Thursday, February 28, 2019

David Pickup: "They are coming for your puppies!"

David Pickup
via YouTube
David Pickup, a conversion “therapy” practitioner did some fear mongering the other day. I will get to that but first let's take a look at Mr. Pickup.

David Pickup continues to fight for his “right” to damage children. Mr. Pickup claims to be a psychotherapist. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist in California and he has an MA from somewhere. Pickup is currently pursuing a doctorate at a for-profit California “university.”

At his website, Pickup claims to offer “AUTHENTIC reparative therapy.” In addition to being on the board of Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity, formerly known as NARTH, Pickup is associated with the Reintegrative Therapy Association (RTA).

Hate group leader unloads on Walmart

Love is in the Aisle
Facebook
Tim Wildmon of American Family Association, has become a parody of a numbskull, anti-LGBT, uber-Christian, Bible Belt rube and hate group leader. Tim Wildmon inherited his job from his father, Don Wildmon. Don Wildmon is an anti-Semite and an anti-LGBT bigot. Based in Tupelo, Mississippi it's probably a safe bet that the Wildmon closets hold some white sheets with eye-hole cutouts.

Tim Wildmon is not exactly an intellectual rocketship. Late Wednesday, Wildmon was angry at Walmart and sent out an “ActionAlert” to supporters. Walmart's crime is an ad campaign, “Love is in the aisle: A dating show at Walmart.” One episode features Pat and Andy, two gay men on a blind date who meet at the store and shop together.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Witherspoon provides an outlet for five anonymous trans parents

Transgender Teen Nicole Maines
USA Network
Tuesday evening Witherspoon Institute's blog published: In Their Own Words: Parents of Kids Who Think They Are Trans Speak Out. Those parents are anonymous.

Witherspoon Institute is an ultra-conservative Catholic organization headed by an Opus Dei numerary, Luis Tellez. Witherspoon was co-founded by Tellez and Princeton professor Robert P. George. They were co-founders of National Organization for Marriage and the American Principles Project (and possibly other groups). Tellez is also president of Austin Institute founded in part by sociologist Mark Regnerus. Witherspoon was the primary source of funds for for Regnerus' gay parenting study (which did not seem to study gay parents). Witherspoon's blog is edited by religious extremist, Ryan T. Anderson.

Where is the religious conservative distress?

Something is missing from conservative Christian concern.
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Every day I read what seems like a massive amount of conservative religious content. I have aggregated hundreds of (RSS) news feeds and I receive a comparable amount of Google News alerts every day.

In reading through this morass every day I encounter a substantial amount of anti-LGBTQ content. Much of that text involves the feigned, dishonest concern for children. Christian hate groups like Liberty Counsel, Family Research Council, American Family Association and others use the imagery of “innocent” children as currency to denigrate LGBTQ people:

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Trans youth - The conspiracy edition

Jeremiah Keenan proves yet again that nothing is too idiotic for The Federalist. Keenan, a recent college graduate (apparently a mathematics major) has penned: Doctors Insist Canadian 14-Year-Old Needs No Parent Consent For Trans Hormone Injections.

In point of fact British Columbia law makes certain minors independent for the purpose of medical treatment. It is based on two factors:
  1. Does the minor fully appreciate the benefits, risks and consequences of a course of treatment and;
  2. Is the course of treatment, in the opinion of the minor's doctor or doctors, in his or her best medical interests.

So the hate group leader is fond of a lesbian?

Tony Perkins
YouTube/Fox News
Hate group leader Tony Perkins (Family Research Council) is a huge fan of Martina Navratilova. Who knew? Perkins' affection for Navratilova is not a result of her prior tennis prowess but because she is supposedly a victim of the dreaded LGBT Agenda™.

On Tuesday Perkins writes: Lesbian Tennis Star Removed From LGBT Charity for Saying Transgender Men Shouldn’t Play Women’s Sports. The piece was published to the blog of the Heritage Foundation.

Mr. Perkins is hopelessly confused. He is referring to transgender women. Some would say it is a deliberate form of denigration. Perkins writes:

Monday, February 25, 2019

Now they are trying to fool parents hoping that kids never transition

“Withholding puberty blockers with the hopes of preventing children from ever transitioning is fanciful child abuse…”
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In the sane world, Dr. Maura Priest is an assistant professor of philosophy at Arizona State University. At the American Journal of Bioethics Priest argues:
… transgender adolescents should have the legal right to access puberty-blocking treatment (PBT) without parental approval … Not only are transgender children harmed psychologically and physically via lack of access to PBT, but PBT is the established standard of care. … Moreover, transgender children without supportive parents cannot be helped without access to health care clinics and counseling to facilitate the transition. Hence there is an additional duty of the state to help facilitate sharing this information with vulnerable teens.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

I Must Congratulate Rich Penkoski!

Warriors for Christ
Warriors for Christ merchandise.
This hat screams “Hit me!”
Rich Penkoski is the insanely homophobic and transphobic person who is the leader of Warriors for Christ which is headquartered in West Virginia. Rich Penkoski can be very proud because now he is officially a hate group leader! That's right. The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated Warriors for Christ a hate group.

Penkoski is in good company. In my database Warriors for Christ indexes in just above Westboro Baptist Church.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Trump and Perkins playing games on global LGBT rights

Thursday evening Tony Perkins (Family Research Council) posts: Human Rights Are Human Rights. It is an obnoxious piece about the Trump administration's supposed initiative to decriminalize homosexuality which Trump claims he knows nothing about. Before I get into the Perkins's odious polemic, here is the chronology:
February 1
Richard Grenell, U.S. ambassador to Germany wrote a piece for Bild titled: The hanging of a gay man in Iran should be a wakeup call. Grenell is the only senior-level member of the Trump administration who is openly gay. Grenell wrote:

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Using the Pulse Massacre to Again Pimp Religious Pray-Away Babbler

Luis Javier Ruiz
Luis Javier Ruiz | Facebook
The Wednesday headline reads: Pulse Survivor, Ex-Gay Preaches Message of True Freedom in Christ. Aside from being nauseating, Luis Javier Ruiz is full of crap. He is trying to make a living as a preacher specializing in pray-away-the-gay. (Ruiz' father is a preacher.) The only person that Luis Javier Ruiz is helping is himself. There is simply no proof that anyone has ever prayed away the gay. There is, however, considerable evidence that no one really changes.

In May of 2018, Mad Mat Staver claimed that Ruiz was drowning out the Pulse massacre with alcohol. Ruiz, meanwhile, admitted that he is still gay:
I feel there still is temptation, and some days are tougher than others, but I feel free from it. I am not doing it on my own - I'm letting Christ guide me in that.

Would the Washington Post print the views of David Duke?

“Mr. Staver should not be welcome in any part of polite society that requires wearing clean underwear.”
Mat Staver
Hate Group Leader Mat Staver - Liberty Counsel
YouTube/Fox News
Thursday, the Washington Post runs with: Some anti-vaccination parents cite religious exemptions. Measles outbreaks could change that. Hate group leader Mat Staver is liberally quoted throughout. The piece is written by religion reporter Sarah Pulliam Bailey.

It is unlikely that the Washington Post would print the views of David Duke on most subjects. The reason is obvious. David Duke is not a responsible spokesperson for any issue. If the paper did quote David Duke it would be in the context of an article about racism or anti-Semitism. Why then does the Washington Post print the opinions of Mat Staver in matters unrelated to LGBT controversies?

Is the tax preparer not evidence that the Equality Act should be a national priority?

We don't serve your kind here!
Indiana is still not always welcoming to LGBT people
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In Indiana, Bailey and Samantha Brazzel went to Carter Tax Service in Russiaville to have their joint return filed. The owner, Nancy Fivecoate, turned them away, supposedly because of her religious beliefs. Ms. Fivecoate is only a watt or two away from being a dead bulb:

“The LGBT want respect for their beliefs, which I give them.” Fivecoate wrote in a statement to WTHR-TV of Indianapolis. “I did not say anything about their lifestyle. That is their choice. It is not my choice. Where is their respect for my beliefs?”

