May 7, 2013 |
At an investment conference last week, Harvard historian Niall Ferguson created a huge mess for himself. He glibly speculated that maybe because economist John Maynard Keynes was a childless, "effete" homosexual, he embraced a doctrine that favored immediate economic gratification. Keynes' bon mot "in the long run, we are all dead" takes on new meaning when you realize he didn't have kids to worry about. FOR THE RECORD: Book title: The May 7 Jonah Goldberg column had a typo in the subtitle of William Greider's book “Secrets of the Temple.” It is “How the Federal Reserve Runs the Country,” not “County.” Following the usual script, but at a much faster clip, an uproar ensued on Twitter and in various blogs.
April 29, 2013 |
Chris Broussard usually offers expertise on fast breaks and zone defense, but on Monday he drove right into America's culture wars by calling homosexuality "an open rebellion to God" and implying that gay people can't be Christians. Speaking on ESPN's "Outside the Lines," the basketball analyst and former New York Times writer was discussing NBA player Jason Collins, who in a landmark move just became the first active player in one of the major...
April 29, 2013 |
When NBA center Jason Collins became the first male athlete still active in a major professional sport to come out as gay, many fellow sports figures immediately offered their support on Twitter. Miami Dolphins $60-million receiver Mike Wallace was not one of them. Instead, about an hour or so after Collins' revelation on Monday, he tweeted a comment basically expressing general confusion over the concept of homosexuality. He did not mention Collins by name but said that he was shaking his head that "guys wanna mess with guys" even though there are "all these beautiful women in the world.
April 19, 2013
Re "Scalia's poison pen," Opinion, April 14 Bigoted as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's views on homosexuality seem, he makes a valid legal point by intimating that equal protection claims asserted to support gay marriage similarly support incestuous unions. Both gay and incestuous couples long were excluded from marriage because of biological considerations. Gays couldn't reproduce, and incestuous couples couldn't do so without a high risk of birth defects. That all changed with the advent of artificial insemination, surrogate pregnancy and other alternative conception techniques.
March 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- A new public opinion survey is the latest to confirm a major social trend that shows no sign of ebbing: rising acceptance of same-sex marriage and homosexuality in America. Fully one in seven adults (14%) say they've changed their mind about gay rights, often because they have a friend or family member who is gay, according to the new national poll by the independent Pew Research Center. Recently, another national poll, by the Washington Post and ABC News, found that support for gay marriage is now at an all-time high, as the Supreme Court prepares to take up the issue, including a test of California's Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages.
January 11, 2013 |
Is President Obama guilty of a double standard when it comes to clergymen who condemn homosexuality? The Rev. Louie Giglio, an evangelical pastor active in the campaign against human trafficking, was supposed to deliver the benediction at Obama's second inauguration. Then it emerged that in the 1990s Giglio delivered a sermon in which he described homosexuality as a sin and said that “the healing power of Jesus” was “the only way out of a homosexual lifestyle.” This sounded to some like the belief espoused by some evangelicals that you can “pray away the gay.” Giglio quickly "withdrew" and the inaugural committee said it hadn't been aware of his "past comments.
January 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - An evangelical minister who was asked to give the benediction at President Obama's inauguration ceremony pulled out of the event Thursday after a controversy about comments he made against homosexuality in the 1990s. On Tuesday, the presidential inaugural committee announced that it had invited the Rev. Louie Giglio, head pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta, to participate in the Jan. 21 ceremony. Soon afterward, the liberal website ThinkProgress posted excerpts and an audio file of a sermon Giglio gave in the mid-1990s, in which he criticizes homosexuality as profoundly antithetical to Christianity.
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.