Wednesday, September 18, 2019

That settles it: Bible Nation Society disapproves

Immanuel Baptist Church
Immanuel Baptist Church
World Headquarters of Bible Nation Society
Bible Nation Society is organizing a Rally for Religious Liberty to Counter Governor and Attorney General. Bible Nation Society owns a domain but has no website. BNS is a 501(c)3 but has revenues under $50,000 allowing it to provide its tax return to the IRS by e-postcard. They are terribly upset with the Michigan Civil Rights Commission.

Last summer the Commission made a determination that it would interpret the word sex, as it relates to nondiscrimination protections, to include sexual orientation and gender identity. That didn't go down well in some parts of Christendom which has the shared belief that Free Exercise of religion (as Religious Liberty™) requires the ability to discriminate against those one disapproves of (all neatly cloaked in Christian scripture, of course).

Yes Madame: Conservative Christians Really DO Harm LGBTQ People

Laura Haynes
Conversion Therapy Crackpot Laura Haynes
via Laura Haynes website
Laura Haynes poses the rhetorical question: Are Religious Californians Really Harming the Mental Health of People Who Identify as LGBTQ? The outlet for this intellectually dishonest treatise is Witherspoon Institute's pseudo-intellectual blog.

Aside from the BS inherent in rhetorical questions Ms. Haynes is incapable of writing “LGBTQ people.” She is pretending that LGBTQ people do not exist. Her substitute is “People who identify as LGBTQ.” How can she answer a question about people whom she does not believe even exist? Not very well, as it turns out.

Laura Haynes is a retired California Christian psychologist. Haynes is, and always has been, a professional Christian. She has been associated with NARTH (now Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity) and specialized in conversion therapy. She has personally harmed LGBTQ people with interventions that are both ineffective and harmful according to every mainstream medical and counseling professional organization.

So let's see if I have the right - Ex-gay is suing Vimeo for sexual orientation discrimination? UPDATED

Church United
(Originally published on June 25, 2019) California's Unruh Civil Rights Act makes it unlawful for businesses to discriminate based on sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, or sexual orientation.

You all know what Vimeo is. In some respects it is where people go after their account gets whacked by YouTube. In 2014 Vimeo changed its acceptable use policy to preclude posting videos promoting conversion therapy. Vimeo is owned by IAC. Vimeo and its parent are both located in New York City.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Michael Voris is selective in his sanctimony

Michael Voris
Michael Voris of Church Militant is a gay man who claims to be celibate in order to conform to the catechism of the Catholic Church. That is his decision to make. Yet Voris is a hypocrite. Aside from prohibitions on “bearing false witness,” the catechism is explicit: “Truth or truthfulness is the virtue which consists in showing oneself true in deeds and truthful in words, and guarding against duplicity, dissimulation, and hypocrisy.”

Mr. Voris has a history of saying or writing just about anything in defense of the Catholic Church. He will do so regardless of whether or not his assertions are truthful. In fact he will make statements regardless of whether or not his utterances make any sense.

While he mixes fact with opinion, Voris is essentially correct with respect to the following:
Two gay men are suing the U.S. government over the citizenship of their adopted daughter.

American Vision offers evidence that it is a hate group

Asserting that LGBTQ people pose a peril to children as a means of framing anti-LGBTQ religious beliefs is a sure path to hate group status.
Gary DeMar
Apparently the Establishment Clause within  the First Amendment doesn't say precisely what it says.
Gary DeMar, head of American Vision, wrote: More Homosexual Penguins on Parade to Propagandize Children. I might be a penguin skeptic so I will skip that part, for now. According to Mr. DeMar:
Gary DeMar
Homosexuals have been able to convince many people that homosexual behavior is normal by some false analogies, bad science, and buckets of intimidation. Since most public schools do not teach students how to think, it’s no wonder that many young people fall for fallacious reasoning.
Relegating a sexual orientation that DeMar disapproves of to behavior is intellectually dishonest. The existence of sexual orientation as a continuum (with heterosexual and homosexual at the extreme ends) is settled science.

You win some - You lose some

An unfortunate loss in Arizona. A win for the SPLC.
I think that the Arizona Supreme Court's 4-3 decision in Brush & Nib Studio is idiotic. Reading the ruling it seems like four conservative judges incorporated Alliance Defending Freedom's rhetoric into a ruling celebrating Christian privilege. The Court did not provide guidance to determine what is speech and what is conduct.

Some have called the ruling very narrow. I disagree. It opens the door to anyone claiming that their discriminatory conduct was merely the avoidance of compelled speech. Moreover, it awards a hate group (Alliance Defending Freedom) with a victory. One that they will use to raise funds and burnish their credibility.

Monday, September 16, 2019

LifeSiteNews using pray-your-gay-away to raise funds

According to John-Henry Westen, co-editor of LifeSiteNews: Hundreds have left the LGBT lifestyle and now speak against it. Help their voices be heard!
Our journalist, Doug Mainwaring, was on the ground this weekend in Florida reporting at the Freedom March – a march organized and led by ex-trans and ex-LGBT activists - something mainstream media doesn’t want to acknowledge exists!

Not only does the Freedom March prove the flaws of the LGBT viewpoint, but it gives hope to all those living that lifestyle to know that there is a way out.

While mainstream media wants to ignore them, by joining the LifeSite giving family, you can give them a voice.