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BarbWire.com: Turning Hatred Into A Profit

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Matt Barber

Here’s a good recap of the nonsense spewing from BarbWire.com — entertaining and scary all at the same time. Reprinted from MediaMatters.org press release:

The vice president of a notorious right-wing legal organization has spent much of 2014 developing one of the most extreme anti-LGBT “news” sites on the internet. Now he’s using the site to hawk a treasure trove of right-wing merchandise and souvenirs.

In January of 2014, Liberty Counsel vice president Matt Barber launched BarbWire.com, a website that claims to offer news and opinion “from a decidedly biblical worldview.”

Though BarbWire isn’t exclusively an anti-LGBT website – the site spares some vitriol for immigrants, Muslims, reproductive choice, and President Barack Obama – LGBT topics have dominated its content since its inception. BarbWire’s first post championed Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson for his comments comparing gay people to murderers and equating homosexuality with bestiality.

In its short existence, the site has featured commentary some of America’s most notorious homophobes; Scott Lively, an American pastor closely linked to anti-LGBT persecution in Uganda and Russia; the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer, who blames gay men for the Holocaust; Laurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute, another anti-LGBT hate group; and Robert Oscar Lopez, an anti-gay activist who has made a second career of publishing bizarre gay erotica novels.

Unsurprisingly, BarbWire has become a hub for the kind of anti-LGBT propaganda that even many conservative news sites shy away from:

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But BarbWire is more than just a platform for publishing the Right’s more unsavory anti-LGBT sentiments – it’s also a money-making scheme for Liberty Counsel’s Barber.

In July, subscribers to BarbWire’s mailing list began receiving emails peddling products from Patriot Depot, a website that offers “supplies for the conservative revolution.”

There’s the “‘Say Hello To My Little Friend’ Garden Gnome,” available for $18.95:

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You could purchase an “Obama’s Last Day Countdown Clock” for $12.95:

 

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And nothing will stick it to liberals quite like Rise, Kill, & Eat, a paean to “edible wildlife” from “Genesis to Revelation” featuring a foreword by Ted Nugent:

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BarbWire And Liberty Counsel

BarbWire’s anti-LGBT extremism closely mirrors the work Barber is known for at Liberty Counsel.

Led by Mathew Staver, Liberty Counsel is the legal arm of the Jerry Falwell-founded Liberty University. Billed as a nonprofit “litigation, education, and policy organization,” Liberty Counsel is notorious for championing even the most extreme anti-gay causes in the name of religious freedom. The organization defended Scott Lively against a federal human rights lawsuit stemming from his role in a 2009 bill that would have imposed the death penalty for homosexuality in Uganda. While Liberty Counsel fancies itself as a serious conservative legal organization, it also churns out bombastic statements denouncing LGBT-inclusive education as “sexual assault” on the nation’s children.

Despite his fondness for fringe causes, Staver’s connections in conservative media and politics have helped elevate Liberty Counsel to a prominent position on the Religious Right. A close associate of Fox News host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Staver is a repeat guest on Fox and has testified before Congress in support of “ex-gay” therapy. In recent weeks, Liberty Counsel garnered headlines for defending Florida’s same-sex marriage ban in court.

And though Liberty Counsel is not formally affiliated with BarbWire.com, Staver hasn’t hesitated to be a frequent contributor to his deputy’s website. (Sample headlines: “Obama Puts Homosexual Rights Over Children’s Innocence,” “Sharia Law Is A Growing Threat To American Culture,” and “36,000 New Reasons To Impeach Obama.”)

For years, conservative outlets like Fox have reliably offered Liberty Counsel favorable, accountability-free treatment, allowing figures like Staver to depict Liberty Counsel’s work as part of a noble effort to defend religious liberty and obscuring the group’s true extremism. Now, in order to disseminate that extremism unfiltered, the group’s vice president felt compelled to create his own “news” site – offering an ugly look at the animus that motivates his organization’s work.

 

BREAKING: You Can Now Get Gay Married in Virginia

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Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Va. affirmed a District Court decision in Bostic v. Schaefer that held Virginia’s ban on marriage for gay and lesbian couples is unconstitutional. The ruling paves the way for West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina to strike down their marriage bans as those states are under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Reuters reports:

The appeals court ruled that “the fundamental right to marriage includes a right to same-sex marriage and that therefore Virginia’s marriage laws must be reviewed under strict scrutiny.”

USA Today adds:

The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond ruled 2-1 that gay men and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry that is paramount to state marriage laws.

“We recognize that same-sex marriage makes some people deeply uncomfortable,” the majority said. “However, inertia and apprehension are not legitimate bases for denying same-sex couples due process and equal protection of the laws.”
The circuit court has jurisdiction over Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. The panel’s decision can be appealed to the full court or to the Supreme Court.

Like the first appeals court panel to rule on the issue this year in Utah and Oklahoma, the three-judge panel was deeply divided, but the swing judge — in this case Henry Floyd, who was named to the bench by George W. Bush and elevated to the circuit court by President Obama in 2011 — came down on the side of same-sex marriage.

Another marriage ban bites the dust!

Read more at http://www.bilerico.com/2014/07/breaking_virginia_marriage_ban_struck_down_again.php#ZUDMAIo8IBrQHcDv.99

 

AFA: Concerned that Michael Sam Will See Beefcakes in Shower

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The American Family Association president is upset that Michael Sam will see naked “beefcakes” in the shower:

Earlier this week, former Colts coach Tony Dungy said he wouldn’t have signed Sam, because he “wouldn’t want to deal with all of it”.

AFA president Tim Wildmon has today leapt to Dungy’s defence, claiming he is worried Sam will be able to see “all that beefcake” in the shower.

He wrote: “By the way, having been a sports reporter for a few years I’ve been in many football locker rooms where the players walk around naked or half-naked, changing clothes and going in and out of the showers.

“Putting a man like Sam, who says he is sexually attracted to men, in with all that beefcake seems unfair to the straight players and a distraction to Sam.

“Would you put a heterosexual man in the locker room/showers with all the female cheerleaders?

“The fact that [Tony Dungy] is in the crosshairs of the PC Gestapo over this comment is chilling to free speech and free thinking.”

First, gay men are not predatory hunters in team showers – unless it is a gay porn film.

Second, the right continues to misunderstand free speech – its about preventing the government from stifling speech – not a private employer or person who has to deal with the consequences of their speech.

Third, using the term ‘beefcake’ is so 1970s.

Via Pink News UK

 

Crazy Eyes: Gays Want Adults To ‘Freely Prey On Little Children Sexually’

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Like a groundhog, Michele Bachmann stuck here head out of her hole to slam LGBTs (again) before she leaves office at the end of the year. Right Wing Watch shares her foolishness:

During a Wednesday appearance on the conservative radio show “Faith & Liberty,” Rep. Michele Bachmann accused the “gay community” of pushing “deviancy,” “tyranny” and child rape.

The Minnesota Republican warned that the gay community will “abolish age of consent laws, which means we will do away with statutory rape laws so that adults will be able to freely prey on little children sexually. That’s the deviance that we’re seeing embraced in our culture today.”

She also predicted that gay rights advocates will legalize polygamy and enact “hate speech laws across the United States” in order to bring about “the rise of tyranny.”

Now that she is leaving office, it’s a perfect time for her work on her own gay marriage with Ladybird.

If you can stomach her, read more and listen to the audio of the interview here.

 

Arizona Attorneys Representing Ban on Same-sex Marriage Resort to Droconian Messaging

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Just when you thought the right was out of anti-LGBT messaging, they resort right back to the same old messages and the same old disproven studies. Pink News reports that lawyers representing a group defending the state’s now declared-unconstitutional ban on gay marriage is resorting to language that we thought was no longer helpful to their cause:

Arizona attorneys defend the state’s same-sex marriage ban in court documents by saying it is justified because same-sex couples cannot reproduce without the help of a third person.

The documents, filed Wednesday, say the state regulates private relationships to ensure that children are raised by a biological mother and biological father whenever possible.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports that the documents state: “Only man-woman couples are capable of furthering the state’s interest in linking children to both of their biological parents.”

The case, though against the state, is being defended by the Alliance Defending Freedom.

The Alliance Defending Freedom is a self-described “legal ministry” headed by Christian leaders to advocate for religious liberty and opposite-sex marriage.

Ok, then. We will wait and see how this argument goes for them.

 

Wing Nut Heads Continue to Explode Over LGBT Executive Order

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With President Obama‘s signing of an executive order yesterday banning LGBT discrimination within government contractors, the right continues to blow gaskets over the order. The onslaught of disrespectful and hateful rhetoric continues today:

Todd Starnes, Fox News:

 

Tony Perkins, FRC (via email):

“This action is wrong on the merits, because it accepts the premise that distinctions based on actual conduct — such as homosexual behavior and cross-dressing — should be treated the same way as distinctions based on immutable and innocuous characteristics like race. This order gives activists a license to challenge their employers and, expose those contracted employers to threats of costly legal proceedings and the potential of jeopardizing future contracts. The order further burdens contractors by stripping away their right to set dress and grooming standards. All this amounts to viewpoint blackmail and bullies into silence those contractors and subcontractors who have moral objections to homosexual behavior. This morning President Obama told the assembled group of activists, ‘We’re on the right side of history.’ Mr. President, being on the wrong side of the natural law is never being on the right side of history. The President is placing at risk not only faith-driven employers but religious groups such as relief organizations which sometimes put government dollars to work in uniquely effective ways. The President’s refusal to completely exempt religious businesses from this executive order betrays his true agenda — forcing his own conformist views upon everyone else, and making America less free in the process.”

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And of course, Bryan Fischer:

Did You Know You Are Possessed By Putrid-Smelling Demons And Are Worse Than Pigs?

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Pastor Bert Ferias, in a lengthy and jaw-droppingly vile essay published today by Charisma News, provides his readers with utter nonsense in sharing his views on homosexuality. In his article ‘The Raw, Naked Truth About Homosexuality,’ Ferias is not shy in sharing his demonic theories about LGBTs:

The choice to be gay, however, has far greater risk in that it ties one to lust, illicit passions, and unclean practices that open up a person to the demonic. I will explain this further below.

We’ve got this whole thing muddled up because people don’t speak plainly and clearly anymore. They beat around the bush and are obsessed with political correctness and being loving and tolerant. The truth is that everyone makes choices every single day. You can choose to believe in God or not. You can choose to believe the Bible or not. You can choose to surrender your life to Jesus Christ or not. You can choose to be a liar, a thief, a whore-monger, a murderer, an alcoholic or a drug addict. Quit blaming it on your genes or your addictive personality, unfortunate circumstances, or your background and upbringing. Yes, our culture and surroundings influence us, but we don’t have to yield to its evil influences.

For example, I could say to my wife, “It’s so natural for me to have sex with other women, so I think I will. I just can’t help myself!” Just because a woman opens her blouse to me and entices me to have sex with her doesn’t mean that I will. The fact is some people just want to do what comes naturally or what feels good, and the devil eats them up. He will feed you all the lies and perversion you are willing to receive.

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Here’s the raw, naked truth: Homosexuality is actually a demon spirit. It is such a putrid-smelling demon that other demons don’t even like to hang around it. A genuine prophet of God told me that the Lord allowed him to smell this demon spirit, and he got sick to his stomach. And yet as humans, many embrace this demon. Yes, you heard me right: Being gay is demonic.

You heard it here, folks. And the comments are hilarious. From ‘Polish Bear’:

DEAR REVEREND FARIAS:

Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God’s Law. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. (After all, all things in the Bible should be taken and followed as the literal law)

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the specific laws and how to follow them.

1: When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev. 1:9). The problem is my neighbours. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?

2: I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

3: I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness (Lev. 15:19-24). But how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

4: Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. How do you suggest I obtain slaves from Canada?

5: I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?

6: A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination (Lev. 11:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don’t agree. Can you settle this?

7: Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?

8: Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev.19:27. How should they die?

9: I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

10: My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? (Lev.24:10-16) Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14)

Obviously you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God’s word is eternal and unchanging.

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H/T Joe.My.God

 

Matt Barber Offends Everyone As He Co-opts Civil Rights Image

Matt Barber is evil. Just plain evil. In his latest anti-LGBT demeaning attempt at attacking our community, he coopts an image to make a hateful argument. His latest column, titled “The Coming Christian Revolt,” is another reason the religious right is becoming more and more irrelevant in the hate world. Via Right Wing Watch:

Featuring a picture of African American demonstrators being shot with water hoses behind a superimposed rainbow image, Barber writes that the anti-gay Right is the direct descendant of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement, and must similarly engage in “widespread civil disobedience” in the face of water hoses.

From behind a smoking sniper rifle high atop his ivory tower peers the secular “progressive.” He surveys his many victims, strewn across the American landscape below and mockingly sneers, “War on Christianity? What war on Christianity?”

He then resumes shooting, all the while insisting that those uncooperative Christians who scatter for cover behind the word of God and the U.S. Constitution somehow suffer from a “persecution complex” (the baker, the photographer, the florist, the innkeeper, the Christian school administrator, etc.).

For every law, regulation, activist court ruling or presidential edict that demands Christians violate their sincerely held religious beliefs and adopt a postmodern, moral relativist way of life, there increases, in exact proportion, the likelihood of widespread civil disobedience – disobedience of the sort we haven’t seen since the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and ’60s.

Indeed, if, in the spirit of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., we, his fellow Christian travelers, must again face the water hoses, then face them we shall.

While there are those who will give way out of fear, weakness or a desire to conform to the world, there are many others who will not. Christians must peacefully come together, lock arms and redouble our resistance to evil.

Even when that evil is adorned with the presidential seal and signature.

Time for an Adavan. My anger is about to cause me a migraine.

 

But, Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters has an amazing rebuke as to why Barber has gone too far:

There will be no “coming Christian revolt,” Mr. Barber because no Christian in this country is being discriminated against. Being told to treat everyone the same is not discrimination. Providing goods and services to people whose taxes pay for the safety of your business is not discrimination.

Your disagreement with the fact that lgbts should have the same rights as heterosexuals is just that – YOUR disagreement. You have a right to believe that, but you don't have a right to codify it into law, particularly if your codification involves junk science, cherry-picked science, or out-and-out lies.

You are not entitled to anything, Mr. Barber. If you are, please educate me. And by all means, please tell me how the elimination of your entitlements ranks next to being denied the right to vote, segregation, lynching, being called “boy” or “gal” as a deliberate sign of disrespect. And if that's too difficult for you, then answer me this:

Where the hell do you get off exploiting the images and legacy of Americans who suffered for simple freedoms to justify the fact that you don't want to get off that pedestal of yours; a pedestal which you created based upon your concept of being a Christian.

Well played. I couldn't have said it better myself.

But I still need my Adavan.

 

 

Obama Signs Executive Order Banning LGBT Discrimination; Right Wing Heads Explode

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President Obama this morning signed an executive order barring federal contractors from discrimination because of sexual orientation or gender identity — without religious exemptions that were demanded after SCOTUS’ Hobby Lobby decision:

Saying “Our government – government of the people, by the people and for the people – will become just a little bit fairer,” President Obama set strong new standards for federal contractors, which employ 20 percent of the American workforce. Under these executive orders, an estimated 14 million more American workers will be now be protected from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Human Rights Campaign reports that the manner in which the White House chose to extend LGBT workplace protections will make them very difficult for a future administration to reverse:

In the part that applies to federal contractors, the Obama administration declined to create a separate carve-out or standard for LGBT employees. Instead, the President elected to narrowly amend Executive Order 11246, first signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1965—placing sexual orientation and gender identity on equal footing with race, color, religion, sex and national origin, and thus making these protections virtually politically impossible for a future administration to undo.

Fears that the president would include a religious exemption that would allow federal contractors to excuse their discrimination toward LGBT workers proved unfounded. Though more than 140 religious leaders requested an exemption, the White House declined to include one.

Immediately, anti-gay morons and their like voiced their disdain for the order. Family Research Council’s Peter Sprigg shared his anger via press release:

“President Obama has ordered employers to put aside their principles, and practices in the name of political correctness. This level of coercion is nothing less than viewpoint blackmail that bullies into silence every contractor and subcontractor who has moral objections to homosexual behavior. This order gives activists a license to challenge their employers and, expose those employers to threats of costly legal proceedings and the potential of jeopardizing future contracts.

“Religious faith is not simply a matter of intellectual affirmation but of active practice. A religious organization which is denied the power to require its employees to conduct their lives in a way consistent with the teachings of their faith is an organization which is being denied the right to exercise its religion, period. People with deeply held convictions regarding the morality of certain types of sexual behavior should not be bound by the dictates of President Obama’s agenda.

“The President’s policies are keeping the economy in the tank. He strangled the financial and health sectors by passing a health care law that’s trampling employers’ freedom and crushing their bottom lines. Now, as if those burdens weren’t enough, the President’s party wants to tell companies how they should run their businesses, and how they can and cannot practice their moral convictions and religious faith. President Obama is legislating without Congress. Now, the American people will be left to sort out the costs to religious and constitutional liberties resulting from this rule by decree.”

AFA’s Bryan Fischer:

 

Fischer also whined about Obama’s tying the Malaysia MH17 disaster to gay rights via OneNewsNow:

President Obama, taking a page out of the Alinsky-ite “never let a good crisis go to waste” playbook, shamelessly and tackily used the occasion to promote the legitimacy of sexual deviancy.

Here are the president’s remarks about the deceased AIDS researchers (emphasis mine):

“These were men and women who had dedicated their own lives to saving the lives of others, and they were taken from us in a senseless act of violence. In this world today, we shouldn’t forget that in the midst of conflict and killing, there are people like these. People who are focused on what can be built, rather than what can be destroyed. People who are focused on how they can help people they’ve never met. People who define themselves not by what makes them different than other people, but by the humanity that we hold in common.

“The United States is going to continue to stand for the basic principle that people have a right to live as they choose, that nations have the right to determine their own destiny, and that when terrible events like this occur, the international community stands on the side of justice and on the side of truth.”

What the president said was perfectly appropriate until he stood on the graves of these researchers and lurched from compassion to advocacy for a dangerous and destructive lifestyle.

Imagine if these researchers had been on their way to an international conference on lung cancer, and the president had declared: “The United States is going to continue to stand for the basic principle that people have a right to smoke whatever they choose as often as they choose.” Or if these researchers had been on the way to an international conference on heart disease, and the president had declared: “The United States is going to continue to stand for the basic principle that people have a right to eat as much red meat and fat as they choose.” Michelle wouldn’t have let him back in the White House.

Yes, Bryan, LGBTs are just like red meat or lung cancer.

 

Leave It To Bryan Fischer To Bring Gay Hate Into Malaysian Plane Crash

Bryan Fischer is no stranger to equating every ill of the world to LGBT equality. Now, he decided to comment on Obama’s “politicizing” the Malaysia Flight MH17 crash by politicizing with LGBT hate on his Twitter account.

If he’s so Christian, he should be ashamed of himself