Friday, November 18, 2016

Family Research Council omits racist history of another Trump Administration selection

FRC's Tony Perkins
Apparently, the so-called Christian organization (but actually anti-lgbt hate group) the Family Research Council seems to be tasked with defending President-elect Donald Trump's bad choices for his administration to evangelicals.

First, the group defended Trump's choice of Steven Bannon as his chief White House strategist. Bannon has come under fire for his connection to the white supremacist "alt-right" movement during his tenure as head of the Breitbart News Network.

According to a link I am citing yet again from the Huffington Post:
At Breitbart, Bannon helped make the hardline populist website a go-to resource for white nationalists and the alt-right, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups.

 . . . Breitbart has propagated conspiracy theories, like Planned Parenthood having Nazi ties or Clinton aide Huma Abedin being a spy for Saudi Arabia. The website traffics in misogynist and racist stories; it frames women who push back against harassment or gender bias as weak and incompetent and portrays people of color and immigrants as inherently criminal.

The Family Research Council played down this information by pretty much ignoring it in the organization's praise of Bannon's selection. 

Trump's AG pick Jeff Sessions isn't exactly lgbt-friendly either' & other Fri. midday news briefs

Trump's AG pick Jeff Sessions has issues with African-Americans AND LGBTs

Donald Trump Picks Jeff Sessions, Racist and Homophobic Alabama Senator, for Attorney General - You mean the person Donald Trump has selected to be his attorney general not only has an ugly issue with racism, but also homophobia? Why it's almost like the two (racism and homophobia) are connected! 

Experiencing the Hate of Jeff Sessions First Hand – Rabid Anti Gay Racist Could Be Trump AG - From publisher and activist Melanie Nathan comes a first-hand experience of Sessions' homophobia. 

Exciting Antibody Discovery Sparks New Hope For Future HIV Vaccine - "Sparks hope," folks. Keep your fingers crossed and still practice safe sex.

 Mom Sues Her Trans Teen For Getting Hormone Therapy - What. the. f$#!ck. 

 Fanning skeptical Trump will undo LGBT inclusion in military - Unfortunately when it comes to our soon-to-be Orange Overlord, I wouldn't leave anything to chance.

Religious right hoping to make 'nuclear' religious freedom bill into law under their 'Trump Jesus'

Religious right hoping to pass huge bill under 'Trump Jesus'

Jay Michaelson from The Daily Beast has the lowdown on a "religious freedom" bill that the religious right hopes will become law under their "Trump Jesus."

From what he says, this bill is so extreme it would make the legendary religious purist Cotton Mather into an atheist:

 The First Amendment Defense Act would allow hospitals, governments, universities, and businesses to ignore same-sex marriage, deny women health care, and fire gay people.
The First Amendment Defense Act is the nuclear version of the so-called “religious freedom” laws that have appeared across the country, most infamously in Mike Pence’s Indiana.  The Republican House will surely pass it, the Senate will pass it unless it’s filibustered by Democrats, and President-elect Trump has promised to sign it.
If it becomes law, FADA will be the worst thing to happen to women and LGBT people in a generation.
Like state “religious freedom restoration acts,” FADA’s basic principle is that it’s not discrimination when businesses discriminate against LGBT people if they have a religious reason for doing so.  The most famous situations have to do with marriage: wedding cake bakers who say that if they bake a cake, they’re violating their religion; Kim Davis, the government clerk who said that signing a secular marriage certificate was a religious act that she could not perform.
But those stories are a red herring.  The more important cases are ones like hospitals refusing to treat LGBT people (or their children), pharmacies refusing to fill birth control prescriptions, businesses refusing to offer health benefits to a same-sex partner, and state-funded adoption agencies refusing to place kids with gay families.  Underneath the rhetorical BS, that’s what FADA is all about.

The entire article should be required reading for the lgbt community.

The possibility of this bill is also important to remember should the Trump Administration opt to strike first against transgender equality. Any allowance of that by our community would merely opens the door to this bill