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04/21/2015

NOM #March4Marriage speaker and religious liaison calls gay marriage 'unnatural'

by Jeremy Hooper

National Organization For Marriage religious liaison Willie Owens loves to call same-sex marriage unnatural. Here he is doing it again, alongside extreme anti-gay activist Roy Moore, and just days before he speaks at the so-called "march for marriage":

"Go try it with electricity"? Well you got me there, Willie. I mean, my wall outlets have *never* been able to bring me to orgasm quite like my human husband of many years. Not even close.

Although the outlets did have comparable results to my youthful experimentation with the heterosexual lifestyle. So unnatural to me.

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EARLIER: Video: NOM #March4Marriage speaker defends conversion therapy; claims most gay people were abused [G-A-Y]

NOM books #March4Marriage speaker who repeatedly calls gay people 'unnatural' [G-A-Y]

Audio: NOM #March4Marriage speaker opposes 'destructive behavior' of homosexuality, links it to addiction [G-A-Y]

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Audio: NOM #March4Marriage speaker opposes 'destructive behavior' of homosexuality, links it to addiction

by Jeremy Hooper

With their so-called "march for marriage" happening only days before the US Supreme Court hears the most critical marriage cases in which the anti-LGBT movement will be tasked with denying that personal animus toward homosexuality is what guides their resistance to civil marriage parity, the National Organization For Marriage should want to book march speakers who do not have clear records of personal hostility toward what they see as "lifestyles" and "behaviors." But instead they booked Jim Garlow:

Of course this is also the same Jim Garlow who has repeatedly blamed Satan for causing gay marriage, who equates Christian opposition to marriage equality to a Revolutionary War uprising, and who equates children of gay parents with children who lost their moms and dads on 9/11 Maybe NOM's hoping he's gone so far out of the globe of political pragmatism that he's getting close to circling back around?

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EARLIER: Video: NOM #March4Marriage speaker defends conversion therapy; claims most gay people were abused [G-A-Y]

NOM books #March4Marriage speaker who repeatedly calls gay people 'unnatural' [G-A-Y]

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Video: Very angry child of male/female divorce attacks 'unnatural' 'homosexual lifestyle,' tells everyone else to 'shut up'

by Jeremy Hooper

The anti-gay Federalist website has found another child of a broken heterosexual home who now projects her pain and anger onto gay marriage, families, parents, and children. But wow, this one sure isn't going to help the pro-discrimination movement one iota, as young Brandi Walton from Oklahoma is crazy angry with nasty comments and trash talk. Oh, and she holds obvious animus toward the "unnatural" "homosexual lifestyle," which is what clearly guides her views. Meet her now:

I hope you find the peace you seek, Brandi. But you're going about it all wrong.

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About those children of fractured families who keep blaming same-sex parenting for their issues... [G-A-Y]

*UPDATE: It's pretty clear where Brandi and/or her husband stands. The couple left these public comments from a shared Facebook account:

Reacting to marriage equality in Utah:

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Responding to a young man who wants to "change" his attractions:

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FRC praises Justice Scalia for jurisprudence that is 'shaped by his faith'

by Jeremy Hooper

Here's the next in the Family Research Council's daily prayers targeting each individual Supreme Court justice. Today the pro-discrimination political group is going for the low-hanging fruit that is Justice Scalia, thanking the notorious conservative (and father of a staunch "ex-gay" advocate) for operating on the basis of his faith:

God, thank you for Justice Scalia, who has been shaped by his faith and who believes that the Constitution and Bill of Rights were intended to protect people of all faiths from an overreaching federal government. (Hebrews 11:6)
Thank the Lord for helping this Justice to stand strong for the rule of law and the Constitution and against the liberal winds of cultural change. (1 Cor 3:10-13; 1 Tim 1:8-10)
Guide him in hearing and analyzing the arguments on Tuesday, 28th. Help him ask precisely the right questions that will elicit answers proving our case. May Scalia influence every Justice when they confer after arguments. May the Spirit of God impact his thinking and all of his colleagues and may Scalia’s strength be a support to others to stand on principle. (Eph 6:19-20; Jas 1:8)
May Justice Scalia, the father of nine and grandfather of 28, be a champion for children. May God awaken every Justice to the true cost to children and generations unborn. (Gen 18:19; Matthew 18:6)
May every Justice bow their knee before Jesus, the Supreme Judge of the World, to whom they will give account. (Acts 17:31) [
FRC]

You know what? FRC can have Scalia. It is abundantly clear that this judge, in particular, does put his personal religious beliefs front and center in the same state-stifling way that FRC holds dear. This organization and this judge are perfectly matched.

