Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Another happy camper heard from: Mat Staver

Mat Staver
Hate group leader Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel is not terribly pleased with Trump. In an email to supporters Tuesday afternoon he writes (emphasis per original):
The White House stated today that President Donald Trump will continue to enforce Obama's bad executive order imposing the LGBTQ agenda on federal contractors. There is no federal employment statute that includes "sexual orientation" or "gender identity." Congress has repeatedly rejected efforts to amend federal employment law to include "sexual orientation" or "gender identity." The order, signed by former President Obama in 2014, imposes the LGBTQ agenda in the employment context for federal contractors.

LifeSiteNews: "Trump won’t overturn Obama’s special rights for LGBT gov’t workers"

Patrick B. Craine
Tuesday, LifeSiteNews weighs in on Trump's decision (at least for now) not to revoke the Obama ban on workplace discrimination by government contractors. Of course LifeSite being what they are they call fair treatment “special rights.” Imagine if government contractors could fire or not hire people for being Catholic and claim it was job-related. The moronic piece was written by Patrick B. Craine who seems to be another professional Christian.

Zack Ford reminded me of two important things.
  1. Trump does not deserve praise for not doing the wrong thing and;
  2. Trump is erratic and could change his mind or do other bad things at any time.

What medical school did John Stemberger go to?

John Stemberger
Does Stemberger look like a psychiatrist or someone in need of psychiatry?
Attorney John Stemberger is the leader of the anti-LGBT hate group, Florida Family Policy Council. Stemberger is also the founder of the anti-gay “Christian” scouting program Trail Life USA. Tuesday, Stemberger has a reaction to the decision of the Boy Scouts of America to accept transgender boys. Stemberger thinks that his voice is so important that he paid to have his statement on Christian Newswire. Included is this gem:

VA pastors call upon the legislature to "protect children from predatory" SOGI agenda

Rev. William Cook
Rev. William Cook
Conservative Christian pastors in Virginia will be meeting on Wednesday to oppose and protest the legislature's rejection of a discriminatory law in the Commonwealth harsher than North Carolina's HB2. It would have required schools to notify parents if their children show any signs of being trans.


A pleasant surprise from Trump on LGBT nondiscrimination protections

Contrary to rumor and my expectations, Trump will leave the federal contractors nondiscrimination ban in place. According to the statement from the White House:
President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of L.G.B.T.Q. rights, just as he was throughout the election … The president is proud to have been the first ever G.O.P. nominee to mention the L.G.B.T.Q. community in his nomination acceptance speech, pledging then to protect the community from violence and oppression.
I am quite happy to have been wrong.

Monday, January 30, 2017

LGBT fuck you executive order in the offing?

A couple of sites are reporting that Trump is planning to issue an executive order within the next few days that will effectively license anti-LGBT discrimination. I have spoken to the only contact that I have in the Trump administration and that individual knows of no such pending order.

I fully expect Trump to rescind Obama's executive order requiring federal contractors not to discriminate. The way Trump sees things, he owes us nothing. He owes much more to conservative Christians. Right and wrong are no longer part of decision making. It's all about the political balance sheet. Just look at the new cabinet for proof of that fact

Katy Faust's latest tirade on children's rights

Katy Faust
Monday, Katy Faust takes to The Federalist to offer up “Don’t Ignore The Child’s Perspective On Gay Couples Commissioning Babies.” Faust, whose blog is titled Ask The Bigot, apparently embraces the idea that she gains cover by sarcastically referring to herself as a bigot. That is a wishful thinking. A bigot is the product of an intellectual deficiency brought about by narrow-mindedness, flawed judgment, a lack of intellectual curiosity and an insufficiency of critical thinking. If Faust wants to be proud of those characteristics she does so at her own peril.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Oh my - Apparently we are all "Going Berserk"

Brian S. Brown
According to an email Friday afternoon from National Organization for Marriage: “LGBT Extremists Going Berserk.” I guess that we are in the process and haven't reached full berserkness yet. Of course, according to Brain S. Brown, head of the anti-LGBT group, anyone — gay or straight — who has ever visited HRC's website is an LGBT extremist. I know that I am. And you? And what is it that is causing us to go berserk you ask?
LGBT extremist groups and leaders are going positively berserk as they come to realize that NOM is on the march, gaining members and influencing policy. They thought they had killed us off when they got the US Supreme Court to illegitimately redefine marriage in 2015. But we didn't go away. Instead, we've been working hard to change the political environment so that we can restore marriage, while protecting supporters of marriage from discrimination in the meantime. With the election of Donald Trump, we have a realistic chance to remake the US Supreme Court and reverse the Obergefell decision on marriage.

Intellect is the greatest sacrifice of fundamentalists

Steve Weatherbe
Steve Weatherbe
I know. I rant endlessly about our societal loss of intellectual curiosity and critical thinking. Yet “they” just keep reminding me how witless religious fundamentalists tend to be. Yesterday it was some guy named Steve Weatherbe at LifeSiteNews who sparked my ire. He delighted me with “Reversing Obama’s LGBT-friendly policies won’t be easy, but it’s possible.

I am at a loss to understand what his objective is. Indeed, I will preface this reply with the absolute fact that all of the repression in the world will not result in one less gay or transgender person in the world It will only serve to make the lives of the same LGBT people more difficult. So what is the point? Do these people really subscribe to the belief, contrary to medical and social science, that people choose to be a sexual minority? Aside from science that makes no sense at all. It is a thoroughly illogical conclusion absent any confirming evidence.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Oral Argument: Annmarie Calgaro v. St. Louis County et al

Erick G. Kaardal
for Thomas More Society
The Thomas More Society lawyer (Erick G. Kaardal) was in court today, arguing on behalf of a mother who is trying to get control of her estranged transgender daughter through the court system. The case is before the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.

The woman is suing her daughter (“J.D.K.”) as well as those enabling her gender affirming treatments. Mom and her conservative-Catholic lawyer have intentionally used incorrect pronouns. Her daughter is emancipated under Minnesota Law which states:

NOM desperate for cash?

Brian S. Brown
National Organization for Marriage is insolvent. This is at least the third email this week from Brian S. Brown grubbing for money on NOM's behalf. This one does so indirectly by asking people to support their idiotic Capetown Declaration. South Africa, by the way, was the first country in the world to constitutionally outlaw sexual orientation discrimination. The email is titled “Show Your Support of Marriage.” It is also highly misleading. Don't we all support marriage? Then there is what must be an opium-induced fantasy:
In one week, President Trump will announce his selection of the individual he wants to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the US Supreme Court. He's pledged to appoint someone who shares Scalia's originalist philosophy that the Constitution means what it says, not what judges wish it said to reflect their political ideology. Once that individual is confirmed, which Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has pledged will happen, then we will be only one vote away from restoring marriage to our nation's laws. That means it's only a matter of time until President Trump can change the balance of the US Supreme Court.

General Jerry unintentionally confirms that their extremists are in the minority

William G. (“Jerry”) Boykin
Nutty and bigoted retired general, William G. (“Jerry”) Boykin is executive vice president of Family Research Council, an anti-LGBT hate group. In an email to supporters Boykin writes:
This past fall, almost 60 percent of voters who cast a ballot for President Trump pointed to life and religious liberty as issues of great importance to them.

That means nearly two-thirds of Trump supporters voted for one of the most conservative platforms in history.

Values Voters can take credit for delivering Hillary Clinton a crushing defeat, largely due to her pro-abortion, pro-Planned Parenthood, anti-family agenda.

The real number of non-citizen voters is more like zero

Brian F. Schaffner
Dr. Brian F. Schaffner — Professor of Political Science
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
My headline quotes Dr. Brian F. Schaffner, a professor of political science at UMass, who penned a November 29, 2016 piece for Politico. I will briefly explain.

The “evidence” of voter fraud isn't evidence at all. It is based upon a statistical misadventure; a flawed projection described in a controversial 2014 paper by Jesse T. Richman and two coauthors. According to Richman, nearly 14 percent of non-citizens living in the United States had cast votes in recent elections. It is an absurd claim per se given the number of people risking exposure, deportation and imprisonment. Add to that registration and voting requirements and it should be obvious that the claim is preposterous.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Hate group leader trolling for faux members

I guess that it worked so well for National Organization for Marriage that Brian S. Brown is now trying the phony membership approach for his other gig — International Organization for the Family. Perhaps Brown can confuse his incurious constituency into believing that forking over some dough makes them “members” in spite of the fact that they don't get much for their money.

Needless to say, I haven't given these folks a nickel. However, apparently I am a member:

New Harris Poll demonstrates continuing support of LGBT rights by the American public

Tuesday evening the Harris Poll released its most recent findings regarding the rights of LGBT citizens. 2,192 U.S. adults ages 18+ were surveyed online between January 9 and 11, 2017. Among the findings:
  • Two-thirds (66%) of adults say they oppose laws allowing businesses to refuse service to LGBT persons because of their religious objections (and a similar proportion (68%) stated their opposition in a May 2016 Harris Poll.)
  • 62% of adults oppose state laws that repeal or overturn local or city LGBT anti-discrimination laws and ban cities from passing similar protections in the future (which has ticked up slightly from the 60% of adults who thought so when asked in May 2016.)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

No Brian S. Brown, you won't be "in the midst" of anything

Apparently Brian S. Brown, leader of National Organization for Marriage believes that his potential donors are willing to believe that NOM will have some influence on the confirmation of the next justice of the Supreme Court. Brown further believes that his potential donors are willing to believe that forking over some money for NOM will affect the confirmation process.

According to an email sent to supporters Tuesday afternoon:
BREAKING: Supreme Court Nomination Coming Next Week

Minutes ago, President Donald Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that he will make his Supreme Court nomination to replace the late Antonin Scalia next week. Mr. Trump has pledged to nominate a justice in Scalia's mold, somehow who believes that the constitution means what it says and should not be remade to suit any particular agenda. That means in about a week NOM will be in the midst of one of the most pitched battles of modern times.

Please help us be ready to advance a Supreme Court nominee who will honorably fill the shoes of Justice Scalia by renewing your membership in NOM. Membership costs only $35, but we are always grateful to those who can contribute more than the minimum. Please act today.
Delusions of grandeur

It's Volokh v. Starnes

Eugene Volokh and Todd Starnes
I sometimes disagree with Eugene Volokh but I read everything that he writes because he is smart, analytical and always intellectually honest. I learn something from the read. He was also a proponent of marriage equality. I never agree with Todd Starnes. Frankly, I think that Starnes is an imbecile. It is hard to be intellectually honest when one is a slave to ancient chronicles of dubious provenance. Personally I might go to Seder. Just don't expect me to believe that Moses parted the Red Sea. But I digress.

Sometimes I really wonder about HRC

Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign had an ally in President Obama and direct contact with the administration. The real test for HRC — and Chad Griffin — comes now that we have a president who does not seem to support the unique interests of LGBT citizens. During the campaign Trump took several positions on every issue including those affecting us. For example, on one hand he said that Caitlyn Jenner could use the bathroom of her choice in Trump Tower yet he was a vocal supporter of North Carolina's HB2. Then there is Pence and that cabinet.

I am not, and have never been, a gratuitous basher of HRC. While I think that the organization is less effective than other LGBT advocacy organizations, HRC is Gay, Inc. — like it or not. GLAAD, by the way, is one of the most effective at meeting mission goals. GLAAD also has the luxury of being very narrowly focused. HRC tasked itself with a very broad mission which is less easily managed.

Anti-gay protest at a DC church

Sally Sarratt and Maria Swearingen
Sally Sarratt and Maria Swearingen
New senior pastors at Calvary Baptist Church in DC
Police had to be called on Sunday when about six anti-gay protesters stormed through Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, DC. The protesters eventually made their way to the pulpit carrying signs and chanting slogans. After leaving the sanctuary, Pastor Elijah Zehyoue said that the protesters (who were not members of the church) were “aggressively engaging” members arriving for the 11am service.

