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GLBT Community Gets Double Snub

This may at first seem like a rather odd reaction for an atheist to take, but I am personally livid about the snubbing of Bishop Gene Robinson by HBO during Sunday's inaugural pre-game warm-up. I was already offended by the decision to have Rick Warren brought to the inaugural dinner table, but now I am flat out incensed.

Now, a secular country should not have a state-sponsored prayer to begin with. The First Amendment is pretty clear on the point that the government has no business promoting religion, and most definitely has no business promoting one religion over another. But there is a new administration coming in, an administration that has trumpeted its message of inclusiveness. The new President has bent over backwards to tap the shoulders of people across a wide spectrum of political philosophies, bent over to the point that he has left many of us scratching our heads.

But if the new administration is going to claim it is inclusive, claim to be a government of all people, then why is Rick Warren invited? Warren is inherently antithetical to the notion of inclusion.


Warren is a divisive, mean-spirited fomenter of hate and intolerance. The fact that he wears a nice suit and is very popular does not in any way alter the fact that his message is intrinsically the same message promoted by the likes of Fred Phelps. Warren has no business on the inaugural platform of a President who takes on the mantle of inclusion.

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HBO's "Tell Me You Love Me," and the line between porn and not-porn

"Jamie and Hugo" of HBO's Tell Me You Love Me A friend just showed me some clips of an HBO series called Tell Me You Love Me. It features actors playing couples, and it seems to have a kind of "reality show" format while being a scripted drama at the same time. I haven't seen any full episodes, but it seems that each episode intersperses clips of the "couple" in their "real-life" situations, including having sex, with clips of the same couple seeing a therapist. It aslo includes clips of that therapist May Foster (played by Jane Alexander) and her husband Arthur (played by David Selby) in their "real life" situation, including having sex.

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