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HRC’s “Export of Hate” report is stunning, truthful expose of international homophobia

By: Monday September 22, 2014 7:53 am

I have never engaged in the negative banter about the Human Rights Campaign whether it was deserved or not because I’ve always felt such things are self-defeating.

But that’s not to say that when the organization creates a direct hit against the religious right, you won’t find me singing from the rooftops and dancing in the rain.

And such is the case with its report,  The Export of Hate. .

The Export of Hate is an intense and very thorough calling out of those anti-gay figures who are now attempting to spread their venom across the globe. According to HRC:

There is a network of American extremists who work tirelessly to undercut LGBT people around the world at every turn. They spew venomous rhetoric, outrageous theories, and discredited science. Some claim that LGBT people are responsible for the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, and the spread of HIV/AIDS. Others argue that LGBT people are luring away children, and that acceptance of LGBT people will lead to the destruction of families around the world. Some even suggest that the death penalty could be an appropriate punishment for simply being LGBT. It’s time to take action.

It surprises me that HRC published this report because I have never viewed the organization as one to take on the anti-gay industry with such directness. But I say more power to it.

Needless to say some folks aren’t happy with HRC’s report, such as Peter LaBarbera, who has a profile in the report. He said the following:

If criticizing intentionally motherless and intentionally fatherless homosexual-led households is hateful, then surely most of the world is hateful! The LGBT Lobby’s campaign to portray the fervent defense of historic, Judeo-Christian teachings on sex and marriage as Hate, Bigotry & Homophobia–Big Gay Inc’s top three slanders against people of faith and morals–is itself profoundly hateful and bigoted. But we should expect such calculated smears from a Sin Movement that is essentially engaged in a political and cultural war against Nature and Nature’s God. Casting aside the lies and slanders, we will not be deterred in our defense of Truth. God bless.

Of course in his mea culpa, LaBarbera never directly addressed what HRC’s report said about him in the above video and the report:

Americans for Truth About Homosexuality is known for posting inflammatory material and inaccurate material about LGBT people on its website. The organization has given a platform to discredited psychologist Paul Cameron and to notorious exporter of hate Scott Lively. The Southern Poverty Law Center considers Americans for Truth About Homosexuality a hate group.

Another person whose anti-gay activities garnered him an entry into the report, Scott Lively, got downright hysterical, accusing HRC of plotting to get him killed.

HRC’s report is accompanied by short videos which use the exact words of every anti-gay figure mentioned in the report. Other videos feature such folks as:

Paul Cameron:

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Scott Lively:

Robert Oscar Lopez:

 

At the very least,  go to HRC’s youtube site in order to see the videos on every anti-gay activist spotlighted in the organization’s report. But by all means, PLEASE download The Export of Hate, read it, and send it to your friends and family.

I don’t know what possessed HRC to let it’s hair down and engage in the street fight against anti-gay propaganda, but who cares.

I say hell yeah! It’s about time!

Related post: How They See Us: Unmasking the Religious Right War on Gay America

Marriage equality opponents won’t get momentum with Louisiana victory

By: Wednesday September 3, 2014 9:12 pm

Martin Feldman

On Wednesday, a federal judge in Louisiana upheld that state’s anti-marriage equality law, thereby breaking the lgbt community’s streak of successes in the courts when it comes to marriage equality cases after the SCOTUS’s Windor ruling.

However, other than having to deal with the gloating and overreaction of anti-gay groups and spokespeople, I don’t necessarily see this ruling as a bad thing for two reasons.

1. No new rationale against marriage equality – The thing more nauseating than the ruling is the rationale U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman used to rule for the state of Louisiana. His ruling reads like anti-gay talking points from the National Organization for Marriage.

His choice of words to describe lgbt couples and use of the slippery slope argument caught many people’s attention. Ian Millhiser of Think Progress said:

At one point, he describes being gay as one of several “lifestyle choices” a person can make. At another point in his opinion, he compares same-sex marriage to marriage between “aunt and niece,” “aunt and nephew,” or “father and child.” He also likens marriage equality to polygamous marriages.

David Ferguson [TRex] of Raw Story goes into detail about Feldman’s use of the slippery slope argument:

“For example,” he wrote, “must the states permit or recognize a marriage between an aunt and niece? Aunt and nephew? Brother/brother? Father and child? May minors marry? Must marriage be limited to only two people? What about a transgender spouse? Is such a union same-gender or male-female? All such unions would undeniably be equally committed to love and caring for one another, just like the plaintiffs.”

No, argued Feldman, the prevailing definition of marriage has been good for millennia and therefore is good enough for the Court.

He also said the following about the purpose of marriage, according to Chris Geidner of Buzzfeed:

Feldman concluded first that no “fundamental right” was at stake — “Public attitude might be becoming more diverse, but any right to same-sex marriage is not yet so entrenched as to be fundamental” — and that laws that distinguish based on sexual orientation are not subjected to heightened scrutiny. As such, only the lowest level of scrutiny — rational basis review — applied to the ban, meaning the state needed only to show a legitimate reason for barring same-sex couples from marrying.

With that, he examined the reasons the state gave for the ban and concluded that they “offer a credible, and convincing, rational basis” for the ban.

