Wednesday, July 17, 2019

"Targeted for Her Faith?" Seriously?

Barronelle Stutzman surrounded by supporters (choreographed by Alliance Defending Freedom) in 2016. The woman is enthralled by the attention.
via Elaine Thompson/AP
The hate group Alliance Defending Freedom is trying to raise money off of the floral bigot, Barronelle Stutzman. An unsigned email, Wednesday, asserts in the subject line “Targeted for Her Faith.” It goes on to ask: “Will you rally around Barronelle once again?” Translation: Will you send us some money which we might, or might not, use to press Stutzman's case.

In 2013 Barronelle Stutzman decided that she would not sell flowers intended for display at a gay wedding “because of [her] relationship with Jesus Christ.” Actually, I think that Jesus would have been happy to sell the damned flowers. Stutzman's defiance of Washington's nondiscrimination law began a legal adventure that continues to this day.

No Ms. Higgins - Gender-affirming surgery is not comparable to a lobotomy

Laurie Higgins
Laurie Higgin, Illinois Family Institute (date unknown)
via Interframe Media
Tuesday, Laurie Higgins, of the hate group Illinois Family Institute, predicted that in the future we will regard gender-confirmation surgery like a lobotomy. Apparently Ms. Higgins is more erudite than the doctors comprising the behavioral health and surgical departments at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

If you think Higgins is genuinely concerned for the welfare of children, you would be wrong. Higgins is only genuinely concerned for the welfare of literalist Christianity. The existence of transgender people creates — for those literalists — a contradiction to a passage in Genesis. Ancient texts of questionable provenance must prevail over medical science. Of course.

Higgins exact quote to American Family Association (another hate group) was:
We are going to look back on this in 10 [or] 20 years the way we look back on lobotomies for mentally ill people, because this is ghastly what we're doing to children.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Peter Sprigg Gushes on Nicolosi

Even more damaging than the disapproval is to subject a child to conversion therapy. Conversion therapy is child abuse!
Peter Sprigg
via YouTube/NewsMax
Monday, I ignored Peter Sprigg's idiotic post on Family Research Council's blog. Among other things, Sprigg maintains that California attempted to ban the Bible. He is also confusing book banning with Amazon.com's decision not to sell certain books. People are free to purchase Joseph Nicolosi's books from other sellers.

Tuesday Sprigg is gushing over dead psychologist (and Catholic extremist), Joseph Nicolosi, who claimed that he could turn gay people straight (more or less) and that he could help parents prevent having a gay child (more or less). According to Peter Sprigg: Joseph Nicolosi on the Deep Need for Fatherly Affirmation. Boys and girls do need the affirmation of their father. That includes gay boys and girls.

Apparently most "LGBT folks are on board with pedophillia"

Matthew Hanley
Matthew Hanley is irrational, unbalanced in his extreme anti-LGBT bigotry.
Photo via CatholicThing
One Matthew Hanley has penned LGBT is swiftly being normalized. Pedophilia is next. At another site, the accusation is more direct; titled Adding P to LGBT. Hanley is just one more demented schmuck claiming that LGBT people pose a peril to children. According to the Catholic faith, one should not engage in gay sex. Adherents have some choices to make.

The faith does not require smearing LGBT people as pedophiles. I know at least one priest who would say that such behavior is discouraged, even sinful. That makes Matthew Hanley a bigoted fool. Does Mr. Hanley have underage fantasies? Does Hanley have repressed gay fantasies? Those questions are perfectly reasonable and appropriate. Homophobia, for example, is bigotry based on one's own sexual insecurities.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Anti-trans batshit du jour

Denise Shick
via YouTube
I do not know how — or even if — Denise Shick supports herself. Monday, Shick writes: I lost my dad the day he told me he wanted to become a woman. The purpose of this essay is to convince people that her personal experience is reason for no one to become transgender. In reality Shick has a religious objection, or so she claims.

The real question is what to do for children whose parent is transitioning. The answer is not to insist that the parent not do so but to provide some serious counseling for both parents and children together. We need to start with the fact that people who transition are in considerable distress from gender dysphoria. They are inexorably drawn to transition as a means of relieving their suffering.

How a hate group created Pompeo's Commission on Unalienable Rights

Mike Pompeo
via NPR
ADF International worked with Mike Pompeo for a year (and possibly longer) to create Pompeo's new Commission on Unalienable Rights. ADF International also defined what those “rights” are. ADF International is a separate entity but Alliance Defending Freedom (an anti-LGBT hate group) funds and controls the organization.

