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Rainbows and Glee

By |2012-04-26T09:00:00-04:00April 26th, 2012|Opinions|

Compiled by Howard Israel

S/he Said

“Do I really think that this is the kind of thing that’s contagious? I don’t know. When I was a teenager and I saw James Dean smoking, it made me want to smoke.”
-Bill O’Reilly, on the Culture Warrior segment of his show, Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, with Gretchen Carlson, co-anchor of “FOX & Friends,” attacking an episode of Glee for featuring a storyline about a transgender teenager, in an article titled ” Fox’s O’Reilly, Carlson Warn That Glee Makes Kids Experiment With Homosexuality, Identify As Transgender,” http://www.mediaite.com, Apr. 20.
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“Here we go again, pandering to .3% of the American population that considers themselves transgender. Now I get to explain this to my 8-year-old, if I want her to see a nice family show with some nice music. By the way, in the same episode there were two cheerleaders who apparently are lesbians with each other and they put out a sex tape. And oh, by the way, there are two seniors who are engaged to get married to each other, so I get to explain that at the same time. They seem to have a positive message about hopes and dreams and taking risks. But why do they have to come up with these wild story lines to prove their point? I don’t get it.”
-Gretchen Carlson, co-anchor of “FOX & Friends,” on the Culture Warrior segment on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, with Bill O’Reilly, attacking an episode of Glee for featuring a storyline about a transgender teenager, in an article titled ” Fox’s O’Reilly, Carlson Warn That Glee Makes Kids Experiment With Homosexuality, Identify As Transgender,” http://www.mediaite.com, Apr. 20.
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“Let’s take back the rainbow for God. Let the homosexual community find a different religious symbol to commandeer. If they were feeling congenial, perhaps the Muslims would let them borrow their crescent moon. In these desperate economic times, maybe the Wiccans would rent the Pentagram to them. I don’t really care. What I want is for the Christian community to wake up, wipe the sleep from their eyes, and realize that they are in a spiritual battle that isn’t going away. The rainbow is a symbol, but it’s meaning points to the very character of God. So Christians, use this God-given symbol for His glory. Using it won’t make you a homosexual. It won’t make you a New Ager. It won’t make Leprechauns real. But it might allow you to get into conversations with people who need to meet the very One Who gave us His promise in the first place. Martin Luther King stood up to make the issue black and white. We as Christians have watered down the truth and are trying to make it purple and pink.”
-Dr. Ken Hutcherson Senior Pastor and Co-Founder of Antioch Bible Church in Redmond, WA and Pastor James Hansen, Antioch’s Bible school director, in a collaborative commentary titled “Take Back the Rainbow,” http://www.abchurch.org, Apr. 17. Hutcherson is an vigorous anti-gay activist, asserting there is no proof that gay people are born gay, instructing parents to remove “the gay gene” by beating homosexual offspring with belts.
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“I don’t believe for a second that gay and trans kids are trying to ruin anybody’s Tuesday evening musical entertainment with an agenda of indoctrination. They’re not trying to entice America’s little boys to put on dresses. Good entertainment is just about understanding the human condition, about empathy for characters whose lives and experiences may be just like ours, or completely different from them. I’m about as non African-American transgender male teenager as it gets, and I can honestly say that having one on television poses exactly zero threat to my family or the identity of any member within it. ‘Glee’s’ Unique (the transgender character) isn’t out to change your kids or mine. Unique is just a fellow human being, with dreams and disappointments and dignity, whose boogie shoes just happen to be silver, and very, very high.”
-Mary Elizabeth Williams, in her column titled “Glee makes you trans: Bill O’Reilly thinks the show is coming for your children – and once again misunderstands inequality,” about the Culture Warrior segment on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, with Bill O’Reilly and Gretchen Carlson, co-anchor of “FOX & Friends,” attacking an episode of Glee for featuring a storyline about a transgender teenager, http://www.salon.com, Apr. 20.
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