Those of us who follow the anti-gay hate movement have long known about the SPLC-certified hate group the Family Research Council (FRC), headed by the smarmy friend-of-David-Duke Tony Perkins. As the April date for oral arguments approaches at the Supreme Court, FRC is so concerned about the possibility of marriage equality they not only filed an amicus brief with the Court arguing against equality, but have also decided to use their most potent weapon: prayer. That's right, they're calling on their followers to pray and fast for the 21 days leading up to the Supreme Court arguments, because apparently they never thought of that before. Trouble is, they were a little too honest about their real feelings, like this choice nugget from day 8 (the most recent posted):
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6. God, please intervene to protect the children who, if forced to grow up in same-sex households, apart from the true nurture and admonition of the Lord and with a distorted view of God, the Bible and the family. Have mercy upon those who are already in such circumstances (Gen 18:19; Dt 11:16-21; Jn 21:15; Eph 6:4).
Just what you'd expect from those espousing Christian love, no? Well, apparently FRC is a bit concerned that they're being too well understood, what with the whole "why don't we just drown gay parents" stuff, that today all 8 days of prayers are gone, replaced with:
Please stand by while the 21 Days of Prayer for Marriage and the U.S. Supreme Court are being reedited.
We want them to be picture perfect so that you will be eager to send them to your friends and help multiply prayer during the days ahead.
21 Days of Prayer for Marriage
h/t JoeMyGod blog Joe has copied all 8 days of prayer for you to peruse.
On Facebook this morning, a socially and politically conservative cousin, with whom I gotten into relatively heated, but not personal, discussions about religion and politics, "liked" a column from a year ago that ends with the quote in the title. The piece is entitled Why Homosexuality Is Not Like Other Sins and was written by Jonathan Parnell at a blog called desiringGod. It is a pretty standard explanation as to why good Christians have to hate on TEH Gay and just can't treat us, you know, equally - it's not homosexuality they're against, oh no, it's just sin:
We are against any sin that restrains people from everlasting joy in God, and homosexual practice just gets all the press because, at this cultural moment, it’s the main sin that is so freshly endorsed in our context by the powers that be.
You see, what makes homosexuality different is that it's "celebrated." Parnell quotes 1Corinthians - relying on a letter from Paul because we all know the rabbi Jesus of Nazareth had nothing to say about homosexuality:
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
It’s not the only sin mentioned, but it is different from all the rest, at least right now. At this moment in history, contrary to the other sins listed here, homosexuality is celebrated by our larger society with pioneering excitement.
and claims none of these other sins are celebrated the way homosexuality allegedly is. Really Mr. Parnell? These other sins aren't celebrated in our culture? Are you in the same country I am? Follow me below the squiggle for a little look at this dubious "logic."
Following in the footsteps of their political partners, the Southern Baptist Convention, the Roman Catholic "Archbishop" for the military, Timothy P. Broglio, has issued instructions to Catholic chaplains and military service personnel about how equally they can treat gay and lesbian service members in the post-DADT and post-DOMA worlds. Despite the recent words of the Bishop of Rome, Jorge Mario Bergoglio (aka "Pope Francis") declaring that his Church should not be so vocal about gays and abortion, Mr. Broglio has declared that
No Catholic priest or deacon may be forced by any authority to witness or bless the union of couples of the same gender.
Shockingly, this includes funerals, as Broglio states:
...a priest may not be placed in a situation where his assistance at a funeral for a Catholic would give the impression that the Church approves of same sex “marital” relationships.
So, no consolation for your spouse if you're a dirty, subhuman f*g. Nice, Mr. Broglio.
Link: Renewed Fidelity in Favor of Evangelization
Follow me below the squiggle for why this is so infuriating.
I am a disabled American. I am one of an estimate 74 million adults in this country who are living with some kind of physical limitation, nearly 1/3 of all adults (source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Disability and Functioning). My disability is with me every day - there is hardly a time when I am awake where I am not employing some strategy to compensate for what I find difficult (or at one time impossible) to do. Yet if you were to meet me in the non-virtual world, you would not be able to guess that I had any difficulties whatsoever; certainly you'd never guess that my life nearly ended the same day it began, nor that my parents once feared I'd never walk. To all outward appearances, I am a "normal" adult, albeit with the same aches and pains as any other middle-aged American. The story of how I got from a brain-damaged newborn to nearly full function is a tale of skill, luck, tenacity and compassion from the doctors and nurses, the physical and speech therapists and, most importantly, my parents, who all saw an almost impossible future for me. They dragged me, often literally kicking and screaming, along for the ride. Come join me below the squiggly thing and I'll tell you the tale.
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This was just published in today's Sacramento Bee. Apparently the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento has decided to stop donating to Francis House, an agency serving the California Capitol's most needy residents, simply because the new director of the charity supports same-sex marriage and abortion rights.
The Catholic Diocese of Sacramento no longer will fund programs at Francis House, a nonprofit agency that serves homeless people, because of its new director's views supporting abortion rights and gay marriage.
In a letter last month, the diocese's director of social services said the Rev. Faith Whitmore's public statements on the issues clash with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Therefore, said the Rev. Michael Kiernan, the social services director, it is "impossible for the diocese to continue funding Francis House" as part of its annual Catholic Appeal.
The Catholic Church loves to complain about how it's "religious liberty" is being undermined by the move to full equality for women and LGBT citizens. Apparently that concern for liberty applies only to churches and organizations with similar reactionary policies. This step marks a significant expansion of the Church's actions protesting that move toward equality, and it is extremely troubling. Follow me below the fold for some potential ramifications...
