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Bryan Fischer Goes Politically Incorrect – Again!

Bryan Fischer is the Director of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association – a designated hate group. He is also a key activist in the Dominionist Movement. He hosts the talk radio program “Focal Point” on American Family Radio and posts on the AFA blog, “Instant Analysis.”

 Like all of these extremists, Fischer opposes abortion, national health care, environmentalism, gay adoption, and same sex marriage. But, yesterday he decided not to be “politically correct,” (gasp) and issued the following statement:

“Now, I am gonna say something here and I don’t care that it is politically incorrect. And i know if Right Wing Watch picks up on this or anybody else they’re just gonna lacerate me for this. I don’t care. From a biblical standpoint, it’s very clear that men are designed to be the breadwinners for their families. That’s the way God set it up; that’s the way he designed it. Husbands are to use their stamina and their strength and their brainpower – not that they’re smarter than women, I’m not saying that – but God’s given them a brain and the purpose for using their mental ability is to provide for their families, to use their physical strength to work hard, to work long hours, to use their physical strength to protect their wives and protect their children and be providers for them. That is the biblical pattern. And the biblical pattern is for a wife and a mother to focus her energies, devote her energies on [sic] making a home for her children and for her husband. And there’s another problem, is the number of married mothers who out earn their husbands. That number has quadrupled and I – and again I’m gonna be politically incorrect here – I don’t think that’s a good idea. I don’t think it’s a healthy dynamic to have the wife out earn her husband because so much of his sense of worth as a male is tied up in what he does vocationally and providing for his family. That’s his calling. That’s not his wife’s job to provide for his family. He knows that it’s his job. And if he has a wife that out earns him I think that’s gonna put some stress on his psyche, gonna put some stress on that marriage.”

 

Well, shame on all of you women who have clawed your way to the top and now earn more than the macho guy you married! Don’t you realize how badly you are damaging his psyche when you do that? Stay the hell at home. Get knocked up. Wash the dishes and cook the meals, and do as you are told!

 

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South Carolina’s Nikki Haley Caught Up In White Pride

Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley

Uh…Oh!!! It seems that Nikki Haley – you know that somewhat air-headed southern belle who is Governor of South Carolina – had to engage in some damage control this week. Now, she didn’t get caught with her bloomers down, or anything like that, however, when it became public that Roan Garcia-Quintana, a member of a special steering committee to re-elect the Dixie Darling, was, in fact a board member of the Council of Conservative Citizens, a hate group of the racist variety reminiscent of the White Citizens Council.

Now, Roan Garcia-Quintana is a Cuban-American, but denies being a Latino and claims to be a descendent of the Spaniards who settled Cuba. When faced with the news that he had been ‘outed,’ Roan responded, ““Is it racist to be proud of your own heritage? Is it racist to want to keep your own heritage pure?”

Representatives for the Haley campaigned initially defended Roan by stating “”there is nothing racial about this Cuban-American’s participation in the political process.”

Well, excuse me while I barf. The Council of Conservative Citizens has long been a designated hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and has been home to many of the most heinous racists of our time. The very fact that Garcia-Quintana sat on their board makes him complicit in the many racist writings and actions committed by this group. Claiming “White Pride,” which is essentially what he is doing, speaks volumes to this man’s idelology.

In addition, it was revealed that Roan runs an anti-immigration group called Americans Have Had Enough. The group claims to be fighting the “Illegal Alien Invasion.”

Once it became clear that there was no covering any of this up, Nikki Haley’s campaign gave him the boot and issued a statement claiming, “we were previously unaware of some of the statements [Garcia-Quintana] had made, statements which do not well represent the views of the Governor.”

Uh…huh. If you believe. Although Haley is a Sikh, (She listed herself as “White” on her voter registration card)  it is difficult to believe that the man in question’s racist beliefs went unnoticed. Virtually every politician who has been found to have ties and associations with the Council of Concerned Citizens has feigned ignorance to their racial motivation once that association is made public.

It is also important to note that Haley is pro-life; opposed to affirmative action; anti-same-sex marriage; anti-separation of church and state; advocates an absolute right to bear arms; and anti-immigration, no pathway for citizenship, no anchor babies. In short, at the very least, a Rebiblican.

Need we say more?

 

 

 

 

Family Policy Network – Dominionists At Work

FPNAccording to the Family Policy Network, they are a” socially-conservative Christian organization that works to inform Christians and confront the culture on the important moral issues of the day.”

Of course, the “buzz” phrase in all of that is “confront the culture,” because climbing the cultural mountains is what all dominionist seek to do with their Seven Mountains Mandate.

They list as their three primary issues, The Family, Biblical Morality, and Religious Liberties. All of these reek of Dominionist “code speak.” “The Family,” as they see it consists only of a husband, wife, and their offspring. “Biblical Morality,” means nothing less than strict adherence to Old Testament scripture which they claim condemns homosexuality and advocates a patriarchal union between men and women where the woman is subservient to the man. As far as “Religious Liberties,” they mean liberties for Christians and exclusion of all others. This sort of religious supremacy is rampant among dominionist cults. While they are the first to scream about “Sharia Law,” they fail to acknowledge that their Biblical bent is comparable.

The FPN lists its objectives as:

– Educating Christians on important moral issues in public and corporate policy(What they really mean is poisoning the well with Biblical laws on such issues as abortion, birth control, same-sex marriage, and homosexuality.)

Confronting the culture by lifting a standard of righteousness in the public square.(Again we see the Seven Mountains Mandate creeping into their dialogue. Dominion over the “public square” complete with a theocratic ideology is what they seek.)

FPN3– Raising awareness of the harmful effects of immorality on families and communities. (Conquering the family mountain is of the utmost importance. Interestingly, here they would be the morality police making policies dictating what is moral and what is not.)
– Dissuading companies from condoning and/or sponsoring immoral behavior

(Simply put, this group, along with dozens of others, believe that companies and corporations should discriminate against homosexuals, and that homosexuality is a basis for dismissal from employment. Additionally, they have been behind the push toward mandatory birth control coverage.)

– Promoting forgiveness and healing as an “alternative lifestyle” for people involved in the sin of homosexuality (Along with many other dominionist groups, the FPN believes in Reparative Therapy for homosexuals and that gays are a sinful and heinous group who must be reformed before they can be forgiven.)

– Supporting laws protecting families, religious liberties, decency and health (Again, we witness the deliberately innocuous code speak endemic to the Dominionist mindset. The ideas of  religious freedom, protecting families, decency and good health are important to everyone. The use of such buzz words and phrases has worked well in their recruitment activities.)

– Encouraging corporate and public support for honoring America’s Christian heritage (Dominioists are hell-bent on convincing the world that we are a Christian Nation and that we were founded as such. “Heritage” is yet another of those buzz words in their arsenal aplenty.)

– Defending Biblical Christianity as the only answer to life’s ultimate questions (The FPN isn’t even trying to camouflage their dominionist leanings with this one. The use of the word “only” demonstrates their intolerance of all other religions and teachings.

– Equipping and networking Christians together for the purpose of preserving society and advancing the Kingdom of God (Kingdom Theology, proselytizing, and recruiting are all instruments in the Dominionist tool chest. The preservation of society is simply another way of saying “taking dominion.”

– Maintaining Christian humility and integrity in all aspects of the organization’s endeavors. (This begs the question – what is “Christian” humility and integrity? It certainly is an implication that those other than Christians lack these attributes, or, at the very least, that “Christian” humility and integrity is superior to all others.)

The Family Policy Network claims that “Confrontation” is one of their “Strategic Priorities.” They describe this as:

FPN2Working to hold corporations and public officials accountable for actions, policies and statements that undermine traditional values in society, FPN utilizes news releases, Email alerts, media interviews and other venues to confront policies and proposals that would undermine religious liberties, traditional morality, and the value of human life. (Empahsis added)

Dominionists love the word “traditional,” considering it appealing to the masses and underestimating the populace. In a world that is striving for advancement and a forward direction, the Dominionist realizes that their brand of archaic and backward thinking is not as palatable to mainstream America as it used to be, they tend to reach out to those who are disenfranchised or lost with a promise of “Taking America Back.” They capitalize on nostalgia and the remembering of the “good old days” with words like “traditional” and “heritage.”

