Monday, April 30, 2012

For NOM it is Bullshit Monday again

Those wonderful wonders at National Organization for Marriage are now mind readers. Writing as "NOM Staff" on the NOM blog in NOM world:
The most important thing about the vote in North Carolina is that for opponents it's not a vote on gay marriage at all. They have given up the idea they can win a referendum on gay marriage and instead are pouring millions of dollars into persuading North Carolina voters that the amendment does bad things to opposite sex couples, like taking away domestic violence protection.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

[Video] Classy gay man embarrasses classless Church

Dominic Sheahan-Stahl is a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy  in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan     class of 1998. Dominic was invited to speak at the graduation of his younger brother on May 20. That is, until the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan noticed Dominic's engagement photos (to another man) on Facebook.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Savage: "We can learn to ignore the bullshit in the Bible"

Dan Savage was giving a lecture at the National High School Journalist Conference in Seattle wherein he said:
Dan Savage speaking at Bradley University in P...People often say that they can’t help with the anti-gay bullying acts because it says right there in Leviticus, it says right there in Timothy, it says right there in Timothy, it says right there in Romans, that being gay is wrong.

We can learn to ignore the bullshit in the Bible and what it says about gay people,
Thereupon, a few Christian students walked out. Mr Savage responded:
It’s funny. As someone who’s on the receiving end of beatings that are justified by the bible, how pansy-assed some people react when you push back.
h/t Pink News
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Friday, April 27, 2012

Gambian President: We would ‘rather eat grass’ than accept homosexual behavior

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Apparently Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has become something of a hero to the Christian right. This story from Lifesite News is in praise of his bigotry. Presumably they are jealous that some African countries are this backward.

It's their God-given right to discriminate!

Is there something arcane about the establishment clause?  Seriously. These nitwits seem to think that they need to discriminate against gay people in order not to discriminate against their churches. Therefore, a non-discrimination ordinance should be crafted in recognition of religion.

To get their way they start petition drives seeking to thwart equal protection under the law. Then these pricks are shocked     shocked     that their names, as part of a public process, are not kept secret. Furthermore, isn't it time for these people to stop referring to equal rights as special rights     especially considering that they are the ones demanding protection under the law that is constitutionally prohibited?

After teen’s suicide, Ogden to hold community meeting, candlelight vigil

Another child dies needlessly. Every so-called Christian who denigrates gay people has more blood on their hands. When will they connect homophobia to bullying and the suffering of gay kids? It is not only a disgrace but entirely unnecessary.

It would stop tomorrow if these people held true to the real teachings of their religion.

Marco Rubio responds on DOMA

I wrote a constituent email to Senator Marco Rubio inquiring what his position on DOMA is. Not surprisingly, this is the boilerplate that his staff sent in reply:
Former Speaker of the Florida House at CPAC in .While I respect the rights of all individuals, I believe marriage to be a divine institution where a man and woman resolve with mutual love and respect to live together as husband and wife, and must adhere to applicable laws and conform to civil ceremonies that may be required. As a United States Senator, I will work to defend Acts of Congress and preserve the legal definition of marriage.

Once again NOM embraces "pray-away-the-gay"

It is just one sentence introducing a web link. Nevertheless, it tells us all that we need to know about National Organization for Marriage's stance on reorientation "therapy." The link is to a story that NOM describes as: New California Law Would Forbid Professionals from Helping Teens with Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction. The sentence introducing the link;

"Parents and/or teens' wishes notwithstanding:"  

Thursday, April 26, 2012

From those fun loving folks at NARTH

Quackpots:  One has to wonder what it will take for National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality to fold their tent and go away. This is deadly serious business. There are still parents who insist on subjecting their children to this toxic treatment. When the kid fails to change, they are often punished for not trying hard enough, not praying hard enough or not being sufficiently motivated. It is no surprise that the chief mullah at Pacific Justice Institute is representing NARTH.

This is an email that I received today; April 26, 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

NOMsense

At least National Organization could try to get the facts right every now and then. In a new polemic titled The New Target: Our Children — Silenced in the Classroom, NOM makes the following claims on behalf of (what I thought they had put a merciful end to) their Marriage Anti-Defamation Alliance:

NOM: "Gimme, Gimme, GIMME!"

