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I'm going to get a bunch of twitter stickers and affix them to your back when you aren't looking.
Great interview, Dan.
Please encourage everyone to click the links given in the "fits" link and write letters supporting their interview. Something has to be done to counteract the wing-nuts letter writing campaign.
I also liked your explanation of why you are harsh on some of those who write to you for advice. It reminded me of some things I wrote to/about you here on the comment threads of some of your anti-pit bull posts.
Happy New Year, Dan. Hope you get recognition someday for your opinions that have nothing to do with sex or gayness. Especially public transportation, the subject where I first saw that you were more than a sex advice columnist who was fun to read, even when the subject matter had absolutely no bearing on my life.
773-583-5000 (9-5:00 Central Time M-F; hit “0″ and ask for Phil Ponce)
It was bad enough when they just whined to you one-on-one, or whined over the radio or TV, but now with the internet, they can take their victim complex to a whole new level.
Oh, and "taxpayer funded" WTTW my small white derriere: If it weren't for that old lie, most of them would have absolutely no idea what public broadcasting was.
Whiny victims are bad enough. But lying whiny Christian victims are the absolute worst. Bring back the lions - that will give them something to whine about.
Wikipedia describes Savage as a hate-filled, vulgar anti-religious homosexual extremist.
it IS a stupidassed thing to say.........
This is why it's become my own little game to read posts here or at JMG or PHB and catch which are LaBarbera.
Now available in convenient aerosol......
Christians claim that the Bible is perfect, and never needs to be changed. (While at the same time ignoring the parts they don't want to follow.)
does that worry you, Dan?
It always kills me how transparently stupid these kinds of attacks are--i.e that someone out there actually convinces his or herself that this is a reasonable argument. I mean c'mon, according to this argument, no adults with children should ever ever have sex of any kind because doing so, obviously, means child neglect! PLEASE.
When was the last time any straight adult couple "confessed" their sexual "crimes" to their own children? Ball gags, hot tubs, threeways, porn, toys, oral sex, spanking, phone sex, or, hey, just good ol' fashioned man-on-top-get-it-overwith-quick sex--No healthy adult ever discusses their sex lives with their children, let alone confess it as though the fact of a particular act implicitly damages them. Newsflash, sexphobes: the vast majority of sex acts are the same damn stuff, nothing's new under the sun, so stop projecting your own fears and repressed desires onto your children, because that actually will damage them.
In fact, I would argue that sexless marriages cause far more psychological harm to growing children than any private dalliances of happy and honest couples.
Thanks for the amazing things you've done in 2010, Dan. Happy New Year.
They are KKKristchens.
People are going to have different reactions to a group that demonizes them -- that claims how they feel and act is wrong and disgusting -- and tries to prevent them from having equality in society. If I was gay, and had grown up with that kind of shit from Christian conservatives, I'm not sure how I'd react, but I suspect I'd have a lot of anger and hatred toward them. To love and/or forgive those who demonize and repress you, or to turn the other cheek, may mean you're a better person, but it's also not an easy thing to do.
Although Dan's "O They Will Know We Are Christians" posts on Slog can, I think, come across as an overly broad condemnation of Christians, I'm sure he understands there are liberal Christians who don't have a problem with homosexuality and who feel that gays & lesbians should have full equality in society. Anti-Christian he's not. Anti-Christian-bigotry he is.
It's so bizarre that these "pro-family" conservative Christians have such an obsession about homosexuality when they should be focused, instead, on straight people who, through things like abuse and cheating, destroy families every day.
Since it was too late to call, I used WTTW's online contact form to send them a note telling them that I support their programming choice in interviewing Dan. I encourage other Sloggers to do the same.
Web form: http://www.wttw.com/main.taf?p=0,2,4
Other contact info: http://www.wttw.com/main.taf?p=0,1,1
I LOVE the fits! Especially the implications you somehow involve your child 'WHO was babysitting during the illicit gay pervy three ways of sodomistic orgy sinning?'. Um, my guess would be a bored fourteen year old girl from down the street, like every other babysitter? They're so convinced gay people can't have normal lives or families.
Or am I full of crap? When did this interview first air, Dan?
I thought this was great when I first watched it nearly a month ago, and I think it is great now. And, I suppose freedom of opinion allows people to be offended, but I personally don't think it is offensive. I think it is thought provoking, but considering that one's compliance to scripture or church doctrine might be abusive to your fellow humans takes courages. Most people don't want to risk learning that a monster lurks within them, they prefer to believe that they are good and pleasing. And, maybe it is easier to blame it on God and/or scripture when they act unethically than to take personal responsibility?
Then again, just as I'm wary about an individuals testimony of a transcendental experience with God says anything about whether or not God exists, I'm also wary that scripture provides any relevance to our present quest to understand the universe and our part within it. It is hard to imagine that something comprised of ancient transcriptions of oral tradition covering ~2100 year period of history, gathered over a 1200 year period over 2000 years ago, before we began to understand the age and extent of the cosmos, before we understood that our minds are seated in our brains, before we understood our evolutionary relationship with the other animals within the animal kingdom, could/should be used as religious solutions or could/should be considered relevant to present quest for understanding about the universe and or place in it. At most it could provide us with a point of departure. In short, I am wary of the Bible's relevance as a guide to understanding human sexuality and am prone to think that while it addresses human issues, some of which we still struggle with, it really offers us a glimpse into how an ancient culture with a different world-view saw life and not a divine mandate for acceptability. Just my $0.02, though.
We want equal protection under the law. If bullies did what they did to an adult or a child of a Senator, they would have been charged with assault. Instead because it's a gay kid they get to commit assault daily with no consequences.
And your version of Darwinism may loosely apply to solitary lizards, but is far too simple-minded to apply to humans. All social animals contribute to more than their own survival. Mike Tyson could beat Albert Einstein in a fight, but who contributed most to the survival of humanity? Also, as it is now, gay kids have to be way more tough than straight kids. It's not nanny statish to want an even playing field.
Anyone else inclined to help WTTW (or KCTS, or whatever your local station) based on this, please feel free to send in a check. And tell them it's all thanks to Porno Petey!
"one of the main problems with todays kids is this single mommy raised mentalitys of these touchy ,feely pay attention to me attention whore kids."
Resisting the urge to edit, I will say that single parents don't raise kids who are spoiled any more often than two parents do. The spoiled kids I know are all products of two parent families. Spoiled, "attention whore" kids are not necessarily the ones getting bullied, either. You make it sound as though they are babied at home, and so have no interest in defending themselves at school. I would suggest that you know remarkably little about bullying. Kids are bullied for being different. Different takes a lot of forms: Sometimes it's being the awkward kid in a room full of athletes, sometimes it's being a pretty girl who goes to a new school, sometimes it's the gay kid in the conservative community. And while yes, everyone needs to learn to stand up for themselves, the bullying in today's schools goes beyond that. Kids wouldn't be killing themselves otherwise. These kids aren't asking a lot, they just want to finish high school without being verbally and physically assaulted.
In case y'all haven't seen it here's a link to Dan & Bill Savage at the Chicago Humanities Festival. Great stuff! http://www.chicagohumanities.org/Genres/…
I understand you don't want to post all your interviews, and really that's not what your blog is for. but making us chase all over to find them is difficult :) maybe put together a reference page or a youtube channel that collects them in one place? you sure do a lot of these, it's always surprising to me when i stumble across yet another one.
(I was going to go with "@44: Go fuck yourself,"
but now that just seems... cheap.)
Just look: all the Stranger trolls are foaming at the mouth! The very incoherence of their replies is a joy to behold.
And happy New Year, Slog! Except the trolls.
If Jesus came back today, I suspect he'd be appalled at how few people follow his teachings, and yet call themselves Christians.
Have you checked the links in that letter? Your opponent
and his message
@66: Fuck! I was so busy this year I didn't get to sit down and check out FOX's War on Christmas coverage! It's always so heartwarming to see news stories about not privileging Christianity and/or secularizing legal holidays! I hope you're right and I wasn't missing much.