Video: Southern Baptists promote upcoming anti-gay (and pro-'ex-gay') conference
Because nothing else important is going on it the world, the Southern Baptist Conventions Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission is dedicating its entire national conference—the whole damn thing!—to us. Namely, they will spend their time scheming ways to stop our marriages and, ideally, stop us from even being gay:
She's an "ex-gay":
This guy has compared his claimed "good" of preaching against homosexuality circa 2014 with the actual good of preaching against slavery in the 1860s
But don't for a second think this exceedingly pro-"ex-gay" conference (at least six different sessions are specifically about "change") is just about religion and its personal expression. The event will include two speakers from conservative policy shop Heritage Foundation (Ryan Anderson and Jennifer Marshall) as well as representatives from policy-focused groups like Manhattan Declaration, Focus on the Family, and others.
It's all the same ball of wax. The people who want to "change" us are the people who want to ban us are the people who want to "save" us. The more we understand that, the more we help the public understand what's really going on.
The marriage debate per anti-LGBT, pro-discrimination activist
After spilling more ink pretending that the Liberty Ridge Farm owners are simply "farmers" when they are in fact business owners, and once again attempting to conserv-splain why religious people should be free to flout fairly enacted nondiscrimination laws that apply to LGBT people (an impossible carve out), Ryan Anderson, Heritage Foundation thinker and man who has admitted he thinks gay people are called to be celibate, wrote the following about this debate and its supposed break down:
Free to live how they want? Except, you know—if they want to marry their beloved under civil law. Ryan and his deeply Catholic beliefs are doing all they can to ban such marriages in both state and federal law. And as I already stated, Ryan is someone who simply doesn't believe we should be gay, which obviously informs every shred of his advocacy (even if he tries to false-witness away that reality).
Free to live how they want? Except, you know—if they want to secure a cake, flower arrangement, or other consumer good from a vendor who offers the items to straight people but not gay people. Ryan thinks it's perfectly okay for business owners to deny, embarrass, and turn away such couples simply because of who they are. And yes, such denials are because of who they are and not what Ryan claims spins:
That "action" was simply the act of marrying while gay. If the business owners (again, they are not just "farmers" any more than Knot's Berry Farm owners are just famers) gladly serve people who marry while straight but deny couples who marry while gay, then the denial is, in fact, because of who they are. I'm not surprised that the anti-LGBT far-right refuses to own this truth, considering this movement has never owned any of the discriminatory realities that they have pushed upon us. But most people don't need to be told what situations like these are all about. It's glaringly obvious.
Fairly serving gay customers does not mean celebrating or even liking, frankly, said customers. Since when is every act of business a "celebration"? I actually know a few people who work in the wedding industry. Trust me when I say they don't even kind of like some of the Bride and Groom-zillas that come into their doors. But they do the job that they set up a shingle to do.
Look, no one is telling people like Ryan that he has to "celebrate" same-sex marriage. In fact, he's not even invited to. It's not for him. If he wants to do such harm to both the debate and the decent American taxpayers involved, then his presence is not requested at our happy celebrations of our inevitable victory. He can send a gift if he wants, but his RSVP is a pre-marked no, at least until he has a great epiphany coupled with even greater remorse.
But he will accept the reality of civil marriage that includes same-sex couples, the same way he accepts the reality (and fair accommodation) of civil marriage that includes any other kind of couple he might find objectionable. He can spend the rest of his days "tsk-tsk"-ing at us. His church can deny religious ceremonies to anyone it wants. He can crudely condemn any gay person in his life who plans his or her wedding. Even if he goes into some sort of wedding business, he can talk as much shit about the couple behind their backs as he wants (or even turn us away, if he's a good enough actor to hide the real reason). But he cannot cultivate an America where the gay dollar is less valid, as policy. That is not a "religious freedom"—it is chosen discrimination. People like Ryan have simply backed into the 'religious freedom" box in order to justify their preconceived desires.
AFA's daily prayer equates homosexuality with incest, bestiality, pedophilia
Every morning the American Family Association offers a daily prayer to its supporters. Here is what the AFA, the official sponsors of an upcoming summit featuring some of the top conservatives in the nation, have to say this A.M:
We know that much sexual sin has been committed in our community and nation. We repent of all acts of incest, adultery, homosexuality, pedophilia, and bestiality. We acknowledge that such things are detestable to you, and that they are perversions of your intentions for us. We acknowledge that we profane your name and only defile ourselves through our sexual sin. We pray against every effort of Satan to normalize sexual sin and make it acceptable in our culture. You teach us here that this is why you drove the Canaanites out of the land. They had morally forfeited their right to occupy the land through their sexual perversion. The land itself had become so defiled that it vomited them out. We pray that you will forgive us for our sexual sin so that you may not have to judge us as you have judged the nations of the past. Cover our sin with your shed blood. Transform us so that our behavior in matters of sexual intimacy will conform to your standards and be pleasing to you. [SOURCE: Pray.AFA.net]
Because just praying for gay kids to be disgusted with themselves would've been too direct.
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Scott Lively's new mission: Making America's churches super-duper extra anti-gay
On apparent break from stirring up global animus and his crimes against humanity trial related to said efforts, Massachusetts pastor, rabid anti-LGBT activist, and gubernatorial candidate Scott Lively is determined to make America's churches even more hostile to homosexuality. To accomplish this, he has rounded up and demanded his own personal interpretation onto a handful of biblical passages which he says proves that gay people are in "extreme rebellion":
MY GOD CAN BE UP YOUR GOD!!!!!
Of course the truth is that LGBT-affirming and other moderate Christian voices have answers for all of Lively's claims. So if you are yourself a believer in such things, it's up to you to determine who you trust more: those who think that the earthly kingdom, as it so clearly exists, is here for a reason or a notoriously hostile straight man who has spent inordinate time, over several decades, obsessing about sex he claims to not crave. Think it over.
BYU protects the sanctity of pre-printed greetings
After some same-sex wedding cards were accidentally stocked in an on-campus bookstore (which contracts with gay-friendly Hallmark), the intensely Mormon Brigham Young University stepped in and removed the "offending" items before anyone could lick any of their back flaps:
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriages turned up at the Brigham Young University bookstore Tuesday.
MORMON SCHOOL REMOVES GAY-MARRIAGE CARDS AT STORE [AP]
Because you wouldn't want a place of higher education more accurately representing our society and its truth or anything. Out of sight; out of mind. Bubble protected for another day. Take that, reality!
No word on whether the administration held a public bonfire to make an example of the love-honoring cards. But whatever action they took, it will do nothing to change the fact that a portion of the school's population is, has always been, and will always be gay (whether closeted or not).
Breaking: Supreme Court delays fairness, justice in Virginia
The US Supreme Court has extended the stay on the 4th Circuit's pro-equality marriage ruling, meaning same-sex couples will not be able to marry in the Commonwealth starting tomorrow, as they had planned.
Justice again delayed; justice again denied. Indignity, our familiar friend, sticks around a little bit longer.
Chris Johnson has the full report: BREAKING: Supreme Court blocks Virginia same-sex marriages [Wash Blade]
Negligent anti-LGBT voices determined to eliminate *all* nondiscrimination laws
What follows is the "logic" of Randall Wenger, chief counsel for the Pennsylvania Family Institute for why business owners should be free to deny LGBT customers whenever they are feeling too religious-y to sell them an item they purport to sell:
"True tolerance should mean that we're free to live according to our beliefs without being fined or forced out of business"
"It's not as if somebody can't go out and buy a wedding dress or get a cake baked"... "The issue is whether those who have a conscience against doing so need to be forced to do it to be made an example of, because somehow it's wrong for us to think differently, believe differently or act differently." [ONN]
Tell me how you limit this view to just LGBT people or same-sex marriage. How? Seriously.
The answer: you can't. If you have the freedom to operate a business "according to your beliefs," then there is no way at all you can say that this supposed "freedom" only applies to Christians who have a problem with two men or women in love. In the model that the anti-LGBT activists are demanding, and in some cases forcing into law, there is ample opportunity for any other person to justify his or her right to discriminate, so long as he or she cites the bible while doing so. It is certain that one can find a scriptural passage to justify any kind of discrimination; under this insistent and ego-centric plan that the anti-LGBT crowd is plaguing onto fair-minded America, there is no logical way to stop this license to discriminate. It is, in essence, the ultimate slippery slope, coming from the very crowd that loves to insist clearly cut-and-dry hills are themselves wet simply because they allow LGBT people to climb up them.
These anti-LGBT business owners have the right to think and believe however they wish. Where Mr. Wenger is wrong is in his insistence that they get to act however they want. We have nondiscrimination laws precisely so we can safeguard against personal thoughts or beliefs that fly in the face of public accommodation. If the anti-LGBT activists want to keep fighting this fight, then they need to at least be honest enough to admit that theirs is a war against the whole body of nondiscrimination law and not just those which protect LGBT citizens.