Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Stephen Colbert gives the Values Voter Summit the disrespect it fully deserves

Only Stephen Colbert can stick it to the Values Voter Summit like no one else:


'Paper trail ruins anti-gay activist's denial of homophobia' & other Wednesday midday news briefs



Ever since the Human Rights Campaign's The Export of Hate report came out, various religious right figures spotlighted in it have been screeching and complaining about how HRC is exposing them to danger or trying to silence them.

The most annoying reaction has been that of Michael Brown, founder of the FIRE School in Ministry in Concord, N.C., and host of the daily, nationally syndicated talk-radio show “The Line of Fire.”

His reaction has been a folksy, Will Rogers type of "Aw shucks. I don't know what HRC is talking about. I'm only defending Christian values." The low key and semi comedic tone Brown has taken is a deliberate attempt to take attention away from the fact that he not only deserves to be included in Export of Hate, but he also deserves the profile given to him by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Amongst other things, Brown has claimed that:

 gays use youth suicide victims as 'pawns,'

and defended Uganda anti-homosexuality law as necessary to fight HIV/AIDS.

However for my money, the most awful thing about Brown is the video above, which I don't think he has ever disavowed:

During an interview with GOD TV’s Sid Roth of It's Supernatural!, Michael Brown discussed his new book, A Queer Thing Happened To America, about the deleterious impacts of gay rights in America. Best known for its over-the-top promotional ad, A Queer Thing Happened To America focuses on “analyzing the foundational arguments of the gay civil rights movement and exposing the extreme intolerance of those calling for tolerance.” Before the interview, a trailer for the book features a boy at school imagining the terror of having same-sex parents: over-sentimental mothers who bandage his wounds and kiss him before he goes to sleep and dysfunctional fathers who tie his shoe laces and send him off to school. 

I think that when Shakespeare wrote that line about "daggers behind smiles," he had folks like Brown in mind

In other news: 

Facebook Requires LGBT People To Use Real Names Even In Countries Where Homosexuality Is A Crime - Oh Facebook. You are seriously screwing up. 

Are some anti-LGBT activists missing a self-awareness gene? - Or to put it another way - "Anti-gay activists are getting majorly high on their own supply."

 Congressman Defends Anti-LGBT Discrimination With Irrelevant Study - Such is the dangers of ignoring times when anti-gay groups and activists use anti-gay junk science. With no proper push back, these monstrosities make their way to Congress where they can do some REAL damage to the lgbt community.

The anti-gay right LOVES to use junk science against gays

During last night's post, I made reference to an interview the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer conducted with discredited researcher Paul Cameron in 2013. Below is a video of the interview:



Two reminders:

 1. Cameron is a discredited researcher who is head the Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate group the Family Research Institute. Almost two decades ago, he was THE go-to man for anti-gay propaganda even though he was known to be a quack who pushed such theories as gay men stuffing gerbils up their rectums.

His work has been cited on more than one occasion by many anti-gay groups from the Family Research Council to the American Family Association. As his history of fraud became widely known, these groups distanced themselves from him without so much as an apology for using him as a source in the first place.

But not totally. Last year, Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association conducted an interview with Cameron, allowing him to freely cite the lies which got him dismissed  and censured from the American Psychological Association and the American Sociological Association in the 80s.


2. Don't take Bryan Fischer too lightly. He may spout outrageously homophobic lies but he has considerable power as a voice of the AFA, including the power to get  US Congressional leaders to appear on his show .

If you aren't alarmed by this, then what is your problem?

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Viciously homophobic interview confirms HRC's 'Export of Violence' report

Earlier today, I published a piece about an explosive report by the Human Rights Campaign, The Export of Hate, which pointed out how various anti-gay figures were peddling lies and propaganda to foreign countries in an attempt to spread anti-gay hate abroad.

My piece also pointed out some individuals spotlighted in the report were claiming that HRC was lying about them, targeting them for violence, and attacking them simply for their Christian beliefs.

