Jared Leto, accepting the Best Transformation at the MTV Movie Awards, on AIDS:
"We've made a lot of progress in the battle against AIDS, but it's not time to celebrate just yet. There's no cure, the epidemic rages on. But here's to the hope that one day, we'll put an end of this plague, and the world will rejoice, knowing that no one will ever have to suffer the indignation of this sickness again, nor the intolerance, the fear or the prejudice that lives alongside it. Love who you want to love, live how you wish to live and never let anyone ever stop you from turning your dreams into your reality."
Yes, even in 2014, we still need to be reminded that this epidemic is far from over, so kudos to Leto for saying it so eloquently.
Pope Francis, on pedophile priests:
"I feel called to take responsibility for all the evil some priests -- large in number, but not in proportion to the total -- have committed and to ask forgiveness for the damage they've done with the sexual abuse of children. The church is aware of this damage and is committed to strengthening child protection programs and punishing offenders"
Lovely words. Now back it up with actions.
I'd like to see a Catholic priest who raped small children arrested and tried for his crimes because he was turned in by the Church.
Words are meaningless unless followed up by actions, Frankie.
Mark Takano, the Democratic Congressman from California, staging an "intervention" U.S. House floor to help the GOP overcome their obsession with repealing the Affordable Care Act:
“To my Republican friends, I want to say, this is a safe place. We are here to help. Your addiction to repealing Obamacare and peddling conspiracy theories about the law are not doing any good – for yourselves or for the American people. Stop standing on the wrong side of history….Let’s move on!”
Like, oh, I dunno, with that Jobs Bill you've been promising for seven years?
Mike Huckabee, on Obama's change of heart regarding marriage equality:
"The position that I hold is the position that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden held in 2008. Barack Obama held it until 2012. And the question now that I'd love to pose to the President is this, 'Mr. President, please explain that when you said in 2008 at the Saddleback Church Forum that you stood for traditional marriage and you did so because you were a Christian and because it's what the Bible taught, please answer. Were you lying then, or are you lying now? Or did the Bible get rewritten. I'm just wanting somebody in the press to answer that honest question....He said it was because of his Christian convictions. Does he have them or does he not?"
He has them, you asshat, but he isn't letting his Christian beliefs become the law in the country.
We have a Separation of Church and State you idiot, though you don't get it because you have a separation of brain and mouth.
Eddie Calvo, Guam Governor, on marriage equality:
“I’m going to be upfront with you, I have an issue with gay marriage. I’m not trying to put my morals on anybody. I just want everyone to understand that when society makes that move, there will now be a new question.”
Thanks for being "up front" but now you can "step to the side" as the rest of the world marches on.
The only new question to be asked will be, 'Will you marry me?' heard from every gay corner of the world.
Evan Wolfson, head of Freedom to Marry, when asked by Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer if LGBT rights is the next chapter of civil rights:
“I wouldn’t call it the next chapter. I think it’s part of the same struggle. I think that what the struggle ... that the civil rights movement did so much to lay the foundation for… was to create an America that’s a more perfect union for everybody. And gay people are part of that everybody. But as we’ve just all heard and said, we’re not done with any of these fights on any of these fronts that overlap anyway. My blood boils when I see voter suppression and the assault on women’s access to contraception…. Civil rights is about the America we want for everybody.”
Rush Limbaugh, on Stephen Colbert replacing David Letterman when letterman retires next year:
"CBS has just declared war on the heartland of America. No longer is comedy going to be a covert assault on traditional American values [and] conservatives. Now, it's just wide out in the open. What this hire means is a redefinition of what is funny and a redefinition of what is comedy. What this hire means is a redefinition of what is funny and a redefinition of what is comedy, and there’s blowing up the 11:30 format under the guise that the world’s changing. It’s media planting a flag here. Maybe even media’s last stand. It’s a declaration. They've hired a partisan, so-called comedian, to run a comedy show."
Wow, I never thought Colbert wielded that much power.
Or maybe Rush has over-medicated himself again.
Debby Boone, best known for her 70's mega-hit "You Light Up My Life", saying she's through preaching the anti-LGBT perspective she was learned growing up Christian--her father is the raging homophobe, and former singer and actor, Pat Boone:
“I'm really happy to be here in support of GLAAD, because I am one of the people that has made the transition from an old way of thinking to a new one. And I think that's really the crux of what GLAAD is all about...I have really good friends and family members that have changed my mind. And the couple that we're with tonight is a lesbian couple who attended the church where my husband was associate rector.”
As times change, people change, and we need to accept those who've affected the change.
Boone has stepped out of her father's intolerant, anti-Christian shadow and she deserves applause for that.
Jennifer LeClaire, news editor of Charisma, on the Honey Maid ad controversy:
"Many are calling for a boycott of Nabisco. I’m not a fan of boycotts, but I am a fan of healthy eating—and I’m not a thin little 7-year-old anymore. I stopped eating Oreos, Nilla Wafers and Nutter Butters long ago to avoid packing on unwanted pounds. That said, Nabisco is still trying to shove something down my throat for which I have no taste. Although I defend their right to do so, I grieve over the latest example of how immorality is the new normal. Our only godly response is to continue speaking the truth in love and to pray for those whose hand may be caught in the cookie jar of sexual immorality when Jesus returns."
I think that when Jesus returns he might have a lot to say about love and acceptance and intolerance to LeClaire because, unlike what she alludes to, Jesus never said a word about The Gays.