Alyssa Milano says she traded in her Elon Musk car for a Hitler car because she is against “hate and white supremacy”

“I gave back my Tesla. I bought the VW ev. I love it. I’m not sure how advertisers can buy space on Twitter. Publicly traded company’s products being pushed in alignment with hate and white supremacy doesn’t seem to be a winning business model.”

– Alyssa Milano



hitler car

November 30, 2022. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

New York lawyer Urooj Rahman gets only 15 months in prison for firebombing a police car during the George Floyd riots

Lawyer gets 15 months behind bars for firebombing police car

By Tom Hays

November 18, 2022

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City attorney was sentenced to 15 months behind bars on Friday for firebombing an empty New York City police vehicle with another lawyer during protests over the murder of George Floyd.

Before hearing her sentence, Urooj Rahman asked a judge to spare her prison time and give her a “second chance” to redeem herself for what she called a momentary lapse of judgement.

“I’m so incredibly sorry for my reckless and wrong actions,” a tearful Rahman said in federal court in Brooklyn. “I don’t think there’s enough words to express my sorrow and regret. … I completely lost my way in the emotion of the night.”

U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan praised her for choosing a career in public interest law to fight against social injustices.

“You’re a remarkable person who did a terrible thing on one night,” Cogan said.

However, Cogan also scolded her for thinking she could get away with violent protest.

“It displays an amazing amount of arrogance. … It’s just a very arrogant way to think,” he said.

Federal prosecutors had recommended a sentence of 18 to 24 months as part of a plea deal.

Rahman and Colinford Mattis were arrested amid clashes between protesters and police on May 30, 2020, during an eruption of demonstrations following Floyd’s killing by a police officer in Minnesota.

Surveillance cameras recorded Rahman hurling an incendiary device into a parked police vehicle, setting fire to its console. No one was injured in the attack, but the vehicle was severely damaged.

Officers arrested the lawyers a short time later and said they found a lighter, a Bud Light beer bottle filled with toilet paper and a gasoline tank in the back of a minivan driven by Mattis, a corporate attorney. Prosecutors alleged the lawyers planned to distribute and throw other Molotov cocktails.

While other lawyers condemned their conduct, some objected to the severity of the charges, arguing that the case was improperly handled as if it were an act of domestic terrorism. When the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn asked that the lawyers be detained without bail, 56 former federal prosecutors sent a legal brief to the court criticizing the government’s handling of the case.

Rahman and Mattis have been disbarred. Mattis is scheduled for sentencing next month.

November 18, 2022. Tags: , , , , , , , . Black lives matter, Racism, Rioting looting and arson, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Kingston, New York, orders landlords to reduce rent by 15%

The city of Kingston, New York, is ordering landlords to reduce their rent by 15%.

Pretty much every economist, even the ones on the left, agree that, in the long run, rent control reduces both the quantity and the quality of rental housing.

Rent control is great for people who already have a rent controlled apartment.

But it’s horrible for people who are looking for an apartment.

The Swedish economist Assar Lindbeck, a housing expert, said that “rent control appears to be the most efficient technique presently known to destroy a city – except for bombing.”

That being said, as a person who does not live in Kingston, I think this is a great experiment to see what the results will be. Will the results here be the same as in other cities that had rent control? Or will they be different? Contrary to popular belief, it was not actually Einstein who first said, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”


November 17, 2022. Tags: , , , , , . Economics, Housing. Leave a comment.

AG Shapiro Announces Charges Against Philadelphia Man for Orchestrating the Forgery of Signatures on Election Nomination Petitions in Municipal Primary Races

AG Shapiro Announces Charges Against Philadelphia Man for Orchestrating the Forgery of Signatures on Election Nomination Petitions in Municipal Primary Races

November 16, 2022

Defendant is Alleged to Have Conspired to Forge Thousands of Signatures to get Candidates’ Names on the Ballot for the 2019 Democratic Primary Races in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA – Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced the arrest of Rasheen Crews, a Philadelphia political consultant, for charges related to forging signatures on nomination petitions to get his clients on the ballot for the 2019 Democratic primary races in Philadelphia.

“In advance of the 2023 municipal elections, this arrest is an important reminder that interfering with the integrity of our elections is a serious crime,” said AG Shapiro. “By soliciting and organizing the wide scale forgery of signatures, the defendant undermined the democratic process and Philadelphians’ right to a free and fair election. My office is dedicated to upholding the integrity of the election process across the Commonwealth, to ensure everyone can participate in Pennsylvania’s future.”

An investigation by the Office of Attorney General found that in 2019, multiple candidates hired Crews to help them obtain the requisite amount of signatures needed for their nomination petitions for the Democratic primary races. Crews recruited individuals to help with the petition work, bringing them to a hotel room and asking them to write names, addresses, and forged signatures on multiple petitions. Crews then had these petitions notarized and filed with the Pennsylvania Department of State on behalf of his clients.

Of the petitions that were reviewed, over one thousand signatures were determined to be duplicated. Many names and addresses were found repeated on various petition pages, some pages appeared to be photocopied entirely, and some of the listed individuals claimed to have never signed the petitions in question.

Due to the questions around the petition signatures, some candidates chose to withdraw entirely from the election.

Crews was charged with Criminal Solicitation to Commit Forgery and Theft By Failure to Make Required Disposition. This matter is being prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Thomas Ost-Prisco. All charges discussed are accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

November 17, 2022. Tags: , , , . Voter fraud. Leave a comment.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot complained about food deserts in her city, but she was afraid to point out their cause

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot recently complained about the lack of grocery stores in certain Chicago neighborhoods.

But she was afraid to point out the cause.

I’m not afraid to point it out.

Here are some news articles that were published after the George Floyd riots:

NPR Chicago affiliate WBEZ: “In Chicago’s Poorest Areas, Recovery May Be Long, If It Comes At All”

CBS News: “Chicago’s South Side Left With Few Food Options After Weekend Violence”

CBS News: “Black Girls Break Bread Steps In As Looting Leaves Food Deserts Even Worse Off”

ABC News: “Chicago residents left scrambling for medications and essentials as looted pharmacies, grocery stores remain closed”

It’s really a shame that Lightfoot is such a coward.

Just yesterday, I wrote this other blog post about crime in Chicago. It’s called, “The pro-crime, bleeding heart liberals kept releasing violent serial criminal Pherris Harrington, 26, of Chicago, so he could continue to commit more violent crimes. The bleeding heart liberals got exactly what they were hoping for.”

Every city gets exactly as much crime as it’s willing to tolerate.

November 16, 2022. Tags: , , , , , , . Rioting looting and arson, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

According to this Wall St. Journal article, Los Angeles teachers’ unions tried to shut down a South Central charter school that had been very successful at teaching low-income black and Hispanic students

According to this Wall St. Journal article, Los Angeles teachers’ unions tried to shut down a South Central charter school that had been very successful at teaching low-income black and Hispanic students.

In my opinion, successful schools should not be shut down.

Instead, they should be copied.

Every child should be allowed to attend a school as good as this one.

The fact that the teachers’ unions tried to shut down this successful school, instead of copying it, is despicable.

This is the complete article from the Wall St. Journal:

Charter Success in L.A.

School choice in South Central.

October 14, 2008

With economic issues sucking up so much political oxygen this year, K-12 education hasn’t received the attention it deserves from either Presidential candidate. The good news is that school reformers at the local level continue to push forward.

This month the Inner City Education Foundation (ICEF), a charter school network in Los Angeles, announced plans to expand the number of public charter schools in the city’s South Central section, which includes some of the most crime-ridden neighborhoods in the country. Over the next four years, the number of ICEF charters will grow to 35 from 13. Eventually, the schools will enroll one in four students in the community, including more than half of the high school students.

The demand for more educational choice in predominantly minority South Los Angeles is pronounced. The waitlist for existing ICEF schools has at times exceeded 6,000 kids. And no wonder. Like KIPP, Green Dot and other charter school networks that aren’t constrained by union rules on staffing and curriculum, ICEF has an excellent track record, particularly with black and Hispanic students. In reading and math tests, ICEF charters regularly outperform surrounding traditional public schools as well as other Los Angeles public schools.

