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  • Thanks for this — I hadn’t known Bauer’s role in keeping the Reagan administration from addressing the AIDS crisis. I’ll do a post on this on my own blog.

  • Was FRC’s response published anywhere besides their own website? That would be the next step: publish it in WaPo with the lies noted. It does no good to let them bury their response.

  • I’m happy to see that HRC is finally doing something besides lobbying for whatever version of ENDA John Boehner will consider acceptable. The fact that this has gotten such a fast reaction from those highlighted — well, something hit a nerve. Good for HRC.

    Oh, and in regard to LaBarbera, it should be “his mea non culpa” — none of them ever take responsibility for the negative consequences of their words and actions when challenged.

  • I wouldn’t give it much of a chance before any panel that has two brain cells to rub together. I’m not even a lawyer, and I could spot the holes in his arguments a mile away.

  • I don’t know anything about him or his background, but if I’m not mistaken, he was appointed by Reagan and would have been recommended by one of Louisiana’s senators. We’re not talking about a bunch of flaming liberals here.

    And if you read his decision, he obviously doesn’t know the Constitution and is not above ascribing meanings that are simply not there — for example, at one point he says that the 14th Amendment deals specifically with racial equality, which is not mentioned.

  • The anti-marriage industry is already trumpeting this all over the place, and it’s ludicrous: one decision in their favor since Windsor, by a judge who carefully avoided dealing with anything of substance.

    It’s hard to know if this decision is the result of prejudice or the kind of jaw-dropping ignorance one occasionally finds on the bench. Either way, I wouldn’t count on its survival in the appeals process.

  • Actually, now that I’ve looked at it again, this post should probably start off “Because of. . . .” rather than “In spite of. . . .”

  • Kelly is just a wind-up Barbie for Roger Ailes — he plugs in a memory card with her script before she goes on the air, and that’s that.

  • If it makes it through the House, it will die in the Senate.

  • In Illinois, at least, Catholic Charities closed their adoption services in a couple of dioceses rather than conform to state anti-discrimination laws. They were told by the state quite simply “Obey the law or lose your license and your funding” — said funding being 90% of their budgets.

    And before their doors were fully closed, a number of agencies, both secular and religious, had stepped in to take over the cases they had been handling.

    Frankly, as far as I’m concerned, if you take government money, you follow government rules. You don’t get “special rights.”

  • It’s just another way of playing the victim card while demanding special rights for bigots. Rubio’s hardly the first to use this ploy — it’s become part of the anti-gay playbook.

  • Hunter commented on the blog post Anti-gay bigot Matt Barber goes too far, gets put in his place

    2014-07-23 03:34:26View | Delete

    And calling yourself a Christian does not make you a Christian.

  • There’s a sucker born every minute, and Fischer, Barber, et al. have their e-mail addresses.

    Yes, of course they’re lying — that’s the only way they can bolster their “religious freedom” argument, which is what this is in support of. It’s the Roe strategy, applied to anti-discrimination laws: if you can’t win up front, chip away at it until there’s nothing left.

  • If he was testifying under oath, it’s perjury.

  • To put it in the simplest terms, Perkins is a liar — every public statement he makes is a blend of distortion, misrepresentation, and outright fabrication. That’s documented.

    Another point that I can’t stress enough, and one that needs to be made whenever Perkins or any of his fellow-travelers open their mouths: they are fundamentally opposed to the American system of government, and even more opposed to an open, pluralistic society. They don’t like democracy, and they hate the very idea of an independent judiciary as a check on the excesses of the other two branches and of “the people.” It’s against their world view, which is authoritarian, tribal, and completely self-referential: they will not admit that any other point of view has any validity.

    As for Perkins himself, as his ship is sinking, he’s starting to sound more and more like Bryan Fischer, who will say anything to get some attention. I can’t regard either as any more than cynical manipulators, interested only in their own profit and influence.

  • Perkins is a demagogue, no more, no less. His audience holds a mindset in which belief trumps facts and evidence gives way to received wisdom. They have no idea how this country was designed to work, especially the role of the courts, and at least some of them really think they can pick and choose which court decisions to folow, just like they do with their Bible.

    As for putting himself on the witness stand, David Boies put it nicely: The witness stand is a lonely place to lie. Because Perkins is a liar; it seems to be a reflex with him. There is no way that he (or Brian Brown, or Scott Lively, or Peter Sprigg, or. . . .) will get up in court under oath and subject to cross-examination — any halfway competent attorney would take them apart, very publicly.

    And it seems that more recently, Perkins will only appear on programs that will give him a free pass — “Christian” radio programs, and Fox News. He refused to appear opposite Jeremy Hooper unless they had completely different segments and no direct give-and-take: like all bullies, Perkins is a coward.

    And from his most recent pronouncements, I suspect FRC’s fundraising is falling short — he’s getting more and more shrill.

  • It’s a sad fact of human psychology that people will accept information that agrees with what they already “know” and reject that which doesn’t. We’re also dealing with a group — evangelical Christians — that subscribes to a religion in which the First Commandment, whether it’s written anywhere or not, is “Do as you’re told and don’t ask questions.” (To get an idea of their ability to deal with cognitive dissonance, many of them firmly believe that their religious beliefs take precedence over civil law and the Constitution, and yet they still consider themselves the real Americans.)

    You’re not going to separate these people from the hate groups. At best, they will die off after indoctrinating their children into the same attitudes. One hopes the children will learn better, but it’s going to take time. And if they feel marginalized in the meantime, well, welcome to the club.

  • “Innocent mistake”? BS — we all know it was deliberate — after all, this is Matt Barber’s site.

  • Hunter commented on the blog post The gay community is fighting Godzilla with a slinky toy

    2014-05-09 02:25:46View | Delete

    Alvin, I think your comments may very well be colored by the fact that your are “a 43-year-old black man from Columbia, SC.” The daily-life view is very different here, on the North Side of Chicago. It’s very easy to be openly gay here, and you don’t have to stay in Boys’ Town or Andersonville to do it. (Of course, this is also a city that has ads at bus stops promoting condom use for teenagers.)

    Nationally, though, I think you’re closer to the truth. I’m waiting for the day when a gay activist gets on TV opposite Tony Perkins and calls him a liar to his face, without being nice about it, and is able to back it up with facts and citations. Although it appears that Perkins is getting cold feet — he doesn’t seem to appear often on mainstream stations any more, and refused to appear opposite Jeremy Hooper in a TV segment. Like all bullies, he’s a coward. (The problem there is that Perkins and his ilk can pack more lies into two minutes than anyone can rebut in an hour.)

    That last item, I think, is important: the voices of the anti-gay right are sticking to their home turf — Bryan Fischer’s radio show, Janet Mefferd’s show, “Christian” websites and publications — because they no longer have much traction in the mainstream. And their audience is shrinking. They’re losing, at least in the civilized world, which is why they’re taking their game overseas. That itself is a danger to gay and trans people, but we’re faced with limited resources already spread thin.

    Like you, I get impatient with the sniping within the community: if people need a target within the family, try holding HRC’s feet to the fire in some sort of substantive way — ten, fifteen years, and they still haven’t managed to get ENDA passed while pulling in millions.

    Sorry for the ramble — it’s early — but I don’t think the picture is as grim as you paint it. There will be marriage equality nationwide, along with guarantees of other rights, and there will be backlash. We’re still in a precarious place, but the momentum seems to be on our side. I take heart from the fact that the trend in American social development has always been toward more openness, more inclusiveness, greater acceptance.

  • I doubt very much that FRC would escape the hate group designation if Knight had never been associated with them — Tony Perkins and Peter Sprigg are quite capable of earning that designation for the FRC all by themselves.

    Perkins, in particular, was flogging the pedophilia nonsense when the Boys Scouts of America was considering changing its policy on gay scouts. As for Sprigg — he’s a one-man hate machine:

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