Saturday, March 30, 2013

Just how haphazard and irresponsible is IRS not-for-profit organization oversight?

Exterior of the Internal Revenue Service offic...
We all subsidize nonprofit organizations. We are all helping to fund a hate group like Family Research Council. Aside from being tax exempt, most nonprofits also provide a tax deduction for donors. These organizations are also exempt from paying state and local taxes, even sales tax. Like it or not, we are all involuntary donors to Americans for Truth About Homosexuality.

Friday, March 29, 2013

It's spring - Time for Focus on the Family to roll out their Day-of-Dialogue detritus

Focus on the Family has a spring fetish. Some years ago they decided that GLSEN's Day of Silence was "homosexual indoctrination." These days Focus frames their bigotry with self-victimization (their favorite indoor sport). The problem isn't the fact that gay kids come home bullied and bloodied. Oh no. It's the bullies who are the real victims. Uh HUH!

Focus Sr. VP, Tom Minnery, writes in an email today:
Lately, it seems that we're constantly seeing those who hold biblical values regarding sexuality being urged, through social pressure, to keep their views to themselves.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

CWA "Marriage March" video demonstrates the paucity of both the crowd and rational arguments


Alison Howard of Concerned Women for America makes what have become the proforma nonsensical arguments for marriage discrimination. These include "every child needs a mommy and daddy" (which has nothing to do with marriage equality) and that the courts risk creating another Roe v Wade controversy.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

What is it, exactly, that National Organization for Marriage Does?

At some point, some non-profit organizations exist solely to fund their continuing existence. Frankly, I'm not so sure that I want an incompetent adversary to go away. Brian Brown claims that they are going to switch over to a constitutional amendment enterprise if the Court strikes down DOMA. I am all for that.

Let's face it; National Organization for Marriage gets a colossal fail for yesterday's marriage march. Either they grossly overstated the money that they raised, or they grossly overstated their needs, or they grossly overstated the interest of people to attend     or all three. Where were all those buses that donors supposedly ponied up for? The Catholic Church and other religious groups were possibly responsible for most of the attendees. About 40 "sponsors" averaged about 100 bodies each. What did NOM do? Design a marriage discrimination website?

National Organization for Marriage March for Money Doesn't Add Up - Literally

National Organization for Marriage announced their "marriage march" on January 28, 2013. This coincides with registering marriagemarch.org on January 23. During the fund drive that followed over the next two months:

  • NOM switched back and forth between NOM and NOM Education fund as the recipient. This shifts whether or not donations are tax deductibe.
  • It is highly probable that donors made contributions that were not tax deductible while presuming that they were.
  • NOM made a dishonest appeal claiming that funds were being used to fund bringing people to DC on the 26th.
  • NOM owes their donors an accounting. How were these funds actually spent?

Monday, March 25, 2013

Peter Sprigg is on a roll lately

Logo of the Family Research Council.
The oh so erudite Mr. Sprigg is Family Research Council's "gay expert." He is also one of the primary reasons that FRC has been designated a hate group. A Baptist minister by trade, Sprigg should stick to the pulpit. Preferably in the Bible Belt.

Today, the Sprigg tackles Defining Marriage—What Harm Would It Do to Redefine Marriage? Begging the question you little devil. According to the Sprigg:

NOM sure is heavily invested in their DC demonstration

If all goes according to plan, marriage equality in France will advance to its final stage on April 2. This is happening in spite of the Church turning out hundreds of thousands of protesters.

If all goes according to plan, the Church, with some help from NOM, will assemble a large number of people in the District of Columbia tomorrow to coincide with arguments before the Supreme Court in Hollingsworth v. Perry (Prop 8).

Sure Maggie - Sure

This from Maggie Gallagher's website:
Once, when asked in an interview if she felt same-sex marriages are inherently less stable than heterosexual ones, Gallagher responded, “You think this is a question about gay couples and for me it’s a question about marriage.”

