Thursday, June 30, 2016

To instill confidence in supporters Brian Brown reiterates that he is 'panicked'

Brian S. Brown
Leave it to Brian Brown and National Organization for Marriage. This really goes into the bumbling manager hall of fame. This is perhaps the most inartful, misconceived, idiot and strangest campaign that I have ever seem. Brown forwards to supporters the email where he not only says that he is panicked but he is “freaking out.”
I want to make sure you saw the email below from yesterday about our urgent need for people to step up by midnight tonight with a $35 (or more) membership contribution.

There's only a few hours left before we hit the mid-year fundraising deadline and I am panicked we're going to miss our goal. We still need over 1,800 people to give.
From yesterday:
I have to be honest, we’ve never been in a bigger hole and I am freaking out.
Because people cannot wait to sink money into an insolvent black hole.

Regnerus: Same-sex parenting leaves children without support in a dangerous environment

Once again, controversial sociologist Mark Regnerus demonstrates that he is full of crap. As has been widely reported over the last three days, LGBT Americans have a health gap. In the cited article, three prominent experts attribute at least some of this to the additional stress that LGBT Americans are under. I also think that economics is a factor. LGBT Americans might be less likely to have insurance due to reduced employment opportunities.

LifeSiteNews.com is running with this story, not out of concern for LGBT people but to denigrate them. In their bizarre, grotesque orthodox Catholic minds, the solution to health disparities is simple: Don't be LGBT. Problem solved. That is how they think. This also provides an opportunity for them to get some wisdom from their favorite sociologist, Mark Regnerus:

Can ADF Support Their Claim?

Alliance Defending Freedom, the Christian legal group, has been sending out a flurry of money-begs over the last few days. They all contain the following verbiage:
Your prayers and financial support are critical as we fight to preserve your right to live out your faith without fear of being punished by the government. Your faithfulness is one of the key reasons we've won nearly four out of five of our cases and played an important role in 47 victories at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Apparently we have collapsed

collapse
Larry Tomczak doesn't like President Obama and he won't like President Clinton because he is a “Christian Nation” theorist. According to Mr. Tomczak (quite verbosely) President Obama has caused the nation to be in “Constitutional Collapse” and “Moral Collapse.” We have pretty much collapsed. It's tragic really. The title of Larry's polemic is “The Prophetic Prayer We Can Pray for Hope After Obama.” Perhaps one has to be a conservative Christian for that to make sense. Perhaps it needs some punctuation. I do not know.

I will spare you the constitutional collapse part of this because it basically boils down to Supreme Court decisions that Tomczak doesn't like. However, the moral collapse part is great fun. Shall we?

Biblical Bob's 'Eureka'

Bob Eschliman is an ubiquitous presence at Charisma News these days. Eschliman, you may recall, was the editor of the Newton Daily News in Iowa until he was terminated for airing his rabid homophobia on his personal blog (and probably a litany of other issues). Of course Eschliman claimed religious discrimination—an allegation settled on undisclosed terms. Here is Eschilman's amusing money-beg to start the Iowa Statesman wherein he claims to have the Iowa equivalent of a Pulitzer Prize. Uh huh.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

NOM admits to panic over money - Brown "freaking out"

This is not snark - This is NOM's actual email header
Brian Brown is beginning to sound more and more like Oral Roberts who infamously claimed that if he did not raise $8 million within three months then “God will call me home.” Brown isn't that nutty but the grift is the same. In any event, as a former CEO, the last think you ever want to admit to (other than having put the 401K in the hands of Bernie Madoff) is being panicked. Brown even writes “I am freaking out.” Now that is a confidence builder. Who the fuck wants to give money to someone in a panic freaking out?

Judging "Who am I to judge?" & the apology

Pope Francis
On Sunday Pope Francis issued what appears to be a comprehensive apology to the LGBT community. Jack Jenkins at Think Progress has a very good read about skeptical LGBT catholics. As a non-Catholic I would argue that optimism or skepticism resulting from the pope's comments is misplaced if not irrelevant. The Church should be judged by its actions.

