Thursday, July 07, 2011
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Email Of The Day - Eugene Delguadio
"Dear Joe, I see the Radical Homosexuals every day. They dare me to stand in their way. They laugh and brag that they have the power to pass any legislation they want. Now with pro-homosexual Democrats still in power, the Radical Homosexuals say nothing can stop them. I wonder if Sheila and the children should be here. It wasn’t all that long ago that I had to send my family away to a safe house. What does it say when a ruthless adversary would rather attack my family than face me? I’ll never forget that. My friend, without your support during this time, I’m not sure I will be able to manage things. I know God has not given up on our families. I won’t either. I pray for your encouragement." - Eugene Delguadio, self-titled Public Advocate of the United States, in a desperate plea for donations so he can stop those them there radical gays.
FRC's Prayer Of The Day
The Family Research Council is asking its followers to pray that foreign countries will continue to criminalize homosexuality and will resist efforts by the Obama administration to get them to change.
Pray: "May God restrain the Obama administration from promoting the LGBT agenda at home and abroad. May He give targeted nations courage to withstand U.S. coercion! Forgive us for this evil (Ps 94:16; Is 3:9-15; Jer 7:3-11; Lk 17:2; Rom 1:32; Jas 3:13-18; Jude 7)."
That's Tony Perkins and crew, doing what they do best, begging Jeebus to destroy the people of the world who aren't like them. That's the core value of Christianism.
Official DOD News On DADT
Tony Perkins Takes Credit For The End Of Kevin Jennings' Department
"It took 18 months of protest, but FRC can finally celebrate a major victory at the Office of Safe and Drug-free Schools. The agency, which (until two weeks ago), was headed by radical homosexual activist Kevin Jennings, has been eliminated. Starting this summer, its duties will be absorbed by another program--knocking the Office's LGBT indoctrination campaign down several rungs on the Department's ladder. For more than a year, FRC had fought the administration on Jennings's appointment, which seemed to be a front for advancing the homosexual agenda in American classrooms." - Tony Perkins, taking credit for a government-wide budget cut resulting in the end of Jennings' position. Jennings had already announced a new gig in the private sector.
RELATED: Another hate group, MassResistance, also yesterday claimed credit for the budget cut.
SAN DIEGO: Fire Damages Gay Bookshop
Rex Wockner reports that last night a fire severely damaged Obelisk, San Diego's LGBT bookstore.
The building housing San Diego's gay bookstore, Obelisk, was declared off-limits by the city tonight after a fire heavily damaged the structure's second and third stories this afternoon. The store won't be allowed to re-open until the building is repaired. From about 30 feet away, it appeared that the contents of the store likely had sustained heavy water damage, as well.[Photo credit: Rex Wockner]
Coral Ridge Ministries Changes Name
Sen. Ruben Diaz: JMG Was MEAN To Me!
"Last Tuesday, a website posted an article titled: 'Sen. Ruben Douchebag: I Made History.' The tag labels that follow that online piece are as vulgar as possible. I quote them here not to amplify their vulgarity, but to let people know the ever-growing hatred freely expressed by those who claim to promote tolerance: 'assholery, batshittery, bigotry, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, douchenozzles, evil, and f***weasels'. [snip] For all intents and purposes I am a stranger to this person, yet for some reason I have his full attention. As a religious leader I thank the Lord that he continues to pay attention to my efforts to spread the Word of God. I hope and pray that since he seems to be a grown man, he will try to no longer promote vulgarity, indecency and hatred online or elsewhere." - Sen. Ruben Diaz, writing about this blog on his official state webpage.
Diaz, as always you've got a lot of nerve to whine like a titty-baby because somebody on the internet was mean to you. What outrageous hypocrisy to hear this from a man who just led thousands and thousands of raging evangelicals through the streets of my city as they waved signs calling for my eternal damnation and gave speeches LITERALLY calling for my murder. Fuck YOU, Ruben Diaz. Fuck you right in the motherfucking ear.
Quote Of The Day - Michael Reagan
"It will prove instructive to see how the state's lawmakers go about the job of implementing this absurd legislation. Will they, for example, rule that textbooks must describe what the state classifies as acceptable behavior? Or exactly how? Should the state require textbooks used in its schools to provide play-by-play descriptions of the behavior they sanction? Just where does this stop? Should not the 'contributions' of convicted thieves be celebrated? Or those of serial killers? Or embezzlers?
"The matter of the content of school textbooks has long been a controversial subject, but until now it has never reached the point where specific parts of the population are singled out for preferential treatment, especially when the segment of the population is distinguished solely by their sexual preferences." - Michael Reagan, the former president's douchebag oldest son, writing for Town Hall about California's pending law requiring that notable LGBT historical figures be included in state textbooks.
NOTE: That's right, the son of a former president just compared you to serial killers, embezzlers, and convicted thieves.
INDIANA: No More Cursive
Indiana has joined the list of states where cursive handwriting will no longer be taught. (Although schools can decide for themselves if they want to continue.)
