Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Religious right having gay sex fantasies even during Obama's SOTU address

Even during President Obama's State of the Union adddress, some members of the religious right are obsessed with gay sex. Witness the Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber's tasteless comment regarding mentioning of the repeal of DADT:

Naturally I had to give Barber a retort to remind him that he should at least show a little respect during the solemnity of a State of the Union address:

The hilarious part is that Barber is claiming that his comment garnered some anger. No anger here. Just amusement over the fact that yet again those who claim to be standing for "values" have the nastiest imaginations.

Cheer up, Matt. When you fail as a Christian, anti-gay activist, you obviously have a future writing porno films.

Heads up to my Facebook pal Richard Roppa for his help in capturing the tweets.

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Bradley Manning situation exposes wanton homophobia of those on the right

At the center of last year's Wikileaks controversy (which is still ongoing) was a solider by the name of Bradley Manning.

It was speculated that Manning provided Wikileaks the classified information it put out.

There was one more about Manning which you should know. He is gay.

This little fact got many members of the right extremely giddy as they attempted to make Manning the poster child of why Don't Ask, Don't Tell shouldn't be repealed. Many of them, especially the religious right, presented Manning  as a "radical angry homosexual"  who, when he was not considering sexual reassignment surgery (an untrue claim), was striking at the military for its anti-gay policy:

It turns out that Manning is an extreme homosexual activist, whose fury over the services' homosexual policy may have led him to publicize highly classified documents about the wars. According to the U.K.'s Telegraph, Manning has an extensive history of campaigning for gay, lesbian, and transgendered causes and sources say he may have even been considering a sex change when he leaked military secrets on the Internet. - Family Research Council

"The key point -- which is starting to get some more attention now -- is that not only was he openly homosexual, but he bore a grudge against the Army for apparently not letting him be completely open about his perverted sexuality." - Cliff Kincaid, Accuracy in Media

Even if DADT was Manning’s excuse: This isn’t about DADT – this is about an individual who was unfit for military service. Gays served before Clinton introduced DADT (is that what makes liberals so mad? That they have to address that their own party created this legislation therefor compromising their narrative about being so pro-gay rights?) and gays will still serve, regardless the outcome of the ruling. The emotion in the real world doesn’t match the perspective self-importance and no one cares about your sexual orientation. . . The only thing that matters is whether or not you can be stripped down by your commanders, rebuilt, and operate as part of one cohesive unit is strictly prohibited. The military does one thing and they do it well: fight. - Dana Loesch, Big Journalism.

The out-of-the-mainstream media has collaboratively kept the focus on the sex criminal, Julian Assange, and off the guy who has committed actual treason, the homosexual soldier Bradley Manning, who sold out his country in what may turn out to be fit of gay pique. - American Family Association's Bryan Fischer

As much as I hate to rain on the parade of homophobic nonsense (oh who am I kidding), news has just come down from MSNBC that the U.S. military has not been able to link Manning with Wikileaks:

U.S. military officials tell NBC News that investigators have been unable to make any direct connection between a jailed army private suspected with leaking secret documents and Julian Assange, founder of the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. 

The officials say that while investigators have determined that Manning had allegedly unlawfully downloaded tens of thousands of documents onto his own computer and passed them to an unauthorized person, there is apparently no evidence he passed the files directly to Assange, or had any direct contact with the controversial WikiLeaks figure.
Granted, I am not defending Manning because speculation is still out there in regards to just what happened.

But that is the point. Everything is pure speculation to this point. No one knows what exactly Manning did or why he did it. The only thing that we knew was that he was a possible suspect.

To spin a theory that simply because Manning was gay  he leaked secrets in order to attack the military's DADT policy is an irresponsible stretch. And to demonize the lgbts, who have served and continue to serve bravely, for Manning's alleged actions - without even waiting to confirm his guilt -  is beyond irresponsible. It's disgusting.

But it's business as usual with these folks. And that's even sadder. Those who bear the standard of  decent journalism (Loesch) or the standard of "true Christian values" (Family Research Council, Kincaid, Fischer) should aspire to higher ground rather than to the level of pigs in the mud.

Related posts:

One News Now and Cliff Kincaid demonstrate homophobia, ability to lie

Family Research Council distorts British article in attack on gay soldier

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Fox News Channel has a jones for anti-gay hate groups and other Tuesday midday news briefs

Fox News give Tony Perkins yet another free pass - Perfect example of the problem with Fox News. They gave Perkins  and the Family Research Council a free platform to lie . . . again.

And let's have more back up on just why the Family Research Council is an anti-gay hate group (Sorry Jeremy, I simply can't let you have ALL of the fun):

Family Research Council defends itself with distorted studies . . . again

Is The Washington Post helping religious right groups lie about hate group designation?

Family Research Council plans to go on tour against the Southern Poverty Law Center

Family Research Council digging itself deeper in the hole in war against hate group label

Irony alert - Family Research Council accuses SPLC of "cherry-picking" science

Southern Poverty Law Center is making wingnut Matt Barber delirious (I just had to include this one. Matt Barber has a habit of googling his name.)

Make no mistake, if any person or group had made some of the outrageous and false charges against African-Americans or Jewish people that FRC makes against lgbts, Fox News wouldn't DARE have them on.  Then again . . .

And in other news:

Office of Residence Life to add language to housing policy for transgender students - Excellent news!

House GOP Looks to Overturn Marriage Equality in DC - They lose lawsuits and as I understand it, the majority of DC residents support marriage equality (I guess they haven't been exposed yet to those gays are coming for your children commercials that went over so well in California), but some folks are determined to press on.

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Homophobia of Chick Publications should remind lgbt community of how far we've come

With so many much more substantial religious right organizations and leaders to focus on, some may wonder why I am devoting a morning post to craziness of Chick Publications.

Chick Publications is a site pushing comic book stories detailing what happens if you accept God in your life or worse yet, what happens if you don't. 

No doubt you have seen these tracts at bus stations or phone booths or were handed to them by some well-meaning individual who are out to "save your soul."

Chick Publications doesn't play favorites. They don't like Catholics, Muslims, evolution, or anything else which does not prescribe to its belief in Christianity.

But it is the subject of lgbts which Chick Publications excel in batshit nonsense.  Fred Phelps has nothing on this site when it comes to wild homophobia, such as the latest tract called Uninvited.

Uninvited is about a Christian who administers to AIDS patients. The irony is that while bad information is pushed heavily about AIDS and lgbts are brutally made the scapegoat, the tract didn't have the courage to even mention the word "gay."

A sample is the following:

Trust me when I say you don't want to read any further. Apparently according to Chick, lgbts were the reason why God destroyed the world by flood during Noah's time.

This of course isn't in the Bible, but Chick publications do have a habit of taking dramatic license with the Bible, such as the following scenes which was not present in the story of Sodom and Gomorrah:

I certainly don't mean to drive anyone bonkers with this. I just want to remind people of a few things. The lgbt community has come a long way, haven't we?

A while back, these graphics would be playing to  wider and more accepting audiences rather than seen as either campy or sad fodder detailing the ignorance of some folks.

As a matter of fact in the 1980s, a certain wildly known religious right group (Concerned Women for America) actually endorsed some mess like this.

But it is important to remember that while many on the right shy away from the visual excesses of homophobia, they still push the inaccurate ideas behind them, i.e. the belief that homosexuality and pedophilia are linked.

So while the site may not mean to, it provides an excellent view to what some on the right really do think about the lgbt community - even those who lead "proper Christian organizations."

Related post:

Never fear, Chick Publications is here! or What some people really think of gay marriage

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