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December 11, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Confronted by a gay student at Princeton University, Justice Antonin Scalia defended his writings comparing laws against homosexuality to those prohibiting bestiality and murder, saying he was arguing that many laws are based on society's moral feelings. "If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder?" Scalia asked in response to a question. "Can we have it against other things? I don't apologize for the things I raise. " Scalia said he was not equating homosexual conduct with bestiality or murder.
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March 12, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Frozen," the hit Disney animated musical about a girl who tries to save her kingdom and her ice-powered sister, has become the latest Hollywood movie to rile conservative commentators, with one pastor criticizing the film for indoctrinating homosexuality and bestiality in children. On the talk show Generations Radio, Kevin Swanson and his co-host, Steve Vaughn, took Disney to task for "leading the charge" in promoting a "pro-homosexual" agenda in "Frozen. " Swanson and Vaughn referred to posts by Steven D. Greydanus for the National Catholic Register and Gina Luttrell for the liberal PolicyMic -- the former of which critiques "Frozen's" alleged gay message (the commentators agree with this one)
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December 11, 2012 | By David G. Savage
Confronted by a gay student at Princeton University, Justice Antonin Scalia defended his past writings comparing laws against homosexuality to those prohibiting bestiality and murder, saying he was arguing that many laws are based on society's moral feelings. “If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder?” Scalia asked in response to a question. “Can we have it against other things? I don't apologize for the things I raise.” Scalia said he was not equating homosexual conduct with bestiality or murder.
OPINION
December 13, 2012
In a 1996 Supreme Court decision protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote that Colorado voters had evidenced an unconstitutional "animus" toward homosexuality. Justice Antonin Scalia dissented, huffing: "I had thought that one could consider certain conduct reprehensible - murder, for example, or polygamy, or cruelty to animals - and could exhibit even 'animus' toward such conduct. " Seven years later, when the court overturned a Texas law that criminalized same-sex sodomy, Scalia again dissented, writing: "The Texas statute undeniably seeks to further the belief of its citizens that certain forms of sexual behavior are 'immoral and unacceptable' - the same interest furthered by criminal laws against fornication, bigamy, adultery, adult incest, bestiality, and obscenity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1996
A Costa Mesa man was charged Thursday with distributing obscene videos, reportedly depicting bestiality, from his Costa Mesa apartment and a nearby mailbox service, officials said. Jim Hahn, an attorney with the Los Angeles city attorney's office, said the charges stem from a Los Angeles Police Department vice investigation that began last summer after a detective saw one of Eugene Akihiko Leary's advertisements in a pornographic magazine.
OPINION
December 13, 2012
In a 1996 Supreme Court decision protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote that Colorado voters had evidenced an unconstitutional "animus" toward homosexuality. Justice Antonin Scalia dissented, huffing: "I had thought that one could consider certain conduct reprehensible - murder, for example, or polygamy, or cruelty to animals - and could exhibit even 'animus' toward such conduct. " Seven years later, when the court overturned a Texas law that criminalized same-sex sodomy, Scalia again dissented, writing: "The Texas statute undeniably seeks to further the belief of its citizens that certain forms of sexual behavior are 'immoral and unacceptable' - the same interest furthered by criminal laws against fornication, bigamy, adultery, adult incest, bestiality, and obscenity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1998 | SOLOMON MOORE
A Castaic man was charged Friday with four counts of allegedly selling obscene CD-ROMs depicting bestiality and scatology to undercover Los Angeles police officers at a computer show at the Sherman Oaks Entertainment Center in September. Marshall Jay Lefcourt, 45, allegedly sold CD-ROMs to investigators who viewed them on a computer in a police vehicle parked outside the venue, according to Los Angeles City prosecutor Lynn Magnandonovan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1986 | PHILIP ZWERLING, The Rev. Philip Zwerling is the pastor of First Unitarian Church, Los Angeles.
Thirty-two years ago this month, a pioneer in human behavior came to Los Angeles to deliver a plea against ignorance, fear and superstition. Throughout the country he was being reviled for his work; he was called a "Commie," a pervert, a pornographer. The urge to enforce morality is still with us, and I suspect that Dr. Alfred J. Kinsey would be unwelcome in some parish halls in Los Angeles today. Kinsey began his career as a professor of zoology, making his mark with a study of gall wasps.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2007
MOVIE critic Kenneth Turan has lost all credibility as a journalist in his review of "Zoo" when he says, "But remarkably, an elegant, eerily lyrical film has resulted" [" 'Zoo' Is Not Just 'Eeew,' " Jan. 22]. Sorry, Mr. Turan, there can be nothing elegant about any film that discusses (and by extension grants approval of) sexual contact between humans and animals. This is a disgusting and horrific concept. Is there anything left that our society will reject as being simply wrong?
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Frozen," the hit Disney animated musical about a girl who tries to save her kingdom and her ice-powered sister, has become the latest Hollywood movie to rile conservative commentators, with one pastor criticizing the film for indoctrinating homosexuality and bestiality in children. On the talk show Generations Radio, Kevin Swanson and his co-host, Steve Vaughn, took Disney to task for "leading the charge" in promoting a "pro-homosexual" agenda in "Frozen. " Swanson and Vaughn referred to posts by Steven D. Greydanus for the National Catholic Register and Gina Luttrell for the liberal PolicyMic -- the former of which critiques "Frozen's" alleged gay message (the commentators agree with this one)
NATIONAL
December 11, 2012 | By David G. Savage
Confronted by a gay student at Princeton University, Justice Antonin Scalia defended his past writings comparing laws against homosexuality to those prohibiting bestiality and murder, saying he was arguing that many laws are based on society's moral feelings. “If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder?” Scalia asked in response to a question. “Can we have it against other things? I don't apologize for the things I raise.” Scalia said he was not equating homosexual conduct with bestiality or murder.
NATIONAL
December 11, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Confronted by a gay student at Princeton University, Justice Antonin Scalia defended his writings comparing laws against homosexuality to those prohibiting bestiality and murder, saying he was arguing that many laws are based on society's moral feelings. "If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder?" Scalia asked in response to a question. "Can we have it against other things? I don't apologize for the things I raise. " Scalia said he was not equating homosexual conduct with bestiality or murder.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 4, 2007 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
"Zoo" is a cool sensibility married to a hot topic, a poetic film about a forbidden, unsettling subject. Elegantly made and eerily lyrical, it deals with what director Robinson Devor has accurately called "the last taboo, the boundary of something comprehensible." It's a subject so unnerving that just the notion of it can send people over the edge.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 27, 2007
MOVIE critic Kenneth Turan has lost all credibility as a journalist in his review of "Zoo" when he says, "But remarkably, an elegant, eerily lyrical film has resulted" [" 'Zoo' Is Not Just 'Eeew,' " Jan. 22]. Sorry, Mr. Turan, there can be nothing elegant about any film that discusses (and by extension grants approval of) sexual contact between humans and animals. This is a disgusting and horrific concept. Is there anything left that our society will reject as being simply wrong?
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 2005 | James C. Taylor, Special to The Times
The literary critic James Wood recently decreed that jokes about bestiality aren't really funny. The reason, he says, is that they can only pretend to be realistic -- because "no one has ever actually met a person who [fornicated with] a sheep." Edward Albee's shocker, "The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?," which opened Sunday at the Mark Taper Forum, introduces theatergoers to just such a person.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1998 | SOLOMON MOORE
A Castaic man was charged Friday with four counts of allegedly selling obscene CD-ROMs depicting bestiality and scatology to undercover Los Angeles police officers at a computer show at the Sherman Oaks Entertainment Center in September. Marshall Jay Lefcourt, 45, allegedly sold CD-ROMs to investigators who viewed them on a computer in a police vehicle parked outside the venue, according to Los Angeles City prosecutor Lynn Magnandonovan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1989 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
A screening of a film made by a UCLA student that depicts scenes of simulated bestiality was canceled Thursday after protesters attacked it as ethnically insensitive and sexist and Chancellor Charles E. Young condemned it as "offensive, tasteless and disgusting." The 16-minute film, "Animal Attraction," was screened at UCLA on Wednesday as part of a weeklong festival devoted to works by students. At the request of university officials, the film maker, George Cunningham, agreed to cancel a second screening scheduled for Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1988
A bit-part actor was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison and fined $150,000 for distributing videotapes depicting explicit scenes of bestiality, sadomasochism and torture. Gary J. Levinson, 38, of Hollywood was imprisoned despite his claim that he did not know his mail-order activities were illegal. He said that the elaborate violence in his films was staged and that no one was hurt in making them. But U.S. District Judge Laughlin E.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1996
A Costa Mesa man was charged Thursday with distributing obscene videos, reportedly depicting bestiality, from his Costa Mesa apartment and a nearby mailbox service, officials said. Jim Hahn, an attorney with the Los Angeles city attorney's office, said the charges stem from a Los Angeles Police Department vice investigation that began last summer after a detective saw one of Eugene Akihiko Leary's advertisements in a pornographic magazine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1989 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
A screening of a film made by a UCLA student that depicts scenes of simulated bestiality was canceled Thursday after protesters attacked it as ethnically insensitive and sexist and Chancellor Charles E. Young condemned it as "offensive, tasteless and disgusting." The 16-minute film, "Animal Attraction," was screened at UCLA on Wednesday as part of a weeklong festival devoted to works by students. At the request of university officials, the film maker, George Cunningham, agreed to cancel a second screening scheduled for Thursday.
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