|Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? The 2019 Edition. |
In a piece for The Washington Times, Suzanne Fields updates the premise of the 1967 film, “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” a film about a young white woman who brings her black boyfriend home to meet her parents. But instead of race dynamics, Fields imagines a scenario where a liberal brings home a conservative partner. She writes, “In divided America, nothing brings out moral condescension and preening so swiftly as polarized politics. Ideology frames opinion, attitude, and bias, and polls tell us that prejudice extends to the partner a parent’s child chooses to marry.” She continues, “In a survey by the Public Religion Research Institute and the Atlantic magazine, 45 percent of Democrats and 35 percent of Republicans said they would be disappointed if their child married “out of the party.” While Democrats don’t want their children to bring home Republicans, Republicans don’t want their children marrying someone who is the same gender (58 percent), or who is transgender (70 percent).
|Brennan: Mueller Report on Friday?|
In a recent appearance on MSNBC, former CIA Director John Brennan claimed that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump administration could conclude on Friday. Brennan claims no inside knowledge of the situation but believes President Trump would fire Mueller if a family member was indicted. On the indictment of Trump’s family, Brennan says, “it would be the final act of the Mueller’s investigation,” and that he doesn’t “believe Donald Trump would allow Bob Mueller to continue in the aftermath of those types of actions.” According to a PRRI survey, nearly four in ten (39 percent) Americans say they have a favorable opinion, of Mueller, compared to 45 percent who say they have an unfavorable opinion and 14 percent who say they have not heard of Mueller.
|LGBT Fight Continues in Texas|
The majority of Texans support laws that protect the LGBT community from discrimination across the state, according to recent PRRI data. A new caucus among state lawmakers is trying to ensure that those citizens receive the protection they deserve. Additionally, the newly-formed Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce will also work to protect the LGBT community. “For the first time, LGBTQ- and ally-owned businesses across Texas are being represented, including many [owners] who may not even be out because of the potential repercussions they may face, Tammi Wallace, co-founder of the LGBT Chamber of Commerce tells OutSmart Magazine. PRRI data shows that nearly six in ten (57 percent) of Texans oppose allowing small businesses owners to refuse to provide services to LGBT people based on religious beliefs.
|Catholics Call for School to Allow Child of Same-Sex Parents|
More than 1,000 Catholics have signed a petition in Kansas protesting a decision by a local Catholic school that denied admission to the child of a same-sex couple. “Respectfully, we believe that the decision to deny a child of God access to such a wonderful community and education, based on the notion that his or her parent’s union is not in accordance with the Church’s teaching in Sacramental marriage, lacks the compassion and mercy of Christ’s message,” the petition states. PRRI data shows that 71 percent of Catholics say that the Church teaches them to show love for all, while 36 percent of Catholics think the Church is anti-gay.Additional data shows that a majority (55 percent) of Catholics perceive significant discrimination against gay and lesbian people in the U.S. today, down from 63 percent in 2013.