Mormons For The Win, Pat Robertson Turns the Crazy to 11, & CNN’s Tasteless Trans Comments
This weeks silver lining for the LGBT community has been provided, one might say unexpectedly, by forty-one Mormon authors who have backed a gay authors desire to mention his boyfriend in the bio on his new book. However, while they are backing this positive cause, Pat Robinson and CNN are hitting the airwaves spreading misinformation on topics that directly affect many people in the LGBTQ community.
Authors Michael Jensen and David Powers King were recently told by their publisher, Sweetwater Books, a division of Cedar Fort Publishing & Media based in Springville, that Jensen could have any mention of his boyfriend in his bio on their new book, “Woven.”
When Jensen refused to changed the bio the publication of the book was canceled. According to an email exchange with Cedar Fort Publishing, acquisitions editor Angie Workman told Jensen the “publishing house was concerned about ruining their relationship with the LDS (Mormon)-church.”
The Salt Lake City Tribune reported that, as of Saturday, Forty-one Mormon authors had signed a letter in support of Jensen.
“While publishers have the right to choose what they will and will not publish, we believe books should be accepted or rejected upon the merits of their content, quality, and commercial viability, not on any other factor,” the letter states.
According to LGBTQ Nation Cedar Fort officials did not respond to requests for comment.
Pat Robinson, on the other hand, is always reliable source for a good comment. This weeks questionable statement from Robinson was his unnecessary tale of how individuals with AIDs had been known to go around cutting others with rings in hopes of spreading the virus.
“You know what they do in San Francisco, some in the gay community there they want to get people so if they got the stuff they’ll have a ring, you shake hands, and the ring’s got a little thing where you cut your finger,” Robertson said. “Really. It’s that kind of vicious stuff, which would be the equivalent of murder.”
This statement was in response to a woman who asked Robinson if it was wrong for the church not to inform her that a man she was driving to worship services is “dying of AIDS.”
Perhaps the most worrying question to come from this is: why is anyone relying on Pat Robinson for advice relating to medical issues?
CBN removed the video from their YouTube channel, but Robinson defended his comment. Read his full response here, but here’s the good parts:
In my own experience, our organization sponsored a meeting years ago in San Francisco where trained security officers warned me about shaking hands because, in those days, certain AIDS-infected activists were deliberately trying to infect people like me by virtue of rings which would cut fingers and transfer blood.
Another broadcasting network is joining the ring of controversy early this week, take a look at CNN and their distasteful coverage of Chelsea Manning.
CNN host Fredricka Whitfield, as well as both of her guests, civil rights attorney Avery Friedman and criminal defense attorney Richard Herman, referred to Chelsea Manning as male for the entirety of the segment.
When posed with the question of whether or not to provide Manning with the medical treatment needed to overcome her gender dysphoria, Herman said that the idea was “beyond insanity,” according to Equality Matters:
“It’s absurd,” said Herman. “Sometimes we have to step back and say, “you know, some of these cases we cover, this is beyond insanity.” There’s no way that taxpayers are going to pay a hundred thousand dollars for a gender transformation for this guy while he’s in prison. If he wants to be Chelsea, he can practice all he wants at Fort Leavenworth, because those guys are there for a long time. So he can get good practice and when he gets out, he can have the operation or whatever, and he can pay for it.”
If this week has solidified anything it’s the fact that television “news” has a long way to go if it wants to keep up with other media outlets.
Also, not all Mormons are Mitt Romney, which we already knew, but it’s nice be reminded every once in awhile.
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