THINK PROGRESS LGBT By Annie-Rose Strasser on May 21, 2012 at 1:40 pm

North Carolina Pastor Charles Worleyshared with his congregation this weekend how he thinks the country should deal with the scourge of gay men and lesbians: Lock them into a pen with an electrified fence, drop food down to them, and because they can’t reproduce, they will die out.

The Pastor’s leper colony-esque proposal came in response to the president’s endorsement of same-sex marriage, which he said “anybody with any sense” would be against. Worley explained that the idea of two men kissing makes him “pukin’ sick,” so he developed a proposal to “get rid of all the lesbians and queers”:

WORLEY: I figured a way out — a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers. But I couldn’t get it passed through Congress. Build a great big large fence, 150 or 100 miles long. Put all the lesbians in there. Fly over and drop some food. Do the same thing with the queers and the homosexuals. Have that fence electrified so they can’t get out. Feed ‘em, and– And you know what? In a few years they’ll die out. You know why? They can’t reproduce.

Watch it:

These comments are in line with other anti-gay religious leaders in the state, like Sean Harris, who said parents should “crack” their children’s “limp wrist.” Harris walked back his statements, but Worley emphasized in his speech that he did, in fact, “mean to say that.”


Posted on February 26, 2012 01:55:54 PM ET | By Lucas Grindley

Rick Santorum Tells Two Whoppers


Rick Santorum tried yet again to pretend on Meet the Press today that he doesn’t talk about social issues, and in response he got a swift dressing down from moderator David Gregory. But that didn’t stop Santorum from telling an even bigger whopper, claiming no proof exists that he wants to impose his own values on other Americans.

“These are my personal held religious beliefs,” Santorum said. “There is no evidence at all that I want to impose those values on anyone else.”

Lately, Santorum has regularly claimed he doesn’t actually talk about social issues. Instead, it’s a myth perpetuated as part of a “game” the media plays, he’s said. After the CNN debate in Arizona this week, Santorum predictably attacked moderator John King for asking him about contraception, for example. And before that, he sniped at a television reporter in Michigan for asking about whether same-sex couples should be allowed to adopt.

So today it was Gregory’s turn, and he asked about Santorum’s past criticism of President John F. Kennedy for saying a president’s religious views should be separate from policy. He noted that Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel has called Santorum “Moralizer in Chief” for his belief that contraception and homosexuality, among other things, are against God’s will.

“It’s so funny,” Santorum started to answer Gregory’s question with a smirk. “I get the question all the time, why are you talking so much about the social issues as people ask me about the social issues —”

“Senator, no wait a minute,” Gregory interrupted him. “You talk about this stuff every week, and by the way, it’s not just in this campaign.”

Gregory had done his research. (And so have we; check out our list of some of the many places on the campaign trail where Santorum’s gone antigay.)

“I’ve gone back years when you’ve been in public life, and you have made this a centerpiece of your public life,” Gregory lectured. “So the notion that these are not deeply held views worthy of question and scrutiny, it’s not just about the press.”

Santorum admitted that, “Yeah, they are deeply held views, but they are not what I dominantly talk about.” And then he implored Gregory to “look at my record, I never wanted to impose any of the things that you’ve just talked about.”

The list of reasons why that statement isn’t true would, of course, have to start with Santorum twice signing pledges that, if elected, he would ban same-sex marriage via an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He’s said that would also immediately annul the marriages of thousands of same-sex couples and have the effect, he has promised, of banning adoption by those same couples. Santorum has actually bragged about being one of the original authors of the “Federal Marriage Amendment” that would do all of that.


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MADONNA Interview Tonight! Network: ABC on 20/20 at 10:00pm EST

New York Post, Jan 13th, 2012

While many listeners were quick to call Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” a rip-off of Madonna’s “Express Yourself” both in melody and video styling, the Material Girl herself is only just now speaking out about the controversy.

In an interview with “20/20” airing tonight, Madonna finally comments on whether she thinks Lady Gaga’s imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, or straight-up plagiarism. In the interview, Cynthia McFadden asks Madonna, who is releasing her 13th studio album “M.D.N.A.” in March, about Gaga.

Gaga often seems to reference Madonna. Her white dress here feels like a nod to Madonna’s “Like a Virgin.”

“She’s a very talented artist,” says Madonna, sitting on a floral coach in a blue sweater with sparkly shoulders.

“I certainly think she references me a lot in her work,” Madge continues. “Sometimes I think it’s amusing and flattering and well done. [She makes] a statement about taking something that was in the zeitgeist, you know, 20 years ago and turning it inside out and reinterpreting it.”

But Madonna demures from outright criticizing Gaga.

“There’s a lot of ways to look at it,” said Madonna. “I can’t really be annoyed by it because, obviously, I’ve influenced her.”

Still Madonna hinted that the emulation in “Born This Way,” which sounds much like Madonna’s 1989 hit, was a little too close for comfort.

“When I heard it on the radio, I said that sounds very familiar,” said Madonna. “It feels reductive.”

When asked about her choice of the word “reductive,” Madonna said, “Look it up.”

While the comment seemed dismissive, the two women certainly seem to get along in person. In 2010, they participated in an “SNL skit” where they had a hair-tugging catfight.

Gaga, when first faced with allegations that she had copied “Express Yourself” last year, simply gushed about her idol.

“I genuinely love her so much. I think she is so amazing,” said Gaga. “She could never be replicated and, yes, I’m Italian, I’m from New York, and not for nothing, it’s not my fault that I kind of look like her, right?”

ADVOCATE – By Lucas Grindley

As a guest on Chelsea Lately, Bill Maher said Rick Santorum “thinks about gay sex more than any gay man in America” and suggested that Elisabeth Hasselbeck has let religion make her crazy.

As a guest on Chelsea Lately, comedian Bill Maher said Rick Santorum “thinks about gay sex more than any gay man in America” and suggested that Elisabeth Hasselbeck has let religion make her crazy.

“Religion, first of all, makes people crazy,” he said of his feud with Hasselbeck on The View. “For some people religion is like great sex, they just can’t think straight when they’re on it.”

Maher picked Santorum as the craziest of all the Republican candidates left in the presidential primary, worrying that he’s so “sexually frustrated” that it’s got Santorum wanting to bomb Iran.

Watch the appearance below.