Thursday, July 19, 2018

The next time AFTAH or AFA complain about hate group designations, remind them of their linking gays to child molesters

Peter LaBarbera
Peter LaBarbera is advancing a mindless conspiracy theory
I have written about this before. Now it's Peter LaBarbera advancing a hoax at American Family Association's blog. This is just one of the reasons that AFA and LaBarbera's org, Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, are designated as hate groups by Southern Poverty Law Center. AFA's polemic is titled: LGBTQ runs from adding MAP to alphabet soup. “MAP” is shorthand for Minor Attracted Person and none of this is true.

This meme involves The Prevention Project. It is a highly respected endeavor to prevent pedophiles from being child molesters. The program has been academically structured and it is based on science. Disparaging this organization to embarrass LGBT people is deplorable.

Has Starbucks become discriminatory?

A Starbucks store within Salt Lake International Airport
Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ: SBUX) is in the process of opening stores inside Publix supermarkets in Florida. That creates a number of concerns. The arrangement creates a considerable culture clash.

Starbucks is a robust supporter of LGBT equality. It enjoys a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index. On January 24, 2012 the company issued a memorandum in support of marriage equality (courtesy of an outraged National Organization for Marriage).

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

It would be easy to dismiss Ruth Inst and Daniel Mattson as harmless religious zealots

Daniel Mattson
Daniel Mattson is a self-promoting, self-loathing anti-gay religious zealot. His message offered as love is a message of hate.
Ruth Institute, an anti-LGBT hate group, is promoting Daniel Mattson. Mattson, a gay man (he will say “same-sex attracted”) is a Courage Ministry alumnus. He claims to be celibate and extremely happy. If he wants to become a eunuch to conform to the teachings of his religion, so be it. I think that his actions are idiotic but relatively harmless.

However, things are not quite that simple. Mattson has become a very visible symbol of Catholic piety. He has appeared in a film promoting some form of conversion therapy and he has written a book. Mattson was the keynote speaker and received the “Public Witness Award” at the Ruth Institute banquet last month. Mattson also has plenty of advice to deliver to parents and children.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

According to Liberty Counsel the mere presence of a trans person poses a threat

Mad Mat Staver
On Friday I received an email from hate group leader "Mad" Mat Staver. The subject reads: FL Fitness Center Endangers Women. It is an inaccurate and bigoted transphobic diatribe. A woman identified only as “Mrs. H.” went unhinged over the presence of a transgender woman in a women's facility at a Planet Fitness in Florida. The transgender woman is identified as Jordan Rice.

I have been unable to locate Ms. Rice. It is not Jordan Rice, the poet. As for Planet Fitness, the franchiser, they are headquartered in New Hampshire. I have made certain that senior-level personnel, the local franchisee and others know that Liberty Counsel is a hate group.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Pen name? Nah - Just an anonymous coward and crank

Monday, Declan Carrick Lyons writes: LGBTQIA: It’s the Taxonomy, Stupid. Taxonomy, by the way, is the science of defining and naming groups of biological organisms on the basis of shared characteristics.

According to Lyons:
Declan Carrick Lyons is the pen name of a veteran Catholic writer and thinker, catechist, liturgist, and musician, with three decades of experience in parish ministry. He lives in Middle America. He can be reached at DeclanCLyons@gmail.com.
Lyons has written three pieces at Crisis:

Some lines intersect in the Mueller probe - Read the indictments

Donald Trump
Trump's performance today was nothing short of treason.

On Friday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted Russian intelligence officials for interfering in the 2016 elections (below the fold).  Considering Trump and Putin's remarks today, everyone should read the indictments. Just a few passages:
On or about August 15, 2016, the Conspirators, posing as Guccifer 2.0, received a request for stolen documents from a candidate for the U.S. Congress. The Conspirators responded using the Guccifer 2.0 persona and sent the candidate stolen documents related to the candidate's opponent.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Bigotry permission slip now on appeal

“Believe it or not the Supreme Court's ruling in Masterpiece Cakeshop might provide some advantages.”
Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski
Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, discriminatory proprietors of Brush & Nib Studio which isn't really a studio.
The Brush & Nib saga continues and it is a colossal waste of taxpayer funded resources. None of this would be possible were it not for the determined bigotry of Alliance Defending Freedom, an anti-LGBT hate group.

