Monday, May 21, 2018

The economics of LGBT hate and NOM's daily pleas

NOM World Headquarters
Brian Brown purchased this home at 6463 Drexel Road in Philadelphia for 565,000 in August, 2011
Boy how the economics of hate have changed. It is nearly seven years since Brian S. Brown bought a house in Philadelphia. His mortgage would have been dependent, in part, on National Organization for Marriage's finances and the prospects for continued employment.

Monday Brown writes: we're behind. It's the usual daily money-beg. Today's premise is that not enough people have fallen for Brown's BS:

The Pope has Sent the Far Right Into Meltdown

Doug Mainwaring
Doug Mainwaring doesn't seem to have aged very well since his days as a NOM poodle, schlepped from hearing to hearing to express internalized homophobia.
A victim of the Chilean clergy abuse crisis who met privately with Pope Francis told a Spanish news source that the Pope told him to accept himself as gay because God made him that way. If that is the case then I am not “objectively disordered.” If the Pope actually said that he is also dismissing the prominent mythology that the individual is gay because of the sex abuse he endured.

It is worth noting that in incurious conservative Christian circles some people believe that most gay men are gay because they were abused. Science disagrees but the Christians know more than the scientists,

Friday, May 18, 2018

Catholic Archdiocese sues Philadelphia over adoption

Along with nominal plaintiffs (individual citizens), Catholic Social Services (under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia) has sued Philadelphia in federal court, claiming the City Council unconstitutionally stopped placing children in its foster homes because of the church’s opposition to marriage equality. They further claim that the city is “prioritizing political grandstanding over the needs of children.” The sophistry is both arrogant and intellectually dishonest:
The City is penalizing Catholic Social Services, in violation of its contract and state and federal law, because the agency has Catholic beliefs about same-sex marriage. Catholic Social Services serves and places children regardless of their race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, source of income, familial status, genetic information, or sexual violence victim status. Even though no LGBT couple has filed a complaint against Catholic Social Services, and the agency would not stand in the way of any couple who wished to foster a child in need, the City has decided to penalize the agency because the City disagrees with its religious beliefs. But even more importantly, the City is penalizing both the foster parents who wish to continue working with Catholic Social Services and the children they would serve

Connecticut DCF encouraging LGBT people to adopt children

While some states are trying to limit adoption and foster care opportunities for prospective LGBT parents, Connecticut is reaching out. There are currently about 4,300 children in the state's care. There are approximately 100 LGBT adoptive families in the system. The goal of the state is to increase that to 250.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Brown has lost all touch with reality

Brian S. Brown
Brian S. Brown has become a shameless liar to mislead donors
Brian S. Brown, president of the anti-LGBT National Organization for Marriage continues to solicit funds with demonstrably false appeals.

On Thursday Mr. Brown writes:
The case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v Colorado Civil Rights Commission is a huge case, and NOM has played a key role in it. As you know, the case involves Christian baker Jack Phillips who has been targeted by gay activists because he refused to be an active participant in a same-sex 'marriage' which would violate his Christian beliefs about the true nature of marriage.

$300 million in revenues and CBN cannot get its facts straight

Pat Robertson
Pat Robertson is chairman of the board of Christian Broadcasting Network. Perhaps that explains, in part, the outlet's blatant disregard for the truth.
Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network had revenues, for the year ended March 31, 2017, of $308 million. During the same year it had nearly 1,500 employees plus another 220 independent contractors. You might think that, with all of that, they could get the facts right. You would be wrong.

Consider this headline: 'Jesus Died...for Those Who Are in Pain': Why California May Ban This Message of Hope for Gays.

Michael Cohen's SARs are missing

This is explosive, Turns out that payments to Michael Cohen were sourced from SARs filed with the Treasury Department. A SAR is a Suspicious Activity Report filed with Treasury by a bank. Apparently a number of SARs associated with Michael Cohen have gone missing; perhaps purged from the computer system. A Treasury investigator with a long history in law enforcement leaked what remains to prevent them from also going up in smoke.