Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Pants-on-fire from Liberty Counsel


The headline reads Liberty Counsel Successfully Defends Christian Business Owner over Same-Sex Wedding. Not exactly. The first sentence reads “Liberty Counsel has successfully defended a Pennsylvania banquet hall that refused to host a same-sex wedding because of the owner’s Christian beliefs.” Again, not exactly.

You would think that they won some sort of  license-to-discriminate suit. Liberty Counsel knows that folks who follow their antics are not terribly curious. Critical thinking skills? Well … who am I to judge? Will these folks read the piece in its entirety and understand it? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

Yet another deceitful money-beg from NOM

In a blog post and email blast National Organization for Marriage's Brian Brown writes:
With the Supreme Court having considered five pending marriage cases in conference just yesterday, we expect any day that they could announce which of these cases they will be taking up in the new year, and NOM will be ready to help give marriage the legal defense it needs and deserves.

Delgaudio confronts 'Gay Bill of Special Rights' in Michigan with 'Pedophilia' survey

Eugene Delgaudio
Loudoun CountyVirginia, Board of Supervisors
Eugene Delgaudio, a fundamentalist Catholic extremist, is not to be taken lightly. While Delgaudio is clearly an unhinged crackpot, donations to his hate group, Public Advocate of the US, increased by nearly 70% in 2012. Apparently money from some substantial donors finds its way to an unhinged crackpot. Delgaudio is also a member of the Knights of Columbus which might be a source at some level.

Delgaudio's current obsession is the state of Michigan. According to Delgaudio:
Public Advocate's efforts in Michigan are in response to the Homosexual Lobby's stated goal of taking over the State House in order to pass a local version of the Gay Bill of Special Rights.
Did I mention that this guy is unhinged? Delgaudio also likes push surveys. According to him:

Monday, September 29, 2014

An open letter to Mr. LaBarbera from a gay Jew

Dear Mr. LaBarbera:

I generally ignore your absurd statements concerning LGBT citizens. You are a biblical literalist. I, on the other hand, believe the overwhelming consensus of science that sexual orientation is innate and immutable.

However, you said something on Janet Mefferd's talk show that requires immediate attention and correction:
They’re doing to us what the Nazis did to the Jews.
[…]
This demonization is just — it’s what’s been done to minorities to the past and like I said, it’s what the Nazis did to the Jews.

Another hatefest coming your way October 27-29

It is titled The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage. According to the Ethics and Religious Liberty Convention of the Southern Baptist Convention it's aim is “to equip Christians to apply the gospel on these issues with convictional kindness in their communities, their families and their churches.” They go on to ask:
Are you and your church prepared for the moral revolution surrounding homosexuality and same-sex marriage happening across America? While human sexuality and social institutions are being redefined before our very eyes, the Bible presents marriage as an unchanging picture of the gospel through the union of one man and one woman. The gospel announces that the story of Jesus is greater than the sum total of our sexual desires. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

ADF is still pimping the bakery bigot for bucks

pimp
The email from Alliance Defending Freedom is titled “Evidence of Crumbling Freedom in America.” The sub-heading is “Cake artist ordered to ignore his faith and complete re-education supporting same-sex marriage.”

I don't know what the "77 Non-Religious Reasons to Support Man/Woman Marriage" are

In an email Jennifer Roback Morse claims that this pamphlet provides the answers to “What can you say when you're called a Hater or a Bigot?” I don't know what the “77 Non-Religious Reasons to Support Man/Woman Marriage” are — nor do I really care. But I am sure as shit not going to pay $2.50 to find out.

These are actually the “reasons” to support a ban of same-sex marriage at the behest of the Catholic Church. At this point we can safely presuppose that these are not terribly compelling.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Yet another pretentious Witherspoon blogger wanders into deep space

Brandon McGinley
Brandon McGinley is the field director of the Western region for the Pennsylvania Family Institute. On Witherspoon Institute's pseudo-intellectual blog he writes The Problem of Neutral Rhetoric. It is a painfully verbose piece wrought to conceal limited wit and wisdom.

I am going to start with Mr. McGinley's what-the-fuck conclusion:
To revitalize American politics, we must banish the conceit of moral agnosticism that allows rhetoricians and entire movements to disguise their deep ideological commitments and avoid robust moral discourse. And the first step to accomplishing this banishment is to challenge the vocabulary that is the linguistic foundation of liberal neutrality.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mr. Mohler - "I'll do the thinking - you do the praying (and the paying)"

Al Mohler is the former head of the Southern Baptist Convention). Mohler writes; Homosexuality as Dividing Line — The Inescapable Issue. This is all about the vote of the SBC executive committee to declare that the New Heart Community Church of La Mirada, California “does not presently meet the definition of a cooperating church.”

Being a conservative Christian means that you allow others (and their interpretation of scripture) to make a number of decisions for you about how you should think and what you should do. One willingly cedes any critical thinking that they might do to a third party. One willingly surrenders their intellect to a group of pastors who relinquish their intelligence to what they believe is a literal interpretation of scripture. All of the their thinking is done within predetermined (and arbitrary) boundaries. Mohler's "dividing line" is nothing more than the opinions of others.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The remarkably porous argument for Justices Ginsberg and Kagan to recuse themselves in marriage cases

Making the rounds in conservative Christian “legal” circles (of questionable erudition) is the demand that Justices Ginsberg should recuse themselves from the inevitable marriage case(s) to come before the Supreme Court. Mat Staver's argument, on behalf of Liberty Counsel, seemed to rest primarily on the fact that Justice Ginsberg described, for a group of law students, what might cause the Court to take up a same-sex marriage case.

Now comes Kayla Moore, president of the Alabama-based Foundation for Moral Law. Moore. Kayla is the wife of Judge Roy S. Moore and doesn't seem to be a lawyer. Kayla claims that Justices Ginsberg and Kagan disqualified themselves by officiating same-sex marriages:

Charisma's Jennifer LeClaire claims that HRC has targeted Scott Lively for murder

Jennifer LeClaire
Today Charisma News' Jennifer LeClaire writes Death Threats Against Christian Leaders Emerge From Gay Rights Activists. Please. These aren't Christian leaders and not one of them has received remotely credible death threats. LeClaire gets the first part factually correct:
The world's largest gay-activist organization last week issued a report called "The Export of Hate" that called out a network of American, conservative Christian leaders "who are working tirelessly to undercut LGBT people around the world at every turn."
Then she is flinging the bat-shit with both hands:

Oh-shit - Brian Brown is going to straighten out Washington once he finishes lying to donors

Brian S. Brown National Organization for Marriage
Brian S. Brown
National Organization for Marriage
According to a new email from National Organization for Marriage, donating money to them is going to do, um, well … something.
Are you frustrated with politics and politicians? I certainly am.

It seems like there's no accountability... that all too often elected officials don't live up to their promises or even outright break them.

Well, you and I have the opportunity to change that this November!

Won't you please consider making a donation of $35, $50, $100 or even $500 or more today and help NOM execute our plan to hold politicians accountable and elect marriage champions to office?

WaTimes: "Supreme Court must restore states’ rights in defining marriage"

The Washington Times has devolved into the propaganda organ of the Unification Church, a role that it had shed a few years ago. So now they are telling the high court what it must do — along with the usual factually challenged BS that is slanted to the right.
Marriage was a matter left to the states until the judges went on a tear 15 months ago in response to the Supreme Court ruling in U.S. v. Windsor that the federal Defense of Marriage Act couldn’t be used to deny federal benefits to a homosexual couple who said their vows in a state that recognizes such unions.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Anti-gay bigot, Ben Carson, pretty much declares himself a presidential candidate

Ben Carson
Ben Carson. the neurosurgeon and darling of the Allen West crowd declared Monday that the "likelihood is strong" that he will make a presidential run in 2016. Carson told conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt on "The Hugh Hewitt Show" that if he sees strong support for his candidacy, he will strive to win the Republican nomination and the presidential election.

In late June of this year, at a National Organization for Marriage event, Carson claimed that Marxists are using LGBT rights to destroy American unity and impose the “New World Order” whatever the hell that is.

Morse wants you to stand up to the "elites"

Pre-Palin I was less conscious of the “intellectual culture war.” It exists because what we know to be scientific fact differs from scripture. Copernicus and Galileo might have been the first “elites.” I suspect that Mr. Darwin was an elite. Then God made people who understood radiocarbon dating, and so on.

According to Jennifer Roback Morse of Ruth Institute, an elite is someone who believes that the state should recognize same-sex civil marriage. She writes:

Most appalling about VVS is the participation of government officials

The hatefest known as the Values Voters Summit starts this Friday, June 26. Three of the five sponsors of this event are designated as hate groups by the Southern Policy Law Center
  1. American Family Association ✔
  2. American Values
  3. Family Research Council
    (principal organizer) ✔
  4. Liberty Counsel ✔
  5. Liberty Institute

In spite of that (or, sadly, because of that), several sitting government officials are confirmed speakers at the event. These include:

Mr. Perkins forgot to mention that Judge Feldman is a committed Christian

Judge Martin Leach-Cross Feldman
In yesterday's Washington Times, Tony Perkins of Family Research Council joined his good buddy, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La), to laud federal district court judge Martin Feldman. According to Scalise and Perkins Judge Feldman's ruling upholding Louisiana's ban on same-sex marriage represented “A choice for the people, not judicial tyrants.” Feldman's ruling was, after all, the first such opinion from a federal judge since the Supreme Court decided United States v. Windsor in 2013.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Video: Transgender Florida teen is up to the challenge

Jazz Jennings is smart, beautiful, confident and eloquent. She is also quite accomplished. Oh, and she has some terrific parents too. Worth enduring the commercial at the beginning.

Witherspoon's latest victim claims that same-sex marriage ruined her life

Janna Darnelle is, indeed, a pitiful creature. Her gay husband not only divorced her but he got custody of their children. As she puts it, “A New Same-Sex Family—Built On the Ruins of Mine.” These days, the pretentious blog of Witherspoon Institute (led by an Opus Dei numerary and co-founded by Robert George) will publish just about anything that denigrates gay people. The blog, by the way is supposedly edited by Ryan T. Anderson — a staunch Defender of the Faith®. Ms. Darnelle seems unhinged.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Scott Lively: HRC 'agents' sending death threats

Scott Lively
Hate monger, maniac, and anti-gay bigot, Scott Lively, was named in the Human Rights Campaign's Export of Hate report. HRC correctly notes that “Lively has dedicated his life to the spreading of anti-LGBT hate and bigotry. He is notorious for traveling around the world, advocating for harsh and bloody punishments for LGBT people. He has presented himself as an expert on LGBT issues, urging lawmakers to crack down on LGBT rights and the right of free expression.”

Lively's reaction was to claim that HRC was targeting him for murder. Yes, “murder” he wrote. Purveyors of bat-shit lack critical self-censorship capabilities. They provide evidence that neural plasticity is not always a good thing. Lively's addled brain has made connections that were never intended by nature. Now Lively writes:

Friday, September 19, 2014

How a transgender rights ordinance creates a "violation of civil rights"

Anthony Verdugo - Florida's Christian Family Coalition
Anthony Verdugo
Christian Family Coalition
Only Anthony Verdugo at Florida's Christian Family Coalition could voice anything this insane. Per an email blast:
On Tuesday, September 16th, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson recklessly re-introduced a previously defeated discriminatory "transsexual" amendment that creates discrimination and promotes civil rights violations. The incendiary proposal would legalize discrimination by allowing employees to be fired from their jobs and employers to be sued if they don’t agree with letting men claiming to be women to use women's bathrooms, showers, dressing rooms or locker rooms, and vice versa.

Johnny Weir's Marriage blows up

No fan am I of Johnny Weir. In his self-absorbed fabulousness he is an embarrassment to the gay community. I am posting this piece because I refuse to be embarrassed by his divorce.

Victor Weir-Voronov sued John Weir-Voronov on Thursday in New York County Supreme Court.  Weir's estranged husband claims that the three-time national champion assaulted, battered and defamed him, accusing him of "having 'herpes' or 'some sort of sexually transmitted disease.'"       

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Staver amusingly claims that Justice Ginsburg must recuse herself from marriage cases

According to Mat Staver at Liberty Counsel (a designated hate group) ina press release issued today, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Violates Judicial Code of Conduct. Justice Ginsburg has done nothing of the sort but that's not the point. The point is the spectacular stupidity of the Christianists who seek to impose their religious beliefs on everyone else.

The piece correctly notes:
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told an audience at the University of Minnesota Law School that if the Sixth District Court of Appeals rules in favor of same-sex marriage, there will be “no need for us to rush” on a decision on the definition of marriage. If however, the appeals court that covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee upholds the centuries-old, natural definition of marriage as one man and one woman, “there will be some urgency.”

Blowhard Bill Donohue takes on HRC

Bill Donohue, a divorced man, is paid over $400,000 a year to be an unofficial apologist for the Catholic Church. In a screed posted last night, Blowhard Bill claims “GAY GROUP ATTACKS FIRST AMENDMENT” — Blowhard Bill's titles are always all caps.

According to Bill:
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) is ill-named: it is a gay rights group that often disrespects the human rights of those with whom it disagrees. Its latest burst of intolerance recently took place when it attacked David Tyree, the New York Giants’ hero in the 2007 Super Bowl. HRC president Chad Griffin blasted the Giants for hiring Tyree as its Director of Player Development.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Our physical safety is never assured

Map of Florida highlighting Wilton Manors
Hate crime shocks Wilton Manors

Wilton Manors, Florida is the second gayest city in America (next to Provincetown, RI). As of 2010 approximately 14% of the city's residents were LGBT.

Yesterday a resident of Wilton Manors was physically and verbally assaulted. For no apparent reason a gay man was chased down the street by a male with a shaved head. The alleged assailant was throwing rocks and calling the victim “faggot.” The victim walked a couple of blocks to his home. Thereupon  the assailant continued to throw rocks at the man's home as he was shouting gay slurs.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Brian Brown cannot accept the simple truth that NOM's clock ran out

Backwards clock running out of time
National Organization for Marriage is no longer a participant in the marriage equality tournament. Their clock has run out and their limited organizational and management skills are now clearly evident. Today, NOM wants potential donors to forget all that and pony up. NOM's managers are now part scam artists and part delusional religious zealots. According to Brian Brown in an email blast:
As I wrote to you in a letter recently, the critical, upcoming November elections are just a couple of short months away. And NOM is gearing up to make an impact!

Monday, September 15, 2014

NOM is quoting the pope

National Organization for Marriage has always been devoted to imposing the teachings of the Catholic church on civil law. It's really quite arrogant when you think about it. First they tried to hide the connections. Back in 2008, during the Prop 8 contest, I was writing the Tips-Q blog (an enterprise I miss every now and then). I wrote something about NOM's connections to Opus Dei. NOM sent out an email blast. They were appalled that anyone would connect them to a "religious order."


Chick-fil-A is not a victim of anything other than Christianism

Image credit: Human Rights Campaign
The owners of Chick-fil-A, the Cathy family, are entitled to their religious beliefs. They are also entitled to impose those beliefs on the company that they own (to the extent permitted by law) but doing so comes with risks and rewards. Opposing marriage equality attracts some customers and repels others. It goes both ways. Christian groups have been known to organize boycotts of companies that advance LGBT equality. Most recently Target has been a target.

The headline that has been circulating on conservative Christian websites is “School Bans ‘Offensive’ Chick-fil-A Sandwiches.” Oh poor Chick-fil-A! It is the school that is at fault — of course. If challenged, the folks at CFA will respond with “we treat everyone with courtesy and dignity.” Translation: “We'll take anyone's money.”

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A sitting US senator participating in a hate group's event

I received this from Family Research Council:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Tomorrow, Sunday, September 14, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), Bishop E.W. Jackson, Concerned Women for America President Penny Nance, and Dr. Mark Harris will hold a 4:30 p.m. ET news conference to preview Star Spangled Sunday, a live simulcast event at the First Baptist Church of Charlotte. A live webcast of the news conference will be available here.
This is nothing new but its repetition should not create tedium in calling it out. It is disgraceful that a sitting United States senator would lend credibility to an event staged by a hate group. The man is a devout crackpot but that's not the point.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Perkins: 'Don't let the angry leftists silence your voice'

“Angry leftists?” Who writes this stuff? Family Research Council is an organization that is collectively pissed off most of the time. According to FRC, heterosexual Christians (mostly white) are under siege by marauding hordes of homosexuals recruiting children, abortionists killing babies, Muslims intent on destroying our freedoms and secular humanists determined to take baby Jesus out of his swaddling.

I wrote about the same $2.3 mil gimme on Tuesday. What? Nothing collected since then?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

ADF is pimping Barronelle Stutzman - again

Alliance Defending Freedom must have gotten some bucks off Barronelle Stutzman the last time around. Last May they tried to make a hero out of a bigot. Stutzman owns She refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding in violation of Washington's anti-discrimination laws for a public accommodation.

Which crackpot will be the first to suggest a boycott of Pepsi?

In a press release today, Pepsico “announced a ‘Purple On!’ campaign against bullying. The campaign supports GLAAD's annual Spirit Day on October 16, which inspires millions of Americans to wear purple to take a united stand against bullying and show support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. PepsiCo is the official food and beverage sponsor for Spirit Day. ”

The release goes on to say that Pepsico is fully committed to workplace equality. Pepsico brands include Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana.

We can expect one of the usual bigots to go on an anti-Pepsi rampage shortly asserting that anti-Christian Pepsi is promoting homosexuality to children. Maybe they are already boycotting the company. Who knows? It's hard to keep up with all the crazies.

NOM continues to pursue frivolous litigation in Oregon to enrich Mr. Eastman

National Organization for Marriage
National Organization for Marriage wins the hyperbole of the week award for this one. In a blog post today, the anti-gay, anti-marriage equality organization goes on to state:
Oregonians have been so far shamefully denied their fundamental rights and role as citizens in a self-determinative democracy by a system of judicial tyranny run amok, but NOM is continuing our fight there to get the people of Oregon their day in court and ensure that they values are represented in the matter of how marriage is defined.

With love - I am certain - from FRC's Rob Schwarzwalder

Poor Rob Schwarzwalder, Senior Vice President of Family Research Council. It is not easy to be a fundamentalist bigot. Back in the day of Copernicus, Schwarzwalder would have assured the masses that the notion of Earth orbiting the sun was an elitist conspiracy. “Please. Anyone with an ounce of common sense knows that Earth is the center of the universe. It's right there in Genesis.”

That brings me to Rob's immediate hissy fit titled Welcome Back to College, USA
The California State University system has booted InterVarsity from its 23 campuses because IV, an Evangelical Christian group, believes its local chapters should be led by (get ready) Evangelical Christians. 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cardinal George and his polite "Fuck You"

Cardinal Francis George
In July Colin Colette was let go from Holy Family Catholic Church in Chicago where he was the music director. Colette was terminated after news of his engagement to fiancé William Nifong spread via Facebook. I am reasonably sure that there are numerous people in the employ of this same church who defy Catholic teachings on a daily basis but The Gay — well, obviously that's different. Right?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

FRC claims that they need $2.3 mil. by the end of the month

Family Research Council has sent out an email blast seeking $2.3 million. They don't explain how they came up with that number which represents 16% of FRC's total take in FY 2012. Of course there are victims galore:

  • Put an end to growing discrimination against people of faith like you and your family.
  • Protect your rights against powerful organizations that would destroy natural marriage -- and shame, fire, or even penalize anyone who openly disagrees.
  • Promote the historic Judeo-Christian values upon which America's survival depends -- using the best research and arguments to win.

Christian group banned from two dozen campuses

California State University, is “de-recognizing” local chapters of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, an evangelical Christian group. InterVarsity has over  860 chapters in the United States. The reason for the sanction is that the group has refused to sign-off on the university's non-discrimination policy.

After more than a year of discussions with the university system the group continues to deny leadership roles to non-Christians and gays. Where have we seen this movie before?

If NOM had a good case they would not have to lie

John Eastman
John Eastman
National Organization for Marriage exists to provide employment for its management (and legal fees for chairman and house counsel, John Eastman). It has become a Möbius strip of futility. NOM raises money to continue to exist in order to raise money to continue to exist — and so on. However, NOM is a proxy for, and representative of, the Catholic Church. When they lie (which often seems to be their preferred indoor sport) it remains important to call them out.

That brings us to so comments made by John Eastman, NOM's chairman, for the American Family Association's “news” blog. Referring to Judge Feldman's decision in Louisiana in favor of discrimination (emphasis added):

Saturday, September 6, 2014

So what's pissing off the usual suspects on a Saturday afternoon?

United States embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel
Photo credit: Fox News
It's raining in South Beach. Time to catch up on a couple of items. This first one comes from Tony Perkins, leader of the hate group Family Research Council. From and email sent out this afternoon:
Dear David,

I saw something recently that was utterly shocking. Shocking because it unfortunately speaks volumes about the Obama administration's misplaced priorities.

A rainbow flag -- the banner of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender movement -- has been hoisted by the United States government over our embassy in Israel.

Friday, September 5, 2014

NOLA archbishop has odd notions of love, respect and dignity

According to Catholic News Agency, Catholic Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans applauds the recent marriage ruling while committing to an LGBT ministry. Following Judge Martin Feldman's September 3 decision upholding the state's same-sex marriage ban, the archbishop reportedly said:
The redefinition of marriage is a moral one for us as Catholics … We as Catholics believe marriage is defined in the Bible and through our Catholic Church teaching as a union between a man and a woman.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Seventh Circuit CA in unanimity: The states' arguments "cannot be taken seriously"

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled unanimously in favor of equality for Indiana and Wisconsin. The two cases are Baskin v. Bogan and Wolf v. Walker. Once again, the preposterous arguments of responsible procreation are dismissed by competent jurists:

Formally these cases are about discrimination against the small homosexual minority in the United States. But at a deeper level , as we shall see, they are about the welfare of American children. The argument that the states press hardest in defense of their prohibition of same - sex marriage is that the only reason government encourages marriage is to induce heterosexuals to marry so that there will be fewer “ accidental births ,” which when they occur outside of marriage often lead to abandonment of the child to the mother (unaided by the father) or to foster care. Over looked by this argument is that many of those abandoned children are adopted by homosexual couples, and those children would be better off both emotionally and economically if their adoptive parents were married.

Cass: Deport or sterilize all Muslims

Gary Cass
Gary Cass, head of the so-called Christian Anti-Defamation Commission has written a lengthy treatise about why he is a proud Islamphobe. Therein is this gem of anti-defamation rhetoric:
D.A.M.N.: Depart All Muslims Now. Deport them like Spain was forced to do when they deported the Muslim Moors. Muslims in America are procreating at twice the rate of other groups. So, either we force them all to get sterilized, or we wait for the “Army of Islam” to arise in our midst and do what Muslims always do, resort to violence.

Blowhard Bill claims that we have a sinister agenda

Blowhard Bill Donohue, following the comments that he made yesterday, has arrived at a new conclusion:
The goal of these activists, supported by the corporate elite, is to neuter the religious element of the parade. This is an Irish-Catholic parade, and if what comes after the hyphen is cut, so will the parade’s support, beginning with the Catholic League.
By “these activists” Bill is referring to gay and pro-choice Catholic groups. By his standards, he should be relegated to silence given that he is divorced. Corporate elite? This from a guy who is paid $450,000 a year to spread falsehoods about gays, pedophile priests and idiotic doctrine that hasn't made sensed since the 16th century.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

After six months of vitriol, Bill Donohue is relegated to a single paragraph summary of his enterprise

Bill Donohue, a divorced man, is the Official Unofficial United States Apologist for the Roman Catholic Church. Now that gays can march under their own banner in next spring's New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade, Blowhard Bill summarizes things in one paragraph:
Never in the history of New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade have homosexuals been barred from marching, anymore than pro-life Catholics have, but in both cases they were not permitted to have their own unit. I have been assured that the rules have been formally changed to allow both of these groups, as well as others, to march under their own banner. That being the case, there should be no controversy. One would hope that all the new entries will conduct themselves in a manner that honors St. Patrick, lest another round of controversy emerges.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

FRC's Sprigg is on a roll

Peter Sprigg - FRC
Peter Sprigg - FRC
Peter Sprigg of Family Research Council is an amazing creature. The Sprigg is either spectacularly stupid or he thinks that everyone else is. Perhaps it is both and he believes that everyone is as moronic as he is. Yet, it is Sprigg's sheer bigotry that drives everything else that he does.

Last week, Sprigg posted a piece on FRC's blog titled Critics of Natural Marriage Remain in Search of Legal Rationale in 7th Circuit Argument. The sophistry exhibited in that one title is astonishing. Proponents of marriage equality have never been, and never will be, “critics” of opposite-sex marriage; Same-sex marriage is just as “natural” as opposite sex marriage; and the legal rationale for civil marriage of same-sex couples has been clearly defined by more than 20 jurists lately. For the record it is comprised of both equal protection and due process.