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April 6, 2020

it’s never just about a cake

Joe Biden has lost independent voters in nearly every primary contest, including 13/16 of the first states

April 1, 2020

Franklin Graham Is Behind NYC’s Central Park COVID-19 Field Hospital – Volunteers Asked to ‘Support’ Anti-LGBTQ Beliefs

Filed under: Bigotry, Fascism, Gender, Health, Homosexual, LGBTQ, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 09:57

Franklin Graham Is Behind NYC’s Central Park COVID-19 Field Hospital – Volunteers Asked to ‘Support’ Anti-LGBTQ Beliefs

Gothamist notes that Graham has “a track record of using humanitarian missions to proselytize an evangelical agenda.”

The New York Times once described Samaritan’s Purse as an “American evangelical relief group that is using private donations and United States government money to help victims of two earthquakes,” and reported it “has blurred the line between church and state as its volunteers preach, pray and seek converts among people desperate for help.”

Graham wants only Christian medical staff, including doctors, to work in his field hospital.

According to Samaritan’s Purse, volunteers are asked to support Graham’s extreme anti-LGBTQ beliefs.

“The primary mission of Samaritan’s Purse is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and we seek volunteers who have the same mindset. We ask that volunteers review our Statement of Faith and agree to support the ministry guidelines of Samaritan’s Purse.”

His Statement of Faith includes this belief:

“We believe God’s plan for human sexuality is to be expressed only within the context of marriage, that God created man and woman as unique biological persons made to complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. For this reason, we believe that marriage is exclusively the union of one genetic male and one genetic female.”

March 31, 2020

Idaho Governor Approves Two Anti-Transgender Bills

Idaho Governor Approves Two Anti-Transgender Bills

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The first of the two bills the Republican governor signed targets a transgender person’s ability to request a birth certificate change.

Under the new law, transgender individuals will no longer be able to change their listed sex on their official birth certificates and the certificate can only be amended within a single year of its initial filing. After that year has expired, the only grounds on which the certificate could be changed would be “fraud, duress, or material mistake of fact.”

Little’s approval of the bill comes almost exactly two years after U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale ruled that a similar Idaho ban was unconstitutional. Dale said in March 2018 that a law banning transgender people from making birth certificate changes was in direct violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution and ordered the ban to be scrapped. Dale also warned the state against future restrictions that would run into the same legal problem.

Legal experts say that the newly approved bill will likely face similar legal challenges. An analysis of the bill conducted by the Idaho attorney general’s office determined that the bill could ultimately be deemed unconstitutional.

The second transgender-related bill Little signed Monday bans transgender woman and girls from participating in women’s sports sponsored by public schools, colleges and universities. The law states that a female transgender student will not be allowed to join a women’s sports team.

Opponents to the bill, meanwhile, say that the bill is discriminatory against transgender girls and women who want to participate in sports, that it will require transgender females to undergo invasive or humiliating tests to prove their gender, and that such restrictions could turn prospective athletes away from sports altogether.

The Human Rights Campaign, one of the largest LGBTQ civil rights organization in the county, said that the bill marks Idaho as the first state in 2020 to target transgender people in such a direct way.

“We are living in an unprecedented global health crisis, with confirmed cases of Covid-19 increasing on a daily basis in Idaho, across the United States and around the world, but Governor Brad Little and the Idaho legislature have decided to prioritize the demonization of transgender people,” Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David said in a statement.

“This is unacceptable, and a gross misuse of taxpayer funds and trust. Idaho is leading the way in anti-transgender discrimination, and at a time when life is hard enough for everyone, Idaho’s elected leaders will be remembered for working to make their transgender residents’ lives even harder,” he added. “Shame on Governor Little and the legislators who championed these heinous pieces of legislation.”

March 28, 2020

Beautiful friends ship of taxpayer money

March 23, 2020

Conservative Writer: The Upside to COVID-19? It Shut Down Drag Queen Story Hours

Filed under: Bigotry, Children, Education, Family, Gender, Hate, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 11:13

Conservative Writer: The Upside to COVID-19? It Shut Down Drag Queen Story Hours

… There are silver linings to some of this limbo, one being that the LGBTQ community has to slow down its offenses against our sensibilities.

… famous drag queens are lamenting the lack of people coming to their shows because of quarantine.

Hey, at least kids all over the country can be safe from drag queen story hour for a month…

…… All the viral videos of them sexualizing kids as young as nine-months-old are proof that maybe from certain perspectives, quarantine might be good.

Imagine how miserable you have to be to take joy in the cancellation of a children’s story time. Those events aren’t sexual, by the way. Conservatives, much like pastors and televangelists, just can’t imagine people who don’t fit gender stereotypes without thinking of sex. Everything is sexual to them. Even reading to kids.

More at the link above.   Hugs

March 15, 2020

A reminder

Filed under: Cartoons, Dealing With Abuse, Gender, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Sex — Scottie @ 10:25

March 10, 2020

Conservative Christians Are Furious About Washington’s Comprehensive Sex Ed Bill

I am not going to copy any quotes from this as it is short read and everything in it is equally important.   If you want to see a great comprehensive sexual education program this is a good one, and if you want to see how ignorant these Christians are about sexual issues and how they want your kids as ignorant as they are, this is also a great read.    Even the idea of teaching students consent drives them crazy.     Hugs

Conservative Christians Are Furious About Washington’s Comprehensive Sex Ed Bill

March 9, 2020

I hope she very soon supports Bernie no matter the cost

Filed under: Cartoons, Gender, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 14:33

In the general vote blue no matter who, right now vote wisely and choose the candidate most in line with your values who will attempt to govern the way you want.

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Gender, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 13:49

Please notice the last two memes on perception of the political spectrum.   Also I have been posting about the overton window for two years, nice to see Vox did a video on it.   Hugs

Not while there is another choice

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Gender, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 13:19

Right-Wing Professor Praises Authoritarians Who Promote “Christian Politics”

Filed under: Bigotry, Fascism, Gender, Health, Homosexual, LGBTQ, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 08:03

The take over is well under way to make the country a sacred theocracy of the Christian religion.   Fight back people, fight to keep our secular democracy.   Hugs

Conservative professor Dr. Allan Carlson gave an interview last year before speaking at a right-wing religious conference — a video of it just went online Thursday — and said Christians shouldn’t fear losing the culture wars because it was possible to still win the “political” side of the issues.

What does that mean? He said there are countries in Europe right now where “Christian politics is, in fact, growing and becoming more successful.”

Okay. So it’s tempting to think that means there are countries governed by conservative Christians in which the people are better off as a result. Right?

Nope. Not even close.

Carlson’s examples of nations with successful “strong Christian governments” include Hungary and Poland, nations where authoritarians have essentially killed democracy to the best of their abilities and ruled with an iron fist.

There is a lot more at the link above.   I strongly recommend reading the post.  It is short but it out lines the different countries this professor promotes and then the author shows how bad things really are and how human rights have failed because of the growing religious take over.   It seems authoritarian and fascist governments are breeding grounds for religious take over or the reverse is happening where religious take over of government leads to fascism.    Hugs

 

 

March 8, 2020

The goal is to take the country to the past where white men were in charge, POC knew their place, LGBTQ+ were in hiding, and females belonged to males for his pleasure.

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Gender, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 10:14

(cartoon by John Cole)

March 4, 2020

Biden has so much shitty voting baggage.

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Gender, Homosexual, LGBTQ, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 08:38

Biden has so much shitty voting baggage.

“The Power Worshippers” Explores the Dangerous World of Christian Nationalism

“The Power Worshippers” Explores the Dangerous World of Christian Nationalism

And now, in her latest book, she’s taking a closer look at Christian Nationalism in the Trump administration. It’s called The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism and it’s all about how the “culture wars” have been superseded by Christians who want to wage a “political war on the norms and institutions of American democracy.”

Scary stuff. In the excerpt below, Stewart talks about the insidious nature of Project Blitz, the Christian Right’s playbook for inundating state legislatures with bills designed to promote their faith.

But the point of phase I is just to clear the path for phase II, which consists of bills that propose to inject Christian nationalist ideas more directly into schools and other government entities. Some phase II bills are intended to promote the teaching and celebration of Christianity in public schools, including support for sectarian “Bible literacy” curricula, particularly those that include hefty servings of Christian nationalist history and the declaration of a “Christian Heritage Week.” They are a means of spreading the message, among children especially, that conservative Christians are the real Americans and everybody else is here by invitation only. According to Barton, these laws “will also be pretty easy to pass,” but the opposition is “going to be a lot more virulent and mean in their attacks.” The point of phase II, of course, is to make room for phase III, which legalizes discrimination against those whose actions (or very being) offends the sensibilities of conservative Christians.

There is much more good information at the link above, including the short excerpt which I found very enlightening.   We better understand the drive of these people and what they really want, because they have gained huge power and leverage.   We have all seen what happens when religion takes over a secular country.   We have seen it in the far past and in recent history.   Science and rights disappear and forced following the religion is the name of the game.   Corruption is rampant for those in the leadership, fear and struggle for the rest it is struggling toil and religious policing.  You see the intolerance now for even any mention in places of more than Christian prayer in town meetings.   It must be all Christian at all times.     Hugs

Trump Campaign Will Hold Event at “Gay Is Not Okay” Evangelical Church in Ohio

One step on the short road to religious take oveer and LGBTQ people beeing illegal and in hiding.   This use to be a secular country.    Hugs

Trump Campaign Will Hold Event at “Gay Is Not Okay” Evangelical Church in Ohio

Donald Trump‘s campaign is planning a rally on Friday at Solid Rock Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. His “spiritual adviser” Paula White will be there trying to drum up the white evangelical bigot vote.

Why is that newsworthy? Besides the fact that a church is hosting a campaign rally without the slightest concern over losing its tax-exempt status, it’s the home of Pastor Lawrence Bishop II (below), whose family has repeatedly spread anti-LGBTQ bigotry that goes far beyond saying homosexuality is a sin.

For example, here’s Bishop trashing “limp-wristed” church leaders who dance like “a fairy.” But before you accuse him of homophobia, he says he wants to help anyone who’s gay get “delivered” because “God can set the homosexual free.”

These are the sorts of Christians that the Trump campaign wants on its side. They’re bigots. They delight in cruelty. They find joy in ruining the lives of LGBTQ people. That’s what the GOP stands for, and those are the voters they need to win in 2020.

There is more examples of the anti-gay things they do and take pride in how it hurts others.    There is even a video at the link above.    Hugs

March 3, 2020

Kentucky Reporter Recalls the Christian Hypocrisy of Former Gov. Matt Bevin

Kentucky Reporter Recalls the Christian Hypocrisy of Former Gov. Matt Bevin

… As governor, Bevin glinted a similar religious sheen. But for all the ways he reflected Kentucky’s Christian values, the Bluegrass State boasts one of the highest child abuse rates in the country; rising numbers of children abused and neglected to death; high rate of social worker caseloads and turnover, and record numbers of children in foster care

This was my context when I reached out to Bevin’s office about this event — one of four in churches across Kentucky — each of which was co-hosted by Focus on the Family and state agencies to enlist “quality” foster and adoptive parents.

I asked one of Bevin’s spokespeople whether a goal of these events is “to only recruit heterosexual couples to adopt children.”

The answer, of course, was yes. Instead of saying that, though, Bevin’s spokesperson chastised Acquisto for even asking the question. It didn’t stop there. When she attended the event, Bevin was there in person, and he called out the reporter (without saying her name) in front of the crowd for questioning his intentions.

“There are people who want to undermine this,” he said. “There’s a newspaper in this immediate region, and I won’t name their name, but it rhymes with Schmerald-Schmeader, [and] their only interest in this effort was to try and find problems with Focus on the Family and the kind of people who they imagined were going to come here, and the kind of way in which they would or would not approach what it’s like to open your home. That’s the only interest they had.”

It was an emblematic moment of friction between Bevin and the press, a notoriously hostile relationship while he was in office.

But it also highlighted a disparity that many journalists deal with today, and one that Bevin lobbed regularly: the very act of questioning is an unacceptable affront.

As always there is more at the link above.   Hugs

 

March 1, 2020

incompetence, cruelty, selfishness

AOC: The GOP Only Ever Invokes “Religious Freedom” When It Wants to Justify Hate

Filed under: Bigotry, Fascism, Gender, Hate, History, Homosexual, LGBTQ, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 07:01

AOC: The GOP Only Ever Invokes “Religious Freedom” When It Wants to Justify Hate

During a hearing yesterday in the U.S. House about the “Administration’s Religious Liberty Assault on LGBTQ Rights‘,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made it clear that Donald Trump and other Republicans have used religion — her faith included — to justify all kinds of atrocities against the very people who need protection from the government.

There is nothing holy about rejecting medical care of people, no matter who they are, on the grounds of what their identity is. There is nothing holy about turning someone away from a hospital. There’s nothing holy about rejecting a child from a family. There’s nothing holy about writing discrimination into the law, and I am tired of communities of faith being weaponized and being mischaracterized, because the only time religious freedom is invoked, it’s in the name of bigotry and discrimination. I’m tired of it.

… I just have to get that out ahead of time, because it is deeply disturbing, not just what is
happening here, but what this administration is advancing is the idea that religion and faith is about exclusion. It is not up to us. It is not up to us to deny medical care. It is up to us to feed the hungry, to clothe the poor, to protect children, and to love all people as ourselves.

Remember that the vast majority of white evangelicals believe everything she said is downright heretical. They are practically giddy using religion to hurt refugees, punish women, and drive transgender people to suicide.

Ocasio-Cortez also correctly pointed out that religion has been used to justify slavery, white supremacy, and other forms of bigotry. This is only the latest instance of Christianity being used to hurt others.

February 26, 2020

Free Reality Winner

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Fascism, Gender, History, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:57
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