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Bobby Jindal Defends AFA Prayer Rally At LSU As Anti-Gay Hate Group Plans Similar Events In Other States: VIDEO

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Last week we reported that LSU students are organizing protests and other events in response to "The Response," a prayer rally to be hosted by the American Family Association — an anti-LGBT hate group — on the university's campus January 24. 

Since then, the LSU Faculty Senate has issued a strongly worded condemnation of "The Response," which will be headlined by Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal (above) as he prepares to kick off his 2016 presidential campaign. The Faculty Senate said although it doesn't appear the university can legally deny the rental of space to the AFA, the rally is "inconsistent with the goals and aspirations of a great university":

The Faculty Senate has made use of its extensive media resources to focus public attention on this matter. ... In all of these interview opportunities, Faculty Senate representatives have stressed that the “Response” event both damages the University and conflicts with its values, whether by associating intolerance with University venues or interfering with the goal of disseminating the best in science. ... 

The story of “The Response” is far from over, but I do want to assure the LSU and the statewide higher education community that the LSU Faculty Senate is working vigorously to assist the administration not only in repairing the damage resulting from this event but also in using it as an educational, formative opportunity.

Despite widespread opposition from students and faculty at LSU, Jindal continues to defend holding "The Response" on campus. The other day, he insisted the rally is "not a political event, it's a religious event":

"Christians have the right to rent, to pay for a hall at a public university so they can come together and pray," Jindal told reporters at an economic development announcement in New Orleans.

Asked if he agreed with the American Family Association's agenda, Jindal sidestepped that question and said, "The left likes to try to divide and attack Christians."

Jindal said the protesters themselves should consider joining the prayer rally. He said they "might benefit from prayer."

Meanwhile, in addressing criticism of the event, AFA spokesman Bryan Fischer continues to suggest that gays are to blame for natural disasters. The website for "The Response" initially included a prayer guide blaming gays, abortion and pornography for Hurricane Katrina, but it was quickly removed. However, Fischer told The Times-Picayune:  

Fischer"We do know that natural disasters can be a form of God's judgement on an unrepentant nation. It's fitting that a part of the country that is obviously at risk for natural disasters would lead the nation in modeling repentance."

The AFA's David Lane told The Times-Picayune that "The Response" is the first in a series of similar events the group is planning next year, and he hinted that other possible headliners include perennial GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum. 

Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry headlined an AFA prayer rally in Houston in 2011 to kick off his presidential campaign, so we assume Perry and GOP Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will be fighting over the Lone Star State's AFA hatefest next year. 

Ultimately, though, these events may only backfire by galvanizing progressive opposition in places where they're held, such as in Baton Rouge. A reader poll on The Times-Picayune website shows that 66 percent of respondents believe "The Response" should be held at a private building or church. 

Watch Jindal's invitation to "The Response," AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Bryan Fischer: LGBT Rights Biggest Threat To Liberty In The United States - VIDEO

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Vile anti-gay wingnut Bryan Fischer was at it again on his radio program yesterday, arguing that equality for gay people “represents the greatest single threat” to liberty the United States has ever faced, reports Right Wing Watch.

Caiden CowgerFischer was interviewing anti-gay teen, radio show host and Fischer mini-me Caiden Cowger who in 2012 called homosexuality a “perversion” and said that President Obama is encouraging kids to be gay.  

Introducing Cowger - who has been pushing a story that a Christian student at his West Virginia high school was forced to attend an LGBT student club and punished for expressing his opinion - Fischer said:

"The homosexual agenda represents the greatest single threat to religious liberty we have ever seen in the history of our existence as a nation.

“In fact, it's the greatest threat to liberty of all kinds, whether it is freedom of religion, whether it is freedom of speech, whether it is freedom of the press, whether it is freedom of association, all of the rights that are enshrined in the First Amendment are threatened by the active, aggressive homosexual lobby and the homosexual agenda.”

Among many, many crazy recent outbursts, in November Fischer claimed that the GOP won the mid term elections because his god answered anti-gay prayers.

Listen to Fischer’s latest nonsense and watch Cowger’s unintentionally hilarious report on the supposed “incident”, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Bryan Fischer: Gay History Begins With Sodom And Gomorrah - VIDEO

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Bryan Fischer, the head of rabidly anti-gay listed hate group the American Family Association, has said that schools teaching gay history will need to start with Sodom and Gomorrah, reports Right Wing Watch.

Fischer was holding forth on his wingnut radio show yesterday on the “right” of a creationist theme park in Kentucky to refuse to hire gay people despite an application for federal funding.

He then confused history with fiction, bringing up a requirement in California that school districts include the contributions of LGBT people in their history curricula and demanding that any such lessons begin with Sodom and Gomorrah.

