Police Brutality by Oakland Police Department

Mistrust in Government

Monday, October 24, 2011

Christian Priorities

Courtesy of Political Loudmouth.

Pat Robertson Made Sense?

Hell has just frozen over: Pat Robertson actually said something that makes sense and is totally true. The end is nigh people because this may be a sign of the Apocalypse.

I'm actually not too worried. I'm sure that after this statement, it's back to his regularly scheduled crazy.

Marriage News Watch: October 24, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Occupy Wall Street: An Understanding

Fox Fail: World's Worst Interviewer

Bill O'Reilly is one of the worst interviewers that I have had the displeasure of seeing on television. Constantly, he has no idea what he is talking about. He regularly talks over the people he is "interviewing" (and I'm not just talking about when segments are over time). He asks questions and then does not give the other person/people the opportunity to answer. He does not do the necessary research beforehand to have a substantive discussion. 

In other words, he fits right in at Fox.

Americans Are For Tax Fairness

Friday, October 21, 2011

"Fight These Rat-Bastards!!!"

Know Your Allies: Brendon Ayanbadejo

Ayanbadejo, also spoke out and did a video earlier this year when Maryland was first attempting to enact marriage equality. Now that the state is going for a second round in this battle, he has stepped up and done it again. I guess it is particularly surprising not just that it is coming from a professional football player, but a member of a traditionally tough defense in the league (i.e. really "tough" guys). It is also really important in a state that is incredibly close to passing marriage equality (the state has a Democratic majority in both legislative houses and a Democratic Governor). Every voice is needed and voices from all sectors of society should be heard in their support.

I hope this doesn't mean I have to start cheering for the Ravens though.

Occupy Wall Street: Pissed-Off Bankers

Failure on the Flat Tax

In the simplest of terms, a flat tax results in a tax hike for those already struggling or have already lost it all, and a tax cut for those who need it the least. Another swell idea from the Republican party.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tweet of the Day: October 19, 2011

Election 2012: Last Night's Debate At A Glance

0:11 - It didn’t take Bachmann a long time to make me cringe (“what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” joke).
0:17 - Everyone is beating up on Cain’s 9-9-9 plan.
0:21 - I hope Bachmann was paying attention, Romney just correctly pronounced “Chutzpah.”
0:26 - Perry proposes fixing the economy by more oil/natural gas jobs.
0:30 - Romney and Santorum spare over “RomneyCare” and it looks like with Santorum trying interrupt Romney repeatedly is something that the audience apparently doesn’t like.
0:34 - Bachmann is calling for attention in a way that reminds me of a kid in a 3rd grade class.
0:42 - Perry accuses Romney of hiring illegals in his home. Shouting match ensues as Perry interrupts Romney’s time and for a second, it really looks like these two are about to break out boxing gloves.
0:45 - Romney calls Perry on interrupting him again and smacks him down (not literally).
0:48 - Bachmann mentions having signed a pledge to build a fence. So…how many pledges has she signed so far? Oh, and she (and the audience) will make English the national language.
0:50 - Perry is talking down to (about) Bachmann on immigration and it really seems like that exchange with Romney (and the audience’s reaction thereto) has him pissed.
0:55 - Paul mentions how we too many time parse people into groups where some win and some lose. Guess who loses with the GOP…
1:05 - This audience really doesn’t like Rick Santorum
1:10 - Cain defends Wall Street against Occupy Wall Street, says people should be protesting the White House. Paul blames the Fed for the bubble/bailout.
1:29 - Cooper mentions that Paul has advocated eliminating pretty much every governmental department…except defense. Paul talks about cutting the defense budget by getting out of various military conflicts.
1:36 - Paul is for cutting ALL foreign aid spending.
1:51 - Bachmann manages to work “one-term president” and Reagan into 1 sentence.


