Tony Perkins says Christians will be driven underground by ENDA, Friendship Is Manly, Scientifically Accurate Thundercats kills your childhood
When Rep. Michele Bachmann decided to end her presidential campaign, she sat on the bus and said “God, I’m a loser.” While given Bachmann’s history, she was likely speaking to God, I like to imagine the sentence was said with the same inflection that we all use while talking about Bachmann.
Ender’s Game is set to win the weekend box office despite calls for a boycott, but with a pace for $28 million, that’s not exactly the numbers you’re looking for to launch a new franchise of an expensive movie, so maybe we had the desired effect after all.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin may sue the Pentagon to keep from having to have National Guard units issue ID cards to same-sex spouses. Her spokesman says “Gov. Fallin is calling on President Obama and Secretary Hagel to stop using the National Guard as a pawn in a larger social agenda. The president has made it clear he supports gay marriage. He has the legal authority to order federal agencies to recognize gay marriages. He does not have the legal authority to force state agencies to do so, or to unilaterally rewrite state laws or state constitutions.” Actually, in this case, he really does.
This weekend, for the first time, West Point will host a same-sex wedding ceremony between two men in their spectacular Gothic cathedral. And it is spectacular, I’ve been there. Larry Choate III, class of 2009, and Daniel Lennox, class of 2007, are set to wed Saturday. West Point has previously hosted weddings for lesbian couples, but this will be the first male couple.
Tony Perkins thinks that passing ENDA will enshrine in law discrimination against Christians that hasn’t been seen since the Coliseum. “Imagine how many conservatives would find themselves in the unemployment line if ENDA were the law of the land! The workplace would be open season on people with religious convictions and beliefs. Christians (and people who follow most major religions) would be silenced and forced underground, while homosexuals and transgenders turn the business world into their strongest political platform. A lot of squishy Republicans think they fix the problem with a religious liberty amendment to ENDA. But as we’ve seen with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (which the courts have shot full of holes), it will take a legislative firewall — not an amendment — to protect faithful Americans.”
Not only is Thomas Roberts going to Russia for the Miss Universe pageant, celebrity judges will be needed, and Steven Tyler and Carol Alt have signed up to join Annie V, Tara Lipinski and more. I wonder if any of the judges will try to take on the anti-gay laws of their host country?
In what seems to be becoming a trend, Vice is wondering if Ronan Farrow’s sexuality is publicly relevant now that he’s going to host his own MSNBC show, and also wonders if the press is complicit in avoiding the issue. For all of you that pounced about Shepard Smith and Gawker, how to you feel about someone like Farrow being speculated about?
As part of the investigation that began with Jimmy Savile, out BBC host Paul Gambaccini has been arrested for (non-connected) historical sexual offenses.
At what point do you ethically consume art from artists of questionable moral character and actions that offend you? Do you see Ender’s Game? Do you buy Chris Brown’s music? What about Roman Polanski’s movies?
The bashing of a straight Marine who was defending his gay friends in Oklahoma will be investigated as a hate crime.
Baylor University’s plans to replace “homosexual acts” with “deviant sexual acts” in the school’s code of conduct has been vetoed by the Student body president.
Doctor Horrible 2 has met a bunch of superheroes more formidable than Captain Hammer. Basically The Avengers 2 has completely stopped any hope of the sequel to the cult classic from being made for at least another 1.5 years. Zack Whedon says “I think that all of us overestimated our multitasking abilities. It’s not on the front burner, unfortunately.”
Upping the hunk factor on my midseason sitcom hope Enlisted, Ross Philips has joined the show as an “entitled and inexperienced 2nd lieutenant named Schneeberger who thinks very highly of himself.” In other words, he’s playing every butter bar that I’ve ever met.
The Vatican has sent out a pastoral survey about divorce, marriage equality, birth control and other social issues in advance of their extraordinary synod, hoping to gather information about how front line priests deal with the reality of the modern world.
Donald Glover talked with Vice about his short film Clapping for the Wrong Reasons. “I just wanted people to get across something that they don’t normally talk about, and why aren’t they talking about it. I mean, I feel that way: why am I pretending to be Troy? Why am I rapping about puns? When actually, I’m afraid that my parents are gonna die or I’m afraid that I’m going to be Tyrese [Gibson]. Those feelings are the types of things that connect us, not showing the car you drove or the stack you have. I fully expected people to be like, “Fuck this movie, it sucks. Fuck this guy, he’s pretentious.” But I just said fuck it, let me tell the story of how one time I kissed a boy. Am I gay? I don’t know, maybe. But the maybe is what’s really connecting us.” He’s also a big fan of Macklemore, because he “stands for shit.”