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04/20/2015

FRC prays for all SCOTUS justices to come to Jesus; yes, even the three Jewish ones

by Jeremy Hooper

Earlier I showed you the Family Research Council's prayers directed at four US Supreme Court justices. Now here is Judge Sonia Sotomayor's own targeted edition, which comes with a bonus call for all of the justices to "come to a saving knowledge of Christ":

Screen Shot 2015-04-20 At 9.12.45 PmPray that the Spirit of God will move upon Justice Sonia Sotomayor, using all of the memories of her Catholic family upbringing to bring biblical conviction upon her regarding life, marriage, and religious freedom. (Dt 8:1-20; 2 Cor 10:3-6)
May the Holy Spirit convict her of sin, righteousness and judgment. May she refrain now and for the rest of her tenure as a justice from supporting any law that forces people to do anything the Bible calls sin and that violates their religious conscience. (Mt 3:6-8; Mark 9:42; John 7:24)
May she bow before the Lord Jesus now and may He enable her to reverse her unbiblical impact upon public policy and the judiciary. (Matthew 12:36; Romans 14:12)
May each of our Supreme Court Justices, if they have not already, come to a saving knowledge of Christ, just as it is written, that in calling us to pray for all who are in authority, God says He wants “all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (Rom 1:16; 2:9-10; 1 Tim 2:1-8)
May God move Justice Sotomayor to vote for each state’s right to reflect the deeply held faith of a majority of its citizens, especially as expressed by their votes to uphold traditional marriage. May she defend each state’s constitutional right to define marriage as between a man and a woman and to uphold that as the standard for recognizing marriages performed elsewhere. (Mt 19:4-6; Act 5:29; 1 Timothy 3:9) [
FRC]

You know, FRC could save us all a lot of time by reducing all of their work—the commentary, the Fox News punditry, the high profile conservative conferences filled with Republican politicians, the "research" papers, the push polls, the AFA Radio show, the political action arm—to the one simple line: "We. Want. A. Theocracy." Because they do.

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Video: NOM #March4Marriage speaker defends conversion therapy; claims most gay people were abused

by Jeremy Hooper

Bishop Brandon B. Poster will speak at the National Organization For Marriage's so-called March For Marriage:

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This would be the same Bishop Porter who is behind that infamous "I'm not gay no more" viral video and who proudly supports "delivering" gay people from their "lifestyles" and "proclivities":

Oh, and also the same Bishop Porter who tweets out crude videos in which an evangelist equities homosexuality with bestiality and then cruelly condemns "sissies":

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[@BishopPorter]

Fine, NOM. You all show those true views right when the spotlight is its brightest. I wouldn't expect anything other than political ineptitude from an organization that has turned it into an art form.

I only wish Bishop Porter (and his "I'm not gay no more" protege) were testifying before the court rather than simply speaking at the low wattage march!

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An 'Apprentice' winner, some Congress members, and a whole slew of anti-LGBT activists. Oh my.

by Jeremy Hooper

Some of the people who have stood against our rights the most will soon join forces in La Mesa, California. In hopes of winning the future, apparently:

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[Future Conference]

No word if Chicken Little will be on hand to warn of the future's fallen sky. Stay tuned for the finalized roster of fear voices.

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Anti-gay NY state senator claims NOM has given him 117 buses for #March4Marriage

by Jeremy Hooper

6A00D8341C503453Ef017C371D6080970BNew York state Senator Ruben Diaz, an anti-gay Democrat, was laughably unsuccessful at stopping marriage equality when it came before a vote in his own chamber. Even so, the National Organization For Marriage keeps inviting the cowboy hat aficionado to its events. The reason why? Diaz, a longtime community activist and preacher, has a way of getting people to get on a bus, whether they even know what event they're on their way to attend.

This year is no different. Since NOM has absolutely no way of getting a crowd unless the pro-discrimination organization buses it in, the anti-gay state senator claims NOM has granted him a whopping one-hundred seventeen buses for him to spread across the NY and NJ area:

You should know that this coming Saturday, April 25th, 117 buses will take more than 6,000 people to Washington, D.C. These buses are being donated by the National Organization for Marriage, led by my friend, Brian Brown.

The buses will leave from all parts of the New York metropolitan area - including Long Island where Apostle Carlos Luis Vargas, President of the International Freeport Bible Center is taking 20 buses, and New Jersey where Bishop Jose Lopez, President of the Evangelical Pastor’s Association of Hudson County is in charge of another 20. The buses will arrive in Washington, D.C. at 12:00 noon where a prayer vigil will take place in front of the United States Supreme Court. We will be joined by people of faith from all parts of the nation.

The purpose of this prayer vigil is to praise our God and to pray for the very important decision about same-sex marriage that the Supreme Court will render this year.
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Therefore, we have decided to travel to the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. where the Supreme Court is located, and there we will publicly praise our Lord and pray for His intercession so He could lead the minds of the Justices to make the right decision.

You should know that our sole purpose traveling to Washington is to pray and praise our God. We are not traveling to Washington to insult or disrespect anyone. We are traveling to Washington to exercise our public right to assembly and freedom of expression. This is our right and it should be respected as any other right.

In the end, our great and sovereign God, the Creator of heaven and earth, will be the One who will allow five or more of the Supreme Court Justices to decide if same-sex marriage is legal or not.

Like it or not, and whatever the final decision will be, we shall always give glory and honor to God, knowing as Christians that the only thing we can do is to pray and put into God’s hands any and all decisions.

Ladies and gentlemen, that is my call to all people of faith throughout the nation. That is why we are going to Washington, that is why we will pray in Washington – and that is why I will see you all in Washington on April 25th.

I am Senator Reverend Rubén Díaz, and this is what you should know.
FULL:
Back to Washington, D.C. on 117 Buses [NY State Senate]

And yet again, we have a group admitting that its " sole purpose traveling to Washington is to pray and praise our God," even though a Supreme Court opinion that decided civil marriage on the basis of any one person or group's faith would be glaringly unconstitutional and spark a national rebellion.

Organizations like NOM and groups like Diaz' simply don't care. Now that everyone knows they have no credible arguments to make, they are simply declaring that they possess an entitlement allowing them to use their faith a sort of eternal veto against the impressive case we have made for our equality under the law. They're not even faking it anymore. They truly believe—and hope—that their condemnatory version of God can be used to trump our rights, freedoms, and protections under the laws of this country.

And honestly, if that's all the skin they've got in this debate, then let them rent ten thousand buses. It won't make one iota of difference.

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FRC now actively praying that God will sway Supreme Court justices' hearts and minds

by Jeremy Hooper

The United States Supreme Court is a court of civil law, and the judges who are deciding on civil marriage are bound to the constitution. But pish-posh says the conservative special interest group that wishes all marriages be bound to their version of the bible. And so rather than spend this time in the run-up to next week's Supreme Court arguments in the marriage cases focusing on making more salient arguments that might be persuasive in the court of law, the Family Research Council is instead asking God to convince each individual justice to cast opinions that are wholly guided by FRC's holy condemnations of homosexuality.

Here are the first four; one presumes FRC will get to the other five judges this week:

It is hard to see how Justice Kennedy’s hostility toward DOMA, ensconced in the Windsor ruling, can somehow not be transferred to his thoughts concerning the motives of the
states in the case being considered on April 28th. The only hope is that the respect for the states demonstrated in the Windsor ruling will override the hostility toward those who favor natural marriage.

Lord, open Justice Kennedy’s eyes to see that he misjudged the Congress of 1996 and that their motive was to protect marriage and not discriminate against anyone.
May Justice Kennedy hold fast to his view that the states possess the authority to make marriage policy for their people and may he defend that right even if he is hostile to the idea of not recognizing same-sex “marriage.”
Lord, remind Justice Kennedy, who is married, has a family, and is a Roman Catholic, of the holy nature of marriage as between a man and woman. May Kennedy be persuaded by God Himself that marriage is a picture of Christ and his Church, not to be tampered with, and a gift to all people.
May God do a thorough work in Justice Kennedy’s mind and heart and may he align himself with his historic faith tradition and the Constitution, rather than the anger manifest in the DOMA ruling.
May God have mercy on Kennedy, America and generations yet unborn, by not allowing him to go down the same path of reasoning in this case as he did in the Windsor ruling. [
SOURCE]
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Like Justice Kennedy, it will take an epiphany to turn Justice Stephen Breyer’s heart and mind on this issue. So we must pray.

Pray that God, who changes hearts and minds, will bring conviction to Justice Breyer. As in the rare times he voted with conservatives, sometime with different reasoning than his originalist colleagues, may he be moved to stand for each state’s right to make its own marriage law.
Lord, we desperately need an awakening in America. You teach us that we are to pray specifically for those in authority (1 Tim 2:1-2), and that you want “all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (v. 2-8). We pray for Justice Breyer and all of the members of the Supreme Court.
Move supernaturally upon Justice Breyer and the other members who share his philosophy. Convince them of sin, of righteousness and judgment, which is what you sent the Holy Spirit to do (Jo 16:8). [
SOURCE]
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Please pray that God will bring His persuasion to bear on Justice Kagan’s thinking.
We pray for her, and all of the members of the Court, that God will influence her thinking, perhaps even by reading the writings of former Justices who saw the principals of truth and righteousness as key to the proper interpretation of the Constitution and that God and not man established the immutable standard of right and wrong.
Pray that this champion of liberals, who apparently sees the court as a means of imposing her ideology upon our nation, will moderate.
Pray, too, that she will not be a negative influence on the reasoning of her colleagues on the Court in this matter.
Pray for a miracle that Justice Kagan will uphold the freedom of each state to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman and reject any 50 state mandate with regard to marriage! [
SOURCE]
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Pray that Chief Justice Roberts will be a Chief Justice on whom we can count to be strong, never “given to change” on natural marriage.
May he in no way be swayed by his colleagues who view the Constitution as a “living document,” rather may he remain firm in his stand for the Constitution and for natural marriage just as every justice in history has until recently.
Pray that God will give Chief Justice Roberts unusual courage and anointing to lead while remaining a peacemaker among his colleagues on the Court.
May the Roberts Court be remembered for holding the line on marriage and preventing catastrophe for America’s families, especially our children! [
SOURCE]

Just so we're clear, this is FRC making a direct plea for activist judges. Any judge who went this route and decided civil marriage on FRC's misguided and highly condemnatory version of religion would in fact be usurping the role of what a judge in a court of civil law is tasked to do. FRC's request is an ultimate act of hypocrisy coming, as it is, from an organization that has been condemning "activist judges" with countless fiery breaths for countless politicized years.

So they're acting like FRC, basically.

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04/19/2015

NOM books #March4Marriage speaker who repeatedly calls gay people 'unnatural'

by Jeremy Hooper

Dran Reese, director of something called the Salt and Light Council, has been working for years to mobilize conservative Christians in California and nationwide into engaging the "culture war" issues of the day. Of course this includes LGBT rights.

This is Dran Reese:

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And so it all this:

Facts

-- Claims marriage equality is "detestable" and gays are "unnatural": "Leviticus 18:22 warns that if a man lies with a male as one lies with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act before God. Homosexual marriage is detestable. If God says so, it can never be right. No matter what judge, politician or movie star says it is equal to marriage between one man and one woman. There is nothing civil about the right to unnatural sex lives. This is not about caring for society. It's not about “love.” True love is doing what is right and sacrificing pleasure for the greater good of society."

-- Says
of a law designed to protect transgender students: "If this becomes the norm in public schools, we are just asking for trouble. This is a travesty of justice. We're setting ourselves up for these children to be abused in bathrooms, for pedophilia, for rape, and ... to not have privacy."

