Thursday, January 18, 2018

Trump's nauseating letter to equally nauseating Log Cabin Republicans


Donald Trump sent a rather odd congratulatory letter to the Log Cabin Republicans in late December — about the same time that he was trying to pack the federal judiciary with anti-LGBT bigots that we will have to live with for decades. This is also the same Trump whose solicitor general filed a brief in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado supporting the baker. This is the same Trump who has surrounded himself with bigots like Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. This is the same Trump who supported North Carolina's offensive House Bill 2. I wonder just how stupid he thinks the Log Cabin is.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Speaking of Richard A. Cohen and exgayland

Richard Cohen
Richard Cohen from the 2014 documentary film
The Third Way: Homosexuality and the Catholic Church
Cohen went from Jewish to evangelical Christian to Moonie.
Did he convert again?
It looks like Richard Cohen has gone away quietly. International Healing Foundation is no longer a tax-exempt entity. It filed its 990 with the IRS for 2015 as a final return. It looks to me like Cohen grabbed the remaining assets for himself through bloated expenses. Cohen's website is still alive but most of the links do not work. Those that do work point to a site that sells at-home STD tests. Did Cohen die? Retire? Move with his wife to South Korea? Who knows? Maybe he became a Trappist monk.

Chelsea Manning

Chelsea Manning
Chelsea Manning, as most of you know, has decided to challenge Ben Cardin, Democratic U.S. senator from Maryland. It seems like a self-promoting stunt as Manning's chances of defeating Cardin in the primary seem slim. Manning is probably struggling with the question of how she will support herself.

The fact that Ms. Manning is transgender does not qualify her to be a U.S. senator. Nor does being transgender disqualify her for any public office. The fact that she leaked confidential documents to WikiLeaks doesn't qualify Ms. Manning for the U.S. Senate. I think that her disclosure raises concerns. Now you may think that we, the public, benefited from some of the information that she made public. I do. Case in point was the Baghdad airstrike which WikiLeaks labeled “Collateral Murder.”

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

We get it Joy Pullmann - You do not approve of trans youth

Ash Whitaker
When I first wrote about Ashton Whitaker I used the image on the left
a more recent image is on the right
Joy Pullmann at The Federalist has a religious objection to transgender youth. It is obvious and we already knew about it. It is kind of moronic to have a religious objection to a medical condition (gender dysphoria). It makes no sense to me. And it's not like they have any alternatives to mitigating the extreme discomfort. They simply refuse, again for religious reasons, to accept the fact that gender and natal sex are two different constructs.

Of course medical science disagrees. But what do they know? Pullmann's headline today reads “School District Pays Teen $800,000 For Refusing To Let Her Sleep, Micturate With Boys.” I had to look up what micturate means; urinate. The subheading reads:
A Wisconsin school district will pay a transgender student $800,000 to settle a lawsuit she filed in a successful attempt to share bathrooms and overnight sleeping quarters with male high school students.

A hate group has a post "Teaching Our Children to Appreciate Diversity"

American College of Pediatricians
Imagine my surprise when a hate group blogs about: “Teaching Our Children to Appreciate Diversity.” Yet that is exactly what one did on Monday.

The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) is a small hate group (the real professional peer organization is the American Academy of Pediatrics). ACPeds' president, Michelle Cretella is a staunch proponent of thoroughly discredited conversion therapy; pseudoscience used as a pretext for discrimination against LGBT people.

Cretella has been popping up at seemingly every right wing outlet lately to denounce “gender ideology.” A form of sexual identity that Cretella disapproves of is not an ideology and she is prostituting her education and training in the service of the Catholic Church and its extreme anti-LGBT animus.

Pete's telltale titillation re-appears

Peter LaBarbera
I have speculated that the demise of Peter LaBarbera might occur from scarfing in women's underwear while being paddled by a naked twink. There is just something that is not quite right about a guy who is obsessed with the sexuality of other people.

On Sunday, LaBarbera offered “Homosexual Perversion-fest – Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend – Returns to DC and Hyatt Regency.” It is not something that appeals to me but I couldn't care less what consenting adults do in their bedrooms. The event is sold out by the way. Furthermore, while this event is gay-oriented, far more heterosexuals engage in this kind of activity than gay men.

