Mike Huckabee blatantly lies about something no civil marriage activist is seeking
One thing that has annoyed me most about this particular "culture war" debate is how the opposition is so hellbent on painting us as evil tyrants that they won't accept any good faith efforts that we extend. For instance, we have long said—consistently, a a movement, in a loud and unanimous voice—that our fight is only for *civil* marriage equality and that we are perfectly happy leaving individuals churches to do as they always have with marriage and decide who they do and do not want to marry. When it comes to the religious ceremony (that is always ancillary and optional to the civil marriage process), pastors and other faith leaders have always had the ability to turn away just about any couple for just about any arbitrary reason. Nothing has changed in the over ten years that marriage equality has been in this country; there isn't one honest broker in this debate who suggests that this will change once marriage equality comes to all fifty states.
But Mike Huckabee is a fear broker, not an honest one. That being the sad truth, this is what Mr. "god, guns, grits, and gravy" told a conference call that the Family Research Council recently organized;
“If the courts rule that people have a civil right not only to be a homosexual but a civil right to have a homosexual marriage, then a homosexual couple coming to a pastor who believes in biblical marriage who says ‘I can’t perform that wedding’ will now be breaking the law,” he said. “It’s not just saying, ‘I’m sorry you have a preference.’ No, you will be breaking the law subject to civil for sure and possible criminal penalties for violating the law…. If you do practice biblical convictions and you carry them out and you do what you’ve been led by the spirit of God to do, your behavior will be criminal.” [Audio and more at link]
Total lie. And what's worse is that he absolutely knows it. He's not one of the duped—he's one of the power brokers who deals the steaming piles of dupe to the masses so that they will turn on us. That's his game. That's what he does. He twists and turns and spins and weaves, for a living—and for Jesus.
And he wants to be your president, America. God help us.
Video: Man who once called for ban on gay teachers promotes #March4Marriage; because of course he does
Former U.S. Senator and current Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint has openly stated his belief that gay people (and unwed mothers) should be banned from being public school teachers. He also insists that homosexuality is "a behavior that’s proven to be destructive to our society,” and admits that he'd never back a gay or lesbian president "because I consider it immoral.”
So of course he's a big fan of an event that pretends to be about policy when everyone knows it's really about anti-gay animus:
FRC Senior Fellow: We are prepared to 'give our lives' to fight same-sex marriage (i.e. 'our eternal destruction')
E.W. Jackson is now a senior fellow at the Family Research Council. E.W. Jackson is now vowing to fight us to the death on marriage equality, if necessary:
Um, who is going to be threatening your life, exactly, Mr. Jackson? I mean, I know that throwing rice at weddings can be dangerous to birds, but you are not avian and that practice has fallen out of favor. Unless you plan to position yourself in a bad spot at a particularly boisterous wedding horah or you imbibe a little too much at the open bar and make reckless choices thereafter, I think you're probably going to be free to go on Christian soldiering without any bodily threats.
That is unless you "culture war" folk are planning on declaring an actual war against us. You're not, right? Right? RIIIIIIGHT?!?!!?
Questions 'Face The Nation' should ask Tony Perkins (but likely won't, sadly)
Family Research Council president Tony Perkins has revealed that he will be on CBS News' venerable Face The Nation this coming Sunday ostensibly to discuss the upcoming Supreme Court cases on marriage:
That being so, I've assembled a list of questions that the moderator (presumably regular host Bob Schieffer) might want to ask Mr. Perkins so that the show's viewers get a sense of who this man truly is and how he has advocated against LGBT people. Let's begin.
- Mr. Perkins, you recently said that it doesn't matter to you how the Supreme Court rules since God has already decided. So why are you appearing on this show to discuss this case if you don't believe the court even has a proper role?
- Mr. Perkins, during an appearance on an obscure Christian radio show based out of North Carolina, you once claimed it's "a fact" that gay people will face eternal damnation. Will your lawyers be presenting this "fact" to the Supreme Court?
- Mr. Perkins, your organization recently issued a prayer sheet to supporters that attacked same-sex parenting by presenting a piece of scripture suggesting people who hurt children would be better off being drowned in the sea. Should gay parents remember to wear life vests if they're near the Family Research Council's headquarters?
- Mr. Perkins, not too long ago your organization put out a brochure on same-sex marriage that began with a picture of a horse and a story that tried to link the push for same-sex marriage to a theoretical push for bestiality. Do you truly believe that if the Supreme Court legalizes marriage in all fifty states in June, jockeys might be marrying their horses by the time the Kentucky Derby rolls around?
- Mr. Perkins, you have many times equated homosexuality with drug abuse. So are you insistent that gay people attend in-patient rehab, or might you be willing to allow them out-patient or at-home care?
- Mr. Perkins, you are a major advocate of so-called "ex-gay" therapy, even though science rejects and many states are moving to ban it. So let's get real here for a second: why should I even have you on this program discussing gay and lesbian couple's legal rights when you don't believe people should even be gay or lesbian?
- Mr. Perkins, you have several times claimed that your opponents are "held captive by the enemy," meaning the devil. Would you like to tell us now which Supreme Court justices you believe to be possessed by this demon?
- Mr. Perkins, your organization issued a prayer sheet calling on each Supreme Court justice to come to Jesus. Why doesn't FRC respect the religious freedom of the court's three Jewish justices?
- Mr. Perkins, you have suggested that deciding in favor of marriage equality could be an impeachable offense for a judge. Can you tell me now what basis, other than your own personal dictate for same-sex relationships, you, a non-attorney or legal scholar, have for making such a strong claim?
- Mr. Perkins, we could quite literally fill the entire hour of this episode of Face The Nation with only clips of you viciously denigrating LGBT people. Would that have been a better use of my time then having you on here to play the buttoned-up conservative pundit role that you so love to play?
Take any or all of them and use them verbatim, CBS News. No credit needed.
Gorgeous clip from PFLAG Canada recognizes the many marriage memories that never were
On marriage, FRC prays SCOTUS will 'rule in the fear of the Lord'
Here is the eighth of the Family Research Council's prayers targeting each Supreme Court justice, this one targeting notoriously silent archconservative Clarence Thomas:
Pray that Justice Thomas will become bolder in expressing his thoughtful, spiritually enlightened legal opinions. (Pr 10:19; Acts 4:31)
Pray that he will become the very influence upon the court that liberals fear. And may this upcoming marriage case be an opportunity for this quiet man, in a case that will have a huge impact on the health of our nation and its families. (Heb 11; Jude 7)
Pray that Justice Thomas and each of his colleagues will rule in the fear of the Lord, faithfully, and with a perfect heart. (2 Chr 19:9)
Liberals fear Thomas? Weird. I didn't realize "fear" was a synonym for "roll eyes at."
No word on what a marriage ruling "in the fear of the Lord" would look like. But it sounds fiery!!
Kennedy, Breyer, Kagan, Roberts: FRC now actively praying that God will sway Supreme Court justices' hearts and minds
AFA's new desperation: Marriage equality will turn bible into 'Mein Kampf'
As I mentioned at the first of the year, I pretty much ignore fringe voices like Bryan Fischer nowadays. This craziness, printed on the main website of a special interest group that continues to earn support from top GOP politicians, merits an exception to the rule:
The truth, of course, is that a civl marriage equality ruling from SCOTUS, just like all marriage equality developments before it, simply states that the legal rights of an American citizen are to be protected independent from anyone's religious beliefs—no matter how positive or negative those beliefs may be. No court is telling people how to use their bible; the courts are simply saying that one cannot use his or her bible to limit the deserved civil rights of other taxpayers.
But things have gotten so desperate on the other side that we are really at this point of extreme craziness. Groups like the AFA are now telling their supporters that people like me and you—and 61% of Americans, according to the latest poll—who simply fight to protect our families, our bonds, our estates, and our rights, are inspiring a world where they will soon be seen as Hitler-like. Godwin doesn't even have a law strong enough to speak to this kind of nuttiness!
Stop me if you've heard this one: Gay men throw reception for Ted Cruz; Cruz doesn't act as super anti-gay as usual
Weirdest story of the week:
Senator Ted Cruz, the Republican presidential candidate, has positioned himself as a strong opponent to same-sex marriage, urging pastors nationwide to preach in support of marriage as an institution between a man and a woman, which he said was “ordained by God.”
But on Wednesday night, at a reception for him at the Manhattan apartment of two prominent gay hoteliers, the Texas senator struck quite a different tone.
During the gathering, according to two attendees, Mr. Cruz said he would have no problem if one of his daughters was gay. He did not mention his opposition to same-sex marriage, saying only that marriage is an issue that should be left to the states.
KEEP READING: At New York Reception, Ted Cruz Is Said to Strike Different Tone Toward Gays [NYT]
Hey, it's Manhattan. I know lots of gay men who have paid way too much money for bad performance art.
No word as to whom these wealthy gay men will next fete at the sake of their own rights and protections as American citizens. Although I did hear about a swanky seance happening in midtown wherein a group of monied LGBT folk will try to pick the misunderstood brains of the late Jesse Helms and Jerry Falwell. Only in New York, kids!