Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Sometimes the Hate Group Should Learn to Just Shut Up

Sandy Rios
There is no shortage of idiotic and dishonest statements made by hate-mouth Sandy Rios.
via YouTube
The latest smear from American Family Association, an anti-LGBTQ hate group, is that Pete Buttigieg cannot be trusted because his father was a Marxist. There is no evidence to suggest that Joseph Buttigieg, who died last year, was a Marxist.

According to AFA:
The aw-shucks mayor from the Midwest, Pete Buttigieg, is being praised – sort of – for downplaying his Marxist-worshipping father.

“He's deceptive. He's low key,” AFR talk show host Sandy Rios says of the young presidential candidate. “He seems like an aw-shucks, very-nice guy. At the same time, he's a committed leftist.”

The Latest in Shitfitz - Gay Kiss in Marvel Film

“There are no ‘gay people’ because the combination of adjective followed by a noun recognizes sexual orientation as an inherent aspect of one's humanity rather than behavior.”
Save yourselves — The end is near! Here at the pond we have discovered a new nincompoop. His name is Martin Bürger and Wednesday he has authored: New Marvel superhero film to feature ‘beautiful,’ ‘moving’ homosexual kiss for LifeSiteNews, an anti-LGBTQ hate group.

I suppose that Mr. Bürger thinks that this will make the people responsible for a display that he disapproves of feel shame:
The next superhero movie made by Marvel, called The Eternals, will feature a kiss between two men.

Apparently Abortion Causes Women's Partners to Become Gay

Who knew?
Heartbeat International
openDemocracy has a post this month titled: Exclusive: Trump-linked religious ‘extremists’ target women with disinformation worldwide. They are referring to crisis pregnancy centers. The aim of these religious establishments is to coerce women, using guilt and misinformation, into not getting abortions.

Another tactic is to cause a woman to delay getting an abortion beyond the point when an abortion is still possible. The people who operate these centers believe that it is perfectly acceptable to lie to vulnerable women if they can stop an abortion.

According to openDemocracy journalists Claire Provost and Nandini Archer:

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Uh, No - Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity are Not Controversial Subjects

Iowa, mental health professional Lorilei Baker suggested to WHO-TV that the bill “assumes children can turn gay by suggestion.”
I like to think that Iowans are pretty good at common sense
It's an established fact. We all have them. Each and every human being has a sexual orientation and a gender identity. Most of the animal kingdom too, I suspect. My neighbor's male dog humps my leg but, … I do digress.

It is also a fact that some people are gay and some people are transgender. Not many but some.

It is also a fact that ignorance breeds prejudice. Pete Buttigieg, for example, is a very smart fellow with credentials to match including graduating magna cum laude from Harvard and being a Rhodes Scholar. He also served his country as a Naval Intelligence officer in Afghanistan.

Unfortunately, some people cannot see anything other than Mr. Buttigieg's sexual orientation as a gay man. That is the very essence of prejudice.

Industry Association Fraud

“Once you accept the scientific fact that sexual orientation and gender identity are neither choices nor the result of parenting, the conversion therapy industry is an obviously fraudulent enterprise.”
Restored Hope Network
Enablers of the Scam
via Restored Hope Network
The conversion therapy industry association, Restored Hope Network, has sent out its email "invitation" for a conference in June. I'll be sure to mark my calendar.

According to the email invite, presumably the work of Anne Paulk:
HOPE2020 features Sean McDowell speaking on the apologetics Worldview Behind Transgenderism and Case for Marriage. Joe Dallas will present with his wife, Renee, on topics for families, spouses and LGBT strugglers. Linda Seiler will present on why some have greater success in leaving LGBT lives from her original doctoral research.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Katy Faust and a Lackey "Explain" the Commonality of Marriage Equality and Polygamy

Katy Faust
Same tune, different lyrics from Katy Faust
via YouTube
Katy Faust and someone named Stacy Manning are trying to discredit same-sex marriage by comparing it to polygamy.That is why these two have authored Push To Legalize Polygamy Uses Same Arguments As Push For Same-Sex Marriage.

For the record I have no opinion on plural marriage because I have not studied plural marriage. I have no clue whether plural marriage is beneficial or detrimental to child development. That is an important consideration. Nor, for that matter have I seen any research on the matter.

Polygamy is illegal in all 50 states as well as federally due to the Edmunds Act which was signed into law in 1882. If there is a “push” as Faust and Manning contend it has little chance of being successful and doesn't seem to be well organized or terribly robust. As I said Faust and Manning are focused on marriage equality and have little interest in polygamy.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

The Transphobia is Less Important Than the Dishonest Twisting of Facts

How to ferment a toxic brew of transphobia through intellectual dishonesty, confirmation bias, selective observation and a thorough disrespect of science.
Donald DeMarco
Donald DeMarco is an educated man who is highly susceptible to confirmation bias and selective observation.
via Celebrate Life Magazine
According to Donald DeMarco, he is an adjunct professor at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. He is a professor emeritus at St. Jerome's University in Ontario.

The websites of those institutions do not confirm those claims. However, we can safely assume that Mr. DeMarco is an ultra-conservative Catholic.

I have no problem with Mr. DeMarco's religious beliefs. He is free to believe in the sanctity of cottage cheese for all I care. He is also free to pretend, in defiance of medical science, that transgender people do not exist. Trans people probably couldn't care less. They are not seeking anyone's approval.

DeMarco's use of intellectually dishonest arguments and twisted facts to smear and attempt to marginalize LGBTQ people in order to support Church teachings is exceedingly objectionable.