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FOX News' Bret Baier: I Pulled Out of Anti-Gay Catholic Conference Because It Doesn't 'Line Up With the Loving Church I Know'

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As we've been reporting, the rabidly anti-gay Catholic group Legatus found itself at the center of a controversy after activist and Good As You blogger Jeremy Hooper highlighted the extreme and disturbing views held by the organization including labeling same-sex attraction as a disorder and recommending conversion therapy. As a result, three individuals slated to headline the group's annual conference, actor Gary Sinise, Fox News anchor Bret Baier and MoltonCoors Chair Pete Coors all pulled out of the event. 

At the time of Baiers' withdrawal, Fox News released a statement saying Baier "was unaware" of anti-gay articles published by Legatus' magazine or "the controversy surrounding them.” 

Now, in an email addressed to hatemonger Peter La Barbera of Americans for the Truth About Homosexuality, Baier confirms that while Fox did ask him to pull out of the event, he also backed out due to his own views on sexual orientation and faith, views that for Baier are diametrically opposed to Legatus':

I pulled out of the speech at Fox’s request — because of the controversy surrounding some of these articles and editorials that have been published in the Legatus magazine [...]

I am a lifelong mass attending Catholic – I’m a lector at my parish. I consider myself to be in line with my Church on most things. This isn’t about me.. but, describing homosexuality as a ‘disorder’ and talking about ways to ‘cure’ people from it – does not seem to line up with the loving, accepting Church that I know. Nor does it match up with how Pope Francis has talked about the issue recently. 

I couldn’t speak because of that – I don’t wish the group any harm, but after Gary Sinise pulled out.. as a newsman, Fox agreed that I could not be surrounded by that controversy… as much as I would have loved to have talked about my book, my faith, and my son’s battle with congenital heart disease. 

That is the truth. 

I hope you and others can understand. If not.. I wish you well with your viewing. 

Peter LaBarbera meanwhile was none too pleased with Baier's response, blasting Fox News for "directly [financing] and [sponsoring] pro-”gay” media events that promote homosexual behavior and ideology–including same-sex 'marriage'–condemned by the Catholic Church." 

[h/t Jeremy Hooper]


FOX News Anchor Bret Baier Joins Gary Sinise In Pulling Out From Anti-Gay Catholic Group's Annual Summit

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Hot on the heels of actor Gary Sinise's announcement that he would be pulling out from the annual conference of the anti-gay Catholic organization Legatus, comes word that FOX News anchor Bret Baier has also canceled his participation in the event, AdWeek reports:

“Bret Baier has withdrawn his participation as a speaker at the upcoming Legatus Summit due to the controversy surrounding some editorial stances in the organization’s magazine,” a Fox News spokesperson tells us. “Bret accepted the invitation to speak about his book, his faith, and his son’s congenital heart disease. He was unaware of these articles or the controversy surrounding them.”

Still slated to headline the event are Pete Coors, the Chairman of the Molson Coors Brewing Company and MillerCoors, along with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and NYC Archbishop Timothy Dolan.

As Andy pointed out earlier, Legatus promotes the idea that homosexuality is a "disorder" that can and should be "cured". You can read more on Legatus HERE.


Gary Sinise, FOX News Anchor, and Coors Exec to Headline Summit of Rabidly Anti-Gay Catholic Group

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Actor Gary Sinise, FOX News Anchor Bret Baier, and Pete Coors, the Chairman of the Molson Coors Brewing Company and MillerCoors, along with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and NYC Archbishop Timothy Dolan, are headlining the annual conference of the Legatus organization.

UPDATE: Sinise has pulled out.

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Jeremy Hooper at Good As You points out that the organization has some very hateful views on gays and calls same-sex attraction a 'disorder'.

It’s impossible to see homosexual unions as being in line with God’s intentions for marriage since the product of intercourse is not fruitful. Along with masturbation, fornication, and adultery, homosexuality is a selfish act that cannot fulfill the divinely ordained purpose of the reproductive powers. The Church teaches that God instituted the sacrament of Marriage, and only He has the authority to change the nature of marriage. Neither the Church nor the state has the competence to alter the substance of marriage or the family. Attempts by civil government or the courts to alter the law in favor of same-sex unions distort the true meaning of marriage, which has existed for thousands of years. 