Monday, January 23, 2017

My junior Senator thinks he is slick

Marco Rubio's ambitions are far greater than his intellect or abilities. Rubio should have been beaten for another term in November but as is often the case, we failed to show up on election day. We get the government we deserve.

Add ADF's Jim Campbell to that "willfully confused" list

James A. Campbell
Alliance Defending Freedom's Jim Campbell writes (along with 100 other Christians): “Arguments Separating Fashion Designers from other Artists Aren’t Worthy of the Runway.” In case you didn't get it, the meta-title is a bit more revealing: “Freedom of Conscience -- Melania Trump’s Fashion Designers Boycott & Same-Sex Marriage Cake Bakers.

This is tedious. I haven't the strength to repeat the same post over and over, ad nauseum. The addition here is that I get to see another schmuck from ADF refer to a baker as a fucking “cake artist.” That in spite of the fact that numerous courts have ruled that even the most exquisite smearing of butter cream over spongecake is not artistry as that term is understood in the law.

NOM needs "members"

According to Brian S. Brown, head of the insolvent National Organization for Marriage: “We Need Additional Members.” This is about as genuine as those tacky pleather “Members Only” jackets. A “member” of an organization pays dues and received benefits in return. NOM wants contributions and donors receive nothing in return. From the same email:
The backbone of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is our members, those individuals who commit to make a minimum contribution of at least $35 annually to support our work. With the dawn of a new year and the start of a new presidential administration, NOM needs to increase our membership to be effective.

Texas Supreme Court to review gay spousal benefits

Greetings from Texas
Another reminder that gays are supposed to be second-class citizens. In a reversal of a prior decision, the Texas Supreme Court will now take up a case involving the legality of paying traditional spousal benefits to the same sex partners of state and municipal employees. After initially rejecting the suit brought by a group of Houston pastors the Court decided to take up the matter, presumably due to political pressure by GOP leaders.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

FRC's Peter Sprigg is now an incompetent intelligence analyst

Peter Sprigg
Friday, Peter Sprigg, Family Research Council's LGBT “expert” weighed in on the commutation of Chelsea Manning's sentence by President Obama. Sprigg is just one of the reasons that FRC is designated a Hate Group.

Sprigg being Sprigg and FRC being FRC, the pronouns are masculine and Sprigg, for some reason, finds it necessary to put the first name Chelsea in quotes. We get it. Sprigg does not approve. Gender dysphoria exists with, or without, approval from anyone. Mr. Sprigg's approval is certainly not required for someone to be transgender. Incorrect names and pronouns reflect pettiness, undue disdain and ignorance.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Tony Perkins reminisces about Martin Luther King

Tony Perkins
Hate group leader Tony Perkins has direct ties to David Duke and the Klu Klux Klan. Yet the head of Family Research Council and former Louisiana legislator finds it appropriate to quote from Martin Luther King in a thinly veiled diatribe about religious freedom.
Eighty-eight years ago almost to the day, the famed African-American civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. was born. Named for the monk who started the Reformation over four hundred years earlier, Dr. King would go on to become a Baptist minister and arguably the most important civil rights figure of the twentieth century.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Human Life Int'l accuses U.S. of pushing homosexuality "down the throats" of other nations

Brian Clowes, Human Life International
Brian Clowes, Human Life International
Thursday, Charlie Butts at American Family Association writes about Brian Clowes, the director of education and research at Human Life International (HLI). HLI is a roughly $3 million enterprise headed by a Catholic priest. An affiliated entity, HLI Endowment (a 501[c]2), is sitting on about $3 million in assets.

First Mr. Butts:
Money flowing into Third World countries is doing more to corrupt religious and cultural beliefs than to boost the nations’ prosperity/wellbeing.

Terrible sadness as President Obama leaves office

With his family by his side, Barack Obama is s...
With his family by his side, the youthful Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts, January 20, 2009
President Barack Obama wasn't always right but he was always decent.

Barack Obama is a more decent human being than I ever was or will be. He will be missed. Obama's poise and rationality under undue withering criticism has been nothing short of remarkable. Indeed, Obama's greatest mistakes have occurred when he has given his opponents too much credit for good faith. Obama is a brilliant guy but he has underestimated the inherent racism and ruthlessness of some conservatives.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

According to the Washington Times the CIA should be more homophobic again

Unification Church
The Moonie newspaper is in ecstasy over the Trump presidency. I have commented on very few of their outrageously dishonest pieces in support of Trump over the last six months. Since CIA director John Brennan has been critical of Trump, the Washington Times feels obligated to attempt to discredit Brennan and they are doing so with homophobia. In an opinion piece written by Kelly Riddell (who may or may not be a member or the cult):
In a wide-ranging interview with the Wall Street Journal, departing CIA Director John Brennan said he wants his legacy to be the work he did to advance the LGBTQ community.

UK experts condemn transgender "cure" therapies - ACPeds responds with conversion therapy bullshit

This was reported by Pink News a couple of days ago. We now have some reaction from American College of Pediatricians, a small anti-LGBT hate group. First off, in a statement released on Monday, thirteen British medical and psychological organizations jointly condemned psychological therapy for gender dysphoria, calling it “unethical and harmful and not supported by the evidence.”

The groups are in the process of formulating a memorandum of understanding. Two years ago, the same groups issued a similar memorandum in regard to gay conversion “therapy.”

Brian S. Brown shares his fantasies

Brian S. Brown
Brian S. Brown sent out a money-grub yesterday on behalf of the insolvent National Organization for Marriage. Brown is in a state of rapture over the incoming administration which is unlikely to come even close to the expectations of conservative Christians. Trump has promised everyone a pony and candy; the Christians take him literally. At least Mr. Brown does:
First, Mr. Trump has promised to appoint constitutionalists to the US Supreme Court, justices who believe the constitution means what it says and does not change and expand to suit the political mood of the day. These are justices in the mold of the late Antonin Scalia. And judges who share Justice Scalia’s legal philosophy will inevitably vote to reverse the illegitimate, anti-constitutional ruling redefining marriage in the terrible Obergefell decision of 2015.

General Jerry is no gentleman

Jerry Boykin
Tuesday evening retired Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, now executive vice president of Family Research Council, was in a steam over President Obama's pardon of Chelsea Manning. In summary by FRC:
President Obama announced today that he will commute most of the remaining prison sentence of Bradley Manning, the national security leaker, whose espionage put Americans at risk, and who then demanded that the U.S. Army not just recognize, but finance his gender transition.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Interesting trans data via Williams Institute

In a press release Tuesday, Williams Institute announced that the transgender youth population (ages 13 to 17) is now estimated at 150,000 in the United States. This would indicate that they comprise 0.7% of that demographic. This is based on a study titled Age of Individuals Who Identify as Transgender in the United States, by Jody L. Herman, Ph.D., Andrew R. Flores, Ph.D., Taylor N. T. Brown, MPP, Bianca D.M. Wilson, Ph.D., and Kerith J. Conron, Sc.D.. The data come from several sources including the CDC and individual states. According to the report the highest proportion of transgender youth is in ages 15 to 17.

If nothing else, the Benham "Bothers" are terribly unoriginal

David and Jason Benham
Tuesday, David Benham and Jason Benham write: “The Left Exposes Eye-Popping Hypocrisy on Moral Objection.” What follows us a tedious rerun of vapid false equivalencies.
Last week, the Washington Post ran an opinion piece headlined, “Should designers dress Melania and Ivanka? The question is more complex than it seems.”

Actually, the question is not more complex than it seems—it's really quite simple: “If designers want to dress the first lady, then they should do it. If they don't want to, then they don't have to.”

Mollie Hemingway - Trump publicist

Mollie Hemingway
At The Federalist Tuesday, Mollie Hemingway writes: “Top-Level Intel Officers’ War Against Donald Trump Is Bad For The Country.” The subtitle of her intellectually inadequate polemic reads: “Top political appointees at intelligence agencies are engaged in a dangerous and discrediting full-scale war against Donald Trump.”

In point of fact, it is Trump who has waged war against the intelligence services. Either Ms. Hemingway has a very short memory or she thinks that everyone else does. Trump is displeased that the intelligence community has concluded that Russia meddled in our presidential election. Trump took this as criticism of Trump. Therefore, Trump had the tantrum that his terribly fragile yet out-sized ego mandated. Or it might very well be more sinister. Would anyone be surprised, given his behavior and many connections to Russia, if Trump was in communication with the Kremlin to coordinate the attack against Secretary Clinton? Trump using offense as defense?

Monday, January 16, 2017

Hate group hates the written word

American Family Association, the anti-LGBT hate group never quite gets everything right. Read that headline at Charisma News. the piece was posted by One Million Moms which is just an AFA front group. Now I am not immune to typographical errors but I am just one person and no one should ever edit their own work. AFA, on the other hand, employs many people. Furthermore, you would think that, by now, a reader at Charisma might have tipped them off.

Pulse shooter's widow has been arrested

Noor Salman and Omar Mateen
Noor Salman and Omar Mateen with their son
Noor Salman, the wife of Omar Mateen, the man who perpetrated the massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, has been taken into custody in Oakland, CA by the F.B.I.. The shootout that wounded 53 and killed 49 patrons of the club occurred on June 12, 2016. Salman was extensively questioned at that time by the F.B.I. and local law enforcement.

Two five-watt bulbs on the same low voltage circuit

Monday, individuals representing two hate groups coalesce to produceGender abuse could become publicly mandated child abuse.” Perhaps they know something about their intended audience. The headline is bullshit and I have absolutely no idea what “gender abuse” means.

Charlie Butts writes stories for American Family Association's news blog. American Family Association is a designated hate group. Peter LaBarbera is the leader of another hate group, Americans for Truth About Homosexuality. AFTAH lost its tax-exempt status on May 15, 2015. Both of these men are obsessed with LGBT people.

Today is the 15th anniversary of AFA v. San Francisco

Don Wildmon
Don Wildmon, founder of AFA - Rabid homophobe and anti-Semite
For American Family Association and Family Research Council not much has changed over the last 15 years. On January 16, 2002 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the City and County of San Francisco did not violate the Constitutional rights of conservative Christians.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Anti-trans docs weigh in on Supreme Court transgender case with pseudoscience

Dr. Paul R. McHugh
Paul R. McHugh, Paul Hruz and Lawrence S. Mayer (in order and as listed) have filed an amicus brief in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G.. They are represented by Gerard V. Bradley and Tory. H. Lewis. I will get to the players shortly.

The anti-transgender professionals are professional anti-transgender advocates. We in the gay community have not just an obligation to push back but we find opportunity in doing so. Anti-trans and anti-gay activism have much in common. Both are engendered by a desire to conform social and medical science to religious dogma in spite of the abject incompatibility of religion and science. When we do damage to anti-trans arguments we damage the system that endorses, sponsors, subsidizes and promotes anti-LGBT memes in spite of their logical incongruity and intellectual dishonesty.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Peter Thiel says "I love Peter Thiel"

Peter Thiel
The rather odd Peter Thiel has not been paying attention. Thiel told The New York Times this week that he does not believe that Trump will attempt to reverse the gains of the LGBT community.

I suppose that depends upon your definition of “reverse.” Certainly appointing Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III to be attorney general is not a good sign of things to come. I get that Sessions was a early supporter of Trump and might deserve some reward. Nevertheless, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is an unmistakable bigot. While he said the right words in his confirmation hearing I also believe him to be a liar whose lifelong ambition has been to be our attorney general.

Friday, January 13, 2017

NOM has nothing better to do

Brian S. Brown, leader of the insolvent National Organization for Marriage has sent out a follow-up: “Fox Doubles Down on Childhood Depravity – Fight Back.” Apparently the folks at NOM do not like a show on Fox. Instead of turning the channel …
The national news media is starting to pick up on our petition demanding that Fox cancel its disgusting new “comedy” show, The Mick. An article by City News Service in Los Angeles notes that the NOM petition has generated thousands of signatures of Americans demanding that the series be cancelled. <sic>

Hate group leader announces next international conference of LGBT antagonists

Brian S. Brown
In an email to supporters Brian S. Brown, leader of the World Congress of Families has announced that their next hate-fest will be in Budapest, Hungary May 24 to 28. The purpose of, and for, these events is to gather religious zealots to bemoan same-sex marriage and other evils.

I would expect a fair amount of transphobia to be expressed as well given the emphasis on the matter from the Vatican. In spite of the vast amount of research on gender dysphoria, the theologians (led by the pope) insist that gender nonconformity represents confusion that can be remedied by prayer and religious counseling.

Ben Carson demonstrates his utter contempt for LGBT Americans

Ben Carson
At his confirmation hearing on Thursday to become Secretary of HUD, in response to questions raised by Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Ben Carson said: “Of course I would enforce all of the laws of the land.” He quickly added: “What I have said before is I don’t think anyone should get ‘extra rights.’ … Extra rights means you get to redefine everything for everyone else.”

In the past Carson has said that marriage equality provides gay citizens with extra rights. March 10, 2015 at CPAC:

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Christian polemicist thinks that Tillerson should have been grilled over gays in the Scouts

Warren Cole Smith
Warren Cole Smith is well known in conservative Christian circles. He is a VP of the Colson Center and he has a show on World Radio. Writing for the Colson Center's blog on Thursday, Smith offers: “Rex Tillerson, Gays, and the Boy Scouts.” According to Smith:
Tillerson was in a leadership role with the Boy Scouts of America when the organization began letting openly gay men and boys be a part of the program. The topic has come up repeatedly in recent media profiles of Tillerson.

Which is why it was strange that Tillerson’s positions on gay rights got no scrutiny during his questioning by the U.S. Senate this week.

Walt Heyer - condensed version

Walt Heyer
Most transgender people are considerably saner than Walt Heyer. Heyer continues his one-note opera with posts to The Federalist and LifeSiteNews on Thursday which I refuse to link to or even analyze. His spew never varies.

Walt Heyer is a very disturbed individual. Heyer, who is in his 70s, was unhappy as a man and had sex reassignment surgery about 35 years ago. Unhappy as a woman, he had the surgery reversed about 28 years ago. Heyer remains an unhappy and unpleasant person. As a conservative Christian, Heyer is on a mission to prevent anyone else from getting treatment for gender dysphoria. He is also trying to sell some books that he has written and (apparently) self-published.

ADF's bigots aren't bigots like the Civil Rights Era bigots

Alliance Defending Freedom asserts that their clients are not discriminatory like racists during the Civil Rights Era. I disagree. According to ADF blogger Sarah Kramer:
Isn’t declining to participate in a same-sex ceremony just like the injustices of the Civil Rights era?

It’s a common question we hear regarding our cases defending creative professionals who have declined – or would like to preserve their freedom to decline – certain projects that would require them to promote a message or event that violates their faith.

The short answer is, absolutely not. ADF Senior Counsel Jeremy Tedesco explains this further.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Biblical Bob Eschliman is advocating for workplace discrimination

Bob Eschliman
Wednesday, Bob Eschliman explains that he doesn't like the fact that Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virgina expects businesses not to discriminate based on sexual orientation or genter identity if they want contracts with the state. Eschliman writes: “Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe: No State Contracts if You're 'Anti-LGBT'.”
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe sent a frightening message to businesses that uphold biblical views of sexuality, biological sex and marriage:

Virginia won't do business with you.