Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Yes, Catholic Charities is subject to federal nondiscrimination laws if they want federal funds

Archdiocese of Omaha
Catholic Charities in Omaha is closing down its behavioral health unit (presumably treating drug and alcohol dependents) due to financial losses and the requirement that they obey federal nondiscrimination laws. That “business” which relies on federal reimbursement will go to other providers. It's the usual “poor us” refrain. John J. Griffith is executive director of the operation. According to LifeSiteNews:

Deacon Keith Fournier claims that polygamy will be a consequence of Obergefell

Deacon Keith Fournier
Catholic deacon Keith Fournier writes: “Reaping The Whirlwind: In The Wake Of The Obergefell Opinion, Is Legalizing Polygamy Next?” Fournier, who is also a lawyer, is affiliated with the anti-gay hate group Liberty Counsel and has been associated with other extremist right wing Christian organizations. There isn't much to Fournier's Common Good Foundation. It is small enough to file its tax return via postcard. It does have a pretty website.

Conservative Catholics have a problem of their own making. Ever since the first same-sex marriage in Massachusetts in 2004 they have been claiming that same-sex marriage will adversely affect opposite-sex marriage. That has not happened. The purpose for their assertion has not been to address a problem but to provide an argument designed to thwart same-sex marriage.

Rubes in revolt

Cathy Ruse
Cathy Ruse writesParents Fight Back in Fairfax County” at Family Research Council's blog.
If only the parents would keep quiet and get out of the way, then the LGBT activists and their friends in government could do what they want with our schools and our children.

That is the attitude confronting parents in Fairfax County, Va., one of the largest school systems in the country with 187,000 students. And the chief force aligned against parents and children is their own elected school board.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Indiana business is suffering due to Pence's RFRA

Indianapolis Indiana Skyline
Tuesday, a group of Indiana representatives (a “summer study committee”) held a hearing on adding gender identity and sexual orientation to the state's nondiscrimination laws. Indiana business weighed in. The donor base is basically telling GOPers to move on. Several major Indiana-based companies, including Cummins, Eli Lilly and CloudOne, along with representatives from the Indy Chamber and Indiana Chamber of Commerce addressed lawmakers.

Mother kills daughter with crucifix while casting out the Devil

The Devil
Via Charisma : An Oklahoma mother killed her daughter by stuffing a crucifix, among other religious regalia, down her throat, according to police reports. Mother Juanita Gomez said her daughter Geneva Gomez was “possessed by the devil,” police say.  

The 49-year-old mother punched the 33-year-old daughter multiple times in the face “and forced a crucifix and religious medallion down her throat until blood came out of her daughter's mouth. Juanita saw her daughter die and then placed her body in the shape of a cross.”

Police found Geneva dead on Saturday. Juanita has now been charged with first-degree murder. Juanita claims she has an attorney who believes in God, “like me.” An Oklahoma judge denied Juanita bond.

Here's a surprise - Al Mohler is persecuted by the LGBT agenda

Al Mohler, influential president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has gotten himself into a bit of a tiff with Professor David Gushee of Mercer University. Gushee wrote a provocative piece at Religion News Service. It's a good read. Gushee posits that society has moved to the full embrace of LGBT equality. Given, for example, the anti-gay platform of the Republican Party I have some reservations. His conclusion is that individuals are either for or against equality. The middle ground has vanished and people can no longer finesse the issue

The comprehension of canines and Archbishop Charles Chaput

Archbishop Charles Chaput
On Tuesday we learn about research which concludes that dogs understand what we are saying to them. Dog brains care about both what we say and how we say it. That research was published to a peer reviewed scholarly journal.

Apparently Archbishop Charles Chaput's cognition works a bit differently. Chaput only seems to understand what he wants to hear. He most certainly does not comprehend the importance of peer review. The Philadelphia archbishop will soon replace Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone as the Church's point man on suppressing gay rights with regard to marriage. Chaput writes:

Monday, August 29, 2016

A fundamental error in Australia's proposed same sex marriage plebiscite

Given the rising voices agasint the proposed plebiscite on same sex marriage supporters of sending the issue to the voters have accused critics of getting in the way of marriage equality. They say that it is the only way the issue is going to be addressed anytime soon and that critics are putting politics above equality by not supporting the plebiscite.

