Friday, December 14, 2018

Focus affiliate promotes anti-trans BS

Stephanie D. Curry
via Family
Policy Alliance
According to Family Policy Alliance: “We’re still a public policy partner of Focus on the Family.” Now that that is settled, one of their flunkies — Stephanie Curry — writes: What Prime-Time TV Isn’t Telling You.

After bemoaning some trans-positive content in prime time, Curry wants you to know several things:
Medical Resources intended for Women are being used by Men—For example, in Colorado a state medical program provides free or low-cost healthcare for low-income women who need breast and cervical cancer screenings. The program has been opened up to men, who say they’re women.

AFA is displeased with Orrin Hatch - Walker Wildmon weighs in

Walker Wildmon
They did not exactly start out with genius but each generation of the Wildmon family produces further diminished intellect.
Image via YouTube/CBN
American Family Association is not happy with Orrin Hatch's final speech from the Senate floor. The six-term, 84-year-old lawmaker had the temerity to say (according to AFA):
I believe we can find substantial common ground on these issues that will enable us to both safeguard the ability of religious individuals to live their faith and protect LGBTQ individuals from invidious discrimination.
As one of my final acts as a U.S. senator, I challenge my colleagues to find a compromise on this crucially important issue — a compromise that is true to our founding principles.

Arithmetic is a challenge for the nativist AFA

Image: Los Angeles Times
American Family Association is known for being an anti-LGBT, anti-Islam hate group. They are also anti-immigrant. One of their flunkies, Michael F. Haverluck, writes: $5B for wall way less than illegals' $155B annual burden.

For starters, the $5 billion was a throw-up number without intensive study. We really have no idea how much this wall would cost were it ever completed. According to a recent report from the GAO, the cost to construct 722 miles of barriers in priority locations was estimated at $18 billion. Trump originally proposed about 2,000 feet of wall. He is now down to about 900 feet (depending on the day of the week, his blood pressure and Melania's, uh, … depth of attention).

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Liberty Counsel IRS Referral

Hate group leader Mad Mat Staver (Liberty Counsel)
Image via YouTube/Fox News
In 2006, hate group leader Mad Mat Staver managed to have Liberty Counsel recognized as an Integrated Auxiliary of a Church. Then controlling organization is supposed to be Thomas Road Baptist Church. The following information has been transmitted as a referral to the Exempt Organizations Division of the Internal Revenue Service:

Re: Liberty Counsel, EIN 592986294. Reference is made to a letter dated December 11, 2006 from Liberty Counsel's auditors; Batts, Morrison, Wales & Lee to the Internal Revenue Service, EP/EO, Cincinnati, OH.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Exploring Dr. Michael Brown's inferiority complex

Dr. Michael Brown is obsessed with gay people. That might reveal something about his own sexuality and insecurities but it is probably more complex than that.
Dr. Michael Brown
Wednesday, Michael Brown provides A Short Primer on the Bible and Homosexual Practice. Aside from the fact that the Bible says lots of things that are no longer applicable (like, say, murdering brides who turn out not to be virgins), Brown is being intellectually dishonest and, perhaps, revealing in ways that he does not intend.

I don't want to go through this entire treatise and I am more interested in the why than the what. Here is just a sample of Brown's prose:

Another Trump whopper about President Obama

The latest utterance from Dear Leader:
Presumably Trump is referring to a $400 million transaction which was the first payment of a settlement in the amount of $1.7 billion. Trump's number is about 88 times the actual dollar amount. Moreover, this was Iran's money. We owed this since 1979.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Hate group's international branch promotes anti-LGBT venom

Elyssa Koren and Paul Coleman
Elyssa Koren and Paul Coleman demonstrate that ADF International promotes the same bigotry as the parent organization.
Images via ADF International
Two employees of ADF International have penned an essay for Witherspoon Institute's pseudo-intellectual blog. Witherspoon is an ultra-orthodox Catholic organization headed by an Opus Dei numerary. First, it is important to understand what ADF International does.

According to tax filings, ADF International is not part of Alliance Defending Freedom. However, it is fair to say that the organization is under the administrative control of Alliance Defending Freedom. ADF International is newly registered in the United Kingdom (May 26, 2017). No financial information has been required thus far.

A Lamborghini and a Rolex - Churches need to file tax returns

Pastor John Gray of Relentless Church in Greenville, South Carolina bought his wife Aventer a Lamborghini Urus for their eighth wedding anniversary. With 641 HP the vehicle tops out at about 190 per and is the world's fastest SUV. It is just what every pastor's wife requires. Average price of the Urus is about $270,000 (base price is $200,000).

Monday, December 10, 2018

A collection of anti-trans advocates

This is not the legitimate, intellectually honest and neutral "space" that it claims to be.
We have a relatively new collection of anti-trans and anti-gender-affirmation advocates. It is called the “gdworkinggroup.” It doesn't appear to be anything more than a web site but many of the participants are familiar to those of us who track transgender opponents, skeptics and obsessives. They have an entire section devoted to Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria which is nothing more than parental wishful thinking.

These folks do not get off to a very good start. On the home page is this welcome notice:
Pediatric and Adolescent Gender Dysphoria Working Group: An International Discussion Space for Clinicians and Researchers

AFA's lawyer - wizard that he is - weighs in on the Mueller probe

Abraham Hamilton III
American Family Association's half-assed in-house lawyer has a few strange observations about the Mueller probe. That lawyer is Abraham Hamilton III.
So who is this guy?
In the way of background Hamilton doesn't seem to have ever practiced civil law. Rather, he was an assistant district attorney in Houston and then New Orleans for about eight years combined. He is a graduate of that Mecca of critical thinking, Oral Roberts University. His law degree is from third or fourth tier Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. I can find no record that he has ever appeared in a federal court.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

36 people have signed a letter to the administration from a hate group

“Confusing faith-based religion with evidence-based science requires one to torture logic and reason to the point where no science survives.”
American College of Pediatricians
What is "best for children" is the preference of science over religious dogma.
Religious conservatives have sent a letter to the administration regarding transgender people on the stationery of American College of Pediatricians. Those signing the letter include several hate group leaders. Also, according to Southern Poverty Law Center, American College of Pediatricians is itself a hate group.

The people who signed this thing are not embarrassed to be associated with a hate group. There are signatures from medical doctors. Every one of those is at odds with their own professional association. Every one of those has irresponsibly substituted their religious faith for medical science. (A list of signatories and their associations is “below the fold.”)

Friday, December 7, 2018

Brian S. Brown: "They're coming after us"

Brian S. Brown
Image: YouTube/C-SPAN
Another day. Another dishonest plea for money to keep National Organization for Marriage afloat. Why anyone thinks that is a worthwhile cause remains a mystery. Name something that NOM is legitimately responsible for (other than sowing discord and bigotry).

Today's missive is titled: They're coming after us. It really has become quite comical — sardonically amusing.

William P. Barr's "October, 2017" article in "Catholic Lawyer" is actually circa 1995

Image: Kirkland & Ellis
I am not suggesting that William P. Barr is any gift to the LGBT community. However, it is important for us to be fair and reasonable irrespective of whether or not our adversaries behave accordingly. According to Pink News:
In October 2017, Barr penned an article for The Catholic Lawyer in which he decried the attention shown to “the homosexual movement” and appeared to express opposition to LGBT+ anti-discrimination laws.
That is true. However, the article in question was not authored in October, 2017. According to a footnote on the second page:

A teacher victimized by religious teachings

French teacher Peter Vlaming believed that he had a religious duty to be obnoxious towards a trans boy.
Photo via West Point HS, West Point, VA
Thursday evening Tony Perkins was whining about a teacher who was suspended for refusing to use gender-correct pronouns in regards to a transgender boy in his class. Perkins' idiotic obtuseness is infuriating. Perkins is cunning and even determined but he is not very intelligent. LifeSiteNews joined in but showed some restraint in contrast to Perkins' inflammatory language.

That teacher has now been terminated. I expect outrage from both outlets.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Dishonest Disapproval of Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks before the Anti-Defamation League
Straight or gay, Tim Cook is my hero for running the largest company on the planet. Imagine the performance required of him at each stage of his career to end up as CEO of Apple. While corporate politics might have played a role in his success, ultimately Tim Cook is where he is because of results.

Contrast Mr. Cook with Doug Mainwaring who has never achieved anything in what amounts to a career in misadventures. Mainwaring, a Catholic zealot, was not happy being gay so he returned to his ex-gay ex-wife. I am certain that they have a “marriage made in heaven.” But I digress:

Ryan T. Anderson and Katy Faust a capella

Katy Faust
Katy Faust, the bigot of Ask the Bigot and the pseudo-moralist of Them Before Us.
Image: YouTube
Ryan T. Anderson has a new project aimed at preventing gay couples from conceiving children through in vitro fertilization. It is the result of a quartet of religious opprobrium:

The Catholic Church considers IVH immoral; same-sex marriage nonexistent; gay people “objectively disordered“ and that same-sex couple parenting “does violence” to the children they raise.

Joining in the festivities at Heritage Foundation on December 12 are:

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Blowhard Bill Donohue remains clueless

Bill Donohue
Pope Bill Donohue via South Park
Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, is a divorced man who has taken it upon himself to be a stalwart defender of the Catholic Church. Mr. Donohue does not approve of EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum because Feldblum is gay and gay people are “objectively disordered.” Donohue doesn't admit his bias of course:
“She has an animus against the First Amendment right to religious liberty,” Catholic League President Bill Donohue told Bloomberg Law. “To say that we have a right to religious liberty but that it takes a back seat to gay rights that are found nowhere in the Constitution sends a very bad message to people of faith, at least of a more traditional stripe.”

Move over Paul Cameron. You have been replaced.

Gerard J. M. van den Aardweg
Gerard J. M. van den Aardweg, from his video proclaiming that “homo-tyranny is upon us.”
Image via YouTube
According to LifeSiteNews, “Dr. Gerard J. M. van den Aardweg is a Dutch psychologist and psychoanalyst. He is one of Europe’s foremost experts on homosexuality.” Not exactly. The first clue is that van den Aardweg was on the board of National Association for Research & Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH).

Van den Aardweg is also a conspiracy theorist. He has said that global organizations with a global sexual ideology wanted “to deal a blow to normal marriage and the family and to this end they use the homosexual movement, the sexual rights movement.” He claims, among other things, that the Nazi ideology was “rooted” in homosexuality (perhaps reading too much Scott Lively).

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Brian S. Brown: Another utterly dishonest money-beg

Brian S. Brown
Brian S. Brown becomes more dishonest as he becomes more desperate to keep NOM afloat.
Image via YouTube/C-SPAN
National Organization for Marriage clearly has financial problems. Only a few years ago, NOM had combined revenues of $16 million. In 2017, less than 10% of that. The latest pitch from Brian S. Brown — the crisis du jour — is titled: We are behind. I'll resist the impulse to construe an anatomical reference.
After the first week of our year-end $50,000 matching gift offer, we’ve fallen significantly behind. By now, we should already have raised 20% of our $50,000 goal, but we've raised less than half of that. I have to be honest – I'm really concerned.

Alan Keyes claims to be a person of "colored persuasion"

Alan Keyes
Conspiracy theorist and rabidly anti-LGBT, Alan Keyes wants Trump to exercise control over social media.
Image via YouTube/Raw Story
Citing Laura Loomer as an example, Alan Keyes claims that Twitter victimizes conservatives. He wants Trump to take action. Writing about an Alan Keyes polemic is no easy task. Doing so requires patience for a bloated, painfully verbose expression. One also requires a batshit-to-English translator handy.

The current piece posted to an ultra-conservative Catholic site is titled: Trump should move against Twitter and other civil rights violators. Apparently people have a “civil right” to engage in hate speech.

Monday, December 3, 2018

The billboard and the SPLC are getting under ADF's skin

The No Gays Allowed billboard in Times Square
Screen Capture
Alliance Defending Freedom is a $50 million/year anti-LGBT hate group. It postures as a defender of religious freedom which seems to usually mean the “right” to discriminate against LGBT people.

Being deemed a hate group does not sit well with the folks at ADF. A new campaign is highlighting some of ADF's rancor when it comes to LGBT people. The campaign features a prominent three dimensional billboard in New York's Times Square directing people to

According to NBC News, the group sponsoring the billboard is Citizens for Transparency. NBC reported:
A statement released about the campaign lists a number of prominent LGBTQ activist … “allies” of No Gays Allowed. They include Evan Wolfson, founder of Freedom to Marry; Kate Kendell, executive director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights; Eliza Byard, executive director of GLSEN (formerly the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network); and Christine Quinn, the former speaker of the New York City Council.

The most extreme crackpottery from Michelle Cretella to date

“Her explanation for the existence of gender dysphoria in a child is that the mother has Munchausen syndrome (which is very rare) and has somehow imposed the condition on her daughter.”
Michelle Cretella
Former pediatrician and now hate group leader Michelle Cretella  (American College of Pediatricians).
Image via YouTube
Someone by the name of Tyler O'Neil wrote: Mother Forcing Transgenderism on 6-Year-Old Son May Suffer From a Mental Disorder, Pediatrician Says. O'Neil is an imbecile.

This relates to a custody case in Texas that I have written about. One cannot force a child to be transgender; the child has been diagnosed by expert psychologists and psychiatrists and there is no evidence whatsoever that the child is being forced to experience gender dysphoria.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Ryan T. Anderson - As dishonest as ever

“What Anderson is really saying is that any such laws must depend upon not protecting anyone and if they accidentally do offer some protections then they must not be enforceable.”
Ryan T. Anderson
According to Heritage staffer and Defender of the Faith, Ryan T. Anderson: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Laws Are Not Fairness for All. Anderson is primarily concerned with how nondiscrimination laws might affect the Catholic Church. He goes on to write (quite verbosely):
Current proposals to create sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) laws with varying types of religious exemptions would not result in fairness for all. Instead, they would penalize many Americans who believe that we are created male and female and that male and female are created for each other. They would violate the privacy and safety of women and girls, the conscience rights of doctors and other medical professionals, and the free speech and religious liberty rights of countless professionals. Establishing bad public policy and then exempting select religious institutions is not acting for the common good — and is certainly not fair for all.