Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz, Christian voters, & 'gay Nazis'

What's wrong with American Christianity Part 1001, courtesy of Right Wing Watch:

As we noted yesterday, Sen. Ted Cruz was scheduled to stop by the headquarters of the American Family Association, an anti-gay hate group, during a campaign swing through Tupelo, Mississippi, this morning for an interview with AFA president Tim Wildmon. Cruz indeed stopped by and told Wildmon that the key to saving America was to mobilize conservative Christians to vote.


"Nothing is more important in the next 18 months than that the body of Christ rise up and that Christians stand up, that pastors stand up and lead," Cruz proclaimed. "In this last election, 54 million evangelical Christians stayed home ... If we can simply bring Christians to the polls — is it any wonder we have the government we have, we have the leaders we have if believers stay home and leave electing our leaders to unbelievers. We get exactly what we deserve and nothing is more important that having people of faith stand up and just vote our values, vote biblical values and that's how we turn the country around."

As a lot of us know, the American Family Association is considered by the Southern Poverty Law Center to be a hate group because of the nasty and inaccurate things it says about the lgbt community. Most specifically because some very ugly venom coming from the mouth of AFA employee Bryan Fischer, which you can read about here or at the tweet below which I took the liberty of creating to commemorate Ted Cruz's visit:

I think there is something seriously wrong with talking about "Biblical values" with a group known for bearing false witness and vicious lies. Of course I also think there is something wrong if Cruz gets away with it. And that is something the lgbt community should blame on ourselves.

Some of us are always talking about "taking to the streets,"  when it looks as if a situation has progressed to a "do-or-die" point. Has it ever occurred to us that if we get ahead of  said situation (like this one with Cruz waving his hypocrisy around like a white banner), we could get more progress out of it than we would if we waited until it created serious problems.

'Two anti-gay activists have ugly public feud' & other Tue. midday news briefs

Even other anti-gay activists don't like Scott Lively.

Austin Ruse To Scott Lively: You Can’t Sit With Us- What happens when two equally vile anti-gay activists begin a public feud? Unfortunately not spontaneous combustion.

 White House downplays GOP hopefuls’ power on LGBT rights - And that's being polite. If I was asked about the subject, I would have said "if any of these nuts get elected, lgbts folks can kiss their asses goodbye." 

 Fox & Friends Host Complains About Target Removing Gender Labels From Children's Toys - As usual, Fox & Friends pushes covert anti-lgbt discrimination. 
Watch GLAAD's CEO Explain Away Fox News' Panic Over Target Ditching Gender Labels - Thank goodness someone called out the nonsense. 

 Biphobia Is a Destructive Force in Our Community -- And It Needs to Stop - My apologies for not posting anything regarding the bisexual community, seeing that there is a lot of ignorance out there.  

Australia: Prime Minister Tony Abbott Blocks Same-Sex Marriage, Suggests Nation Votes After 2016 - Not a good idea, Mr. Abbott.

South Carolina attorney general ordered to pay $135,276 in fees for marriage equality loss

SC AG Alan Wilson
Let's see anti-gay groups attempt to make something out of this one. That is if they can get away from their futile "ban Planned Parenthood" crusade.

From The Post and Courier in Charleston:

State Attorney General Alan Wilson must pay $135,276 in legal fees and costs to lawyers whose federal lawsuit forced open the doors to same-sex marriages in South Carolina, a judge ruled Monday. 

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel cited the attorneys’ overwhelming legal victories against Wilson and “reasonable and necessary” request for payment in granting 89 percent of what they sought.
“This complete litigation victory has benefitted themselves and thousands of other same-sex couples in South Carolina,” Gergel wrote in his ruling. “Plaintiffs’ success in this litigation weighs heavily in favor of a reasonable attorney fee award.” 

The money must be paid by Wilson in his official capacity, Gergel ordered, and will come from state coffers. It will go to the gay rights advocacy groups South Carolina Equality and Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund. 

Of the seven attorneys involved, four work full time for Lambda. The other three are in private practice and worked voluntarily for S.C. Equality. They will donate their fees to that nonprofit, said M. Malissa Burnette, a Columbia attorney who is among them. 

Wilson's office has yet to say whether or not it will attempt to appeal Gergel's order. If it does, one can probably guess that a certain attorney general will be running for Governor after Nikki Haley leaves office and will also be using this situation to demonstrate how he supposedly stands up for "South Carolina values."