Like Lying Governors, Hate Comes in Many Flavors

Special to Page One by University of Kentucky student Robert Kahne

MSU Hate 1Ask any student of the University of Kentucky about Brother Rick, Soulwinner Ministries, and the man dubbed “Crazy Old Guy” and they will invariably remember the first time their ears were assaulted with the words of these street preachers. It is a time-honored practice of street preachers to spread their message of hate in free speech areas at institutions of higher education. Recently, a street preacher at Morehead State University caused quite a controversy.

Here at UK, Soulwinners Ministries is a well-known group. This group of 4 African-American people and their children pop up on our free-speech area once or twice a semester, and hold up a sign decrying homosexuals, abortion, popular culture, anything sexual, and many other things. These guys always yell really loudly at passers-by and are always willing to argue for hours on just about anything. Soulwinners usually generate more debate and agitation than any of the street preachers because of their obvious commitment to their cause. Other street preachers are easily joked about because the things they say are so over-the-top and ridiculous that it is hard to think that even the preachers themselves take themselves serious. (See our friend, Brother Rick)

Now, Soulwinners Ministries are quite ridiculous. They claim on their shirts that “Real Christians Don’t Sin” among other things. They are also very hateful, saying “Homos Go to Hell” and such. Their jaunts to UK have always passed without incident; however recently, a trip to Morehead State sparked some controversy.

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At Morehead, Soulwinners was met by dozens of protesters that spanned several races, ethnicities, religions, and sexual orientations. Many of these appeared to be kids from campus ministries who are pissed that their religion is being hijacked. Others appear to be homosexuals who don’t like the fact that hate about them is being spewed on their campus. Other people seem to be there just to see the show. Soulwinners and the subsequent protests prompted the Dean of Students to e-mail the campus calling on people to protest peacefully and to avoid the free speech area if Soulwinners offended them.

MSU Hate 3Free speech is a fundamental tenet of our democracy. The ability to say anything we want without fear of prosecution has been used effectively to end slavery, give us women’s suffrage, end war, and to fight for civil rights. However, with the good comes the bad. Hate speech is still free speech, and as a society, we would do well to tolerate those whom we disagree with, and to protest them peacefully. While I hope we all agree (no matter what our political affiliation) that the message of Soulwinners is laced with hate and malice, I hope that we also agree that the protests that accompany our objection should be in good taste.

Breaking: McConnell Staffer Responsible for SCHIP Smear Campaign

From Think Progress:

Yesterday, ThinkProgress reported that there was mounting evidence that a staffer for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) may have been involved in the right-wing campaign to smear Graeme Frost and his family.

ABC News reported earlier in the week that an e-mail sent to reporters by “a Senate Republican leadership aide” in McConnell’s office suggested that “GOP aides were complicit in spreading disparaging information about the Frosts.” A McConnell spokesman refused to deny the office’s involvement in the affair.

ThinkProgress has obtained an email that congressional sources tell us was sent to reporters by Sen. McConnell’s communications director Don Stewart.

What the hell is this? The most powerful senator in the United States has his communications director rely on blogs for information used to falsely attack children? When did the private lives of non-officials become fair game in political smear stunts? Do we really want to go there? Because we will if we must.

Mr. Stewart must resign and McConnell needs to apologize. Now.

Where’s the mainstream media on this?

Click here for the rest of the report.

Beshear supporting gay marriage?

Get real. That’s not likely.

We’re not sure how attending a fundraiser hosted by non-heterosexual community leaders means Steve Beshear is out on the front lines fighting for gay marriage.

Ernie Fletcher’s chief spinmeister Brett Hall is attempting to demonize Beshear for not hating gay people enough and in the process is trying to trash openly gay elected officials. (Yes, Brett Hall is still in tight with Ernie)

Hall posted an invitation to a Beshear fundraiser hosted at the home of openly gay Jefferson County Judge-Executive Ken Herndon:

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Without regard to the facts, Hall falsely claims, based on the invitation, that the event was in support of gay marriage and that hosts of the event claim to be married to each other. (He freaks his homophobic self out over the marriage of at least two hosts, Karen Stewart and Janice Conard. The two women were married in Canada– legally married in Canada– it’s not just a claim.)

Fact: The event was held to raise funds for Steve Beshear, not gay marriage. Sure, it was hosted by the big, scary gays. Gay people have money and we spend it just like non-gay people. Travesty, isn’t it?

Mr. Hall goes on to question Steve Beshear’s plans to undermine the “sanctity of marriage” by claiming Beshear has to have a motive for attending an event with gay people. There’s just no way on earth anyone in their right mind would be around some dirty gay folks unless they had a secret pro-gay agenda put in place to ruin marriage, right?

Maybe Beshear was just there to, you know, take their money? Hard to grasp, we know, but some politicians really like taking campaign contributions. What a shocker.

BIG GAY NEWSFLASH: It’s 2007. Gay people exist. We’re elected officials, we operate blogs, we’re in the news, we’re reporters, we host fundraisers, we’re preachers, we’re trusted campaign advisors, we’re police officers, we’re doctors, we’re lawyers, we have children, we’re political players. Heck, some of us are even *gasp* Republicans who work for people like Anne Northup and Mitch McConnell.

It’s time to get over this insane homophobia.

Friday News Fun

Oh, we know you love the drama. And the best drama of all is Ernie Fletcher starting a cat fight with Vicki Glass. Oh snap. Fletcher quipped at Glass for holding a recording device close to him and pushed her arm away. Glass, rightfully so, snapped back telling the man not to push her. We’re no experts here, but, uh, we’re pretty sure no man wants to mess with a woman on a mission. [C-J]

Matthew Shepard Act passed, tacked onto defense spending bill. No worries, haters! Dubya promises a veto. McConnell and Bunning both voted against the measure. They love them some gay-hatin. [AP]

Some day they’ll stop bitching and moaning about gambling. Some day they’ll focus on real issues. Right? Doesn’t look too promising now as not even Steve Beshear will take an opportunity to clear things up. [H-L, PoLWachers]

Poo hits the Lex fan. Lexington’s transportation system (LexTran) union had $49,000 stolen, mostly by its secretary and president. More are expected to be named culprits. What the heck is going on? First Louisville’s Metro Animal Services, now LexTran. [H-L]

Children first. Senate passes SCHIP/children’s health insurance bill with 67 votes– more than the majority needed to overturn a threatened veto by Dubya. McConnell and Bunning voted against it. Big shocker there. [CBS]

No sunshine here. More on Bunning’s mess of trying to cover Dubya’s incompetence up. He put a secret hold on the Presidential Records Amendment. [TP]

Hendrickson or Grayson? The Rural Democrat chimes in in the Secretary of State debate. Did anyone watch it? What about the debate for Secretary of Agriculture? [Rural Democrat]

Standing up. The Courier-Journal covered the Bristol protest. A zillion photos were snapped of folks entering and leaving the eatery but they didn’t make the C-J’s cut. The restaurant’s owner, Pete Peters, is unable to offer any semblance of an apology. Said the Bristol’s policy is to serve all fairly but, uh, policy isn’t the problem. We hope Pete finally gets it. [C-J]

The Bristol: 100 Strong Against Discrimination

While Louisville’s popular restaurant the Bristol celebrated its 30th Anniversary– nearly 100 people turned out to speak up against the Bristol’s blatant discrimination against Corey Nett. Please click here for the details of that discrimination.

This is democracy in action. When you allow an employee to engage in discrimination against a young man with Cerebral Palsy and never apologize, what happens? What happens when you attempt to sweep discrimination under the rug?

Citizens exercise their rights and stand up for what they believe. In this case citizens stood up with compassion for the Americans with Disabilities Act and in support of all that’s right with the United States.

We stopped by the peaceful demonstration this evening to snap some photos. Click here to view them.

Photos of note:

The hostess at the Bristol wasn’t too happy:


Some hateful guy cursed everyone and threatened us (so we snapped his photo):


Scenes from the demonstration:




Press showed up:


Here’s what WHAS11 had to say:




and Fox 41:




Thank you to Louisville’s media – both WHAS11 and WDRB/Fox 41 for giving this matter the attention it deserves. And the Courier-Journal for sending a photographer who gleefully photographed everyone who entered the restaurant.

Kudos to all who showed up to support Corey and for doing so with love and appreciation. Those of us against the war could have learned a thing or two tonight.

Standing Up for Fairness

The Fairness Campaign will host a peaceful demonstration in Louisville this evening in support of Corey Nett. Nett, a young man with Cerebral Palsy, was discriminated against by the popular Bristol several weeks ago. Nett was asked to move to the back (or leave) because his voice allegedly annoyed other customers. Well, tons of people present in the restaurant that evening have come forward to speak on his behalf saying that’s not the case.

Rather than do the professional thing by resolving this situation amicably, the Bristol has blown it off (at least publicly). As a result many people are standing up and speaking out. If you’re like-minded and support the Americans with Disabilities Act, you may want to take part.

The peaceful demonstration details are as follows:

What: Blow the Whistle on the Bristol
When: Thursday, Sept 27, 5:00 – 8:00 P.M.
Where: Front of the Bristol, Bardstown Road