Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Michael Brown should follow his own advice

Dr. Michael Brown
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Michael Brown has yet another anti-LGBT screed. This jeremiad is titled: The Self-Destruction of LGBT Activism. According to Brown:
Sometimes, in a debate or a court of law, the best way to let your opponent lose is simply to let him (or her) continue to speak. Soon enough, they sink their own ship. It's the same with LGBT activism. The more "victories" it gains, the more it exposes (and destroys) itself.
The way in which we allow others to speak is to shut the hell up. Michael Brown is both a flamethrower and a consistent source of fuel for those of us who follow the religious right. Brown is utterly obsessed with LGBT people. Often that is a measure of someone's insecurities.

Another amicus brief - another anti-science crackpot physician

Dr. Miriam Grossman
The rabidly anti-LGBT Dr. Miriam Grossman is an adolescent and child psychiatrist in Los Angeles.
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Dr. Miriam Grossman of Los Angeles emerges as a relatively new name in transphobic, intellectually dishonest rhetoric. (This is the first time she has come to my attention.) Grossman has signed onto an amicus brief in Drew Adams v. School Board of St. Johns County, Florida generated by the hate group Alliance Defending Freedom.

This case is before the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. Drew Adams is a transgender boy. In July, 2018 a federal district court ruled that Drew must be permitted to use the boys' restroom at school. Since then I doubt that anyone has died. The sky has not fallen and Earth is still spinning on its axis.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Known Christian grifter has not filed a tax return since 2012 and is still tax-exempt

And, some mind numbing statistics on IRS compliance.
Ken Gaub
Via Ken Gaub Ministries
Kenneth Gaub of Yakima, WA claims that he has raised a baby from the dead and healed crippled people. He also has the chutzpah to claim that he has received telephone calls intended for him from payphones as he walked by. (Has anyone seen a payphone lately?) But his background is even murkier.

Ken Gaub had two sons; Dan and Nathan. Dan took his own life in 2012, allegedly to avoid prosecution for a Ponzi scheme that netted about $40 million from hundreds of victims. It is alleged that Ken Gaub was the recipient of assets from Dan's scam including large sums of cash and numerous luxury vehicles. It has been reported that Nathan Gaub is still scamming people with a phony commodities trading program. The Gaub family has denied those accusations.

AFA survey reveals much about its constituency and its immorality

“Support for Trump has become transactional insanity. People are willing to discard their fundamental moral beliefs.”
Immigration graphic via IVN
American Family Association — an anti-LGBT hate group — did some sort of “survey” regarding immigration. According to AFA they had 34,514. They also claim:
In the first three and a half hours the survey was live, over 18,000 responded. By the time the survey closed, some important findings were uncovered.
I have no idea what “live” means in this context. Nor do I know how the other 16,000 respondents answered the questions. Nevertheless:

Monday, January 14, 2019

Heritage staffer compares trans people to people who think they are animals

Ken McIntyre has a pretentious academic title at Heritage Foundation. He is also the senior editor of the organization's blog, Daily Signal. Monday, McIntyre is airing emails or letters that Heritage supposedly received about the woes of Peter Vlaming, a Virginia teacher who was dismissed for refusing to conform to school district policy.

Vlaming was an effective and popular teacher. Unfortunately he is enslaved by Christian belief which he felt required him to misgender a transgender student. Vlaming was subjected to progressive discipline due process and refused to agree to obey school district policies. Eventually the school board terminated Vlaming with a unanimous 5-0 vote. What Vlaming wanted amounted to Christian Privilege. He wanted a special exception to established policy.

Hampered by religious belief, Glenn T. Stanton is hopelessly confused

Glenn T. Stanton attempts to merge fundamentalist religion with law and medical science. The result is predictable.
Glenn T. Stanton
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Glenn T. Stanton, a conservative Catholic and a Focus on the Family motormouth, has found a new way to ridicule LGBT people: NYC’s New Nonbinary Birth Certificates Are A Self-Contradictory, Harmful Mistake. According to Stanton:
Transgender activists imply that if something that merely exists in the mind can be put into a legal document that follows you for life, it becomes ‘real.’

Peter LaBarbera's dip in the racist pool - along with the requisite homophobia


Peter LaBarbera does not like this AT&T ad portraying gay parenting.

According to hate group leader Peter LaBarbera: AT&T ‘Just OK Is Not OK’ Babysitter Commercial Promotes Homosexual Parenting. This rhetorical theme, which includes claims like “[fill in the blank] promotes homosexuality,” has been around since  Anita Bryant's misadventures. It should dawn on Mr. LaBarbera that this meme does not work.

