The Miss USA contest began as a beauty contest and ended up as a mud bath. The theatrics started when celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, who was a pageant judge, asked Miss California, Carrie Prejean, if she supported marriage equality.
Anything But Straight: Religion and Republicanism Have Lost the Future
In pandering to the fanatical and the fearful – both religion and Republicanism may have compromised their future.
Anything But Straight: Do Tell, Live in Hell
Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-CA) introduced a bill this week to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, a law that prohibits gay and lesbian military personnel from serving openly.
Nicholas F. Benton: The Dismal Choice Of Rick Warren
The decision by the Obama transition team to invite the snake-in-the-grass Rev. Rick Warren of the Saddleback Church of Orange County, Calif., to deliver the invocation at the presidential inauguration Jan. 20 has drawn fully justifiable, heartfelt pain and anger from Obama loyalists all across the land.
Episcopal Presiding Bishop: Battle Vs. Schism Continues
The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, USA, speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, assured reporters and others that the legal battle between her denomination and defectors who’ve formed an alternative body and claimed control over Episcopal properties in Virginia will be appealed to the state’s […]
Anything But Straight: The Future of Religion In America
On Sunday, New York Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof discussed religious and cultural extremism in Pakistan, where a new cabinet member, Israr Ullah Zardari, defended the torture-murder of five women and girls who were buried alive (three girls wanted to choose their own husbands, and two women wanted to protect them.)
Nicholas F. Benton: Deliver Us From Rick Warren
Last weekend’s spectacle in Orange County, California, was not a debate on faith and values between the two presidential candidates. It was a showcase for the elevation of yet another right-wing fundamentalist preacher, an heir to the late Jerry Falwell anointed as a media darling to be its resident expert […]
Anything But Straight: ‘Ex-gay’ Therapist Decalres War
Dr. Warren Throckmorton, the shamelessly self-promoting “ex-gay” therapist, has stepped up his holy war against gay people. This week, he organized a pack of fundamentalist quacks to file a formal written complaint with the American Counseling Association. Throckmorton’s crew is upset because they believe the ACA is inhibiting their ability […]
Press Pass: Jewmongous
Around the holidays some people cozy up a little closer to their religion, making Christmas Eve the one day a year they actually attend services. Others, such as Jewish comedian Sean Altman, spend the night before Christmas on stage at Jammin’ Java tweaking Jesus for being short.
Nicholas F. Benton: Mitt Romney
The Democrats could wish for nothing better than for Gov. Mike Huckabee to get the Republican nomination for president next year. It’s kind of like Virginia Democrats hoping that former Gov. Jim Gilmore wins the GOP nomination for Senate.