Monday, November 30, 2015

Equality for all is more American than Ryan Anderson's provision of equality for some

Monday, Ryan T. Anderson has penned a painfully verbose (8,000+ word) piece on the Heritage Foundation blog, Daily Signal. According to Anderson “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Laws Threaten Freedom.” I will not quote from it and I will attempt to be more economical with verbiage than Mr. Anderson.

The bottom line to all of this is that Anderson disapproves of gay people because the Catholic Church disapproves of gay people. Similarly, he believes that transgender citizens are confused about their sexuality because the Catholic Church teaches that transgender citizens are confused about their sexuality. Mr. Anderson, you see, is a Defender of the Faith™.


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It's Monday - There must be a new polemic from Eric Metaxas

Eric Metaxas
“Fuck science”
What is with Eric Metaxas lately? We knew that he was a fundamentalist Christian and suffered from the self-destruction of critical thinking that comes with biblical literalism. Now it seems that he needs to air his odd views (along with symptoms of his personality disorder) on a daily basis. Today, Mr. Metaxas plays geneticist and, well … you know what's coming. Metaxas writes for the Christian Post, “Philanderers Were Born That Way?” Very clever. According to Metaxas:

Sunday, November 29, 2015

NOM's financial woes continue but they remain a danger

Brian S. Brown
In spite of having little money to work with
Mr. Brown remains a pernicious dick
National Organization for Marriage finally released their 2014 tax returns (form 990) for NOM and NOM Education Fund which are a 501(c)4 and 501(c)3 respectively. NOM now has co-chairs. Eastman and the Opus Dei eunuch Luis Tellez. It is possible that a large donation was conditioned on some more responsible oversight. Eastman had his hand in the till with nonsensical legal fees which was an enormous conflict of interest.


Friday, November 27, 2015

Oh no: "Using Modern Science to Treat Homosexuality"

Faculty photo: Dr. Mark S. Latkovic
A post at Crisis Magazine is titled “Using Modern Science to Treat Homosexuality” by Mark S. Latkovic. There is a whole lot to work with here but it has to start with the fact that Mr. Latkovic is a professor of moral theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. Latkovic has an STD. No … that's a doctorate in sacred theology. Who knew? He's an easy target (he may even be gay) so I will try to restrain the snark. I take the liberty of quoting things out of order starting here:

Dry leftovers: Eric Metaxas is on a roll

Eric Metaxas
“Huh?”
I wrote about Eric Metaxas on Wednesday. I was somewhat surprised that he considered Focus on the Family flack, Glenn Stanton, to be an expert on sexuality. He then confused sexual orientation with sexual identity. Friday, the fundamentalist Christian Mr. Metaxas is confusing transphobia with misogyny. Mr. Metaxas seems terribly, and routinely, confused.

Metaxas' latest head scratcher, offered at the Christian Post (and elsewhere), is titled “Students Protest Feminist Icon Who Said a Man Can't Be a Woman.” It begins:
A feminist icon is being called a misogynist. You know, anti-woman. Because she dares to insist that men who identify as women aren't women.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Turkey? $55 Million and it can all be yours


I have to assume (although we cannot know for sure) that National Organization for Marriage has not made its 2014 990s available because there is something that they don't want us to see. Eventually we will. I strongly suspect that what they don't want donors to see is that they are close to insolvent. Again, we cannot know for sure.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Metaxas citing Stanton's "expertise" is a losing proposition

Eric Metaxas

Wednesday in the Christian Post (and probably other outlets) Eric Metaxas writes “Is Sexual Orientation Fixed or Fluid?” Metaxas is a far-right Christian Fundamentalist who worships at the tomb of the late Charles Colson. Metaxas is best known for his book about Dietrich Bonhoeffer which is very popular in US evangelical circles but has been widely panned by historians and Bonhoeffer scholars for its many flaws.

Getting back to the current work, the very first paragraph depicts the ineptitude that will surely follow:
Picture a man changing in a women's locker room in front of your daughter. You have not entered the Twilight Zone.

A quick update on Regions Financial

I am working on another piece before I disconnect for the long weekend but first I want to quickly update the situation at Regions Financial with respect to yesterday's post. Yesterday I posted that Regions was not an inclusive employer. Hopefully I erred.

I would be quite pleased to correct an error on my part. That would mean that one more financial institution has become inclusive. Regions is important because it is a Bible Belt institution.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Marriage Reality Movement reminiscent of Gallagher era NOM


Tuesday, William B. May, head of Marriage Reality Movement, sent out an email today to supporters. It is a fairly standard money-beg with a link to May's polemic from Sunday titled “Avoiding ’Unplesantries’ <sic> at Family Gatherings.” May offers some interesting (though foolish) advice, first quoting a theologian:
“If you debate to win, at some point you will cheat. Always debate to reveal truth.” In other words, as we emphasize in our workshops, remember the most important audience is usually those overhearing the conversation, rather than the person with whom there is a difference of opinion. The objective for members of the Marriage Reality Movement is to be able to witness the truth about love and marriage in ways that our children can understand and embrace. Be conscious of the audience.

Regions Financial is still on my LGBT shit list

HRC and I disagree. When I arrived in South Beach in 2010 I opened an account at the bank with the closest branch which happened to be Regions Bank. My personal world was upside down at the time. If I made any good decisions it was by accident.

Around 2012 (sounder of mind) I started to consider who I was doing business with as that pertained to equal employment opportunity for the LGBT community. I made several changes at the time and moved my accounts to a gay friendly bank. I wrote a snail mail to Regions CEO and received a polite, yet obtuse, reply.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Liberty Counsel has become a caricature of a group of religious whack jobs

The insanity over transgender people know no bounds. Here is part of a press release today from Liberty Counsel which, at least for the moment, has been victorious in preventing some diversity education. What is it that these people are so afraid of?
Mt. Horeb, WI - Thanks to an alert parent who called Liberty Counsel, primary students at a Wisconsin elementary school will not be indoctrinated by the writings of a transgender activist today. The school cancelled the program after receiving a letter from Liberty Counsel but plans to revisit the matter.

The Sprigg unglued over the latest CEI

Peter Sprigg

Monday, the Reverend Peter Sprigg, Family Research Council's expert on all things LGBT, question why companies are changing their policies affording equal employment opportunity. The “reasoning” is quite remarkable.

As American Family Association's “news” blog correctly observes:
Human Rights Campaign considers the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) to be the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees.

In the 2016 CEI report, 407 major businesses — spanning nearly every industry and geography — earned a top score of 100 percent and the distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.”

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Inevitable: "Gay community split on transgender rights"

Jazz Jennings - a transgender girl
Hate groups converge. Laurie Higgins who represents the Illinois Family Institute is interviewed about transgender rights on the “news” blog of American Family Association. IFI and AFA are both certified anti-gay hate groups. Higgins is quoted as saying:
Now we Christians, we conservatives are aligned with some homosexuals in opposition to men and women pretending to be the opposite sex and wanting unrestricted access to locker rooms and restrooms.

Friday, November 20, 2015

The indecent American Decency Association


Bill Johnson, head of the American Decency Association has some odd ideas about decency. Apparently “decency” requires indecently disparaging LGBT citizens and their children. Today he writes, in an email to supporters:
Most people, whether Christian or not, have a God-given instinct to protect children. That’s why we have a special kind of anger and revulsion when we hear news accounts of children who were abused, assaulted, or murdered.

Family Research Council is fund raising off Kim Davis again

Tony Perkins and Kim Davis

Friday's money-beg from Tony Perkins, president of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council, is framed around FRC's support for Kim Davis — which was irrelevant. Perkins and his group understand FRC's constituency better than most groups. While the most people think Davis should have gone to jail (and even more thought that she should have quit), Perkins can still count on FRC's supporters to wallow in Davis' self-victimization.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

I guess they got tired of protesting marriage equality


The traditionalist Catholic cult known as TFP Student Action (or “red-caped loons” if you prefer) has been protesting against socialism. According to their website “On November 9 fourteen volunteers with TFP Student Action traveled to the University of Delaware to distribute educational material about the dangers of socialism. The young TFP members gave out more than 1,500 fliers to students on campus.”

Worshipers as consumers


In 2009, when Roman Catholic priest Alberto CutiƩ sought to marry his girlfriend, he left the Church and became an Episcopal priest. He has since married and now serves as Rector of St. Benedict's Episcopal Church in Plantation, Florida. I am not a huge fan of religion but accept the fact that there are people, even LGBT people, who are devout worshipers.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Oh, Poor Bobby - Part Deux

Robert Oscar Lopez

National Organization for Marriage (having nothing better to do) has come to the defense of embattled professor Robert Oscar Lopez. I wrote about “Bobby“ on Monday. He is under fire for his abject misogyny and homophobia.

Our friend Brian Brown, head of NOM (and one of the sob sisters of Sodom) calls it an “inquisition” and he has started a petition at ActRight to save Bobby's job. According to Brown.
Robert Oscar Lopez is a tenured professor at California State University, Northridge, raised by lesbian parents, who has become an outspoken supporter of marriage and the inherent rights of children to know and be loved by their own mother and father. His is the rare voice in academia willing to speak up for marriage and the rights of children. This has made him a ferocious target of gay and lesbian activists bent on silencing him.

Joseph Sciambra returns as an apostle

Jesus says "stop this shit"
Wednesday, ex-gay douche-bag Joseph Sciambra gave an extensive interview to the conservative National Catholic Register. The piece is titled “Return From the Abyss of Homosexual Pornography” Brian Tashman once referred to Sciambra as the “ex-Nazi-witch-Satanist-porn-star who authored the salacious memoir ‘Swallowed by Satan.’” Apparently we can now call Sciambra an “apostle.” According to NCR “Joseph Sciambra dedicates his apostolate to evangelizing same-sex-attracted men and women.”

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Liberty Counsel press release on Alabama

I just received a press release from the anti-gay hate group Liberty Counsel. The subject line reads: “Doctors and Churches Ask Alabama Supreme Court to Resist Marriage Opinion.” This is fucked on several levels.

Most importantly, perhaps, is the simple fact that the Alabama Supreme Court can do nothing to nullify Obergefell v. Hodges. Gay marriage is a settled issue. Also settled is the notion that a state can overrule the Supreme Court of the United States. Mat Staver is crazy but he is also a lawyer and he surely knows the precedent established in Aaron v. Cooper. States don't get a say.

Finally, trans citizens are a "suspect class"


A transgender Occupy Wall Street activist who was handcuffed to a wall of a police precinct bathroom for seven hours has won the right to sue the City of New York for bias and discrimination.

This all dates back to Oct. 1, 2011 when Justin Adkins was arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge during an Occupy Wall Street protest. Hundreds of others were also arrested that day.


Monday, November 16, 2015

Oh, Poor Bobby

Robert Oscar Lopez

You know that list of victims of the homosexual agenda? Two bakers, a florist, a caterer, that guy from Mozilla and that county clerk? Most of them were supposed to stop gay marriage in its tracks. Now they are used in an attempt to stop non-discrimination laws. The Christian right schlep these narcissistic people from event to event for an anti-gay pity party.

If they have their way Robert Oscar Lopez will be added to that list. According to the Heritage Foundation blog, Daily Signal, in post titled “Public University Joins LGBT Radicals in Targeting Professor Who Thinks Kids Should Have Mom, Dad:”

Friday, November 13, 2015

City of Dallas issues a statement

Dallas City Hall
This is from the city's website. It seems pretty clear that Dallas residents are proponents of full equality. The usual suspects are already trying to turn this into a “bathroom bill.”

City Anti-Discrimination Ordinance information

On Nov. 10, 2015, the Dallas City Council voted unanimously to amend the City’s existing anti-discrimination ordinance.

This City Council vote did not change the scope of the City’s 13-year-old anti-discrimination ordinance. The ordinance amendments are consistent with existing city policies and a recent vote by Dallas citizens.


The movable hate fest travels to South Carolina tomorrow with Ted Cruz


On Saturday Bob Jones University will host “South Carolina Rally for Religious Liberty with Senator Ted Cruz.” According to sponsors:
The Rally for Religious Liberty will call attention to recent acts of government-sanctioned religious persecution against Americans of faith, and in particular recent attacks against evangelical Christians.
Translation: People seeking to transform Free Exercise into religious privilege to discriminate against gay people.

Al Mohler redefines controversy

Albert Mohler
Friday, Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological seminary and influential Christian, writes “Why Can't Christians Just Join the Revolution?
Why not just join the revolution? This question seems obvious to many people who look at conservative Christians and honestly wonder why we cannot just change our views on homosexuality, same-sex marriage and the entire LGBT constellation of issues.

We are constantly told that we must abandon the clear teachings of the Bible in order to get “on the right side of history.”

It’s not that we don’t understand the argument – we just cannot accept it.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Defunding Planned Parenthood is as nutty as nullifying Obergefell - by the same nuts


It's the old GOPer adage; They are obsessed with fetal cells in the womb but once you are born it's ‘fuck you.’ You are on your own.

The US government does not send Planned Parenthood big checks in the form of grants. “Defunding” Planned Parenthood means stripping them of Medicaid eligibility. Medicaid reimburses Planned Parenthood for medical services (excluding abortions) provided to poor people which comprises 97% of PP's work. The Hyde Amendment prevents Medicaid from reimbursing PP for abortions.

Defunding PP has no direct connection to abortion (regardless of the moronic and false rhetoric). Defunding PP is an attempt to punish the organization for performing abortions which, last time I checked, is a perfectly legal medical procedure. These people falsely claim that Planned Parenthood receives taxpayer funds for abortions. These are the same nuts who falsely claim that research demonstrates that gays are terrible parents.


Eugene Volokh on LGBT supplier diversity

Eugene Volokh
Photo credit: New York Times
Eugene Volokh is a rational, right-of-center libertarian leaning law professor at UCLA who writes a column for the Washington Post along with similarly minded legal academics. While I sometimes disagree with Volokh I usually agree with him on free speech issues and I almost always learn something by reading his column.

Sadly, that was not the case yesterday when he wrote “Affirmative action preferences for gay-, lesbian-, bisexual-, and transgender-owned contractors in Massachusetts.”

NOM lost another legal case this week


On Monday the Supreme Court denied a petition to hear Center for Competitive Politics v. Harris. This leaves in place a ruling by the Ninth Circuit that is adverse to NOM. The bottom line is that NOM Education Fund must submit unredacted annual reports (IRS 990) to California's AG in order to solicit tax-deductible contributions in California. The unredacted return includes a schedule of donors who contributed $5,000 or more.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Dan Patrick slams Dallas transgender protections

Dan Patrick

The Dallas City Council, Tuesday, approved changes (by a unanimous vote) to its non-discrimination law to ensure that transgender citizens would be free from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. This does not sit well with Republican Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. According to the Houston Chronicle, Patrick has said in a statement:

A new Tennessee poll on same-sex marriage - Why?


Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) engaged – at taxpayers' expense – Issues & Answers Network, which completed 603 telephone surveys among a random sample of registered Tennessee voters aged 18 and over. Not surprisingly, 57% opposed same-sex marriage. I would expect similar sentiments in Alabama and Mississippi.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Christians smearing transgender kids

Malisa Phillips
American Family Association is a certified hate group for good cause. they promote the falsehood that gender identity is capricious or impulsive. Today I received one of their Action Alerts titled “Obama's Jesters: Let boy use girls' locker room or else!” Their primary complaint is described as:
The Office for Civil Rights in President Barack Obama's Department of Education (DOE) has determined that a Chicago area high school must leave the choice to openly use the girls' locker room up to a 15 year-old student who has male genitalia, but self-identifies as a girl.

Today in superstition: Christians damned by image of Hindu god Kali


According to Rabbi Jonathan Cahn we have witnessed the “third abomination.” Cahn, by the way, is a Christian convert. A Christian rabbi seems oxymoronic. I'm not sure what the third abomination is but it can't be good. It seems that a light show on the Empire State Building last August (to spread awareness of endangered species) included the image of Kali who is the personification of time and death.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Liberty Counsel falsely claims Kim Davis vindicated

Kim Davis glowing when she is the center of attention
On Friday the anti-gay hate group, Liberty Counsel, sent out a press release about their favorite client — Kim Davis. The statement conflicts with their court filings. According to them:
Today, Kentucky's Governor-elect Matt Bevin publically <sic> proclaimed one of his most urgent goals in office is to remove the personal names of county clerks from marriage licenses. This is directly what our client Kim Davis has been requesting for months.

That is a falsehood.  


Ever the victim, Robert Oscar Lopez claims that his job is in jeopardy


Robert Oscar Lopez is the (possibly) ex-bi crackpot who (while penning erotic gay fiction) opposes same-sex marriage and same-sex parenting. Towards the end of last year he scrubbed the Internet of some of his most extreme views, apparently realizing that he was jeopardizing his job as a professor at Cal State Northridge. Now, according to the Daily Caller:

Turns out the anonymous person behind "Drop the T" is just a garden variety ignoramus


Monday, David Marcus at the conservative Federalist claims to have tracked down the anonymous guy behind the “Drop the T” petition; something I wrote about this on Friday. This individual claims to be “a socialist atheist gay man who is pro-choice, against the death penalty, and hoping we get real gun control.” I am not entirely certain that this individual actually exists. Nevertheless, in his own words:

Friday, November 6, 2015

Dropping the "T" is not an option

DC Transit Ad Campaign
They deserve to know: We've got your back

There is a petition on Change.org to separate the transgender community from the lesbian, gay and bisexual community. In other words, change from LGBT to LGB. An anonymous user started the petition which, after two days, has only 751 signatures. Ultimately, they want to do what is easier. According to the organizer (in part):

The dumb, irrelevant Lincoln debate

Image credit: Biography.com
People are debating whether or not Abraham Lincoln advocated resistance to the Dred Scott decision by the Supreme Court of the United States. This theme has been floating around since June 26 when the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that gays had a constitutional right to marry. The idea is that if Lincoln could resist Dred Scott then objectors have a right to resist Obergefell.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Christians amusingly reverse engineer HRC's Corporate Equality Index


Little wonder that conservative Christians are so miserable and pissed off all of the time. The world just isn't very compatible with their orthodoxy.

The Faith Drive Consumer has reconstructed HRC's Corporate Equality Index in order to “accurately” appraise the companies that their adherents deal with. The whole thing is really quite silly given that under federal law employment protections have extended to religion since the 1964 Civil Rights Act was signed by LBJ. The criteria is even sillier. It emanates from the HRC project and essentially expects companies to treat conservative Christians as a minority. For example:

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Brian Brown vs. Houston campaign financial disclosure

National Organization for Marriage's latest missive comes from their president Brian Brown. Taking credit for the defeat of Houston's proposition 1 (Houston Equal Rights Ordinance):
It's also a tremendous victory for NOM in our battle against the HRC and groups that are bent on imposing same-sex 'marriage' …

And they lost — big time!

NOM was a major financial contributor to the Campaign for Houston, the grassroots group that spearheaded the referendum, and we worked hard to organize our supporters all over the country to contribute directly to the campaign, and to get out to vote against the ordinance.

Randy Thomasson explains 'why you should oppose homosexuality'

Randy Thomasson with his favorite coloring book
Randy Thomasson of SaveCalifornia.com is immune to the findings of medical and social science. Thomasson is California's official public and shameless bigot. Today's example of ignorance and insanity demonstrates why Save California is a designated anti-gay hate group.
Today, far too many people “catch” sexually-transmitted infections, at younger ages, with devastating consequences.

And the sexual molestation of children, which has the potential to warp their gender identities, is pervasive due to the harmful influences of moral relativism, pornography/obscenity, and other negative factors.


HERO was defeated by only 16% of registered voters

Source: Harris County Clerk
Let Houston be instructive. The headlines report a 60% - 40% rout for Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). Yet only about 16% of registered voters were required to defeat the measure. The result is in contrast to polls showing that opponents had a slight edge going into yesterday's voting.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Brian Brown will claim that NOM was instrumental in any election success

Brian S. Brown

Tuesday, National Organization for Marriage has weighed in on three electoral contests. If any of them go NOM's way, Brian Brown, NOM's president, will take all the credit. After all, he did send out an email. If they don't go as Brown would like, we'll never hear about them again.

Brown took to the organization's blog with “Will Houston Voters be Truly Heroic and Stand Against 'HERO'?” The usual bigoted rhetoric follows (NOM really does deserve the “hate group” designation):

Al Mohler cannot get past marriage equality

Albert Mohler, Jr.
Tuesday Al Mohler, influential Christian and president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, offers a lengthy polemic at Religion News Service titled “Have Americans really changed their minds on same-sex marriage?” The core argument seems to be this:
I suspect that the support for same-sex marriage is evidence of what millions of Americans think they are supposed to say, rather than what they really believe. At the very least, their support for same-sex marriage is inconsistent and shallow.

Missouri newspaper rejects same-sex marriage announcement

Shaun Murphy (left) and Aaron Lopez
Lakeway Publishers, based in Tennessee, is actively, and shamelessly, discriminating against gay couples. Riverfront Times reports: Shaun Murphy and Aaron Lopez were still basking in the glow of their September wedding when they decided to send out marriage announcements. They contacted newspapers in the small Michigan town where Lopez grew up and ones in Iowa, where Murphy lived until he was in fourth grade. No trouble whatsoever.


Homophobic-toxic workplace without consequences in Missouri

Discrimination based upon sexual orientation is perfectly legal in Missouri.

James Pittman worked for Cook Paper Recycling Corp. for more than seven years. Pittman claims that his employment was terminated because he is gay. Pittman also alleges, among other things, that Cook Paper president Joe Jurden made discriminatory sexual comments to Pittman. He was called a “cocksucker” and asked if he had AIDS.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Pearls of Wisdom From Laurie Higgins

Laurie Higgins

Laurie Higgins is the chief propagandist for the anti-gay hate group Illinois Family Institute. She is also profoundly confused while wed to the belief that she is oh so clever. She writes:
Irony ‘o’ the Day: Christian bakers lose their business and are fined $135,000 for exercising their religious liberty by declining to bake a wedding cake for a homosexual anti-wedding, while Muslim truck drivers in Illinois win $240,000 for exercising their religious liberty by declining to deliver alcohol.

Destructive gays and lesbians

BMP T-Shirts doing business with the LGBT community
The headline for the story on American Family Association's “news” blog reads “LGBT backs Christian for not making 'Gay Pride' shirts.” According to AFA (a certified anti-gay hate group):
Members of the LGBT community, along with law firms and scholars, are giving some major support to a Christian business owner in Lexington, Kentucky, over his decision to decline a request to print T-shirts for a “Gay Pride” event.
That LGBT backing seems to be one uninformed and misguided business owner:

Alternate realities

Rafael Cruz
Rafael Cruz
Sunday evening Robert Knight writes in the conservative (Moonie owned) Washington Times “Restoring the natural family.” Knight offers comments on events from the World Congress of Families in Salt Lake City. Knight observes:
Among the speakers were Rafael Cruz, an evangelical pastor and father of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who got a standing ovation for pledging civil disobedience over the Supreme Court’s June ruling declaring a new right to same-sex “marriage.”