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Wing Nut Heads Continue to Explode Over LGBT Executive Order

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Tony Perkins

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.”

Porno Pete LaBarbera:  

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

 

NOM Now Calling LGBT Equality Orgs ‘Anti-religious liberty groups’

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In an article on its blog today, NOM has taken to calling LGBT equality groups ‘anti-religious liberty groups.’ As their message moves from ‘traditional’ marriage to all all-out attack on the LGBT community, it seems that NOM is fighting for relevance every chance they get:

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In the article about the Catholic Church’s request to President Obama to include conscience protections in ENDA, the reference to anti-religious liberty groups is a reference to a number of LGBT rights groups who withdrew support of ENDA following the Hobby Lobby decision. Via Washington Post:

Separately, a coalition led by the American Civil Liberties Union, Lambda Legal and the National Center for Lesbian Rights said in a joint statement that they also would be withdrawing support. The bill’s religious exemptions clause is written so broadly that “ENDA’s discriminatory provision, unprecedented in federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination, could provide religiously affiliated organizations – including hospitals, nursing homes and universities – a blank check to engage in workplace discrimination against LGBT people,” the group said, adding later that if ENDA were to pass Congress, “the most important federal law for the [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] community in American history would leave too many jobs, and too many LGBT workers, without protection.”

Brian Brown, you are resorting to all new lows.

 

BREAKING: You Can Now Get Gay Married in Florida

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Florida Judge Rules Marriage Ban Unconstitutional | Advocate.com:

A county circuit judge in Florida ruled against the state constitution’s ban on same-sex marriage Thursday.

“This court concludes that a citizen’s right to marry is a fundamental right that belongs to the individual,” wrote Judge Luis Garcia of the Monroe County Circuit.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, the decision was stayed until Tuesday, at which point same-sex couples in Monroe County can begin to obtain marriage licenses, unless a stay is requested by the state attorney general and granted by the state court of appeals or Florida Supreme Court. At this point, it is not clear whether the state will appeal the ruling, the Miami Herald reports.

Another ban bites the dust! Although this one only applies to the Florida Keys, more lawsuits are in the pipeline making Florida one step closer to full marriage equality.

Here’s a response from Equality Florida:

Said Nadine Smith, CEO, Equality Florida Institute: “This is a monumental step forward for Florida. Today’s historic ruling affirms what the majority of Florida residents already know to be true: All couples and their families deserve to be treated equally by their government.”

The case was brought by Key West residents Aaron Hunstman and William Lee Jones. They are represented by Bernadette Restivo of the law firm Restivo, Reilly & Vigil-Farinas LLC.

On July 7, 2014, Judge Luis Garcia, Monroe County Circuit Court heard oral argument in the case. The couples argued that Florida’s ban on marriage equality cannot stand in light of the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in June 2013 that the federal “Defense of Marriage Act” violates the federal constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process.

Judge Garcia was appointed by former Governor Jeb Bush, a Republican.

Every court to consider these federal constitutional claims since last summer’s Supreme Court decision has ruled in favor of the freedom to marry, including federal and state courts in Utah, Ohio, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kentucky, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

STATEWIDE CELEBRATIONS THIS EVENING
Equality Florida Institute, in partnership with several Florida organizations, will hold gatherings throughout the state today. These Decision Day gatherings will give an opportunity for all fair-minded Floridians to voice their support for the freedom to marry. Plaintiff couples, members of the legal community and local leaders plan to be at rallies as their schedules allow.

FORT LAUDERDALE / WILTON MANORS
When: Day of Decision, 6 PM
Where: The Pride Center at Equality Park, 2040 North Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors 33305

FORT MYERS
When: Day of Decision, 6 PM
Where: Unitarian Universalist Church, 13411 Shire Lane, Fort Myers 33912

GAINESVILLE
When: Day of Decision, 6 PM
Where: United Church of Gainesville, 1624 NW 5th Ave, Gainesville 32603

JACKSONVILLE
When: Day of Decision, 6 PM
Where: Blue Fish, 3551 St. Johns Ave, Jacksonville 32205

KEY WEST
When: Day of Decision, 6 PM
Where: Aqua Nightclub 711 Duval St, Key West 33040

MIAMI BEACH
When: Day of Decision, 6 PM 6 – 8 PM
Where: The courtyard of the LGBT Visitors Center, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach 33139

NAPLES
When: Day of Decision, 6 PM
Where: Celebration MCC, 3400 Radio Road, Unit 107 Naples 34104

ORLANDO
When: Day of Decision, 6 PM
Where: The Hammered Lamb, 1235 N Orange Ave, Orlando 32804

SARASOTA

When: Day of Decision, 6 PM
Where: Marina Jack’s, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota 34236

ST. PETERSBURG
When: Day of Decision, 6 PM
Where: King of Peace 3150 5th Ave N, St Petersburg 33713

TALLAHASSEE
When: Day of Decision, 6 PM
Where: TBD visit http://www.eqfl.org/decisionday

TAMPA
When: Day of Decision, 6 PM
Where: Unity Church of Tampa, 3302 W. Horatio St, Tampa 33609

TAVERNIER
When: Day of Decision, 6 PM
Where: Casa Mar Village by Fresh Press Cafe, Mile Marker 81, Oceanside, Tavernier, FL

WEST PALM BEACH
When: Day of Decision, 4:30 – 6 PM
Where: Palm Beach County Courthouse 205 North Dixie Highway West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Equality Florida Institute is the state’s largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Michael Sam Takes Home ESPY Courage Award

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Michael Sam holds hands with his boyfriend Vito Cammisano while walking the red carpet at the 2014 ESPYs held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Wednesday (July 16)

Michael Sam, who is the first openly gay NFL player, received the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage during last night’s ESPY Awards. During his speech, Michael thanked his boyfriend Vito Cammisano: “People tell me that I’m their inspiration. Well you are my inspiration.”

And to reinforce why he took home the award, here are his final words in the speech: “To anyone out there, especially young people feeling like they don’t fit in and would never be accepted, please know this. Great things can happen when you have the courage to be yourself.”

Watch the full speech below:

 

Queue right-wing hysteria.

H/T Just Jared

 

Survey: 2.3% of Americans Are Gay or Bisexual

 

Via the Washington Post:

Less than 3 percent of the U.S. population identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday in the first large-scale government survey measuring Americans’ sexual orientation. The National Health Interview Survey, which is the government’s premier tool for annually assessing Americans’ health and behaviors, found that 1.6 percent of adults self-identify as gay or lesbian, and 0.7 percent consider themselves bisexual. The overwhelming majority of adults, 96.6 percent, labeled themselves as straight in the 2013 survey. An additional 1.1 percent declined to answer, responded “I don’t know the answer” or said they were “something else.” The figures offered a slightly smaller assessment of the size of the gay, lesbian and bisexual population than other surveys, which have pegged the overall proportion at closer to 3.5 or 4 percent. In particular, the estimate for bisexuals was lower than in some other surveys.

We all know what “I don't know the answer” means :)

Meanwhile, anti-gays like Bryan Fischer uses such statistices to substantiate discrimination. Via Gay Star News:

US pundit Bryan Fischer is confused why Christians permit a 'tiny little minority' of gay people to have so much power.

According to Right Wing Watch, the director of issues analysis for the American Family Association discussed yesterday, 15 July, the data released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) that 3.4% of those over 18 identified as something other than heterosexual.

'They are belligerent, they are intolerant, they are bullies,' Fischer insisted as reported by Right Wing Watch.

'And we have been meekly capitulating to this tiny little cluster of belligerent bullies now for a couple of decades and it's time that we stop with all of that,' the activist continued.

Fischer urged Christians to put a halt to 'sexual deviancy' by telling the LGBTI community to 'turn yourself over to God.'

“It's almost comical that we have allowed these people to have so much power in our culture where they can force their deviant lifestyle into the public sphere and compel so many sectors of society to recognize this and to celebrate it as some kind of normal lifestyle,' he added.

More to come.

 

NOM Has Too Much Time On Its Hands

In an email to NOM lemmings today, President Brian Brown asks that members boycott Chase for including a question about LGBT support in an employee survey:

Dear Marriage Supporter,

This is the smoking gun. NOM has obtained new evidence that shows Chase bank not only violated its employees' privacy with invasive and inappropriate questions on an employee survey aimed at pushing an LGBT agenda, but that the company has lied to consumers and its own employees about the now infamous questions.

Today, NOM is launching an international petition and boycott at www.VoidChase.com to send the message that this kind of invasiveness and dishonesty is unacceptable and will not go unchallenged. I urge you to read on to get the facts for yourself, and then head over to www.VoidChase.com to join this important effort.

The news about this survey has already been reported far and wide. But after NOM called on our members to contact Chase and demand answers about the invasive question to employees about whether they were “allies of the LGBT community”—and answers about how this information was to be used—the bank's leadership went on defense.

Several of you forwarded me responses received from Patricia A. Wexler, a Chase spokesperson, who said that, “The news report is not correct. These surveys are anonymous and voluntary.” Another Chase spokesperson, Jaclyn D'Aversa, reiterated to the Heritage Foundation's Daily Signal that the survey was “completely voluntary and anonymous.”

That the survey was administered, and contained the offensive question, is simply beyond doubt. This screenshot, published Friday by Breitbart News, has finally laid all such questions to rest—even though, as the Breitbart piece notes, several liberal media elites had been claiming that the survey didn't even exist.

I guess as NOM loses its mission to stomp out marriage equality, it now needs to get nitpicky about corporate surveys. They are treating this employee survey as a “scandal.” And using Breitbart as a primary source is just plain pathetic.

I have worked in corporate America for decades and I can tell you that voluntary employee surveys are that – voluntary. The question in question is also presented as “considered.”

This organization, having lost just about every “fight” in which they have involved themselves, is grasping at straws.

More on NOM's new site Void Chase.