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Former New England Patriots Player Craig James Says Same-Sex Marriage Is The Work Of Satan: LISTEN

Former New England Patriots player Craig James has said that sports teams urging the Supreme Court to legalize same sex marriage is the work of Satan, reports OutSports.

6a00d8341c730253ef01b7c7203bd7970b-800wiAlong with San Francisco Giants, Tampa Bay Rays, other sports franchises and 379 businesses, the Patriots have signed onto an amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to provide for marriage equality.

Speaking on the "Washington Watch" radio program, hosted by Family Research Council leader Tony Perkins, James said “if I were a current player in that locker room and my livelihood depended on me being quiet or losing it because of my belief system, I worry, I wonder. So, that’s Satan working on us.”

James is no stranger to anti-gay vitriol. In 2013, he was fired from Fox Sports after a video emerged of him making anti-gay comments during an unsuccessful run for in the Texas GOP Primary for U.S. Senate.

Listen to the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Family Research Council Plans Another Anti-Gay Hatefest In Houston Next Week

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For the second time in four months, the Family Research Council will host an anti-gay hatefest at a Houston megachurch next week. 

Back in November, FRC staged an "I Stand Sunday" rally in response to the city of Houston's decision to subpoena the sermons of pastors as part of its defense of an Equal Rights Ordinance. 

SummitNext week's two-day event, the "National Stand Summit," reportedly is designed exclusively for pastors and will be held at the same venue, Grace Community Church. Speakers at the National Stand Summit will include GOP presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee, reality TV star Josh Duggar, Fox News commentator Todd Starnes, FRC President Tony Perkins, FRC radio host Craig James and fired Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, among others.  

The event is being promoted by the US Pastor Council, which led opposition to Equal Rights Ordinances in Houston and Plano. In both cases, the cities rejected the Pastor Council's petitions seeking to overturn the ordinances. In Houston, the Pastor Council filed suit, and that case is pending. 

 


Conservative Radio Host: Discriminating Against Gays Helps Protect Them From Getting Stoned To Death - VIDEO

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Anti-gay activist Dana Loesch, the editor-in-chief of Andrew Breitbart's BigJournalism.com, has said that failure to protect the “right” of Christians to discriminate against people in public accommodations will lead to gay people being stoned to death on the streets, reports Right Wing Watch.

Appearing on a CPAC panel on religious liberty last weekend along with Republican Rep. Randy Neugebauer and Tony Perkins, the leader of listed hate group the Family Research Council, Loesch made the bizarre connection between the right to discriminate and the potential murder of gay people, saying:

"You don't have to be a Christian to be affected by loss of religious liberty, because if one liberty is taken, more liberties will be taken.

“If I'm not speaking up [while] you're losing rights then what will happen to me when the day comes, if someone comes to me? What if you're stoned for walking out in the street for being gay? I mean, come on, that's where the conversation needs to go.”

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Southern Poverty Law Center Names And Shames Ben Carson As An Anti-Gay Extremist: VIDEO

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The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has added possible Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson to its list of anti-LGBT extremists, reports NCRM.

A constant mouthpiece for the religious right, Carson recently suggested that Congress should oust judges who rule in favor of same-sex marriage.

6a00d8341c730253ef01a3fcc5658a970b-piThe SPLC includes in the list a number of names with which regular Towleroad readers will be familiar - Bryan Fischer, Scott Lively (right), Tony Perkins and Fred Phelps.

Carson joins the illustrious list because he has “ascended as a far-right political star after publicly scolding President Obama, whom he sat a few feet away from, at a National Prayer Breakfast in February 2013.”

SPLC adds:

“Carson’s own story as an ‘up by the bootstraps’ black man reared in poverty translated into an inspiring, magnetic narrative that captured media attention. Soon he was appearing as the keynoter at a rash of right-wing and hate group gatherings, linking gays with pedophiles, comparing the U.S. to Nazi Germany and endorsing biblical economic practices for 21st century America”

Also referenced are a number of comments by Carson:

“Marriage is between a man and a woman. It’s a well-established pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality—it doesn’t matter what they are, they don’t get to change the definition.”

— 2013 interview on Fox News

“[I]f we can redefine marriage as between two men or two women or any other way based on social pressures as opposed to between a man and a woman, we will continue to redefine it in any way that we wish, which is a slippery slope with a disastrous ending, as witnessed in the dramatic fall of the Roman Empire.”

America the Beautiful: Resdiscovering What Made This Nation Great, a 2012 book written with Candy Carlson

“I mean [our government and institutions] are very much like Nazi Germany. …  You know, you had a government using its tools to intimidate the population. We now live in a society where people are afraid to say what they really believe.”

— Quoted by Breitbart News in 2014

Watch explain that supporters of gay rights are using “hate speech” to split the U.S. apart, AFTER THE JUMP...

Carson us currently flogging his new book You Have A Brain: A Teen's Guide To Thinking Big in which he explains the importance of "Talent, Honesty, Insight, being Nice, Knowledge, Books, In-Depth learning and God." Would that Carson and his kind would heed their own advice.

 

 

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Ted Olson and Hate Leader Tony Perkins Face Off on SCOTUS and Nationwide Marriage Equality: VIDEO

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AFER lawyer Ted Olson and Family Research Council President Tony Perkin were back on FOX News Sunday this morning, this time to discuss the Supreme Court's decision to review four gay marriage cases from the Sixth Circuit. Unsurprisingly, many of the same arguments and talking points from their first face off back in October resurfaced this time around.

Perkins, the leader of a Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate group, again brought up the fact that voters in a majority of states have chosen to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Olson countered: But the Supreme Court again and again has said that it's its responsibility to decide when the Constitution trumps the will of the people. Justice Kennedy held for the court striking down a Colorado measure a number of years ago that discriminated against gays and lesbians. He voted for the court and wrote the opinion striking laws in Texas and laws throughout the United States that prohibited private same-sex conduct in the privacy of home and he wrote the opinion for the court in the decision striking down the legislature's overwhelming decision to enact the Defense of Marriage Act. So ultimately, the reason we have a Constitution, the reason we have separation of powers, the reason we have the 14th amendment is to provide the courts with the opportunity to override the will of the people when the will of the people leads to discrimination against a segment of our society. 

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Previously, "David Boies on Why the Supreme Court Will Legalize Nationwide Marriage Equality" [tlrd]

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Tony Perkins Equates Firing Of Anti-Gay Atlanta Fire Chief To Charlie Hebdo Attack: VIDEO

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Another conservative is coming to the defense of fired Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran with Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council comparing the chief's firing to the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris that left 12 dead reports On Top Magazine. Right-wing media, including Perkins and radio host Erick Erickson, have an odd fixation with capitalizing on the Charlie Hebdo tragedy and using it in comparison with former Chief Cochran's firing. Although Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has clarified that Cochran's firing was a result of the chief not following protocol, Perkins is saying Cochran's case is a matter of "free speech under attack."

Said Perkins:

"Make no mistake about it. Last week's violent assault was designed to intimidate and silence others who would dare exercise that fundamental human right of the freedom of speech, but whether a journalist in France satirically writing about religion or a fire chief in Atlanta, Georgia writing about the sacred teachings of his faith, the silencing of either is a threat to the freedoms of all."

The Georgia Baptist Convention organized and held a rally at the Georgia State Capitol on Tuesday to get Cochran reinstated. Around 200 people showed up to the rally including the niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., Alveeda King, and Tony Perkins in support of Cochran and "religious liberty." King cited several Bible passages and bemoaned “this seemingly never-ending debate over sexuality,” while Dr. J. Robert White, executive director of the Georgia Baptist Convention, held a Bible up in the air and called for a stronger stand on religious liberty. Cochran spoke last to his crowd of supporters.

Said Cochran:

"Indeed a strong statement has been made. All people groups are welcomed and embraced in the city of Atlanta, except the groups that believe the scripture regarding God’s purpose for sex."

Screen Shot 2015-01-14 at 6.16.30 PMCochran stated he's considering a lawsuit against the city of Atlanta, but he declined to answer questions about any legal groups he may have talked to. Mayor Reed fired Cochran on Jan. 6, announcing his decision at a City Hall press conference surrounded by his entire cabinet and local LGBT leaders. At the conference, Reed reiterated the city’s nondiscrimination policy that prohibits prejudice based upon sexual orientation and gender identity, as well as race, color, religion, and sex. Reed said Cochran was given the option of resigning but refused to do so resulting in his termination. However, Reed says the true reason behind Cochran's firing was his judgment and ability to manage the department, and not because of his book's virulent, religious anti-gay rhetoric in a statement on his Facebook page.

Said Reed:

"I believe [Cochran's] actions, decisions, and lack of judgment undermined his ability to effectively manage a large, diverse workforce. Every single City of Atlanta employee deserves the certainty that he or she is a valued member of the team and that fairness and respect guide our employment decisions.

"His actions and his statements during the investigation and his suspension eroded my confidence in his ability to serve as a member of my senior leadership team."

However, Republican politicians are still attempting to pass "Religious Freedom" bills in the state. R-Rep. Sam Teasley filed HB 29 on Dec. 30, which would amend Title 50 and "preserve religious freedom," and State Sen. Josh McKoon vowed to file a bill on the matter as well. Teasley and McKoon's proposed versions of the bill last year but both failed. 

You can watch Cochran's statement to supporters at the State Capitol building, AFTER THE JUMP...

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