What’s Brewing: Full-page ad in El Paso newspaper calls gays ‘putrid,’ ‘depraved’

Posted on 30 Aug 2011 at 9:10am

Your weekday morning blend from Instant Tea:

1. An anti-gay Catholic priest took out a full-page ad (right) in the El Paso Times over the weekend calling gays “immoral,” “putrid” and “depraved.” The ad, taken out by Friar Michael Rodriguez of El Paso’s San Juan Bautista Catholic Church, has since been removed from the newspaper’s website, according to The Advocate, which contacted the newspaper about its advertising policy but didn’t hear back. It’s hardly surprising that the EPT ran this ad. In fact, it may represent an improvement since the newspaper used to give Rodriguez free space to spout his hatred. Just last year, the EPT published an op-ed piece in which Rodriguez compared homosexuality to rape and said those who don’t actively oppose gay rights are damned to hell.

2. Army Lt. Dan Choi’s federal trial continues today in Washington, D.C. Choi, who’s charged with disobeying police orders, was arrested for handcuffing himself to the White House fence last November during a protest of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” He faces up to six months in jail. People arrested for protesting at the White House normally face local misdemeanor charges. But Choi’s attorneys claim he’s being treated differently because he’s a prominent gay-rights activist.

3. A 21-year-old cannibal in Russia is accused of using the Internet to lure a gay man to his home for sex, then stabbing the victim to death before cutting up his body and eating it, according to Ria Novosti, an English-language Russian news site: Investigators believe the killer became acquainted with his victim via the internet, and lured him in sexually. “According to preliminary information, one of them was seeking a sexual partner. The accused explained later that such people are not open, and they prefer to hide their contacts”, Murmansk Investigation Committee chief Fyodor Bludenov said. “The accused stabbed the man a few times, and after having assured himself that the man was dead, he cut up his body and ate him,” the Investigation committee said in a statement.

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