Mark Regnerus finds a new bullshit study

Mark Regnerus has found another study that he likes. According to the embattled sociologist (via Witherspoon Institute's blog):
A new study released earlier this month in the journal Depression Research and Treatment contributes to mounting evidence against the “no differences” thesis about the children of same-sex households, mere months after media sources prematurely—and mistakenly—proclaimed the science settled.
I left the link intact. The fact that Regnerus, an orthodox Catholic, has a religious agenda plays no part in this. Of course not!  By the way, Regnerus claimed in April that a piece on this blog demonstrated how he was being persecuted. Regnerus goes on to explain:

AM Barforama: Caitlyn Jenner claims that Donald Trump is a proponent of LGBT rights

More proof that an accomplished celebrity can be a mindless idiot. Pink News reports that “Caitlyn Jenner has claimed that Donald Trump is ‘very much’ behind the LGBT community, after he claimed to be a ‘friend of the gays’.”

Lately Trump has been claiming to be a born-again Christian. He has flip-flopped on transgender accommodations and has said that he will nominate justices to the Supreme Court who will overturn marriage equality. Indeed Trump has consistently opposed marriage equality since at least the 2009 Carrie Prejean fiasco. In the same week that Trump was making promises to a group of Christian leaders, Hillary Clinton was marching in the New York Pride Parade.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

NOM claims that its marriage march was a "great success"

Brian Brown head of National Organization for Marriage cannot count:
I'm writing with great news — the 2016 March for Marriage this past Saturday in Washington was a tremendous success! We had about 400 people join us at the rally and march and they were an enthusiastic and inspiring group of supporters!
Actually Zack Ford's intern hand counted 237 which included journalists, toddlers, probably a tourist or two. Brian Brown being Brian Brown effectively doubled the attendance.

Sherif Girgis reemerges to say that he has been coerced

According to Sherif Girgis (who seems to be the junior partner in the Robert George—Ryan Anderson—Sherif Girgis triad) the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell  is an extension of the Sexual Revolution which seeks to coerce people's approval. Or, as he puts it (in pretentious pseudo-intellectual prose):
For decades, the Sexual Revolution was supposed to be about freedom. Today, it is about coercion. Once, it sought to free our sexual choices from restrictive laws and unwanted consequences. Now, it seeks to free our sexual choices from other people's disapproval.
Girgis is wed to the false notion that his approval is either sought of required. Later on—and more unhinged—Girgis writes:

Brian Brown makes some comments confirming that he is in denial

Just a couple of comments that Brian Brown, head of National Organization for Marriage, has made in the aftermath of his pathetic little demonstration on Saturday that attracted about 200 followers.

CNS:
“Well, you know, just like the life movement, Roe v. Wade didn’t stop the life movement,” he said.  “There were a couple of tough years, but out of the wreckage of Roe arose a vibrant, winning coalition.”

“It’s going to take years, maybe decades, but we need a movement that has this march to be a living symbol year in and year out that we’re here, we’re not going away, and we’re growing,” he continued.

Tony Perkins believes that he has a First Amendment right to be on TEEvee

Tony Perkins
Monday Tony Perkins took to the blog of Family Research Council to complain about attempts to keep him off the nation's airwaves with “Second Thoughts on the First Amendment?” Despite the punctuation Perkins isn't asking any questions.
The Supreme Court's definition of marriage may have changed, but the Left's goals haven't. … Americans have watched in horror as LGBT activists kick their agenda into high gear with fierce fights for transgenderism and against Christianity, religious liberty, parental rights, and free speech. Proving what FRC has said all along, the Left has only moved on to its next target: the First Amendment.

