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  1. Why do they always look so guilty

    1. Because they are, and they know they are.

    2. matter of perception

      1. You don’t make points you just respond to comments you don’t agree with.

        You seem to have no self perception you just react to everything around you. your life must be a bit chaotic

      2. And I perceive you as an angry & unpleasant troll pepa.

        1. Jock S. Trap 7 Jun 2011, 9:42am

          Here! Here! Pavlos

          1. David Myers 8 Jun 2011, 11:15am

            I second that!

          2. Absolutely

            Perception based on plenty of Pepa vitriol on here

    3. No mention in the article of his party affiliation – could it be because he is a DEMOCRAT?

      1. its because hes black-democrats are fiercely pro-rights. Black peopel, unfortunately, are deeply brainwashed by religion-some escape it by simply reading history and seeing how civil rights for gays mirror civil rights for blacks. Religion was used to suppress blacks, the exact same way it is being used to suppress gays. Fortunately, it wont work-equality is just around teh corner. It is sad though that Diaz doesnt read about his better, Coretta and Martin Luther-both supported gay rights. Martin Luthers whole career was aided by his right hand man, a gay man. Shame on Diaz

  2. Jock S. Trap 6 Jun 2011, 4:06pm

    It comes to something when we say all LGBTQI people want is to the right to be ourselves and love and these vile Christians only want the right to hate and kill.
    So who again is the Evil amongst us?

    1. Please try to remember that not all Christians are homophobic. I am not a Christian but I welcome the ones who are not homophobic.

      1. Jock S. Trap 7 Jun 2011, 9:50am

        This article is about a ‘certain’ type of Christian.
        I am responding to that ‘certain’ type of Christian.
        I do know this idiot doesn’t represents all Christians.
        I have not said my comment was targetted at all Christians.
        If I did I would have said so.
        I used to, but have since stopped, putting that I know not all Christian in favour of, I know what I mean when it’s in regard of the story, it’s you that clearly thinks I mean All Christians, which begs the question..
        Why the guilty conscience?

        1. Ah okay fair enough.

          I don’t have a guilty conscience.

          The article didn’t mention that he was a Christian.

          1. Yes, Yew, but vast majority of those who oppose equality for all are christians-taht is fact-very few hate gays just because

          2. Jock S. Trap 8 Jun 2011, 1:51pm

            Senator Ruben Diaz is also Reverend Ruben Diaz.
            In 1978 he became an ordained Minister of the Church of God.

      2. Please try to remember that not all Christians are homophobic. I am not a Christian but I welcome the ones who are not homophobic.
        Never really agreed with this. If you belong to a group and dont agree with their actions , then you leave. But if you stay even as a passive observer, then you are as guilty of hate as the person standing next to you spouting it out.
        But I do respect you point of view.

    2. Well jockstrap your side has advocated for the murder of senior citizens, also your side has advocated for the removal of age of consent laws and are for pedophilia, and also lets not forget that you claim that all people who believe in a god are “mentally ill.”
      This is “tolerance” for you.

      1. 1) When and how did I advocate the murder of senior citizens?
        2) When and how did I advocate the sexual abuse of children?
        3) When and how did I claim that people with a religious or spiritual view of life were mentally ill?

      2. pepa you are a complete fantasist, an an unpleasant one at that. Get a grip woman.

        1. It’s a woman?

          1. I have always perceived pepa as a woman.

          2. Having viewed Pepa’s webpage I can vouch that he’s a he, though I’m still a bitr confused about where he stands on everything else.
            Perhaps he could explain?

          3. Jock S. Trap 7 Jun 2011, 10:01am

            I have always percieved pepa as a Republican, somewhat confused, child obsessed pervert.

      3. Jock S. Trap 7 Jun 2011, 9:59am

        When has anyone Ever ‘advocated’ those things, pepa?
        Is this you and ‘your friends’ again, that no-one else ever hears from?
        I would like proof of me saying anybody believing in God is menatlly ill?
        and proof about the murder of ‘senior citizens and the removal of the age of consent?
        As for that comment and the paedophilia comment I think your sick and I am starting to think people should be concerned about the welfare of children around you.
        You keep bringing up that particular subject but I think your trying to find someone to agree with you and your not so what are you doing here?
        Are you on some sex offenders register or something because you just can’t leave that topic alone?
        Your obsessed with children pepa and I for one find you disgusting and I hope they lock you away.
        It seems yet again you make stuff up but for what purpose I’m not really sure.
        But you do make yourself look ever more the fool the more you make such ridiculous rants.

