Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pedophiles Call For Same "Rights" As Homosexuals


Using the same tactics used by “gay” rights activists, pedophiles have begun to seek similar status arguing their desire for children is a sexual orientation no different than heterosexual or homosexuals.

Critics of the homosexual lifestyle have long claimed that once it became acceptable to identify homosexuality as simply an “alternative lifestyle” or sexual orientation, logically nothing would be off limits. “Gay” advocates have taken offense at such a position insisting this would never happen. However, psychiatrists are now beginning to advocate redefining pedophilia in the same way homosexuality was redefined several years ago.

In 1973 the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality from its list of mental disorders. A group of psychiatrists with B4U-Act recently held a symposium proposing a new definition of pedophilia in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders of the APA.
 
B4U-Act  calls pedophiles “minor-attracted people.” The organization’s website states its purpose is to, “help mental health professionals learn more about attraction to minors and to consider the effects of stereotyping, stigma and fear.”

In 1998 The APA issued a report claiming “that the ‘negative potential’ of adult sex with children was ‘overstated’ and that ‘the vast majority of both men and women reported no negative sexual effects from  childhood sexual abuse experiences.”
APA report  (CSA=Child Sexual Abuse)

Pedophilia has already been granted protected status by the Federal Government. The Matthew Shephard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act lists “sexual orientation” as a protected class; however, it does not define the term.

Republicans attempted to add an amendment specifying that “pedophilia is not covered as an orientation;” however, the amendment was defeated by Democrats. Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fl) stated that all alternative sexual lifestyles should be protected under the law. “This bill addresses our resolve to end violence based on prejudice and to guarantee that all Americans, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability or all of these ‘philias’ and fetishes and ‘isms’ that were put forward need not live in fear because of who they are. I urge my colleagues to vote in favor of this rule.”
The White House praised the bill saying, “At root, this isn’t just about our laws; this is about who we are as a people. This is about whether we value one another  – whether we embrace our differences rather than allowing them to become a source of animus.”

Earlier this year two psychologists in Canada declared that pedophilia is a sexual orientation just like homosexuality or heterosexuality.

Van Gijseghem, psychologist and retired professor of the University of Montreal, told members of Parliament, “Pedophiles are not simply people who commit a small offense from time to time but rather are grappling with what is equivalent to a sexual orientation just like another individual may be grappling with heterosexuality or even homosexuality.”

He went on to say, “True pedophiles have an exclusive preference for children, which is the same as having a sexual orientation. You cannot change this person’s sexual orientation. He may, however, remain abstinent.”
When asked if he should be comparing pedophiles to homosexuals, Van Gijseghem replied, “If, for instance, you were living in a society where heterosexuality is proscribed or prohibited and you were told that you had to get therapy to change your sexual orientation, you would probably say that that is slightly crazy. In other words, you would not accept that at all. I use this analogy to say that, yes indeed, pedophiles do not change their sexual orientation.”

Dr. Quinsey, professor emeritus of psychology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, agreed with Van Gijseghem. Quinsey said pedophiles’ sexual interests prefer children and, “There is no evidence that this sort of preference can be changed through treatment or through anything else.”

In July, 2010 Harvard health Publications said, “Pedophilia is a sexual orientation and unlikely to change. Treatment aims to enable someone to resist acting on his sexual urges.”

Linda Harvey, of Mission America, said the push for pedophiles to have equal rights will become more and more common as LGBT groups continue to assert themselves. “It’s all part of a plan to introduce sex to children at younger and younger ages; to convince them that normal friendship is actually a sexual attraction.”

Milton Diamond, a University of Hawaii professor and director of the Pacific Center for Sex and Society, stated that child pornography could be beneficial to society because, “Potential sex offenders use child pornography as a substitute for sex against children.”

Diamond is a "distinguished" lecturer for the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco. The IASHS openly advocated for the repeal of the Revolutionary war ban on homosexuals serving in the military.

The IASHS lists, on its website, a list of “basic sexual rights” that includes “the right to engage in sexual acts or activities of any kind whatsoever, providing they do not involve nonconsensual acts, violence, constraint, coercion or fraud.” Another right is to, “be free of persecution, condemnation, discrimination, or societal intervention in private sexual behavior” and “the freedom of any sexual thought, fantasy or desire.” The organization also says that no one should be “disadvantaged because of  age.”
Sex offender laws protecting children have been challenged in several states including California, Georgia and Iowa. Sex offenders claim the laws prohibiting them from living near schools or parks are unfair because it penalizes them for life.
(editorial on a anti pedophile website)
In response to the APA Report Congress voted to condemn the report
These Congressman all voted present (meaning they were against voting no)

Present   D Abercrombie, Neil HI 1st 0.231992366202
Present   D   Allen, Tom ME 1st 0.313548265977
Present   D   Baird, Brian WA 3rd 0.399861755355
Present   D   Conyers, John MI 14th 0.144936664096
Present   D   Delahunt, Bill MA 10th 0.267206748942
Present   D   Filner, Bob CA 50th 0.139251116638
Present   D   Frank, Barney MA 4th (openly gay) 0.157119468047
Present   D   Hastings, Alcee FL 23rd (see the video) 0.234324453547
Present   D   Johnson, Eddie TX 30th 0.194693452809
Present   D   Mink, Patsy HI 2nd 0.167876519005
Present   D   Moran, Jim VA 8th 0.345069187439
Present   D   Stark, Pete CA 13th 0.0977026995847
Present   D   Strickland, Ted OH 6th

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Washington State Assisted "Suicides" Increase 17% In A Year

from the official report



The number of Washington state residents who died of physician-assisted "suicide" rose to 83 in 2012, up from 70 in 2011, 51 in 2010 and 36 in 2009, when the state’s Death With Dignity Act took effect.
This is an overall increase of 130% since 2009 in the most north-west US state outside Alaska.
The Washington State Department of Health reported in May that 121 patients requested and received lethal doses of drugs in 2012.

The vast majority of the terminally ill patients who received life-ending drugs feared loss of autonomy, dignity and ability to participate in activities that make life enjoyable.
97% were white, 82% had at least some college education and 73% of the patients had cancer, said the report.
Last year I highlighted the huge increase in deaths from assisted "suicide" in Oregon and Switzerland of 450% and 700% respectively over ten years as further evidence of the incremental extension that inevitably follows any change in the law.

