FINALLY! A conservative in conservative media outlet admits animus drives 'protect marriage' fight
Linda Harvey just did what few other conservative commentators will do. Writing for WND, Harvey came out and admitted that the anti-equality fight has absolutely nothing to do with "protecting traditional marriage" and has everything to do with disliking homosexuality:
We aren’t fighting to protect marriage because the term and tradition are important. Let’s be honest that the only reason for this dispute is because people want to engage in anatomically challenged behavior that is observably unnatural, medically risky, improper as an example for children, and changeable.
And it’s a behavior God calls sin. There is no other biblical description of homosexuality except always and only a big taboo.
So in view of marriage law or public accommodations, could the immorality of homosexuality be a rationale for refusing to honor same-sex nuptials? Absolutely, it should be.
FULL (there is much more beyond this one quote; the whole piece is worth a glance): Sin vs. service: The issue is virtue [WND]
Thanks, unwitting ally! May the National Organization For Marriage make you its next president, the ADF put you on the stand as a key witness, and your entire animus-driven movement become so honest.
Video: CPAC Republicans for a 50-state marriage (and marijuana) puzzle
In Fred Thompson and Kennedy's future, a married same-sex couples cross country road trip will be a super fun game of "wait, are we still married here?" It's a completely unworkable plan, obviously, but here it is for your own debating needs:
Oh, and marijuana and marriage are not wax on the same ball (or rips on the same bong, as it were). Marriage involves the civil rights of a minority. As our courts continue to knock down nasty marriage bans specifically because of sexual orientation discrimination, Let's please stop overlooking that key distinction.
'Mother Jones' keeps dusting for American fingerprints on Uganda's shocking anti-gay law
Good on Mother Jones for keeping this drumbeat alive. Worth a full read:
In late February, when Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed the nation's harsh new anti-gay bill into law, he claimed the measure had been "provoked by arrogant and careless western groups that are fond of coming into our schools and recruiting young children into homosexuality." What he failed to mention is that the legislation—which makes homosexuality a crime punishable by life in prison in some cases—was itself largely due to Western interlopers, chief among them a radical American pastor named Scott Lively.
KEEP READING: Meet the American Pastor Behind Uganda's Anti-Gay Crackdown [Mother Jones]
*More on Lively: Scott Lively [GLAAD CAP]
Video: 'The Normal Heart' previews how an ignored preview became global plague
Robert Oscar Lopez thinks this site, others are controlled by unseen puppet masters
Robert Oscar Lopez, the man who has used some of the cruelest and crudest rhetoric around in order to question the life of his late lesbian mother and the lives of LGBT people with, has found out my secret. I'm controlled by the Obama administration, some unseen power broker, a consortium of groups, or some combination thereof:
If you were reading this blog last summer, you may remember that all of a sudden, on cue, I got hit by a swarm of viciously nasty press coverage on gay-friendly outlets like ThinkProgress, Equality Matters, Good as You, TowleRoad, GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, and a bunch of other places. Call me a conspiracy theorist but it was way too coordinated and timed to be random.
FULL: Remember the nasty posts about me on ThinkProgress last summer? If so, the read this... [English Manif] (h/t: StraightGrandmother)
First off, speaking only for myself, my supposedly "nasty press coverage" came much more recently. I only wrote one post about Lopez last summer; since the new year, I've written no less than ten posts about his work. It took me a little longer to discover how jaw dropping his views really are and how willfully groups like the National Organization For Marriage are buying into them. I must have missed my ruling force's summer 2013 press release.
But beyond that, it's pretty funny that Mr. Lopez thinks it takes some sort of top-down demand to make people like me respond to his words. The fact of the matter is that we discovered him quite organically. He started writing more pointed stuff, the organized movement on his side started putting him in front of live mics and cameras and on amicus briefs, so we started paying attention to what he was saying. It doesn't take some sort of movement-wide conference call to make that happen. When someone steps up and starts comparing same-sex parents to slaveowners and that same someone becomes one of the key faces of the movement fighting against us, those of us who see a need (/duty) to fight back against our opposition movement. It happens at around the same time because our political world is a relatively small slice, and we all pay attention to (and are largely friendly with) each other. But it's not some hidden scheming coordinated from the corridors of power. Frankly, in the LGBT movement, that sort of opposition research and pushback is almost always led by the netroots and the grassroots, not the other way around.
If Mr. Lopez wants to theorize about why his sh*tty rhetoric receives pointed criticism than he need not look outward and upward—he needs to look inward. It's on him.
'True mentor' James Robison tells us so much about truly anti-LGBT Mike Huckabee #CPAC2014
Today at the Conservative Political Action Conference, a man names James Robison introduced former Arkansas governor, onetime presidential candidate, and proudly anti-LGBT pundit Mike Huckabee. And in his introduction, Robison revealed that a younger version Mike Huckabee worked with him during the late '70s/early '80s. In the beginning of his own remarks, Huckabee proceeded to acknowledge this truth, and he said his own words about this disco era work with "dear friend" Robison being formative for him ("he was a true mentor for me").
This, my friends and compatriots, was James Robison in the late '70s:
Someone asked me if I still believe homosexuality is a sin. My dear friends, homosexuality, sodomy, sexual impurity was a sin when God Almighty rained fire on Sodom and Gomorrah. It was a sin when Paul wrote his letters to the Romans and Corinthians. It was a sin on February 5, 1979 when I preached it is a sin on WFAA, channel 8 in Dallas, and it is still a sin on June 5, 1979 in Dallas. It will be a sin until Jesus comes again.
It is against God and His Word. It is against society; and it is against nature. It is almost too repulsive to imagine and to attempt to describe the horrors of it. God have mercy on us all. The Bible is not against homosexuals, but it speaks specifically against the sin of homosexuality. It also speaks against the sin of complacency. God deliver us as Christians from apathy, indifference and complacency or we’re all dead. God help us.
I have no problem understanding homosexuality as a sin. I was preaching from Romans 1 when I lost access to the airwaves. I wonder who under heaven, or out of hell, may now come and try to stop an assembly such as this as I again shall speak from Romans 1:18-32.
I want to give you the progression of the rapid descent to depraved thinking and destruction. I want to tell you how to lose freedom. I’m going to tell you what freedom really is. “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” Freedom is truth. Truth is the Word of God. Truth is the Bible. Truth is Jesus Christ. Apart from God’s truth, God’s Word, there is no freedom. A departure from God and His Word is the first catastrophic step to destruction. To reject God as God is to descend to the very depths of hell while existing in this present lifetime. It is to invite hellish appetites, hellish enslavement into a very sensual, physical being. “When they knew God, they glorified him not as God.”
FULL SPEECH: Freedom To Preach (part 1) [James Robsion]
It all makes so much sense now! The student became the teacher.
Liberty Counsel/Liberty University's Matt Barber has gay sex on the mind (again. typically. oddly.)
Matt Barber, an associate dean at Liberty University School of Law and one of the Liberty Counsel's most visible voices, has intimate knowledge with gay honeymoons. He now shares his typically high-brow insight:
You're doing it wrong, Matthew.
*NOTE: When Matt referred to gay sex as "one man violently cramming his penis into another man’s lower intestine and calling it ‘love’,” his employer was forced to distance itself from his behavior. In fact, they made a big point about clarifying that Matt's comments came before he worked at LC.
And now, Liberty Counsel?
Audio: Tony Perkins fosters lie that pastors will be forced to marry same-sex couples
No activist, group, or allied organization working in the LGBT rights movement is advocating to change laws so that religious figures will have to perform a wedding ceremony. We have made this perfectly clear, over and over again. Just as faith leaders have always had the freedom to deny a religious ceremony to any kind of opposite-sex couple for any reason (e.g. divorce, interfaith union, fails premarital counseling, etc.), they will retain that right as it applies to same-sex couples. You are hard pressed to find even a lone civil marriage equality advocate who's seeking otherwise, much less a leader or group engaged in the organized movement for marriage equality.
But it doesn't matter how often or firmly we state it, since the movement that has always preferred to tell us who and what we are rather than listening to what we're actually saying will just keep pretending we are liars. Here's Family Research Council president Tony Perkins scaring his listeners with this idea of forced pastors:
[SOURCE: Washington Watch, 3/6/14]
What makes this one so intensely frustrating is that those of us who support this right of pastors are actively supporting religious freedom here. We are acting in good faith here.We are saying that pastors have the right to be against marriage equality, homosexuality, or anything else. We are acknowledging that America supports this right. Even when it goes against us, those of us on this side of these issues have a history of supporting the full and unfettered right of religious people and groups to speak out and act out against us, so long as it doesn't impinge on our civil freedoms or fair accommodation in the public sphere (like with discriminatory business practices).
The problem is that the anti-LGBT movement has so fully convinced itself (and is so determined to convoke its supporters) that we equality supporters are deceivers who never utter an honest word and who never really want a fair and free world. They are so hung up on their self-victimization that they are unwilling to accept any place of agreement. This is a point where we should all be able to come together in commonality; they should applaud us—or at least not denigrate us—for acknowledging and accepting this religious exemption. Doing so, however, might lessen the illusion that we are nasty bullies out to destroy American, religion, and all that is good in the world. So they won't. Ever.
It's one of my biggest professional frustrations. I have spent nine years trying to rise above muck, always staying away from personal attacks; always being forthright in granting my opposition every last freedom that they deserve (which is every freedom); and pushing toward a world where my civil rights will be protected, but so will their right to condemn and their choice to avoid me, my family, and our ceremonies. It simply doesn't matter. To the American "pro-family" movement, the idea that I am wrong, disingenuous, and fit for scorn is a preconceived one, regardless of what I say or how I choose to engage.