ICEF has been operating since 1994, and its flagship school has now graduated two classes, with 100% of the students accepted to college. By contrast, a state study released in July reported that one in three students in the L.A. public school system — including 42% of black students — quits before graduating, a number that has grown by 80% in the past five years.

Despite this success, powerful unions like the California Teachers Association and its political backers continue to oppose school choice for disadvantaged families. Last year, Democratic state lawmakers, led by Assembly Speaker Fabian Núñez, tried to force Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign a bill that would have made opening a new charter school in the state next to impossible. Mr. Nunez backed down after loud protests from parents in poorer neighborhoods.

School reformers in New York, Ohio, Florida, Connecticut, Utah and Arizona have faced similar challenges of late. Last year in Texas, where 81% of charter school students are minorities (versus 60% in traditional public schools), nearly 17,000 students had to be placed on charter waiting lists. Texas is currently bumping up against an arbitrary cap on the number of charters that can open in the state. Unless the cap is lifted by state lawmakers, thousands of low-income Texas children will remain stuck in ineffective schools.

Back in California, ICEF says that its ultimate goal is to produce 2,000 college graduates each year, in hopes that the graduates eventually will return to these underserved communities and help create a sustainable middle class. Given that fewer than 10% of high-school freshmen in South Los Angeles currently go on to receive a college diploma, this is a huge challenge. Resistance from charter school opponents won’t make it any easier.

November 16, 2022. Tags: , , , , , , , . Dumbing down, Education, Social justice warriors, Unions. Leave a comment.

I solved the November 8, 2022 Wordle in just two guesses!

I solved the November 8, 2022 Wordle in just two guesses!

My guesses were STRAP and SPELL.

Here’s a screenshot:

Wordle November 8, 2022

November 15, 2022. Tags: , , . Word games. Leave a comment.

The pro-crime, bleeding heart liberals kept releasing violent serial criminal Pherris Harrington, 26, of Chicago, so he could continue to commit more violent crimes. The bleeding heart liberals got exactly what they were hoping for.

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

November 15, 2022

Pherris Harrington, 26, is a violent serial criminal from Chicago.

Harrington was convicted of armed robbery. But the bleeding heart liberals decided to let him out on parole so he could commit more violent crimes.

Even though his parole forbade Harrington from leaving Illinois, he went to Branford, Connecticut, where, on October 25, 2022, he committed armed robbery at a gas station.

Even though this was at least Harrington’s second armed robbery (I’m guessing there have probably been others, given his age), and even though he violated his parole, the bleeding heart liberals still insisted that it would be wrong to lock him up.

So, on November 13, 2022, in Chicago, Harrington did exactly what the bleeding heart liberals were hoping he would do.

He committed a carjacking.

He kidnapped a baby that was in the car’s back seat.

He crashed the stolen car into several vehicles.

He assaulted a paramedic.

He assaulted a police officer.

In other words, Harrington did exactly what the bleeding heart liberals wanted him to do when they repeatedly refused to keep him locked up.


November 15, 2022. Tags: , , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

In Charlotte, North Carolina, Mecklenburg County Judge Tracy Hewett reduced the bond for serial rapist Octavis Wilson from from $2 million to $50,000, and said, “We’re gonna help you out.”

In Charlotte, North Carolina, Mecklenburg County Judge Tracy Hewett reduced the bond for serial rapist Octavis Wilson from from $2 million to $50,000, and said, “We’re gonna help you out.”

The serial rapist said, “I will not mess up no more. You have my word. I will stay out of trouble.”

Judge Hewett is either pro-rape, or a gullible idiot.

Either way, she never should have been allowed to be a judge.


November 14, 2022. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. 3 comments.

Why did Honda make an anti-marriage commercial?

Honda is in the business of selling cars.

So why did they make this anti-marriage commercial?


November 14, 2022. Tags: , , , , . Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Student debt bailout, the ant, and the grasshopper: The party that supported slavery wants to force low income taxpayers to pay for vacations and restaurant meals for people with college degrees

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

November 14, 2022

In Aesop’s classic fable, “The Ant and the Grasshopper,” the ant spends all summer saving up food for the winter, while the grasshopper does not. When winter comes, the ant is well fed, and the grasshopper starves to death.

When I was a child in the 1970s, this fable was taught to children, in order to teach us a lesson. We were taught that the ant was the good guy, and the grasshopper was the bad guy.

Today’s Democrats who favor student debt bailout have a different interpretation of this fable. They view the ant as the bad guy because he was greedy and selfish, and he didn’t help the grasshopper. And they view the grasshopper as an innocent victim who deserves a bailout.

For the record, Aesop was a slave.

CNBC recently reported the following about the proposed student debt bailout:

“While recipients won’t see that aid in the form of a check, any remaining balances will be re-amortized, meaning monthly payments will be recalculated to reflect the new balance. For borrowers, that means monthly payments could drop by up to $300 per month.”

“73% of anticipated recipients say they expect to spend their debt forgiveness on non-essential items, including travel, dining out and new tech, according to a recent survey from”

It’s no surprise to me that the party that supported slavery wants to force low income taxpayers to pay for vacations and restaurant meals for people with college degrees.

November 14, 2022. Tags: , , , . Social justice warriors, Student debt bailout. Leave a comment.

Democrats said it was a hate crime when someone set a black church on fire in Mississippi. But the suspect who got arrested is black.

Mississippi police arrest suspect in church arson that Democrat called ‘tactic to suppress’ votes

The Mississippi Democrat Congressional candidate said that the incident ‘invoke[d] historical acts of terrorism’

By Adam Sabes

November 11, 2022

Mississippi church fire suspect

The Hinds County Sheriff’s Office says Delvin McLaurin was arrested Tuesday in Terry, Mississippi following a tip from the public. (Hinds County Sheriff’s Office)

Police in Mississippi arrested a 23-year-old old suspect thought to be associated with seven fires across Jackson, with two of them being at churches, in what one Democrat Congressional candidate called an attempt to suppress votes.

Among the two churches set on fire, one of them was destroyed in the fire. All the fires took place around Jackson early Tuesday morning.

Shuwaski Young, a former candidate for Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District, said that the fire was an attempt to suppress votes in the area and said it invokes acts of terrorism. 

“This morning several churches were burned in Jackson, Mississippi on Election Day. These cowardly actions invoke historical acts of terrorism when people are fighting for their right to vote and live peacefully as Americans and Missisippians,” Young said. “We will not be deterred and will not be intimidated. We will not allow domestic terrorists to suppress our right to vote. I ask all Mississippians to GO VOTE regardless of this decades old intimidation tactic to suppress our votes today. Just Go VOTE.”

Beginning on Tuesday at around 2:45 a.m., officials received calls regarding six fires around the city. By 6 a.m., six of the seven fires were put out by firefighters.

Epiphany Lutheran Church, a predominantly Black church in Jackson, was among the churches burnt and was on fire for over four hours.

At Jackson State University, a historically Black school, a fire began in the area surrounding the baseball practice field.

The Hinds County Sheriff’s Office said that Devin McLaurin was arrested in relation to the arson incidents, but didn’t add what his motivation was.

McLaurin is being charged with felony malicious mischief, and is also being questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Patrick Armon, assistant fire chief with the Jackson Fire Department said that this is unusual for the area.

“I’ve been here for 30 years. This is a major occurrence,” Armon said. “This is not something we normally go to. We have about a third of our department on sites.”

Lloyd Caston, 73, who is an elder at Epiphany Lutheran Church, said that she woke up to a call at around 4 a.m. stating that the church was on fire.

When Caston arrived to the church, he saw that it was “fully enflamed.” He said that he “was hurt” when he saw the church on fire.

“It destroyed the church and everything in it,” Caston said.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba said that no polling locations were impacted by the fires.

“We don’t yet know who or why, but I want to thank the firefighters because they were able to respond to that and still get back to the stations, so that people could set up for voting precincts,” Lumumba said.

Fox News has reached out to Young.

November 11, 2022. Tags: , , , , , , , . Fake hate crimes, Racism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Charlotte, North Carolina keeps letting this serial rapist out of jail, so he can keep raping again and again

North Carolina police chief slams judge for reducing repeat violent offender’s bond from $2M to $50K

By Audrey Conklin

November 9, 2022

Johnny Jennings, the police chief of Charlotte, North Carolina, on Wednesday criticized an unnamed judge’s decision to reduce a repeat violent offender’s bond from $2 million to $50,000.

Octavis Wilson, 29, is facing charges of first-degree kidnapping, second-degree forcible rape, assault on a female, sexual battery, assault with a deadly weapon and other charges.

“We were pleased and appreciative of the original decision by the Mecklenburg County Magistrate’s Office to issue a $2 million bond for Octavis Wilson, a violent repeat offender. However, a judge decided just days later to lower this individual’s bond to a mere $50k,” Jennings said in a Wednesday tweet. “The CMPD takes violent offenses against our community members extremely serious and as we continue to utilize every resource possible to hold those offenders accountable.”

Wilson is most recently accused of striking up a conversation with a woman who was walking in northwest Charlotte before “brutally” attacking and sexually assaulting her, police announced on Nov. 5.

The offender has a lengthy history of prior charges. Most recently, he was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and attempted first-degree forcible rape on Sept. 16. He was released less than a month later on Oct. 5, according to Mecklenburg County.

In April, Wilson was charged with assault to inflict serious injury and released in June. Last year, authorities charged the 29-year-old with attempted first-degree forcible rape and assault with a deadly weapon for a Sept. 13, 2021, incident before he was released on Sept. 30, 2021.

Prior to that, authorities charged Wilson with assault on a female, communicating threats and larceny for a Feb. 9, 2021, incident before releasing him on Feb. 22, 2021.

“What kind of message are we sending to our citizens when they see these offenders get right back out after committing very serious crimes against them?” Jennings asked. “Our job is to do everything in our power to not only keep the community safe but to make them feel safe.”

The police chief continued, “We continue to ask our judicial partners to take these crimes just as serious as we do. There’s no bond amount that is sufficient for a community’s peace of mind regarding their safety.”

While Republicans flipped the North Carolina Supreme Court, Mecklenburg County on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly for a Democratic district attorney and Democratic district judges — many of whom ran unopposed. Democrats also won all nine seats on the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners, according to the Charlotte Observer.

November 10, 2022. Tags: , , , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

CBS Saturday Night Movies Intro (Late 1970s – Early 1980s)

I got so excited at this when I was a kid. It was like a special event, no matter what the actual movie was.

November 9, 2022. Tags: , , , . Movies, Television. Leave a comment.

I solved the September 21, 2022 Wordle in just two guesses!

I solved the September 21, 2022 Wordle in just two guesses!

My guesses were STRAP and RECAP.

Here’s a screenshot:

Wordle September 21, 2022

November 7, 2022. Tags: , , . Word games. Leave a comment.

The Word ‘Homosexual’ Is in the Bible by Mistake: The Explosive Documentary That Is Under Attack

The Word ‘Homosexual’ Is in the Bible by Mistake: The Explosive Documentary That Is Under Attack


The documentary “1946: The Mistranslation That Shifted Culture” claims that one human error 75 years ago stoked decades of homophobia and hate. Extremists don’t want you to see it.

By Kevin Fallon

November 7, 2022

The first time the word “homosexual” appeared in the Bible was in 1946. That year, a committee gathered to translate an updated English version of the book from the Greek. Religious scholars, priests, theologists, linguists, anthropologists, and activists have done decades of research and investigation into the instances where the word appears in the book. Their conclusion is that it was a mistranslation.

In other words, the Biblical assertion that homosexuality is a sin—the catalyst for an entire shift in culture, with political repercussions, religious implications, consequences for LGBT rights and acceptance, and, frankly, deadly results—was, they allege, a mistake.

As a new film asserts, it was “the misuse of a single word that changed the course of history.”

1946: The Mistranslation That Shifted Culture is a new documentary directed by Sharon “Rocky” Roggio. Ahead of its premiere this week at the DOC NYC festival, it has, as one might expect, gone viral within the conservative and Christian communities.

A grassroots campaign to promote the film on social media has gotten its official TikTok account more than 185,000 followers. That makes sense. For most people—practicing Christians or otherwise—what the film is stating is shocking.

There are layers to it: the realization that the Bible has been translated many times over the centuries, and that human error may have been involved in the process. That may be obvious, but it’s eye-opening. Moreover, there’s coming to terms with the notion that human error could be responsible for the stoking of homophobia—a mindset of hatred, oppression, and religious nationalism that has defined the last 75 years of our existence.

Before anyone has even seen the film, there has been an organized effort to attack and debunk the film’s claims. Roggio and others involved in the making of the documentary have received threats. Campaigns have been waged to get even innocuous social media posts taken down. An entire book was published to refute the evidence—even though the film has yet to be screened.

“The opposition is quite vocal about our film, trying to debunk it because they’re afraid,” Roggio tells The Daily Beast in an exclusive interview ahead of 1946’s New York premiere. “We’re literally unmooring them and pulling the anchors out from underneath.”

Those attacks are coming from all sides.

“We’ve been hit by the conservative audience,” Roggio says. “We’ve been hit by the atheist audience. We’ve been hit by LGBTQ people who have been hurt by the church and who have now left the church, because they feel that we are subscribing to religious supremacy by even playing along in this dialogue.”

1946 takes a journalistic, academic approach to substantiating these claims. Poring over thousands of historical documents, centuries of ancient texts, and Bible translations in many languages, the experts in the film conclude that two Greek words were mistranslated to mean homosexual. One more accurately means effeminate. The other connotes a person who was a sexual abuser and who had harmed someone.

As the film outlines, years after the translation, when the mistake was pointed out, the committee recognized and attempted to correct it. But, by the ’70s, the implications of those verses had become widespread. By the time the AIDS crisis arrived in the ’80s, that mindset was weaponized by the moral majority, particularly in the merging of politics and religion in the United States.

“A big point of our film has been biblical literalism,” Roggio says. “We do just think that it was a magical book that was just dropped down to us, but these are real people who have made these decisions that impact our real reality. People are going to feel unmoored by this idea that it’s man that has messed up, not God. As much as we are combating biblical liberalism, we want our conservative audience to journey with us, in the sense that this is not an attack on God. This is not an attack on the Bible. This is a real issue of a mistranslation.”

Before 1946 premieres at DOC NYC on Nov. 12, we spoke with Roggio about the work she did (along with scholars and activists Kathy Bullock and Ed Oxford) to meticulously substantiate the film’s claims, the challenge of getting through to a Christian community that refuses even to hear the evidence, and how a documentary like this could change the world.

I grew up in the church, but I am still someone who found the idea of “homosexual” being a mistranslation in the Bible to be shocking. What has been people’s response to this?

We’re talking about the biggest book in the world. This impacts the three largest religions in the world. This impacts everyone. And we don’t discuss these things. That was what intrigued me as someone who grew up in the church, was a victim of bad theology, and was discriminated against because I’m a member of LGBTQ community. Realizing that the word homosexual wasn’t in the Bible until 1946, that was a click for me. I think that it’s gonna be a click for a lot of people.

Even the basic principle that the Bibles we read were translated by a human, and there may have been a mistake in that translation—that’s a mind-blowing realization for people.

One of the biggest concerns that we see in America today is Christian nationalism and people using the Bible who are saying that it is inerrant. They are biblical literalists. It has sovereignty over us. It can’t be changed. The word is the word. That is dangerous. It’s dangerous for so many people. We see it playing out in our reality today, and I call that religious supremacy, really. My idea in finessing these themes is to hopefully get the conservative audience to join with us and be honest about this. Words have power and words have meaning. The way that we use the Bible and use these old texts is very important. So what we try to do is contextualize.

What is the goal of that contextualization?

Our movie is more than just theology. It’s history. It’s society. It’s politics. It’s law. It’s oppression. It’s how, again, these words have meaning. We as a group of people have had to negotiate the text. A group of people over time have had to pick and choose which verses stand out, which verses we follow—which verses play out in our land and our law. To really be an honest reader of Christian scripture, we have to find a way where we’re not oppressing people, where we’ve contextualized the text—we understand where it comes from and how it impacted a group of people.

When you’re introducing this idea, which is seismic and likely upsetting to a lot of people, how do you explain it to them at the most basic level?

1946: The Mistranslation That Shifted Culture is about the first time the word “homosexual” appeared in the Bible. We had a team of researchers who wanted to ask the question: Who made this decision, and why? What was discovered, through a series of letters written by the translation committee that put the word “homosexual” in there, is that it was a mistake. Then it was discovered how the word “homosexual” went viral in print in the ’70s. That impacted the ’80s and the moral majority, and how we see the merger of politics and religion, specifically in America. What we now see today is the dangers of Christian nationalism, and it’s only grown.

Can you talk more specifically about the mistranslation of the word “homosexual” and what happened there?

We’re talking about a word, a medical term that has a connotation of a group of people that have an orientation, as opposed to what the original Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic texts are referring to, which is an aggressor, somebody who was an abuser—somebody who has abused someone else, and there is a victim on the other side. It’s a very different connotation. So that was my drive for making the movie, because now I have tangible evidence, letters written from the committee [acknowledging this].

This translation committee also has not only recognized the error but continues to rectify it and make their translations reflect the connotation of abusive behavior. Whereas now we see malice in the conservative committees, who since the ’80s have done the opposite. They say it refers to consensual acts, so it’s been amplified as homophobia because of this mistranslation.

From my experience, I know there are many Christians who are unmoving in their beliefs, who operate from a point of blind faith. What is it like to arrive with all of this evidence, research, and proof—even just an ask to listen to what the movie is alleging—but be met with that stubborn certitude?

It’s like hitting a wall. You get two kinds of Christians. You get people like my dad. [Roggio’s father is a pastor who appears in the film and repeatedly challenges its claims.] They want us to think they love us so much, that they’re just trying to give us the truth. And my dad is very kind and he’s never hurtful. But there are other people that I’ll see, especially on social media, who turn their fear into anger and then hatred. They’re vicious. A lot of what I see on social media and TikTok is the epitome of the phrase “There’s no love like Christian hate.” They’re just so disgusting.

Is it ever productive? What is it like to encounter that, on a human level?

We have reached a couple of people who actually will listen and watch the movie. But there are so many people who are so close-minded. It’s heartbreaking that people aren’t even open to recognizing us as human. It’s just dehumanizing. With the church being comfortable othering people—it’s not us, it’s you—it’s easy for them to dehumanize the LGBTQ person. A key barrier is that even some of these theologians that will put out this harmful rhetoric, they don’t have relationships with LGBTQ people.

Do you think that makes a difference?

One reason why I wanted to put my dad in the movie and my story in the movie is because we are a prime example of that “hitting the wall.” Here’s an example of someone who I love very much, who is my biggest oppressor. There’s no getting through to him at all. And so the other thing is, you know, we’re not going to change everybody’s minds, and that’s OK. But at the end of the day, my dad needs to keep his beliefs where they belong, and stay out where my beliefs are.

I don’t impede his equal rights and he doesn’t need to impede mine. I’m doing this to provide equal protection for everyone under the law, because if we don’t get a handle on this now, with the Bible in this country, we’re all in trouble—no matter what you believe.

November 7, 2022. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . LGBT, Religion. 1 comment.

Kermit the Frog and Debbie Harry sing Rainbow Connection

November 4, 2022. Tags: , , , , , , . Music, Television. Leave a comment.

NBC deletes report that Paul Pelosi walked away from police and toward his assailant

November 4, 2022. Tags: , , , . Media bias, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Joy Reid on MSNBC: “The only people I ever hear use the word ‘inflation’ are journalists and economists”

November 4, 2022. Tags: , , , , . Economics, Media bias. Leave a comment.