Monday, October 16, 2017

Conservative evangelicals gladly turn their backs on integrity for the power Trump gives them

They can deny it all they want, but evangelicals have turned their backs on their faith to embrace Trump.
There is one itsy-bitsy, nonetheless significant positive of Trump being in the White House.

The rest of the country is seeing what the LGBTQ community has always known about the religious right. For all of their talk about values, morals, and their "Judeo-Christian" faith, their efforts have solely been about their desire to control lives and gaining power.

And they simply don't care what avenue they travel to get that power.  I don't think I'll ever get tired of these "why does the religious right support someone as immoral as Donald Trump" articles like the one Politico recently published:

Several senior White House officials say they've never heard Trump reference the Bible privately or pray in the Oval Office — even though he has, at times, asked Vice President Mike Pence to pray. He swears frequently, even startling some aides with his coarse language. He was famously caught on tape saying he could grab women by their genitals because he is famous. In New York, he was well-known for cheating on his wives and encouraging coverage of his sex life in the tabloids. 
Though he has declared the Bible to be his favorite book, just ahead of his autobiography, he has not exhibited a deep knowledge of it. On the campaign trail, one of his more famous moments was calling the communion "my little wine and my little cracker" and incorrectly calling Second Corinthians "Two Corinthians." 
Yet he has told advisers he sees evangelicals as among his most important constituencies, and he has enjoyed fervent support, as evidenced by another rapturous reception on Friday at the Values Voter Summit. A Reuters poll in September showed more than 60 percent of white evangelicals back Trump, far higher than his overall approval rating, which has often fallen below 40 percent. 
“Trump has been focused like a laser beam on the evangelical vote since the day he entered the presidential race in June 2015, and that has never changed," said Ralph Reed, founder and chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, who said Trump called religious leaders repeatedly during the campaign.

Several people who know Trump say he appreciates that evangelicals have been loyal to him — and he wants to keep them in the fold, almost as he would valuable business customers.

It gets even better:

. . . several religious leaders said, they feel Trump is fighting for them in a cultural war that has been heading in the other direction. 
"They believe they have a commander in chief that is effectively using the bully pulpit to advance a Judeo-Christian framework that has been minimized, scrutinized and ostracized for the last few decades," said David Brody, who has enjoyed tremendous access to White House officials as a correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network. He says his viewers overwhelmingly support Trump and see him as unfairly under attack, a view shared by a dozen religious leaders interviewed for this story.

Seems to me that if these so-called religious people can fold up their supposed integrity to support Trump with all of his deliberate warts and all, whatever faith they practice probably should be minimized and shunned.

'Trump jokes about Pence wanting to hang gays' & other Mon midday news briefs


Trump’s sick ‘joke’ about how much Pence hates LGBTQ people - Again Trump opens his big mouth and makes a Freudian slip. We all know Pence's record on the LGBTQ community. And none of it is good. It's a tasteless joke on its own but gets even more tasteless when one remembers that Trump gave a speech last weekend to a room full of people who want to, at the very least, criminalize homosexuality. 

The Danger of President Pence - Speaking of Pence, here is the article which documents Trump's "joke."

Sessions Confounds Critics By Aiding Murder Prosecution In LGBTQ Case - Even a wolf in sheep's clothing gets caught up and starts to bleat every now and then. 

Australian Children's Rights Groups Say Yes To Marriage Equality - Meanwhile in Australia, we are still fighting. 

 Gay lawmakers create first LGBTQ caucus in Arizona Legislature - Long overdue.

Pastor calls Values Voter Summit 'heretical extremism . . . perpetrating a fraud'



There has been a justifiable complaint that if last weekend's Values Voter Summit isn't representative of all Christians, then why don't other Christians, particularly Christian leaders,  speak out against it.

One has publicly spoken against it and his words were blistering in their tone and accuracy. William Barber is a minister in North Carolina and a community leader who is heavily involved in progressive activism. And unlike other ministers who hide behind twitter, Barber takes an active role in leading protests and getting arrested for his beliefs.

Joy Reid conducted an interview with him Saturday in which he called out the Values Voter Summit for a multitude of things, including, as he puts it, replacing the values of Christ for cash.

" . . . from Jeremiah 22 to Jesus and Matthew 25, Christian values for nations and political leaders has to do with love and justice, equality, stopping exploitation of the vulnerable, caring for the poor, caring for children, welcoming immigrants, helping the sick and loving all, And by these standards, the so-called Values Summit is not about Judeo-Christian values, it’s not about Christianity, but the values of a heretical rhetorical extremism funded by a whole lot of money, perpetrating a fraud on the American people.”

In addition, he also called out Trump for being the first president to address the group.

“What the president did was irreligious, it is an anathema to Christian values. He boasted about taking health care, that’s not Christian. He promoted arrogance, he promoted warmongering — these are not Christian values — and it’s high time that we call it out,”

Friday, October 13, 2017

Donald Trump & the Values Voter Summit - jack meets ass (or vice versa)

The religious right trades Jesus for Donald Trump

Editor's Note - HUGE shout out to those on our side who are attending that vile Values Voter Summit to document all of the madness. You are doing wonderful work because if I was there, I would have already been Granny Clampett with the switch.

President Trump Claims People ‘Don’t Use The Word Christmas Because It’s Not Politically Correct’ - The best way to describe the Values Voter Summit is the the official moment when the religious right traded in Jesus for Donald TrumpA bunch of bigoted jackasses kissing the butt of an idiot as he claims he saved a"Judeo-Christian" values the day after he sabotages health care for millions of people. That's about it. WE ALWAYS SAID MERRY CHRISTMAS YOU JERK!

Trump claims he 'met with the president of the Virgin Islands.' That's him. - AND he makes a complete fool of himself besides.

Trump gets hero’s welcome at Christian summit - For a "nicer" view of Trump at the summit, go here.


For up-to-date information on this hot mess of a summit, go to Right Wing Watch (and swing some money to PFAW for their wonder efforts.) But for you can expect, allow me to repost the following:

Values Voter Summit promises to be an orgy of hypocrisy and hate

Family Research Council 'Values Voter' Summit will see religious right meet alt-right


Last but not least, how can we forget the meat of the summit - rampant, virulent homophobia:

Here’s what’s in the grab bag at the anti-LGBT Values Voter Summit - Oh you are going to LOVE this.

This Is The Anti-Gay Pamphlet Handed Out At The Values Voter Summit - Another look at the mess.


This is the pamphlet advertising a book referenced in the last two news briefs. I personally liked it better when it this:


You see, that's a secret of anti-LGBTQ propaganda. It's the same lies year after year, decade after decade. But it's put in a different package every time.


To break it down, THIS is how the Values Voter Summit attendees see the LGBTQ community. And by their actions, they want to confine our being into this fictional image.


For more information about the comic book, Deathstyle, see -

  #TBT - 'Homosexuality: DEATHSTYLE'

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Values Voter Summit promises to be an orgy of hypocrisy and hate

Don't let them fool you with their false piety and flowery language about protecting faith, God, and country.

The Family Research Council's upcoming weekend event, Values Voter Summit, will be nothing more than a bunch of self-righteous, hateful folks giving both Christianity and conservatism bad names as they gather to lick the boots of a madman and plan what mayhem they will cause for those of us who don't fit their definition of purity.

Kinda like a Nazi rally without the ugly battleship grey uniforms.

Trump will be giving the keynote address Friday night, no doubt leaving the crowd drooling over what they can get away with his Administration. And, according to Right Wing Watch, the following are a few of the other attendees (aside from the usual cast of vile characters - Tony Perkins, James Dobson, Todd Starnes, Michelle Malkin, etc):

Roy Moore:

Moore is likely to get a hero’s welcome in spite of revelations this week that he took more than $1 million from the nonprofit he founded, the Foundation for Moral Law, between 2007 and 2012, which the Washington Post reported “far surpassed what the group disclosed in its public tax filings most of those years.” On top of that, Moore’s political career has been funded in part by Michael Peroutka, who has been active in Christian Reconstructionist and neo-Confederate groups and promotes the idea that a certain interpretation of biblical law should trump civil laws. Moore has repeatedly put his own religious beliefs above the law. He is intensely hostile to legal equality for LGBT Americans, arguing that homosexual relationships should be criminalized. And his avowed devotion to religious liberty seemingly extends only to those who share his faith.

'Sessions openly defends anti-LGBTQ discrimination' & other Thur midday news briefs

Jeff Sessions
Attorney General openly defends anti-gay discrimination - It's all about JESUS! The folks who push this nonsense are clearly hiding their motives. It's not about baking a cake or arranging flowers. It's about what it has always been about - oppression. They simply change the lie. They used to say "gays are trying to corrupt children." They shifted that argument to attack the transgender community and now are saying "LGBTQ equality will deprive Christians of their rights." Know the pattern and types of lies and tell everyone. Unfortunately we can't seem to do that because folks are paying too much attention to the trees instead of noticing the forest. It's not about a cake so stop talking about cakes. Stop defending these bakers, florists, etc. 