"Every public school in the state of California has got to indoctrinate, brainwash students in homosexuality.

"I will support you teaching homosexuality in California's public schools on the condition that you start with Sodom and Gomorrah. If you want to teach gay history in your public schools, then you've got to teach gay history. Gay history starts with Sodom and Gomorrah, so if you start there, you can teach all the gay history that you want.”

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Mississippi Says It Will Appeal Marriage Ruling As AFA Calls for Governor To Defy It

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Not surprisingly, and having barely waited for the ink to dry, Mississippi officials announced Wednesday they'll appeal a federal judge's decision striking down the state's same-sex marriage bans to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. 

Jim-hoodMississippi Attorney General Jim Hood (right) also said he'll ask the appeals court for a permanent stay of Tuesday's decision from U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves, which Reeves put on hold for 14 days. 

From The Clarion Ledger

"The Office of Attorney General has a statutory duty to argue the constitutionality of our laws. We will appeal the decision to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and ask for a stay until that court decides the cases presently pending before it," Hood said. 

The 5th Circuit is already scheduled to hear oral arguments in marriage cases from Texas and Louisiana on Jan. 9, but it's unclear whether the Mississippi case will be heard on the same day.

Reeves' 72-page decision has garnered praise from LGBT advocates, but isn't going over well with the state's Republican elected leaders: 

"One federal judge appointed by President Obama should not be allowed to overrule the will of the people of Mississippi," Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said. "I believe the Attorney General should appeal this decision to defend the 86 percent of Mississippians who voted for the Constitutional amendment in 2004."'

Speaker of the House Philip Gunn said today that he plans to work with Gov. Bryant and other state leaders to appeal Reeves' decision to set aside Mississippi's gay marriage ban.

"It is unfortunate that one judge has decided to ignore the will of the people of Mississippi," Gunn said. "On Nov. 2, 2004, 86 percent of the citizens of our state voted to support the legislative amendment on the ballot defining marriage as occurring between one man and one woman. Judge Reeves has willfully defied this law. I will fight to uphold the rights of Mississippians to determine this issue."

State Rep. Alyce Clarke, D-Jackson, who has a gay son, praised Reeves' decision. Another Democratic state legislator, Rep. Steve Holland of Plantersville, said simply, "You can't usurp a federal judge." 

But Bryan Fischer (above), a spokesman for the Mississippi-based American Family Association, is calling for Gov. Phil Bryant to do just that:

 

Watch Fischer's rant today on AFA's Focal Point here.

Read the state of Mississippi's notice of appeal and request for a stay, AFTER THE JUMP ... 

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HRC and Victory Fund Co-Founder Terry Bean Arrested, Charged With Sex Abuse of a Minor

Terry Bean, a prominent Democratic Party fundraiser and co-founder of the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund was arrested Wednesday on sex abuse charges involving a 15-year-old boy, The Oregonian reports:

BeanBean's lawyer, Kristen Winemiller, said in a statement that Bean has cooperated with the investigation, adding that it's her client who was the "victim of an extortion ring'' by several men.

Winemiller released this statement: "Terry Bean is a highly respected community leader who has devoted his life to bettering our community. Over the course of several months in 2013-2014 Terry was the victim of an extortion ring led by several men known to law enforcement. This current arrest is connected to the ongoing investigation of that case in which Mr. Bean has fully cooperated. No allegations against Terry Bean should be taken at face value. We look forward to the opportunity to clear his name.''

The indictment charges Bean with two counts of third-degree sodomy, a felony, and one count of third-degree sex abuse, a misdemeanor. Police have declined to release any information about the case or indictment at this time. 

American Family Association spokeshater Bryan Fischer has already wasted no time jumping on the story:

Joe.my.god also points out Matt Barber has a new article up on his site with the headline "Homosexual HRC Founder Arrested for Raping 15-Year-Old Boy" 


Bryan Fischer: GOP Won the Midterms Because God Answered Anti-gay Prayers - VIDEO

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American Family Spokeshater (and "Hall of Shame" inductee) Bryan Fischer has a theory on why the GOP cruised to victory in Tuesday's midterm elections - God answered the anti-gay prayers at Houston's hate rally on Sunday

Said Fischer:

"It occurred to me last night, a good part of Sunday night was a lot of these pastors in Houston and a lot of people all around the country kneeling in prayer on the floor of that auditorium, repenting of sins, seeking God for forgiveness for ourselves and for this land. And then, on Tuesday, we have this dramatic victory. I've got to believe there's a connection there."

In a separate clip, Fischer attempts an etymological analysis of the word "sodomy," explaining that the word itself is "ugly" because God gave us "a natural revulsion to that kind of behavior."

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP... 

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