Not a day goes by when National Organization for Marriage does not come up with another "urgent" reason for donors to give them more money. They seem rather desperate. Perhaps the inevitability factor is beginning to really sink in. In ten years, nobody will admit to being part of a movement to ban gay marriage.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The Establishment Clause continues to elude the Christianists

I don't speak this dialect of gibberish.  Nevertheless, Joseph Backholm and the Family Policy Institute of Washington apparently want people to know, via email, that the church deserves to have laws that are effected for their pleasure. According to them, this is necessary because  "so many churches, and so many individuals within the church, have chosen to surrender their influence over public policy." By the way, the vagueness of what they intend to do with contributions is probably by design due to the fact that they are collecting tax deductible contributions for a non-deductible purpose. I'll get around to that issue later in the week.

ADF Wants kids able to wear bigoted t-shirts in school

The Alliance Defense Fund is the voice of feigned Christian victimization.  In doing so, they pretend not to appreciate the difference between inclusiveness and intolerance:
With final exams starting in just a few weeks, let’s do a quick pop quiz on tolerance for student religious expression at school.

Which of the following t-shirts was a student allowed to wear to school to voice his/her viewpoint on the issue of homosexuality?
  1. A t-shirt with a rainbow fish symbol and the phrase “Jesus is not a homophobe.”
  2. A t-shirt with the saying “Be Happy, Not Gay.”
  3. A t-shirt with the saying “Homosexuality is Shameful.”
If you guessed “A” then give yourself a gold star.
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Perhaps if Mr. Peters attended a real college . . .

NOM employee Thomas Peters attended Ave Maria  University, an intellectually dismal institution that is essentially Tom Monaghan's hobby. I don't know why Mr. Peters did not attend St. John's, Georgetown or Notre Dame (if a Catholic school was de rigueur). If he had, he might have developed some critical thinking skills. Mr. Peters fancies himself as "American Papist." Presumably, others do his thinking.

Monday, April 23, 2012

NARTH having hissy fit over pending CA legislation

If ever there was an organization that needed to go out of business  it is the National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality. Reorientation "therapy" has been deemed unsafe and ineffective by every mainstream medical and counseling organization. Yet, NARTH persists in peddling the BS.

California wants to do something about this quackery. NARTH is not pleased:

This is rich - NOM complains that their adversaries are liars

National Organization for Marriage is,  perhaps, the last organization on the face of the planet that should complain about an opponent's lies.  NOM's campaigns, after all, are built around two lies:
  1. That NOM is a secular organization with a secular purpose and;
  2. That gay people are a threat to children.
Neither of those things is true. NOM is affiliated with the extremist Catholic group Opus Dei and the organization is a functional proxy for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.  The notion that gays are a threat to children is belied by more than seven decades of statistics compiled by the FBI.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Few things piss me off more than promoting "pray away the gay" for kids

Christopher Doyle has authored an "apology" in the Christian Post which is nothing more than a thinly veiled promotion of his new website. Doyle is the Liberty University "educated" miscreant who wrote the following in Townhall.com on April 16, 2010 regarding the Day of Silence:

CWA: VAWA "creates new protections for homosexuals"

Ah yes; Concerned Women for America     former employer of both Matt Barber and Peter LaBarbera. One can always count on CWA for an interesting tidbit of arcane information.

From my inbox:
It is astounding that the left's "war on woman" has some senators afraid to oppose a bad bill simply because it's titled, "The Violence Against Women Act."

This legislation, which is normally a boondoggle for feminists groups, has become even more political this Congress.  The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), S. 1925, creates new protections for homosexuals.  In order to receive federal grants, domestic violence organizations have to agree to embrace the homosexual agenda.

Anglican priest: Jesus was most likely gay, but it is immaterial

Writing in the Guardian, Paul Oestreicher, Canon Emeritus of Coventry Cathedral said the evidence for the biblical figure being “what we today call gay is very strong”.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

NOM is having a collective nervous breakdown

Things are getting very tense for NOM.  In addition to their primary goal of banning gay marriage, they are spread thin trying to punish those who have either defied or slighted them. This as their cause is becoming more unpopular by the day.

I will get to NOM's unredacted tax return in a moment. Before playing victim and accusing people of illegal activities, National Organization for Marriage should first comply with various state laws concerning electoral campaign finances. While they have lost every court challenge, they continue to flout Maine campaign finance disclosure laws. Furthermore, they have not complied with applicable laws in New York. I am informed that they are willfully disobeying several other state election disclosure laws as well.

Stunningly Salient Silence

The Day of Silence is an annual event designed to bring attention to anti-gay harassment and bullying in our nation's schools. The silence is a metaphor for the silencing effect that gays and their allies experience in schools due to anti-gay behavior.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Fundie Food Fight: Pastor Brings Porn to Liberty University

Fundamentalist World can be amusing at times. According to those erudite folks at OneNewsNow:

Liberty University has become the target of evangelical Christians' criticism for inviting Mark Driscoll to campus. Some alumni want him dis-invited.

Driscoll is senior pastor at Mars Hill mega-church in Seattle, and he and his wife have co-authored a book titled Real Marriage: The Truth about Sex, Friendship and Life Together. Tim Guthrie, senior pastor at Arlington Baptist Church in Knoxville and an alumnus and former trustee of the private Christian college, details his issues with the fellow pastor.

[Video] Minnesota Bigotry Minute 4-17-12

She's baaack     the Minnesota marriage twinkie. It takes a special kind of fundamentalism to be this illogical in under three minutes.
  1. I don't know where these people are getting their information portraying a decline in the number of same-sex households.  According to Bloomberg Business Week:
    Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) -- The number of same-sex households in the U.S. surged by about 80 percent during the past decade, a period that saw the introduction of legalized gay marriage at the state level. The U.S. Census Bureau yesterday said the number of same- sex households grew to 646,464 in 2010 from 358,390 in 2000.
  2. Having said that, the number of same-sex households as well as the statistical trend are irrelevant to the issue.
  3. What is more important is the 2 million children being raised by gays     many in committed relationships. Those kids would have more security and stability with married parents.
  4. Which poll should you trust; One funded by the Christian law firm Alliance Defense Fund or one from Gallup?
  5. That, too, is irrelevant. Civil rights, by their very nature, are not a popularity contest.

Harry Jackson claims to be part of a roadblock

I like baking bread, La Gloria Cubana robustos,  steamed lobster, Jim Beam Black and Linux. Harry Jackson's likes are less diverse. His singular passion is to denigrate gay people. Take away the homophobia and Harry wouldn't be Harry. Today, our friend Harry takes to the pages of the Blaze. Therein, he indulges in some proforma NOM-scripted race baiting.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Answers? Family Policy of Institute of Washington can't get the questions right

I received an impossibly nonsensical email  from Joseph Backholm, head of the Family Policy Institute of Washington. These folks are trying to thwart legislatively approved marriage equality with an anti-gay referendum.

The problem that these people have is hardly unique. The reason that they oppose marriage equality is that they fear it will piss off the angry, vengeful, jealous and humorless god that they worship. Every time they attempt arguments on behalf of sound public policy they produce gibberish. There simply does not exist a sound secular reason to oppose marriage equality.

NOM continues to do what they did while insisting that they didn't and don't

It is an irrefutable fact that National Organization for Marriage distributed a document to big donors and potential big donors that included:
The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks—two key Democratic constituencies. Find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage, develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots…

[Video] Maggie Gallagher FALSELY claims that NOM tax return was released by IRS

This is really getting tedious. In the way of background, non-profit organization tax returns are public with the exception of the identity of donors. Someone provided the Human Rights Campaign with an unredacted copy of NOM's 2008 return which shows that Mitt Romney's PAC donated to National Organization for Marriage.

Peter LaBarbera v. Science

Mr. LaBarbera is incensed over another study linking homophobia to sexual insecurity. According to AFA's OneNewsNow:
Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH) has spent years exposing the true agenda of homosexual activism. He says the idea presented in "Is Some Homophobia Self-Phobia?" is just another myth from the left to take aim at people who oppose homosexuality.
Actually, research suggesting a correlation between homosexual arousal and homophobia is nothing new. In 1996, for example, three researchers from the Department of Psychology at the University of Georgia, Athens published a study in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology     a highly respected, peer reviewed journal. According to the abstract (emphasis added):

AFA: "Keep your child at home April 20"

According to the mullahs at American "Family" Association, the Day of Silence is a danger to students. It is hard to cut through the rhetoric to understand what they are really afraid of. Nevertheless, they want you to know that you are supposed to be afraid of     something. Actually, this is a variation on the theme that gay people are a threat to children.