A hate group's anti-LGBTQ law just went into effect in Mississippi. Here's what you need to know. - Other than it's crap, there is plenty that needs to be known.

Saying Queer People Should Stop Coming Out Isn’t Just Stupid, It’s Absolutely Offensive - Brought to you from the school of "black people should stop talking about racism," and "women should stop talking about sexual harassment." 

Caitlyn Jenner calls Trump administration the “worst ever” for LGBT+ rights - Girlfriend, what took you so long? 

White Evangelicals Are Why America Can’t Have Nice Things - Rather harsh tone but rings true. This was posted in June but it's remains relevant.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Trump keynoting your 'Christian' conference is nothing to brag about

Aside from the other stuff I posted last night about the Family Research Council's upcoming Values Voter Summit, there is a new development.

Apparently Donald Trump will be the first sitting president to be the keynote speaker at the summit.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, announced late Tuesday in a statement Trump would speak on Friday at the conference, which is taking place over the weekend at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. 
“Values voters have waited eight years for a leader who puts America’s mission first and respects the values that made America into a great nation,” Perkins said. “Values voters are coming to our nation’s capital thankful to hear from a president who is fulfilling the promises that he campaigned on. Since the early days of the campaign, President Trump allied himself with values voters, promising to put an end to the 8 years of relentless assault on the First Amendment

It's ironic - and deliberate on my part - that I would include Perkins's false comment about Obama assaulting the First Amendment on the very day that Trump threatens to shut down NBC  simply because the network ran a story he didn't like.

It's just part and parcel of the conundrum that is the cozy relationship with Trump and right-wing evangelicals. This is the group which continues to support him as his ratings plummet. And that's simply because he gives them what they want - access and the power to change the government to their liking regardless of the negative effects it could have; particularly to the LGBTQ community.

Based on his behavior before and especially after he won the election, FRC and others celebrating Trump keynoting their upcoming summit is yet another sign of how they really are. Behind the pious words, sincere look, and slogans of faith, country and God are a people so hungry for power that they have desecrated themselves in front of the entire nation.

When they chose to publicly support or rationalize Trump, right-wing evangelicals showed America how eager they were to trade the values they claimed to uphold for the "privilege" of diving  head first and mouth open into a vile mucky swamp.

What's happening now is that they are repeatedly dipping themselves into the fetid ooze that is Trumpism in some sort of grotesque baptism.  They are clearly pretending that the muck is clean water which will wash away their sins.

What are they going to do when they realize that there are some stains that can't be cleaned and there are some smells you simply can't wash away?

'National Coming Out Day - unstoppable & unapologetic' & other Wed. midday news briefs

Happy National Coming Out Day! One day, I may tell y'all stories about my origin (my origin? that makes me sound like a super hero . . . . or villain). But not today. Come out and be out if you can. If you are unable to, at the very least be honest with yourself and take it step by step. You don't have to apologize or give an explanation for your life:







In other news:

Letter From 114 House Democrats Challenges Trump’s Decision To Ban Transgender Troops - Don't let him ignore this letter.

Trump Administration Pulls Out of Stonewall Event, Sought Assurance That No LGBT Pride Flag is on Federal Land - Leave it to the Trump Administration to pull such a petty move as this.

New evidence reveals Russia targeted LGBTQ Americans on Facebook - Oh Good Lord!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Family Research Council 'Values Voter' Summit will see religious right meet alt-right

Steven Bannon, who mainstream alt-right views in Breitbart will be a speaker at FRC's Values Voter Summit this weekend.

It's that time again when hate group the Family Research Council will have its annual so-called Values Voter Summit  this upcoming weekend (so named because the organization high jacked the word "values.")

It's always a drag to read about when FRC and various other prominent religious right members and conservatives come together to spin their lies about the LGBTQs,Muslims, and other so-called unworthy communities or wring their hands in false abject misery of how America has supposedly fallen and they stand between it and an wrathful God wielding a thunderbolt of calamity.

This year, however, it will be nauseatingly different. With Trump in office handing out all sorts of goodies such as access and anti-LGBTQ policies and executive orders, the summit promises to be worse with them in a good mood.

But in the midst of that junk, there will be another difference which cannot be ignored. I think it's not farfetched to say that this will be an official joining of the religious right and the alt-right.

From FRC:

On Friday, October 13, former Deputy Assistant to the President, Sebastian Gorka, will address the 12th Annual Values Voter Summit taking place at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Thousands of grassroots activists from around the country will gather in the nation's capital to hear from Gorka and other confirmed speakers which include House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Reps. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), RSC Chairman Mark Walker (R-N.C.), Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Dr. Bill Bennett, Laura Ingraham, Dana Loesch, "Duck Dynasty's" Phil Robertson, Todd Starnes, Steve Bannon, Judge Roy Moore, Lt. Col. Oliver North, and more. FRC Action's Values Voter Summit is co-sponsored by AFA Action, American Values, Christian Healthcare Ministries, Association of Mature American Citizens, The D. James Kennedy Center for Christian Statesmanship, The Heritage Foundation, United in Purpose, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, and Family Research Council. An exhibit hall, book signings, radio row, media row, and much more will be packed into this three-day conference.

Two new and very interesting faces will be headlining the summit - former Trump Administration officials Sebastian Gorka and Steve Bannon. Both men are controversial figures for their comments and alliances.

According to Rolling Stone, Gorka wasn't popular in the Trump Administration and no one really knew what his position was:

t's not easy to find out exactly what Gorka does in the White House for his $155,000 salary. In terms of policy, according to The New York Times, Trump's recent pro-Saudi Arabia tilt was "driven by two advisers, Stephen K. Bannon and Sebastian Gorka." But a former top White House official tells Rolling Stone, "His only job appears to be to go on talk radio or Fox News to defend the indefensible." That he does constantly, spinning the administration's confused, roller-coaster ride of a foreign policy; slamming "the fake-news industrial complex," on CNN; supporting a Supreme Court decision as "a slap in the face" to critics of Trump's Muslim travel ban, on talk radio; and, on MSNBC, explaining Donald Trump Jr.'s secret meeting with a team of Russians peddling dirt as "a massive nothingburger."

'Mississippi 'religious liberty license to discriminate against gays' bill becomes law' & other Tue midday news briefs

Monday, October 09, 2017

If the Family Research Council isn't a hate group, why can't it refute SPLC's charges?

You can run but you can't hide from your own words, FRC.

The Family Research Council continues to blast SPLC for calling it out as a hate group. I won't to showcase it's charges this time because they are no different than the last times. All you need to know is FRC continues to play a "weapons of mass destruction" game with SPLC by accusing the organization having "offshore accounts," supposedly denigrating Christians and slandering people.

What FRC doesn't do, what it hasn't done since this entire thing began, is refute SPLC's charges that it is a hate group. Bear in mind, SPLC didn't just make these charges. It supplied proof in terms of statements from FRC employees and detailed incidents. So it seems to me that if FRC isn't a hate group, why can't the group simply refute the things SPLC is saying?

The material is on the organization's webpage. 

Contrary to what the FRC has repeatedly claimed, we do not list the FRC as a hate group because of its opposition to gay marriage or because of its religious beliefs. Instead, we list the FRC because it engages in baseless, incendiary name-calling and spreads demonizing lies about the LGBT community. 
The FRC portrays gay people as sick, evil, perverted, incestuous and a danger to the nation. It insists that gay people are “fundamentally incapable” of providing good homes for children – a myth that has been rejected by all relevant scientific authorities. One of its key leaders has actually said that homosexual behavior should be criminalized.
Perhaps the FRC’s most dangerous lie is its claim that pedophilia is a “homosexual problem,” to use Perkins’ words. Here’s what the American Psychological Association says: “Despite a common myth, homosexual men are not more likely to sexually abuse children than heterosexual men are.” The APA adds, “There is no scientific support for fears about children of lesbian or gay parents being sexually abused by their parents or their parents’ gay, lesbian or bisexual friends or acquaintances.” 
Linking the LGBT community to pedophilia is not an expression of a religious belief, as Perkins would have it. It’s simply a lie – and a particularly ugly one at that. Constantly portraying gay people as sick, evil, perverted, incestuous and a danger to the nation simply adds fuel to the fire.

And then there are the statements. Such as this one:

“The videos are titled ‘It Gets Better.’ They are aimed at persuading kids that although they’ll face struggles and perhaps bullying for ‘coming out’ as homosexual (or transgendered or some other perversion), life will get better. … It’s disgusting. And it’s part of a concerted effort to persuade kids that homosexuality is okay and actually to recruit them into that lifestyle.” — FRC fundraising letter, August 2011

And these:

“The reality is, homosexuals have entered the Scouts in the past for predatory purposes.” – FRC Vice President Rob Schwarzwalder, on radio’s “The Janet Mefferd Show,” Feb. 1, 2013.

"We believe the evidence shows … that relative to the size of their population, homosexual men are more likely to engage in child sexual abuse than are heterosexual men." — Peter Sprigg, "Debating Homosexuality: Understanding Two Views." 2011.  
 “While activists like to claim that pedophilia is a completely distinct orientation from homosexuality, evidence shows a disproportionate overlap between the two. … It is a homosexual problem.” — FRC President Tony Perkins, FRC website, 2010

These are the very things FRC need to address if it wants to prove that it's not a hate group. But I have feeling that the group won't and we all know why.

So get used to the "hate group" label, Family Research Council. You earned it and you can't simply wipe it away.

'Jeff Sessions consulted with anti-LGBTQ hate group before issuing 'religious liberty' memo' & other Mon midday news briefs

Jeff Sessions consulted with an anti-LGBT hate group before issuing his memo. Knowledge is power. Let's give the world power. 

Trump and Sessions roll back LGBTQ protections, fulfilling promise to hate group Alliance Defending Freedom - Not only did Sessions promise this to ADF, according to this article, he consulted with ADF to create the infamous guidance memo. 

 The main thing you need to remember about ADF

 Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is the largest anti-LGBTQ hate group in the nation and is representing plaintiff Jack Phillips in the upcoming Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission Supreme Court case. The case may determine whether businesses serving the public have the right to discriminate against LGBTQ people under the guise of “religious” or “artistic freedom.” ADF is also currently part of a joint effort, alongside a number of other anti-LGBTQ groups and hate groups, to undermine the “hate group” designation made by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). As such it has co-signed two letters opposing the designation and formally joined an “SPLCexposed” campaign. The group has supported a number of extreme, anti-LGBTQ positions, including criminalizing homosexuality. ADF (then called the Alliance Defense Fund) formally supported the criminalization of sodomy in the U.S. in 2003 when it filed an amicus brief in Lawrence v. Texas defending state sodomy laws in which it called “same-sex sodomy … a distinct public health problem.”  
When the court struck down anti-sodomy laws, ADF called the ruling “devastating” and continued its work supporting the criminalization of gay sex abroad, including in Jamaica, Belize, and India. According to SPLC, ADF representatives regularly slander and demonize LGBTQ people, including by pushing the myth that pedophilia and “homosexual behavior” are “often intrinsically linked.” An affiliated lawyer has also called marriage equality a sign of the “degradation of our human dignity” that has “led to a deification of deviant sexual practices.” The group is also leading the national campaign for “bathroom bills” targeting transgender youth. 

 I intend to raise as much hell about it as possible. Please help me.

In other news:

This Australian church donated $1 million to fight same-sex marriage - Just like the Catholic and Mormon churches did in America. And they lost. 

Here’s What Happened When The Daughter Of An Anti-LGBTQ ‘Family’ Group Exec Came Out - When family members of anti-LGBTQ industry leaders come out, I personally think God is trying to tell them something. And they hardly ever listen. 

29 Tweets That Will Make Gay Men Laugh For Like, Five Whole Minutes - This is so wrong. But it's so &%@! funny!

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Mike Pence's tantrum over national anthem protest showcases his hypocrisy and homophobia

This is sure to blow up into something stupid, but before the distractions happen, I want to put the incident into a nice perspective. First the incident:

Vice President Mike Pence walked out of Sunday’s NFL game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers as several 49ers players knelt in protest during a rendition of the national anthem. “While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect our Flag and our National Anthem,” Pence wrote on Twitter minutes after leaving the game in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Pence also tweeted: 

Do you know what disrespects our flag, national anthem, and especially our soldiers even more, Mr. Pence? Saying nothing while Trump attempts to kick out transgender soldiers and Jeff Sessions attempts to strip the entire LGBTQ community of our equality under the guise of religious liberty.

Rumor control is that you, Mr. Pence, have been heavily involved in these efforts.

And do you know what is equally disrespectful? Refusing to give a clear answer when you are asked on national television (while you were governor of Indiana) on whether or not you support anti-LGBT discrimination.




Pence's actions today is a prime example of what's wrong with all of this bull about flag waving and jingoistic nonsense about loving America.

Patriotic symbols, words, and actions don't mean a damn thing when you have no problem treating your fellow Americans like crap.