Knowing that one of the most precious things to most people is “human life” and that we must protect it, they use the term “value human life.” Of course we all do. However, this term, as used by them is directed toward the issue of abortion and a woman’s right to choose.

In response to the recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America to allow gay youth into their rank and file, FPN President Joe Glover issued the following statement:

“The Boy Scouts of America should drop the phrase ‘to God’ and ‘morally straight’ from their oath, since they’ve decided to reject His standards of morality. The Bible clearly states homosexuality is a sin against God, and yet the Boy Scouts of America has decided to allow it.

“Parents should only place their children in the care of people who readily accept God’s definition of what it means to be ‘morally straight.’ Unfortunately, the leaders of the Boy Scouts of America have chosen a form of moral character that arrogantly rejects God’s written Word.”

For a look into the mindset of the FPN, one has only to look at their “Policy Papers” found here.

It is important to note that this organization, along with many, others exert an enormous amount of pressure upon our elected officials and policy makers to accept their ideas, ideologies, and policies and enact them into law. They wield a lot of influence in the halls of government and have made some major inroads into getting their people into offices of power. Also note that many of these organizations raise enormous sums of money and have many well-heeled foundations and individuals supporting their efforts.

Dominionists Preying On Our Children

You know, the old saying, “You learn something new everyday” is a real truism for me, and it’s especially true when I go deep into the bowels of the Dominionist sewer.

Now, I’ve known for some time that much of the homeschooling movement is being promoted by the religious right who hold nothing but great disdain for the whole separation of church and state idea and those who wish to rewrite our history and science curriculum to present their whacked out versions. However, it wasn’t until recently that I learned of the “Exodus Mandate.”

E. Ray Moore

E. Ray Moore

The Exodus Mandate comes to us out of Columbia, South Carolina and is an Evangelical Christian Movement advocating a mass withdrawal of students from the public school system into ChristianSchools or homeschools. It’s run by E. Ray Moore, Jr. and is a project of Frontline Ministries, Inc., a Dominionist outfit which seeks to “impact culture with the Christian faith.” It appears that the major focus of Frontline is on our children. That isn’t surprising since Moore believes that if they can control the children they can control the world.

E. Ray Moore is an extremist, to be certain. Referring to the Public School System as “Godless and Pagan,” Moore offers a one-year plan to “rescue” our children and calls it “The Call to Dunkirk.” I kid you not.

Appealing to Christian families to remove their children from the public education system, Moore cautions them that if they do not do so they will be considered a “failure” in their parenting:

“After your kids spend 12 years in public schools, there is a 70% chance that when they leave home, that they will quit going to church. In other words, there is a 70% chance you will be considered a failure at raising your kids if you keep them in public schools.”

Linda Harvey

Linda Harvey

At its conception the Exodus Mandate movement endorsed the “School Risk Audit Program” that was spearheaded by Mission America, Linda Harvey’s anti-homosexual organization which has been designated a Hate Group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The School Risk Audit Program investigates schools looking for any signs of LGBT tolerance or support, including anti-bullying programs, and safe-schools programs that include lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered students, as well as anti-discrimination policies that include LGBT students, faculty, or staff.

Posturing that American Public Schools present a “clear and present danger to our children,” Moore rails against any form of “Common Core” curriculum. This isn’t all that surprising since truth and accuracy in presenting materials to young people is not the intent or, even, the desire of the Dominionist Christian, as is evident in the recent battles of the last few years over textbook bastardization to reflect Christian values to the exclusion of all others.

Moore applauds and links to a recent interview conducted by “Renew America,” another ultra-right-wing entity dedicated to furthering the same kind of quasi-Christian propaganda. The interview quotes Christina Michas, Founder and leader of the Palm Springs Patriots Coalition and President of the Palm Springs Eagle Forum. (That, in and of itself tells us a whole lot.) Micahs was also the recipient of the  2010 Salvatori Award from the Heritage Foundation for her instrumental work in the Tea Party Movement.