Gallagher’s beef with gay marriage is actually more practical than moral or religious — although she is a practicing Catholic. If you believe that kids need a mom and dad, she argues, you simply can’t endorse same-sex marriage at the same time. And if you do send the message that a married mom and dad are not really critical, she insists, more kids will end up hurt.
Ms. Gallagher is full of crap. For her this is all about obedience to the teachings of her church. Moreover, marriage equality does not send a "message;" It effects equality.
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Sunday, March 24, 2013

At long last can we please cut through the bullshit on marriage?

No matter how
you dress it up...
The Roman Catholic Church and the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (along, of course, with National Organization for Marriage) are working the refs. In a planned, well orchestrated and well financed campaign they seem to be proliferating the airwaves, newspapers and the Internet.

Students at Princeton University don't just find their way to Robert George's office. Not at all. Robert George is an Opus Dei recruiter on campus. He can attract the relative handful of conservative Catholics at an Ivy League university  because of religious convictions and zealotry.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

FRC's Peter Sprigg seems profoundly, utterly confused and disoriented

Let's clear this up. It's easy.

Annual Operating Budget, most recent fiscal year:

American College of Pediatricians 61,438
American Academy of Pediatrics 100,924,558

Any questions? No? So what could possibly explain this from Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg regarding the policy statement from the AAP that favors marriage equality?

National Organization for Marriage is mad as hell and they're not going to take it anymore

Today, the American Academy of Pediatrics came out in support of marriage equality. They did so largely in recognition of the children that gay couples are raising     something that tends to get overlooked in conservative Christian circles.

National Organization for Marriage is not pleased.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

It's Peter Sprigg - Again. This time with 'Homosexuals who oppose redefining marriage'

Batshit
There is something profoundly wrong about a gay man in sync with the leading antagonist at an anti-gay hate group.

Note that "homosexuals" is plural. Yes, Mr. Sprigg. We all know about one self-loathing gay putz who opposes marriage equality. National Organization for Marriage keeps trotting this guy out in every state campaign. He is also slated to be a speaker at NOM's "Marriage March."

Given Doug Mainwaring's road show, NOM is apparently unable to duplicate him. According to Sprigg:

FRC's Peter Sprigg (ineptly) redefines marriage and Lawrence v Texas

The religious right has a logic problem. Well, they have many problems with logic. But I digress. They have redefined marriage as a union designed to crank out children. This gets incorporated into their "responsible procreation" theme whereby the purpose of marriage is to provide an incentive for couples to have children in wedlock.

Of course, one of the problems that they have is that we allow people to marry who cannot or do not choose to ever have children. In their reply brief in Perry, they have gone so far as to essentially suggest that, for example, an infertile couple usually has one fertile partner who might not have sex outside of marriage because of the risk of creating pregnancy.

Maggie Gallagher is conflating marriage equality with reproductive choice

English: Maggie Gallagher at the Cato Institute
On Maggie Gallagher's blog, she asks; "What Other Issue Has Experienced Such a Rapid Polling Shift as Marriage?" She then offers a chart showing the recent uptick in people who consider themselves "pro-choice."

This is a frequent theme from the religious right. The "logic" usually goes something along the lines that the Supreme Court has created a 40 year controversy in Roe v Wade. The court should not create a similar, endless, controversy in marriage.

Oh the mileage on the Mainwaring

Doug Mainwaring is a defender of the faith and reliable faggot for National Organization for Marriage as well as a Tea Party fruitcake. Mainwaring claims that he is a gay man living with his wife for the supposed benefit of his children. We have yet to hear from his wife.

In addition to attempting to thwart marriage equality in his home state of Maryland, NOM is now pimping Mainwaring out wherever they need a proponent of marriage discrimination. He has testified against equality for judiciary committees in Illinois and Minnesota. He basically repeats the NOM talking points with NOM verbiage.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Where is the tolerance for leeching, trepanation, lobotomy and bloodletting?

