Thursday, January 28, 2016

Homophobia on pause as "they" rush to the defense of David Daleiden

David Daleiden's altered driver license
Gay hate is on a very temporary pause as our opponents fall over themselves to express outrage over the indictment of David Daleiden.

In 2010 a bisexual project manager with the ACLU, Chris Hampton, wrote “Why Fred Phelps's Free Speech Rights Should Matter to Us All” (initially at Pam's House Blend). The ACLU championed Phelps' appeal of a jury verdict that they felt violated First Amendment principles. Ms. Hampton was correct. Irrespective of how odious Fred Phelps was, a more important principle was at issue.

The Christian right does not seem to be similarly possessed of the ability to divorce principle from the actor, particularly when it comes to Planned Parenthood. In the final analysis what Daleiden's Center for Medical Progress did was to frame Planned Parenthood for criminal acts that the organization did not engage in. As Factcheck.org explained last July at least one of the unedited tapes (the only one they had access to) proved the reverse of what Daleiden and his supporters claimed. Phelps and the ACLU ultimately prevailed.

For example, at Crisis Magazine, Charles LiMandri (a reliable anti-gay voice) writes:
Last summer, David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released 11 undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s practice of illegally selling fetal tissue for profit. The videos quickly hit the radar of Congress and the rest of the world, and changed the landscapes of the pro-abortion pro-life movements forever.
Now Mr. LiMandri is an attorney. None of those videos offer any evidence of criminal wrongdoing. The comments are equally telling because LiMandri offers a narrative that conservative Christians want to believe is true, even in the absence of evidence. Even when evidence exists that is contrary to their belief.

Every one of those videos has been deceptively edited in an effort to demonstrate that Planned Parenthood illegally sells cadaver tissue. In addition to a federal investigation, the following states have now cleared Planned Parenthood, in chronological order: Massachusetts, Indiana, South Dakota, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Florida, Missouri, Washington and Kansas.

Most citizen frame-ups involve drug possession. The federal sentence for framing someone is up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million. So far, I think that Mr. Daleiden and one accomplice have gotten off pretty easy. CMP is being sued civilly. In 2014 it had revenues of less than $50,000 and filed its 990 by e-postcard. They probably had more in 2015 but has few assets. Due to the nature of the fraud they could be personally liable but I am guessing that there is not much there. Speaking of money, how much taxpayer money has been wasted in an effort to put a dent in Roe v. Wade by hobbling Planned Parenthood. Lost in this conversation is the fact that abortion is a legal medical procedure.

So gay-hate may be on a temporary pause but it will come back — with a vengeance. The tactics are identical: Selective observation and manipulation of research that the Christians do not like. Irrespective of the mountain of evidence they will dishonestly assert that there is no such thing as sexual orientation while conceding that some people have “same-sex attraction.” Therefore, they dishonestly argue that homosexuality is a behavior that people can choose not to engage in. It certainly should not be any form of class worthy of non-discrimination protection. That is because conservative Christians want the right to discriminate against people that they don't approve of, all cloaked in religious liberty applesauce.

This ferocious dishonesty doesn't seem to bother all of these holier-than-thou moralists. Apparently it is acceptable if it is in service to their god. Who made that decision?

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