Thursday, July 31, 2014

New smartphone app promises the power to silence Satan

It's called the Shut Up, Devil! app (seriously) which claims to be an innovative resource that puts the power of the Word of God in your pocket. And because it's on your smartphone, which is almost always with you, you're ready to resist the devil whenever and wherever he attacks. Additionally the app features reminders that will help you keep the enemy at bay and silenced in your life.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Invest in bigotry

money down the crapper
The latest money-beg from National Organization for Marriage is titled “Invest in Marriage. Invest in America.” NOM relies heavily on a piece from the Heritage Foundation written by our old friend Ryan T. Anderson and David Azerrad. Brian Brown highlights the following passage:
For those who are concerned about the vitality of the American Dream in the 21st century, strengthening the family ought to be an absolute priority. Far from being a tangential social or religious issue, the strength of the family is a crucial concern—both from an economic and political perspective—and deeply intertwined with the health of the country.

The sheer audacity of NOM and Ryan Anderson

Today, National Organization for Marriage is citing a couple of Ryan Anderson Videos. I'll get back to NOM later. As for Mr. Anderson, he seems to think that he is a great deal smarter than he actually is. In the first video, a gay man asks why he and his potential male spouse should not be able to file a joint tax return. Anderson's oh-so-clever response is to ask whether that should apply to marriages of three or more people. Trying to make the guy defensive, Anderson asks if he is making a “special pleading.”

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NOM requests $691,025.05 reimbursement of attorneys' fees in IRS litigation

National Organization for Marriage
In papers filed last Friday National Organization for Marriage seeks reimbursement from the government for legal fees in the amount of $691,025.05. I wonder where they found that extra nickel. This is the amount that NOM claims to have spent to prosecute the IRS for inadvertently providing a third party with an unredacted donor schedule.

NOM lost this case in summary judgment. The organization was confined to receive actual damages plus reasonable attorneys' fees. NOM and the government reached a damages settlement in the amount of $50,000.

Presumably someone, either the judge or the US Attorney, is going to request time logs. Additionally there should be some discovery regarding fee arrangements and what was actually disbursed.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Brian Brown lost and confused over Virginia marriage equality victory

Brian Brown, head of National Organization for Marriage, needs to brush up on United States history. In a statement released early this evening:
We are extremely disappointed, though not surprised, with today's ruling from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals invalidating the definition of marriage in Virginia. It is a terrible abuse of power for a court to abandon the definition of marriage which has existed throughout the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia, was adopted by the people and reflects in law the reality of what marriage is, the union of one man and one woman.

Senator Marco Rubio seeks to appease gays while promoting marriage discrimination

2016 (VP?) hopeful, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) wants to work both sides of the street. In Washington D.C. last Thursday, the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and Catholic University of America hosted a forum at which Rubio gave a speech. According to Rubio:
We should acknowledge that our history is marked by discrimination against gays and lesbians. There was once a time when our federal government not only banned the hiring of gay employees, it required private contractors to identify and fire them. Some laws prohibited gays from being served in bars and restaurants and many cities carried out law enforcement efforts targeting gay Americans.

It's Peter Sprigg vs. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Peter Sprigg - FRC
Peter Sprigg - "Oh shit"
Peter Sprigg, a Baptist minister, is the leading anti-gay propagandist of Family Research Council. Today's ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (Bostic v. Schaefer) in favor of equality has not been greeted warmly by Sprigg. According to him:
In joining the judicial stampede to redefine marriage, the court not only radically departs from natural law and human history but omits altogether, as noted in the dissent, the 'necessary constitutional analysis.'