Crackpot Christopher Doyle
Professional "ex-gay" Christopher Doyle writes anti-gay screeds, from time to time, in WingNutDaily. I find it remarkable, and frankly amusing, that he is bemoaning a lack of tolerance for subjecting children to reparative "therapy." Doyle writes at Christian Post:

Where is tolerance? Where is diversity? Where is equality? If you live in California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, or Massachusetts and have a child who experiences unwanted same-sex attraction (SSA), soon you may not find tolerance, diversity, or equality there.

Monday, March 18, 2013

NOM: 'This is it' - A chance to donate more money to stave off the inevitable

National Organization for Marriage is still seeking donations which they claim will be used to send people to their idiotic March for Marriage. I guess that the usual suspects like Sean Fieler are tapped put for now. According to an email titled "This is It:"

Yes, NOM, we know that former Senator Jim DeMint endorses your little demonstration

Who cares? National Organization for Marriage is already obsolete. They just don't know it.

Could Alabama Possibly be More Backward?

Backward clock
When it comes to education, Alabama ranks as one of the worst in the nation. They rank 37th in reading 49th in math. However, when it comes to anti-gay nonsense, they really have their act today.

According to a couple of teens who started a petition on change.org, an Alabama law requires sex-ed teachers to emphasize; "Homosexuality is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public and that homosexual conduct is a criminal offense."

No further comment on my part is required. Seriously.
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Outreach to the LGBT community remains a distant and abstract goal of the GOP

Seal of the RNC
The Republican National Committee has released a 100 page report representing the Growth and Opportunity Project. It is obvious that they have no intention, whatsoever, of becoming more tolerant, much less champions of equality. We are simply a means to an end to attract younger voters.

For the GOP to appeal to younger voters, we do not have to agree on every issue, but we do need to make sure young people do not see the Party as totally intolerant of alternative points of view. Already, there is a generational difference within the conservative movement about issues involving the treatment and the rights of gays — and for many younger voters, these issues are a gateway into whether the Party is a place they want to be.

That's it. The word "gay" is included three times; "LGBT" not at all. There is not a single recommendation to even moderate policy.

In other words, same old bullshit.
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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Would Fox News Hand a Microphone to David Duke?

The answer to that question is probably "no." Fox would not allow Duke to express his hatred of Jews on their air. Why then would they hand a microphone to Tony Perkins? That is precisely what Fox did. At about 12:15 this afternoon, they allowed Perkins, head of the hate group Family Research Council, to weigh in on Rob Portman's endorsement of marriage equality.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Dr. Louis Safranek claims that all gays are AIDS infected sluts which is a reason to allow discrimination


This is testimony before the Nebraska Judiciary Committee which is currently considering several non-discrimination bills including one that would apply to employers. I enhanced this video and adjusted the audio gain.

This imbecile sounds more like Tony Perkins than a physician.

Appearing before the committee to as an opponent of the bills, Safranek cited a 1983 study on HIV which claimed that HIV positive gay men had an average of 900 sexual partners by the age of 35.

Friday, March 15, 2013

They repeat the same nonsensical crap with utter contempt for critical thinking

Ryan T. Anderson's Thermometer on a Cross
If it is 90 degrees outside and the Church says that it is 70 degrees, Ryan Anderson will find a way to "prove" that all our thermometers are wrong.

In reaction to Senator Rob Portman's change of heart on marriage equality, Ryan T. Anderson tells us on the Heritage Foundation website why Portman is wrong.

Anderson, a protege of Robert George, is a smart guy. He simply is not a critical thinker. Critical thinkers start with a hypothesis, subject it to  tests, observe the results and then draw conclusion on the validity of the hypothesis. Critical thinkers place as much value on a hypothesis that fails as one that succeeds. They are in a search for truth.

Sick and tired of hearing anti-gay statements from Catholic clergy regarding marriage equality

I find it astonishing that the same people who profess such concern over the impact of civil marriage on religion are indifferent to imposing their religion on civil law.

What part of the Establishment Clause do these idiots not get? Seriously. For at least ten years, the Catholic Church has invested a vast amount of money and energy on thwarting marriage equality. They have yet to pose a rational argument that marriage equality has some effect on "traditional" marriage. Couldn't all this money and energy be better served on the under-educated, under-nourished and homeless?

Fischer compares being gay to robbing banks

I used to think that American Family Association's Bryan Fischer purposely said outrageous things to get attention. I was wrong. I have come to the conclusion that Fischer says the idiotic things that he say because, well, he is an idiot. Today is no exception.

Reacting to Senator Rob Portman's support of marriage equality, Fischer writes:

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Gay Douglas Mainwaring has to be the biggest schmuck in Christendom

Doug Mainwaring, is a Tea Partier and openly gay man. He is also married (to a woman) and has children. Apparently, he does not engage in gay sex due to his conservative Catholic convictions. He is proud to say, "I'm gay and I oppose same-sex marriage." Well good for him. At least he admits that there is such a thing as a gay person. That's progress.

The reason that Mainwaring is opposed to marriage equality is because, according to him, "kids need a mom and a dad." Of course the real reason that Mainwaring is opposed to marriage equality is because he is a conservative Catholic. He prefers to invent secular justifications. Did Mainwaring think that, by getting married, he would cure the gay? Mr. Mainwaring is a dishonest guy. Aside from the nonsense about same-sex marriage, he entered into a marriage dishonestly. Furthermore, if he opts not to enter into a same-sex marriage, that's his choice.

Over the past year or so, Mainwaring has been showing up at hearings to oppose marriage equality. He made an appearance in Illinois over the last couple of weeks. He is becoming a professional gay-opposing-equality. He seems not to care that he has become a tool for hate groups that would go so far as to criminalize homosexuality if they could. So let us review.

The absurdity of trying to make secular arguments against marriage equality through an Opus Dei organ

Bear with me. I'll get there. Public Discourse is the organ of Witherspoon Institute. Witherspoon Institute is an Opus Dei organization founded by Luis Tellez (an Opus Dei numerary) and Robert George. George, of course, is chairman emeritus and one of the founders of National Organization for Marriage. Tellez sits on the board of NOM. Sean Fieler, who makes enormous contributions to NOM, is on the board of both Witherspoon and George's American Principles Project where he is also chairman of the board.

Colorado Republicans Vow to Contest Civil Unions Bill in the Courts

Colorado GOPers are arguing that the recently passed civil unions bill does not provide religious exemptions and therefore violates the religious freedom of both individuals and organizations opposed to same-sex civil unions.

And Republicans wonder why people say that they are out of touch. I wonder whose money they are going to use to pay their lawyers in this pointless pursuit.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

NOM wants you to know that the new Pope will be just as irrational and out of touch as the old Pope

National Organization for Marriage has sent out an email blast titled: Pope Francis: A Stalwart Advocate of Marriage and Children! Therein, they note:
As you have no doubt heard, the Catholic Church has a new Pope! Pope Francis (formerly Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina) is a humble man and a dedicated servant to the poor. He is also an outspoken advocate for God’s design for marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Well of course the guy is opposed to marriage equality. NOM left out the part about Bergoglio's checkered history with the Argentine dictatorship.

It took the Catholic Church a century or two for them to figure out that Copernicus and Galileo were correct about the earth revolving around the sun (in spite of scripture). Eventually, they will sort out this gay thing. Be patient.

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Gun Violence Graphic du Jour


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Fischer: Heterosexuality is unhealthy and here's proof

American Family Association's resident blockhead, Bryan Fischer, didn't actually say that. What he wrote (yes, he can read and write at a functional level) was that Lesbianism is bad for your health - here's proof.

Fischer then cites an article in which it is said that lesbians are more prone to obesity than heterosexuals. Obesity is unhealthy. Ergo, being a lesbian is unhealthy. The problem is that Fischer didn't bother to read the entire article which contains this quote, apparently from the NIH.

In stark contrast, among men, heterosexual males have nearly double the risk of obesity compared to gay males.
Schmuck!
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Oh the poor dear: Denver archbishop laments passage of civil unions bill

Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver emerged from his palace today, slipped on comfortable Ferragamo loafers and donned a gold ring that could anchor a cruise ship. Aquila then called called the Colorado legislature's passage of a civil unions bill a "regrettable move" that harms families, children, marriage, religious liberty, puppies and pretzels. In other words, the usual bullshit that emanates from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Colorado House approved the bill which would allow same-sex couples to form civil unions by a 39-26 vote in which the Democrats were joined by two Republicans. Democratic governor John Hickenlooper has said that he plans to sign it into law.

NOM will continue to use the one parent isn't necessary theme until they get smacked down - hard!

National Organization for Marriage (in this case through their Minnesota franchise) is fond of a bit of cognitive dissonance that support for gay marriage means that society is saying that either a mother or a father is not necessary. Just today, an 11 year old girl testifying before a Minnesota legislative committee was coached into saying:

New Lifeway Survey of Adult Americans: National marriage equality is inevitable

LifeWay logo
LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, is one of the world's largest providers of Christian products and services, including Bibles, church literature, books, music, audio and video recordings, church supplies, and internet services. They are also the purveyors of heartburn to the folks at National Organization for Marriage as well as those opposed to things like ENDA.

Sprigg and the Roe v Wade analogy to marriage equality

The Roe v Wade analogy to marriage equality is pervasive in discriminatory circles. According to its adherents, Roe v Wade was premature and resulted in 40 years of avoidable antagonism. Should the Supreme Court reach decisions that favors marriage equality, this will trigger a similar backlash. "Family" Research Council's Peter Sprigg (FRC's gay expert), interviewed on the DC Fox affiliate put it this way:

Monday, March 11, 2013

Bryan Fischer's rather mediocre intellect in writing

On American Family Association's website, their anti-gay blockhead, Bryan Fischer, writes: Homosexuals already have full marriage equality. Anyone who has browsed the comments section of any right wing venue knows immediately what is coming:
The truth is simple, plain and unmistakable: homosexuals already have full marriage equality in all 50 states. Right now. As we speak. Nobody, absolutely, nobody is denying them the right to marry. Anywhere.

Homosexuals can get married everywhere just like everybody else - to one, adult, non-relative member of the opposite sex. They had that right yesterday, they have it today, and they will have it tomorrow. That’s full, absolute equality under the law.
Oh my. How clever. Except that this very issue was raised by pretty much the same people in Loving v. Virginia. The Supreme Court has already determined that equal protection requires the ability to marry the person of one's choosing.
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Guess who funded that poorly researched study that claims kids raised by gays do poorly in school?

Last November, Douglas W. Allen, Catherine Pakaluk and Joseph Price claimed that children raised by gay couple did poorly in school. They arrived at this "conclusion" by analyzing a study done by Michael Rosenfeld (yes, the same Rosenfeld who wanted nothing to do with Witherspoon). Rosenfeld responded:

At least one scholar rebuked Regnerus while the study was in development

Sofia Resnick at the American Independent has a wonderful piece out today titled Goal of UT parenting study was to influence SCOTUS decisions on gay marriage, docs show. The article includes documents, recently obtained through public-records requests by the Independent.

There is what appears to be an email dated October 25, 2010 from Dr. Michael J. Rosenfeld (Stanford University) to Regnerus with the subject "Re: consult on data collection project." Rosenfeld inquired of Regnerus:
The Witherspoon Institute seems like an advocacy organization (which is perfectly fine of course), but it makes me wonder; what are the terms and conditions of their award? Are you the PI [principal investigator]?