Pompeo's new group is headed by Mary Ann Glendon, a Harvard law professor and former ambassador to the Vatican under George W. Bush. Glendon represented the Vatican at the 1995 Beijing Conference on Women sponsored by the United Nations. Glendon's mission was to impose Catholic teachings on society. Notably, Glendon opposed the use of condoms to prevent HIV infection.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Dr. Michael Brown's Transgender Tango - Again

Dr. Michael Brown
Just to be clear, Dr. Michael Brown is not an MD. He has a Ph.D. in literature. Today's merry contribution from Brown is titled: The Great Transgender ‘Awokening.’ It is another example of the same nitwits making the same idiotic arguments denigrating transgender people because the existence of transgender people creates a conflict with scripture (according to the arguers).
It's not a very original argument:
The great enemy of the radical transgender movement is science. Biological realities can be stubborn, and no amount of human tampering can change those realities.

Complaint of dismissed Catholic school teacher Joshua Payne-Elliott (TWG)

TWG: Teaching While Gay. Hasn't the Church had enough bad publicity over employment discrimination?
Wednesday, lawyers for Joshua Payne-Elliott filed a complaint (below the fold) in Indiana Commercial Court accusing the Archdiocese of Indianapolis of interference in a valid contract between Mr. Payne-Elliott and Cathedral High School. Mr. Payne-Elliott had been in the employ of the school for nearly 13 years. I think that we can safely assume that he did a good job.

As you can see from the contract, Exhibit A, there is nothing in the text that would prohibit Mr. Payne-Elliott from entering into a same-sex marriage. The school did not want to terminate Joshua (I am fatigued with typing Payne-Elliott). They did so at the insistence of Archbishop Charles C. Thompson who threatened to revoke the school's Catholic charter if they did not comply. Joshua's job performance was never in question.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Mad Mat Staver: "Boston Censors Christian Flag but Allows Communist, Transgender Flags on Gov Property"

Mad Mat Staver
Hate group leader Mad Mat Staver - Liberty Counsel
via YouTube/Fox News
Thursday, Hate group leader Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel is asking rhetorical questions in a blog post. He has been representing Harold Shurtleff and something called Camp Constitution for two years now. Shurtleff has been trying to raise a Christian flag on a government flagpole and keeps getting rejected.

Staver is always pissed off at something or someone. Today it is the City of Boston. On July 8, Liberty Counsel filed suit in federal court (Boston) asking for summary judgment in favor of his client (the Christian flag flyer). Summary judgment means that no facts are in dispute — only issues of law.

Katy Faust has selective memory and a real fondness for lying

Katy Faust
Katy Faust seems unable to write a single paragraph without lying
via YouTube
This from Katy Faust: This Gay Dad Lost Custody of His Own Kids. His Case Matters for All Children.. This relates to a case that I had previously written about. I prefer to have the Supreme Court of the State of New York explain the matter (rather than Faust's misrepresentations):
Joseph and Frank were domestic partners who began living together in 2009. As they desired to have children genetically related to both of them, they asked Joseph's sister, Renee to act as a surrogate. … Renee executed a surrogacy contract in which she agreed to be impregnated with Frank's sperm and to terminate her parental rights…

…In early 2014, Joseph and Frank separated, and the children continued to reside with Frank. …in May 2014, Frank suddenly refused to allow Joseph or Renee to have any access to the children. In December 2014, Frank moved to Florida with the children without informing Joseph or Renee, or commencing a proceeding for custody of the children.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

AFA's Walker Wildmon imitates his odious grandfather

Walker Wildmon
via YouTube/CBN
Control of the hate group, American Family Association, rests with the Wildmon family, descendants of its founder, Don Wildmon. Literalist Christians are not a terribly imaginative lot. Were they more ingenious they would not be literalist Christians. The effect is that they are unoriginal, content to rinse and repeat the rhetoric.

Walker Wildmon, Don's grandson, is rather dull — a dim bulb — but he is a VP or AFA. Based on his quoted words, AFA begins a polemic with a hackneyed rhetorical question: Has the LGBT movement overplayed its hand? Uh, probably not. The objective is Equal Protection. Nothing less and nothing more.

Brian S. Brown claims that protection from discrimination is damaging to those who are protected!

“It is just so utterly silly that I find it hard to believe that anyone can buy into this BS.”
Brian S. Brown
via YouTube/Fox News
The latest missive from Brian S. Brown is woefully titled: The Corporate Embrace of Gender Ideology. Brown will go to his grave dishonestly insisting that gender is an ideology — a doctrine or philosophy. Scientific evidence-based truths are irrelevant to Brown. The palace eunuchs at the Vatican know better.

An email from Brian S. Brown, on behalf of the anti-LGBT National Organization for Marriage, has only one objective. It is to entice people into donating some money to NOM — usually on false premises. The idea is to piss people off and then claim to have a solution if people will only be generous. However, Brown promises that NOM will use the donations to accomplish something that NOM cannot accomplish. Brown's mission is religious. In spite of all the sanctimony, Brown is quite content to be dishonest.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

What makes these awful people think that they are qualified to opine on trans youth?

