My baby was a bastard because I couldn’t get a lesbian divorce.
—Karen Hartman in “Bound in a Gay Union by a State Denying It”
Has America become a nation of psychotics? You would certainly think so, based on the explosion in the use of antipsychotic medications. In 2008, with over $14 billion in sales, antipsychotics became the single top-selling therapeutic class of prescription drugs in the United States, surpassing drugs used to treat high cholesterol and acid reflux.
—James Ridgeway in “Mass psychosis in the US”
After same-sex marriage becomes legal here on July 24, gay priests with partners in the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island will head to the altar. They have to. Their bishop set a nine-month deadline for them to marry or stop living together.
—Rachel Zoll in “Churches debate whether to marry gays”
I didn’t want to make anyone uncomfortable by reciting something that might be considered a profession of faith. We did say `God,’ which you don’t often hear in our most politically correct hymns.
—Laurel Mendes, a neo-pagan lay member who led the Sunday service at the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, in “Can a Creedless Religion Make It Another 50 Years?
. . . Black men are the most likely to die of gun violence, mass incarceration continues to decimate Black families, drug addiction and possession ruins Black lives in droves, and HIV is the leading killer of Black women. So, the truth is that Lil Wayne-like artists and the corporate armies producing this weaponized genocide have killed more Black people than the KKK ever could. So, by accelerating, financing and supporting the “Lil Wayne gospel” to a community that is already dying, BET has effectively positioned itself as a new and improved version of the KKK.
—Boyce Watkins, a professor at Syracuse University and founder of the Your Black World Coalition, in “BET Has Become The New KKK“