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New York Christian Coalition Compares Homosexuality to Smoking

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The leader of a conservative Christian lobby group appears to suggest that gays should be required to wear warning labels, although he denies that was his intention.

“We put warning labels on cigarette packs because we know that smoking takes one to two years off the average life span, yet we ‘celebrate’ a lifestyle that we know spreads every kind of sexually transmitted disease and takes at least 20 years off the average life span according to the 2005 issue of the revered scientific journal Psychological Reports,” Rev. Bill Banuchi, executive director of the New York Christian Coalition told the Mid Hudson News.

The journal regularly publishes articles described by many mainstream psychologists as misleading and faulty. The homosexuality morbidity study was conducted by the conservative anti-gay Family Research Institute.

Banuchi called LGBT Pride celebrations held in New Paltz, north of New York City, and other areas of the country on the weekend “sad.”

He called on people to “pray for those who are deceived by the lies of popular culture, who are caught up in a destructive lifestyle, and for the children who are being zealously evangelized by radical homosexuals.”

Despite using the analogy of cigarette labels, Banuchi tells 365Gay.com that he is not advocating gays specifically be labeled.

Banuchi also alleges that he has received hate mail since his remarks were published.

The issue of labels is particularly sensitive to gays. In Nazi Germany they were forced to wear the pink triangle to differentiate them from other internees at concentration camps.

But, while, Banuchi was denouncing homosexuality, 300,000 people were celebrating gay Pride in West Hollywood, California, nearly half a million in Boston, and 100,00 in Salt Lake City this weekend.

In West Hollywood, crowds lined Santa Monica Boulevard for the 35th annual Pride Parade. But, this year’s choice of grand marshals did not make everyone in the crowd happy. Christopher Street West, which organizes Weho’s Pride festival selected Paris Hilton and her mother, Kathy to host the parade.

“I just don’t know what anybody was thinking of. My jaw dropped when I heard it,” Dan Berkowitz, a member of the West Hollywood Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board, told the West Hollywood Independent. “I’m sure she is a very nice girl and her mother is a very nice woman, but what they have to do with gay pride in West Hollywood or anywhere else is utterly beyond me.”

Christopher Street West defends its choice of a heterosexual daughter and mom saying Paris has agreed to speak out on LGBT issues including gay marriage.

In Boston, the Pride Parade marched from the South End to Boston Common on Saturday. A number of local politicians were on hand, but two were noticeably missing. Republican Gov. Mitt Romney, who opposed same-sex marriage and continues to block out of state gay couples from marrying in the state, was in Detroit at his high school reunion. Democratic Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly also skipped the parade.

Reilly who says he supports gay marriage and opposes a proposed amendment to ban it is seeking his party’s nod to run for governor. The other declared candidate for the Democratic nomination, Deval Patrick, attended Pride events.

In Salt Lake City, the annual Pride Parade saw record crowds. Organizers say the parade helped the community develop a renewed sense of purpose following last year’s bitter fighter over a constitutional amendment which bans same-sex marriage in the state.

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  • Nice sentiment, and I’m sure the good Reverend is a fascist in his heart, but his statement CLEARLY didn’t even come close to suggesting what you state in your title or imply throughout the article. He said that we discourage cigarettes yet promote homosexuality positively despite the fact that both have health risks. That’s what he said and it’s true. Your characterization is total spin.


  • ^
    Hey..it’s journalism…Lmao

  • I agree that there is no explicit statement saying there ought to be warning labels on gays; it is implied though. And the fact that the statement is based on a report by a supposedly revered crackpot mag whose study is merely a repackaging of already debunked myths by “researcher” Paul Cameron shows that there is nothing worthwhile in the Christian Coalition reverend’s comments at all — only lies and bigotry. As usual. There are risks in heterosexual sex; should we plaster hets with warning labels too?

  • The implications are in the mind of the beholder, as is so often the case.

    I agree that there’s nothing of much value in the comment, but it’s not the deeply offensive statement that the article makes it out to be.


  • I changed the title of this post – not fast enough for it to be fixed before it hit Google News, but it had to be done. I tried to think of the most adequate thing to say as fast as I can. Lisa I. or Dave, feel free to reword it as you see fit.

  • Dang, you fixed it and now my comments sound all retarded.

    The new wording is much more appropriate nonetheless, thanks.


  • Marty Thau

    Leave it to these crazed religious zealots and next thing you know books will be burned, too.

  • Speak for yourself, Mr. Nalle. Some people were offended by it.

  • “Dang, you fixed it and now my comments sound all retarded.”

    making it similar to your other comments.

    Just kidding, Dave. Just kidding.

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  • Spend your energy loving people, not hating them.

    Man but Christians – and many religions – are stupid as dirt when it comes to this understanding of “love / hate.”

  • Maybe the Christian Coalition will come up with the “gay patch” next. 🙂

  • Anthony Grande

    Gayism is worse than smoking. Gays cause Aids.

    This is not hate, because gayism isn’t a race it is a choice.

  • Being gay may or may not be a choice (I’m not convinced either way, but have reservations about it being a gene… explain that in terms of darwin and natural selection the emphasized reproduction, doesn’t seem to fit), but what to do about those impulses IS a choice.

  • So you are saying you made the conscious choice to be straight? When was this and what did you base your decisions on?

  • Bennett

    JB sez “explain that in terms of darwin and natural selection the emphasized reproduction, doesn’t seem to fit”

    I say what I already told Ant hony in another thread. “Homosexuality is a natural behavior in the animal kingdom.”

    Doesn’t need to “fit in” with Darwin’s work. It’s already “out there”.


    John, what do you mean?

  • what to do about those impulses IS a choice.

    The choice you give, is between expressing love and intimacy with someone you fall in love with, or a life devoid of love and intimacy. Sorry, John, that is not a choice.

