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Republicans block appointment of US ambassador to El Salvador over pro-gay rights article

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  1. Shocking …

    but you expect homophobia from Republicans …

    1. I expect institutionalized homophobia from most elected officials to be fair.

      1. See I don’t … sometimes I am disappointed …

        I don’t expect high standards, but I expect an elected official to be aware of their duties to represent all people (even if it is only to prevent them being removed from office due to public embarrassment as opposed to belief in fairness)

  2. A woman writes “No one should be subjected to aggression because of who he is or who he loves” and the Republicans express outrage? Says it all about their values, I suppose.

  3. More culture war nonsense from the Repugnic***s.

    This action is designed purely to deflect attention from the fact that the Repugnic***s are a party completely in the service of the super-rich.

    What a pity the christian nutters who vote for the Repugnic***s in the US cannot seem to understand that the Repugnic***s engage in this type of homophobia purely to trick them into thinking they are being represented by their politicians.

    US politicians serve the super-rich.

    LGBT rights (along with abortion rights; immigration and racial issues) are invented wedge issues to disguise the fact that the US is no longer a real democracy.

    1. David Waite 13 Dec 2011, 5:22pm

      We have NEVER been “a real democracy” and we are no longer a real republic, if we ever were.* The revolution against Britain was a creation of property owning 1%ers who objected to paying taxes to an entity which treated them as second class citizens. It was never a movement of the 99%; they were simply the cannon fodder. US politicians have always “served the super rich.” My nation is an oligarchy, has always been one, and wedge issues are what every oligarchy in the historic record has used to get and keep power.
      Moreover, every culture which starts out with a republic will find its representatives purchased by moneyed interests, just as every democracy is vulnerable to demogoges. Eternal vigilance really is the price of liberty.
      *At the end of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia (09/17/1787) Ben Franklin told the anxious crowd who inquired “What sort of government have you given us?” “A republic.. if you can keep it.” That cynical old man knew full well that it wasn’t a real republic and that the American masses hadn’t a hope of securing or keeping any such thing.

      1. floridahank 14 Dec 2011, 12:47am

        I agree 100% — whatever their party affiliation — Rep. Dem.
        they’re all corrupt, unfair, selfish and their biggest job is to work to get reelected. The USA is in deep trouble, politically, economically, socially, morally — you name it the USA tanking and will soon be a second-rate nation. Luckily, I won’t be around 20 years from now and see the end result.

      2. You mean revolutionaries who paid a pittence to be lay Lords of a realm of their own making? Such injustice!

  4. Stop the Hate 13 Dec 2011, 3:18pm

    Clear evidence that the Republicans oppose freedom of speech, and support violence against gay people.

    And the poor woman was only doing what her bosses had told her to do, like any diplomat.

    1. Freedom of speech opposed in the US? The examples like this the stance taken by the Republicans is appalling. Many of us heard and commented on the ground breaking speech to the United Nations in Geneva last week by Hillary Clinton. In that speech human rights, and overcoming prejudices and providing equality were fundamental.

      The article Ms Apointe wrote echoed her sentiment and yet she was denied an ambassadorial position.

      As a reference, yesterday one of the comments here indicated that the USA allowed “Legal Homophobia” believing it to be a rant, I went on the net to search and found that the Constitutional right to free speech was upheld by the Supreme Court in a vote 8-2 in favor of all people the Westborough Baptist church. Similarly in searching I found the FBI has a hate crime section for this kind of speech.

      My conclusion is unfortunately that the “right to free speech” in the “Constitution” can be selectively censored to highlight the “Hypocrisy”

  5. Frank House 13 Dec 2011, 4:03pm

    Hello….?? America often appears(and is..) as backwards as other intolerant,oppressive dictatorships. We sit and exalt ourselves as world leaders etc etc..yet we have groups and politicians who promote hatred and discrimination. Shameful,sinful Immoral hypocrisy.

  6. More proof that America is a big lie and and they do not really have separation of church and state.

    She said Americas need to work together to support gays who are denied their Civil Rights and face evil Christians who hate LGBT people and Catholics and Mormons who spend millions of dollars to stop gay marriage

  7. Helen Wilson 13 Dec 2011, 4:44pm

    The repugnant party shows its true homophobic colours once more!


  8. Based on this id say shes perfectly suited for being an ambasador

  9. Commander Thor 13 Dec 2011, 6:37pm

    “No one should be subjected to aggression because of who he is or who he loves. […] To avoid negative perceptions, we must work together with education and support for those facing those who promote hatred.”

    A number of family groups wrote to Senate members criticising Ms Aponte for “abusing her diplomatic status, showing a clear disdain concerning our values and cultural identity.”

    What does that say about their values and cultural identity?

  10. jamestoronto 13 Dec 2011, 8:17pm

    If she is standing by the law of Moses, then, strictly speaking, she is in violation of the law herself. In the photo, she is wearing a RED outfit, a colour that is unclean. If she wants to cite the law of Moses as her guide then she must live by the entire book of laws supposedly set down by Moses. She doesn’t get pick and choose which laws she wants to follow.

  11. jamestoronto 13 Dec 2011, 8:20pm

    Oops, my bad — strike my previous comment. Wrong article.

  12. Keith Shepherd 13 Dec 2011, 9:12pm

    I say the 49 who voted her down should have the constitutional right of free speech passage sent to their inboxes. They are not representing me or many I know.

  13. carrie baker 13 Dec 2011, 11:40pm

    This is where Legal momentum and lamda legal and the aclu and other lgbt advocates and lgbt juges and and human rights and civil rights people must come in, Obama is dragging his heels concerning this matter, the womena Caitlin, Halligan, is being discrimated against by bigots who have been caught in so many abuses to date in the republicans party, They must stop these monsters, this nation must stop the racism of women and minority women , this candidate is a minority in color , race and gender, the republican party has had a reputatation, for abuse and discrimination against women , and minorities and lgbt people, even the ones in their own party had to sue thier own republican party because of the abuse of the gay republicans, what the hell is wrong with the gay republicans, asses when, someone is fighting for the saftey and equality of thier gay communtity, all the gay people democrats and republicans gay people should be standing up for thier human rights and the lgbt children

  14. I want to know where the Log Cabin Republicans are now. Apparently log cabins are the best place to hide oneself from public embarrassment.

  15. carrie baker 13 Dec 2011, 11:48pm

    Some of the gay log cabin republicans seem to keep forgetting that the same bigots who, discrimianted against the other gays in the military are the same creeps wo discsriminated against them as well if a bigot tells you i dont like gay people an am fighting against their rights, t;hey are talkin about you to as wells, gay log cabin republicans are you that dumb, to stand by an let your own bigoted enemy in your own party violate people who stand up for your rights as well , it doesnt matter if they are democrat, your families and your grandchildren , if gay , has to have more than ass holes with no spines an backbones standing up for their rights as children , Obama has no esscuse not to seaat these people, the republican party has no ground to block them, here say and rumor of a past friend of hers does not have anything to do with it bieng true nor does it have anything to do with her herself doing anything to harm the American people , she is suppose to be a human rights and fair

  16. Dr Robin Guthrie 14 Dec 2011, 2:02am

    The Republicans are nothing more than a Christian Taliban in expensive suits.

    1. The Taliban doesn’t allow women to be educated, let alone be an ambassador, so that’s rather an overstatement.

  17. Nasty, nasty, nasty.

    What is it about the far right that makes groups of people act like this ?

    1. Excuse me folks – get your facts straight (pardon the pun). Last time I checked, the Democrats held a majority in the Senate, meaning several Democrats joined with Republicans in defeating Ms. Aponte. More truth in reporting is called for, and shame on this site for not calling out the hypocrisy of Democrats who pander for gay votes, but vote against gay rights champions.

  18. I thought that the Democrats had the majority in the Senate. If so how did this happen>

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