Monday, March 29, 2010

Today on the Signorile Show

Last week, many Democrats were gaga in celebration over the passing of he yearlong debated health care bill. Now, insurance companies are fighting against providing for children with pre-existing conditions -- asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis-- an element of the bill the president boasted would be enacted this year. According to the New York Times, "To insurance companies, the language of the law is not so clear."

How could we NOT talk about the Christian militia group that was raided by the FBI for conspiring to "wage war" on the government - with weapons of mass destruction -- and is preparing for the coming of the antichrist?

The Vatican is clearly still denying any wrong doing by Pope Benedict XVI, who this weekend at Palm Sunday masses said not to be "intimidated by the rumors" about his involvement with covering up the number of sexual abuse cases around the world, especially in our own backyard, where a priest had been accused of molesting up to 200 deaf boys. But these victims claim they had been speaking out for years and their claims, for lack of a better phrase, fell on deaf ears. Steven Geier, one of Father Lawrence Murphy’s victims, was told to keep it a secretm and says, "Father Murphy constantly thought about sex with children, and he got away with it.”

Guest / 3:30pm EST Race and its inevitable companion, racism, have long defined what constitutes a true American, excluding early on, not only non-Europeans, but also immigrants from Ireland and southern Europe who did not fit the Anglo-Saxon mold. How did this "new world" get that way? Nell Irving Painter, author of The History Of White People, joins us this afternoon to explore race, racism and really how it all began.

Guest / 4:30pm EST Virginia Delegate Adam Ebbin joins us this afternoon to give us an update on fight against Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinilli's recent anti-gay legislative requests to Virginia universities to remove sexual orientation from its discrimination practices.

"Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives" is a film that is premiering at Robert De Niro's Tribeca Film Festival this year, even though some LGBT groups, among them the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, have expressed outrage over the film's inclusion. Festival executives released a statement saying it is, "proud of its ongoing commitment to bring diverse voices and stories to its audiences." Are the filmmakers presenting a queer critique of queer culture, having fun in a camp way? Or is GLAAD right to take on depictions and terms pushed in the mainstream that are discriminatory and stereotyping? Is this an issue of transgender discrimination or first amendment rights? We'll discuss and get your thoughts.

And Sarah Palin was back on the campaign trail with John McCain. How do you say deja-vu? Even though she helped destroy his candidacy for the presidency, she's now trying to help him save his Senate seat from the teabagger-backed challenge by right-wing Congressman J.D. Hayworth -- even though she is the teabagger darling. Is this what John McCain has come to, needing Sarah Palin to save him? Is this what the Republican Party has come to? Lots to get into!

This and so much more, today on The Michelangelo Signorile Show!

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