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Myths and Facts About Gay People

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Someone with the unfortunate name, Scott Schittl has penned: Only the truth can be pastoral: Why Catholic leaders must speak about dangers of homosexuality. I am for people being truthful about sexual orientation but that's not what Mr. Schittl has in mind. Does he believe that this kind of diatribe will cause there to be one less gay person in the world? Perhaps.
Apart from the numerous medical journals that have pointed out the dangers involved in homosexual acts, at certain times homosexual activist leaders have themselves admitted these dangers.

Creepy Republican Operative and Christian Nationalist

David Lane
American Renewal Project/Vimeo
Wednesday, David Lane writes: If America Is to Survive, Pastors Must Do This One Thing Over the Next 30 Years. David Lane is a fiercely anti-LGBT Christian nationalist. If Lane had his way the United States would look something like Iran. Lane's wet dream is for most of our government officials to be Christian pastors:
If America is to survive, pastors will have to take their civic responsibility over the coming 30 years to a whole new level, when they move from meetinghouse to marketplace as the ekklesia, as formulated by Christ Jesus in Mark 16:18.

A proposed new state law threatens local nondiscrimination ordinances in Florida

Municipal nondiscrimination protections are threatened by Florida House Bill 3.
If enacted a new law would make Florida less welcoming to LGBTQ people.
Flickr
With the exception of the Department of Agriculture the state of Florida provides no protections from discrimination for LGBTQ people. About 40% of Floridians live in a municipality with local laws prohibiting anti-LGBTQ discrimination.
All those local laws would be scrapped if a new measure passes.
The Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index averages 75 in Florida which is much higher than the national average of 51. In summary, Florida is like Mississippi or Alabama but many of our cities and counties are very progressive. Miami Beach, where I live, is one of the most LGBTQ-friendly cities in the United States.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

No Brian S. Brown - The Smollett matter does not depict discrimination against Christians

Brian S. Brown
Via C-SPAN
Sometimes Brian S. Brown's pleas for money for National Organization for Marriage cause a reaction on my part that I self-censor. Today is the exception:
Give me a fucking break!
Tuesday's money-beg is titled The Too-Familiar Case of Jussie Smollett:
For the past week, Americans have watched as the improbable claims of actor Jussie Smollett have unraveled. The mainstream media immediately latched onto Smollett's story that he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack. Smollett's claims were not checked or investigated by the media. Instead, they were instantly broadcast as true throughout the world because they fit nicely into one of the media's favorite narratives: that LGBT individuals face widespread intimidation, harassment and even violence and on a daily basis.
[…]

Obsessed with gay people

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I couldn't care less about how the Catholic Church governs itself. What does concern me is the fact that the Church actively promotes dishonest homophobia. Jim Russell is uniquely uncritical of Church teachings that do not align with factual realities. Tuesday, Russell is unraveled over gay priests. I am disinterested in the subject. It is the message (NY Times link and highlight added):
A Feb. 17 New York Times article sympathetic to "gay" Catholic priests is making the rounds in Catholic circles. But few if any Catholic pundits are addressing the fundamental reality here: Both God and Church have made it clear that the priesthood of Christ is not to be sullied by the disordered homosexual inclination.

Uh oh: "Are Alexa, Siri Setting the Stage for Antichrist's Worldwide Domination?"

Mark Blitz
Jew for Jesus Mark Blitz. Is he a fool or a grifter?
Image: YouTube
Some headlines leave me astonished: Are Alexa, Siri Setting the Stage for Antichrist's Worldwide Domination?
Uh, probably not.
For that matter I did not know that we were facing the risk of worldwide domination by the Antichrist.
For the past 2,000 years, people have anxiously tried to analyze who the Antichrist might be and when he might be revealed, says author and pastor Mark Biltz in advance of his soon-to-be-released book, Decoding the Antichrist and the End Times: What the Bible Says and What the Future Holds.

Monday, February 18, 2019

AFA is calling us pedophiles

“Am I comparing AFA to the Klu Klux Klan? Yes I am and I am not afraid to say so.”
Tim Wildmon
Hate Group Leader Tim Wildmon has no limits on how he will smear the LGBT community. There is no governor on his bigotry.
Image: YouTube
Monday, American Family Association sent an email to supporters titled: See who wants to 'groom' your children.