Specifically, Feldman wrote:

This Court is persuaded that Louisiana has a legitimate interest…whether obsolete in the opinion of some, or not, in the opinion of others…in linking children to an intact family formed by their two biological parents, as specifically underscored by Justice Kennedy in Windsor.

And according to Ferguson, he made light of the other rulings before him, i.e. those ruling favor of marriage equality:

 “The federal court decisions thus far exemplify a pageant of empathy; decisions impelled by a response of innate pathos.”

So what does this mean? Basically the anti-gay industry lucked out and found one judge who, for whatever reason, actually bought into their ridiculous arguments against marriage equality. But after the consistent rejections by other courts, this ruling says more about Feldman’s personal beliefs than it does about the argument over marriage equality, particularly when one takes into account the language and rationale he used.

2. This victory does not give the other side momentum – No doubt anti-gay groups and their spokespeople will gloat in press releases and interviews about how this proves marriage equality isn’t inevitable. However, no matter which way the ruling went, we all know this won’t be finally decided by any court except for SCOTUS. And in terms of that, anti-gay groups may claim that they have momentum, but don’t be fooled. We still have a long way to go and based on other court deliberations, those against marriage equality will probably have a lot more losses than successes before we get there. And as today’s ruling shows, they have no new arguments against marriage equality.

Having said that, I think that today’s ruling should also serve as a stark reminder for the lgbt community. Let’s not be so quick to celebrate before the battle is over. No matter how many folks do say that our right to marry is inevitable, the battle is never over until its over. And until that time, we shouldn’t be slacking off in telling our stories and doing what we can to make marriage equality a reality.

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly has cozy relationship with anti-gay Family Research Council

By: Thursday August 7, 2014 6:01 pm

In spite of the Family Research Council being declared an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center due to its long history of attacking the lgbt community via lies, bad science, and unsubstantiated charges, according to Equality Matters, (FRC president) “Tony Perkins has appeared on Megyn Kelly’s shows more than all other Fox News programs combined over the past two years.”

In addition, Kelly has done her level best to “whitewash” FRC’s and Perkins’s attacks on the lgbt community, presenting FRC as “a group whose mission is to advance faith, family, and freedom in public policy and culture from a Christian worldview.”

What Kelly is doing is the ethical equivalent of using racist leader David Duke as a commentating authority on racial issues.

Related post16 Reasons Why the Family Research Council is a Hate Group

Proposed bill could allow adoption agencies to discriminate against gays while taking taxpayer money

By: Wednesday July 30, 2014 11:31 pm

This newest tripe, I mean action alert by the Family Research Council has gotten me a bit angry. The organization is pushing a bill which could allow adoption agencies and foster care providers to engage in anti-gay discrimination under the guise of religious freedom (see the bill here): In California, Massachusetts, Illinois, and D.C. religious [...]

Don’t fall for Sen. Rubio’s fake cry for ‘tolerance’ in marriage equality debate

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 6:32 pm

One of the most transparent tactics opponents of marriage equality will attempt is to claim that supporters of marriage equality are intolerant of their opinion. It’s not only a transparent tactic but highly cynical. And apparently it’s the tactic that Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is attempting: While Rubio has consistently held conservative positions on [...]

Anti-gay bigot Matt Barber goes too far, gets put in his place

By: Tuesday July 22, 2014 5:48 pm

No one has ever claimed that the Liberty Counsel’s Matt Barber has ever observed simple rules of good taste and decorum in his attacks on lgbt equality. However, it is extremely safe to say that the image below, accompanying his post on The Coming Christian Revolt goes way beyond anything – a rainbow flag superimposed [...]

Booklet on anti-gay propaganda tells story religious right wants you to forget

By: Sunday July 6, 2014 9:51 pm

As the Fourth of July holiday weekend comes to an end, I thought I would talk about something near and dear to my heart. For over a year, I have driven you all crazy and I appreciate your patience and support but now we are almost at the end of one part of a journey. [...]

Five Acts of Anti-Gay Bigotry NOM Wants You to Forget

By: Thursday June 19, 2014 7:43 am

Today is the day in which the National Organization for Marriage tries to turn a page on a thus far disastrous year for the organization and get back to its original goal of denying gays the right to marry while pretending to be the “victims” of “lgbt oppression.” In Washington, NOM will be holding its [...]

Psssst! Here is the new lie the anti-gay right will spin about marriage equality

By: Monday June 16, 2014 9:03 pm

Arch-homophobe and wannabe mogul of an online “Christian publication” (BarbWire, which can be best described as an extension of his vile psyche) Matt Barber has a column out predicting that churches in America will soon be forced to marry gay couples. Never mind reading the entire thing because its his usual psycho wannabe John The [...]

Did anti-gay spokesman Mat Staver lie to Congressional committee?

By: Wednesday June 11, 2014 8:36 pm

It seems that Liberty University’s Mat Staver’s recent testimony in front of a Congressional committee has become more than he bargained for. The online publication Raw Story is now asking did he tell the committee a lie: On Tuesday, the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice held a hearing on “The State of Religious Liberty in [...]

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