Audio: Brad Dacus, leading opponent of CA's trans rights law, prays LGBT people out of 'Satan's dominion'
Brad Dacus is one of the figures leading the charge to repeal California's law protecting transgender students. On the most recent agenda of his radio show, he admitted what his fight is really all about.
After interviewing both an "ex-transgender" and an "ex-gay," Dacus concluded with the following prayer to save people from "Satan's dominion":
[SOURCE: Brad Dacus Report, 11/30]
This is what drives me so crazy about debates like the current one over trans rights in California. We know what the people leading the charge truly want: for us to not be L, G, B, or T. That is the end game; that is the goal. It's not about this policy or that law—it's about "changing" us. In almost every instance, this is the underlying motivation.
Yet we are supposed to pretend like we don't know that and continue to engage them in a two-sided conversation, as if they are having anything resembling the same conversation as us. It's maddening, frankly.
If you think that LGBT people are under Satan's snare, you are probably not going to support a policy that makes life a little more accommodating for them and their "devilish" ways. It is not unfair to point that out! In fact, responsible media outlets covering this and other LGBT rights debates should do so, and clearly.
Melissa Klein shunned a lesbian customer because of her 'lifestyle'—but is 'shocked' at how mean people are
Melissa Klein made national headlines when she and her husband told a lesbian customer that they could not and would not make a cake for her wedding ceremony. But she's the "victim" of course:
SOURCE: Focus on the Family
"Better and nicer people"? What, because turning away a client while she's planning one of the happiest events of her life is both good and sweet?
I swear, while this movement and its militant push for discrimination is the obvious bad thing that brings us all to this fight, these folks' refusal to take responsibility for anything is the more annoying aspect of the whole debate.
Shimon Peres lights a candle for peace
It's a workable plan for peace in the region, if you ask me. If there's anything that can heal decades of tension, it's a meticulously stocked open bar at a gay wedding.
It worked for cousin Norm and aunt Ida, so why not the West Bank?
Photo: Anita Bryant out of exile, posing with Marie Osmond
Something tells me that Osmond, a professed equality ally with a lesbian daughter, might regret this post:
Marie Osmond [Instagram]
(h/t: Dave Evans)
Sure, they have a shared history. Bryant first sang "Paper Roses;" Osmond made it famous. I get it.
But still, we're talking about Anita Bryant. ANITA gays-recruit-children-so-let-me-campaign-against-them-throughout-the-seventies BRYANT! She isn't just some fellow guest star on a modern version of The Love Boat, with whom Osmond can wax nostalgic about variety shows gone by. This is someone who chose to do actual harm to an entire community of people—people just like Marie Osmond's own daughter.
No Instagram filter can pretty-up Ms. Bryant's record.
Wholly undeserving NOM butts its way into 'Giving Tuesday'
The 92nd Street Y, a progressive organization based in NYC, started the do-gooder idea known as "Giving Tuesday." NOM, a discriminatory organization based in myth, is determined to kill its spirit:
I take it back, people who trampled each other on Black Friday in order to dupe their credit cards into believing the half-a-shekel savings were going to make the payments somehow easier—yours was not the past seven days' biggest waste of time and cash after all.
No word on how NOM will next butt its way into nice holiday traditions. Although I do hear interns are busy dubbing their voices into all known copies of It's A Wonderful Life so that the famous line instead reads, "Every time a bell rings, you should give us money so that we can make life harder and less enjoyable for gay people."
In fury to attack gay moms and dads, anti-gay group continues to demean single parents
After ten weeks of being a parent with an equally dedicated spouse, this writer has come to one conclusion: Single parents perform a nearly impossible act.
Parenting is a 24/7 job, with a level of commitment far exceeding anything I have ever known. I cannot imagine how hard it must be to go it alone.
Yet amazing single parents rise to the challenge on a daily basis, bringing up awesome kids with all the right gifts. Like all dedicated parents, they deserve our respect. They certainly don't deserve the indignity of supposedly faith-driven special interest groups telling their children that they are somehow deprived or even broken because they do not have an opposite-sex duo at the head of their household.
Yet that is exactly the message that the rabidly anti-LGBT Alliance Defending Freedom is sending via its latest smear graphic. In its ongoing quest to attack loving gay parents like myself, the ADF is actually telling America that all parents, straight or gay, who fall outside of the ADF's limited spectrum of acceptability are doing damage to their kids:
It's just so gross. Actual human kids see stuff like this. When kids who do not have a male and female team of parents at the head of their household see this stuff, how does it make them feel? Why would an organization supposedly concerned with child welfare be so focused on casting a myopic model that they know does not, cannot, and will not define the full slate of families? Why are they so hellbent on exclusion when even a young child can see that the choice to foster a community of understanding would be of far better benefit?
"Alliance"? Sure, if you sign on to an exceedingly limited agenda. If not, you are cast down and out, written off as somehow losing at this whole life thing.
"Defending"? Well maybe, if you are a conservative, heterosexual Christian in a "traditional marriage." Otherwise, prepare yourself for offenses—often deep ones.