But in truth it there is a lot about the Plebiscite that should give supporters of equality pause. One argument that is often raised is the damage that would be done to young people who would be subjected to the anti-gay campaign agasint same sex marriage. Honestly though, the problem runs deeper then that. Yes a public vote on the issue would result in more attention to the issue in the public square and with that attention anti-gay campaigns would actively try to influence opinion agasint same sex marriage. But this is not unique to a public vote on the matter. Anti-gay groups could run public anti-gay adds with or without the Plebiscite. So then what is the core of the problem here?

Maggie Gallagher is dangerous when it comes to trans people

Maggie Gallagher
Maggie Gallagher takes Paul McHugh's latest lengthy blog post (and that is all it is) quite seriously. It's not peer reviewed. In fact it is not even research — it is just a literature review. In that regard it is most certainly a product of selective observation. Sister Margaret gives it a go with a pretentious “Press Release” from the American Principles Project (which was founded by Princeton professor Robert P. George).
Maggie Gallagher, a senior fellow at American Principles Project, highlighted one of the report’s most important findings:

Witherspoon finds two immoral whacked-out Jews to lecture us on morality

Rabbi Shimon Cowen and Arthur Abba Goldberg
Rabbi Shimon Cowen (left) and Arthur Abba Goldberg
Witherspoon Institute's blog is featuring a post by Rabbi Shimon Cowen and Arthur Abba Goldberg. Their article is titled: “Restoring the Political-Moral Center.” Some background is in order (please bear with me):

Cowen is Australia's Tony Perkins. He is affiliated with the Australian Family Association. He has written that the “…pretext of preventing the bullying of school children with homosexual behaviours, is seeking to legitimate homosexual behaviour in the earliest stages of child education.” This moron has compared homosexuality to ­incest and bestiality, saying just because people have gay urges doesn’t justify acting on them. Cowen is a proponent of reorientation or “reparative” therapy. Intentionally misinforming the parents of gay kids makes Cowen a sociopath and a bigot. That makes him immoral.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Texas B&B owner goes out of his way to offend gays & trans

Mr. & Mrs. Robert L. Flournoy
Robert L. Flournoy (“Bob ”) operates Texas Forest Country Weddings out his bed and breakfast establishment in Lufkin. He is also an attorney, a 1967 graduate of University of Texas Law. Flournoy is not exactly the brightest bulb in the chandelier.

After turning away a gay couple, Flournoy decided that he was going to put a stop to the effrontery. How dare a gay couple  ask an upstanding Christian business owner to compromise his religious beliefs? So fuckwit takes out a front page advertisement in the local paper.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Olé - Same old crap as Catholic Church beats back Mexico's marriage equality initiative

Mexico
Mexico's gay community has been watching a very bad rerun translated into Spanish. Many of the cast-members are the same and as for the script; I know all of the talking points by heart. The Church is obsessed with same-sex marriage and imposing their ideology on public policy.

Before I get into this, national marriage equality in the United States occurred on June 26, 2015. Federal recognition of state approved same-sex marriage occurred on June 26, 2013. America's experience with same-sex marriage dates back to May of 2004. In all that time nothing has occurred that anyone can cite as a negative consequence of same-sex marriage. They talk about some baker or photographer who doesn't want to comply with nondiscrimination laws. That's just deflection. They are at a loss but as I said, they are obsessed.

All in the family as Cathy Ruse chimes in

Cathy Ruse
Cathy Ruse also works for an anti-gay hate group. In her case it is Family Research Council (hubby Austin Ruse is president of C-Fam — I wonder what they talk about at night). At FRC's blog Ms. Ruse writes:
My husband Austin Ruse writes in Crisis Magazine today about a new report just published in The New Atlantis—a meta-analysis of many dozens of studies on homosexuality and transgenderism. The results topple most claims made by the homosexual activist agenda.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Another thing that Trump should renounce - HACKING

Donald Trump
If Donald Trump had any class, any integrity, he would tell Mr. Assange (and, perhaps, WikiLeaks' Russian sponsors) that he does not want their help in November. Hacking is theft. Hacking is a serious crime. Releasing damaging, stolen information that is embarrassing to Secretary Clinton is no different than hacking into our voting machines.

In this case the hacking looks more and more like the venture of a foreign government to influence our democracy. I am also revolted that the press has deemed Assange worthy of coverage. He is either a common thief or an outlet for stolen materials which makes him an accomplice to theft which makes him a common criminal.

