Is this really an endorsement though? Maybe I’m just paranoid, but if you read the actual quote (which the link in this post should take you to), he never comes out and says he supports it. He says making marriage rights about freedom is how the same sex marriage fight was “won.” That putting it as a freedom is what convinced people. One could just as easily say that what he means here is that saying it’s about freedom is how people were “conned into thinking gay marriage is okay.” If this were anyone else, I wouldn’t question it so much, and just assume he misspoke. But this is Glenn Beck. Conservative pundit. Crazy person. I wouldn’t even be surprised to discover he stated things that way deliberately, in order to leave wiggle room for himself, so he can come out on either side depending on how the conservative media reacts to him. But again, maybe I’m just paranoid. ETA: Although, having reread the quote for the fourth time, he does say being against it is foolish. Which is awesome (and true). So I guess maybe he is showing support. I just hope he sticks to it then.
(Addicting Info) - During his radio program, Glenn Beck practically endorsed marriage equality, something not even a handful of Senate Republicans are willing to do. Beck stated that the fight for marriage equality is now about freedom, which is what America is all about, and…
March 15, 2013
Mr. Wayne Brock and the BSA National Executive Board
1325 Walnut Hill Lane
PO Box 152079
Irving, Texas 75015-2079
Dear Mr. Brock and Executive Board:
Please find my BSA Eagle Scout medal enclosed. The decisions to return the medal is in response to the Executive Board to maintain its policy of discriminate against young men and adults solely based on their sexual orientation. This policy flies directly in the face of everything I learned from my time scouting and from my religious upbringing.
I achieved the rank of Eagle Scout shortly before turning 18. I joined the Boy Scouts when many people typically decide to leave the organization, during high school. My late arrival at scouting helped me to truly appreciate what scouting provided me as well as everyone I came in contact with during my career. During career I had numerous opportunities, including: a leader in Troop 222 (Montgomery, Alabama), Camp Counselor at Camp Tukabatchee, Order of the Arrow Trail Patrol at Philmont, International Camp Staff at Gilwell Park Scout Camp, and too many others to count. During all of these opportunities I was always amazed at the diversity of the types of people. I meet so many people from all over the country, with different religions, backgrounds, race, political views, etc. To me, this was the greatest strength of the organization. The biggest lesson from these opportunities was, no matter who you were, how much money your family had in the bank, you could find a place in the scouts. Later, when I learned I about the discrimination based on sexual orientation, I was very sadden and hoped that this would change and that the BSA would see the error and hypocrisy of this policy.
I urge the Board to revisit its policy and to understand the error of this policy. I truly hope this policy changes, but until that time I withdraw all my connections to the Boy Scouts of America.
This is amazing. Just amazing. :D
“Guy buys house in front of the Westboro Baptist Church and paints it in the colors of the Pride flag - ‘Equality House’ will be used for LGBT rights”
This is an enormous chain and I’m sorry, but I need to say this:
The laws in the Old Testament were set forth by god as the rules the Hebrews needed to follow in order to be righteous, to atone for the sin of Adam and Eve and to be able to get into Heaven. That is also why they were required to make sacrifices, because it was part of the appeasement for Original Sin.
According to Christian theology, when Jesus came from Heaven, it was for the express purpose of sacrificing himself on the cross so that our sins may be forgiven. His sacrifice was supposed to be the ultimate act that would free us from the former laws and regulations and allow us to enter Heaven by acting in his image. That is why he said “it is finished” when he died on the cross. That is why Christians don’t have to circumcise their sons (god’s covenant with Jacob), that is why they don’t have to perform animal sacrifice, or grow out their forelocks, or follow any of the other laws of Leviticus.
When you quote Leviticus as god’s law and say they are rules we must follow because they are what god or Jesus wants us to do, what you are really saying, as a Christian, is that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was invalid. He died in vain because you believe we are still beholden to the old laws. That is what you, a self-professed good Christian, are saying to your god and his son, that their plan for your salvation wasn’t good enough for you.
So maybe actually read the thing before you start quoting it, because the implications of your actions go a lot deeper than you think.
/An atheist who understands Christian theology better than Bible-thumpers do.
I’m going to fucking memorize this shit.
“When you quote Leviticus as god’s law and say they are rules we must follow because they are what god or Jesus wants us to do, what you are really saying, as a Christian, is that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was invalid. He died in vain because you believe we are still beholden to the old laws. That is what you, a self-professed good Christian, are saying to your god and his son, that their plan for your salvation wasn’t good enough for you.”
ba dum tsk
It’s all too easy to forget that there’s a human being on the other end of the Internet. That human being has a name. That human being has friends and family; hopes, fears, and dreams. The person behind those words and that avatar is loved by people, and that person loves them in return.
This is a very compelling read. And I agree completely.
I’ve said it before, I know I’ll say it again: Love is love, whoever you love. And it makes me really happy to see him being supportive of LGBT rights.
Vice President Joe Biden became the highest-ranking official in the Obama administration to signal support for same-sex marriage on Sunday during an interview with “Meet The Press.”
News in gif form.
Is it me, or is it maddening to see Axlerod and Carney trying to walk this back? It’s like they have a “Dammit, Joe’s gone off the script” button.
Sometimes, you don’t need to push it, guys.
Yeah it’s really disappointing how fiercely they’ve been backpedaling away from this.
aw hill. i love ya.