Jun 152016
 

Tony Perkins, head of SPLC designated Hate Group, The FRCI’m guessing it wouldn’t be hard to find a reason to just give this award to Tony just about everyday, but it is only fair to spread the love around. Sometimes though, you just have to go with it. So, for blaming the Orlando Massacre on Obama, and Islamic Terrorism, we are proud to announce that today’s Daily Douche-Bag Award goes to Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council (FRC).

Just to be clear, I like to remind folks that the FRC was founded by Perkins and Jame Dobson (Dobson provided most of the seed money), after Perkins illegally used funds from a campaign he managed (he was convicted of this) to buy a mailing list from KKK Grand Wizard, David Duke. In the early days, Perkins was a frequent speaker at meetings of White Supremacist groups. There are pictures with the Confederate Flag right there in the background. And, the SPLC has designated the FRC a Hate Group.

But, on to Perkins latest shenanigans. On Monday, he issued a press release claiming:

Unfortunately, the attacks on U.S. soil have only grown in this administration’s refusal to call them what they are — Islamic terrorism. The gunman, a homegrown extremist who reportedly pledged his allegiance to ISIS before his bloody rampage, left little doubt about his motivation — a motivation the president still refuses to confront.

Of course, we know that to be false. The guy doing the shooting wasn’t even religious enough to know which branch of Islam he was fighting for. He basically pledged allegiance to two diametrically opposed groups, Shi’a Hezbollah and Sunni ISIS. It also turns out he was mostly just a closeted homosexual, exhibiting the worst of the things that manifest themselves when one does that. The only thing different is that he could easily and legally get a high-capacity, rapid-firing military grade gun to go along with his internal rage. Are there radical Islamists who would like to do us harm? Certainly. But this guy wasn’t one of them, so why would the President say he was? Oh right, because Tony needs an enemy, and it’s getting harder to use gay people for that.

Perkins’ press release goes on to claim:

Perhaps the saddest irony of all is that this is a conflict of the president’s own making. By coddling and promoting Islam, the Obama administration has created an environment where people who identify as gay, lesbian, or transgendered are increasingly vulnerable. “If I were a member of the LGBT community,” Leon Wolf wrote on RedState, “I would be watching the Left with an extremely jaundiced eye from this day forward.

Uh yeah, and I’ve got some good solid dry land down in South Florida to sell you too. Democrats and Obama are creating an environment where LGBT people aren’t safe. Oh Tony, Ms Perkins, please see “North Carolina Republican Controlled General Assembly and HB2.” Also be sure to check out the latest hits of Pam “Barbie” Bondi-Trump, and Rick “I don’t Recall” Scott.

So, for his bold lies and misdirection, Tony Perkins is our Douche-Bag of the Day.

Aug 212008
 

It’s not all that uncommon for me to, as my grandfather might say, let my mouth overload my ass. By that he meant saying things I’d regret later on. While I seem to have a knack for it, James Dobson seems to have perfected the art. To wit, his comments about John McCain from 2000:

“The Senator,” Dobson said, “is being touted by the media as a man of principle, yet he was involved with other women while married to his first wife, and was implicated in the so-called Keating scandal with four other senators. He was eventually reprimanded by the Congress for the ‘appearance of impropriety.’ The Senator reportedly has a violent temper and can be extremely confrontational and profane when angry. These red flags about Senator McCain’s character are reminiscent of the man who now occupies the White House.”

And Just last year, Dobson had this to say:

“Speaking as a private individual, I would not vote for John McCain under any circumstances,” Focus on the Family founder James Dobson told the Christian radio show Jerry Johnson Live in January.

Of course, now with Obama as his only alternative, somehow the Bible seems to have miraculously softened it’s positions on marriage fidelity and ethics because Dobson is hinting he might be able to find it in his heart to support McCain.

Jun 072008
 

Box Turtle Bulletin always has interesting articles, and this one, about Tivo doing a promotion with Focus on The Family was no different. This bothered me a bit, so I went to the Tivo website, got a number for their corporate headquarters and called. A very nice person named Alyson called me back, and we had a good discussion about the situation. I followed up my conversation with the following letter:

I’d like to thank you for calling me back today regarding my concerns about Tivo’s involvement in a promotion sponsored by Focus on The Family, an organization run by James Dobson.

I appreciate talking with you directly, but wanted to ensure that my position was clearly stated and understood by you and others at Tivo.

