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07/02/2008

Wherein FRC does their most shocking thing yet

by Jeremy Hooper

This 4th of July, don't think you are going crazy if, while looking up to see fireworks, you think you spot a flying pig. For we have just received word of a development that leads us to believe that the 12th of Never, Hell's freezing-over, and the aforementioned advent of pig-flying are all upon us.

That development? Well, the extremely anti-gay Family Research Council is holding another one of their discussions on the California Supreme court ruling and what it means for rights in this country. However unlike their last soiree, at which folks like Mat Staver and Glen Lavy blatantly misled about things like bisexuality's link to polygamy and the supposed newfound ability of gays folks to marry multiple partners, this latest one features something totally unprecedented for FRC: a pro-gay speaker! Yes, you read that correctly: Pro-gay Chai R. Feldblum of Georgetown University Law Center is scheduled to appear on the panel. Here is Ms. Feldblum's bio:

Professor Feldblum clerked for First Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Frank M. Coffin in 1985, and for Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun in 1986. As a lawyer for the ACLU AIDS Project from 1988-1990, Professor Feldblum played a leading role in the drafting and negotiating of the Americans with Disabilities Act. She has since worked extensively in advancing gay, lesbian and transgender rights, particularly in the drafting of the Employment Nondiscrimination Act. Beginning in 2002, Professor Feldblum began focusing on workplace flexibility issues. Professor Feldblum continues to engage in scholarly work and practical advocacy in the areas of disability rights, lesbian and gay rights, health and social welfare legislation, and workplace flexibility.

An anti-gay group. Inviting dissension. Willingly. And not only dissension, but dissension that really sounds like she knows her sh*t.

Prepare yourself, folks -- the Endtimes truly may be nigh.

Family Research Council to Host Panel Discussion on California Same-sex Marriage: The Impact on Religious Liberty [FRC]

**UPDATE: We've made contact with Ms. Feldblum. The information is accurate!

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Your thoughts

I'm nervous. Has she recently converted? Is she going to slam us? I don't trust this group to put someone that disagrees with them on a panel. It just isn't their M.O.

Posted by: Morry | Jul 2, 2008 5:07:38 PM

First off... I read that at Mr. Feldblum's bio and then went to the link and saw the picture and thought... WHAT! a Trans is going to talk? HOOT...getting more like the rabbit hole around here all the time, what?

Posted by: LOrion | Jul 2, 2008 5:54:49 PM

JESUS H. . . did I read that right! Are you sure that she has confirmed that she will be there? And that she wasn't just "invited" so that they could feign some "unbiasediness?" There has to be an angle!

They probably are getting no press coverage for their "forums," so they decided that the only way they might get anyone to pay attention to their nonsense was to open it up to some real discussion. So, I would imagine that they are just attempting to pander to the press to get some free public airwaves. Probably just another indication that this is going to be a very expensive year for hatemongery.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Jul 2, 2008 6:19:34 PM

Hey folks! First of all, while I'm a major supporter of trans rights, I've been a lesbian femme my whole life --sorry!

And here's the thing about FRC: they often try to get one person on the other side for their panels (just so they can say they did), but usually no-one ever says yes to them because it's never a real conversation. For example, they've asked me to do several panels and I've never done them. But I decided I would say yes to this one -- because I want to push back on them on this.

And if you want to hear what I will probably say -- you can go onto NPR's Talk of the Nation from about a week ago -- Monday June 16, I think -- where I talked about this stuff. (Also, if you go to www.gayisgood.org -- you'll see a bunch of my stuff!)

Enjoy,

Chai Feldblum

Posted by: Chai Feldblum | Jul 2, 2008 6:35:48 PM

Thanks for weighing in, Chai. I think this is an extremely positive development, and I'm confident you will serve us well. Can't wait to watch it!!

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jul 2, 2008 6:38:35 PM

Chai, I think I love you! Wait! Wait! ::slap:: ::slap:: Ah! Just a momentary glitch. But YOU GO GIRL! Go kick some more white, pasty fundie ass for us! HOOAH!

Posted by: Dick Mills | Jul 2, 2008 8:04:36 PM

Positive thoughts with you, Chai. Courageous. Bless You.

Posted by: gary | Jul 2, 2008 10:46:29 PM

hmmm.
Well, Yeah Chai! I'm a little crazy like that too. I'll speak to anyone about this proposed amendment here in Florida.

Posted by: banshiii | Jul 3, 2008 9:14:31 AM

"I've been a lesbian femme my whole life"

And a smart and pretty one, as well.

Thanks for speaking for us, Chai.

Posted by: Timothy Kincaid | Jul 3, 2008 4:51:40 PM

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