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12/15/2014

Audio: AFA's Fischer names 'homosexual agenda' as 'greatest threat to liberty' in American history

by Jeremy Hooper

Move over, the many and myriad actual oppressions that have wounded America in our nearly two hundred forty year history. According to the American Family Association's Director Of Issues Analysis and star radio host, the fight for gay equality is the biggest threat our liberty has every faced:

This is not normal commentary, folks. We've come to accept it as normal because the anti-LGBT movement has spent decades lowering the bar in some apparent attempt to test the temperature of the earth's core. But when you step back into the real world, the idea that our peaceful progress is a liberty abuse is itself nutty; the idea that our peaceful progress is THE WORST ABUSE OF LIBERTY is off the rails.

We are a nation that had and held onto slavery. That had Jim Crow laws. That denied women the right to vote. That had forced child labor for little or no pay, and with even less restraint. That experienced the interment of Japanese Americans. That dealt brute treatment to Native Americans. Even if you aren't down with your gay neighbors, surely you see the mutant strain of extremism in Bryan's view, right? Please? Give me that one little concession as an early Xmas gift?

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Audio: AFA Radio caller calls for executing gays; FRC-employed host doesn't even challenge him, much less condemn

by Jeremy Hooper

201412151836 When a caller phones in to your radio show and calls for the execution of gay people, you should be sure to repudiate that call for genocide in the firmest way possible. Right? And this is particularly true if you are an employee of one of America's most anti-gay organizations, yes?

Well not according to Craig James. While filling in for FRC's president, Tony Perkins, on last Friday's edition of his AFA Radio show, the former sportscaster, onetime US Senate candidate (he lost to Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2012 Texas Republican primary), and current Family Research Council employee couldn't even condemn a caller who admitted he'd like to execute gay Americans. James only gave the caller a mealy-mouthed "I don’t know about the executing" before proceed to build on the caller's thoughts, saying that he does believe people who oppose LGBT rights "have to be bold and firm and much stronger." Chilling audio below:


[Right Wing Watch]

You tell me you want to pass laws that will lead to the execution of any group of people, and I will repudiate your hollow and costly (holocaust-ly?) words faster than you can say, "longtime listener, first time exterminator." This is especially true if you are calling into my own radio show because you are an apparent fan.

This should not go a way quietly.

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NOM president's other organization is 'in trouble' (his words) too

by Jeremy Hooper

National Organization For Marriage president Brian Brown sends out one of the most desperate fundraising pitches I've ever seen:

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I'll remind you that NOM, under Brian's guidance, has become riddled in debt and has a remarkably terribly track record. And by his own admission, ActRight is also near death?

Brian, buddy—maybe conservative politicking isn't your calling? Just a thought.

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FRC prays to take LGBT Americans out of nondiscrimination law

by Jeremy Hooper

It's not enough to fight us in legislatures or courts. The Family Research Council is now literally praying that "the sexual proclivities of a small minority" be taken out of nondiscrimination ordinances, at least when they person who wishes to discriminate is a professed Christian.

This comes from FRC's latest round of "prayer targets":

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[FRC]

Only in FRC's backwards world could the fair application of fairly-instated nondiscrimination policy constitute an "instance of despotism," while the actual discrimination at hand is portrayed as the loving act of Christ.

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12/12/2014

In lieu of typing 'Look how desperate we are' over and over again, NOM president wrote this instead

by Jeremy Hooper

National Organization For Marriage president Brian Brown has seen the future, and he's back to breathlessly spook those who he and his cash-strapped organization so desperately need to give them money:

I sit silently holding the note my sixteen year old daughter brought home from school, taking in the word stamped in red — "Suspended." I look at her and know immediately what has happened, because we've been through this before. "He was in the girl's bathroom again and I told him to leave," she explains. All I can do is shake my head, realizing this is not going to end well.

You see, the individual my daughter is referring to is a fully-developed seventeen year old young man, but he has chosen to "identify" as a "she." The school says "she" is entitled to use the girl's bathroom, locker room and even shower facilities, and that those like my daughter who object to losing their privacy are harming her identity and bullying her. Bullying will not be tolerated.

Kids these days are told that they can choose their own gender. In fact, gender is no longer particularly relevant in the public schools. A few years ago the school district adopted the Ontario, Canada construct of telling students there were six genders, but recently they've gone to the Facebook model and teach that there are dozens of genders. What is relevant these days is not gender, but "gender identity."

Last year they adopted new guidelines to eliminate gender expressions like "boys" and "girls."

There used to be a Christian student group on campus where my daughter and fellow believers could discuss how to minister to students with different views on issues like human sexuality, but the school disbanded their group because it "discriminated" against students who don't believe in living godly principles.

Instead, they urged all students to join the LGBTQ group that meets on campus as a way of fostering understanding and inclusiveness. The "Q" stands for questioning one's sexuality, which the students encourage.

My daughter's teacher has a photo on her desk of her husband and wife. They're taking advantage of the recent court ruling that said there was no rational basis for limiting marriage to two people, so now someone can marry multiple people. The judges said they wanted to enhance equality, promote human dignity and encourage loving and committed relationships. All the spouses are entitled to benefits provided by the school district. A new law allows people to enter a marriage for a limited period of time, two years, and lets them end the marriage without penalty. But they also get benefits while they are together.

I read an article on my device that noted that even though marriage has been made available to any number or combination of people regardless of gender, there are fewer marriages taking place. A majority of children are now being born to unwed parents.

A new study came out the other day showing that teenage drug use, criminality, truancy and suicide were on the rise, while educational attainment is declining. More people are living in poverty than any other time in my life. The President published a video saying these facts point to the need for a massive new government program and proposed to raise taxes to pay for it.

The red "Suspended" on the paper in my fingers brings me back to the moment at hand. I look back at my daughter trying to figure out what to say, and shake my head again wondering how things got to this point, so far from the society I envisioned for her.

And then it hit me. It's because when we had the chance to do something about it when she was much younger, we didn't.

Let's start at the last line: "...when we had the chance to do something about it when she was much younger, we didn't." Um, B-dog, I'm pretty sure you run an entire organization that has spent the past seven years focusing solely on trying "to do something about it." Let's not pretend that whatever is happening and will happen is disconnected from the startlingly inefficacy of NOM. NOM tried to stop us and failed—hard.

Then let's talk about these ingredients of fear. Brian throws scores of nonsensical claims into the scary salad that same-sex marriage activists will supposedly force feed America, when most are quite independent of the notion of legal civil marriage. Gender identity/expression is a conversation that is neither dependent on or waiting for full marriage equality. The allowance of Christian groups in public schools is a church/state matter, not a same-sex marriage discussion. Polyamory is a notion that has roots in the bible, is a fight wholly separate from our fight for the freedom to marry, and any capacity for multiple partner marriages is one because an institution of marriage itself exists, not because same-sex couples are part of the current two partner system. And if the breakdown of marriage leads to more teenage drug use, criminality, truancy, suicide, and poverty, then the straight worlds needs to look at its own houses and not to the houses of same-sex couples (who seem most eager to marry these days.)

Or we can all look to Massachusetts, which is in pretty great shape after ten years. The state has the lowest divorce rate in the country.

And finally, I can't leave Brian's bad acting without mentioning one more thing, which is that it is also very unoriginal. I will remind you that his former subordinate, Jennifer Roback Morse, used to go around the country performing a very similar routine. To wit:


*AUDIO SOURCE: Same-Sex Marriage Affects Everyone [NOM's Ruth Institute]

She gives much better fear, that Jen!

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I'll remind you that FRC also compared our marriages to human-horse unions

by Jeremy Hooper

Today a picture is floating around the internet of a Mississippi pastor who is drawing a direct comparison between same-sex marriage and man-on-horse unions:

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[SOURCE]

And of course people are calling it outlandish and crazy and nutso. Because it is.

But you know what else it is? The exact same thing that the anti-equality movement's top D.C. policy shop did just a few years ago. In fact, is was the setup for a recent Family Research Council pamphlet arguing against marriage equality:

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And that's the thing with most of these crazy, fringe, bizarro world claims that extremists use against us. If you look around, you'll find that most of these claims have made their way into the "mainstream" anti-LGBT world as well. They're just usually a little more clever about how they package them (i.e. no street corners and/or cardboard and/or actual mares and/or misspelling of the word "ban").

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GLAAD: Scott Lively claims homosexuality worse than mass murder 'from God's perspective'

by Jeremy Hooper
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Scott Lively claims homosexuality worse than mass murder 'from God's perspective' [GLAAD]

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HILARIOUS: Model from 'ex-gay' twins billboard is 'out, proud gay man,' not a twin

by Jeremy Hooper

It's no surprise that the "ex-gay" movement uses stock photo models, considering how few spokespeople they have and how many past participants have come out to repudiate the whole charade. But this is just hysterical:

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Yes, Christopher Doyle, the photo does matter. The billboard very clearly implies that the featured gents are twins who help "prove" that people aren't born gay. The fact that the featured participant is actually not a twin, and is in fact personally slighted and disgusted by your agenda, is very pertinent.

Chris, it'd be kind of like it you all put up scientifically-discredited junk science and called it credible research. Oh wait a minute...

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