Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Uh, No - Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity are Not Controversial Subjects

Iowa, mental health professional Lorilei Baker suggested to WHO-TV that the bill “assumes children can turn gay by suggestion.”
I like to think that Iowans are pretty good at common sense
It's an established fact. We all have them. Each and every human being has a sexual orientation and a gender identity. Most of the animal kingdom too, I suspect. My neighbor's male dog humps my leg but, … I do digress.

It is also a fact that some people are gay and some people are transgender. Not many but some.

It is also a fact that ignorance breeds prejudice. Pete Buttigieg, for example, is a very smart fellow with credentials to match including graduating magna cum laude from Harvard and being a Rhodes Scholar. He also served his country as a Naval Intelligence officer in Afghanistan.

Unfortunately, some people cannot see anything other than Mr. Buttigieg's sexual orientation as a gay man. That is the very essence of prejudice.

Industry Association Fraud

“Once you accept the scientific fact that sexual orientation and gender identity are neither choices nor the result of parenting, the conversion therapy industry is an obviously fraudulent enterprise.”
Restored Hope Network
Enablers of the Scam
via Restored Hope Network
The conversion therapy industry association, Restored Hope Network, has sent out its email "invitation" for a conference in June. I'll be sure to mark my calendar.

According to the email invite, presumably the work of Anne Paulk:
HOPE2020 features Sean McDowell speaking on the apologetics Worldview Behind Transgenderism and Case for Marriage. Joe Dallas will present with his wife, Renee, on topics for families, spouses and LGBT strugglers. Linda Seiler will present on why some have greater success in leaving LGBT lives from her original doctoral research.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Katy Faust and a Lackey "Explain" the Commonality of Marriage Equality and Polygamy

Katy Faust
Same tune, different lyrics from Katy Faust
via YouTube
Katy Faust and someone named Stacy Manning are trying to discredit same-sex marriage by comparing it to polygamy.That is why these two have authored Push To Legalize Polygamy Uses Same Arguments As Push For Same-Sex Marriage.

For the record I have no opinion on plural marriage because I have not studied plural marriage. I have no clue whether plural marriage is beneficial or detrimental to child development. That is an important consideration. Nor, for that matter have I seen any research on the matter.

Polygamy is illegal in all 50 states as well as federally due to the Edmunds Act which was signed into law in 1882. If there is a “push” as Faust and Manning contend it has little chance of being successful and doesn't seem to be well organized or terribly robust. As I said Faust and Manning are focused on marriage equality and have little interest in polygamy.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

The Transphobia is Less Important Than the Dishonest Twisting of Facts

How to ferment a toxic brew of transphobia through intellectual dishonesty, confirmation bias, selective observation and a thorough disrespect of science.
Donald DeMarco
Donald DeMarco is an educated man who is highly susceptible to confirmation bias and selective observation.
via Celebrate Life Magazine
According to Donald DeMarco, he is an adjunct professor at Holy Apostles College and Seminary. He is a professor emeritus at St. Jerome's University in Ontario.

The websites of those institutions do not confirm those claims. However, we can safely assume that Mr. DeMarco is an ultra-conservative Catholic.

I have no problem with Mr. DeMarco's religious beliefs. He is free to believe in the sanctity of cottage cheese for all I care. He is also free to pretend, in defiance of medical science, that transgender people do not exist. Trans people probably couldn't care less. They are not seeking anyone's approval.

DeMarco's use of intellectually dishonest arguments and twisted facts to smear and attempt to marginalize LGBTQ people in order to support Church teachings is exceedingly objectionable.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Insanely Homophobic Preacher Makes Some Noise for the Sake of Noise

Beert Farias
Bert Farias
via YouTube
I am going to feed Bert Farias' personality disorder and pay some attention to him. For all the noise that he makes, his Holy Fire Ministries in Windham, NH had 2018 revenues of only $112,351. He sells some books too. At least he tries to.

Farias made some irrational noise on Friday with Gay Activism: The Death Rattle of a Nation. Farias is especially fond of appealing to stereotype which is odd given that he is a stereotypical unhinged Christian whack job.

Farias reminds me of some nut outside the Port Authority bus terminal in Manhattan with a sign and a bullhorn — “The End is Near.” According to Mr. Farias:
In the name of progressivism we now have a male presidential candidate who has a husband whom he publicly introduces and even kisses without shame, while millions of Americans applaud and approve. And perhaps worse yet is that the shock effect has been so reduced that the rest of us are numb and desensitized to this most shameful and abominable behavior. And that's all it is: behavior.