Monday, June 27, 2016

No Donald Trump - Donating to your campaign does not make someone a patriot

Donald Trump's campaign sent out an email to supporters highlighting some of the smaller donors. Like this guy: “I am proud, even though it is small, to donate funds for the only time in my life to a political candidate.” -Dan H. After a few of these, the email reads:
These patriots stepped up to make early contributions to our campaign, and earned the official status of “Founding Members.” [name redacted], I’m inviting you to join them as a Founding Member.
The intended inference is that donors to Trump are patriots. Which begs the question; What has Donald Trump ever done in service to his country? Do his crazy solutions to non-existent problems make him a patriot? I do not think so.

Strange doings in Washington State

Discrimination
Joseph Backholm launched Just Want Privacy which is a campaign to get an initiative on the ballot. The initiative, I-1515, would essentially eradicate transgender accommodations. Backholm, of course is on the payroll having received close to $3,000 over the last two month. Two others on the payroll are Mitch C. Hall and Kaeley A. Triller Haver. Under the name Kaeley Triller she wrote “A Rape Survivor Speaks Out About Transgender Bathrooms” at the Federalist. Fascinating no doubt. On the campaign's website the “Leadership Team” consists of Backholm (president of Family Policy Institute of Washington), Angela Connelly (president of the Washington Women's Network) and former state senator Joyce Mulliken.

Steven Anderson's meltdown - gays are "dogs," "DOGS!"

This video of unhinged pastor, Steven Anderson, is courtesy of the Friendly Atheist. Anderson is all sorts of pissed off that we keep getting his PayPal accounts zapped. Hey, it's a slow day that doesn't favor (so far) original content from me.

Tony Perkins is equally full of crap on abortion

Tony Perkins
Today the Supreme Court reversed the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. The Court determined that claims of protecting women's health were merely a dishonest pretext for denying women the right to abortion. The Court noted that complications from abortion are very rare and that there was no need for clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgery centers. Moreover, physicians having admitting privileges was an unnecessary requirement. The findings of the Court have not stopped Perkins from recycling the bullshit that was shown for what it is:

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Marriage Equality Day - then and now

June 26 marks the 2013 ruling in United States v. Windsor that eviscerated DOMA and the 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges that achieved the goal of full marriage equality. All in all it has been uneventful. ADF's trolls discriminated prior to Obergefell. There have not been a deluge of problems presumably because the overwhelming majority of small businesses don't like to turn money away. And, of course, there was that nitwit in Kentucky (whose name I will not type); an elected official on her third or fourth marriage … ach, you know the rest.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Running for cover

In an insanely angry and bitter polemic, Steve Weatherbe, a Canadian, floats the notion (at LifeSiteNews.com of course) that the Orlando shooting was the result of the shooter having had bad sex with a Latino?
Now that Orlando mass killer Omar Mateen’s alleged homosexual lover has come forward to claim Mateen was taking vengeance against Hispanic gays after being badly treated in carnal relations, we can have a new place to categorize the shocking event: gay-on-gay violence.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Unhinged Houston Pastor: "Sin is not a civil rights issue"

Bobby E. Mills
According to Bobby E. Mills:
The U.S. Constitution declares that all individuals have the God-given right based upon free will to pursue happiness. There is individual free will, and at the same time, there is God’s commandment against sin. “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27). Let’s not fool ourselves because: “God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.” (Psalms 7:11).

Cliff Kincaid thinks that the Nazis were socialists

In an effort to attack SPLC's Evelyn Schlatter, Rabidly anti-gay Cliff Kincaid demonstrates just how ignorant he is about both economics and history. Kincaid writes:
The SPLC seems to believe there is a significant moral difference between socialism based on race—the Nazi version—and socialism based on class, the Marxist version. Otherwise, why would they find one form objectionable and the other worthy of a conference featuring Evelyn Schlatter, deputy director of research of the SPLC’s Intelligence Project?

Why are conservative Christians so opposed to gun safety?

I don't get it. I would think that Christians would be first in line in support of gun safety. Yet, outside of a gun show, if you want a gun in this country with the least amount of paperwork required and the fewest restrictions imposed you will find your WMD in the Bible Belt. What is it about background checks that offends their god? What is it about barring people on the no-fly list from getting guns that they find so abhorrent? Is a large capacity magazine an object of religious devotion?

A tale of two activists one year out

Evan Wolfson

Evan Wolfson:

On Thursday Dentons, the worlds largest law firm, announced that Evan Wolfson has signed on as senior counsel. Wolfson will be an adviser on diversity initiatives at Dentons which includes sitting on the firm's U.S. Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He will also work for clients on human rights and public policy issues. Wolfson is a 1983 graduate of Harvard Law School. His thesis was on the subject of framing the legal argument for gay marriage as a human rights issue. Evan has been named a Distinguished Visitor from Practice at Georgetown Law Center, where he teaches law and social change. Evan has also been an adjunct professor of law at Columbia University and Rutgers University Law Schools, and a teaching fellow in political philosophy at Harvard College. Evan is currently furthering the freedom to marry in Australia, Cuba, the Czech Republic and Japan.

CBS News Poll: 58% of Americans continue to support marriage equality

According to a new poll from CBS News:
As they have for more than three years, a majority of Americans say it should be legal for same-sex couples to marry. A year after the Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right to same-sex marriage, 58 percent of Americans support the legalization of same-sex marriage, while 33 percent are opposed. As recently as July 2012, the public was divided on the issue, with 46 percent favoring and 44 percent opposed.

Support for same-sex marriage cuts across many demographic groups. Majorities of men (56 percent) and women (60 percent), and most whites (59 percent) and African Americans (55 percent) favor it.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Obnoxious Catholic cardinal calls LGBT rights part of an "insidious war"

Cardinal Robert Sarah
Cardinal Robert Sarah speaks like a political demagogue. In opening remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast last month Sarah shows little concern for the alienation, demonizing and dehumanizing of LGBT people by the Catholic Church. Cardinal Sarah is the Prefect of the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments as well as the Archbishop emeritus of Conakry (Guinea, Africa). In other words, Sarah has an important administrative position in the curia. He is the U.S. government equivalent of a cabinet member. He is also an ignorant blowhard.

This is rich - Tony Perkins accuses President Obama of "cherry-picking from the Bible"

Wednesday evening, Tony Perkins, leader of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council, sent out an email to supporters begging for money. The title of the email is “Cherry-picking from the Bible doesn't make it right!” As part of his pitch, Perkins asks “If We Don't Stand Up to the Left, Who Will?” Eventually Perkins complains:
The Supreme Court's Obergefell decision forcing same-sex marriage on the entire nation has emboldened liberal, left-wing, and "progressive" groups like never before. If we do not stand up to them, who will?
[…]
Shockingly, though, the president actually refers to the Bible-cherry-picking from the Sermon on the Mount-as justification for his support for same-sex marriage and allowing individuals who identify as transgendered into any bathroom!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A quick take on Gerard Bradley's piece at Witherspoon

Gerard V. Bradley
Gerard V. Bradley writes; “For Christian Judges, Is Compromising Religious Beliefs ‘The Price of Citizenship’?” at Witherspoon Institute's blog. Withspoon Institute is an ultra-conservative Catholic organization run by an Opus Dei numerary. Bradley is a professor of law at the University of Notre Dame Law School and a senior fellow of the Witherspoon Institute. He writes:
The wedding cases so far decided have mostly adopted the view that legal protection of conscientious religious objection is tantamount to giving an imprimatur to a “demeaning” opinion of gay men and lesbians, as if there is no difference between laws limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples and laws that make allowance for “decent and honorable” personal unbelief in same-sex marriage.

ADF still pimping the florist - Oh, and they need $3 mil by June 30

When Alliance Defending Freedom claims that they need money to defend religious freedom that means the freedom to discriminate. We saw this recently with a small company in Phoenix called Brush and Nib. It is a web-based calligraphy business that makes invitations. ADF has gone to court in an attempt to allow these folks to discriminate against gay couples—in advance. No gay couple has patronized their business, ADF has no hope of prevailing and taxpayers pick up the tab for frivolous litigation.

Perhaps Trump's most idiotic promise

As expected, in his meeting with Evangelical Christian leaders Trump told them pretty much what they wanted to hear including his promise of nominating conservative justices to the Supreme Court. One of the odder promises was reported by theologian Joseph Mattera who is well known in conservative Christian circles:
He said that if Hillary Clinton were elected, she would repeal the Second Amendment. If he is elected, he would uphold the Second Amendment. He also said he received the endorsement of the NRA.
Assuming that Mattera is an accurate repeater, does Donald Trump not understand that the president doesn't get to repeal parts of the constitution? Does he not understand that an amendment is required to nullify an amendment? Does Trump not understand the process for getting a constitutional amendment proposed and ratified? This is civics 101 and this guy wants to be president.

Did he really say that?

Peter Sprigg has a new theory

Peter Sprigg
Wednesday, Peter Sprigg, Family Research Council's supposed gay expert, writesClear Proof Same-Sex Marriage Is Paving the Way for Polygamy.” If there is an abundance of “clear proof” in Sprigg's treatise it is verification of his own intellectual failures. Sprigg, a Baptist minister, is arguing against a biblical structure. In Exodus 21:10, a man can marry an infinite amount of women without any limits to how many he can marry and the New Testament provides not a single prohibition of polygamy. At the same time, Sprigg is championing a passage in Leviticus that supposedly prohibits gay sex.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Mat Staver has a unique personality disorder

Mat Staver and Roy Moore
It is quite an accomplishment for Mr. Staver to have the ability to block out of his consciousness over 200 years of precedent. Hell, I learned about Marbury v. Madison in secondary school. Staver has filed his response on behalf of his client, Roy Moore, with the Alabama Court of the Judiciary. It is a rather voluminous motion but it breaks down into three parts really (one part bats…— no, not that):

American Express to celebrate Marriage Freedom Day

Do we have a name for June 26? Anyway, American Express has purchased two full-page print ads that will appear in Sunday's New York Times. The ads will demonstrate the support of American Express for marriage equality. I wonder if Tony Perkins will burn his card. There is time for AFA to organize another silly boycott. Marriage equality advanced on June 26, 2013 via United States v. Windsor and then was finalized on June 26, 2015 with the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.

In Mississippi the Klan is distributing flyers targeting gays

CP polemicist: "Orlando Massacre: Compassion for Gays Doesn't Mean You Have to Agree With Them"

Rick McDaniel
“Decades of hateful rhetoric are not overcome with a moment of decency.”
Rick McDaniel wants us to know just how magnanimous Christians have been in response to the Orlando massacre:
The Orlando tragedy has touched everyone in America. The response from the Christian community has been incredible. A diverse group of Christian leaders such as Bill Hybels, Christine Caine, T.D. Jakes, Samuel Rodriguez and Russell Moore have tweeted and written strong messages of support for the victims, their families and the larger LGBT community.

Words cannot adequately express my disdain for the US Senate

  • Republican proposal to update the background check system for gun purchases, which would have required states to add more information on mental health records to a national database. FAILED
  • Proposal to expand the background check system for those buying guns to require checks at gun shows and for online purchases. FAILED
  • Republican proposal to delay gun sales to individuals included on a government terror watch list. FAILED 
  • Proposal by Democrats that sought to bar all gun sales to those individuals on the terror watch list. FAILED
At least the NRA should pay some of these assholes directly—Save the taxpayers a few bucks. We need to throw them to the curb in November.

Charisma: "Ex-Witch Reveals: Is It a Spiritual Attack or Demonic Oppression?"

ex-witch beth
Beth was a witch until she found Jesus
I am not prepared to answer that question so let us turn to Jessilyn Justice at Charisma:
Ephesians 6:12 reveals the reality for all believers: that our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and the rulers of darkness within the world.

Often, their war plans remain invisible to the naked eye, and believers are left to deduce they are under spiritual warfare. But the types of warfare vary: Is it demonic oppression or a spiritual attack? Ex-witch Beth explains more on her blog …
 Jessilyn doesn't provide a link to that blog. Fascinating no doubt.

Monday, June 20, 2016

An "Urgent Prayer Request" from Tim Wildmon

Tim Wildmon
Hate group leader Tim Wildmon of American Family Association is meeting with Trump on Tuesday. He wants people to pray for him. Apparently that will provide him with a clearer voice or some such nonsense. If prayer really worked then Sarah Palin would be President of the United States in January and Tim Wildmon would have a full head of hair.
I have accepted an invitation to meet tomorrow (Tuesday) with presidential candidate Donald Trump in New York.

Along with other pro-family, Christian leaders, we have a great opportunity to communicate our values to Mr. Trump to make sure our voices and positions are heard.

I would appreciate your prayers, asking God to give me the opportunity to share our Christian position on life, marriage, religious liberty and national security with Mr. Trump.

Thomasson: '4 bills that got hates (and you should too)'

Randy Thomasson
Randy Thomasson with his favorite coloring book
Well now we know. Randy Thomasson (SaveCalifornia.com) speaks for his god which means that he speaks with his god. How frequently I wonder do those conversations occur and why him?

Behold the batshit:

Because California voters are increasingly foolish and immoral, their Democrat-controlled State Legislature, to the detriment of children and adults, is attacking God’s design of human life and His creation of two distinct sexes — male and female. According to the Bible, God hates these bad bills — and you should too.

Brian Brown's odd delusions

Brian S. Brown
I am quoting from the conclusion of a piece that appeared in the Christian Post on Monday. The part that was edited out in the first paragraph was removed by CP:
Obergefell v. Hodges … illegitimately determined that all states must issue and recognize 'marriages' to same-sex couples, imposing the skewed values of a handful of judges on the nation with no legal foundation and in a gross example of legislating from the bench,” said Brown.

“Countless Americans recognize that this decision is illegitimate and unlawful and the March for Marriage provides an opportunity for them to stand up and say so.”

When asked by CP if the Obergefell decision effectively ended the marriage equality debate, Brown replied that the “fight is far from over.”

Apparently the real victims of the Orlando massacre are conservative Christians

Anne Hendershott
Monday, Anne Hendershott writes “Blaming Christianity for Islamic Terrorism” for the orthodox Catholic Crisis Magazine. This is not the first time that I have noted Ms. Hendershott's self-absorbed persecution complex. In 2013 she claimed that the IRS audited her 2010 return because she writes for conservative outlets. Sure. Poor Ms. Hendershott has been victimized yet again:
It is difficult for faithful Christians to understand why they are being blamed by some of their own religious leaders for inspiring a terrorist attack that killed 50 and wounded dozens more in a gay nightclub in Orlando. Earlier last week, Most Reverend Robert N. Lynch, the bishop of St. Petersburg, Florida, posted a statement on his blog that blamed the teachings of the Catholic Church for breeding the kind of “contempt” for the LGBT community that caused the violence in Orlando.…

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The first Father's Day since Obergefell

Trent and Troy and their children
This is a day to celebrate the dedication of gay couples raising children. Events in Orlando dampen our spirits but we can still enjoy a special day of happiness. The gay dads I know are extremely devoted to their kids who always come first.

Friday, June 17, 2016

NOM: "Happy Father's Day Weekend" - Now gimme money

Brian S. Brown
In case you forgot, National Organization for Marriage is having another silly marriage march later this month. It is a futile enterprise with respect to changing public policy but it does have two achievable objectives:
  1. It gives NOM a reason to exist and;
  2. It provides texture to requests for money.
From his email to supporters I am sure that you will find Brian Brown's little narrative quite compelling. Note the inherent sexism.

Apparently Ryan Anderson allows any idiot to post on Witherspoon's blog

Walt Heyer
Another crazy post from ex-transgender Walt Heyer. Thus far this year Heyer has told pretty much the same story four times. We get it Walt. It didn't work out for you.