By now we are all aware of Newt Gingrich's disingenuous attack on "anti-Christian" bigotry in last Saturday night's GOP debate (that was the 1,000th such debate, am I right?). The money quote:
Should the Catholic Church be forced to close its adoption services in Massachusetts because it won’t accept gay couples, which is exactly what the state has done? Should the Catholic Church be driven out of providing charitable services in the District of Columbia because it won’t give in to secular bigotry? Should the Catholic Church find itself discriminated against by the Obama administration on key delivery of services because of the bias and the bigotry of the administration?
Wow, those big, bad meanie liberals (alongside those dirty sodomites, of course) have attacked the poor, pitiful - and apparently powerless - Catholic Church with their "secular bigotry." You can almost see the evil bureaucrats descending on innocent priests and nuns to grab the little children and hand them over to TEH GAY!
But is what Gingrich saying even true? Did the Church face the choice of either considering gays and lesbians as potential adoptive parents or have the states close their doors? Well, sort of, and, at least in Massachusetts, they chose to comply, placing 13 children in same-sex homes over the course of about two decades, beginning long before the advent of equal marriage. Follow be below the fold to learn the truth about adoption, equal marriage and the Catholic Church.
Truly tragic news coming out of the Nation's Capitol today. Longtime LGBT activist, Frank Kameny, has died. Throughout his long life, he fought tirelessly for gay equality, challenging the government's ban on hiring gays and lesbians, founding DC's Mattachine Society nearly 50 years ago, and participating in the first demonstrations for gay and lesbian rights. His papers are in the Smithsonian, and his life will live on in the history books.
from the Washington Blade:
Franklin E. Kameny, one of the nation’s most prominent gay rights leaders, died in his home today apparently from natural causes. He was 86.
The death came less than a month before the planned celebration of the 50th anniversary of Kameny’s founding of the Mattachine Society of Washington, the first gay rights organization in the nation’s capital.
At the request of several of my fellow Kossacks, I am expanding this comment: (here) on yesterday's front page story (The next anti-woman shiny object) to a full diary. It tells the story of one woman's experience - actually my mother's experience - in pre Roe v. Wade America - the America to which the GOP still seems intent on returning us. Follow me below the fold to learn how my mother became one of the few pro-choice, feminist, devout Roman Catholic women I've known, but be warned, you may need a strong stomach.
Yes, it's yet another diary about the nightmare in Maine. I know that there are several, but I feel the need to vent. I am thrilled to see the results in Kalamazoo and the hope still for Washington state (not to mention the Heisman hand to the Palin-picked candidate in New York), but the truth is that we LGBT people are still fighting to be allowed to ride in the back of the bus.
I can't understand the results in Maine, anymore than I could last year in California, and I have to ask all those who propose, who sign petitions for, who finance and who vote for these anti-gay hate laws and amendments:
How many marriages have you saved by taking away our rights? How many couples decided to work on their relationships and call off the divorce lawyers because their gay or lesbian neighbors are denied basic protections?
Like many LGBT Obama supporters, I'm angry at this administration - angry at the clear lack of any concrete action demonstrating President Obama's "fierce advocacy" of our rights. I know that Obama needs the Congress with him in order to make lasting legislative progress, but watching Gibbs fumble and mutter and slip and slide through his responses to any and all LGBT-related questions demonstrates pretty clearly that Obama is not taking the lead here. And leadership is what we need right now.
What angers me is not the lack of progress on any of our legislative issues - clearly the economy and healthcare are the legislative priorities right now. But there is no schedule, no timetable to bring up DADT, DOMA, ENDA, UAFA, etc. Are any of them political priorities after the economy and healthcare? Even the administration's support for the hate crimes law has been as minimal as possible.
Obama said this week he wanted us to hold his feet to the fire. Complaining isn't enough; I think we need something that will visibly demonstrate that he is losing our support. We all have a lot of Obama campaign paraphernalia at home, which we used to demonstrate our support for his Presidency. Let's use the same stuff now to demonstrate our disappointment: send it back!
Like most of you, I have repeatedly seen video and news coverage of Sarah Palin's speech to the Vanderburgh County Right to Life dinner last week. And, again like most of you, I have been appalled to watch her sanctimoniously christen herself the high priestess of "family values" because she decided not to abort her fifth child, Trig, who has Down's Syndrome. During the snippets of her speech that I have been able to stomach watching, Palin talked about how she prayed after learning Trig would have Down's and how the love in her heart just exploded after his birth, and she knew she made the right choice. The implication of her speech, of course, is that if those godless liberals just had a little love - and followed Palin's version/perversion of Christianity - we'd all stop cavalierly killing our babies.
Well, at the risk of ticking off every parent of a special needs child, I'm going to call "bullsh*t" on that one. Trig's just a year old, and the Palins haven't yet begun to learn the challenges of raising a child with Trig's difficulties. As someone whose extended family has faced those challenges, I know of the ramifications - the effects, both positive and negative - of the choice Governor Palin has made.
I've been sorting through my own mixed feelings after election season and it's been fascinating to watch the right wing jump through the same old hoops trying to justify their anti-gay bigotry in the face of nationwide protests. American-born religious zealots seem shocked, SHOCKED!, to find out that gays and lesbians have a breaking point, and we will not stand for their attacks any longer.
We all know the arguments by now, how anti-gay zealots justify their prejudice by claiming LGBT people are immoral and our "behavior" is a threat to society. They hide behind their religious belief systems and hide behind misleading or deliberately mis-interpreted social science data to "prove" that we are unfit to parent or be full participants in society.
What is most infuriating is seeing socially conservative minorities arguing that LGBT rights are not civil rights, because our lives are a "choice." Well, guess what, they're right, every openly gay or lesbian person in this country has made a choice, to be open and honest. And so what? We can still argue for our place in the world.