Let Them Compete!

“…the simple fact is that everyone should have the opportunity to compete in high school athletics.”
Generic girls track photo not including any subjects of this post
courtesy of Burlington Free Press
The headline at Fox News reads: “Conn. high school girls file lawsuit arguing that allowing transgender athletes to compete is sex discrimination.”. The case is captioned: Soule v. Connecticut Association of Schools, Inc. This is just the latest demonstration of transphobia.

The three girls; Selina Soule, Chelsea Mitchell and Alanna Smith; are represented by a local attorney (Howard M. Wood, III) but the real driver is Alliance Defending Freedom, an anti-LGBTQ hate group. According to the complaint filed Wednesday:
Unfortunately for Plaintiffs and other girls in Connecticut, those dreams and goals—those opportunities for participation, recruitment, and scholarships—are now being directly and negatively impacted by a new policy that is permitting boys who are male in every biological respect to compete in girls’ athletic competitions if they claim a female gender identity.
That is factually incorrect and also misleading. Transgender girls at that age are likely taking cross-sex hormones which greatly reduce testosterone production. These are not boys who wake up one morning and decide “today I will be a girl.”

The complaint is also misleading because it is not about boys who “claim to have a female gender identity.” These are transgender girls who have been diagnosed with acute gender dysphoria.

Anti-Gay Religious Crackpot Causes Turmoil at VA House of Delegates

Robert M. Grant Jr.
“Dr. Bob and Rev. Marsha Grant would like to extend a very friendly and sincere welcome.” Circa 2014, Father's Way Church.
Democrats walked off the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday. A local pastor was invited to offer the opening prayer. Instead, Rev. Dr. Robert M. Grant Jr. of The Father's Way Church delivered a strident sermon condemning abortion and same-sex marriage. Grant said that God would bring his “wrath” against those who don’t follow biblical principles.

At least one Republican complained as well. Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn had had enough and ended the diatribe with the bang of her gavel, going immediately into the Pledge of Allegiance. Of course some of the GOPers accused the speaker of being disrespectful.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Last Dipshit of the Day (Thursday)

Mark Miloscia
Ousted Washington state senator, ultra-conservative Catholic and all-around douchebag Mark Miloscia.
via KOMO News
Dipshit honors go to Mark Miloscia, executive director of the anti-LGBTQ Family Policy Institute of Washington. Miloscia writes:
Gender Dysphoria was, for years, seen by psychological professionals as a treatable mental health disorder. And for years, individuals suffering from it found relief from their illness. During that time, researchers indicated that 97 percent of children who were suffering from gender dysphoria grew up to accept their biological sex as reality.

That is, until radical leftist and pagan activists moved to disassociate gender dysphoria from psychologists’ lists of mental illnesses, promoting propaganda that aimed to have the public believe the disorder was actually a naturally-occurring condition, rather than an illness.

Lying 101: There Should at Least Be Some Possibility That it is True

“Due to their many fabrications, both of these men have badly singed testicles. Those pants just keep going up in flames.”
Brian S. Brown
The holier-than-thou crowd has little trouble telling outright lies. Furthermore, they are wed to the proposition that everyone is too stupid to notice.

According to Brian S. Brown, on behalf of International Organization for the Family, an anti-LGBTQ hate group (emphasis added):
A new bill in Washington State has parents and family advocates very concerned.

HB 2184 would establish compulsory, statewide "comprehensive sexual health education." Among other things, children would be taught absurdities like to use the phrase "someone with a vulva" instead of the insensitive and discriminatory terms "girl" and "woman"!

File your damned tax returns Mr. Donohue

“How can people who … believe in evil spirits pass judgment on any other group of people?”
Bill Donohue
Aside from not meeting his obligations to file timely tax returns, Bill Donohue is an anti-LGBTQ bigot.
via YouTube
Blowhard Bill Donohue has pressing concerns other than his legal obligations as the CEO of a tax-exempt entity. As of February 10, 2020, Catholic League — EIN 237279981 — has not filed its calendar year 2018 form 990.

The last extension expired on October 15, 2019, about four months ago. We ALL subsidize nonprofit entities. The least they can do is to follow the law. For 2016, Catholic League filed no return. It's not optional Bill!

In 2017 Donohue received compensation of nearly $600,000. His VP, Bernadette Brady, received nearly $325,000. Not bad for an organization with total revenues of a mere $3.6 million.

