All posts by Brandon Ross

Brandon grew up in a small town as part of a semi-conservative family. He was quick to enjoy spending most of his time alone from an early age; writing, pondering, and existing. Upon moving to Seattle five years ago, he discovered that his ideas and personality type were more common than he was led to believe. He has been in (mostly) inactive pursuit of an English degree for the past eight years, instead spending his time working, playing music, and evolving into quite a snarky dissident. He enjoys exchanging opinions and thoughts that are well formed and respects any person who questions the status quo.

Hey, Madonna and Patricia Arquette, The Gays Are With You!


These two amazing women recently sparked controversy when they both separately made comments comparing the gay rights movement and the women’s rights movement. It started initially with Patricia Arquette, who in a recent Oscar acceptance speech stated “People think we have equal rights; we don’t. Until we pass a constitutional amendment, we won’t have anything changed. It’s time for all women in America and all the men who love women and all the gay people and people of color that we’ve all fought for to fight for us now.”

This caused people to point out that many women are, in fact, women of color and part of the LGBTQ community. While this point is valid, it shouldn’t overshadow the poignant comments that Ms. Arquette made. We can’t forget that there is currently a website tracking equal pay amongst women in the United States, which can be seen at statusofwomendata.org. Here, you can see that women are marginalized and discriminated against in employment and earnings, and where each state ranks. The site promises to also offer data on female poverty, reproductive rights, opportunity, political participation, among other things. Time Magazine recently reported that if the current trend continues, women will not see equal pay in five US states (West Virginia, Utah, Louisiana, North Dakota and Wyoming) until 2100!

Discrimination against women is very real and and it is the worst for women of color. It is unbelievable, but true, that in 2015, there is still a pay gap. There is still a very strong movement attempting (and in some states, succeeding) to deny women of their basic reproductive rights. People who hold political office still think that women’s reproductive systems shut down during rape to prevent pregnancy. Others just don’t think pregnancy results from rape very often, despite the fact that it happens over 30,000 times a year. Don’t you think women have cause for concern?

Shortly after Patricia Arquette made these comments, Madonna made similar comments that sparked controversy. Keep in mind, Madonna has been a very outspoken ally for the gays for over three decades now, and whatever you think of her… It seems to me that the gay community owes Madonna an awful lot. There is actually a Wikipedia article titled “Madonna As A Gay Icon,” and she is considered by LGBT magazine “The Advocate” to be the greatest gay icon. She even recently admitted that she used to pine after gay men when she was younger, living in New York City.

“I didn’t feel like straight men understood me. They just wanted to have sex with me,” she explained. “Gay men understood me, and I felt comfortable around them. There was only that one problem, which is that they didn’t want to have sex with me! So…conundrum!”

Madonna recently had the following to say: “Gay rights are way more advanced than women’s rights,” she stated. “People are a lot more open-minded to the gay community than they are to women, period. It’s moved along for the gay community, for the African-American community, but women are still just treading on their ass… To me, the last great frontier is women.”
She continued, “Women are still the most marginalized group. They’re still the group that people won’t let change…You must fit into this box… You must behave this way, dress this way. You’re still categorized — you’re still either a virgin or a whore. If you’re a certain age, you’re not allowed to express your sexuality, be single, or date younger men.”

Despite the controversial nature of her comments, I must say that I agree. Gay rights, while they still have a long way to go, have come along way, but we have been extremely stagnant, and often even taken leaps backward, when it comes to equality for women. I think the real lesson here is that the struggle is never over. Just because gay marriage is legal in most states and will likely be legal in all of them before the end of the year, doesn’t mean there isn’t a strong resistance movement. Gays face discrimination every day… As do women and people of color. And we must not marginalize each other. Instead, we need to recognize this and be supportive of one another. If we don’t continue fighting together, we might face what women have faced – stagnation and regression of their personal liberties.

Dear Gays, The FDA Does Not Want Your Filthy Blood

Now, I hate to be a negative nancy-boy, but the FDA’s recent announcement that they will begin to allow gays to donate blood if they have been sexually inactive for a year is the most adorably offensive thing I have heard in a long time.

Allow me to offer you a few translations of this announcement:

“Dear Gays, We still don’t want your filthy blood.”

“Dear Gays, You’re all still gross. Love, the FDA”

“Dear Whorish Gays, We are sloooowly hating you less and less. At least enough to someday allow you to save our lives.”