In the Netherlands euthanasia numbers have increased from 15-20% per year since 2006 and in neighbouring Belgium they have increased 509% in the ten years between 2003 and 2012.



more "suicides" but less oversight!


Washington is now showing the same pattern with almost a 130% increase in three years.
Careful examination of the Washington report also reveals that:
• Only 3 of the 121 people who were prescribed a lethal dose were given a psychiatric evaluation.
• One person died 150 weeks after receiving the lethal dose while 17 of the participants died more than 6 months after receiving the lethal dose.
• The physician who prescribed the lethal dose was present only five times during ingestion.
• One person died 16 hours after taking the lethal dose.

Margaret Dore, a Washington State attorney, highlights other causes for concern. She argues that the demographics of those who ingested the lethal drugs – ‘older people with money’ – are a prime target for abuse.
The report also gives no information as to whether all of the 83 people who died after ingesting the lethal dose took it voluntarily but merely records  the fact of ‘ingestion’.

Assisted "suicide" thankfully remains illegal in Britain and we see only a small trickle of 15-20 Britons per year going to the Dignitas facility in Zurich to end their lives.

But with an Oregon/Washington- type law we would see 1,200 deaths annually.

It is no wonder that over 100 attempts to legalise assisted suicide in other US states have failed over the last 15 years and that Oregon and Washington remain the only states to have legalised the practice on the basis of a referendum.

Let’s not go there.
(LifeNews.com) Note: Dr. Peter Saunders is a doctor and the CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a British organization with 4,500 doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. This article originally appeared on his blog. He is also associated with the Care Not Killing Alliance in the UK.




Wednesday, July 24, 2013

"Orthodox" Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder Takes Lesbian Quinn to ?Yeshiva? "Darchei Torah"

The tweet with the photo was retweeted by former City Council candidate Pesach Osina, and a gay blog.  Phillip Goldfeder has a record of ignoring the Torah when he recently voted on a abortion on demand bill.



The gay blog retweeted this in order to "show" that Orthodox Jews support toevah.  

If Christine Quinn and her surrogates are already promoting this in order to push the toevah agenda what would they do if CV she is elected.

David Greenfield responded to her tweet with this statement
what was David Greenfield's involvement with this chilul Hashem



Tell Christie To Veto The Bill Banning Therapy To Get Rid Of Same Sex Attraction.




Around 200 rabbis signed a letter mandating Jews who have a desire for homosexuality to seek help


A low attack on same-sex therapy

  • Last Updated: 12:02 AM, July 22, 2013
  • Posted: 11:19 PM, July 21, 2013
Oral arguments started Friday in New Jersey Superior Court in Ferguson, et. al. v. JONAH, et. al. — a landmark case in which the Southern Poverty Law Center is trying to shut down JONAH, a Jewish group that helps people with unwanted same-sex attraction live their lives in accord with Torah values.
It’s just the opening shot in a massive legal effort to ban help for gay people — a campaign I take personally.I’m one of those people the SPLC is out to harm — by substituting its judgment about what’s good for me for my own.

The client’s right to determine the course of his own therapy is a touchstone of modern psychotherapy. So the effort to deny people access to this therapy not only infringes on my right to self-determination, it violates the ethical standards of every major mental-health association.

Officially, it’s called Sexual Orientation Change Efforts, or SOCE. Therapists using it were a lifeline to my health and happiness.

I first came out to myself about my homosexual feelings at the age of 20, and soon sought out help for dealing with them constructively. I’ve done individual and group therapy, as well as experiential weekends, all aimed at helping me better manage my homosexual attractions within the context of my value system.

SOCE was a revelation to me. It helped me confront my shame, around not only my homosexual feelings but also many other experiences. It taught me that my feelings were innately good, and a natural response to the circumstances I faced. It motivated me to try to repair important family relationships, and helped me learn how to better relate to other men, whom I’d previously ignored or disdained. It’s made me much more accepting of myself and of others.

All of this growth would have been worthwhile on its own terms. But I also found that my sexuality was much more fluid than I’d realized. Under certain circumstances, those feelings were not an issue at all, to the point that they became dormant.

I don’t claim that I no longer experience same-sex attraction, but neither do I need to. Through therapy, I gained enough skills that I felt able, in an open and honest way, to explore romantic relationships with women.

Today I have a wife and child, happily married for nine years. To me that is a miracle, something I never would’ve believed possible for me.

Without the help of SOCE, my relationships wouldn’t be as harmonious and nourishing to me as they are. I’d never have been able to experience how fulfilling sexual expression can be for me within the confines of a lifetime commitment to a woman. My life and my marriage are far from perfect, but far more fulfilling and rich than I’d ever have imagined possible.

I advise anyone considering such therapy to make sure they understand that their outcomes may not be mine. Ignore the promoters’ promises and the detractors’ warnings; look at the kinds of growth you’ll be seeking, the kinds of things you’ll be working on, then ask yourself if it seems worthwhile. And don’t do it solely because of family, social or religious pressure.

My family was supportive of my efforts, but also made it clear that they’d support me if I chose to act on my attractions. In no way did I ever feel from them or my therapists that I had to engage in SOCE because of feelings of shame, cultural, religious or family pressure. In the nearly 20 years in this kind of work, I’ve always felt that the therapists and counselors respected my autonomy and desires.

While my sexual orientation is an important part of me, so is my faith. If SOCE therapy had been banned, as the SPLC is seeking to do by misusing consumer-fraud laws, I wouldn’t have simply chosen to accept my attractions. Instead, I would’ve remained stuck in shame, isolation and pain. It’s ironic that an SPLC victory in this lawsuit would bring about the very effect it claims to be trying to prevent.

I understand that my life may have little appeal to others. You may be surprised that people like me even exist; we have little reason to make an issue of our sexuality, so you seldom find us waving placards in parades or rallies, but there are a lot of us.

