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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.

 

 

PA Clerk Files Petition With SCOTUS To Halt Marriage Equality

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Via Towleroad:

Theresa Santai-Gaffney (above), the Schuylkill County clerk, has petitioned the Supreme Court to put a stop to same-sex marriages in Pennsylvania, reports SCOTUS Blog.

In May, U.S. District Court Judge John E. Jones struck down Pennsylvania’s ban on gay marriage. Last month, Jones refused to allow the clerk to intervene so that she could appeal his decision. On Thursday, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals barred Santai-Gaffney from the case and dismissed her appeal.

Santai-Gaffney’s Supreme Court application is based on the argument that the court’s January order putting on hold temporarily a federal judge’s decision striking down the ban on same-sex marriage in Utah “signaled to all lower federal courts” that they must act “to preserve the enforcement of man-woman marriage laws” until the Court rules on the constitutionality of state bans on same-sex marriage.

Santai-Gaffney’s petition can only continue if Justice Samuel A. Alito or a Supreme Court majority allows her to intervene . Alito can also seek a response from challengers of the Pennsylvania ban before acting on the clerk’s application.

She is backed by the Family Research Council (of course):

It Starts: Religious Right Wants More ‘Robust Exemptions’ To Discriminate

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I am so sick of the “victim” messaging when the right discusses “religious liberty.”

Via Towleroad:

As mentioned in our coverage of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision earlier today, religious leaders close to The White House sent a letter to President Obama on Tuesday, petitioning for a “robust religious exemption” to President Obama’s earlier announced executive order that would make it illegal for all federal contractors to discriminate in the workplace on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, The Washington Post reports. This letter comes on the heels of a previouis letter from 140 religious leaders asking for a similar exemption. Importantly, Tuesday’s letter was sent in the immediate wake of the Hobby Lobby decision at the Supreme Court. The letter argues that religiously affiliated organizations should be able to discriminate against LGBT people:

The letter reminds Obama of his own earlier faith-based opposition to same-sex marriage, as well as the government’s massive partnerships with faith-based social service groups that work on issues including housing, disaster relief and hunger. […]

“An executive order that does not include a religious exemption will significantly and substantively hamper the work of some religious organizations that are best equipped to serve in common purpose with the federal government.,” it said. “When the capacity of religious organizations is limited, the common good suffers.” […]

“Without a robust religious exemption .?.?. this expansion of hiring rights will come at an unreasonable cost to the common good, national unity and religious freedom.”

None of the groups mentioned in the letter have explicitly said they would pull out of their partnerships with the White House if they do not get an exemption.

For some reason, I don’t believe that the group will remain content with the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby decision. More details and a copy of the request here.

 

Watch: This Old Dude Really Hates the Gays

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As a town in Wisconsin was hearing arguments for and against an LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance, this guy (who reminds me of Archie Bunker) took the mic to make an argument against gay rights and he goes on…and on…and on. You can also here his supporters cheering. His best material:

Some of Lobsinger’s more amusing comparisons, which he seemed to believe were valid reasons for opposing equality included, “the gas pump does not belong in the radiator,” and, “if someone is in the lunchroom, and put a banana in his ear – instead of his mouth – every one of you would say there was something wrong with him!”

The ordinance did end up passing, thank goodness. Watch…

Via The New Civil Rights Movement

David Barton Fights LGBTs With Foolish Lies About Criminalizing Christianity

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We haven’t heard from mock Christian historian David Barton (above) lately, so here he is with his latest tall tales about LGBT rights:

Last fall, the city council in San Antonio, Texas passed a non-discrimination ordinance that added protections for sexual orientation and gender identity to the existing law. These sorts of non-discrimination ordinances exist in hundreds of cities all over the nation but, for some reason, David Barton is obsessed with lying about this one in particular, appearing recently on a program called “America Stands 2014: Election Coverage In The Spirit Of Faith” where he declared that in passing the ordinance, the city council had voted to “criminalize Christian beliefs and behavior” in the city of San Antonio.

Barton falsely claimed Christians who oppose gay marriage or criticize homosexuality are now barred from running for office and, if already serving in office, would be removed from their position, charged with a crime, and fined $500 a day, while also asserting that Christian-owned companies are now prohibited from doing any business with the city:

None of that is true, of course, as the ordinance passed by San Antonio simply prohibits city officials and departments from engaging in “discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, age, or disability” and explicit contains an exemption for religious organizations … but that won’t stop Barton from repeatedly lying about it.

…because wing nuts hate the inability to discriminate.

See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/david-barton-says-san-antonios-non-discrimination-ordinance-has-criminalized-christianity#sthash.K6KhuzBc.dpuf

 

Digest: NOM’s Hate March for Discrimination Recap

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Today marked NOM’s long-promoted “March for Marriage” in DC – which featured a plethora of rabid anti-gay speakers and a scarce crowd (above, via Joe.My.God).

…and no one went. The digest:

Right Wing Watch: Tim Huelskamp Says ‘Real Men’ Oppose Marriage Equality, Protect ‘Your Woman’

Right Wing Watch: Brian Brown Is Confident That Anti-Gay Activists ‘Stand On The Right Side Of History’

 

Speaking at the March for Marriage rally today, National Organization for Marriage president Brian Brown declared that those fighting against marriage equality will never give up and will eventually be victorious because “we stand for the truth about marriage.” “We know that some day,” Brown proclaimed, “whether it’s one year, ten years, twenty years, or decades from now, people will look back at this time and remember those of us who stood up for the truth.”

Hmm. I thought most of them were in wheelchairs or used walkers.

Right Wing Watch: Jim Garlow Prophetically Declares That God’s Definition Of Marriage Will Rule The Land

 

SFist: Here’s What The Archbishop Said At That Anti-Gay Marriage Rally Today; Also, S.F. Church Giving Away Free Weddings

Every child comes from a man and a woman, and has a right, a natural human right, to know and be known by, to love and be loved by, their own mother and father. This is the great public good that marriage is oriented towards and protects. The question is then: does society need an institution that unites children to the mothers and fathers who bring them into the world, or doesn’t it? If it does, that institution is marriage — nothing else provides this basic good to children.

Where do the altar boys come in?

Right Wing Watch: Huckabee: Failure To Stop Gay Marriage Will Unleash God’s Judgment Upon This Nation

Mike Huckabee closed out the March for Marriage today with a speech dedicated primarily to excoriating the nation’s judicial system for striking down various bans on gay marriage and demanding that legislators, political leaders, and citizens alike all stop abiding by such rulings, warning that failure to do so will result in God unleashing his judgment upon this nation.

“There is no doubt in my mind,” Huckabee said, “that this country would not exist had it not been for the providential hand of God. And I’m also convinced that if we reject his hand of blessing, we will feel his hand of judgment.”

 

The Texas GOP Party Platform Calls for Ex-Gay Therapy and Other Wackiness

While the image above depicts the 2012 Texas GOP platform, it is not that off-base when reviewing the craziness that makes up most of the 2014 platform. At some point, we should just let Texas secede. We may all be better off. Here is a sampling via Right Wing Watch:

  • Not only does the draft platform advocate for the abolition of the Federal Reserve, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Transportation Security Administration and the Departments of Education and Energy, but it also calls for an end to the direct election of U.S. Senators.
  • The draft platform also targets schools, calling evolution a “controversial theory” that should be challenged in the classroom, demanding that schools restrict access to “community organizers” and encouraging schools to embrace “subjects with emphasis on the Judeo-Christian principles upon which America was founded and which form the basis of America’s legal, political and economic systems.”
  • The platform also includes climate change denial: “While we all strive to be good stewards of the earth, ‘climate change’ is a political agenda which attempts to control every aspect of our lives. We urge government at all levels to ignore any plea for money to fund global climate change or ‘climate justice’ initiatives.”
  • Gays, of course are addressed: Along with supporting “reparative therapy and treatment to patients who are seeking escape from the homosexual lifestyle,” [link to previous post] the state party also wants to repeal Texas’ hate-crimes statute (or at least its “sexual orientation category”), block non-discrimination laws and seeks a “prohibition of the manufacturing and sale of abortifacients (e.g. morning after pill).”
  • The draft also calls for bans on “any form of reparation” and Sharia law, and limits to data gathering by the U.S. Census. It opposes “the use of Radio Frequency Identification Chips (RFID) on humans,” while reaffirming opposition to “any direct financial support of special interest organizations, such as ACORN and the ACLU, by any level of government.” ACORN, of course, hasn’t existed since 2010.
  • And sex with guns is fine. All federal acts, laws, executive orders, and court orders which restrict or infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms shall be invalid in Texas, not be recognized by Texas, shall be specifically rejected by Texas, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in Texas.

It is often difficult to determine whether such rhetoric is the result of full-fledged Obama Derangement Syndrome or just plain crazy train. I will take a sprinkling of both.

Read more at Right Wing Watch

 

 

Religious Right: ‘Slavery’ Is The New Black

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Earlier in the week, I posted about Bryan Fischer’s rant that Christians’ inability to discriminate under the law is akin to slavery:

The leaders of the Gay Gestapo have become our new slave masters. They can now send us to the hole if we refuse the massa’s demands.

It seems that other right wing nuts are utilizing the same messaging, given the preponderance of the term in anti-gay news circles. Via Right Wing Watch:

Yesterday, Iowa conservative activist Bob Vander Plaats once again compared the GOP’s fight against marriage equality to efforts to abolish slavery, proclaiming that Republicans will win their battle against gay rights “just like with slavery.”

The Family Leader president spoke with radio host Steve Deace about Republican politicians who they believe are caving on the issue of same-sex marriage.

Deace, for example, blamed Pennsylvania Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s dismal polling on his refusal to appeal a court ruling which struck down his state’s ban on same-sex marriage, even though Corbett has had terrible polling numbers for several years.

Vander Plaats, whose group once claimed that black families were better off under slavery than they are today, said that Republicans should preserve their anti-gay stance: “We actually stand for what God has designed because, just like with slavery, the truth is on our side. We can win this battle.”

But, this message is not new with the right. Here’s Alan Keyes from July 8, 2013:

The advocates of slavery in the United States often attempted to justify that institution by denying black people their share in human nature. On this account, they pretended that the notion of unalienable rights did not apply to black people, and that they therefore had no rights government was obliged to respect and secure. In like fashion, the advocates of homosexual so-called marriage now seek to deny the nature of marriage. They do so on the excuse of promoting equal treatment for homosexuals. But the necessary and intended result of their advocacy is to deny the family’s functional claim to be an expression of human nature, indeed the primordial expression of its social aspect. This, in turn, allows them to deny that the individuals who make up the family are engaged in an exercise of right, according to the laws of nature and of nature’s God. Once this is successfully denied, the activities arising from their exercise of right need no longer be respected as unalienable rights, antecedent to all human governments, which it is government’s aim to secure.

And the guy who traded arms for hostages under Ronald Reagan (but it’s no longer a good thing when the boogeyman in the White House does the same thing), Oliver North at CPAC this past March:

Some say we must ignore social issues like the definition of marriage, the sanctity of life, religious freedoms. I say those are not social issues, they are deeply moral and spiritual and they should be part of America’s elections.

Any time a conservative brings up a slavery analogy, you know it’s going to be ridiculous.

North: In the 1850′s a political party was born on the idea of a great moral issue, human bondage, the abolition of slavery in America. If we as conservatives cease to be a place where people of faith and those who believe in strong moral values can come, we will cease to be a political force in America.

So, the message is that fighting for our rights is driving discriminators to be the new slaves. That’s cool, because I have some yard work I need to get done. And wasn’t slavery condoned in the Bible and by our forefathers?

Why the media (right and left) does not call out these bozos on such comments is beyond me.

Now, talk amongst yourselves.

 

Wing Nuts Pray to God to Stop LGBT Pride

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Via Right Wing Watch:

Angry that a Family Research Council prayer event coincides with LGBT Pride Month, FRC prayer director Pierre Bynum called on members today to pray for God to “stop the advance of this official celebration of sin.”

“Only heaven knows exactly how this brazen departure from the moral law of God will impact our nation,” Bynum said.

LGBT Pride Month – On Call2Fall Sunday, June 29th, the very day believers and churches across America will fall to their knees to pray for our nation, those who self-identify as homosexuals will be celebrating “LGBT Pride Day,” a grand finale for June’s observance of “LGBT Pride Month.” President Obama will announce the observance and the White House, federal agencies, the Pentagon, many state agencies, many businesses and likeminded organizations across America will join the celebration. Only heaven knows exactly how this brazen departure from the moral law of God will impact our nation. But we are called to intercede with an Almighty God (White House Celebrates Activist Harvey Milk, New Postage Stamp 2013 WH Proclamation).

• May the Lord hear out intercessions stop the advance of this official celebration of sin! (Gen 20:18-23; Rom 1:16-32; 3:10 ff; Heb 13:4; Jude 7, 21-25)

See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/family-research-council-prays-stop-lgbt-pride-month#sthash.bq93e5Lt.dpuf