Now, you may think I am being outrageous but I personally think that I am being poignant and honest. The reason for this is simple. Every single blood donation, regardless of its source, is screened for HIV/AIDS. So, while it is true that gays are a higher-risk group for HIV/AIDS, the FDA cannot justify it’s decision to require gays to abstain from sex for a year because ANY blood that is donated will ultimately be tested. Because of this and the fact that HIV is now detectable within just two weeks, anything short of allowing gays to donate blood even just a couple weeks after having sweet intercourse is homophobic. Period.

Now, I am not the first one to call the FDA out on this. Many have pointed out the obvious hypocrisy that a promiscuous straight person could donate, but a monogamous gay couple who have been together for years could not. The FDA recently responded to the criticism by stating that “Assessment of high-risk sexual behaviors would be highly burdensome on blood donation establishments and potentially offensive to donors.” Again, so adorable. I thought the idea was to take an assessment to insure the safety of the blood you are collecting. Far be it for you to offend a highly promiscuous straight person by telling them they do not meet the required safety measures to donate. Instead, let’s just offend all the gays.

Allow me to share an interesting personal story from a couple of years ago. I will preface this by saying that I am one of the least sexually active people I know. It’s not for lack of interest, it’s more just lack of effort. Plus, drinking beer and watching “Family Guy” is always available to me, and provides an equivalent satisfaction. Nevertheless, I decided to make a responsible decision and head to the clinic for some annual, however unnecessary, testing.

Upon learning that I am homosexual, the clinic actually offered me $10 to take an extensive survey about HIV/AIDS. Keep in mind, I am probably more likely to be exposed to HIV by the needle they test me with, given how slow it remains around these parts. Yet, because I am gay, we need to talk about AIDS. So much so, that they actually paid ME. (Sorry for sounding ungrateful – thank you for the $10… I needed that.)

While the survey went in-depth regarding the details of my sexual history, the doctor did not – and he did not see the answers I provided. Despite this, the doctor shamed me into believing that it was my moral responsibility to get tested for absolutely everything under the sun. He hadn’t so much as asked me when the last time I had sex was and if I used a condom… he simply knew that I was a homosexual and therefore a walking cesspool of sexually-transmitted infections. Now, it is not that getting tested is bad. It is the attitude behind it. Any doctor who asked a single question about my sexual history beyond “are you straight or gay?” would have determined that I am at nearly zero risk for having become infected with anything.

It is decisions like the one the FDA just made that allow and enable this prejudice to continue. They reinforce stigmas not only for gay people, but those who are HIV-positive as well.

So, guess what, FDA? I’ll just hang on to my filthy blood. Best of luck!

Pastor James Manning: ‘Children Under Attack by Homosexual Lobby’


If you are fortunate enough to pass through the streets of Harlem, you might notice a pretty jarring sign attached to the ATLAH church and private Christian school. It is not the cross which stands tall above the church, reading “Jesus Is Lord.” It’s not even the sign just beneath that, which holds the title of the church, along with the phrase “The Blood of Jesus.” It would, instead, be the letter board directly beneath. The sign was updated this week to promote the following message:

“When the homos bullied the poor and needy in Sodom like they do in Harlem, Jesus fire and brim-stoned them.” – Ezek 16:48-50 Lev. 20:13 Gen. 19:24

Just to be clear, Harlem is actually not addressed in the bible.

This is only the latest act of homophobia coming from Christian pastor James David Manning. Earlier this month the pastor made news when he claimed that NASA’s Voyager probe proved that “the entire universe rebukes sodomy, it rebukes same-sex marriage, it rebukes man lying with man.”

“There’s nothing in the universe that agrees with same-sex [marriage], there’s nothing in the universe that agrees with the Sodomites,” Manning states. “The Sodomites can’t get a witness from anywhere in the universe except their own perverted testimony, nothing in the universe will agree with them. Everything in the universe says it must be male and female.”

He went on to state that “There is no life that will come out of a rectum.” He accused “sodomites” of “cheering on and praising the rectum… I mean, that’s demonic!” “Any effeminate person will not enter into the Kingdom of God,” he continued, “just for acting like a homo.”

Let’s not forget that Pastor Manning also claimed that Michael Sam may spread pedophilia by marrying a 9-year-old boy. He accused President Barack Obama of being gay, Vladimir Putin of being gay, and stated that the Russian President will out the American President in 100 days. (I guess we should be expecting some really exciting news in another six weeks!?)

But again, as the religious right loves to do, and as I blogged about last week, Manning has also chosen to bring children into the equation. He claimed that children are “under a massive attack by the homosexual lobby, especially within the public school systems,” and encouraged parents to remove their children from public schools to “give them an opportunity of natural sexual maturity.”

“Within the school systems, they are being influenced at a time in which their minds are very tender, and they really know not what to choose, except to go along with peer pressure,” he stated. “They should not be pressured into making a decision to become homosexual.”

Here we go again with the most ignorant, corrupt people on the planet claiming to be looking out for the best interest of our children. I don’t feel that I have to go down the list of why his statements are not only absurd but incredibly false. If he didn’t lose you with his incoherent, baseless interpretation of NASA’s Voyager probe, perhaps he could have lost you with any one of his other equally outrageous statements.

Some people make provocative statements to garner media attention. It is arguable that Pastor Manning is doing just this. But I don’t think so. I think Pastor Manning is one of many who actually believe this radical non-sense. What is even more disconcerting is that this pastor has a following. There are certain parents who are listening to his instructions and taking them to heart.

So, I felt I must counter this with a piece of my own advice (coming straight from the ‘homosexual lobby.’) Don’t expose your children to this garbage. Instead, teach your children to be smart and sane. Teach your children to be tolerant, even of people like this who choose hatred. Encourage your children to question and fact-check what they are taught, even if it comes from an authority figure or a pastor. Finally, teach them that if you have absolutely no understanding of what NASA’s Voyager is, the last thing you should do is compare it to gay sex. Although… (Just kidding).

Sean Hannity: Keeping Gay out of the Classroom


Dear Sean Hannity,

We get it. You are a homophobe. Throughout your career, which has been active in the public broadcasting industry since 1989, you have never once skipped a beat in making outlandish homophobic statements. You join the ranks of many other anti-gay narcissists who’s inflated sense-of-self makes them believe that their uninformed, bigoted opinions hold merit in the discussion of gay rights. While you are incorrect about this, I do feel a responsibility to address certain comments you have made, as I believe it is important for statements that are broadcasted publicly to be checked for accuracy.

Most recently, you have attacked liberals, accusing them of… Well, I’m not exactly sure what you are accusing them of this time… Let’s just take a look at your statements:

“This is my problem with liberals. Here’s where my fear goes. You guys want to tell parents what they can and cannot do — for example, is it going to become illegal if a parent teaches the politically [in]correct view that being gay is not normal”

“My problem here is, do parents have the right to instill their values in their children? My problem is we send these kids off to school. Maybe they’re taught that God is dead, or maybe they’re taught that it’s okay to have sex. Maybe they’re taught values that contradict what the parents are teaching, whatever it happens to be — you know Heather has two mommies, daddies, roommates — that’s the government circumventing parental values.”

“Look, some people disagree on the gay lifestyle because of religious views. If they teach their kids, is the government going to come in one day and say, ‘That’s wrong, that’s immoral’?

Let me first answer your questions. No, it is not going to become illegal for a parent to teach their child that being gay is abnormal. It will, however, be incorrect, and so long as you want parents to be feeding their children misinformation and falsehood, rest assured you have the law on your side.

Also, yes – parents have the right to instill their values in their children. No matter how hateful, ignorant, or bigoted their views, parents will always reserve this right. It seems to me that your concern is more about the fact that “god,” or religion, is not being taught in public schools. At least not enough to reinforce the homophobia you are adamant be instilled in your children. While public education isn’t perfect, it does seem to be a decent model for what adult life will be like – having to interact with different people from all walks of life, including different races, religions, genders, political ideologies, and sexual orientations. If you wish to shelter your children from this beautiful diversity, you always have the option of a private religious school or home school.

It seems to me that you have the wrong idea of liberals. And homosexuals. And parents. And education, in general.

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In addition to these comments, let us not forget why you were fired from your very first broadcasting job as a conservative radio personality at UC Santa Barbara. It is because of the outrage sparked by your interview with anti-gay activist Gene Antonio. Gene had written a book called “The AIDS Cover-up? The Real and Alarming Facts About AIDS.” This book was subsequently discredited, as it made outrageous claims with absolutely no scientific support. You gloated that his book offered the full truth about AIDS, even the things “the homosexuals don’t want you to hear.”

