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Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on November 28, 2010 at 11:17am
USA
SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER
SPLC exposes anti-gay hate groups and other news from SPLC

18 Anti-Gay Groups and Their Propaganda
A small coterie of groups now comprise the hard core of the anti-gay movement
By Evelyn Schlatter
Even as some well-known anti-gay groups like Focus on the Family moderate their views, a hard core of smaller groups, most of them religiously motivated, have continued to pump out demonizing propaganda aimed at homosexuals and other sexual minorities. These groups' influence reaches far beyond what their size would suggest, because the "facts" they disseminate about homosexuality are often amplified by certain politicians, other groups and even news organizations.
http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-al...

Southern Poverty Law Center Takes Aim at Anti-Gay Bullying in Minnesota
11/09/2010
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) took aim at anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) bullying Tuesday with a free community screening of its new film, Bullied: A Student, a School and a Case that Made History, at the historic Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.
http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/news/southern-poverty-law-cen...

SPLC's Intelligence Report: Gays Targeted for Hate Crimes Far More Than Any Other Minority in America
11/22/2010
Homosexuals are far more likely to be victims of a violent hate crime than any other minority group in the United States, according to a new analysis of federal hate crime statistics in the latest issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report, released today.
http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/news/splcs-intelligence-repor...

Anti-Gay
Intelligence Files » Ideology
Opposition to equal rights for homosexuals has been a central theme of Christian Right organizing and fundraising for the past three decades – a period that parallels the fundamentalist movement's rise to political power.
http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/ideology/a...

10 Anti-Gay Myths Debunked
Intelligence Report » Winter 2010
Battling the 'homosexual agenda,' the hard-line religious right has made a series of incendiary claims. But they're just not true.
http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-al...

America's most famous iconic homophobe.
Fred Phelps
Intelligence Files » Profiles
Fred Phelps is America's most notorious anti-gay activist. On his "God Hates Fags" website and in tracts sent from his church compound in Topeka, Kan., Phelps and his congregation pump out reams of anti-gay material.
http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/profiles/f...
Comment by Geraldo Cienmarcos on November 24, 2010 at 12:22am
Words have consequences.
In France and Germany Fred Phelps (of Westboro Baptist Church) and his ilk would be arrested for the crime of insult -- defamation of a social group. -- Gary

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SPLC's Intelligence Report: Gays Targeted for Hate Crimes Far More Than Any Other Minority in America
11/22/2010

Homosexuals are far more likely to be victims of a violent hate crime than any other minority group in the United States, according to a new analysis of federal hate crime statistics in the latest issue of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report, released today.

http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/news/splcs-intelligence-repor...\
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from the web site of Southern Poverty Law Center:

" 'As Americans become more accepting of homosexuals, the most extreme elements of the anti-gay movement are digging in their heels and continuing to defame gays and lesbians with falsehoods that grow more incendiary by the day,' said Mark Potok, editor of the Intelligence Report. 'The leaders of this movement may deny it, but it seems clear that their demonization of homosexuals plays a role in fomenting the violence, hatred and bullying we're seeing.' "

"The law enforcement edition of Intelligence Report, which is being sent to about 55,000 officers, also contains a training DVD to help officers recognize the threat when dealing with extremists from the 'sovereign citizens' movement. This past May, two officers in West Memphis, Ark., were murdered when they stopped two sovereigns."

references:

Southern Poverty Law Center
http://www.splcenter.org/

Westboro Baptist Church Home Page
Site of anti-homosexual propagandist Fred Phelps of Topeka, Kansas.
www.godhatesfags.com
Comment by Phillip Borders on November 21, 2010 at 6:45pm
Well, I appreciate the input from everyone. I guess I touched on a sensitive topic for many of us. I've decided to try to put myself out there more and be positive. We'll see what happens. Thanks, again.
If you're from the Columbus, Ohio area, I could always use friends.
Comment by dr kellie on November 21, 2010 at 9:23am
There is nothing more joyful than the kindness of strangers.
Comment by katchaya on November 20, 2010 at 6:01pm
I have been reading this thread but this is my first post. I too have sort of given up on finding someone. I live in a small city in Mass where there are very limited options in meeting people. I am not a bar person. I am enrolled in college at the moment but at 47 I am almost 30 years older than most of the people I meet there. There does not seem to be an active GSA (I know that at one time there was) and no Atheist org that I can find there either. The local skeptic meetup is in Boston, almost an hour away. I just wish it was easier to meet new people. I do have hobbies and volunteer for a few local organizations. But right now at my house it's just me, 3 dogs, 3 birds and a cat. LOL. My best female friends are all str8. I have alot of gay male friends but almost no lesbian ones.
For a very long period of my adult life I had an undiagnosed and untreated mental illness that I know kept me from having any successful long term relationships. The last LTR which was not that long was in 2001. Now that my illness is under control with medication, I feel like it's time to really work on finding someone. But I agree with what others have said, looking aggressively and being needy is going to get you no where. So I continue to plug along and hope that unexpectedly I will finally meet someone.
The Atheist aspect just makes it that much more difficult. I don't think i could really be with someone that was practicing a religion. I have a hard enough time being friends with some of them! But i think that the idea that someone that compliments you instead of being just like you is what is going to be successful in a relationship. So the odds are stacked against me but maybe one day it will happen. I'll let you all know if it does!
Comment by Marx on November 20, 2010 at 4:50pm
Hey - I got my photo/logo back. It disappeared so I loaded it, but it did not show up for my second message either, so I just added it again and now it seems to be working. Technology can be so challenging some times.
Comment by dr kellie on November 20, 2010 at 2:12pm
I would love to provide a woman's input, but I don't think I have much. At 41, I feel like I know less about relationships and love than I ever have. My long term gf died 2 years ago. She was an atheist and she was going to be the one I could stick it out with. I'm really not the marrying kind, as I love being single and flirting and picking up girls, but I can make it work with the right girl.

I have lived in my little Texas town for 19 years, and I know everyone, so I am the go-to lesbian for women who want to "experiment." I'm the cute little gay vet who isn't threatening, and I play that card constantly. I don't know when or if I will ever be seeking a relationship. My constant companion these days is my darling main fag, Tom. He is an English professor, and since my gf died, we have been joined at the un-hip. I'm taking him home with me for Thanksgiving, which means there will be 4 gays (and 4 atheists) at the table (two of my cousins are gay)!

I hope all of you who are seeking love find it. At this point in my life, I am running from it.
Comment by Marx on November 20, 2010 at 11:40am
Thanks for your comments, Dom. You have a lot of great insights and I certainly understand what you are saying. I have not been an atheist for very long and I was fortunate enough to already be in a loving relationship as my world view evolved. Had I been an atheist when I first met James I am not sure that we would have developed the relationship that we have today. It is certainly helpful in the beginning to have shared interests and a lot of common ground. It is much easier, once you love someone, to accept the directions in which they grow and evolve, even if you do not grow in the same way or at the same speed. Neither James nor I are the same people that we were when we met, but we have been fortunate to be able to share our journeys.
Comment by Richard Healy on November 20, 2010 at 11:37am
My last relationship was with a relatively inoffensive Quaker. Who could possibly quarrel with a Quaker, as Stephen Fry once asked rhetorically .... well...

I tend to get a bit raise my eyebrow sceptical at nonsense, so while Quackerism may be in some respects the least doctrinal and accepting of Christian sects (blessing gay marriages for example) it still irritated the hell out of me when he spoke of "discerning" being a way of knowing (this is being compelled to speak in one of the Quakers meeting of friends, which can pass by in total silence if no-one does not feel the urge to speak... however so it's just like normal conversation then only..magic.

They don't believe in a god - but they do believe the "divine light" is in all of us. I'm sorry but my interior is dark and unilluminated and not in any way divine.

Things hit a nadir when he began complainign about "aggressive atheists and cited an interview Rabbi Sacks had done with Colin Blackmore where it was clear we each thought the other guy lost.

I'm sorry but I struggling to deal with anyone who's perspective is so at variance with reality.
Comment by Dominic Florio on November 20, 2010 at 11:10am
I apologize for the typos in my post. One line especially, should read:
I have not refused to date someone because they believe in a gawd, nor have I rejected someone because they go to church.

I am in a hurry and should have been more careful. There are other small mistakes, but I think everyone gets my point. Thanks.
 

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