Sunday, February 28, 2021

Marjorie Taylor Greene lambasted on Saturday Night Live for her attack on the trans child of a fellow congresswoman


Congresswoman and all around pain in the butt Marjorie Taylor Greene as taken to task last weekend by Saturday Night Live for her recent transphobic action regarding a child of a fellow Congressional leader.. SNL member Cecily Strong played a brutal and deserved parody of her. But how much of the performance was a parody?

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Rand Paul's attack on HHS nominee Rachel Levine exposes how the religious right needs anti-LGBTQ junk science

Attacks on HHS nominee Rachel Levine reveal how the religious right distorts science against LGBTQ people.

Senator Rand Paul thought he was being cute during a Senate confirmation hearing on Thursday. 

From Media Matters:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) promoted right-wing media lies about medical care for trans youth during the Senate confirmation hearing for Dr. Rachel Levine, who has been nominated to be the assistant secretary of health at the Department of Health and Human Services. Paul lied that Levine supports the “genital mutilation” of trans kids, who do not undergo gender affirmation surgeries. 

 In reality, affirming the gender identity of trans youth is best practice health care and widely supported by medical professionals and research, and it yields long-term mental health benefits and can be lifesaving for young trans people. Furthermore, young trans and gender-diverse children are not undergoing surgery or irreversible treatments; rather, as social work professor Katherine Kuvalanka told The Washington Post, “The only interventions for young children is affirmation and acceptance for who they are.”
Despite these facts, Paul repeatedly and falsely suggested during Levine’s February 25 hearing that trans kids were undergoing “genital mutilation” and lied that Levine supports “surgical destruction of a minor’s genitalia.” As PinkNews has noted, these false claims are based on right-wing media lies attacking Levine’s nomination.

Media Matters pointed out that during his questioning, Paul cited bad sources and basic lies to compare confirming gender identity to genital mutilation. You can read the rest of the article here

Paul was widely condemned for his questioning, which is part of an obvious attempt by right-wing and the religious right to derail Dr. Levine's nomination. If she is confirmed, Dr. Levine would become the first openly confirmed transgender official confirmed by the Senate. Anti-LGBTQ groups such as the Family Research Council have already tweeted out the exchange between Paul and Levine, claiming that she dodged his questions. What Levine actually did was not take Paul's bait. She offered to have discussions with him about transgender issues.

As I said before, Paul was heavily condemned by a wide variety of individuals. Many took him to task for his harsh tone against Dr. Levine, while others called out his blatant lies about trans youth. But Paul's behavior spotlights a reality which is rarely mentioned. 

Behind the claims of wanting to adhere to morality or religious tradition,  many groups and personalities opposing LGBTQ rights rely heavily on false information about LGBTQ people.  No matter how tightly groups like the Family Research Council, people like Franklin Graham, or their allies like Sen Paul cling to the Bible and their interpretation of Scripture, they know that religious verses alone aren't enough to create  or pass laws.  So they have worked to demonize  and dehumanize LGBTQ people through a body of work comprised of cherry-picked studies, research taken out of context, junk science and basic lies. In doing so, they are able to control the narrative of this so-called culture war. Also, whenever their veneer is exposed, they are quick to claim that they are victims of religious persecution.

It doesn't matter who in the LGBTQ community is the target because the techniques are always the same. Paul's use of bad scientific sources to denigrate Dr, Levine and the trans community is no different than how the Family Research Council would take scientific information out of context or delete passages from pro-LGBTQ work it cited to give a false impression that homosexuality was somehow dangerous or that homosexuality and pedophilia are connected. No matter how many times it is are called out, FRC continues to repeat its distortions time and time again.

And that group is hardly alone. Since running this blog, I have kept a record of at least 14 times in which religious right groups and figures have passed along bad or cherry-picked science against LGBTQ people.

This is the reality of the opposition to LGBTQ rights and very few people are talking about it. Perhaps it's time to pierce that silence.

'Biden Administration withdraws Fed's support for anti-transgender lawsuit' & other Thur midday news briefs

Biden Admin Withdraws Feds' Support for Anti-Trans Lawsuit - Like I said before, voting matters.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

FRC's Tony Perkins explained why religious right & its allies opposes the Equality Act in 2011

On Thursday, the House of Representatives will be voting on the Equality Act and it looks good. If it passes the House, it will go to the Senate where I'm sure things will be a bit more, shall we say, boisterous.

The religious right, right-wing groups, and the anti-LGBTQ industry have been working overtime with their government allies dreaming up excuses and other assorted lies to derail the Equality Act. But at least for this one time, I'm not going to waste time refuting their nonsense.

 I think I've haven't been cutting to the chase. 

None of them oppose the Equality Act for the reasons they've mentioned. The Equality Act will not endanger women or girls, it won't ruin women's sports, it won't make females more susceptible to "predators" attempting to sneak into women's dressing rooms and locker rooms.  Whatever other reasons these folks dream up to oppose the Equality Act are also lies.  .

Truth be told, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins already told us in 2011 why his side opposes the Equality Act. It's relatively simple and we've all known the reason. We simply don't point it out enough:


 Did you get all of that? If not, allow me to paraphrase. 

According to Perkins, LGBTQ people are evil, sick sinners who pawns of the devil. And as such, we don't even deserve to get cheese on ham sandwiches, to say nothing of equal rights. 

 The problem is not so much that Perkins and company believe this. It's also about their reluctance to say it out in the open. They know that if they did, more folks would see that their opposition to our rights and safety is less about general concern and more about homophobic animus.

'Here's how the right-wing media will lie about the Equality Act' & other Wed midday news briefs


Here's how right-wing media will lie about the Equality Act - Very comprehensive and wonderful post by Media Matters. Folks need to read and share this. 

Lesbian opens up about pain of being shut out of her mother’s will because of her sexuality - Sometimes it's hard to deal with how people are so cruel to one another.  

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Anti-LGBTQ anecdotes about the Equality Act mimic false predictions about gay marriage

If you think that attacks against the Equality Act look familiar, it's not your imagination.

You can tell that the fight over the Equality Act is heating up when you read nonsense like this Family Research Council tweet:

Donohue and the rest of the religious right as well as their allies in government have been heavily pushing the false argument that the Equality Act, a comprehensive LGBTQ rights bill which President Biden fully supports, will lead to all sorts of nasty consequences such as an attack on Christians (as the expressed in the above tweet.)

In addition, they are heavily promoting the false idea that the bill will destroy female sports (i.e. a ridiculous notion that trans women will dominate in girl's and women's sports and that some men will claim to be trans in order to compete against women.) That nonsense is akin to the bathroom predator smear they also push against trans women.

Exploiting fears of the unknown via spooky predictions and anecdotes is a common religious right tactic. They either outright say or imply that if LGBTQ people get so much as a single acknowledgement that they deserve basic rights, the country will collapse, children will be harmed, and Christians will be rounded up and imprisoned. These predictions, which generally turn out to be false, would be amusing except for how often they are taken in good faith and become legitimate topics of discussion.  And no matter how many times these predictions are proven wrong, the religious right and their allies are always able to tailor them around a new issue and the cycle begins again with their credibility undeservedly intact.

Look at what they said about marriage equality (gay marriage) before and after it was legalized by SCOTUS:

2013 - Republicans Predict Fraud, Bestiality if Gay Marriage is Legalized:
 Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, told a group of Tea Party supporters on a conference call that gay marriage would be a slippery slope to polygamy and bestiality. "When you say it's not a man and a woman anymore, then why not have three men and one woman or four women and one man?" Gohmert asked. "Or why not, you know, somebody has a love for an animal or-? There is no clear place to draw a line once you eliminate the traditional marriage."  

2014 - Apocalyse Now?
“This is something that I believe is the beginning of the end of Western Civilization,” (the Liberty Counsel's Mat) Staver told a conservative radio station in October. “You can’t simply redefine and pretend that ontological differences between men and women do not exist. This will have consequences.”  


2015 - Mike Huckabee in a conference call with the Family Research Council

“If the courts rule that people have a civil right not only to be a homosexual but a civil right to have a homosexual marriage, then a homosexual couple coming to a pastor who believes in biblical marriage who says ‘I can’t perform that wedding’ will now be breaking the law . . . It’s not just saying, ‘I’m sorry you have a preference.’ No, you will be breaking the law subject to civil for sure and possible criminal penalties for violating the law…. If you do practice biblical convictions and you carry them out and you do what you’ve been led by the spirit of God to do, your behavior will be criminal.” 

2015 - Rubio: Gay marriage proponents pose ‘danger’ to Christianity:

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio took a decidedly conservative turn on same-sex marriage in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network this week, warning that “there’s a real and present danger” that gay marriage proponents will cast the teachings of mainstream Christianity as “hate speech.” 

In any facet of the religious right's attack on LGBTQ equality, the question should never be "how long will they be able to get away this dishonesty." or "how long will they be able to scare people with these lies" because we already know the answer. As long as they can get away with it.

The only way this can be combatted is when the news media loudly and directly hold these religious right groups and their allies to a decent standard of credibility instead of giving them a free pass simply because they anoint themselves as defenders of faith and religion.

'Baptist church will be expelled for welcoming a gay couple to services' & other Tue midday news briefs


Baptist church will be expelled for welcoming a gay couple to services - Now you KNOW this is a dang shame. Simply an ugly thing to do.

When a Gay Person Resorts to Antigay Smears - Unfortunately, we've all been here. 

Ex-Mich. House Speaker Chatfield’s opposition to LGBTQ protections cost him a six-figure job - Don't run any sh!t to me about "cancel culture." LGBTQ people are buyers and consumers just like everyone else and we have a right to make noise. The religious right started this practice, but we made it better.

Monday, February 22, 2021

CPAC cancels anti-Semitic speaker but keeping the one who claims that gays want to have sex with children

Conservative conference CPAC cancelled an anti-Semitic speaker but will retain the one who posted this tweet.

This week, CPAC (Conservative Political Action Committee) will be hosting its annual conference and it promises to be boisterous as always. The group is already in trouble because of a now canceled speaker.

From Raw Story 

The theme of this year's event is "America uncanceled," which is ironic since the organization that runs CPAC, Matt Schlapp's American Conservative Union, just canceled one of its scheduled speakers. That speaker, Young Pharaoh, has made statements CPAC is now calling "reprehensible. "On Twitter Young Pharaoh repeatedly posts about pedophilia, including linking it to LGBTQ people, Christianity, and the Biden family. 

Some of his tweets appear to echo QAnon and other conspiracy theories. He's also linked "caucasians" to bestiality. Media Matters reports Young Pharaoh "has told followers that Judaism is a 'complete lie' and 'made up for political gain,' said that Jewish people are 'thieving fake Jews,' tweeted that 'all the censorship & pedophilia on social media is being done by Israeli Jews,' and claimed that 'all of these big tech [companies], media, & social media platforms are controlled by CCP & Israel through Jewish CEO & corrupt Democrats.'" 

So score one in the decency column for CPAC. Or maybe not. 

'Biden administration's support of LGBTQ rights is angering the religious right' & other Mon midday news briefs


President Biden's support of LGBTQ rights is angering the religious right. Whoop te do.

Conservative Catholics are now claiming that Joe Biden is “too obsessed” with LGBTQ people
- Oh heaven forfend! Just in time for the first battle over the Equality Act.

Federal judge dismisses discrimination lawsuit by transgender fire chief in Georgia - "U.S. District Court Judge Tilman E. Self III didn’t rule on the merits of Rachel Mosby’s discrimination claims. Instead, the judge decided Mosby had no legal standing to sue because of a technical flaw with the initial complaint she filed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission." Boooo! Appeal that sucker! 

Saturday, February 20, 2021

Conservative evangelicals make pitiful attempt to whitewash Rush Limbaugh's evil

Last week, conservative radio talk show icon and all-around vile racist and homophobic human being Rush Limbaugh died from cancer. There is much debate about his impact on American politics, with some declaring him a hero while many others calling out his smears, nasty attacks, and bigoted rhetoric.

But according to the Christian evangelical (and actual hate) group the American Family Association via its 'news source' One News Now, there is no debate. According to One News Now, Limbaugh was a good Christian and a strong conservative, even if the publication has to omit several facts about his life to make this point.

The article it choose to publish, Hated by libs, adored by millions, Limbaugh leaves behind legacy, is a nauseating whitewash which paints Limbaugh as standing up for America  while wrecking "humorless liberals" with zingers which supposedly exposed their hypocrisy and hatred of American values.

Decades before President Donald Trump would blast the "fake news" intent on bringing him down, Limbaugh called CNN the “Clinton News Network” and knocked traditional news shows such as “Meet the Press,” which he mocked as “Meet the Depressed.” 

How is the national media reacting to Limbaugh’s death? According to Rich Noyes of the Media Research Center, the liberals who were mocked by Limbaugh for decades are reacting just as conservatives would expect. “It's the same stuff you heard at the beginning of his career. They're now doing it at the end,” he advises. “It really is a shabby way to treat someone who has just passed away but they're sort of picking out all of the things that they've criticized over the years. They're accusing him of things like racism, which wasn't true." 

 Conservatives arguably should not be surprised at Limbaugh’s treatment by humorless liberals after they witnessed him mock "Environmental Wackos" vowing to ban SUVs and "Femi-Nazis" who were vowing to never marry a man.

The article omits how Limbaugh made fun of people afflicted with AIDS, the many times he referred to President Obama as "a boy," how he made fun of actor Michael J. Fox's Parkinson's Disease, the time he referred to 13-year-old Chelsea Clinton as a "dog" or the other times and people he smeared and dehumanized in the name of traditional values and American exceptionalism.

And don't even attempt to leave comments at One News Now calling out the badly written article or Limbaugh in general, as I learned after leaving mine:

As to be expected, the American Family Association is not the only one in the conservative evangelical movement attempting to paint Limbaugh as an American hero.

None of this should surprise anyone and this post really isn't about Limbaugh. No amount of whitewashing in the world will erase the truly nauseating legacy that this bloated, evil, lying waste spewed on this country.

This post is mostly about the lack of integrity which yet again conservative evangelicals openly show and unashamedly wave like a banner. Their "yessir, boss" behavior in the Trump era was embarrassing enough, but this new abandoning of the values they claim to uphold just so they can kiss the cold ass of Limbaugh's corpse is like a cherry on top of a huge sundae for me. It's simply more proof and more "receipts" showing just what they really are instead of what they pretend to be.