As the Senate heads toward a showdown over the rules governing judicial confirmations, Senator Bill Frist, the majority leader, has agreed to join a handful of prominent Christian conservatives in a telecast portraying Democrats as "against people of faith" for blocking President Bush's nominees.
Fliers for the telecast, organized by the Family Research Council and scheduled to originate at a Kentucky megachurch the evening of April 24, call the day "Justice Sunday" and depict a young man holding a Bible in one hand and a gavel in the other. The flier does not name participants, but under the heading "the filibuster against people of faith," it reads: "The filibuster was once abused to protect racial bias, and it is now being used against people of faith."
Bill Frist points out which non-believers, homos, and Jews will be on the first bus to hell when the Apocalypse arrives -but please not until NBC's "Revelations" is over.
And if I wasn't disturbed enough, I found this article in the sports page about a high school basketball coach in Texas who has been fired because she is a lesbian.
Some parents of Stephens's players wanted her gone. Craig Hale, who owns an oil company, said he does not want a lesbian teaching his children and possibly influencing the way they think. His daughter, Kaitlyn Cornelius, played for Stephens last season and said she felt uncomfortable around the coach, though she said Stephens never did anything inappropriate.
"I had nothing against her as a person," Hale said, but if he stood up for "one lesbian" that would mean he was "for them adopting kids, and my morals and the Bible doesn't allow that."
After the last basketball season, Stephens resigned as coach and took a full-time teaching job at the school.
While 25 girls played basketball at Bloomburg in the 2003-4 season, only seven ended up on this season's team. Many quit because Coach Stephens was gone.
Still, the debate about her continued. Stephens said that she was blamed when one of her former players, now in college, revealed she was a lesbian. That player's parents insisted that the superintendent, Jerry Hendrick, fire Stephens because she had "converted their daughter," Stephens said. Hendrick and all but one of the six school board members did not return phone messages seeking comment on the controversy.
Byers said in the deposition that another board member, Ronnie Peacock, told him that Stephens "doesn't deserve to work here" because she is a lesbian. In that deposition, Byers recalled Peacock saying: "We're bonded or insured for a million dollars apiece. We ought to fire her and see what happens."
In a telephone interview, Peacock, denied making that statement although he favored Stephens's dismissal. "I liked Coach Stephens personally and I thought she was a great coach and teacher, but we had reasons to fire her that I can't tell you," he said.
It is so sad that people still believe this way and use the Bible as the reason to hate. J. Edward Keyes does a fantastic job calling these assholes to the carpet.
And if that wasn''t enough -- here comes Gary Sheffield. Last night. a fan in Boston reaches for a ball down the line as Sheffield tries to head it off. There is incidental contact with Sheffield who then takes a swipe at him, and Sheffield shows restraint- or so he says.
Master Torre, the king of the backwards quote, said, "No competitive person wants to get hit and have somebody run away." What? The guy wasn't running away, he was in the stands.
"Manager Joe Torre made multiple references to a fan coming onto the field, but though the fans were close to Sheffield, none left their seats and went on the field in a game the Red Sox won, 8-5.
Still, Torre, who had not watched a replay, said: "These people shouldn't be allowed to walk the streets, much less come to a ballgame. The sad part about it is, it's a handful of people who screw it up for everyone."
When asked how he showed so much restraint, Sheffield said. "Don't react. That's what I did." Don't react? After you took a swipe at a guy? Why are some players vilified for committing similar transgressions but others are spared? Sheffield keeps getting a pass on his steroids use and now this? If you watch the reactions of the fans involved, it is of utter shock - they can't believe Sheffield is going after them. For his part, Sheffield walks off, showing so much restraint rubbing his unblemished face which clearly indicates that he had been brutalized.
"I was trying to get his hand out of my face where I could continue with the play and then I threw the ball and I was getting ready to react, but I held my composure," Sheffield said.
Sheffield said that the fan hit him in the jaw and that he thought his lip had been cut. As Sheffield and the fans in right field shouted at each other, a cup of beer toppled near Sheffield. An alert security guard jumped in front of the fan and stayed between him and Sheffield.
"It could have been worse if I didn't hold my composure," Sheffield said. "I almost snapped, but I thought about the consequences."
While Sheffield said he did not throw a punch, a videotape replay of the incident shows Sheffield swinging at the fan with his glove.
He also complained about beer being thrown on him. He must be referring to the beer that was spilled when he knocked it over taking a punch. What fucking revisionist history but no one calls him on it!
"And then the judges followed the Constitution, but we didn't like it so now we are going to try to get those mothafuckas!"
Oh wait, wrong story.