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Mentioning Rape, Sodomites and Perversion in the Title of a Pamphlet… Must Be the Right-Wing! September 27, 2006

Posted by newsfittopost in anti-gay activists, hate speech, lgbt Issues, religion distorted, right-wing lies.

At the extreme-right Value Voters Summit put on by the Family Research Council, attacking same-sex marriage became a favorite past-time. Instead of these “Christians” discussing ways to help impoverished Americans, extend access to healthcare or improve public schools, they pretend banning same-sex marriage is the most crucial issue facing the nation.

At the summit, volunteers from Wellington Boone Ministries handed out pamphlets that accurately depict how these “compassionate” Christians view gay and lesbian people. The pamphlet, titled “The Rape of the Civil Rights Movement: How Sodomites are Using Civil Rights Rhetoric to Advance Their Preference for Sexual Perversion,” blames the difficulties of being gay or lesbian on their “desire for sex”.

The pamphlet is a disgusting mixture of obvious lies, distortions and gross exaggerations. Here are just a few examples:

A lie:

What blacks have gone through to gain their freedom relates to their culture and race. What gays are dealing with is a result of their behavioral preference and desire for sex.

The first sentence is true. The second sentence is absurd. Despite what anti-gay leaders claim, the vast majority of peer-reviewed research shows a combination of factors potentially cause homosexuality, but that it is most definitely not a choice. Also, I guarantee you a gay man has no more desire for sex than the average straight man.

Another lie:

Sodomites are people who willfully break the laws of God and the laws of the land… The legal term “sodomy”, which includes the illegal, perverted behavior of same-sex relationships, including oral and anal sex, comes from the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 18-19.

We could debate for years whether God condemns homosexuality, but sodomy is most definitely legal in the United States. In the 2003 U.S. Supreme Court case Lawrence v Texas, the court overturned all sodomy laws because of the right to privacy. The authors of this pamphlet know that… they just have no problem being dishonest.

Although I could continue to point out other lies, we will move on.

An obvious distortion:

Sodomy causes the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, and natural and spirtual uncleanness that result in sickness, disease, and death.

Technically, yes, sodomy can result in spreading sexually transmitted diseases. But, heterosexual sex also spreads sexually transmitted diseases. It may be easy to single out gay people, but I know plenty of heterosexuals who ended up with STDs and it sure wasn’t from gay sex. As for “natural uncleanness”… no more unclean than any other sex act.

Gross Exaggeration:

If you followed same-sex marriage to its logical conclusion, it would bring an end to our society as we know it. It would mean the annihilation of the human race.

Unless these crazies believe gay people have the power to infect everyone else on the planet, this argument is idiotic. I probably don’t need to further explain why it is so.

Who knew you could fit so much bullshit in a two-page pamphlet? Ridiculous statements like the ones above show how weak and ignorant the arguments condemning gay people truly are. If they are forced to realize religion shouldn’t play a role in government recognition of marriage, the right-wingers have absolutely no legitimate arguments for banning it (although I know the ones they will attempt to regurgitate at you).

You can download a PDF of the Wellington Boone Ministries pamphlet here (once page opens, “download button is near the bottom of the screen.)

Read More About the Summit and the “Ministry”:

Think Progress: “‘Values Voter Summit’ Features Attack on ‘Faggots,’ Claim That Gay Rights Movement Inspired ‘From The Pit Of Hell Itself’”

Andrew Sullivan: Christianism Watch


Bush as Devil, No Way. Clinton as Devil, Okay. September 26, 2006

Posted by newsfittopost in anti-gay activists, politics, religion distorted.

Last week, Democrats and Republicans united in condemning Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez for referring to George Bush as the devil. It was a nice change to see both parties agreeing on an issue, albeit a trivial one, but all Americans realize referring to our leaders as Satan is inappropriate.

After a full week’s coverage of Chávez’s statements on cable news programs, a nutjob nearly on the same-level as Chávez equated another American politician with the devil. Actually, this nutjob held the devil in higher regard.

At the extreme-right Values Voters Summit last weekend, anti-gay formerly pro-segregation preacher Jerry Falwell told the audience that Christians would vote for Satan himself before voting for Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. Here’s his soundbite:

I certainly hope that Hillary is the candidate. She has $300 million so far. But I hope she’s the candidate. Because nothing will energize my [constituency] like Hillary Clinton. If Lucifer ran, he wouldn’t.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the fundamentalist audience erupted in applause after his statement claiming his base would support the devil over Clinton. It seems odd that the arch-nemesis of God himself, Satan, would be held in higher esteem than little old Hillary Clinton. Knowing Falwell and his followers, however, they probably can find some Bible passage to distort in support of his statement.

So why the outrage over some bum from Venezuela taking a crack at President Bush, but no outrage at an alleged “religious leader” for making nearly the same comment about a U.S. senator? Where is this “liberal media” I keep hearing about? Just remember… Jerry Falwell and his friends represent the “base” the Republicans are always trying to please through tax-cuts for the rich and banning same-sex marriage.

Liberals Love Adultery, Conservatives Love Incest September 23, 2006

Posted by newsfittopost in anti-gay activists, politics, right-wing lies.

Kevin McCullough was frothing at the mouth as he wrote his latest WingNutDaily (thanks Pam!) article about liberals and their love for adultery. In his now routine eagerness to find an example or two and call it a pattern, McCullough claims all liberals love adultery because Bill Clinton, Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson and former N.J. Gov. Jim McGreevey are all liberal.

The most important item to note is that openly gay Bishop Gene Robinson never committed adultery, despite what McCullough claims. Robinson has been with partner Mark Andrews since 1989, but was divorced three years before after telling his wife he could not change his sexual orientation (him and his ex-wife remain close). McCullough is an ass for spreading rumors about Robinson, a man of God who not only did not commit adultery, but was honest with his ex-wife about his “homosexual inclinations” before they were even married.

When it comes to Bill Clinton and Jim McGreevey, there is little doubt that they did commit adultery. Republicans spent millions in taxpayer money to prove Clinton had, and McGreevey apologized for it while resigning from the state’s highest office. McCullough claims liberals’ love for Clinton and McGreevey proves liberals also love adultery, but his characterizations are a mixture of generalizations, distortions and flat-out lies.

Bill Clinton is indisputably loved by the left. If McCullough believes that also means the left loves adultery (an almost laughable correlation), so be it. But he also claims liberals love Jim McGreevey, pointing out his appearances on Oprah and the Today show. Apparently McCullough has not picked up a newspaper or turned on television in weeks, however, because the vast majority of liberals have been far from embracing McGreevey. Nearly all lesbian and gay organizations have refused to comment on McGreevey and traditionally “liberal” media such as The New York Times, Los Angles Times and Washington Post have reported that McGreevey has received a cold reception from both conservatives and liberals. But McCullough chooses to ignore these reports to help further a point that cannot be furthered without bold-faced lies and mischaracterizations.

So McCullough has found his one example of the left loving adultery: Bill Clinton. For the sake of fairness, we will take a look at some conservative heroes to see if we can mischaracterize conservatives as loving immoral actions. Conservative favorite and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has been married three times and divorced his second wife while she was in the hospital recovering from cancer surgery. Then there is former Oregon Christian Coalition leader Lou Beres, who has admitted to molesting his own daughter, their friends and his sister-in-law. And several-times-divorced conservative favorite Rush Limbaugh has been charged with illegally obtaining prescription drugs in between his oh-so-common tirades against illegal drug use.

If we are to use the same standard of honesty as McCullough, it is quite fair to say conservatives love divorce, incest, molestation and illegal drug use just as much as liberals love adultery. However I do not believe conservatives love these “sins”, because as liberals know, there is no reason to hate someone just because they have made mistakes in the past (although incest and molestation are difficult to forgive). Just as liberal hero Bill Clinton has not always been on the moral high-road, many conservative heroes have fallen from the moral wagon to carry out actions that are unacceptable for most Americans (minus the divorce thing).

The intellectual dishonesty (or just dishonesty) McCullough engages in is astounding. It should be criticized by any conservative or liberal who does not want to be characterized by the actions of all people who happen to share the same ideology. It seems like common sense, but when you are dealing with idiots like Kevin McCullough, common sense always seems to be outweighed by lies and distortions.

The Truth Behind Anti-Gay Rhetoric September 22, 2006

Posted by newsfittopost in anti-gay activists, lgbt Issues, religion distorted.

When anti-gay organizations put out a press release on some issue they find offensive, it is always dressed up by their communications department to sound less hateful and extreme than it actually is. Anti-gay organizations have come up with a number of pleasant soundbites that are thrown out when complicated and important issues face the American public. Here are two of their favorites:

  • Equal Rights, Not Special Rights: When communities or states discuss non-discrimination laws for gay and lesbian people, anti-gay organizations will scream and moan about not giving gay people “special rights”, just “equal rights”. Is it a special right for people not to be fired from their jobs because of their sexual orientation? Is it a special right to be able to find housing without worrying about discrimination? Are non-discrimination laws protecting race and religion giving these people special rights? Obviously not… it is called equal protection, but claiming “special rights” sure sounds good doesn’t it?

  • Children Deserve a Mother and a Father: In opposing adoption rights for same-sex couples, anti-gay leaders will claim children deserve a mother and a father. Forgetting about the millions of children in single-parent households and the increasing number of single people who adopt, they deny same-sex couples the right to children with this simplistic slogan. Do they oppose single parents adopting children? If so, why don’t they say that? When anti-gay organizations say children deserve a mother and a father, they mean same-sex parents cannot take care of children… they could care less if they actually have a mother and a father.

If there is one thing Republicans and the religious right are good at, it is taking complicated and important issues and boiling them down to meaningless, over-simplified soundbites that ignore reality but sound good to the voting public. They disguise issues Americans would not support with well-tested phrases. No Republicans talk about global warming anymore… it is always “climate change”, because they know it sounds less threatening than the problem actually is. No Republicans will talk about the estate tax, a tax on the super-super-super rich upon their death… it is now called the “death tax”.

Just as Republicans blind Americans to important issues through crafted messages, the anti-gay right has been able to talk about gay and lesbian issues in a way that hides their true feelings. They talk about loving the sinner but hating the sin. They claim to care about gay people and want to help them. But lets look at how the religious right truly feels by grabbing some comments off different posts from this blog.

A comment talking about a lesbian couple who worried about their child when one partner was diagnosed with cancer:

Oh please! Gay people shouldn’t have ANY rights. This country was founded on the principles of God’s Holy Word, which calls homosexuality an ABOMINATION.

A comment talking about the increasing number of Muslim Americans immigrating to the United States and how they could help lessen anti-American sentiment among Muslims:

We don’t owe the muslims ANYTHING. They shouldn’t be in our country, to begin with. Once again, our country was founded on GOD’S HOLY WORD, and I, for one, don’t want other gods in our country. In Bible days, people were killed who didn’t serve the one and true God.

A comment on a post about gay and lesbian people who lost a partner on 9/11:

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

Everyone who dies in their sins – whether the sin is mistreatment of slaves, adultery, homosexuality, murder, cheating on taxes, malicious gossip, or failure to do good or calling what is evil “good” – will be condemned. There is no special punishment for homosexuals, just the same punishment that all who fail to revere God will suffer. [NewsFitToPost Note: Remember the Bible condones slavery, yet Bible thumpers have realized this is not to be followed, but somehow are sure condemnations of gay people should be.]

Those who acknowledge their sin as the affront it is to a Holy and Righteous God, those who repent and obediently believe in Jesus Christ, those who are transformed by His power, will be saved from Hell by the grace of God and not through their own human merit.

Believe it now, or believe it when it is too late, my friend.

Also from the post on 9/11 is a comment attacking openly gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson:

Gene Robinson is not devoted to God. If he were, he would have sacrificed his selfish desires and remained faithful to the marriage vow he made to his wife. He would not have committed adultery and he would not have participated in homosexual sex. And most of all, he would not lie to others saying that adultery and homosexual sex are acceptable to God when God Himself has spoken to the contrary. He is not only bound for Hell, he is intent on taking others with him. I pray that he will repent before it is eternally too late…

Finally, homosexuals are not engaging in just one sin. When a man lives in a sin like homosexuality, he is not only sexually sinning, he is often lying to himself and others about what is right/wrong, he is sinning against the persons with whom he has sex and causing them to sin, he is sinning against those he misleads with his example, etc. He is sinning by not worshipping with God’s people, and he is sinning “worse” if he does partake of communion while in an unrepentant state. I could go on, but that makes the point.