Linda Harvey - Mission America
Hate group leader Linda Harvey - Mission America
via YouTube
Tuesday, Linda Harvey writes: Medical establishment has betrayed children, parents with transgender insanity. Linda Harvey is an easy target. She is batshit crazy. She is also an ignoramus. Nevertheless, Ms. Harvey serves as an example of Christian zealots trying to alter medical science into conformity with their book. They assume that they have, and then posture to others as having, erudition that they do not possess.

I am not a medical doctor with a board certification in psychiatry either. However, the views I present conform to the overwhelming consensus of medical science including the American Academy of Pediatrics.
“I have a dream ”
In my dream, hundreds of parents, doctors, counselors, and pastors are protesting outside children's hospitals throughout America.

They keep protesting, not just for one day, but for months.

Good job boys: Chris Doyle hands off to Michael Brown who cites a study that he has provably not read

“Conversion therapy does not work and it is harmful. Were it not part of an agenda of discrimination it would cease to exist.”
Dr. Michael Brown
via YouTube
Once again, religious fanatic, Michael Brown, is claiming that conversion therapy works and is not harmful. The source of Brown's wisdom is a book by conversion therapy crackpot Christopher Doyle. Somewhere in Brown's makeup there remains — perhaps — a particle of inquisitiveness and critical thinking. After all, Brown does have a legitimate Ph.D. Those few remaining brain cells should inform Brown that a self-serving book is not the equal of peer-reviewed research published to a respectable academic journal.

Those remaining cells are in grave peril which is evidenced by the fact that Brown cites, as authoritative, a study so flawed that even the Catholic Medical Association journal, Linacre, required its retraction. Bear with me. I'll get there.

Monday, July 8, 2019

Priest: "Homofascists Force Amazon to Ban Catholic Clinician’s Books on Reparative Therapy"

Jules Gomes
Fr. Jules Gomes | via ChurchMilitant.com
The Rev. Jules Gomes, who sometimes goes by the moniker “Rebel Priest” is displeased with gay people in general and Amazon in particular. While Gomes claims a Ph.D. he is apparently baffled by medical science. Peter LaBarbera was complaining about this same issue.

Amazon is pretty clear about its policies as a book reseller. They offer, for example, some anti-Semitic works by (possibly former) Klansman (and buddy of Tony Perkins) David Duke including Jewish Supremacism: My Awakening to the Jewish Question ($58.50). I did not know that there was a Jewish question.

At issue is Joseph Nicolosi, the dead Catholic psychologist. Nicolosi not only claimed that he could “cure” homosexuality but he published a book providing instructions to parents on how to avoid having a gay child. Nicolosi was odious to say the least.

Oops: "We Fought the Transgender Activists, and Lost..."

The tirade is from someone named Kristen Allen and she has penned 5 Lessons for Every Parent. The outlet for this gibberish is Heritage Foundation's blog. We are informed that Allen is a member of the Arlington Parent Coalition. The Arlington Parent Association (APC) is a small anti-LGBT group presumably of conservative Christian origin.

What Ms. Allen finds so upsetting is transgender accommodations in Arlington, Virginia's schools. It's a safe bet that Ms. Allen has a religious objection to the existence of transgender people. The Catholic Church recently released an anti-trans screed: “Male and Female He Created Them.” The title refers to a passage in Genesis.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Brian S. Brown is trying his best - through his own confusion

What are the odds of Brian S. Brown making a compelling and intellectually honest argument in opposition to marriage equality?
Brian S. Brown
via YouTube/Fox News
Yup, Brian S. Brown, on behalf of National Organization for Marriage, is recycling the losing arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges while arguing over something that has absolutely nothing to do with same-sex marriage. So what's the point? You know what the point is:
Translation: Send us some money that we will piss away. I wish that Brown could be briefer with his BS:
When the US Supreme Court imposed same-sex 'marriage' on the nation in 2015 in their illegitimate Obergefell ruling, many legal scholars predicted that the decision would upend a rash of legal doctrines. Justice Samuel Alito warned his fellow justices about unforeseen consequences that would emerge from their improper redefinition of marriage to suit the desires of same-sex couples. Boy was he right. A new case currently seeking Supreme Court review reveals one of the most fundamental issues raised by the redefinition of marriage – our understanding of parenthood.

Mehlman's Amicus Brief - A Summary of the Three Cases

Ken Mehlman
Kenneth B. Mehlman, Chairman, Republican National Committee, 2005-2007
via Mother Jones
Ken Mehlman has submitted an amicus brief (“below the fold”) to the United States Supreme Court for a group of prominent Republicans who assert that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to sexual orientation and gender identity. Interestingly, most of these people served in the George W. Bush administration.

