Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Transphobia, homophobia, & inexperience sinks two of Trump's judicial nominees

The LGBTQ community received an early Christmas present, as the White House has announced Trump is withdrawing two judicial nominees, including one who claimed that transgender children are a part of "Satan's plan."

From Right Wing Watch:

The White House today walked back the nominations of two of President Trump’s most controversial judicial nominees, Brett Talley, a 36-year-old with a record of online extremism who had never tried a case, and Jeff Mateer, a former attorney for a Religious Right legal group who had said that transgender children were part of “Satan’s plan.” Talley, as we reported, had called for readers of his blog to join the NRA after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School and had written on Twitter that Hillary Clinton should be in jail, calling her “Hillary Rotten Clinton.” The outcry over Talley’s nomination to a district court seat in Alabama increased when the American Bar Association gave him a rare “unanimously not qualified” rating—which was no surprise, since he’s only actually practiced law for a couple of years and has never actually tried a case in court. 
 Mateer, a former attorney for the Religious Right legal group First Liberty Institute, was saddled with a record of public speeches and interviews in which he had said that transgender kids are part of “Satan’s plan,” warned that marriage equality would lead to “disgusting” new forms of marriage such as “people marrying their pets,” defended ex-gay conversion therapy, and questioned whether there’s a “right to homosexuality” in the 14th Amendment. On top of that, Mateer had spoken at a conference sponsored by radical anti-LGBTQ pastor Kevin Swanson, who was known for speaking about the death penalty for homosexuality.

'With Roy Moore loss, the mask of virtue slipping from the anti-LGBTQ religious right' & other Wed midday news briefs

Last night's loss for Roy Moore may be the beginning of trouble for the religious right.

Editor's note - I wonder will last night's devastating loss in the Alabama senatorial election send a message to the evangelical/anti-LGBTQ right about their strident support of people who damage their so-called integrity. In other news, message to myself - BITCH PLEASE!

Whatever the case may be, I suggest that the LGBTQ community not think that  last night doesn't affect us. We can sit back and be observers for a change as the religious right further strips themselves of their undeserved mantle of "protectors of virtue."

Acts of Faith - ‘A spiritual battle:’ How Roy Moore tested white evangelical allegiance to the Republican Party - To answer the question in my editor's note, I think the religious right failed the test. They went for Moore big time, even after knowing the charges of his "sexual dalliances."

Roy Moore's Senate race is a referendum on Christian values in the age of Trump - A column from before yesterday's vote. It puts a worse perspective on the piece from above now that the election is over. 

Dave Daubenmire Blasts Christians Who Refused To Support Roy Moore Just Because He ‘Maybe Molested A Girl 40 Years Ago’ - Ewwww! Just plain ewww!

Kid Reads LGBTQ Children’s Book For The First Time — And Her Reaction Is Priceless - And as we observe things, life goes on for us. We continue to live our lives and have families. 

WATCH: Republican regent ignites massive protest at University of Oklahoma after equating homosexuality with pedophilia - And yet he claims to be merely "expressing his beliefs." Yeah, so are the folks angry at your ignorance. 

What's Your Favourite LGBT Movie With A Happy Ending? - We need more of these. Gone are the days of the "tragic queen."