Monday, March 22, 2010

The Amazing Randi Comes "Out"-- Why Didn't Sylvia Browne Predict This?

One of my favorite human beings of all time, the great skeptical hero James "The Amazing" Randi, has come out of the closet, as they say:
Well, here goes. I really resent the term, but I use it because it’s recognized and accepted.

I’m gay.

From some seventy years of personal experience, I can tell you that there’s not much “gay” about being homosexual. For the first twenty years of my life, I had to live in the shadows, in a culture that was — at least outwardly — totally hostile to any hint of that variation of life-style. At no time did I choose to adopt any protective coloration, though; my cultivation of an abundant beard was not at all a deception, but part of my costume as a conjuror.

Gradually, the general attitude that I’d perceived around me began to change, and presently I find that there has emerged a distinctly healthy acceptance of different social styles of living — except, of course, in cultures that live in constant and abject fear of divine retribution for infractions found in the various Holy Books… In another two decades, I’m confident that young people will find themselves in a vastly improved atmosphere of acceptance.
The statement is as heartfelt and erudite as you would expect from a man who has dedicated his life to exposing the fraudulent motherf*ckers who prey on people who are grieving from the loss of loved ones. The psychic pscumbags like John Edward and Sylvia Browne.

Why didn't his "psychic" foils predict this? I mean, Sylvia Browne can supposedly speak to the dead. She couldn't tell that The Amazing Randi was gay?

The link to the jref statement made it onto wesmirch, which might the first time a skeptic has made his way onto the same page as-- well, Tiger Woods, Jesse James, Avril Lavigne (really? she's still around?) and a bunch of other people who really don't matter. So I guess congratulations to him.

Here's one of The Amazing Randi's greatest hits, helping Johnny Carson expose psychic scumbag Uri Geller on "The Tonight Show":



Here he is smacking down "astrology":



Here he exposes television "evangelist" and "faith healer" Peter Popoff:



And Randi on psychic pscumbag Sylvia Browne:




James "The Amazing" Randi is a real hero, and he happens to be gay. Although he doesn't like the term "gay." He can call himself whatever he wants. He's one of the best people on the planet.

Pic source.

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