Chechnya: 40 detained 2 killed in gay purge

Ramzan Kadyrov
This charming fellow is Ramzan Kadyrov, the thug who is president of Chechnya. Kadyrov continues to deny that his country systematically detains, tortures and kills gay men.
Image via Caucasian Knot
President Donald Trump is unlikely to comment on human rights abuses in Chechnya, a federal republic of Russia. However activists claim that a new crackdown has caused at least two deaths and left dozens detained in the predominantly Muslim country.

You will recall that, in 2017 about 100 men were imprisoned and tortured resulting in some being killed. Authorities in Chechnya denied that it ever happened.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Mad Mat enraged - I, for one, stand by what I wrote

Mad Mat Staver
Mad Mat Staver
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Friday, Mad Mat Staver, leader of the hate group Liberty Counsel, is trying to clean up his act.

On Tuesday I noted that Staver was enraged that an anti-lynching bill included specific protections from lynching based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Apparently freedom from lynching based on sexuality is (what Staver called) a “special right.”

Adding bullshit to the bullshit Liberty Counsel released the following statement:

Walled in

The only certainty is that, in all things, Trump's only real interest is Trump.
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President Donald Trump is an unstable, erratic sociopath and a pathological liar which makes him impossible to figure out. I am not even sure that Trump understands Trump because he is so impulsive. Trump is also immune to details. He still has the understanding of a third-grader when it comes to how government works. Trump doesn't care that he doesn't know because he seems to think that he is smarter than everyone else. Why get mired in specifics, analysis and planning?

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Yet another ignoramus promoting transgender mythology

Via Wisconsin Group Insurance Board
My day began with Walt Heyer. Now I shift to Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Council. She is upset that the Wisconsin Group Insurance Board is covering some gender-affirming surgeries under Medicaid. According to an August, 27 2018 newsletter of Board approved actions:
To remove the exclusion of transgender services and benefits in Uniform Benefits, effective January 1, and defer to medical necessity of treatment as authorized by the health plan.

Walt Heyer penned a pointless work of fiction

Walt Heyer
Professional ex-trans crackpot Walt Heyer
Via YouTube
Crystal Woodall (formerly employed by Pat Robertson's CBN) has written: Transgender Regret: The Truth About Gender Reassignment Surgery. Do tell, o wise one.
As the transgender movement becomes all the rage in popular culture, those who once lived that lifestyle—and are now plagued with regret—are coming forward to share their stories.

Author Walt Heyer chronicles their various journeys in his new book, Trans Life Survivors.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Religious conservative gay men and their neuroses

Image via WikiHow
Tuesday, there is an interesting post at First Things (a conservative Catholic outlet) by Sebastian Alvarez, a conservative Catholic gay man. The title of the polemic is False Counsel at Fordham. The short circuit is that Jesuit priests and the faculty are telling this guy to live his life. Mr. Alvarez is so strangled by guilt and self-loathing that he is lashing out.

I find the whole thing sad and bewildering. After all, one can change their religious beliefs but changing sexual orientation is impossible.

Mad Mat Staver: "LGBT 'rights' sneakily added to anti-lynching bill"

Mad Mat Staver
Mad Mat Staver
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Hate group leader Mad Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel has been relatively quiet lately. It is very easy to make Mad Mat noisy again. The mere possibility that LGBT Americans might be subjected to less discrimination and oppression is enough to make the maniac rambunctious. The damned sky is falling.

S.3178 - Justice for Victims of Lynching Act of 2018 was introduced by Kamala Harris last June. On December 19 it passed the Senate by a voice vote. According to Charlie Butts at American Family Association:

Monday, January 7, 2019

Transgender is not a noun

If one desires to look like a religious blowhard, refer to a transgender person as “a transgender.” Indeed, only religious blowhards do so. Monday, Bill Bumpas writes at the blog of the hate group American Family Association: Jury says transgender has legal right to huddle with women. Bumpas (I swear they all do have porn names) follows with:
The leader of a sports ministry says it's troubling that a court ruling in Minnesota is allowing a biological male to play in a women's football league.

Another win for the ACLU in Louisiana

Katie Schwartzmann
Katie Schwartzmann,
Legal Director - ACLU of
Louisiana
In an out-of-court settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, the Lafayette library has — once again — agreed to allow the library to be used for Drag Queen Story Hour.

Meanwhile, there is still an open federal case in the Western District of Louisiana choreographed by Chris Sevier (who is disbarred) against the library. It is utterly frivolous and, frankly, insane. The last docket entry, from Friday, was: AMICI BRIEF Defending Reparative Therapy by Coalition of Doctors Defending Reparative Therapy. 

