“I saw an interview with Jerry Falwell recently and he said the last election was decided by people who had good Christian values, which he went on to list as being pro-family and having a strong national defense. Now, I’ve read the New Testament a few times, and not only did Christ not mention a strong national defense, but he didn’t mention abortion or homosexuality either. In fact, the only wrath or ire that Christ ever seems to have shown tends to be toward religious leaders.”
– Moby, as quoted in the April 26, 2005 issue of The Advocate.
“Contemporary America is not yet an enlightened society or a rational culture, but a nation frightened by the application of its own political rhetoric: equal access to and treatment under the law for every American citizen. Karl Rove understood that and, with the help of Dobson, Sheldon and Wildmon, used it to turn Americans against Americans.
– Mel Seesholtz, Ph.D. on the politics of the Bush administration and right-wing religious leaders like Focus on the Family’s James Dobson, Rev. Louis Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition, and American Family Association leader Rev. Don Wildmon, in an opinion piece posted on the Online Journal May 24, 2005.
“Gay people are citizens, too. They have a human right to be everywhere, whether it’s beside you at work or at the desk next to your child at school. Hating people you might not recognize as neighbors and even loved ones will not erase their presence nor change their orientation.”
– From a May 20, 2005 Detroit Free Press editorial.
“During just two decades, every major debate over our lives – about military service, the Boy Scouts, safe schools, gay bashing, domestic-partner benefits, freedom of employment – has resulted in a steady uptick of public support for gay rights, even when we lost the policy we were fighting for.”
– E.J. Graff, writing in the June 2005 issue of Out magazine.
“Personally I think that I’ve served my country well. The fact is that I’m deemed unusable by the military just because of what I do on the weekends. That has no bearing whatsoever on my job, no bearing whatsoever with the people I work with. The government is sanctioning bigotry. It is just wrong.”
– Openly gay Sgt. Robert Stout as quoted in the May 24, 2005 issue of The Advocate. Stout received a Purple Heart for injuries he sustained while fighting in Iraq.
“It’s so hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that people can get so crazed over two people loving each other. These Republicans are trying to brainwash everyone….I don’t know if it’s going to have to get so bad that, God forbid, there’s a revolution. I don’t think America is the kind of place for that to happen. But at the same time, I think that if things get bad enough, it could.”
– “Queer As Folk” star Michelle Clunie as quoted in the June 2005 issue of Curve magazine.