Oh hey, did you know that a Georgia-based pastor named Louie Giglio was supposed to give the benediction at President Obama's second inauguration?
The past tense is important there, because Georgia-based pastor Louie Giglio, who heads something called Passion City Church, just announced that he will NOT be giving the benediction at President Obama's second inauguration.
That is because in the 1990s Rev. Giglio gave a sermon in which he called homosexuality a sin, urged Christians to fight the acceptance of homosexuality in society, and said a whole bunch of other things that would be totally shocking if you did not realize they were being said by the head of a Southern megachurch. ThinkProgress uncovered audio of the sermon, triggering a minor political firestorm.
And, like, it would be totally out of character for Barack Obama to have an anti-gay pastor pray at his inauguration.
Tags: Barack Obama, Inauguration, LGBT, Religion
As with almost every headline that asks a question, the answer is no. But in an interview with the American Family Association, Pastor Scott Lively claimed that homosexuality, and specifically the music produced for gay weddings, "is the issue of the End Times."
Obvious objection interlude: Why should we dedicate even a single brain cell to caring what the crazies on American Family Radio are talking about?
Because members of Congress pay attention to the radio crazies, a fact that happens to be a much stronger sign of fallen humanity than the advance of gay rights. Utah Senator Mike Lee appeared on AFR late last year to denounce a U.N. disability rights treaty and Senator Roger Wicker of Mississippi has been a guest multiple times.
In any case, it's nice of the radio crazies to get specific about what facets of gay culture will incur God's wrath:
Tags: American Family Association, LGBT, Marriage, Marriage Equality
The trend in favor of legal and social equality for LGBT individuals has long been in evidence: every generation of Americans has had more progressive views on same-sex marriage and gay rights than the preceding one. But now, instead of worrying about the future, social conservatives are outraged by same-sex romance a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.
Game developer Bioware, the makers of the struggling massively multi-player online game Star Wars: The Old Republic, will make it possible for gamers to flirt with same-gender non-player characters and will introduce more gay romance options in future expansions. As always, a few social conservatives saw a conspiracy to force everyone to cross lightsabers…
Games developers stop trying to shape the social consciousnesses by putting you [SIC] perverted lifestyle choices in games. If you choose to be gay that [SIC] your business, I do not need to have it forced on me when I attempt to enjoyed [SIC] a game. To those who would say, "gay people are all around you." They may be around but not in my social circle by choice.
I can't wait for Rick Santorum to pick up on this argument and warn us of the dangers of man-on-Wookiee relationships.
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Tags: LGBT, Star Wars, Video Games
Hello and welcome to our very last post of 2012. Thanks for reading, commenting, following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook and following us on Tumblr. What better way to review the year that's almost past than with an exclusive interview?
Indecision: Hi, 2012. Thanks for talking with us.
2012: [stares, dazedly]
Indecision: It's okay. You've been through a lot.
2012: I'm so tired. I'm just so tired.
Tags: Barack Obama, Debates, Hillary Clinton, LGBT, Marriage Equality, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Paul Ryan, Primaries, Rand Paul, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Sex, Twitter
* This astronaut wrote a Christmas song.
* Hawaii loves their Obaminal Snowman.
* The 2012 coming out party was awesome.
* President Obama loves to embarrass his kids.
* The origin of the teddy bear, from Laughing Squid.
* Relax! I finally found the dumbest article explaining the fiscal cliff.
* The Christmas edition of the Professor Blastoff podcast features Ira Glass.
* From The Onion, Paul Ryan ups Congress' heart rate with a new exercise video.
Tags: Daily Links, Fiscal Cliff, House of Representatives, LGBT, Malia Obama, New Yorker, Sasha Obama, The Onion, Theodore Roosevelt