Friday, November 30, 2012
Matt Barber: People With AIDS Are Sinners Who Deserve Their Gruesome Deaths
™ could not possibly behave more repulsively, Christian leader Matt Barber proves you wrong. Deliberately timed for World AIDS Day, obviously.
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Press Release Of The Day
From an email blast by the Manhattan Declaration:
Earlier this week, I was boarding a flight bound for home when the gentlemen seated beside me politely informed me that I would have to stand once more. "My husband is coming," he said. As the plane taxied, I imagined myself explaining to these men what I did for a living and the conversation that would ensue (or not). I felt hopeless. I had planned to spend the flight writing my review of an important new book titled "What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense." That plan went right out the small circular window. Instead, I got out a crossword and prayed. After awhile (through overhearing) I learned that the men attend a local church. I couldn't help but smile. No matter how feebly I navigate through life, the LORD is working. And who knows - maybe they will Google the lapel pin on my carry-on.The note is unsigned but presumably comes from their executive director Eric Teetsel, who recently bragged about the Manhattan Declaration's fly new lapel pin.
NOTE: For those unaware, signers of the Manhattan Declaration avow that they will "civilly disobey" laws that protect LGBT people from discrimination. The Manhattan Declaration was recently cited in the RICO lawsuit filed against numerous anti-gay groups alleged to be accomplices in the kidnapping of the child of a lesbian mother. Some of the parties named in the lawsuit have signed the Manhattan Declaration.
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ARIZONA: Principal Punishes Boys By Forcing Them To Hold Hands
cruelly mock them as homosexuals. The boys were so humiliated, they shielded their faces rather than face their taunters.
Earlier this week, the two students at Westwood High School in Mesa, Ariz., who have not been named, were faced with the prospect of either suspension from school, or sitting in chairs in the high school’s courtyard and holding hands for 15 minutes during a lunch period. They opted for the latter. “Kids were laughing at them and calling them names, asking, ‘Are you gay?’” student Brittney Smyers told ABC affiliate KNXV. Teens at the high school inevitably posted photos of the two, who spent the time shielding their faces with their heads in their hands, to social media sites. On the Facebook posting, users commented that the public punishment is not appropriate, as it positions the teens as targets for taunting and name-calling. Others suggested the punishment was anti-gay, as it implies two males holding hands is embarrassing.The Mesa Public School District issued a statement: "The district does not condone the choice of in-school discipline given these students, regardless of their acceptance or willingness to participate. District leadership will address this matter with the school principal and review district protocol regarding student discipline with all administrators." (Tipped by JMG reader Todd)
No News From SCOTUS For Today
SCOTUSblog reports: "The Supreme Court, after taking most of the day to prepare new orders, took no action Friday on the ten same-sex marriage cases now on the docket." We might know something on Monday. Maybe.
UPDATE: Lambda Legal's John Davison weighs in.
The Court may announce on Monday that there are additional cases that it has decided to review. There are a number of reasons that the Court may not have felt ready to announce what it is doing today. It could be that the justices needed additional time to craft the language of the order or orders in one or more cases they have decided to hear. (For example, the Court can rewrite the questions they want the parties to address in the case or cases in which they have granted review from the way the parties phrased them in their petitions seeking review.)
2. The Court may announce on Monday some cases it has decided not to review. That might include one or more of the DOMA cases, Perry, or Diaz. Alternatively, the Court could wait to announce anything about any of these cases until the justices are ready to announce what action they have decided to take regarding all of them.
3. The Court may have decided that it needed to discuss the cases further before they can reach their decisions about which cases to hear. The Court's next scheduled conference is next Friday, December 7th. So, it may be that we will all be repeatedly hitting refresh again then (and keeping the dog waiting to be walked) to see if there are orders issued regarding these cases that day.
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ILLINOIS: Not-Gay Rep. Aaron Schock Reportedly Mulling Run For Governor
just-released poll, gay-friendly Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is the most unpopular governor in the nation. Quinn assumed office after former Gov. Rod Blagojevitch exploded into scandal and bad hair. Quinn then was "legitimately" elected in 2010. Among those reportedly considering a run to challenge Quinn in 2014 is totally not-gay slice of beefcake GOP Rep. Aaron Schock, whom the above-linked pollster observes "would be topped" by Quinn by only one point were the election held today. Topped. Heh.
ILLINOIS: Court Rejects Hate Group's Attempt To Join Marriage Case
Today the circuit court of Cook County denied an attempt by the Illinois Family Institute to defend against Lambda Legal's bid to overturn that state's ban on same-sex marriage. Two local churches, the Church of Christian Liberty and the Grace Gospel Fellowship, were also rejected. Lambda Legal writes via press release:
"We are now closer to the day these families can tell their stories in court, and explain in their own words why it is so hurtful and wrong to exclude them and their children ever from belonging to married families, without further unnecessary delays," said Camilla Taylor, Marriage Project Director for Lambda Legal. "The Illinois government should be treating all families fairly. The freedom to marry the one unique and irreplaceable person you love, whether it is someone of the same sex or a different sex, is an essential liberty for all of us. Thousands of couples and their children across the state feel a sense of loss and experience discrimination every day because the state unfairly excludes them from marriage."The Illinois governor and the Attorney General have both refused to defend the suit. In July two downstate county clerks won the right to intervene in Lambda Legal's case and another brought by the ACLU. Both county clerks are being represented by the Thomas More Society. The Illinois Family Institute, the former home of Peter LaBarbera, is listed as an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Editorial Of The Day
From Tom Goldstein at SCOTUSblog:
At their Conference today, the Justices will consider petitions raising federal constitutional issues related to same-sex marriage. These are the most significant cases these nine Justices have ever considered, and probably that they will ever decide.Read the full essay.
