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

AFA claims that we all pose a danger to children

The real peril, is that people will be less receptive to American Family Association's promotion of LGBTQ hate.
A Drag Queen Story Hour event had a very large turnout in Juneau, Alaska.
Image: Ktoo
Drag Queen Story Hour has become a proxy for attacking the entire LGBTQ community. Wednesday's headline from American Family Association (an anti-LGBT hate group) screams: Decadent behavior: Drag queens and public libraries. Supporters of AFA (and a few non-supporters) were notified of the existence of this tirade by an emailed “Action Alert.”
Be afraid:
Ensure that your family and friends are aware of the danger

More and more often, our nation is becoming awash with "Drag Queen Story Hours" at local public and school libraries. These, as you might guess, involve men dressed up as garishly adorned women who read LGBTQ-themed books to young children under the guise of performing a public service.

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.