Colin Farrell, on the passage of marriage equality in Ireland:
“It was really funny because one of the arguments when the vote went through was that the church came out and said, ‘You know, this was a dark day for Ireland,’ and all you could see was literally rainbows everywhere, posters of rainbows, T-shirts of rainbows, men and women hugging, men and men hugging, women and women hugging, and yet cut to, ‘This is a dark day in the history of [Ireland]'...A dark day in the history of a country is internal civil conflict and war and bloodshed…It was a great day.”
As I've said: hot, smart, compassionate, LGBT-ally ... and hot.
Franklin Graham, son of the also anti-gay Billy Graham, on Facebook calling for a Christian boycott of Wells Fargo over the banks’ inclusion of a Lesbian couple in an ad:
“Have you ever asked yourself – how can we fight the tide of moral decay that is being crammed down our throats by big business, the media, and the gay & lesbian community? Every day it is something else! ... Wells Fargo bank is using a same-sex couple in their advertising. And there are more. But it has dawned on me that we don’t have to do business with them. At the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, we are moving our accounts from Wells Fargo to another bank. ...This is one way we as Christians can speak out—we have the power of choice. Let’s just stop doing business with those who promote sin and stand against Almighty God’s laws and His standards. Maybe if enough of us do this, it will get their attention. Share this if you agree.”
Look, I’m all for boycotting businesses that are bigoted and intolerant and exclusive, but I gotta ping on my Hypocrisy Meter because Franklin likes to call LGBT boycotts of homophobic businesses a form of Gay Fascism and bullying. But if you drape your boycott in Christianity, it’s just fine and dandy, as long as the reason you’re boycotting is because of The Gays.
PS: Graham switched to BB&T, a bank that just happens to be the sponsor of this year's Miami Beach Gay pride Parade.
How does that foot in your mouth taste, Franklin?
Greg Gianforte, a Montana multi-millionaire planning a gubernatorial run in 2016, on retirement:
“There’s nothing in the Bible that talks about retirement. And yet it’s been an accepted concept in our culture today. Nowhere does it say, ‘Well, he was a good and faithful servant, so he went to the beach.’ It doesn’t say that anywhere. ... The example I think of is Noah. How old was Noah when he built the ark? 600. He wasn’t like, cashing Social Security checks, he wasn’t hanging out, he was working. So, I think we have an obligation to work. The role we have in work may change over time, but the concept of retirement is not biblical.”
Wait. What? Does this mean I gotta build an ark when I’m 600 years old?
Or does it mean Greg Gianforte is a delusional idiot who should not now, or ever, hold any kind of public office in this country.
Nick Jansen, writing for Canberra's City News, on what they’ll do if marriage equality comes to Australia:
"My wife and I just celebrated our 10-year anniversary. But later this year, we may be getting a divorce. The decision to divorce is not one we’ve taken lightly. And certainly, it’s not one that many will readily understand. And that’s because it’s not a traditional divorce. Our view is that marriage is a fundamental order of creation. Part of God’s human history. Marriage is the union of a man and a woman before a community in the sight of God. And marriage of any couple is important to God regardless of whether that couple recognises [sic] God’s involvement or authority in it."
Well, Nick, I guess you take marriage so lightly, and think so little of your own commitment, that the mere idea that a same-sex couple could share that same pledge sends you to divorce court.
Jansen also says that he and his soon-to-be ex-wife will continue to live together … in sin.
Hmm, I wonder how their God will feel about that?
Franklin Graham, in a spectacular word salad, trying to explain his hypocrisy:
"It is true that a local BB&T branch in the Miami area hosted a fundraiser for a program called Legacy Couples, which recognizes same-sex couples who have been in committed relationships for 10 years or more, but the bank did not promote this program through a national advertising campaign (or we would still be looking for another bank). I think there is a difference between being friendly and being a public advocate. By staying at Wells Fargo, we would not only be associating with the promotion of a lifestyle we believe to be wrong, we also would actually be helping to pay for the advertisements by virtue of banking with them — because a bank has no money to advertise with other than the money its customers place in its trust and the interest earned on that money. We simply chose not to continue doing business with a bank that is promoting something that violates our conscience and beliefs."
So, wait, as long as the business doesn’t ruin a national ad, they can support all the gay causes they like and Frank’s okay with that?
Because, I don’t see a huge difference between Well Fargo airing an ad featuring a same-sex couple, and BB&T supporting a Pride event.
It’s support of the LGBT community, and Franklin’s just trying to justify his ignorance and his inability to vet his new bank—and he was hoping for the ‘B’ in BB&T to stand for Bigot—properly, and make sure they were as intolerant and narrow-minded and hate-filled and so not Christ-like as himself.