Posts tagged video
Posts tagged video
From Jezebel: Red, an animated retelling of the fairy tale classic Little Red Riding Hood by Jorge Jaramillo and Carlo Guillot, is not for the weak at heart. It is dark, it is sad, there is lots of blood. It is also beautifully done and really fucking cool.
Finally, the Reason Rally brings some mainstream media attention to the atheist movement in America.
“Chris Hayes from MSNBC does a two hour show about atheism in America. The panel includes Richard Dawkins, Jamila Bey, Susan Jacoby, and Steven Pinker, Jamie Kilstein (who’s rants at the Reason Rally I thoroughly enjoyed), journalist Robert Wright (an agnostic), and a Christian clergyman who revealed himself as an atheist.” Via Scott Rhoades
The recent campaign against Ellen DeGeneres by the American Family Association epitomizes the total intellectual bankruptcy of the anti-gay movement. Even though their so-called “One Million Moms” project failed to find any plausible reason why she shouldn’t be the new spokesperson for J. C. Penney, they didn’t let that stop them - they went right ahead and said she’s wrong for the job simply because she’s gay. No further explanation was needed beyond that. She’s gay, and that’s bad, and that’s all there is to it.
According to these million moms, just hiring someone who’s gay is so intolerable to “traditional families” that they supposedly won’t want to shop at J. C. Penney now. That’s not just offensive to gay people. It’s offensive to those families, because it implies that this entire category of people is so uniformly homophobic that they can’t even bear to do business with a company that employs gay people. What makes them think every “traditional family” would agree with that?
They further demand that J. C. Penney “remain neutral in the culture war.” But since when does neutrality require the total exclusion of gay people from jobs just because they’re gay? How could that possibly fall under any imaginable concept of what it means to be neutral? It sounds more like they’ve tried to redefine “neutral” as only doing what they want, and to do otherwise must be a departure from that. How else could someone believe it’s neutral to discriminate against gay people for no reason whatsoever?
After their attack on Ellen backfired tremendously, they sent out an email claiming that “Ellen is attempting to indoctrinate our children.” Apparently she’ll be doing that via her role as a department store spokesperson, in which she’ll naturally be serving as an exponent of sexual morality. Clearly, that must be what J. C. Penney hired her to do. If they did decide to replace her, do those million moms expect that someone more representative of “traditional families” would use their position to instruct people on how they should be having sex? “Attention shoppers: Please don’t be gay! It makes a million moms really sad!”? How is this even tangentially related to their job? Are company spokespeople supposed to be a source of moral guidance now?
But they didn’t stop there. The American Family Association’s radio host Fred Jackson was unusually revealing when he said, “What makes Ellen DeGeneres dangerous is that she’s a nice person”. And he’s right: Ellen is dangerous. Not to the rest of us, of course. No, she’s dangerous to these people. She provides them with no way to use her as an example of the alleged depravity, sickness and misery of gay people. She’s proven that an openly gay woman can be accepted, appreciated, and even admired by middle America and “traditional families”. She absolutely overturns their reality in a way they cannot respond to without retreating to simple prejudice.
The sheer breadth of her achievement incinerates their claims that gay people are doomed to a life of isolation, desperation and ostracism. The only way they can try to rescuscitate their failed perspective is by working to force that exclusion and disapproval upon Ellen herself, as if to prove that life must really be that bad for gay people - and if it’s not, they’ll do their damnedest to make sure that it is. This is their last resort: trying to roll back progress by hand.
And how dare these “million moms” suggest that motherhood must mean shielding children from the fact that gay people can be successful? Fuck everything about that! Children deserve better than to be told that happiness and accomplishment are off-limits to anyone who isn’t straight. I’d rather have my kids “indoctrinated” by Ellen, because they should know that the world can be theirs no matter who they love. And I bet there actually are a million moms who agree with that.
I reported the One Million Moms Facebook page as a hate group.
Do you think a Fertilized Egg is a Person? Ron Paul Does.
So according to Ron Paul, if I’ve had more than one period, I’m a mass murderer.
Glad this motherfucker was never my OB/GYN
A 24-year-old girl who was born into the Westboro Baptist Church has been outcast from her family because she exited from the church. This is a chilling documentary about the evil potential of religion.
The WBC is a really fucked up cult but the sad think is that they are actually more honest about what the Bible teaches than most Christians are. Seriously, there is nothing I’ve heard Fred Phelps say that isn’t backed up by scripture. Of course the Bible is full of contradictions and I acknowledged that there are also scriptures that reject many of the teachings WBC adhere to.
I have hope that many more of these children will eventually overcome their indoctrination. This young lady and Nate Phelps, the son of Fred Phelps, is proof that it can be done. Nate is now an atheist and advocates against his fathers church. Check out his blog at http://natephelps.com/.
The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
I remember the first time I saw this video on 120 Minutes.
Carl Sagan attempts to debate with a creationist
“Attempts” mind, because really there’s only so much bullshit one can deal with, and also creationists don’t really debate so much as put their hands over their ears and go “la la la la fossils in transition la la la”…
NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation released a video today [1/18/10] that features NPCVF volunteers sharing what they were told at Virginia crisis pregnancy centers throughout the course of a year-long undercover investigation. All of the following statements were told to women seeking information about a potential unintended pregnancy.
Please visit http://www.naralva.org/assets/files/cpcfactsheet.pdf to read more about this video.
An NYPD officer is caught talking about how he’ll beat peaceful #OccupyWallStreet protesters.
“The Good Book” - Tim Minchin