Briefly: Dr. John Wells Logan

“Calling gender-affirmation ‘social experimentation’ reveals a layer of anti-LGBTQ bigotry”
John Wells Logan
via Charlotte Lozier Institute
Religious conservatives will soon introduce a bill in the Ohio House of Representatives that, if enacted, will criminalize the gender-affirming care model for transgender youth. That model is the clinical care policy of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is endorsed by the Pediatric Endocrine Society.

In the process of following up on developments I came across this in the Columbus Dispatch:

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Apparently I am Part of a Vast Conspiracy

image via Reader's Digest (of all places)
I suppose that I might be called an “LGBTQ activist.” We are out to mislead and generally ruin the lives of conservative Christians.

According to the not-terribly-swift Jonathon Van Maren:
LGBT activism generally has two steps. Step one has the activists angrily asking those who oppose their agenda how the proposed policy will impact their lives, with the emphatic assertion that it will not. The second step has these same activists, once they have successfully achieved their goal and demonized their opponents, informing us all precisely how their agenda will impact our lives. They assured us that redefining marriage, for example, would have no impact on religious liberty.

BREAKING: An important transgender win

Wednesday, US District Court Judge Susan J. Dlott, Southern District of Ohio, has dismissed Meriwether v. Hartop. You may recall that Nicholas K. Meriwether, a faculty member of Shawnee State University was disciplined by his employer for refusing to use gender-correct pronouns. Should Meriwether repeat this behavior he could be subject to revocation of his tenure and dismissal.

Meriwether did what was expected. He retained the services of Alliance Defending Freedom and sued his former employer with a litany of complaints. These included the requisite affront to Meriwether's religious freedom and his right to free speech.

$70 Million and Nothing To Show For It

NOM Nuts
From inception through 2018, the anti-LGBTQ National Organization for Marriage (including NOM-Ed) has burned through nearly $70 million. Brian S. Brown had a temporary victory with California Proposition 8 but that was nullified by the Supreme Court.

Some of that money has gone — I believe improperly — into the pockets of NOM insiders including Brown, Neil Corkery and John Eastman. NOM was created to oppose marriage equality. They lost. Same-sex marriage is a done deal.

I suspect that Mr. Brown is being compensated — off the books — by foreign sources, possibly Russian oligarchs. After all the tax returns do not show any money disbursed to Brown as salary (nor do those of his other gig at Howard Center). Brown has about a dozen children. Some of those are entering college. Someone, somewhere is paying Brian S. Brown. Add that to the $70 million tab.

Ohio hires a hate group leader as expert witness in trans civil rights lawsuit

Quentin Van Meter
Dr. Quentin Van Meter claims that there is no valid science to support the existence of transgender people.
via YouTube
The Ohio Department of Health has hired a proponent of conversion therapy to serve as an expert witness in a civil rights lawsuit. Four transgender individuals are suing the state because Ohio refused to change their birth certificates.

That promoter of conversion therapy is Quentin Van Meter, an Atlanta endocrinologist who is president of the American College of Pediatricians which is deemed an anti-LGBTQ hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The real peer organization is the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Disbarred Lawyer Chris Sevier Making Mischief Again

Legislation to prevent social media from sanctioning hateful content.

Chris Sevier
Chris Sevier has apparently moved on from trying to marry his laptop to controlling social media.
image via Bangor Daily News
American Family Association, an anti-LGBTQ hate group, has brought to my attention a new activity by Chris Sevier. Mark Christopher Sevier, you will recall, was permanently barred from practicing law in Tennessee:
I have my own mental health challenges. I try very hard not to impose my craziness on others. I do not always succeed but I make a conscious effort not to be a robust pain in the ass. But I digress.

Mr. Sevier has model legislation that he is trying to get passed in some 20 states. The new project is called Stop Social Media Censorship.

Will Bishop Paprocki Accept Responsibility for Dead Children?

The Eunuch's Guide to Pediatric Gender Dysphoria
Bishop Thomas Paprocki
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of Springfield, IL does not seem to have an advanced degree in medicine or behavioral health
Image via NPR
According to Catholic News Agency:
Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield in Illinois issued a pastoral guide last month regarding diocesan policies on gender identity, expounding on existing policy that schools and other diocesan institutions will recognize students and adults by the biological sex with which they were born.

In the guide, Paprocki noted the need to approach the issue with compassion and sensitivity, while also adhering to Church teaching and the truth.
I have consulted the guide to see just what passes for “compassion and sensitivity.” What is truthful according to the prelate?

