Ex Offender 6.8
Least convincing explanation of the month: It seems that John Paulk,
a leader in the so-called "ex-gay" movement, has been put on probation
by his employer, the right-wing Focus on the Family ministry, because
he was recently spotted in, you guessed it, a gay bar. Paulk, who
describes himself as an "ex-gay," had headed up Focus on the Family's
Exodus International, an organization devoted to exorcising the
homosexuality out of guilt-ridden gay and lesbian fundamentalists.
But then came his
nighttime visit to a Washington nightclub called Mr. P's--where he
was spotted and photographed by some fellow clubbers. After the photos
hit the Internet, Paulk had some explaining to do. "When asked why
he was in the bar," the Denver Post reports, "Paulk initially
said he went there at random to use the bathroom, but then he changed
his story and said he knew he was going to a gay bar and went there
to see if the lifestyle had changed."
All Apologies 9.3
The United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia, an umbrella organization
of right-wing militias, evidently felt a smidgen of remorse for
kidnapping an injured guerrilla en route to a hospital in a Red
Cross truck--and killing her. In retrospect, it wasn't so much the
murder that bothered them--it was the fact that they had dragged
the Red Cross into the whole sordid mess. So, The Associated Press
reports, they decided to send along a little note to smooth things
over. "We accept our responsibility for this lamentable incident
that put at risk the good work of the International Red Cross in
Colombia," the letter from the militias explained. They may be fascist
thugs, but at least they're polite about it.
Don't give a penny when a ha' penny will do. Better yet, keep
the ha' penny for yourself. According to London's Observer
newspaper, the British government is launching a $360,000 ad campaign
designed to discourage people from giving money to beggars. "There
may be public good will toward these people," one government official
explained, "but it isn't necessarily helpful to give them money."
The ad campaign, naturally, will launch four weeks before Christmas.