Adam Rippon, of the United States, performs during the men's short program at Skate America, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Lake Placid, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

After bronze medal, Adam Rippon still has 'nothing to say' to Pence

(RNS) — Following his triumphant Olympic debut, Team USA figure skater Adam Rippon stepped off the ice and back into the boxing ring for another go at U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.

“I personally don’t have anything to say to Mike Pence,” the 28-year-old told ABC News shortly after his nearly flawless men’s solo performance helped push Team USA to a bronze medal on Sunday (Feb 11).

“I’m very lucky because legislation that he’s pushed hasn’t affected my life at all.”

Rippon is referring to the vice president’s past support of so called “gay conversion therapy.” The vice president, an evangelical Christian, supported funding “institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior” as part of his 2000 Senate campaign.

A representative from the vice president’s office denied his support.

“I spoke out because there are people out there whose lives have been affected by change that he’s tried to make," Rippon said. "I spoke out for them because right now I have a voice and I think it’s really important for me to use it.”

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The Los Angeles-based Rippon is one of two openly gay athletes representing the U.S. at the Winter Olympics. The other, Gus Kenworthy, is competing in snowboard events.

Rippon’s remarks are the latest jab in a feud that errupted in January just after he was named to Team USA when a reporter asked what he thought of Pence’s pick as the head of the U.S. delegation to the Pyeongchang games.

“I don’t think he has a real concept of reality,” Rippon told USA Today “To stand by some of the things that Donald Trump has said and for Mike Pence to say he’s a devout Christian man is completely contradictory. If he’s okay with what’s being said about people and Americans and foreigners and about different countries that are being called ‘shitholes,’ I think he should really go to church.”

As Pence arrived in Pyeongchang Thursday (Feb. 8), news outlets as varied as USA Today and Vogue reported Rippon, who had criticized Pence for his support of gay conversion therapy, turned down an offer to meet with the vice president in South Korea.

The vice president, who is leading the U.S. delegation to the Winter Olympics, denied such an offer was made and tweeted that it was "fake news." But several news outlets say they confirmed the offer with the vice president's office.

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For his part, Rippon said he is focusing on his next competition, in Friday's (Feb. 16) men's single skating short program.

“I’m ready. I’m here. I’m at the Olympics. I came to play and I’m so excited to be here,” he said Sunday. “After this team competition and skating so well, I feel ready to show the world what else I have up my sleeve.”

Rippon grew up the oldest of six children raised by a single mother in Clarks Summit, Pa., just outside Scranton. He and his siblings attended Catholic school, where Rippon remembers being teased for being different.

“Being a small, gay kid from the middle of nowhere Pennsylvania is a hard way to grow up,” Rippon told The Orange County Register in January.

Adam Rippon performs during the men's short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)


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But finding his place on the ice after a series of setbacks earlier in his career has brought him confidence. In 2015, he came out as gay in an interview with Skating magazine, and he has since become an increasingly vocal advocate for LGBTQ issues.

If invited to the White House after the Olympics, Rippon said he would not go. American skier Lindsey Vonn said she would also not accept a White House invitation.

"I personally have nothing to say to Mike Pence," Rippon said on Twitter in January. "Given the chance to talk after the Olympics, I would want to bring with me people who's (sic) lives have been hurt by the legislation he has championed."

Some on social media said they would boycott Rippon's performance at the 2018 Games. Others said they were uninterested in skating, but would watch because of the stand Rippon had taken.

Meanwhile, Rippon has promised his critics more of the same. "My blades are sharp, but by tongue is sharper," he tweeted.

Rippon's mother, Kelly, who will be in Pyeongchang for her son's Olympic debut, said people still tell her they are praying for her and her gay son.

“Or I’m praying against you,” she told The Orange County Register.

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“One person came up to me and said ‘I’m still praying he just meets the right girl.’ And I’m thinking what? Aren’t there other things you should be praying for. World famine? Shouldn’t you use your prayers for something that might happen?”


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Rippon, who sometimes reveals via social media that he dabbles in New Age spirituality, told NBxC that he brought his "healing crystals" to Pyeongchang.

"They come from the belly of Mother Earth," he said. "You know, I am always down for a little hocus pocus."

