Sunday, September 15, 2019

Where do they grow these nitwits?

Megan Fox
Megan Fox | via Twitter
There is an endless supply. There must be a factory somewhere that manufactures them. Eventually they are electrically animated. They end up writing for outlets like Breitbart or PJ Media where they exploit the confirmation biases of the Trump base. Money doesn't grow on trees but morons might.

Megan Fox is among those who write for PJ Media. On Saturday she displayed great erudition with: UK Gender Clinic to Offer Sex Change to Kids as Young as 3 — Online. None of that is factually accurate. Yet the reader comments doth flow. Ms. Fox can bathe in adulation from a grateful audience.
The Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS), run by the Tavistock and Portman National Health Service (NHS) Trust in the UK is offering appointments, diagnosis, and even medication for children who are "transitioning" because they suffer from gender dysphoria. The children in question can be as young as three years old.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Kevin Whitt is hustling the Christians at our expense

Kevin Whitt
Kevin Whitt
via Facebook
Kevin Whitt is the latest conservative Christian hero to emerge out of LGBTQ culture. He is getting a great deal of attention. Of course another one could become the tchotchke du jour tomorrow. Kevin Whitt was a prostitute. He is still hooking but the 35-year-old has a new customer base.

I have sometimes joked to myself about the oodles of money that would come my way if I converted from Judaism, found Jesus, repented and claimed to be ex-gay. Mr. Whitt took himself more seriously.

A "Traditionalist" Federal Judge Gets It - Why don't other people?

Judge Michael H. Watson
Judge Michael H. Watson
via Wikipedia
On Thursday U.S. District Judge Michael H. Watson ruled in favor of four transgender people suing Ohio for the right to change their birth certificates. The case is not settled as the ruling only denied the state's motion to dismiss. However, the judge clearly understands the issue. In his ruling Judge Watson wrote:
Assuming the allegations in the complaint are true, particularly plaintiffs’ assertion that ‘gender identity is the critical determinant of sex,’ the court is not convinced that Ohio law prohibits plaintiffs’ request.
Is that not at the core of transgender issues? When natal sex and gender identity are incongruent, gender identity prevails. Otherwise, gender dysphoria would not exist. It seems so obvious. Yet some people are oblivious.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Today's Spectacular Stupidity Award

Wisconsin State Sen. André Jacque
On any given day there is fierce competition: Who will prevail over other idiots. If American Family Association is correct, that award goes to State Senator André Jacque of Wisconsin:
A state senator is pushing his colleagues to stop allowing aborted fetuses to be used for medical experiments.

Sen. Andrew [SIC] Jacque tells OneNewsNow that his bill would stop the trafficking, exploitation, use, or transfer of aborted children's body parts, and it would require recording the gender and type of handicap of aborted babies.

Sorry but I agree with the coffee shop

According to Pink News:

Natalie Weiss, a transgender woman, was let go from her job at a Lincoln, Nebraska coffee shop Cultiva Espresso & Crepes on Wednesday (September 11) after she declined service to Marilyn Synek, who is employed by the Nebraska Family Alliance.

Nebraska Family Alliance is a rather nasty anti-LGBTQ organization that I would personally deem to be a hate group. I have some familiarity with Marilyn Synek who is employed by the organization as a communications specialist. She is an odious employee of an odious organization with an odious agenda.

New York City poised to repeal conversion therapy ban

Corey D. Johnson is the Speaker of the NYC City Council. He is openly gay and an odd sponsor of a measure to repeal the City's ban on conversion therapy.
via City of New York
New York City seems an unlikely locale for undoing a conversion therapy ban. The Speaker of the City Council, Corey Johnson, is gay as are a number of Council members and there is a robust LGBTQ affairs caucus. Speaker Johnson is actually the author of the repeal. I only learned of Wednesday evening when attorneys for the City of New York notified the judge presiding over Schwartz v. City of New York.

David Schwartz, is an ultra-orthodox Hassidic Jew with half-assed academic credentials. With representation by the hate group, Alliance Defending Freedom, Schwartz is suing the City on the basis that the ban violates his religious freedom. The legislation seems to be a direct response to the litigation. The text is dated Monday, September 9. There has been no period of time for public comment and the hearing is today, Thursday.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Starnes: Facebook has a right to not advertise his book but refusing his ads threatens constitutional freedoms

Todd Starnes
Christian warrior Todd Starnes
via RawStory
Todd Starnes wins a very special prize. If you divide the number of people in his audience by his IQ few people are in his league. Starnes has a special gift for communicating with a certain segment of society in spite of his obvious intellectual deficits.