Antonio and yourself spent the entire interview basking in the glow of homophobia, and both of you made statements that are not only completely hateful, but also entirely false. You agreed with Antonio when he bantered that “the immune suppression which we have seen in the homosexual population is a direct result of not only other diseases such as hepatitis and the parasitism, but of rectal sodomy.” You likened gay sex to “playing in a sewer.” You both agreed that “homosexuals are filled with hatred and bigotry and anti-sexual heterophobia.” The two of you insisted that HIV/AIDS is actually a “gay disease,” and lambasted the LGBT community for insisting that it isn’t. You even went so far as to blatantly accuse gay men of “literally defecating in one another’s mouth.” Sean, it isn’t the gay community that has a constant stream of shit coming from their mouths, I promise you.

So, despite your disdain for “liberal” parents who teach their children that homosexuality is not abnormal, we are not actually telling you how to raise your children in any way. If you wish to bring your children up in a religious household that hates gays, that is your right and we do not wish to infringe upon it. What we do have a problem with is your erroneous claims, your hate speech, and your total disregard for scientific fact. You might hate the world for not teaching your children to hate gays and insisting upon religious folklore in the classroom, but the rest of the world simply wants our children to learn facts. As a person of influence in the public broadcasting industry, you should be ashamed of yourself for encouraging these ignorant false beliefs.

Love,

Brandon

Pat Robertson: Did molestation or movies make your daughter a lesbian?

Another day, another bat-shit crazy televangelist. I know these come a dime a dozen, and that a majority of people listening to Pat Robertson’s remarks would be appalled, but I find it worthwhile to call out this blatant ignorance. After all, it could only result in making these extreme religious viewpoints look more ridiculous to more people, which can only be a good thing.

This week, Pat Robertson had some serious advice to give to a concerned mother of a twenty-one year old woman who announced she was in a lesbian relationship. “(She) was always very feminine. This came out of nowhere!” wrote the concerned parent. Naturally, Robertson had some interesting words for this mother, which aligned perfectly with his history of total ignorance and idiocy. “I think she needs somebody to help her get her identity straight,” Robertson offered. “She may not be right in this. She may have thought she had a crush on some older girl along the way and that she is actually homosexual when she is not. I don’t know… The whole question of sexuality identity has gotten so blurred in the press these days it’s hard to know… but why is she that way? Was she molested when she was younger?”

It was at this point that the interviewer chimed in with “… Sometimes just in the world today, you know they’re telling kids to explore. It’s crazy.”

Robertson continued: “Girl on girl movies, more and more… They’re getting straight actors to play lesbians and straight men to play homosexuals. And if you say anything against homosexuality, you are just hooted out of court. But I do think you need to love your daughter and give her a chance to work this out. Because if she is deeper and deeper in it, sooner or later she’s gonna be disillusioned and she’s gonna say ‘This is wrong and I want to come out of it.’”

This is not the first time we’ve heard Pat Robertson weigh-in on homosexuality. In 2009, a similar question was asked by the parents of a gay son. “First of all, I’m not at all persuaded that so-called homosexuals are homosexuals because of biological problems,” Robertson stated. “There may be a very few, but there’s so many that have been made homosexual because of a coach or a guidance counselor, or some other male figure who may have abused them, and they think there’s something wrong with their sexuality.” Robertson went on to suggest that the parents continue to love their son because “Well, I mean, if somebody’s on their way to hell, they’ll… I mean, you’ve got to love them to rescue them.”

What we see here is a classic example of one’s religion enabling them to ignore logic and instead spew hate-speech that they deem holy. This is the same man who has called the separation of church and state “insane,” has repeatedly claimed that natural disasters were god’s punishment for various things including abortion, and has claimed that all non-Christian religions worship “demonic powers.” This man also claimed that Mitt Romney would win the 2012 Presidential election because “the lord told him.”

It seems as though whatever lord Pat Robertson is speaking with seems to continuously get it wrong, doesn’t it?