Comments

  1. Rippon is free to preach his stuff, but he honestly has nothing to say against Mike Pence.

    Pence is a true Vice President, fully as gifted for high-stakes national politics, as Rippon is gifted for the high-stakes Olympics. Rippon can’t touch Pence. (He can’t touch ex-gays either, but that’s another story.)

    Besides, Pence ain’t trying to preach to Rippon. He’s just giving official support to the USA folks. So Rippon needs to move on. (P.S. The hocus-pocus “healing crystals” are a bad sign as well. No spiritual gold medals for that mess.)

  2. Pence has nothing honest to say about the LGBT community. He’s gone out of his way to use his power to harm them in speech and policy. As with Trump, past is prologue. For you to say Pence is not trying to preach to Rippon flies in the face of a so-called biblical directive to proselytize and convert. I mean, the man proudly, vainly asserts that he’s a Christian first. So, his Christianity has an on / off switch or something?

  3. God is in trouble now, hocus pocus has come to town. It’s not skater against skater; it’s skater against God.

  4. “Some on social media said they would boycott Rippon’s performance at the Games.”

    I have a very hard time believing that any American who went through the effort of going to South Korea and getting tickets to men’s figure skating is going to not show up because of a gay athletes politics. How many homophobic American fans of men’s figure skating can there be?

  5. “Pence is a true Vice President . . .”

    Pence is a true Sanctimonious Odious Bigot.

  6. Everyone should know that the lgbt uses misinformation to advance its causes.

  7. Interestingly there is evidence of what NavyLady describes yet no evidence of what you describe….

  8. One is the idea that if a man puts on a skirt that makes him a woman. The other you see mentioned much is how unhealthy homosexual sex is. Just look at the CDC stats.

  9. No gay person believes if a man “puts on a skirt that makes him a woman”.

    There is nothing inherently unhealthy about “homosexual sex”. There is risky behavior that can result in unhealthy consequences. But that is a different matter. Gay people are not “lying” about anything with regard to sex and health.

    Try again?

  10. Of course they do. The lbgt movement is in full support for “transgenders”. If a man thinks he is a woman he is a woman. Bruce Jenner has the full support of the lbgt movement.

    Homosexual sex leads to sickness and death. Just look at the CDC stats to see how much there is of it.

  11. The CDC stats do not support your statement. You are lying (proving my earlier point).

    The lgbt community definitely supports transgender individuals. That is not “a man putting on a skirt and calling himself a woman.” You are an unempathetic brute. I hope nothing ever happens to you that requires someone else to be sympathetic to you (i.e., a serious illness, etc.) because you would only deserve a cold shoulder from everyone.

  12. And yet, I still run 6 minute miles at 68. My friend still runs marathons at 65

    I guess you can add one mOre piece of knowledge to your lack.

  13. You’re not on your death bed like all gay guys must be ?! You are blowing up JP’s world view!

  14. Lets take a look at the CDC stats:
    “Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with mena account for 70% of new HIV infections in the United States.
    New HIV infections among gay and bisexual men overall remained stable in recent years.
    More than 600,000 gay and bisexual men are living with HIV in the United States.

    In 2014, gay and bisexual men made up an estimated 2% of the U.S. population, but accounted for 70% of new HIV infections. Approximately 492,000 sexually active gay and bisexual men are at high risk for HIV.”

    Thank you for admitting that a guy who thinks he is a girl is a girl. Supporting such a sickness is not empathy but evil.

  15. What about the 600,000 gay and bisexual men are living with HIV in the United States?

  16. Adam Rippon blows up his worldview. A superb athlete ANd a gay man.

    As a gay man, I’m never sure whether I’m supposed to be a hyper masculine, violent brute who rips apart babies for breakfast, or a simpering little sissy in a dress and nail polish who eats only tofu and quiche.

    I wish these fundelibangelists would get their stories straight.

  17. Do you think the 600,000 gay and bisexual men are living with HIV in the United States will soon be on their death beds? Do you think these men’s lives are deeply and negatively impacted by this?

  18. What about 6 Million that aren’t? What about the near zero lesbians who aren’t? And what about all of those black people that are?

    I know this will shatter your world
    View, but aids is caused by a virus that is pretty easy not to get. As I have informed you many times before— well, informed is not what happens to a brick wall—that is nothing inherent in gay sex that produces disease. Promiscuity is the issue, not sex.

  19. No, they are not on their death beds. I know that saddens you, but there you have it.

    They are living productive lives, I hope. I have several friends who are positive. Though they would prefer not to have the virus, they live good lives.

  20. Stay focussed. What about the 600,000 known cases of men living with these deadly diseases that are primarily caused from homosexual sex?

  21. I know one homosexual man who has HIV-AIDs and is sick and has not worked in years. I know a few homosexual men who have died young. I bet you know even more like this.

  22. You do not under the transgender issue. Thanks for displaying your ignorance. It is much easier in your world to judge others than to true to understand where they are coming from. They are different from you and therefore you can treat them a second class and call them sick. Very nice.

    As for the CDC, let’s look at some other stats – there are at least 9 million LGBT adults in the US. In 2016 there were 26 thousand new cases of HIV infections from “gay” sex (between males). If your statement that homosexual sex is unhealthy then there would be far more LGBT adults with illnesses no? I mean there are millions of LGBT folks walking around without any illness due to their sexual activity. But that doesn’t work with your world view, so better to distort stats and lie. Very nice.

  23. But there’s the catch. Pence hasn’t said **anything** against Rippon’s participation. Didn’t bring up the gay thing at all. This media sideshow is all on Rippon.

    If Rippon wants to do an all-out gay marriage debate with Pence or anybody else, (and Rippon would surely lose!!), all that stuff can wait till the USA Olympians are done bringing home the medals. That’s supposed to be the focus for now.

  24. I bet their lives were definitely changed by this diagnosis. They will eventually be on their death beds. As will all the heterosexuals who are living with HIV. As will you and I (I hate to break that to you!). They will not be there any sooner than you and I or anyone else though thanks to medical treatments. Now, if they were diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, I would not be writing the same thing.

  25. I find this very suspicious. A) It is extremely difficult to believe you know any gay people personally. B) If you do know them personally, god help them – I sure hope you do not communicate with them at all – the last thing they would need is your attitude around them. C) I know literally hundreds of gay men and know of none who are so sick that they cannot work because of HIV. You know a handful of gay men and they happen to be the ones that on their death bed. Fascinatingly coincidental. D) I have not known a young gay man to die young of HIV/AIDs since the early 1990s.

    As they say, you are full of sh*t.

  26. Their infection was probably caused from unprotected, unsafe sex. That is not the same as “homosexual sex.” If you recognized that, then you would have to alter your world view and that would make your head explode, so it is easier to remain ignorant and spread the falsehoods and hate. Very sad.

  27. So how many of these homosexuals have to take drugs to stay alive? How many have had to curtail their lives because they don’t have enough strength to do the things they would like to do?

  28. Yes they take drugs. What’s your point? My diabetic friends take drugs to stay alive. My friends with high blood pressure and high cholesterol take drugs to stay alive. My friends who have had cancer take drugs to stay alive. Again, this has nothing to do with “homosexual sex.” You are spreading lies. (Such behavior was once a sin in the Christian faith but in the last 20 years that has changed.)

  29. Any man who seriously thinks he is a girl is mentally ill.

    The CDC proves how unhealthy homosexual sex is.

  30. Paraphrase of JP’s comment: “I will ignore all evidence presented to me that contradicts my biased world view. I will repeat my provably incorrect statements and they will become true! “

  31. They take drugs because of their homosexual sex. If they had not engaged in this dangerous activity they would not be taking powerful drugs for this.
    No lies here. Lies come from the lbgt crowd.

  32. Bravo for his stand….sad that he thinks crystals are magic.

  33. Actions like Pence’s past homophobic policies..have consequences.

  34. “They take drugs because of their homosexual sex.”

    Nope. Patently false. Again, the lgbt crowd does not lie about this. They were and are at the forefront of warning against risky sexual activity that could lead to illness. Read that again – risky sexual activity. Not “homosexual sex”. Again, if the problem were homosexual sex, there would be millions of people with an illness. And there isn’t. So you are lying.

  35. wearing a skirt doth not a transgender make. You are misinformed or being dishonest.

    CDC says no such thing. Again..either you are ignorant or lying.

  36. Tell that to the CDC and the many homosexuals who are very sick.

  37. Oh my. You are a dangerous person. I sure hope you didn’t reproduce, because if you did you increased the ignorant population 🙁

  38. Yeah Magic Johnson looks like he’s about to die…oh wait..no he looks young and healthy.

  39. Evidently 600,000 gay and bisexual men didn’t get the memo.

  40. How many heart patients or cancer survivors have to take drugs to stay alive?

    Yeah poor Magic Johnson sure looks miserable…lol

  41. Yikes – you are like the stubborn 2nd grader who just won’t accept facts LOL. It is sad to waste that brain god blessed you with and not use it.

  42. I hope you never reproduce. Re-think your life.

  43. Tell that to the 600,000 gay and bisexual men who are suffering.

  44. and then he proves Etranger correct again

  45. It is funny – we think it is odd that he believes in the crystals yet we are fine with hundreds of athletes thinking god helps them in their endeavors!

  46. So you think if a guy puts on a skirt and believes he is a girl is a girl?

  47. HIV diagnoses refer to the number of people diagnosed with HIV infection during a given time period, not when the people were infected. In 2016, gay and bisexual men accounted for 67% of all HIV diagnoses. In the same year, individuals infected through heterosexual sex made up 24% of all HIV diagnoses.

    So there is some evidence that heterosexuality is Dangerous. And let’s not leave out unintended pregnancy. And let’s look at the statistics by race. whoa! Black people!

    The issue is not sex. The issue is promiscuity. There is entirely too much promiscuity in the gay male popular culture. There we agree. There is also too much promiscuity in the heterosexual culture, resulting in HIV, venereal diseases, and unintended pregnancies, along with the collateral damage of abortion, families on welfare, and maternal deaths.

  48. I can say the same thing for heterosexuals. Most of the gay men I know are either retired or living productive lives or both.

  49. Again, homosexual sex causes no diseases to speak of. Bacteria do. Stay focused.

  50. Do you know what it costs to treat HIV-AIDS? Let me show you how expensive it is:
    “The average annual cost of HIV care in the ART era was estimated to be $19,912 (in 2006 dollars; $23,000 in 2010 dollars). The most recent published estimate of lifetime HIV treatment costs was $367,134 (in 2009 dollars; $379,668 in 2010 dollars).” https://www.google.com/search?q=cost+to+treat+HIV&oq=cost+to+treat+HIV&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.5141j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

    So who pays for this?

  51. Any sex outside of a marriage between a man and a woman is dangerous.

  52. Insurance companies or govt healthcare..same as for any disease. That you are trying to manipulate data to make a political point against a group of people is so sad.

  53. Someone who puts on skirt could do so for many reasons. Your simplistic scenario is immature and absurd. When I was in high school, I put on a skirt and was a cheerleader in our Powder Puff Football Game — it was a fun tradition..the girls played and we cheered. I did not “think I was a girl.”

    Re-think your dogma.

  54. I think it’s all rather silly. As long as they harm no one else…they can praise Queen Frag and Her Mighty State of Hysteria.

  55. And sex outside of marriage between two men or two women is dangerousl

    Fixed it for you.

  56. 1. Supporting a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality

    In 2006, then-Rep. Pence told 100 of his fellow Republicans that he supported a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex weddings. Or as Pence put it, supported “God’s plan” in the face of the destruction of civilization. “Societal collapse was always brought about following an advent of the deterioration of marriage and family,” Pence complained.

    2. Signed a bill to jail same-sex couples for applying for a marriage license

    In an effort to make a bad idea even worse, as governor Pence signed a bill in 2013 that would jail same-sex couples in Indiana who applied for a marriage license. To prove that he wasn’t singling gay people out, Pence was also willing to jail marriage clerks who supplied a license or clergy who performed the wedding.

    3. Wanted to divert funding from HIV prevention to conversion therapy

    This one’s a two-fer: as a Congressional candidate in 2000, Pence wrapped two awful ideas into a single dreadful proposal. He wanted to ensure that “federal dollars were no longer being given to organizations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus.” So where should the money go? “Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.” In other words, conversion therapy.

    4. Opposed repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

    Longing for the good old days of complete invisibility for gay people, Pence predictably ignored the preponderance of evidence in support of repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Instead, Pence put himself out there as a leading opponent of the policy change. “There’s no question to mainstream homosexuality within active duty military would have an impact on unit cohesion,” Pence argued, dismissing the repeal as “some liberal domestic social agenda.”

    5. Complained about the passage of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes bill

    In Pence’s ideal world, there would be zero protections. So it’s no surprise that he groused when the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes bill was signed into law in 2009. Pence didn’t cite legal objections. Instead, he complained that it advanced a “radical social agenda” and would have “a chilling effect on religious expression, from the pulpits, in our temples, in our mosques and in our churches.”

    6. Served on the board of an antigay group

    Pence has had a close relationship with the antigay leadership in his state. He served on the board of the Indiana Family Institute, an affiliate of Focus on the Family, which has been in the forefront of attacks on LGBT rights in the state, including a state constitutional amendment banning marriage equality. Thanks to its connections to Pence and other Republicans, IFI has been the recipient of funding for the state’s “Health Marriage” program. The former head of IFI has served as an aide to Pence both in Congress and the state house and as a campaign consultant.

    7. Argued that passing ENDA would ban Bibles from the workplace

    Of course, in Congress Pence voted against federal workplace protections. What was unique was his reasoning, which was that ENDA would discriminate against Christians. To comply with the law, Pence claimed, “the employer has to ban employees from having a Bible at the workplace for their break time, or displaying Bible verses.” Foreshadowing the Indiana religious liberty law, he went on: “We must stand for the right of every American to practice their faith according to the dictates of their conscience, whether it be in the public square or in the workplace.”

  57. Correction:
    “Everyone should know that the lgbt [Christianity] uses misinformation to advance its causes.”

  58. Anti-gay Christians claim that gay people’s life expectancy is cut way short, and that we all have AIDS and that we all have hundreds if not thousands of partners, etc., etc., etc. Clean up your own act, hypocrite!

  59. Everyone should know that ignorant homophobes like JP use misinformation to advance their causes.

  60. “No such thing as “safe sex”.”

    So, apparently we should ban cars and trucks . . . because there is no such thing as “safe driving.”

  61. In 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, Christ laid it out clearly. Please note verse 11:

    1 Corinthians 6:9-11English Standard Version (ESV)

    9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

    Christ is still in the business of making ex-homosexuals – otherwise known as Christians.

  62. Good for Rippon! Go for the gold!

    This is interesting: “several news outlets say they confirmed the offer with the vice president’s office” and then Pence says it never happened. When asked about it, Mr. Bobblehead should have done what he does when sitting next to Trump – smile slightly, nod, be silent. Pence could save himself a lot of time by just having a dummy dressed up like him, sitting in on some of these events with T(he)Rump, with some staff member standing behind him, pulling a string every now and then so the dummy’s head nods. Would be about the same.

  63. Christianity as practiced in the US is all about misinformation…daily.
    The same is well known about ALL man made and organized religion…especially in the US where Christians constantly demand preferential treatment.

  64. Thanks ofr listing all of this. Pence is as antigay as they come, and always has been. But that’s the thing about bigots. They really don’t want to appear to be bigots, but prefer to pretend they are not.
    But they are.

  65. Both. Dishonest and misinformed. And proud of both.

  66. Or you could just tell it to the 80% who are not sick. Or you could understand that more and more, the ones who are getting sick are not “gay men” but closeted men on the down low who have sex with other men in an unsafe manner. That reduces your figure considerably.
    But you don’t care.

  67. Seems like your self-talk therapy is working wonders…good for you

  68. Sorry, that comment wasn’t intended for you. That was agreeing with you about JP. We’re on the same side here. :0)

  69. I don’t put my trust in stacked courts, but I hope Trump quietly puts in a couple extra USSC saboteurs to eviscerate Obergefell. Skrrrritchhh!!

  70. If he was so powerful, why does he need you to speak for him? 🙂

  71. The opinions of a 1st century celibate preacher have no relevance today.

  72. I hear he’s also anti-curling and has mixed thoughts on bobsledding (given that the men’s junk or ladies vajays are in so close proximity)

  73. Well..obviously you run so fast the HIV can’t catch you. But it’s waiting….watching and waiting. “I’ll get you next time, Gay Runner Guy!”

    🙂

  74. Pssst…you know there is a variety of ways for gay people to have sex…shhh don;t tell anyone.

  75. Those aren’t the words of Christ. They are the words of Paul. And why should I care what he wrote?

  76. If some Christians spent 50% of the time on feeding the poor that they do on hating on gays….we’d have hardly any hunger.

  77. I can’t tell JP. He’s made it clear he thinks of little else, but in a very heterosexual sort of a way, of course.

  78. Yes. It doesn’t exist. 40 years ago, someone came up with the term. It was inaccurate then, its inaccurate now.

    And once again, it was used to describe a range of conditions

    And once again, I don’t have it, nor does anyone I know. But since heterosexuals also have anal sex, to the tune of 38% of them in this country, you might want to look up heterosexual bowel syndrome. Oh, wait. That doesn’t exist, either.

  79. I’d say more, but this board is already full of crap.

  80. It sure does exist. The human body is not designed to put a sexual organ annus. Many homosexual men suffer from serious health issues in this area also.

  81. “bend over and I’ll show you” — Clark Griswold.

  82. Good question. Consider this:
    “The spread of HIV and other STDs among men who have sex with men (MSM) has been labeled a syndemic because in this population a number of different and interrelated health problems have come together and interact with one another. The various elements of the syndemic have an additive effect, each one intensifying the others. These factors include the number of infectious diseases endemic in this population, the high rate of substance abuse problems and psychological disorders, and the significant percentage of MSM who have experienced childhood sexual abuse and other adverse events. While MSM are disproportionately affected by HIV, syphilis, and other STDs, health activists from the gay community have systematically resisted the application of the full range of public health strategies traditionally used to prevent their spread.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4034619/

  83. Oh my gosh. Have you moved out of the 80s? Research in the past 15 years has found no evidence of a “gay bowel syndrome”. You are in your own little world I fear…

  84. Do you think homosexual men are still having problems in this area? Do you think homosexual men are having serious infections there?

  85. Some guys believe that. That’s why they do it. Jenner does.

  86. No such thing as homosexual “marriage”. To have a marriage you have to have a husband and wife. Only a man can be a husband and a woman a wife. Without this you don’t have a marriage no matter what a court says.

  87. Some people who have risky anal sex might be having problems. But no, I do not think homosexual men are having serious infections there…If they were there would be medical evidence to support this “gay bowel syndrome” LOL.

  88. “In San Francisco, incidence of the “Gay Bowel Syndrome,” as it was called in medical journals, had increased by 8,000 percent after 1973. Infection with these parasites was a likely effect of anal intercourse, which was apt to put a man in contact with his partner’s fecal matter, and was virtually a certainty through the then-popular practice of rimming, which medical journals politely called oral-anal intercourse. ” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4034619/

  89. LOL yes – more data from the 1980s. You know when that was written? Hint…before 1988!

  90. Seems as if our culture and our legal system disagree, bro. Sorry.

  91. In fact, it comes from where the sun doesn’t shine.

  92. You find yourself on the wrong side of history. Stay there.

  93. Because medical science has not progressed since then?

  94. Um, it actually does since medical professionals don’t go around bandying the term since 1988.

  95. Actually medical science is showing us how unhealthy homosexual sex is.

  96. Rather be on the wrong side of history with the truth than being lied to. History will show we have been lied to.

  97. Yet you can’t cough up anything past the 80’s. Go figure.

    You know this from experience? Your medical license is from where?