    And it is not for you to create a society for many of us to have to make that choice.

  • I’m not suggesting whether or not they should or should not do whatever, I AM suggesting it is a choice to do what they choose to do.

    You can set up all the straw men you want, it doesn’t change that. So let’s stop with the illusions and have a serious discussion, because I find if you have to distort facts to make a point, your point is worthless.

  • Tao Jonez

    yo Bambenek, so it’s like this. ya be straight, but is yer choice as ta whether yer gonna be celibate, or be with women.
    that about right?
    and yer sayin, gay folks should just say no, and chose ta be celibate

  • Bennett

    Whoa now! Who exactly is distorting fact here, John?

    Who among this admiring crowd are you addressing with your last comment?

  • OK, being a part of mankind’s abomination, I’d like to say that there are those who do choose to be gay. Just as there are those who choose to be straight. Inside their hearts, they may be confused. There could be a gay gene or amino acid – we just don’t know yet.

    In the meantime, however, I think that humans are far too complex to generalize about sexual orientation. Some are compelled to make the choice to be straight because it is easier to cope within the society they live. Others may choose to be gay as a form of revolt against family or authority. It certainly happens. All in all, though, the majority of heterosexuals and homosexuals didn’t make the orientation decision. It’s a part of their personality and biology. It’s just like being Sicilian. One would not choose to be that way, one just is.

  • If being straight meant having to hang out with Anthony Grande, I’d choose to be gay too. Thankfully most of us straight folks manage to avoid associating with unhinged religious loonbags – it helps that they spend all of their time at prayer meetings and potluck dinners.

    >>Gayism is worse than smoking. Gays cause Aids.<< And Jews put poisons in the water supply and cause the plague. Dave

  • If you convert, Dave, I want the toaster oven.

  • Hey, many queers like potlucks too! We prefer ours free from “unhinged religious loonbags,” though. Mr. Nalle, you are welcome anytime, and you don’t have to “convert.” Expect vegetarian cuisine, though.

  • >>If you convert, Dave, I want the toaster oven.< < I'm only converting if they give out guns like that bank in Bowling for Columbine.

    >>Hey, many queers like potlucks too! We prefer ours free from “unhinged religious loonbags,” though. Mr. Nalle, you are welcome anytime, and you don’t have to “convert.” Expect vegetarian cuisine, though.<< I was with you on the potluck until that last bit. As you can tell from my fondness for BBQ reviews, vegetarian meals are to me what garlic is to a vampire. Dave

  • Bennett

    “…vegetarian meals are to me what garlic is to a vampire.”

    Aw fuck, mighty fine line there, Dave.

  • Tao Jonez

    fer da vegetarina stuff, no hate, just a lil funny i heard once about it

    “that’s not food, that’s what food eats”

  • Bennett

    Funny, Tao,

    I look at the plate and say “Cool, nice side dishes.”

    My brother was dating a gal who was a Vegan…

    “Excuse me, Waiter? Will my vegetarian dish be prepared in a pot that has never been used to cooked flesh?

    Way over the top.

  • It’s all good, Mr. Nalle. I like BBQ too, and when attending a potluck, often it is I who brings the meat dish (which makes me the most popular).

  • Give me BBQ over broccoli anytime. Nothing like a good side of beef or a pig roast to bring out the caveman in me.

  • Finally something I agree with from Silas.

  • Anthony Grande

    Bennet, I am sorry but I just don’t believe that link you gave me. Either it was written by a big liberal, gay activist, blown out of proportion, not telling the all the facts or is just a lie altogether. There is no such thing as a gay animal. An animal’s natural instinct is to reproduce and they can only do that with the opposite sex. Now I no some animals are stupid. It is possible those animals actually think they are reproducing.

    Silas, how do you no people are born gay? Are you a scientist?

  • Anthony, what’s wrong with you? Homosexual behavior is documented all over the animal kingdom. Have you never owned a dog? Have you never seen two male dogs humping each other? How can you live in complete denial of commonly known every-day facts?


  • Yes, Anthony, compared to what I’ve seen in your responses, I have decided that I am indeed a rocket scientist.

    There is a documented case of homosexuality between two penguins at the Central Park Zoo. Now, don’t go and blame the zookeepers. There are other articles on homosexuality in the animal kingdom as well. Homosexuality is as natural as the hairs that grow out of mamma’s chin, Anthony.

  • You know what’s also in the natural kingdom? The strong eating the weak.

  • JR

    Also the weak ganging up and eating the strong.

  • Totally profound, gents.

  • John Bambenek and Silas agreeing on an issue. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, this is proof positive that people can come together when they try. So, John? What say you? Will you join with me in the campaign finance reform revolution?

  • I can’t envision two hetero penguins having sex, much less two gay penguins. How on earth do they do it?


  • Didn’t you ever watch Tenessee Tuxedo? He was gayer than a bonnet full of parrots.

  • As gay as Snagglepus?


  • OMG, I forgot him. There was one disturbed cartoon character! And we wonder why there seems to be more gays nowadays. I wonder if we could do a class action suit against Hanna Barbera?

  • Kay

    All sexuality has health risks. Not just the homosexual “lifestyle”

  • with karate ill kik ur ass

    comment 44:

    yeah, everybody can get STI’s or pas it on, not just gays, thats such and old fashioned veiw. i didnt even read the rest of the reveiw because it was sooooooooooo discriminative. just coz thier gay doesnt mean their like som horrible dirty sub-human speicies. u christians ar all like that, u think ur all right and everybody who is different from you is rong. thats y i hate religians. GOD

  • Something to ponder: Why do overzealous right wing Christian men like Cuban cigars so much?

  • with karate ill kik ur ass

    coz their compensating for other things.