Monday, March 21, 2016

Family Research Council fundraises by lying about Kim Davis controversy

Family Research Council tell lies to make the money.

In its desire to fundraise, the anti-gay hate group the Family Research Council will tell any lie to make the money, no matter how demonstrably transparent the lie may be.

I received an email request from FRC loaded with lurid accusations against the Obama Administration of supposedly discriminating against Christians who feel that homosexuality is a sin (because not all Christians feel this way, no matter what the religious right says) and thereby robbing them of their "religious liberty."

"I am a man of faith and believe deeply in religious freedom, but . . ."

These words were recently spoken by President Barack Obama in an interview with an LGBT (Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender) magazine.

And when he said "but" he meant: You have religious freedom UNLESS you openly express your belief in biblical truth about marriage, family, and sexuality.

If you refuse to DENY your biblical beliefs—then you'll be PUNISHED.

Am I being too severe? Read what he said next: " . . . but at the end of the day, nobody is above the rule of law."

By "nobody," President Obama means you, your family, your church members, and other Christians.

Kim Davis
Then came the money paragraph, and by that I mean the center argument in the FRC letter almost guaranteed to make money jump out of the reader's pocket and into FRC's bank account on its own accord. Usually the money involves an anecdote. Instead of junk science or cherry-picked science designed to give a false impression of how "dangerous" homosexuality is, FRC has moved to giving "examples" of how certain Christians have been supposedly "persecuted" because of their faith. Usually these examples omit certain pertinent facts which refute the narrative FRC attempts to push.

But in today's letter, FRC really went all out by telling a jawdropping lie:

Ask Kim Davis.

She was the Christian county clerk who went to jail for asserting her legal right not to issue a same-sex marriage license with her name on it, because it so flagrantly violated her freedom of religious conscience.

Instead of finding someone else to give the license, the government threw Kim in jail!

To answer both of your questions, the above paragraph is NOT a typo and you aren't in the Twilight Zone. FRC is falsely claiming that Kim Davis had a legal right to deny same-sex couples marriage licenses.

Of course those of us with good sense or even a quarter of sense God gave a goose know that FRC's claim is inaccurate and any claims that it's merely the opinion of the organization would be yet another lie.

At the time of her arrest in September of last year, Davis HAD NO legal rights to not issue marriage licenses.That is why she was thrown in jail. She refused to follow a judge's order to grant issue those marriage licenses:
Kim Davis, a clerk in Rowan County, was found in contempt of court on Thursday morning by Judge David Bunning. Davis has said granting marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples would "violate God's definition of marriage" and infringe on her personal beliefs as an Apostolic Christian. Bunning said Davis would be released only when she agreed to follow his order and issue marriage licenses.

 . . . "God's moral law conflicts with my job duties," Davis told the judge. "You can't be separated from something that's in your heart and in your soul.

But Bunning was unconvinced. "I myself have genuinely held religious beliefs," the judge later said, but "I took an oath." 

 In December, newly elected Kentucky Gov. Mat Bevin issued an executive order removing county clerks' names from marriage licenses, but that was a result of the controversy involving Davis and not because her rights were violated in any manner.

In telling this outlandish lie, the Family Research Council has proven once again that the rights of Christians who believe that homosexuality is a sin is not under attack, but the words "faith," "morality," and "religious liberty" are being held hostage by charlatans who don't care how transparent their lies are.

Related links:

'Georgia learning about anti-gay discrimination the hard way. Will NC be next?' & other Mon. midday news briefs

If the NC legislature is smart, they won't listen to the Benham brothers.

Benham Brothers Headline Protest Calling For Special Legislative Session To Kill Charlotte NDO - And the push to destroy lgbt anti-discrimination laws begin in North Carolina. The opposition doesn't know which lie to choose from - that the law will endanger women and girls in bathrooms and locker rooms or the law will discriminate against those who think that homosexuality is a sin (note, I will NOT say Christians because not all Christians believe that homosexuality is a sin. Not playing by THEIR language, don't you know.) So they will alternate between lies. 

NFL, Apple Come Out Against Georgia’s Discriminatory ‘Religious Liberty’ Bill - Georgia is going to learn so well about not discriminating against lgbts that folks will be able to repeat the lesson from memory.  

The Intersection Between the Practice of Jungle Justice and the Culture of Homophobia In Nigeria - The bravest of us all are the ones who fight for equality even in the face of extreme danger. 

 More than 50 Conservative Catholics Back Ted Cruz - The forces fighting against marriage equality have lost the war but are counting on Ted Cruz to be president so they can attempt to erase gays' right to marry.  

Johns Hopkins Professor Endangers the Lives of Transgender Youth - Junk science rears its ugly head against the transgender community.  

The American College of Pediatricians and the Laundering of Junk Science - And the junk science from the above link is partly coming from this group, which is why I am pulling this post from 2009. It is a prime example of why we must catalog and define the groups pretending to be legitimate as they astroturf  homophobic lies into the scientific community. And also why we must have this information ready for anyone attempting to do research.

Documentary allows children of same-sex parents to have their say

From people like Ryan Anderson of the Heritage Foundation, the only time we ever hear about same-sex parents and their children is when lies are spun about them. And then sometimes we don't hear about them at all. This is a cynical tactic designed to both demonize lgbts when it comes to children and render same-sex families invisible.

But they, as all people with dignity, refuse to be rendered negative or invisible. Particularly the children.

From the Huffington Post:

A groundbreaking new film is taking a compelling look at what it’s like to grow up with same-sex parents by speaking with those who are most intimately impacted by them: their kids. “Gayby Baby” follows four Australian children — Gus, Ebony, Matt and Graham — who just happen to have gay parents and explores the joys and unique challenges they each face.