Friday, April 02, 2010

Today on the Signorile Show

It's Good Friday, and thus it's only right that we focus on more news coming out of The Vatican, right? In what has got to be the most creative -- and desperate -- damage control we've seen yet, The Holy See's own exorcist, Father Gabriel Amorth, now says that it is Satan who is behind the media's attacks on Pope Benedict XVI.

Earlier this year, activist Keith Kimmel made news when he announced he was suing the state of Oklahoma for not allowing him have a license plate with the phrase "IM GAY" on it. On Wednesday, he was found dead, days after a local police left him bruised in a scuffle at a local gay bar. An autopsy is scheduled to be preformed to see if this was responsible for Kimmel's death. We'll discuss today.

Was it all an April Fool's joke? The Army secretary, John McHugh, now says that he had incorrectly stated yesterday that there was a "moratorium" on the discharge of gay members of the military" and, regarding gay soldiers whom he knows to be gay, that "he should have told the soldiers who spoke with him 'that statements about their sexual orientation could not be treated as confidential.'" WTF? All of this just adds more confusion and creates more danger for gay and lesbians military personnel. We'll get into this today.

Guest / 3:30pm EST - Conservative Christian activist and talk show host Janet Folger Porter, of Faith 2 Action, is someone we've talked about and quoted a lot on the show and we've played clips of her speaking -- like recently when she prayed for control of the media. On a campaign now to defend Israel against what they see as wrong-headed Obama policy, she and other conservatives are doing radio interviews, and she'll join us to talk about that and whole lot more.

UPDATE: She has canceled for personal reasons, we will be rescheduling for next week.

Guest / 3:30pm EST - Joe Sudbay of AmericaBLOG joins us this afternoon to talk about the latest going on in the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Policy debate.

Guest / 4:30pm EST - Within seven weeks of President Kennedy's death, Jacqueline Kennedy receievd over 800,000 condolence letters about the death of her husband. Ellen Fitzpatrick, author of Letters To Jackie: Condolences from a Grieving Nation, joins us this afternoon to talk about these letters and how she put together a collection of these letters into a book to help define a tragedy.

We've talked a lot about new security measures that have been considered since the attempted Christmas Day Attack. Now the Obama administration is going to put other practices into place regarding travel internationally. According to the Washington Post, the administration, "will instead select passengers based on possible matches to intelligence information, including physical descriptions or a particular travel pattern, senior officials said Thursday." Is this racial profiling, and will it be an effective way to secure flights internationally? We'll take calls.

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