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Ted Cruz Promises To 'Always, Always, Always' Defend Christians' Right to Discriminate Against Gays: VIDEO


Virulently anti-LGBT senator and 2016 presidential hopeful Ted Cruz has promised to "always, always, always" stand for the right of Christian business owners to discriminate against gay people, reports Right Wing Watch.

.@TedCruz addressing pastors now at #WOTW15:

— Watchmen on the Wall (@WatchmenPastors) May 21, 2015

Speaking yesterday at the "Watchmen on the Wall" conference - sponsored by the highly profitable Family Research Council and presided over by head honcho Tony Perkins - Cruz said:

“The modern Democratic Party has become so radical, so extreme, that they have determined that their devotion to mandatory gay marriage in all 50 states trumps any allegiance to religious liberty under the First Amendment."

Lamenting that other GOP presidential hopefuls were silent following opposition to "religious liberty" bills in Indiana and Arkansas, Superbigot Cruz promised the homophobic gathering "I will always, always, always stand and fight for religious liberty of every American!"



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Anti-gay Activist Josh Duggar Allegedly Admitted to Sexually Abusing Sisters


Update: Josh has resigned from his position at the Family Research Council as a result of the accusations. 

Yesterday, we reported Josh Duggar, the oldest son of reality TV's 19 Kids and Counting clan, was allegedly investigated for sexual abuse several years ago involving underage girls. Reports indicated that the allegations came from none other than Duggar patriarch Jim Bob, who brought his then 17-year-old son into the Arkansas State Police Station and spoke with a state trooper saying Josh was involved in inappropriate contact with a minor

Josh, who currently serves as executive director of the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council's lobbying arm, was not charged because the state trooper involved in the allegations didn't follow up on the case (the trooper was later convicted on child pornography charges and is currently serving 56 years in prison.)

With more information coming in, TMZ says it has learned some of the girls Josh allegedly molested were his sisters:

According to the police report, Josh fondled the genitals and breasts of the girls, some of whom were sleeping, but sometimes they were interacting with him ... in one case reading a book.  

There was another reported incident 9 months later. According to the police report, the police were not immediately contacted. Instead, Jim  Bob, the dad, met with church elders and agreed Josh should be put in a treatment program.  The police report says Josh's mom, Michelle, said it wasn't really a treatment center ... they simply sent Josh to a guy who was remodeling a building to do manual labor.

NY Daily News adds:

Duggar1The family secret finally came out because of the discovery of a letter written by a family friend with knowledge of the incident. The letter was placed inside a book which was later loaned to a member of the Duggar family’s church.

In 2006, the Duggar family was scheduled to appear on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show. Prior to their appearance, an email was sent to Harpo Studios to alert them of the alleged sexual abuse.

The studio then faxed the letter to the Department of Human Services hotline, which led to the Springfield police opening an investigation. But this probe came to an end because the three-year statute of limitations had expired.

According to TMZ's account of the police report, one of the Duggar family members told investigators "this entire incident had brought the family closer to God." 

The 27-year-old is married with three children. 

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Anti-Gay Activist Josh Duggar Was Investigated For Child Molestation In 2005

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Prominent anti-gay reality TV star Michelle Duggar may soon find herself embroiled in a family scandal after reports surfaced that her son Josh Duggar, an anti-gay activist in his own right, was investigated for child sexual abuse several years ago reports Surprisingly, the allegations of sexual abuse come from none other than Duggar patriarch Jim Bob himself who claims he saw his son, 17 at the time, leaving a young girl's bedroom in 2005 and learned that "something inappropriate happened." 

A source that spoke with InTouch claimed that a police report confirmed Jim Bob brought his son into the Arkansas State Police Station and spoke with a state trooper saying his son was involved in inappropriate contact with a minor. However, the state trooper didn't follow up on Jim Bob's statement; the trooper himself was later convicted on child pornography charges and is currently serving 56 years in prison.

The Arkansas State Police finally brought the case to the Crimes Against Children Division and Springdale Police Department three years after the alleged incident however, the statute of limitations ran out on the case, preventing Duggar from being further investigated.

Ironically Josh, now 27, is the executive director of FRCAction, the lobbying component of the fiercely anti-gay Family Research Council that routinely accuses LGBT people of child molestation.

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Eureka Springs Upholds LGBT Protections; Anti-Gay Leader Blames Threats Against Christian Voters: VIDEO


Voters in Eureka Springs, Arkansas — known as "the gay capital of the Ozarks" — overwhelmingly voted against repealing the town's LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance on Tuesday. 

The margin in favor of keeping the ordinance was 579 to 231, or roughly 71 percent, ensuring Eureka Springs will remain the only city in the state that prohibits anti-LGBT discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations. 

The Eureka Springs City Council hurriedly approved the ordinance in February, hours after the Arkansas Senate passed a bill prohibiting cities from adding classes to nondiscrimination ordinances that aren't included in state law. Despite Tuesday's vote, the city will no longer enforce the ordinance after July 20, when the state ban on local LGBT protections takes effect.   

Tuesday's vote made national news, due to Eureka Springs' dual identity as a gay-friendly resort town and the home of a 66-foot-tall "Christ of the Ozarks" statue at the site of a play depicting Jesus' final days. reports: 

Randall Christy of Ada, Okla., chief executive officer of the Great Passion Play near Eureka Springs, said voter turnout was low in part because Christians were afraid to vote. The election drew 48 percent of the town's 1,705 registered voters.

Christy said one man who put out a sign reading Repeal 2223 found his car windows smashed the next day. Others found maggots in their mailboxes.

Christy said he has had his life threatened over the issue.

"I don't think people understand the kind of people we're dealing with in Eureka Springs," said Christy. "There is an infill of very vile, radical, vicious people in this town. They have gone around intimidating people to the point that they were afraid to get out of their homes today. This is not sour grapes. The people have voted. The Bible-believing Christians did not have the guts to get out and vote."

Another opponent of the ordinance, 88-year-old Rene' J. Chouinard blamed gay people for hurting the town's economy: 

Chouinard said he moved to Eureka Springs from Connecticut in 2000, but the town has changed since 2004. More shops and businesses are closed, and he blames it on gay people flaunting their lifestyle in one of Arkansas' most permissive enclaves.

"If they want to use Eureka Springs to come out of the woods, that's fine, but I don't want them to go down the street playing with each other," Chouinard told Young. "I myself walking downtown saw people grabbing each other's can in front of people. ... We're getting too permissive in this town, much too permissive, and I don't like it. If they want to come to this town, they're welcome, but be civilized."

Tuesday's vote in Eureka Springs bucked a recent trend in the region of voters repealing LGBT protections, including in Fayetteville, Arkansas and Springfield, Missouri. Even though the ordinance will only be in effect for two more months, city officials and LGBT advocates hope it can be used as a basis for challenging the state law.  

"Arkansas cities are leading the way and we hope that Governor Asa Hutchinson is taking notice," HRC Arkansas state director Kendra R. Johnson said in a statement. "Where leadership has failed Arkansans on the state level, local municipalities like Eureka Springs have taken the initiative to ensure that all their residents are rightfully protected from all forms of discrimination. Welcoming all people in our communities makes the Natural State stronger and we praise the local activists who worked tirelessly to make this victory possible. Right now, keeping up the momentum in other cities is imperative, so that every Arkansan can feel safe in their community.”

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Can Eureka Springs, Arkansas Buck Recent Trend Of Voters Repealing LGBT Protections?


Voters in Eureka Springs, Arkansas — known as "the gay capital of the Ozarks" — will decide today whether to repeal the town's LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance. 

The Eureka Springs City Council hurriedly approved the ordinance in February, hours after the Arkansas Senate passed a bill prohibiting cities from adding classes to nondiscrimination ordinances that aren't included in state law.  

Council members in the gay-friendly enclave hoped to send a message to state lawmakers and set up a possible future court challenge to the law. However, opponents of the Eureka Springs ordinance gathered the 96 signatures needed to place a repeal on the ballot. Even if the ordinance is upheld, the city will no longer enforce it after July 20, when the state law takes effect.  

Nevertheless, today's vote has plenty of symbolic significance and has drawn national attention. In addition to its designation as "the gay capital of the Ozarks," Eureka Springs is overlooked by the 66-foot-tall "Christ of the Ozarks" statue, the site of a play depicting Jesus' final days. 

The Associated Press reported this weekend: 

CHristOpponents of the ordinance argue it's another step in a direction that they say threatens the future of the Great Passion Play, a seasonal outdoor production that draws about 50,000 people a year to a campus that includes a Bible museum and the statue of Jesus.

Randall Christy, the play's chief executive officer, has been among the most vocal opponents of the ordinance, arguing it would unnecessarily split the town and force churches to perform same-sex weddings.

"They have divided this city," Christy said.

But supporters of the ordinance say the pro-repeal campaign is one doing the dividing with a campaign they say is preying on voters' fears. Signs hung on residents' doorknobs urge voters to "keep our daughters safe in Eureka Springs bathrooms" and argue that sexual predators would use the law to falsely claim they're transgender.

The divide in Eureka Springs was evident last month when a pro-LGBT church was excluded from a "Celebrate Jesus Easter Parade." 

If voters uphold the ordinance, they will buck a recent trend in the region. Voters in Fayetteville, Arkansas and Springfield, Missouri, have recently repealed LGBT protections. 

More from the AP

Mayor Robert "Butch" Berry, who supports the ordinance, said he believes his town eventually will come together.

"It doesn't matter which side of the fence you're on, let those without sin cast the first stone," Berry said in Biblical terms. "There's been a lot of stones cast."

Hot Springs, Arkansas Passes LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance: VIDEO


On the same day that anti-gay former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee announced his second bid for President in Hope, the nearby city of Hot Springs passed an ordinance that will protect city employees and vendors from discrimination on the basis of gender or sexual orientation. The ordinance was approved by the Hot Springs City Board with a vote of 6 in favor and 1 opposed.

Hot Springs is following in the footsteps of Little Rock, AR which also recently passed an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance in the wake of the state's passing an anti-gay religious liberty bill.

KATV News reports:

Public Comment was heard by the board from both sides for about an hour and a half. 

Hot Springs City Attorney Brian Albright said the ordinance is designed to do three things. The city will treat vendor equally and not discriminate on any basis including sexual orientation. City Employees will treat the public and customers the same way, and any vendor or contractor with the city will follow the same policy.

"We are going to protect our citizens, same, equal and give everyone the right they should have," said Author of the bill and City Director, Becca Clark.

Prior to the board meeting on Tuesday, hundreds of those who opposed the ordinance and supported it gathered outside City Hall.

"I find that there are problems with unintended consequences. In other words, what is sexual orientation, is it just LGBT? Does it include pedophilia? Their are other things that may be included in the term sexual orientation," said Dr. Jack Sternberg of the Garland County Tea Party.

"The primary thing it would do in helping hot springs would create the image of an open and diverse city, that's the key," said Bob Van Hook of Hot Springs Gay Pride. 

Present at the hearing was HRC President Chad Griffin's mother who testified in front of the board. Griffin is a native Arkansan. 

The ordinance will go into effect in 30 days. While the ordinance contains no criminal provision, a city employee may be terminated for violating the ordinance.

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