Great news from a Christian polling company

Sometimes good news for the LGBT community comes from unexpected places. According to Public Religion Research Institute:

A majority of Americans are not in favor of allowing small businesses to turn away services to gay or lesbian people because of their religious beliefs.

As many as 63 percent were against refusing product or services because of religious convictions, and only 30 percent supported such actions.

About 62 percent of the Americans now support same-sex marriage, and only 30 percent are opposed to it.

In addition:

Majority of Americans Oppose Laws Requiring Transgender Individuals to Use Bathrooms Corresponding to Sex at Birth Rather than Gender Identity.

As the old exist commercial used to say: We've come a long way baby!

Biblical Bob Eschliman goes for the absurd

Bob Eschliman
Biblical Bob Eschliman loves conspiracy theories. Friday morning he wrote: “Rumors Still Abound About Obama Third Term, Should We Believe This?” No Bob. This is preposterous speculation that probably served as WND click bait. No one with a reasonably functioning cerebral cortex would even entertain such absurdism.
For years, there has been concern that President Barack Obama would not step down when his second term expires in a little less than 147 days.

Austin Ruse on the attack - including a certain slowly boiled amphibian

Austin Ruse
Friday, Austin Ruse responds to the critics of a recent study authored by Paul McHugh and Lawrence Mayer. It is designed to denigrate LGBT citizens by torturing science to conform to scripture and the catechism of the Catholic Church. Ruse has his hands full because the study does not hold up to even cursory scrutiny and its principle investigator is an ultra-orthodox Catholic and Defender of the Faith (as is Mr. Ruse). 

I am going to take some time with this, and apologize for verbosity, because there are others who are bound to chime in. After all, the mission of the paper in question is to convince the public that the teachings of the Catholic Church represent scientific conclusions. They do not!

Australia needs Malcolm Turnbull to have the courage to do what is right.

Marriage equality advocates are in a hard place right now in Australia, and it seems strange that this should be the case becasue the votes are there to pass same sex marriage. Yes, if a vote was held right now in Parliament there would be enough votes to pass marriage equality and move it forward and so the path is there, the problem is that the path is blocked. The government refuses to allow the issue to come to a vote until it has been sent to the public for a non-binding vote. There are many problems with this idea of sending it to a public vote. For one it would be a costly endeavor which is entirely unnecessary as there are already opinion polls to show how the public thinks on this issue which is essentially what this non-binding vote would be, an expensive opinion poll. Holding the public vote also delays the matter further when the issue could be settled right away with a vote in parliament. The primary area of concern though is on principle. Is it right to subject gay people in Australia to a public vote with all the accompanying nastiness from the other side, on their right to get married?


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Bold hypocrisy by the Trump campaign

Donald Trump
The Trump campaign has decided to suggest that Hillary Clinton accepted bribes as secretary of state — that is what “pay to play” is after all. Trump accuses Sec. Clinton of using the Clinton Foundation as a “slush fund.” Of course, a couple of elements required of those charges are missing:
  1. There does not exist so much as a shred of evidence that Clinton did anything improper as secretary of state and;
  2. There does not exist so much as a shred of evidence that the Clintons have received so much as a dime from the Clinton Foundation.

As Gary Cass merrily breaks the law he defames Hillary Clinton's religion

Gary Cass of the anti-gay Christian Anti-Defamation Commission has made a video claiming that Hillary Clinton is not really a Christian. The Internal Revenue Service knows Cass' operation as Christian Anti-Defamation League Cadl Inc., EIN: 650962138. I guess that at some point Cass thought that “commission” sounds more authoritative than “league.” More importantly, Cass's operation is a 501(c)3. The IRS has a thing or two to say about political activity:
Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.
While Cass was busy breaking the law he was claiming that the United Methodist Church isn't really Christian. Cass is the ultimate arbiter.

Federalist writer claims that gay people want to "ban religious people from legal field"

Ruth Neely
Holly Scheer thinks that the controversial Wyoming judge who will not marry gay couples is a victim:
If your religious views block you from performing a job, don’t do that job. That’s the Left’s refrain about religion and expressing it. If you’re religious, that’s fine, but it really needs to not impinge on others via your career. Keep your relationship with a Higher Power meekly to yourself.
The problem with Scheer's projection is the assumption that religious views can reasonably prevent someone from performing a job. It's the Kim Davis proposition. Here is the relevant snippet from the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit when they denied Davis's request for a stay on the injunction requiring her to issue marriage licenses:

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Biblical Bob Eschliman is on a roll

For someone who considers himself a journalist Bob Eschliman isn't too keen on checking the details. Consider:
Breitbart News' Matthew Boyle recently stumbled across what might otherwise be reported by the mainstream media as an anomaly in the American political landscape: a Democrat who is voting for Donald Trump.

What he found instead is perhaps a growing movement in which so-called "Trumpocrats" are dropping the Democratic party en masse because of Hillary Clinton's hard left turn since the primary. And they're organized enough to have their own Super PAC.
That seems to be problematic:

Make that Biblical Bob, MD

Bob Eschliman
Biblical Bob Eschliman not only has problems with gay people but with Hillary Clinton's physician. Biblical Bob writes: “By Her Own Admission, Hillary's Health Is an Issue.” Biblical Bob is bearing false witness again. Bob's first conclusions are based on an email seven years ago wherein Clinton told aide, Huma Abedin, that she was feeling crappy. On that day, May 4, 2009, in the daily presser a State Dept. spokesman said:

Gay man vs. Catholic Archdiocese of Richmond

Bishop Francis Xavier DiLorenzo
John M. Murphy claims, in a federal lawsuit filed this month, that just eight days after beginning his job as executive director of the St. Francis Home in Richmond, VA he was terminated because he is married to another man. According to the complaint, Murphy's marital status was disclosed during a meeting with Tina Neal, president of St. Francis’ board of directors before he was hired. Neal said that it was not an issue.
John M. Murphy (background)
and his husband Jerry Carter

Did the Department of Education mishandle trangender access?

Jonathan H. Adler
Jonathan H. Adler has an intriguing post today at WaPo's Volokh Conspiracy. He argues that ED* should have gone through a rule change rather than issuing guidance on transgender access in public school. Adler argues that the outcome in Texas v. United States (Department of Education) might have been different. Adler further argues that “sex” is sufficiently ambiguous to support ED's conclusions. I encourage you to read Adler's piece in full.

I am not sure that I agree with Adler with respect to the legal outcome. The rule making process involves publishing the proposed rule in the Federal Register with a call for comment. The comments would have been awful and the same Christians would have sought the same preliminary injunction to prevent the application of the rule. I think that the same Texas judge would have reached the same conclusion.

My apologies

I added InfoLinks not realizing just how fucking annoying their ads are. Removed. Meanwhile Google is offering some very strange right wing advertising. I think it is kind of nifty that they are supporting this blog. #Irony

Drumgoole v. Paramus Catholic High enters ONE YEAR discovery period

Lawrence Kleiner business card
Lawrence Kleiner and Eric Kleiner, attorneys for plaintiff Kate Drumgoole, are out of their depth. While I am sure that they have good intentions they are personal injury lawyers. Their cases rarely go to trial — their task is negotiating a settlement. This case deserves experienced civil rights attorneys.

During a one-year period of discovery, the Kleiners intend to interview other employees who are violating the tenets of the faith. That is a good approach but I do not think that they understand that the outcome of this case affects many other people.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Any excuse will do for Mat Staver and Liberty Counsel

Mat Staver
Mat Staver, head of the anti-gay hate group Liberty Counsel, has just sent out an email with the subject: “Scientific Research Debunks LGBT Propaganda.” Staver is yet another imbecile who thinks that Paul McHugh's meta-study means anything. At the risk of being repetititve, McHugh is a staunch orthodox Catholic. This is a meta-study (a study of studies). It is published to what is essentially a Catholic blog and it is not peer reviewed. In other words it is junk science per se.

Austin Ruse chimes in on Catholic sexuality "study"

Austin Ruse
Austin Ruse took to Breibart Monday to write “Most Kids Who Claim They’re Transgender Mature To Be Normal Adults, Says Science Report.”

Maybe it's just me but I think that transgender kids also mature to be “normal adults.” I look at it as a natural variant in human sexuality. Ruse sees it as something that is contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church — and that is all he needs to know.

Blowhard Bill Donohue claims that gay rights are a "club" used to smash religious liberty

Bill Donohue
Bill Donohue, a divorced man, writing for CNSnews.com:
Prior to the legalization of gay marriage, gay activists said that under no circumstances would an affirmative ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on this issue result in a diminution of religious liberty. They were either wrong or they lied. No matter, no one now disputes that there is a determined effort to use gay rights as a club to smash the religious liberty protections afforded by the First Amendment.

Homophobic police frame-up causes woman to serve 35 years for a crime she did not commit

Cathy Woods is suing the City of Reno, Nevada, its former DA, four police officers and a doctor for an unspecified sum. In a complaint filed Monday in federal district court her attorneys argue that the homophobic Reno police officers, believing a paranoid schizophrenic woman was a lesbian, fabricated evidence that sent her to prison for 35 years for a murder committed by a man, making her the “longest-ever wrongfully incarcerated woman in U.S. history.”

Woods was cleared in 2014 by DNA testing. A convicted serial killer, currently incarcerated in Oregon, was identified as the murderer.

Anti-gay "Gay Zombies" being sued for crashing Toronto Pride

Gay Zombies
You can't make this shit up
Dressed in green body suits and wearing gay accessories, the Gay Zombies handed out what looked like condoms. They were actually anti-gay leaflets that mischaracterized the risks of gay sex.

Yet another fired teacher v. Catholic school (updated)

In New Jersey a terminated lesbian is suing her employer, Paramus Catholic High School, for employment discrimination. Catholic schools do not have a pass on nondiscrimination laws. The only exemption is for “ministers.” Kate Drumgoole was Dean of Guidance and head coach of the basketball team.

The attorney for the school claims in court papers that Drumgoole was not terminated for being gay. Oh no. She was terminated for entering into a same-sex marriage. That will fly. Sure.

This article is a snippet based on available information. Updates will come as they are available.

Gender & Orientation Bullshit: The Video

As I writing about that Paul McHugh paper yesterday it was being pushed out on dozens of right wing outlets. Now, courtesy of Alliance Defending Freedom, I learn that they produced a video. Just in summary, this is not peer reviewed and it has been sponsored by a conservative Catholic organization (Ethics and Public Policy Center). Most importantly, most of this is at odds with a mountain of peer reviewed research and the position of the authors' own professional organization, the American Psychiatric Association.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Among those ups and downs is ED's guidance on transgender access

Gavel
As you probably have heard a federal judge in Texas has issued a preliminary injunction:
Defendants [United States of America Education Department] are enjoined from enforcing the Guidelines against Plaintiffs and their respective schools, school boards, and other public, educationally-based institutions. Further, while this injunction remains in place, Defendants are enjoined from initiating, continuing, or concluding any investigation based on Defendants’ interpretation that the definition of sex includes gender identity in Title IX’s prohibition against discrimination on the basis of sex. Additionally, Defendants are enjoined from using the Guidelines or asserting the Guidelines carry weight in any litigation initiated following the date of this Order. All parties to this cause of action must maintain the status quo as of the date of issuance of this Order …

Ryan T. Anderson needs a proctor

Ryan T. Anderson
Ryan T. Anderson writes at Heritage Foundation's blog:
A major new report, published today in the journal The New Atlantis, challenges the leading narratives that the media has pushed regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.

Co-authored by two of the nation’s leading scholars on mental health and sexuality, the 143-page report discusses over 200 peer-reviewed studies in the biological, psychological, and social sciences, painstakingly documenting what scientific research shows and does not show about sexuality and gender.

Back the fuck up.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Knights of Columbus Grand Poobah compares abortion to the Holocaust

Carl Anderson heads the Knights of Columbus. In reality — aside for the silly dress-up — the Knights is a Catholic insurance company competing with corporations that actually pay taxes. Last week he wrote, for The Hill, “Catholic politicians should follow conscience, consensus on abortion.” The headline is disingenuous — unless you happen to believe that following one's conscience and the consensus means obedience to the Church. We can substitute LGBT equality for abortion and achieve the same result. According to Anderson:
For more than 30 years, Catholics politicians in America have justified their support for abortion on the basis that while they are “personally opposed,” they should not impose their religious beliefs on society at large. The argument has always been a poor one, but it has never made less sense than it does today.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The ups and downs of equality

Tug of War
As gays and lesbians embrace activism on behalf of transgender people we must anticipate some setbacks from time to time.
On Friday Jim Geraghty questioned at the National Review (as a “crazy theory”) whether the right had won the culture war this year. After all, he posits (among other things), Target Stores blinked in response to the boycott over providing a transgender nondiscrimination policy and Caitlyn Jenner's show was canceled. Allow me to add one that Geraghty overlooked. We lost at the Supreme Court recently when the justices stayed an injunction issued by the Fourth Circuit. The stay allows  the Gloucester County School Board in Virginia to continue to deny transgender access while the case proceeds.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Intellectually dishonest LifeSite News continues to dangerously misinform readers

American College of Pediatricians
Friday, according to Susan Yoshihara at LifeSiteNews.com: “Pushing gender ideology on kids is child abuse: pediatricians group.” They prefer to “push” religious nonsense. The pediatricians group she is referring to is the minuscule Christian anti-gay hate group, American College of Pediatricians. The real peer organization is the American Academy of Pediatrics. “Gender ideology” is orthodox Catholic-speak for gender identity. Their simplistic, binary superstition prohibits recognizing the existence of gender identity. This piece seems to have originated at Austin Ruse's hate anti-gay hate group C-Fam.

NOM's summer membership drive vs. the cost of Brown

Brian S. Brown
According to Brian Brown, president of National Organization for Marriage, NOM has raised $24,219 in its summer membership drive. The goal is $52,500. The cost of Brian Brown over the summer is about $66,000. That is based on his salary for 2014 plus a conservative 15% for FICA, insurance, benefits and so on. NOM's email yesterday is the usual shameful blather about the (very dead) First Amendment Defense Act and the usual BS that they claim to affect.

No Donald Trump it was not a poor choice of words

Donald Trump
Donald Trump suffers from a lack of character in contrast to an economy of eloquence. According to Trump: “Sometimes in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don't choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that.” When Trump feels he has done that is unknown. This was followed by floating the suggestion sometimes he got into trouble because he was too honest. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Five years ago it was repealed

Manhattan Kansas
In May of 2011, the city council of Manhattan Kansas stripped its nondiscrimination ordinance of protections for LGBT citizens. I am pleased to note that this week a new ordinance was passed unanimously. It protects LGBT citizens from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation.

One odd accommodation however was granted in the form of an exemption to the Riley County Police Department. I have contacted the public information officer who is researching the matter (it is a large department). I will update this post if I receive more information.

What medical school did David French attend?

David A. French
David French is a lawyer and staff writer for the National Review. In spite of having a JD from Harvard Law he has been aligned with Alliance Defending Freedom. I note that he did his undergrad at the Church of Christ's Lipscomb University in Tennessee. Presumably he is a religious conservative. One thing is for sure. Mr. French is not a medical doctor.

The odd hypocrisy of the Trump campaign

Stephen K. Bannon
With White-Nationalist, Stephen K. Bannon, now at the helm of Trump's presidential enterprise we are informed that the campaign will now be all negative, all the time. At the center of the anti-Clinton campaign is likely to be Peter Schweizer's magnum opus, Clinton Cash. Schweizer is president of Bannon's non-profit, Government Accountability Institute.

Clinton Cash has its shortcomings. But first consider this. The reason that we are able to know so much about the Clintons' finances is the simple fact that their joint tax returns have been public for many years. Those tax returns coupled with the publicly disclosed tax returns of the Clinton Foundation provide a groundwork for analysis. Without those filings there would be no Clinton Cash.

Does the Clinton Foundation enrich the Clintons?

The short answer is no. There are many accusations floating around about the Clinton Foundation. These are based upon political wishful thinking in contrast to fact. I will review some of these. Let us begin with an important fact: None of the Clinton family are, or have been, on the payroll of the Foundation. Reportedly, the foundation pays some travel expenses for President Clinton. Nothing wrong with that if he is attending foundation events.

Newspaper articles appeared around the time that Peter Schweizer, a former fellow at the right-wing Hoover Institution, was providing media with previews of his then forthcoming book “Clinton Cash.” Schweizer is long on theory and short on evidence.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

It's Todd Starnes' turn to freak out over a few trans students

Todd Starnes
The baton has been passed to professional persecuted Christian, Todd Starnes. First it was Franklin Graham, then it was the Benham Brothers. Today it is Todd Starnes' turn to complain about the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board. Starnes' displeasure is expressed as: “Boys Who Identify as Girls Now Allowed on Overnight Field-Trips.

Poor Ed Whelan - The world does not conform to Catholic doctrine

Ed Whelan
Ed Whelan is presumably a smart guy. He once clerked for the late Justice Scalia. Whelan's problem is that he is a Defender of the Faith© at all costs. One cannot be a slave to religious doctrine, based on ancient chronicles, and still be a critical thinker. That makes a smart guy, well … stupid.

Today in his National Review column titled This Day in Liberal Judicial Activism:
2009—Purporting to be carrying out its duty to defend the Defense of Marriage Act, the Obama administration’s Department of Justice instead sabotages that law. Abandoning strong arguments that had been successful in previous litigation, DOJ asserts in a brief that it “does not believe that DOMA is rationally related to any legitimate government interests in procreation and child-rearing.” As one supporter of same-sex marriage puts it (emphasis added):

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

[Video] David Benham claims transgender agenda of "forced participation" in schools

I have no idea what David Benham's insane rant even means. The “gender unicorn” conspiracy theory first came to my attention via Franklin Graham's paranoid nuttiness that we are turning kids gay. The following day, August 7, the Benham Brothers made a similar claim at the very credible and responsible WND. Ultimately Benham does not accept the fact that most people are not in his uber-Christian orbit — at least not those who place a high value on mental hygiene. By now I am certain that he has fucked up his own children.

Marco Rubio: All talk and no action

Marco Rubio and Norman Braman at a 2012 rally for Israel
Marco Rubio and Norman Braman at a 2012 rally for Israel
Marco Rubio now says that evangelicals should love gay people and not judge them. This from a man who still opposes marriage equality. Rubio may be a United States Senator but his full time job has been, and continues to be, to run for President of the United States. Everything that Rubio says and does is scripted to that end. He's not called “Marco-Bot” for nothing.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Schubert at Witherspoon: GOPers are not "moving on" from marriage

Schubert was in his glory - eight years ago
Frank Schubert, Political Director of National Organization for Marriage and Defender of the Faith©, asserts that Republicans who try to move on from marriage will be held accountable by voters. This stems from wishful thinking that the Supreme Court did not resolve this issue on June 26, 2015. Schubert's problem is very simple; The Catholic Church does not approve of either gay people or their marriages. Well, that settles it, right?

Some economic realities are also likely to have stimulated Schubert's displeasure. Schubert prospectively lost tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars with the demise of Missouri's SJR 39 because the matter would have been on the ballot. It is likely that he would have been the campaign manager. Aside from fees his company, Mission Public Affairs, would have purchased all of the media taking 15%+ off the top.

At Witherspoon Institute's pseudo intellectual blog, Schubert writes:

Federalist polemicist repeats conspiracy theories as fact

Mr. Hyde
James H. Hyde should know better. Hyde writes at the Federalist:
The New York Times reports that in the latest release of Clinton documents, billionaire donors to the Clinton Foundation tried to curry favors from a responsive State Department when Hillary Clinton was U.S. secretary of State. That gambit is known as the “pay-to-play” scandal. Give the foundation a big fat donation, and Hillary will open whatever door you need opened. In fact, as secretary, she approved a now-famous deal that granted the Russians control over 20 percent of uranium production here in the United States.

Virginia Foxx Reveals the 'Sign From God' to Run for Office

Virginia Foxx
Well now we know. God told Virginia Foxx (R-NC) to run for office. “I have no reason at all to be there except for the hand of God,” Foxx says. According to Foxx she was praying: “I feel too humble to ask for a sign, but if you wanted to give me a sign, dear Lord, I'd appreciate it, Just one is all I need.” She claims that then the phone rang. It was Foxx's pastor calling to say that he was praying for her amid her uncertainty — a call that came at the very moment that she was so desperately seeking answers.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Do we really need the Gay Games?

The Human Rights Campaign estimates that there are at least 41 openly gay athletes competing in the 2016 Summer Olympics. Outsports puts the number at 49. Their count is likely to be more accurate. I reached out to Cyd Zeigler, one of the founders of Outsports to get his point of view. He said:
The Gay Games are a great way for the LGBT community to come together, compete and have fun. I hope they're around for as long as I'm alive.

Mr. Reverse Midas does it again

Brian S. Brown has this awesome ability to display his own ineptitude. The problem with this tweet is that the quote is from John Hanckock — not John Adams. Apparently Johns are very confusing to the head of National Organization for Marriage. By the way the answer to Brown's question is: ““Yes, America would thrive without religion impeding progress.”

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Brian Brown's sermon followed by shaming

Brian S. Brown
Friday, Brian Brown, president of National Organization for Marriage, had mixed messages for supporters. In the early afternoon Brown sent out a message titled: “Will you ignore God’s Word?
The God who created the universe also is the creator of the institution of marriage. It is so important to Him in his plan for humanity that he included it among his very first instructions to us: "That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh" (Genesis 2: 24).