Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Anti-gay Catholic bishop under investigation for gay 'sexual misconduct'

All I can say about this is HOT DAMN:

From The New Civil Rights Movement:

John Nienstedt has a long and dark history of not only opposing marriage equality, but of actively investing a reported $650,000 of the Roman Catholic Church's funds to prevent same-sex couples from marrying. It could easily be said of the nation's most active anti-gay crusaders, he's on a top ten list. Before the 2010 election, the 67-year old Archbishop of Minneapolis and St. Paul spammed 400,000 Minnesota homes with unrequested anti-gay DVDs in a failed attempt to get voters to ban same-sex marriage. Not only did his efforts fail, but lawmakers actually later ushered in marriage equality.

. . . But now, Commonweal Magazine reports that Nienstedt own diocese is investing him for sexual misconduct with other men, including priests, having received ten signed and sworn letters of accusation.

Nienstedt denies the allegations, claiming, “I have never engaged in sexual misconduct and certainly have not made any sexual advances toward anyone." he also artfully spun the charges in a statement, according to the Atlantic Wire. "The allegations do not involve minors or lay members of the faithful, and they do not implicate any kind of illegal or criminal behavior." 

More on the story here

I would like to say - before folks start in on their judgements - that nothing has yet to be proven. But again, HOT DAMN!! And I say this because I've written a few times on Nienstedt and his attacks on the lgbt community. Whatever the case may be, this is going to rock the anti-marriage equality movement.

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Catholic Church is overstepping its bounds against marriage equality in Minnesota

Minnesota Archbishop plays politics with Catholic Mass

Bishop tells woman she risks going to hell if she accepts her gay son

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Obama To Sign Executive Order Protecting Transgender Federal Employees - Thank you, President Obama!

 Mat Staver 'deeply saddened' California can still recognize and ban junk 'therapy' - The victory overshadowed by yesterday's Hobby Lobby debacle. The smallest violin in the world weeps for Staver.
Are Drag Queens Trying To Steal Black Women’s Femininity And Take Our Men? - In its own way, Madamenoire magazine exposes the tribulations that lgbts of color face because our community will not discuss sexual orientation, i.e. so-called experts coming out with an inane theory about sexual orientation and folks actually believing the tripe. Remind me to tell you all about the book  a Nation of Islam author wrote about how to "tell if your man is secretly gay." I have posted on it in the past and would do so again but my insurance can no longer cover that many deaths brought about by too much laughing.

Anti-gay spokesperson hopes Hobby Lobby decision will lead to lgbt discrimination

Linda Harvey and Matt Barber, two people who can never been  mistaken as friends of the lgbt community, are furious that the Boy Scouts of participated in a recent Ohio gay pride parade:

The exchange would be funny except for Barber's tweet yesterday regarding the Hobby Lobby decision:

Guess what, folks. Calling Harvey or Barber rude names, making pseudo-comical comments about their supposed sexual proclivities, or dreams of how raising hell in the way it used to be done in the "old days" won't cut it.

We're dealing with some vicious, albeit idiotically single-minded folks. And maybe it's time we stopped being blase and started being just a little bit more serious in how we handle things.

Serious and a bit more methodical. We've been winning in the courts thus far but perhaps we should stop resting on our laurels, grabbing the hankies to cry about how "we've waited so long for equality," and start assessing what our true problems are.

The mindset of the above two are a big problem and we have been kicking it aside for too long.

You want one suggestion from me? Don't ignore stuff like this. Broadcast it, get fired up enough to register and vote, and to speak out. Make folks aware that this sort of hatred exists.

You would be surprised how many folks aren't aware.