Video: 'Ex-gay' speaker at upcoming ERLC summit equates talking to gay people with talking to cancer patients
The Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission has tapped the "ex-gay" with the best name, Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, to guide their upcoming convention on how to "change" people's sexual orientations but in the "nice" way. And in a new video, she gives a teaser of what kind of "compassion" we can expect. Clip is cued:
@1:27 "One of my takeaways, from having been in the community for a decade, is those folks are good listeners. And Christians need to be more reciprocal in their listening. I would say the first thing to do is if a friend shares either an identification as gay or lesbian, or struggles with same-sex attraction, to ask that person what the parameters are, now, for how we talk about this. You would do that for a friend who had cancer. You would want to know if it's OK to talk about publicly or privately. You would not presume, because you had not experienced it, how you should frame it."
"Ms. Butterfield, I just found out I have stage four lung cancer and I might only have months to lives; please keep a lid on that for now, would ya?"
"Ms. Butterfield, I just found the man that I, another man, love more than anything and with whom I plan to share my life in wedded bliss; please keep that under wraps until I can make this happy announcement myself, could ya?"
Can you see how those of us who exist within the latter realities might reject your comparison, Ms. B? Maybe? Just a little bit?
GLAAD: Mainstream media is catching on to NOM's broader agenda
FRC's Values Voter Summit puts anti-gay bakers on a marriage panel; so we won, basically
Aaron and Melissa Klein are the proprietors of the now-closed Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the Oregon bakery that caught national attention for unlawfully denying a lesbian couple who sought their business. The Kleins have admitted that they discriminated because they believe homosexuality is a sin, and they have owned up to the fact that they turned away other gay customers before they were finally called out for doing so. They also recently baked cakes for a very fringe "ex-gay" organization, adding more insight into their deeper agenda (pssst—it's not just about marriage).
Later this month, the couple will appear on a marriage panel at the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit, right alongside a sitting member of Congress:
On one hand, I applaud the move. Clearly the FRC's anti-equality agenda on marriage is going nowhere and fast. If Rep. Hartzler has no chance of passing anti-equality bills (she doesn't) and anti-equality activists like Eric Teetsel (who also happens to be the son-in-law of anti-gay Kansas governor and current gubernatorial candidate Sam Brownback, BTW) have no chance at actually enforcing their discriminatory agenda, then they might as well eat some cake. Or cookies. Maybe a danish or two. Or perhaps elephant ears, if they want to keep in the GOP theme. I mean, I'm presuming the Kleins will whip up some nice treats so that those in the audience will at least feel like they haven't completely wasted their time on a panel that is (a) misdirected at fake social issues when there are true social ills to conquer and (b) completely pointless unless it owns the reality of full, fifty-state equality within the next four years.
GOP front group NOM raising money for a GOP US Senate
Yet again the National Organization For Marriage, which has long claimed to be non-partisan, is raising funds for the purposes of flipping the US Senate:
"we have an incredible opportunity to shift the balance of power within the United States Senate."
The Next Few Months Are Critical [NOM]
Of course with four Republican US Senators (Murkowski, Kirk, Portman, Collins) already joining the majority who are in favor of equality, it's pretty certain that even flipping the Senate still wouldn't do anything for NOM's go-nowhere agenda of passing laws like a Federal Marriage Amendment or DOMA 2.0. But when it comes to the dry well that they are pumping, their last remaining drops do flow pretty much exclusively from the right. The GOP is their only hope, even if that elephant is also increasingly hopeless for them.
Leave beloved children's author Beverly Cleary out of your dastardly agenda, NOM!
The Ramona books are some of the most treasured deposits in my memory bank. Now look on as the pro-discrimination group uses an unsourced quote from the beloved author of those (and other) books to promote its anti-gay cause:
I know nothing about the Portland, Oregon author's politics. But I'm going to go out on a limb and say that this visionary who has dedicated her life to a child's limitless potential would be among the last to lend her name to an organization that serves no other purpose than to deny the civil rights of young readers who grow up, fall in love, and start families of their own. Just a hunch.
Video: Another hour, another anti-gay activist warning society of its impending, gay-initiated doom
This time it's James Dobson, the Focus on the Family founder, who is suggesting that our gay marriage–having future is going to destroy America. Going to destroy "the entire superstructure of culture," in fact:
Of course the truth is that marriage equality doesn't weaken marriage or the family—it strengthens both. But seeing as how neither tolerance nor understanding are in Dobson's greater hits collection, we find the onetime powerful tunesmith entering this season of life by crowing the same fear on which he placed his twentieth century bets. And even though he's been wrong about it all, he expects us to still listen.
If interviewer Billy Hallowell (of The Blaze) were doing his job, he would challenge Dobson on this offensive idea that civil marriage equality for good, decent, hardworking American citizens and our families is somehow the Armageddon that is going to undermine, if not all-out destroy, the ideals of the religious right's idyllic America. Unfortunately, there are still more than a few complacent and complicit co-conspirators in conservative America who are more than willing to help the broken notions of the past stymy our present potential.
Video: Target features gay dads in new ad #MadeToMatter
It's quick, like all of the shots. But it's there, at around :19:
Made to matter, indeed. Another bad blip for those who choose to deny us our worth.
Brian Brown warns America: We probably won't survive gay people's marriages
National Organization For Marriage president Brian Brown writing for the (Mormon owned) Deseret News:
"Marriage is a foundational institution, something at the core of civilization. It is our only institution that brings men and women together as husbands and wives to be fathers and mothers to any children born of their union. Marriage is the foundation of the family and an essential element of a thriving society. No nation can long survive if it abandons the natural family and denies the unique contributions men and women each bring to child rearing."
FULL: Brian S. Brown: In defending marriage, Utah is standing in the breach [Deseret News]
Of course the truth is that gay people are as natural as anyone else and our families are well within the spectrum of normalcy. This is true with or without marriage rights; our inevitable civil parity will only increase peace of mind, not murder America.
But Brian, you see, is a fear merchant. He is about out of hope, so he has no choice but to offer warnings. When faced with the expansion of happiness and a public that is ever-more happily embracing it, Brian has no choice but to try to crap on it. The role of optimist is no longer available to him. He has to play the doomsday card.
But let's be real: he doesn't really believe that "no nation can long survive" same-sex marriage. What Brian really fears is that his chosen form of discrimination can no longer survive the political reality. It's been quite the cash cow for him, this whole job of hurting certain people and our families. He's surely going to miss that paycheck when it's gone. Soon.