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Subject:why does Melissa Etheridge hate the gays?
Time:08:21 am
Last night at the democratic national convention, Melissa Etheridge sang a medley which included Irving Berlin's "God Bless America". All royalties from performances of "God Bless America" are assigned to the Boys and Girls Scouts of America. The Boy Scouts are an avowedly anti-gay discriminatory organization.

Etheridge could have easily chosen "America the Beautiful", "This Land is Your Land", or "Power and Glory" for a suitably patriotic song.

I'm not really that pissed, but I think it shows a lack of knowledge and/or sensitivity on the part of Etheridge or whoever told her to sing that song. It's sort of like giving money to McCain.


Video of Etheridge's performance.

GBA and royalties
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bjarvis
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Time:2008-08-28 12:43 pm (UTC)
I had no idea royalties from GBA go to the scouts. Good thing I've never sung it in public.

Or been asked to.

Or sing at all, come to think of it. :-(
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bigjohnsf
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Time:2008-08-28 06:41 pm (UTC)
Irving Berlin Gave the Scouts A Gift of Song - New York Times

Both groups, which are independent of each other, said they had been asked by trustees of the God Bless America Fund more than a year ago for assurance that they did not discriminate against anyone, including gays. Both groups said they did not discriminate. Mr. Rogers said the New York Boy Scout group had been working to get the the national Boy Scout organization to reverse its rule barring gay scout leaders.
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sfbrawnybear
Subject:Seriously, have you not watched the convention?
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Time:2008-08-28 11:48 pm (UTC)
Seriously, have you not watched the convention? Etheridge didn't pick "God Bless America" - the DNC did.

Every speech has ended with "God Bless America" in the hopes of appealing to the Christian based that normally aligns with the Republicans . . .
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