These are but a few of the wondrous messages the “loving” extreme-right Christians leave for all of us to read. It is often times difficult stuff to read, but it is important to remember there are many denominations who speak the true word of God: one of inclusiveness, love and support.

There are two excellent video clips on the ridiculousness of the Christian right. The CBS Evening News clip “Evangelical Politics” shows that progressive evangelical Christians are gaining in popularity and hope to stop extreme-right Christians from stealing the religion. Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council acts like a partisan hack who does nothing but sling mud at Christians who aren’t anti-gay, while progressive preacher Jim Wallis speaks of love, helping the poor and tolerance.

Another great video (a must see) is a Daily Show with Jon Stewart clip about ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’. The segment makes the Family Research Institute’s Paul Cameron look like a gay-obsessed nut job, which quite frankly, is exactly what he is. Meanwhile, Bleu Corpas, who was discharged from the military under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, is well-reasoned and intelligent.

Religion is on the side of gay and lesbian people… anti-gay bigots just have a louder voice right now.

Bush the “Devil” and the “Axis of Evil” September 21, 2006

Posted by newsfittopost in bush administration, congress, international, politics.

In what will most likely be the most notable speech during this session of the United Nations General Assembly, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez referred to President Bush as the devil. Speaking at the same podium at which Bush had spoke earlier, Chávez said, “It smells of sulfur still today, this table that I am now standing in front of.”

Apparently, the comments were met with applause from many of the diplomats in the General Assembly, a stark reminder of the tremendous increase in anti-American sentiment since the invasion of Iraq. Although Chávez’s comments sounded immature and inappropriate for the UN, the Bush administration and its friends often use the same simplistic, unproductive and mind-numbing rhetoric. Some examples:

  • In August 2005, televangelist and buddy of the Christian right Pat Robertson calls for the assassination of Hugo Chávez. Robertson: “If he thinks we’re trying to assassinate him, I think we really ought to go ahead and do it.”

  • In Bush’s 2002 State of the Union address, he cut off an opportunity for constructive dialogue by calling Iran, Iraq and North Korea an “axis of evil”. The phrase may have gone over well in the U.S., but I don’t believe anti-American sentiment was lessened by branding entire countries and its people as evil. Bush: “States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world.”

  • When the French government realized Iraq was a mistake years before the majority of Americans did, Republican lawmakers decided to get even by changing the name of the House cafeteria french fries to “freedom fries”. Aside from making ourselves the laughing-stock of the entire world, we further isolated ourselves from one of the most important countries on our dwindling list of allies. Now disgraced Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio): “This action today is a small but symbolic effort to show the strong displeasure of many on Capitol Hill with the actions of our so-called ally, France.” Apparently House Republicans forgot we would have no “freedom” at all if France hadn’t won the Revolutionary War for us.

  • Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld compared Hugo Chávez to Adolf Hitler earlier this year: “I mean, we’ve got Chavez in Venezuela with a lot of oil money. He’s a person who was elected legally — just as Adolf Hitler was elected legally — and then consolidated power…”. Owns lots of oil. Was elected legally. Consolidated power under one person. Sounds like an American president I know.

This is not a defense of the comments Hugo Chávez made at the General Assembly. These are examples of American leadership destroying dialogue with other nations through the use of loud-mouthed rhetoric that does nothing but hurt the world’s view of America. Hugo Chávez, President Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Pat Robertson and GOP House members need to quit the back-and-forth bullshit and engage in constructive conversations that will find compromise, not further anger. It probably took days for the Bush team to come up with and get approved the ‘axis of evil’ statement. Could these few days have been used to attempt to build bridges instead of testing angry rhetoric? I don’t expect miracles to happen overnight, but we need to move in the right direction before we come any closer to world peace.