Sunday, December 06, 2009

Rick Warren's Ugandan dodge, more lies against Kevin Jennings, hate group leader loves Manhattan Declaration

This is a little recap of some of the most interesting (and unfortunate) "hits" of the religious right from last week: 

New smear launched against Kevin Jennings using old tactics of omission - As the Deerfield so-called controversy and the newest smear against Kevin Jennings proves, it's so simple how the omission of a few basic facts can unfairly paint someone as a monster out to harm children. The two incidents also show that more scrutiny needs to be aimed at those making such accusations rather than the acceptance of their words at face value.

Matt Barber's slur of Chai Feldblum's name was unnecessary but so very indicative - Barber's juvenile name-calling belongs on an elementary school playground and not in a serious public discussion regarding discrimination. And most of all, definitely not in a publication that considers itself Christian.

Rick Warren continues to lose integrity over proposed Ugandan anti-gay bill . . . no should be persecuted because of their faith and by that same point, no one should be persecuted because of their orientation. A true man of God would find that commonality.

Martin Ssempa and the Family - Why Rick Warren won't speak out against anti-gay Ugandan bill - MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and journalist Jeff Sharlet recently discussed Uganda's anti-gay bill which, among other things, would push the death penalty for sexually active HIV positive lgbts and imprison any relative, pastor, or doctor who failed to report an LGBT person to police within 24 hours.

Family Research Council's anti-lgbt stance built on distortions - The Media Matters Action post did an excellent job breaking down just how anti-lgbt the Family Research Council is, but I think some specific attention should be paid to just how deceptive they have been in pushing their anti-lgbt stance. The following posts by me and others demonstrate few instances in which the group have distorted facts to make the case against lgbt equality. 

Hate group leader joins Manhattan Declaration - So by my count, that's two signers of the Manhattan Declaration who favor jailing lgbts. Maybe some will say that it's only two out of 150,000. But to me that's too many. I wonder how many other signers of the Manhattan Declaration favor jailing lgbts.

Scott Lively: American, European gays are to blame for harsh anti-gay laws in Uganda - No one should be surprised about that last point. According to Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center, (Paul) Cameron and Lively are two of a kind:

We see Lively the same way we see Paul Cameron; the two of them in our view consciously promote easily provable false defamations. They don’t seem to care at all what the truth is.”

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