I am in the technology business, and happen to especially love gadgets. As I explained to you, I’ve found my Tivo to be one of the best pieces of technology I have ever owned. It does exactly what I expect it to do, and it does it well and simply. I applaud your efforts, and as I noted, I’ve recommended it to numerous friends…often unprompted. I have been considering one for my mother.

I am not so naïve as to believe I can not do business with every company that associates in some way with organizations that have political views different than my own. I doubt I’d be able to buy much of anything I use on a daily basis. Also, I’m not so presumptuous as to believe I have a right to demand that you not do business with a particular organization.

At the same time, your involvement with Focus On The Family and James Dobson creates an especially troubling situation for me. I am a gay man. I am also a Christian (Methodist if it matters), and teach an adult Sunday School class. Because of this, I frankly find James Dobson’s vitriolic rhetoric unacceptable. Dobson frequently makes statements that go far beyond mere political extremism. He often crosses the line to literal hate speech, especially in regards to gay and lesbian people. This organization particularly targets LGBT people by spreading information known to be scientifically inaccurate; he creates threats where there are none in order to appeal for financial support; and makes statements that provide some people all the license they need to direct violence at people perceived to be gay and lesbian. Continue reading »

James Dobson Too Big a Coward to Debate Evangelical Agenda

 Gay Issues, Politics, Religion, Right Wingnuts, Science, Society  Comments Off on James Dobson Too Big a Coward to Debate Evangelical Agenda
Mar 132007
 

From LA Times

Evangelicals battle over agenda, environment

A struggle for control of the evangelical agenda intensified this week, with some leaders declaring that the focus has strayed too far from their signature battles against abortion and gay rights.

Those issues defined the evangelical movement for more than two decades — and cemented ties with the Republican Party. But in a caustic letter, leaders of the religious right warned that these “great moral issues of our time” were being displaced by a “divisive and dangerous” alignment with the left on global warming.

A new generation of pastors has expanded the definition of moral issues to include not only global warming, but an array of causes. Quoting Scripture and invoking Jesus, they’re calling for citizenship for illegal immigrants, universal healthcare and caps on carbon emissions.

The best-known champion of such causes, the Rev. Jim Wallis, this week challenged conservative crusader James C. Dobson, the chairman of Focus on the Family, to a debate on evangelical priorities.

“Are the only really ‘great moral issues’ those concerning abortion, gay marriage and the teaching of sexual abstinence?” Wallis asked in his challenge. “How about the reality of 3 billion of God’s children living on less than $2 per day? … What about pandemics like HIV/AIDS … [and] disastrous wars like Iraq?”

A Focus on the Family vice president, Tom Minnery, said he would be happy to take up that debate. Dobson himself, Minnery said, is busy writing a book on child rearing.

“Without question,” Minnery said, “issues like the right to life for an unborn child concern evangelicals far more broadly.”

The public dispute began with the release of a letter signed by several men who helped transform the religious right into a political force, including Dobson, Don Wildmon of the American Family Assn. and Paul Weyrich of American Values.

The signatories — most of them activists, not theologians — expressed dismay that an evangelical emphasis on global warming was “contributing to growing confusion about the very term ‘evangelical.’ ”

In religious terms, an evangelical is a Christian who has been born again, seeks a personal relationship with Christ, and considers the Bible the word of God, to be faithfully obeyed.

But Dobson and his fellow letter-writers suggested that evangelical should also signify “conservative views on politics, economics and biblical morality.”

The letter took particular aim at the Rev. Richard Cizik, a prominent evangelical lobbyist who has promoted environmental protection as a moral imperative. Citing the creation story in the Book of Genesis, he has called the fight against global warming a directive “straight from the word of God … no doubt about it.”

The letter accused Cizik of “dividing and demoralizing” Christians by pushing this agenda and called on his employer, the National Assn. of Evangelicals, to silence him or to demand his resignation.

“This is, in some ways, a defining moment,” said Randall Balmer, a professor of religion at Columbia University in New York. “It’s the old guard trying to hold on.”

The renewed debate on moral priorities came as the National Assn. of Evangelicals – which represents 45,000 churches and 30 million Christians – gathered for a board meeting Friday in Eden Prairie, Minn.

The board declined to censure or silence Cizik. Moreover, it appeared to embrace a broad view of the evangelical agenda, endorsing a sweeping human rights declaration.

The board also reaffirmed its support for a 2004 Call to Civic Responsibility that urged evangelical engagement on seven key issues, including religious freedom, the sanctity of life, justice for the poor, and environmental protection.

Those advocating a broader agenda insist that they’re not trying to downplay – much less back away from – traditional evangelical positions on abortion and sexual morality.

White evangelicals are more united against abortion than any other religious group, including Catholics, according to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. A 2005 poll found 15% in support of a total ban on abortion and 53% in favor of only narrow exceptions. By contrast, global warming is deemed a “very serious” problem by less than 30% of white evangelicals, according to a 2006 Pew Forum poll. Less than 40% accept the scientific consensus that human activity, such as burning coal for energy, is responsible for the Earth’s rising temperatures.

“It’s a mistake to think that we’re all becoming liberal Democrats. That’s not true,” Wallis said.

But he asserted that his followers – especially young people – no longer want the old guard of evangelicals to define their priorities.

When he preached recently at a conservative evangelical college, Wallis said, he was besieged by students furious at the Rev. Jerry Falwell, who recently described global warming as a satanic plot to divert Christians from more pressing moral issues, such as spreading the Gospel.

“James Dobson and the religious right are outside the evangelical mainstream. That’s just a fact,” Wallis said. “That doesn’t mean they have no power…. But their monologue is over. Their control of the agenda is over.”

He and others have sought to re-brand traditional slogans of the religious right, such as “pro-life,” to encompass a range of programs, from working with AIDS victims in Africa to helping illegal immigrants achieve legal status so they can continue to live with their U.S.-born children.

The Rev. Jim Ball, president of the Evangelical Environmental Network, has worked global warming into his definition of pro-life; he argues reducing carbon emissions will cut back on air and water pollution and that in turn will improve the health of pregnant women and unborn generations.

“We’re saying we can be pro-life and take care of global warming,” Bal said. “There’s a strong connection there.”

Friday’s board meeting advanced that view, but the debate is not over.

“The NAE is at a crossroads,” board member Jerald Walz said.

“You won’t find an evangelical who will say ‘I’m for poverty.’ Of course not,” Walz said.

But when it comes to helping the poor, ideas vary; some prefer to work through private charity, while others want government intervention.

Since there’s no consensus, Walz argued, “we ought to be reticent about speaking with force and clarity” on such issues.

Instead, he will keep pressing to focus the agenda on issues he considers “home runs” – namely, restrictions on abortion and bans on same-sex marriage.

Some on the board who share those views are already working on a second letter criticizing Cizik for his environmental activism.

Balmer, the religion professor, says he senses an unstoppable momentum for the new generation of social-justice evangelicals. But though he criticizes the traditionalists for “moral myopia,” he’s not willing to write them off yet.

Dobson and his allies still wield considerable clout; their radio shows, newsletters and e-mail alerts reach millions of conservative Christians.

“They’re still very powerful,” Balmer said. “And they’re not giving up.”

We can only hope these goobers break apart and wind up devouring themselves.

Love Isn't Better Than a Male and Female Couple

 Religion, Right Wingnuts  Comments Off on Love Isn't Better Than a Male and Female Couple
Dec 072006
 

As you’re probably now aware, Darth Cheney’s lesbian daughter, Mary, is great with child. Naturally, there is a lot of reactions to this, and of course the AmTaliban are just beside themselves.

I found one of the most despicable and disturbing quotes to be from Carrie Gordon Earll, (not surprisingly) a policy analyst for the conservative Christian ministry Focus on the Family. According to Ms. Earll, it’s just not important whether or not the child is loved, so long as it is born to a heterosexual couple. Said Ms. Earll, “Love can’t replace a mother and a father.”

And who is Carrie Gordon Earll? A doctor? A researcher? Nope. She has Masters of Arts degree (a 30-hour program) from Trinity International University – a conservative religious school with no graduate level science programs.

Let me tell you something, that is just the biggest bunch of bat-shit crazy wingnuttery I think I have ever heard. I have personally heard a seven year old observe about his heterosexual parents, “I’d be better off without them, and they’d be better off without me.” This is a kid who’s not hungry or homeless, and is loved and cared for by an extended family, but has come to realize his actual parents could care less about him. Let me say again, I heard this first hand, and if that doesn’t rip your heart out, nothing ever will. (Lay or I go to St. Pete to help him with his homework, because his parents can’t be bothered.)

But according to Focus on The Family, the only requirement for having children and being good parents is heterosexuality. Love’s just not important. This is genuinely a sick bunch of people.

Love Isn’t Better Than a Male and Female Couple

 Gay Issues, Religion, Right Wingnuts, Society  Comments Off on Love Isn’t Better Than a Male and Female Couple
Dec 072006
 
This entry is part of 35 in the series Gay Marriage

As you’re probably now aware, Darth Cheney’s lesbian daughter, Mary, is great with child. Naturally, there is a lot of reactions to this, and of course the AmTaliban are just beside themselves.

I found one of the most despicable and disturbing quotes to be from Carrie Gordon Earll, (not surprisingly) a policy analyst for the conservative Christian ministry Focus on the Family. According to Ms. Earll, it’s just not important whether or not the child is loved, so long as it is born to a heterosexual couple. Said Ms. Earll, “Love can’t replace a mother and a father.”

And who is Carrie Gordon Earll? A doctor? A researcher? Nope. She has Masters of Arts degree (a 30-hour program) from Trinity International University – a conservative religious school with no graduate level science programs.

Let me tell you something, that is just the biggest bunch of bat-shit crazy wingnuttery I think I have ever heard. I have personally heard a seven year old observe about his heterosexual parents, “I’d be better off without them, and they’d be better off without me.” This is a kid who’s not hungry or homeless, and is loved and cared for by an extended family, but has come to realize his actual parents could care less about him. Let me say again, I heard this first hand, and if that doesn’t rip your heart out, nothing ever will. (Lay or I go to St. Pete to help him with his homework, because his parents can’t be bothered.)

But according to Focus on The Family, the only requirement for having children and being good parents is heterosexuality. Love’s just not important. This is genuinely a sick bunch of people.

Dobson Says More Gay Congressmen to be Outed

 Congress, Election, Gay Issues, Politics, Religion, Right Wingnuts, Society  Comments Off on Dobson Says More Gay Congressmen to be Outed
Oct 182006
 

And who would know better than the expert on all things gay, James Dobson. [From Ethics Daily]

Dobson said a congressman has told him that several other gay Republicans will be “outed” in coming days. He said he doesn’t know who they are, but, “They say it is going to be worse than anything that has happened so far.”

“They are dribbling this bad news out so eventually the values voters will get to the point so they will say a pox on both your houses; I’m staying home,” Dobson said. “Folks you cannot afford to do that.”

So let’s get this straight: Dobson wants his followers, the “values voters,” to not be deterred by news of closeted homosexuality in the GOP. Isn’t opposing homosexuality a core issue that defines them as “values voters?” Sounds like a mixed signal to us. Especially when the GOP leadership are apparently drunk on the liberal Molotov cocktail known as “Tolerance And Diversity” and are guilty of “shielding” GOP Congressman from being outed.

As Defcon has been reporting, Dobson’s words were reported from a “Justice Sunday” event to a crowd that was “substantially smaller than a ‘Justice Sunday’ event held two years ago in the same church.” His get out the vote tour is tanking.

Christains Fear Losing Teens

 Culture, Music, Religion, Society  Comments Off on Christains Fear Losing Teens
Oct 162006
 

The New York Times recently ran an article about evangelical Christian leaders warning one another that their teenagers are abandoning the faith in droves.

Their alarm has been stoked by a highly suspect claim that if current trends continue, only 4 percent of teenagers will be “Bible-believing Christians” as adults. That would be a sharp decline compared with 35 percent of the current generation of baby boomers, and before that, 65 percent of the World War II generation.

While some critics say the statistics are greatly exaggerated (one evangelical magazine for youth ministers dubbed it “the 4 percent panic attack”), there is widespread consensus among evangelical leaders that they risk losing their teenagers.

The Times article goes on to, of course, report that the evangelicals blame it all on contemporary society:

Genuine alarm can be heard from Christian teenagers and youth pastors, who say they cannot compete against a pervasive culture of cynicism about religion, and the casual “hooking up” approach to sex so pervasive on MTV, on Web sites for teenagers and in hip-hop, rap and rock music. Divorced parents and dysfunctional families also lead some teenagers to avoid church entirely or to drift away.

This all begs a couple of questions. First off, we need a little more information on what defines a “Bible-believing Christian.” I consider myself to be a Bible-believing Christian, but you can bet that Jerry Falwell already has my spot in hell picked out for me. I suspect, based on this statement they are more concerned that kids might grow up to be thoughtful adults, who, while Christian, may not support the wingnut branch of the evangelicals.

Also, if the Christian message is getting lost to the likes of the stupid fare I’ve noticed on MTV, and the current version of rap and rock music, then it must not be a very strong message. Perhaps these kids are already cynical about the message of “Sinners in The Hands of An Angry God,” as he is so often presented by the evangelical right.

So, I think their concern is really more about how the kids might growup to be real Christians, rather then faux-Christians that follow “kraxy kristian kooks” like James Dobson, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson…and let’s not forget Fred Phelps and Westboro Baptist Church.

ABC Becomes Pawn of Religious Right

 Culture, Gay Issues, General, Politics, Religion, Right Wingnuts, Society  Comments Off on ABC Becomes Pawn of Religious Right
Oct 022005
 

I have learned from an article on Daily Kos that on tonight’s episode of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, will be an extended advertisement for James Dobson’s group, Focus On The Family. Dont’ believe me, read the article at the FotF website.

Combined with the fact that they have recently filmed an episode in Mississippi featuring First Lady Laura Bush, I can only come to the conclusion that ABC is going out of their way to get in the good graces of the wingnuts of the religious right. They are certainly entitled to go after whatever niche market they chose, but I hope you will join me in contacting them and letting them know you will not be part of the market segment they are clearly going after.

Remember, its not just these two episodes of this particular show. This network refused to accept for airing the paid advertisement from the United Church of Christ, and ran the revisionist history 20/20 episode that attempted to re-write the story of Matthew Shepherd’s death as being about drugs and sympathetic murders. And there was the segment on "The View" in which they gave extended interviews to participants in Exodus, and did not present any rebuttal, no pro-gay speaker, no counterpoint to the lies and false statistics their guests provided.

Given all of this, I’m asking that each of you join me in contacting one or more of the following:

  • The show’s host, Ty Pennington via his website;
  • The show’s producer, Endemol USA, 9255 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 1100 Los Angeles, CA 90069, Telephone: +1 310 860 9914 Fax: +1 310 860 1417, E-mail: Tina.Hoover@endemolusa.tv Management: David Goldberg, President;
  • ABC, ABC Media Relations: Alison Rou (818) 460- 7798 Email: alison.rou@abc.com
  • The show’s primary advertiser, Sears (you should note that Sears reached a plea arrangement in the Tom Delay related case of providing illegal campaign contributions) Alwyn Lewis, CEO, Sears Corp., 3333 Beverly Road, Hoffman Estates, IL 60179, (847) 286-2500.

I sent a message via Ty Pennington’s website, and sent the following email to ABC. I will send a similar letter to Sears.

I have enjoyed many episodes of Extreme Makeover Home Edition. As a resident of Tampa, I was especially impressed with the work done for a deserving family here in the Tampa Bay area. On top of that, who wouldn’t enjoy the sense of humor and resulting antics of the show’s host, Ty Pennington.
 
However, it has become obvious that ABC and the show’s producers have elected to use the show as the new launching pad for resurrecting damaged Republican Administrations and most especially for showcasing hate groups.
 
I refer specifically to the episode I understand is to be aired this evening, which works to give extensive exposure to the group, "Focus On The Family." In short, James Dobson and his organization are an extremist group that spews hate speech, and encourages division and bigotry. Part of his organization practices discredited "reparative therapy" that the mainstream psychological organizations agree is extremely harmful to those that receive it.
 
Dobson, let’s remember, is the man who has attacked "Sponge Bob Square pants" as part of campaign to discredit an educational program that taught tolerance. He has called judges "godless" and "liberal" when he disagreed with their opinions, and has gone on to say:
 
"The courts are killing us. Not only with regard to Terri Schiavo, where they literally did kill a person, but what they’re doing to democracy. … And unless the Congress steps up with the nominations by the president and puts people on the court who have respect for the Constitution as it was written, we will no longer be a free people."
 
He’s called himself "Prophetic," and in an August 3rd radio show, he compared stem cell research to Nazi experimentation. This is, unfortunately, but a small sample of his dangerous and inflammatory rhetoric.
 
This is the leader of an organization to which you giving quarter, and it is a frightening organization led by despot that would destroy American democracy in favor of theocracy. Since ABC is providing support to this organization, I must deduce that you support their positions.
 
I have also learned that the White House has managed to engage you in helping the current administration rehabilitate it’s flagging image, in that you are providing an extended photo opportunity for the First Lady in a recently episode in Mississippi.
 
Given the new politicization of this show, I will no longer be a viewer, and I will notify the advertisers, Sears in particular, of my decision to not only abstain from watching the show, but shopping at their stores.
 
Sincerely yours,
John Masters