Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A self-proclaimed leader of hate

Brian S. Brown
Brian S. Brown has his hand out again and this time it is for International Organization for the Family which is actually World Congress of Families which is actually the Howard Center For Family Religion and Society which is actually just another anti-LGBT hate group. One day Brown's kids will be so proud.

Today's missive is titled “A Pizza A Month.” Mr. Brown looks like he eats lots of pizza. But I digress:
Dear Friend:

I want to update you on the tremendous opportunity we have this summer as a result of the $100,000 matching gift offer we've received. Every dollar we raise through the summer will be doubled thanks to this incredible offer! I am most excited that 52 people have accepted our request to become a Sustaining Member, pledging to make a modest contribution to IOF each month. The great news is that all those future monthly contributions for an entire year will be matched! All together, we will receive $705 per month so far which is nearly $8,500 on an annual basis. That's a great start, but I know we can do so much better!

Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado - Question Presented and briefing schedule

Masterpiece Cakeshop
Alms for ADF on the counter at Masterpiece Cakeshop
I wonder if the ACLU or SPLC have donation cans
Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission is the case of the Washington State baker (Jack Phillips) who declined to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding in defiance of the state's nondiscrimination law. I expect Colorado to prevail but the Question Presented Report is biased in favor of the baker which is as expected since it was written by Alliance Defending Freedom, Masterpiece's lawyers. The QP is undated but here is what it says:

Monday, July 24, 2017

Someone should inform this hate group leader that he looks like a fool

Tim Wildmon
Once again, American Family Association's Tim Wildmon is furthering his silly and pointless Target crusade. The latest email is titled: “Avoid this store: Do your back-to-school shopping elsewhere.” If nothing else, Target's dividends are currently yielding nearly 5% and they have 49 consecutive years of raising its dividend. 11 days ago the company increased its earnings guidance due to “improved traffic and sales trends.”

Like a dog with a bone:

Deacon Jim Russell is Oh-So-Clever

Deacon Jim Russell
Deacon Jim Russell
Were Deacon Jim Russell really intelligent and clever, he would get a real job and find other uses for his time. Yet Russell works for the Archdiocese of St. Louis and writes bigoted, ignorant and moronic anti-LGBT essays. Religious belief is no excuse for incivility.

The latest smear is titled: “Orthophobia and the Marginalized QTBGL Catholic.”
As I survey the current state of the Catholic Church, I believe I can no longer hold back. It is time for me to come out.

I am and have for some time identified as a member of the QTBGL community, and I need to explain why I call myself a QTBGL Catholic.

Katy Faust is Still Making Mischief

Katy Faust
Ms. Faust, Circa 2015
The photo on her blog is around 1995 vintage
Katy Faust of Ask the Bigot fame has moved on to Them Before Us. Faust continues to be irrationally obsessed with devaluing same-sex parenting and reversing same-sex marriage. According to Faust, her parents divorced when she was about 11 years old. Her mother fell in love with another woman and they jointly raised Faust.

Faust once wrote: “My parents’ divorce has been the most traumatic event in my thirty-eight years of life.” She added that she would have given anything “to have my mom and my dad loving me under the same roof.” The fact that her mother is gay seems to be far less consequential than her parents' divorce but she wants to blame the gay. A conservative Christian, Faust is married to a Seattle pastor.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Medical College Re: Dr. Paul McHugh

Dr. Paul McHugh
This comes to us from Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine. BCM is ranked 8th best in the country by US News (21st in research). The piece is titled “Alternative science: The importance of informed policymaking.”

The author is Cody Brannan. Brannan is a graduate student of Bioscience and Health Policy at Rice University interning with the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine.

Brannan seems to politely call McHugh a quack while proving, once again, that there are a few sane people in Texas (who are greatly outnumbered by crazy people):
You’ve probably heard the phrase “alternative facts” by now. Suddenly, “alternative” is part of our vocabulary as a popular characterization for falsehoods that are portrayed as facts.

Judge finally confirms that hate group leader Mat Staver lost the Kim Davis case

Mat Staver, leader of Liberty Counsel, has been insisting that Kim Davis was the victor in her civil litigation. The matter is has now been resolved. Plaintiffs prevailed, Davis lost and  Kentucky must now pay attorneys fees in the amount of $224,000. Quoting from the New York Times:
But the plaintiffs in the case filed a motion for lawyers’ fees shortly thereafter; a magistrate judge later recommended that the court deny the plaintiffs’ motion for such fees.

But in his order, Judge Bunning rejected the magistrate’s recommendations, finding instead that the couples who had sued Ms. Davis had “prevailed” in the case, which entitled them to lawyers’ fees. He also found that the Commonwealth of Kentucky — not Ms. Davis or Rowan County — must pay them.

In this case, the plaintiffs ‘prevailed by every measure of victory,’” Judge Bunning wrote. “Plaintiffs obtained marriage licenses that could not be revoked. And two of the plaintiff-couples married on those licenses. That is enduring relief.”