Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hate Group Leader: In America, you can't say 'Boys are boys'

Brian S. Brown
Brian S. Brown, leader of International Organization of Families, is smearing trans folks again. It seems to be his favorite hobby of late now that marriage is settled.  In an email to supporters Brown claims:
In America, you can't say 'Boys are boys.'

Yet Another Pseudo-Intellectual Struggle With "Transgender Ideology"

Jeff Shafer, a lawyer at the hate group, Alliance Defending Freedom, has a post up at the conservative Catholic site, First Things titled: “Supreme Incoherence: Transgender Ideology and the End of Law.” Shafer's stellar academic credentials consist of an undergraduate degree from Oral Roberts University and a law degree from Regent University. I haven't the vaguest clue how Shafer came to post his piece to a Catholic blog but there it is for all to marvel.

After pretentiously quoting Stanley Fish quoting John Milton, Shafer opines:
Two questions, then. One: Does the federal law prohibiting “sex discrimination” forbid us to countenance the category of “sex”—and thus of “sex discrimination”? Two: Can the rule of law survive a yes answer to question one?

NIH and the Courage Ministry

National Institutes of Health is being used to solicit participants for the Catholic Church's Courage Ministry through PubMed Central (PMC). PMC is an NIH archive of journal literature. PMC provides access to the free full-text of articles from a set of participating journals. As I wrote about yesterday, one of those journals is Linacre which is a publication of the Catholic Medical Association. Peer review at Linacre has less to do with scientific integrity than ensuring that articles conform to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

My contention is that the federal government should not be a repository and outlet for a religious organization.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Apparently NOM's Anti-Trans Hate Bus is Uninsured

This bus has nothing to do with the hate bus
The latest from Brian S. Brown, leader of National Organization for Marriage:
I've got some good news, the #FreeSpeechBus is scheduled to be back on the road this Wednesday after repairing the damage caused by a vicious assault on the bus and the driver by LGBT extremists last Friday in Manhattan. I'm also pleased to let you know that the driver, a military veteran, is doing fine and is committed to continuing the tour!

The bad news is that the repairs were more extensive than expected and we need to raise additional funds to cover this cost. Will you please make a financial contribution so that we can put this terrible assault behind us so that we can help cover these expensive repairs to the #FreeSpeechBus and get back on the road? We also need additional funds to help add new security cameras to the bus.

No, No, No - People do not "Choose" Their Gender Identity

Witherspoon Institute's blog is again an outlet for Daniel Moody and some bizarre contrivances. Moody claims to be an Englishman and an “independent philosopher specializing in the ideology named Gender.” I do not know what Mr. Moody's religion is but, in general, people who refer to gender as an ideology are ultra-conservative Catholics who insist that transgender people do not exist. Ideology is how the pope (who possesses no relevant training) refers to gender identity. Mr. Moody does seem to be obsessed with trans folks for no apparent reason. His recent offerings include:

A Little BS for the Very Toxic Courage Ministry

Paul Darrow
Paul Darrow — Perhaps he is now a nun
The Catholic Church's Courage Ministry (Apostolate) is a Vatican-approved “pray-away-the-gay” operation. To substantiate their case they like to point to a peer-reviewed article in Linacre Quarterly authored by Michigan psychologist, Paul M. Sutton (who used to be associated with NARTH). Sutton claims that a professional therapist might be able to change the sexual orientation of a highly motivated patient. Aside from the fact that Sutton is not an academic, Linacre Quarterly just happens to be the journal of the Catholic Medical Association.

AP: 'Bathroom bill' to cost North Carolina $3.76B

While Tony Perkins has been claiming that business is better than ever for North Carolina, an Associated Press analysis finds that House Bill 2 is going to cost the state nearly $4 billion. Way to go guys!

Over the past year, North Carolina has suffered financial hits ranging from scuttled plans for a PayPal facility that would have added an estimated $2.66 billion to the state's economy to a canceled Ringo Starr concert that deprived a town's amphitheater of about $33,000 in revenue. The blows have landed in the state's biggest cities as well as towns surrounding its flagship university, and from the mountains to the coast.