Monday, February 10, 2020

The anti-trans South Dakota bill died in committee

I am cautiously optimistic that South Dakota HB1057 is dead. I am cautious because the source of that information is Brian S. Brown who is currently have a complete meltdown. He has emails coming from both of his anti-LGBTQ groups condemning senators on the Committee for Health and Human Services.

The bill would outlaw the gender-affirming care model recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Endocrine Society. It would make felons of doctors who conform to the recommendations of their professional peer group. Those doctors would become criminals subject to prison time.

The prime sponsor of this measure, Fred Deutsch, is a chiropractor. He should stick to crunching joints because he knows less than zero about pediatric gender dysphoria and how it is treated according to medical science.

Stupidity is Contagious

L-R State Representatives Ron Hood and Bill Dean. These warriors for the faith are proposing to outlaw the gender-affirming care model recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pediatric Endocrine Society.
Ohio based Citizens for Community Values (CCV) has scheduled a press conference to promote The Protect Vulnerable Children Act which does the exact opposite of its title. The media advisory is titled: PRESS CONFERENCE: Stop Sterilizing Children.
Parents Host Press Conference on Experimental Procedures on Children The Protect Vulnerable Children Act addresses hormone therapies and surgeries on children for the purpose of “gender transitioning”
This bill was introduced by two conservative Christian, Republican state representatives; Ron Hood and Bill Dean.

What a Surprise - CBN Disapproves of Starbucks' Acceptance of Gender Diversity

I think that Andrea Morris is one of CBN's newer village idiots. There is no shortage of ignorant bigotry at Pat Robertson's CBN. Morris has posted a tirade titled: Starbucks Promotes Transgender Agenda in #WhatsYourName Commercial. I assure you that the intent is not to promote Starbucks.

For starters, Ms. Morris does not approve of this tweet:

David Lane's Divide and Conquer Stupidity

The creepy Christian nationalist and Christian supremacist invents a war.
David Lane
According to David Lane: Two Religions Are Fighting for Control of America—Which Will Win? Lane, you may recall, is a creepy Christian nationalist, Christian supremacist and Republican operative. Lane is also extraordinarily dishonest.

As you probably guessed, the two religions Lane is referring to are Christianity and secularism.

Lane's secular “enemy” consists of those folks who believe that the United States of America should be governed in accordance with the Constitution; including the Establishment Clause within the First Amendment.

Many of those secular people are, in point of fact, devout Christians, Jews, Muslims and so on. We are a secular society and have been since our very founding.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins Continues His Campaign of Dishonesty

Tony Perkins
Who's he trying to fool? Tony Perkins is far more interested in literalist Christianity than the health and welfare of children.
Tony Perkins is the leader of Family Research Council, an anti-LGBTQ hate group. Thursday, Perkins has a commentary at Heritage Foundation's blog titled: Mom of Transgender Child Praises South Dakota Legislation. Let us be clear that Perkins disapproves of transgender people because he is a Christian literalist. The existence of transgender people conflicts with scripture.

The point is that Perkins doesn't give a rat's ass about what is best for children. His aim is to discredit gender diverse people regardless of the consequences. The South Dakota legislation is going to kill children. That is not hyperbole. Gender-affirming care is the recommendation of both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pediatric Endocrine Society.

The GOP's Standard Bearers

John McCain and Mitt Romney were the designated leaders of the Republican Party and nominees for president in 2008 and 2012 respectively.
I strongly suspect that John McCain would have joined Mitt Romney in voting to remove Donald Trump from office. That means, if I am correct, that the last two Republican candidates for president — the party's designated leaders — would have been in unison.

Peter Wehner (of EPPC) has a worthwhile read at The Atlantic titled The Downfall of the Republican Party. “To see men and women who had a positive vision beaten down and broken by Trump is a poignant thing.”

Petition Gets Kookier - Billy Porter Responds

“Overall, these irrational, demented people are criticizing a TV show they disapprove of by promoting bigotry, hate and misinformation.”
Hate group LifeSiteNews has acquired some 47,000 signatures of the faithful asking demanding that HBO cancel an episode of Sesame Street featuring Billy Porter. The petition is titled: PETITION: Parents demand 'Sesame Street' drop show with drag queen. Billy Porter is not a drag queen.

Behold the insanity:
Parents around the country are outraged by 'Sesame Street's' decision to push drag queens on children.

The long-running children’s program is one of the latest mainstream institutions to try to sexualize children using drag queens.

And, parents are fed up.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Teriffic Commercial Featuring LGBTQ Acceptance That You have Never Seen

Since November 1, 2019, Sprite (owned by Coca-Cola) has been airing this commercial in Argentina. It features a number of transgender people. The haunting background music is “You'll Never Walk Alone” which is from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel. I had an emotional reaction. The famous lyrics include:
Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone

Poor Brian - Now he is a half-assed political consultant?

Brian S. Brown
Brian S. Brown is reaching into the pockets of prospective donors again on behalf of National Organization for Marriage. The pretext this time is that NOM has some sway over voters in 2020:
If the Democrats gain control of the White House or Congress (or both), the push to implement the whole sweeping radical LGBT agenda will be swift and furious. In every corner of society, from schools to prisons, the most radical proposals will begin to be forced through the legislature and into the lives of ordinary Americans.

NOM is committed to doing our part to stop this from happening — but we need your help.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Get a Clue Log Cabin - They Don't Want You!

Savaged by a crazy physician whose extreme homophobia is time-warped.
Dr. Steven F. Hotze
Perhaps Dr. Steven F. Hotze's extremism is the product
of insecurity over his own sexuality.
via drhotze.com
The Texas Republican Party has told Log Cabin Republicans to go fuck themselves.

The endorsement of Trump by Log Cabin was infuriating. More so when LC's nitwit said that Trump was a philanthropist. (Trump never donates a nickel to charity.) As Barney Frank once said of them (paraphrasing): They claim to try to change the Republican Party from within. Except that they never have.

They have been at this for some 43 years and their efforts have not only been futile but downright embarrassing. They were helpful in eliminating Don't-Ask-Don't-Tell but President Obama was in office.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Stop Making Victims out of Imbeciles

via The Guardian
Alex Richey and Andrea Jones have written Compelled Speech Is Hitting Close to Home on behalf of Heritage Foundation. It begins:
George Orwell wrote his dystopian novel “1984” more than 70 years ago. In it, he described a totalitarian state in which “Big Brother” created the language “Newspeak” to control the thoughts of its citizens.

“1984” is becoming more and more prescient by the day.
From there they provide a compendium of individuals who have supposedly been persecuted by their employers for refusing to address transgender people according to their preferences. Oh the poor schmucks forced to compromise their religious beliefs.

I Hate Being the Purveyor of Nightmares

Just imagine what would happen if Trump gets to appoint another Supreme Court justice — maybe two. Justices Breyer and Ginsburg are both in their 80s. Thomas is the oldest conservative and he is only 71.

One more religious conservative on the Court could reverse much of the progress that we have made over the last two decades. At the same time, so-called religious liberty could become a blanket license to discriminate.

The SPLC Makes an Impressive Hire

In April, Margaret Huang will become the new president of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Ms. Huang was previously the executive director of Amnesty International of the USA. In 2018 the organization had a budget of nearly $50 million and over 1,000 employees.

Ms. Huang has experience working with Congress and the United Nations. Earlier in her career she was on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. She has a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Ohio's Catholic Bishops Oppose "Unjust Discrimination"

“These men act as if discrimination is an entitlement.”
Catholic Conference of Ohio
Ohio House Bill 369 is probably not destined for passage. It does not have bipartisan support and Republicans have large majorities in both houses of the state legislature. Even if, by some miracle, it did pass, Governor Mike DeWine is a dependable anti-LGBTQ bigot. HB369 seeks to amend existing Ohio laws to prohibit discrimination on the bases of sexual orientation and gender identity.

The Catholic Conference of Ohio has sent a letter to each member of the Ohio House of Representatives expressing strong opposition to the legislation.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

The Latest in Anti-Gay Conspiracy Theories

“When [conspiracy theories] are based on events that never happened they become a weird synthesis of protoplasm from residents of the lunatic fringe.”
According to the Washington Post, half of all Americans believe in some conspiracy theory.
Redemption Press appears to be a vanity publisher and it has a book to sell authored by C.S. Alvarez. The tome's modest title is “The Great Awakening.” Redemption Press tells us all that we need know about Ms. Alvarez:
C. S. Alvarez, a longtime paralegal, has served various roles with faith-based organizations addressing sustainable solutions to worldwide hunger and offering services for individuals with visual impairments. With a certificate in biblical studies from Moody Bible Institute, Alvarez views the current cultural climate with a scriptural perspective.
What a stellar background like that, who could resist? More to the point, according to a press release that Redemption Press or Alvarez paid for (on Christian Newswire):