The Church encourages people who suffer from the disorder of same-sex attraction to live a chaste and celibate life. Chastity is required of all people, no matter their state in life — single, married, or celibate. It is a virtue in which our thoughts, words, and actions are modest. Celibacy is a discipline by which one does not marry.

As a remedy they suggest harmful conversion therapy:

There are many reasons why people suffer from SSA disorder. Some “discover” this tendency within them. Others grow into it through pursuits of pleasure or experimentation. Some use it to punish themselves or others. Whether the disorder has some deep, unknown roots over which one has virtually no control, or whether it’s a developed disorder resulting from bad choices, it leaves an individual disposed toward activities and a lifestyle that are dangerous — physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Fortunately there is hope for those who suffer from the disorder. The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality reports that significant numbers of homosexual persons have undergone treatment and had their sexual drives properly ordered. These findings are a beacon of hope to those suffering from SSA, as well as for their family and friends who desire their happiness and good health. Finally, for those who for whatever reason cannot be cured, there is a support group known as Courage to help them live safe, moral, chaste lives. Those who continue to suffer from this disorder can find true help through an orientation toward their Savior and Redeemer, “the Orient from on High,” and the life that He offers them in Himself.

This is the same group's summit that Bob Newhart pulled out of last year after Hooper drew attention to their actions against marriage equality and candidates who support it, as well as this notion that homosexuality is a "disorder" that can be "cured".


Fox News Blames Marriage Equality For Decline in Marriage Rates

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Fox News correspondents Bret Baier and Shannon Bream took to the conservative network’s Special Report to reinforce the widely debunked idea that same sex marriage poses a clear and present threat to heterosexual marriages. Growing support for marriage equality, the talking heads reasoned, actively discouraged straight people from considering “traditional marriage,” and was one of the major contributing factors to the overall decline in marriage rates in the US.

The false correlation between rise in gay marriage and the fall of straight marriages was thoroughly disproved in a study conducted by Portland State University’s School of Community Health last June.

“[W]e found that adult rates of opposite sex marriage in states implementing same sex marriage laws were equivalent to rates in states with no such laws,” researchers explained. “[W]e find that any differences appear to due to chance alone.”

“The question of whether states ought to legally provide same sex couples with the legal status of marriage, or a related, though less regarded and less beneficial status of same sex union cannot be answered solely in terms of the effect on opposite sex marriages. However, a deleterious effect on rates of state rates of opposite sex marriage has been argued to be a motivating factor for both the withholding and the elimination of existing rights of same sex couples to marry by policy makers–including presiding justices of current litigation over same sex couples rights to legally marry. Such claims do not appear credible in the face of the existing evidence.”

Watch Fox News correspondents Brett Baier and Shannon Bream’s misguided attempt at blaming marriage equality for the decline in heterosexual marriages AFTER THE JUMP...

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FOX News Concerned 'God' Removed from Democratic Platform: VIDEO

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A FOX News chyron, noted by TPM.

ABC News explains what the panty-bunching at Faux News is about:

The Democratic Party’s 2008 platform mentioned “God” once, in this passage (emphasis added):

We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values, and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.

Explaining the removal, a Democratic official explained: “The 2008 platform reference is ‘God-given’ and is about growing the middle class and making America fair, not actually about faith. The platform includes an entire plank on the importance of faith based organizations and the tremendous work that they do. Further, the language we use to talk about faith and religion is exactly the same vocabulary as 2008. I would also note that the platform mentions: ‘faith’ 11 times; ‘religion’ or ‘religious’ 9 times; ‘church’ 2 times (one is a quote); and, ‘clergy’ 1 time.”

Watch Senator Dick Durbin get into it with Bret Baier over the issue, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch: Jon Stewart Shreds Bret Baier and FOX News

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Such easy sport for Stewart, I almost feel sorry for Baier by the end. Almost.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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