AFA is exploiting the common understanding of “grooming” which is how pedophiles make children less resistant. It is loaded language designed to provoke a negative reaction by conflating LGBT people with pedophiles. This is how bigots create bigots.
Be afraid (an attack on the entire LGBTQ community):
Ensure that your family and friends are aware of the danger

Sunday, February 17, 2019

What the 40% believe

Rush Limbaugh
YouTube/Fox News
The right seem convinced that they will not be fact-checked. The following is some of the mythology surrounding McCabe's book. My commentary follows.

Rush Limbaugh offered up his theory: Democrats went rogue under the Obama administration and investigated the political campaign of Donald Trump (using a Hillary Clinton funded dossier to get a FISA warrant) to cover up their own misdeeds and stay out of jail.

He said the “express purpose” of Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation was to create “a gigantic distraction.”

Milking donors: ADF's license plate controversy

Michael Farris
Hate group leader Michael Farris of Alliance Defending Freedom believes that his operation has God's approval.
Via YouTube
Alliance Defending Freedom, the Christianist law firm, is a hate group. If the Southern Poverty Law Center ceased operations tomorrow, ADF would still be a hate group. ADF attacks the SPLC ad hominem leaving a simple question unanswered: What does the SPLC have wrong about ADF? ADF should be thankful. Consider how much money they have probably raised off of the SPLC.

No matter how much ADF twists and turns they are guilty of promoting anti-LGBT inequality and hate. That's a fact.

Last December, for example, ADF was trying to undermine LGBT rights internationally and specifically at the United Nations. Shortly after that post they took down their highly offensive “I'm human, right?” website. But the hateful content did exist.

Friday, February 15, 2019

The California chapter of MassResistance is a crazy people magnet

“Did Ms. Lobatos not recognize that a few things were missing among the collection of misfits that comprise MassResistance?”
Shanda Lobatos
Shanda Lobatos has joined forces with the hate group MassResistance to persecute LGBT kids in Anaheim, CA.
Via YouTube
MassResistance, an anti-LGBT hate group has an odd post on their website titled: MassResistance parent derails big “transgender” push in California elementary school district. They are detailing something from 2017 in Anaheim, California that did not really occur. The post is without attribution but is probably the handiwork of Arthur Schaper (pronounced “shopper”).

Arthur Christopher Schaper, an anti-immigrant activist, formed the California chapter of MassResistance in 2016. Schaper, an apparently unemployed resident of Torrance, is so abrasive that the Republican Party revoked the charter of Beach Cities Republican Club, of which he is president. He has a reputation in California for disrupting public meetings.

Poor you Mark Creech - We have a record of your vile bigotry

Mark Creech
Via Longleaf Politics
Mark Creech is so wonderful that he is huggable. Mark Creech is the leader of North Carolina's Christian Action League. To deflect from accusations that Creech is irrationally intolerant of LGBTQ people he has written a self-serving diatribe: I Admit It. I Am a Hater. It is incoherent. I will document some of the many instances of Creech's bigotry. First, perhaps this best captures the intent of the current tirade:
Hate can sometimes be the flip-side of love. If one truly loves God passionately, he will also passionately hate what God hates. Hate in this form can be a powerful force for good.
Just one more quote:
If you criticize someone LGBTQ, then you hate that person and the entire LGBTQ community.

In Kansas it was Chris Sevier after all

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Zack Ford has an excellent piece on the vile proposed anti-LGBT legislation in Kansas. It makes no sense for me to expand on his good work. Adding some nuance is another matter.

When I heard about Kansas legislative blowhards talking about “parody marriage,” I knew immediately that Chris Sevier had done some convincing. The “marry-my-laptop” disbarred lawyer — “by reason of mental infirmity or illness” seems to be good at selling his anti-LGBT agenda.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Boca Raton and Palm Beach County Conversion "Therapy" Bans Survive Court Challenge

In a 60 page ruling late Wednesday, United States District Court Judge Robin L. Rosenberg denied an injunction requested by two reparative “therapy” practitioners crackpots; Robert W. Otto and Julie H. Hamilton. Had the judge granted the injunction it would have prohibited the City of Boca Raton and Palm Beach County from enforcing their bans on conversion “therapy” for minors.

Liberty Counsel, an anti-LGBT hate group represents the two plaintiffs in the matter.

Judge Rosenberg got right to the point:

Just How Crazy are Lawmakers in Tennessee?

Tennessee welcomes you - unless you are gay
God's self-elected representative in Tennessee is State Senator Mark Pody. Three years ago, then Rep. Pody championed the Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act which aimed to override the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges which nullified such bans. The measure died in committee. Pody has now re-filed the bill (SB-1282). State Rep. Jerry Sexton filed the companion bill (HB-1369).
Marriage - As introduced, enacts the "Tennessee Natural Marriage Defense Act," which states the policy of Tennessee to defend natural marriage between one man and one woman regardless of any court decision to the contrary. - Amends TCA Title 36.
The proposed measure even attempts to make it illegal to arrest county clerks who fail to comply with federal court orders. (Mazel tov.)

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Anti-discrimination protections are opposed with a toxic mix of arrogance and hypocrisy

Don Hinkle
Don Hinkle is an advocate for Christian privilege
Don Hinkle is the editor of Pathway, the organ of the Missouri Baptist Convention: Tuesday, Hinkle wrote: Pro-LGBTQ laws may pose problem for Mo. Baptists. Hinkle is referring to the distinct possibility that Missouri will adopt some form of anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people in the near future.

Hinkle asserts that Baptists require the right to discriminate against people they disapprove of (all neatly cloaked in scripture). Asking them to forfeit the opportunity to demonstrate their disapproval by refusing service is simply too much to expect. Oh, they will say that we are less than human “politely.” They might also refer us to another provider who might serve us.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

That's right - Parents who prevent kids from transitioning are guilty of child abuse

Margot Cleveland writes: LGBT Activists Teaching Judges To Yank Kids From Parents Who Won’t Transgender Them. The subtitle of this treatise is:
Documents obtained from Rhode Island Family Court must concern any person who questions whether it's a good idea to chemically and surgically mutilate children.
It is that time of day when I become exceptionally irritated by foolish attempts to conform science and law to religion. Ms. Cleveland, presumably a defender of the faith, has no clue what she is writing about. Transgender, by the way, is not a verb. It is an adjective and parents do not transition their children.

To Corrupt Kids, the Gay Mafia Undermines California's Education Standards

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Tuesday, a hate group expresses concern that the California Department of Education is revising the Health Education Curriculum Framework for California public schools.

American Family Association propagandist, Chris Woodward, writes about Orange County teacher, Brenda Lebsack. Ms. Lebsack is obsessed with an apparent LGBT conspiracy to corrupt California's public school children. Woodward forgot to mention that Brenda Lebsack is also co-pastor (with her husband, Mark Lebsack) of Plaza Bible Church in Anaheim.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Another Crass Witherspoon Institute Blog Post

Rachel Lu
 Via Twitter
Rachel Lu has a post on Witherspoon Institute's pseudo-intellectual blog that caught my eye. It is titled: Pagans vs. Christians in the Modern World which is essentially a book review. As Ms. Lu explains:
Why are progressives so intent on winning control of the public square? In his new book, Steven Smith argues that they are motivated by the same battle that was waged in ancient Rome: Paganism vs. Christianity, immanence vs. transcendence.

The simplest LGBT protections bring out the bigots

“You would think that we were requiring Nicole Hudgens to have wild lesbian sex under a desk at city hall.”
Nicole Hudgens
February, 2017 image via YouTube
Last Tuesday evening the city of Carrollton, Texas passed an anti-discrimination ordinance to protect LGBT city workers and contractors who do business with the city. The measure passed the city council by a vote of 5-2. According to Councilman Glen Blanscet (presumably one of the “no” votes):
This is the same exact language that’s been used by the LGBT movement across the country not just for the protection of their rights, as it should be, but often as a weapon to bring those who have different beliefs into conformity.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

No wonder we are so damned stupid

Liz Cheney
Photo: The Hill
Sunday, I received an email from Liz Cheney — “Paid for by Cheney for Wyoming.” Ultimately it asks: “Will you join me now? Please make a donation to help take back the House in 2020!” That line is highlighted in yellow. No thank you Liz. Yet it is what comes before that that is truly troubling.

Liz Cheney is the House Republican Conference Chair which is the third-highest position in Republican House leadership. She is not some obscure back-bencher tilting at windmills.

The title of this missive is: You won't believe this. It begins with some remarkable assertions; smears if you prefer.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

I Must Be One of Those "Transgender Ideologues"

“…trans youth who make the social transition at a young age are doing remarkably well. They have depression rates comparable to their peers and only slightly elevated rates of anxiety. They also show very strong self-esteem.”
Dr. Kristina Olson, researcher and
founder of the TransYouth project.
Trans teen via Scientific American
At the Heritage Foundation's blog, Cathy Ruse (an employee of Family Research Council) writes:
Transgender ideologues have tremendous power in our culture, and they’re wielding it against the least powerful. If children and their families can survive the pill-pushing gender clinicians, they still have to face the virtue-signaling politicians and their speech bans.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Gone2Far organized by a rabid anti-Semite

Randy Short
Image: The Iran Project
I wrote about Gone2far on January 28, prior to their “press conference” at the National Press Club. Now that they have had their event, there have been very good pieces about it. One by Peter Montgomery at Right Wing Watch and another at Southern Poverty Law Center.

What we learn from their coverage is that coterie of anti-LGBT fruitcakes are involved with this group. These include Scott Lively, Peter LaBarbera and Brian Camenker; the latter two are hate group leaders. Camenker, by the way, is Jewish.

Those three have now associated themselves with a rabid anti-Semite. That individual is Randy Short. Randy Short is associated with the Iran Project which appears to be a state-sponsored campaign to smear Israel and to protest US sanctions. According to the Iran Project website:

Austin Institute is Having a phony "Sexuality Workshop"

Luis E. Tellez
Luis E. Tellez, an Opus Dei numerary, is also president of the Austin Institute.
Image via YouTube
On March 9 Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture (“AI”) is holding a “Sexuality and Gender Workshop” at the University of Texas at Austin. Everyone involved with Austin Institute is a conservative Christian.

Mark Regnerus (of the corrupt gay parenting study fame) is a senior fellow at AI. I believe that Regnerus was one of its founders. The president of AI is Louis E. Telez. Telez, an Opus Dei numerary, was a co-founder (with Robert George) of several organizations including Witherspoon Institute, National Organization for Marriage and the American Principles Project. There are probably others.

The latest from Brian S. Brown requires little more than one graphic

Brian S. Brown asks people to donate money to National Organization for Marriage. Brown claims that NOM will do something with those funds that NOM is incapable of doing (it never has). Here's the latest:

Brown does not like some questions that Senator Cory Booker asked federal appeals court nominee Neomi Rao. What does Brown suggest that NOM can do about it? It is comparable to me asking for money to stop (crazy) Louie Gohmert from being the bigoted anti-LGBT schmuck that he is. In the alternative I could request money to stop Steve King from being the malevolent racist maniac that he is.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

The Latest Anti-Trans Insanity From a Hate Group Lawyer

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The very existence of trans people drives religious conservatives crazy.
Tyson Langhofer writes: Psychological Research Explains Why Increasing Gender Choices Increases Our Misery. Apparently the existence of LGBT people increases Mr. Langhofer's misery. Tyson Langhofer, a product of Regent U. Law, is an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, an anti-LGBT hate group.

Not surprisingly, the title of Langhofer's polemic is misleading. First of all, it's not research but opinion. Langhofer is relying on a book written by Barry Schwartz some 15 years ago, The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less. According to Schwartz (I'm reading from the Amazon page), “choice overload can make you question the decisions you make before you even make them.” Schwartz might be right but it is irrelevant to transgender or gender nonconforming people.

Do We Really Need a "Catholic Charismatic Ex-Lesbian?"

“The obviously silly campaign is easy to deride. It might even be a source of amusement. However, if it damages just one child, that is one too many.”
Kimberly Zember
Kimberly Zember promoting pray-away-the-gay miracles at a so-called "Freedom March."
Via Facebook
Kimberly Zember is a faith healer, a promoter of pray-away-the-gay inanity. According to Jessilyn Lancaster the world needs to hear her message. No, it does not. Ms. Zember is no different than a slick huckster with a revival tent and an expensive suit.

Zember has been one of the leaders of those rather unsuccessful “Freedom Marches” which are being bankrolled anonymously. This enterprise has at least the patina of being harmless. If Jeffrey McCall and Kimberly Zember want to make fools of themselves, have at it. But is it really benign? Suppose, for example, the parent of an LGBT child were to believe the BS?

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Hate Groups Concur: Transgender Teachers are a Threat to Children

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Were this transgender woman a teacher — BFD?

According to American Family Association, an anti-LGBT hate group, Liberal school board stumbles over trans teacher scenario. AFA propagandist Bob Kellogg continues:
With a growing number of public school teachers claiming they are transgender, more and more districts are facing awkward and controversial questions over who deserves "rights" and who does not.
Really? How many transgender teachers are there? How many say three years ago. If there are more is it due to growing acceptance or an epidemic of gender dysphoria? Mr. Kellogg doesn't have any answers. I should program a hotkey to type out: Demonstrating disapproval of trans people will suffice.

Where did they find this guy?

Martin M. Barillas
Martin M. Barillas
Via LifeSiteNews
Martin M. Barillas writes: Disneyland to host first-ever official gay ‘pride’ event. The word pride in quotes means that Barillas is demonstrating religious disapproval. Religious disapproval is assumed in the following text:
“Magical Pride” will be Disney’s first-ever official pro-homosexual “pride” event and will take place in June in Paris, France.

“Live your best life and shine with the joy of diversity at Magical Pride, a dazzling party lighting up Disneyland Paris on 1st June 2019,” Paris’ Disney Land states on its website about the event.

Why must they repeat the same idiotic arguments?

Walter E. Williams
Walter E. Williams is just the latest religious conservative to pretend that gender does not exist.
Image: The Oakland Press
Walter E. Williams once won a Bradley Prize which is awarded by the far-right Bradley Foundation. Wednesday, at Heritage Foundation's blog, Williams offers his “unique” insight into transgender people. The result is an accumulation of logical fallacies — the inevitable result of trying to turn a religious objection into secular reasoning. It is all very unoriginal.
People ignoring gender as an independent construct has become profoundly boring:

Mark Regnerus at Five

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Five years have elapsed since Mark Regnerus made some of his wackiest predictions about the consequences of marriage equality.

We all know about Mark Regnerus' 2012 parenting study funded by Witherspoon Institute and the Bradley Foundation. It was timed to influence the Supreme Court's deliberations in United States v. Windsor. It didn't work and no one with any academic gravitas seems to be arguing that gays are crappy parents.

More recently — five years ago this month — Regnerus was even more uncivil in predicting the consequences of marriage equality. The link no longer works but I saved the text of a February, 2014 speech that Regnerus gave at Franciscan University (Jeremy Hooper found this gem). In retrospect regnerus was almost comical in his absurdity. I doubt that Mark Regnerus is amused by being held accountable for his past statements:

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

I suppose that there's money in this

“What I find most remarkable about this is that anyone is stupid enough to believe this drivel.”
Jeffrey McCall
In 2017, Jeffrey McCall, claiming to be ex-gay and ex-trans for good measure tried to make something out of a MAGA Revival.
Image via WATB
Call me a cynic but Jeffrey McCall doesn't look like he has a pot to piss in. Someone or some group is bankrolling his so-called freedom marches in spite of the fact that the two he has orchestrated have been dismal failures.

Brian S. Brown could run out of bad reasons to donate to NOM

Anti-trans rhetoric is just re-purposed anti-gay bombast.
Brian S. Brown offers absurd arguments to deflect the fact that his real antipathy for LGBT people stems from his religious choices.
Image via C-SPAN
The format for appeals for money from Brian S. Brown of National Organization for Marriage requires taking credit for a dubious accomplishment that NOM had nothing to do with. Then, if you send money to NOM, they will do more  of the same that they did not do in the first place. It reminds me of clapping hands to keep Tinkerbell alive. The only thing that the anti-LGBT group seems to do is to ask for money.

Tuesday's communique from Brown is a bit different while managing to be offensive: Prominent Lesbian and Gay Leaders Reject Transgender Ideology. Brown's middle initial should be “B” for bullshit because none of the people he is referring to are “prominent.” Nor are they “lesbian and gay leaders.” Obviously, being transgender is not an “ideology.” Fanatical, irrational, fundamentalist Catholicism? Now, that's an ideology.

Monday, February 4, 2019

No Jonathon Van Maren: A new CDC report says nothing about the population of trans kids

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Jonathon Van Maren lacks initiative and curiosity. If something says what he wants to hear he adopts it as truth. Case in point is this headline: New CDC report shows staggering increase in ‘trans’-identifying youth. Van Maren gets a partial pass because he relied on a story in the Washington Post. I have already contacted WaPo.
Every poll for five years has been showing that the number of teens (and even children) identifying as “transgender” is climbing astronomically, but this latest number – reported by the Washington Post yesterday – is still staggering when you consider the implications:

The Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act is Creeping Back for Creeps

The USCCB is trying to resuscitate a federal license-to-discriminate that died in committee in 2017.
Joseph E. Kurtz
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, who chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee for Religious Liberty, is lobbying Congress to permit discrimination with taxpayer funds.
Img: Catholic Sun
The Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act is a federal bill that would bar states and municipalities from requiring adoption agencies to comply with nondiscrimination laws even though they are doing the work of the state with taxpayers' dollars. It is targeted at permitting LGBT inequity in the name of religion. As you might imagine the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is promoting this license to discriminate.

It is children who suffer as a result of this prejudice. Gay couples, for example, provide a disproportionately large supply of adoptive and foster parents. There are, on average, about 450,000 kids in foster care. About 100,000 of those children are eligible for adoption. There is a real need for adoptive parents.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Hate group leader pushing anti-trans BS again

Tony Perkins of Family Research Council is a hate group leader. Tony Perkins is also full of crap. Whether he is a cynic or a true believer is immaterial. Perkins is promoting hogwash to advance a religious agenda; one that seems to be based on greed and vanity. Sunday's topic is Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria or ROGD.

Perkins writes: Peer Pressure Gender Perils:
Parents used to worry about “peer pressure” encouraging their kids to experiment with alcohol or drugs, or to have sex. Now, they have to worry that it may encourage their kids (especially daughters) to change sex altogether.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Austin Ruse lacks a fundamental understanding of trans kids

Austin Ruse has a new piece regarding the anti-trans, supposedly radical feminists, who joined Ryan T. Anderson for a little chat about how trans women were stealing something from women. Enough has been written by others about this event that there is no reason for me to chime in with one exception:

Prominent among the discussion were two (at least two) people affiliated with WoLF, Women's Liberation Front. This is an organization with a fancy website but no physical presence (it has a mail drop). Revenues are less than $50,000/year and its IRS ruling was only one year ago in February, 2018. I am not sure that WoLF is anything more than a front.

Fear Mongering Friday - The LGBT Agenda

Francis Chan
Francis Chan
Image: Premier Christianity
A prominent Baptist pastor is claiming that the “LGBT agenda” poses a financial threat to churches. According to author and preacher Francis Chan in an interview with Premier Christianity (apparently promoting a book):
All it takes is one law that changes the tax breaks that we get and so many churches, the Bible colleges, would all have to shut their doors. And when you look at the LGBT agenda, and whatever else is going on in the government, you just think: “How can I continue with this system that is so dependent on so much money and so many breaks from the government?” That can’t be the future. Too much has changed. I don’t know whether it’s going to get to the point of persecution. It certainly seems like it’s headed in that direction.