Monday, November 11, 2019

Hate group leader forgets that some people maintain a record of his bigotry

Tim Wildmon claims that the is not about transgender hate. The record demonstrates otherwise.
Tim Wildmon
Hate Group Leader Tim Wildmon is trying to claim that he and his group, American Family Association, are not transphobic.
via Jackson Free Press
American Family Association's campaign against Target Stores is a campaign against LGBTQ people. Specifically, they are suggesting that transgender women pose a threat to cisgender women.

Since that theme cannot be supported with evidence, AFA has drifted off to claiming (quite idiotically) that every pervert caught spying on women's changing areas has a connection to Target's policy of accommodating gender diverse customers and staff.

Amazingly, Tim Wildmon claims that this campaign has never been about transgender people, even though he refers to them as perverts. As you will see, the record demonstrates otherwise.

Friday, November 8, 2019

A "Poor Us!" from a Focus on the Family Affiliate

Friday, Brittany Jones of Family Policy Alliance (the political action arm of Focus on the Family) writes: He Believes Churches Should Lose Tax-Exempt Status—And He’s Not the Only One. Yes, Beto O’Rourke did say that and it was colossally stupid. As I wrote at the time, it was well intentioned but a bad idea to attempt to render a judgment on an entity's ideology and to apply that judgment to their tax status.

Come to think of it, O'Rourke's statement was pretty stupid.
  1. It has no chance of ever coming to pass. Advocating for the impossible is always a bad idea and;
  2. It provided an opportunity for a religious nut like Ms. Jones to claim to have been victimized without considering the reality that it will never happen.

Wisc GOPers allow legislature to consider 2 gun-safety measures ... for less than one minute

Wisconsin's Democratic Governor, Tony Evers, called the state legislature into special section in order to consider two gun safety measures: Universal background checks and a red flag law. The legislature is controlled by Republicans.

The governor can require the legislature to convene but he cannot require legislators to debate. So what did Republicans do? The gaveled the chamber into session and then promptly gaveled the chamber out of session. Problem solved.

Ex-Gay Madness at Witherspoon Institute's Pretentious Blog

What is so damned special about LGBTQ people that we attract so much unique intolerance?
Thursday's polemic at the blog of ultra-conservative-Catholic Witherspoon Institute's blog is titled: From Christians Who Formerly Identified as LGBTQ: A “Thank You” to Our Allies. This stunning display of inquisitiveness and critical thinking was authored by Jean C. Lloyd.

Jean C. Lloyd is a lesbian married to a gay man whom she met through the oddly named Courage Ministry. Lloyd is also a professional Catholic. Lloyd sports a PhD. In what discipline and from where are never disclosed. Suffice it to say that her advanced degree does not enhance her credibility. If it did we we know its source and subject. Even then, expressions of ignorance speak for themselves.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Hate Group Leader Lies About Proposed Adoption Rule

Tony Perkins
Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins
via Family Research Council
Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins of Family Research Council is a member of the self-righteous set. In spite of his sanctimony, Perkins has no problem promoting BS:
It’s hard enough to get the truth out on a level playing field — but in today’s news, it’s downright impossible. The Left has disinformation down to a science, especially when it comes to LGBT issues. That’s dangerous in any situation — but on the president’s new adoption rule, it could mean the difference between a child finding a home and growing up without any love at all.

Another Continuance in the Trial of 4 Men Accused of Hate Crime in Florida

Photo of hate crime defendants via Miami Beach PD
In a status conference on Thursday, the court hearing the case of four men accused of attacking a gay couple in the wake of the Miami Beach Pride festival in 2018 has postponed the case until January 21, 2020. This is the third continuance of this trial. The four defendants — Adonis Diaz, Juan Carlos Lopez, Luis Alonso Piovet, and Pablo Reinaldo Romo-Figueroa — have all pleaded “not guilty.”

On April 8, 2018 a gay couple used a public restroom in the park that serves as a buffer between Ocean Drive and the beach. Upon leaving the restroom, one of the accused screamed “faggot” in Spanish. The man was then beaten to the point of unconsciousness. The man's boyfriend intervened but the four men who allegedly committed the crime overpowered him.

A bystander attempted to break up the melee. He was punched repeatedly and ended up in the hospital.

Kentucky Supreme Court Reached the Correct Conclusion

As most of you probably know, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled in favor of a T-Shirt printer that refused an order for Pride shirts. Blaine Adamson, the proprietor of Hands on Originals, claimed that his religious beliefs prevented him for accepting the order. It's a specious argument. Adamson told the Kentucky Human Rights Commission:
Specifically, it’s the Lexington Pride Festival, the name and that it’s advocating pride in being gay and being homosexual and I can’t promote that message. It’s something that goes against my belief system.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Focus affiliate is dishonestly shilling for gender conversion therapy

Kansas City, MO is trying to protect children from the pseudoscience of conversion therapy.
Wednesday, according to Family Policy Alliance: KANSAS CITY: Stop the City from Pushing Kids to Change Gender. On its face the headline is preposterous. Banning juvenile conversion therapy doesn't cause children to “change gender.” Whoever wrote this BS doesn't understand gender.

The stupidity and dishonesty continues:
A Kansas City (MO) city council committee is about to consider an ordinance that would push many minors towards transgenderism. Your quick help is needed to stop it!

Ordinance 190902 is what is known as a “counseling ban.” It would censor professional counseling for children and teens who are struggling with their gender identity. But the ban would ONLY forbid counseling that is designed to help them identify with their birth sex.

Oral Argument in Adoption Case Today

The City of Philadelphia requires adoption and foster care agencies to abide by nondiscrimination ordinances protecting LGBTQ adoptive and foster parents.
image via City of Philadelphia
Wednesday, November 6, the U.S Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit is hearing oral argument in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. In this case, Catholic Social Services (CSS) sued the City of Philadelphia demanding that the city renew their contract for adoption and foster services. The city had refused because CSS discriminates against gay couples in defiance of a city ordinance.

CSS argued that they had a right to discriminate against otherwise qualified parents as a matter of religious freedom. On July 13, 2018 the Court rejected that argument and refused to issue a preliminary injunction against the city.

For some reason Brian Brown is defending conversion therapy

What does conversion therapy have to do with marriage?
Brian S. Brown
In an effort to attract donations to National Organization for Marriage, Brian S. Brown is complaining about bans on juvenile conversion therapy.
Wednesday's missive from Brian S. Brown (National Organization for Marriage) is titled: shutting us down. According to Mr. Brown, president of the rabidly anti-LGBTQ organization:
Leaders of the LGBT community have largely abandoned any attempt to rationalize or debate their agenda. Rather, they seek to impose it through intimidation and shaming, and the exercise of raw political power. They are determined to use this power to shut down organizations and groups that help people wishing to leave the LGBT lifestyle, and they want to shut down any attempt to oppose the imposition of their gender ideology.
You cannot “debate” evidence unless one has contrary evidence. Medical science is based on evidence. The evidence demonstrates that conversion therapy is ineffective and harmful. Christian conservatives routinely and dishonestly claim that being gay, bisexual or transgender is a “lifestyle.” They do so to dishonestly imply that being LGBTQ is a choice while, at the same time, appealing to stereotypes.

City of Tampa Appeals Conversion Therapy Ruling

On October 4, 2019, U.S. District Court Judge Judge William F. Jung struck down Tampa's ban on juvenile conversion therapy. Last Thursday, October 31, the City of Tampa filed a notice of appeal. Plaintiffs in this case are represented by Liberty Counsel, an anti-LGBTQ hate group.

Judge Jung's ruling in this case was based solely on preemption. According to the judge, the regulation of healthcare is the exclusive province of the state. The judge ruled explicitly that religious freedom and freedom of speech were irrelevant. This is an important case because it has the potential to affect other municipal bans throughout Florida.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Drat - Religious conservatives thwarted by evil YouTube

According to Heritage Foundation's blog: YouTube Won’t Let a Medical Doctor Say This Sentence. The author of this brilliant polemic is one Katrina Trinko:
“See, if you want to cut off a leg or an arm you’re mentally ill, but if you want to cut off healthy breasts or a penis, you’re transgender.”

Those are the words of Dr. Michelle Cretella, a pediatrician with many years’ experience and the executive director of the American Academy of Pediatricians, in a Daily Signal video published in 2017.

It’s a sentence YouTube will not allow the doctor to say about children and gender identity issues.

Drag Queen Story Hour continues as a proxy for anti-LGBTQ bigotry

Christopher W. Jay
Christopher W. Jay - Woburn, MA
via Cardinal Newman Society
The Cardinal Newman Society informs us:
Christopher W. Jay studied at a faithful Catholic college and gained valuable understanding of the human person and God’s design for sexuality, but he never thought that one day he’d be fighting against a “drag queen library hour” at a New Hampshire public library.
What Mr. Jay? You do not approve? Then do not attend a Drag Queen Story Hour Event. Problem solved. But fuck you if you think that you should have some control over parents who wish to take their children to an event.

Some parents appreciate the value in teaching children that being different is not bad. Some parents appreciate the value of interesting children in reading and using the resources if their library. Some parents see the connection between events like this and developing intellectually curious children.

James Dobson making mischief again

James Dobson
James Dobson, former president of Focus on the Family, does not like sex education in public schools. Dobson's disdain for sex-ed is just part of a much larger agenda. If Dobson had his way, public schools would be Christian madrassas teaching things like intelligent design, young earth theory, abortions cause cancer and a panoply of anti-LGBTQ prejudice worthy of Scott Lively.

Tuesday, the source of Dobson's irritable bowel disorder is the sex-ed curriculum adopted by the Austin, TX Independent School District.
Reports and draft curriculum reveal that children as young as 8 or 9 years of age will be exposed to attacks on the family and instructed to avoid "non-inclusive" language like "mother" and "father." Fifth-grade students will discuss sexual orientation and HIV, sixth-graders will be told that gender is a spectrum, and seventh- and eighth-graders will be taught how to use condoms. Other graphic details have emerged that are not appropriate to even describe.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Michael Brown claims that he is a scapegoat

via YouTube
Dr. Michael Brown asks rhetorically: Who's Keeping the LGBTQ Agenda in the Headlines? “I'll take crazy Christian crackpots for $100!”

Writing of himself in the third person like a voice from the gods:
Dr. Michael Brown is the author of the piece in question. Why does he insist on referring to himself in the third person?
Popular and widely read columnist, author and national radio host Dr. Michael Brown says he has been a scapegoat for keeping LGBTQ issues in the news, as he addresses them often in his writings.

But don't blame Brown, he says: Blame the Democratic presidential candidates who are pushing this agenda—and quite aggressively, at that.

Oh crap! "Why the Trump Impeachment Attempts Prove We Are in Perilous Times of the Last Days"

“I believe in the effectiveness of human sacrifice to appease the gods.”
“Proof” mind you. Evidence exists!

Who but the inordinately homophobic and transphobic Larry Tomczak is stupid enough to offer these words of wisdom? These people have been claiming that The End Is Near for 2,000 years. They remain undeterred by the fact that we are still around. Eventually — due to people like Trump — climate change, war, famine and other disasters will probably conspire to end our existence.

Christian Post asks the right question - Accepts the wrong answer

Saturday, according to Brandon Showalter at Christian Post: Puberty blockers yield 'the most insidious child sterilization programs ever devised,' doctors say. The post is nonsensical BS and the “doctors” are Defenders of the Faith™ who are trying to conform medical science to scripture.

Sunday, I posted a statement from the Pediatric Endocrine Society which is trying to combat some of the sophistry associating with the gender-affirming care model.

One of those sophists is Dr. Michael K. Laidlaw. Laidlaw practices endocrinology in Rocklin, CA but he is not board certified. Laidlaw has also created seemingly independent websites to dishonestly echo his anti-trans nonsense. One of those is the Kelsey Coalition.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Statement from the Pediatric Endocrine Society

As pediatricians and pediatric endocrinologists, we strongly oppose public discourse that misrepresents and contradicts evidence-based standard of care recommendations and risks the well-being of transgender youth and their families.
Caring for Transgender Youth
Graphic via Children's Hospital, Boston
October 29, 2019

Pediatric Endocrine Society Statement Against Public Discourse that Risks the Well-being of Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth and their Families.

Through this statement, we express our concern for the health risks and safety of transgender and gender diverse youth and their families, when public discourse delegitimizes their right to express their gender and to receive gender-affirming care. This is not only harmful to the mental and physical health of these youth, but opposes current standard of care recommendations.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the largest academic organization for pediatricians in the US, has released a Policy Statement supporting the approach to gender-affirming care: “Ensuring Comprehensive Care and Support for Transgender and Gender-Diverse Children and Adolescents”, consistent with the “Endocrine Treatment of Gender-Dysphoric/Gender-Incongruent Persons: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline”, co-sponsored by the Pediatric Endocrine Society, the US academic organization of pediatric endocrinologists , and also consistent with the Standards of Care from the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Cold, Calculated, Sanctimonious Dishonesty

Friday, one of LifeSiteNews' intellectually challenged propagandists, Madeleine Jacob, offers: ‘Cold, calculated, institutionalized child abuse’: Experts comment on gender ‘transitions’ for kids. It is a futile exercise in intellectual and factual dishonesty that attempts to conform medical science to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

The people who produce LifeSiteNews couldn't care less about the welfare of children. The outlet exists to defend the most far-right fringe teachings of the Catholic Church. To that end it provides a toxic mix of anti-LGBTQ vitriol, science denial, conspiracy theories and factually challenged polemics to an eager audience of adherents. LifeSiteNews says what the faithful want to hear. Some of that audience would volunteer to fly airplanes into buildings in defense of the faith.