I have never before seen cases that I believed would be discussed two hundred years from now. Bush v. Gore and Obamacare were relative pipsqueaks. The government’s assertion of the power to prohibit a loving couple to marry, or to refuse to recognize such a marriage, is profound. So is the opposite claim that five Justices can read the federal Constitution to strip the people of the power to enact the laws governing such a foundational social institution.
The cases present a profound test of the Justices’ judgment. The plaintiffs’ claims are rooted in the fact that these laws rest on an irrational and invidious hatred, enshrined in law. On the other hand, that describes some moral judgments. The Constitution does not forbid every inequality, and the people must correct some injustices (even some grave ones) themselves, legislatively.
The striking feature of these cases – not present in any others I have ever seen – is that that they would have been decided by the Justices’ predecessors one way and would be decided by the Justices’ successors another way.
Manhunt Promotes Truvada
today announced that they will begin promoting the usage of Truvada, which was recently approved by the FDA as a daily HIV preventive for high-risk populations. Via press release:
Manhunt has partnered with Gladstone Institutes’ Dr. Robert Grant and The Fenway Institute to assure that the information conveyed is accurate and consistent with peer-reviewed published science. This promotion is part of Manhunt’s 2012 Social Responsibility Initiative, and it is entirely self-funded. The promotion is being sent to over 2.5 million Manhunt members on World AIDS Day through Manhunt’s internal email broadcast system with the following tagline: “HIV Prevention Pill for Negative Men (and women too): A choice when condoms are in the way or not enough?” The campaign encourages members to visit Manhunt Cares™ dedicated PrEP page to learn more about this important biomedical intervention.As we've noted here on JMG many times, the usage of Truvada as an HIV preventive has somewhat fractured the HIV/AIDS advocacy movement. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, in particular, campaigned against its approval for this usage and called the FDA's decision "reckless." The San Francisco AIDS Foundation and amFAR, however, both support Truvada's usage as a preventive. The long-term effects of Truvada on uninfected (and infected) individuals remains unclear.
MD Marriages To Begin January 1st
Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler said on Thursday same-sex couples can begin to marry in the state on Jan. 1. He wrote in a 19-page opinion that clerks can begin to issue marriage licenses to gays and lesbians as soon as Dec. 6, as long as they don’t take effect until the same-sex marriage law takes effect at the start of the new year. A 1999 law states a marriage license is not valid until 6 a.m. on the second calendar day after a clerk issues it. Gansler concluded this requirement does not “expressly prohibit licenses becoming effective after that time.”Gov. Martin O'Malley has applauded the decision.
PR Pitch Of The Day
Vice Merchants, the rebelliously luxe bedding company, announced today the release of “Cowpokes,” its first line of bedding geared specifically towards gay men. Made from 100% Egyptian cotton, 400 thread count, fine Sateen fabric, Cowpokes is the ultimate in edgy products that let you embrace a sexy twist in your everyday life. The bedding, available in Wheat and Slate, features a ranch scene of playfully undressed men engaging in acts of whimsical outdoor fun and farm work. Illustrated by award winning artist, K. Commodore, cows, horses and tractors further set the scene as men work hard and play hard in the foreground. “We’re enthusiastic to expand our brand to cater to the gay community,” Jake Katz, President of Vice Merchants stated. “Cowpokes is a design unlike any other that allows gay men to spice up your bedroom in a subtle, yet enticing and playful manner. With this bedding, every night can feel like a sweaty day with the boys on the ranch.”And you thought Hello Kitty was the only "line of bedding geared specifically towards gay men."
US Ranks 51st In Life Expectancy
just issued by the CIA World Factbook, the United States ranks 51st in the world for life expectancy.
The tiny tax haven of Monaco - with its notoriously wealthy inhabitants and compulsory state-funded health service - has the highest life expectancy at an average of 89.68 years, five years higher than anywhere else on earth, according to the CIA World Factbook. The country with the worst life expectancy is the African state of Chad at a shocking 48.69 years. Life expectancy in America ranks 51st in the CIA's table at 78.49 years - lower than Canada (81.48), Australia (81.90), New Zealand (80.71), Japan (83.91), the UK (80.17) and much of Europe. Of the top five longest-living nations the only large country is Japan, with the rest being city states. Life expectancy levels in South America and generally 10 years lower than those in North America. People are likely to live the shortest in sub-Saharan Africa, with no country in that vast region having an average life expectancy of over 60. The worst countries to live in if you want to reach old age are Afghanistan (49.72), Swaziland (49.42), South Africa (49.41) Guinea-Bissau (49.11) and Chad (48.69).The full ranking of nations is here. The top-linked story does not mention that the lowest-ranked nations tend to be among those hardest hit by HIV/AIDS.
Ali Forney Center Launches Video Series: Homeless For The Holidays 2012
The Ali Forney Center this week launched a new video series titled Homeless For The Holidays. In their first clip, a young man recounts being thrown out his house at the age of 14 and how he ended up contemplating suicide by walking into the ocean at Coney Island. Hit the link for information about their holiday donor drive.
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Water Confirmed On Mercury
presence of ice on the north pole of Mercury.
Temperatures on Mercury can reach 800 degrees Fahrenheit (427 degrees Celsius), but around the north pole, in areas permanently shielded from the sun's heat, NASA's Messenger spacecraft found a mix of frozen water and possible organic materials. Evidence of big pockets of ice is visible from a latitude of 85 degrees north up to the pole, with smaller deposits scattered as far away as 65 degrees north. The find is so enticing that NASA will direct Messenger's observation toward that area in the coming months — when the angle of the sun allows — to get a better look, said Gregory Neumann, a Messenger instrument scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland."There is an ongoing campaign, when the spacecraft permits, to look further northward," said Neumann, the lead author of one of three Mercury studies published online Thursday by the journal Science.We're still waiting to hear what the big discovery on Mars might be.
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Tony Perkins: Gays Are Lying About Me
tweet or Update story and conclude that FRC is any way supporting the death penalty of homosexuals. But gay activists have their hooks so deeply in the mainstream media that reporters no longer bother to check their facts. Once the blogs start spreading the lies of organizations like HRC and SPLC, they percolate up to reporters like Carolyn Lochhead at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, who regurgitate HRC's garbage without so much as a courtesy call to our office. And these aren't harmless little lies either.
"They're the same intentional misrepresentations that led to the controversy over FRC's alleged ties to Chick-fil-A--culminating, as you may remember, in the violent shooting of one of our own employees! Americans need to understand that this cozy relationship between the liberal media and unreliable sources like HRC is fostering a culture of hatred and violence--that same culture that led to the attempted mass murder of the entire FRC office. While it's troubling that any organization would deliberately spread untruths, it's more disturbing that someone who claims the title of journalist would report these lies as fact." - Hate group leader Tony Perkins, continuing to lie about his history of supporting Uganda's gay death penalty.
For the hundredth time, here's the 2009 audio of Perkins denouncing President Obama for objecting to Uganda's proposed gay death penalty.
Perkins also continues to lie about the Family Research Council's role in defeating a U.S. House resolution that would have condemned Uganda's bill. As I wrote earlier this year:
The FRC lobbied to change the language of the Uganda resolution because (according to them) denouncing the executions of homosexuals constituted "pro-homosexual promotion" because of a clause associating "human rights" with "gay rights." Those are the FRC's exact words, which are available for public viewing on their federally-filed lobbying disclosure form. They didn't have to explicitly oppose the bill because they knew that their objection to its wording would be enough to kill it thanks to FRC-friendly GOP House members who then voted to "refer it back to committee," where it has languished for the past two years. However you want to spin it, the actions of FRC lobbyists did indisputably prevent the House from condemning Uganda's still-pending "kill the gays" bill.Tony Perkins just cannot stop lying. He is incapable of the truth, even when faced with his own voice and his group's own federal lobbying disclosure report.
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Atheist Group Launches Site For Kids
new website to support young atheists. They write:
This engaging resource offers a welcoming home for humanist, atheist and other non-traditionally religious kids where they can find information untainted by supernaturalism on a wide range of topics, including religion in public schools, science, discrimination, sexuality, and reading suggestions. “Whether they already made up their minds to reject supernatural explanations, or are just questioning, it’s time to make available an online resource that’s built just for kids without God,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “These kids may be from traditionally religious families, or from families like that of President Barack Obama, whose mother was a secular humanist. KidsWithoutGod.com will be a friendly online community for kids who might be too shy to ask an adult directly what it’s like to be good without a god.”The group says they will support the new site with an ad campaign that will appear on numerous websites as well as on city buses in the Washington DC area. They note that Disney and National Geographic have refused to run the ads on their sites.
NYC Steps Up Meningitis Warning
Yesterday the New York City Department of Health issued a stronger warning about the ongoing rash of meningitis cases among gay men. Their latest recommendation includes a directive that all at-risk gay men in much of Brooklyn, not just the HIV+, should be vaccinated. Via press release:
Meningococcal vaccine should be offered to HIV-infected men who are New York City residents and who report intimate contact with a man met either through an online website, digital application ("app"), or at a bar or party since September 1, 2012. Meningococcal vaccine should now also be offered to men who have sex with men, regardless of HIV status, if they live in specific areas of Brooklyn (Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville, Bushwick, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, Downtown Brooklyn, Dumbo, East New York, Prospect Heights, and Williamsburg) and report intimate contact with a man met either through an online website, digital application ("app"), or at a bar or party since September 1, 2012.Last month the city began offering free vaccinations to high-risk HIV+ gay men in all five boroughs. There have been at least four deaths since the outbreak began early this fall.
Orthodox Rabbis Denounce "Ex-Gay" Therapy By Jewish Group JONAH
Pink News reports today that the Rabbinical Council of America has denounced JONAH, the Jewish "ex-gay" group based in New Jersey which was just sued for fraud by the Southern Poverty Law Center. They also want JONAH to remove a letter from their website which claims that the Rabbinical Council has endorsed their work. Their statement:
“As rabbis trained in Jewish law and values, we base our religious positions regarding medical matters on the best research and advice of experts and scholars in those areas, along with concern for the religious, emotional, and physical welfare of those impacted by our decisions. Our responsibility is to apply halakhic (Jewish legal) values to those opinions. Despite numerous attempts by the RCA to have mention of that original letter removed from the JONAH website, our calls, letters, and emails remain unanswered.”The Rabbinical Council represents over 1000 Orthodox rabbis in the United States.
UNRELATED: Also yesterday the Rabbinical Council posted a message to "express dismay" over the vote to upgrade Palestine's status at the United Nations.
Egyptian Court Sentences Florida Pastor Terry Jones To Death Over Movie
sentenced in absentia.
The case was seen as largely symbolic because the defendants, most of whom live in the United States, are all outside Egypt and are thus unlikely to ever face the sentence. The charges were brought in September during a wave of public outrage in Egypt over the amateur film, which was produced by an Egyptian-American Copt. The low-budget "Innocence of Muslims," parts of which were made available online, portrays the Prophet Muhammad as a fraud, womanizer and buffoon. Egypt's official news agency said the court found the defendants guilty of harming national unity, insulting and publicly attacking Islam and spreading false information — charges that carry the death sentence. Maximum sentences are common in cases tried in absentia in Egypt. Capital punishment decisions are reviewed by the country's chief religious authority, who must approve or reject the sentence. A final verdict is scheduled on Jan. 29.Jones says the sentence "shows the true face of Islam." (Tipped by JMG reader Eric)
Ugandan Gay Group Claims Bill Still Contains Gay Death Penalty Clause
According to a bulletin sent late last night by the Ugandan Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law (website), the pending Anti-Homosexuality Act still contains the death penalty. They write:
The Anti-Homosexuality Bill was upgraded to Item No. 1 on the Order of Business to Follow of the Ugandan Parliament which means it may be tabled in a matter of hours from now. The Coalition today requested and obtained the version of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill which is going to be tabled as the Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2012. It is clear that none of the provisions have been changed from those of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009. It is still the “Kill the Gays Bill’! The report of the Legal & Parliamentary Affairs Committee has still not been released.Earlier this week the BBC reported that Ugandan lawmakers have claimed that the death penalty provision had been removed, but they refused to make the allegedly amended bill available to the press for inspection. Today at noon there will be a protest at the Ugandan consulate near the United Nations building in Manhattan. I'll have more on this story today as we hear developments.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Nevada Court Upholds Marriage Ban
denied a challenge made by eight gay couples to that state's ban on same-sex marriage. In its opinion, the Court writes:
This case arises out of the refusal of the State of Nevada to permit same-sex couples to enter into civil marriages, as well as its refusal to recognize same-sex marriages performed in nother states as “marriages” under Nevada law. The question before the Court is not the wisdom of providing for or recognizing same-sex marriages as a matter of policy but whether the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits the People of the State of Nevada from maintaining statutes that reserve the institution of civil marriage to one-man–one-woman relationships or from amending their state constitution to prohibit the State from recognizing marriages formed in other states as “marriages” under Nevada law if those marriages do not conform to Nevada’s one-man–one-woman civil marriage institution. For the reasons given herein, the Court rules that it does not. To the extent the present challenge is not precluded by U.S. Supreme Court precedent, Defendants are entitled to summary judgment.Prop 8 Trial Tracker notes that the case will likely be appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court.
UPDATE: The case was brought by Lambda Legal, who writes:
This is not the end of this fight. We will appeal and continue to fight for these loving couples, who are harmed by Nevada's law barring marriage for same-sex couples. By forbidding same-sex couples' access to marriage, the State brands them and their children as second-class citizens. This entire decision rests on the ridiculous premise that a 'meaningful percentage of heterosexual persons' will decide not to get married if same-sex couples can. Not only is this not true, but it is settled law that the government is not allowed to cater to private biases -- which is all that imagining that 'some couples won't join this club if those people are admitted' amounts to. We are confident this ruling will be overturned on appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
UN Upgrades Status For Palestine
MICHIGAN: School Teacher Suspended For Playing Pro-Gay Music Video
has been suspended for playing a popular pro-gay music video upon a request by a student.
"I asked him a few questions about the song. If it was violent, if there was any profanity, and he said no. And I said this sounds like a great song to go ahead and use for the class," said Susan Johnson. The song is called "Same Love" written in support of same sex marriage. Underground rapper Ben Maclemore tackles the dangers of hate and stereotypes by showing the struggle of a homosexual man from birth to death. As Johnson listened to the song, she said she thought to herself this was something her students could learn from. "This is one of the things in my school that we're trying to practice and we're trying to instill in our students is tolerance to diversity," she explained. However, another student in class didn't agree with the lyrics, went to the office and complained. Before the school day ended, Johnson claims the principal and assistant superintendent told her she was suspended indefinitely without pay. "I don't think that it was really even thought through," she said. "I was paralyzed. I really didn't understand why I was being suspended." Assistant Superintendent Melissa Baker didn't care to elaborate. "No one is going to have a comment for you. We don't go on camera here in South Lyon," she said.The video now has almost 8 million views on YouTube. Here it is again, in case you missed it two months ago here on JMG.
RUSSIA: Legislature To Consider National Ban On "Propaganda Of Homosexualism"
The Russian State Duma will consider the first reading of a federal level bill banning so-called "propaganda of homosexualism" on December 19th, 2012. This information was received from Russian State Duma calendar to address issues in the second ten days of December, which was recently approved by the Duma. Igor Kochetkov, Chairman of Russian LGBT Network: "Today we would like to address to the deputies of State Duma with a call. Don't discredit yourselves and Russia by adoption this absolutely senseless ith common sense and the right of law. One year of application of such laws in the regions have shown that, in practice, they are used to persecute dissidents, not to protect the children. Under the pretext of protecting the family the author of the bill actually destroy it, identifying a family as "biological union of a man and a woman." In reality this "farm" approach to people shows how some deputies look to us, their constituents."The Russia LGBT Network has a blog (in Russian.)
Tomorrow In NYC: Uganda Protest
At noon on Friday, November 30, 2012, human rights activists will hold a peaceful protest outside the Uganda Mission, at 336 East 45th Street, to help stop the "Kill-the-Gays" bill now topping the Uganda Parliament's agenda, due to human rights offender, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga.The photo is from last year's protest at Uganda House.
The action titled: “Uganda: The World Is Watching” is being organized by The AEB Project, a U.S. LGBT civil rights network, in consultation with Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG) and others.
Protest signs will read: "Gays Like Christmas Too" and "Shame On Uganda" in response to Speaker Kadaga's promise that the genocidal law, which threatens death or life imprisonment to gay Ugandans, will come as a Christmas present to Uganda. Jesus Christ would no doubt be shocked.
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PENNSYLVANIA: Restaurant Loses Battle Over Church Bulletin Discount Offer
screeched when an atheist group complained about a Pennsylvania restaurant that offered a discount to patrons who brought in that Sunday's church bulletin. AFA founder Don Wildmon sent out this message to his followers:
After reading this story, I urge you to join with other Christian leaders in opposing efforts to take away our religious freedom. If you are willing to join other Christian leaders in opposing the loss of religious freedom and moral decay, please use the reply buttonand give me your name, title and address.Yesterday the York Daily Record reported that the restaurant has settled the complaint by agreeing to offer the discount to any group "oriented around religion." That includes atheists.
The one-sentence settlement from the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission reads: "Respondent will continue to give a discount for any bulletin from any group oriented around the subject of religious faith, including publications from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, as long as they maintain the Sunday discount program." John Wolff of Lancaster County filed the complaint with the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. His complaint focused on the 10 percent discount Prudhomme's offers diners who present a church bulletin on Sundays. Wolff could not be immediately reached for comment Wednesday. Prudhomme's claimed victory, with attorney Randall Wenger noting the restaurant will continue offering the Sunday discount promotion. "It was a frivolous thing," he said. "It was really not in keeping with the really noble purposes behind the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. I can't imagine that those who passed the act contemplated that somebody would try to use it in the future for something like this."Friendly Atheist blogger Hemant Mehta weighs in:
They wanted to give a discount to religious customers, to make them feel special. They wanted to give people an incentive to be religious and go to church. They tried to pretend that wasn’t the case, even suggesting that atheists could just walk into a church and grab a bulletin without sitting through the service in order to take advantage of the discount. Because that’s normal behavior. But they can’t do any of that anymore. Now, they have to treat all their customers equally. Too bad for them, right?Mehta notes that the restaurant is still running the same offer with no mention of any change.
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Rick Santorum, pointing out that he won eleven GOP primaries in 2012, the same number the Reagan won in his failed 1976 presidential bid.
PHILADELPHIA: "Drag Brigade" to March In Mummer's New Year's Day Parade
Philadelphia drag star Ian Morrison, a.k.a Ms. Brittany Lynn, and her Drag Mafia will be the first “Drag Brigade” to ever march in the Philadelphia Mummer’s Day Parade on New Year’s Day. James Julia, President of the Mummers Brigade Association, and Rocco Gallelli the current Mummers Board President, asked Morrison and his Drag Mafia to lead the String Bands in the parade down Philadelphia’s Broad Street. The group will march from Washington Avenue to City Hall before departing the parade to join the Fancy Brigades at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.The parade is divided into five divisions: Comics, Wench Brigades, Fancies, String Bands, and Fancy Brigades. The reaction to this news should prove amusing.
Liberty Counsel Expects A Ruling Tomorrow On Bid To Block California's "Ex-Gay" Therapy Ban
The Liberty Counsel today announced that they expect a ruling tomorrow on their bid to thwart California's just-approved ban on the "ex-gay" torture and brainwashing of children. Their suit was filed on behalf of NARTH, whose co-founder George Rekers was recently exposed for hiring a lithe young male prostitute for a two-week European vacation. In today's clip, Mat Staver and Matt Barber claim that California's ban will prevent the treatment of the victims of pedophiles like Jerry Sandusky.
As he so often does, at 6:50 in the clip Matt Barber blatantly lies about the APA's position on so-called "reparative therapy." Here's what a spokeman for the APA said just yesterday about the SPLC's suit against a New Jersey "ex-gay" group:
"APA has raised concerns about the potential harm done by trying to change a person's sexual orientation. Anecdotal reports of harm include worsening of depression, anxiety, and even suicidal ideation—not to mention individuals entering into heterosexual marriages with the unrealized hope that these would lead to conversion. Unfortunately, many of the individuals, like the defendants named in this lawsuit, are unlicensed and not subject to professional regulation or censure. Hopefully, if the plaintiffs' suit is successful, it will have a chilling effect on the proliferation of unlicensed individuals offering false hope to unhappy individuals struggling with their sexual identities."
Britain Proposes Minimum Price On Booze To Curb Binge Drinking & Crime
minimum price on alcohol in order to curb binge drinking and alcohol-related crime. Via the BBC:
The Home Office has launched a 10-week consultation on the plan, arguing it will help reduce the levels of ill-health and crime related to alcohol. It is also considering banning multi-buy promotions, such as two-for-the-price-of-one. The 45p proposal is 5p higher than the figure suggested by ministers in March. It comes after pressure has been mounting on the government to follow Scotland's lead, where 50p has been proposed. The aim of a minimum price would be to alter the cost of heavily-discounted drinks sold in shops and supermarkets. It is not expected to affect the price of drinks in many pubs. The 45p minimum would mean a can of strong lager could not be sold for less than £1.56 and a bottle of wine below £4.22.The tabloid Daily Mail reports that the European Commission has warned that any minimum price violates international free trade laws.
Putting a minimum price of alcohol is illegal, the European Commission has warned David Cameron. The nine-page letter from Brussels to the Prime Minister says the scheme would break laws governing the free movement of goods. The average family drinks bill will soar by almost £100 a year under the Government’s plan for minimum pricing for alcohol, it was revealed last night. Wine-producing nations such as France, Italy and Spain are planning to take Britain to court for breaching the EU law on free trade.RELATED: This summer NYC launched a study into binge drinking which some believe heralds a possible similar move by Mayor Bloomberg. Domestic beers sell for $8 or more in many nightspots, but $2 specials are not unheard of. New York City already bans "all you can drink" specials such as beer busts.
Obama Issues World AIDS Day Statement
"NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States do hereby proclaim December 1, 2012, as World AIDS Day. I urge the Governors of the States and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, officials of the other territories subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and the American people to join me in appropriate activities to remember those who have lost their lives to AIDS and to provide support and comfort to those living with this disease." - President Obama.
Faithbuddy: The Christian Facebook
Christians-only take on Facebook:
Our primary business model is based on memberships, not advertising. Our goal is to provide an online environment with few distractions. And while some ad-driven networks may be designed to consume your time, we design to conserve it. We don't track "friends" on Faithbuddy, and we've made social following anonymous. That removes social pressure, allowing you to receive updates on someone (or not) based entirely on your interest. Your contact information is not automatically shared with those you follow. Our software platform and applications are built from the ground up with an emphasis on privacy control. Our brand new approach to privacy management gives you greater and more intuitive control over how your information is shared, and enables safer online environments for young users.Faithbuddy promises that users will not be confronted "with photos of belly flab" or "virtual farm animals."
San Francisco Asks Appeals Court For Advance Notice Of New Weddings
advance notice on the possible ruling that again allows same-sex weddings in California.
The city asked for the notice in a letter from Chief Deputy City Attorney Therese M. Stewart to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday. Concerned about being "deluged by same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses" and "large gatherings, including protesters" after a ruling that would allow same-sex couples to once again marry in California, Stewart asked for the 24-hour notice so the city could coordinate the "substantial" logistical efforts involved.See San Francisco's full letter at the link above.
The request went to the Ninth Circuit, and not the Supreme Court, because of the specific procedures involved in ending an appeal. If the Supreme Court announces that it is denying the request of the backers of Proposition 8 to hear an appeal of the case, then the Ninth Circuit's ruling striking down the law will stand. The Ninth Circuit mandate has been stayed, or put on hold, while the request to the Supreme Court, called a petition for a writ of certiorari, is pending. If the petition is denied, the appeals court then will issue a mandate to return the case to the district court, which will enable its final judgment in the case to take effect.
Holland To Spike Blasphemy Law
has the story:
The Dutch parliament will approve a motion to abolish a law that criminalizes blasphemy, mainly due to strong support by the Liberal Party (VVD). On Wednesday, a majority of parties in the Netherlands stated that the blasphemy law was no longer relevant in the 21st century. The VVD party had refused to support efforts to annul the law during the tenure of the previous government in order not to upset the fundamentalist Christian party SGP, whose support was necessary in the upper house of parliament.The Christian-right party has denounced the decision, saying that it is a "painful loss of a moral anchor." It will still be illegal to insult the police or Queen Beatrix.
Denver Post: Civil Unions On Fast Track
Labor battles, gun fights, fracking and education financing will test lawmakers when the state legislature opens Jan. 9, but one issue is not in doubt: Colorado is poised to become the ninth state in the nation to allow same-sex couples to form civil unions. After two years of fighting over the issue, the Republicans who controlled the House and killed the measure are out of power, paving the way for a civil unions bill to head to Gov. John Hickenlooper, who supports legal recognition for same-sex couples. But the victory will be bittersweet for Sen. Pat Steadman, the gay lawmaker who has led the fight for civil unions. The Denver Democrat said he believes allowing gays to marry, rather than just form civil unions, would truly represent equality, but marriage is banned under Colorado's constitution. And he won't be able to share the moment with his partner of 12 years, Dave Misner, who died in September after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. "It's going to be very sad for me, and sort of anticlimactic," Steadman said.(Tipped by JMG reader Bob)
Family Research Council Prays For America To Become More Like Uganda
From the FRC's prayer of the day:
Bloodshed, violence and political unrest persisted for years after Idi Amin's demise. But Uganda began to recover after pastors began to unite in desperate prayer for their nation. FRC has joined in prayer with pastors and leaders from across Africa, including Ugandan Pastor Laban Jumba, a prayer pioneer during the Amin regime who birthed Intercessors for Uganda in the 70s. Believers across Africa are praying for America, that God will send revival and awakening, our nation's only real hope. Thank God for leaders who stand boldly for Jesus, understand the curse of sin, and know God and His blessing are a nation's greatest possession. May God raise up such leaders in America and every nation! (Ex 18:21; 1 Sam 16:1, 7, 11-16; Ps 75:6; Jer 23:5-6; Lk 22:25-27; 1 Tim 2:1-8)
Open Thread Thursday
Perkins Slams SPLC's "Ex-Gay" Suit
NYC Has Day Without Violent Crime
The police can't recall the last time this happened:
For the first time in living memory, New York has spent a day entirely without violent crime. The city police department's chief spokesman said that Monday was the most bloodshed-free 24-hour period in recent history. Not a single murder, shooting, stabbing or other incident of violent crime was reported for a whole day. Despite a July spike in homicides, the city's murder rate is on target to hit its lowest point since 1960.
Killings are now down 23% compared with last year, which represents a 50-year low. There have been 366 murders so far this year in New York City, compared with 472 at this time last year. Experts say such a low number of homicides is highly unusual for a US city of eight million people. Gang-plagued Chicago, Illinois, has chalked up 462 murders this year, despite having a population of about 2.7 million people. There have been 301 murders in 2012 in the city of Philadelphia, which has 1.5 million people.
Dr. Oz On Yesterday's Show
"My biggest epiphany occurred after hearing where the opposing groups found some common ground. The guests who appeared on my show on either side of this debate agreed that entering into any therapy with guilt and self-hate is a major error. Trying to change who you are instead of loving who you are leads to broken spirits and broken hearts. Encouraging self-acceptance is the only way to help alleviate the shame experienced by those who are struggling with their sexuality – and help them reach a place where who they are matches who they want to be. - Dr. Oz, writing on his blog. (Tipped by JMG reader Peter)
RELATED: GLAAD, GLSEN, and PFLAG yesterday a joint statement denouncing the show for its handling of the topic. An excerpt:
Producers of the Dr. Oz Show framed their program on so-called reparative therapy in a way that provided a lengthy platform for junk science. The first two segments of the show featured two proponents of so-called reparative therapy, neither of whom was challenged, at any point, by Dr. Oz or any guests. These two “ex-gay” activists, however, were invited to stay and rebut statements by opponents throughout the rest of the program. NARTH representative Julie Hamilton was introduced by Dr. Oz as an “expert” and spoke to countless parents and youth in the audience, as if NARTH’s work and practices represent legitimate and acceptable medical practices. Producers held conversations with GLAAD, GLSEN and PFLAG National leading up to the episode, but did not disclose that a representative of NARTH would be featured. Although the show also featured guests who condemned the idea and practice of “reparative therapy,” Dr. Oz himself never weighed in, and the audience was misled to believe that there are actual experts on both sides of this issue. There are not.
SPOILER: American Horror Story
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Exorcism Of The Day
SF Chorus: A Tribute To Harvey Milk
Yesterday was the 34th anniversary of Harvey Milk's assassination. JMG reader Sean Chapin writes with a description of the clip below:
The video follows an original chorus member (Robert Rufo) who was at the chorus' first-ever public appearance, which was at the candlelight vigil on the steps of City Hall the night when Harvey Milk was assassinated. Robert Rufo remembers what it was like that night, and how the chorus has been living the legacy of Harvey Milk since then over the last 34 years. The video shows Robert Rufo and the SF Gay Men's Chorus singing at the 34th anniversary memorial service and marching with candles to the Castro. Speakers at the memorial service last night included Supervisor Scott Weiner, Harvey Milk's campaign manager Anne Kronenberg, Mayor Ed Lee, former Mayor Willie Brown, George Moscone's son Jonathan Moscone, California State Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, Supervisor David Campos and Harvey Milk's nephew Stuart Milk. The song/recording in the video is "Thou Lord Our Refuge", which the chorus sung that night at City Hall when Harvey Milk left us in 1978, as re-arranged by chorus member Edwin Morales and performed earlier this year in 2012. The chorus in June 2013 will be premiering a landmark concert called Harvey Milk 2013, Living The Legacy.
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Illinois Marriage Vote By January?
Via press release from Lambda Legal:
Today plaintiff couples in Darby v. Orr and Lazaro v. Orr, the lawsuits brought by Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in Illinois, met with legislators to urge them to vote in favor of a bill ending the ban on marriage for same-sex couples in Illinois. The bill, House Bill 5710, The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, could be voted on by the Illinois General Assembly in January 2013.
"We want our lawmakers to know how important this is to our family," said Anne Dickey, plaintiff in Darby v. Orr. "Every day, our child go to feels different from their classmates because Laura and I aren't allowed to get married. Whether it is through the courts or the legislature, we need the freedom to marry." "Our family, our love and our commitment deserves the recognition and dignity of marriage," said Richard Rykhus, a plaintiff in Lazaro v. Orr. "We believe that Illinois law should recognize fully the family that we have built together."
FRANCE: Catholic Group To Sue Topless "Nuns" For Public Exhibitionism
they will sue a group of pro-gay fake nuns for counter-protesting their anti-gay hate rally while topless.
Catholic group Civitas is suing the group FEMEN for “sexual exhibitionism” in front of children, as well as protesting illegally and insulting a religious group by mocking their appearance. The feminist protesters turned up to the march against the proposed marriage for all law wearing only knickers and stockings, and with graffiti criticising the march written on their bodies. Some members of the feminist group were attacked and injured by the marchers. Five people have since been arrested in connection to the violence. Alain Escada, the president of Civitas, said the catholic group would also be suing Femen for spreading a message in a violent manner, organised violence with arms and threatening the freedom to protest of others.This should prove interesting. In case you missed it two weeks ago, here's a clip of the protest.
FRC: Four More Years Of President Obama Means More Horrible Gay Rights
Today the Family Research Council issued yet another beg for donations by citing several homosexual horrors that President Obama will unleash over the next four years. Via press release:
This President pushed for repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" to let openly practicing homosexuals serve in our military. We should not be surprised by and possibly even expect the same mentality to push religious freedom out of the workplace through the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). If the President can get it enacted, it would force people to check their moral convictions at the door of their workplace--even if they own the business!The money beg closes by saying that the Family Research Council is the "crucial last line of defense" between the American family and all those hellbound homos bent on destroying this Christian nation.
This President has abandoned the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)--and his constitutional oath to enforce the law of the land--coming out strongly in support of same-sex "marriage." We could see the Supreme Court strike down DOMA, with the President then strong-arming the states to recognize same-sex "marriage" by choking off federal funding unless they comply.
This President will continue to promote the radical homosexual agenda--and more forcefully. He will look for ways to fund it using taxpayer dollars. We saw him support "It Gets Better," a campaign celebrating teen homosexuality. In the same way that his Justice Department forced a Minnesota school district to abandon their neutral homosexuality policy in favor of a pro-homosexuality policy, the President could use the Department of Education's "anti-bullying" policies to force local schools to promote homosexuality.
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The Most Promising DOMA Case?
The American Constitution Society believes that the Supreme Court may decide to hear the Windsor case over all the others.
Notably, Windsor is now looking, to many, like the leading candidate among cert-worthy marriage cases and, for marriage equality advocates, a particularly promising one for at least three reasons. In addition to its facts, Windsor also adds a new dimension to the DOMA jurisprudential landscape. Among the ten federal court rulings to invalidate DOMA thus far, Windsor is the first where a circuit court applied heightened scrutiny to the statute’s sexual orientation-based classification. In the 2-1 ruling, Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs followed the high court’s traditional analysis, asking whether gay people have suffered a history of discrimination; whether sexual orientation is a distinguishing characteristic; whether sexual orientation relates to an individual’s ability to contribute to society, and whether gay people are relatively politically powerless. All of these inquiries, he found, warrant intermediate scrutiny for classifications that, like DOMA’s, distinguish between gay and non-gay people.Read the full analysis.
Nathaniel Frank On "Homophobia" Ban: The Associated Press Got It Wrong
"As Weinberg and others used it, the term meant a dread or fear of close contact with gay people and a strong discomfort with homosexuality. [snip] Not everyone who opposes gay rights has a phobia. At a practical level, it may be wise to throw the term homophobe around less, as calling people names is generally an ineffective way to change their minds. But an important body of evidence suggests that some anti-gay sentiment is a phobia, and this phobia is the basis for anti-gay policy that blocks equality for millions because of irrational fears. In its journalistic effort to appear neutral, the AP risks being part of the problem." - Nathaniel Frank, writing for Salon.
MISSOURI: St. Louis County Approves LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinance
Another win in our best month ever:
In one of the longest and most emotional meetings in the St. Louis County Council’s history, an ordinance was narrowly passed Tuesday night that adds gender identity and sexual orientation to the county’s anti-discrimination regulations and hate crimes law. An overflow crowd of more than 250 people spilled out of the council chambers in Clayton; 92 of them signed up to address the council, and most took advantage of that opportunity in a public comments segment that lasted more than two hours. And as could be expected on an issue that involved religion and civil rights, most of them spoke fervently. The ordinance adds protections for people in employment, housing and public accommodations in unincorporated areas, regardless of their sexual orientation. It also expands protections on the basis of gender and disability.And now we wait on Friday's SCOTUS action.
Staten Island's PS 122 Elementary Chorus Invited To Obama's Inauguration
Rick Warren: Acting On Gayness Is Like Punching Someone In The Nose
Zack Ford has the quote at Think Progress:
Here’s what we know about life. I have all kinds of natural feelings in my life and it doesn’t necessarily mean that I should act on every feeling. Sometimes I get angry and I feel like punching a guy in the nose. It doesn’t mean I act on it. Sometimes I feel attracted to women who are not my wife. I don’t act on it. Just because I have a feeling doesn’t make it right. Not everything natural is good for me. Arsenic is natural.Zack also has a list of Rick Warren's long history of anti-gay douchebaggery.
KENTUCKY: Anti-Gay T-Shirt Company Loses Discrimination Challenge
The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission has sided with the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization in its discrimination complaint against T-shirt printer Hands On Originals, setting up a potential public hearing between the groups. In a document released by both the GLSO and Hands On Originals, the commission found the company violated the city's fairness ordinance, part of which prohibits businesses open to the public from discriminating against people based on sexual orientation. The commission also noted the company should stop "discriminating because of sexual orientation."The GSLO ended up getting their shirts for free from a Cincinnati company. Both sides will now appear at a hearing at which compensatory (but not punitive) damages might be assessed. The t-shirt company, which is being represented by the anti-gay Alliance Defense Fund, claims that they are well-known for being Christians and that they have previously refused orders from other groups with whom they disagree.
NEW YORK CITY: Hurricane Sandy Victims Remembered With Rainbow Laser
Art Production Fund and The Standard present Global Rainbow, After the Storm, a monumental outdoor laser installation by American artist Yvette Mattern on view from 8pm to 2am nightly on November 27th through November 29th from the rooftop of The Standard, High Line and viewable to millions of New Yorkers. Organized in response to Hurricane Sandy, the artist projects seven beams of high power laser light over communities hit hard by the storm, originating on Manhattan's lower west side and spanning across Brooklyn toward the Rockaways. The installation aims to symbolize hope and act as a call to action to support the communities that were devastated by the storm.
Watchdog Group Wants Investigation Of Teabagger Rep. Scott DesJarlais
serial adulterer who may have pressured one of his mistresses into an abortion. Today a House watchdog group is calling for an ethics investigation.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington asked the Office of Congressional Ethics on Tuesday to investigate whether the anti-abortion, family-values Republican from Jasper violated House ethics rules when confronted about the relationship. "It is clear Rep. DesJarlais lied to ensure his telling of events aligns with his current anti-abortion stance," said Melanie Sloan, the group's executive director. The watchdog group, known by the acronym CREW, contends DesJarlais' behavior violated House ethics rules that require all members to act "at all times in a manner that reflects creditably on the House." DesJarlais' relationship with the patient came to light in October when The Huffington Post, an online news site, published the transcript of a 12-year-old phone call between the future congressman and the woman, who claimed she was pregnant.DesJarlais just won a second term. (Tipped by JMG reader Andrew)
Today On Dr. Oz: Ex-Gay Discussion
viewable here) shows PFOX board member Christopher Doyle. He's the guy who screamed at me after I followed him into the parking lot with my camera during the NARTH convention in Philadelphia two years ago. Doyle is also an ugly campaigner against the Day Of Silence. Another guest on the show is San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus member Peter Drake.
Another First: CIA Recruits Gay Spies
recruitment event in association with the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Steve Rothaus has the story at the Miami Herald:
“This is the first one ever,” said Michael Barber, the CIA’s LGBT Community Outreach and Liaison program manager. “This is the first of what I hope will be similarly networking events with LGBT chambers across the nation.” Barber — “a straight ally” — along with gay CIA employees Engineering Development Chief Bill French and Technical Information Officer Tracey Ballard, will speak to prospective employees about the benefits of joining the agency. “I look at my job as informing and educating about the CIA’s mission. And in the LGBT community, debunking those myths,” Barber said, referring to the widely held assumption that gay people are unwelcome. In 1989, a federal appeals court found evidence that the CIA routinely denied security clearances to gay people. “There was a history of discrimination against LGBT persons in the federal government,” Ballard said. “The process was extremely difficult for LGBT people to get security clearance prior to 1995."The CIA already has an LGBT employees group with over 200 members.