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It is way past time for all truly decent Americans to hold Princeton University accountable for its enabling of the monster anti-LGBT bigot Professor Robert P. George.

George’s vile anti-gay hate speech has been widely reported elsewhere and should not be dignified by repeating it in order to rebut it. George has used against gay human beings “natural law” arguments, which historically also have been used to justify slavery. The so-called “natural law” arguments used to demonize gay human beings run counter to everything that major medical associations, including the American Medical Association say about human sexuality generally and homosexuality in particular. It should not be ignored that the AMA states that the kind of hate-mongering against gay human beings that George does is harmful to gay people’s health.

If Professor George were defending his anti-gay hate speech in a Ph.D. oral exam, the only way he would pass the exam would be if all of the examiners too were malicious anti-gay bigots. It is for that reason that all truly decent human beings must pressure Princeton University to take a stand against Professor George’s nasty and mean-spirited anti-gay bigotry.

In its enabling of George’s anti-gay hate speech and political gay-bashing, Princeton University is doing to LGBT Americans the equivalent of having a professor give an imprimatur of academic respectability to The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and concurrently networking around the country and the world to keep Jews as second-class citizens and even to see them persecuted in worse ways than that.

Professor George founded the so-called National Organization for Marriage (NOM), which incessantly promulgates documentable untruths about gay human beings intended to demonize them in a political context.  He was one of the authors of the notoriously anti-gay “Manhattan Declaration.” From the tweedy confines of his Princeton University office, Professor George is a main instigator of a huge quantity of malicious anti-gay-rights propagandizing and political gay-bashing. He is the founder of the American Principles Project. That site’s “Innocence” tab includes links to articles that contain statements like this:

The “Health Literacy” section raises still more questions.  It introduces concepts and skills on “violence,” “bullying,” and “safety.”  Such approaches are often subterfuges to encourage affirmation (and even promotion) of LGBT lifestyles.

Have you got that? Princeton University Professor Robert George promotes the idea that gay students and those perceived to be gay should not be given anti-bullying protections, because giving them such protections are “subterfuges” to encourage affirmation blah blah blah. The American Principles Project site also links to the “Maggie Report” which is connected with the Tea Party, whose member Dr. Rich Swier has said that anti-gay bullying is a “healthy” form of peer pressure.

Princeton University’s Professor Robert George is an anti-gay bully and political gay-basher being enabled in his bullying by one of the country’s leading universities. Were he today doing the same things against Jews, Princeton University would be held accountable for its enabling of him. It is way past time for all truly decent human beings to demand that Princeton take a stand against Professor George’s ignorance-fueled anti-gay bigotry protected without merit behind ivy-covered walls.

I recommend 1) raising awareness of George’s anti-gay hate and political influence, with a mind towards influencing young people not to attend Princeton; 2) organizing divestiture campaigns against Princeton University; 3) writing to Princeton University officials to voice disgust over the institution’s enabling of Professor George’s anti-gay hate speech; (Princeton University President Shirley M. Tilghman’s email address)  4) encouraging current Princeton University students to organize “Occupy Equality”-style events at Princeton to demand an end to the University’s enabling of a monster political gay basher.

 

New York City-​based novelist and freelance writer Scott Rose’s LGBT-​interest by-​line has appeared on Advocate​.com, PoliticusUSA​.com, The New York Blade, Queerty​.com, Girlfriends and in numerous additional venues. Among his other interests are the arts, boating and yachting, wine and food, travel, poker and dogs. His “Mr. David Cooper’s Happy Suicide” is about a New York City advertising executive assigned to a condom account.

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‘Taking Us All for Fools’: Critics Decimate Greg Abbott’s Claims and Defense of His Actions in Wake of School Shooting

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Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott in a press conference that left reporters frustrated defended his actions and insisted his earlier praise for law enforcement’s widely criticized response to the Uvalde school massacre was the result of being “misled.”

“I am livid about what happened,” Abbott declared, blaming others for his “recitation of what people in that room told me.”

Critics aren’t buying his claims.

Abbott, who’s in the middle of a heated re-election campaign, appeared extremely defensive when reporters asked him questions.

“Let’s be clear about one thing. None of the laws I signed this past session had any intersection with this crime at all,” Abbott told reporters when asked if he would call the legislature back for a special session, as The Texas Tribune’s Sewell Chan noted.

“No law that I signed allowed him to get a gun,” Abbott insisted.

“The answers fell pretty flat,” opined MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, who noted the press event lasted just 36 minutes, less time than the police officers “stood outside and did nothing,” which was 47 minutes.

Abbott ended the press conference with many reporters almost begging him to take more questions. As the governor got up and left one frustrated reporter was caught on a hot mic saying “unbelievable.”

Chan, who is the editor in chief of the Tribune, added on Twitter: “Abbott rejects background checks as a simplistic and ineffective fix. Wouldn’t have prevented Sutherland Springs and Santa Fe shootings, he says. Tries to turn focus to broken mental health system.”

Former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi on MSNBC delivered a strong rebuke to Governor Abbott’s remarks.

“No amount of free flights, no amount of free caskets, no amount of mental health counseling is going to bring back any one of those murdered children,” Figliuzzi said, referring to Abbott’s announcement an anonymous donor is putting up  $175,000 for funeral expenses of those who were murdered in the shooting and said the state will pay for mental health treatment.

Abbott also insisted that since Texas became a state it’s been legal for 18-year-olds to buy long guns.

Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was murdered in the Parkland school shooting, blasted Abbott:

And long guns of today, as Figliuzzi noted, are often semi-automatic “killing machines.”

“The governor seems completely unable to understand that he can easily make a distinction when you’re talking about whether an 18-year-old should buy an assault rifle or not. And all he cares about is a century of history in Texas on long guns. We didn’t have the AR-15 style assault weapons back then.  He can easily make a distinction and say, ‘you can go hunting, here are the rifles you can do, you can buy, you can possess – and here’s an assault-style rifle.'”

“If he thinks that people are stupid and unable to understand that there is a clear distinction between a killing machine and a hunting rifle, that he’s taking us all for fools.”

 

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‘I Apologize for Interrupting Your Press Conference’: Tearful Texas Democrat Urges Greg Abbott to ‘Do Something’ on Guns

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The Texas Democratic State Senator who represents Uvalde stood up during Greg Abbott’s Friday afternoon press conference and almost begged the Republican Governor to “do something” about gun violence after Tuesday’s massacre at Robb Elementary School that took 21 lives.

Abbott was trying to place the blame for the school shooting on mental health despite the gunman having no documented issues, and told attendees, “we’re focusing our attention on the wrong thing.”

That was not good enough for Democratic State Senator Roland Gutierrez, who politely introduced himself and said, “I’m not making a political speech.”

“My colleagues are asking for a special session, you’re getting a letter tomorrow,” from the Senate Democratic Caucus.

“We’ve asked for gun control changes – I’m asking you now, bring us back in three weeks.”

Gutierrez grew emotional, sounding as if he was choking up, and added, “I apologize for interrupting your press conference about the needs of this community. I’ve been here for three days with all of these elected officials – this county judge has been working his ass off,” he continued.

“I don’t know how to express the loss of the families that I’ve talked to,” he added.

“You have to do something, man,” Gutierrez said, all but begging the governor to take action, and saying his “own colleagues are calling me and telling me this is enough.”

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Watch: Right Wing Host at NRA Convention Likens 18 Year Olds Buying Guns to 3rd Graders Deciding Gender

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A host from a right-wing streaming service covering the NRA convention in Houston decided to compare conservatives’ growing active opposition to the rights and existence of transgender people, to the majority of Americans demanding expanded gun control legislation.

“We are being told by the left that a third-grader has the knowledge to determine if they were born a boy or they were born a girl, whether or not they want to stay that gender that they were born with,” said Brian Glenn, Right Side Broadcasting’s director of programming and correspondent.

“And if we feel like at a third grade you can make decisions on your gender, then I think by the time you’re 18 you should have enough maturity – assuming you’re not a complete psychopath – to buy a handgun and exercise your Second Amendment.”

Of course, that hypothetical third-grader is harming exactly no one and later can reverse that decision if they choose, which the vast majority do not.

That hypothetical 18-year old, or, in the case of this week’s horrific tragedy, an actual 18-year old, buying two AR-15 style assault weapons and hundreds of rounds of ammunition within three days of their 18th birthday, gunning down 21 people including 19 elementary school children, cannot reverse any of those decisions.

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