The subject story comes by way of American Family Association's blog which means an idiot (J.M. Phelps) writing about an idiot (Todd Starnes). Truthfully, I am not familiar with Mr. or Ms. Phelps but writing for AFA offers some clues about his or her intellect. The text confirms my suspicions.

I'm sorry - I am not conversant in your dialect of batshit

I received the following email which was sent to the SBF contact email address:
Worldlings:

The Novus Ordo sect is an apostate pagan antichurch led by (Satanic Jew) manifest apostate antipopes who took over (in 1958) the physical structures/properties that were previously controlled by Christianity. Salvation is possible only with the One True Church (https://www.mostholyfamilymonastery.com/)

The Innocent and Most Sacred Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ cries out against Jews. The Crucifixion was the greatest crime in human history. There were no gas chambers in Hitlerian Germany.
Gee, thanks!

The continuing misadventures of MassResistance

Arthur Schaper
Arthur Schaper in his Trump costume. Schaper is a ne'er-do-well who never accomplishes anything except "look at me, look at me."
MassResistance, an anti-LGBTQ hate group, is using Drag Queen Story Hour as a vehicle for media attention. The Torrance, California chapter is led by Arthur Schaper (pronounced shopper) who is a piece of work.

Arthur Christopher Schaper is an unemployed resident of Torrance. Schaper is so abrasive that the Republican Party revoked the charter of Beach Cities Republican Club, of which he is president. Schaper has a reputation in California for disrupting public meetings. Schaper is reportedly associated with a number of right wing anti-immigrant groups.

Drag Queen Story Hour is coming to the Chula Vista library. According to KUSI, San Diego:

Brian S. Brown: "Game on..." (Gaming donors)

Brian S. Brown
Brian S. Brown continues to mislead potential donors
Brian S. Brown, on behalf of National Organization for Marriage, is now in a search of relevance. Of course he is also asking for money. It is my opinion that Mitch McConnell is never going to allow the Equality Act to come to the floor of the Senate. McConnell is now requiring White House pre-approval before legislation is debated and the White House has announced that Trump would veto the bill. Beyond that, where would 60 votes come from?

Rallying the faithful around opposition to the Equality Act is inherently dishonest. Furthermore, Brown has created a nuisance. After requesting calls to McConnell:

Research: Gender identity conversion efforts lead to a lifetime of misery

New study shows association of attempts to make transgender people cisgender to suicide and adverse mental health.
A new study published today in JAMA Psychiatry found that exposure to attempts by professionals to change a person’s gender identity is associated with a range of adverse mental health outcomes, including suicide attempts. The study was authored by researchers at The Fenway Institute, and the Harvard Medical School.

“The rate of previous suicide attempts among transgender people in the United States is extremely high, with 41 percent reporting that they have had that experience,” said Dr. Alex Keuroghlian, senior author of the study who directs the National LGBT Health Education Center at The Fenway Institute and the Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Gender Identity Program. “What this new study shows is that transgender people who are exposed to conversion efforts anytime in their lives have more than double the odds of attempting suicide compared with those who have never experienced efforts by professionals to convert their gender identity from transgender to cisgender.”

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Ryan T. Anderson thinks he is quite a bit smarter than he really is

Ryan T. Anderson
Ryan T. Anderson has spent the better part of a decade maligning LGBTQ people on behalf of the Catholic Church. Now he wants to be taken seriously as a scholar.
via YouTube
Ryan T. Anderson cannot help himself. Writing at Witherspoon's pseudo-intellectual blog Anderson conflates conservatism with conservative Catholicism. True conservatives respect the separation of church and state as envisioned by our framers. They respect the Establishment Clause within the First Amendment.

That does not describe Mr. Anderson:
What can and should be done now to prevent the next administration from issuing another Dear Colleague Letter imposing a transgender bathroom policy on every school in the nation? (Answer: The Civil Rights Uniformity Act, clarifying that the word “sex” in our nation’s civil rights laws does not mean “gender identity.”) What can and should be done now to prevent the next administration from shutting down Catholic adoption agencies or revoking the nonprofit tax status of evangelical colleges that don’t endorse same-sex marriage? (Answer: A more robust version of the First Amendment Defense Act.)

Anne Paulk - Victimized again

Anne Paulk
Conversion therapy promoter Anne Paulk (circa 2017)
via American Family Association
A conversion therapy tout is terribly, terribly upset with dastardly Amazon.com.

