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Disney Channel introduces network’s first same-sex couple

Disney Channel introduces network’s first same-sex couple

Disney Channel featured its first same-sex couple Sunday night during an episode of “Good Luck Charlie.” First announced in June 2013, the episode featured lesbian mothers Susan and Cheryl, who drop off their daughter Taylor for a play date to the surprise of Charlie’s parents, played by Leigh-Allyn Baker and Eric Allan Kramer. “Taylor has two moms!” the father blurts… Read more →

Grammys say 'we do,' get political with mass same-sex wedding

Grammys say ‘we do,’ get political with mass same-sex wedding

This year, the Grammy Awards weren’t just about the music, they were also about making a statement in the same-sex marriage debate. Heavily hyped in the hours leading up to Sunday night’s show, 34 couples — both gay and straight — exchanged rings and said “I do,” as officiated on stage by Queen Latifah. The actress/rapper/talk show host was recently… Read more →

N.Y. Group Applies To Build Satan Statue At Oklahoma State Capitol

Rendering of Satan statue proposed by The Satanic Temple. (credit: courtesy of The Satanic Temple)

OKLAHOMA CITY (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New York-based satanic group has made a hell of a request.

The Satanic Temple unveiled designs Monday for a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan it wants to put at the Oklahoma state Capitol, where a Ten Commandments monument was placed in 2012. The group formally submitted its application to a panel that oversees the Capitol grounds, including an artist’s rendering that depicts Satan as Baphomet, a goat-headed figure with horns, wings and a long beard that’s often used as a symbol of the occult. In the rendering, Satan is sitting in a pentagram-adorned throne with smiling children next to him.

“The monument has been designed to reflect the views of Satanists in Oklahoma City and beyond,” temple spokesman Lucien Greaves said in a statement. “The statue will also have a functional purpose as a chair where people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan for inspiration and contemplation.”

The Satanic Temple maintains that the Oklahoma Legislature’s decision to authorize a privately funded Ten Commandments monument at the Capitol opened the door for its statue. The Ten Commandments monument was placed on the north steps of the building in 2012, and the Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has sued to have it removed.

Similar requests for monuments have been made by a Hindu leader in Nevada, an animal rights group and the satirical Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

In response, the Oklahoma Capitol Preservation Commission recently placed a moratorium on considering any new requests.

“Anybody can still make their request, but we’ll hold off on considering them until the lawsuit is adjudicated,” commission Chairman Trait Thompson said.

 

CBS New York has the full article

(Photo: Rendering of Satan statue proposed by The Satanic Temple. (credit: courtesy of The Satanic Temple))

SHAPIRO: 5 Lessons From the ‘Duck Dynasty’ Controversy

A&E’s indefinite suspension of “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson over his comments regarding homosexuality, and the subsequent backlash, is an important cultural moment in American life.

For the first time in decades, traditionally religious Americans have come out of the closet en masse to speak out against anti-religious bigotry from proponents of gay rights. This, in turn, has made many on both the right and left uncomfortable: uncomfortable with a loud and proud segment of religious believers standing up for the expression of Biblical views, and uncomfortable with the notion of such religious believers being allotted a seat at the political and cultural table.

In all likelihood, Robertson will eventually be reinstated by A&E. In the meantime, we can learn some valuable lessons from this culture clash. 

Hollywood hates conservatives and kowtows to GLAAD. It’s been an open secret in Hollywood for years that the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation routinely prescreens many television shows and movies, vetting them for anti-homosexual biases.

This began in the 1980s, when NBC actually invited the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to provide input on programming. CBS has changed the writing of its shows to add gay characters after receiving a flunking grade from GLAAD; GLAAD forced the Vince Vaughn flick “The Dilemma” to cut a joke about an electric car being “gay.” The story is different with conservatives. Anti-religious bigotry runs rampant on television, which is why A&E tried to cut “Jesus” from the Robertson family prayers. It is no surprise to find that GLAAD called A&E before A&E dropped Robertson.

Americans like conservatives on TV. Conservatives are routinely pilloried on television. A&E likely greenlit “Duck Dynasty” in the first place because executives believed Americans would laugh at the redneck antics of the self-described “white trash” family. This is the same reason CBS originally greenlit “All in the Family” — it believed Norman Lear’s Archie Bunker would be universally derided. Robertson is no Bunker, but they do have this in common: The American people resonated to them. And liberals in Hollywood can’t stand when Americans resonate to conservatives on television.

Too many conservatives are uncomfortable with religious conservatives. A shocking number of conservatives simply want the “Duck Dynasty” controversy to go away. Many of them think talk of the Bible is uncouth, and that conservatives should ignore cultural battles, instead focusing on economics. The truth, however, is that the conservative movement is animated in large part by Bible believers — and by ignoring that constituency and great good it represents, coastal conservatives do the entire movement a disservice.

The media don’t understand or want to understand sin. The attempt by the media to portray Robertson as homophobic is a deliberate misreading of religious Americans. The media set up a dichotomy in which you are either pro-homosexuality or someone who wants to brutalize homosexuals. This is not the view of the Bible, which makes clear that sin is common and ought to be condemned, but that human beings have the capacity for repentance. The left masks its distaste for the Bible’s condemnation of homosexuality in a straw man argument that Bible believers are violent bigots. They are not. Citing the Bible doesn’t make you a bigot against human beings — it makes you a bigot against sin, which is a good thing.

The market works. Presumably, A&E thought that it would avoid market trouble by suspending Robertson. But it looks as though A&E will pay a heavy market price for its decision-making. Cracker Barrel originally pulled “Duck Dynasty” merchandise starring Robertson; the market forced Cracker Barrel to reverse itself. It has been decades since conservatives used their market power in the way leftists routinely do. With both Chick-fil-A and “Duck Dynasty,” they are learning that the market is the best way to act out their beliefs.

In the end, the “Duck Dynasty” controversy is a lesson in leftist intolerance. In leftist America, babbling for 11 hours about the moral imperative of killing unborn 21-week-old children is a virtue, while citing Corinthians is sin. Traditionally religious Americans must take note of this clash of values and recognize that the culture war is indeed a war for the spiritual soul of the country. An anti-Biblical America is a worse America.

 

This is a copy of the full article provided by the Conservatives at Truth Revolt

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TRANSHUMANISM 101: DEFYING HUMAN NATURE ONE CYBORG LIMB AT A TIME

TRANSHUMANISM 101: DEFYING HUMAN NATURE ONE CYBORG LIMB AT A TIME

The past few years have seen a surging interest in the international scientific movement to “help end human death.” It fears no mechanics and abhors the imperfections of the human body. Transhumanism is snowballing into an international movement aggressively defying human nature and embracing machines. The current wave of debate surrounding the concept began with The Transhumanist Wager, a novel about the possibilities of… Read more →

Bomb attacks on Christians in Baghdad kill 37

Bomb attacks on Christians in Baghdad kill 37

At least 37 were killed in Iraq after militants targeted Christians in two separate bomb attacks on Wednesday, according to officials. In one attack, a car bomb went off near a church during Christmas Mass in the capital’s southern Dora neighborhood, killing at least 26 people and wounding 38, a police officer said. A little bit earlier, a bomb ripped… Read more →

Catholic Common Core draws the line on first-grade textbooks promoting gay parents

Catholic Common Core draws the line on first-grade textbooks promoting gay parents

ARLINGTON, Va. – An initiative to promote the controversial Common Core State Standards in Catholic schools, led by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), has amended a first-grade unit plan to remove three books celebrating families headed by same-sex or divorced couples. The Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative (CCCII) removedThe Family Book by Todd Parr and Who’s in a Family? by Robert Skutch from a… Read more →

FOR DUCK DYNASTY, MANY OPTIONS EXIST OUTSIDE ANTI-CHRISTIAN HOLLYWOOD

FOR DUCK DYNASTY, MANY OPTIONS EXIST OUTSIDE ANTI-CHRISTIAN HOLLYWOOD

Make no mistake about the anti-Christian leftists in Hollywood, the mainstream media, and GLAAD; the goal here is to put on a bitter Show Trial until A&E caves even further and yanks “Duck Dynasty” off the air. The problem for A&E and the political left, though, is that in today’s world, the boys of “Duck Dynasty” hold all the cards. What the… Read more →

Polygamy Advocates Hail Judge's Ruling in Utah

Polygamy Advocates Hail Judge’s Ruling in Utah

Associated Press Advocacy groups for polygamy and individual liberties on Saturday hailed a federal judge’s ruling that key parts of Utah’s polygamy laws are unconstitutional, saying it will remove the threat of arrest for those families. U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups said in the decision handed down Friday that a provision in Utah law forbidding cohabitation with another person violated… Read more →

Federal Judge: Mt. Soledad Cross Must Come Down

Federal Judge: Mt. Soledad Cross Must Come Down

A cross atop Mount Soledad in California is an unconstitutional religious display on government land and must come down, a federal judge in San Diego ruled late Thursday. U.S. District Judge Larry Burns ordered the cross, which honors veterans, must be removed within 90 days — a decision that could result in the case being sent back to the U.S…. Read more →