        1. Well said, Jock – particularly your last sentence.

          1. Dan Filson 7 Jun 2011, 12:19pm


      4. Pepa, WTF are you going on about? You’re clearly homophobic. TROLL. Do you also post under that vile Rich character?

      5. A sloppy line of arguement. Appeal to emotion, appeal to fear, appeal to ridicule. What is the evidence for the claims you have made in this line of arguement?

      6. @Pepa

        Which side is it that Jock S Trap is on? How do you know this?

        Who advocated for the murder of senior citizens? When? Where?

        Who has advocated for the removal of age of consent laws? Who has advocated in favour of paedophilia? When? Where? How?

        Until you can give some answers to these questions with verifiable evidence then all your post is is sheer slander

  3. i hope someone tells Senator Ruben Diaz Sr that loving the sinner but hating the sin is not enlightened thinking. it’s hateful cowardly homophobic bullying.

    1. The whole point. You cannot claim to love someone or even ‘accept’ him/her if you attack and denigrate their way of having loving relationships. It is a fundamental denigration of their identity and personality.

      1. Jock S. Trap 6 Jun 2011, 4:33pm

        Here! Here!

        1. Dan Filson 7 Jun 2011, 12:20pm

          Hear, Hear!

    2. I’m glad for Mz Diaz that she finally broke free of the stockholm syndrome and humiliation implicit in being paraded at an anti gay rally as a poster girl by her granddad demonstrating how “we don’t hate gay people but we just don’t accept them for who they are”.
      Time to tell the old coot what she was really thinking.

    3. Lets also tell PN that they forgot to mention that Mr Diaz is a DEMOCRAT.
      There are many many many liberal democrats like him and the republicans. Its just that that the DNC protects them and hence why they don’t introduce pro-gay legislation in many legislatures (Rhode Island being an example).

      1. Oh, totally relevant, pepa. Thank you.

        1. Jock S. Trap 7 Jun 2011, 10:02am


      2. One Democrats homophobic shock lets see how many republicans are shall we??

      3. His political affiliation makes no difference to his latent homophobia Pepa – stop trying to score political points (in a place where American politics don’t matter)

  4. He maintain’s he’s a christian, odd for someone who judges others. I’d like him to show us where in the new testament Jesus Christ condemned gay people. He can’t refer to Leviticus because that’s in the old jewish testament as are most of the “damning” references right wing nutters like him use to villify us and justify discrimination. Why doesn’t someone challenge him in regard to the old testament quotes. These people claim the scriptures, all of them, are the word of “god”, yet none of them actually practice everything what the scriptures preach. They pick and choose which ones to use and discard the rest which would make most of them uncomfortable and very difficult to live by. Hypocritical frauds, all of them.

    1. The pick and choose fallacy is not exclusive to christians, gay sex advocates do the same, they claim to be for tolerance but are in essence the most intolerant individuals I ever came across, they are more dangerous than homophobic christians and more hateful as well.

      1. Why are you here? Whats the point?

        1. Ask his to define “gay sex activists” (which all of us in here are, apparently) – then you’ll see what a damaged piece of degeneracy pepa really is.

        2. David Myers 8 Jun 2011, 11:20am

          He’s filling in for Rich. They tag team! Say, there’s an interesting fantasy – for them anyway. ;-)

        3. His definition of gay sex activist is a hoot …

          Demonstrates clearly his instability and if he had any credibility at all, removes any shred of doubt as to his integrity and honour

      2. pepa why don’t you go and hang out at NARTH with all the other anti-gay industry nutbags there, spend your cash and treat yourself to some more useless ex-gay therapy.

      3. Jock S. Trap 7 Jun 2011, 10:05am

        Yet again, pepa brings nothing to this thread page.

      4. Pepa, what the hell is a gay sex advocate? Seriously, you are so screwed up.

        1. A gay child molester, Eddy. We are all, apparently, gay sex activists on this site. He made the term up, (obviously) but basically we’re all paedophiles. Shows where his own mind seen to resort to if he thinks this – seems kiddy-fiddling is something pepa is disturbingly obsessed with.

          1. Jock S. Trap 7 Jun 2011, 3:41pm

            Yes indeed Will.
            It is rather disturbing.