In the same sense that religious extremists don’t need to justify their belief system to me, I find it absolutely unnecessary to justify my homosexuality to anybody. Especially when we are looking at the dichotomy and the logical fallacies that exist so prominently in their arguments. Robertson states “(Your twenty-one year old daughter) may have thought she had a crush on some older girl along the way and that she is actually homosexual when she is not…”

First of all, I find it interesting that Robertson inferred that the young woman had a crush on an “older girl.” At no point was it ever even implied that the young woman was dating or wanting to date an older woman. Secondly, I am hearing more and more about these Christian conservatives acknowledging homosexuality and claiming acceptance, except when it comes to their own family. Maybe she thinks she is actually homosexual when she is not? That implies that there is a group of people who are “actually homosexual,” but god forbid it be your daughter. No – your daughter, who was brought up in the church, knows better and is exempt from potentially being homosexual because her religion forbids it.

As for his claim that there are more and more “girl on girl movies” and that “they’re getting straight actors to play lesbians and straight men to play homosexuals,” that is correct. Homosexuality is a real thing that is being depicted as a real thing in our media. If the media had any effect on sexual orientation, then I suppose there is no question that myself and every other gay person would have grown up straight, considering there has been heterosexuality expressed in every single movie since the beginning of time, right?

Finally, the absurd falsehood that homosexuals must have been sexually abused is entirely unfounded. In fact, each single study done on the matter has concluded that there seems to be no greater incidence of sexual abuse in the LGBT community. I’m sure this is what the lord would want you to do, however. Find a way to link homosexuality to perversion. How wonderfully Christian of you.

Is anybody else growing entirely weary of heterosexual crazies offering their opinions on homosexuality? We’ve established they are as off-base as everything else that comes out of their mouths. I find, personally, that watching the slow, painful death of this glorified bigotry is actually quite entertaining.

Daniel Ashley Pierce: LGBT Homelessness and the Word of God


If you have seen the viral YouTube video of twenty-year-old Daniel Ashely Pierce coming out to his family, you will know just how incredibly disturbing and disgusting it is… A dark reminder that even in our world today, coming out can be one of the most awful things a young gay person experiences. I think we can all agree that our teenage years and early adulthood is a very tender time for everybody. Discovering who you are and uncovering certain truths about life and the world is incredibly sobering and often disconcerting. Bullying is a real thing – it is not simply a gas in the air, and that bullying doesn’t only happen on the schoolyard. It also happens in homes. It can come directly from the people who are supposed to be the most supportive and loving figures in your life. Yet, all it takes is this almighty “word of god” and suddenly certain people feel they can justify everything – including abusing and abandoning their own son.

Not only was young Daniel berated and shamed for being gay, he was also physically assaulted and forced to move from his parent’s home. Does this sound familiar? Unfortunately, it should. In 2012, research indicated that 40% of homeless youth served by agencies identify as LGBT. An astonishing 43% of drop-in shelter clients identify as LGBT. In addition, 86% of LGBT people report having been verbally harassed at school for their sexual orientation. So, along with the adversity these young people face for being gay, they also now face the social stigma of being homeless. It seems this “word of god” is really incredibly harmful.

It seems a common debate has risen surrounding whether or not homosexuality is a choice. I’ve blogged previously about where scientific research currently stands on this, but ultimately – I am not personally interested in justifying my homosexuality with “it wasn’t my choice.” It is unfortunate that people feel the need to step back from homosexuality instead of embracing it and being unapologetic. We can also make the strong case that identifying as Christian is a choice. Identifying as a homophobe is a choice. But it seems to me that we are completely missing the mark in this conversation. This family abused their son both physically and verbally, and we are still sitting here trying to debate whether or not homosexuality is a choice? It doesn’t matter. This family abused and abandoned their son. End of discussion.

It seems apparent to me in this situation, and in situations I’ve experienced personally, that these anti-LGBT family members actually feel as though they are doing the right thing. They feel they are “honoring the word of god,” and balking at any sense of reason in the process. I’ve heard people justify this hatred with quips like “He’s just trying to do the right thing.” Let me ask you… would we ever look at what Hitler did and think “He was just trying to do the right thing?” Would we allow for any kind of justification of this blatant anti-semitism which resulted in a genocide that killed six million Jewish people? It doesn’t matter how well-intentioned Hitler might have considered himself, what he was doing was terribly wrong. The parents depicted in this video showed blatant disregard for their son, attacking him and making him yet another young LGBT homeless person. There is no justification for this. Not even your precious bible.

After this video went viral, donations collected on the Internet to help young Daniel with living expenses amounted to over $50,000. While this is such a wonderful gesture, we have to understand that Daniel is not alone. In order for stories like Daniel’s to stop happening, many things need to change. I would encourage every gay person reading this to stop apologizing for themselves. I would like to commend Daniel for his bravery and tenacity against such horrible circumstances. And ultimately, I wish that the next time we want to dump an ice bucket on our heads, we could donate to a charity that supports homeless people, including LGBT homeless people.

To donate: http://nationalhomeless.org/issues/lgbt/

Also, you can watch the video below. It contains obscene language and violence.

Bob McDonnell: The Hypocrisy. The Hilarity.


Bob McDonnell, the republican governor of Virginia, and his wife Maureen, were indicted on federal corruption charges in January 2014 and are currently standing trial. These charges were brought forth following a federal investigation which purported that McDonnell and his wife may have accepted over $165,000 in gifts from political donor Jonnie Williams, Sr, in exchange for political favors. While McDonnell has been quoted as saying he will fight these “false allegations,” he did, in fact, repay more than $120,000 to Williams in 2013 and apologized for bringing “embarrassment” to the state.

What is truly fascinating, however, is the embarrassment McDonnell is still bringing. A key defense in his corruption trial is feigning ignorance, and placing much of the responsibility on his wife, claiming he had no idea where such lavish gifts were coming from. On trial, however, it has been noted that McDonnell was well aware of where most of the cash was coming from, along with his numerous gulf trips, vacations, and sport-car rentals. To add to his embarrassing tactics, another central piece of his defense is that the governor’s marriage was so dysfunctional, there was no way they could have conspired together. He called the marriage “broken down” and stated they were “barely on speaking terms.” The prosecutor was quick to point out, however, that the former first couple was able to go on 18 vacations together in just 22 months.

In the wake of self-professed marital dysfunction, I think it is important to take a look at Bob McDonnell’s track record. In his controversial 1989 Regent University thesis, entitled The Republican Party’s Vision for the Family: The Compelling Issue of The Decade, McDonnell advocated “covenant marriage,” blasted feminists and working women as “detrimental to the family,” and surmised that “government policy should favor married couples over ‘cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators.” When the thesis went viral in 2009, McDonnell detached from it stating “Virginians will judge me on my 18-year record as a legislator and attorney general and the specific plans I have laid out for our future — not on a decades-old academic paper I wrote as a student during the Reagan era and haven’t thought about in years.” What is interesting to note, however, is that throughout his tenure in public office, McDonnell has pursued at least ten of the policy goals outlined in his thesis, including abortion restrictions, covenant marriage, school vouchers, and tax policies that favor heterosexual marriages.

Governor McDonnell earned the monikers “Governor Vagina” and “Governor Ultrasound” for his fervent support of trans-vaginal ultrasound requirements for women considering abortion. Following public protest, however, the governor chose to instead favor slightly less invasive abdominal ultrasounds, granting exemptions in the case of incest and rape, so long as it was reported to police. That same year, McDonnell vetoed HB 399, which sought to improve neonatal care by fast-tracking implementation of newborn screening for life-threatening congenital heart malformations. So, yes, the man who has pushed legislation to limit grounds for divorce, and has essentially made every move to restrict marital and reproductive rights for couples, is blaming his corruption scandal on marital dysfunction. But oh, wait… It gets even better.

McDonnell has a strong track record of homophobia (which I’m sure you could have guessed, at this point). In fact, one of his very first acts as governor was to rescind an order enacted by his democratic predecessor, which prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation. He criticized a 1965 Supreme Court decision which legalized the use of contraceptives, stating “man’s basic nature is inclined towards evil, and when the exercise of liberty takes the shape of pornography, drug abuse, or homosexuality, the government must restrain, punish, and deter.” Yet now that his marriage is in “shambles,” McDonnell has testified that he is currently staying with a priest at a local rectory, Rev. Wayne Ball of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. What is interesting about Rev. Ball is that he was arrested in 2002 for “frequenting a bawdy place.” The priest, along with his male counterpart, pled guilty to a misdemeanor sex offense. The charges were dropped after both men completed 80 hours of community service. Rev. Ball was assigned to a different church.

So, basically, it’s hard to even digest the amount of corruption and controversy that surrounds this trial, and each day it just seems to become more hypocritical – and more hilarious. To be fair, however, I think the closing words should be granted to Rev. Wayne Ball, who blamed his gay sex scandal on a “bout of depression” and has defended McDonnell to the bitter end: “Is there any person at all who would want to stand up in public and tell the whole truth about their life?”

Umm…?