Fox News personality creates controversy with statements on Muslims studying in the U.S.

Did Bob Beckel hang himself with comments made about Muslim students?

Fox News has not been a paragon of accurate reporting in recent years. Just last week, during the height of the Boston Marathon bombing media blitz, the network announced that there had indeed been an arrest in the case…well in advance of there actually being a named suspect. The network later backtracked on the story, but still the damage was done. Once it was said, it can’t be taken back. Which is another chink in the networks armor, especially in light of recent comments from one of its most liberal personalities.

Bob Beckel, co-host of Fox’s “The Five,” has stepped into a mine field by concluding that Muslim students should be “cut off” from coming to the United States. Beckel made the statement during a discussion of the Boston bombing suspects with his co-anchors on Tuesday’s show.

We know that in the Muslim communities around the world, they do not like us. They recruit people from poor areas and turn them into terrorists. I think we really have to consider…that we’re going to have to cut off Muslim students from coming to this country for some period of time so that we can at least absorb what we’ve got, look at what we’ve got and decide whether some of the people here should be sent back home or sent to prison. .” 

Beckel took this stand during a discussion on the Tsarnaev brothers, the alleged bombing suspects responsible for the attack in Boston last week. It was, however, difficult for  Beckel to quantify his argument considering the brothers had entered the country legally years ago. Still, Beckel seemed to realize that he may have spoken out of turn, and tried to explain his position further by asserting that young Muslims who were already in the country should be allowed to stay, but further restrictions should be implemented, and that Chinese students should be included as well. Beckel’s stance on Chinese students is that they are sent here to the U.S. to learn computers, only to return home to “hack us.”

What are your thoughts on Mr. Beckel’s comments? Offer your thoughts in our comments section.

 

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Greek soccer player banned for life for Nazi salute

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Greek soccer Player Giorgos Katidis

As difficult as it is to believe, racism still exists in the world. Even in places you wouldn’t believe so. Such is the case of Greece, and particularly of a Greek soccer player who has been banned for life for displaying a Nazi salute after scoring a goal during a match.

Player Giorgos Katidis was banned for life by the Greek Soccer Federation after scoring the game winning goal between his AEK Athens team and Veria. The 20-year old midfielder scored the goal bringing the score to 2-1. But it was his gesture of a Nazi salute that overshadowed his game winning goal, and got the player banned from the game for life.

Greece’s soccer federation said Sunday in a statement that Katidis’ gesture “is a deep insult to all victims of Nazi brutality.”

In his defense, Katidis took to the Twitter-sphere and claimed that he was unaware of the implications his gesture represented. Since making that statement, his Twitter account has been removed from the site.

Learn more about the incident here. What are your thoughts on Katidis’ gesture, and the Greek soccer federation’s response to it? Weigh in with your comments.

 

Jeanne Manford, Founder of PFLAG, dead at 92

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Jeanne Manford and her son, Morty, in the Christopher Street Liberation Day parade.

For many, a world without PFLAG, the acronym for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, would be a very different world indeed. But if you ask many about the origins of the organization, you would be met with a blank stare. Sadly, the woman behind PFLAG’s existence has passed away at the age of 92.

Jeanne Manford’s passion for the civil rights of the GLBT community stemmed from the 1972 attack on her son, Morty. Morty survived the beating, but the event itself lit a fire in his mother that was not easily extinguished. From that moment on, Mrs. Manford, and elementary school teacher, felt it was her mission to build “a bridge between the gay community and the heterosexual community”.

Learn more about Jeanne Manford, and the legacy that is PFLAG here.

 

National Coming Out Day…remember you are worthy!

National Coming Out Day means a lot of things to a lot of people. And don’t get me wrong; I think it’s great that there is a day set aside as a day folks can stand up and finally be true to who they really are. For those of us who have made the choice to “come out,” it has to be one of the most courageous statements we can make in life. However, once we have chosen to emerge from our closets, the real work begins. The struggle to come out was hard, but often times the aftermath can seem much harder. Cliché as it may sound, the words are true; it does get better.

I was lucky. When I came out to my mom, she couldn’t have been more gracious and understanding. “Sweetheart, I knew that when you were eight,” was her only reply (I wish she had informed me of this little factoid a bit sooner, but I digress). That, and her sincere wish that I just be careful, take care of myself, and remember that I was worthy of love. That’s one of the components to our coming out process that we often forget; that we are worthy.

