Monday, June 20, 2016

Anti-lgbt hate group leader asks for prayers before meeting with Trump

Wildmon wants prayers before Trump meeting

This week, GOP presidential candidate Donald (the gays love me) Trump is set to meet with members of the religious right. From this meeting, Trump is hoping to gain their support and these groups are hoping to gain a candidate whom they think will help them with their endeavors (putting the kibosh on lgbt equality being the number one goal).

It's going to be interesting, no doubt, Tim Wildmon,  head of the anti-lgbt hate group American Family Association, already sent out an email call for prayer:

I have accepted an invitation to meet tomorrow (Tuesday) with presidential candidate Donald Trump in New York. Along with other pro-family, Christian leaders, we have a great opportunity to communicate our values to Mr. Trump to make sure our voices and positions are heard. I would appreciate your prayers, asking God to give me the opportunity to share our Christian position on life, marriage, religious liberty and national security with Mr. Trump. This is not an endorsement of the candidate, but a sincere effort to let him know that America can only be great again if government returns to the Biblical values held by our nation's founders. Thank you in advance for praying for me and for the influence of American Family Association.

I've  heard that devils could use Scripture for their own nefarious purposes, but this is the first time I've ever heard of them asking folks to pray.  If they are staking hopes on Trump, perhaps they really need it.

It doesn't mean I, or anyone else with good sense, should give it to them, though
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Tributes To Orlando Trouble People Uncomfortable With Homosexuality - Apparently to some people, being openly gay and unashamed is an offensively political act. Whatever. 

LGBT people of color refuse to be erased after Orlando: 'We have to elbow in' - It's been like that always with everything regarding the lgbt community. Orlando simply makes more of a point about it. 

 This Gay Man Isn’t Having Sex For A Year So He Can Donate Blood - Sadly fascinating but downright admirable in the face of a bad policy. 

 Bryan Fischer: 'Homosexuals Were At The Core Of Forming The Nazi Party' - The reason why part of me mourns the fact that Tony Perkins did not appear on 'This Week.' If he did and played the victim card, he could have been asked about this trash regarding the anti-lgbt rhetoric of folks on his side.  

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How the media should interview a hate group leader such as Tony Perkins

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins's near interview on ABC's 'This Week' generated much deserved controversy on the soft glove treatment the media generally gives him and other anti-lgbt hate group leaders.

Before the cancellation - which we still have no details about - Media Matters provided sound advice on how the media should handle folks like Perkins:

In the past, mainstream media outlets have regularly failed to identify FRC as an anti-LGBT hate group, instead allowing it to pass as a serious policy organization. Outlets have treated Perkins as a credible and legitimate conservative commentator, regularly inviting him to speak on behalf of Christians without identifying him as a hate monger.  But last April, Bob Schieffer, former host of CBS’ Face The Nation, set the gold standard when it comes to interviewing members of groups such as FRC  by accurately identifying Perkins as the president of “an anti-gay hate group.”
Media owe audiences pertinent information about the guests they bring on to offer commentary. In the wake of the Orlando massacre at a gay nightclub, it is vital hosts disclose Perkins’ extreme anti-LGBT record to provide audiences with the necessary context to adequately assess his commentary.

It's not that members of the media should refuse to interview Perkins. It's just that they shouldn't allow him to misrepresent himself or his organization. Perkins is not a faith leader. He is the leader of a group which cynically exploits religion and fears via lies and demonization to undermine the rights of the lgbt community.