"Freedom"? Only if it looks, walks, and talks very much like discrimination.
Org. that's rooted in a mistake knocks writer who made a simple one
Edward Graham is a journalist who writes words for money. I'm pretty sure he knows the difference between "your" and "you're."
But leave it to the reliably reductive PFOX (Parents and Friends of "Ex-gays") organization to take an obvious typo and turn it into a whole campaign. In response to an email that Mr. Graham, a writer with the National Education Association's NEA Today publication, sent the anti-scientific, highly offensive, deservedly discredited organization in which he requested that PFOX "Please stop sending us you’re [sic] garbage," the professional "ex-gay" advocates have launched an effort to both punish Graham and raise funds for their continued snake oil sales. Here's what that looks like:
Teach the NEA how to write!
Recently, PFOX (Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays) received some correspondence from an NEA employee, a journalist who writes for NEA Today. The NEA correspondence was in response to an email from PFOX on the ex-gay community’s declaration for equal access and equal treatment in our nation’s schools. The journalist’s comment was brief and to the point -- “Please stop sending us you’re garbage. Sincerely, the Majority of America.”
This bigoted email came from an organization that, in a press release favoring same-sex marriage, states that the NEA supports “fairness, inclusion and freedom for all.” Worse yet, this email was written by an NEA journalist who apparently needs a refresher course on the correct use of the word “you’re.” You’re means ‘you are’ -- even a 5th grader knows that. The NEA journalist’s attempt at writing shows the sad state of our public schools today due to the NEA’s influence. Perhaps the quality public education of which the NEA boasts should start with its own employees?
PFOX filed a complaint with the NEA against this journalist. We also urged the NEA to institute reforms by specifically including ex-gays in all diversity and equality statements. We asked that they appoint a representative from the NEA Ex-Gay Educators Caucus to the NEA Sexual Orientation Committee. We have had no response.
We will continue in our efforts to bring true acceptance for ALL. But, we need your help. The NEA is powerful and well-funded, as are many of the adversaries we face. BUT OUR VOICE CANNOT BE SILENCED! YOUR VOICE CANNOT BE SILENCED! Click here at http://pfox.org/donate.html to contribute today by mail or online so that this generation learns the real meaning of equality. They deserve no less.
FULL: Teach the NEA how to write! [PFOX]
"Teach the NEA to write"? Oh please. This coming from an organization that routinely writes "ex-gay," without the quotes, as if that flux state between recognized sexual orientations is actually a thing.
What next, PFOX—gonna school fashion writers on the proper use of closets?
NOM now comparing same-sex marriages to oblong tomatoes, mythical lake monsters
While many of us were gearing up to spend time with families that proudly embrace their LGBT relatives, the National Organization For Marriage spent Thanksgiving week working to convince America that gay cousin Charlie and his new husband Marc are really the social equivalent of misnamed vegetables and Scottish lake monsters. I'm not even kidding.
In one Facebook post, the organization the desperately pushes graphic memes that never end up going anywhere created this little image purporting to call out some known untruths:
Because that's what same-sex couples' civil marriages are to NOM: little more than mislabeled scribbles. Such a classy org.
But this next one astounded even a longtime NOM watcher like myself. In a fundraising beg all about marriage equality supposedly being one great big myth that history will ultimately "set right," the NOM graphics department went so far as to create a pic that juxtaposes historical columns (in foreground) with the Loch Ness Monster (in background). Here's that:
This one's timely, too, since Scotland seems to be on the verge of marriage equality. With this little pic, NOM can expand its horizons. Bigfoot and the Roswell UFO would've been far too provincial.
Now with the next big holiday around the corner, there's no word on how NOM plans to demean loving gay couples here in the month of Christmas. Although I do hear that the graphics team is hard at work on smear campaigns involving the Grinch, coal-in-stockings, and cautionary chants about how same-sex marriage will "shoot America's eye out."
Video: Rabidly anti-LGBT Alliance Defending Freedom hopes to convince donors it is right, effective, winning — 2013 edition
It's year-end time, which means groups must put together highlight reels that insist the past year of donor-funded work was all worth it. Here is the 2013 ask of the ADF, the org that heads up most every legal challenge against LGBT civil rights:
I love how they act like the historic Supreme Court rulings on marriage just kind of happened. In truth, the ADF was at the forefront of these battles, hoping to prove in court that their arguments against marriage equality are both right and effective. They lost. In fact, the court process showed how lacking in effective argument they truly are.
Anti-LGBT donors can keep handing over cash and expecting different results, if that is what these faith-motivated folks choose to do with their charitable cash. Or they could, you know—help to instead feed or clothe a person in need.
Video: Obviously bright young man backs obviously right view of marriage
His home state of Oregon has yet to obtain equal marriage rights. If brave, awesome, and wise Duncan McAlpine Sennett has his way, that will soon change.
When called to the Torah, young man Duncan makes the call for full equal rights: