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No ‘Christian Compassion’ in Tony Perkins’ Response to Anti-Gay Bullying, Suicides

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  • What I am saying is that Tony Perkins is himself a bully because his engagement with this topic consists of getting as many people as he can to support him against someone else’s son, daughter, mother, father, aunt, uncle—all targeted to one specific population of people.
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  • Washington Post Will Doggedly Pursue Both Sides Of 'Should Gay Teenagers Commit Suicide?'
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Andrew Marin, Religion Dispatches

In a recent guest post in the Washington Post’s “On Faith” section, the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins railed against what he describes as the opportunistic evils of the gay agenda. He did so under the auspices of addressing the recent epidemic of gay teens who have committed suicide. I find it awfully clichéd that the post’s title began with the phrase “Christian Compassion,” but let me be blunt: There was no Christian compassion in that post. There was, however, a whole lot of political maneuvering.


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I am a straight, white, male, evangelical Christian, just like Tony Perkins. Mr. Perkins, you don’t speak for me or a number of conservative evangelicals who are worn out and sickened by the same old battle cry you believe we should join. Many ask today, why should we join one side and fight against the other? Each time it’s the same banal response: For no other reason than that we should just fall in line against what extreme public figures deem a societal evil worthy to be fought against. That answer is just not good enough.

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Washington Post Will Doggedly Pursue Both Sides Of 'Should Gay Teenagers Commit Suicide?' Debate, Jason Linkins, Huffington Post

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  • You did know that there are two completely rational sides to the debate over teens committing suicide because of homophobic bullying, didn't you?
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  • Special Report | Making Schools Safer for Gay Students
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New Rule: If a Woman Rejects Your First Dozen Advances, Don't Send Her a Picture of Your Penis

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To me, this story isn't about sports or sex or how necessary caller ID is -- it's about how pathetic and clueless white American males have become.

Bill Maher, Huffington Post

New Rule: If a woman rejects your first dozen advances, don't up the ante by sending her a picture of your penis. This week, we found out that Vikings quarterback Brett Favre allegedly tried to get with a young woman by sending her MySpace messages, voicemails, and notes through a friend, and when none of that worked, and it was third and long -- though, not as long as most of us would have imagined -- he decided to throw the Hail Mary and sext her pictures of Little Brett to close the deal. Brett, I get it: Your dictionary doesn't include the word "quit" or "retire" or "married" but you've got to at least understand "punt." You know the worst part about having sex with Brett Favre? He keeps saying he's finished, and then he comes back to drag it out for another year.

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To me, this story isn't about sports or sex or how necessary caller ID is -- it's about how pathetic and clueless white American males have become. Because the kind of guy who thinks there are women out there who just, cold, want to see your cock, is the same kind of guy who thinks Sarah Palin is swell and tax cuts pay for themselves. I will explain that connection further, but first let's just dwell for one more moment on how stupid it is to forget that in 2010 when you text someone a picture of your genitals, you're not just sending it to that person, but to every person she has in her contacts... and then everyone on the planet who has access to the Internet. Somewhere right now there's a tribesman in Samoa thinking, "Brett Favre is texting a picture of his dick to a woman? That shit never works."

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Special Report | Making Schools Safer for Gay Students

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At this moment when we have the nation's attention, we must make three points crystal clear:
•    The status quo is unacceptable, and we must improve school climate with respect to LGBT youth NOW;
•    There are things each of us can do — proven solutions that make a concrete difference in the lives of young people; and
•    Everyone can and must take part in affecting this vital change.

David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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The Status Quo Is Unacceptable, Eliza Byard, Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
At this moment when we have the nation's attention, we must make three points crystal clear:
•    The status quo is unacceptable, and we must improve school climate with respect to LGBT youth NOW;
•    There are things each of us can do — proven solutions that make a concrete difference in the lives of young people; and
•    Everyone can and must take part in affecting this vital change.

New projects aim to give hope to gay teens who've been bullied, Lornet Turnbull, Seattle Times | WA

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  • In recent weeks, several high-profile suicides among gay teens nationwide have brought increased attention to anti-gay bullying in all its forms. Those deaths have prompted the launch of at least two online video projects — including one by local sex columnist Dan Savage, who is editorial director of The Stranger weekly newspaper — intended to give hope to gay teens facing harassment.
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  • Making Schools Safer for Gay Students
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Making Schools Safer for Gay Students, Cathy Renna, Renna Communications

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  • New report with recommendations and model legislation
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  • LGBT Students Harassed At Colleges Nationwide, New Report Says
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  • Anti-gay group organizes in Anoka-Hennepin (MN) schools as community deals with gay suicides
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Stop the suicides: put an end to bullying in schools! Joe Solmonese, Human Rights Campaign

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  • Ask US Education Secretary Arne Duncan: improve our nation's anti-bullying programs so we can end this tragedy.
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  • Making Schools Safer for Gay Students
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  • Anti-gay group organizes in Anoka-Hennepin (MN) schools as community deals with gay suicides
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LGBT Students Harassed At Colleges Nationwide, New Report Says, Huffington Post

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  • Unequivocally, the 2010 State of Higher Education for LGBT People demonstrates that LGBTQ students, faculty and staff experience a 'chilly' campus climate of harassment and far less than welcoming campus communities.
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  • Anti-gay group organizes in Anoka-Hennepin (MN) schools as community deals with gay suicides
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Stop making gay adoption political, Ken Manford and Jennifer Chrisler, Atlanta Journal-Constitution | GA
The Child Welfare League of America, American Academy of Pediatrics and American Medical Association all endorse gay parenting.

Do something about the churches distribution of same-sex marriage DVDs,  Bob and Lori Radecki, ReturntheDVD.org

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  • If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well," but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it?  So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, it is dead.  --James 2:15-17
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  • I'm Through Debating Gays In the Church
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I'm Through Debating Gays In the Church, John Shelby Spong, Unity Magazine/Brad Garbus' Blog

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  • I will no longer take the time to refute the unlearned and undocumentable claims of certain world religious leaders who call homosexuality “deviant.”
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  • The world has moved on, leaving these elements of the Christian Church that cannot adjust to new knowledge or a new consciousness lost in a sea of their own irrelevance.
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  • Do something about the Church's distribution of same-sex marriage DVDs
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Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) In Legal Shambles, The Progress Report, Think Progress
Last week (Sep 19-25), in a 56-43 vote, Senate Democrats failed to invoke cloture on the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act, falling several votes shy of the 60 need to break a Republican filibuster.

Secrets and lies: National Organization for Marriage (NOM) Exposed!
Joe Solmonese, Human Rights Campaign

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  • Along with our friends at the Courage Campaign, we've launched a website that pulls back the curtain on NOM for everyone to see.
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  • We'll post up-to-the-minute news on NOM over the coming months and years, so bookmark the site and come back often.
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Mormon leader gives anti-gay sermon after suicides -- Sign the open letter! Human Rights Campaign

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  • Organizations to hold press conference and deliver petitions to Elder Packer calling on him to fully correct the factual record
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  • Mormon Church Attempts to Re-Write History; On-Line Change Proof Sermon was Harmful and Dangerous
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  • Stop the suicides: put an end to bullying in schools!
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Carl Paladino: Don't Be 'Brainwashed' Into Thinking Homosexuality Is 'Equally Valid' Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post

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  • Watch GOP Governor Nominee Carl Paladino Attack Gay Lifestyle: Not 'Equally Valid'
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  • According to Newsday's Reid Epstein, the line, "There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual. that is not how G-d created us" was in Paladino's prepared text but left out of his actual speech.
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  • Gay pride parade 'bumping and grinding' offend Tea Party hero & NY governor hopeful
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  • Mormon leader gives anti-gay sermon after suicides -- Sign the open letter!
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Anti-gay group organizes in Anoka-Hennepin (MN) schools as community deals with gay suicides, Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent
“Well, news flash: There are homosexual people all over the world. Having your kid meet a homosexual in school and possibly even having a nice conversation with one isn’t going to turn your kid into one.” --Tammy Aaberg

MI Assistant AG's blog targeting gay student leader raises free speech issues, Kathy Barks Hoffman, Associated Press/Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN

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  • "It sounded like it was getting a little strange," (Denis) Dison (spokesman for Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund) said. "I think everyone thinks it has crossed the line." If I'm a gay person living in Michigan, this does not instill confidence that the attorney general's office has my best interests at heart," he added.
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  • LGBT Students Harassed At Colleges Nationwide, New Report Says
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  • Anti-gay group organizes in Anoka-Hennepin (MN) schools as community deals with gay suicides
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New projects aim to give hope to gay teens who've been bullied

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  • In recent weeks, several high-profile suicides among gay teens nationwide have brought increased attention to anti-gay bullying in all its forms. Those deaths have prompted the launch of at least two online video projects — including one by local sex columnist Dan Savage, who is editorial director of The Stranger weekly newspaper — intended to give hope to gay teens facing harassment.
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Lornet Turnbull, Seattle Times | WA

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"That's so gay."

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It's a common refrain of teens and young people, part of the school-hall vernacular for anything not cool or hip.

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But for many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students — some of them still struggling with their sexuality — comments like these can be hurtful, no less stinging than more overt slurs.

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In recent weeks, several high-profile suicides among gay teens have brought increased attention to anti-gay bullying in its many forms.

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Making Schools Safer for Gay Students, Cathy Renna, Renna Communications

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  • Anti-gay group organizes in Anoka-Hennepin (MN) schools as community deals with gay suicides
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