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It’s an amazing country: how a fundamentalist Christian explored the world of homosexuality and found Jesus

Posted by Charles II on October 13, 2012

Paul Harris, The Guardian:

Timothy Kurek grew up hating homosexuality. As a conservative Christian deep in America’s Bible belt, he had been taught that being gay was an abomination before God. He went to his right-wing church, saw himself as a soldier for Christ and attended Liberty University, the “evangelical West Point”.

But when a Christian friend in a karaoke bar told him how her family had kicked her out when she revealed she was a lesbian, Kurek began to question profoundly his beliefs and religious teaching. Amazingly, the 26-year-old decided to “walk in the shoes” of a gay man in America by pretending to be homosexual.

For an entire year Kurek lived “under cover” as a homosexual in his home town of Nashville. He told his family he was gay, as well as his friends and his church. Only two pals and an aunt – used to keep an eye on how his mother coped with the news – knew his secret.

This is truly an inspirational story. One only wishes that more fundamentalists would try to see things through the eyes of their opponents. What Kurek did in trying to understand those he despised is the real meaning of “love your neighbor as yourself”.

Posted in Fundies, gay rights, Good Things | 1 Comment »

Annals of Republican Hypocrisy, Stardate … unknown

Posted by Charles II on October 13, 2012

Sarah Bufkin, HuffPo:

On Wednesday morning, CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien asked the Utah Republican if he had “voted to cut the funding for embassy security.”

“Absolutely,” Chaffetz said. “Look we have to make priorities and choices in this country. We have…15,000 contractors in Iraq. We have more than 6,000 contractors, a private army there, for President Obama, in Baghdad. And we’re talking about can we get two dozen or so people into Libya to help protect our forces. When you’re in tough economic times, you have to make difficult choices. You have to prioritize things.”

For the past two years, House Republicans have continued to deprioritize the security forces protecting State Department personnel around the world. In fiscal year 2011, lawmakers shaved $128 million off of the administration’s request for embassy security funding. House Republicans drained off even more funds in fiscal year 2012 — cutting back on the department’s request by $331 million.

Meanwhile, Chaffetz & Co. are trying to put all the blame on Obama for the death of Ambassador Stephens and those protecting him in Benghazi. The Administration may have handled the PR badly, but the Congress has handled its primary duties badly.

Posted in 'starving the beast', Republicans acting badly, State Department | 1 Comment »

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