The Supreme Court has consolidated three cases for oral argument on October 8, 2019. They are (forgive the cut and paste; summaries folllow):

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

No Brian S. Brown - You have no clue what socialism is

Brian S. Brown
Brian S. Brown, 2017
via YouTube
Brian S. Brown, on behalf of the hate group, International Organization for the Family, has a new dollar-desire out today with the subject line The right to abortion for "trans females." Brown correctly notes that transgender women are not capable of getting pregnant and, thus, do not require access to abortion. The subject line is just to get attention for:
“Help IOF” means send me some money!
It is Brown's idea of socialism that gets my attention:

Oreos Transgender "Indoctrination"

According to Joy Pullmann a massive sinister conspiracy is afoot to, well, as she put it: ‘Special’ LGBT-Edition Oreos Indoctrinate Kids About Trans Pronouns. Pullmann, who is best known for senseless opposition to Common Core, offers “oh, the horror of it all:”
Oreo cookies, a division of international foods giant Nabisco, announced yesterday a “special” LGBT edition that includes lectures about how to use transgender pronouns.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Batshit California pastor claims that a sermon of his is now illegal

Shane Idleman
California pastor Shane Idleman
via YouTube
I have neither the time nor spare brain cells to watch an hour's worth of Shane Idleman. Idleman is either dishonest or an idiot (some of you instantly said “or both” to yourselves). Here is the beginning of Idleman's sermon:
The title of the message this morning is confronting sin in the church and it probably should have renamed it to this sermon is illegal in California. Now I don't know if you've been paying attention to the news but they did pass legislation. I don't know what's going to happen there. It's a Assembly Bill where you cannot say that certain sexual sin is a sin. You have to actually embrace it and encourage people in their sexual sin or you'll be penalized. Christian counselors pastors. California has lost its mind and so is the rest of the nation what they're saying is it's because of the high suicide rate the high suicide rate is because you're not giving people hope hope in Jesus Christ …

If Sprigg is so certain, why does he have to lie all the time?

Peter Sprigg
Peter Sprigg's lies take advantage of his incurious constituency
via YouTube/Newsmax
Peter Sprigg is the LGBTQ “expert” for hate group Family Research Council. Sprigg has all the answers and exudes certitude. Yet, Sprigg is always wrong. Sprigg, a Baptist Minister, is supremely confident and dependably wrong because the source of his “knowledge” about human sexuality is Bronze Age texts of dubious provenance.

Another hate group, American Family Association, has a post on its blog obnoxiously titled: Green Mountain State proposes to offer mutilation surgeries to minors. Peter Sprigg is the source of AFA's erudition (which doesn't say much for their discernment):

Religious Right Website is Keeping a Penis Count

Hunter Schafer
Trans Woman Hunter Schafer plays Jules Vaughn on HBO's Euphoria
via FamousPeople
The religious right are obsessed with HBO's Euphoria. The show provides a view of high school students as they deal with drugs, sex and other issues. One of the more interesting aspects of the show is the debut of Hunter Schafer. Schafer, a transgender woman, is an LGBTQ activist and model. Her fully supportive father, Mac Schafer, is a pastor and head of staff at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, NC.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Truth is Not Sacred to the Holier-Than-Thou Crowd

What makes this particularly disgraceful is that these sanctimonious people are telling lies while, at the same time, holding themselves out as holders of moral authority.
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There is no title on a dishonest treatise attributed to Charlene Aaron — CBN News. The meta-title (the text that appears at the top of your browser) reads: “California Lawmakers Pass Measure Forcing Pastors to Embrace LGBT Ideology.” That is a lie. It continues a la pants-on-fire:
The California State Assembly has passed a resolution telling pastors to affirm homosexuality in violation of their biblical beliefs.

Assemblyman Evan Low and three dozen other lawmakers pushed the resolution in the state Assembly Judiciary Committee that's aimed at telling religious leaders in California what they should preach from their pulpits.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

An FRC Intern Is Absorbed Into the Culture of Ignorance and Hate

Hugh Phillips, Family Research Council
Hugh Phillips
via LinkedIn
We are told that Hugh Phillips is a Government Affairs Intern at Family Research Council. Family Research Council is, of course, a notorious anti-LGBT hate group posturing as a religious affinity organization. Its leader, Tony Perkins, has direct ties to the Ku Klux Klan through David Duke. Thursday, the young Mr. Phillips (a graduate this year from Liberty University) offers: The Summer of Love: The Beauty of the Marriage Covenant.

I do not want to be overly harsh but it is a sophomoric effort which reads like a consolidation of anti-LGBT talking points from a Catholic extremist (irrespective of Phillips' actual religious affiliation). Phillips gets off to an intellectually dishonest start:
During the month of June, the wedding season is in full swing. Yet, June is also celebrated as “LGBT Pride Month.” Throughout this month, the LGBT lobby argues that they are “celebrating love” and claim that their movement is based in love and a respect for human dignity. However, much of the LGBT movement is based on a misguided notion of love that is rooted in a harmful postmodern hedonism that, as Nancy Pearcey details in her book Love Thy Body, actually devalues human dignity.

Hate Group Leader: "Fed up with 'Gay Pride?' So am I"

Jennifer Roback Morse
Jennifer Roback Morse, a rabid anti-LGBT bigot
via YouTube
According to an email from Jennifer Roback Morse leader of Ruth Institute, an anti-LGBT hate group, she would be happier if we all went back into the closet:
I don't know about you, but I'm fed up with being spoon-fed "gay pride" for the entire month of June. I'm fed up with companies like American Airlines with a rainbow on their tail, "virtue-signalling" their "political correctness." They pretend to not know that millions of people have been harmed by the s*xual revolution, including the LGBT sub-culture.

Interesting Results From a Gallup Poll on Transgender Access

Slightly more than half of Americans believe that bathroom access should be limited to natal sex.
In a new Gallup survey over half of the 1,017 American adults surveyed (51%) believe that transgender people should “use the restroom that corresponds with their birth gender.” The wording in the question is awful. Gallup should have avoided using the ambiguous term “birth gender.” The birth gender of a transgender person might very well be perceived to be their gender identity. Clearly we have some work to do to educate the public but there is an interesting twist to the results.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Another philosopher opines on "gender ideology"

And you thought that Ryan T. Anderson cornered this market.
Bryan R. Cross is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He has penned Gender Ideology and the Catholic Church at Witherspoon Institute's pseudo-intellectual blog.

There are two reasons I care about Catholic dogma in spite of the fact that I am not Catholic:
  1. The Catholic Church has a well documented history of attempting to impose its teachings on public policy and;
  2. There are children of observant Catholics who have gender dysphoria. Those kids have enough problems without parents preferencing religious beliefs over medical science.

So let's see if I have the right - Ex-gay is suing Vimeo for sexual orientation discrimination?

Church United
California's Unruh Civil Rights Act makes it unlawful for businesses to discriminate based on sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, or sexual orientation.

You all know what Vimeo is. In some respects it is where people go after their account gets whacked by YouTube. In 2014 Vimeo changed its acceptable use policy to preclude posting videos promoting conversion therapy. Vimeo is owned by IAC. Vimeo and its parent are both located in New York City.

Bozell's Bozos

L. Brent Bozell III
L. Brent Bozell III
via YouTube/Fox News
L. Brent Bozell III is the founder of the far-right Media Research Center (out of which he extracts more than $500 thousand/year). Bozell is a fundamentalist Catholic who is on the board of Blowhard Bill Donohue's Catholic League. Two of Bozell's staff writers, Ken Oliver-Méndez and Alexander Reyes have written a post about a drag kid named Keegan who is gender nonconforming.

Some of the paragraphs are right out of the Bozell LGBTQ defamation machine:
… child LGBTQ life is highly correlated with mental illness. Even Reuters noted last week that a new national survey of 34,000 LGBTQ youth aged 13 to 24 found 39 percent seriously considered suicide in the past 12 months, as did more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth.

Hate group leader: "Parental Alert on Sexuality-Based Recruiting Efforts Aimed at Kids"

Tim Wildmon
Yet again Tim Wildmon, a frantic anti-LGBT bigot, is claiming that LGBT people pose a threat to children.
via Jackson Free Press
Hate Group Leader Tim Wildmon (American Family Association) is warning parents of “efforts to 'normalize' homosexuality, same-sex marriage and the transgender lifestyle among our nation’s youngest citizens.” The intended inference is that we are determined to turn children gay or transgender. Be afraid!
“Parents, beware,” declared Tim Wildmon, AFA’s president, in remarks shared with LifeZette this week. “The LGBT social-political agenda is out there. We all see it every day, but it is targeting our children and teenagers, and the agenda is being promoted in the mainstream popular culture. These recruiting efforts are aimed at children and teens because they are impressionable.”

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

How do people this shallow and intellectually dishonest get elected to Congress?

Rep. Doug Lamborn
Rep. Doug Lamborn proudly displays a confederate battle flag and he has the balls to claim concern for images depicted on PBS.
via Change.org
Rep. Doug Lamborn represents Colorado’s 5th district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Lamborn has decided that he needs to air his grievances at the religious-right Heritage Foundation's blog. His polemic is titled: PBS Is Indoctrinating Our Kids. It’s Time to Defund Them. Fascinating I assure you:
In 2015, after the Supreme Court handed down its controversial ruling declaring same-sex marriage to be a constitutional right, President Barack Obama called for respect and tolerance between citizens who hold differing viewpoints on the issue.