Well the following interview refutes those lies. It's between anti-gay talking head and Colorado state legislature candidate Gordon Klingenschmitt, and another anti-gay figure who is spotlighted in HRC's report, Paul Cameron.

Based on what you are about to see and hear, these two videos need no introduction.






However, there are two things you should keep in mind.

1. Cameron is a discredited researcher who is head the Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate group the Family Research Institute. Almost two decades ago, he was THE go-to man for anti-gay propaganda even though he was known to be a quack who pushed such theories as gay men stuffing gerbils up their rectums.

His work has been cited on more than one occasion by many anti-gay groups from the Family Research Council to the American Family Association. As his history of fraud became widely known, these groups distanced themselves from him without so much as an apology for using him as a source in the first place.

But not totally. Last year, Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association conducted an interview with Cameron, allowing him to freely cite the lies which got him dismissed  and censured from the American Psychological Association and the American Sociological Association in the 80s.

2. According to HRC's report, The Export of Hate (pgs 11-12)

Cameron has visited Russia and Eastern Europe repeatedly since 2008 to peddle his “research.” In June 2008, Cameron first appeared at a roundtable on “deviation of social norms in modern society” at Moscow State University.  In October of that year, he was in Moldova to lecture on the “demographic disaster” that he believes is being unleashed by contraception and rights for LGBT people and women. Cameron returned to Moldova in 2011 to lobby against anti-discrimination laws. The Moldovan government took Cameron’s message to heart and in 2013 passed a law banning LGBT “propaganda,” but it was quickly repealed as part of the nation’s drive to join the European Union. Cameron has also appeared elsewhere in Eastern Europe, including a controversial trip to Poland in 2009 when he was turned away from giving a speech on homosexuality at a university and forced to find a new venue after a newspaper learned of his background.

Cameron also returned to Russia in 2013, to address a Duma roundtable on “family values.”  Cameron’s presence was intended to bolster support for a bill that targeted gay and lesbian parents and threatened to take away their children. Cameron’s testimony was full of false statistics, including the “fact” that one in three gay people support having sex with children. Duma member Alexander Sidyakin later tweeted that Cameron’s testimony was evidence that children should be taken away from LGBT parents and adopted by other families.

Even in countries Cameron has not visited personally, his influence has been felt. The original authors of Uganda’s horrific anti-homosexuality law cited Cameron’s work alongside that of Scott Lively when drafting their bill. When the bill was passed into law in 2014, Cameron openly applauded and claimed that harsh penalties were needed to discourage homosexuality, just like murder.

Just more proof that any ideas that HRC's report is an attempt to silence Christians  or subject them to violence is a lie.  Those who believe this tripe should be less fearful of HRC's report and more fearful that they think Cameron is the type of person who encompasses a true Christian.


Editor's note - Cameron's "statistics" were widely cited to create illustrations for the 1985 comic book, Deathstyle. I used these illustrations in my booklet, How They See Us: Unmasking the Religious Right War on Gay America. The purpose of How They See Us was to demonstrate the roots of anti-gay propaganda and how it doesn't change over the years.

'Family Research Council's Tony Perkins gives dodgy answer on anti-gay propaganda' & other Tuesday midday news briefs

Tony Perkins, Family Research Council President, On Claim Of Link Between Homosexuality And Pedophilia - Dear Family Research Council head Tony Perkins, the three word answer you gave about the organizations which have accused you and your organization of linking homosexuality to pedophilia only proves your hypocrisy, lack of integrity, and total disregard for truth, particularly in light of the fact that you are on record making this link. You do nothing but underscore that the Family Research Council will collapse under the weight of all of its homophobic lies. If I were you, I would buy a hard hat. 

Faith, LGBT People, & the Midterm Elections - GLAAD comes out with a guide for journalist who challenge anti-gay spokespeople who claim to be speaking on the grounds of faith. This is an excellent resource to have.  

Stop Persecuting Us! Five Religious Right Tactics On Clear Display At The Values Voter Summit - Another handy guide to have.  

Why It’s A Myth That LGBT People Are Financially Well Off - I can look in my bank account and debunk THAT myth.  

FRC senior staffer: 'Ex-Gays: The Best Kept Secret in Your Child’s School'  - Coming Friday, the second annual "Ex-Gay Awareness Month' Conference  (I know. I got a little nauseous, too).

Anti-gay leaders can't refute HRC 'Export of Hate' report



Last week, the Human Rights Campaign unveiled a stunning report which accused various religious right leaders of spreading anti-gay hate and propaganda abroad.

The Export of Hate called out several religious right leaders, including Peter LaBarbera, Paul Cameron, and Scott Lively.

They spew venomous rhetoric, outrageous theories, and discredited science. Some claim that LGBT people are responsible for the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, and the spread of HIV/AIDS. Others argue that LGBT people are luring away children, and that acceptance of LGBT people will lead to the destruction of families around the world. Some even suggest that the death penalty could be an appropriate punishment for simply being LGBT.

HRC's report also includes  short videos spotlighting each leader.

Now these individuals had every opportunity to refute the report. The following are various responses they gave:

Peter LaBarbera -   LaBarbera says he’s tempted to “laugh off HRC’s shenanigans,” but he understands some people with a violent bent might take action against him on account of the report. LaBarbera, Peter“Basically they're trying to create an image of pro-family Christians as being the haters that they claim we are,” he says. “We don't hate homosexuals. We don't hate anybody," the activist counters. "We simply want people to repent and turn away from homosexual behavior. But because we're not haters they had to create hateful images to associate with us.”

Scott Lively - I believe they are now deliberately trying to incite murder against me and every other person on their enemies list . . .Because I am a Bible-believing Christian I am not afraid of death. But neither am I volunteering for martyrdom. As of today I am for the first time going to start taking precautions against the possibility of being assassinated by agents of the LGBT movement. For one thing, I will no longer publicize my travel schedule in advance.

Michael Brown -  I'm here to the put the HRC on notice: Your fear-mongering tactics will be exposed and, speaking for myself (but with confidence that my words apply to others), I will not bow down to your bullying tactics or your rap-sheet nonsense.

Robert Oscar Lopez - This is a teachable moment because it reveals a great deal about what makes the Human Rights Campaign tick. They’re after your kids, plain and simple; all their other issues are mere window dressing. They have convinced themselves that gays are a tribe unto themselves, so their consuming goal is to populate the tribe so they don’t disappear. Parenthood is their great white whale. They want to have children to love them and call them Mom and Dad. They need to get those children from you because biology prevents them from siring them naturally. Gentlemen readers, these folks are trying to find a way to get the sperm out of your testicles and into their laboratories; lady readers, these folks need to find a way to implant an embryo of their sperm in your womb, keep you obedient during the gestation, and take your baby away forever.

While all of these individuals played the "fear card," not one outright denied the charges of HRC's report. The only person who came relatively close was Michael Brown, but he sidestepped HRC's pertinent accusation:

And I simply reported the facts in terms of American culture and education and the media and religious rights in light of LGBT advances.

That in itself, as well as the absolutely shrill responses, proves that HRC's report was a huge success. It struck a raw nerve. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Anti-gay activist: Gays want to steal sperm and implant embryos

Because of the following comments (which folks have to read to believe they came from a human being), I am practically BEGGING the Family Research Council to make Robert Oscar Lopez a speaker at its next year's Values Voter Summit.

PLEASE!!!!!!!:

Lopez
This is a teachable moment because it reveals a great deal about what makes the Human Rights Campaign tick. They’re after your kids, plain and simple; all their other issues are mere window dressing. They have convinced themselves that gays are a tribe unto themselves, so their consuming goal is to populate the tribe so they don’t disappear.

Parenthood is their great white whale. They want to have children to love them and call them Mom and Dad. They need to get those children from you because biology prevents them from siring them naturally. Gentlemen readers, these folks are trying to find a way to get the sperm out of your testicles and into their laboratories; lady readers, these folks need to find a way to implant an embryo of their sperm in your womb, keep you obedient during the gestation, and take your baby away forever. The main item on the gay lobby’s agenda is patently insane. People don’t generally want to let lesbians milk sperm out of their testicles.

 People don’t usually like the idea of gay men gestating babies in their wombs and then taking them away. (And no, “visitation” plans where these gamete donors get to see their progeny a few times a month are not a good arrangement; that stuff’s really creepy.) And at least with me, these HRC lackeys cannot pull the old “are you saying my children are worth any less?” routine. Just because you control a human being doesn’t mean that’s your child. Even if someone is your child, criticizing you is not the same as insulting your child.

 This is basic, but somehow the HRC manages to whitewash the complexities. Despite all the choreographed photographs of happy gay couples with children, people generally do not like growing up and knowing that half of them was sold to a gay couple.
Hat tip to Right Wing Watch

'Michele Bachmann attempting to walk back marriage equality comments' & other Monday midday news briefs

Michele Bachmann Tries To Walk Back 'Boring' Gay Marriage Remarks - This is FUNNY! At the Values Voters Summit, Michele Bachmann said that the issue of marriage equality was not an issue and it was boring. Now she is attempting to walk back her comments. I've never seen a white woman moonwalk before. Should be interesting.

 4 New Groundbreaking Laws That Protect LGBT People In California - Good for California! 

Top Minnesota Newspaper Under Fire For Publishing Full-Page Anti-Trans Ad (Photo) - As well they should be in trouble. SOCK IT TO THEM, FOLKS!

 Audio: Peter LaBarbera attempts to deny 'hate' by repeating his extremely hateful quote - In the years to come, Porno Pete LaBarbera will be remember as one of the folks whose exploits actually hastened lgbt equality.  

Serbia gay pride march takes place undisturbed - The gay pride march in Serbia took place peacefully in spite of the threats of violence. That's something which should make us all smile.

Mat Staver's lie defining moment of Values Voter Summit

The Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit is over and as predicted, it was as nauseating as hell.  It's the one time of the year which I don't envy the folks who stand on the very front line to monitor anti-gay groups and the like.

They have to actually attend or intensely watch mess like this.

So what to me is the stand out moment of the Values Voter Summit? Is it the fact that Sen. Ted Cruz won the straw poll again but has absolutely no chance of winning the presidency (proving that there is a merciful God) or Sarah Palin's incredibly stupid botch of White House address (girlfriend, even a first grader knows that address)?

No. To me, one can basically describe not only this Values Voter Summit, but every other one of those monstrosities, and the entire mindset of the anti-gay right by the speech of the Liberty Counsel's Mat Staver.

According to People for the American Way's Religious Right Watch:


Mat Staver spent a good portion of his speech at the Values Voter Summit today fuming over a letter sent by People For the American Way, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and five other civil rights and LGBT organizations to Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus, asking members of the GOP not to participate in the conference, citing the anti-gay extremism of its sponsors.

Staver's organization, Liberty Counsel, is among those very sponsors and he is not very happy about being labeled an anti-gay extremist, despite this long and documented record of being one.

Staver fumed that he is being attacked merely for believing "in God's natural created order of male and and female and marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

 "For me believing in something that is that obvious," he complained, "I am considered by some groups to be a hater. But I hate no one. I hate no one, but I believe in God's truth and I will not be silent in the face of intimidation." In an effort to prove that he is not an extremist, Staver then went on to liken himself to Jesus when he turned over the tables of the money changers in the temple before declaring that marriage equality teaches that children do not need mothers or fathers. "That is an absolute lie from the very pit of Hell," he said.

I would almost understand Staver's anger except for one simple problem - Staver is on record, in writings and videos, spouting all sorts comments which contradicts his claims of innocence.

Such as the following, courtesy of GLAAD:

Claims LGBT advocates are doing "the bidding of the devil"
 
Claims negotiating with what he calls 'homofascists' (i.e. advocacy groups like GLAAD) is 'almost like negotiating with terrorists'

On coexisting with LGBT rights: "You cannot coexist, you cannot give up on something, that is literally an attack on God himself.

 Claims marriage equality obliterates the idea of God: "Same-sex marriage is ultimately the abolition of gender; it’s ultimately the abolition of any moral behavior with regards to human sexuality. This whole assault on marriage is really an attempt to obliterate not only morality but Judeo-Christian morality, to obliterate marriage and to even obliterate the idea that there even is a God."

On the repeal of the discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: "We believe they've slapped the military in the face and have betrayed the men and women in the service by using the military to push the homosexual agenda. We will ask the House to refuse to fund the repeal, which will take millions of dollars to fund."

Claims that children with gay parents will end up “behind bars for committing violent crimes.” (0:00 - 0:56)

Claims: "Same-sex marriage, same-sex relationships is destructive to individuals and it’s destructive to our very social fabric."

“It may sound crass, but take a fan for example, and instead of having the male plug, have the female plug, and try to see if you can make it work. You’re not going to be able to plug it into a wall. The fact is nature teaches you -- you don’t have to have anything -- that’s why a five-year-old can understand that this is against nature. That’s why it’s been called a crime against nature. (0:00 - 0:27)

 Says President Obama has a "sexual anarchist agenda"
 Staver is not an anamoly when it comes FRC's Values Voter Summit or the anti-gay right. He is just one in a large number of these folks on the right who  claim that they are being unjustly persecuted for being Christian and that they don't voice hate, even though there is a paper trail more than a mile long which contradicts their claims.

Yet they keep saying "we are not haters."  "Those things they say about us aren't true." "These people are lying on us because they want to destroy America's Christian heritage."

It seems to me that the values of these folks are less about Christianity and more about the Jedi mind trick. Whatever the case may be, all of this stuff is going to come to a head one day. People like Staver can only outrun the truth for so long before they get winded and tired.

And truth never gets winded or tired.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Yes, this is what we can expect from the Values Voter Summit. We've been hearing it thus far

Before the monstrosity of the Values Voter Summit commenced, Media Matters compiled some of the worst comments uttered by the speakers from past interviews as an indication of what the weekend will be like. And yep, that's what we've been hearing thus far:

Friday, September 26, 2014

Let's throw a little bit of truth in Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit

The Family Research Council has begun its Values Voter Summit a few hours ago and already some of the media is throwing out sanitized reports of the proceedings by claiming that attendees are merely wanting to stand up for "religious liberty" and "Christian values."

Of course that's nonsense and I am undertaking a plan to break through the junk. There is a hashtag on twitter for this summit - .

I think lgbts should not only take it over, but use it to push the actual picture of the anti-gay right by referring to things they don't want the media to talk about. I have already sent out six examples. Crude, but I think very effective. I encourage those who can or desire to to feel free and follow my lead by copying these or creating your own. I used GLAAD's wonderful Commentator Accountability Project for the following:



Or you can feel free to send them tweets which link copies of my booklet- How They See Us: Exposing the Religious Right War on Gay America:
And this is my personal favorite:

Again, this is just a suggestion. As you can tell, I myself will be highly busy this weekend with these tweets. I hope others can join me with either these or tweets of their own.

How much verbal gay-bashing will we hear at the Values Voter Summit

This weekend will be the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit. America will hear some of the most outrageous and ridiculously unsound rhetoric from folks who consider themselves the creme de la creme of morality and conservatism in American politics.

And all of it will be anti-gay.

