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Conchita Wurst, winner of Eurovision Song Contest 2014. Photo: Albin Olsson (CC-BY-SA-3.0)
The outgoing winner of the May 2014 Eurovision song contest, a bearded Austrian transvestite, as symbol of the West’s mixed-up identity
“The merry month of May, so frolic, so gay, and so green,” a verse written hundreds of years ago, might have been penned to describe Europe last month, Ireland and Austria in particular. Vienna’s Green Party had gotten the green light from its “red” Social Democratic coalition partner to install gay-themed traffic signals in time... Read More
The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2015 is constitutionally infirm and legally troublesome. The circuitous constitutional route that brought about this statute began in 1990 when the Supreme Court ruled that the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment may not be used as a defense to violating the general laws of the land.... Read More
A Biopsy of Sorts
In my role as chief social oncologist of the Republic (remember it?) I offer the following diagnostic snippets. Although the patient is dying, the disease remains of interest. Let us begin with the Secretary of State. A headline: Kerry: 'I'm Working Hard to ... Have Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Ambassadors' From a curmudgeonly point of... Read More
Pope Francis' call for a truce notwithstanding, the culture war rages on in America. Last week, a Utah judge struck down part of the state's anti-polygamy law, clearing the way for men to marry multiple spouses. Methodist pastor Frank Schaefer, defrocked for officiating at the same-sex marriage of his son, refused to recant, and joined... Read More
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The culture war has gone global. And the divisions are not only between, but within nations. "Suddenly, homosexuality is against the law," wailed Jay Leno. "I mean, this seems like Germany. Let's round up the Jews. Let's round up the gays. ... I mean, it starts like that." Leno was speaking of Vladimir Putin's Russia.... Read More
The pontiff wasn't referring to sex and blackmail, but a subculture of corruption within the Holy See.
It is being reported that Pope Francis recently told an audience of South American prelates that there is indeed a “gay lobby” in the Vatican. The pronouncement, if that’s what it actually was, is predictably being interpreted in various ways. Some see the statement as a long overdue admission of a fact that has always... Read More
The notion of a Gay Germ---homosexuality transmitted as some sort of infection---probably horrifies many mainstream intellectuals unfamiliar with the details of modern evolutionary biology. Therefore, it is perhaps unsurprising that my recent column discussing that subject quickly provoked a striking example of Internet censorship. But the circumstances were different than people might naively expect. Most... Read More
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The twists of intellectual fashion in our society are often quite peculiar, especially when “touchy” topics are involved. Consider, for example, the analysis of human behavior. Whatever most people may privately believe or say, the vocal academics and activists who control the commanding ideological heights of our media tend to claim that people act as... Read More
Given the unprecedented peace and prosperity currently enjoyed by nearly all Americans, it's hardly surprising that a symbolic issue such as Gay Marriage has now moved to the forefront of the public debate, not least among the contributors to my own magazine. Personally, it’s not the sort of issue that keeps me in a state... Read More
Fast-food franchise Chick-fil-A, known for its juicy chicken sandwich, has come under attack. Franchise head Dan Cathy made public statements in support of traditional marriage and has philanthropic connections to such alleged hate groups as Focus on the Family and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Although Cathy and his staff have affirmed their determination “to... Read More
A CounterPunch Diary
It started with lesbian couples in Vermont in the mid-90s, freaked out they’d lose their babies. Vermont Freedom to Marry was born, and is now the most powerful Democratic organization in the state, most certainly responsible for the victory of Gov. Peter Shumlin, elected in Nov 2010 and, nine months later, the first sitting governor... Read More
Rupert Murdoch’s New York bullhorn, also known as the New York Post, has recently been jubilating each time a Republican in the state legislature comes over to the side of gay marriage. According to the Post, the legalization and celebration of gay marriage is only another step on the road to universal emancipation that has... Read More
It is a world historical event when Jonah Goldberg—one of our most prominent conservative intellectuals, judging by his book sales and his almost daily TV appearances—weighs in on gay marriage. Jonah is not some obscure academic or archivist grinding out research articles on ancient Mesopotamian linguistics. He is a frequent guest on Good Morning America... Read More
Richard Spencer’s references to Alex Knepper and his erotic activities while working as David Frum’s assistant bring up what is not an isolated embarrassment. It betokens what may be a widening problem for the neoconservative camp and given the influence of the neoconservatives, for the entire authorized Right. (Fortunately our side will not be involved,... Read More
CounterPunch Diary
It took a gay Republican judge with libertarian leanings to issue from the bench, in a US District courthouse in San Francisco, one of the warmest testimonials to the married state since Erasmus. Last Wednesday Vaughan R. Walker struck down California’s ban on gay marriage, prompting ecstatic rejoicing among a mostly gay crowd outside the... Read More
CounterPunch Diary
Sexual politics command passions in American political life far more powerful than those currently focused on Wall Street bankers or on BP. By conventional measures Elena Kagan should sail through her nomination by President Obama to one of the most influential jobs in America -- a seat on the US Supreme court -- in a... Read More
Since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in his widely discussed address at Columbia University last week maintained that homosexuals do not exist in his country, the neocon-Republican war squad has gone into high gear stressing the persecution of gays under the Mullahs. Listening to the foaming Sean Hannity and reading indignant columns in the New York Post, one... Read More
Get a Whiff of This, Rev. Dobson
God's perfected plan for humanity hit another speed-bump yesterday when a group of scientists released a report in the latest edition of "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences" proving that there are fundamental differences in the way gay and straight men experience scent. Uh-oh. This is perilously close to saying that there are basic... Read More
Gay Marriage
I'm for anything that terrifies Democrats, outrages Republicans, upsets the applecart. But exultation about the gay marriages cemented in San Francisco, counties in Oregon and New Mexico and some cities in New York is misplaced. Why rejoice when state and church extend their grip, which is what marriage is all about. Assimilation is not liberation,... Read More
Bush and Gay America The Politics of Duplicity
The cynicism was knee-deep at the White House yesterday as the President extracted another convenient diversion from his political bag of tricks. Gay-bating has always been a familiar theme among conservatives and Bush is no exception. Feigning moral rectitude, he lashed out against the "activist judges" on the Massachusetts court who upheld the equal protection... Read More
Thoughts On Gay Marriage
I’m trying to figure out gay marriage. Help me. (I gave up trying to figure out heterosexual marriage long ago.)Maybe I need to figure out gays first. Or maybe I need to figure out sex, which isn’t possible. Nothing about sex makes a grain of sense. The whole idea is bizarre. If it didn’t exist... Read More
Queer Studies Comes To Romper Room
I see in the Harvard Crimson,* once the students’ newspaper of what was once a university, that Boston’s foremost daycare center, Harvard itself, wobbles toward adopting Queer Studies. Soon, apparently, there will be a Department. Why, you might ask, does Harvard want to study queers? It doesn’t, methinks. I suspect that the adolescents of Harvard,... Read More
With a verdict of guilty returned by an Arkansas jury last week in the case of a 13-year-old boy kidnapped, raped and murdered by homosexuals, the murky political mission of much of the national media becomes a bit more transparent than it was before. Despite the horror and shock the Arkansas atrocity offers, virtually no... Read More
On September 23, we are told about a sign of change that the New York Times obviously approves of. The editors of the Loeb Greek and Latin classics (published at Harvard) are now offering translations of ancient authors that do justice to their homoerotic interests. Though the account makes it appear that the new enlightened... Read More
WITH THE DEFENSE of Marriage Act on California's March ballot, the subject of gay rights is likely to move to the forefront of the political debate. Already, many Democratic candidates are said to be desperate to avoid taking a position on this controversial measure while many Republicans wish that the issue would simply disappear. The... Read More
Let Me Rub It To Make It Better...
I think it was Ulpian, the classical Roman jurist, who enunciated a fundamental principle of law: If you put a two-bit lawyer in a black nightgown, you can call him "Judge," but he's still a two-bit lawyer in a black nightgown. Which brings us to homosexual Scoutmasters. (Bet you didn't see that coming, did you?)... Read More
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