Friday, March 31, 2017

The NCAA and Others Should Stand Firm on North Carolina

Welcome to North Carolina
North Carolina's HB2 was, and is, the imposition of conservative Christianity on the entire population of the state. The National Collegiate Athletic Association gave North Carolina a deadline of Thursday to repeal HB2 or be shut out from hosting post-season games. At the same time, the Associated Press determined that North Carolina was going to lose $3.76 billion because of HB2.

"Ex"-Gay Crackpot Victimized by ... Vimeo

Vimeo has removed all of David Kyle Foster's videos. Foster calls it religious bigotry. Foster, by the way, has claimed that there are millions of ex-gays. Foster is intent on calling gay people broken and in need of repair. It's a mix of the usual homophobic BS.

David Kyle Foster is the prototypical nutty "ex"-gay. Between 1976 and 1980 Foster had small roles in three movies and two TV films. Supposedly, at the same time, and for a total of seven years, Foster was also a prostitute. He claims to have slept with two to three guys a night for money. Then the failed actor got religion. Foster claims to have a Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity School for Ministry. Foster has a small non-profit based in Tennessee, Mastering Life Ministries dba Pure Passion Media. For public consumption, the “Dr.” honorific seems to be pretentiously welded to Foster's name.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Crisis Magazine Polemicist Claims that Acceptance of Pedophiles is on the Horizon

Blowhard
First it was the homosexuals. Now it's the transgendered. Pretty soon it will be the pedophiles who demand their rights. That is the presumption of Joe Bissonnette who teaches religion and philosophy at Assumption College School in Brantford, Ontario. Bissonnette writes in that Thomistic pseudo-intellectual tortured-sarcasm style that has become so annoyingly familiar. It comprises an expression of intellectual mediocrity.

He starts by manufacturing an oh-too-clever esoteric priesthood of those he — and the Church — disapprove of:
Though our culture is post-Christian our natures remain deeply religious, still requiring sacrifices offered by priests. But the priests of our age are not those consecrated by the Church; they are the sacrificial exemplars of the next step in the forward march of progressive history.

The Many Struggles of the Washington Times

Washington Times
Being part, or an enabler, of a cult is a choice. Being LGBT is not.
The miserable Moonies explore some intellectual (and truthfulness) challenges as North Carolina lawmakers continue to wrangle with their controversial HB2. The gods of these Washington Times contributors don't seem to help their causes but they do craft some wonderful hypocrites.

We start with Washington Times columnist Suzanne Fields. Her struggle is with arithmetic. Seriously. The general belief is that about 0.3% of the population are transgender, a number that was recently revised by Williams Institute to 0.6%. Nevertheless, 0.3% equates to a multiplier of .003. This presents considerable difficulty for Ms. Fields who writes:

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Pseudonymous Federalist Contributor Likens Gender Affirmation to Lobotomies

Writing under the pseudonym Renee Gardner we are offered: “10 Ways The Transgender Push Mirrors The Lobotomy Craze.” That, of course, presupposes that there is a transgender push. Gardner, we are informed, has an ex-transgender daughter. We do not know if Gardner has so much as a high school diploma. We know nothing about her daughter. We know nothing about her medical care. All we know is that some woman in Ohio wrote a crazy piece being distributed by The Federalist.

Trump's Latest LGBT 'Fuck You'

Donald Trump
With a new executive order, Trump has provided a permission slip to federal contractors, enabling them to engage in unlawful workplace discrimination against LGBT citizens. The protections from discrimination were put in place by President Obama. With some fanfare Trump extended those Obama era executive orders.

Those orders are still in effect which include protections in the federal workplace. However, the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order, requiring contractors to report compliance, has been revoked. To receive and maintain contracts companies no longer have to demonstrate that, at least three years, they have complied with federal laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender stereotyping.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hate Group Leader: In America, you can't say 'Boys are boys'

Brian S. Brown
Brian S. Brown, leader of International Organization of Families, is smearing trans folks again. It seems to be his favorite hobby of late now that marriage is settled.  In an email to supporters Brown claims:
In America, you can't say 'Boys are boys.'