-Michele Bachmann: At this point, she is pretty much relegated to one-liners and even less substance than we are used to hearing from politicians in general (which is really saying something).
-Herman Cain: 9-9-9 was hammered into as this was the first debate where Cain was a front-runner. His main problem was about a hypothetical on negotiating with terrorists and prisoner exchanges.
-Newt Gingrich: He tried to deny that Romney’s idea for a mandate in the Massachusetts healthcare plan came from him…unsuccessfully. I guess he didn’t make much of an impression on me because I can’t really think of how to evaluate him. He only raised 800k$ Last quarter anyway, so I guess he isn’t making much of an impression on anyone.
-Jon Huntsman: He “boycotted” this debate (and I’m still not sure why) and opted to stay in New Hampshire instead. I’m not sure he was missed.
-Ron Paul: The audience loves this man. Pretty much every answer he gave was about liberty and getting government out of our lives even more so than the other candidates. He even talked about reducing the defense budget by getting us out of places where we have been for decades (Japan, Germany, etc.) versus some of his counterparts doing more sabre-rattling.
-Rick Perry: His attempt to knock Romney down by constantly interrupting him was met with boos from the audience repeatedly (which Romney pointed out). In some interviews after the debate, people were saying Perry turned them off. Not really surprising.
-Mitt Romney: He seemed to get a little rattled, but given how many hits he took from the others (especially Perry and Santorum), I would say that he still held firm and had the audience more-or-less on his side.
-Rick Santorum: This man never ceases to amaze me in how he manages to be tangentially homophobic. He was asked about getting the Latino vote and his answer centered around family (GOP code for anti-gay) and faith (GOP code for anti-gay). Some of his answers, and how he responded with regards to Mitt Romney, were met with boos.

This debate was a bitter battle far more than the others have been. Civility, if not dead, is at least on life-support. I would say that this time around, the audience liked Romney and Paul, and disliked Santorum and Perry. We apparently have a while until the next debate, so everyone is going back to their corners after this melee.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tweet of the Day: October 18, 2011

Election 2012: Playing Games

Tonight will feature another in a (seemingly) long line of GOP debates. In case some of you are getting tired or bored with these things, why not turn it into a drinking game? Here are the rules: drink every time

...Herman Cain (or anyone) says 9-9-9.
...Michelle Bachmann misquotes history that 4th graders are currently learning.
...Rick Santorum reminds you that gay people don't deserve anything.
...Ron Paul rails against the Fed.
...Rick Perry mispronounces simple 2-syllable words (what is it with Texas governors and doing that?).
...Mitt Romney changes his position (and no, not his standing position)
...Newt Gingrich pretends to be a Rhodes Scholar
...anyone says "Ronald Reagan."

WARNING: Playing this game WILL lead to alcohol poisoning and/or death if played for more than five minutes.

The debate will be on CNN at 8pm Eastern.

The Religious Wrong: Think of the Children

Apparently Matt Barber prefers these children being denied both instead of being "denied" one or the other. The fact of the matter is that there are not enough opposite-sex couples out there who are willing and able to take in all of the children in this country that need to be adopted. If same-sex couples are not allowed to legally adopt, many would not be adopted at all. They would not only be denied parents, they would be denied extended family and they would be denied the safety net that comes with all of that which so many of the rest of us take for granted on a daily basis. There are same-sex couples (as well as potential single parents) who are willing and able to adopt, and they should be allowed to do so.

The only thing that is tragic about this is that people like Barber are fighting against adoption rights, and it's the children who suffer.

Occupy Wall Street: Blacksburg Edition

When I merely saw the headline, I got excited. Though the fervor is obviously not as strong here as it is in New York, Boston, Seattle, and various other places in the country/world, I honestly didn't think it would reach to my little corner of this planet. I'm glad I was wrong.

For the second time in less than a week, Blacksburg was occupied.

Occupy Blacksburg held a protest Saturday, Oct. 15, to show solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Waving signs and carrying banners, members of the community gathered in front of The Cellar Restaurant and listened to speakers before they marched through downtown Blacksburg.

The Occupy Virginia Tech group held a similar protest at the War Memorial Pylons last Thursday.

While that protest was populated predominately by students, Saturday’s saw a more diverse crowd.

“Occupy Virginia Tech was mainly students where people came out for job security and student debt,” said Kyle Gardiner, a senior political science major. “Occupy Blacksburg had a much larger age variety and reflected more general concerns about a government that is no longer serving the people.”

Gardiner spoke at Occupy Blacksburg but did not at the Tech protest. He said he didn’t feel comfortable protesting amid the memorials to American soldiers, since Occupy Virginia Tech was held near the War Memorial Chapel. 

Protestors at Occupy Blacksburg offered many different reasons for why they came out Saturday and gave their opinions about the movement’s purpose.

“It’s about the 99 percent that don’t control all the wealth in the country standing up and taking back what is theirs,” said Abby Hays, a junior political science major.

Others said they were dissatisfied with the state of the job market in the U.S.

“I know people here are concerned with the fact that there are no jobs for them after college, and they are burdened with a lot of debt,” said Robert Fentress, the senior instructional designer and developer for the Institute for Distance and Distributed Learning at Tech. 

“(It’s a) similar thing for the staff, as their salaries haven’t increased, while some people at the top of the university are making a lot of money.”

Margaret Breslau, one of the organizers of Occupy Blacksburg, said Wall Street hasn’t felt the same economic woes that have afflicted the rest of the population.

“Wages have been falling in this country, and yet the top 1 percent had the highest profits ever even in this time of crisis and economic downturn,” Breslau said. “They’re still getting a profit while wages are falling, people can’t find jobs and student loans are spiraling out of control.”

A common stance among occupiers at the protest was that the government’s affiliation with corporations has resulted in political inequality.

Travis Merritt, a graduate student studying physics, said wealth often equates in large amounts of political leverage, and he wants to see the government work more for the 99 percent, rather than the rich 1 percent.

“People are saying that it is a socialist movement, but it is wholly democratic, trying to get back to the one person, one vote,” Merritt said. “People are going to Wall Street because that is where they are seeing most of the influence.”

With so many beliefs expressed in one place, some bystanders questioned the effectiveness of having a protest without much direction.

Will Stacy, a Tech alumnus, said despite a lack of direction, protesting is an effective measure in showing leaders people’s will.

“How do we begin to put pressure on our government to create policies that limit the effect of large corporations on our policy decisions?” Stacy said. “I don’t understand any other way, other than voting, which doesn’t seem to be working. We’re here mainly to start that pressure.”

Breslau said the Occupy movement is spreading as more people connect with what it stands for.

“The fact that it happened in New York was just one example of something that everyone across the country and the world has been really wanting,” Breslau said.

Saturday’s protest was held in conjunction with protests not only in cities across the country, but also across the globe. From Brussels to Berlin and Taipei to Tokyo, protesters came out Saturday to voice their concerns on wealth disparity and others.

Reaction to the protest was mixed. Cars driving by gave out honks of support, while at least one driver flipped off the protestors as he passed.

“This is just the first of many opportunities for people to speak out, to be heard and to continue the solidarity,” Breslau said.

Collegiate Times

Monday, October 17, 2011

The Right to Love: An American Family

"While the passionate debate over the legitimacy of Marriage Equality in the United States rages on, the LGBT community continues to fight for their slice of the American dream. Powered by media, religion and influential anti-gay organizations, the civil right of marriage continues to be held just out of reach for many LGBT citizens.

"The Right To Love: An American Family" chronicles one story of courage born out of the highly mediatized and controversial Prop 8 2008 election results in California. A private Californian married gay couple and their two adopted children fight back against discrimination, ignorance and hate through home videos posted on their YouTube channel, 'Gay Family Values'. As they pursue their American Dream, the opposing political, social and religious opinions that pervade society attempts to strip it from them."

Jaye Bird Productions
Gay Family Values

The Religious Wrong: The Real Bullies are...???

What America is really seeing is that it is our LGBT youth (or those perceived as such) who are really the ones being bullied into despairing of life, not people of faith. This is why people are beginning to stand against it all over the country. This is why there is an "It Gets Better" campaign. This is why there is a national conversation underway about how to stop this epidemic that has claimed an unknown number of lives (although 1 is too many). This man, Matt Barber, either truly is ignorant on what is really going on here, or he is just plain lying (and my money is on the latter).

Marriage News Watch: October 17, 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Occupy Wall Street: Going Global

What started on a little island in New York has spread to the four corners of the world. While I certainly don't condone the actions of the anarchists, any acts of violence, and others who have usurped an otherwise completely just cause, I certainly DO condone the actions of the peaceful protesters and those who are actually trying to affect positive change. This movement has legs that the Tea Party movement did/does not and the entire world has awakened. Keep fighting the good fight folks. POWER TO THE PEOPLE!!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tweet of the Day: October 13, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg wants the Occupy Wall Street protesters (or at least some of them in certain areas) to clear out so that they can be cleaned. Of course this smells of some kind of effort to quash the movement which has spread beyond Wall Street and even New York City itself into cities from coast to coast (Seattle, Dallas, Boston, etc.). Fight on protesters, fight on.

'Funny' Slaves: Herman Cain & Neal Boortz

Choosing Sides

This definitely goes for that Minnesota school district where teachers and administrators aren't allowed to talk about homosexuality, which has directly led to so many kids committing suicide.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Election 2012: 999 Under the Microscope

Tea Party Vs Occupy Wall Street

Election 2012: GOP Debate from New Hampshire (Highlights)

This debate is primarily about the economy although some other issues were brought up (healthcare, energy etc.).
0:05 - Perry’s solution for the economy? More oil. Drill baby, drill.
0:10 - Gingrich accuses “Occupy Wall Street” protesters of being messy. He goes on to demand more transparency of Bernanke and Geithner.
0:14 - Santorum suggests gutting taxes for manufacturers. 0%
0:18 - Gingrich agrees with Palin on death-panels
0:22 - Huntsman is being actually funny, saying he thought Cain’s 9-9-9 plan was the price of a pizza
0:37 - They’re showing a video of Reagan that I showed on a previous blog post. Basically, Reagan is suggesting we should raise taxes on those not paying their fair share (I.e. the rich). Perry chalks it up to “different times.”
0:41 - Romney is against Defense cuts and fair taxation.
0:42 - Gingrich calls the budget compromise passed this Summer “stupid.” It’s an act of Congress that could be repealed by Congress.
0:43 - Bachmann touts how she was against raising the debt ceiling…which could have led to defaulting on U.S. debt.
0:52 - Perry has been pushing American energy all night. I wonder why a Texas Governor would do such a thing??? (hint: $$$)
0:54 - Some guy in a video is pronouncing ‘agenda’ with an R at the end.
1:00 - Candidates will ask each other questions going in alphabetical order starting with…
1:06 - Bachmann mentions Ronald Reagan’s 1980’s miracle. Is she talking about the 11 times he raised taxes or is raising the national debt?
1:12 - Everyone seems to be asking Romney questions in this section.
1:16 - Tonight’s theme is officially 9-9-9
1:16 - Perry asks Romney about “RomneyCare.” No surprise there.
1:18 - Charlie Rose apparently doesn’t know the alphabet (and gets called on it by Santorum)
1:21 - Santorum mentions that this is the “Live Free or Die” state…unless you’re gay (okay, I added that last part).
1:35 - Bachmann has been calling Dodd-Frank the “Jobs & Housing Destruction Act” and I think she just referred to herself as a small business owner.
1:45 - Even in a debate that is about the economy, Santorum manages to be tangentially homophobic…and someone in the audience is yelling at him.

I have to say that Herman Cain had a strong showing. This debate saw him get more questions thrown at him by moderators and fellow candidates, and he managed it very well. He stayed on message and kept mentioning his 9-9-9 plan. Perry didn’t have a bad showing, but he didn’t do what he needed to do. Romney stayed strong and the fact that he was asked most of the questions from fellow candidates  show that he is still a top tier candidate.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tweet of the Day: October 11, 2011

GOProud: Breaking the Camel's Back

I have long defended the principle of having gay conservative groups. I believe that one of the best ways to change the Republican party from being the homophobic party that it currently is and has been is from the inside. However, I have my limits when it comes to being understanding. GOProud, one of these gay/conservative groups has taken itself beyond those limits. This group actually has Ann Coulter as a board member. This woman is no friend to gay people at all. Quite the opposite, when she was against the repeal of DADT, she is against marriage equality, and the list goes on and on and on. She calls liberals in general a "Godless" lot ("Godless: The Church of Liberalism" was the title of a book she wrote). This is akin to having a KKK member on the board of the NAACP. When it comes to gay rights (or anything that resembles human decency), this woman has zero redeeming qualities. It's as if this organization is actually working against the rights for which the rest of us, including other gay/conservative groups like the Log Cabin Republicans, are fighting so hard. Even though I still feel that gay/conservative groups are still worth having, GOProud is no longer a group that I can defend.

Herman Cain: Color Blind, Deaf & Dumb

Monday, October 10, 2011

Tweet of the Day: October 10, 2011

For those who don't know, Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) is the guy who, along with the state's Republican assembly members, severely restricted collective bargaining rights in the state. There has already been a recall election of 6 Republican state senators in a bid to get control of the chamber back into Democratic hands, but Democrats fell a single seat short. It looks like it may be the Governor's turn in the hot seat.

Anderson Cooper: Bullying Stops Here

A Statement From Wall Street Protesters

Marriage News Watch: October 10, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Tweet of the Day: October 6, 2011

Know Your Allies: Governor Martin O'Malley

In the run-up to his state's 2011 legislative session, Governor O'Malley had said he was for marriage equality in Maryland. Maryland had bucked the trend of the last few years and actually added to already existing Democratic majorities in both of its legislative bodies. Despite this, however, the marriage equality bill that had been introduced died. Some believe that it was in part due to the fact that unlike his New York counterpart Governor Cuomo, O'Malley was not all that involved in the fight.

A great thing ended up happening: the marriage battle in New york was won, and many gave a great deal of credit to Governor Cuomo who was fully immersed in that legislative fight. After this victory, talk began about another run at marriage equality in Maryland. This time around, Governor O'Malley has said that he would be more directly involved. Forces are already mustering on both sides, and it is a reassuring to know that if the equality bill makes it to the Governor's desk (after what will no doubt be a significant political conflagration), he will sign it.

Governor O'Malley is not just about marriage equality, he and his wife also are taking the fight to anti-gay bullying in schools.

We certainly thank Governor Martin O'Malley for his words and actions and wish him the best of luck in his quest to make Maryland the seventh state in the Union to enact marriage equality.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Ronald Reagan: Close Loopholes For the Rich

If you have seen any of the GOP presidential debates, or any of the GOP candidates speaking on the stump, you have heard them (each and every one of them) site Ronald Reagan on a regular basis. In fact at the debate which took place at the Reagan Library in California, they were practically praying at a Reagan shrine. It really is amazing how when you get into the details, these candidates, as well as the current Republican party (at least in terms of the elected Republicans) are categorically un-Reagan if not anti-Reagan. It really goes to show how little these people actually know what they are talking about. HERE is an interesting article from Think Progress from earlier this year that brings to light facts that I'm sure conservatives are completely unaware of.

Know Your Allies: Hudson Taylor (Addendum)

Seriously, I love Hudson Taylor. I wrote something on him some time ago (which you can read HERE). As I said then, he is a guy who has no personal stake in the fight for LGBT equality, but he has put himself out there for us in such a strong way that we will never really be able to adequately thank him. His work with Athlete Ally, the organization he founded to fight homophobia in sports, has continued on since that article as written. I believe that this video was shown during some of the NCAA football games this past Saturday and talks about the progress that he and the organization have made.

Also, congratulations to Taylor on his recent marriage to his long term girlfriend.

I'm still jealous he got to be interviewed by Thomas Roberts. Some people have all the luck.

You can follow Hudson on Twitter HERE & Athlete Ally on Twitter HERE.

The Religious Wrong: Halloween

It seems like Pat Robertson is anti-fun all-around. Here is what I found out about Halloween from the History channel's website:
Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.
It's amazing how this man repeatedly talks about things when he has no idea what he is talking about. He has struck yet again. He needs to fire whoever is on is research team, although it's more likely that he doesn't have one to begin with and should hire one. He is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.