Prominent conservative outlet equates LGBT activists with Nazi paramilitary
LGBT equality activists are now just like the SA members who brought Hitler and the Holocaust to rise (aka "Brownshirts"). Because this is what passes for acceptable conservative rhetoric in prominent conservative journals:
Regardless of how they began, the colors of the rainbow flag have all run together into a shade of muddy brown. So we ought to come to terms with the fact that LGBT activists have actually been waving brown shirts at us all along.
—Shocking anti-gay activist Robert Oscar Lopez and The Federalist writer Stella Morabito, writing in a joint piece for The Federalist
But while I (and my Jewish family members) are deeply appalled by the intentional flouting of Godwin's law to equate a minority population's push for respect and equality with an earlier generation's most notorious human rights abusers, I do agree with Morabito's and Lopez's rejection of those who try to shout them down. For god's sake, folks, LET THEM SPEAK! They and their crazy rhetoric are doing our job for us at this point!!
New pledge: Conservative pastors choose to separate selves from civil marriage
The prominent Christian conservative outlet First Things is promoting a new effort called "The Marriage Pledge." Essentially, it's a recognition, at long last, that church ceremony and civil marriage are, in fact, separate and distinguishable (even if many, or perhaps most, married couples opt in to both), with the pastors who have drafted the pledge calling on likeminded fellows to get out of the state marriage business altogether. Here's the text:
In many jurisdictions, including many of the United States, civil authorities have adopted a definition of marriage that explicitly rejects the age-old requirement of male-female pairing. In a few short years or even months, it is very likely that this new definition will become the law of the land, and in all jurisdictions the rights, privileges, and duties of marriage will be granted to men in partnership with men, and women with women.
As Christian ministers we must bear clear witness. This is a perilous time. Divorce and co-habitation have weakened marriage. We have been too complacent in our responses to these trends. Now marriage is being fundamentally redefined, and we are being tested yet again. If we fail to take clear action, we risk falsifying God’s Word.
The new definition of marriage no longer coincides with the Christian understanding of marriage between a man and woman. Our biblical faith is committed to upholding, celebrating, and furthering this understanding, which is stated many times within the Scriptures and has been repeatedly restated in our wedding ceremonies, church laws, and doctrinal standards for centuries. To continue with church practices that intertwine government marriage with Christian marriage will implicate the Church in a false definition of marriage.
Therefore, in our roles as Christian ministers, we, the undersigned, commit ourselves to disengaging civil and Christian marriage in the performance of our pastoral duties. We will no longer serve as agents of the state in marriage. We will no longer sign government-provided marriage certificates. We will ask couples to seek civil marriage separately from their church-related vows and blessings. We will preside only at those weddings that seek to establish a Christian marriage in accord with the principles articulated and lived out from the beginning of the Church’s life.
Please join us in this pledge to separate civil marriage from Christian marriage by adding your name.
The Reverend Ephraim Radner
The Reverend Christopher Seitz
FULL: The Marriage Pledge [First Things]
Personally I think it's silly. No marriage equality activist is trying to force churches to perform religious ceremonies that do not coincide with the church's teachings. Pastors have always been free to turn away just about any couple for just about any reason, and this remains true with same-sex marriage. They really don't have to change anything even once fifty state equality makes it inevitable arrival.
But if these pastors believe that we gay folk have corrupted the civil system by virtue of our desire for inclusion, then maybe they should go ahead and detach themselves from that part of the conversation. For years anti-equality faith movements have been trying to overreach so that they can hold ownership to both religious ceremonies and state solemnization/recognition, which was, is, and always will be an unfair and untenable goal. So if they are not willing to accept our own willingness to confine our advocacy to civil marriage while remaining perfectly respectful to their religious freedom when it comes to whom they must marry (which has always been our movement's stance), then perhaps they should go ahead and limit their role in the marital covenant to that of God and bride and groom and stay out of the pertinent conversation about legal rights and family protections. If that's their choice, then so be it.
Read: ADF creates fake 'victim' superbook; misapplies business matters to churches
When legal outfits like Alliance Defending Freedom take up the cases of bakers and florists and photographers who try to skirt local nondiscrimination law so that they can refuse service to LGBT customers, they most always lose. That's because public accommodations cannot just flout fairly and reasonably enacted policies just because the owners hold exclusionary ideas about society and its deserved participants. That's not how it works.
But this is a movement that needs all of the straws it can possible grasp, which is why the ADF is now trying to convince American churches that these stories of businesses needing to carry out commercial exchanges with gay people (the horror!) are somehow just part of a larger plot to destroy churches. And to make the case, they've put the fear-claims into a lengthy new document that essentially frames those of us who support equal rights and fair service in accommodation (i.e. a majority of Americans) as the number one enemy of faith communities. Take a look:
A lot of false witness in here. But hey, it's not like they're releasing it as we enter into a Christian holy season or anything. Oh wait a minute...
P&G reaches out to pro-discrimination activist, learns it made right choice
Following Procter & Gamble's major decision to come out in favor of marriage equality, Phil Burress, a local anti-LGBT activist from P&G's home state of Ohio, claims the CEO of the company called him to discuss the matter. And here's how that went, according to Burress:
Burress shares that he was then called by the CEO of Proctor [sic] & Gamble. "And [I] spent time on the phone explaining that this is not about equality – this is about special rights for someone’s bed partner," he concludes. [SOURCE: ONN]
I've grown up recognizing and respecting male/female married couples for my entire life, and rarely-to-never have I paid mind to how said couples behaved in bed. They have such dirty minds, these folks.
Or, more accurately, they know that reducing us to our sex lives is a way they can continue to "other" us. Whereas straight couples get to have lives and families and mortgages and bills and fears and frustrations and all that comes from being an adult who lives, loves, and marries in this society of ours, folks like Burress are determined to define us by, and therefore limit us to, what happens during the relatively few and fleeting moments wherein we enjoy sexual companionship. Because that's what you always do to a minority population you want to stigmatize: you reduce them so that it's easier for you to write them off.
This time it didn't work, and Mr. Burress has all but lost. But the fact that he and his team so aggressively tried—and in the name of religion no less? Well that's a sad and cruel legacy that will unfold for decades to come.
In prep for Pope's 2015 visit, World Meeting of Families readies gay stigma, exclusion
The Pope has already announced that he will travel to Philadelphia next September for the Catholic Church's 8th World Meeting of Families. And when he does, let's go ahead and make it perfectly clear: this supposedly new and different pontiff will be catering to yet another event that reduces gay people to "people with same-sex attractions," that equates our "struggles" with things like divorce, and that insists all we gay folk are capable of having are "chaste friendships."
Here are snippets from both the event's preparation packages and its lesson plans for students:
Parish Preparation Packet [World Meeting of Families]
High School Lesson Plan [World Meeting of Families]
Chaste friendships can be fun. For playing Clue. For grabbing a slice of pizza. For a nice game of badminton.
The human capacity for love, however, is different. And awesome. How dare you deny God of his creation as it exists rather than how you so militantly insist it must be?
Today in ambition: NOM cofounder vows to fight marriage equality for 100 years
This comes from Robert George, an author of the Bush era Federal Marriage Amendment and the cofounder of the National Organization For Marriage:
We have to resolve that we will stand for marriage and fight for however long it takes—it might be 20 years, it might be 50 years, it might be 100 years—to rebuild the marriage culture and to restore in law, where it has been displaced, a sound understanding of marriage.
As a result of this, we will draw ridicule. We will bring scorn upon ourselves, because powerful people in institutions reject our understanding of marriage. They reject what everyone understood marriage to be until yesterday. And they claim that anyone who disagrees with them is a bigot, or a hater, or is motivated by irrational animus, or archaic religious beliefs. Yet we must suffer that, be willing to suffer that opprobrium, perhaps discrimination, perhaps the loss of friends, perhaps even conflict within the family, for the sake of rebuilding marriage, because so much for people depends on it, and especially for the poor.
Actually, R.G., I don't think you are going to "suffer" much of anything other than the loneliness that comes from the lack of an opponent and the embarrassment that stems from fighting a "culture war" thirty years after everyone has moved on. But hey, far be it from me to advise you on your retirement plan.
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One of America's most anti-gay organizations rallies for the Duggars; because of course they would
Over the past few years, TV's Duggar family has gone from reality television personalities who mostly keep their political lives separate from their public personas to a family that proudly pushes its beliefs into public policy. Eldest son Josh took a job with the extremely anti-LGBT and political Family Research Council, where he claims his lesbian aunt is "choosing a lifestyle" and leads rallies opposing marriage equality. Mom Michele has recorded robocalls advocating against LGBT nondiscrimination laws. And recently, when the family asked married couples to post photos of them kissing, the Duggars deleted any same-sex married couples who tried to participate. To name just a handful of the family's anti-gay activities (they also regularly show up at anti-LGBT conferences, campaign for anti-LGBT politicians, etc.).
Now the American Family Association, an organization that was founded on proud discrimination and that currently employs a chief analyst whose rabid comment bank is so unbelievable that the average person would probably assume its fiction, is rising to the family's defense. The AFA writes:
Rabid homosexual activists have made America’s favorite family enemy Number One.
The Duggar Family from TLC network’s 19 Kids and Counting has shared their strong Christian faith with millions of families across America for years. They are unashamedly pro-life and Christ-centered.
The Duggars are under a malicious attack
Because of their uncompromising stand on marriage and abstinence, the homosexual lobby has drawn a bully bead on Jim and Michelle Duggar. Gay activists are publicly labeling Jim and Michelle with words like “ignorance” and “fear mongering.”
In the past week, homosexuals launched a very frightening and fast-growing petition asking TLC to cancel 19 Kids and Counting. Already, their hate-filled petition has gathered 130,000 signatures, thanks to the liberal media’s propaganda machine.
Sign our petition to TLC
TLC needs to know you support the Duggars and 19 Kids and Counting! If TLC hears from enough Christians, they will not even consider canceling the show.
Our goal is 1,000,000 signatures by Christmas!
FULL: Support the Duggar Family! [AFA]
A few things.
(1) The AFA is the most boycott-happy organization going. The AFA boycotts companies for simply having an employee break room TV tuned to Modern Family. How hypocritical of them to act like the very act of rising up against a public entity which you find wrongheaded (and let's be clear: a reality TV show is not a right, but a business) is somehow out-of-line.
(2) I'm pretty sure it's the Duggars who have made "homosexual activists" the enemy. Sure, they wouldn't use that strong word (nor would I). But in terms of opposition, they are the ones who are telling American that LGBT rights and LGBT people are to be opposed. That is the only reason why there is a petition of any kind. The anti-LGBT folks love to forget the things they did to make the other thing follow.
(3) When you are one of the most homo-hostile organizations in America, it's actually not all that helpful when you stand up to defend someone against charges of homo-hostility. It's actually the opposite of helpful.
(4) If the Duggars are as "unashamed" about their views as AFA claims, then they should like this attention. They should stand by their anti-gay attitudes! They should own what they have done and said! If they're comfortable with more attention coming to these, the views that some of us recgonized many years ago, then there shouldn't be a problem here.
Well, at least not a problem for either the Duggars or for their critics. TLC might have its own view.