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Log Cabin Repub, Pastor Square Off

Hundreds of people filled the University of Idaho's Student Union Building ballroom Thursday night for a debate on whether gay rights are antithetical to conservative Christian values. Collegiate Reformed Fellowship sponsored the nearly three-hour event where Douglas Wilson, controversial pastor of Christ Church in Moscow, debated R. Clark Cooper (pictured), executive director of Log Cabin Republicans in Washington, D.C. Cooper, openly gay, Episcopalian and Republican, maintained that being gay and being conservative are not mutually exclusive entities, while Wilson held that the homosexual lifestyle is in direct conflict with conservative Christian views.The debate was moderated by Gabriel Rench, a student at Greyfriars' Hall ministerial training program, where Wilson is an instructor. Rench said he resorted to moderating the debate after approaching others. The debaters argued on two different platforms, one based in politics and one based in theology/Estelle Gwinn, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Question: Is being gay and being conservative mutually exclusive entities?

Gay Romney Aide Quits After 2 Weeks

Richard Grenell, an openly gay and longtime Republican foreign policy spokesman hired last month by Mitt Romney’s campaign, resigned abruptly on Tuesday after his appointment came under attack by antigay activists in the party. Richard Grenell resigned on Tuesday from his position as Mitt Romney’s spokesman on national security and foreign policy. “We are disappointed that Ric decided to resign from the campaign for his own personal reasons,” Matt Rhoades, the Romney campaign manager, said in a statement. “We wanted him to stay because he had superior qualifications for the position he was hired to fill.” Mr. Grenell served four American ambassadors to the United Nations during the presidency of George W. Bush/Richard A. Oppel Jr., New York Times blog. More here.(2006 AP file photo: John Bolton, then United States Ambassador to the United Nations, center, confers with his spokesman Richard Grenell)


Argonaut: Electric Cars Are Sexless

Ron Howard’s decision to leave Vince Vaughn’s gay joke in “The Dilemma” is inexcusable. The joke first started gaining notice when it was referenced in trailers promoting the movie. The full line from the movie is, “Electric cars are gay. I mean, not homosexual gay, but my-parents-are-chaperoning-the-dance gay.” Howard and Vaughn are taking inanimate objects and giving them values associated with a group of people. They are saying, “Electric cars are like whatever your thoughts are about gay people.” They are also saying, “Electric cars are like that gay guy you know.” Really? Are electric cars just like all the other cars except they enjoy the companionship of same-sex electric cars?/Robert J. Taylor, University of Idaho Argonaut. More here.

Question: Does columnist Taylor have a legitimate beef re: use of the word “gay” to describe electric cars??

Pentagon OKs Openly Gay Recruits

The Pentagon has advised recruiting commands that they can accept openly gay and lesbian recruit candidates, given the recent federal court decision that bars the military from expelling openly gay service members, according to a Pentagon spokeswoman. The guidance from the Personnel and Readiness office was sent to recruiting commands on Friday, according to spokeswoman Cynthia Smith. The recruiters were told that if a candidate admits he or she is openly gay, and qualify under normal recruiting guidelines, their application can be processed/Adam Levine, CNN. More here.

Question: Do you support this change in Pentagon policy?

Gay Idaho Officer Sues To Keep Job

Item: Gay Idaho Air Force officer sues to keep job: Victor Fehrenbach, based in Mountain Home, seeks to block his dismissal and overturn the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman

More Info: Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach turned to a federal court in Boise on Wednesday, seeking to strike down the 1993 law that mandates the military policy. Fehrenbach, with 19 years in the Air Force, learned last week that the Air Force Personnel Board recommended his discharge to Air Force Secretary Michael Donley. His lawsuit says his admission of homosexual conduct was obtained under “coercive circumstances” and that he spoke to clear himself of false allegations of rape.

Question: Do you support the current “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in the military?

Kagan Gay Because She Played Softball?

A photo on the front page of Tuesday’s The Wall Street Journal featured a 17-year-old photo of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan playing softball. Gay activists say it is a blatant attempt to paint Kagan as a lesbian. The Journal says that is nonsense. Fox News held a debate on the issue. Incidentally, The Wall Street Journal and Fox News are both owned by Rupert Murdoch/Idaho Conservative Blogger. More here, including video discussion. (Wall Street Journal photo)

Question: Seriously? A woman might be a lesbian because she played softball? Do you see anything more in this photo than an athletic woman?

Johnston: Gay Is The New Black

The consensus among Americans is that if you’re gay or lesbian you are somehow less of a human being than your heterosexual peers. The venom spewed by the likes of Fred Phelps and even Bryan Fischer would make you think that gays are the spawn of Satan and this hate speech against the gay community is generally accepted because, well, gay is the new black. But it’s not just the gay and lesbian community. Folks who hold different religious beliefs, including the members of Christ Church, are demonized because of their beliefs. We must remember that we are a country of freedom. Free to believe what you want to believe and how you want to believe it. But there is a very thin line between your freedom to believe what you want and at the same time not leading a crusade to take freedoms away from your fellow citizens/Henry Johnston, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. Full column below.

Question: Do you agree or disagree with Henry “Digger” Johnston that ‘gay is the new black’?

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