A Shick-Fit Offers an Opportunity

Being LGBT is not unhealthy. Bigotry and persecution are unhealthy for LGBT people.
Denise Shick
Denise Shick | via YouTube
Monday, Denise Shick wrote: Loving homosexuals, transgenders means telling them the dangers of LGBT behavior. Shick regurgitates lore about the health of LGBT people as a means of justifying discrimination. If gay people, for example, disproportionately suffer from [fill in the blank] then Shick's solution is for people to stop being gay. I suppose that they are expected to pray their gay away. Shick is kind enough to link to her sources which provides an opportunity for exploration. Suffice it to say that:
Loving LGBT people means accepting them for who they are!
It might also mean treating the words homosexual and transgender as the adjectives that they are rather than as nouns.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Misrepresenting a trans problem in amateur athletics

via Mercury News
Brian S. Brown has a new plea for money on behalf of National Organization for Marriage titled: Track records dropping like flies. The Catholic Church recently reiterated its anti-transgender dogma. Brown, and much of the Christian right, are using athletics as a means of attacking transgender people.

Sometimes the religious right are implying that people are claiming to be transgender in order to have an unfair athletic advantage. The very idea that someone would voluntarily subject themselves to the persecution that transgender people endure makes the theory preposterous. All of the time they are claiming that transgender women have an unfair advantage in sports.

Speaking of Christian right blowhards ...

Larry Tomczak
Larry Tomczak circa 2015
via YouTube
Larry Tomczak asks: Is It Acceptable to Attend a Gay Pride Event? I am certain that my readers want answers to that stunningly important question. To keep matters brief, Tomczak says that he has attended numerous Pride events:
While I never celebrate "gay pride" during the month of June, I've attended 17 gay pride events in Washington, DC, Atlanta and Nashville. Knowing we must be cautious and use wisdom in participating in these types of events, I go to connect with people and share the gospel as the Holy Spirit leads me. I engage with people and reach out to them in love, usually concluding my interaction by giving them my personal testimony tract.
Who could refuse that tract? Claiming that bigotry is love is standard fare for these people.

Misrepresenting Dr. Lisa Diamond and the APA

Dr. Lisa Diamond
Sex researcher Dr. Lisa Diamond's TEDx talk in Salt Lake City - September, 2018 - is very well received.
via YouTube
Dr. Don Boys is an anti-LGBT Christian blabberer who doesn't have a real doctorate. That makes him a pretentious anti-LGBT Christian blabberer. Boys is a dim bulb who is not worth my time. However, he provides an opportunity to correct some widely believed misrepresentations from the Christian right echo chamber. Included below are actual quotes and links.

In one of his moronic diatribes on Monday Don Boys asks why Mayor Pete isn't asked obnoxious questions about his sexuality. Boys doesn't really ask anything. His intellectual horsepower limits him to posing rhetorical questions. Boys' incurious constituency knows all of the answers.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Conversion therapy is a toxic dead end for LGBT people - UPDATED

Every mainstream medical and counseling professional peer association agrees that conversion therapy is ineffective and potentially harmful.
Conversion therapy
Originally published on August 8, 2018.

Liberty Counsel, an anti-LGBT hate group, is spreading misinformation throughout the religious right echo chamber about the supposed effectiveness of conversion therapy.

Update: Hemant Mehta (Friendly Atheist) found out that the subject research article has been retracted by Linacre, the journal of the Catholic Medical Association. Mad Mat Staver is going to be even madder when he finds out. I have his real email address. I think that I will drop him a little note.

The existence of conversion therapy is — and always has been — a way for the religious right to claim that sexuality is a choice and is not immutable. They perpetuate the myth that sexuality they disapprove of is a mental disorder that can be cured.

Friday, June 21, 2019

The latest anti-LGBT fear mongering and outright lies from Tony Perkins

Once again, a self-righteous fundamentalist Christian who presumes to be an arbiter of morality is caught lying through his teeth.
Tony Perkins
via YouTube/Fox News
Heritage Foundation continues to provide blog space to hate group leader Tony Perkins (Family Research Council). Friday's spew from Perkins is titled: Vermont Poised to Let Kids, Not Parents, Make Gender Decisions.
Like his idol, Mr. Trump, Tony Perkins is a pathological liar:
Most schools can’t give a child an aspirin without getting a parent’s OK. But in Vermont, kids are about to get a whole lot more than Tylenol. Under a new rule, they’ll be able to get entirely new bodies—in some cases, without ever calling home.
No Mr. Perkins. No. Not one word of the above is true.

We should excuse Christian bigotry because the Saudis are worse

Julio Severo
Julio Severo
via Last Days Watchman
Julio Severo is the author of “Prophetic Prayers: Daily Prayer Guide Based on the Book of Proverbs.” Intriguing no doubt. Julio Severo is also the author of Taylor Swift Music Video Attacks People Who Protest Against LGBTQ Behavior, But Refrains from Condemning Islamic Nations that Execute Homosexuals. Within this intellectual masterpiece is this:
If Swift treated Saudis the way she has treated Christians in her music video, the Saudi reprisals would be fast.

If she does not accept Christians who do not accept homosexual depravity, she should target George Washington, the first U.S. president. He never executed homosexuals, but he discharged dishonorably from the Army a soldier who committed sodomy (homosexual acts).

The Peter is Having One of His Delusions

“Unlike most straw men, LaBarbera is a self-manufactured convenience.”
He hangs upside-down and produces disproportionately massive amounts of crap.
Hate Group Leader Peter LaBarbera (Americans for Truth About Homosexuality) has sent out an email titled: Rally Against Obergefell and (Fake) "Gay Marriage," Wed., June 26 at Supreme Court -- Anniversary of Immoral Ruling. I suppose that LaBarbera will find a few fellow crazies to fart out their discontent over something that doesn't affect them in any way whatsoever.

What is the point? What does he hope to accomplish? The justices of the Supreme Court are not interested and no one recognizes Peter LaBarbera as the arbiter of morality in America. Presumably Peter has better things to do. He can start by getting his books and records in order. Perhaps the IRS will once again grant his little org tax-exempt status which was revoked over four years ago. But I digress.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

New England has its share of crazy bigots

Steve Pauwels
Steve Pauwels is another know-it-all Christianist blowhard and bigot
via Twitter
I like to think of New England as Bernie Sanders territory. A place where people are not overly concerned with the sexuality of others.

Steve Pauwels is pastor of Church of the King in Londonderry, New Hampshire. Church of the King seems to be located in a strip mall in close proximity to Crazy Noodle. How appropriate. Anyway, Mr. Pauwels doesn't like LGBT people very much and he is not content to simply accept the premise that his version of Christianity does not approve of gay sex or transgender folks.
Pauwels' real problem is that most people are not as bigoted and hateful as he is:
Exactly when did our intrepid conservative leaders deem it impermissible to make the moral argument against official approval of homosexuality? The date, the year at least, when our “on-the-Right” stalwarts junked any reference to the disorder of a “gay” lifestyle? That there is something decidedly and intrinsically “wrong” with same-sex activity?

Indiana ignoramus sues

John Kluge
Former music teacher John Kluge (right) with unnamed attorney in June, 2018. Kluge claims that transgender accommodations amount to religious discrimination.
via NBC News
A former music teacher has sued his school district (below the fold) for religious discrimination. Apparently, requiring proper forms of address for transgender students is abhorrent to a religious conservative. About a year ago I wrote about John Kluge and Brownsburg High School in Brownsburg, Indiana. (At the time the soon-to-be-dead cat seemed funny.) Kluge claimed that he had a religious duty to deadname transgender students.

Not being able to abide by school policy to treat gender diverse students with kindness, Kluge resigned under pressure. Kluge then unresigned. The school district, having accepted the resignation, did not agree to retain Mr. Kluge. Kluge claimed religious discrimination.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Don't believe the VidAngel BS - Not for a second

VidAngel Logo
Sanctimonious Christians are self-righteous moralists except when it comes to cheating others in business. Then, anything goes. As some of you may know the video streaming company, VidAngel is on the wrong side of a $62 million judgment levied against them on June 17. VidAngel, which has been popular with conservative Christians, streams movies with user-configured filtering. A subscriber could zap the gay stuff or profanity or apply any of a number of filters.

Christendom would like people to believe that major studies sued VidAngel for filtering their movies. A headline at the increasingly preposterous Federalist reads: Hollywood Punishes VidAngel For Cleaning Up Their Smut. Over at CBN they got the headline right but the text includes: “The judge ruled the company violated the studios' copyrights by streaming filtered versions of their movies.”
The filtering was irrelevant to the verdict.

What's it to you?

“Burning heretics at the stake is passé. It hasn't been fashionable for a few hundred years.”
via mastercard.us
Tuesday, at the hate-site LifeSiteNews, Calvin Freiburger writes: MasterCard to let gender-confused customers pick their names on credit cards. Freiburger is not excessively critical of MasterCard but it is clear that neither he nor his employer approve. Why is this any of his business?

Oh, I see. The Vatican pretends that transgender people do not exist. Freiburger and LifeSite are obliged to follow suit. The Pope, an amature psychiatrist, has been claiming since the start of his papacy that gender variances put the Church in peril. Pope Francis is a theologian and catechist, not a scientists. Fortunately, most Catholics in the United States are supportive of LGBT people.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Defending a Lie With More Lies Has Become Essential Doctrine

“In the end, a whole lot of self-righteous, sanctimonious people are telling a whole lot of fibs.”
Fire and brimstone
via Seattle Mennonite Church
Tuesday, fundamentalist Christians are outraged over a non-binding California Assembly resolution calling upon clergy not to promote conversion therapy. In short strokes, it does not work and it is potentially harmful

On June 4, California Assembly Member Evan Low introduced Assembly Concurrent Resolution 99. It is a nonbinding statement of support for the LGBTQ community through a carefully worded denunciation of conversion therapy. On June 14 the matter was discussed in the Assembly Judiciary Committee. Staff prepared a synopsis which reads, in part (emphasis added):

Monday, June 17, 2019

A dominionist shares his expertise on human sexuality

Lee Duigon
Lee Duigon. Oddly enough this crackpot has written several children's books.
via Amazon.com
Lee Duigon is affiliated with the Chalcedon Foundation and anti-LGBT hate group and a leader in Christian Dominionism. Monday, Duigon writes: Stop This Wicked Transgenderism.
Our culture has gone “transgender”-mad. Not that there’s any such thing as “transgender.” There are only profoundly disturbed people, and liars who encourage them, who say they’re “transgender.” I have to put quotes around it because it isn’t real.
Mr. Duigon is a few circuits shy of proper punctuation, grammar and knowledge of transgender people. In case he finds himself reading this I have a responsibility to at least attempt to educate Lee Duigon.

Dear Tim: If you use a term then know what the hell it means

Donate a few bucks and an anti-gay DVD can be yours to enjoy.
Tim Wildmon
The intellectually challenged Tim Wildmon has some hate for sale.
via YouTube
Monday, I have a new missive from Tim Wildmon, president of the hate group, American Family Association. It is titled: Cultural Marxists don't want truth to prevail. Uh-huh. Tim is not exactly an intellectual powerhouse. Tim's sons, Walker Wildmon and Wesley Wildmon are 2-watt bulbs. They are AFA's future. I digress.

Cultural Marxism is, by definition, an irrational political movement based on falsehoods promoted as real truth. Which of the following is more likely to be representative of cultural Marxism? Or does Tim think that it has a universal meaning for anything that he does not like?
  • The quest for LGBTQ equality is based upon evidence-based scientific fact that our sexuality is not a choice or;
  • Evangelical Christian bigotry towards LGBTQ people is faith-based belief comprised of a combination of Bronze Age texts of dubious provenance and mysticism.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Were FRC's Peter Sprigg Ever Factually Accurate About Trans People it Would Be By Accident

Friday, Peter Sprigg writes: Trans Activists: We’re Normal, But You Must Pay To Fix Us. Peter Sprigg works for Family Research Council, an anti-LGBT hate group. Sprigg promotes anti-LGBT bigotry because he is a religious fanatic (he is an ordained Baptist minister) and because doing so is a condition of employment. According to Sprigg:
Transgender advocates are manipulating medical definitions to get a diagnosis without the ‘stigma’ of having a ‘mental disorder.’
Sprigg indulges in bullshit because he gets away with doing so all too frequently. In this case the BS begins with “Trans Activists” and “Transgender advocates.” These are abstractions. There are numerous sources of transgender advocacy. There is the World Professional Association of Transgender Health for example. Jennifer Finney Boylan, a transgender woman, is a regular columnist for the New York Times. There is also the Human Rights Campaign and these are just for starters.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Uh oh, We Are Indoctrinating Children - Again

Pat Robertson
Pat Robertson is the old schmuck and Trump adorer who is president of CBN.
via the Advocate
Thursday's headline from CBN News reads: Cartoon Network Tells Children to 'Stand Proud' While Promoting LGBT Pride Month. What follows is predictable.
The Cartoon Network, which is very popular amongst children, is encouraging their viewers to celebrate Pride month alongside them in honor of LGBTQ+ fans during the month of June.

In a tweet to their followers, the network expressed “Happy Pride” to all of their LGBTQ+ fans, while encouraging them to “stand proud all year long!”

The picture tweeted alongside the message showed the “Powerpuff Girls,” and included the hashtags “#powerpuffyourself,” “#pridemonth” and “#powerfuffgirls.”

The Holier-Than-Thou Crowd and Tax Obligations

AFA Action
The banner at AFA Action's website which is separate from American Family Association.
AFA Action is American Family Association's 501(c)4. It can engage in political activities but donations are not tax deductible. Regardless of the deductibility of donations, we all subsidize AFA Action. If it has revenues in excess of expenses, the surplus is not taxed enabling it to accrue assets that can be used to persecute LGBTQ people (AFA is an anti-LGBT hate group).

Please bear with me. The Internal Revenue Service last updated the source for my nonprofit database (the Business Master File or BMF) on June 10, 2019. As of that date, the most recent tax return for AFA Action was filed for calendar year 2015 which means that it has not filed for two years in a row (2016 and 2017). Indeed, 2015 is the most current return that Guidestar can provide and it is not marked as a final return which is obvious since it remains in the BMF.