Thursday, June 22, 2017

In Mississippi There Remain a Number of Options

Welcome to Mississippi
As most of you have probably heard by now, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth District reversed and injunction issued by a lower court that prohibited Mississippi's HB-1523 from taking effect. At the same time they dismissed the case which is captioned Campaign for Southern Equality v. Bryant. The cased was dismissed because the plaintiffs lack standing. That means, rather than an actual injury (which is required by law) the Court found that the injury was prospective or hypothetical.

According to the panel:

Hate groups continue to assert that they are victims of SPLC

Guidestar's listing for Liberty Counsel is headed by this image
While hate group leaders maintain that the Southern Poverty Law Center is irrelevant, they seem to be considerably dismayed by the listing of their group.

Guidestar is now indicating nonprofit organizations designated as hate groups by SPLC. To put it mildly, this has upset some folks who love to embrace victimhood. Victims? These are the organizations that oppress LGBT people, Muslims, immigrants and others yet lack the introspection on the part of their leaders to cease the activities that invite the SPLC listing in the first place. Guidestar is providing information that might be important to people investigating nonprofit organizations.

Arts Not Parts

Irregular Labs (studio and think tank) has launched Arts Not Parts, a creative call to action in support of and solidarity with trans and gender nonconforming youth.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Speaking of Diminished Intellect ...

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We can always count on the tag team of AFA's Charlie Butts and Greg Quinlan (of some obscure New Jersey hate group) to submit, for our entertainment and review, examples of their incapacity to grasp simple concepts.

On Wednesday at American Family Association's “news” blog, Butts writes: “Celebrating mental illness Jersey-style.” Mr. Butts is apparently proud of his employer's designation as a hate group because his headline refers to transgender children. AFA will be labeled a hate group in perpetuity.

No Major Religious Group Supports Denial of Service to Gays and Lesbians

The highly respected Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) has a new survey out Wednesday.

Some of the findings include:
  • Not a single major U.S. religious group where a majority of members support denying service to same-sex couples. Fifty percent of white evangelical Protestants supported such service denial. That's the closest to a majority that they get. 42% of Mormons, 34% of Hispanic Protestants, 25% of black Protestants and 25% of Jehovah's Witnesses believe businesses should be allowed to deny services to same-sex couples.

Governor Rick Scott Has Broken His Promise to Protect LGBT People

Rick Scott
One year ago, representatives of Equality Florida asked Governor Rick Scott to honor the victims of the Pulse massacre by taking action to reduce workplace discrimination. The expectation was that Scott would issue an executive order protecting state employees from discrimination and ensuring that taxpayer funds went to contractors who would not discriminate.

Workplace equality has a direct effect on reducing anti-LGBT violence. By working together diverse people find common ground. They realize that people are not defined by their sexual orientation or sexual identity. This would be a very good place for Governor Scott to influence his constituents in a positive way.

Hate Group Leader Exposes the Mediocrity of His Wit

Mat Staver
The unhinged Mat Staver doesn't want students addressed by preferred pronouns. In an email to supporters he writes: “DOE Gets Failing Grade for So-called Transgender Student Memo.” At the risk of being pedantic, “DOE” is the abbreviation for the Department of Energy. The correct shorthand for the Department of Education is ED. Staver should know better. His take on how vulnerable children should be treated is similarly limited by ignorance.
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a memo to public schools and teachers explaining that refusal to refer to so-called transgender students by their preferred pronoun or name could be grounds for an investigation.