The bottom line is that this obviously troubled man had gender reassignment surgery about 33 years ago and had it reversed about eight years ago. Now, to get some attention, Heyer is on a mission to prevent anyone else from doing it. It did not work out for him; Ergo, it could not possibly be appropriate for anyone else. The latest screed from Heyer is titled “Regret Isn’t Rare: The Dangerous Lie of Sex Change Surgery’s Success.”

Two teens killed in another Orlando shooting

As CBS reports: Two teens lost their lives in another deadly shooting in Orlando. Orange County Sheriff’s officials say the shooting happened late Thursday in the Pine Hills neighborhood.

Sheriff’s deputies found the bodies of teens, ages 16 and 18, on the front lawn of the home. Witnesses told deputies they saw a dark-colored car leaving the scene after the shooting.

When is enough enough? Children are being killed because of how incredibly easy it is to purchase weapons of mass destruction in Florida. This seems like a daily occurrence in the Sunshine State. Perhaps when tourists realize that our streets are nearly as deadly as Mogadishu we will take action.

Thank you 2nd Vote for the list

2nd Vote likes six retailers as alternatives to Target. 2nd Vote presumes to tell Christians where to shop based upon corporate policy. The last time that I wrote about them I pointed out that their email is handled by Google and their website is in Amazon's space. Google and Amazon are two of their lowest rated companies.

Oddly they are still rating companies based on their supposed neutrality on (or opposition to) same-sex marriage. Last time I checked that issue was settled. They also seem to think that companies must be supporters of gun rights to be good Christians. 

Today, 2nd Vote tells us: “Target’s Restroom Policy Blasted as “Dangerous”; 2nd Vote Releases List of Alternative Retail Options.” They go on to explain:

LifeSiteNews is thoroughly confused by Trump

LifeSiteNews.com gets its guidance from Donald Trump's simplistic 140 character or less fortune cookies. That can be problematic. Their Lisa Bourne writes:
Donald Trump promised to go to bat for the LGBT community, announcing his support on the heels of Sunday’s mass terror shooting in an Orlando gay nightclub.
[…]
“Thank you to the LGBT community!” Trump tweeted. “I will fight for you while Hillary brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs.”

Thursday, June 16, 2016

How the mighty have fallen - Brian Brown groveling for 12.5K

Under Brian S. Brown's direction National Organization for Marriage once expended nearly $700 thousand in legal fees looking for a big payday from the IRS (they settled on $50,000). Mr. Misadventure at his best. If they are begging for mere $12,500 then they might be close to turning off the lights. Who knows?
As you know, the 2016 March for Marriage is scheduled for just 9 days from now and we are working around the clock to get ready for the big event. …

But there is one major element of preparation that needs immediate attention — we have a $12,500 shortfall that must be eliminated for the March to be completed on budget. Just a week ago we had a $25,000 shortfall, and with the help of many supporters have cut that in half. But unless we can raise the remaining $12,500 before June 25th, we run the risk of ending up in debt and having to cut other critical programs.
What other “critical programs?” This email has the tone of the ancient religious grift. “Give or else.” I wonder how many people will show up for this futile whatever-it-is. Who will be the speakers this time around?

LifeSite has some interesting ideas on what is "anti-gay"

The ultra-orthodox Catholics at LifeSiteNews.com seem to think that anti-gay means that you do not accept the Church's teachings on sexuality. According to those, gay people are “objectively disordered” and gay sex is “intrinsically disordered.” These teachings are stated as fact. The Church teaches that we should all be chaste or emotional eunuchs. 50% of priests are sexually active. What makes them think that gay people want to be celibate? Well, I suppose that there is Ryan T. Anderson. One of these days even he is probably going to get laid (and stop being so utterly miserable).

