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March 14, 2006

Bright shiny objects...

...that caught my attention.

One of the things I've been asking myself and others - how do the left and Progressives in general reconcile their seeming support of Islamic fundamentalists with their world-view? Especially how can feminists and gays do so?

Well, here's a gay man who left the US because of his experience of and dislike for, Christian intolerance regarding gays, and went to Europe, because they're beyond all that.

Only, they aren't. They are letting intolerance fester in a huge way.

Speaking of intolerance...

South Park's Chef is all about satirizing people... until his own ox gets gored. Ah, c'mon, Isaac, I thought better of you.

Hayes, who has played the ladies' man/school cook in the animated Comedy Central satire since 1997, said in a statement Monday that he feels a line has been crossed.

"There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins," the 63-year-old soul singer and outspoken Scientologist said.

"Religious beliefs are sacred to people, and at all times should be respected and honored," he continued. "As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years, I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices."

"South Park" co-creator Matt Stone responded sharply in an interview with The Associated Press Monday, saying, "This is 100 percent having to do with his faith of Scientology... He has no problem - and he's cashed plenty of checks - with our show making fun of Christians."

Your right to protest as you see fit, Isaac, but absent a lot more context and evidence of epiphany, I throw the Hypocritical Bullshite flag.

Read the rest here.