The Day of Silence, which is sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), fast approaches. This year it will take place in most public schools on April 20. On this day, thousands of public high schools and increasing numbers of middle schools will allow students to remain silent throughout an entire day-even during instructional time-to promote GLSEN's socio-political goals and its controversial, unproven, and destructive theories on the nature and morality of homosexuality.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tony Perkins is certainly credible

Tony Perkins heads a hate group;  The Family Research Council. Three possibilities explain the extreme homophobia and homo-hatred that Mr. Perkins consistently demonstrates:
  1. Perkins is insecure with respect to his own sexuality.
  2. Perkins has a blind hatred fueled by selectively observed religious doctrine.
  3. Perkins cynically uses this hate to generate donations to FRC.

Friday, April 13, 2012

NOW they are downright delusional!

Just as I hit "publish" for my last post, A flailing NOM becomes increasingly unstable and erratic, I find an email from Brian Brown, president of National Organization for Marriage.
They're Coming After You Next...Unless We Stop Them!
. . .
Over the past several days, you've seen the attacks leveled against marriage supporters—and particularly at the National Organization for Marriage, precisely because the work we are doing has been so effective, and our coalition so vibrant, diverse and dynamic.
The rest is the usual hyperbolic NOM gibberish coupled with the requisite "gimme your money. NOW!" They're coming to get you because NOM is so vibrant? I can think of many words to describe NOM; Vibrant isn't one of them. Neither is diverse. Is there one NOM employee who is not a fundamentalist Catholic? Any Jews Brian?
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A flailing NOM becomes increasingly unstable and erratic

National Organization for Marriage realized a victory in Maine  in the fall of 2009. Question One succeeded at the polls and repealed (as a "People's Veto") the marriage equality bill enacted by the state's legislature. In an election eve email, NOM's triumphant campaign manager, Frank Schubert, claimed that they "broke the back" of the gay marriage movement.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

NOMnuts: Purloined Tax Return Theory DEBUNKED

As you may recall, about a week ago HRC received and published an un-redacted  National Organization for Marriage tax return showing that Mitt Romney was a donor in 2008. Huffington Post picked up the story as well.

According to NOM, after some fundamentalist sleuthing they have determined that the questioned tax return must have come from the IRS. The reason being that it has a numeric code angled across each page and a legend at the top reading "THIS IS A COPY OF A LIVE RETURN FROM SMIPS."

Then they indulge in some bizarre conspiracy theory hinting that it's Obama's fault because Joe Solmonese is leaving HRC to be a co-chair of the re-election campaign. Sure Brian. Sure.

As usual, NOM is wrong!

Maryland: Homosexual marriage taught in schools

Well, here we go again. Here is just part of what NOM's petition gatherer is claiming:
MDPetitions.com has partnered together with the Maryland Marriage Alliance to bring to referendum the bill that would radically change the definition of marriage in Maryland.  The bill would force homosexual marriage to be recognized by all of us, and would actively be taught to our children in schools across the state, as is already occurring, over the objection of many parents, in Massachussetts <sic>.
NOM will say just about anything, no matter how false, in their religious crusade to ban marriage equality. It's not just racial divisiveness. Rather, their entire campaign, as proxy for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, is based on pitting groups of Americans against each other. Dolan should be ashamed of himself.
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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

ADF: Day of Silence promotes radical sexual agenda

Alliance Defense Fund comes unglued every year over the Day of Silence. As GLSEN explains; "The Day of Silence is a student-led national event that brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Students from middle school to college take a vow of silence in an effort to encourage schools and classmates to address the problem of anti-LGBT behavior by illustrating the silencing effect of bullying and harassment on LGBT students and those perceived to be LGBT."

Leave it to ADF to assume a sinister and sexual motive. For prudes, they sure seem obsessed with sex: 
 You have probably heard of the Day of Silence, a yearly event that homosexual advocacy organizations use to promote their radical sexual agenda in public schools across the country.  The Day of Silence occurs this year on April 20.  On that day, students across the country will remain silent all day to promote acceptance of homosexual behavior.  Many Christian parents and students are legitimately concerned about this event and its encroachment in their schools, and wonder what, if anything, they can do.
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Brian Brown is having another hissy fit

For all we know, NOM hacked their own accounts to play the victim. Nevertheless, Mr. Brown has a different answer:
Early this morning, NOM's online properties were maliciously hacked by militant same-sex marriage activists.