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Maggie, Maggie, Maggie Gallagher

English: Maggie Gallagher at the Cato Institute
I do expect rigorous arguments from Maggie Gallagher. I need to rethink that. Today she writes Porn Increases Support for Gay Marriage. There are a few things that she forgot to mention. According to the author of the study that she cites education also increases support for gay marriage. Suppose there is a link for enjoying porn and support for gay marriage. So what

A 2009 nationwide study (by Harvard Business School) of anonymised credit-card receipts from a major online adult entertainment provider finds little variation in consumption between states.

However, there are some trends to be seen in the data. Those states that do consume the most porn tend to be more conservative and religious than states with lower levels of consumption.

Furthermore, according to the author of the porn/gay marriage study:

Catholic bishops oppose Violence Against Women Act over lesbian provisions

These are the men who are disordered. The Violence Against Women Act specifies that no person may be excluded from the law’s protections because of  "sexual orientation" or "gender identity." Therefore, according to these pampered celibates, it promotes homosexuality or gay marriage or ... something. These guys need to be more concerned about their dwindling flock. Perhaps, were their focus not elsewhere, the flock would not be dwindling. According to a statement issued by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops:

NOM Mouthpiece: Marriage is Under Attack by Socialists

Who knew? Apparently, National Organization for Marriage's Jennifer Roback Morse knows and that's why she wrote:
The Socialist attack on marriage has been central to Socialist ideology from the beginning, and continues right down to the present hour...I believe it is...accurate to view the Socialist deconstruction of marriage as a second front in their attempt to centralize society under the control of the state.
What, pray tell, would constitute the "first front?" Oh, wait. I have Nikita Kruschev on line two. Maybe he knows. Nope. No help there.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

NOMnuts: Get a Latino or African-American to our march for $20 each

Bullshit
National Organization for Marriage continues to believe that they can pit  Latinos and African-Americans against LGBT equality advocates. That notion is patently absurd. Most polls show that Latinos and African-Americans support marriage equality at a rate greater than the general public. In an email blast, NOM claims:

William Jefferson Clinton: 'It's time to overturn DOMA'

Bill Clinton
I'll stay quiet at my keyboard and allow Bubba to explain this more eloquently than I am capable of. From the late edition of the Washington Post:
Americans have been at this sort of a crossroads often enough to recognize the right path. We understand that, while our laws may at times lag behind our best natures, in the end they catch up to our core values. One hundred fifty years ago, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln concluded a message to Congress by posing the very question we face today: “It is not ‘Can any of us imagine better?’ but ‘Can we all do better?’ ”

The answer is of course and always yes. In that spirit, I join with the Obama administration, the petitioner Edith Windsor, and the many other dedicated men and women who have engaged in this struggle for decades in urging the Supreme Court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act.

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Are you a survivor of gun violence in South Florida?

Have you or a  loved one been shot?

If you are a victim of gun violence, I would like to hear from you. Our  collective voice is necessary to return sanity to Florida gun politics. Kindly contact me by email at david(dot)cary(dot)hart(at)gmail.com. In addition to your name, please include your zip code ("plus 4") and telephone number.
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

What NOM's Jennifer Roback Morse DIDN'T Say

National Organization for Marriage mouthpiece, Jennifer Roback Morse, likes to be called "Dr. J." Aside from the fact that she is not Julius Erving, there is nothing folksy or cute about this dreadful woman. Putting her within hearing distance of young people is irresponsible.

As you all know, in late February, Morse was meeting with a group of college students in Iowa. In order to posit that gay people are sad and lonely, she made an asinine statement that there is more to the Tyler Clementi story claiming that "there was a much older man in the picture." The Clementi family demanded an apology which resulted in Morse issuing a statement today that only adds to her vulgarity. Her position is that it was sex that drove Tyler Clementi to suicide rather than bullying and derision.