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    Read down to article 7 about the book that’s been mentioned and to a link to the Miami Herald article. Anthony Moderator My sexual orientation is not a
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      Read down to article 7 about the book that’s been mentioned and to a link to the Miami Herald article.




      My sexual orientation is not a sickness to be healed or a sin to be forgiven. My sexual orientation is a gift from my Creator to be accepted, celebrated, and lived with integrity.

      "The Bible has 7 admonitions that allude to sexual behaviour and intimate relations between persons of the same gender, however the Bible also has more than 300 admonitions that specifically refer to sexual behaviour and intimate relations between members of opposite genders. Does this mean that God hates heterosexuals?

      NO ... certainly not! It just means that heterosexuals need far more supervision."

      " Coming Out is spiritually cleansing.  Harvey Milk of San Francisco was the first openly gay elected official in the United States in 1978.  Harvey repeatedly said: “Come out, and when you do, you will feel so much better.”  Before he was assassinated in 1979, Harvey predicted that he would be murdered, but he said that he would gladly take a bullet if it would blast open all of the closet doors that trap and imprison gay people.  You will feel better about yourself and you will see yourself and the whole world as a more beautiful place when you come out.

      Coming Out is liberation from a host of unclean spirits.  Homosexuality is not demonic, but homophobia is.  Coming Out is an exorcism of the destructive forces that deceive you into believing evil things and rejecting yourself and your own reality.

      Coming Out is an act of God in your life, whatever your view of God might be.  God is always seen in Christian perspective as Truth.  Remember that Jesus said: “You shall know the truth, and the truth will set you free;” and added: “I am the truth.”

      “Homosexuality is actually a privileged spiritual path and natural mode of human expression that our Souls have chosen in order to help us discover the true power and magnificence of our Authentic Selves“.



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      From: John - THE LIST [mailto:john@...]
      Sent: Friday, 17 October 2003 10:50
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      Subject: THE LIST: Pat Robertson says nuke DC


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      In This Issue:                                                           October 16, 2003

        •  1. Is Pat Robertson a threat to homeland security 
      •  2. Have you hugged a married heterosexual today?
      •  3. The Pope lies about AIDS
      •  4. National Pedophile Week 
      •  5. 10 Commandments pave way for vicious attack on Matthew Shepard 
      •  6. Lynchburg, VA celebrates gay pride
        •  7. New book exposes "ex"-gay hoax


      Hi everyone. There's no one big story this week. The religious right is freaking out still over gay marriage, Pat Robertson is (as usual) making an ass of himself, and the Vatican is (as usual) defending pedophiles who rape small children.  Nice to know some things never change.

      PS As I mentioned last week, since I write THE LIST (and do all my other gay activism) "on the side" for free, I'm very happy to accept donations from anyone willing to help support my advocacy work.  In addition, I decided to follow the lead of several of the progressive Web blog writers out there, and accept non-monetary donations as well via Amazon's "wish list," since some folks prefer to donate "things" rather than cash.  (Hey, every little bit helps.)  Of course, as always, THE LIST is free for everyone, so if you can't help out, or simply choose not to, it's all good.  Thanks, JOHN



      1. Is Pat Robertson a Threat to Homeland Security?

      Last week, evangelical leader Pat Robertson reportedly suggested that the world would be a better place if someone dropped a nuclear bomb on the US Department of State.  (I am so not making this up.)  While the State Department was quick to condemn Robertson's remarks, inquiring minds want to know if Robertson is now under investigation by the Secret Service and/or the FBI for making a terrorist threat against the US capital.  And if not, why not?

      Now, this is not the first time Robertson has advocated nuking the nation's capital.  According to the Washington Post, Robertson said on his TV show last June:

      "Well, it looks like Congress had better do something, and maybe we need a very small nuke thrown off on Foggy Bottom to shake things up..." [Foggy Bottom is the insider-term for the State Department.]

      Think about it.  If an Arab- or Muslim- American got on TV and twice advocated nuking Washington, DC to his millions of followers, that American citizen would be spending his life in a secret undisclosed location.  But a rich, white, Christian friend of President Bush - who according to the Washington Post gave $10,000 to Attorney General John Ashcroft's presidential campaign back in 1999 - gets off scot free.

      Why isn't this a bigger story?  And has anyone asked our Attorney General, our top cop in the war on terror, if he's going to return the $10,000 gift he got from a man who seems to routinely endorse terrorist attacks against our own government?

      You can read the Post story on Robertson's remarks here:
      Then read about Robertson's donation to Ashcroft here:
      One journalist responds


      2. Have You Hugged a Married Heterosexual Today?

      Thanks to President Bush, this week is officially Marriage Protection Week - a federally-designated very special seven days during which heterosexual Americans are supposed to think really hard about why they all, seemingly, want to divorce their spouses and marry homosexuals.  Or at least that's what evangelical hate groups are telling us.

      You see, evangelical bigots who oppose civil rights created the idea of this week to organize their churches around the country to oppose gay marriage, and to inject the gay marriage issue into the 2004 national elections (in order to, of course, hurt the Democrats - I'm still trying to understand when God became a Democrat).  

      An interesting aside - I took a look at the Marriage Protection Week Web site: http://www.marriageprotectionweek.com/  And you will never guess who is one of the anti-gay-marriage forces top supporters, and who went to speak at their press conference last week at the National Press Club in DC.  Yes, none other than William "Place Your Bets" Bennett.  You'll recall that Bennett is the conservatives' "values czar" who, when he's not gambling to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars a night, spends his time lecturing to other Americans on how to live their lives.  It's rather astounding that just a few months after Bennett was exposed as a family-values-hypocrite, he's now in front of a camera trying to tell us how to live.  What's next, using Rush Limbaugh as a spokesman for Bayer aspirin?

      You can read all about the Bennett values scandal here: http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2003/0306.green.html 


      3. The Pope Lies About AIDS

      Apparently not content with ruining the lives of gay people, the Pope is now spreading the word that people with AIDS shouldn't use condoms. Yes, the man who has probably done the most to aid and abet known pedophiles in the history of the world is now putting adults in danger too.  And after the Vatican was caught spreading this dangerously stupid message, they were "surprised" that the United Nations health agency, among others, were up in arms.  Rather than rehash it all here, there's a great Guardian article below - read it.

      You can read about the Vatican's outrageous comments here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1058966,00.html 
      You can read about the Vatican reaction to the growing scandal: http://www.365gay.com/newscontent/101403condomRxn.htm 


      4. National Pedophile Week

      I suppose we'd have a national Pedophile Protection Week too, if the Vatican had its way.  Last Friday, the Vatican let the world know that the real villain in the Catholic Church's ongoing pedophilia scandal is not the priests who raped small boys and girls for decades with impunity.  It's not the Bishops and Cardinals who actively protected those pedophiles and hid their crimes while they continued to abuse more and more kids.  And it's not a Pope nor a Vatican hierarchy who couldn't appear to care less about this horrendous crime.

      No, Pope John Paul II - the guy all the media is honoring this week because of his 25 years in power - thinks that the real villain in the church's pedophilia scandal is the news media who exposed how bad things really are.  And this guy wants us to live our lives like him?  I'll take being gay, and respecting the lives of young children, any day.

      Read about the Pope, yet again, downplaying pedophilia here:


      5. 10 Commandments Pave Way for Vicious Attack on Matthew Shepard

      With all the radical right fervor about placing the Ten Commandments in every public place, I thought folks should know the real-life impact of this effort to jam their God down our throats.  Christian conservative leader the-Reverend Fred Phelps (of GodHatesFags.com fame) is planning to erect a monument in Casper, Wyoming, the hometown of Matthew Shepard.  The Denver Post described the proposed monument:

      About 6 feet tall and 3 1/2 feet wide, Phelps' monument would bear a brass plaque reading: "Matthew Shepard entered Hell October 12, 1998, at age 21 in defiance of God's solemn warning: 'Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind; it is abomination.' Leviticus 18:22.'

      The best part is that the city doesn't think it can legally tell Phelps to go stick it because the city has had a monument bearing the Ten Commandments in the park since 1965.  A number of lawyers believe that if the city permits one statement in the park - the Commandments - it has to permit all statements in the public park.  To its credit, the town is considering removing the Ten Commandments so that it can also block Phelps' hate-filled screed.

      It was only a matter of time that the religious right's efforts to make America a hateful Baptist nation would eventually blow up in their faces.  But who knew it would happen so quickly.  I obviously would never dream of speaking for Matthew Shepard, but one wonders if he wouldn't be smiling knowing, albeit in a rather warped way, that his memory was responsible for bringing this Ten Commandments fiasco to a halt.

      Read more about this here:


      6. Lynchburg, VA Celebrates Gay Pride

      I had the pleasure of being in Lynchburg, VA last weekend for their second-ever gay pride festival and a meeting of Soulforce.  Lynchburg, you'll recall, is the home of Jerry "America Deserved 9/11" Falwell.  In spite of that, it really was a very nice town with some great people in it, and the Soulforce meeting and pride gathering was just wonderful - really great folks.

      Of course, a pride festival in Lynchburg wouldn't be complete without hateful Christian conservatives calling everyone sodomites and telling us we're going to hell.  But what was particularly troubling was their readiness to use small children in their culture war.  I'm talking 5-year-old-kids yelling at you about "sodomy" - I can't imagine teaching a first-grader to say that word, let alone yell it in a public park.  (And these guys are worried about us raising kids?)  Anyone who ever has to take religious fanatics on in the future about the "gay adoption" issue need only show the video clips I link to below.  I'd be happy to let folks use them. 

      I've included a few pictures of the protesters below, and I strongly recommend you click these two links to watch these "children of the corn" in action - it's pretty terrifying stuff, these kids are like five years old (it may take a sec for the files to download, they're between 400k and 700k, but worth watching).

      Video 1: http://www.hatecrime.org/img/lynchburg/repent.mpg 
      (The singing in the background is from the Soulforce pro-gay marchers.)

      Video 2: http://www.hatecrime.org/img/lynchburg/hehatesyou.mpg 


      7. New Book Exposes "Ex"-gay Hoax

      Wayne Besen, the former deputy communications director at the gay rights group the Human Rights Campaign, has just come out with a new book exposing what big liars evangelical hate groups are when they claim that gay people can click their heels and magically become straight so long as they "find Jesus."  

      The article about Besen's book in the Miami Herald is priceless.  A supposed successful "ex"-gay talks about how straight he really is now.  This is my favorite quote:

      ``Today, my relationships are with Christ. I am more at peace and content than ever before. It doesn't mean I have bad days, but even on my bad days, I'm a lot more content.'' Thomas, 35, is single and said that although he ''finds women sexually attractive today,'' he is a heterosexual virgin. ''If I were sleeping with a woman, that would be as much sin as sleeping with a man,'' he said. 'It is possible to live without an orgasm. You won't find a death certificate anywhere that says, `Died of lack of orgasm.' ''

      Yeah, and this is the best "success" story they could find to show the media.  Enough said.  

      Read the Miami Herald article here:

      And you can find Besen's book on Amazon.com here (I haven't read it yet, so can't vouch for it either way). 


      Ok.  That's it for this week.  Talk to you all soon, JOHN

      PS Continuing my theme of posting my favorite photos, this is my favorite photo from the weekend's protest of Lynchburg's gay pride.  When even anti-gay wackos are "metrosexual" hotties, you know you've won :-)   

      [For those who didn't know, "metrosexual" is the new word for guys who are apparently straight but really come off just gay enough to confuse the hell out of you.]


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