Monday, August 08, 2011

Tony Perkins demonstrates the lie of Rick Perry's prayer rally

Watch this video attack on the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) by the Family Research Council. And then allow me to tell you the full story:

Sounds shocking, don't it? Well it's a damn lie. From Media Matters comes the real story:

In a May 19, 2005, article, The Boston Globe reported:
Fenway Community Health officials yesterday said they left about 10 copies of the ''Little Black Book" on an informational table they rented at a conference sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network of Boston. The annual event, held on April 30 at Brookline High School, was aimed at high school students, educators, counselors, administrators, and parents.
The ''Little Black Book," produced by the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, is targeted at 18-and-older gay men, according to the committee. The book uses vivid descriptions and colloquial terms to describe the ways HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases can be prevented and spread.
A Fenway Community Health employee brought the pamphlets along with other materials and put them on the table by mistake, said Chris Viveiros, a spokesman for Fenway Community Health.
''Fenway Community Health regrets accidentally making available a small number of copies of the Little Black Book, an HIV-prevention publication for gay and bisexual men over the age of 18, at an event where young people were present," said Dr. Stephen Boswell, Fenway Community Health's president and CEO.


 From the Globe article:
Sean Haley, executive director of the education network (GLSEN), which sponsored the conference, added: ''We have very clear policies that sexually explicit material of any kind will not be made available at the conference. Had I seen the book, I would have asked them to put it away."
At the start of the event, Haley said, network officials scanned each of the 10 tables it had rented, for $35 apiece, to outside groups. He said nobody saw the pamphlet at the time. ''We're just going to have to be more rigorous in our review of materials," he said.
Haley said that about 500 people attended the conference, roughly half of them students. He said only ''a handful" were younger than high-school aged.
On May 18, 2005, WHDH 7News Boston's Sean Hennessey reported that Brookline Superintendent of Schools William H. Lupini says that "none of his students, he believes, took the [Fenway] book home."

So why is this important? Because 1:08 of the following footage in which Perkins is praying for America's repentance:

Seems to me that a man who will bear false witness has no call to pray for anyone else's repentance but his own.

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NOM accidentally demonstrates how it manipulates polls and other Monday midday news briefs

Santorum Compares Marriage Equality To Slavery, Confuses Stephen Douglas And Frederick Douglass - Wow! Rick Santorum is a dumb ass.

Bachmann Attended Anti-Gay Sermon, Watched Ex-Gay Video - You simply HAVE to see the video she watched. I can't help but to wonder whether or not it was satire.

Perkins Tries And Fails To Downplay The Extreme Views Of 'The Response' Organizers - Pull up a chair and grab a bowl of popcorn before reading this one.

Poll: Tiny number of New Jerseyans support NOM's true agenda - This is hilarious. NOM accidentally demonstrates how it manipulates the spin against marriage equality.

Marriage is much more stable in states that legalize same-sex relationships - Well I knew that. lol

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The two things you shouldn't like about Michele Bachmann - her face

U.S. Representative and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann seems to be "stomping with the big dogs" these days. Recently, she had cover story featured on her in Newsweek magazine. Between you and me though, I think she and her followers are going to be angry at the photo. What is she looking at?

But now Bachmann seems to be tempering off on certain issues. Several sources report that she is allegedly sliding away from the subject of gay marriage, which is strange seeing that her opposition to it helped propel her in the spotlight:

From the Concord Monitor:
“Bachmann cut off an interview last week as she was being asked a question about gay marriage and emphasized that she is focused on rebuilding the economy and repealing federal health care reform.
“I’m not involved in light, frivolous matters,” she said. “I’m not involved in fringe or side issues. I’m involved in serious issues.”

If Bachmann thinks the subject of gay marriage is so frivolous then why did she sign two anti-gay marriage pledges - the recent one being from the National Organization for Marriage.

And why is she participating in a bus tour with NOM across Iowa?

And I haven't even touched her audacity to declare her husband's fraudulent "ex-gay" clinic to be off-limits. Bachmann based this on the notion that "she, and not her husband, is running for president."

It's funny that this notion  of "family members being off limits" didn't keep her from slamming First Lady Michele Obama during the 2008 campaign

There is no other way to put it.

Bachmann is a lying, manipulative individual whose behavior reflects the worse of American politics. Throughout history, America has been lucky to have statesmen and women represent us in the White House and Congress. Folks like Dwight Eisenhower, Franklin Roosevelt, Ted Kennedy, Bella Abzug,  Jack Kemp, Shirley Chisolm, and Barbara Jordan.

And then we've also had loudmouth, egocentric demagogues not caring who they hurt or what levels of hypocrisy they've stooped to. We've had individuals feeding off of anger and fear  and shoveling resentment into the minds of voters with the expediency of a laborer shoveling coal into a furnace to stave off the chill of a wintery day.We've had folks who will lie in our faces while aware of the fact that we know that they are lying, but hoping that the phony sincerity in their voices or their eyes will mesmerize us from the truth.

Michele Bachmann not only fits the latter category, but she sets new heights.

Or rather, lower depths.

Bachmann is a colossal joke, but if the American people continue to propel her career forward, the joke will be on us.

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