Michelle Obama, at the Oscars:
"These nine movies took us back in time and all around the world they made us laugh, they made us weep and they made us grip our armrests just a little tighter. They taught us that love can endure against all odds and transform our lives in the most surprising ways, and they reminded us that we can overcome any obstacle if we dig deep enough and fight hard enough and find the courage to believe in ourselves. These lessons apply to all of us no matter who we are or what we look like or where we come from or who we love."
Nicely put, Missus O.
Frank Rich, on the Republican scramble to support marriage equality:
"The die is cast on this issue, and the signatories are belatedly getting ahead of history before it flattens them like a tank. Generational turnover alone assumes gay marriage will be a done deal in America; public opinion on this issue has moved faster than any civil-rights battle in our history."
It's that whole 'wrong side of history' thing, and makes me wonder how the GOP will spin that when marriage equality is everywhere.
Cuz that's gonna happen, y'all.
Christopher West, 'author,' says same-sex marriage exists is because Satan wants to destroy opposite sex love-making:
"This story is only revealed in the glory and beauty and mystery of the sexual difference. That's where we see the call to holy, life-giving communion. What we're losing, what we're risking, is when we don't live the sexual difference rightly that calls men and women to communion, what is ultimately at stake is we're not going to see the call to holy communion with Christ....Perhaps there is an enemy at work here. Put it this way. If the union of man and woman really is the revelation of Christ's love for the Church, then it would make sense that an enemy would want to attack the union of man and woman precisely to prevent us from entering the union of Christ and the Church."
Um, I think Satan has better things to do....or is it worse things to do....than worry about how The Gays have sex. Just like God has better thing to do than pick Oscar winners and Superbowl Champs.
Brenden Petersen, Republican senator from Minnesota, on the threat by NOM's Brian Brown to unseat any Republican who supports marriage equality:
"Regardless of the amount, whether it's $500,000 or $50 million, my vote is not going to bought either way. I'm going to do what's right. If they want to throw away $500,000, then that's their decision."
And Nom, who wasted some $2 million last year to have a same-sex marriage ban written into the Minnesota Constitution, should rethink how they spend their money.
I think it best they spend it on resume building, because they'll all be out of work soon.
Peter Sprigg, Family Research Council vice president, on the Maryland Senate Judiciary Committee considering a bill to ban gender identity discrimination:
"A person who believes they are, or wishes to be, the opposite sex from that which is written in the chromosomes of every cell of his or her body, is suffering from a disconnection with an immutable biological reality. The solution to this problem is not actions - up to and including self-mutilating surgery amputating healthy body parts - which will reinforce this disconnect with reality. I must oppose this bill because it will not work. This bill would force the state and private actors - employers, landlords, and others who provide public services - to officially and legally affirm the very delusion that puts these suffering individuals at odds with reality. Not only will it not make their lives better, but it will prevent them from getting the very help they do need to make their lives better."
I think Sprigg is suffering from a split between his brain and his mouth. His science is off, his thoughts are off, he's just plain off.
Discrimination of anyone is wrong. Plain and simple.
Cardinal Roger Mahony, complaining that people are being mean to him just because he shielded pedophiles from the police:
"I can't recall a time such as now when people tend to be so judgmental and even self-righteous, so quick to accuse, judge and condemn. And often with scant real facts and information. Because of news broadcasts now 24/7 there is little or no fact checking; no in-depth analysis; no context or history given. Rather, everything gets reported as 'news' regardless of the basis for the item being reported--and passed on by countless other news outlets ... We have ended up with a climate in which it's the norm to instantly pass judgment on one another, taking in and repeating gossip, sharing someone else's judgment as the truth, no regard for other people who may be harmed. Whatever happened to the norm of giving others the benefit of a doubt until hard evidence proves otherwise?"
Um, Cardinal? If I may? You’re a dick.
You helped, helped, priests rape children, because you kept them hidden and safe and free to rape and rape and rape again, and did nothing, so, if people are being mean to you …. Boo-fucking-hoo.
You should be glad you aren’t in jail and being gang raped.
Anderson Cooper, on whether or not people in the media who are closeted should come out or not:
"I mean look, it’s a personal decision that everyone has to make for their own reasons. Obviously, I think we’re all better off with greater visibility, so I would encourage people to do what they’re comfortable with, but no, my opinion hasn’t changed. Look, I’m pretty understanding of where people are at, and people are at different places in their lives. But there’s a bunch of people whom I’m surprised have not been more forward, and you know given their position and the extent to which they’re forward about other aspects about their lives."
I think it’s a personal choice to come out, but when you see how much better, happy, more at peace, those people are who’ve chosen to come out, then you must realize that it’s okay.
Come on out, the water’s fine!
Pope Benny, in his farewell address:
"There were moments of joy and light but also moments that were not easy. There were moments, as there were throughout the history of the Church, when the seas were rough and the wind blew against us and it seemed that the Lord was sleeping. I took this step in the full knowledge of its gravity and rarity but with a profound serenity of spirit.”
So, Benny believes God, the all-knowing, all-powerful, all-present, God, has been asleep some oft eh time and that’s why certain things have happened?
His theory may have some merit. I mean, lets’ say God was asleep all those years that the Catholic Church has been protecting pedophiles. Makes sense, no? I mean an awake God surely would have had something to say about child rapists in the church.
Oh, and Benny? careful on your way out!