1079 posts categorized "Religion"

April 13, 2014

Mat Staver warns of government overthrow over gay marriage

Right Wing Watch shares the latest right-wing lunacy.

April 09, 2014

Fischer: It's now a crime to be a Christian in America

From Right Wing Watch. Do not rely on Bryan Fischer for information.

April 07, 2014

Bedtime Bible Stories

America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, gets biblical with her bedtime stories for children. If you think this scriptural stuff is harsh, you should check out the original fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm. Or perhaps Hilaire Belloc's Cautionary Verses for Children.

Westboro Baptist members run out of town in OK

KFOR-TV reports that members of the notorious Phelps clan of Topeka, Kansas were run out of Moore, Oklahoma as they picketed to declare and celebrate that God had sent the town a deadly tornado last year as retribution for America's tolerance of homosexuals. Or something. Oklahoma is a red state's red state, so this is amusing. Not that I approve of running people out of town. The motorcyclists in the video may be the folks who make a point of showing up where the Phelps families does, in order to drown out their hateful protests. The last time Westboro protested outside the Supreme Court, we all ignored them.

(Hat tip: Joe Jervis)

April 03, 2014

World Vision Board Member Resigns Over Gay Uproar

AP reports:

A World Vision board member has resigned in protest after the Christian aid group quickly reversed its decision to hire employees in same-sex marriages.

Jacquelline Fuller, director of corporate giving for Google Inc., said in an email Wednesday to The Associated Press that she remains a "huge fan" of the group's work on behalf of the poor, but she resigned Friday "as I disagreed with the decision to exclude gay employees who marry." ...

Last week, World Vision U.S. was at the center of an uproar after confirming it would hire employees in gay marriages. The charity, based in Federal Way, was started by evangelicals and grew to become a nearly $1 billion international relief agency.

Some prominent evangelical leaders condemned the decision, and several thousand donors canceled their child sponsorships over the new policy. Within two days, the charity backtracked, causing a separate backlash, this time from evangelicals and others who supported recognition for married gay employees. Washington is among the states that recognize same-sex marriage.

Mississippi governor to sign anti-gay 'religious freedom' bill into law

Reuters reports on the latest salvo in the far right's campaign to package their anti-gay fanaticism in the garb of religious freedom.

Breitbart contributor calls for 'slaughtering Muslims in the streets'

Joe Jervis reports on the latest example of the barbarism to which the radical right is trying to push the nation. Here the culprit is Breitbart contributor Patrick Dollard. Very scary.

Scott Lively Denies Calling Obama The Antichrist, Admits He Did When Confronted With Audio Of His Comments

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(Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA)

Brian Tashman at Right Wing Watch reports:

During Scott Lively’s interview with Michelangelo Signorile last week, the anti-gay pastor denied ever having said that President Obama is the Antichrist … until Signorile played audio captured by Right Wing Watch of Lively saying exactly that.

Good for Signorile and RWW. Lively is a right-wing evangelical who helped push Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act, and is now running for governor of Massachusetts. He recently called President Obama "a radical homosexualist" and suggested that the President may even be homosexual. He just can't stop making crap up.

March 31, 2014

Letter to the Archbishop of Canterbury

I emailed the following this morning. You may wish to send your own message.

From:Richard Rosendall
Date:Monday, March 31, 2014
To:Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, [email protected]
Subject:Please denounce rally statements by Archbishop Ntagali

Dear Archbishop Welby:

I have been reading the Twitter feed from Ugandan gay rights leader Frank Mugisha on the rally held today in that country celebrating the Anti-Homosexuality Act:
https://twitter.com/FrankMugisha

One of the speakers at the rally is Anglican Archbishop Stanley Ntagali. He celebrated the Ugandan church's having cut ties ten years ago with the Episcopal church in America over homosexuality. His statements, as reported by Mugisha, include "Homosexuality is the devil's agenda in Uganda," and "We have to be focused, without fear to fight the battles facing us, battles facing our families."

Ntagali is effectively endorsing persecution and murder. He should be expelled from the Anglican Communion. Your predecessor was so afraid of schism that he allowed the African bishops to behave disgracefully with no consequences, and even pandered to their threats over the participation of Americans at the Lambeth conference. But a problem like the aggressive bigotry and inhumanity of the African bishops cannot be dealt with by avoidance. What is the point of keeping someone at the table who is poisoning the food?

I appreciate that you have publicly argued with Ntagali over the treatment of gay people by the church. You have stated that some gay couples have loving, stable, and monogamous relationships, and that we deserve the "best pastoral care and friendship," but you still support the Church of England's opposition to active homosexuality (that last phrase is according to the BBC). I am sorry, but this will not do. To be merely tolerated and told we must embrace lifelong celibacy is not acceptance and is not humane. Our love and its expression are as good as anybody else's. We are a threat to no one. We are entitled to equal protection as citizens.

I urge you at a minimum to denounce the participation and remarks by Archbishop Ntagali at the anti-gay rally in Uganda, and not to put a facade of unity before the rights of LGBT people whom some Anglican leaders are persecuting.

I have been in contact in recent days and weeks with persecuted and hunted Ugandan friends. I am grateful to hear from them at all, as it means they are still alive. Asylum efforts are not enough, because most LGBT Ugandans will remain in their country, whose leaders avoid addressing real problems in favor of scapegoating a minority. Words fail in expressing my admiration and respect for Frank Mugisha, who holds his head up and speaks out despite being in grave danger. Please add your respected voice for decency in the face of this mounting horror.


Yours sincerely,

Richard J. Rosendall
Washington, D.C.

Ugandan archbishop speaks at rally celebrating anti-gay law in Uganda

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I am reading Frank Mugisha's Twitter feed. One of the speakers at the rally in Uganda celebrating the Anti-Homosexuality Act is Anglican Archbishop Stanley Ntagali. Indeed, he is delivering the "message of the day." He celebrates the Ugandan church's having cut ties ten years ago with the Episcopal church in America over homosexuality. Here are some of Mugisha's tweets and retweets.

Continue reading "Ugandan archbishop speaks at rally celebrating anti-gay law in Uganda" »

March 28, 2014

Robertson On Stoning Gays; Satan Leads Gay Rights Movement

Right Wing Watch shares the latest nuttiness from Pat Robertson.

March 20, 2014

On the Demise of Rev. Phelps

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(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

On the Demise of Rev. Phelps

A caustic cleric called us names,
Consigned us to eternal flames,
And taught his offspring, raised as loons,
To flaunt their faith in vile cartoons.

As spring arrives, we learn his fate,
But do not answer hate with hate;
'Tis best that we, by living well,
Defeat his pornographic hell.

We may yet mourn, with wry laments,
His absence from our next events.
He gave intolerance a face,
And, though unwitting, taught us grace.

-- Rick Rosendall, President
Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance
Washington, DC, March 20, 2014

March 19, 2014

Fischer: government exercises authority delegated by God

AFA's Bryan Fischer is at it again with this loopy explanation of civil authority being derived from God.

Rafael Cruz: 'Sexual orientation is a choice, it’s not a civil right'

The senator's wacky dad has an odd way of showing his love for gay people.

Setting aside the fact that sexual orientation is not a choice (just ask homophobes when they chose to be straight), the notion that something chosen cannot be a civil right is awfully strange coming from people who make a lot of noise about their chosen religion.

Honey Maid 'Wholesome' commercial sets righties quivering

Right Wing Watch reports:

Conservative talk show host Janet Mefferd said yesterday that she will no longer buy Honey Maid’s Graham Crackers because one of their advertisements features a same-sex couple with their child.

Discussing a Huffington Post article on the new ad, Mefferd took issue with Honey Maid’s use of the world “wholesome” to describe same-sex couples.

You can listen to Mefferd's scorn-filled voice below. Or just make a batch of S'mores with the kids and sing campfire songs.

March 18, 2014

Scott Lively, candidate for governor of Massachusetts

I don't think so.

March 16, 2014

Phelps near death

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Fred Phelps reportedly is on the verge of discovering how wrong he has been. May God show him more mercy than Phelps himself has shown toward God's gay children.

March 14, 2014

Fischer: gay activists have brainwashed people into saying 'yes' to gay marriage

AFA's Bryan Fischer says the truth is always in fashion. And there he sits in his studio, proudly unfashionable.

March 10, 2014

Swanson: Disney's 'Frozen' Is A Satanic Push To Turn Kids Gay

Right Wing Watch shares the latest in wingnuttery.

Meet the American Pastor Behind Uganda's Anti-Gay Crackdown

Mother Jones has published a lengthy profile of viciously anti-gay evangelical Scott Lively.

March 05, 2014

Holy Cazzo

Pope Francis has said the Catholic Church might accept gay civil unions.

Pope Francis reaffirmed the Catholic Church's opposition to gay marriage on Wednesday, but suggested in a newspaper interview that it could support some types of civil unions.

The Pope reiterated the church's longstanding teaching that "marriage is between a man and a woman." However, he said, "We have to look at different cases and evaluate them in their variety."

States, for instance, justify civil unions as a way to provide financial security to cohabitating couples, the Pope said in a wide-ranging interview published Wednesday in Corriere della Seraan Italian daily.  State-sanctioned unions are thus driven by the need to ensure rights like access to health care, Francis added.

This shows how much elections matter.

March 02, 2014

Douthat: The Terms of Our Surrender

I do not agree with Ross Douthat's distinction between racial discrimination and sexual orientation discrimination. I was in the room (as was the fabulous Bob Summersgill) at a crucial meeting in the fall of 2009 when the call by the Archdiocese of Washington for an Arizona-style religious exemption (among other things) was discussed. I said absolutely not. Any house of worship can bar me from its sanctuary, deny me its sacraments, and denounce me from its pulpit; and I have defended the right of our opponents so to do. But in the provision of public accommodations, discrimination cannot be countenanced. This is a diverse society, and LGBT folk will be equal members of it.

At least Douthat recognizes that he is losing.

February 25, 2014

TPM: 'Religious Liberty' campaign may be backfiring for conservatives

Fanatics showing their true colors. Works for me.

February 21, 2014

Rev. Kapya Kaoma: Those urging recalls of ambassadors are falling into anti-gay trap

Rev. Canon Dr. Kapya Kaoma, an Episcopal priest from Zambia, writes at Political Research Associates:

[H]ad it not been for the presence of the U.S. and European embassies, African gays would have been massacred years ago, without any fear of consequences. For LGBTQ organizations to now demand they pull out of Uganda perilously compromises the lives of LGBTQ persons—who will not have anyone to turn to for safety, and strip our ability to monitor persecution.

I understand that we are all desperate to stop the progression of the Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill. But threatening to leave the country will only boost the political power and credibility of leaders like Museveni, David Bahati, and Martin Ssempa—opening the door for African nations to expand further anti-LGBTQ laws, possibly even including executions and mass slaughter....

The withdrawal of the U.S. Ambassador from Uganda and Nigeria would also have some neo-colonial implications, which we should guard against. Uganda is not the first country to pass this Anti-Homosexuality Bill banning advocacy for LGBTQ issues—Russia was first. Nigeria followed, and many more nations are still to follow. How do we explain that no calls have gone out for the U.S. to sever diplomatic relations with Russia, but then call for the cutting of those ties to African nations? Frankly speaking, this move is an invitation for neo-colonial politics—which make even vicious dictators (like Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe) heroes in the eyes of African people.

African nations are sensitive to neo-colonial and imperialistic attitudes of the West—hence they are likely to side with Museveni when he is condemned for his handling of homosexuality. The move will only make Museveni a hero not just among Ugandans, but also among his African allies—precisely what he is hoping for after watching his political power fade in recent years. If the West attacks him, and leaves the country, Museveni will have free reign to rule as the dictator he wants to be.

So what is the way forward?

African homophobia is promoted and propelled by religion. In Uganda, Christian leaders (paid for and encouraged by American evangelicals) have been demanding the bill for years, and pushing their followers to vote for the lawmakers who support it. Politicians will always be politicians—they are always looking for votes. In his attempt to win the Evangelical votes in 2008, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama disagreed with same-sex marriage in a debate moderated by Pastor Rick Warren—one of very same U.S. evangelicals who worked with anti-gay pastors in Uganda. But to think that such dynamics only work in American politics is naïve at best, and dangerous, careless, and deadly at worst. Museveni needs votes to remain in power. So the answer to Uganda’s anti-gay bill lies in the primarily Christian electorate of Uganda. We should be demanding that Pope Francis speak directly to President Museveni and Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, and urge Ugandan Roman Catholics to proclaim his already-stated opposition to any law criminalizing LGBTQ persons. U.S. Anglican, and Evangelical/Pentecostal leaders should equally speak to their friends in Uganda about the dignity and fundamental human rights of sexual minorities. And the American people must demand an end to the constant flow of exportation of homophobia from U.S. evangelicals like Scott Lively, Lou Engle, and Rick Warren to Ugandan pastors and politicians.

Open letters, petitions, and press releases will only give Museveni and Uganda lawmakers another reason to sign and enforce the bill.

January 19, 2014

Rev. Anne Robertson and Cardinal Sean O'Malley's moving photo creates a stir

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With a small gesture -- a Catholic cardinal at an ecumenical worship service asks a woman to bless him -- a prince of the Church opens a tiny window of hope.

January 14, 2014

Tony Perkins: Gay rights will cause human extinction

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Right Wing Watch shares the latest lunacy from Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.

I almost thought this idiotic old argument had been dropped out of embarrassment, but here it is rearing its silly head: If homosexuality is normalized, everyone will turn queer and stop reproducing, and humanity will die out.

It's just that irresistible.

January 07, 2014

A different sort of Tournament of Roses Parade float

Right Wing Watch reports:

Pastors Kevin Swanson and Dave Buehner of Generations Radio were upset about a float at the Rose Bowl parade that included a married gay couple which, despite nasty attacks from anti-gay activists, went off without incident (and even won an award). Buehner was perplexed by the fact that the AIDS Healthcare Foundation sponsored the float, saying that its “pro-homosexual propaganda” would “spread AIDS.”

He added: “I wonder what the Rose Bowl parade would do if we had the stoning of a homosexual along the parade just as an expression of free speech and all that.”

Follow the link for an audio clip.

December 24, 2013

Transformative Year

My year-in-review for 2013 was published before the news broke of Her Majesty's Alan Turing pardon; but it was already a jam-packed year for the LGBT community. Here are a few excerpts:

2013 was a momentous year for the LGBT community, with nine states (California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Utah) joining the marriage equality ranks; landmark marriage rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court; the Social Security Administration making it easier for transgender people to obtain Social Security cards reflecting their true gender identity; strong moves in sports and the arts; and Presidential Medals of Freedom awarded posthumously to Bayard Rustin and Dr. Sally Ride….

In late June, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered historic rulings in the Windsor and Perry cases, overturning the federal denial of recognition to same-sex marriages and restoring marriage equality in California. Edith Windsor, whose irrepressible personality made her the perfect "poster girl" for marriage equality at age 84, was a finalist for Time's Person of the Year….

The cause of marriage equality grew more bipartisan in 2013, when former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman organized a pro-equality amicus brief in the Perry case signed by more than 100 Republican officials; Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) endorsed marriage equality after learning his son was gay; and former president George H.W. Bush and wife Barbara served as witnesses at the wedding of Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen in Maine.

The year's remarkable string of marriage equality victories ended on an exhilarating note when U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby, an Obama appointee, ruled Utah Measure 3 unconstitutional, setting off a rush of same-sex couples to county clerk's offices in the conservative state ahead of an expected stay of the ruling. Shelby deliciously cited Justice Antonin Scalia's bitter dissents in Lawrence and Windsor to bolster the argument in favor of marriage equality.

I also touch on sports, the arts, and the international front. Read the whole thing here.

December 23, 2013

New Improved Gospel


You might think of this as a joke, but the folks at Conservapedia have taken upon themselves a new translation of the Bible.

December 22, 2013

Rev. Frank Schafer is guest preacher at Foundry Methodist

Rev. Frank Schaefer leads the congregation at D.C.'s Foundry United Methodist Church in "We Shall Overcome" today after The United Methodist Church defrocked him for having celebrated his gay son's wedding and refusing to repent of it. I attended the service, and it was very moving. Schaefer also was guest preacher, and there was a laying on of hands after he and his family were sworn in as members of the Foundry congregation.

(Hat tip: Joel Lawson)

December 18, 2013

Advocate declares Francis its person of the year; Signorile says nope

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The Advocate has named Pope Francis its Person of the Year.

Michelangelo Signorile isn't having it.

I agree with Mike. I urged a more cautious assessment of Francis two weeks ago.

Ken Hutcherson dies at 61

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The Blaze reports:

Pastor Ken Hutcherson of Antioch Bible Church in Kirkland, Wash., died Wednesday after battling cancer for more than a decade. The faith leader and star of TheBlaze TV’s “Hutch” was 61.

H.L. Mencken wrote after the death of William Jennings Bryan, "He was born with a roaring voice that had the trick of inflaming halfwits." Hutcherson always set off my gaydar. Be that as it may, here's hoping the overheated and gratuitous attacks on gay people, whether or not motivated by overcompensation on the part of closet cases, dies away soon. R.I.P. to the bad pastor.

(Hat tip: Wayne Besen)

December 16, 2013

Holiday flash mob at Air & Space

On December 3 at the National Air & Space Museum, the U.S. Air Force Band performed a flash mob version of "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" and "Joy to the World." Here's to high musical and production standards.

(Hat tip: Bob Witeck)

December 13, 2013

Salvation Army still anti-gay

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Queerty debunks the recent Salvation Army claim that it is not anti-gay. There are plenty of worthy charities; no need to give your money to an anti-gay sect.

December 09, 2013

Klingenschmitt says Obama is a liar who causes cancer

Right Wing Watch shares the latest lunacy from disgraced former Navy chaplain Gordon Klingenschmitt, who has been filing bogus complaints with YouTube to shut down RWW's fair-use clips of his deranged rants. RWW is winning.

December 05, 2013

Schlafly & Solomon: Liberals Will Take Kids From Conservatives, Give Them To Gays Who Will Abuse Them

Brian Tashman of Right Wing Watch reported yesterday:

Last night, Stan Solomon hosted Eagle Forum head Phyllis Schlafly to discuss his latest conspiracy theory that liberals intend to take kids away from conservatives and give them to gay people, some of whom will inevitably molest them.

Why haven’t you and I heard of this plot? Because the media is covering it up, of course!

Schlafly also criticized President Obama for “insulting” Americans when he “omitted” the word “God” from his recent recitation of the Gettysburg Address. Of course, her claim is completely false: Obama was reading the first draft of the speech, which did not include a reference to God.

Many people become depressed during the holidays. If you find yourself in that boat, just watch one of these RWW videos of right-wing loons and remind yourself, "At least I'm better off than these lying bastards."

December 04, 2013

Fischer: ''The Next Domino To Fall Is Going To Be Pedophilia'

Bryan Fischer at AFA says that with the man-woman "guardrail" is crossed, "there is no logical place to stop in the kind of sexual relationships you will support, you will endorse, you will embrace as a culture." Therefore the next shoe to drop is pedophilia.

Dear Mr. Fischer: Making one legal change does not require making every conceivable legal change. Legislatures make choices all the time, deciding to make one change but not a host of other possible ones. Gay people have sought the right to marry a single partner, not multiple partners and not underage ones. We have fought for equal protection under the law, not to set aside the law altogether. You are lying. You are hyperventilating. Try putting a paper bag over your mouth and breathing into that.

December 03, 2013

Rabbi Mizrachi: all gays must be stoned to death

Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi, who was raised in Israel but founded the Kiruv Organization in New York in 1995, smirks as he explains that the Torah allows no room for mercy or distinctions: all who commit the sin of homosexuality must be stoned to death.

(Hat tip: Joe Jervis)

November 25, 2013

Fischer: God Will Curse America For Making A Deal With Iran

The latest from Bryan Fischer at AFA, courtesy Right Wing Watch. If God were so closely monitoring the world, She'd have zapped this hateful loon long ago. Or at least unplugged his mic.

Origins

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The Economist reports on the dilemma faced by biblical literalists contending with genomics that shows homo sapiens is not descended from a single pair. Happily, young evangelicals are less inclined to insist that their religion be at war with science. Tick tock, Know-Nothing Party.