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.
December 11, 2012 |
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1986 |
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.
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?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1989 |
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.
March 12, 2014 |
"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)