No Mr. Perkins - You don't get to appropriate Martin Luther King's legacy

Tony Perkins
Monday night, Tony Perkins wrote “When Freedom Was King” at Family Research Council's blog. I will quote the first paragraph:
When the sun broke over the frosty city of Washington this morning, light caught the stony silhouette of a man. Arms crossed, the towering likeness of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. emerges out of granite, as unflinching as the leader himself. Like a centurion, he stares straight ahead, eyes fixed on another monument of freedom: the Jefferson Memorial. Like a faint echo, the wind whips around the words etched in the rock at his back, as relevant as ever, “We shall overcome.”
Perkins' use of Dr. King's memory to advance his agenda is appalling. Tony Perkins is a hate group leader and a Louisiana politician who has direct connections to the Ku Klux Klan and other racist groups.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Crazy in Philadelphia?

The headline in The Trumpet reads: “Transgender Indoctrination Rising — Parents—be aware of transgender indoctrination!” It was written by Dennis Leap. Leap manages to combine being unhinged with profound ignorance. Sometimes I refer to the condition as Staverism.

The Trumpet is the organ of the Philadelphia Church of God which is not in Philadelphia (it is domiciled in Edmond Oklahoma). PCOG used to be part of the World Church of God, founded by Herbert W. Armstrong. World Church of God is a cult. Philadelphia Church of God is a cultier cult with some racism thrown in and it has some very weird beliefs other than supposed transgender indoctrination.

Equality Florida takes on a hate group

Nadine Smith
Nadine Smith, Executive Director of Equality Florida
Equality Florida has petitioned a federal court to intervene in a case challenging Tampa's ordinance restricting gay conversion therapy. Southern Poverty Law Center and the National Center for Lesbian rights are assisting Equality Florida. Equality Florida has also filed a motion to dismiss.

Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida, issued a statement:
At Equality Florida, we fight to protect LGBTQ families and children, which is why participating in this lawsuit is at the core of our mission as Florida’s statewide LGBTQ organization. We worked closely with the City of Tampa, elected leaders, and members of the community to ensure LGBTQ young people are protected from this deceptive and utterly discredited practice of so-called conversion therapy.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

When a hate group desperately tries to sow confusion

Nicole and Jonas Maines were identical twin brothers at birth
Photo credit: Bill O'Leary/Washington Post
Part of FRC's graphic
Friday, Family Research Council offered “Public School Kids Get Assembly on Sex Changes.” Those public school kids were high school students but the piece is disingenuously topped with a graphic of a confused child who is very young. Even if, say, fourth-graders were similarly assembled, those younger children are probably capable of understanding gender. If students are confused it is because of the unscientific, religion-driven claims of groups like FRC. But confusion is just what FRC wants for those who are not religious believers.

FRC would have people believe that there is great uncertainty and disagreement among scientists about gender dysphoria. That is false.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Uh oh: The pope is a hostage to the gay lobby

Whoever, or whatever, the Vatican's gay lobby is — real or imagined — it seems to have supernatural powers in the minds of some. Apparently whoever, or whatever, it is has subversively taken control of the Vatican. At least that is according to Christine de Marcellus Vollmer (whatever that is) at LifesiteNews.

Vollmer writes: “More proof that Francis’ pontificate has been ‘hijacked’ by the ‘Gay Lobby’.” I never have figured what is supposed to be within quotation marks and why. I will leave that up to Vollmer & Co.

NOM's graphic for their latest money-grub is special

Brian Brown looks deranged and
 he seems to be sporting a NOM tiara
The latest donor dig from Brian S. Brown of National Organization for Marriage is titled: “Fighting to Protect Supporters of Marriage.” I am a supporter of marriage and I require no protection. If I did need protection from anything, the folks at NOM would be about the last people I would seek for help given their track record.

After all, through the end of 2016 NOM burned through nearly $70 million of donors' money and has nothing to show for it. The anti-gay group did not seem to do anything (other than try to raise money) in 2017. It accomplished nothing of note.

Leave it to the Washington Times to try to legitimize the shithole utterance

Cheryl K. Chumley
Cheryl K. Chumley, Washington Times opinion writer
Cheryl K. Chumley writes: “Trump haters have their next distraction.” Note the proficiency in mind reading:
Democrats this morning are on a mass tantrum, taking to the media to outdo themselves with the best shock and awe impression they can muster over President Donald Trump’s “sh—hole” comment — the same comment Trump now denies, via Twitter, saying.