Anne Paulk is the executive director of Restored Hope Network which seems to exist as a referral service to pray-your-gay-away enterprises. Ms. Paulk received a salary of $48,040 in 2017. It looks to me like she stole another $15,000 (it is so obvious) on which she probably did not pay taxes. In point of fact they paid someone to prepare the 2017 annual report for the IRS and it is rife with errors.

Perhaps I should file a referral with the Service. But I digress.

A confused and conflicted physician

A medical doctor claims that gender affirmation is child abuse.
Patrick Lappert, MD in deacon garb
via US News & World Report
On a Catholic radio show Dr. Patrick W. Lappert discussed “gender, homosexuality, human anthropology, human nature, morality, top surgery, bottom surgery, and sex hormones.”

Lappert, who has no experience with gender incongruent children, claims that gender affirmation is child abuse. While Lappert derives authority from his medical degree he speaks, not as a doctor, but as an apologist for Catholic dogma.

Dr. Lappert is a plastic surgeon in Madison, Alabama. Lappert is not board certified in any medical specialty. Complicating matters for Dr. Lappert and his patients is the fact that he is also a deacon of the Catholic Church (and a zealous convert). Lappert is also associated with the local chapter of the Courage (pray-your-gay-away) Ministry.

Monday, September 9, 2019

FRC: "4 Resources for Parents to Fight Transgender Ideology and Policy in Public Schools"

That sign says it all
via Christian Post
If Family Research Council wants to have an adult conversation about transgender students then they should approach it in an adult manner. Grownups do not call a medical condition an ideology. According to unnamed authors at FRC:
As the new school year begins, parents are discovering that transgender ideology and policy has taken hold in schools across the country. Teachers are being disciplined and fired for refusing to use the preferred pronouns of transgender-identifying students, kids are being locked in to transgender identities that they would otherwise naturally grow out of, girls are having to fend for themselves after finding boys who think they are girls in their restrooms, showers, and locker rooms, and boys who think they are girls are competing in and winning girls’ sporting events.

As you might expect, Mad Mat Staver is not a geneticist

“One thing that I am reasonably certain of: You cannot pray away the DNA.”
Mat Staver
Hate group leader, Mad Mat Staver is as profoundly confused as he appears to be. 
via CBN/YouTube
The subject line of Monday's email from Liberty Counsel reads: Study Confirms Genes Don't Determine Homosexuality:
A study conducted by scientists from Harvard and MIT once again refutes the “born that way” reason for homosexuality. This massive study of nearly half a million people sought to determine if genetic factors contribute to same-sex sexual behavior.
For starters, this study did not compare gay people with straight people. Contrary to Staver's claim, this was not an exploration of homosexuality. I will have more on this in a few paragraphs.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Perhaps NASA is designing a new spaceship to fly to heaven

Faith-based religion does not mingle well with evidence-based science.
via PicsArt
The Slowly Boiled Frog's search function has become a card catalog of religious lunatics at the fringes of civilized society. Imagine my delight at finding a berserk person new to this blog. This one falsely claims that the Equality Act would federally ban conversion therapy. She also claims that it will destroy free speech.

I do not know who, or what, Maria Martinez is but she has some rather odd ideas about sexual orientation. What is baffling is that Maria Martinez claims to be a Texas lawyer. Yet she is incapable of reading and comprehending legislative text. I have been trying to track down this nitwit to no avail. I desire the simple pleasure of telling her that she is a mindless idiot who is functionally illiterate.

Friday, September 6, 2019

What is going on here? From magic spells to "gender ideology"

Emily Zinos
Emily Zinos is an anti-LGBTQ warrior for the faith without discernible credentials other than piety.
via YouTube
You have all probably read about the Nashville priest, Rev. Dan Reehil, who pulled Harry Potter books from the diocesan school because they contain real magic spells that could injure people. He reached that conclusion after consulting with several exorcists; experts worthy of inclusion on peer review panels no doubt.

Even in Tennessee, parents are in revolt claiming that the priest is unable to distinguish between what is real and what is fantasy. The majority of Catholics in the United States are enlightened and progressive. I am reminded that they supported marriage equality in percentages greater than the general public.

Father Reehil is a moron but he hasn't really done that much damage.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Undermining their own anti-LGBTQ argument

Today's most offensive post from American Family Association, an anti-LGBTQ hate group, is titled: Becket busy defending Catholic foster care from LGBT allies.
In 2018, the City of Philadelphia barred Catholic Social Services from placing children in homes due to the agency's policy against placing children with same-sex couples.
The agency's contract was terminated. However it is probably more accurate to say that Catholic Social Services (revenues YE June 30, 2018, $24,313,237) withdrew from the foster care program rather than comply with nondiscrimination requirements. When it comes to foster care, private agencies are doing the work of the state as contractors. They are paid with taxpayer funds. It is absurd to think that an organization can discriminate with tax dollars.