Yet Another Pseudo-Intellectual Struggle With "Transgender Ideology"

Jeff Shafer, a lawyer at the hate group, Alliance Defending Freedom, has a post up at the conservative Catholic site, First Things titled: “Supreme Incoherence: Transgender Ideology and the End of Law.” Shafer's stellar academic credentials consist of an undergraduate degree from Oral Roberts University and a law degree from Regent University. I haven't the vaguest clue how Shafer came to post his piece to a Catholic blog but there it is for all to marvel.

After pretentiously quoting Stanley Fish quoting John Milton, Shafer opines:
Two questions, then. One: Does the federal law prohibiting “sex discrimination” forbid us to countenance the category of “sex”—and thus of “sex discrimination”? Two: Can the rule of law survive a yes answer to question one?

NIH and the Courage Ministry

National Institutes of Health is being used to solicit participants for the Catholic Church's Courage Ministry through PubMed Central (PMC). PMC is an NIH archive of journal literature. PMC provides access to the free full-text of articles from a set of participating journals. As I wrote about yesterday, one of those journals is Linacre which is a publication of the Catholic Medical Association. Peer review at Linacre has less to do with scientific integrity than ensuring that articles conform to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

My contention is that the federal government should not be a repository and outlet for a religious organization.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Apparently NOM's Anti-Trans Hate Bus is Uninsured

This bus has nothing to do with the hate bus
The latest from Brian S. Brown, leader of National Organization for Marriage:
I've got some good news, the #FreeSpeechBus is scheduled to be back on the road this Wednesday after repairing the damage caused by a vicious assault on the bus and the driver by LGBT extremists last Friday in Manhattan. I'm also pleased to let you know that the driver, a military veteran, is doing fine and is committed to continuing the tour!

The bad news is that the repairs were more extensive than expected and we need to raise additional funds to cover this cost. Will you please make a financial contribution so that we can put this terrible assault behind us so that we can help cover these expensive repairs to the #FreeSpeechBus and get back on the road? We also need additional funds to help add new security cameras to the bus.

No, No, No - People do not "Choose" Their Gender Identity

Witherspoon Institute's blog is again an outlet for Daniel Moody and some bizarre contrivances. Moody claims to be an Englishman and an “independent philosopher specializing in the ideology named Gender.” I do not know what Mr. Moody's religion is but, in general, people who refer to gender as an ideology are ultra-conservative Catholics who insist that transgender people do not exist. Ideology is how the pope (who possesses no relevant training) refers to gender identity. Mr. Moody does seem to be obsessed with trans folks for no apparent reason. His recent offerings include:

A Little BS for the Very Toxic Courage Ministry

Paul Darrow
Paul Darrow — Perhaps he is now a nun
The Catholic Church's Courage Ministry (Apostolate) is a Vatican-approved “pray-away-the-gay” operation. To substantiate their case they like to point to a peer-reviewed article in Linacre Quarterly authored by Michigan psychologist, Paul M. Sutton (who used to be associated with NARTH). Sutton claims that a professional therapist might be able to change the sexual orientation of a highly motivated patient. Aside from the fact that Sutton is not an academic, Linacre Quarterly just happens to be the journal of the Catholic Medical Association.

AP: 'Bathroom bill' to cost North Carolina $3.76B

While Tony Perkins has been claiming that business is better than ever for North Carolina, an Associated Press analysis finds that House Bill 2 is going to cost the state nearly $4 billion. Way to go guys!

