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04/19/2007


Here Are All The Anti-Gay Haters Who Attended The Signing of Mississippi's 'License To Discriminate' Bill

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We already identified one of the anti-gay leaders who attended the recent signing of Mississippi’s “license to discriminate bill.” But apparently Facebook user Kelly Kyle identified everyone else who attended the signing — most of them had a direct hand in its creation and eventual passage.

So to continue Kyle's good work, we’ve dug up anti-gay dirt on each of the men pictured above and put it in a handy list just for you!

- Jameson Taylor: a supervisor of policy research at the “pro-family” (ie. anti-gay) Mississippi Center for Public Policy who haspersonally written about how “the homosexual lifestyle” will erode “free exercise of religion.”

- Joey Hood: a Mississippi state representative who voted for the anti-gay bill.

- Reverend David Tipton Jr.: the superintendent of the Mississippi District of the United Pentecostal Church who signed a letter to the state governor saying that opponents of the bill were “out-of-state, anti-religious special interest groups.” Y’know, like the ACLU.

Keep reading AFTER THE JUMP…

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America's Best Christian Terrifies Children with Bedtime Bible Stories: VIDEO

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America's Best Christian Betty Bowers realizes that if God hadn't written the Bible, conservative Christians would be trying to keep it OUT of public schools.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins Attended MS 'License To Discriminate' Bill Signing

Eagle Eye opposition research blogger Jeremy Hooper noticed that one of the people attending Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant's signing of the "license to discriminate" law was hate-group leader Tony Perkins.

Tony_perkins_msAt GLAAD, Hooper wrote:

A week ago, I showed you how the Family Research Council, one of the most anti-LGBT organizations in the country, had assembled a team of very hostile voices in order to advocate for Mississippi's version of one of those Arizona-style license-to-discriminate bills that are making their way across the country.  The team, led by FRC president Tony Perkins, framed their advocacy as being against "the homosexual agenda" and they admitted in a latter to MS lawmakers that LGBT people are "those who engage in behavior we find objectionable."  There is no denying that they saw this as a fight against LGBT people and rights...

FRC president Tony Perkins was actually at the bill signing, joining local lawmakers and the governor for what they considered a triumphant moment.  Of the small handful of invitees, Tony was one of the only non-elected officials (and/or non-Mississippi residents) to be there.  He had no real ties other than the fact that he, as one of the strongest practitioners of the anti-LGBT arts, sees this bill as a boon to his cause.  

Although it's really no big surprise that the governor invited Mr. Perkins.  Again, Tony and his equally LGBT-hostile team of advocates pushed and pushed hard for this, one of the many bills that the anti-LGBT movement is trying to dupe state legislatures into passing.  The governor was likely grateful for Tony's handiwork against "those who engage in behavior we find objectionable."

Perkins has repeatedly been invited on television as a conservative and evangelical expert without any mention whatsoever about his ties to a hate group.


American Decency Association: Satan is Behind Pro-Gay Honey Maid Graham Cracker Commercial

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The American Decency Association, an evangelical advocacy organization that opposes alleged pornographic and vulgar media content, is joining the anti-gay boycott of Honey Maid graham crackers over the company’s feel-good “This is Wholesome” tv ad last month that featured a same-sex couple with their children. 

Writes ADA’s Steve Huston:

It’s not a matter of acceptance; it’s a matter of an evil agenda which is being pushed upon America and around the world. Satan continues to attack God’s design and skew it to his own workings. He continues to take words like “wholesome” and “family” and twist them for his own purposes. He takes a symbol of God’s promise (the rainbow) and hijacks it, twisting it to his own design. Satan calls it normal; God calls it sin. We live in a day when “evil” is called “good” and “good” is called “evil.” That which is meant to glorify God (family, the church, etc) is being taken and bent out of shape until it is hardly recognizable. -

Who knew the prince of darkness had such a sweet tooth that he'd use Honey Maid to push his own agenda?

[via RightWingWatch]


Gene Robinson: Religious Conservatives Are Not the Victims of Bullying They Claim to Be

In a terrific column over at The Daily Beast, Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson rips apart the victimization rhetoric of religious conservative who claim providing public services and accommodations to gay people is a violation of their freedom of religion, saying "[it's] time we called out our religious brothers and sisters for misunderstanding their recently-acquired status as members of a shrinking minority as victims." 

Writes Robinson:

Gene robinsonAppeals to the courts are being made for “relief” for this violation of the service providers’ “freedom of religion” and “religious liberty,” claiming that forced compliance with such anti-discrimination laws is a violation of the providers’ free practice of their religion. Indeed, the language used in defiance of these anti-discrimination laws takes on the language of victimization. These providers feel as though they are victims of discrimination themselves based on their religious beliefs.

But I have to ask: are religious conservatives confusing the pain of finding oneself “suddenly” in the minority with actually being a victim? Both feel uncomfortable, even painful, and are fraught with anxiety. But they’re very different.

Here’s what victimization looks like: every day, especially in some places, LGBT people face the real possibility of violence because of their orientation or gender identity. Young people jump off bridges or hang themselves on playground swing sets because of the bullying and discrimination they face. In 29 states, one can be fired from one’s job simply for being gay, with no recourse to the courts. In most places, we cannot legally marry the one we love. Some of us have been kicked out of the house when we come out to our parents, and many young LGBT people find themselves homeless and on the streets because of the attitudes of their religious parents toward their LGBT children. And did I mention the everyday threat of violence?

Robinson goes on to say that “as a society, we would do well to distinguish between real victimization and the also-very-real discouragement felt by those who now find themselves in the minority”

You can read the full column HERE


Gay Rights Supporters Hold Protests Outside Harlem Church That Advocated Stoning Gays: VIDEO

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On Friday and Saturday, gay rights advocates protested outside the ATLAH World Missionary Church in NYC's Harlem neighborhood, which has made headlines recently for its anti-gay church signs including “Jesus Would Stone Homos”

Via press release from Saturday’s rally:

ATLAHProtest2Over fifty LGBT activists protested for over an hour in the rain yesterday outside ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem, demanding that the church’s controversial pastor, James David Manning, emerge and administer the stonings that his public sign recently called for. Until it was vandalized last week, the church’s marquee read, “Jesus would stone homos. Harlem is a homo free zone.” Holding a forty-foot rainbow banner and shouting chants like “Harlem queers under attack! What do we do? ACT UP! Fight back!” and “Hey hey! Ho ho! David Manning has got to go!” the multiracial crowd also brandished signs that read, “God is love” and “Let he without sin cast the first stone.” At one point the rowdy group moved to the side entrance of the church, repeatedly ringing the building’s buzzer and raising their fists while they shouted, “We’re here for out stoning! We’re here for our stoning!” Several church members watched from inside through a glass door, smiling and chatting.

Manning responded to Friday’s smaller protest with a video message, which you can watch AFTER THE JUMP

[via joe.my.god]

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