We cannot let this pass unchallenged.

First they attack us in the media with absurd accusations of racism and instigating division and hatred. Now it's a full-on cyber attack. I NEED YOUR HELP.
Nobody has made accusations of racism. We have confirmed racism on NOM's part through their own internal documents.

Bet you cannot guess what "help" Brian needs . . .
Will you make one URGENT online gift right away to help NOM defend marriage against this all-out assault by extremists who will stop at nothing?
Too easy.
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American Decency Association wades into the NOM swamp

So what is pissing off the malcontents at American Decency Association today? Why it is Starbucks of course. First some inconvenient facts:
  • Starbucks announced their decision to support marriage equality in early January. 
  • On March 26 shareholder votes were tallied for several directors of the company including CEO Howard Schultz. Shareholders also voted on several management initiatives including executive compensation and reinstatement of the executive bonus plan. Additionally, there was a shareholder resolution that management opposed.
  • Shareholders voted with management by over 99% on average.    
  • Since January, the value of Starbucks shares has increased by over 30% (it made a 52 week high today).

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Vatican Cardinal: If Catholic employers provide contraceptive coverage they cooperate in sin

Thank you Cardinal Burke. You have just explained the entire healthcare issue in one simple declarative sentence. Burke is no ordinary cardinal. He is the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. Other than the Pope, Burke is the highest judicial authority in the Catholic Church.

So now we know. It's not just Church employees or employees of related organizations like hospitals and universities. Oh no.  An out-of-touch Vatican wants to deny contraceptives to everyone. Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

What happens when the Scientologists don't want to cover psychiatric drugs or psychiatric care?
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Maggie weighs in on Santorum's departure

Maggie Gallagher, writing at her Culture War Victory Fund blog:
No Republican underdog in living memory won ten states against the presumptive front-runner and nominee. Time will tell, but let me say what I think: it wasn’t an accident. We haven’t seen the last of Rick Santorum.
The problem with Maggie's observation, of course, is that she sees it as Santorum's strength. In fact, it is Romney's utter weakness as a candidate that gave Santorum any weight at all.
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Maggie still trying to get even with Starbucks

Ever since National Organization for Marriage started their silly boycott of Starbucks, the stock has gone up and there is strong anecdotal evidence that they have gained far more customers than they have lost. In today's OneNewsNow via Charlie Butts (not his porn name):
I was there at the board meeting this year in Seattle, where we asked the CEO, Howard Schultz, if it's really true that 'gay marriage' is now core, as one of its executives said, to the Starbucks brand, and he said yes -- that that was approved at the highest levels. They've endorsed 'gay marriage' in the state of Washington; they've signed a legal brief, asking courts to overturn the federal definition of marriage.

Apparently God Didn't Proofread This Anti-Gay Push Poll

The anti-gay Christian Civic League of Maine tried a little push poll. This is web-based and I captured it to a PDF. See if you can count the oopsies. Note: For readability click on "Full Screen" below the document.

Monday, April 9, 2012

SEC Claims Ponzi Scam Targeted Gay Investors

A 67-year-old Miami man used "affinity fraud" to bilk gay investors in an $11 million Ponzi scheme, the SEC claims in court. The SEC has now sued George Elia and his company, and sued 212 Entertainment Club and Elia Realty as relief defendants, alleging "affinity fraud."

Apparently Mr. Brown thinks that we are all stupid

Here is just a small sample from the latest "send me your money" from National Organization for Marriage:

Please...We Cannot Let Them Get Away With It...

When the New York Times and other media outlets ran with a ridiculous narrative about NOM being racially divisive and politically poisonous, I have to admit, I was angry—but not surprised.
Let us wade through the BS together:

Dear Mr. Camenker - My open letter to a fellow Jew

Brian Camenker heads the SPLC designated hate group     MassResistance. Lately, Camenker has been making robo-calls on behalf of a group called "Jews and Christians Together." The calls ask people to "vote for social sanity and Rick Santorum, not for homosexuality and Mitt Romney."

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Even bunnies and chicks aren't safe anymore


Rick Scott, 45th Governor of Florida
Tyranny repealed. Freedom restored! Thank you Gov Scott. After 45 years, Florida residents once again have the legal right to dye bunnies and chicks bright neon colors to give to children for Easter gifts. The law was originally put in place in the ’60s through the work of Dade county vet and legislator Dr. Elton Gissendanner. In addition to the harm done with the dye, these gifts are often abandoned by children and not appreciated as pets. Also eliminated by the change is a decades-old ban on the sale of baby bunnies, ducklings, and chicks.

After all, cruelty to animals is a God-given right. Right? "Show me where, in the constitution, you are not allowed to inflict suffering on animals."
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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Friday, April 6, 2012

FRC's Tom McClusky: Gay Marriage causes marriage to "go away"

Is this guy weird or what?
Brian Tashman, at Right Wing Watch reports that Family Research Council vice president, Tom McClusky, appeared on The Janet Mefferd Show yesterday. There are some rather weird exchanges between Mefferd and McClusky.

Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty and Homophobia Part Deux

Yesterday I wrote about this group that is trying to reinstate DADT. There are a few things that I overlooked.
  • While I noted that 11 of the 12 signatories to their letter to Congress were retired, I failed to mention that the organization's entire steering committee is comprised of retired chaplains. Presumably, none of these folks have ever served in the fully integrated military.
  • According to the organization, "The Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty is in the process of becoming a non-profit, 501(c)(3), organization. During this process, all donations will be received by Grace Churches International and are tax deductible." Presuming, therefore, that they are a relatively new organization, "religious liberty" is probably defined as limited to the repeal of DADT. Incidentally, I believe that a pending 501(c)3 is prohibited from making arrangements like this.
  • Finally, the organization is "partnered" with Alliance Defense Fund. Enough said.
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New York State Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz and NOM

Just in passing, maybe Ruben can get Brian to comply with New York State campaign finance disclosure laws. But I digress.

Diaz writes a love note to Brian Brown and the National Organization for marriage.  Obviously, he doesn't get     nor does he address     the point. NOM said, in writing, that they sought to create a wedge between gay and blacks as well as gays and Latinos. Events confirm that NOM did, in fact, work hard to create that wedge as proxies for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty and Homophobia

Do I call them CARLAH? Anyhow, Focus on the Family trumpets a letter from CARL about how terrible the repeal of DADT is. The letter, addressed to Howard McKeon, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has a few problems.


How the bishops enforce homophobia


DENVER — For three years now, Compañeros, a small nonprofit organization in southwestern Colorado, has received thousands of dollars from the Roman Catholic Church to help poor Hispanic immigrants in this rural swath of the state with everything from access to health care to guidance on local laws.


And now, some bullshit from Focus on the Family

Focus on the Family has made gay baiting a Christianist art form. Their Tom Minery weighs in on Anchorage's failed Proposition 5. My favorite part of this mindless rubbish:
Our nation's founding documents guarantee freedom for all, while the pursuit of "fairness" by some liberal groups usually means that someone — or some government group — decides what is "fair" for some, at the expense of others.

Oh, Please. More from NomNuts

I just received an email from National Organization for Marriage. According to Brian Brown (emphasis added):
Gay marriage activists are on the attack like never before. And it's getting personal.

They are targeting NOM and have pulled out the race card in a desperate attempt to shut us down in this critical election year. Why?

Because they know that our coalition is strong and growing, and NOM has become the single biggest obstacle in their campaign to force same-sex marriage on every American state, county and municipality.
It takes balls on skateboards to suggest that, because NOM admitted to intentionally driving a wedge between the gay and black communities, they are the victim of race politics. 
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We'll get right on that Brian

Numb nuts is demanding a federal investigation over how an unredacted National Organization for Marriage tax return was provided to HRC. According to Brian Brown;

"Either the HRC got NOM's tax return from someone with the Internal Revenue Service, or they got it from a hacker who stole it. Either way, it appears that a federal crime may have been committed."

"Ruh roh"
Or, Brian, maybe someone with authorized access sent the return to HRC. Or, maybe it was tinkerbell. Or maybe you did it as part of some Machiavellian plan. Frankly, Brian, I think that we should activate reserve units of the National Guard to hunt down the provider of the purloined 990. Which employee is responsible? Maybe you can plant listening devices in every known confessional. Well, probably too late for that. Then again, you never know.

While you are at it, maybe you can find all of those campaign finance disclosures that seem to be lost!
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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Two Hundred Seventy One Men

Two hundred seventy one celibate men. There are currently 271 active Catholic Bishops in the United States. I'm not sure if that includes the Cardinal from Baltimore who is the "Pro-Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher" or a few other guys with similarly arcane chivalric titles. But I'll settle on 271     give or take one or two.

Frances Kelly has invented a new vocabulary of demagoguery

In attempting to defend NOM for purposefully attempting to drive a wedge between gays and blacks, Frances Kelly, a polemicist for RenewAmerica.com, invents a new vocabulary. If Ms. Kelly tried real hard, her nonsensical drivel might rise to the level of cognitive dissonance. Her tortured phrasing includes:

Frank Schubert Departs Schubert Flint Public Affairs

Frank Schubert was National Organization for Marriage's anti-gay campaign manager for the 2008 Proposition 8 contest and Maine's Question One, the following year. Schubert is credited with crafting the meme that "children will be taught gay marriage in school." At it's core, the strategy asserts that gays present a threat to children. After their victory in Maine, in 2009, Schubert claimed that he "broke the back" of the marriage equality movement. Obviously that has not turned out to the be the case.

Perhaps Mr. Schubert became toxic for the business model.

NOM incapable of mounting defense against NYT editorial

Apparently, NOM cannot construct a valid argument in opposition to a New York Times editorial slamming them. Later in the day, perhaps, we will see Maggie Gallagher or Brian Brown haplessly whine about "liberal media bias." This brief response attacks the messenger rather than the message. Anyone surprised?

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[Video] Minnesota Marriage Irrelevance

Kalley Yanta, the Minnesota marriage twinkie is at it again. This time she asks, rhetorically, "Isn’t it true that children don’t really need a mom and a dad – any two living parents will do?" Aside from the intellectual dishonesty of begging the question;


This has absolutely nothing to do with same-sex marriage!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Divide and Discriminate

When a light is shined into the dark corners of American politics, it’s never pleasant to see what scurries away. Last week, a federal judge in Maine unsealed memos from the National Organization for Marriage, one of the most prominent groups fighting against same-sex marriage.

They relate to a case filed over whether the group must disclose the donors that helped underwrite a 2009 ballot initiative that overturned the state’s legalization of same-sex marriage. The group uses its designation as a social welfare organization to avoid federal disclosure, but the memos dispel any notion that the claim has any legitimacy. National Organization for Marriage is a political group, 

- - - Continue reading at the New York Times
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Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund concedes no tax returns filed since 2008

I received an email this morning conceding that the Prop 8 Legal Defense Fund has apparently not filed a tax return with the Internal Revenue Service since 2008. Yet, the fund claims to have 501c(3) status which generally means that contributions are tax deductible.  As I noted on February 22, the fund does not appear on the IRS database of eligible non-profits.

This fund is possibly a major contributor to the legal fees in defense of the anti-gay Proposition 8. As recently as February 14, National Organization for Marriage appealed to its  donor base for donations:
Brown notes:
Your contributions are confidential and tax-deductible—and every penny will go directly to the legal defense of Proposition 8.

I cannot thank you enough for all that you have done to help us stand up in defense of marriage.
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Sunday, April 1, 2012

[Video] Disposable Kids - Homeless LGBT Youth

It breaks my heart that kids get kicked out when they come out. It also creates a surge of volcanic anger. Since when are children disposable commodities? Often this happens because some whack job preacher has convinced the parents that the gay is bad behavior that can be corrected.


Maggie Gallagher: "Declare Victory and Depart the Field"

Maggie must think that everyone is profoundly stupid. She has declared "victory" over Starbucks with 25 thousand supporters. Meanwhile, almost a half-million people have expressed their thanks to Starbucks for supporting equality.

What's next Maggie? How about trying your luck with Apple, Microsoft or Nike?

By the way, any of you who are familiar with html can  take a look at the source for DumpStarbucks. The number of pledges prints in a hidden element of a hidden form. In other words, they made it easy for someone at NOM to pick a number - - - any number. Pathetic putzes.
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