Thursday, January 13, 2022

Hypocrisy alert - Evangelicals embrace the Bible to be homophobic, then abandon the Bible to embrace Trump's 'stolen election' lies

Evangelical leaders Gary Bauer (top), Mike Huckabee (middle), and Tony Perkins (bottom) are always quick to smear LGBTQ people because of their 'Christian beliefs' that homosexuality is a sin. They have also amplified Donald Trump's 'stolen election' lie even though the same Christian beliefs say that telling a lie is also a sin.

One of the reasons why the anti-LGBTQ industry (commonly known as the religious right) have the power they do is because it's rare that the mainstream media calls them out on their hypocrisies.

For over 15 years, I have pointed out how the religious right claims to oppose LGBTQ equality because of  religious beliefs while simultaneously undermining these same beliefs due to their reliance on lies, junk science and cherry-picked science which they freely use against LGBTQ people. And when groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center publicly and rather loudly make the same argument (with the receipts, just like me), certain pundits and publications attacked them while defending these groups. 

Therefore, I don't expect to see any mainstream attention about the latest hypocritical contradiction of the religious right. 

According to Right Wing Watch:

Right-wing leaders who have promoted former President Donald Trump’s stolen-election lies and supported new voting restrictions based on those lies are predictably unhappy about President Joe Biden’s renewed push for passage of federal voting rights protections​. 
One day after Biden called for senators to change filibuster rules to overcome the ​Senate Republicans’ blockade against voting rights legislation, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee appealed ​to religious-right activists ​via email to make a monthly commitment to My Faith Votes, a Christian-right turnout operation for which he serves as honorary chairman.  . . After the 2020 presidential election, Huckabee promoted Trump’s false claims about election fraud. On Nov. 5, 2020, he published a blog post under the headline “The Art of the Steal” in which he promoted multiple election conspiracies being circulated by Trump supporters. 

 . . . The Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins—who promoted Trump’s false claim to have won the 2020 election—similarly denounced the effort by Biden and Senate leaders as a “federal takeover of elections” that would put Democrats “one step close to a one-party system that controls the states and every lever of government.” A month after the 2020 election, Perkins had urged state legislators in battleground states won by Biden to simply assert their power to name pro-Trump electors.

 Former Reagan administration official and longtime religious-right activist Gary Bauer​,​ who​, like Perkins, claimed a month after the 2020 election that Trump was the “lawful winner,” claimed in his daily email newsletter Wednesday that the “idea that minority Americans are disenfranchised is a hoax on the same level as the Russian collusion hoax!”

Huckabee, Perkins, and Bauer said and done awful things to LGBTQ people all in the name of religious beliefs:

Bauer was  pointed out by the late C. Everett Koop, the surgeon general under Ronald Reagan, for undermining his attempt to educate Reagan about the AIDS crisis because he felt that AIDS was "God's punishment for them."

Huckabee has made many homophobic comments while claiming that his beliefs comes from "being on the side of the Bible."

Perkins is a literally a running faucet of homophobic bigotry, all geared to implying - when not outright saying - that LGBTQ people want to destroy America because we hate its supposed 'Judeo-Christian' heritage.

Demonizing LGBTQ people by labeling us as unhealthy, religion-hating sinners trying to undermine Christians and God's supposed plan for America is their brand. It's their mantra. Meanwhile, they support the continuously  proven lies of a wannabe despot who isn't man enough to admit that he lost an election.  

And here I thought lying and bearing false witness is also a sin.

Meanwhile, our mainstream media yawns or ignores the entire situation taking place, that is until they call on these folks for interviews i.e. implying that they speak for all Christians. Maybe it's just me, but I always thought that a lie is a lie. And a hypocrisy is something which should be called out instead of embraced or amplified.

'The Biggest Moments in LGBTQ+ U.S. Politics of 2021' & other Thur midday news briefs

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Early access to gender-affirming hormones linked to better mental health, study finds​ - Yet ANOTHER study reaching the same conclusion. If we have to pound this fact into people's heads, then so be it.