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Thursday, September 26, 2013
Comparing Black Civil Rights to Gay Civil Rights
Ellen DeGeneres The cover of the Dec. 16, 2008 issue of The Advocate, the flagship gay publication, proclaimed boldly, "Gay Is the New Black," stating that this is "The Last Great Civil Rights Struggle." But whenever I mention this topic on my national talk radio show, asking my listeners if they believe it is fair to equate the black Civil Rights movement with today's gay rights movement, I am flooded with African-American callers who take strong exception to this comparison.

Some of them remind me of the public lynchings, of blacks being hosed down with fire hoses and attacked by police dogs, of families having to spend the night sleeping in their car because the hotels wouldn't serve them, of water fountains marked "No coloreds"-not to mention the horrible history of African slavery in our nation.

They feel that gays and lesbians are hijacking their movement, even if they recognize that there has been real suffering experienced by many LGBT individuals. They simply feel that the comparison is totally unfair, also pointing out that the financial situation of the average gay or lesbian in America today is far better than the average situation of an African-American during the days of segregation (or even today, for that matter).

Of course, there are quite a few compelling reasons why it is wrong to claim that "gay is the new black" (for a relevant article, click here), but during a recent TV interview, I made the comment that "during the days of segregation, we didn't have people like Ellen DeGeneres who were national celebrities who were black and just loved by the whole nation."

For this, I was mocked by RightWingWatch. org (always a good sign) and ridiculed by the ironically named gay activist website TruthWinsOut. org (always a badge of honor). read more
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Why the Prosperity Gospel Is Such a Big Hit With Reality TV Show Producers

I'm sure the Tankards sincerely love God and are clearly blessed, but secular producers are having a field day with their prosperity story. Do these shows do Christianity a disservice?

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Has Pope Francis overstepped his bounds on the abortion issue?
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Pope Francis recently made some controversial statements about Christians' stance on the abortion issue. Author Larry Tomczak offers logic as to why the pope should rethink his approach.

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