Brush & Nib Studio designs wedding invitations. The City of Phoenix has a nondiscrimination ordinance assuring that LGBT patrons receive service in public accommodations. Brush & Nib have never been asked to provide an invitation for a same-sex wedding. They are seeking a permission slip to discriminate in spite of the fact that no gay couple is likely to patronize the business.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

No Mr. Smith - Sexual Orientation is Not a Choice

“He is essentially asserting ‘it might not be a choice but it is a choice.’”
Kevin Spacey
Justin Bradford Smith is a young lawyer (admitted to the bar in 2010); an associate at a six-attorney law firm in Temple, TX. He doesn't seem to appear on any federal dockets.

Mr. Smith has acquired some odd ideas about sexual orientation which he has gleaned from — of all people — Kevin Spacey. Mr. Smith is the author of a polemic titled: Timeless Truths Gleaned from Kevin Spacey’s Choice.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Yet another irrational trans assault from Miriam Ben-Shalom

Miriam Ben-Shalom
Wednesday, Miriam Ben-Shalom writes: Trans Bathrooms Are All About Discrimination—Against Women And Children. The subtitle reads:
The current law regarding bathrooms in Massachusetts, which allows transgender people to use opposite-sex private facilities, is a matter of unspeakable oppression against females.

Falling for a hoax linking gays to pedophile groups and NAMBLA

Fake News
The post from Doug Mainwaring is titled: Pedophiles put themselves under the LGBT umbrella in rebranding effort. The objective is to then claim that the LGBT community includes pedophiles. It does not. None of this story is accurate. Mainwaring has fallen for a hoax.

Doug Mainwaring is an openly gay man who chose to reunite with his wife (a lesbian) and obey Catholic doctrine. Something in Mainwaring's makeup causes him to disparage LGBT people (particularly gay men). His rhetoric is worthy of any hate group. In fact Peter LaBarbera has referred to Mainwaring as his “good friend.” Mainwaring provides a paradigm of a self-loathing gay man. The Catholic Church says that Mainwaring is “objectively disordered” and he believes it.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Donald Trump's no-good, miserable, non-existent management skills

If Donald Trump really did graduate from Wharton he might have slept his way through it.
Plan, delegate and organize have been the watchwords of the American Management Association for a very long time, predating Trump's post-secondary education. But there is more because the White House should be a paragon of quality-management particularly when the care of children is at issue.

Quality is achieved by making people accountable to process where each process is the smallest element of every part of the plan. A good leader accomplishes this by asking questions which incoude some metric to evaluate performance. Everything has to be written down to form a manual.

Even for Perkins his argument in support of conversion "therapy" is stunningly stupid

“Even when it comes to children, Tony Perkins demonstrates that he is a shameless, greedy bigot.”
Tony Perkins
Hate group leader Tony Perkins likes conversion “therapy.” Perkins' promotion of the discredited practice is not premised on the notion that it really helps anyone. Perkins promotes the snake oil because it justifies discrimination. Conversion therapy seeks to prove that sexual orientation and gender identity are not immutable. Logically, that depends upon proof that conversion therapy actually works. That proof is nonexistent.

Protecting kids has been nonpartisan.

This is rich: FRC vs. AFA cage match

When hate groups collide!
Tim Wildmon and Tony Perkins
L-R Hate Group Leaders Tim Wildmon and Tony Perkins
Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins of Family Research Council:
For a second time, President Trump has followed through on his promise to select a nominee from the list he presented during the campaign. President Trump promised a constitutionalist -- someone who will call balls and strikes according to the Constitution. We trust the president that Judge Kavanaugh will fit this mold as a justice. Judge Kavanaugh has a long and praiseworthy history of judging as an originalist, and we look forward to having a justice with his philosophical approach on the Court.
Hate Group Leader Tim Wildmon of American Family Association:

Monday, July 9, 2018

NOM launches yet another campaign to appeal to the deluded

Brian S. Brown
National Organization for Marriage. has created what it calls the Marriage Heroes Campaign which is nothing other than an attempt to get more money from more people. Brian S. Brown dishonestly suggests that giving money to NOM will influence the Supreme Court:
The importance of this nomination to the Supreme Court cannot be overstated. For the first time since the Court illegitimately redefined marriage in the Obergefell decision of 2015, NOM and all marriage supporters will have a clear path forward to restore marriage to our nation's laws.

It's a first: Maine's crazy governor vetoed youth conversion therapy ban

Paul LePage
For the first time in the United States a governor has vetoed a conversion therapy ban. That governor is Paul LePage of Maine. Politico once dubbed LePage (a Tea Partier) “America's craziest governor.”

Making matters worse, the legislature lacked the votes to override the veto. LePage claimed that the language of the ban was too broad and that it would prohibit counseling an individual at his or her request. He went on to claim that the bill impinged on religious liberty which is usually code for the liberty to discriminate against LGBT people. LePage is correct about one thing. The bill would prevent people who want the “therapy” for getting it.

Donohue incorrectly blames gays for the Church's pedophilia problem

Bill Donohue
Blowhard Bill Donohue is delighted that Bill Maher went after him in an HBO stand-up comedy special on Saturday. Maher has a considerably larger and broader audience than Donohue. Maher gave Donohue an opportunity to launch into one of he favorite themes:
More important, Maher errs when he says the Catholic Church has a record of tolerating pedophile priests who sexually molest children. The problem has always been about homosexual priests abusing postpubescent males.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Hate group crank posits the required preparation to oppose transgender people

Amy Contrada and Brian Camenker
Amy Contrada and Brian Camenker (MassResistance) circa 2013
Amy Contrada writes: How to get started opposing the transgender movement. As I wrote earlier today, it is easier to oppose a non-existent movement than actual people, particularly since those people's only “sin” is having a common medical condition. I need to take a few moments explaining where this is coming from. It is not argument ad hominem but an attempt at providing perspective.

Amy Contrada was an early associate of the rabidly bigoted MassResistance which was one of the first (then) anti-gay hate groups identified as such by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Contrada is not your ordinary anti-LGBT zealot. She is well educated, a violinist and even a violin maker. LGBT people seem to threaten her. She has railed about Catholic Charities withdrawing from adoptions in Massachusetts. Some years ago she involved herself in a controversy over The Vagina Monologues being performed at Holy Cross College. Contrada is probably Catholic but I cannot determine to what extent that has influenced her thinking.

Where do these crazy people get these crazy ideas about gender?

“It might seem less hateful to attack a ‘movement.’ Yet the reality is that it is an attack on people that their antagonist disapproves of.”
Jennifer Bilek
Jennifer Bilek via GoFundMe
Jennifer Bilek has written two posts for The Federalist. Both are about transgender people. The current piece is remarkably titled: Transgenderism Is Just Big Business Dressed Up In Pretend Civil Rights Clothes. Nothing is too nutty for The Federalist. The polemic is a misadventure subtitled:
The media keeps presenting us on the one hand with a trans civil rights movement for the oppressed and, on the other, with a cutting-edge (pun intended) lifestyle.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The New York Times elevates hate group leaders

The New York Times is editorially an ally of LGBT equality. However, from time to time reporters and columnists exercise terrible judgment.

On July 3 (July 5 in print), Liam Stack and Elizabeth Dias wrote a piece titled: Why the Supreme Court Opening Could Affect Gay Marriage as Well as Abortion. They try mightily to fulfill their journalistic obligation to be balanced. I am wondering: If the Civil Rights Act of 1964 came under attack, would they interview David Duke? How about a Neo-Nazi? After all, they want to be fair.

Conversion "therapy" and NIFLA and religious crackpots

“How the hell did this become a Christian crisis?”
In NIFLA v. Becerra the Supreme Court ruled last month that pro-life pregnancy centers cannot be compelled by California to advertise the availability of free or low-cost abortions. Ultimately the court ruled that it is compelled speech.

Mad Mat Staver has claimed, with some certitude that the decision in NIFLA means that bans on conversion therapy are an unconstitutional violation of free speech rights under the First Amendment. Zack Ford has expressed his concern.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Hate Group Leader Brad Dacus is terribly confused - Again

Brad Dacus
According to American Family Association, an anti-LGBT hate group:
At issue is Assembly Bill 2943, a measure that critics say would forbid counseling for people with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender identity issues. Attorney Brad Dacus of Pacific Justice Institute explains that it would also make it illegal to hold a conference with individuals who have overcome and had victory regarding those struggles.
Pacific Justice Institute is also an anti-LGBT hate group. In brief, Dacus is full of crap. The bill now reads:
Advertising, offering for sale, or selling services constituting sexual orientation change efforts to an individual.

Study concludes that children of same-sex parents fair better than their peers with heterosexual parents

A new study in the prestigious Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics concludes that the children of same-sex parents are psychologically sounder than children of heterosexual parents. The study is titled: Same-Sex and Different-Sex Parent Families in Italy: Is Parents' Sexual Orientation Associated with Child Health Outcomes and Parental Dimensions? The conclusion reads:
Findings suggested that children with same-sex parents fare well both in terms of psychological adjustment and prosocial behavior. The present study warns policy makers against making assumptions on the basis of sexual orientation about people who are more suited than others to be parents or about people who should or should not be denied access to fertility treatments.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Getting up to date on California AB-2943

Kris Olsen
Former pro-golfer and current crackpot Kris Olsen is an advocate of Pray-Away-The-Gay “therapy.”
If California Assembly Bill 2943 is enacted, the measure will cause conversion therapy to be treated as consumer fraud. A New Jersey jury returned that very result when JONAH was sued by former clients with the assistance of Southern Poverty Law Center in 2015.

The last time I wrote about AB-2943 was on May 22. Since then there have been some important developments.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

A supposed Church's offensive sign is actually a personal message

By now many of you are probably familiar with the idiotic sign pictured above. Claiming that Jesus would not approve of LGBT people is foolish. Claiming that being LGBT is a hate crime is outrageous. It is also quite stupid. However, a few things about this are not quite right. My own theory is below the fold.

Let's start with the Internal Revenue Service. From my database I have reviewed every religious organization in Auburn, Indiana and none of them are even close. The Church was seemingly founded last year and it is possible that the 501(c)3 application is pending.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Mad Mat really is THAT nuts!

Mat Staver
Hate group leader Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel paid for a press release on Friday. This is part of the continuing saga caused by a Pennsylvania school district's anti-bullying program. The program has the wide support of parents, students and faculty but anti-bullying initiatives drive Mad Mat (more) unglued. Is that man ever not pissed off?

A week ago Friday, Liberty Counsel sent a demand letter to the school district demanding answers to several questions by the following day, Saturday. Presumably the school district and its attorney realized that they were dealing with a crazy person. Personally, I sent each of them an email informing them that Liberty Counsel is a hate group. Whatever the reason, they chose not to respond to Liberty Counsel and that has Staver even more unhinged.

"Bioethicist" Ryan T. Anderson and other fantasies

Michael Graham
Michael Graham is a radio host, GOP operative and columnist for the Boston Herald. I have no problem with any of that. I do, however, have a problem with the spread of misinformation. According to Mr. Graham:
Massachusetts state Senate vote 38-1 to add a third sex — “X” — to our state’s driver’s licenses and ID cards?
That part of his essay is correct. Graham does not approve. He is entitled to his opinion. He is not entitled to construct facts to support his opinions:

Friday, June 29, 2018

An attack on Roe v. Wade is an attack on poor women

It is possible that, with a new justice on the Supreme Court, conservatives will continue to chip away at reproductive choice. If successful, religiously conservative states will be able to create impediments to obtaining an abortion. They could make it all but impossible.

None of this will affect women with the means to travel to a blue state for an abortion (assuming that there isn't a successful scheme to punish those who do).

Why are all of LaBarbera's friends grifters?

Grace Harley
Grace Harley and Peter LaBarbera are not the moralists they claim to be
The sanctimonious Peter LaBarbera is a second-rate con artist. He has his hand out for support without disclosing that donations are not tax-deductible. Some people will assume otherwise. My guess is that his personal taxes are a bigger mess than Americans for Truth About Homosexuality.

On his website, LaBarbera introduces us to “Grace Harley of One Solitary Voice Ministries.” Ms. Harley claims to be ex-trans or ex, … something; saved from depravity by Jesus himself.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Now they are comparing trans folks to pedophiles

What lengths will these Christian conservatives not go to in order to disparage transgender people? I cannot get a handle on just who or what Matthew Hanley is other than a Defender of the Faith™. with blistering stupidity Mr. Hanley has authored: What happens when transgenderism and pedophilia become a ‘condition.’ I note that Hanley's title is a statement, not a question. This does not start out very well:
There is no standing still on the societal front either. Look how quickly the transgender movement followed Obergefell. It would be folly to imagine that this "achievement" would placate progressives – as if transgenderism were the goal to end all goals. So one logical question is: what comes next?

Apparently transgender accommodations have something to do with Obergefell

Nathanael Blake
Nathanael Blake disappoints
A Nathanael Blake writes: 3 Years Of Experience Have Only Proved That Obergefell Was A Big Mistake. Personally, I am always eager to entertain an argument in opposition to marriage equality. If for no other reason I want to see if some conservative Christian has come up with something new. Once again I am disappointed. Proved? Where is the proof? Where is the evidence?

We are told that Mr. Nathanael Blake (that is the correct spelling of his first name) lives in Missouri and has a PhD in political theory from Catholic University of America. The last time I paid attention to Blake he was nattering on about the evils of nondiscrimination laws which he referred to as “discrimination laws.” Blake's doctoral dissertation was titled: Natural Law and History: The Use and Abuse of Practical Reason. One can only imagine the number of graduate students at Catholic U who have opined about natural law. Aquinas himself would succumb to the tedium.

I am going to sweat the stuff I can do something about

Being as mad as hell is counter-productive unless it evokes meaningful and planned action.
We had a bad week. Making matters worse is all of the fund-raising emails and useless petitions I received from progressive groups. I do not like actions for the sake of action. I like to do things that might make a difference. There is no online petition that will affect the confirmation process of a nominee for Supreme Court Justice. Don't insult my intelligence!

I have a Senate split. When the time comes, I will send some snail mail to Senator Nelson, encouraging him to hold the line on Trump's Supreme Court nominee. If I have a specific issue in mind that might not be overly apparent regarding the nominee, I will send a letter to Senator Feinstein as ranking member of the Judiciary Committee. I am not going to bother with Little Marco. He is a waste of time and postage.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Linda Harvey unhinged on gay kids

Linda Harvey
Linda Harvey and the power of stupid
LifeSiteNews is so profoundly anti-LGBT that they will provide an outlet for any screed that is sufficiently bigoted. No matter how crazy or outlandish, they have become to go-to for LGBT denigration. Today's most awful diatribe is titled CDC survey: More homosexual, questioning teens than ever. The subtitle reads:
America is doing a terrific job of pushing homosexuality in schools, and as a result, more of our kids are engaging in this behavior and adopting the identity.
In other words we are manufacturing gay people. This idiocy comes from the ever-batshitted hate group leader, Linda Harvey with her impressive intellect.

Anti-gay "researcher" D. Paul Sullins responds to Hatewatch

D. Paul Sullins
Rev. D. Paul Sullins is distressed by an article authored by Hatewatch staff at Southern Poverty Law Center. Parts of the Hatewatch piece are derived from a 2015 article in The Atlantic titled: Using 'Pseudoscience' to Undermine Same-Sex Parents.

Father Sullins has retired from his teaching position at Catholic University of America. He is now associated with the anti-LGBT hate group, Ruth Institute. Sullins is the author of numerous anti-gay “studies” of same-sex parenting. Sullins is not a disinterested investigator. In contrast, he strives to confirm the teachings of the Catholic Church: Gay people are disordered, same-sex parenting “does violence” to children and marriage equality is a world-ending event:

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

NOM has invented yet another idiotic campaign

Brian S. Brown
Brian S. Brown is desperate for relevance
National Organization for Marriage doesn't really do much to advance its (the Catholic Church's) agenda. NOM's efforts are directed towards separating the gullible from their money. Brian S. Brown's latest effort to do just that is the “&” (ampersand) campaign.

The pitch:
& - Marriage is #1ManAnd1Woman

Dear Friend—Three years ago, the US Supreme Court issued one of the most illegitimate, anti-constitutional decisions in history, imposing same-sex 'marriage' on the nation by a single vote in a 5-4 ruling. Today we are taking a symbolic action to continue our opposition to this illegitimate decision by launching the & campaign.

AFA would like people to believe that their anti-trans hysteria is related to high school athletics

“These are people who want to be respected for believing in angels, demons and Satan, all of whom exist in an alternate plane of reality. … Yet they feel no moral obligation to provide reciprocal respect.”
Hate group leader Tim Wildmon - American Family Association
According to hate group American Family Association: Not everybody is smiling over 'civil rights' gone wrong. The headline is followed by this:
Braving accusations of bigotry, coaches and parents are finally speaking out about transgender female athletes who are crushing girls in high school track.

In the state of Connecticut, biological males Terry Miller… and Andraya Yearwood… placed first and second respectively when runners competed in state finals in recent weeks.

The company one keeps

Janet Porter is not celebrating the third anniversary of the ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. She joins Peter LaBarbera and a group of crazies;
The latest email from the every-entertaining Janet Porter:
Obergefell didn't "Settle" Marriage any more than Dred Scott "settled" Slavery 
3rd Anniversary Press Conference at Supreme Court Today

Today, the third anniversary of Obergefell v. Hodges, pro-famiy [sic] leaders are holding a press conference at the Supreme Court right now--beginning at 11 a.m.
[…]

Anti-bullying program in Pennsylvania outrages hate groups

Teaching Tolerance
American Family Association and Liberty Counsel are having a fit because an East Pennsylvania high school has an anti-bullying program that is supported by students, parents and faculty. I have never fully understood why Christian groups become so agitated over anti-bullying programs.

Some years ago, Focus on the Family complained that anti-bullying materials were biased. AFA would probably claim some form of homosexual indoctrination. The crazy people at Liberty Counsel figure that these programs promote homosexuality and “transgenderism.” It is like arguing with a Trump supporter. No amount of evidence will ever convince these people that sexuality is not optional. Even common sense does not prevail. Would any kid volunteer to be transgender or gender nonconforming?

Monday, June 25, 2018

Tennessee gubernatorial candidate is an anti-LGBT Christian dominionist?

Randy Boyd
Mike Huckabee has endorsed Randy Boyd for governor of Tennessee (three other Republicans are competing for the nomination). If you view Boyd's website it avoids religiosity and there is no mention anywhere of LGBT people. Boyd is pro-life but he states the position without any religious references.

Enter David Lane. David Lane is a creepy Republican operative who is promoting an American theocracy. To achieve this goal, Lane runs conferences designed to motivate conservative Christian pastors to run for public office. Lane's finances are very murky. His sponsors have washed their funds through American Family Association, an LGBT hate group. Lane, himself, is extremely hostile to LGBT people.

Yes, SPLC settled with Maajid Nawaz- No, it has nothing to do with hate group designations

Richard Cohen - SPLC
Richard Cohen, president of Southern Poverty Law Center, has been with the organization for 32 years.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has apologized to Maajid Nawaz and his Quilliam Foundation for mischaracterizing them as anti-Muslim extremists.

The SPLC entered into a settlement agreement with Maajid Nawaz and his Quilliam Foundation. It includes an apology from the SPLC and a payment of $3.375 million dollars jointly to Naawaz and Quilliam. According to the agreement, the money will be used to fund work against Muslim extremism and anti-Muslim bigotry. As Richard Cohen, president of SPLC explained, the organization's insurance carrier will reimburse SPLC.

The rationale of the Supreme Court with Arlene's Flowers remains a mystery

Barronelle Stutzman, proprietor of Arlene's Flowers
17-108 ARLENE'S FLOWERS, INC., ET AL. V. WASHINGTON, ET AL.
The petition for a writ of certiorari is granted. The judgment is vacated, and the case is remanded to the Supreme Court of Washington for further consideration in light of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Comm'n, 584 U. S. ____ (2018).

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Katy Faust exploits the suffering of migrant children to advance her own agenda

Katy Faust
Katy Faust
An observant reader brought this piece by Katy Faust to my attention. It is titled: You care about children at the border? Then you should care about the rights of all children. The outlet is Culture War Resource which is an Australian Christian site which coincides with some of Faust's latest endeavors to ban same-sex marriage. The subtitle reads:
The same people outraged over separated migrant children, have no problem with surrogacy laws which also separate children.
I am not going to spend a great deal of time with this because the basic premise is spectacularly stupid. It makes a false equivalence.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Ms. Hemingway is lying and lacking a moral compass

Mollie Hemingway
Friday, Mollie Ziegler Hemingway writes: Trump’s Immigration Policies Are Actually Pretty Popular. To which I say:
  1. Bullshit and;
  2. Morality is independent of public opinion.
Hemingway is a cheerleader for the Trump Cult. She is totally divorced from both reality and intellectual honesty. She writes (you can assume that she is waving pom-poms):
Media coverage of the Trump administration’s policy of arresting people who illegally cross the border has been almost uniformly negative. Some has been downright hysterical. A new Economist/YouGov poll shows, however, that the vast majority of Americans polled support either President Trump’s executive order, the initial enforcement of the law that resulted in family separation, or something even stricter.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

In a plea for donations LIfeSite reminds us of its anti-Semitism in addition to LGBT hate

John-Henry Westen
John-Henry Westen, co-founder and editor-in-chief of LifeSiteNews.com
Wednesday, according to LifeSiteNews: Liberals viciously attacked this GOP official for sharing a LifeSite story. Will you stand with her? The post was written by John-Henry Westen who is a co-founder of LifeSiteNews. The purpose for the post is to ask for donations. Apparently, giving money to the hate group is to support a politician. LSN's tax status is also an issue of interest that I will address at the end of this article.

Westen explains (emphasis per original):
Recently we saw an example of one cultural influencer, Republican official Vicki Kissack, using our reporting on LGBT issues to reach her wide sphere of influence. She instantly became a target of left-wing attacks simply because her sharing of our article on Facebook was having a significant influence that cultural Marxists could not tolerate.
[…]
Kissick’s sin was nothing more than shining a light into darkness with truth - truth that was recognized as having great power.

In a racist rant AFA decries renaming a public school for President Obama

President Barrack Obama reminds us that, in contrast to his successor, some very decent people have occupied the Oval Office. Some of his critics are lacking in morality.
The anti-LGBT hate group, American Family Association, is extremely distressed that a public school in Virginia was renamed for President Obama. It had previously been named for Confederate General J.E,B. Stuart. The black guy replacing the Confederate “hero” is more than they can handle. AFA's writer creates a tirade of anger that builds to a bigoted conclusion expressing their every grievance.

Never mind that Stuart was a traitor who fought to preserve slavery:
The school board’s decision comes in the wake of the attack on the South’s preservation of its Civil War history, which erupted last year in various locations across America.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Mark Regnerus allows his biases to affect his analytical judgment

Mark Regnerus
Dr. Mark Regnerus, Defender of the Faith™ has taken to the blog of Witherspoon Institute with: Scientists Have Unwittingly Revealed that the Obergefell Decision Did Nothing to Diminish Sexual Minority Distress.

Regnerus doesn't seem to understand that, in the aftermath of the ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, some states were determined to allow public accommodations and even government employees to deny service to gay couples. One of the tactics that has been used is preemption which nullifies municipal nondiscrimination laws.

Pink News & Media Matters err in response to #dropTheB

Bisexual people have our unconditional acceptance for good reasons.
Part of the disingenuous campaign that originated in far-right, anti-LGBT space
I respect both outlets. Pink News and Media Matters are highly valued resources. Having said that I have some issues with their response to the right-wing effort to divide us with #droptheb which is reminiscent of a faux 2015 campaign to drop the T. I say faux because these things do not originate in the LGBT community.

On June 15, Pink News ran with What is #droptheb and why should you care? The piece includes:

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

An answer to Jon Del Arroz re transgender people and mental illness

Jon Del Arroz, who apparently writes fantasy novels, has also written what is probably a defense of the faith. Tuesday, according to his piece at The Federalist, Jon Del Arroz has been victimized: After I Said Transgenderism Is A Mental Illness, Twitter Blocked My Account.

I do have a mental illness! I suffer from acute PTSD, a result of being ambushed and shot point-blank with a .45 to put the brakes on an audit. My disorder is resistant to treatment. I take a number of medications; an interesting assortment of different sizes shapes and colors. They are to cope — not to cure. To go to the store I have to don earphones and listen to music, otherwise I am overwhelmed. Oh, and I am useless on the telephone. A side-effect of the meds is aphasia. People on the other end might as well be speaking in Urdu.

I will accept the Godwin

Whatever extended family I had in Europe went up in smoke. It started with dehumanizing Jews as vermin. It progressed to a series of laws that denied Jews German citizenship and it culminated in the systematic murder of six million people whose only offense was being of Jewish decent.

We are not murdering people but we are acting like Nazis. In our name our government is intentionally traumatizing and permanently damaging thousands of innocent children by separating them from their parents at the border. Eventually a kid or kids will die in one of the tents or substandard shelters.

CNA: "Questions on sexuality loom large ahead of youth synod"

Vatican City
Worldwide, about 2.1 people are Christian and nearly 60% of those are Catholic (Islam has about the same number of adherents). Centralized and hierarchical, the Vatican has enormous power over an enormous number of people. It is the source of much LGBT oppression. Dogma defines belief.

In advance of the youth synod, the Catholic News Agency cited the “official working document:”
On the issue of homosexuality, the document emphasized the need to be open and welcoming to everyone, including non-believers, those of other faiths, and also the LGBT community.

Robert Jeffress has been victimized (to his economic benefit) over billboards

“America is not a church where everyone should be welcomed regardless of race and background.”
— Robert Jeffress
First Baptist Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress is a caricature of a wealthy, powerful, dishonest and greedy preacher. He is a Christian Supremacist who is also a friend (or pawn) of Donald Trump. Actually, it is more like symbiosis. Jeffress claimed that evangelicals don't care if the orange creature had extramarital sex with a porn star.

Jeffress is an anti-Semitic (anti-everything) bigot who has claimed that gay sex is the equivalent of plugging a 110 volt television into a 220 volt outlet (perhaps we might explode). He has claimed that trans people are a bigger threat to religious freedom than ISIS. He also asserts that Trump has a good command of the facts regarding the important issues facing our country. In short, Jeffress is a Christianist schmuck.