James – The Amazing – Randi comes out

Magician and skeptic James Randi, a long time hero of mine has, at 81, come out as a gay man. He has been ‘out’ to his friends and close colleagues forever, and I must admit to not being terribly surprised myself (I picked up on a few hints here and there that made me suspect that it might be the case).

He doesn’t want to make a big deal out it, and I don’t see why anyone else should.

As I said he has been a long time hero of mine in the fight against what he amusingly calls “woo-woo” (paranormal &  pseudoscientific claims) and his being gay does absolutely nothing to diminish my admiration for him and the work he has done.

For more on Randi and his work check out the James Randi Educational Foundation.

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McDonald’s + the gays = we are all going to die!

As Ed Brayton reported the other day on Dispatches from the Culture Wars, the “conservatives” over at Worldnutdaily have been “throwing a fit” because one of McDonald’s executives (Richard Ellis, vice president of communications) was elected to the board of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and because McDonald’s is a corporate partner with the NGLCC. Oh the horror!

But “throwing a fit” is not a strong enough term for what is going on over at Pro-Existence the blog of Rick and Nancy Pearcey (Nancy is one of the top brass in the intelligent design crowd). Here is Rick’s “measured” reaction to McDonald’s actions:

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