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

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 6:32 pm

Sen. Marco Rubio

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 abortion and gay marriage, his current emphasis appears to be an effort to appeal to social conservatives who have yet to settle on a favored candidate for 2016. “Even before this speech is over, I will be attacked as someone who is a hater or a bigot,” Rubio said.

.. . In his remarks, Rubio acknowledged the United States has a history of discrimination against gays and lesbians. But he said he could not support such unions despite a quick-moving shift in public opinion in support of allowing same-sex couples to marry. “There is a growing intolerance on this issue,” Rubio said of those who back same-sex marriages. He then urged his opponents to show civility: “Tolerance is also a two-way street.”

No doubt, the folks at Fox News and members of the media who care more about attaining “access” than getting the story correct will fall for Rubio’s junk.

But I agree with him that there needs to be civility on the issue. And let’s start with addressing the following:

If Sen. Rubio was honest with his cry for “tolerance,” he would address those on his side of the argument with as much vigor as he attempts to place onus on us.

After all, we aren’t the ones conjuring up images of Marxism, Satanism, or slavery.

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 behind a photo of African-American protestors being sprayed with water hoses during the Civil Rights Movement:

It’s not only a personal insult to me as an lgbt but also an African-American that Barber would exploit what I consider sacred images in order to make a false point.

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.

Peep this, Mr. Barber and everyone else who thinks like you. Calling yourself a Christian does not give you special privileges in this country. Calling yourself a Christian does not make you a better American than me. And calling yourself a Christian does not absolve you from rights and responsibilities that all Americans have. This is not nor has it ever been a Christian nation and the rest of us who don’t practice your beliefs do not exist here for your will and pleasure.

You are nothing but petulant spoiled child who mistakes the circles he runs  with and the access he has as evidence of his own intellect and God’s love for him when in fact its a strong possibility that these are evidence of God’s love for the rest of us.

Sometimes giving a petulant child the very thing he wants is the best way to show the world  just how much of a vulgar individual he really is.

And right now, Mr. Barber, you aren’t looking pretty.

Hat tip to Right Wing Watch.

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

By: Sunday July 6, 2014 9:51 pm

Former Congressman Barney Frank has his copy of ‘How They See Us.’ What are you waiting for?

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.

My online booklet, How They See Us: Unmasking the Religious Right War on Gay America is less than 4,000 hits from reaching 1,000,000. It’s a remarkable achievement fueled by all of the support I received from the netroots. And it’s very timely. Things have changed tremendously since January of last year when I published this booklet. Thanks to the recent Hobby Lobby decision, the anti-gay religious right is gaining traction with their bogus “religious freedom” argument.

Granted, we can still count on them to accuse lgbts of attempting to “recruit children” or being “oversexed all-around public health menaces. However,  just like the Klan tried to retool its reputation by claiming they are not “anti-black,” just “pro-white,” the anti-gay religious right is cleverly retooling their arguments by saying they aren’t anti-gay, just “pro-traditional marriage.” They also claim that they are unfairly being targeted for not “celebrating” the so-called “gay lifestyle.”

Of course we know the truth.

Their “religious freedom”  or “religious liberty” argument is another tactic in a long line of tactics and arguments going back decades And the goal has always been the demonization and stigmatization of lgbt individuals in order to deny us our God-granted right to equality.

They will never own up to what they have been doing.  They won’t bring up any of the anti-gay lies, homophobic language, or willful scientific distortions they have been guilty of throughout the years.  And  let’s be honest about something –  neither will the media, particularly the Washington Beltway media.

If the lgbt community is waiting for a latter-day Edward R. Murrow or Walter Cronkite to swoop in and save us by exposing the religious right, we are going to be waiting for a pretty long time.

That job belongs to us, i.e. the recipients of all of their anti-gay vitriol. And that is the purpose of How They See Us.

If you haven’t already, check out How They See Us. It is short, but graphics intensive booklet, which I consider a definitive history on anti-gay propaganda. Download it, and above all, PLEASE share it. Our desire for full equality is noble and true, but we have to deal with crafty enemies who hide their homophobic animus behind Scripture and the claim of “deeply held religious beliefs.”  It’s a lie and using their own words and images, How They See Us proves it.

You can read an embedded copy of How They See Us directly on the Scribd site or to this second site where you can download an adobe acrobat copy.

If you desire to fight back against homophobic lies, then realize that knowledge is the first key. Passing along this knowledge is the second one.

(And just to clear things up, this booklet is free. I don’t get a dime for it. I created it because I am tired of talking about lgbt equality on the terms of the religious right. Plus, our community – particularly our young ones – should have something like this. We should have had something like this a long time ago.)

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 [...]

FRC’s Tony Perkins exploits Bergdahl controversy to make tacky attack on judges

By: Tuesday June 10, 2014 9:02 pm

I’ve heard of throwing tantrums, but what the Family Research Council president Tony Perkins recently said about Wisconsin judge Barbara Crabb (the justice ruling against Wisconsin’s anti-marriage equality law) was just plain nasty: While Americans are glued to the story of one high-profile deserter, the courts seem packed with them — lawless judges eager to [...]

‘Gays threaten religious freedom’ lie exposed in Congressional hearing

By: Tuesday June 10, 2014 8:55 pm

This post is dedicated to the intelligent but misguided colleagues of mine who complain when anti-gay spokespeople are given a platform to spread their homophobic lies. You cannot stop lies by covering the mouth of those who tell them. You only give them power through pity. As the following post, courtesy of Right Wing Watch [...]

Anti-gay video links marriage equality to slavery, segregation

By: Wednesday May 28, 2014 7:50 am

In 2012, it was discovered that the National Organization for Marriage was planning to divide the lgbt and African-American communities on the subject of marriage equality.  According to a court document: The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks – two key democratic constituencies. We aim to find, [...]

Tony Perkins thinks America will ‘discard’ judges’ rulings for marriage equality

By: Wednesday May 21, 2014 6:22 pm

It’s like I said before, in lieu of providing proof of their arguments in court cases (such as the recent marriage equality victories in Pennsylvania and Oregon), anti-gay organization leaders such as Family Research Council president Tony Perkins are whining about “activists judges.” What I didn’t count on is how folks like Perkins would take [...]

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