  98. Here is some more current stuff:
    “Since then over 302,143 men who have sex with men (MSM) with AIDS have died. In 2009 the last year for which figures are available, the CDC estimated that 8361 MSM with AIDS died. This includes the transmission category MSM and use injection drugs. It includes some MSM with AIDS who died of other causes (Cranor 2013). According to the CDC:

    In 2010, the estimated number of new HIV infections among MSM was 29,800, a significant 12% increase from the 26,700 new infections among MSM in 2008. Although MSM represent about 4% of the male population in the United States, in 2010, MSM accounted for 78% of new HIV infections among males and 63% of all new infections. MSM accounted for 52% of all people living with HIV infection in 2009, the most recent year these data are available. (CDC 2013a)

    According to the CDC, one in five sexually active gays and bisexuals is carrying the AIDS virus and nearly half of those infected don’t know it (CDC 2013b). MSM are 44 to 86 times more likely to be diagnosed HIV positive than men who don’t .”
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4034619/

  99. From a heathen, I’m not surprised by that comment.

  100. Gay bowel syndrome still exist even if its called by a different name.

  101. Not wrong. Gay bowel syndrome is still a problem even though it goes by another name.

  102. Nope. Damn dude you don’t know how to read facts at all.

  103. So you are saying rising IV drug use is a huge driver in the spread of HIV and new incidents of AIDS on a level unseen since the 1980’s

  104. Actually it’s more believable than that God would write a book.

  105. When He spoke to Moses for example He spoke to him in Hebrew. God accommodated Himself He spoke to with the language they could understand.

  106. Instead of being ashamed of their sexual perversion they flaunt it.

  107. Moses never existed. God can’t speak to fictional characters.

  108. Huh??? What facts do you have that proves Moses did not exist?

  109. Where is a rational argument you were making?

    Show me on the doll where you were touched?

  110. The Bible is the word of Grand Old Delusionists and Grand Old Dominionists.

  111. agreed:

    1 Corinthians 7 – Now for the matters you wrote about: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” 2 But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. 3 The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. 4 The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife.” But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband.”

  112. Actually they do….you even responded to them .. Oops

  113. Why thank you. Your compliment made my day, Sister Sandi!

  114. 2 Peter 2:18 For, speaking loud boasts of folly, they entice by sensual passions of the flesh those who are barely escaping from those who live in error. 19 They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves[h] of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved.

  115. .Philippians 3;19

    New International Version
Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things

  116. Pence could take issue with boss Trump.

    What are the seven detestable sins according to the Bible?.

    1. Greed – Wanting too much of something.

    2. Gluttony – Similar to greed, but gluttony is the action of taking too much of something in.

    3. Lust – The need to fulfill unspiritual desires (not just sexual desires, but this is usually what lust is associated with.)

    4. Envy – Jealousy; wanting to have what someone has.

    5. Sloth – Being too slow or lazy at doing something.

    6. Wrath – Vindictive anger; angry revenge.

    7. Pride – Being too self-satisfied

  117. You’re funny!…Go to your favorite porn tube site…search for rimming and see the primarily heterosexual results you get…Don’t worry, there will be some homosexual videos for people like you who are clearly obsessed with this activity !!

  118. Actually, heterosexuals have to thank homosexuals for the path a lot of sex has taken in the last few decades…If you don’t know what a strap-on is? Look it up, and know this…Millions of straight married Christian men have made sure that their Godly, Christ-loving wives own a strap-on and lots of lube !! Why are you complaining?

  119. This is from Snopes, ‘yo!

    CLAIM: Mike Pence supported “gay conversion” therapy, including the use of electroshock therapy.

    WHAT’S TRUE: Mike Pence once supported the use of federal funding to treat people “seeking to change their sexual behavior.”

    WHAT’S FALSE: Pence never stated that he supported the use of electric shocks or “gay conversion” therapy.

  120. Adam Rippon did quite well in the Team-Men’s Free Skate.

  121. Sounds good. Mike Pence isn’t complaining.

    “@Adaripp I want you to know we are FOR YOU. Don’t let fake news distract you. I am proud of you and ALL OF OUR GREAT athletes and my only hope for you and all of #TeamUSA is to bring home the gold. Go get ‘em!”

    — (Mike Pence, Feb.7 tweet)

    Rippon is a good skater. Pence is a good national leader. Both did well this week at the Olympics.

  122. An important moment for the gay community but for the large part of the population, not so much.

    To wit:

    The gay population in the USA is estimated to be 4%. Assuming 50% of these are in the unionization/hopefully safe-sex age, that is 2 % of the population. So “riddle me this”, do heterosexuals really care one way or the other?

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