Friday Five (awesome church sign edition)

Franklin Graham is wrong — real Christians aren't offended by the pride flag.
Franklin Graham is wrong — real Christians aren’t offended by the pride flag. Also, on a personal note, I want to point out that my Great-grandmother, who is mentioned in my recent Father’s Day post, was a United Church of Christ member. Represent! (click to embiggen)
It’s the third Friday of Pride Month, and rainbows are bursting out all over.

The weather has been a bit milder this week. Unfortunately, I, my husband, and a bunch of my co-workers have been experiencing symptoms of some sort of cold-like thing. No fun. OTOH, my adventures with trying to squirrel-proof my bird feeder since the squirrel I named Crazy Ivan last fall is no longer content to forage through the spillage under the feeder have been interesting.

Anyway, welcome to the Friday Five. This week I bring you: the top five stories of interest to queer folks, the top two stories of the week, five stories about homophobes and hater, five stories about bad religion, five stories about the impeachable one, and five videos (plus things I wrote).

This Week in News for Queers and Allies:

Dads Offer Hundreds Of Free Hugs At Pride Parade For Kids Whose Parents Rejected Them.

How to spot Real vs. Fake corporate support for the LGBTQIA+ community.

These awesome & inspiring church signs have doubled the congregation’s size – With all the hate in the world right now, we need a little love.

NEW YORK: Lawmakers Ban Gay/Trans Panic Defense.

Pride Comes to White Center – The neighborhood’s first-ever queer festival was a big gay success.

Stories of the Week:

Thousands petition Netflix to cancel Amazon Prime’s Good Omens – US Christian group condemns Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s story as ‘making satanism appear normal’ – but petition wrong company. Besides petitioning the wrong company, the series is already at an end, Neil has said there will be no sequel (he adapted the novel and made the show because of the dying request of his co-author, remember?)

Scotland’s crannogs are older than Stonehenge.

Japanese fishing trawler sunk by giant jellyfish.

Alabama man denies feeding meth to ‘attack squirrel’.

George Jedenoff: A 101-year-old TidBITS Reader.

This Week in Homophobes and Other Haters:

More hate vandalism on Seattle’s Capitol Hill: City says AIDS Memorial Pathway installations torn down.

FBI investigating more vandalism at Renton LGBTQ-friendly church.

“Embarrassed” High School Football Coach Suspends Players For Pride flag Burning, ‘all gays die’ Snapchat Video.

Missouri man arrested after threatening to ‘kill every gay person’ at pride parade has been charged.

More than 70 Philadelphia police officers on desk duty over racist, violent Facebook posts.

This Week in Bad Religion:

Defending a Lie With More Lies Has Become Essential Doctrine.

Throughline’ Traces Evangelicals’ History On The Abortion Issue. As I’ve said many times, I’m old enough to remember when evangelical Christians were pro-choice, and claimed that the Catholic Church’s anti-abortion stand was anti-Biblical.

‘Children are being hurt’: Rally calls on Southern Baptists to do more to prevent sexual abuse.

Parents Are Pulling Their Kids from a Christian Camp That Fired a Gay Counselo.

Religious Right Leaders Join Trump Re-election Rally, Warn Defeat Would be Win for ‘Spiritual Enemy’.

This Week in Impeach the Mo-Fo Already:

Billionaire Tom Steyer airing impeachment ad on ‘Fox & Friends’ .

Trump and the Rhetoric of Fascism. This op-ed tries to make the case that Trump isn’t actually a fascist, but the contradictions in his argument are… laughable.

Yes, the man who has said Islam “is incompatible with the Constitution” is now the head of the government commission tasked with investigating violations of religious freedom.

US Justice Dept. Tells Court Migrant Children in Federal Concentration Camps Don’t Need Soap or Toothbrushes.

Trump Super PAC Illegally Hid Donor’s Identity, Watchdog Says – Records released this week indicate the contribution came from an entirely different company, which may have knowingly violated federal campaign-finance laws.

Things I wrote:

Weekend Update 6/15/19: He didn’t stutter, they just don’t care.

Don’t let the revenuers rain on your parade, or lessons learned from my great-grandfather.

Sunday Funnies, part 36: Kyle’s B&B.

Colorful, dramatic, and large-scale: riffing on several sf/f topics.

Misleading notions my teachers taught, Part 2: Protestors were small, unconnected groups.


A Message to Democratic Presidential Candidates: Run For Senate, Goddammit! | Full Frontal on TBS:

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2 gay veterans on their 25 years of love:

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Good Omens [Hallelujah]:

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Impeachment: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO):

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For the first time ever, after four decades buried deep in the vaults, a previously unreleased version of ‘Time’, recorded in 1986 by Freddie Mercury for the concept album of the hit musical:

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