Saturday, May 13, 2006

Bigot Roundup Of The Week

The University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky, a private "christian" college, recently expelled a student because he is gay. Apparently, everyone else enrolled there is perfect. Nevertheless, it was thought that the publicity might cause a problem for the school because it was seeking $11 million in state funding for a pharmacy program. Which raises the question of how, exactly, do you teach "christian" pharmacology? In any event, they shouldn't have been worried. Gov. Ernie Fletcher announced that he was trimming millions in appropriations but would not touch the pharmacy proposal. Why? Because, he said, "I believe we need to answer once and for all in Kentucky the legality of funding private faith-based institutions for public purposes." And on a side note, the Governor was recently indicted in a scandal that caused him to pardon 13 of his supporters and administration officials before they could be rounded up and put in prison where they belong. The illegal actions were in pursuit of a plan to hire only politically acceptable Republicans at state agencies -- despite the requirement that state hiring be based on merit. As Fletcher's former adviser Dave Disponett said in one meeting, "If you only hired the most-qualified people, how will our people ever get hired?" Good question. And to round out Gov. Fletcher's trifecta of objectionable actions, he recently revoked the state's anti-bias policy as it applies to sexual orientation. And he did it on the state's so-called "Diversity Day."

The Palm Beach County School Board utilizes internet filtering software to "protect" school children from nasty web sites. Unfortunately,
"Among the gay sites deemed inappropriate for students is one belonging to a local gay youth advocacy group. Other banned sites include the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Gay-Straight Alliance Network and Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. Yet sites belonging to the American Family Association, Focus on the Family, the Traditional Values Coalition and the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality can all be viewed. All of those sites denounce homosexuality and advocate that gays can be turned straight."
Finally, Bishop Alfred A. Owens, Jr., pastor of the Mt. Calvary Holy Church of Washington, DC recently preached that "faggots" and "sissies" are not "real men" and proceeded to call forward all the "straight men" of the congregation so they could "praise god that you're straight." You can hear his exhortations from the pulpit here.

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