"Sexual brokenness" requires praying away the LGBTQ

David Kyle Foster
David Kyle Foster has produced a theatrical presentation. The script is designed to falsely portray LGBTQ people as diseased and broken.
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According to Steven Strang (owner of Charisma Media): Ex-Gay Man: Keys to Spirit-Empowered Deliverance From Sexual Brokenness. That supposedly ex-gay man is David Kyle Foster.

David Kyle Foster is entitled to call himself anything that suits him including “ex-gay.” Indeed, David Kyle Foster is a professional Christian ex-gay. What Foster does not seem to care about is the fact that he is promoting hate and ignorance.
Some background:

Friday, January 4, 2019

Trans Troop Ban: Appeals Court Ruling Has Limited Effect

Friday, The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturned a ruling by a federal judge in Washington, D.C., that blocked Trump's policy banning certain transgender people from serving in the military.

However, other federal courts (outside of DC) have issued rulings that apply nationally. The issue is now before the Supreme Court which must first decide whether or not it will hear the case. The case has been distributed for the January 11 conference which doesn't necessarily mean that it will be reviewed at that time (cases are often re-distributed).

That was fast - And Rich has been a busy boy

crackpot
Yesterday, I wrote about Rich Penkoski who is homophobic and transphobic to the point of insanity. That is not hyperbole. We have the evidence of his personality disorder.

I mentioned that, according to his LinkedIn profile, he was a contract recruiter for Mars Chocolate. That raised some concerns because Mars (which is a subsidiary of Wrigley) has an EEO policy that includes sexual orientation and gender identity. There is simply no way that Penkoski could comply.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Okay AFA - Drag queens are grooming kids to be what exactly?

Warriors for Christ
Via Rich Penkoski's WFC "Church"
According to American Family Association, an anti-LGBT hate group, Drag Queen Story Hour has a sinister purpose: ACLU fights for right to 'groom' our most innocent.
A pastor who helped defeat perversion says it's no secret anymore why homosexual men are going to court to demand the right to read to children.

Last December, family advocates in Louisiana convinced Lafayette leaders to shut down Drag Queen Story Hour, where drag queens read perversion-affirming stories to young children.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

If Linda Harvey had even average intelligence ...

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Hate group leader Linda Harvey (Mission America) displays her usual lack of curiosity. Conservative Christians create many of their problems themselves. Their misadventures are often the result of a staggering lack of intellectual curiosity. Wednesday, Harvey, a rabid anti-LGBT bigot, writes: Here are the top 10 times liberals endorsed child abuse in 2018, and they’re horrifying.

It is the first item in her list which demonstrates my point perfectly:

Upon further review ...

I looked more thoroughly into comments and zapped two individuals for extreme offensiveness. Disqus allows moderators to delete the last 30 days of comments which I have done. I promise to be more vigilant in the future.

Oh my - They are fighting back and Robert Gagnon has a new gig

Franklin Graham, a walking hate group, has two tracks: Being LGBTQ is profoundly evil and the schmuck to his right is a superbly moral man; an example for children everywhere.
Image: Christian Headlines
According to a Tyler O'Neil (whatever that is): Christians Are Mobilizing to Fight Back After Facebook Blocked Franklin Graham on Christmas. The last time I checked Facebook is a private company. As such, according to Republican core values, it is free to establish whatever Acceptable Use Policy it deems necessary.

I don't know. One post about my bar mitzvah on Stormfront and they banished me forever. But I digress.

AFA and Chai Feldblum, sexual deviant that she is

Tim Wildmon
Hate Group Leader Tim Wildmon - American Family Association
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The thought of having a lesbian continue to serve on the Equal Employment Opportunity Council is too much for American Family Association to bear. According to the hate group:
In December 2017, President Trump re-nominated Chai Feldlbum [sic] to serve as Commissioner of the EEOC. Feldblum is the same anti-religious liberty and pro-LGBT zealot whom President Barack Obama nominated in 2010. Her previous term ended July 1, 2018. It is time that President Trump withdraw Feldblums [sic] nomination and replace her with a Constitutional conservative who will protect the First Amendment.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Comment civility

I am loathe to ban someone from the comments section. I prefer not to because I because I value opposing points of view. I value opposing points of view because I have learned the most from people with whom I disagree. Nevertheless, I am close to terminating the access of some commenters.
Everyone is welcome here.
What I ask for is good judgment. Please keep in mind that every LGBTQ person has suffered, in some way, from discrimination and prejudice. Counterpoint in comments ordinarily comes from people who are defending a religious perspective and that's fine. I can be very hard on religion at times.