Wednesday, February 20, 2013

'Focus on the Family dooms its anti-gay argument with deceptive video' and other Wednesday midday news briefs

The above video by Focus on the Family is an example of oblivious ignorance.

From Think Progress:
In a conversation between host Stuart Shepard and Focus’s resident ex-gay Jeff Johnston, the two suggest that “the real agenda” of the equality movement is to “marginalize” Christians for opposing same-sex marriage . . .

 . . . Shepard and Johnston are categorically denying that discrimination is discrimination. They cite various cases of so called “marginalization” of Christians, but none of them even took place in states that have marriage equality. In each situation, it was a business refusing to provide a service to people because of their sexual orientation and then being challenged under state laws because that form of discrimination is illegal. A New Mexico photographer refused to document a same-sex couple’s commitment ceremony and lost in court. Bakers in Colorado and Oregon have been challenged for refusing to sell cakes to celebrating same-sex couples. A t-shirt company in Kentucky was found to be in the wrong for refusing to print t-shirts for a Pride festival. None of these states even have same-sex marriage; the business owners simply do not have legitimate standing to discriminate.

The thing is that these folks seem to think that pushing such an argument helps them. Maybe it gets them accolades from folks who already support their point of view. However, in the mainstream, they are practically slicing their own argument to pieces. I say keep it up!

In other news:

Video: Secure in own marriage, unthreatened Delawareans secure equality insteadIn contrast to the above monstrosity of self-destruction comes this very neat and complete video from Delaware citizens who support marriage equality. 

59 Percent of Voters Oppose Section 3 of DOMA - And Section Three is the main part we are attempting to overturn.

The Down-Low Stigma Is Still Prevalent in Urban Gay Media - The Down-Low Stigma is a mess, particularly because it leaves "Woody Allen" types of black gay men like myself out in the cold when it comes to media representation.  Don't get me started when it comes to lack of diversity when it comes to the public images of black gay men.

Bayli Silberstein, Bisexual Eighth-Grader, Speaks Out As Florida School Board Tries To Block GSA (VIDEO) - I adore our young lgbt heroes!


Anonymous said...

I have this distinct impression I may be related to Shepard. That's one side of my family and he looks like the Shepards I know. I'll have to do a little tracing and see.

Bernie Keefe aka OneOfTheWatchers said...

I love it how he says,"to make a relationship out thin air." Oh Ignorance! Thy name is Focus on the Family.

EvilI said...

I like how he accuses "the other side" of misrepresenting their views, but then they never actually say what they are. They just use code phrases that are demonstrably false (we believe in the value of marriage far more than they ever have in a rather obvious way).

And if you're gonna lie about something somebody said, you probably shouldn't play the video of what he actually said first. Just a thought.

I do like how they argue that you need to be inclusive of those who exclude if you're gonna call yourself inclusive. But they never call themselves that because... well, obviously!

EvilI said...

And the real agenda is silencing them for arguing against us...
Um, that doesn't make sense. You need to have an agenda first (it's human rights).

I'm not even gonna get into how they say "Christians" instead of anti-gay, even though they are the only ones making that bigoted anti-Christian association and bearing false witness against the name of the Lord, their God, in vain.
Well okay, maybe a little.