The Self-Defeating Folly of Robert Oscar Lopez

Robert Oscar Lopez is a maybe-bisexual man raised by two lesbians (well, sort of: one full-time mom and one part-time). He spouts such vicious garbage that he’s finding it hard to find places in America that welcome him to speak. Or, as he put it recently, “one of the reasons that I was so available to [...]

A Reader Participation Request

Blogging’s been stressful lately, and I’m afraid it drove me back into self-destructive behavior, indulging an addiction that’s nothing more than a cheap thrill, a dopamine high, an escape satisfying in the moment but ultimately dangerous to my mental and emotional health.

I went commenting on conservative web sites.

At least it was the National Review, a [...]

When the Arguments of the Best and the Brightest are Mediocre and Dim

Ryan T. Anderson of the Heritage Foundation is one of the most active, best funded, and intellectually respectable opponents of marriage equality.

Of course, that’s a very low bar. To see just how poor his arguments are, look at the reasoning from this anti-gay wunderkind, as he tries to show why opposition to same-sex marriage is [...]

What infuriates us the most about our friends is often the flip side of what makes us admire them.

[I contribute to Box Turtle Bulletin, which has recently seen huge and occasionally ugly arguments in the comments sections about the appropriate response to anti-gay speech, especially after the blog's founder expressed concern over the resignation of Mozilla chairman Brendan Eich. I'm posting this response both here and over at BTB.]

I love Box Turtle Bulletin. [...]

Too Much Safety is a Dangerous Thing

I went to grad school at Stanford and I am appalled that the university has decided to protect its students from anti-gay speech.

Is appalled the right word? “to fill or overcome with horror, consternation, or fear; dismay”

Yes, that’s the word.  Apparently this happened:

Last Wednesday evening, the Graduate Student Council (GSC) denied funding for an event hosted by the Stanford Anscombe Society (SAS) following community [...]

Some Friday Silliness

I’d like to lighten things up with a few fun little items. These are too dumb to feed your outrage monster. They’re just good for a chuckle.

You’re gay because climate change.

I’ve seen a lot of gay conspiracies in my time, but this comment at LifeSiteNews has to be one of my favorites.

The gay agenda is [...]

The Negro Motorist Green Book. And The Assault on Our Liberty.

I recently discovered “The Negro Motorist Green Book.” Here’s the cover.

And here are the first two pages (don’t worry if you can’t read them; I’ve transcribed some bits below).

It’s a fascinating document from what ought to be a bygone era. From page 1:

With the introduction of this travel guide in 1936, it has been our [...]

Stephen Colbert: Independently Verify Your Gayness

Some arguments are too incoherent to be refuted. They’re grounded in so many ridiculous assumptions, so much misinformation, that it’s impossible to find the one key flaw on which to base your rebuttal. It’s like trying to turn back a flood of stupid with a teacup. The only recourse is to the take the argument [...]

Ideological Incoherence (with a picture!)

Lately I’ve been trying to point out the contradictions and hypocrisy of those pushing “religious freedom” laws, and influential conservative Erick Erickson has done me a favor by making it all too clear.

He writes:

In December of 1865, the several American states ratified the thirteenth amendment constitutionally ending involuntary servitude in the United States. In the [...]


I’ve been surveying the anti-gay reaction to the epic crash-and-burn of Arizona’s religious freedom law. I can sum it up like this:

The bill failed because liberals lied about it: This bill was needed to make sure Christian bakers wouldn’t have to sell wedding cakes to same-sex couples, but it wouldn’t have given anyone the [...]