      5. Another sloppy line of arguement. Again, appeals to emotion, fear and ridicule, but what is the evidence for your assertions?

  5. Good on her for saying what is right I feel for what she’s had to go through growing up with such hatred from her family

  6. what a disgusting grand farther you have turned out to be and well done to you Ms Diaz we wish you well

  7. When I hear stories like this I’m thankful I have a much more forward thinking family, especially my grandma!

  8. Ooer missus 6 Jun 2011, 6:19pm

    He just doesn’t love them enough to listen to them or believe what they say.

  9. Good for her. What a vile bigoted man.

    1. pot meet kettle

      1. Jock S. Trap 7 Jun 2011, 10:06am

        LOL coming from you, the BIGGEST hypocrite!!

        1. LOL! You said it Jock…. doesn’t give facts, likes calling everyone gay a paedophile when he’s loosing an argument, boo-hoo-s when he’s insulted, racist attitude, and abuses anyone that doesn’t agree with his liberal-gay-lobby-lizard-people conspiracy theory made up by a 5 year old child with ADHD.
          He’s quite an example of how damaged people can get.

  10. OMG! a lezzer in his own family…the disgrace!
    Brilliant, well done Erica.

  11. It’s great that Ms Diaz has at last decided to speak out against her vile grandfather.Though I have an issue with her admission that she stayed silent during her adolescence out of ‘respect for her father’s side of the family’! What’s to respect?! Ok,yes of course I can clearly see how as a much younger person she’d feel it impossible to speak out.But I still fail to see how she could respect any member of her ‘blood’ who’d deny her,possibly abuse and/or ostracise her if they’d known she was lesbian! Still,well done for speaking out now!

    1. It is easy to demand of others what you cannot or could not do yourself.

      1. Usual pepa rhetoric nonsense. YAWN

      2. Yes, Christians always making crosses for other people’s backs.

      3. Jock S. Trap 7 Jun 2011, 10:08am

        Well it’s clearly not something you’ll ever do is it pepa?
        Your always gonna be in that closet.

  12. clearly, Erica would make a better senator.

  13. Kudos to Erica to publicly stand up to her grandfather like that!!!

  14. burningworm 7 Jun 2011, 6:42am

    Erica Diaz is incredibly brave and daring to speak out. In a sense she is correcting her elder, which is something we must applaud.

  15. Is there a reason for the article to omit his party affiliation – only asking because it appears that he is a DEMOCRAT.

    Not what PN readers would expect, perhaps…?

  16. Dan Filson 7 Jun 2011, 12:28pm

    He may be a Democrat, but not exactly of an orthodox background.

    uring his swearing-in ceremony, Reverend Díaz conducted the first Pentecostal religious service ever held inside City Hall. The sermon was delivered by Bishop Ephrain Navas González, Superintendent of the Northeastern District of the Church of God.

    Rubén Díaz was born 1943 in Puerto Rico, in 1960 joined the U.S. Armed Forces and completed his tour of duty with an honorable discharge in 1963.

    Díaz made New York City his home since 1965, obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in 1976, and became the Pastor of the Church of God located in the Bronx. He attended the Damascus Bible Institute, graduating with a Theological Degree and, in 1978, became an ordained Minister of the Church of God, whose HQ is in Cleveland, Tennessee.

    (more follows)

    1. Dan Filson 7 Jun 2011, 12:32pm

      Elected a state senator in 2001, during his swearing-in ceremony, Díaz conducted the first Pentecostal religious service ever held inside City Hall. The sermon was delivered by Bishop Ephrain Navas González, Superintendent of the Northeastern District of the Church of God.

      According to his own website, Senator Rubén Díaz is the proud father of three children: Damaris Díaz Kiely, who is a Sergeant in the New York Police Department; Samuel Díaz, who works for the New York City Housing Authority; and Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz, Jr. Senator Díaz is also the proud grandfather of six grandchildren. He is happily married to Leslie Yvette Díaz.

      Clearly his pride in his grandchildren does not go so far as defending his granddaughter against eviction from the US Navy under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, or doing much else to show his love for her. Not a great advert for the Democrats.

      1. Dan Filson 7 Jun 2011, 12:40pm

        Correction – he was first elected in 2002

  17. Staircase2 7 Jun 2011, 1:27pm

    what a tosser

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