Pooves and closet cases: June 2003 Archives

June 18, 2003


Des Moines, Iowa, United States: Westboro Baptist Church, home of arch-homophobe Fred Phelps has offered a $1000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a queerbasher who broke a gay man's leg and then forced him to say that he would seek God's forgiveness for being gay. No, it's not April Fools' Day. The attack took place on the same day as Phelps and friends were in Des Moines picketing a school, and is thought to have been inspired by them. Among platitudes such as A crime is a crime. Two wrongs don't make a right. and assurances that the Church does not condone violence, representative Shirley Phelps-Roper let slip the real reason they are confident to offer the reward: they think the pooves are lying and the attack never took place. Is Phelps going soft on gays?Gay.com News, 18th June 2003.

Bits and pieces

Patrick Neilsen Hayden comments on religious censorship, and how it doesn't always come from where you expect. In a related matter, some religious conservatives claim that tolerance of homosexuality contributes to the rising divorce rate, so Avram Grumer took a look at US divorce statistics for the last 25 years or so.

If these figures are accurate ... the divorce rate seems to have peaked a little more than twenty years ago, and been steadily decreasing ever since. The rate in 2001 was actually lower than it was thirty years ago!

Why could this be, and what does it have to do with gay rights anyway?

Hey, maybe gay rights are actually good for heterosexual marriages. As society becomes more tolerant of homosexuality, you'll get fewer young gays marrying the opposite sex in attempts to deny their natural sexualities, and therefore fewer marriages that wind up breaking down later on under the pressure of living those lies.

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