Monday, August 26, 2013

Bryan Fischer: Russian anti-gay law is the public policy the religious right have been advocating

There are times in which you laugh at the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer (which is most of the time) and then there are times in which you should listen to him.

Bryan Fischer says what I'm sure a vast majority of members of the religious right are thinking but are afraid to say out loud. This clip is a perfect example. In it, he defends that awful anti-gay law in Russia. Fischer claims that Russia is ahead of the United States when it comes to dealing with lgbts and that folks on his side of the spectrum have been advocating for such a law:

 The lgbt community here in America would do well to not only pay attention to Fischer's words but also make sure as many other people as possible listen to them. As nauseating as he is, Fischer shows the true face of the religious right, i.e. the homophobic and hateful one they try to hide.

And it is a face we must work to make America see.

Hat tip to Right Wing Watch

'Anti-gay group exploiting 9/11 to fight marriage equality' and other Monday midday news briefs

Disgusting: Illinois Family Institute uses 9/11 anniversary to pray against gay people's marriages! - Regardless of how you feel about marriage equality, this sort of thing is tacky and in very poor taste.

Fox's Shannon Bream Suggests Businesses Have A Right To Discriminate Against Gay People - No they don't. Like a commentator remarked in the post, if you replaced the word "gay" with any other minority group, you would get a different response than the tired argument of "religious liberty." And those who call themselves journalists really need to do more than Bream did with this one-sided piece of crap she calls a news segment.

 Alabama judge validates lesbian mom’s visitation rights to her children - Damn skippy!  

Same-sex couple's names on Iowa birth certificate 'a little surreal' - Surreal but appropriate.

Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber smears NJ lawmaker over 'ex-gay' therapy ban

Liberty Counsel member and anti-gay activist Matt Barber is one who never lets the truth keep him from spinning a tale of evil gays plotting to take over America.

I think he really outdoes himself in his latest spin in both the depths he stoops to and the nausea he creates.

In the piece 'Gay' lawmaker to Christians: 'We'll take your children,' Barber is attacking New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for signing a state bill outlawing "ex-gay" therapy for minors.  Like he tends to do, Barber creates a fictional connection between homosexuality and pedophilia and cherry-picks CDC statistics to create the false image of homosexuality being a supposed negative lifestyle:

But what about the title of the post, which no doubt reels potential readers in. Did a gay lawmaker tell Christians that gays will be taking their children because of the law? Of course not.

The title of Barber's post is as fictional as the post itself :

Things get more sinister yet. On Wednesday, New Jersey Assemblyman Tim Eustace, who sponsored the bill and is openly homosexual, bombastically compared change therapy to “beating a child” and suggested that the government take children seeking change away from their parents. He told Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, “What this does is prevent things that are harmful to people. If a parent were beating their child on a regular basis we would step in and remove that child from the house. If you pay somebody to beat your child or abuse your child, what’s the difference?” Mat Staver responded on the same program: “It is shocking to hear the law’s sponsor threaten parents that the state will remove their children from them if they provide the counsel they need and which helps them. This is the ultimate nanny state,” he said. 

So no. A gay lawmaker never made the statement or implied in any way or form that gays will be snatching the children of Christian parents.  Eustace was making a hypothetical comparison in which he made no threats nor even mention Christians at all.

Barber's group, the Liberty Counsel, will be suing New Jersey over the "ex-gay" therapy ban. If Barber's bad lie an example of their defense, then the state has nothing to worry about.