Monday, February 27, 2017

ADF's agenda has little to do with Barronelle Stutzman

Barronelle Stutzman
Monday, Jim Campbell, an attorney with the anti-LGBT hate group Alliance Defending Freedom provides a piece at The Federalist titled: “Barronelle Stutzman Shows Sexual Orientation Laws Treat Religious People Like Racists.” The subtitle reads:
The Washington floral artist’s case reminds us that sexual-orientation laws threaten freedom and unfairly equate reasonable people with racists.
In the subtitle “Religious People” becomes “reasonable people” as if people are reasonable by virtue of their religious beliefs. I could make a compelling case that quite the contrary is true given their embrace of often nonsensical dogma and their inflexibility which expands proportionate to their self-righteousness. 

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Mark Regnerus doesn't like the teen suicide study

Mark Regnerus
On Friday sociologist Mark Regnerus offers: “Can Same-Sex Marriage Really Reduce Teen Suicide?” at the orthodox Catholic Witherspoon Institute's blog. The subtitle of Regnerus' polemic reads:
The legalization of same-sex marriage may be associated with a short-term emotional bump for youth who identify as sexual minorities, but it is not a robust, long-term panacea for the emotional struggles of teenagers.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

The bishops claim that a single parent is preferable to a gay couple

Marriage Unique for a Reason
You would think that these arrogant, pampered prelates would have better things to do but the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops continues to try to undermine same-sex marriage. They are simply unwilling or unable to accept the reality that marriage equality is settled. So they are back to “every child deserves a mommy and a daddy.” — because it worked so well the first time around. On the bishops' site, Marriage Unique for a Reason:
As discussed last week, single parents can still honor the importance of sexual difference by acknowledging the unique difficulties their families face, but two persons of the same sex who raise a child are unable to do so.

Friday, February 24, 2017

This is so special: NOM v. JAMA

Brian S. Brown
Brian S. Brown and the religious ignoramuses as National Organization for Marriage don't like an article that was published to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Pediatrics.  I wrote about the research on Monday. Researchers note that, as an issue of fact, teen suicides have declined with marriage equality. Researches analyzed the data from states that did, and did not, provide equal marriage prior to the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. Little wonder why Mr. Brown is a tad distressed.

The JAMA journals are among the world's most prestigious scholarly annals due, in part, to the rigorous peer review process. The email from Brown is titled “Flimsy Study, Fake News.” They are free to disagree but no article in JAMA is ever “flimsy” and nobody associated with NOM has the erudition to make that judgment. The really need to stop calling stuff they don't like “fake news.” The media have fairly and accurately reported the findings of the research.

Austin Ruse blows - the gay pederasty/recruitment dog whistle

The immensely popular film, American Beauty is about an older man
infatuated with a high school cheer leader
Austin Ruse — Knight of Malta and Defender of the Faith — takes Milo Yiannopoulos far too seriously while claiming that gay men are pederasts who prey on adolescents. I noticed a similar piece, with similar arguments, by Peter LaBarbera in LifeSiteNews yesterday. That alone should give Mr. Ruse pause unless he got the idea from “Porno Pete.”

I have already addressed the Milo issue. Simply stated, Milo has (or perhaps had) an economic interest in saying things that cause controversy. Milo's currency is outrage. Milo isn't trying to inform or engage in discourse. He does not shape opinion The self-absorbed Mr. Yiannopoulos is interested in garnering attention for himself. Negative attention is as good as positive attention. Perhaps, for him, it is even better. Taking Yiannopoulos seriously as a political lathe is comparable to taking Sarah Palin seriously as a scholar. Ruse's adulation is misplaced:

Thursday, February 23, 2017

What to make of Betsy DeVos' comments on "protecting" LGBT children?

Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos
The short answer is “nothing at all.” Trump has “succeeded” in a very Putin-like way. Given the amount of bullshit that the administration promulgates we no longer know what to believe and what not to believe. This is intended to keep us insecure and off-balance.

It has even been reported that the education secretary did not support an administration rollback of protections for transgender students. Yet, it is hard to figure that it could have been done without DeVos' assistance or, at least, the assistance of people who at least nominally report to DeVos.

Ryan T. Anderson on the administration's decision regarding gender nonconforming school kids

Of course Ryan T. Anderson is delighted with the Trump administration's decision to rescind the Obama guidance on transgender kids in public schools. Anderson is a dour nun who believes unquestioningly the superstitions promulgated as The Faith by the Church. Absent a predisposition for critical thinking, Anderson has no use whatsoever for the opinions of experts in the medical and social sciences. According to Anderson in a highly repetitive piece titled “Trump Right to Fix Obama’s Unlawful Transgender School Policy:”
The Trump administration acted Wednesday night to fix the Obama administration’s unlawful “gender identity” school policy and return authority to parents and teachers in the states.