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She/He Said this Week

By |2008-07-10T09:00:00-04:00July 10th, 2008|Opinions|

Compiled By Howard Israel

“We respectfully urge Congress to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Those of us signing this letter have dedicated our lives to defending the rights of our citizens to believe whatever they wish. As General Colin Powell, Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs said when the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was enacted, it is not the place of the military or those in senior leadership to make moral judgments.”
– A statement signed by 52 retired U.S. Generals and Admirals and a Former Secretary of the Army was released July 7, 2008. The statement urges Congress to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy based on evidence that repeal would actually help and not harm the armed forces.

“If there was any silver lining to this, it is that word got out that maybe this wasn’t the best place to go for social activity because prior to that, there were listings on Craigslist and other places that [this men’s room] was the place to go[for homosexual hook-ups.”
– Patrick Hogan, Public Affairs Director at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, commenting on the men’s room where Republican U.S. Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) was arrested for disorderly conduct after by an undercover police officer, Chicago Sun Times, July 7, 2008. Thousands of members of the international media will have to walk past the men’s room when they land at the airport for the Republican National Convention in St. Paul at the end of the summer. The airport has no plans to cordon off or restrict access to the men’s room during the convention.

“Here’s what [McCain] needs to do. He needs to touch on some of the social issues which energize the right. In particular, gays in the military for one. We know Obama is for allowing gays in the military, and Bill Clinton tried to do, but backed off. This is not a popular issue. Gay marriage is another one. These are both issues that I think McCain’s going to have to use. You can’t ignore the right. If he does, he’ll lose.”
– Fred Barnes, Weekly Standard Executive Editor, discussing Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) struggling campaign on Fox News, argues that McCain “needs to pay attention to the right” in order to create wedge issues to stimulate conservative voters, http://www.ThinkProgess.org, July 6, 2008.

“There’s at least one good reason to like McDonald’s: They’re being boycotted by the American Family Association. What did McDonald’s do to cross the AFA, its president, Donald Wildmon, and — by extension — Jesus? They donated $20,000 to the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. McDonald’s’ revenue runs about five billion dollars a quarter, so you can see their profound commitment to destroying the family through sodomy.”
– Chris Kelly, columnist, commenting on the American Family Association’s (AFA) boycott of McDonald’s, http://www.HuffingtonPost.com, July 8, 2008.

“Tyson Homosexual was a blur in blue, sprinting 100 meters faster than anyone ever has. Homosexual qualified for his first Summer Games team and served notice he’s certainly someone to watch in Beijing. ‘It means a lot to me,’ the 25-year-old Homosexual said. ‘I’m glad my body could do it, because now I know I have it in me.'”
– The problem? Tyson’s real last name is Gay. But OneNewsNow, a Christian news outlet, has an automated system that changes the forbidden “g” word to “homosexual”. The news site published the story about a world-class sprinter named “Tyson Homosexual” who qualified this week for the Beijing Olympics, on blog.WashingtonPost titled: “Christian Site’s Ban on ‘G’ Word Sends Homosexual to Olympics, July 1, 2008.

“What the boycott of McDonald’s IS about: It is about McDonald’s, as a corporation, refusing to remain neutral in the culture wars. McDonald’s has chosen not to remain neutral but to give the full weight of their corporation to promoting the homosexual agenda, including homosexual marriage.”
– A statement of its mission, from the http://www.boycottmcdonalds.com web site. The American Family Association (AFA) launched a boycott against McDonald’s for “promoting the homosexual agenda.” The AFA is upset at McDonald’s for refusing to condemn Vice President of Communications Richard Ellis’s decision to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).

“WOW!! Terrorism = Homosexuals = McDonalds What’s next McDonalds? Bestiality?”
– a comment posted on thehttp://www.boycottmcdonalds.com web site. The American Family Association (AFA) launched a boycott against McDonald’s for “promoting the homosexual agenda.” The AFA is upset at McDonald’s for refusing to condemn Vice President of Communications Richard Ellis’s decision to serve on the Board of Directors of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).

“I would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm our position on diversity. Our founder, Ray Kroc, once said, ‘None of us is as good as all of us.’ At McDonald’s we believe that sentiment still holds true today, and is best reflected in action; specifically, with our strong and longtime commitment to our people through diversity and inclusion. This is a core value of McDonald’s. We treat our employees and our customers with respect and dignity, regardless of their ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or other factors. We have a well-established and proud heritage of associating with individuals and organizations that share the belief that every person has the right to live and work in a community free of discrimination.”
– Pat Harris, McDonald’s Global Chief Diversity Officer, in a response letter to a threatening letter of complaint from American Family Association (AFA) chairman, Donald E. Wildmon, Washington Post, July 4, 2008.

“Lesbian, because I like it and because I want to be.”
– a large banner in Madrid’s Gay Pride parade, in keeping with this year’s theme of “Lesbian Visibility”, Google.com, July 5, 2008. Hundreds of thousands of LGBT people and allies took part in a colorful parade across Spain’s capital city, Madrid.

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