Geller effect * Rohingya plight * Dad-son marriage: May’s Religious Freedom Recap

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Pamela Gellar

Photo by Mike Stone courtesy of Reuters

Political blogger Pamela Geller, American Freedom Defense Initiative's Houston-based founder, speaks at the Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest, which is sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, in Garland, Texas May 3, 2015. Two gunmen opened fire on Sunday at the art exhibit in Garland, Texas, that was organized by an anti-Islamic group and featured caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad and were themselves shot dead at the scene by police officers, city officials and police said. REUTERS/Mike Stone

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Gunmen strengthen Pamela Geller’s brand of Islamophobia. Thousands of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya remain stranded at sea. And a Pennsylvania “father” plans to wed his legally adopted “son.” Read on.

  • Barry the Baptist

    Great summary! Thanks for the bird’s-eye view of global religion political news.

  • bqrq

    “…..Adopted ‘Father’ and ‘Son’ to marry in Pennsylvania……”

    One of the evil consequences of legalizing gay marriage is that it gives gay men the right to adopt young boys, raise them in a pro-active homosexual environment, and have sex with them after they reach the legal age of consent.

  • “The attack put me and other free speech advocates in the always uncomfortable position of supporting Geller….her legal right to express…views in public”

    Why should anyone be uncomfortable about this?
    The only issue is our constitutional right to freedom of speech.

    “If a believer demands that I, as a nonbeliever, observe his taboos in the public domain, he is not asking for my respect, but for my submission.”
    – Flemming Rose

    In America we submit to no such religious laws. I no problem pointing that out to religious people who think otherwise – I think it an urgent matter to educate such citizens regarding freedom of speech as their ignorance may be dangerous to the rest of us given the circumstances.

  • Brian Pellot

    bqrq – read the link. Atheist Max – your point hinges on cutting out a significant part of my sentence. The part that remains is obviously not the part that’s uncomfortable for me as a free speech advocate.

  • I understand.
    The word “uncomfortable” is where I had an issue. The more distasteful the speech, the more it needs to be protected – and it is the media’s job to remind us why that is so important. Self-censorship is the worst kind.
    Regarding Geller – discomfort with her tactics is identical to discomfort with her freedom. They are not separable.
    It is far better to embrace Geller’s freedom of speech as the necessary tactic.

    Trying to separate ‘good taste’ from ‘rights’ is exactly why there is so much confusion about what freedom of speech is all about.

  • Greg1

    Indeed! And to claim that it is nature only, and not nature/nurture. Yes, this is one of the devastating effects of allowing gay marriage, and gay couples to adopt. I hope this one has a big influence on Kennedy.

  • Jon Trouten

    Did you read the story? It’s about a gay couple in their 70s who’d been together 50 years. One adopted the other a coupe of decades ago in order to establish a legal family connection. They went the adoption route because they’d been denied the ability to marry. Now that they can marry, they dissolved the adoption.

  • susan

    I knew what you were going to say. What about Woody Allen marrying his adopted daughter? You’ve never said anything about that.

    This can and should be outlawed without disrupting Gay and Lesbian marriages between 2 consenting adults. Obviously marrying your adopted child should be illegal. It won’t disturb 99.9% of Gay marriages.

  • Jon Trouten

    Once again, this (gays or lesbians adopting their long term well-into-adulthood partners) was a small trend in decades past. Gay couples were forbidden from marrying and our relationships were threatened during times of strife, medical emergency, and death. Especially when there were anti-gay family members who took advantage of our lack of legal status during those moments.

    It wasn’t a perfect situation and it certainly went against the nature of our relationships, but sometimes you have to take what options that are available to you.