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Christian Activists Attack Former Irish President's Support For Marriage Equality: VIDEO

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Mary McAleese, the former President of Ireland and a vocal supporter of LGBT rights, has opened up a new can of worms by announcing her support for the marriage equality referendum which is due to take place next month.

Speaking on national radio broadcaster Newstalk, McAleese (above) said:

“I’m hoping very much...that it will be passed. We believe it to be a human rights issue.

“We’ve been watching with great interest the debate as it’s been evolving in Ireland and the concerns that people have in and around it. We’ve been thinking about it for a very long time, a very, very long time, and contemplating it for a long time.

“People have been saying it’s about children – it’s about Ireland’s gay children and about their future and about the kind of future we want for Ireland. We want, in the words of the proclamation: ‘The children of a nation to be cherished equally’.

“The adult children, the children yet unborn, the gay children yet unborn – we want them to be born into a world where if they fall in love with someone they can express that love fully.”

O'brienIona Institute mouthpiece, Irish Times columnist and teacher Breda O’Brien (right) appeared on Newstalk’s Breakfast on Tuesday to take umbrage with McAleese’s comments.

O’Brien - officially and legally not homophobic - said that same-sex marriage is not a human rights issue and called for McAleese to clarify her comments:

”Mary McAleese has departed from the precedence set by [former Presidents] Mary Robinson and...President Hillery by intervening directly in matters of Irish policy.

“I presume she has a very good reason for doing but I would like to call on her to clarify exactly what she meant in the implication that people who vote no are part of the architecture of homophobia."

However, after being challenged by presenter Chris O’Donoghue, O’Brien said:

“I accept that she did not say directly that people who vote no are part of the architecture of homophobia, I would like her to remove any implication that that is the case.”

On @NewstalkFM, Breda O'Brien invented quote for MMcAleese, misrepped her position,apologised,then asked MMA to clarify having not said it.

— John Boyne (@john_boyne) April 14, 2015

@Paul71 @NewstalkFM And why is Breda O'Brien asking Mary McAleese to clarify something she did not say, imply or allude to? #MarRef

— Peter (@pmbarrins) April 14, 2015

O’Brien found some Twitter support in the form of fellow non-homophobe, Iona Institute member and self-appointed moral arbiter for Ireland David Quinn.

Horrible stuff on twitter today about Breda O'Brien. #MarRef

— David Quinn (@DavQuinn) April 14, 2015

Last weekend, non-homophobe O’Brien weighed in on the Memories Pizza controversy in Indiana, claiming “there is no equality in this controversy, just little people desperately scrabbling to defend themselves against a machine that paints them as homophobic, bigoted and functionally equivalent to racists.”

In 2012, McAleese said gay people are “as entitled to live their lives on their own terms, as I do as a heterosexual.”

Read Bock the Robber's excellent exposé of the Iona Institute and then watch Senator David Norris rip the not homophobic Catholic organization to pieces, AFTER THE JUMP...

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FRC Hate Leader Tony Perkins Attacks Hillary Clinton For Including Gay Families In Campaign Ad: LISTEN

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Tony Perkins has attacked presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign launch video for including a same-sex couple, reports Right Wing Watch.

Family Research Council President Perkins said on his radio program this week that Clinton’s “definition of family is a bit different” because she had the audacity to include a gay couple.

The hate group leader’s guest, conservative commentator Terry Jeffrey, said that GOP presidential candidate Paul Rand will lose votes because he has already “surrendered” on the issue of same-sex marriage:

“If you have a candidate that does that, a Republican Party candidate who does that in the fall election, then there is going to be millions of voters all over America — especially people who are married folks with families who get out and go to work and support and raise their own kids and believe in the Judeo-Christian moral tradition that made America great and made America free — you will have millions of voters like that say ‘wait a minute’ and they’re going to be turned off and some of them, quite frankly, aren’t going to want to vote for somebody who takes that position.”

Listen, AFTER THE JUMP...

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World Congress of Families Leader Don Feder: Hillary Clinton too Ugly to Be President

Predictably, the anti-gay wingnut right are crawling over each other to display their misogyny following Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign launch.

Don Feder, the president of “pro-family” hate group World Congress of Families (WCF), has said that Hillary Clinton can’t be elected president because she is “profoundly ugly,” reports Right Wing Watch.

Don FederIn a column on right-wing website GrassTopsUSA which also compares Clinton with Hitler, Feder writes that the Presidential candidate is “a frustrated, middle-aged feminist who's perpetually incensed” and looks frazzled and frumpy.

Explaining further, he argues that “bimbo” Clinton couldn't “win the a popularity contest if she was the only contestant.”

Think Evita after Botox treatments. Think Madame Defarge on a bad hair day. Think Lady Macbeth with serious issues ("Out, out, damned bimbo!").

“The Hideousness Factor – Lyndon Baines Johnson was the last profoundly ugly candidate to be elected president, and he was a legacy of the martyred JFK. Voters don't want a leader who looks frazzled or frumpy.

"We're told that Lincoln was too homely to be elected president in an age of television and paparazzi. But Lincoln's homely face had a dignity, a gravitas. If nothing else, we want a face that reassures us, not one that scares us, a la Night of the Living Alinskyites.”

Last year, Feder was really irritated that Russell Crowe film Noah chose to not blame the flood on gay people.

Watch a video from 2014 in which Feder extols the virtues of WCF and explains why "the gay agenda" has ruined America, AFTER THE JUMP...

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London 'Gay Conversion Therapy' Convention Cancelled Following Public Outcry: VIDEO

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A “gay conversion” conference in London, England has been cancelled following public outcry, reports London 24.

The Seventh Day Adventist Church “Holy Sexuality Conference" was set to include speakers Mike Carducci, Wayne Blakely and Danielle Harrison, who all claim to have been “cured” of their homosexuality.

A petition against the conference on Change.org was signed by more than 40,000 people.

Church in Britain cancels 'gay conversion' conference following online petition on @UKChange http://t.co/CZLnQvaLel via @mashable

— Brie Rogers Lowery (@brie_rl) April 14, 2015

PxBSLTYHntNiesg-800x450-noPadIn a statement, the church said:

“The Adventist Church recognises that the individuals invited to speak at the Holy Sexuality Conference have compelling life stories to share but equally appreciate that there are those who take a different point of view.

“We are disappointed that in a society that values freedom of speech and divergence of opinion that there are those whose wish it is to silence individuals who hold a different point of view to their own.

“We do not believe that the potential disruptions that were being planned for this event would have been beneficial either to the participants or to our friends in the LGBT community.

“As such, a decision has been made to cancel the event which had been locally organised by a group of members in the South London area.”

U.K. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said “if anything needs curing, it is the outdated belief that being gay is wrong or something to be ashamed of.”

Watch Carducci on his "addiction" to homosexuality, AFTER THE JUMP...

Last week, President Obama announced his support for  a "We the People" petition urging the government to "Enact Leelah's Law to Ban All LGBTQ+ Conversion Therapy" after it reached more than 120,000 signatures.

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Mike Huckabee Says Friendly Call Between Obama And Michael Sam Is Sign Of America’s ‘Utter Collapse’

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Mike Huckabee appeared at a "Family Leadership Regional Summit" in Iowa hosted by Bob Vander Plaats and The Family Leader. The potential GOP presidential candidate remarked that the fact President Obama telephoned Michael Sam after the football player came out is a sign of America’s "utter collapse," reports Right Wing Watch. Huckabee also decried boycotts against anti-gay businesses, calling it "economic terrorism."

Said Huckabee:

"The values that so many of us hold dear are values that are under assault today. I never believed that in such a short period of time, the culture in America would go into utter collapse. If you told me just a few years ago that one day the President of the United States would use his precious time in the Oval Office to call people up simply to congratulate them for being gay, I would say, 'No, surely he'll call a veteran and thank them for their service, for losing a limb or a leg,' but even when Chris Kyle was murdered, his widow didn't get a phone call, but a gay football player who came out did."

Huckabee punctuated his statements with warnings that religious liberty is under attack in America, specifically citing the boycott against Chick-Fil-A several years ago after the company donated millions to anti-gay groups.

Watch Huckabee’s "Chicken Little"-like view on the collapse of American culture, AFTER THE JUMP

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Tony Perkins Warns Fascist Pro-Gay Christians Are Committing Heresy: VIDEO

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Tony Perkins, the president of the hate group Family Research Council (FRC) has said Christians who make biblical arguments in favor of homosexuality are committing heresy, reports Right Wing Watch.

Frank BruniPerkins was reacting to a New York Times column by Frank Bruni (right) last weekend on the growing body of work arguing for Christian acceptance of homosexuality.

Arguing that the views of anti-gay groups are not shared by the majority of Christians, Bruni noted that “in the end, the continued view of gays, lesbians and bisexuals as sinners is a decision. It’s a choice. It prioritizes scattered passages of ancient texts over all that has been learned since — as if time had stood still, as if the advances of science and knowledge meant nothing.”

However, Perkins argued:

“Bruni grants no possibility that there is a rich, articulate, persuasive, and sound literature by Christian theologians demonstrating how clear and unchanging is the Bible's teaching on same-sex intimacy, marriage, and human sexuality in general.

"He is disinterested in such, and instead appeals to outliers like David Gushee and Matthew Vines. And in a particularly desperate move, he notes that the 'United Church of Christ, the Episcopal Church and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)' have all affirmed same-sex relationships.

"True, but these historic denominations are no longer mainstream. They are dying, becoming more like social clubs and liberal foundations than proclaimers of a faith delivered with clarity and finality, once for all.”

Perkins concluded with a (loving) stark warning for Bruni:

“We will not be ‘re-educated,’ nor will we be silent. We are not going away. We love you too much to affirm sin in any fashion. We condemn any vitriol you receive from those who, outraged by your dismissive and hostile column, call you names or worse. And we love you too much to reduce Christian faith to simply being ‘nice’ or affirming what the God of Creation and of the Bible says is un-affirmable.

“Sin is sin. Our sin. Your sin. God sets the standard, not us. His standard is not unclear or subjective or ambivalent.”

Watch Perkins weigh on the Indiana #RFRA controversy, AFTER THE JUMP...

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