Who still writes in cursive? That age-old writing method you might never have used since fourth grade will no longer be taught in Indiana schools come fall, thanks to a memo from school officials. Instead, students will be expected to become proficient in keyboard use. Seems like a smart move as being able to type efficiently is a vital skill in today's world, as opposed to knowing how to write cursive, which — like being able to churn butter and knowing how to hitch a horse to a wagon — is no longer needed.Personally, I can barely sign my own name to a check these days. My ability to write by hand is almost completely atrophied.
NYC To Open Offices On Sunday, July 24th For First Day Of Same-Sex Marriages
New York City will take the "unusual step" of opening city offices on Sunday, July 24th so that gay couples may be married on the first day it becomes legal.
The city clerk’s offices in all five boroughs will open that day, and judges will be on hand to officiate at the weddings after couples receive marriage licenses. The decision by city officials to expedite same-sex weddings comes as city and town clerks across the state are grappling with the fact that the law goes into effect on a day when municipal offices are usually closed. Officials in some cities and towns say they are expecting a surge in marriage applications from same-sex couples. The announcement came a day after the city began allowing gay couples to apply online for marriage licenses, though they cannot be issued until July 24 — 30 days after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed the same-sex-marriage legislation following its approval by the Legislature.It's unknown how many couples may show up on the first day, but city officials say they are bracing for long lines and big crowds of well-wishers.
GOP 2012 Polling Update
Bristol Flogs Book On Christian TV
CNN On Gay Deportations
More "Gays Are Diseased" From AFA
Ever since the marriage win in New York state, major anti-gay hate groups have shifted their attacks on us from "they are destroying the family" to "they are filthy disease-ridden animals." More on that theme came yesterday via AFA national radio host, Ed Vitagliano.
Our perspective here at AFA has been not only a biblical one, we've made this point numerous times, but it is also a physiological, a biological, a natural law perspective. And that perceptive is humankind is divided into male and female and the male and female have different - you know, I don't want to make this a biology lesson - but different organs that are designed for, well, intercourse. And so the fact of the matter is homosexuals can only imitate that and this is the primary reason why the sexually transmitted disease rates and infection rates are so high in, especially, the gay male community. They are abusing their body and they are abusing the nature of the design of the human body. And so you don't even have to be a Christian or an orthodox Jew or a Muslim to argue against the unnaturalness of homosexual activity.
Ed Shultz On Crazy Eyes & Homophobia
Elaine Donnelly On DOMA & DADT
Elaine Donnelly of the anti-gay Center for Military Readiness is backing a bill that bans federal policy changes that violate DOMA.
"The reason this [amendment] is necessary is because the Department of the Navy, in particular, has already signaled that contrary to assurances given to Congress, they are quite prepared to start conducting same-sex marriages on military bases -- which would, for the sake of consistency, lead to the extension of benefits to these same-sex couples," says Donnelly." And the Defense of Marriage Act would preclude that, she argues. "In fact, the extension of benefits to same-sex couples on the same basis as opposite-sex couples probably could blow a hole in the Department of Defense budget."The bill, coauthored by wingnut GOP Rep. Virginia Foxx and GOP Rep. Dan Burton, has no real shot of passage in the Senate.
Maddow On DADT Ruling
Open Thread Thursday
Are you fully prepared for your own demise or a debilitating illness? Do you have all the necessary legal paperwork done? Next of kin, power of attorney, etc? Do your friends know what to remove from your home before your bio-family gets there? And what about your body?
Labels: Open Thread Thursday
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Ninth Circuit Ends DADT Enforcement
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has unanimously ordered the end of the enforcement of DADT for military forces worldwide. The ruling overturns the stay of an earlier such order by a lower court. Chris Geidner reports at Metro Weekly:
The three-judge panel -- Judges Alex Kozinski, Kim Wardlaw and Richard Paez -- based the decision to lift the appellate court's earlier stay of Phillips's order pending the appeal of the LCR case is based, the judges write, because, "The circumstances and balance of hardships have changed, and appellants/cross-appellees can no longer satisfy the demanding standard for issuance of a stay." Among the citations by the court is the July 1 filing in Karen Golinski's federal case seeking health insurance benefits for her wife and the related Feb. 23 letter from Attorney General Eric Holder declaring that he and President Barack Obama had decided that heightened scrutiny applies to classifications -- such as DADT. The judges also note that "the process of repealing Section 654 [-- the DADT law --] is well underway, and the preponderance of the armed forces are expected to have been trained by mid-summer."Servicemembers United react:
"With the wait for certification dragging out beyond a reasonable time frame, the Court has once again stepped in to require the Pentagon to stop enforcing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' and this time it very well may be for good," said Alexander Nicholson, Executive Director of Servicemembers United and the sole veteran plaintiff on the case. "I am proud to have worked personally worked with Log Cabin on this case for more than five years now and to have represented the gay military community as the sole named veteran on this lawsuit. Despite the criticisms and years of waiting, this case has yet again successfully eviscerated this outdated, harmful, and discriminatory law."
South Korea Gets 2018 Winter Olympics
A Different Kind Of Hood
Now Running On Christian TV
QUEENS: Restaurant Offers Free Gay Wedding Reception
Popular Queens eatery Molly Blooms is offering a free gay wedding reception to one lucky couple whose names will be randomly selected from a bowl in the venue's lobby.
Ciaran Staunton, the owner of Molly Blooms in Sunnyside, is offering a free wedding reception to a gay couple who plan to tie the knot after the law legalizing same-sex marriage goes into effect July 24. "I think it's important to be part of this groundbreaking civil rights victory," said Staunton, who lives with his wife and two children in Sunnyside. "It's a wonderful moment for New York State and its residents." Staunton's offer, while generous, is also savvy. Queens has a large population of gay and lesbian couples who will be on the hunt for that perfect place to celebrate their nuptials.The reception will include a buffet for 75 people and three hours of open bar. Not too shabby, but surely worth the goodwill Molly Blooms will win in return.
(Tipped by JMG reader Caleb)
Alan Chambers: Celibate "Ex-Gays" Are Still Not Holy Enough For Jeebus
"Celibacy is the godly option for all single men and women. Yet today, while many Christians with same-sex attractions are choosing celibacy, they’re also opting to keep the gay identity/label. This falls short of God’s best because identity matters. How we view and refer to ourselves is very important. Twenty years ago when I began my journey out of the gay lifestyle toward holiness, I could’ve simply worked on my sexual urges and opted not to deal with the deeper issues that fueled my desire for sex. I could’ve called myself a celibate gay man and left it at that. But that wouldn’t have taken me far." - Exodus International president Alan Chambers, who may go the rest of his entire life without sucking another cock (which is very doubtful), but who will go to his grave as a homosexual. And nothing else.
PhoboQuotable - Lou Sheldon
"Unfortunately, that matters little to homosexual activists bent on legitimizing their lifestyle at the expense of ruining our nation’s morality and killing millions along the way due to the serious health ramifications of homosexuality. The prophet Isaiah was speaking of people like this when he wrote, 'Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!' (Is. 5:20).
"Everything in the homosexual culture has been turned upside down, and the men and women who fall into this lifestyle, for whatever reasons, are subject to every sort of evil. They are dying of terrible diseases in record numbers, and still many refuse to admit or even recognize what it is that’s killing them. This is the crisis of our time. It’s the very face of evil. From the college campus to the media centers of New York and Hollywood, people who should know better are buying into an agenda that could destroy us, and they’re doing it in a big way." - Lou Sheldon, head of the SPLC-certified hate group, the Traditional Values Coalition.
(Via - Right Wing Watch)
Straights Gone Wild
What happens when gays gather to celebrate? Glitter, rainbows, and lots of skin. Which is repulsive and offensive. And what happens when straights gather to celebrate? Fistfights, property damage, and many many arrests.
Plenty of fights in Seaside Heights, N.J., have aired on MTV's "Jersey Shore," but none resulted in this many arrests. Police say they arrested 62 people at the town's boardwalk after fights broke out following a July 4 fireworks display. Police say some of the thousands of spectators lingered after the fireworks show. They say a series of fights broke out and continued until police ordered the boardwalk closed at 1 a.m. Tuesday. Seaside Heights Detective Steve Korman tells the Asbury Park Press that 39 people were arrested on disorderly persons offenses. Others were charged with assault, drug possession and interfering with law enforcement. Police say they're not sure what caused the fights.
Verizon Ends Unlimited Data Plans
Verizon has become the latest carrier to stop offering unlimited data plans.
That means subscribers will have through the end of today to lock in the carrier’s $29.99 monthly unlimited data plan — or fall into a new tiered model charging between $30 to $80 a month. Rumors surfaced in recent weeks that the Basking Ridge-based carrier, the nation’s largest wireless provider, was planning to join competitors AT&T and T-Mobile in dumping its unlimited data plan, but the company would not confirm them until yesterday. In a phone interview, spokeswoman Brenda Raney said the move was an effort to preempt network overload problems as more consumers turn to smart phones.Sprint is the last major provider still offering unlimited plans.
Activists Discuss Indian Health Minister's Claim That Homosexuality Is A Disease
Minnesota To NOM: Reveal Your Donors
Minnesota has rejected NOM's bid to keep its donors secret. (Not that it matters as NOM has refused to comply with similar rulings in other states.) The Minnesota Family Council opposes the decision, of course.
Tom Prichard, president of the Minnesota Family Council, argued that if donors are disclosed it "would have a significant chilling effect on free speech. Even in Minnesota already it's gotten heated in some respects." "The concern is harassment, property damage, a chilling effect. If I know I have to disclose my name, I'm not going to get involved with the Minnesota Family Council," Prichard told the board. The campaign board disagreed, and in a 5-1 vote ruled Thursday that corporations that give over $5,000 to a campaign for or against a ballot measure must disclose the names of their donors who have given over $1000.
Miracle Spring Water
If you send shameless scam artist Pastor Peter Popoff some dough, mysterious strangers will mail you checks in the exact amount of your debts. The below clip is just the tip of the whackadoodle iceberg that can be found on Popoff's informercials, one of which I watched in full this morning.
RELATED: Popoff was famously exposed for his faith healing scams in 1986 when noted skeptic (and gay man) James Randi revealed that Popoff used a hidden radio earpiece to communicate with his wife while revealing "personal details" about ill congregants.
Today In Dick Size Silliness
I wasn't going to bother with this story, but since about a hundred of you have emailed it to me....
Men whose index fingers are shorter than their ring fingers may have longer penises, according to a South Korean study published in the Asian Journal of Andrology. "According to our data ... the shorter index (second) finger than ring (fourth) finger you have, the longer stretched penile length you have," wrote Tae Beom Kim at the urology department of Gachon University Gil Hospital in Incheon, South Korea, in reply to questions from Reuters.You can stop looking at your hands now.
McInerney Prosecutor: Killing Of Larry King Was Premeditated
Three years after then-8th grader Brandon McInerney murdered openly gay student Larry King in front of horrified classmates, a prosecutor in McInerney's just-launched trial says the killing was premeditated and based on the shooter's belief that homosexuality is an abomination. White supremacist materials were found in McInerney's home after the murder.
King was bullied by McInerney and other boys at the school, Deputy Dist. Atty. Maeve Fox said in her opening statement in the trial, which is being conducted at a courthouse in Chatsworth. But shortly before his death, King had begun wearing high heels, makeup and earrings to school and had become more confident in himself, she said. “Larry King for the first time in his life wasn’t taking it anymore,” Fox said. “And he started to give people what I prefer to call the proverbial chin. Only it was more profane. The proverbial ‘f ... you.’” The day before King was shot, the two boys had been bickering in a eighth-grade science class, she said. When King got up to get a drink of water, “Brandon said ‘I am going to shoot him.’ And this is what a student will testify to.” The next day McInerney pulled a .22-caliber handgun out of his backpack and shot King in the head, authorities have said.McInerney's defense team claims that he was the victim of King's aggressive sexual bullying.
Quote Of The Day - Joseph Farah
"I like [Marco] Rubio, but he's not eligible – even though he'd like to think he is under the redefinitions of 'natural born citizen' by the press and the Washington elite. He can run for any other office – and I'd support him enthusiastically. He just can't be vice president or president. Neither, by the way, can the very adept governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal. He's in the same boat. He was born in the USA to parents who were not yet citizens. By all accounts, he's a great man. He's doing a good job as governor. I would support him for any office except president or vice president because the clear meaning of the Constitution is that you must be the child of U.S. citizens at the time of your birth." - World Net Daily founder Joseph Farah, expanding the rules of birtherism.
AFA To Corporations: Don't Hire Gays
In an interview with hate group head Linda Harvey, the American Family Association's Gary Glenn said that corporations should not hire any homosexuals. Right Wing Watch has the quote.
What ridiculous folly to suggest that only those individuals who engage in homosexual behavior given all of its severe medical consequences constitute the best and the brightest. It’s not really bright to engage in behavior that puts you at dramatically higher risk of mental illness and substance abuse and AIDS and cancer and hepatitis, and according to various sources, premature death. So to suggest that engaging in that type of behavior defines someone as the best and brightest, which seems to be the line coming out of corporate America, is just ridiculous.Harvey responded: "You’re right. And higher rates of domestic violence and unstable relationships. I would not think of a homosexual person as a good employment risk, I just wouldn’t."
Wal-Mart Tries Buy Its Way Into NYC
After years of being rebuffed by city leaders despite expensive PR campaigns, Wal-Mart is trying a more tried-and-true method of gaining a foothold in the nation's largest market.
The city's summer job program, which had been cut back this year, is seeing an influx of support from Wal-Mart, which donated $4 million -- enough to save about 3,400 jobs for teenagers. The location of the press conference announcing the donation was the Brownsville, Brooklyn, recreation center, a spot within a few miles of the site where Wal-Mart would like to put its first New York City store. When the Wal-Mart rep was asked if this donation had anything to do with the future potential site, the mayor stepped in. "I hope so. Why would anybody not hope so?" he said. The mayor then went on to say the city will not promote or discriminate against any stores who want to come here.
LGBT History Bill Passes CA Assembly
The Advocate reports:
Sponsored by gay senator Mark Leno, the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful Education Act "ensures that the historical contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are accurately and fairly portrayed in instructional materials by adding LGBT people to the existing list of under-represented cultural and ethnic groups already included in the state’s inclusionary education requirements," according to Leno's office. The bill passed the Assembly by a vote of 49-25; it passed the Senate in April and will now head to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk. It's not clear where Brown stands on the bill, but he's generally supportive of gay rights and refused to defend Proposition 8 after the antigay initiative was declared unconstitutional by a federal judge.Anti-gay groups have been especially inventive with their lies about what Leno's bill will really mean for schoolchildren.
Minnesota Stonewall Head: Stop Making Fun Of Marcus Bachmann
"I don’t view saying that someone’s gay is a negative thing, but I believe that perceived sexuality was being used as an attack on Marcus Bachmann, and I find it unacceptable to use perceived sexuality as an attack on anybody. The message I see it sending is a bit hypocritical because we’re advocating for policies in schools to stop this exact thing, saying someone’s effeminate or someone speaks with a high-pitched voice or even [saying] someone is gay because this a gay characteristic." - David Joseph DeGrio, chairman of Minnesota Stonewall DFL, speaking to the Minnesota Independent. Hit the link for DeGrio's letter to his members.
Supergay: The Video Game
Think Progress slams it:
You know what American popular culture needs? Gay superheroes. You know what American popular culture doesn’t need? Gay superheroes who come to terms with their sexual orientation by a) beating the hell out of an army of their ex-girlfriends who b) of course have turned into a bunch of evil clones, I suppose by science and the trauma of being dumped.
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Tony Perkins: Log Cabin Republicans Are Lying About RNC Appointment
"Chairman Preibus called me over the weekend and assured me that Cooper was not on the payroll and had not been 'appointed.' He simply volunteered to be a part of an open group of individuals who will personally give the party $30,000 and try to raise $300,000 or more. The Loggers wanted the RNC to release a statement celebrating Cooper purchase of a seat on the finance committee, but it declined. Knowing that the Log Cabin group hasn't been truthful in its efforts to subvert the GOP's platform, their dishonesty about buying their way into the RNC should come as no surprise." - FRC head Tony Perkins, claiming LCR head R. Clarke Cooper lied about being appointed to the RNC's finance committee.
Madonna Launches True Blue Contest
Tony Perkins Applauds Ashton Kutcher
When the head of the nation's most evil hate group likes your work, maybe it's time to reconsider your strategies. Among Kutcher's targets is the Village Voice for its weekly numerous pages of ads from sex workers. Psst, Ashton: Not all prostitution is "human trafficking."
Focus On The Family: Gay Marriage Means Teaching Kids There's No Difference Between Male and Female
Tweet Of The Day II - Entenmann's
World Net Daily: Obama Is Pandering To Deadly-Disease Spreaders
From an editorial on World Net Daily today:
Is there any medical evidence in existence that indicates polygamists and polyandrists have anything at all resembling the HIV/AIDS and syphilis rates of our nation's promiscuous homosexuals – so many of whom have died of AIDS and syphilis? Moreover, if the president believes that gays, lesbians and transsexuals are "our brothers and sisters," why does he not also believe that "our brothers and sisters" include not only polygamists, but exhibitionists, the incestuous, coprophiliacs, necrophiliacs, urophiliacs and zoophiliacs (those who have sex with animals who are unable – or unwilling – to run away)?The author of the above piece is WND's White House correspondent. SRSLY. This raving lunatic gets to stand up and ask the president questions.
None of these additional sexual orientations has the huge rate of HIV/AIDS and syphilis, which deadly diseases are distributed so widely by the nation's large number of sexually profligate homosexuals. Their continued deadly-disease spreading was surely aided and abetted by Mr. Obama's announcement that they (with no distinction between the sexually profligate and other homosexuals) are "our brothers, our sisters, our children, our cousins, our friends, our co-workers." Such presidential pandering to deadly-disease spreaders is surely a despicable means of trying to attract votes by an incumbent who will apparently do anything to try to win re-election.
AFA Defends Texas Prayer Rally
The American Family Association, the main backer of the Christianist prayer rally so heavily promoted by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, say the event will not violate the separation of church and state.
"The Response is an open event. Anyone who wants to pray to Jesus for a nation in crisis is welcome to attend. Next, The Response is a prayer event, not a political event," Wildmon says. "No political candidates will be speaking. Finally our critics say The Response violates the separation of church and state. The event will be held at a public stadium which has no connection to a religious body."Right Wing Watch asks: "So does that mean that Gov. Perry, the man who is responsible for the entire event and is serving as its public face, will be not be speaking at the event? Or does it mean that he will speak because he is not going to be a political candidate running for office?"
BRITAIN: Peter Tatchell Calls On Prime Minister To Endorse Marriage
Echoing the debate in the United States, noted British activist Peter Tatchell is calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to endorse same-sex marriage.
The British people are ready for change, with a clear majority in favour of allowing same-sex partners to marry. A Populus poll for the Times newspaper in June 2009 found that 61 per cent of the public believe that: “Gay couples should have an equal right to get married, not just to have civil partnerships.” Only 33 per cent disagreed. The deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and London Mayor Boris Johnson back marriage equality, as do the leaders of Labour and the Greens, respectively Ed Miliband and Caroline Lucas. Only David Cameron is holding out against same-sex marriage rights. What is he afraid of?
Barber: GLSEN Advocates Child Abuse
PhoboQuotable - Bishop Thomas Tobin
"The Church reminds its members that homosexual activity is contrary to the natural law and the will of God and, therefore, is objectively sinful. Persons with same-sex attraction are required to live the Christian virtues of chastity and modesty, as all persons are. Because civil unions promote an unacceptable lifestyle, undermine the faith of the Church on holy matrimony, and cause scandal and confusion, Catholics may not participate in civil unions. To do so is a very grave violation of the moral law and, thus, seriously sinful. A civil union can never be accepted as a legitimate alternative to matrimony." - Rhode Island Bishop Thomas Tobin, banning all Catholics from civil unions.
Tweet Of The Day - Bette Midler
Frothy Mix Called Out On Jobs Statistics
FRC Issues "Emergency" DOMA Plea
Bishops Denounce RI Civil Unions
Unsurprisingly, Catholic Bishops are ever so pissed about Rhode Island's civil unions bill.
“In no way can civil union measures be considered a permissible compromise or a step in advancing the common good, said Bishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, Chairman of the U.S. bishops' Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, in a July 1 statment. “Instead, they directly violate principles of justice and accelerate the push to redefine marriage itself.” The bill, likely to be signed by Governor Lincoln Chafee, would allow same-sex couples to enter into a “legal union” with “all the rights , benefits, protections, and responsibilities” as those of people who are married,” according to a statement released by the Senate. The bill passed with a vote of 21-16. Speaking on behalf of the U.S. bishops, Bishop Cordileone said that marriage, “the communion of husband and wife,” is a unique reality that has no equivalent. He also noted that the legalization of civil unions in Rhode Island would harm the unique status and meaning of marriage, and promote the “crossing of moral boundaries.”
India Minister: Gayness Is A Disease
India's health minister has called homosexuality a disease, saying it is “unnatural” and “fast-spreading” in the country. Ghulam Nabi Azad told a conference dealing with HIV/AIDS on Monday that homosexuality was only recently imported from “the developed world.” The comments enraged many gay activists in India, who say that homosexuals in the country are routinely harassed. Gay sex in India was illegal until 2009, when a Delhi court overturned a colonial era law that referred to same-gender relationships as “unnatural.”
HomoQuotable - Greg Quinlan
"First it was domestic partnership, then it was civil unions; now they're complaining civil unions don't work. We could have killed this in New York if the church had been the church and stood up and said 'no.' When the church does its job, we defend marriage; we defend families. When the church sits back and does nothing, then we lose. Homosexuality is not a civil right." - "Ex-gay" activist Greg Quinlan, new spokesman for the New Jersey Family Policy Council.
Sodomites To The Front Of The Line
"The law is clear. This man would not be eligible to stay in the United States President Obama is pandering to his radical homosexual base for the 2012 election. What they're saying is because you practice sodomy, you get to jump to the head of the line in immigration. Are we going to let in anybody from a foreign country where there is a sodomy law or where they don't allow homosexual marriage? Are we going to be letting in all these homosexual activists from countries around the world that don't have liberal attitudes on homosexuality?" - Porno Pete LaBarbera, reacting to the suspension of deportation proceedings against a gay man legally married to a U.S. citizen.
Minnesota: A Family Is About Love
Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch
Monday, July 04, 2011
Where Miss America Will Go To College
New York Magazine's profile on the 17 year-old current Miss America reveals her plans for her scholarship award.
The grand prize of the Miss America pageant is $50,000 toward college tuition, roughly the cost of one year at a typical private school. Teresa plans to use her fund to attend Patrick Henry College, a small liberal-arts school in Purcellville, Virginia, founded in 2000 by a Christian home-schooling activist. Eighty percent of its student body comes from a home-schooling background, like Teresa. Also like Teresa, many of Patrick Henry’s students hope to work on Capitol Hill. (She plans on becoming a Nebraska congresswoman before becoming president.)Terrifying.
In just its first five years, the school came to rival Georgetown in the number of internships its students earned in the White House. It is also distinguished by the intensity of its religious commitments. Matriculating students are required to sign a Statement of Faith acknowledging the existence of Satan, expected to seek parental approval in romantic decisions, and prohibited from dancing on campus.
Looking For Barbarians, RAWR!
Photo Of The Day - Brian Brown
John Aravosis Vs. Dennis Prager
Sunday, July 03, 2011
Google May Buy Hulu
The Los Angeles Times reports that Google is negotiating to purchase Hulu.
The bold push into the entertainment sphere signals Google's growing ambitions to snap up more mainstream programming that would entice online viewers — and those in the living room — to watch longer, while capturing an even bigger advertising payload from major brands. Google's YouTube is already planning to position itself to compete for viewing time with broadcasters and cable operators by launching television-like channels with professionally produced original content and user-created video. Buying Hulu, which is owned by Walt Disney Co., News Corp. and Comcast Corp.'s NBCUniversal, would deliver top-rated TV shows such as "Glee" and "Modern Family" and the major advertisers that pay top dollar to promote them.Other tech giants are also reportedly interested.
NEW YORK: DId Activist Tim Gill Spend $3M In Marriage Battle?
So claims NOM on their blog. But here's what the article they cite really says.
