Pat Robertson-Douche-Bag of The Day

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Jun 192016
 
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This entry is part 22 of 30 in the series Daily Douche-Bag

DOUCHES_1Should come as no surprise that Pat Robertson couldn’t pass up the Orlando Massacre as an opportunity to spill some of his hateful bile around the TV.  Layering a Muslim, trying to claim he was a terrorist, on top of a massacre of LGBT young people on top of Trump’s America, and it’s hard not to have a “Christian Leader” each day as the douche-bag of the day. Some Republicans are vying for the honor, but since it’s Sunday, let’s go with religion, and so, for thinking Muslims and Gays should be left alone to kill each other, here’s our Douche-bag of the Day Award for Pat Robertson.

Robertson, with his long record of comments against Muslims and homosexuals (who can forget the AIDS rings comments), who he believes are abominations to humanity, appears to be trying to top himself by commenting on the Orlando shootings. Roberson believes that liberal LGBT activists allied themselves with Muslims and are now reaping what they sowed. Here’s what he said: Continue reading »

Jun 182016
 

DOUCHES_1There’s plenty of bile bubbling up out of the bowels of fundamentalist Christianity in the west over the shooting in Orlando. We’ve cited some of it here, and I’m sure we’ll be calling out more. Some is not so directly hateful, but comes from mainline church people, who think simply claiming they love everyone…but….(there’s always that qualifier) absolves them of any contribution to the hate leveled at the LGBT community. I promise we will get to some of those.

In the meantime, clearly, one of the most hateful is Roger Jiminez of Sacramento, California’s Verity Baptist Church. Jiminez has said:

“As a Christian, we shouldn’t be mourning the death of 50 sodomites. Let me go ahead and start right there. As a Christian, we shouldn’t be sad or upset…The bible does teach that homosexuality deserves the death penalty,” he said, admitting he has no regrets for his sermon. “Leviticus 20:13 says that if a man lie with mankind like he does with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination and will surely be put to death. Romans 1 says that they which commit such things are worthy of death…”

He tried to explain his theology by saying, “if people die who deserve to die, we don’t need to be mourning that.”

As is too often the case, he wants to include the old escape clause of, “but I’m not encouraging anyone to commit violence.” I’ve had this same argument in a United Methodist Conservative discussion group. I know they know that people who might be predisposed to violence against LGBT people, and who might be immature in their biblical understanding (which is most western Christians), can lead them to believe that killing LGBT people is a righteous act.

So, for maybe giving the most hateful sermon on the very day of the massacre, we’re going to give Jiminez our Daily Douche-bag award.

Franklin Graham–Today’s Daily Douche-Bag Award

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Jun 172016
 
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This entry is part 21 of 30 in the series Daily Douche-Bag
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Franklin Graham

Right now, it’s pretty hard to decide who to give our Douche-bag of the Day Award. There are just so many people vying for the honor, with lots of pastors leading the pack. Some awful things have been said in “Jesus’ name,” and we’ll get to those, but I decided to pull out Franklin Graham from that deck first.

Graham has one of the largest followings, and his secretary, who I spoke with, assured me she knows his heart, and he doesn’t hate anyone. I told her I knew his heart too, and it was full of either greed or hate (maybe both), and that I wanted him to stop claiming he was a Christian, in that it made the rest of look bad. That people like him have worked hard to make embarrassing to say you’re a Christian. Continue reading »

Rep. Steve King, Talking Lawnmowers and The Baker Act

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Jul 312015
 
This entry is part 20 of 35 in the series Gay Marriage
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)

It worries and embarrasses me the idiocy I see in too many of our elected officials, and making it worse is the knowledge we elect them, and keep re-electing them. Evangelicals and Conservatives, especially Republican conservatives seem to try to out-stupid each other, and the rhetoric has simply crossed a line, especially on the gay marriage issue. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa[they should be really proud]) provides a ton of grist for the stupid mill, and I think his latest, were he anyone else, would qualify him for a Baker Act petition.

According to King:

“I had a strong, Christian lawyer tell me yesterday that, under this decision that he has read, what it brings about is: It only requires one human being in this relationship—that you could marry your lawnmower with this decision. I think he’s right.” Continue reading »

Family Group Hates Anti-Bullying Campaigns

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May 012013
 

Bob Kellogg, a reported for the SPLC designated hate group, American Family Association, has published an article about Laurie Higgins campaign against GLSEN’s anti-bullying campaign. Every expert says that to have an impact, these initiatives have to name the kinds bullying one wants to stop, but God’s gentle person, Laurie, doesn’t want LGBT students mentioned as targets. I can only assume that means, since she has no training or expertise in the topic, that she wants to reserve the right to bully LGBT students.

Higgins is a “cultural analyst” with the fiercely anti-gay Illinois Family Institute. So what’s got Higgins’ panties all in a  wad this time? The article reports that an Illinois House Committee has approved a resolution supporting the National Day of Silence. National Day of Silence is an effort to call to students’ attention the issue of bullying, particularly as relates to LGBT student.If passed into law, lawmakers will be urged to approve strong anti-bullying laws and policies that prohibit name-calling, harassment, bullying, violence and discrimination against LGBT students and school staff.

How full of hate must a person’s heart be to oppose something like that? Well, here’s how Higgins describes her beliefs:”What they really want to do is they want to end the bullying by persuading people that homosexual acts are morally neutral or morally positive,” Higgens warns. “That’s their end gain.”

So let’s take a look at just who this person is. First off, prior to this gig, she was a high school English teacher. Now I have all the respect in the world for high school English teachers, but that doesn’t, alone, qualify one as the final word on cultural issues, and the one’s I know would be insulted to be lumped into the same group as a person who hates as virulently as Laurie does. Don’t believe she hates gay people? Well, just check her GLAADCAP Profile, where she’s said such things as:

  • Equates defeating “evil” LGBT rights movement with defeating slavery and Naziism;
  • Says people must speak out against “deviant” gays;
  • Insists marriage equality will lead to incestuous and polygamous marriage;
  • Once compared the silence of church leaders on homosexuality to the silence in the face of Nazism;
  • Compares measures designed to prevent LGBT bullying to theoretical proposals that would protect promiscuous girls, incestuous couples, or polyamorists.

I could go on, but I think you get the picture of the kind of small hate-filled world Laurie Higgins has created for herself. She’s entitled to live in whatever state she chooses, but in this case, she wants to force her world of hate on the rest of us. Another of those who give we Christians a bad name.

 

More Craziness from Kentucky

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Mar 122013
 
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Hate Groups

It’s not hard to cast Kentucky as a backassword state when they do things like pass a “religious freedoms” law which has no intent other than to allow people to discriminate against LGBT people in cities where non-discrimination regulations have been passed. In order for the bill to be more palatable, the legislators involved in this little scheme made it clear they were targeting gay rights. This was to make the people of Kentucky take their eye off the underlying scope of this bill.

State Seal of KentuckyCertainly the bill targets LGBT people. The bill would give protections to people who refuse to follow state laws based on “sincerely held” religious beliefs. Many people are complaining that an unintended consequence of the bill would allow people to also discriminate against Blacks, Women and other minorities with impunity. This is Kentucky. This will not come as a surprise to the Republican legislators who launched this scheme, and it is not an unintended consequence. They intentionally used this broad language to be able to invalidate any and all civil rights laws. Remember, the Republican Party is the party of legitimate rape, anti-women’s choice, anti-women’s rights, anti- rights for anyone who’s not a straight white Baptist male. Sad for a state with the motto, “United we stand, Divided we fall.”

Now I don’t want to give the impression that Kentucky is completely backasswords. Kentucky has four cities with fairness anti-discrimination laws. Several others are in the works which is why there has been a lot of interest from  conservative groups to quell this movement. Kentucky was an early leader in ending sodomy laws in the United States. It has one of the oldest gay bars and having lived there for a short time, I can say their cup runneth over with homos. Their second largest city has a gay mayor.

But it’s hard to not think of them as living somewhere in the 1800’s when their legislature passes a bill like this. Let’s hope that Democratic Governor Steve Beshear can do the right thing and veto the bill. Kentucky Equality Federation wrote a letter to Beshear last week pushing him to veto it. “House Bill 279 represents a clear and present danger to the gay and lesbian community and other minority groups around the commonwealth,” the letter said. “House Bill 279 does nothing more than give people permission to discriminate based on their religious beliefs, thereby taking it beyond ‘freedom of religion’ to ‘forced religion,’ because they have imposed their religious beliefs on others, with legal authority to do so.”

God’s gentle loving people. Who Would Jesus Hate?

May 212012
 

Once again we see an example of God’s gentle loving people. What a shamed that this is supposed to be the face of Christianity, and people wonder why younger folks remain spiritual, but are leaving the church in droves. Well, here it is.See what hate hath wrought with Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, North Carolina.

“I figured a way to get rid of all the lesbians and queers,build a great, big, large fence — 150 or 100 mile long — put all the lesbians in there… Do the same thing for the queers and the homosexuals and have that fence electrified so they can’t get out… And you know what, in a few years, they’ll die.”
I guess some might see him as merciful, since his plan at least includes flying over planes to drop food. Of course he’s not the really the first to figure out this “solution.” Hitler beat him to the punch.

The Crazy from N.C…Please Make it Stop

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Sep 282011
 
This entry is part 31 of 35 in the series Gay Marriage

So this GOP State Senator James Forrester who is supposedly a medical doctor (fortunately the sick in his town he’s retired). The batshittery is beyond belief and goes on and on as this blow hard is caught in lie after lie as he tries to hide the animus on which the anti-gay hate bill was based. He was the primary sponsor.

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Let’s take a look at what he based it all on:

  1. He says in a town hall it’s because gay men die 20 years sooner because of AIDS…blah, blah, blah. OK, so how does keeping gay people from marrying and encouraging monogamous relationships add to that problem?
  2. When called out on it, he first claims he got the info from the CDC. He assumed, because of his medical license I assume, that Michael would just accept that. When he didn’t, the doctor (lower case “d” is on purpose) then tries to say it’s based on his experience as a practitioner. It appears he did have one patient with AIDS at some point. Then he claims he got it out of a book by Frank Turek, a known homophobe who has no medical or scientific background.
  3. At one point he tries to claim he didn’t say it at all, and that it had nothing to do with the Bill, but Michael plays him the tape from his town hall (oops).
  4. Then he gets upset because Signorile is “trying to trip him up.”
  5. Next he claims that he’s just trying to preserve marriage between one man and one woman for over 5,000 years. Well, I guess he can be forgiven since he was a doctor and not a historian. Obviously in many societies men were permitted multiple wives, and for most of that 5,000 years which the doctor seems to remember so fondly, women were not equal parties in the marriage, but property. I’d call that a pretty big change to his “traditional marriage,” but he’d probably like to see it rolled back a hundred years or so anyway.
  6. Then he says he just wants people to vote on it so it can’t be decided by some federal judge (and he does say federal). Well, again, I guess he was too busy dissecting his cadaver to bother reading the Constitution, but if a federal judge rules, it’s lights out for his amendment anyway.
  7. Signorile points out how gay marriage in Massachusetts hasn’t negatively affected marriage, and the doctor’s response to all that is that he’s not an expert on all these things (never mind he presented himself as such during town halls and debates on the topic), and so he can’t answer Michael’s questions because they are biased.
  8. In the end, he claimed he introduced the bill to protect marriage, but when Michael asks him out right, how does it harm marriage, he admits he doesn’t know. Signorile calls him irresponsible…I would call him much worse.

Then despite being the primary sponsor of the Bill, our good doctor ends the conversation by inviting Michael to call someone else and ask them.

Tony Perkins’ Head Explodes After New York Marriage Vote

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Jul 062011
 
This entry is part 29 of 35 in the series Gay Marriage

I admit to being a little late on this one, but head of SPLC designated hate group Family Research council, Tony Perkins, is just all atwitter about marriage equality passing in New York State. Get this, he’s deeply concerned the law doesn’t “protect” deeply religious “divorce lawyers.” If, as Perkins and the other haters claim, they are just in this to “protect marriage,” why would there be any such thing as a “deeply religious divorce lawyer.” Wouldn’t their deeply held beliefs prohibit them enabling any divorce?

Here’s Ms. Perkins’ entire statement (I did exclude the obligatory solicitation for a contribution…you know, to save the children):

Ms Tony Perkins in her pulpit“[The law] does not protect individuals. It does not protect private business owners. It does not protect, for example, a bed and breakfast owner who is using their own private personal property in the type of intimate setting that a bed and breakfast is. It does not protect licensed professionals. For example, it does not protect counselors. It also does not protect lawyers–you may have a family law attorney who does not want to do a same-sex divorce because of their deeply held religious beliefs. It does not protect fertility doctors who may have a strict belief and only want to help [heterosexual] married couples because they believe a kid deserves both a mom and a dad. The dominos from this decision are just starting to fall. One newspaper is reporting that the New York Department of Correctional Services is already rewriting its rules for inmates’ ‘conjugal visits,’ which will now be open to homosexual ‘spouses.’ Prisons will provide the condoms!” – Hate group head Tony Perkins, via press release.

I left the following snark comment on another blog:

I couldn’t agree more with Ms. Perkins. I think we need to carve out religious exemptions to all these kinds of laws. I should have the absolute right to deny a room in my B&B to those darned Baptists, and Catholics…well there’s no way I should be required to let them eat at my lunch counter, no handicapped people in my pool, and black folks, well they can get a drink out of the water hose out back.  

I’m glad the FRC and Ms. Perkins are on my side on this one. You go girl! Let’s beat back all these equal rights laws and rules.  

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Apparently, Ms Perkins is all upset because calling yourself a ‘Christian’ is not a get out of your legal obligations free card. And gay couples might get exactly the same legal rights and government recognition as “opposite-married” ones.  I think I’ve eaten yogurt that had a higher IQ.

The more America expands equal rights to all people, the crazier these haters get. It would be funny if they weren’t dangerously close to cracking in a serious way.

What Would You Do

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May 252011
 
This entry is part 28 of 35 in the series Gay Marriage

ABC News did one of their “What Would You Do” segments in a Texas diner. They had a lesbian couple with children (actors), and a gay couple with children go in, and a person playing a waitress who began to criticize the couples openly. I must admit, I was heartened by what transpired, and reminded of how important it is to speak out in face of bigotry and inequality. The Texan’s fared better than New Yorker’s.

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Of course, when the good kristians at the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) saw it, they just couldn’t tolerate the fact that some people are actually opposed to discriminating against gay folks, so they had the following response:

Let’s note first of all that the behavior of the “waitress” in this setup up is outrageous.

The insidious propaganda point from ABC News is the suggestion that millions of good Americans who believe marriage means a man and a woman because children ought to have moms and dads, would or are behaving like this. Shame on ABC.

Be prepared for lot more prejudiced stereotyping of decent and honorable Americans down the road by powerful elites.

Maggie forgets that there is often a grain of truth in stereotypes.

Quran Burning and The Silliness That's Florida

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Sep 112010
 

Apparently Terry Jones (I refuse to use the Reverend honorific for a person like this) of the Dove World Center in Gainesville has flown to New York, and won’t be burning in Quran’s. In the process, he finally got his 15 minutes of fame for he and the loser that is his Associate Paster, and created even more division in America…but hey, he managed to get what he wanted…attention.

In our country, people have a right to be assholes and idiots, and this guy certainly took advantage of that right. We have the right to burn our own flag, to burn books of all types, and to insult other people…even entire groups of people. But just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Let someone burn a Bible, and this guy and his cult followers would go crazy. So why wouldn’t they have the same problem burning the Holy Book of another religion.

I think he never intended to burn a Quran. This guy is a ego-maniac, and was using this as a way to get attention. I came to realize in watching two clips I saw, each one showing him walking out to speak to the press. Now let’s remember this is a man who pastors a church of about 50 people. But each time he came to speak to the press, it look the President walking out with the usual contingent. Here’s the “tell.” The man walked out in his shirtsleeves (not uncommon giving it’s Summer in Florida), but was followed each time, along with others, by a woman carrying his coat. After walking to the spot where the microphones were, he’d stop and she’d hold his coat up for him to put it on, then he’d step up to the microphones.

Jones and his entourage taking questions from the press. The lady in the back on the left is the official coat carrier.

In the second, later clip, he was followed by a woman wearing a gun, and his associate pastor was on one of the news shows, in his suit, also “packing heat.” This guy gained his 15 minutes in an earlier Youtube video going off on every other Church and minister in Gainesville because they wouldn’t join his church in condemning the gay person running for Mayor of Gainesville. In those videos, he was wearing a t-shirt.

This is clearly all just theater, and the press was right there to oblige. Secretary of State Clinton had the best solution to all this. If the press would go away, this would be a non-story.  This is all Jones wanted, and the press willingly gave it to him.

During all this I keep hearing about the “Islamization” of America. What an amazing joke. The number of Muslims in America in miniscule, yet we are running in fear. What a bunch of small and frightened people we’ve become.