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  • I wanted HIV says star

    01/24/2005 1:30:52 AM PST · by flitton · 72 replies · 3,928+ views
    The Sun ^ | 24/01/05 | unattributed
    POP star Andy Bell says he always WANTED to be HIV positive. The gay Erasure singer, 40, revealed he is HIV positive last month — six years after diagnosis. And in a new interview he says: “You are going to think this strange, but I wanted to be HIV positive. I thought HIV was a touchstone of being gay. “But I’m a fighter. They will have to take me from this world kicking and screaming.” Bandmate Vince Clarke, 44, insisted Bell’s diagnosis did not change anything. He said: “I had no fear this was the end. “I have other friends...
  • Shaft, Stretch, Dick And Harry (Rush Limbaugh On The UN'S New Condom Three Amigos Alert)

    01/12/2005 3:59:53 PM PST · by goldstategop · 11 replies · 1,138+ views ^ | 01/12/05 | Rush Limbaugh
    Okay. If your children are listening... Well, never mind. This is okay for children because the UN is doing this. Never mind. If your kids are with you, it's fine. Don't worry. Forget I said that. (story) "A new global campaign to stop the spread of AIDS uses three animated characters dressed as condoms who deliver a serious message in humorous public service spots in 41 languages: If you're going to have sex, use a condom. The short spots are being offered free to broadcasters, community groups and universities and have the potential of reaching 80 percent of the world's...
  • SpongeBob, Barney promote 'gay tolerance (FedEx to Sponsor in Gov't Schools)

    01/08/2005 7:02:35 AM PST · by NYer · 510 replies · 21,519+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | January 6, 2005
    In a new video to be distributed to 61,000 schools across the nation, homosexual activists are using popular children's TV characters such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Barney the dinosaur to surreptitiously indoctrinate young children into their lifestyle, a pro-family activist group charges. SpongeBob Squarepants is one of the popular children's TV characters appearing in a new 'tolerance' video. Based on the 1970s hit song "We Are Family," the video will be distributed to public and private elementary schools nationwide March 11, along with lesson plans for teachers, points out the American Family Association. The distribution, sponsored by FedEx, will coincide...
  • YMCA Chief Fired for Transgender Ball Flap

    12/24/2004 1:31:53 PM PST · by snarks_when_bored · 22 replies · 1,387+ views
    My Way News [via Drudge] ^ | December 24, 2004
    YMCA Chief Fired for Transgender Ball Flap Dec 24, 10:00 AM (ET) CHICAGO (AP) - A YMCA director has been fired and overnight facility rentals banned after the parents of young children arriving for a morning swim meet clashed with participants in an overnight transgender fashion show and ball. Greg Weider, who had been acting director of the New City YMCA for two years, was fired Wednesday. Programming manager Michael Horton, who oversaw scheduling at the center, resigned two days earlier. "We've taken very swift, decisive action, and we will do everything we can in order to restore the...
  • Kids at YMCA swim meet run into cross-dressing ball

    12/20/2004 5:01:16 AM PST · by Ellesu · 168 replies · 4,208+ views
    In an incident the YMCA is calling "a very regrettable scheduling error," kids arriving for an early-morning swim meet Sunday walked into a gender-bending scene of the kind most of them wouldn't be allowed to watch on TV. Several of the kids' angry parents clashed with participants in a transgender fashion show, which had been under way at the New City YMCA since about midnight, resulting in a chaotic melee that was eventually broken up by private security guards and East Chicago District police. A YMCA member had reserved the entire facility, at 1515 N. Halsted, from 11 p.m. Saturday...
  • Selling a dangerous lie (Sex Ed)

    12/16/2004 11:50:45 PM PST · by kattracks · 12 replies · 1,222+ views ^ | 12/17/05 | Rebecca Hagelin
    What is it about sex education that causes some otherwise rational adults to behave irrationally?  When it comes to other topics -- smoking, drinking, drug abuse -- we don’t hesitate to give our children the benefit of an unambiguous “no.” We tell them flat out that they shouldn’t do it. If anyone said, “But kids are going to drink any way, so let’s show them how they can minimize the effects of a hangover,” most parents would suggest that that person have his head examined.  Yet who can deny that the same logic (or lack thereof) lies behind the push...

    12/09/2004 8:49:16 PM PST · by KMC1 · 4 replies · 979+ views
    WMCA - New York ^ | 12.9.2004
    Even though he knew what he was in for the President of the AMA did wander into the Kevin McCullough Show today. I tried to remain polite - but his position - opposing abstinence in federal funding initiatives is just foolish. Nonetheless I have to give incoming AMA President J. Edward Hill props he stood and faced the music - read for yourself... KMC: Dr. Hill, welcome to the Kevin McCullough Show... Hill: Thank you very much Kevin. KMC: Let me ask you, from Tupulo Mississippi to the head of the AMA - that's quite a rise wouldn't you...
  • ABC "Family" Channel Christmas Programming

    12/02/2004 6:16:51 PM PST · by Washi · 14 replies · 1,797+ views
    Is anyone else trying to watch the Christmas programming on "ABC Family"? There are several good programs on, many of them are the old Clay-mation Christmas shows that I remember from my childhood. And before I get bashed for not knowing that Jesus is the reason for the season, I do. But I also know that these are good, wholesome classics and are a Christmas tradition in my family. The problem is: nearly every commercial break contains a plug for the "ABC Family" show "Degrassi High", which appears to be aimed at teenagers and has at least one positively-portrayed gay...
  • Frist calls for review of abstinence-only programs (a cave-in to nosehair Waxman?)

    12/05/2004 6:12:38 PM PST · by churchillbuff · 65 replies · 2,275+ views
    KVIA ^ | Dec 4 04 | KVIA
    Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is calling for a review of federally funded sexual abstinence programs. The Tennessee Republican told A-B-C's "This Week" program that federal officials should look into allegations that the programs give students false and misleading medical information. California Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman says the programs give out false information about condoms and the effects of abortion. He also accuses the programs of blurring science and religion and getting fundamental scientific facts wrong. Frist, who's a doctor, didn't directly address the issues raised. But he says the programs should be reviewed.
  • Jerry Klein of WMAL Now Discussing Montgomery County School New Sex-Ed Curricula

    12/05/2004 10:56:02 AM PST · by sinanju · 2 replies · 662+ views
    To all D.C. (suburban MD) Freepers; Jerry Klein, WMAL's house liberal is fielding calls on the Montgomery County Sex-ed controversy.
  • Some Abstinence Programs Mislead Teens, Report Says

    12/02/2004 8:51:55 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 26 replies · 1,110+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Dec 2, 2004 | Ceci Connoly
    Many American youngsters participating in federally funded abstinence-only programs have been taught over the past three years that abortion can lead to sterility and suicide, that half the gay male teenagers in the United States have tested positive for the AIDS virus, and that touching a person's genitals "can result in pregnancy," a congressional staff analysis has found. Those and other assertions are examples of the "false, misleading, or distorted information" in the programs' teaching materials, said the analysis, released yesterday, which reviewed the curricula of more than a dozen projects aimed at preventing teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease....
  • Teens Tell Stories Of Sex At House Parties

    12/02/2004 7:49:38 AM PST · by esryle · 214 replies · 10,334+ views
    Teen Says He Lost Virginity At 9 CLEVELAND -- Research shows 16 percent of girls and 20 percent of boys have engaged in sexual intercourse by the time they reach their 14th birthday. For some fourth- and fifth-graders, sex is the topic of school lunch room conversations almost daily. In a special report, NewsChannel5's Deb Lee explored the troubling statistics. Lee talked with a 15-year-old Cleveland-area girl who is enrolled at the Pepper Pike Alcohol Treatment Center for kids about her experiences with alcohol and sex. The teen said kids are having sex as young as 11 and 12 years...
  • Abstinence Education

    12/02/2004 3:40:38 AM PST · by jhigh · 7 replies · 833+ views ^ | 12/02/2004 | Jason E. High
    The Washington Post is running this story today about how misleading abstinence-only education is. The claim is that abstinence-only curricullum contain mis-leading, distorted, and sometimes flat-out false facts. Some of their examples of this are: Many American youngsters participating in federally funded abstinence-only programs have been taught over the past three years that abortion can lead to sterility and suicide, that half the gay male teenagers in the United States have tested positive for the AIDS virus, and that touching a person’s genitals “can result in pregnancy,” a congressional staff analysis has found. Okay, so what’s wrong with any of...
  • Support of gays pushed in schools

    11/30/2004 10:51:49 PM PST · by kattracks · 57 replies · 1,948+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 12/01/04 | George Archibald
    Civil liberties and homosexual rights advocates have renewed their push for community programs to bolster support in schools for homosexual youths, just weeks after voters repudiated same-sex unions in 11 state referendums.     But in northeastern Kentucky, parents and students have defied the Ashland-Boyd County school district's "mandatory anti-harassment workshops," part of an agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union to allow the Gay-Straight Alliances student group to meet in school buildings. Hundreds of students opted out of the tolerance training video, and another 324 students did not show up for school the day it was shown. The ACLU has...
  • Outrage in Israel forces Sarah Jessica Parker cover-up

    11/30/2004 12:41:03 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 36 replies · 2,518+ views
    Brand Republic ^ | 11 30 04 | Staff, Brand Republic
    Sarah Jessica Parker has been ordered to cover up after her Lux billboard advert offended Israel’s Orthodox Jews. Within 24 hours of the billboard being displayed, a senior rabbi contacted the Israel office of consumer magnates Unilever to threaten a boycott of the company's entire range of products, not just Lux. With this potentially devastating boycott in mind, Unilever decided to appease the rabbis by drawing up new posters that conceal the 39-year-old’s exposed flesh.
  • Virginity Lost

    11/23/2004 11:59:12 AM PST · by DTaggart · 8 replies · 5,225+ views
    Let's talk about sex On Everwood, the WB's family drama about life in a small Colorado town, Ephram (played by Gregory Smith) has been in love with Amy (Emily VanCamp) since the show's first episode in the fall of 2002. Their tumultuous journey to coupledom spanned the show's first two seasons, which corresponded with their sophomore and junior years in high school. The pair faced many obstacles, most of them resulting from the fact that Amy's boyfriend, Colin, was in a coma. Finally, at the end of last season, Amy and Ephram made it through the wilderness and began dating....
  • ACLU threatens to file lawsuit over abstinence program

    11/18/2004 7:30:33 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 43 replies · 2,569+ views
    . New Orleans Times-Picayune ^ | November 18, 2004 | Keith O'Brien
    Despite settlement, Web site cites God In a six-page letter made public Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union says a state program promoting sexual abstinence has violated a 2002 court settlement by invoking the name of God and quoting biblical passages on the program's taxpayer-funded Web site. If changes aren't made to the site in 30 days, the ACLU said it will have no choice but to take the Governor's Program on Abstinence back into federal court. Meanwhile, the site,, remained up and running, telling teens, among other things, that God is standing beside them as they choose abstinence...
  • Dutch: Sex Education Question

    11/17/2004 1:46:49 PM PST · by blakep · 98 replies · 2,378+ views
    If we are having problems with sexual education here in America, shouldn't we try to implement a system that the Dutch have in place? I don't know the positives/negatives of the system because I can't get any details on the web, can some of you help me out? I hear they have an average of 8 pregnancies per 1,000. Plus their abortion rate is the lowest in the world.
  • (Ithaca's Gay) Coffee house to open for events (unitarians strike again)

    11/11/2004 10:55:02 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 12 replies · 1,043+ views
    Ithaca Journal | 11/11/04 | Briefly in Tompkins
    ITHACA--According to the Ithaca Journal(which cannot be reposted here thanks to the cretins at Gannett news), "[t]he Self-Help and Advocacy Council of CNY and "Over the Rainbow" are proud to announce their co-sponsoring of a monthly coffee house that will serve as an alternative social meeting place for members of the local LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender) community."The Journal reports that the coffee house will open Nov. 13, at Ithaca's Unitarian Church.According to the newspaper, "[t]he goal of the that people will find it to be a pleasant and safe atmosphere that people can use as a forum for...
  • Kid-Sex Shocker

    11/08/2004 7:58:46 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 59 replies · 11,405+ views
    New York Post ^ | November 8, 2004 | LEONARD GREENE and DAN MANGAN
    November 8, 2004 -- A 29-year-old Connecticut woman — accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old boy for months — says she considers the little neighbor her "boyfriend" and hopes to marry him someday, authorities said yesterday. "I don't want anyone but you!" Tammy Imre allegedly wrote in a letter to the boy, who was a playmate of Imre's 7-year-old daughter.
  • New 'brain' teaser: N-word in ads

    11/06/2004 1:16:36 AM PST · by kattracks · 15 replies · 1,251+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 11/06/04 | KATHLEEN LUCADAMO
    The salacious advertisements being stripped off scores of city buses and subway platforms for their hidden sexual message also contain a secret reference to the N-word. Stamped faintly below the logo for the ads' sponsor, the hip-hop clothing line Akademiks, are the initials "H.N.I.C." - slang for "Head [N-----] In Charge." A subway operator spotted the offensive acronym and alerted the Daily News yesterday. "It's sad, it really is," said the L-train operator, who asked not to be identified. As The News first reported yesterday, Akademiks admitted to planting the slang for oral sex - "Get Brain" - into the...
  • Bank cancels promotion of homosexuality

    10/18/2004 11:29:50 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 16 replies · 559+ views ^ | Tuesday, October 19, 2004
    Canada's largest bank has canceled its promotion of homosexuality with its employees after a pro-family organization sponsored a national boycott of the institution. As WorldNetDaily reported, the Royal Bank of Canada directed its employees to "be supportive" of "gay, lesbian and bisexual issues" and to show that support by displaying the homosexual movement's rainbow triangle symbol in the workplace. The statements were made in the first edition of a new newsletter called "Rainbow Space." "Voluntarily displaying this sticker shows gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered co-workers that they can feel safe with you, and shows unsupportive co-workers that you won't tolerate...
  • GOP group gets boot for backing Bush

    10/18/2004 10:20:36 PM PDT · by Paloma_55 · 57 replies · 1,603+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | October 18, 2004 | George Bennett
    Inclusiveness has its limits. The Palm Beach County chapter of the gay Log Cabin Republicans learned that lesson this month when it was excommunicated by the national gay Republican organization. he local club's heresy? Endorsing the reelection of President Bush. The board of the national Log Cabin Republicans, displeased with Bush's support for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, voted 22-2 last month to withhold its endorsement in the presidential race. But the head of the Palm Beach County chapter, Maurice Bonamigo, is a vocal Bush supporter who said he and his 17 club members would continue to back the...
  • UNICEF Demands Abortion for Underage Girls without Parents Knowledge

    10/18/2004 1:00:57 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 66 replies · 3,242+ views ^ | October 12, 2004
    WELLINGTON, October 12, 2004 ( - Unintentionally providing a timely reminder why people should not participate in its annual Halloween donation boxes campaign , UNICEF is lobbying New Zealand Parliamentarians against a proposal requiring parental consent for abortions. The nation's health spokesman, Judith Collins, is promoting a law to require doctors to inform parents when underage girls are seeking abortion. UNICEF has written all MPs to denounce the proposal. The UNICEF letter, signed by UNICEF's New Zealand executive director Dennis McKinlay, portrays parents as a danger. It suggested that when parents are informed that their daughters are seeking an abortion,...
  • EU Post Denied After Gay 'Sin' Remark

    10/11/2004 7:08:02 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 25 replies · 973+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 10/11/04 | Carl Limbacher/AP
    Italy's nominee to become the European Union's Justice and Home Affairs commissioner failed on Monday to win the backing of the European Parliament's Justice Committee, days after testifying that he considers homosexuality a sin. The panel narrowly failed to endorse Rocco Buttiglione, who is currently Italy's European Affairs minister, said Jean-Louis Bourlanges, chairman of the Justice Committee. The committee voted 27-26 not to recommend Buttiglione, officials said. The vote caused a political storm in Italy, with politicians on the right coming to Buttiglione's defense and many on the left attacking the government's choice of candidate. During a confirmation hearing last...
  • N.B. ruling opens hockey locker room to girls

    10/11/2004 3:00:23 PM PDT · by swilhelm73 · 50 replies · 4,002+ views
    CTV ^ | 10/10/04 | N/A
    A 14-year-old girl hockey player has won the right to share the same locker room with her male teammates. News Brunswick's Human Rights Commission has ruled that Brigette LeBlanc's rights were violated when she was forced to use a separate change room. LeBlanc has been playing hockey since the age of five. Her sense of camaraderie took a hit three years ago when she was made to use a separate change room. It felt like I was alone. I was always alone and I was the only girl on the team," she told ATV News. While she didn't mind at...
  • Indiana Mom Tattoos Anti-Bush Slogan On Shaved Head

    10/08/2004 2:02:15 AM PDT · by Westlander · 111 replies · 2,904+ views
    WDIV-TV Detroit ^ | 10-7-2004 | AP
    The presidential race is going to Kerra Fowler's head. She's tattooed an anti-Bush message on her shaved head. The Indiana mother of four even offered her bare skull as political ad space on the eBay Internet auction site.
  • Planned Parenthood Trains Teens to Bash Bush

    10/04/2004 11:48:00 AM PDT · by CT CONSERVATIVE · 5 replies · 724+ views
    Your tax dollars and mine, going to an organization that runs an activist training camp which sends children to go out and protest the president. No, I'm not making this up. Here it is in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel—and, as you can see, it's not a conservative newspaper: At 14, Sandy Milice has more experience with activism than many adults. This summer, she registered voters door-to-door and protested a visit by President Bush. "It came out pretty well," she said. "We didn't think everyone would be positive."
  • Ah, Reuters (You won't believe this one!)

    08/27/2004 5:29:13 PM PDT · by TonyInOhio · 128 replies · 4,373+ views
    The Corner on National Review Online ^ | 08/27/04 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    AH, REUTERS [Ramesh Ponnuru] Doug Johnson, legislative director of the National Right to Life Committee, sent out a press release on the latest partial-birth ruling. Here's an email he got in response from Todd Eastham, the North American news editor for Reuters:"What's your plan for parenting & educating all the unwanted children you people want to bring into the world? Who will pay for policing our streets & maintaining the prisons needed to contain them when you, their parents & the system fail them? Oh, sorry. All that money has been earmarked to pay off the Bush deficit. Give me...
  • Lesbians sue Catholic school for refusing daughter

    08/06/2004 8:52:40 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 106 replies · 1,605+ views
    CW News ^ | 8/6/04 | CW News
    Eugene, Oregon, Aug. 06 ( - A lesbian couple has sued a Catholic school and its parish after a daughter was refused admittance. After describing her irregular domestic arrangement to school principal Dianne Bert last year, Lee Inkmann was told her daughter would not be allowed to attend O'Hara Catholic School, because the lesbian relationship conflicted with Church doctrine, and could be confusing to other pupils. Inkmann and partner Trish Wilson are suing for $550,000 in damages, naming the school principal, as well as Father Mark Bachmeier, pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church, in their claim. Portland Archdiocese spokesman Bud...
  • Kansas Loses Ruling on Reporting of Underage Sex

    07/26/2004 5:40:32 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 12 replies · 851+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 7/26/04 | AP
    WICHITA, Kan. – A federal judge ruled Monday that doctors, nurses and other health care professionals in Kansas cannot be forced to report instances of underage sex to authorities. U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten issued a preliminary injunction blocking Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline's interpretation of a state law. Sex involving someone under 16 is illegal in Kansas, even if it involves willing same-age partners. Last July, Kline said the 1982 law requires doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, social workers and others to report such illegal underage sex to law enforcement officials or the state. Kline said such reporting is required...
  • Action Alert: Summer Homework for Parents-- What Are They Teaching Your Children?

    07/22/2004 4:29:59 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 372+ views
    THE FAMILY FOUNDATION OF VIRGINIA ^ | July 21, 2004 | Victoria Cobb, Director of Legislative Affairs
    The Family Foundation of Virginia Defending Faith, Family, and Freedom Across the Commonwealth Victoria Cobb, Director of Legislative Affairs Wednesday, July 21, 2004 Action Alert: Summer Homework for Parents-- What Are They Teaching Your Children? Over a decade ago, public schools in Virginia began teaching "Family Life Education" (FLE), a euphemism for sex education. The Virginia Board of Education dutifully invented standards of learning (SOL) and curriculum guidelines in the teaching of Family Life Education, including: the value of postponing sexual activity until marriage (abstinence education); human sexuality; human reproduction and contraception, including the benefits of adoption as a positive...
  • Porno Comic Books in Children's Section of Eau Gallie, FL Public Library (vanity)

    07/21/2004 4:58:49 AM PDT · by snopercod · 142 replies · 6,048+ views
    my daughter | July 21, 2004 | self
    A few days ago my daughter related how she took my ten-year-old Grandson to the Eau Gallie, FL (near Melbourne) public library to check out some books. She turned him loose in the kids' section while she looked for some books for herself. A while later, they each took their stack of books to the counter, checked them out, and went home. My daughter didn't inspect his choices any farther than the covers - big mistake. This is one of the books he chose (cool cover, right?): Gunsmith Cats: Bonnie & Clyde by Kenichi Sonoda Published by Dark Horse Comics"Meet...
  • Partner benefits only for homosexuals: University discriminates against straight unmarried couples

    07/10/2004 12:31:31 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 29 replies · 1,004+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 7/10/04 | WorldNetDaily
    Ohio University is offering "domestic-partner" benefits to employees, but only same-sex couples can apply. Some critics say the school is setting itself up for a lawsuit by employees who want to add a live-in boyfriend or girlfriend to their insurance plans, the Athens, Ohio, News reported. Eric Clift, a technical services specialist in OU's College of Osteopathic Medicine, told the paper if a heterosexual employee were to legally challenge the new policy as discriminatory, the university might have to either revoke the benefits for gay and lesbian employees, or extend them to straight employees, "which I have to think would...
  • 14-year-old girls seek IVF fertility treatment

    07/04/2004 11:44:07 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 22 replies · 3,409+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 7/4/04 | WorldNetDaily
    The Sexual Revolution has taken yet another unintended twist. Dr. Jo Heaton, who runs a sexual health clinic in Swindon, UK, was approached on four occasions in the past year by 14-year-old girls desperately seeking in vitro fertilization (IVF) services in order to become pregnant. "I found it absolutely extraordinary," she told the London Telegraph. The girls, white and from working class backgrounds, were fearful that they would not be able to become pregnant without assistance. They had already been sexually active for two years, reported the Telegraph. In each case the conversation went roughly the same," said Dr Heaton,...
  • Parents Beware: Shrek 2 Features Transgenderism and Crossdressing Themes

    06/22/2004 6:56:15 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 393 replies · 1,350+ views
    Summary: The DreamWorks' animated film, "Shrek 2," is billed as harmless entertainment but contains subtle sexual messages. Parents who are thinking about taking their children to see "Shrek 2", may wish to consider the following: The movie features a male-to-female transgender (in transition) as an evil bartender. The character has a five o'clock shadow, wears a dress and has female breasts. It is clear that he is a she-male. His voice is that of talk show host Larry King. During a dance scene at the end of the movie, this transgendered man expresses sexual desire for Prince Charming, jumps on...
  • Dr. Edell and Dr. Mengele

    06/20/2004 11:17:14 PM PDT · by fire_eye · 15 replies · 503+ views
    I'm not sure where in this forum this posting belongs. I heard Dr. Edell pontificating on this subject today, and there's no way to appropriately reference his comments here as a news item. Today, the good Doctor was excoriating the FDA, whom he claims are now just lackeys of President Bush, whom he claims is promoting idiotic policies based on his own religious fanaticism. Specifically, he was complaining that the FDA is balking at rubber-stamping the approval of an over-the-counter "Morning After" pill. What bothered me more, though, was what he said next. He basically stated that medical and scientific...
  • Sexual Freedom Activists Target 'Archaic, Unjust' Sex Laws

    06/06/2004 10:59:40 PM PDT · by tuesday afternoon · 36 replies · 876+ views ^ | 6/01/04 | Susan Jones
    ( - The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force says it is time to repeal America's "archaic and unjust" sex laws. The Task Force announced it is taking part in a project to analyze sex laws throughout the United States and identify which ones need to go. The point is to "educate Americans about the prevalence and abuse of antiquated and unjust sex laws in the nation, and to give grassroots activists policy and organizing tools to work to change these laws," the Task Force said in a press release. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force said it is...
  • Brockton Junior High Sex Ring Probed

    06/03/2004 2:28:41 AM PDT · by dasboot · 20 replies · 336+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 6-2-04 | David Wedge
    By Dave Wedge Wednesday, June 2, 2004 Brockton authorities are probing an alleged junior high prostitution racket, including whether to charge a 13-year-old girl accused of pressuring her mentally impaired friend into turning tricks for as little as $5. Brockton School Superintendent Joseph Bage said the disturbing case that has rocked West Junior High School is being investigated by Brockton police and Plymouth District Attorney TimothyCruz's office. Bage said no disciplinary action has been taken against either girl because the incidents allegedly occurred behind a shopping plaza a half-mile from the school. ``Once they're away from the school building, they're...
  • Students Rally for Same-Sex Marriages (Barf Alert!)

    05/31/2004 2:44:13 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 40 replies · 303+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/30/04 | Jessica Garrison
    About 100 teenagers — armed with ear-splitting screams and hand-lettered signs — rallied Saturday in Westwood in support of marriage for same-sex couples. "It's important for everyone to be able to live the way they want to," said Kate Heller, 16, a student at Winward School in West Los Angeles. Two teens from Winward's new Gay-Straight Alliance, Sarah Freed, 17, and Joe Goldman, 14, organized the Federal Building rally, which drew students, gay and straight, from high schools across Orange, Ventura and Los Angeles counties, along with parents, teachers and a fluffy white poodle. John Duran, mayor of West Hollywood,...
  • 'Pornfest' canceled after WND story

    05/25/2004 10:41:27 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 15 replies · 257+ views ^ | Wednesday, May 26, 2004
    After publicity sparked by a WND story, a university canceled a student group's "National Outdoor Intercourse Day" and related "Pornfest" this year. One year ago, Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., held its 11th annual "celebration" with offerings such as condom hunts, a masturbation information table and "Pornfest," a showing of award-winning pornographic films along with discussion sessions. Brochures were distributed to inform students of the "repercussions of sex outdoors," and a guest lecturer from a "sex-positive" community center in Seattle spoke on dispelling the "myths" surrounding polyamory – having sexual relationships with more than one person at a time....
  • SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Don't Discount the "Slippery Slope"

    05/25/2004 1:48:02 PM PDT · by L.N. Smithee · 33 replies · 369+ views
    These comments drew howls from gay-rights advocates, most of whom, we suspect, were objecting to the implication that homosexuality was comparable to practices like incest and bestiality, which most everyone still agrees are deviant. But Lithwick thinks the slippery-slope argument itself is fundamentally flawed: "The problem with the slippery slope argument is that it depends on inexact, and sometimes hysterical, comparisons," she writes. Also: "Slippery slopes are only metaphors. They are not intrinsic principles of law." Yet the way American constitutional law works, slippery slopes are almost inevitable--a point that is more easily understood if we think of same-sex marriage...
  • Teen Fights Retailer (Nordstrom) For Conservative Clothes

    05/23/2004 11:59:52 AM PDT · by mhking · 88 replies · 811+ views
    KOMO-TV/DT/AM Seattle ^ | 5.21.04 | Leslie Knopp
    BELLEVUE - When Ella Gunderson wanted some new clothes she thought for sure she'd find something in the junior's department of Nordstrom. But she was surprised by what she found. "Some of the clothes there just aren't very appropriate," she explained. She found short skirts and blue jeans that left her belly button bare. So, Ella took her complaint to the top. She wrote the company a letter. The letter read: "Dear Nordstrom, I'm an 11-year-old girl who has tried shopping at your store for clothes, in particular jeans. But all of them ride way under my hips and the...
  • Hooters location to do contest for 5 year olds

    05/21/2004 10:04:38 AM PDT · by mhking · 69 replies · 2,000+ views
    Ramblings' Journal ^ | 5.21.04 | Michael King
    Some rocket scientist manager at a Hooters location in Florida has come up with an idea that makes me physically ill.Now I'm all for going to Hooters and chugging down a beer or three along with inhaling a few wings (and yes, even stealing a gander at the tightly clad wait staff -- at least when She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed is looking in the other direction, lest I get smacked), but some people are just dead between the ears.The sign on the verge advertising the Little Miss Hooters contest is, however, beyond the pale. We called this evening, asked for details. The contest...
  • Teen party video raises moral, ethical questions

    05/16/2004 8:44:37 PM PDT · by arjay · 21 replies · 862+ views
    Dayton Daily News ^ | May 16, 2004 | Mary McCarty
    COMMENTARY Teen party video raises moral, ethical questions By Mary McCarty Dayton Daily News "Did she do the right thing?" After all the buzz surrounding the infamous Bellbrook videotape — which recorded underage drinking and drug use during a five-day series of parties in November — it boils down to this one question. Nearly everybody agrees that drinking and drug use are a problem at Bellbrook High School, as they are at nearly every American high school. Nearly everybody agrees that it's not a new problem. What's different about this case, what has made it the talk of the town...
  • No Smoking in Movies?

    05/13/2004 6:42:49 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 38 replies · 627+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 5/13/04 | AP
    WASHINGTON — Chief movie lobbyist Jack Valenti defended smoking in Hollywood films, but senators insisted the industry must do more to stop the practice. "I don't believe that whatever the director does ought to incite the intervention of the government in any form," Valenti, head of the Motion Picture Association of America, told a Senate Commerce Committee hearing yesterday. "I've got to tell you I believe it is his right to tell the story as he chooses to tell it." Some lawmakers were dissatisfied by his answers. A study last year found that teens who watch movies with smoking in...

    05/13/2004 12:10:06 AM PDT · by kattracks · 445 replies · 5,677+ views
    New York Post ^ | 5/13/04 | VINCENT MORRIS and DEBORAH ORIN
    <p>May 13, 2004 -- WASHINGTON - Shocking shots of sexcapades involving Pfc. Lynndie England were among the hundreds of X-rated photos and videos from the Abu Ghraib prison scandal shown to lawmakers in a top-secret Capitol conference room yesterday.</p> <p>"She was having sex with numerous partners. It appeared to be consensual," said a lawmaker who saw the photos.</p>
  • Bucking up the Catholic brand

    04/14/2004 12:05:05 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 12 replies · 201+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | April 9, 2004 | MICHAEL J. DALEY
    In a recent address at the Catholic University of America, pollster John Zogby sounded the alarms (NCR, March 21). “If so much of U.S. culture is focused on building brands among the young, it is worth considering how well the Catholic church performs among this critical demographic as a brand. The news is not good,” he said. “If the church were a brand of cereal,” Zogby said, “we could find our grandchildren eating Unitarian Krispies as they get older.” In response to his words, I have been struck by the linkage of Catholicism with the brand-name culture. My great fear...
  • Most U.S. Muslims see U.S. as immoral

    04/07/2004 11:20:33 PM PDT · by ambrose · 117 replies · 1,074+ views
    <p>DETROIT, April 7 (UPI) -- A survey of practicing Muslims in Detroit, home to numerous U.S. Muslims, found that 61 percent think of the United States as immoral.</p> <p>Asked whether "America is an immoral society," 26 percent of mosque goers "strongly agree" and 35 "somewhat agree," the Washington Times reported Wednesday.</p>
  • Worker opposed to gays wins suit

    04/07/2004 8:12:09 PM PDT · by missyme · 73 replies · 445+ views
    Washington Times ^ | April 7th, 2004 | Amy Fagan
    <p>An AT&T Broadband employee who was fired after refusing to abide by company rules that he said violated his religious beliefs about homosexuality has won a federal court case. Judge Marcia S. Krieger of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado awarded Albert Buonanno of Denver $146,269 for lost salary, loss of 401(k) matching contributions and compensation for emotional distress in a Friday ruling released this week. The judge found that although there was no direct religious discrimination against Mr. Buonanno, AT&T Broadband failed to show it could not have accommodated Mr. Buonanno's beliefs "without undue hardship" to the company he had been with for nearly two years. Mr. Buonanno objected to language in a new employee handbook issued in January 2001 that said "each person at AT&T Broadband is charged with the responsibility to fully recognize, respect and value the differences among all of us," including sexual orientation. He was fired after refusing to sign a "certificate of understanding" acknowledging that he agreed to the policy. The Civil Rights Act requires employers to reasonably accommodate the religious beliefs of employees unless the employer can show it will create an undue hardship on the company to do so. Mr. Buonanno felt his Christian beliefs prevented him from valuing or agreeing with homosexuality, which he views as a sin, but he pledged not to discriminate against or harass anyone, said John W. Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute, the group that represented Mr. Buonanno. "This issue is about more than an objection to homosexuality," Mr. Whitehead said. "It concerns the freedom of conscience — the right of individuals to object to something they believe is wrong, especially when it contradicts their religious beliefs, whether it is war, abortion, homosexuality or a number of other issues." A spokesman for Comcast, which owns AT&T Broadband, said, the company "is disappointed in the court's ruling," which they said appears to ignore attempts by companies "to foster diversity and nondiscrimination in the workplace." The spokesman, who asked not to be named, said the company is reviewing the case and might appeal the ruling. Mr. Buonanno did not ask the court to reinstate him as a quota specialist, instead seeking monetary compensation. He now works for Mental Health Corporation of Denver as a counselor. The ruling could embolden other Christians or religious people to challenge similar policies, said Mr. Whitehead, who expects court challenges to the "sensitivity training" companies sometimes require, which he said often aims at training workers to accept and value diversity, including homosexuality. "I think Buonanno is just the tip of the iceberg," Mr. Whitehead said. Mr. Buonanno wasn't asking anything that would unduly burden the company — such as granting him every Wednesday off for religious purposes, Mr. Whitehead said. "All he was saying that he couldn't agree that he would value the homosexual lifestyle ... which as a fundamentalist Christian he sees as a sinful lifestyle," said Mr. Whitehead. But AT&T made "no attempt to even reasonably accommodate him," and they couldn't show undue hardship would occur if they did. In the ruling, the judge listed several things the company could have done to avoid the situation, such as communicating better, getting more details about Mr. Buonanno's concerns, clarifying what the company intended by the language in question, accepting his pledge not to discriminate, or even rewriting the language to make it less ambiguous.</p>