Thursday, December 13, 2018

Liberty Counsel IRS Referral

Hate group leader Mad Mat Staver (Liberty Counsel)
Image via YouTube/Fox News
In 2006, hate group leader Mad Mat Staver managed to have Liberty Counsel recognized as an Integrated Auxiliary of a Church. Then controlling organization is supposed to be Thomas Road Baptist Church. The following information has been transmitted as a referral to the Exempt Organizations Division of the Internal Revenue Service:

Re: Liberty Counsel, EIN 592986294. Reference is made to a letter dated December 11, 2006 from Liberty Counsel's auditors; Batts, Morrison, Wales & Lee to the Internal Revenue Service, EP/EO, Cincinnati, OH.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Exploring Dr. Michael Brown's inferiority complex

Dr. Michael Brown is obsessed with gay people. That might reveal something about his own sexuality and insecurities but it is probably more complex than that.
Dr. Michael Brown
Wednesday, Michael Brown provides A Short Primer on the Bible and Homosexual Practice. Aside from the fact that the Bible says lots of things that are no longer applicable (like, say, murdering brides who turn out not to be virgins), Brown is being intellectually dishonest and, perhaps, revealing in ways that he does not intend.

I don't want to go through this entire treatise and I am more interested in the why than the what. Here is just a sample of Brown's prose:

Another Trump whopper about President Obama

The latest utterance from Dear Leader:
Presumably Trump is referring to a $400 million transaction which was the first payment of a settlement in the amount of $1.7 billion. Trump's number is about 88 times the actual dollar amount. Moreover, this was Iran's money. We owed this since 1979.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Hate group's international branch promotes anti-LGBT venom

Elyssa Koren and Paul Coleman
Elyssa Koren and Paul Coleman demonstrate that ADF International promotes the same bigotry as the parent organization.
Images via ADF International
Two employees of ADF International have penned an essay for Witherspoon Institute's pseudo-intellectual blog. Witherspoon is an ultra-orthodox Catholic organization headed by an Opus Dei numerary. First, it is important to understand what ADF International does.

According to tax filings, ADF International is not part of Alliance Defending Freedom. However, it is fair to say that the organization is under the administrative control of Alliance Defending Freedom. ADF International is newly registered in the United Kingdom (May 26, 2017). No financial information has been required thus far.

A Lamborghini and a Rolex - Churches need to file tax returns

Pastor John Gray of Relentless Church in Greenville, South Carolina bought his wife Aventer a Lamborghini Urus for their eighth wedding anniversary. With 641 HP the vehicle tops out at about 190 per and is the world's fastest SUV. It is just what every pastor's wife requires. Average price of the Urus is about $270,000 (base price is $200,000).

Monday, December 10, 2018

A collection of anti-trans advocates

This is not the legitimate, intellectually honest and neutral "space" that it claims to be.
We have a relatively new collection of anti-trans and anti-gender-affirmation advocates. It is called the “gdworkinggroup.” It doesn't appear to be anything more than a web site but many of the participants are familiar to those of us who track transgender opponents, skeptics and obsessives. They have an entire section devoted to Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria which is nothing more than parental wishful thinking.

These folks do not get off to a very good start. On the home page is this welcome notice:
Pediatric and Adolescent Gender Dysphoria Working Group: An International Discussion Space for Clinicians and Researchers

AFA's lawyer - wizard that he is - weighs in on the Mueller probe

Abraham Hamilton III
American Family Association's half-assed in-house lawyer has a few strange observations about the Mueller probe. That lawyer is Abraham Hamilton III.
So who is this guy?
In the way of background Hamilton doesn't seem to have ever practiced civil law. Rather, he was an assistant district attorney in Houston and then New Orleans for about eight years combined. He is a graduate of that Mecca of critical thinking, Oral Roberts University. His law degree is from third or fourth tier Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. I can find no record that he has ever appeared in a federal court.