If the past Values Voter Summits are any indication regarding, expect to hear some of the following nauseating inducing trash:


 





 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

'Anti-gay groups team up to defeat pro-gay Republicans' & other Thursday afternoon news briefs

Conservatives Launch ‘Unprecedented’ Campaign Against Pro-Marriage Equality Republicans - NOM, the Family Research Council, and CitizenLink is encouraging folks to NOT cast their ballots for three Republicans who support marriage equality and also because two of the candidates are gay. I've heard of getting so angry that you grab your toys and go home, but grabbing other people's toys too? Wow! 

Anti-gay pastor says he’s victim of discrimination - His blatant homophobia kept him from getting a job at a Georgia health agency so now he is suing for discrimination. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT! 

 Anti-Gay Pastor Likens Fight Against Marriage Equality To The American Revolution - Since a black pastor made this statement, I can say the following with impunity and a clear conscience - NEGRO, PLEASE!!!!  

Can you honestly assess anything, Tony Perkins? #VVS14 - Apparently the Southern Poverty Law Center isn't the only person the Family Research Council lied on in its letter from last night.

Family Research Council engages in self-destructive bravado on eve of Values Voter Summit

Editor's note - This post was supposed to go out this morning but thanks to an impaired internet access, I am presenting it now.

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council

Yesterday, several progressives groups including the NAACP, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and People for the American Way published an open letter in the Washington Post and The Hill which called out the Republican Party for its allegiance to anti-gay groups such as the Family Research Council and for the decision of several Republicans to attend that organization's upcoming Values Voter Summit. 

Last night, in a show of unbelievable stupidity, the Family Research Council took the bait by answering the letter via email with a bit of bravado and a lot of lies:

What annual event has the Left so worried that they are spending tens of thousands in advertising dollars to stop? You guessed it; the Values Voters Summit. In today's Washington Post, leftwing groups including GLAAD, (known for its failed campaign to fire Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson,) the anti-Christian Southern Poverty Law Center, and the George Soros-funded "Faithful America," signed onto a three-quarters page ad demanding that speakers "not attend the Values Voter Summit."

The lies came about when FRC attacked the Southern Poverty Law Center, which it has a special dislike of ever since SPLC declared it an anti-gay hate group in 2010:

Last year, the FBI dumped the SPLC as a website resource and the U.S. Army distanced themselves from the SPLC. A federal court ruled against the SPLC in a harassment lawsuit it brought against a pro-family group. Even the SPLC's own supporters are growing increasingly uncomfortable with the SPLC's attacks on free speech. It is odd that some people feel the need to attack those who are merely defending religious liberty and affirming the importance of the type o f relationship which naturally provides children with a mother and a father. There will continue to be disagreement on how marriage should be defined, but reasonable people can approach this subject respectfully, thoughtfully and passionately. If you are in the D.C. area this weekend, please join us at the Values Voter Summit as we exercise our First Amendment rights to free speech and assembly.

Don't be fooled by FRC's various claims.

Allow me to break it down.

1. Did the FBI dump SPLC as a resource?

No. According to the site Equality Matters:

As Good As You’s Jeremy Hooper noted, the FBI continues to list SPLC as a partner in the fight against hate crimes on its website.

The right-wing narrative is also contradicted by an official statement from the FBI. In a statement to The Daily Caller, and FBI spokesperson said:
“Upon review, the Civil Rights program only provides links to resources within the federal government,” an FBI spokesman told The Daily Caller. “While we appreciate the tremendous support we receive from a variety of organizations, we have elected not to identify those groups on the civil rights page.”

2. Did the US Army distance themselves from the Southern Poverty Law Center?

No. FRC exaggerated on the incident. Last year, an SPLC briefing was held at Camp Shelby in Mississippi. In this briefing, certain SPLC-designated hate groups were listed, including the American Family Association. Conservatives and religious right spokespeople - such as Fox News personality Todd Starnes - falsely claimed that SPLC was attacking AFA for its religious values, when in actuality AFA was listed as a hate group because of the false and slanderous things it says about the lgbt community. These folks caused so much of a stink that future briefings were halted.

3. Are former supporters of SPLC turning their backs on the organization?

 No. The link FRC provided as proof of this is a column from a conservative site, cnsnews.com, by an African-American woman named Catherine Davis. While she rails against SPLC, at no time did she ever indicate that she was ever a supporter of the organization.  Nor was her column about SPLC's supposed attack on free speech. It was criticizing the lgbt community. Davis was allowing the predominantly white conservative establishment to use her in order to exploit the supposed gay vs. black divide.

4. What was the lawsuit SPLC "lost" against a pro-family group?

Even that claim by FRC isn't totally true.  SPLC had sued an anti-gay group, Public Advocate (which is another SPLC-designated hate group), on the behalf of a gay couple whose personal photos the organization digitally altered and used for anti-gay campaign ads. The judge in the case only dismissed part of the lawsuit.

According to LGBTQNation:

U.S. District Court Judge Wiley Daniel agreed the photo’s use was noncommercial and a matter of legitimate public concern. However, he also ruled the couple and their photographer have a possible copyright infringement claim.

In June, the photographer, Kristina Hill, won a judgement of $2501 against Public Advocate for copyright infringement.

Let's be real about something - none of the organizations who signed that letter are so naive as to think they could stop the Values Voter Summit from taking place nor could they keep Republicans from attending.

And certainly the purpose of the letter wasn't to stifle speech.

The purpose of the letter was mainly strategic. Its goal was to educate the public and continue debate about the real face of the Family Research Council and other groups who claim to stand for morality and Christianity.

 Remember this passage in the letter:

These groups engage in repeated, groundless demonization of LGBT people — portraying them as sick, vile, incestuous, violent, perverted, and a danger to the nation.

The Family Research Council, the summit’s host, is vigorously opposed to extending equal rights to the LGBT community. Its president, Tony Perkins, has repeatedly claimed that pedophilia is a “homosexual problem.” He has called the “It Gets Better” campaign — designed to give LGBT students hope for a better tomorrow — “disgusting” and a “concerted effort” to “recruit” children into the gay “lifestyle.”4 He has condemned the National Republican Congressional Committee for supporting three openly gay candidates.

Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, a summit sponsor, has said the U.S. needs to “be more like Russia,” which enacted a law criminalizing the distribution of LGBT “propaganda.” He also has said, “Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine, and six million dead Jews.”

Similarly, Mat Staver of the Liberty Counsel, another summit sponsor, has compared those who do not denounce same-sex marriage to those who remained silent during the Holocaust. Marriage equality, he has said, is the “beginning of the end of Western civilization.”

And thanks to FRC's absolutely stupid decision to answer the letter, particularly with lies about SPLC, the groups who signed the letter succeeded in their purpose.

FRC's behavior reminds me of the fable of the vicious dog who bit so many people that a bell was hung around its neck so as to warn folks when it was coming.  The dog, totally ignorant, took the bell as sign of distinction and rang it constantly.

Imagine how stupid it felt when an older dog said, "what you mistake for a mark of fame and honor is actually a reminder of how much of a disgrace you are."

Feel free to ring your bell anytime you want by responding to the claims that you are a hate group, FRC. No matter how much you lie, we know the truth.

And what you really are - a bad dog without a leash nipping at the heels of every lgbt you can find.



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

LGBT, African-American, liberal & religious groups call out the anti-gay right, Republican Party

The following letter appeared this morning in The Washington Post and The Hill:

 OPEN LETTER TO REPUBLICAN NATIONAL
COMMITTEE CHAIR REINCE PRIEBUS

Where Does the GOP Stand on Gay Bashing?

Dear Mr. Priebus,

Fifteen years ago, your predecessor called for party members to shun the Council of Conservative Citizens because of the group’s “racist views.”

“A member of the party of Lincoln should not belong to such an organization,” GOP Chairman Jim Nicholson said. His comments had their intended effect: Senior members of Congress distanced themselves from the group.

Today, Chairman Priebus, we ask that you take a similar stand and call upon Republican officials to disassociate themselves from the groups behind the upcoming Values Voter Summit.

The reason is simple: These groups engage in repeated, groundless demonization of LGBT people — portraying them as sick, vile, incestuous, violent, perverted, and a danger to the nation.

The Family Research Council, the summit’s host, is vigorously opposed to extending equal rights to the LGBT community. Its president, Tony Perkins, has repeatedly claimed that pedophilia is a “homosexual problem.” He has called the “It Gets Better” campaign — designed to give LGBT students hope for a better tomorrow — “disgusting” and a “concerted effort” to “recruit” children into the gay “lifestyle.”4 He has condemned the National Republican Congressional Committee for supporting three openly gay candidates.

Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, a summit sponsor, has said the U.S. needs to “be more like Russia,” which enacted a law criminalizing the distribution of LGBT “propaganda.” He also has said, “Homosexuality gave us Adolph Hitler, and homosexuals in the military gave us the Brown Shirts, the Nazi war machine, and six million dead Jews.”

Similarly, Mat Staver of the Liberty Counsel, another summit sponsor, has compared those who do not denounce same-sex marriage to those who remained silent during the Holocaust. Marriage equality, he has said, is the “beginning of the end of Western civilization.”

This kind of extremism should not be legitimized by elected officials, because it is contrary to our nation’s highest ideals. As you have said, “People in this country, no matter straight or gay, deserve dignity and respect.”

Yet, as in years past, several prominent members of your party — including U.S. Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal — are currently planning to address the Values Voter Summit that begins on Thursday in Washington.

So, the question now is: Will you live up to your own words and tell the members of your party to shun groups that demean other people and deny them dignity? Will the GOP condemn anti-LGBT bigotry as vigorously as it opposed racism 15 years ago?

Political leadership makes a difference. We ask that you urge the members of your party not to attend the Values Voter Summit.

Sincerely,

Michael Sherrard, Executive Director
Faithful America

Sarah Kate Ellis, CEO and President
GLAAD

Chad Griffin, President
Human Rights Campaign

Wade Henderson, President and CEO
Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

Michael Keegan, President
People For the American Way

J. Richard Cohen, President and CEO
Southern Poverty Law Center

I doubt this letter is going to do anything to move Preibus or the Republican Party to denounce the religious right, but I don't think that was its sole purpose. Regardless, it is wonderful to see these groups openly call out and denounce the religious right.

And I hope to see more things like this because it would signal that we are moving in a new direction in this so-called cultural war; a direction in which lgbt organizations and their allies play offense rather than defense.

'Southern Baptist Convention kicks out gay-friendly church' & other Wednesday midday news briefs

Beware The Gay Antichrist! The Seven Most Appalling Moments In Values Voter Summit History - I'm amazed that Right Wing Watch could condense the list to just seven.

Southern Baptists Kick Out Gay-Friendly Church - Because if churches welcome gays, it would help their self-esteem and if gays have high self-esteem, they won't engage in negative behaviors. Then what will the religious right use to claim that homosexuality is a "dangerous lifestyle?"

Barber: Marchers Should Denounce 'Homosexual Enslavement Lifestyles' At St. Patrick’s Day Parade - For God's sake, give it a rest, Matt Barber. 

I'm Gay. Get Over It,' State Senator Announces During Push For LGBT Hate Crimes Bill - To paraphrase Maggie Smith in Murder by Death - "I like him . . . I really, really like him."

 Anti-Gay Pundits Recycle Doomsday DADT Rhetoric To Defend Military's Transgender Service Ban - Who cares if the rhetoric isn't true. As long as it scares people.

Stories of LGBT African Americans

This video is from three years ago, but it's very pertinent. Being gay and African-American is a unique experience which doesn't get as much attention as it should, i.e. those of us who are that identity rarely get to talk about our lives. Instead others boggart and talk about us as if we are lab experiments. As the lgbt community slowly moves to equality, let's not forget that our struggle transcends age, country, and especially race: