Saturday, December 3, 2016

A pointless petition from NOM (along with a goofy picture)

Brian S. Brown
Brian S. Brown informed me Friday night that National Organization for Marriage has joined the phony “Save the Endangered Gainses” campaign with a petition for HGTV. As I have pointed out, one idiotic piece in BuzzFeed has created a feeding frenzy among competing conservative Christian organizations. Apparently nothing makes the cash registers go ka-CHING better than some Christian supposedly victimized by The Homosexual Agenda©. According to Brown:
The far-left clickbait site, Buzzfeed, is trying to make an example of Chip and Joanna Gaines, the stars of the HGTV home renovation show Fixer Upper, because their church’s pastor takes a Biblical view on gay “marriage.”

Friday, December 2, 2016

Did I mention that self-censorship is not one of my strong suits?

I used to be far more diplomatic and restrained. I wasn't going to post anything else today — no sleep last night. That guy I wrote about in my last piece kind of got to me so before I took a nap I sent him the following:

At Witherspoon a law professor claims that WE are the segregationists

Steven Smith
Steven Smith is a Law Professor at the University of San Diego. Mr. Smith, writing for Witherspoon Institute's blog, offers: “Who’s on Which Side of the Lunch Counter? Civil Rights, Religious Accommodation, and the Challenges of Diversity.” It is a varietal of; gays are intolerant for not tolerating intolerance. It's nothing new. Before I get into this in detail what is always missing from these polemics is the fact that the nondiscrimination ordinances that they don't like were not effected in a vacuum. People elected by the citizens pass these laws as legislation. Someone elected by the citizens signed these measures into law.

Victim-making as industry - The pimps of persecution

Mob with pitchforks and torches
The tines of pitchforks are being sharpened, torches lit and villagers assembled. Call me a cynic but I gather that making victims out of Chip and Joanna Gaines must make the cash registers go ka-CHING!

Yesterday I wrote about the HGTV stars, the Gainses. One obscure writer at BuzzFeed questioned whether they were hateful due to the fact that they attend a hateful church. Their pastor is an ignorant schmuck but there is no evidence that the Gainses have been bigoted or discriminatory towards LGBT people. At the Washington Post Brandon Ambrosino reached a similar conclusion (although he always seems to be apologizing for the fact that he is gay). Brandon, by the way, is getting married. Mazel tov! One would be hard-pressed to find anyone in the gay community cheering on that writer at BuzzFeed.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Rick Santorum is STILL an idiot

Rick Santorum
Many colleges and universities have determined that Young America's Foundation is an anti-LGBT hate group. Among other things they have this fetish for inviting Rick Santorum to speak at college campuses. Such was the case at Cornell University on Wednesday. As is often the case, students at the Ivy League university protested. Apparently some of them attempted to interrupt Santorum's speech.
 
In right wing circles Santorum is being lauded for saying the following:

A couple of important reads on Title VII

On Tuesday, Will Baude previewed Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College. The case asks whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 already provides federal nondiscrimination protection to gays on the basis that anti-gay discrimination would constitute discrimination on the basis of sex.

Today Baude follows up with a review of oral arguments before the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday. For LGBT citizens this is probably the most important case making its way through the courts since Obergefell v. Hodges

The BuzzFeed dust-up requires us to define bigotry

Chip And Joanna Gaines
Kate Arthur at BuzzFeed probably had good intentions when she wrote about Chip and Joanna Gaines, the stars of the HGTV show “Fixer Upper.” The headline and sub-head tell you pretty much what you need to know:
Chip And Joanna Gaines’ Church Is Firmly Against Same-Sex Marriage

Their pastor considers homosexuality to be a “sin” caused by abuse — whether the Fixer Upper couple agrees is unclear.
After writing about the Gaines' business successes, Arthur writes: