Saturday, April 30, 2016

ADF: Advocacy, self-delusion or just plain horse manure?

Masterpiece Cakeshop
ADF's Marissa Poulson posted a piece to their blog late Friday titled “When a State Targets the Beliefs of Christian Bakers: Jack Phillips Case Rejected by Colorado High Court. It is a triumph — a celebration of intellectual dishonesty, hyperbole, arrogance, demagoguery and self-delusion.

For starters the state never “targeted” Jack Phillips or his Masterpiece Cakeshop. Regardless of how they try to frame it as religious freedom or a religious conundrum of conscience, what really happened is that Phillips decided to demonstrate his disapproval by refusing to provide a wedding cake to a gay couple — unless you subscribe to the unsupported contention that baking a cake is some sort of holy sacrament.

When Mr. Phillips refused service he broke the law. If Phillips actually believes that he has a religious obligation to refuse service then he is misguided and he still broke the law. It's a law that every owner of a public accommodation should understand.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Brian Brown - you are full of crap

Brian S. Brown
Brian Brown, head of National Organization for Marriage, sent out a missive this afternoon titled: “It's Working, But We Still Need You To Push For FADA.” The gist of this fundraiser is that NOM's fax spam campaign is making a difference in Congress. It's Christian kabuki. Since July of 2015, the bill has picked up an additional 66 co-sponsors bringing the total to 166 which is still only 38% of the House. In the Senate, since July, 2015, the total has gone from 36 co-sponsors to a whopping 37. According to Mr. Misadventure:

A novel excuse for anti-gay discrimination

Hayley Lack
Hayley Lack and her girlfriend just want to participate in prom court.
In northern California, fellow students nominated a lesbian couple to be prom king and queen. Principal Jim Bartow won't have it. The adults need child supervision given that the kids seem to have figured all this out while the grownups are acting like two-year-olds. According to the Redding Record Searchlight:
Despite support for the idea from many students, Foothill High School administrators won't allow kids to vote for couples instead of individuals for prom court because having a same-sex pair win would be unfair to the gender that isn't represented, the principal said.
So this is an issue of fairness to boys? Give me a fucking break.

Yet another consortium of Catholic anti-gay hate groups

C-Fam, anti-gay hate group
Stefano Gennarini at Austin Ruse's hate group – C-Fam – has announced the formation of yet another anti-gay coalition called Civil Society for the Family. Other members include Family Research Council (a Protestant operation), HazteOir, CitizenGo, Human Life International, Derecho a Vivir, National Organization for Marriage, and the TransAtlantic Christian Council.

You know who FRC and NOM are. FRC is a designated hate group; NOM should be. As for the rest:

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Missouri Ethics Commission - and NOM - UPDATED

National Organization for Marriage
Brian Brown, head of National Organization for Marriage has vowed to unseat three Republicans in Missouri who sided with Democrats to defeat Senate Joint Resolution 39. SJR 39 was a nasty bit of legislation that would have put a license-to-discriminate bill on the ballot.

From NOM we have the usual nonsensical blather about religious liberty which essentially means the freedom to discriminate against LGBT citizens based upon religious beliefs. In effect bills like these expand Free Exercise in a way that the James Madison never intended.

Mat Staver representing Roy Moore - What could possibly go wrong?

Mat Staver and Roy Moore
On Wednesday Roy Moore and Mat Staver, head of the hate group Liberty Counsel representing Moore, inexplicably held a press conference calling upon the Alabama Judicial Inquiry Commission to dismiss complaints against Moore. According to Staver the complainants are the Southern Poverty Law Center, People for the American Way, the Human Rights Campaign, atheists, and homosexual activists. To put it politely, I suspect that JIC is not predisposed to give much weight to this media event.

According to Staver, in a separate email:

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Missouri is misery for NOM

I am pleasantly surprised that a license-to discriminate measure has apparently been defeated in Missouri with the help of some Republicans. I predicted otherwise. I was wrong. Brian Brown is furious. This was a particularly nasty bit of legislation because it was a license to discriminate offered as a referendum to the electorate. Gay kids would have paid a price for all of the right wing advertising. It would have put stress on gay adults and the children of gay parents as well. According to Mr. Misadventure at National Organization for Marriage:

Liberty Counsel celebrates a temporary victory in Florida

Mat Staver
Mat Staver, head of the hate group Liberty Counsel is celebrating anti-LGBT discrimination in Marion County, Florida. Marion County (population 331 thousand) is in the center of the state and includes the metropolitan area of Ocala. The schools superintendent had the policy right and that upset a Christian. The politicians on the school board overrode the professional educator.

NOM should exist because it organizes tweets to the wrong Senate committee

On Monday Brian Brown, head of National Organization for Marriage, was shilling for Ted Cruz. On Tuesday it was apparent that (true to form) NOM's effort failed. So now they are organizing tweets for the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA). Very compelling I am sure. FADA, which is an outrageous federal license-to-discriminate isn't going anywhere and if, by some chance it did, President Obama will veto the thing. In other words, it is DOA.

The tweet campaign comes on the heels of the equally pointless fax campaign. Everyone clap and Tinkerbell will come back to life. Now Mr. Misadventure is tweeting the wrong committee for the wrong reasons. The bill is stalled in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Republican control (which includes Sen. Cruz and Sen. Lee) doesn't always translate to crazy. This is just masturbation:

Remarkably, AFA's Fischer provides important context

Bryan Fischer
Bryan Fischer is one of the reasons that American Family Association is a designated hate group. Usually I find it pointless to write about Fischer (he is in the LaBarbera-Barber-Lively-etc. Whakadoo Club). Sometime, though, he unintentionally undermines his own cause In a post titled “Which candidate will protect your daughters” AFA's spokesbigot writes:
An O'Fallon, Missouri man was arrested on April 23 after allegedly secretly filming women in a Target dressing room.

Matthew Foerstel, 26, faces felony charges for invasion of privacy in the second degree and unlawful possession of a firearm.

With a thumb on the voting scale things are unlikely to change in North Carolina

Thumb on the scale
On Monday a federal judge upheld North Carolina's aggressive voter suppression law that targets likely Democratic voters. The 2013 law, one of the most restrictive in the U.S., eliminated same-day voter registration and preregistration for 16- and 17-year-olds; cut back on early voting by a week; barred counting votes cast outside voters’ home precincts; and required voters to show identification at the polls.

Woman fatally shot by her two-year-old

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Relatives say a woman was fatally shot in the back by her 2-year-old son as she drove in Milwaukee.

Antonio Price says investigators told him his sister Patrice was driving with her two sons, ages 1 and 2, riding in the backseat Tuesday when she was shot. Price says investigators told him the older boy fired the gun. He says his mother was in the passenger seat and was not struck.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

More nonsense from the Kleins and Kelly Shakelford

Aaron and Melissa Klein - Sweet Cakes by Melissa
At Heritage Foundation's blog, Kelsey Harkness writes: “Oregon bakers continue legal fight, challenging ‘gag order.’” That would be Aaron and Melissa Klein. There is no gag order and there never has been, notwithstanding any claims from the Kleins' nutty attorney, Kelly Shakelford.

Before I get into this, among other things Aaron Klein told the women he refused to service that their children were an abomination. He went on to quote Leviticus. Mr. Klein is a self-righteous, vicious little prick who deserves both the opprobrium and the legal penalties for his awful conduct. Just another idiot willing to drink the Kool-Aid on command.

Can anyone explain the right's insane obsession with where Caitlyn should pee?

transgender symbol
The vectors of trans access and conservative Christian insanity overlap in trajectory and magnitude. Some of this is ginned up by organizations more interested in donations than public policy but this is only possible because the engine of discrimination is fueled by fear. Some of that might be expressed as “what if my child …  ?” Denying the very existence of gay and transgender people is the wish-it-away approach. Non-conforming sexuality is relegated to confusion which means that they (LGBTs) just need to be set on the right path to Jesus' heart. Consider last night's editorial in the Washington Times, a publication that is owned and controlled by the Unification Church. It begins:
”Growing up” once meant learning to use your head, appreciating the common sense that seeing is believing. Now a boy can stand in front of a mirror and see a girl, and vice versa. But when the mind refuses to accept what the eyes see, the path ahead leads to self-delusion, which has become the national sport. The contemporary culture encourages the acceptance as real the notions that are demonstrably false, and “gender identity” has become a subject beyond the reach of common sense.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Another hate group (FRC) - Same BS

Tony Perkins
Monday: Tony Perkins, leader of the hate group Family Research Council, has sent out an email to supporters titled “Want to send a message to the Bathroom Bullies?” It seems that the anti-LGBT forces have coalesced around the preposterous idea that corporate America is being hypocritical by sanctioning North Carolina while doing business in countries that are hostile to LGBT citizens. American Family Association (another hate group) has done the same thing.

The simple fact is that these are American companies run by US citizens who are concerned with United States public policy. American businesses have always done business in places that are hostile to American interests. That reality doesn't seem to affect Tony Perkins who writes:

AFA thinks that it's got a gotcha with PayPal

American Family Association, an anti-LGBT hate group, ran a full page ad in an undisclosed newspaper in San Jose, CA. The ad reads:
Dear PayPal,
How can you build your global operations center in Malaysia where LGBT individuals are whipped and jailed
…but you boycott North Carolina for enacting a law requiring people to use a restroom consistent with their biological gender?
AFA answered their own question. PayPal is an American company based in San Jose, California. It's key executives are all Americans. Their concerns are for domestic public policy.

Nobody capriciously volunteers to be the object of derision and discrimination.

Adam MacLeod
Adam MacLeod is an associate professor at Faulkner University’s (third tier) Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. Faulkner is a Christian University in Montgomery, Alabama. In 2015 MacLeod was faculty for Moral Foundations of Law Seminar at the orthodox Catholic Witherspoon Institute, an enterprise organized by our friend Robert P. George.

MacLeod is an occasional polemicist for the Witherspoon Institute's blog. MacLeod bases just about everything on refutable abstractions. Monday was no exceptions. He writes “Federal Courts, Government Agencies, and Transgender Bathroom Policy.”
A federal court has said a student’s subjective understanding alters the meaning of an unambiguous, federal law. And it alters the meaning of the law for everyone in the Gloucester County school district and, potentially, everyone who resides in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Duck Dynasty's Missy Robertson says her new jewelry line is inspired by God

Missy Robertson
Of course it is because God has an interest in body decor. Robertson's new jewelry line is called “Laminin by Missy Roberston,” which, she claims, is inspired by the powerful presence of God in people's lives. When it comes to the Robertsons that powerful presence of God in people lives doesn't include the lives of LGBT people. Nor does it include the lives of people who are not Christians. The Robertsons are self-absorbed Christianist bigots.

According to Robertson the word “Laminin” actually refers to a fibrous molecular protein, which is the basic foundation of the body. Moreover:

Frank Turek is acutely confused

Frank Turek
Monday, at Charisma News, Frank Turek asks: “Can Bruce Springsteen Refuse to Play at a Gay Wedding?” The answer to that question is; it depends on where that wedding takes place. Yes — Springsteen can refuse if,  for example, that wedding takes place in North Carolina. No questions asked. On the other hand The Boss would have a problem if he did so, based upon the couple's sexuality, in New York. It's not all that complicated.

According to Turek:

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Maggie in dissent

Maggie Gallagher
Maggie Gallagher is upset with Donald Trump. The former head and co-founder of National Organization for Marriage writes in the National Review: “When Republicans Shill for Democrats on Social Issues.” She is pissed. Come to think of it, Ms. Gallagher is going to be pissed off forever. The ultra-orthodox Catholic is never going to get over the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell and Roe v. Wade remains the law of the land.

According to Gallagher:
…it is not clear that Trump’s decision to disappoint the pro-life movement by abandoning the strong party-platform language that pro-life advocates have worked for years to insert is actually a misstep rather than a tactical shift.

Friday, April 22, 2016

An amusing anecdote

I love It is the most customer-centric company in America. The quality culture is thoroughly ingrained into the corporate DNA. I also use Amazon Prime Now for all of my soda and cereal, etc. That's not to say that Amazon is always perfect.

I ordered a 55 inch TV. For two days now the status has been “preparing to ship” so I sent a polite note asking for a reasonable estimate of a shipping date, Hell, I want my new toy like a five-year-old. I admit it. Anyway, this is the answer that I received. Keep in mind that I live in Miami Beach:
I'm sorry to hear that your order for " Husqvarna ST224 - 24-Inch 208cc Two Stage Electric Start Snowthrower - 961930096 " hasn't shipped yet.

We certainly do not want our customers to experience this.

Upon contacting the fulfillment center with regard to your order, I've been informed that due to technical error in our system, this order was assigned to an incorrect facility (which is an automated process). …
 I am trying to picture myself waiting for a flat screen and receiving a huge, heavy box that contained a snow blower. Now that's a what the fuck moment.

Radical religious extremists are targeting Maine

Mike Heath
On Thursday, radical Christian activist Mike Heath launched a ballot initiative to remove sexual orientation and gender identity from the Maine Human Rights Act. Maine's voters overwhelmingly voted for their inclusion 11 years ago.

Mr. Heath is the former director of the Christian Civic League. He is a contact person for donations at the anti-gay hate group Americans For Truth About Homosexuality.*


Curt Schilling
The image that Curt Schilling thinks is appropriate
The staggering lack of introspection on the part of Curt Schilling compounds his social felony. Schilling was terminated by ESPN for sharing and commenting on a Facebook post with the offensive image shown above. Schilling's comment was “A man is a man no matter what they call themselves. I don’t care what they are, who they sleep with, men’s room was designed for the penis, women’s not so much. Now you need laws telling us differently? Pathetic.”

Thursday, April 21, 2016

AFA has a new silly boycott

This time it is Target that has pissed off the self-righteous schmucks at the American Family Association. Hate group leader Tim Wildmon is upset that Target welcomes transgender employees and customers. According to Wildmon, in an email to supporters:
The American Family Association is calling for a boycott of Target after the retail giant said it would allow men to use the women's restrooms and dressing rooms in their stores.

What Trump's denigration of HB2 really means

I am off to routine doctor appointments this morning but before I go I want to share an observation. As you probably know Donald Trump came out against North Carolina's HB2. He said that Caitlyn can pee wherever she wants. Two things:
  1. Trump has not suddenly gone sane. This simply demonstrates just how awful HB2 really is and;
  2. I don't want us to lose site of the fact that HB2 nullified LG and LGT nondiscrimination ordinances throughout most of urban North Carolina. The so-called “bathroom bill” is far more offensive than its restrictions on transgender facilities access. The media seem to have lost sight of this.

The relevance of that allegedly offensive cake demonstrates a sharp contrast in ethics

By now most people have heard of the gay pastor in Texas who ordered a cake from Whole Foods decorated with “Love Wins.” The pastor, Jordan Brown, alleges that Whole Foods delivered “Love Wins Fag.” Whole Foods strenuously denies the allegation pointing out several flaws in the narrative and telling us that the person who decorated the cake is gay. To tell you the truth the printing doesn't match up. My lie detector is out for service which allows me to speculate. For the sake of argument let us look at this in the worst possible light for Brown.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Now Brian Brown says that there is a problem

According to Mr. Misadventure, Brian S. Brown, head of National Organization for Marriage, so many people responded to his Fax Congress for FADA campaign that NOM has a heavy burden of expense. Actually it is the other way around. Shit-for-brains hasn't considered that fax spam creates expense on the receiving end. Some lowly congressional staffer has to sift through this crap.

Ted Cruz claims to be 'on the verge of victory'

Ted Cruz
If prayer worked Ted Cruz would undoubtedly be the Republican nominee for president. The fact that he has been essentially eliminated from the race hasn't eliminated the need to continue to raise money. The theory behind this is that, if Trump falls short of a minority then the profoundly anti-gay Cruz will be the party's savior and selection on the second ballot. So here's part of the fund-raising email:

The misadventures of Brian Camenker (udpated)

Brian Camenker
Brian Camenker, head of the hate group MassResistance, claims to have been involved in the actions of the Franklin County Tennessee school board to frustrate the operation of GSA clubs within the district. Camenker's undoing will be the fact that he bragged about it. According to American Family Association's “news” site (AFA is also a certified hate group):
The pro-family activist says they overcame the problem by adopting a set of regulations requiring transparency and accountability which apply to all the clubs.

“[The GSA club will find nearly impossible to abide by] because the clubs depend on secrecy and deception and bringing in all kinds of outside people and horrible materials that no one finds out about," Camenker explains.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Dear Brian S. Brown:

Perhaps they are terrified by an Eagle Overlord
Dear Brian:

I know that you want National Organization for Marriage to appear to be doing something useful. However, sending a fax in my name to every Republican member of Congress is a waste of my time, your time and their time. Every citizen is represented by three elected representatives; a congressperson and two senators. Those are the only people who give a rat's ass about that citizen's opinion. Sending a fax to an Oregon congressman on behalf of a Florida resident is pointless.

Yes Mr. Stanton, there IS an LGBT community

Glenn Stanton
Today, Glenn Stanton who is employed by Focus on the Family writes “Is There an LGBT ‘Community?” at First Things. It is a rhetorical question and the entire point of Stanton's polemic is to denigrate LGBT people. The Focus on the Family constituency allows Stanton to get away with intellectually dishonest junk but the real world is more discerning.

For all the fuss and misdirection over HRC ...

On Sunday during his recitation of talking points on Meet the Press North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory implied that the Human Rights Campaign was a powerful, sinister force:
Now the conversation with a very powerful group called the Human Relations, uh, Human Rights Council, my gosh, they're more powerful than the N.R.A., and they have millions of dollars, which makes me want to overturn United, 'cause I don't know who their donors are either.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Mark Creech finds the HRC conspiracy to smear North Carolina

Mark Creech
Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of North Carolina's Christian Action League, is a bigoted conspiracy theorist. This time he is chiming in with North Carolina's dim-witted governor about the Human Rights Campaign. But first, in the Christian Post, Creech feels that his state has been smeared:
Since the North Carolina General Assembly passed HB 2, my beloved state has had its name maligned about as bad as calling a virgin a whore. The state has certainly been as innocent.

This schmuck thinks that trying to marry his laptop will undo Obergefell (updated - CASE DISMISSED)

Chris Sevier
Chris Sevier (Mark Christopher Sevier) isn't going to be able to marry his laptop and he sure as Hell is not going to reverse the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. Yet, this religious crackpot is making the effort at considerable taxpayer expense. He is suing Harris County district clerk, Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton for denying him the right to marry his Mac.

Strange and urgent appeal from Gary Cass

Gary Cass
Dr. Gary Cass (he doesn't have a real PhD) of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission claims that he needs $10,000 by end of April or he might have to shut his doors. Perish the thought.
Serving Christ and His people is the highest calling anyone can have, but if we don't have a significant financial surge our board will have to consider some very drastic measures, maybe even closing our doors. Yes, it's that urgent!

Specifically, we need ten partners to donate $1,000 before the end of April. Is that you? If not, maybe you can give or $500 or $100? Any gift you make is deeply appreciated and urgently needed.

McCrory sticks to the script - sticks it to LGBT citizens on Meet the Press

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. He appeared on NBC's Meet the Press on April 17, 2016. Here is what happens when a politician is briefed with a series of talking points and tries to conform every answer to every question with one of those taking points:

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Peter LaBarbera is irrelevant - However ...

Six months have expired since the IRS told Peter LaBarbera that his Americans for Truth About Homosexuality lost its tax-exempt status. This upstanding Christian has yet to inform donors on his website that their contributions are not tax deductible. LaBarbera knows that if he does so it might make a dent in what he receives. The very self-righteous LaBarbera is being deceptive for dollars and that doesn't seem very Christian to me. I guess that it is selective observance.

Citizens who do make donations will make the assumption, take the deduction and not get caught. We, the taxpayers, pick up the tab for LaBarbera's dishonesty. In truth LaBarbera could be reinstated and donations could become deductible retroactively but there is no guarantee (this is the second time around for Pete). Nevertheless, a truly honest person would post a notice. Indeed, people should be adverse to contributing to an operation that cannot follow simple rules. Apparently Pete is very disorganized.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Oh those classy Bishops

Tony Spence
You may recall the story about Tony Spence, now the former Director and Editor of the Catholic News Service which is the official news agency of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. Spence wrote three or four tweets expressing his concern over Bible Belt anti-gay legislation, like this one:

Friday, April 15, 2016

Mark Regnerus reacts with hostility to new parenting study - at Witherspoon of course

Mark Regnerus
A new study clearly demonstrates (once again) that children raised by gay couples are about the same as children raised by heterosexual couples. And, once again, Dr. Mark Regnerus at UT, Austin has been discredited. Mark Regnerus is a science whore. In an effort to influence the Supreme Court in 2013 Regnerus accepted money from the ultra-orthodox-Catholic Witherspoon Institute to produce a result that could be used to argue against legalization of same-sex marriage in United States v. Windsor. In striking down Michigan's same-sex marriage ban US District Court Judge Bernard Friedman put it this way:

Thursday, April 14, 2016

AFA's PayPal Fatwa

PayPal annual revenues in billions US
According to Bill Wildmon head of the anti-gay hate group American Family Association: “Cancel your PayPal account today: Here's why...” I almost don't need to quote this crap since you know what's coming. Here's a sample:
This week, the American Family Association canceled all use of PayPal payment services.

Missouri to put discrimination on the ballot

Welcome to Missouri homophobia
The prospects are looking good for Missouri's Senate Joint Resolution 39 to be enacted. Republicans control both houses of the Missouri General Assembly by considerable margins. The resolution consists of the full ADF boilerplate (with the exception of gender identity discrimination) and, if passed, it will put the bill before the voters in November. Voters will be faced with an all or none proposition.

Ryan T. Anderson's salad of rotten apples and oranges

Ryan T. Anderson
According to Ryan T. Anderson, in LifesiteNews on Wednesday, “If it wasn’t for double standards, some liberals would have none at all.” Anderson is trying to defend anti-LGBT laws in Mississippi and North Carolina because Anderson has a problem. In reality he has more than one problem, including the probability that he is a closeted gay man lecturing on hypocrisy, but what drives Anderson in all things is his Catholic orthodoxy. Anderson is a defender of the faith. According to Ryan T:
At issue are a Mississippi law that narrowly and carefully protects the rights of religious charities, small businesses, and select public servants and a North Carolina law that reasonably protects privacy and safety in public restrooms, while leaving private institutions free to set their own bathroom policies.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

In FL Rick Scott signed a less pernicious but equally offensive bill

So-called pastor protection acts are offensive. Pastors already have the “protection” to solemnize only those marriages that they approve of. Therefore, the purpose behind these bills (authored by ADF) has been to use them as vehicles to legalize some form of discrimination. That is the case in Florida.

According to the bill that becomes effective on July 1, it is “An act relating to churches or religious organizations.” And just what is a “religious organization?”
(a) A church;
(b) A religious organization;
(c) A religious corporation or association;
(d) A religious fraternal benefit society;
(e) A religious school or educational institution;
(f) An integrated auxiliary of a church;
(g) An individual employed by a church or religious organization while acting in the scope of that employment;

Head of US Bishops' news service decries religious freedom laws as discrimination

Tony Spence
Tony Spence is Director and Editor-in-Chief of Catholic News Service, the news agency of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. The far-right LifesiteNews has outed Spence for “promoting the LGBT agenda.” Brian Brown is going to spin off into space. Here are just a few of his tweets regarding so-called religious freedom bills (I'm sure that there is a better way to do this than screen caps):

Shoulda thought of that before signing discrimination into law

Pat McCrory
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is desperately trying to put toothpaste back in the tube with a half-assed, post passed executive order regarding HB2. According to the governor's office, the executive order:
  • Maintains the what they refer to as “common sense gender-specific restroom and locker room facilities” in government buildings and schools.
  • Affirms the private sector’s right to establish its own restroom and locker room policies.
  • Affirms the private sector and local governments’ right to establish its own non-discrimination employment policies for its own employees
  • Expands the state’s employment policy for state employees to cover sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Seeks legislation to reinstate the right to sue in state court for discrimination.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Brian Brown needs to get a grip on who's the "extremists"

Brian S. Brown
Brian S. Brown, head of National Organization for Marriage is peeved. So what else is new? I suspect that John Kasich scares the shit out of the NOMers. Kasich has summed up the general feeling among the majority of Republicans — most of whom are tired of being held hostage by the Christian right. The Supreme Court has ruled, move along. Today's missive from Mr. Brown is titled “Don't Let Billionaires and Extremists Rip Marriage from the GOP Platform.”

Certainly not! The GOP platform should be shaped by religious extremists supported by the unlimited funds from associates of the Catholic Church and numerous Southern Baptist organizations.

Yet another study demonstrates that Mark Regnerus is full of crap

Mark Regnerus, author of the
discredited Family Structures
Study which was paid for by
groups affiliated with NOM.
It should come as no surprise that households with same-sex parents show no differences from those with different-sex parents with regard to spouse or partner relationships, parent-child relationships, the general health of their children, emotional difficulties, coping and learning behavior, according to a new report by researchers affiliated with the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, the University of Amsterdam and Columbia University.

This was from a carefully calibrated sample. The idea was to get the two groups to be as similar as possible:

Louisiana's Pastor Protection Act ... and more

Now it is Louisiana's turn with HB597. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) has managed to spread their anti-gay bigotry throughout the Bible Belt. Once again a so-called Pastor Protection Act (which is being discussed today) is more than that. Pastors do not need the protections that these bills presume to provide so there is always another agenda.

Louisiana's proposed legislation allows religious organizations to refuse service without defining what a religious organization is. It doesn't even mention a not-for-profit requirement. If this bit of anti-gay legislation goes through as written it will be ambiguous. Some self-righteous schmuck will claim that his bakery, event venue or flower shop is a holy enterprise. Guaranteed.

My thinking on these things has been consistent. If they operate a public accommodation then they should serve all comers. Nobody is forcing anyone into a same-sex marriage. If the Knights of Columbus rent out their hall then it should go to anyone who pays the freight. When the Knights employ some sort of questionnaire to rule out divorced people, pregnant brides and anything else that might offend the eunuchs at the Vatican then I might have some sympathy. If the venue is actually on the premises of the church then that, too, should be subject to religious approval. I would have no objection.

Phil Robertson's "Jesus Man" as POTUS

Robertson is the guy on the left
Prior to the start of Saturday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, reality TV star Phil Robertson (the Duck Schmuck) gave the invocation.
All right, Texas, we got here via Bibles and guns. I'm fixing to pray to the one who made that possible. Father, thank You for founding our nation. I pray, Father, that we don't forget who brought us. You.

Our faith in the blood of Jesus and His resurrection. Help us, Father, to get back to that. Help us, dear God, understand that the men and women on my right, the U.S. military. On my right and on my left. Our faith in you and the U.S. military is the reason we're still here.

I pray, Father, that we put a Jesus man in the White House. Help us do that and help us all to repent to do what's right to love you more and to love each other. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

A company relocating to Charlotte expresses frustration with HB2

Welcome to North Carolina - Unless you are LGBT
Monday, Luke Kissam, CEO of Albemarle Corp (NYSE:ALB), reaffirmed that the company is moving its headquarters to Charlotte in spite of concerns over North Carolina's anti-gay laws. Albemarle is expected to complete its move in June. Not every company is positioned to do what PayPal did. Last week PayPal announced that it was not moving forward with its plans to open a global operations center in Charlotte because of HB2.

Monday, April 11, 2016

AFA promotes truancy

The anti-gay hate group American Family Association is urging parents to keep children out of school if the school allows the Day of Silence this Friday. In an email to supporters, AFA president Tim Wildmon explains:
During this all-day event, student activists and even school officials encourage students to be silent for the entire day as a sign of solidarity with the international LGBT movement. Students are encouraged to wear special pro-homosexual badges, stickers, and bracelets - which are often handed out at the school entrances that day. There are also pro-LGBT posters in the hallways, handouts, and even workshops.