New Yorkers United For Marriage, a coalition composed of gay rights groups such as the Empire State Pride Agenda and Marriage Equality New York, and underwritten in part by the Gill Action Fund, reportedly spent $3 million on the spring campaign to pass the marriage bill.Not exactly the same thing, but it's easier to single Gill out and keep him in the headlines as that "anti-family" boogeyman.
MINNESOTA: Parents Of Killed Gay Soldier Fight Proposed Marriage Ban
Saturday, July 02, 2011
CALIFORNIA: Three Marines Face Charges In Alleged Marriage Scam
Three Marine corporals stationed at Camp Pendleton are facing charges over allegedly sham marriages created in part, those charged say, to evade the restrictions of DOMA.
The scam was hatched when a lesbian couple, one a Marine and the other a civilian, decided to live together off base, according to 1st Lt. Maureen Dooley, a Marine spokeswoman at Camp Pendleton. The female Marine found a male Marine willing to get married, allowing them to collect a $1,200 housing benefit, Dooley said. The civilian woman also eventually married a male Marine and collected government funds, according to officials.Only legally married military couples are eligible for the housing allowance. Thanks to DOMA, that will not change even with the repeal of DADT. The three Marines face a year in jail.
The corporals, assigned to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at Camp Pendleton, will face fraud and larceny charges, Dooley said, adding that other charges could come later. It was not clear whether the civilian woman would face charges, but the military would not have jurisdiction in such a case, Dooley said. "It doesn't matter what their sexual preferences are, if they're violating the law and making fraudulent use of government money, they will be held accountable," Dooley said. In addition to the charges, the three Marines could have to pay back $75,000 to the military.
The female Marine, Cpl. Ashley Vice, told San Diego's KGTV-TV Friday that she and her partner, Jaime Murphy, were forced to enter sham marriages because the military does not provide allowances for unmarried couples and they couldn't afford to live off base without the extra money. She and her partner only wanted to "be a family," Vice said.
(Tipped by JMG reader Bill)
RHODE ISLAND: Gov. Lincoln Chafee Signs Civil Unions Bill Into Law
Against the vehement objections of some LGBT rights groups, today Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed his state's controversial civil unions bill into law.
The new law includes a section that says no religious organization -- including some hospitals, cemeteries, schools and community centers -- or its employees may be required to treat as valid any civil union, providing a religious exemption "of unparalleled and alarming scope," Chafee said in a statement. As a result, a civil union spouse could be denied the right to make medical decisions for his or her partner, access to health insurance benefits, property rights in adjoining burial plots or family memberships at some community centers. That could cause partners significant harm at critical moments in their lives, the governor said. "This extraordinary exemption eviscerates the important rights that enacting a civil union law was meant to guarantee for same sex couples in the first place," Chafee said.
Cher Rips Marcus Bachmann
WASHINGTON: Anti-Gay Group Asks Again To Block Petition Names
World Net Daily has dug up those years-old anonymous internet comments (some from JMG) to illustrate a story about the latest attempt to block the names of those that signed an anti-gay petition in Washington state.
A federal court in Tacoma, Wash., has been asked to order that the names of signatories of a state petition seeking to protect traditional marriage be redacted to protect them from death threats from homosexual activists. "What is becoming increasingly evident," said James Bopp of the James Madison Center, "is that some groups and individuals, certainly a minority, have resorted to advancing their cause, not by debating the merits of the issue but by discouraging participation in the democratic process itself. "The First Amendment was designed to ensure that all groups, whatever their persuasion, could participate fully in our republic," he said. That breaks down when some groups or individuals are cowed into silence for fear that they or their families will be targeted or threatened if they speak up."Remember folks, please don't make even the vaguest threat of physical violence on the internet. The quotes in the above-linked story are seeing a very long life.
GOP ON TV: The Plan To Launch Fox News Began During Nixon Adminstration
Tony Perkins On New York Marriage
"[The law] does not protect individuals. It does not protect private business owners. It does not protect, for example, a bed and breakfast owner who is using their own private personal property in the type of intimate setting that a bed and breakfast is. It does not protect licensed professionals. For example, it does not protect counselors. It also does not protect lawyers--you may have a family law attorney who does not want to do a same-sex divorce because of their deeply held religious beliefs. It does not protect fertility doctors who may have a strict belief and only want to help [heterosexual] married couples because they believe a kid deserves both a mom and a dad. The dominos from this decision are just starting to fall. One newspaper is reporting that the New York Department of Correctional Services is already rewriting its rules for inmates' 'conjugal visits,' which will now be open to homosexual 'spouses.' Prisons will provide the condoms! - Hate group head Tony Perkins, via press release.
Olbermann On Marcus Bachmann
Friday, July 01, 2011
William Shatner - O Canada
NOM Staffer Explains Why NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo Should Be Denied Communion
Thomas Peters is the NOM staffer who embarrassed himself by posting a preemptive National Review article declaring that same-sex marriage had been defeated in New York. He's also the son of the Vatican adviser who earlier this week called for Gov. Cuomo to be denied Holy Communion. Yesterday the younger Peters appeared on a Catholic news program to explain why. (And how gay does he seem? Of course!) Peters first appears at the 11:00 mark after some recapping of the New York marriage vote.
Matt Foreman: Celebrating Our Gains
Former NGLTF executive director Matt Foreman takes to the Huffington Post today for a thoughtful essay on why we continue to see hard-fought gains in the LGBT movement. An excerpt:
While opponents of LGBT rights have at least eight national advocacy organizations with budgets of more than $10 million, the LGBT movement has just one. In fact, the annual budget of just one of the biggest opponents of LGBT rights, Focus on the Family/CitizenLink, is greater than the budgets of the 39 largest LGBT advocacy, legal and research organizations, combined. So what explains the continued traction that the LGBT movement has enjoyed in the face of such adversity? There are a lot of related factors. For example, more LGBT people are coming out and more non-LGBT people are getting to know them and are themselves becoming advocates for equal rights. There is also the influence of popular culture and celebrities, the high profile of LGBT issues in the media, and the vibrant presence of LGBT bloggers in social media. But the legal and policy advances of the last decade did not spring miraculously from the results of a public opinion poll or a single heartfelt, pro-gay acceptance speech at the Oscars. Instead, they happened because LGBT organizations made them happen.Read the full article.
Bryan Fischer Flips Out Over Log Cabin Appointee To RNC Finance Team
Tired Old Queen At The Movies #78
Nate Silver: California Voters Would Overturn Proposition 8 In 2012
Elections prognosticator Nate Silver has published another super-complicated voting trends analysis. Even though there's no plan to place a repeal of Prop 8 on the 2012 California ballot, Silver predicts that voters would overturn the measure if given the chance.
Even the relatively cautious Linear Model predicts that 54 percent of Californians would vote against a measure like Proposition 8 if one were on the ballot next year, while 55 percent of Oregonians would vote against a ban on same-sex marriage like the one the state’s voters approved in 2004. Neither prediction seems too far out of line: Oregon’s marriage ban was rejected by 43 percent of voters seven years ago, and California’s by 48 percent two years ago, and public opinion has shifted meaningfully in favor of same-sex marriage since then.
Organizational Flow Charts
PhoboQuotable - Linda Harvey
"Our President has launched a broad scale attack on traditional values. If homosexuals and transgenders are allowed to live and love as they see fit, we would have a whole societal mess on our hands, which is already starting to happen in some areas. We’re already seeing the denial of liberty, intimidation tactics, and flat out dirty tricks in the effort to silence concerned citizens, especially Christians. And I’m sure many of you are as dismayed as I am over our hyper-sexualized culture, well homosexual activism only puts that trend on steroids. It’s not a rights issue, its cultural revolution, where homosexuality is declared acceptable, the harm and detriments disguised, and no other views are allowed. And that’s not human rights, friends, it’s anti-family tyranny. We need someone else as President, don’t you think? Someone who loves and honors God, His design, and truth itself." - Linda Harvey, head of the SPLC-certified hate group Mission America.
Recapping The End Of Glenn Beck
Don't Kiss The Evil Preacher
A 74 year-old North Carolina woman has been charged with assault for kissing an anti-gay preacher demonstrating outside a gay pride event.
Joan Parker admits she kissed a preacher on the cheek at the event, proclaimed by the Salisbury mayor as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Day. "He was just waving his arms and has a Bible in one hand, up and down, and screaming at the top of his lungs, `sodomites' and `you're going to hell,"' Parker said in a phone interview. "I thought he needed a hug. So I gave him a hug." At some point, Parker said, the preacher turned to yell to a man with a camera to take a picture of her. Also at some point, she kissed him. On the cheek, she said, not on the mouth. "He claims I kissed him on the lips, and he's a damned liar," said Parker, who is from Colfax and said he was at the event with her husband to show support. "I believe I did kiss him on his cheek." The preacher, James Edward Belcher of Taylorsville, said he never claimed Parker kissed him on the lips, but that's only because he turned his face as she came toward him.Police estimate that 200 anti-gay protesters attended the small pride event, which saw only 2000 LGBT attendees.
Bjork - Crystalline
Movies At Bryant Park
Log Cabin Head Named To RNC
Log Cabin Republicans executive director R. Clark Cooper has been named to the RNC's finance committee. The AFA reports:
The Log Cabin group says R. Clarke Cooper will play a "critical" role in raising funds for the party's efforts to elect Republicans to the White House and across the country. Cooper says he will be working to elect what he calls "pro-equality Republicans." Bob Kabel, a former national chairman of the Log Cabin Republicans who now chairs the District of Columbia Republican Committee, lauds Cooper's new role and references the GOP's "winning strategy for 2012, one based upon inclusion and the conviction that with a big tent the GOP can recapture the White House."
OHIO: Loaded Guns In Bars? Sure!
What could possibly go wrong?
Ohio Republican Governor John Kasich on Thursday signed into law a bill that allows gun owners in the state to carry concealed weapons into bars and other places where alcohol is served. The measure, which was forwarded to Kasich on June 22 by the Ohio General Assembly, was signed on Thursday afternoon. Kasich is scheduled to sign the Ohio budget later Thursday.