I almost feel sorry for this terribly confused kid who writes for The Federalist

Tristan Justice
Tristan Justice|The Federalist
Tristan Justice seems to be employed by The Federalist, an outlet slightly more discerning than WND … most of the time. TJ has been quite prolific. Thursday's scintillating essay from Mr. Justice is titled: Marianne Williamson Gets It Right — Stop Mocking Thoughts And Prayers. Justice goes on to write:
While Democrats mock the “thoughts and prayers” offered in the aftermath of the latest mass shooting in Texas, Marianne Williamson stands out from the crowd, criticizing elitist “mockery” of sincerely held religious beliefs.
Tristan Justice is profoundly confused. I will be brief. Since Mr. Justice might read this I will acquaint him with the fact that I was seriously injured by gun violence. I was ambushed and shot (point-blank in the back with a .45) in an effort to put the brakes on an internal audit that I had orchestrated.

Federal Magistrate Shreds ADF's Anti-LGBTQ BS

Nicholas K. Meriwether
Nicholas K. Meriwether is a proponent of Christian Privilege
via Shawnee State University
Thursday, a federal magistrate has recommended dismissal of a suit brought by an Ohio professor who refused to use gender correct pronouns at work.

Nicholas K Meriwether is one of those odd creatures who becomes a hero to the religious right for his belligerence and lack of respect for others due, pro forma, to his Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs™. His SHRB would, of course, be defended by a hate group, Alliance Defending Freedom.

It is my SHRB that veal osso bucco is holy manna. But I digress.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

AFA's rhetoric is even more idiotic than I once thought

My visit to a local Target store and some simple logic settles the issue.
Tim Wildmon
AFA's Tim Wildmon is either a liar or an idiot - possibly both
via Jackson Free Press
The Wildmon family is not composed of NASA engineers. Don Wildmon, founder of American Family Association, is shrewd but not particularly intelligent. Tim Wildmon, who now runs the anti-LGBTQ hate group, isn't shrewd and is even less intelligent. Tim Wildmon's sons, Walker Wildmon and Wesley Wildmon, seemingly have the intellect of gladiolas.

There are other Wildmon family members at AFA's trough. They may not share the genes but they married these dunces. Mazel tov.

That brings me to AFA's jihad against Target Stores, an idiotic boycott that has failed miserably. Regardless of its lack of success it is premised on the false notion that transgender women pose a threat to cisgender women. That has morphed into the meme that accommodations for gender diverse people create a danger to women. It is positively ridiculous.

Marketing the phobias - A new anti-LGBTQ outlet

Joseph Backholm
Joseph Backholm attempts to marginalize gender diverse people
via What Would You Say?
A new anti-LGBTQ enterprise is called What Would You Say? I would say that it is pretty moronic … but it does have a slick website. WWYS was supposedly formed by preeminent anti-LGBTQ douchebag, Joseph Backholm, who is now with the Colson Center for Christian Worldview.

Joining in the festivities are Katy Faust of Ask the Bigot fame and Stephanie Gray. Gray, who resides in Canada, is a professional Catholic and anti-choice zealot. Gray is the author of The Physicians Guide to Discussing Abortion. Perhaps her erudition via an undergrad degree in PolySci qualifies her to lecture doctors.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Christian media: Reformed conversion therapist

McKrae Game
Ex-ex-gay and ex-conversion therapist McKrae Game
via Facebook
This kind of honesty is rare in conservative Christian media. It's not all truthful but Jenny Rose Spaudo deserves some credit. The headline reads: Former Christian Conversion Therapy Advocate Apologizes to LGBT Community.
McKrae Game, founder of faith-based conversion therapy ministry Hope for Wholeness, apologized recently in a Facebook post, saying his former work in ex-gay ministry and conversion therapy was "harmful."

David Lane laments the "pseudo-discovery of homosexual intercourse and marriage"

An exploration of anti-LGBT Christian sharia.
David Lane
David Lane, Christian nationalist and creepy GOP operative, writes: Has America Fallen to a New Low as Education System Pushes Sexually Explicit Material on Kids? It is a rhetorical question reminding us of how little respect Mr. Lane has for intellectual honesty or the intelligence of his constituency.

This is a very verbose polemic with a great deal of religious and biblical content. However, some of it is a direct attack on LGBT people. I will deal with some of that leaving large swaths of text unquoted.
We begin with the lie:
With hypersexualized and sexually explicit language like bondage, submission and sadomasochism being pushed on K-12 school children by national education bureaucrats, America has fallen on iniquitous times.

Anti-Choice Fanatics Hold a Phony Day of Mourning for Black "Victims" of Abortion

“It is just awful. All those pregnant black women who are abducted by employees of Planned Parenthood …”
via event website
The National Day of Mourning was held on Saturday, August 31. Among sponsors were Family Research Council, an anti-LGBT hate group and the Thomas More Society, a fundamentalist Catholic legal group. Less known sponsors included Civil Rights for the Unborn, Douglass Leadership Institute and the Restoration Project. The first is not a federal non-profit and appears to be Alveda King's hobby horse. The latter two are very small 501(c)3 organizations with impressive websites.

The whole thing is premised on lies. According to the website of the event:

Mayor of Odessa blames video games for mass shooting

David R. Turner
David R. Turner, Mayor of Odessa, TX
via Fox News
In an interview on MSNBC Sunday David R. Turner, the mayor of Odessa, blamed violent video games and evil people for mass shootings. In response to the shooting, Turner organized a prayer vigil.

Seven dead and at least 25 injured by a gunman who previously failed background checks. This comes on the heels of an August 3 massacre at a Walmart in El Paso that killed 22 people. You would think that Turner could come up with something more substantive than video games and prayers.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Closing out the week as I prepare for Dorian - NOM (of course)

Brian S. Brown
Brian S. Brown's latest bite of bullshit is entitled: NOM Files Critical Legal Brief With Supreme Court. “Critical” I will have you know, along with the tsunami of other briefs from the religious right. These include offerings from Mark Regnerus' outfit and, of course, the hate group American College of Pediatricians (Regnerus helped with that one too). There are many more.

There are three cases before the Supreme Court in the coming term that directly involve LGBTQ litigants. At issue is whether or not someone can be fired for being gay or trans and whether that violates Title VII prohibitions against sex discrimination.

Zarda v. Altitude Express and Bostock v. Clayton County are consolidated. The ruling will determine whether sexual orientation discrimination amounts to sex discrimination. In Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC the Court will decide whether anti-transgender discrimination is a form of sex discrimination.

Mr. Brown must think that everyone is stupid. One amicus brief yields:

YouTube finally whacks Penkoski

Hate group leader Rich Penkoski (Warriors for Christ) claims that his YouTube channel had over 500,000 followers. YouTube's terms of service prohibit monetizing hateful content. YouTube demonetized the entire channel from which Penkoski claims he was earning about $600/month. A scan of the channel does not bear that out.

Unless there is another channel, Warriors for Christ has less than 3,000 subscribers and most of the videos have fewer than 100 views.

Now Penkoski is whining:

Not one but many genes influence sexual orientation

It will he interesting to see how the religious right reacts to a new study confirming that genetics play an import role in the development of our attractions.
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A number of outlets have reported on the new peer-reviewed study published to Science. Even the New York Times botched things in my opinion.

This study cannot be attributed to a single research facility. The investigators have 22 different affiliations in the United States and abroad.

Let's deal with the conclusion directly from the abstract:
Same-sex sexual behavior is influenced by not one or a few genes but many. Overlap with genetic influences on other traits provides insights into the underlying biology of same-sex sexual behavior, and analysis of different aspects of sexual preference underscore its complexity and call into question the validity of bipolar continuum measures such as the Kinsey scale. Nevertheless, many uncertainties remain to be explored, including how sociocultural influences on sexual preference might interact with genetic influences.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

We are not a collection of initials - We are real people.

Russell Willingham
Conversion "therapist" Russell Willingham
via New Creation Ministries
Last June the California Assembly passed Concurrent Resolution 99. By definition a concurrent resolution does not have the force of law. It is not public policy. According to Michael F. Haverluck, one of American Family Association's geniuses:
On Tuesday, California legislators conducted a hearing on a resolution passed in June that condemns those not affirming the LGBTQ lifestyle and requires all Californians to embrace the unbiblical behavior as hereditary. But before the hearing, a group of pastors penned a response arguing the directive threatens the constitutional rights of Christians seeking to counsel those in the LGBTQ community.
The description in the bill itself seems a bit more accurate:

A reminder that Franklin Graham is a bigoted putz

Franklin Graham
HatersForJesus.org
via Daily Beast
Franklin Graham is displeased with Taylor Swift's endorsement of the Equality Act. Tuesday evening, Graham wrote on Facebook:
Shame on Taylor Swift for using her platform to try to push the socialist left’s so-called Equality Act, which has nothing to do with equality, but is about pushing the LGBTQ agenda down the throats of the American people.
Franklin Graham is obsessed with how LGBTQ people live their lives. Never mind that sexually diverse folks have no effect whatsoever on Graham's life.

Graham is a cynic (a greedy cynic) who knows that anti-LGBTQ rhetoric makes his cash registers ka-CHING. Graham arrogantly postures as the nation's arbiter of decency without a second of consideration for his indecency towards LGBTQ people.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

When will people catch on that NOM doesn't actually DO anything?

The only thing NOM actually does is to ask for money.
Brian S. Brown
Day after day. It's shameful really. Brian S. Brown asks the faithful for money to do something that National Organization for Marriage cannot do and will not do. They won't even try to do it. What has NOM ever accomplished?

Furthermore, Mr. Brown looted the failed organization and now he has the balls to ask for more money.

Before I get further into this, I indirectly thanked Brian S. Brown today. California Proposition 8 did more to energize and organize the national marriage equality movement than HRC could ever dream of. Brown won the battle and lost the war.

Getting back to today's informative missive:

No Mr. Barham - Gender incongruence is not subject to philosophical debate

“Religious conservatives were successful in passing California's Proposition 8 in 2008 … That proved not to be the end of nationwide marriage equality but the beginning.”
Travis C. Barham is an Georgia-based attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, which is an anti-LGBT hate group. Wednesday, Barham has authored: Philosophers Defend Freedom to Question Transgenderism As Medical, Academic Professionals’ Jobs Are Threatened.

At issue is not a threat to the jobs of people who dissent from medical science. Rather, it is a threat to the alleged “right” to discriminate against transgender people.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

AFA continues to dishonestly claim that peeping Tom's are the result of Target's policy

“Ultimately, what this is all about is the fact that AFA disapproves of transgender people for religious reasons. Any form of accommodation is viewed as conspiring with Satan.”
Does this jerk look transgender to you?
Monday, according to American Family Association, Target's policy gave man access to six young girls. In a word that is a lie.

Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) shares continue to trade near their all-time high as the company prospers. Nevertheless, the rubes at American Family Association — an anti-LGBT hate group — continues to try to dissuade consumers from patronizing the company's stores. Tim Wildmon, AFA's Dimwit in Charge is perturbed that Target Stores have a policy of allowing people to use facilities consistent with their gender identity. It is the same policy that virtually every other large retailer has.

AFA's campaign has obviously been a dismal failure. Rather than moving along, AFA is doing what they have always done with their silly boycotts. They press ahead in the hopes that they can prevail. Tim is the idiot son of a notorious bigot.

Hate Group Promoting Pray-Your-Gay-Away

Hate Group Leader John Stemberger of Florida Family Policy Council is the choreographer of an inane “Freedom March” in Orlando on September 14. The above two images and social media spacer constitute the header of the email. The bottom picture is via Bethel Church in Redding, CA. The woman just right of center wearing classes is Elizabeth Woning who runs Bethel's LGBT conversion business.

Mr. Stemberger gets very confused at times:
Presumably the word "march" caused some disorientation

Monday, August 26, 2019

Fox News + Tony Perkins + BS on gun violence

Tony Perkins
The headline at Fox News reads: Tony Perkins: Solution to gun violence isn't what you think, says former police officer. Perkins (who is a hate group leader — Family Research Council) goes on to write:
As a former police officer, this perspective on gun violence is not an academic approach. I’ve encountered armed suspects and dealt with gun-related violence. I’ve lost friends, gunned down in the line of duty. I have a full appreciation of the stress that families of law enforcement officers endure each day as their father, mother, son, or daughter head out to protect their neighbors and communities.

Bethel Church is not very competent at claiming to be LGBTQ friendly

Last Thursday, the cult-like Bethel Church in Redding, CA posted the following to Facebook:

Mad Mat is, well, displeased by the Kim Davis rulings

Mat Staver and Kim Davis
Kim Davis and Mat Staver in 2015. Davis is the one on the left. She had just been released from the hoosegow after agreeing to allow deputies to sign off on marriage license applications.
via WDKY
Monday morning I received an email from Mad Mat Staver, hate group leader of Liberty Counsel. Staver is trying to diminish a couple of appeals court rulings. For years Staver vigorously argued that Davis had won the case. Staver characterized the ACLU's effort to recover fees a “‘Hail Mary’ request.”

On Friday, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled 3-zip that Kim Davis can be sued personally for having frustrated the constitutional rights of gay couples seeking marriage licenses from the then Rowan County, KY Clerk.

Friday, August 23, 2019

It is free, easy to do and it helps our transgender friends

A couple of things happened this week. Penny Nance, president of the Christian-right Concerned Women for America, had a meltdown over preferred pronouns during her son's freshman orientation at Virginia Tech. Nance is probably calling the poor kid every day to make sure that he has not been indoctrinated. Ms. Nance needs adult supervision.

Thursday I reported a bad link to JAMA Network. JAMA Network is comprised of the 13 journals of the American Medical Association. JAMA's press representative sent me an email as she sent out a corrected media advisory. I notice that, as part of her email signature, she included preferred pronouns.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Jeffrey McCall Chatting With God About Eunuchs

via YouTube
For a little more than a year Jeffrey McCall has been holding poorly attended pray-your-gay-away rallies that get an outsized amount of attention from the religious right. McCall, an otherwise unemployed ne'er-do-well got religion and has seemingly turned it into an occupation. His enterprise might be financed by a California cult; Bethel Church.

I love reading about these little colloquies:
I was surprised and wanting to know who these eunuchs were: these born that way from their mother's womb. I started seeking the Lord on the topic, and He showed me what this meant. The Lord spoke to my heart that eunuchs born that way are those who were set apart by God from the womb to minister to God.

Brian S. Brown is immune to embarrassment

“Brian S. Brown does not have a high regard for the intelligence of NOM's supporters.”
Embed from Getty Images
This afternoon's money-grub from Brian S. Brown (shilling for National Organization for Marriage) is titled: A freight train is headed right at us. How ominous! Brian S. Brown serves up a pack of lies about the Equality Act:
I'm speaking of H.R. 5/S. 788, the so-called Equality Act which I call the InEquality Act because of the way it imposes the extreme LGBT agenda on average Americans, especially people of faith.

Sorry AFA - Target crushes estimates - Stock trading at all-time high

American Family Association — an anti-LGBTQ hate group — has been boycotting Target Corporation. (NYSE:TGT) for over three years. Target's “crime” is its policy to allow customers and staff to use facilities consistent with their gender identity.

AFA's dimwit in charge (DIC), Tim Wildmon, has made all manner of crazy claims about the effectiveness of the boycott. As The Advocate pointed out Wednesday Wildmon has dishonestly claimed that the sex crime of a cisgender man is the result of Target's policy regarding gender diverse people. Wildmon also claims that AFA is not anti-trans. Sure.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Blaming gays for the murder of a priest by a burglar reminds me of "blood libel"

What could motivate someone to blame gays for a murder by a thief? 
Catholic Church and Rectory
via Wikipedia
Kevin Wells writes: My uncle, a heroic priest, was murdered while cleaning up gay mafia in DC parish.

Nearly 20 years ago Msgr. Thomas Wells, was murdered in his Maryland rectory of Mother Seton Parish. The murderer, Robert Paul Lucas, was a 25-year-old tree trimmer who lived out of his car.

Kevin Wells writes:
An unshakable conviction, shared by dozens of priests and thousands of lay faithful in the Maryland/DC corridor, is that Msgr. Wells's life and 29-year priesthood ended as a direct result of the active homosexuality practiced by priests who once lived in that rectory.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Why are preferred pronouns so damned upsetting?

Penny Nance
Penny Nance
via Politico
Hate group leader Penny Nance (Concerned Women for America) was interviewed by Heritage Foundation's Katrina Trinko. Ms. Nance is terribly distressed over pronouns. Ms. Trinko seems to share her angst.

These people always look stupid when they try to seem hip:
Thanks for having me. It’s always great to be here at The Heritage Foundation, The Daily Signal, these are my peeps for sure.
“Peeps?”

I like it when people identify their preferred pronouns. Doing so eliminates some potential embarrassment. In polite society we address people as they wish to be addressed. Thus we need to know how they prefer to be addressed. No one is forcing a conservative Christian to be gender diverse. However, they should extend to everyone the common courtesy that they deserve.

Mad Mat is in rare form re: Google - And a fax spam scam

Mat Staver
Hate Group Leader Mad Mat Staver
via CBN/YouTube
According to hate group leader Mad Mat Staver (Liberty Counsel): DON'T LET "SILICON CENSORS" STEAL YOUR VOTE! Furthermore, according to Mad Mat: “Big Tech's unchecked power threatens our freedom and our voice.” Who knew?
“Silicon Censors” in firms like Google have worked for years to silence pro-faith and pro-freedom perspectives—even as they push their own far-left, radical views. Facebook even banned renowned evangelist and humanitarian Franklin Graham before public outcry brought him back.

And that’s not all. Google has used its massive online presence to manipulate voters—handing Hillary Clinton at least 2.6 million votes in 2016 according to Robert Epstein, an expert who just testified before a Senate subcommittee.

Monday, August 19, 2019

The greatest threat to LGBTQ equality at the Supreme Court does not involve LGBTQ people

George Q. Ricks
George Q. Ricks is hoping that the Supreme Court will require a religious exemption to a state law due to his extremist fundamentalist Christian beliefs.
via Becket Fund
Conservative lawyers are seeking a hearing before the Supreme Court for a case could upend efforts to uphold existing state and municipal nondiscrimination laws. I am referring to Ricks v. State of Idaho Contracting Board. The case has nothing to do with gay or transgender people but it asks the Court to revisit Employment Division v. Smith. In Smith the Court held that the Free Exercise Clause requires no religious exemptions from laws that are neutral and generally applicable.

George Q. Ricks, a construction worker, wanted to obtain a license as an independent contractor. Idaho requires an applicant to provide his social security number. Ricks claims that he has a religious objection to providing his social security number as a condition of employment. He is willing to provide other forms of identification. Ricks is represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

Log Cabin GOPers do not know the meaning of the word "community"

While Log Cabin Republicans remains irrelevant, they have empowered Trump to be even more hateful to the LGBTQ community.
Charles Moran
The delusional Charles Moran
I do not know which was more idiotic: Log Cabin's OpEd in the Washington Post endorsing Trump or Saturday's appearance of Log Cabin Republicans spokesman Charles Moran on AM Joy. Certainly, all LGBTQ people are members of the LGBTQ community. Yet, organizations like Log Cabin have a responsibility to those same people.

We can reasonably expect LGBTQ organizations and activists to accept responsibility for the wellbeing of the community. That is part of what defines community. They should welcome that responsibility because absent obligations there is little reason to exist. Without accepting the burden of nationwide equal protection and due process we are led to question the presence of good faith.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Chad Felix Greene's fragile ego was bruised

Mr. Greene provides a primer on how to destroy one's career while gay.
Chad Felix Greene (L) and husband
via Twitter
I rarely write about Chad Felix Greene. I find him to be a self-aggrandizing bore. Greene is a married gay man. Thus, he is the direct beneficiary of LGBTQ activism. Yet Greene is overtly and consistently critical of the efforts to afford him due process and equal protection.

Greene has had the chutzpah to post a rabidly transphobic piece to Witherspoon Institute's blog which earned the praise of Ryan T. Anderson. That means he lopped off the “T” from his notion of community.

Greene was employed as a low-level or mid-level manager at a West Virginia hospital. Friday, Greene offers: Anti-Discrimination Policies Didn’t Help When People Targeted My LGBT Identity At Work. Greene was not targeted for being gay and West Virginia provides no nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Brian S, Brown's money-grubber offers his solution to mass shootings

“…donating money to IOF is not going to reduce mass shootings.”
Brian S. Brown
Image via YouTube
According to Brian S. Brown his International Organization for the Family (part of an anti-LGBT hate group) is the answer to mass shootings. If only you will open your wallet and send Bri some money. The missive is titled: When Families Fail - IOF News:
Much of the news cycle in the past week or so has been consumed with the horrific news of mass shootings in several US cities. These tragic events leave people shell-shocked, wondering what can be done to prevent future senseless killings. An op-ed in the Los Angeles Times written by researchers who have studied in depth every single mass shooting in the United States since 1966 has shed some light on a critical aspect experienced by every single mass shooter: they were a victim of family failure. Our own Doug Clark writes about this below in this edition of our newsletter.

ADF is dishonestly asking for money to support Dr. Allan Josephson's lawsuit

Allan M. Josephson
Thursday, I received an email from Alliance Defending Freedom, an anti-LGBT hate group. It is a money-grubber with the subject line: Who will speak up for the children?. To answer ADF's rhetorical question, many people will speak for the children. Most of them want those kids' doctors to adhere to the best scientific standards.

I will get back to the text of the email. First, an Allan M. Josephson refresher course:

Dr. Allan M. Josephson was head of juvenile psychiatry at University of Louisville Medical Center. Josephson opposes gender-affirmative care for trans youth. The alternative is some form of conversion therapy; a pseudoscientific intervention to change a child's gender identity.