Am I crazy, or has anyone noticed that when Christer-loving cable news organizations like Fox Noise discuss atheists, someone almost always claims atheism is a "gay thing"? I have heard this a half dozen times, and, hey, I am not one to tune in Fox very often. Usually, it will be an obvious idiot like Sean Hannity, but others have said it, too. It's almost as if they were saying, "If you're an atheist, you're just a fag, so nobody should pay any attention to what you say." I met Madalyn Murray O'Hair and she certainly wasn't gay. Of course, we have to see such foolishness for what it is: ad hominem argument. But the great unwashed buy all that. It's disgusting, especially to gay atheists.

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Comment by Jerry on April 2, 2009 at 2:27pm
I get my news from the internet and the daily paper; very little from TV. Once in awhile I'll watch Lou Dobbs, but most of these so-called newscasters are just talking heads anyway, and when they start spouting opinons ala Bill O'Reilly, Hannity, et al, it gets quite nauseating. Especially when they start putting down those of us who can think for ourselves. They should be an embarrassment to their networks, but all that matters are the ratings. I think Bill Maher should have a news hour; that would be a hoot!
Comment by Becky Garcia on January 1, 2009 at 3:15pm
Well said, NH Baritone. I went to a protest of Prop. 8 and was happily surprised to find that a lot of the people there opposed the proposition not just because it was unfair and cruel, but because it was a violation of the first amendment.

There were a lot of signs like "Stop the Christian Taliban" and ones about religious freedom/freedom from religion. Many criticized the hypocrisy shown by certain churches and religious leaders. One sign asked "Did you cast a ballot or a stone?"

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Comment by Father Nature on January 1, 2009 at 10:50am
I've programmed my TV to skip the Fox "News" channel - and all the Jezus fairy tale channels. My blood pressure is now much lower and my brain doesn't feel so....dirty. CNN may be next.
Comment by NH Baritone on January 1, 2009 at 10:42am
As a gay atheist, I agree it's a way to equate two different "out" groups as not worthy of regard.

On the other hand, I have been EXTREMELY encouraged by the support from the atheist groups regarding California's Proposition 8. Even though it can be said to be a peripheral fight, atheist organizations have almost uniformly pounced on the religious push to ban same-sex marriage.

So although we are different, atheists & gay people share a common goal of reducing the incursion of religion into our private and governmental lives. And individually, both atheist folks & queer folks face the need to "come out" to their family, friends, and communities, and thus risk a backlash. We may share more than is initially obvious, but not in the way that Foxious Noxious wants portray our common ideas.
Comment by Rationalism.me on January 1, 2009 at 10:26am
News used to be about reporting what is going on in the world. in the 60's, 70's and 80's news was given at specific times in the day and the reporters hussled for the stories to break new and interesting news.

Then Enter CNN or the 24 hour news. Media owners realized that doom and gloom sell and that as long as they can create drama and somehow "hook the viewer" they could have an audience for hours. OJ, Iraq (1), and so many other stories fueled this notion.

Today you have talking heads, not reporters. News today is not about breaking a story or bringing you the facts, it is about keeping you dialed in and feeding you propeganda so you will sit through the commercials.

Fox serves the political right, NPR will have you hating the chinese and I am certain if you asked your local reporter if he wanted to be Walter Cronchite or a CNN talking head he would likely take the CNN spot.

Our local news here is how they hook you:

Sniper is shooting pedestrians, find out ho to keep safe at the 10 o'clock hour.

Plane went down in Atlanta tune in to see how that effects Arizona traveling.

FACT is TV today is about selling ad space. The networks are shady.

Find your own news on the web and make your own mind up, you do not need an ACTOR telling you things you can read as they happen in the real time.

I have been praying that the news would get better.....

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