Friday, November 06, 2015

THIS is how the Family Research Council spread lies about gays

It never ceases to amaze me how many times the anti-gay group the Family Research Council will just blatantly lie about gay men.

What am I saying?

It shouldn't amaze me because the organization gets away with it often. This particular time has to do with an American Psychological Association series of articles which makes the claim that "rates of military sexual trauma among men who served in the military may be as much as 15 times higher than has been previously reported, largely because of barriers associated with stigma, beliefs in myths about male rape, and feelings of helplessness." 

And one of those myths is spread by the Family Research Council, courtesy of its latest email:

If the Association is right, it paints a frightening picture of the Obama Pentagon -- which is not only denying the fallout of its policies, but far worse, denying our servicemen the treatment and help they need. For years, the DOD has shrugged off the possibility that repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) would have any impact on the ranks. Now, four years into this brave new world, it turns out that conservatives and the dozens of military leaders who fought the change were right. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that when Congress introduced even more sexual tension into the ranks, it put thousands of our brave men and women into a defenseless and compromising position.

The White House has spent Barack Obama's entire presidency sexualizing the military, beginning with the repeal of DADT -- and continuing with the push for open transgenderism. Now, Defense officials are racing to reassure people that they're doing everything they can to get to the bottom of these issues -- only to inject more policies that accelerate both. They put political correctness ahead of national security and then seem surprised when the people who protect us are at risk.

The Pentagon downplayed the effects of open homosexuality when it was implemented in the military in 2011-- something it will certainly have a tough time doing now. Until that changes, and the administration gets serious about the root problems, every service member will be a victim of this sexually-charged environment.

Not only does the Family Research Council not provide any proof that repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell is the reason for the increase of male-on-male sexual assaults, but according to Right Wing Watch, the reports say that the idea that "that male rape is homosexual sex and therefore, that only homosexual men get raped and only homosexual men perpetrate rape" is a myth.

But in this world of quick punditry, no respect for good old fashioned journalism, as well as the crop of right-wing, anti-gay entities masquerading as parts of the media, how long will FRC's spin be believed before the truth has time to catch up?

'Ted Cruz dodges questions about appearing with pastor who advocates death for lgbts' & other Fri. midday news briefs

Sen. Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz Dodges Question About Appearing With Wildly Anti-Gay Pastor - Tell us AGAIN how lgbts are "persecuting," Christians again, Teddy. Before or after you appear with this "pastor" who openly advocates the death penalty for lgbts. 

How The Religious Right Learned To Use Bathrooms As A Weapon Against Justice - It goes back further than Anita Bryant apparently.  

Reform Jews: Transgender People Are Welcome Here - A positive far-reaching welcoming stance which should be getting more attention.

  8 Books That Don’t Sugarcoat Teen Sexuality - And these books ARE needed. You can't coddle teens with lies. 

 Lawmakers seek to help gay troops win ‘honorable’ discharges - It's wonderful to see members of Congress proving that they work for the people.

Ben Carson proposes segregated public restrooms for the transgender community

From The Huffington Post:

GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson suggested creating separate public bathrooms for transgender people in an interview with Fusion's Jorge Ramos Thursday. When Ramos asked Carson if transgender men and women should be able to use any public bathroom they choose, Carson responded, "How about we have a transgender bathroom?" "It is not fair for them to make everybody else uncomfortable," Carson added. "It's one of the things that I don't particularly like about the movement." 

Apparently Mr. Carson seeks to totally destroy his entire legacy as an African-American hero.  Sure, let's segregate the transgender community in a separate bathroom because apparently in Carson's  world, segregation worked wonderfully the last time it was enacted. Damn those black folks and that liberal Supreme Court for ruining it and making white folks forever feel uncomfortable.

What gets me is that it is such a ridiculous reason why Carson proposes segregated bathrooms for the transgender community. Because supposedly they make people feel uncomfortable? Excuse me but public restrooms in general aren't exactly the most comfortable places in the world. Nothing says uncomfortable like seeing a co-worker at his  most vulnerable at a urinal. And nothing says uncomfortable like attempting to sneak out of the public restroom without anyone seeing you after you've cut a major sonic fart. Or how about knowing that a people you don't even know have  intestinal issues based upon how your nostril hairs feel singed after being in the bathroom while they are "conducting their business."

Now THAT is uncomfortable. Perhaps Mr. Carson would like to create laws about that?