Yet the SPLC’s attacks on the therapy helped me realize that some of us need to come forward to ensure that it remains an option, and to resist the bullying and intimidation tactics of the SPLC and its allies. I respect the right of others to practice their lives in harmony with their own beliefs; I ask for the same respect in return.
Jeff Bennion is a co-founder of North Star International, a support community for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who experience same-sex attraction. 
(new York Post

please call Chris Christie (609) 292-6000 and urge him to veto this evil bill

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

DiNapoli Uses Our States Pension To Bully Companies To Accept Toevah "Marriage"

Thomas Dinapoli is the one with out the hat

ALBANY — State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is using the power of the state’s $160 billion pension system to urge President Obama to order federal agencies and programs around the country to recognize gay "marriages" performed in New York.

DiNapoli’s idea is to adopt a “place of celebration” standard in federal government, meaning gay "marriages" that take place in New York would be recognized even in states that do not permit them. It could be a big push in DiNapoli’s effort to get major companies that do business with the state-pension fund to adopt anti-"discrimination" measures when providing benefits for gay " couples".

The US Supreme Court last month struck down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, a ruling that muddled the rights of gay "couples" married in New York who move to or work in states where gay "marriage" isn’t legal.

DiNapoli is the sole trustee of the state’s pension fund and has used it as leverage to persuade companies he invests in to bolster environmental protections, combat terrorism and disclose campaign donations. He argues recognizing gay "marriages" is just good business.
(AP)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Christine Quinn Sends Pro Gay "Rights" Literature Into Borough Park



A few questions to ponder
1. If she's already promoting homosexuality in BP before she's elected what will she do if CV she is actually elected?
2. If these pro toevanicks (gay activists) are so dedicated to be out on such a hot day doesn't that show us how dangerous they are?
3. how come Yosef Rapaport doesn't understand questions 1 and 2?
4. would Yosef Rapaport have a problem with her doing this if Quinn "only" did this in non Jewish areas (MZ is also assur for a Ben-Noach)?

links to the tweets

Friday, July 19, 2013

Major Newspapers Reject Pro-Life Ad, But Have No Problem With Killing Babys

rejected anti-abortion advertisement
 
Major Newspapers Reject Pro-Life Ad as ‘Too Controversial’

The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, and the L.A. Times have refused to run an anti-abortion ad that depicts a 20-week-old baby held in a person’s palm, accompanied by the words, “This child has no voice, which is why it depends on yours.” 

The pro-life group Heroic Media intended to use the ad to encourage the U.S. Senate to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, approved by the House last month, but it was rejected by the three major newspapers as “too controversial.”

“It seems as though it is okay to talk about the issue in general, but when you actually put a face to the discussion, then it becomes controversial,” says Heroic Media Executive Director Joe Young.

The Chicago Tribune has agreed to run a different image — a 20-week baby in utero — but demanded that it be made clear that the image is an advertisement for legislation

Chicago Tribune's replacement ad

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act  would prohibit abortions nationwide after 20 weeks, the developmental point at which babies in the womb can experience pain except in the case of the mother's life being endangered, rape, and incest. The bill, which has met with considerable controversy, passed the House 228–196, and will likely never see a vote in the Democrat-controlled Senate.
(National Review)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Animal Brothels Now Popular In Germany; Bestiality Becoming A New Lifestyle Choice

Ramban Devarim 29-18
. . . ופירוש למען ספות הרוה את הצמאה - להוסיף השבעה עם המתאוה, כי נפש שבעה תקרא רוה, כענין ורויתי נפש הכהנים דשן ועמי את טובי ישבעו (ירמיה לא יג), והיתה נפשם כגן רוה (שם פסוק יא), והמתאוה תקרא צמאה, צמאה לך נפשי (תהלים סג ב). והטעם, כי נפש האדם הרוה שאיננה מתאוה לדברים הרעים לה, כאשר תבא בלבו קצת התאוה והוא ימלא תאותו אז יוסיף בנפשו תאוה יתירה ותהיה צמאה מאד לדבר ההוא שאכל או שעשה יותר מבראשונה, ותתאוה עוד לדברים רעים שלא היתה מתאוה להם מתחלה. כי המתאוה לזמת הנשים היפות, כשיהיה שטוף בזמתן תבואהו תאוה לבוא על הזכר ועל הבהמה, וכיוצא בזה בשאר התאוות, וכענין שהזכירו חכמים (סוכה נב ב) משביעו רעב מרעיבו שבע. ולכך יאמר הכתוב בהולך בשרירות לבו, שהוא אם ימלא נפשו בתאוות השרירות והחזקות עליו אשר היא צמאה להם, יוסיף נפשו הרוה עם הצמאה, כי יתאוה ויצמא למה שהיה שבע ממנו וכאשר השביע נפשו בו. ולפי שהזכיר "שרש פורה" אמר בלשון הזה, כי יוסיף השרש הוא כפתו אשר היא רוה ורעננה עם הצמאה ותשובנה כולם צמאות:

Bestiality brothels are 'spreading through Germany' warns campaigner as abusers turn to sex with animals as 'lifestyle choice'

By Matt Blake
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Bestiality brothels are spreading through Germany faster than ever thanks to a law that makes animal porn illegal but sex with animals legal, a livestock protection officer has warned.

Madeleine Martin told the Frankfurter Rundschau that current laws were not protecting animals from predatory zoophiles who are increasingly able to turn to bestiality as a 'lifestyle choice'.

She highlighted one case where a farmer in the Gross-Gerau region of southwest Germany, noticed his once friendly flock of sheep were beginning to shy away from human contact.

So he rigged a CCTV camera in the rafters of his barn to discover multiple men sneaking in during the night to sexually abuse his beloved livestock.


'There are now animal brothels in Germany,' Martin told the paper, adding that people were playing down the issue by by describing it as a 'lifestyle choice'.

Armed with a host of similar case studies, Ms Martin is now calling for the government to categorically ban bestiality across the country. 

Last November German authorities said they were planning to reinstate an old law forbidding sex with animals after a sharp rise in incidents of bestiality along with websites promoting it.

Parliament began debating changes to the national Animal Protection Code with the agricultural committee of the Bundestag pledging fines of up to £20,000 for a first offence.

Bestiality dropped off the statute books as a crime in 1969 but in recent years the number of people believed to be participating in such acts has increased significantly.

There are even 'erotic zoos' which people can visit to abuse animals ranging from llamas to goats.

Hans-Michael Goldmann, chairman of the agriculture committee, said the government aimed to forbid using an animal 'for individual sexual acts and to outlaw people 'pimping' creatures to others for sexual use.' 

German 'zoophile' group ZETA has announced it will mount a legal challenge should a ban on bestiality become law.

'Mere concepts of morality have no business being law,' said ZETA chairman Michael Kiok.

When the 1969 law banning sex with animals was banned the Animal Protection Law was introduced, but it failed to include a specific ban on zoophilia.

The terms bestiality and zoophilia are the formal names for having sex with animals for pleasure.
please also read these articles about what happened at yale

Monday, July 15, 2013

Avraham Heschel Defends His Editorial And Says That Torah Should Be Used In The Voting Booth


In response to my previous editorial and a private Email conversation based on that editorial Avraham Heschel gave me this response to post on this blog


Dear Mr. Adler:

Thank you for reaching out to me to clarify certain statements that I had supposedly made during the course of several private conversations.

At the outset, I wish to stress that I am writing this email as a private individual, wholly independent of any work I may do for Hamodia. For any inquiries regarding Hamodia’s editorial policies (which are based on daas Torah) please contact their office directly.  I am not speaking on their behalf, and I must ask you – and anyone you may decide to share this email with – to make certain not to extrapolate or draw any conclusions from this email regarding the positions or views of Hamodia.
In regard to your inquiries:

I certainly never “paskened” that one shouldn’t vote for a candidate who supports moral values but has no realistic chance of winning an election.

For one thing, I don’t pasken shaalos. Secondly, I certainly wouldn’t take a position that contradicts numerous Gedolei Yisrael who have unequivocally declared that it is prohibited to vote for candidates with immoral views. Thirdly, I personally have on numerous occasions voted for third party candidates who had no reasonable chance to win as a form of protest against the liberal positions held by both major party candidates.

Either your source misunderstood what I told him, or you misunderstood what he related to you – or possibly both.

Regarding the tax exempt status, I have stated that a religious leader is legally prohibited from making endorsements in the name of his congregation or as part of his official duties. There is of course no restrictions on making endorsements as an individual, if he so chooses. If your source quoted me otherwise, he misunderstood me.

Finally, I fully share your grave concerns that criticism of a pro-morality candidate can be misinterpreted as support for the abhorrent positions of his opponents. I take this concern very seriously.

However, I do not feel that any candidate is above reproach, regardless of his actions.

Specifically, for numerous reasons I feel that it is crucial that fraudulent claims of endorsements are publicly condemned, even if the candidate in question was misled and is not at fault himself.

In addition to the obvious hashkofic reasons (see the Sichas Mussar’s powerful explanation on the gemara in Pesachim 69a, regarding the exchange between Rabi Eliezer and Rabi Akiva) fraudulent claims of endorsements, whether they stem from miscommunication or willful deception, is very destructive for the pro-morality cause.

Once truth stops to matter, any candidate, regardless of how left-wing he may be, can simply show up at a home of a Rebbe or Rav during his regular petitioning hours, exchange a few words and claim an endorsement.

The assertion that a blessing is equivalent to an endorsement, isn’t only erroneous it is also very harmful to the same cause. For the record clearly shows that several recognized Torah leaders gave “blessings” to pro-immorality politicians such as Koch and Dinkins.

(Why these Gedolim, who are no longer alive, agreed to talk to them, and allow them to think that they were blessed, is something that I can’t possibly answer. I am sure however that they had a very valid reason for doing so.)

It is entirely possible that current liberal politicians will also emerge from meetings with contemporary Gedolim claiming they received a “blessing.”

Therefore, it is imperative that this differentiation is publicized: A “blessing” is not an endorsement, nor a show of support in any way.

Ultimately, who to vote for is a decision that must be guided by daas Torah.

It is a matter of public record that Hagaon Harav Avigdor Miller, zt”l, a Torah giant who touched the lives of thousands, strongly felt that moral issues were the only issues a frum Yid should consider when deciding for whom to vote. He was certainly not the only Torah leader who felt this way.

There are three separate kol koreis that I know of prohibiting voting for, honoring, or otherwise supporting candidates who support the passage of laws espousing immorality. Among the signatories on these declarations are the Satmar Rebbe, the Beirach Moshe; the Kashauer Rav; the Debreciner Rav; the Voideslover Rav; the Tartikover Rav; the Viener Rav, and the Kiviashder Rav, zichronam livrachah, and, yblc”t, the Skulener Rebbe, the Pshevorsker Rebbe, and Hagaon Harav Yisroel Belsky, shlita.

A number of these Rabbanim have also publicly elucidated their views in drashos and in published teshuvos. 
Instead of taking pro-morality candidates to Rebbes who have not taken a position on this question, it would be far wiser to publicize the opinion of the aforementioned Gedolim.

Avraham Heschel 

Sunday, July 14, 2013

OU Stamps Hashgacha On Quinn (The Hater Of Torah) Greenfield's The Mashgiach

Jeff Leb, NY Director of Political Affairs for the OU; Maury Litwack, OU Director of State Political Affairs and Outreach; City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, City Councilman David Greenfield, Sam Sutton, co-chair of OU Advocacy-Teach NYS, and Nathan Diament, OU Executive Director for Public Policy. yemach shemom vezechrom


The OU's press release supporting Quinn YMS who has no problem with banning Milah
July 10, 2013                                                                               Roslyn Singer, 212-613-8227
Addressing a crowd of reform Jewish community, synagogue and day school lay leaders who convened at the formally Orthodox Union for the first meeting in a series of leadership forums with the mayoral candidates how come you only mention Quinn? , New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn YMS agreed to work with the community on the issue of security for non-public schools. where was she for the past 12 years?

of all the candidate Quinn has the worst record on helping Yeshiva parents and also promises the least yet these poshiem are supporting her.

“We’ve heard loud and clear now that it's an election year that this is an area where the non-public schools need help,” Quinn said, adding that she would work with the non-public school community to figure out the details.

During the OU Advocacy-Teach NYS-sponsored leadership forum, Speaker Quinn also spoke candidly about other issues of importance to the Jewish community, including aid for religious institutions damaged by Hurricane Sandy, enhancements to the police department, fair treatment of special needs children within the education system and improvements overall to New York City schools
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Saying “it doesn’t make sense at all” and only adds to the stress and duress of a family that is already in a stressful situation, Speaker Quinn said that, as mayor, she would remove the requirement for parents of special needs children to endure administrative hearings in order to have their local school district cover the cost of a private school placement for their child.

Speaker Quinn also spoke about the safety of New York City, stating that she would increase the size and strength of the police force as well as work to improve the technology available to the police. Noting that New York City has “the best hate crimes task force of any police department in the country,” Speaker Quinn said, “We should make New York City the first hate crimes free city in America,” adding that it’s “not acceptable” that mezuzahs were burned in Williamsburg, or that a man was killed in Greenwich Village because he was gay her comparing a mezuzah to a someone who is CHAYAV MISA is insulting and demeaning to the Torah, and the fact that the OU quoted the whole statement shows that they don't believe in whats in the mezuzah VECHARA AF HASHEM , or that Muslims in New York were attacked after the Boston Marathon.

New York City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn meets with reform Jewish community, synagogue and day school lay leaders to discuss her vision for the city as mayor and address issues of concern to the Jewish you mean toevah community.





contact The OU and tell them to fire Jeff Leb (who helped pass toevah "marriage",) Maury Litwack, Sam Sutton, and Nathan Diament.



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Friday, July 12, 2013

Greenfield Brings The Lesbian Quinn To The OU







Despite her father being hospitalized and awaiting knee surgery, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn kept her commitment to attend a candidate forum with board members of the Orthodox Union at its Lower Manhattan headquarters Wednesday afternoon. Since it was a private meeting, but there were still press releases was she going there to try and legitimize her evil lifestyle? why would the OU board even meet with her?

Asked about a bill in the Council that would require the city to provide school safety officers in private schools, upon request, Quinn said she was looking at the issue. "We've heard loud and clear that this is an area where the non-public schools need help and we would like to work with them," she said. Noting that the state's Blaine Amendment restricts tax dollars for religious schools, Quinn said she wanted to work with private-school coalitions to see what was feasible. where has she been for the past 12 years?

Her remarks to the group extensively regarded her policies on public education, including extending the school day for older students. She stressed that she would uphold mayoral control of the school system because “it’s important for all city agencies to have the buck stop with the mayor.”  That statement drew applause from the OU leaders. and how is that important for the Jewish community?

She also expressed support for extending federal funds for recovering from Superstorm Sandy to faith-based and other nonprofit organizations.

In response to a question by Daniel Labovitz, president of the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan why would the president of a Conservative School be at the OU debate? about the impact of the 91st Street Marine Transfer on the Upper East Side, Quinn said she continued to support the station because "every borough and every community needs to do its fair share to take care of its own garbage," and access to the East River for transporting trash on barges reduced truck traffic on city streets.

Quinn was also asked if she considered the West Bank to be occupied by Israel and this has to do with the race because?, an issue brought into the race when former congressman Anthony Weiner recently said he believed otherwise, in response to a blogger’s question on the campaign trail. Weiner at the time said he believed the status of the territories should be decided by those who live there and noted that there are differing views of what constitutes the West Bank.

Quinn, who has visited Israel several times on delegations sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, initially sidestepped the question from a JTA reporter, saying she was not familiar with what Weiner said and would have to look into it.

On Thursay a Quinn spokesman sent a statement to JTA and The Jewish Week saying "Chris believes the West Bank is a disputed territory and that the Israelis and Palestinians must sit down and negotiate a solution. As Mayor, Chris will use the bully pulpit of the office and everything she can to urge the two sides to sit and negotiate a peaceful resolution of the conflict through the establishment of two states for two peoples that ensures safety and security for the State of Israel." do we want this?

 how come no Questions about Chick-Fil-A?
 which shows how she attacks businesses who's owners are against toevah, that could mean she'll go after the Orthodox community.

Asked by The Jewish Week about the unlikely success of Weiner in the Democratic primary – polls show him ahead of or tied with Quinn at the top of the field – she insisted that would change in due course.
“Polls go up and down,” she said. “This has been a bit of a circus. That will come to an end as people focus on the issues. I’m exceedingly confident. New Yorkers know that talk is cheap.”

Quinn said both Weiner and former governor Eliot Spitzer, who declared his intention to run for city comptroller this week, had not earned second chances from the public.and when did she earn a second chance she's even worse then they are “You have to ask what have they been doing in the span of time since they left office,” Quinn said. “Were they working for the good of New Yorkers and the city? And what did they do with their time in office? Anthony Weiner passed one bill in his time in Congress and that was at the request of one of his donors.”

She was referring to a bill intended to fight cigarette tax evasion through Internet sales, which according to press reports benefitted a family friend and major campaign donor who sells cigarettes.

Quinn was introduced at the gathering by Councilman David Greenfield, who is Orthodox and represents parts of Borough Park and Flatbush. But Greenfield said he was not yet making an public endorsement in the mayoral race you have to be death blind and dumb to not see who he's really supporting, we should all therefore vote against him in the primary and general election.

Lawrence Quinn, 86, who has been a regular presence at his daughter's side throughout her tenure as speaker as well as on the campaign trail, was scheduled to have knee replacement surgery Thursday at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Quinn said she planned to visit him immediately after the OU session. since her record shows that she doesn't care at all about the Jewish community why did she blow off her father and go to a meeting to a community she hates?


(Jewish Week highlights mine)

Quinn spoke over sandwich wraps and sushi at a lunch meeting of roughly 40 guests of the O.U.’s advocacy arm, including representatives from the Sephardic Community Federation yet the leading Syrian Rabbaniem said it's a mitzva to support Erick Salgado, a largely Syrian-Jewish group. David Greenfield, a Democratic member of the New York City Council representing heavily Orthodox neighborhoods in Brooklyn, introduced Quinn. Greenfield has not endorsed anyone in the mayor’s race.

“She got a very warm reception today,” Greenfield told the Forward.

Solider Being Forced Out Of The Military For Opposing Same Gender "Marriage"


A 27-year veteran of the Utah Air National Guard said he was reprimanded after he wrote a letter objecting to a gay "wedding" in the West Point chapel and was later told to prepare for retirement because his personal beliefs about homosexuality were not compatible with the military’s policies.

The military is trying to make examples of people who have religious beliefs that homosexual conduct in the military is wrong,” said John Wells, an attorney representing TSgt. Layne Wilson. “The end game is to force conservative Christians out of the military.”

Last December Wilson wrote a letter to a person believed to be a chaplain at West Point. He stated his displeasure at news of a same-sex ceremony held in the Cadet Chapel.

“This is wrong on so many levels,” Wilson wrote. “If they wanted to get married in a hotel that is one thing. Our base chapels are a place of worship and this is a mockery to God and our military core values. I have proudly served 27 years and this is a slap in the face to us who have put our lives on the line for this country. I hope sir that you will take appropriate action so this does not happen again.”

Instead of responding to the private email, the Commandant of Cadets notified the Utah Air National Guard – leading to an accusation that he had brought "disgrace" and "discredit" upon the Air National Guard and his conduct was inconsistent with the United States Air Force.

The Air National Guard determined that Wilson’s email “failed to render the proper "respect" to a commissioned officer.”

“You are hereby reprimanded,” read a letter from Lt. Col. Kevin Tobias. “As a noncommissioned officer you are expected to maintain a standard of professional and personal behavior that is above reproach. You have failed!”

A public affairs officer with the Utah Air National Guard told Fox News they could not comment on pending litigation.

Ironically, Wells pointed out, the Defense of Marriage Act was still the law of the land and TSgt. Layne was simply reporting “what he believed was a violation of the law.”

In addition to his reprimand, the Air National Guard terminated a six-year reenlistment contract. Instead, they gave Layne a one-year extension.

Due to the fact that I expressed my views on homosexuality in uniform; Lt. Col. Tobias stated that I was no longer compatible with further military service,” Wilson wrote in a letter detailing the discrimination allegations.

Tobias confirmed Wilson’s allegation in a memorandum dated June 19, 2013 and obtained by Fox News.

“We talked about his feelings about DADT and how he doesn’t agree with it,” Tobias wrote. “I then told him that maybe this is a good time for him to move on because we’ve been ordered to not have an opinion about Gays in the military and we need to treat them as we would treat anyone else in the service of our country.”

“I also reiterated that I respect his feelings but I’m not comfortable reenlisting him with his strong feelings about this matter,” he additionally wrote.

Col. Ronald Blunck concurred with Tobias – noting that “Your right to practice your religious beliefs does not excuse you from complying with directives, instructions and lawful orders.”

“Lt. Col. Tobias is correct in demanding that TSgt. Wilson refrain from expressing opinions contrary to Air Force guidance while in uniform,” Blunck wrote. “The Repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was directed by law.”

Wilson also discussed concerns he had about a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” repeal briefing in 2011. He told his superior officers he found the briefing to be “very disturbing” and “conflicting with my moral rights of conscience.”

“My issue is so much about homosexuals serving in the military, but rather that it is being forced upon as an acceptable lifestyle abandoning our traditional values,” he wrote.

He said the military has created an atmosphere where those who do not approve of homosexual conduct “must remain disapprovingly silent or face reprisal to our careers.”

“It is evident those who refuse to affirm homosexuality and openly oppose it are being severely punished,” he wrote.

Attorney Wells told Fox News he wants the military to rescind the reprimand and reinstate the original six-year reenlistment contract.

“This was an executed contract,” he said. “But they just went in, tore it up and issued a new one.”

Wells said his client’s only “crime” was registering his opinion that a gay "marriage" in a military chapel was a violation of the law that existed at that time.

“His actions were proper within the scope of the Uniform Code and the Manual for Courts-Martial,” Wells said. “While his interpretation of the law may or may not have been correct, his actions should not have given rise to the firestorm of reprisals that he has suffered.”

Wells said he believes the military is trying to send a message to other troops- and incidents like this are just the “tip of the iceberg.”

They’re trying to make examples of people early on who have religious beliefs that homosexual conduct in the military is wrong,” he said. “When these people assert their First Amendment rights, they are getting slapped down and slapped down hard.”

Wells isn’t alone in his fears.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said there is a clear and present danger to religious liberty within the military.

“Christians who choose to live out their faith find themselves incompatible with the secular view of this administration,” said Perkins. “We’re establishing a beach head for religious liberty and the evidence points to a very deliberate attack.”

Representatives of 14 groups concerned about religious liberty joined Reps. John Fleming R-La., Jim Bridenstine R-Okla., and Louie Gohmert R-Tex. on Capitol Hill to urge support for Fleming’s military religious freedom amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act.

The amendment protects the rights of servicemembers to not only hold religious beliefs but to act on them and speak about them. Fleming’s amendment has bipartisan support but the Obama Administration issued a statement “strongly objecting” to the legislation.

The amendment comes as more than 170,000 Americans signed petitions calling for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to protect the religious liberties of military personnel through policies that guarantee those liberties.

“We want to make this the first key battle to restore religious liberty back to the American people,” Fleming told Fox News. “It sets the tone for a broader war to fight back against this government that is infringing on our religious liberty.”

Perkins and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jerry Boykin, the FRC’s executive vice president, released a nine-page document detailing anti-religious behavior in the military.

“Unfortunately, pressures to impose a secular, anti-religious culture on our nation’s military services have intensified tremendously during the Obama Administration,” the FRC report states.

“We will stand with servicemembers who wish to exercise their First Amendment rights of religious liberty,” Boykin said. ‘We must do all we can to ensure that our servicemembers have the right to practice the very freedoms that they risk their lives to defend.”
(townhall)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Refuses To Defend Law Against Same Gender "Marriage"


Kathleen Kane who refuses to do her job in defending the state of Pennsylvania's laws


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pennsylvania's elected attorney general said Thursday that she will not defend a 17-year-old state law effectively banning same-sex "marriage" from a legal challenge in federal court, meaning the task will be left up to Gov. Tom Corbett.

In a brief statement to reporters and a small crowd of supporters at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Attorney General Kathleen Kane said that she cannot "ethically" defend the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's marriage law and that she believes it to be "unconstitutional".

"Today, the attorney general chooses to protect all those without high-priced lawyers, all those who suffer "discrimination" and "inequality", those thousands of families who have been denied of the "dignity" and "respect" that the constitution protects and guarantees in "marriage equality"," Kane said. "Today we represent everyone who does not have representation."

Kane, a Democrat who supports same-sex "marriage", said the state and U.S. Constitution each stress equal protection under the law. The job of defending the law now falls to Corbett, a Republican who opposes same-sex "marriage".

He and Kane were both named in a lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday seeking to legalize same-sex "marriage" in Pennsylvania and require the state to recognize the "marriages" of same-sex couples who wed in other jurisdictions.

Corbett has not said whether he will fight the lawsuit, but his general counsel, James Schultz, attacked Kane in a statement.

"We are surprised that the attorney general, contrary to her constitutional duty ... has decided not to defend a Pennsylvania statute lawfully enacted by the General Assembly, merely because of her personal beliefs," Schultz said.

Longtime lawyers for the state Legislature said they could not think of another time when an attorney general refused to defend a state law because they questioned its constitutionality. Meanwhile, House Speaker Sam Smith, R-Jefferson, and 23 other House Republicans issued a letter to Kane, saying they were troubled by her decision and urged her to reconsider. Still, Senate Republican leaders were quiet and no one issued an immediate threat to seek a court order forcing Kane to defend the lawsuit.

Under Pennsylvania law, it is the attorney general's duty to defend the constitutionality of state laws. But the law also says the attorney general may allow lawyers for the governor's office or executive-branch agencies to defend a lawsuit if it is more efficient or in the state's best interests.

Kane argued in a separate statement that professional conduct rules make it an "ethical" obligation to withdraw from a case in which a lawyer has a fundamental disagreement with the client.

The Office of General Counsel, which is under the governor, is accustomed to handling the state's legal affairs and routinely hires outside lawyers to either defend state laws or prosecute lawsuits.

For instance, the office is helping in the defense of Pennsylvania's year-old voter identification law and it handled Corbett's anti-trust lawsuit, now thrown out of federal court, seeking to undo the NCAA sanctions against Penn State relating to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Pennsylvania is the only northeastern state that does not allow same-sex "marriage" or "civil unions", and Kane's stance is unlikely to change opinions in a Republican-controlled Legislature where resolutions to insert a constitutional ban on same-sex "marriages" have made more progress in recent years than bills to legalize them.

The state Republican and Democratic parties quickly tangled over Kane's position. GOP chairman Rob Gleason attacked Kane as "blatantly politicizing" the attorney general's office, while Democratic Party chairman Jim Burn applauded her "courageous and firm stand against a law with little merit."

Trends in Pennsylvania show increasing support for same-sex "marriage". A January poll by Quinnipiac University  of 1,221 registered voters found 47 percent support it and 43 percent oppose it, with voters ages 18 to 34 supporting it, 68 percent to 25 percent.

Lawyers in the case believe it is ultimately bound for the U.S. Supreme Court, probably along with similar cases in other states, and could force the high court to rule on the core question of whether it is unconstitutional to deny same-sex "couples" the "right" to "marry".

It was not, however, prompted by the high court's pair of decisions three weeks ago that delivered two victories for same-sex "marriage" supporters.

Pennsylvania's 1996 state law defines marriage as a civil contract in which a man and a woman take each other as husband and wife. The state also does not allow civil unions or recognize same-sex "marriages" from other states where it is legal.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which is co-counsel in the lawsuit, welcomed the decision.

"This is a huge boost," said Pennsylvania staff attorney Mary Catherine Roper. "You've got the chief law enforcement officer of the commonwealth saying, 'You're right. This is not legal.' I think it's a sign that things are changing."

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit are a "widow" of a woman who died in May after they were legally "married" in Massachusetts, 10 "couples" and one of the "couples"' two teenage "daughters". The group includes four "couples" who were legally married in other states. Same-sex "marriage" is legal or soon will be in 13 states.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

ACLU Sues Pennsylvania To Allow Same Sex "Marriage"

Vic Walczak, legal director of the A.C.L.U. of Pennsylvania, on Tuesday at the State Capitol.


The Supreme Court returned the battle over same-sex "marriage" to the states two weeks ago, and Deb and Susan Whitewood are among the first to pick up the fight. 

A "couple" for 22 years with two teenage "daughters", the Whitewoods filed suit on Tuesday to overturn Pennsylvania’s ban on gay "marriage", one of the first of an expected outpouring of cases around the country to cite the court’s majority opinion that same-sex "couples" are "denied a “status of immense import” and their children deprived of “the integrity and closeness of their own family.” "

The suit, carefully assembled by the American Civil Liberties Union, was filed in Federal District Court in Harrisburg with the aim of adding Pennsylvania to the column of states permitting same-sex "marriage", currently 13 plus the District of Columbia. The 23 plaintiffs come from many "walks of life", including a doctor, college professors, a truck driver, a Vietnam veteran and a woman who lost her partner of 29 years. 

“What we’re looking for is the validation from the legal system that we are equal in our "marriage" as anyone else,” said Susan Whitewood, 49, in an interview before a planned news conference to announce the suit at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg. it's about acceptance of evil, not rights

The legalization of same-sex "marriage" has primarily come through the political process and we could have stopped it in NY if we all would have all followed the path of Torah and not $$$, with lawmakers and voters approving it in six states in just the past year. But earlier victories were achieved through state courts, in states including Massachusetts and Iowa. The A.C.L.U. acknowledged that it was bringing suit in Pennsylvania because overturning the state’s gay marriage ban in the Republican-controlled legislature is a near-term impossibility. the gay terrorists use any means available to them

Pennsylvania’s law defines marriage as between a man and a woman — similar to the federal law struck down by the Supreme Court — and it denies recognition to same-sex "marriages" legally performed elsewhere. 

Gay-marriage opponents say using the courts undermines the will of the voters. Michael Geer, president of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, which opposes same-sex marriage, said that in 1996 when the state passed its law, fewer than 25 out of some 240 legislators opposed it. “The fact the A.C.L.U. is turning to the courts to try to redefine marriage takes it out of the hands of the people,” he said. 

The A.C.L.U. plans to file suit soon in two other states, Virginia and North Carolina. In Michigan, a federal judge blocked a state law denying domestic partner benefits to public employees, citing the Supreme Court rulings. And on Wednesday the A.C.L.U. and Lambda Legal plan to seek summary judgment in Illinois in two year-old gay marriage cases. 

“You’ll have these things filed all over the place,” said Frank Schubert, political director of the National Organization for Marriage, which opposes same-sex marriage. 

James Esseks, national director of the LGBT Project at the A.C.L.U., agreed. “No question this issue will get back to U.S. Supreme Court over the next several years,” he said. 

At the heart of many of the cases is the issue the Supreme Court ducked in one of its two recent rulings, a narrow decision on a California case: If a state prohibits same-sex couples from marrying, does it trample the guarantee of equal protection in the United States Constitution? which is ludicrous because every single person who voted for the 14 amendment would have been against same gender "marriage"

Supporters believe that enlarging the map of states that allow same-sex marriage will ultimately influence the Supreme Court when it next takes up the issue of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, as it is expected to do in the next few years. Activists are pressing legislatures in three more states that appear ready to pass measures legalizing same-sex marriage: New Jersey, Hawaii and Illinois. which is why we (everyone) need to knock out every single state legislator in NJ that we (the Jewish community) could who voted for same gender "marriage" like seantors Paul Sarlo (Passaic), and Raymond Lesniak (Elizabeth), we may possibly even be able to knock out the sponsor of the bill Loretta Weinberg (Englewood, Fort Lee, Teaneck, Tenafly ) 

“We think what the map of the country looks like is going to make a big difference to how the issues in the case feel to the Supreme Court,” Mr. Esseks said. “Will we have the 13 states plus D.C., or will we be at 20 or more?” 

Opponents are fighting back under the same logic. They see an opportunity to add Indiana to the 29 states with constitutional bans on same-sex marriage. no we're not, if we were Dov Hikind and Simcha Felder would sponsor a bill to ban same gender "marriage" in NY. Indiana already ban same gender "marriage"a constitutional amendment to strengthen the ban it in Indiana is not the same as winning back a state for morality.

“Our challenge is to let the court see they’re not going to get away with this without a massive public revolt,” Mr. Schubert said. 

Both sides are focusing on one man, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy yms, the frequent swing vote on the court, who wrote the 5-to-4 majority opinion striking down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Justice Kennedy did not say whether there was a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, leaving it up to individual states. But he defined the terms of battle. 

Opponents said their course was to show how same-sex marriage is a breach of thousands of years of history. duh

Advocates have seized, especially, on Justice Kennedy’s language that denying marriage to gay and lesbian couples harms their children by assigning them second-class status. The Pennsylvania suit argues that children of same-sex couples are deprived of “social recognition and respect” and of financial benefits that married parents enjoy. the gay terrorists already said they are really looking for validation. the gay "rights" movement is one lie based on another.

The Whitewoods said their daughters, Abbey, 16, and Katie, 14, were eager to join the suit. 

“Having children means we have to protect our children in the utmost way,” said Susan Whitewood, a human resources executive, who with her partner chose the same last name after a Holy Union ceremony at their church in 1993. “We have to be enormously proactive in everything we do that we don’t get discriminated against or don’t have negative ramifications.” 

Before school each year, she and her partner, Deb Whitewood, 45, a stay-at-home "mother", met with teachers in their suburban Pittsburgh community to explain their family and answer any questions. Invariably their girls were the first a teacher had encountered with two mothers, the women said.“People would ask the questions,” Deb Whitewood said, “and then things would just go totally normal from there.” 
(NY Times, Highlights are mine)

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Study Shows (The Simpsons) A TV Cartoon Helped Push The Toevah Agenda

TV episodes like this are why toevah is winning



A study has found that cartoon series the Simpsons, has helped to enable gay men to "come out", because of they way it sympathetically portrays homosexuality.

Erwin In het Panhuis, a German academic, conducted the study, which found that the popularity of characters, such as Homer Simpson, and the way the series as a whole deals with homosexuality during prime time, has been “trailblazing”, for helping positive attitudes towards same-sex "couples".

The librarian, based in Cologne, conducted the study over several years, analysing almost 500 scenes from the cartoon series, which he says help to dispel anti-gay "discrimination".

The study was published as a book titled Behind the Gay Jokes- Homosexuality in ‘The Simpsons’, he writes that the programme ”treats homosexuality as something normal in a media environment which can usually be very hostile to the point of view.”

The author also suggests that Homer Simpson, the main family’s father, is a more complex character than he immediately appears.

He writes: “Homer has kissed other men on the lips more than 50 times throughout the series but despite that he’s happily married to his wife.”

“He is sometimes heterosexual, sometimes gay and sometimes homophobic,” he continues.

The long-running American series, created by Matt Groening, has dealt with the issue of homosexuality on many occasions, and was the first mainstream cartoon series to feature an entire episode about equal marriage.

Other episodes including gay references have included Lisa making her family march in gay pride, Homer chanting “we’re here, we’re queer”, and another in which he is kissed by his gay roommate.

Mr Panhuis studied 70 gay characters portrayed in The Simpsons, including Homer’s boss, Mr Burns, and his relationship with his assistant Smithers.

He wrote: “It is a very complicated relationship full of fear and unrequited love and moments of real tenderness.”

Speaking to The Local, he said: ‘It set the standard for cartoon series … and I believe it’ll always be a trailblazer.”
 (Pinknews)


Series creator Matt Groening has expressed dismay over the injustices in American society. In a previous interview, recounted in the 2004 book Leaving Springfield: The Simpsons and the Possibilities of Oppositional Culture, Groening is quoted as saying there is a lack of gay representations, particularly gay couples, in pop culture. "[G]ay men are staved for positive portrayals of lasting love," he said.

Groening not only used "The Simpsons" to present such portrayals, but he also did so with his comic "Life in Hell." The strip, which ran for 32 years, showcased the gay relationship of characters Akbar and Jeff. That same gay sensibility resonated in the Fox series.

"They have set standards for many other animated series that followed," In het Panhuis told Germans newspaper Süddeutschen, according to a HuffPost translation, "and I believe that they also always wanted to be pioneers."
(Huffingtonpost)