A fair cross-section of society would love to see us go back into the closet, and would gladly wield the hammer to nail the door shut. But the tide is changing slowly. There is more and more support from the “other side.” Still, in this election year, the cause of same-sex couples has been a topic up for discussion, but not a front burner issue. Why? Are we still considered “too hot to handle” in the volatility of today’s political arena? President Barack Obama, no pun intended, came out (finally) as an open supporter to the plight of gay marriage in this country. On the other side of the political coin, Presidential contender Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan have campaigned to their conservative base a vow to add a ban on same-sex marriage to the U.S. Constitution. I think it’s safe to say that Msrs. Romney and Ryan are not celebrating this National Coming Out Day.

Our sexuality is such a minimal part of what makes up our humanity. And isn’t that our most important attribute; our humanity?  We are all here to love and be loved; regardless of the sex of the other person. And often when individuals come out, they forget that they are worthy of receiving love. Do not forget you are worthy….NEVER forget you are worthy. And if you have any religious stumbling blocks, keep in mind that God doesn’t make junk. Like my mom said all those years ago, we are all worthy of love. Gay, straight, bisexual, transgender, queer…it doesn’t matter. We all deserve to love and be loved in return. Wait…there’s a song in that last line, I am sure of it…

So remember, not just today but every day, to love one another regardless of their sexuality. And if you are making the choice to come out today, welcome! You are already loved!

Here, courtesy of the Huffington Post, are some groundbreaking celebs that have made the choice to come out in the public eye. If they can do it, you can do it. As always we welcome your thoughts. Happy Coming Out!

Ann Coulter does it again…she opens her mouth

It might truly be time fo Ann Coulter to check in for observation…

File this under the heading of cray-cray crazy. Conservative political pundit Ann Coulter has opened her trap and stuck not only her foot, but both arms and the cushions from a leather sofa in her mouth. In an interview on this past Sunday’s ABC “This Week” program, clueless Coulter, who was hawking her latest “book” (clearly written in crayon or while on medication), proclaimed that the quest for civil rights should only pertain to “the blacks.” Yes, you read that right…

Host George Stephanopoulos seemed genuinely perplexed by Coulter’s statements, but she stood her ground. In her opinion “various groups [including] gay rights groups, those defending immigrants, and feminists have commandeered the black civil rights experience.” Wait, it gets better…she then offered her own version of a history lesson by stating that “civil rights are for blacks” solely because of the U.S.’s “legacy of slavery and Jim Crow laws.”

Further seeding her dark cloud of hate, Coulter further pontificated that the U.S. owes no debt to anyone other than black Americans.

“We don’t owe the homeless,” said Coulter. “We don’t owe feminists. We don’t owe women who are desirous of having abortions, or gays who want to get married to one another.”

Stephanopoulos then countered by asking whether immigrant rights were not civil rights. Coulter’s response was succinct; “civil rights are for blacks.”

Anna banana took her final bow by asking “what have we done to the immigrants? We owe black people something. We have a legacy of slavery. Immigrants haven’t even been in this country.”

No word as to whether her comments extended to immigrants that landed at Ellis Island in the last century. View Ann’s rant by clicking the link here. What do you think of her statements? Weigh in with your comments.

A father’s letter to his gay son goes viral, sparks discussion

Hate comes in many forms and many places…including ones own family

A lot of unfair and unpleasant things have occurred in the name of religion. And with the recent backlash against Chick-Fil-A and their company chairman Dan Cathy, lines have been drawn in the sand, and definitive sides have been taken. But the words of a stranger made in the name of Christianity pales in comparison to those same words being made by a member of one’s own family; especially a parent.

Follow this link to read a story of a letter received 5 years ago from the father of a young man named “James,” in response to his letter coming out to his parent. Then ask yourself the question; is this letter really the Christian thing to do?

Share your thoughts and comments.

Chick-Fil-A garners social media support for their day of appreciation

With Chick-Fil-A garnering support nationwide for their public disdain for homosexuality recent “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day,” a number of their supporter took to the social media stratosphere to voice their support for the company…some to the extreme. Click here to read some of the comments made by Chick-Fil-A supporters.

What are your thoughts on the comments? Please weigh in in our comments section.