Tuesday, March 13, 2018

AFA's latest anti-LGBT diatribe and Maggie Gallagher

Tim Wildmon
Hate group leader Tim Wildmon - American Family Association
American Family Association, an anti-LGBT hate group, has a new petition: Tell President Trump to withdraw liberal EEOC nomination. They are referring of course to Chai Feldblum whose greatest offense to AFA is the fact that she is gay. The fact that she is Jewish doesn't help.

According to the hate group's leader, Tim Wildmon:
Feldblum's influence at the EEOC places a so-called right to sexual deviancy (sexual sin) over and above religious liberty. Her mixed-up views force Christians to abandon their deeply held religious beliefs on marriage and sexuality.
“Sexual sin” is a religious judgment. Religion has no place in public policy no matter how much conservative Christians claim otherwise. The Establishment Clause means precisely what it says unless one thinks that Mr. Madison lacked discipline in what he wrote:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion
Then we get this:
For example, when there is a legal conflict between religious liberty and sexual deviancy, Feldblum has said:
I'm having a hard time coming up with any case in which religious liberty should win Sexual liberty should win in most cases. There can be a conflict between religious liberty and sexual liberty, but in almost all cases the sexual liberty should win because that's the only way that the dignity of gay people can be affirmed in any realistic manner.
This comes from an interview that Feldblum gave Maggie Gallagher for the Weekly Standard 12 years ago and Feldblum claims that she was misquoted.
Furthermore it is out of context and the three ellipses (highlighted) separate a great deal of content. Feldblum says she is uncertain about Catholic Charities, a case she did not know the details of. AFA omits the following important quote which is in the gap:
“I do believe a state should be permitted to withhold tax exempt status, as in the Bob Jones case, from a group that is clearly contrary to the state's policy. But to go further and say to a group that it is not permitted to engage in a particular type of work, such as adoptions, unless it also does adoptions for gay couples, that's a heavier hand from the state. And I would hope we could have a dialogue about this and not just accusations of bad faith from either side.”
The supposed quote that AFA likes follows immediately and is inconsistent with the above which lends credibility to Feldblum's assertion that she was misquoted. Apparently Feldblum was reacting to a legal brief which quoted what AFA is now quoting. Yet, even if she said exactly what Gallagher wrote, it is still offset by the paragraph preceding it.

The bottom line for AFA is that they cannot tolerate a government official who happens to be gay.  Wildmon continues:
The adverse effects of Chai Feldblum's warped worldview have infected the EEOC resulting in numerous rogue actions by the U.S. Executive Branch.

Recently, Feldblum's EEOC, with assistance from the ACLU, argued for a transgender employee's rights before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. In this case, a Christian business owner of a funeral home had fired employee Anthony Stephens, who was undergoing "gender transitioning" and wearing women's clothes to work. The business owner said this violated his Christian beliefs, but the EEOC argued that a Christian business owner could not fire a transgender employee for religious reasons. The court agreed.
Right. The decision was ultimately made by the Court. The fact that the Court agreed with the EEOC is testament to the fact that the Commission was on solid legal ground. The hate mongers at AFA believe that religion is a justified excuse for discrimination and that is not the case. This goes back to a Supreme Court decision from 1879 in Reynolds v. United States whereby the Court affirmed that the state cannot regulate belief but it can regulate conduct.

Many people disagree with me but I still have a measure of hope that the Supreme Court will honor that precedent in a case that they never should have heard in the first place: Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado. We will know towards the end of June.

Eventually, according to Wildmon:
The re-nomination of Chai Feldblum, one of President Obama's most ardent opponents of religious liberty, grossly undermines President Trump's promises as well as his instructions to Attorney General Jeff Sessions to protect religious liberty,
AFA is not really interested in religious liberty which is how they frame the desired ability to discriminate. AFA is really interested in Christian supremacy which would underpin a Christian theocracy. There are currently two vacancies on the commission (Feldblum is one of three remaining commissioners) plus a vacancy in general counsel to the commission. Trump named Victoria A. Lipnic Acting Chair. She was an Obama appointee in 2010 and is eminently qualified. Adding another vacancy adds another headache.

In addition, AFA laid down with dogs and doesn't seem to realize that their inflammation and itchiness is being caused by flees. The Christian right is still making claims about Trump's constant prayer and religious reflections. Trump is about as Christian as I am and I am a gay Jewish atheist. These folks do not get that they are the objects of deliberate pandering. They and the NRA were instrumental in getting Trump elected and Trump is already looking at a rerun.

Not if we have anything to say about it.

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