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Says: "...[H]omosexuals have no good, quality intentions with children but to indoctrinate them into a perverted, sexual lifestyle"

-- Claims LGBT rights movement
is "antithetical to Biblical values": "Rainbows are meant to show God's redemption, but this image has been co-opted by a movement that is antithetical to Biblical values," Reese added. "We're going to take back the rainbow by redeeming it with the white marriage bow."

-- Claimed Supreme Court rulings on marriage "
brought shame to America;" says gays and lesbians want marriage to justify "ungodly behavior"

-- Said
of the Prop 8 plaintiffs: "The Perry family, original plaintiffs in the [Prop 8] case, says they are coming back to California to 'get married' because they have now been ruled to be “just as good as everybody else.” Who said they weren't in the first place? God loves everyone. It is the homosexual community who treats themselves as such because in their hearts they know this is shameful behavior, and it is not right or equal to what is natural — one man and one woman for the purpose of procreation.This endless focus on sexual activity does not bring character to an individual or integrity to a society. Yes, in their own words, homosexuals look forward to using the words 'married' and 'husband.' In reality, they have been "using" all of us, all along. What they really want is to justify their ungodly behavior."

-- Her
take on homosexuality and LGBT rights activism: "Homosexuality endlessly is about sex. One's identity is who and how you have sex. Frankly, this is becoming a boring subject. Is this all we can talk about anymore, not character qualities. Just sex, sex, sex. Well, that is clearly the focus and prerequisite to have a discussion with some human beings. I prefer to identify people by their attributes not sexual preferences. Sex used to be a subject that was only talked about by the deviants. Those with elegance and class never uttered a word publicly about such a private matter. It wasn't acceptable then and it is not now. If anyone has even a shred of decency, please keep your sexual escapades to yourself and keep it out of sight behind closed doors. This is not liberation, this is just unhealthy perversion. As for the government, what do you expect of those who deviate from the truth to lower the bar for political correctness and mediocrity."

-- While working to overturn law that allowed for LGBT-inclusive public school curriculum, said the inclusive teaching was just an attempt to "
indoctrinate our children into accepting the homosexual lifestyle at an early age"

-- Speaking to local media, Brandished a claim of supposed transgender harassment that the school system says
was "fabricated by one of the parents who opposes transgender students in schools."

-- Protested a law that does nothing more than strengthen bullying protections in CA public schools because,
she predicted, "you're going to have the blind maybe, [perhaps] the deaf, who are going to step up and want specific laws to give extra punishment for their specific causes and their specific levels of abuse."

-- Claims marriage equality decisions
"will be the downfall of the moral and economic foundations of America": "To the Supreme Court and those supporting these decisions, I have this to say: You want economic stability? Well, you have struck that down today, too. You are going to watch the courts, our tax dollars, our public education system, our businesses, and the nation’s churches become nothing but 'fight machines' standing up for their consciences before God — no matter what the cost, and until the very end. The financial stress that each state is going to endure will be exorbitant as courts clog with cases in the 12 states that already recognize homosexual marriage. The resulting instability to come will be the downfall of the moral and economic foundations of America."
Dran Reese [GLAAD CAP]

And even though this Dran Reese is clearly driven for her animus against homosexuality, and not just the supposed cause of "protecting marriage," the National Organization For Marriage went ahead and booked her as a speaker at the upcoming March For Marriage:

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[March For Marriage speakers]

Probably not the kind of person I would select as a key speaker just days before my most important case before the United States Supreme Court, wherein disproving animus will be a key goal of the "protect marriage" side. Then again, if I had to list all of the obtuse things that NOM has done that no savvy political thinker would ever do, we would be hear all day week month year.

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*Side note: Notice how Ms. Reese is posing with a tray of ceramics that seem to be defying gravity in devilish ways? Well that's because she is the founder of a company called QuakeHold! that makes all kinds of products that are sold in major national retail chains. This is a promotional product for one of her products.

You might want to check out their website (on which Ms. Reese appears) and adjust your buying habits accordingly.

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