Wednesday, December 13, 2017

In case you haven't had your fill of sophistry today I present Michelle Cretella

Michelle Cretella - "No better than a shaman"
Michelle Cretella is president of American College of Pediatricians, the little hate group that should, evaporate. Cretella, really a spokesperson for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has a post that has been making the rounds through the sanctimony echo chamber. It is titled “American Academy of Pediatricians Pres. Tells What She Did When Young Boy Said He Was a Girl.”

Before I go any further there are several reasons why “what she did” (if she really did it) are irrelevant:

Another helping of gay gene crackpottery

Bradley Eli
Bradley Eli
Bradley Eli has an M.Div. The process of obtaining an advanced degree (even in divinity) should have refined his critical thinking skills, stimulated his intellectual curiosity and created a respect for intellectual honesty. Either the process failed, the (unknown) institution failed or Mr. Eli failed because none of the three are present in his essay titled: “NO SCIENCE BEHIND ‘GAY GENE’ THEORY.”

I have been unable to determine exactly who formulated this gay gene theory that Eli is referring to. About the only people who seem to theorize about a so-called gay gene are people who claim that it does not exist. Moreover, there is considerable scientific evidence that genetics play some role in the formation of sexual orientation. For the record, there are no identifiable genes corresponding even to race (it's a very lengthy discussion that I will not get into). Yet race is clearly genetic.

The craziest argument yet in favor of Masterpiece Cakeshop

Peter Sprigg
Every hate group has a propagandist like Peter Sprigg
Peter Sprigg, Family Research Council's “expert” on all things LGBT has a legal theory. It starts with a familiar argument. Dumb but familiar:
Now, before discussing the question of whether “discrimination” based on “sexual orientation” is the same as racial discrimination, let me state my own view that refusing to participate in a same-sex wedding does not constitute discrimination based on “sexual orientation” at all. Phillips’ principal objection stems primarily from his religious beliefs about the definition of marriage (that it is inherently a union of one man and one woman) and his beliefs about the appropriate boundaries of sexual conduct (that it should only take place in the context of a marriage so defined). This has nothing inherently to do with the “sexual orientation” of the individuals involved.


Roy Moore
On Monday, Roy Moore presumed (as did I) that he would win Alabama's special election. Moore told supporters:
It’s God’s will whatever happens, so we’re expecting God to do whatever he does will be the right thing to do.
Moore restated this claim Tuesday evening when he refused to concede to Doug Jones. The disgraced former jurist is now in a rather tight spot. If he is truly as pious as he claims to be he must admit that God prefers Doug Jones and that God did the right thing.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Oppressing gays while simultaneously claiming victim-hood

 Father Mark Hodges
Father Mark Hodges
An irresponsible headline at LifeSiteNews reads: “Christians fear retribution for opposing same-sex ‘marriage’ in Australia.” The author is Orthodox priest, Mark Hodges. Here he is complaining about how Christians are treated. Yet Hodges insists on the petty quotation marks around the word marriage — as if that changes anything related to the legal recognition of civil marriage. In that regard, our marriages are as good as his marriage (yes, he is a married priest).

According to Hodges:
Christians in Australia who uphold the sanctity of one-man, one-woman marriage are feeling threatened after the country legalized same-sex “marriage” last week.

A new whopper from Mat Staver

Mat Staver
Hate Group Leader Mat Staver (Liberty Counsel) outlining his group's accomplishments during 2017:
We defended ninth-grade students in a Tampa public school where the pro-LGBT teacher bullied them by removing their small cross necklaces, placing rainbow stickers on their books, displaying a large button that read, "I Love My LGBT Students," and punishing those who objected.

ADF developed a stable of anti-LGBT "expert" witnesses

Dr. Paul Hruz (L) and Dr, Allan Josephson - Part of an anti-LGBT
panel at a Heritage Foundation presentation
Alliance Defending Freedom has been holding conferences to cultivate anti-LGBT expert witnesses. Far from experts, these crackpots are at the medical fringe and at odds with their own professional organizations.

ADF has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for its anti-LGBT agenda which includes advocating for state-sanctioned sterilization of transgender people.