Over the past year, North Carolina has suffered financial hits ranging from scuttled plans for a PayPal facility that would have added an estimated $2.66 billion to the state's economy to a canceled Ringo Starr concert that deprived a town's amphitheater of about $33,000 in revenue. The blows have landed in the state's biggest cities as well as towns surrounding its flagship university, and from the mountains to the coast.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Canadian LifeSiteNews on the Virtues of the Late Justice Scalia

Steve Jalsevac
On Friday, Steve Jalsevac, managing director of the orthodox Catholic LifeSiteNews.com, expressed his misgivings about Judge Neil Gorsuch. It is actually a rather odd piece from a rather odd conspiracy theorist. Jalsevac exposes his fervent belief that United States public policy should be a reflection of the anti-LGBT, anti-choice teachings of the Catholic Church. To be clear, I remain opposed to the confirmation of Judge Gorsuch. I am not defending him

Jalsevac's polemic is titled: “Neil Gorsuch is NOT another Scalia.” Hopefully, there will never be another Scalia. According to Jalsevac:

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The Victimization of Brian S. Brown in His Quest for Donors

National Organization for Marriage's hate bus is more about begging for money than any meaningful form of advocacy. It is nothing more than a gimmick. NOM's leader, Brian S. Brown, is compelled to take himself seriously to the extreme. It is the natural reaction of pretentious people who are trying to convince others of their credibility. Because this is just part of a deception, Brown cannot subscribe to the oft-proved idea that sometimes less is more. His trans-hate-and-ignorance bus was vandalized and that requires a response. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

The 600 Lb Gorilla

Research
Actually that is 600 expert signatures confirming that Dr. Paul R. McHugh is a crackpot. These professional clinicians and researchers authored a “To Whom it May Concern” letter on Wednesday. I have reproduced it here to increase the letter's search visibility.

The Bishops Have Authored a Marriage Discrimination "Study Guide"

Apparently the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has concluded its “Made for the Common Good” series. Their denouement is a 28 page Study Guide replete with sufficient footnotes to make the incurious set accept this as something that is authoritative. It is not authoritative unless you are inclined to believe that contributors like Robert Oscar Lopez and Katy Faust are somehow intellectually relevant (or even sane).

Study: Does Religion Make People Stupid?

There is a new study of religion and scholastic achievement from psychologists at Leeds Beckett University in England and the University of Missouri. The research ranked 82 countries by their religiosity and the gauged student achievement in math and science.

It revealed that the more religious a country is, the lower its students performed in those two key areas. The study shows that there is a negative correlation between the amount of time children spent on religious activities and their educational attainment.

NOMday Thursday and Another Dishonest Anti-Trans Money-Grub

Brian S. Brown
Brian S. Brown, Mr. Reverse-Midas himself, apparently had a press conference that no press attended. Then at about 4:00 PM Thursday Brown (on behalf of National Organization for Marriage) sent out an email urging people to sign a petition. It's basically the faithful aligning themselves with the moronic eunuchs at the Vatican to ignorantly proclaim that transgender people don't really exist.

Then at 5:17 PM I received a missive titled: “HELP! Bus vandalized in NYC.” The bus was graffitied. Before I go any further, sophomoric pranks like this are just dumb. They only give these self-righteous clowns a chance to claim that they were victimized. Sure. These schmucks piss me off too but we already won. NOM is insolvent; marriage equality is the law of the land; and no matter what the Catholic Church says about trans folks it is contrary to the overwhelming consensus of medical science. So Mr. Brown is just pissing into the wind. He shouldn't get any help from us to shield himself from the back-splash.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hate Group Leader's Money-Grub for the Hate Bus Tour

International Organization for the Family
In an email to supporters, Brian S. Brown, leader of International Organization of Families (AKA World Congress of Families AKA The Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society), has his hand out. Whatever you call this organization it is an anti-LGBT hate group. Brown is now actively competing with his other outfit, National Organization for Marriage, for donations to support the hate bus tour.

According to the email:

AFA's Continuing War With Snopes.com - UPDATED

English: Logo of Target, US-based retail chain
Anti-LGBT hate group, American Family Association, continues to try to convince people that their inane boycott of Target stores had a material effect on fourth quarter earnings. I originally wrote about this last Thursday when AFA challenged some fact checking by Snopes.com. Since then they have sent out two emails on the subject. Tuesday evening they trotted the issue out again on their “news” blog with a post titled: “AFA fact-checks a fact checker.”

Snopes.com reached about the same conclusion that I did on March 1. Simply stated, operations like Amazon.com are kicking the crap out of brick and mortar retailers. Furthermore, the decline in revenues was mostly attributable to the sale of their pharmacy division to CVS. The big negative was not revenues but profitability.

Three Years in Prison for Conspirator in International Isabella Miller Kidnapping

Philip Zodhiates
Philip Zodhiates after conviction in Sept., 2016
Wednesday Philip Zodhiates was sentenced to three years in federal prison for his role in helping Lisa Miller kidnap her daughter to Nicaragua in defiance of a federal court ruling that would have likely ceded custody to Miller's former partner, Janet Jenkins. Lisa Miller claimed that she was no longer a Lesbian and became a conservative Christian.

Zodhiates, who owns a Virginia Christian mailing list company, drove Lisa (disguised as a missionary) and Isabella across the boarder to Canada in 2009. From there they eventually made their way to Nicaragua. They have since disappeared into a conservative Christian underground network. There is an outstanding arrest warrant for Lisa Miller.

School District Responds to Student's Lawsuit Challenging Transgender Accommodations

On Wednesday the Boyertown Area School District responded to a suit filed by a student, identified in legal documents as Joel Doe, who claimed that he was traumatized by a transgender boy using the boys' locker room. Doe claims that the school district violated his right by not restricting facilities to natal males or females.

In a statement (probably written by the school district's lawyers) Dr. Richard H. Faidley took notice of the unprofessional and misleading conduct of Alliance Defending Freedom:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Hate Bus - One More Diatribe from Brian Brown for Good Measure

Brian S. Brown, leader of National Organization for Marriage, has provided another email missive about his anti-trans mobile bigotry-billboard promoting the teachings of the Catholic Church. The Vatican has decided that transgender people don't really exist. Their presence is terribly inconvenient. By the way, Mr. Brown, what does any of this have to do with marriage?

Brown writes:
I have an important announcement: NOM has joined with the International Organization for the Family (IOF) and CitizenGO, a community of active citizens who promote life, family and liberty, to sponsor a #FreeSpeechBus tour promoting the truth of gender. Starting today, our bus will make appearances at the United Nations, Trump Tower, Yale University and other locations with the message that gender is determined by biology rather than by emotions and feelings, and to call on all Americans to respect the free speech rights of citizens to debate these issues without fear of being demeaned, harassed, or threatened with retaliation.

HS Student Sues PA School District - Traumatized by Trans Access

On Tuesday “Joel Doe,” a high school junior in Boyertown, PA (pop. circa 4,000), sued his school district because a transgender boy is using the boys' locker room. Boyertown is a 98% white area in Berks County about 50 miles northwest of Philadelphia with a per capita income of $21,194.

Presumably Joel is about 16 years of age. He is seemingly old enough to understand that a transgender boy poses no threat to him. Yet I understand how he might be uncomfortable sharing a locker room with a transitioning trans boy. He seems to have an irrational fear of trans people (I'll get to that) but the solution is to have him use an alternate facility for changing. Problem solved.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Austin Ruse, Brian Brown and the Usual Suspects Have a UN Declaration

Just what the nation needed. Another anti-LGBT anti-choice conservative Catholic organization. This one is called Civil Society for the Family. Its primary organizers seem to be Austin Ruse's C-Fam and Brian Brown's National Organization for Marriage. C-Fam is a designated hate group. NOM is working on it. The new group consists of a website (it is not a non-profit entity). They have authored an official platform for U.N. consumption.

Cannibals!

GOPers seem to be eating their own. I just received this missive:
The American Action Network (AAN) has announced that it's spending $500,000 on TV ads in the districts of 30 conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus.

This group is backed by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and is attacking House conservatives for refusing to back RyanCare, which fails to repeal Obamacare as Republicans promised.

Some of the members being attacked include principled leaders like Jim Jordan (R-OH), Mark Meadows (R-NC), and Dave Brat (R-VA).

The ads claim that RyanCare eliminates Obamacare's mandates and will lower costs. Neither are true.

We believe that House conservatives are doing the right thing to oppose Speaker Ryan's health care plan, and we're taking steps now to support them against these bogus attacks.

‘No Promo Homo’ Law Repealed by Utah Legislature

Welcome to Utah
On Monday, Utah's Governor, Gary Herbert signed Senate Bill 196. It is a victory but it is not all milk and Oreos. What this bill does is to strike homosexuality from prohibited discussions and substitute premarital sex:
the advocacy of [homosexuality;] premarital or extramarital sexual activity;
Schools across the state interpreted the prohibition of advocating homosexuality (which was never defined in the law) as an embargo on any discussion of anything related to LGBT people. Also prohibited by law is any discussion in schools of:
the intricacies of intercourse, sexual stimulation, or erotic behavior; and;
the advocacy or encouragement of the use of contraceptive methods or devices;

More From NOM on the Trans Hate Bus

Brian S. Brown
NOM seems to be transitioning — to a full-blown anti-LGBT hate group. As I wrote about Monday, National Organization for Marriage has a new toy. It is a bus that serves as mobile signage promoting the Catholic Church's teaching regarding transgender people. We have some additional information from NOM Tuesday via a post promoting Brian S. Brown's “press conference” on behalf of NOM, International Organization for the Family and CitizenGO. CitizenGo is a Madrid organization with close ties to the Church. Brown is on the organization's board.

Outrage Alert: Hate Group Leader Staver Waiting to Implode

Mat Staver
On Monday a U.S. District Court in Vermont permitted a lawsuit to proceed against Liberty Counsel, Liberty University, Liberty Counsel the hate group's leader, Mat Staver and lawyer Rena Lindevaldsen.

This involves the Lisa Miller debacle. Miller and her partner, Janet Jenkins were jointly raising their daughter, Isabella. In the early 2000s, Miller got religion, became an evangelical Christian and claimed that she prayed away the gay. She them moved to Virginia with Isabella. Jenkins had court-ordered visitation privileges which Miller managed to frustrate. In 2009, when it appeared that Miller would lose primary custody of Isabella, she kidnapped Isabella and unlawfully fled to Nicaragua. Miller and Isabella have since disappeared.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Hate Group Leader Has a Bus to Promote Trans-Hate on behalf of the Church

There is a new hate bus visiting the United Nations on behalf of the Catholic Church. The bus is a mobile sign-board protesting the existence of trans people. The sponsors of the bus are Ignacio Arsuaga, President of CitizenGO, and Brian S. Brown, President of the International Organization for the Family (aka World Congress of Families — a designated hate group). Brown is on the board of CitizenGO, a Catholic advocacy organization located in Madrid, Spain.

The bus is astonishingly called #FreeSpeechBus and according to the press release:

The Federalist Publishes an Anti-Trans Piece From an Anonymous Author

Bigotry from an anonymous source should be unacceptable — even for The Federalist. We can easily dismiss the content as not credible. However, many of the readers of this outlet are willing to accept anti-LGBT material with little consideration for its authorship. The anonymous post in question is titled: “Trans Conference Celebrates Getting People Fired For Not Calling Men Women.” I will assume — simply for the sake of simplicity — that anonymous is female.

Anonymous projected her bigotry in the headline. She insists that a trans woman should be considered to be, and addressed as, a man which is deliberately offensive to that trans woman. Presumably anonymous is yet another Christian who doesn't believe that transgender people exist. She seems to think that her approval or disapproval of trans people is somehow relevant to their lives.

Beauty and the Beast protesters look even dumber than they are

Beauty and the Beast
Disney's Beauty and the Beast was deemed a tool of the Homosexual Agenda©. Brooke Poston of Baton Rouge Louisiana authored a post to her blog titled: “Disney’s LGBT agenda forced me to cancel our Disney World Vacation - Boycott Disney.” Franklin Graham was livid. LifeSiteNews had a boycott Disney petition as did American Family Association. A drive-in theater in Alabama noisily proclaimed that it would not show the film. Mind you that all of this opprobrium for Disney occurred prior to the film's release.

Wait 'til you see who Biblical Bob finds credible

Bob Eschliman
Rabid homophobe, Bob Eschliman, has a new post up at Charisma titled: “Report: Government Spied on President Trump 'For Years.'” And just where did that “report” come from? Alex Jones' InfoWars, of course.

But it gets worse.

InfoWars relies on information from Jerome Corsi who was a dishonest player in both the Swift Boat and Birther conspiracy theories at WND.

But it gets even worse.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

An update on some advocacy

Hoping that some of you will follow suit with the young voter project

I am involved in various forms of advocacy at the municipal, state and federal levels. Among all of that excites me the most is the prospect of getting high school students registered to vote upon turning 18. I have received very enthusiastic support from both my state senator and representative. While I missed the current session (I should have acted more quickly) my rep is looking at the possibility of an amendment.

Most Young Americans See Trump as an Illegitimate President

Donald Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jermaine Anderson keeps going back to the same memory of Donald Trump, then a candidate for president of the United States, referring to some Mexican immigrants as rapists and murderers.

"You can't be saying that (if) you're the president," says Anderson, a 21-year-old student from Coconut Creek, Florida.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Pseudo-Scientist Glenn Stanton on "Gender Theory"

A portal icon for Portal:Transgender, based on...
Early in his papacy Pope Francis expressed his displeasure with what he called “gender theory” — something that he now calls gender ideology. We never did learn what theory he was referring to and the utterly meaningless (and thus idiotic) phrase has been uncritically parroted by various conservative Christians. Saturday Glenn Stanton writes “5 Fatal Flaws of Gender Theory” for the National Catholic Register. Like the pope, Stanton fails to identify the theory that he is referring to.

It turns out that Stanton (an official with Focus on the Family) doesn't like something about transgender people. The basis for his antipathy is religious dogma. Therefore, Stanton is effectively attacking science with religion which is kind of like trying to extinguish a house fire with lighter fluid. Critical thinkers will usually accept the science.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Washington Times: "Transgendered child abuse"

Meet the owners of the Washington Times
The Unification Church (or “Moonies”) often coalesces with the Christian right
Kelly Riddell at the Washington Times is a poseur. She would presume to be an expert on pediatric sexuality by relying on the likes of Dr. Paul McHugh and the anti-LGBT hate group, the American College of Pediatricians.

The headline of Riddell's polemic reads: “Transgendered child abuse” while the title (what shows up on your browser's bar) is “Transgender issue indoctrinating the public.” The subtitle reads:

Hate group leader thinks that kids need parental permission to join a GSA

Mat Staver
Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel calls it a gross parental rights violation to allow students to join a gay-straight alliance without the permission of their parents. Apparently this was a sinister conspiracy. In one of LC's idiotic press releases:
A school administrator was caught colluding with community activists to recruit students of the Forrest M. Bird Charter School [grades 6-12] to join a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), while intentionally hiding this information from their parents. Principal Mary Jensen admitted the secrecy under which school staff and others had operated. Some of the same adults had even facilitated kids meeting off-campus at a local library under the supervision of “supportive” third parties. Jensen stated that they wanted to be “a progressive school on that sort of thing, but we did not want to be 'in-your-face',” so parents could not prevent their children from attending. She states “we're keeping it kind of on the down low,” because “this is North Idaho,” and “kids who wanted to participate in the club did not necessarily want their parents to know.”

Here we go again: The radical religious right claiming that LGBs are at odds with the Ts

Michael Cook
The ultra-orthodox Catholic conspiracy theorists at LifeSiteNews.com have a new prediction: “LGB vs. T: A crackup is looming in the LGBT community.” This bit of wishful thinking comes from Australian crackpot, Michael Cook. I will get back to Mr. Cook but first I must express my pride in the LGBT community. Gay people vastly outnumber transgender people but our community strives for fairness and equality for all sexual minorities. It is a place that you get to quickly if you think about the plight of trans kids in public school. We are unified and we are committed.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Disgraced Oklahoma state senator was a Christian missionary in Uganda

Ralph Shortey
Oklahoma State Senator Ralph Shortey is facing child prostitution charges involving a 17-year-old boy. He has surrendered to authorities in Cleveland County on Thursday where he was booked into the Cleveland County Detention Center. His bond was set at $100,000. I just thought that we should have a look at his senate bio:
A member of the Rosebud Sioux Indian Tribe, Senator Ralph Shortey was born in Casper, Wyoming. He spent part of his childhood on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in Grass Mountain, South Dakota before moving to Oklahoma City where he attended Moore Public Schools. Shortey graduated from West Moore High School in 2000, and following graduation he attended Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City in preparation for mission work in Uganda. In 2002, Ralph married his high school sweetheart, Jennifer and continues to make his home in south Oklahoma City with their two children, Kaitlyn and Elena. With a growing family, Shortey decided against pursuing mission work and instead entered the oil and gas industry, working as a production consultant. In 2010 Shortey, a long-time political volunteer, decided to run for the Senate District 44 seat. In addition to serving in the Oklahoma State Senate, he is currently pursuing a degree in finance and economics. Senator Shortey’ s priorities in the Legislature include personal liberty, fighting illegal immigration and strengthening public safety in Oklahoma.

John Stonestreet will take his daughters to see Beauty and the Beast - but ...

John Stonestreet
John Stonestreet is a fellow at the far-right Colson Center. Stonestreet writes lots of really stupid stuff. His take on Disney and Beauty and the Beast is no exception. Writing at the Colson Center's Breakpoint blog:
If you have daughters like I do, you can’t not know about the upcoming release of Disney’s live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast.”

And like me, you probably groaned at the “big news” that the film will contain Disney’s first-ever openly gay moment.

Now, my first reaction was, “Really? In a kid’s movie?” But of course. That’s the point.

Hate group leader is all sorts of displeased over Target Stores

Tim Wildmon
At the beginning of March I explained that Target's fourth quarter earnings miss had nothing to do with American Family Association's silly boycott over bathrooms and dressing rooms. Snopes.com seems to have reached a similar conclusion and that is most upsetting to the hate group's leader, Tim Wildmon. I'll get to him — bear with me.

Snopes' aim was to challenge a story in Breitbart which claimed (among other thnings):
Company officials indirectly acknowledged the consumer boycott. “Our fourth-quarter results reflect the impact of rapidly changing consumer behavior, which drove very strong digital growth but unexpected softness in our stores,” Target CEO Brian Cornell said in a company statement. The company also admitted that it would likely continue to experience losses through the year.

Breitbart.com, February 28, 2017

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Anti-LGBT insanity visited upon an innocent child - by mommy

Disney World
Brooke Poston of Baton Rouge Louisiana has authored a post to her blog titled: “Disney’s LGBT agenda forced me to cancel our Disney World Vacation- Boycott Disney.” That's right. This insane woman is punishing her own daughter by canceling a Disney World Vacation in order to punish Disney for including a brief gay moment in Beauty and the Beast. She hasn't seen the film of course — and never will. Apparently the very existence of a gay character poses a threat to her and her daughter.

According to the film's director, Bill Condon, Gaston’s sidekick LeFou has “confused” feelings for his friend. Condon called one scene a “nice” “gay moment” in the film. It all sounds so terribly sinister. At some point Poston's daughter is probably going to get a job. Chances are pretty good that she will have gay co-workers. She might even have a gay boss. How is she supposed to deal with that?

Science and gender identity leave ADF's bloggers angry and utterly confused

Jared Dobbs
The anti-LGBT hate group, Alliance Defending Freedom, confers upon employees some rather special titles. Jared Dobbs is their “Communication Integrity Specialist.” Which “communication” (singular) would that be I wonder? But I digress. On Wednesday Mr. Dobbs authors “The Demands of Gender Theory” at ADF's blog.

The phrase “gender theory” was brought to prominence by Pope Francis. It was idiotic from him and it is idiotic from Dobbs. Those gentlemen haven't the vaguest clue about what constitutes gender (or theory, for that matter). They simply lack the training and applicable experience. I am not sure how a theory makes “demands.” Furthermore, as long as we are tossing words like salad, let us understand what they mean in science:

Another "bring Tinkerbell back to life" from NOM

Tinkerbell
The latest from National Organization for Marriage is an email titled: “Momentum Builds for Religious Liberty” with a graphic of a folded American Flag. The email is signed, of course, by Brian S. Brown and it is a rehash of a Tinkerbell campaign — If everyone claps Tinkerbell will come back to life.
NOM's powerful video urging President Trump to keep his campaign promise to protect and defend religious liberty by signing a pending Executive Order is gaining momentum. Already, thousands of Americans have watched our video and shared it with their friends and contacts. And now other major groups have joined the battle by issuing their own call to action.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The odious SB 149 is now South Dakota law

(L-R) South Dakota State Senator Alan Solano and
Representative Steven G. Haugaard
No child-placement agency may be required to provide any service that conflicts with, or provide any service under circumstances that conflict with any sincerely-held religious belief or moral conviction of the child-placement agency.”

Presumably the driver behind this bigotry are three Christian adoption agencies: Bethany Christian Services, Lutheran Social Services and New Horizons Adoption Agency. Catholic Charities does not seem to service South Dakota. Based on SB 149 these agencies could probably lawfully decline to place children with Jewish couples and still receive state funds.

Lorie Smith and 303 Creative: Six months later

Lorie Smith
Lorie Smith — 303 Creative
On September 20, 2016 Alliance Defending Freedom filed a pre-enforcement challenge in federal court on behalf of Lorie Smith and 303 Creative, a Colorado graphic and website designer. Smith claims that she wants to enter the wedding business but cannot do so because then, under Colorado law, she would have to provide her services to same-sex couples which would violate her sincerely held religious beliefs. Oh, the poor dear.

Did she want to enter the wedding business before, or after, she met with lawyers from ADF? Over five years in business and she has never done anything for a wedding. Marriage equality only came to Colorado in October, 2014.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Hate group leader: There's Moore to the story

Mat Staver and Roy Moore
Monday, if you believe Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel his client, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, is on the brink of financial ruin. Staver took the unusual step of canceling oral arguments in Roy Moore's appeal of his suspension for the remainder of his term. According to a press release from Liberty Counsel, this move is intended to expedite the appeal.
Already, this politically-motivated punishment has stripped Justice Moore of all income and benefits since September 30, 2019.<sic> Even through this hardship, he has continued his appeal for more than five months. The “suspension” imposed against the Chief Justice is the longest suspension in the history of this court. The Court of the Judiciary (COJ) illegally removed him de facto from the bench because political opponents disagreed with his legally accurate analysis. Lacking the 9-0 vote that COJ Rule 16 requires for removal, the COJ “suspended” the Chief for the remainder of his term until 2019, which is a suspension for life since the Chief Justice would reach the age of retirement at that time. In other words, the COJ violated Rule 16.