According to LifeSiteNews:

Mollie Hemingway defends FL AG Pam Bondi - Attacking Anderson Cooper

Mollie Hemingway doesn't get it. The dim-bulb polemicist for the The Federalist is either lacking in critical thinking skills or chooses to conform her world to her religious beliefs. It is true that Anderson Cooper grilled Pam Bondi, Florida's attorney general on Tuesday. As for the rest:
And yet even in this context of pious displacement of reality, CNN’s Anderson Cooper stands out. On Tuesday, he “absolutely grilled” Florida attorney general Pam Bondi. Her crime? She was helping victims of the terrorism, even though she had defended Florida voters in litigation against redefining marriage to include same-sex couples. Florida’s very constitution defined marriage as the union of man and woman, and she wrote court briefs explaining the harm caused by redefining marriage into something else.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Wrong AFA - There is no sinister link between progressives and radical Islam

According to a new piece on American Family Association's “news” blog: “Mystery: The link between leftists, radical Islam. Who knew? The piece, which is a disjointed marvel of nuttiness goes on to say:
Some conservatives continue to find it mystifying that leftists refuse to criticize Islam, even in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in American history perpetrated by ISIS sympathizer.
It is true that, generally, we progressives do not criticize Islam any more than any other religion. We are more sensitive to Islam in America because it is a fragile minority that has been under tremendous stress since 9/11. However, we have no reluctance to criticize ISIS or al Qaeda or Islamic extremists. Where do they get the notion that progressives are somehow allies of ISIS (because that is what they are implying)?

Heritage polemicist does not understand discrimination

Ken McIntyre
Ken McIntyre, senior editor of Heritage Foundation's blog Daily Signal, has written a rather verbose piece about Pinedale, Wyoming municipal judge and circuit court magistrate Ruth Neely. In 2014 Neely said that, due to religious objections, she would not perform same-sex marriages. This prompted the Wyoming Commission on Judicial Conduct and Ethics to begin an investigation. The Commission recommended to the Wyoming Supreme Court that Neely be removed from the bench.

NOM's Brian Brown lies anew about the case against the IRS that NOM lost

Brian S. Brown
National Organization for Marriage sued the IRS in 2013. NOM lost the suit. In fact, because they lost the suit NOM was not awarded one dime in legal fees (NOM claimed to have spent over $690,000).  Federal District Court Judge James C. Cacheris concluded that the IRS made an inadvertent clerical error. A clerk failed to white out donors from the information provided to someone claiming to be a reporter. Rather than submit the damages to trial NOM and the IRS settled on $50,000.  In other words NOM took a loss of $640,000. Imagine my surprise on Wednesday when Brian Brown wrote:

An obtuse Tony Perkins is a study in irrationality

In an email to supporters Tuesday evening, Tony Perkins insists that anti-gay animus was not a factor in the Orlando shooting. As leader of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council his effort to change the narrative provides a tacit admission his group is responsible for some of the bigoted rhetoric that he says was not a factor. The more that he tries to explain away his bigotry the deeper he gets in the homophobia marsh.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

In Orlando shooting AFA finds reason to boycott Target

American Family Association is a major purveyor of anti-LGBT hate and designated a hate group by SPLC. That doesn't stop them from exploiting the tragedy in Orlando. In an email Tuesday afternoon to supporters, president Tim Wildmon writes:
The nation continues to mourn over the senseless violence and loss of life in the Orlando shooting. This is a time when a nation must come together, reminding that God loves all people, and all are His creation, made in His own image. We know there are millions praying for the families and friends of the victims, and we ask all to join together with them and for those who are wounded, that a healing of both the body and the community will be reality.

Tony Perkins: "How do we respond when all eyes are on us?"

Tony Perkins
We ask for money—of course! Tony Perkins' latest email is a bit incoherent. Apparently, based on the subject, he is claiming that Family Research Council is being victimized though scrutiny because of the Orlando shooting. It is astonishing to suggest that an organization responsible for much anti-LGBT hate is somehow persecuted because someone does violence to gay people. Chutzpah! Perkins shifts gears: