Sunday, June 23, 2019

Conversion therapy is a toxic dead end for LGBT people - UPDATED

Every mainstream medical and counseling professional peer association agrees that conversion therapy is ineffective and potentially harmful.
Conversion therapy
Originally published on August 8, 2018.

Liberty Counsel, an anti-LGBT hate group, is spreading misinformation throughout the religious right echo chamber about the supposed effectiveness of conversion therapy.

Update: Hemant Mehta (Friendly Atheist) found out that the subject research article has been retracted by Linacre, the journal of the Catholic Medical Association. Mad Mat Staver is going to be even madder when he finds out. I have his real email address. I think that I will drop him a little note.

The existence of conversion therapy is — and always has been — a way for the religious right to claim that sexuality is a choice and is not immutable. They perpetuate the myth that sexuality they disapprove of is a mental disorder that can be cured.

Friday, June 21, 2019

The latest anti-LGBT fear mongering and outright lies from Tony Perkins

Once again, a self-righteous fundamentalist Christian who presumes to be an arbiter of morality is caught lying through his teeth.
Tony Perkins
via YouTube/Fox News
Heritage Foundation continues to provide blog space to hate group leader Tony Perkins (Family Research Council). Friday's spew from Perkins is titled: Vermont Poised to Let Kids, Not Parents, Make Gender Decisions.
Like his idol, Mr. Trump, Tony Perkins is a pathological liar:
Most schools can’t give a child an aspirin without getting a parent’s OK. But in Vermont, kids are about to get a whole lot more than Tylenol. Under a new rule, they’ll be able to get entirely new bodies—in some cases, without ever calling home.
No Mr. Perkins. No. Not one word of the above is true.

We should excuse Christian bigotry because the Saudis are worse

Julio Severo
Julio Severo
via Last Days Watchman
Julio Severo is the author of “Prophetic Prayers: Daily Prayer Guide Based on the Book of Proverbs.” Intriguing no doubt. Julio Severo is also the author of Taylor Swift Music Video Attacks People Who Protest Against LGBTQ Behavior, But Refrains from Condemning Islamic Nations that Execute Homosexuals. Within this intellectual masterpiece is this:
If Swift treated Saudis the way she has treated Christians in her music video, the Saudi reprisals would be fast.

If she does not accept Christians who do not accept homosexual depravity, she should target George Washington, the first U.S. president. He never executed homosexuals, but he discharged dishonorably from the Army a soldier who committed sodomy (homosexual acts).

The Peter is Having One of His Delusions

“Unlike most straw men, LaBarbera is a self-manufactured convenience.”
He hangs upside-down and produces disproportionately massive amounts of crap.
Hate Group Leader Peter LaBarbera (Americans for Truth About Homosexuality) has sent out an email titled: Rally Against Obergefell and (Fake) "Gay Marriage," Wed., June 26 at Supreme Court -- Anniversary of Immoral Ruling. I suppose that LaBarbera will find a few fellow crazies to fart out their discontent over something that doesn't affect them in any way whatsoever.

What is the point? What does he hope to accomplish? The justices of the Supreme Court are not interested and no one recognizes Peter LaBarbera as the arbiter of morality in America. Presumably Peter has better things to do. He can start by getting his books and records in order. Perhaps the IRS will once again grant his little org tax-exempt status which was revoked over four years ago. But I digress.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

New England has its share of crazy bigots

Steve Pauwels
Steve Pauwels is another know-it-all Christianist blowhard and bigot
via Twitter
I like to think of New England as Bernie Sanders territory. A place where people are not overly concerned with the sexuality of others.

Steve Pauwels is pastor of Church of the King in Londonderry, New Hampshire. Church of the King seems to be located in a strip mall in close proximity to Crazy Noodle. How appropriate. Anyway, Mr. Pauwels doesn't like LGBT people very much and he is not content to simply accept the premise that his version of Christianity does not approve of gay sex or transgender folks.
Pauwels' real problem is that most people are not as bigoted and hateful as he is:
Exactly when did our intrepid conservative leaders deem it impermissible to make the moral argument against official approval of homosexuality? The date, the year at least, when our “on-the-Right” stalwarts junked any reference to the disorder of a “gay” lifestyle? That there is something decidedly and intrinsically “wrong” with same-sex activity?

Indiana ignoramus sues

John Kluge
Former music teacher John Kluge (right) with unnamed attorney in June, 2018. Kluge claims that transgender accommodations amount to religious discrimination.
via NBC News
A former music teacher has sued his school district (below the fold) for religious discrimination. Apparently, requiring proper forms of address for transgender students is abhorrent to a religious conservative. About a year ago I wrote about John Kluge and Brownsburg High School in Brownsburg, Indiana. (At the time the soon-to-be-dead cat seemed funny.) Kluge claimed that he had a religious duty to deadname transgender students.

Not being able to abide by school policy to treat gender diverse students with kindness, Kluge resigned under pressure. Kluge then unresigned. The school district, having accepted the resignation, did not agree to retain Mr. Kluge. Kluge claimed religious discrimination.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Don't believe the VidAngel BS - Not for a second

VidAngel Logo
Sanctimonious Christians are self-righteous moralists except when it comes to cheating others in business. Then, anything goes. As some of you may know the video streaming company, VidAngel is on the wrong side of a $62 million judgment levied against them on June 17. VidAngel, which has been popular with conservative Christians, streams movies with user-configured filtering. A subscriber could zap the gay stuff or profanity or apply any of a number of filters.

Christendom would like people to believe that major studies sued VidAngel for filtering their movies. A headline at the increasingly preposterous Federalist reads: Hollywood Punishes VidAngel For Cleaning Up Their Smut. Over at CBN they got the headline right but the text includes: “The judge ruled the company violated the studios' copyrights by streaming filtered versions of their movies.”
The filtering was irrelevant to the verdict.