Thing is: Democrats really don’t care what Trump said.

C-Fam guy claims that Obama is to blame for the persecution of LGBT people abroad

Note: On Thursday I ran out of time and posted a partial piece that was not fully edited. I regret having done so. Here is the complete, rather lengthy essay.
Stefano Gennarini
Stefano Gennarini has entered the theater of the absurd. Gennarini, who has a JD from Notre Dame, is director of legal studies at C-Fam. He doesn't seem to have a law license in New York, where he is based. But I digress. At The Federalist (where else?) Gennarini shares a polemic titled “How Their Refusal To Tolerate Dissent Is Creating A Global Backlash Against LGBT People.” As you might guess, the intolerant are those who do not tolerate intolerance.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Just in case you still think that Trump is a friend of the LGBT community

As Lambda Legal points out, Trump is re-shaping the federal judiciary in a way that will negatively impact LGBT people for decades to come. These judicial appointments are not undoable; they are for life.
Anti-LGBT record of nominees: Trump’s record speed and the alarmingly high number of nominees with anti-LGBT records whom he is advancing is triggering a growing judicial crisis for LGBT people. Nearly one-in-three have records that demonstrate hostility towards the rights of LGBT people. While several of these nominees are anti-LGBT activists who have openly denigrated LGBT people and families, others have more quietly undermined LGBT rights and protections.

A continuing journey through the mad world of hate group leader Mat Staver

Mat Staver
“Huh?”
Mat Staver's latest revelation: “Planned Parenthood Now Offers “Sex-Change” Services.” The nutty leader of Liberty Counsel has probably read every word of Planned Parenthood's annual report looking for a “gotcha.” Here is the latest (highlight added):
Planned Parenthood’s 2016-17 annual report states: “We’re expanding access to care - from pioneering research on self-injectable birth control to offering new services for our transgender patients. Planned Parenthood has focused on expanding services to people who are too often overlooked by the larger medical community - including trans patients. Seventeen states now have Planned Parenthood health centers that provide hormone therapy.”

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The folks at 2ndVote should feel like mindless idiots

2ndVote is the outfit that kind of reverse engineered the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index. It has several categories and rates companies overall for their Christianism. Consumers are encouraged to shop at the more religiously conservative outlets and services. Lately they seem to be arbitrarily increasing some scores. I guess they realized that all of corporate America wasn't cooperating. That defeats the whole purpose since there are no 2ndVote-better options. Hence, 2ndVote manufactured supposedly better options.

That brings me to the subject of Target Corp

NOM is selling Ryan Anderson's moronic book

I am a capitalist. I am not disturbed that National Organization for Marriage will receive up to a 7.5% commission from Amazon.com for peddling Ryan T. Anderson's latest book. The  book, however, and Brian Brown's marketing language, are more repulsive than they are disturbing.

Anderson's pretentious tome is titled When Harry Became Sally. In pre-release, it is priced at $23.99. The book expresses a certainty about medical science that is based upon religious dogma. Once again, faith over evidence.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Would someone please tell me what Mat Staver's point is regarding gender?

Mat Staver
I just received an email from hate group leader Mat Staver. The subject line is: “Study Confirms Gender Is Not Social Construct.” Isn't that what we have been trying to tell him all along? That gender is organic?
A recent study authored by John A. Barry of Institute for Women's Health at University College London found that children overwhelmingly chose to play with toys typed to their gender. Boys played with male-typical toys more than girls did, and girls played with female-typical toys more than boys did.

The study, "Sex differences in children's toy preferences: A systematic review, meta-regression, and meta-analysis," which was published in Infant and Child Development, reviewed 16 studies, from 1980 to 2016, of 787 boys and 813 girls ranging in age from one to eight years.

What is it that so infuriates and frustrates this Federalist polemicist?

“What I find truly insufferable is the idea that we should pretend that science knows less about sexuality than it knew in the 1950s.”
Maureen Mullarkey
Maureen Mullarkey is in distress
From the ever-erudite Federalist we are blessed with Maureen Mullarkey's religious diatribe titled: “Georgetown University To Offer ‘Jesuit-Approved’ LGBTQ-Only Housing.” I am not entirely sure that she is factually correct. Nevertheless, the subtitle of her little tantrum reads:
The once-eminent Jesuit university has approved a queer-only campus residence. Georgetown officials crow this ‘is in keeping with our Catholic and Jesuit values.’
Two things seem to be driving Mullarkey over the edge of reason:
  1. The fact that a Jesuit university is trying to be welcoming to LGBT students and;
  2. The fact that medical science does not conform to the catechism of the Catholic Church when it comes to human sexuality.

These are the same people who claim expertise in human sexuality

The Great Flood
The mythology of The Great Flood
The next time people at American Family Association weigh in on the nature of sexual orientation or sexual identity, consider this “revelation.” Consider how it depicts a complete misunderstanding of evidentiary science.

Christian science is an oxymoron. When American Family Association isn't promoting anti-LGBT hate they are propping up the theories of crackpots. They want you to know that “'Mummified' trees more proof of the Flood.” Indeed:
A recent discovery of well-preserved trees in Antarctica can be explained by the biblical account of a worldwide flood, according to a Christian geologist.

The challenge to Mississippi's right-to-discriminate law is not over

Welcome to Mississippi
Monday, the Supreme Court refused to hear two challenges to Mississippi's Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act. The presence of this unconscionable law not only licenses discrimination but encourages discrimination. It permits government employees to refuse service

Monday, January 8, 2018

Oh dear: "Seven things a bishop should say when a priest tells his congregation he’s ‘gay’"

Fr. Jerry J. Pokorsky
Fr. Jerry J. Pokorsky (left) conversing with a nun
Fr. Jerry J. Pokorsky has some advice for bishops about priests. It has little relevance to the plight of LGBT people. However, it is a reflection of what some conservative Catholic clergy are imparting to children and parents. For some, it fosters self-hate. For most, just hate. Here's what bothers Pokorsky:
Recently, a priest who was prominent in the pastoral care of those with sex addictions received his fifteen minutes of fame when he revealed to his congregation at a Sunday Mass and to the National Catholic Reporter that he was “gay.” According to news reports, his self-congratulation was met with thunderous applause. In a television interview, he proclaimed there is “nothing wrong with being gay.”

AFA's hate extends to immigrants

Tim Wildmon
Hate group leader Tim Wildmon - America Family Association
Monday, American Family Association has taken to its phony news blog (via Michael F. Haverluck) to undermine DACA with an assist from another hate group. AFA is extremely Christian when it suits them, particularly when it comes to discriminating against LGBT folks. They do not seem to have Christian concerns for the well being of immigrant children,

The headline reads: “Dreamers: 25% illiterate, half speak little English.” Those numbers supposedly come from “research” performed by the nativist hate group; Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). According to AFA:

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Hate group Liberty Counsel is now a church!

Hate group leader Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel
Somehow the hate group known as Liberty Counsel has managed to convince the Internal Revenue Service that it is a church or church support organization. The result of this is that Liberty Counsel is no longer required to file an annual report with the IRS which means that the organization will operate in secrecy. If that is not bad enough, Congress has passed a measure that makes auditing churches nearly impossible.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Seeking donors, Brian S. Brown describes a futile plan that's not a plan

Brian S. Brown
Communiques from National Organization for Marriage are intended to serve only one purpose: To attract donations. For years, now, Brian S. Brown has told the gullible how great it is going to be. That, along with Trump's wall, never seems to materialize. Today's money-beg is titled: “Our Plan.” What Brown lays out is not a plan at all. He calls it a “comprehensive, integrated Strategic Plan for 2018.” It is not strategic either.

Struggling with modernity and a follow-up on yesterday's post regarding David Lane

What does Amazon.com have to do with David Lane's American Renewal Project?
Amazon.com is driving me nuts! If I report a problem, offer feedback or ask a question, the reply I receive is always about something different from my inquiry. Recently I encountered a firmware issue and received an explanation about why I paid sales tax. It is also obvious that the responder has only read the first paragraph. People with extraordinarily low attention spans read a few sentences, get bored, and then presume to have all of the information that they require.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

RC cardinal: People suffer from the abnormal condition of homosexuality

Cardinal Raymond Burke
As you can see, Cardinal Raymond Burke is a very humble guy
The Catholic Church remains the world's largest purveyor of bigotry and misinformation about LGBT people. Cardinal Raymond Burke recently chimed in with the usual discordant BS, at odds with the overwhelming consensus of science. Burke gave an exclusive interview with O Clarim which is an Portuguese-English-Chinese weekly based in Macau. According to Burke:
the reality … of people who manifest homosexual tendencies, whose personal dignity we always respected, but we were formed to see these acts as absolutely unacceptable, against the nature that God had created for us.

David Lane and tax fraud

David Lane
David Lane is participating in an illegal money laundering scheme. In the way of background, Lane is a dangerous and  secretive GOP operative whose mission is to facilitate putting conservative Christian pastors into public office to effect a theocracy in America. Lane's organization, American Renewal Project (ARP), is clearly a political operation.

In November I wrote about Lane's funding. The Heavenly Father's Foundation (founded by Dan Wilks) donates money to American Family Association which, in turn, provides it to the American Renewal Project. I failed to consider a very simple question: Why doesn't Wilks simply give the money to Lane's group?

Peter LaBarbera's lack of curiosity on display

Peter LaBarbera
Another photo of Peter ("Porno Pete") LaBarbera looking profoundly stupida
Hate Group Leader Peter LaBarbera is at it again. Now he wants to demonstrate that Jews are as homophobic as he is — with a bit of help from Breibart. Before regurgitating something from Breitbart LaBarbera should have the good sense to check its accuracy but Pete is not long on intellectual curiosity. Accordingly he writes: “Rabbis Blast Trump Re-nomination of LGBTQ Activist Chai Feldblum to EEOC.” Then, quoting from Breitbart:
The Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV), the largest rabbinic public policy organization in America, observes in a press release sent to Breitbart News that Feldblum, the architect of former President Barack Obama’s radical LGBT agenda, “cast the deciding vote when the EEOC teramed it ‘unlawful sex discrimination’ to limit locker and shower facilities to those of a single biological gender, and has consistently shown a disregard for religious rights.”

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

And that brings me to Cornerstone Payment Systems

Cornerstone Payment Systems
Cornerstone Payment Systems is Peter LaBarbera's credit card processor:
Cornerstone is one of the nation's leading Christian owned and operated independent sales organizations in the merchant processing industry. We have a commitment to separate our transaction processing services from the remainder of the industry. We do this by putting Christ at the cornerstone of our business.

Porno Pete soldiers on, hoping for collective amnesia

Peter LaBarbera
Hate Group Leader Peter LaBarbera (Americans for Truth About Homosexuality) extends his thoughts for the new year in a post titled: “AFTAH Never ‘Moves On’ from Telling the Politically Incorrect Truth About Homosexuality.” Of course LaBarbera's truth about sexual orientation is at considerable odds with science but what do those scientists know? LaBarbera is committed to conforming his world to those ancient chronicles of dubious provenance.

He is right in that he never moves on to a productive existence. I don't know how old his kids are but some day they are probably going to be quite resentful.

AFA continues to hone its "Hate Group" status

Tim Wildmon
Hate Group Leader Tim Wildmon
Wednesday, American Family Association's phony news blog is running with: “Telecom giant accused of doing bidding of LGBT movement.” They are referring to AT&T. AFA's partner in stupidity is 2ndVote. Part of the problem is that none of these rubes have ever worked in corporate America.
AT&T continues its long record of lending support to the left on social issues, according to a corporate watchdog group.

2ndVote tracks major companies in the U.S. for their support on various issues ranging from the environment to abortion to homosexual activism. Spokesman Robert Kuykendall tells OneNewsNow that AT&T has consistently supported the left – especially radical same-sex activism.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Witherspoon polemicist - LGBT people are pagans

“When things break their way, their prayers are answered. When things don't work out, they blame gay and trans people for pissing off the deity.”
Owen Strachan
Owen Strachan is a theologian who presumes to offer
 a great deal of medical advice
HFNY (Happy New Year) from Witherspoon Institute's pseudo-intellectual blog. Owen Strachan — an associate professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary — offers 2,000 words of anti-LGBT gibberish as pretentious prose. It is part book review and part essay. It is all nonsense.
That once-harmless word, transitioning, has of late acquired great psychosocial baggage. It now speaks of an individual’s claiming a new “gender identity,” which may well involve significant physical alteration.

The “transgender” phenomenon has become a national sensation, but we are shockingly ill-equipped for the conversation.