American Samizdat

Friday, February 23, 2007. *
Religion in the News
Jeff Latzke: Gay marriage critic tried on lewdness. "The lawyer for a former Baptist church leader who had spoken out against homosexuality said Thursday the minister has a constitutional right to solicit sex from an undercover policeman. The Rev. Lonnie W. Latham had supported a resolution calling on gays and lesbians to reject their 'sinful, destructive lifestyle' before his Jan. 3, 2006, arrest outside the Habana Inn in Oklahoma City. Authorities say he asked the undercover policeman to come up to his hotel for oral sex. His attorney, Mack Martin, filed a motion to have the misdemeanor lewdness charge thrown out, saying the Supreme Court ruled in the 2003 decision Lawrence v. Texas that it was not illegal for consenting adults to engage in private homosexual acts." Civil Rights Trial Ordered In Alleged Bashing By Mass. Gay Marriage Foe. "A Massachusetts District Court ruled Tuesday that there is enough evidence to bind over for trial the leader of a Catholic group charged with assault and civil rights violations in relation to a December anti-gay marriage demonstration in Worcester. Larry Cirignano, who at the time of the incident was the leader of Catholic Citizenship, will be arraigned in Worcester District Court on April 11. [...] Cirignano reportedly had just finished leading the Pledge of Allegiance when he spotted [Sarah] Loy and her sign ['No discrimination in the Constitution']. Cirignano allegedly tackled Loy to the ground. 'You need to get out. You need to get out of here right now,' he reportedly told her as her head was pushed into the concrete sidewalk. As Loy lay bruised and bloodied on the sidewalk Cirignano reportedly returned to lectern, joining other leaders of the protest in condemning same-sex marriage and demanding the proposed amendment be put on the ballot."

... and from our international desk...

Agence France-Presse: Malaysian lawmakers want prostitutes to be whipped. "Malaysian lawmakers have called for foreign prostitutes to be whipped as a deterrent to others considering coming here to work in the sex industry, a report said Tuesday. [...] 'If we can impose whipping for drug addicts, why can't we do the same for prostitutes,' [Mohamed Aziz] said in a proposal that was supported by at least one other lawmaker. [...] Prostitution is illegal in the predominantly Muslim nation."

Hooray for religion, the source of peace and morality among all people.


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