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OPRAH To Feature Inspirational Religious Bigots Rick Warren and Joel Osteen on “Lifeclass”

Oprah Winfrey who has always said that she is a staunch supporter of LGBT rights and equality has just taped one of her newest Lifeclass program, where viewers “get the lessons we can all use to lead our best possible lives,”  featuring the wisdom of two anti-gay pastors Joel Osteen and Rick Warren.

Osteen, a mega-church pastor in Houston, claims he doesn’t hate gays, only views them as sinful. and endorses “ex gay” therapy  and California pastor Warren is proudly against marriage equality. He also campaigned for Prop. 8 and declared support for Chick-fil-A and its anti-gay policies.

What the hell is Oprah thinking?  To use and promote these two religious bigots does not just endorse some of the views which she might find favorable it legitimizes all of their views.

If Oprah really cared she would know better.  You can’t straddle the fence on bigotry and civil rights to appease your audience and get ratings.  Hosting Osteen and Warren is both hurtful and offensive to the LGBT community .

One would think that Oprah of all people would know that.

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Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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