Gay rodeo tests tolerance in Arkansas, hotbed of rights fight

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Gordon Satterly, 61, from Michigan (L) kisses his husband Richard Brand, 53, from Texas, at the International Gay Rodeo Association's Rodeo In the Rock party in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States April 24, 2015. Arkansas has been one of the front-line states in the battle between cultural conservatives and those seeking expanded rights for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) On a clear Arkansas spring afternoon after a day of horse riding, Wade Earp sighed and said, "I wish we didn't have to have a gay rodeo. I wish we could just rodeo."

  • Diogenes

    it seems likely that the Supreme Court will rule in favor of gay marriage given current trends both cultural and in the arena of jurisprudence. Will that be satisfactory to militant homosexuals? Not on a bet. Even with the legal sanction of the court, many Christians will continue to resist with their minds, because that will be all that is left to them. This will not be tolerated by the militant left. Freedom of conscience will be the next barricade to assail. Any expression of disapproval will not be tolerated. Such will be characterized as a ‘hate’ crime. Thought police and re-education camps for dissenters could well be in the offing. It is all one with a mindset that says, ‘You must approve of me.’ I’m sorry, I can’t… I won’t. It has nothing to do with homophobia or hatred. Live your life as you will, go about your daily affairs, and let me go about mine. But quit shoving your lifestyle down my throat with ‘Gay’ events as though you were something more…

  • Diogenes

    special than the rest of us. Just participate in events that interest you as an individual, not as a member of a particular ‘interest,’ it is flag waving of the worst kind.

  • Michael Glass

    You don’t like men kissing? Fair enough. However, considering the problem of child sexual abuse in the churches, I think that organised religion would do better to deal with its own shortcomings first. See (Matthew 7:5)

  • bqrq

    Michael said;
    “……considering the problem of child sexual abuse in the churches, I think that organised religion would do better to deal with its own shortcomings first……”

    Good point. True Christians would never take their children to any so-called “church” that promotes, condones and encourages the practice of sexual immorality.

  • JR

    Well said, Diogenes….. this is exactly what will happen. Say your boss invites you to his son’s gay wedding and you decline on religious grounds. Could he fire you? Could he demote you? The scenarios are endless.
    And when, as stated above, there are more participants than spectators at a gay rodeo, what does that tell us?

  • Doc Anthony

    Sometimes I watch a little professional rodeo on TV, to see the cowboys display their amazing skills with horse riding or bull riding. What they do behind closed doors is supposed to be their business.

    But I don’t watch the professional TV rodeo to see men openly spitting in God’s face, and violating His clear word on matters of sexuality.

    That’s NOT rodeo. That’s NOT sports entertainment. That’s a pure mess. It honestly looks every bit as messed up as Romans 1:27 describes it. Yet the secular media (and obviously some members of the religious media) just don’t even care what God says, and they are happy to desensitize and sell their viewers and readers on “the new normal.”

    Christians have to accept the fact that our nation is in very real trouble, literally **unprecedented** trouble, and start functioning on that basis.

  • Anon

    What about Christian rodeos?

  • Garson Abuita

    Generally employees have religious rights in the workplace. If it’s not related to her job duties, it’s unlikely she could be forced to attend or disciplined for not attending. It’s very different legally from a business being forced to abide by anti-discrimination laws.

  • Garson Abuita

    Diogenes, I assume you also object to the Christian Rodeo Association, the Christian Youth Rodeo Association, Christian Cowboys rodeo camps, Cowboys for Christ rodeo, and the rest of the hundreds of Google responses to “Christian Rodeo..”

  • Larry

    They are no fun to watch.

    No sense of danger.

    When someone gets grievously injured by an animal, Jesus comes down from the heavens and either heals them or resurrects them from the dead.

    🙂

  • Jason

    I don’t give a rat’s ass whether you approve of me. I do care whether your unfounded thoughts and superstitions give rise to actions that deprive me of equal standing before the law.

    I will resist the urge to address your comment about shoving things down your throat, but do suggest that you go see a Freudian therapist. How is the occurrence of a gay rodeo forcing anything on you? You chose to read the article. Own up to that. No one dragged you to the rodeo, did they?

    And re-education camps? Puh-lease. Maybe have that therapist address your paranoia.

  • CarrotCakeMan

    I take it you’re promoting the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, brqr. That’s the only church that has some sort of unanimity on the anti-gay political agenda. It’s sad seeing you attack the Freedom of Religion of the many Christian and Jewish denominations who won’t promote that anti-gay political agenda.

  • CarrotCakeMan

    What’s your problem, Diogenes? No one forced you to attend this rodeo. Just one state over, your Westboro Baptist Church is still waiting for you in Topeka, Kansas. Please stop telling us you want something shoved down your throat. We already long figured out why you keep making that Freudian Slip. Readers who would like to see the scientific evidence for why that anti-gay poster is so obsessed with what he IMAGINES same gender couples do in private should Google “Homophobia is apparently associated with homosexual arousal that the homophobic individual is either unaware of or denies.”

  • CarrotCakeMan

    Get real, JR, no one is going to invite a homophobe to the wedding of a loving, committed same gender American couple. I think what you’re really whining about is you are all hurt you’ve been excluded from the over one million such weddings in America.

  • CarrotCakeMan

    I think it is a kindness to those anti-gays who express their obsession by even identifying their favorite form of “gay sex” to inform them that:

    “In 1996, three researchers from the University of Georgia published a study in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology about the links between homophobia and homosexual arousal. The authors, Henry E. Adams, Lester W. Wright, Jr., and Bethany A. Lohr, started with 35 straight men identified as homophobic and 29 straight men that were not. Both groups were shown heterosexual, lesbian and gay male porn while their erectile responses were measured. “Only the homophobic men showed an increase in penile erection to male homosexual stimuli,” reported the researchers.

    It was empirical evidence for a theory long popular among psychoanalysts: that those most hostile to gay people are often driven by terror and shame about their own desires.”

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2010/05/05/the-christian-rights-gay-problem.html

  • CarrotCakeMan

    The reason Doc refers to the barely coherent scribblings of a disturbed misogynist who never even met Jesus, despite his specious claims, is Doc knows Jesus rejected homophobia by example. Jesus affirmed a gay couple. Read Matthew 8:5-13 and Luke 7:1-10. Many of us are familiar with the Gospel story where Jesus healed the servant of a Roman centurion. In the original Greek, the word that the Roman centurion uses in this passage to describe the sick man – pais – is the same word used in ancient Greek to refer to a same-gender partner.

  • CarrotCakeMan

    The biggest “trouble” America has now is from disloyal anti-gays who continue to attack our United States Constitution with unconstitutional anti-gay Hate Laws designed to trash our Constitution. The US Supreme Court is poised to sweep the remaining anti-gay Hate Votes into the trash bin of history, but anti-gays’ fellow travelers in trying to hurt America, the “Gay Obsessed Party,” is ignoring all of America’s real problems and continue to try to pass more unconstitutional Hate Laws that are a bald attack on our Constitution.

  • CarrotCakeMan

    Don’t you really mean an anti-gay rodeo, Anon? Please don’t bother trying to claim “Christian” is a synonym for “homophobic.” A strong majority of American Christians support full equality for their family members, friends, neighbors and coworkers who are LGBT.

  • CarrotCakeMan

    More citations:

    http://www.landman-psychology.Com/Homophobia%20Associated%20with%20Homosexual%20Arousal.pdf

    http://psycnet.apa.Org/journals/abn/105/3/440/

    An agency of the federal government, the National Institutes of Health, publishes a supporting study:

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.Gov/pubmed/8772014

  • JR

    The Constitution is worthless compared to God’s Will. Anything legalized that is against the norm set by God does not have to be obeyed by anyone. Gay marriage would be second to abortion on this list.

  • JR

    Then they are not Christians anymore.

  • Jason

    Apparently, JR is God, as only he can decide who’s in the club or not.

  • Jason

    JR, go find yourself a nice theocracy to live in.

  • Be Brave

    This is a satanically empowered movement against The Church. It will not stop with just this sickening label “equality” applied to it. This is about access to young bodies. And nothing else.

    The rise of gay authority was ushered in with the attack on religious liberty.

    The Church will win eventually, but it will only come when the unleashed hordes of sexually depraved miscreants become close to uncontrollable.

  • Be Brave

    Yes Michael, when The Church kicks out the homosexual logs out of its on eyes, THEN it will be able to see.

  • Diogenes

    I was in a bad mood when I posted the 1st comment in this thread, that said I stand by its essentials.
    1. Regarding the studies cited. They do not necessarily prove anything. Scientific studies are like snowflakes; no two look alike.
    2. As far as ‘pais’ is concerned, linguists will tell you that it can be interpreted in other ways as well, just as in English words can have variations of meaning and definition.
    3. I have been strongly attracted to females since toddlerhood; can I say that I have never been attracted to a member of my own sex, honestly no. But I recognize it fundamentally as an aberration that will only flourish if I feed it; I do not feed it. To feed it would be contrary to the laws of nature and God, as traditionally held by the Church until revisionism came along this past century.
    4. The libel of St. Paul is utterly without merit and needs no further comment.

  • Diogenes

    5. I have tacitly endorsed events tagged as Christian, on this point I may be fairly accused of inconsistency, therefore I plead guilty…provisionally.
    6. As regards things being shoved down my throat, I don’t believe there was either a conscious or unconscious linkage to the topic. It was and is about being forced to say, “Oh yes, that’s fine, it’s normal, wonderful…,” at the point of a threatened lawsuit, ‘hate’ crime, or any other governmental action that seeks to impose a point of view by coercion.
    7. Carrot Cake Man, Your grasp of the Constitution is sadly skewed. If the founders had any notion their words would be interpreted the way they’re being interpreted today, they would have been more careful with their language.
    8. Once again, it’s not fear, hate that motivates me, its sadness mixed with a great deal of pity.

  • JR

    Jason, go make love to yourself.

  • JR

    You are absolutely correct.

  • Churchy McWorship

    Say your boss invites you to his son’s Catholic (or Muslim or Mormon) wedding and you decline on religious grounds. Could he fire or demote you? No, not legally. There is one scenario. Making up an alternate future where it is illegal to not attend gay events is ridiculous fear-mongering.

  • Churchy McWorship

    How is it any different when an unmarried cowboy passionately kisses his pregnant girlfriend on TV? Isn’t that spitting in God’s face as well? Or a divorced cowboy kissing a Muslim woman? Not too long ago people like you were complaining about a black man kissing a white woman on television. They were on the wrong side of history then, just as you are on the wrong side now.
    No one is broadcasting gay rodeo, much less forcing you to watch it.