When given the opportunity to address the idea of a “Common Core Curriculum,” this is what she had to say:

 Common Core is a Nationalized Federal government takeover of our Education system which of course is against the law, as the Federal Government is not allowed to set any educational curriculum standards – a right reserved to the States. Least of all do they have the power to create a one size fits all complete take over of education on all levels. This is a States rights issue. The Federal Government has standardized the education curriculum that will apply to all public schools, charter schools, private schools, Christian schools and homeschooling. No one is safe from this new mandate. Common Core Standards are being mandated and implemented by the Federal Government via organizations such as National Governors Association, Achieve, and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).

What makes common core so dangerous to our children and us is becoming more evident each day. First of all, it is a one size fits all, education takeover. So, let’s say your child has a learning disorder. He or she will be left behind, as CC has no provision for helping those that can’t keep up.

The comparison of Nazism and Common Core (CC) are uncanny. One such comparison is that Nazism had Leaders and Master Teachers in the National Socialists Teachers League that visited schools and kept data files on Teachers. The Obama Administration funded 10,000 Master Teachers (MT’S) to train Teachers on CC and the MT’s will keep data files on students and Teachers. Students were taught to spy on parents and teachers. CC will have students as young as 5 participating in the evaluation of Teachers. In Nazism, the curriculum was rewritten to provide a Nazi (government) approved curriculum.. Common Core curriculum is being rewritten to provide a global approved curriculum. Nazism kept huge data files on students and teachers and Common Core will data mine the students with over 400 different data points on each child, their family and teachers from pre-kindergarten to workforce…And one final comparison is Nazism had strong Teachers’ Unions (NSTL). We have but to look at how powerful the Teacher’s unions are in our country and only growing stronger in power and influence under this current Obama Administration’s unholy alliance with them at America‘s expense and the expense of the education of our children.. The quality of the educational standards of our children has suffered at the hands of these Teachers’ Unions. Common Core is no different. Our children will suffer at the hand of a government controlled education system. They will no longer be able to have dreams and goals but only those that the government wishes them to have (UNESCO – A21). If this isn’t Nazism, Communism, Marxism and all the “ism’s,” I don’t know what is. The worst part is they are lying to parents and teachers about what Common Core really is and the effects it will have. Teachers don’t even realize that their jobs are in jeopardy for, if they do not conform, they will be removed.. But, then again, were not the people of Russia, Germany etc. all deceived until it was too late??

You asked why it is dangerous? In addition to the above, according to the Dept. of Education’s own document, Grit, Tenacity and Perseverance, they outline the data mining methods that will be used on the children. fMRI’s will be used through their computers to scan the child to see how they react to different stimuli (pg. 32)…On page 44 of the same document, they show the different technologies that will be used such as Facial Expression Camera’s that will be on the computer, Posture Analysis Seats, Pressure Mouse and Wireless Skin Conductance Sensors.. All of these methods, along with the other data they will collect on families, religious affiliations, voting affiliations, health records, whether or not families own guns etc. are just a few of the data points they want to collect from the children. Children will be encouraged to spy and report on what their families do at home…Sounds like one of the famous “ism’s” to me. Big Brother will know everything about how you and your children live, work and play… None of the technology being used has been tested to see what effects, if any, it will have on the children. And, if that is not enough, the Master Teachers will be instructing the Teachers to not teach our nations framework or any form of nationalism. Instead they will be trained to be “good global, sustainable citizens” prepared for a global world not our proud heritage as we were taught. They will become a “managed work force” for the New World Order…Many will be forced to choose a career path by 9 years old based on the data mined on each child.. Children will be separated based on how their data is analyzed to see if they will comply or be rebellious and will be placed into groups accordingly…Communist China has this method. The Chinese government decides what “career” you will have.. No longer will a child be able to strive to achieve his or her own goals.. They will be “managed.”

Children will no longer be taught the usual math, literature, history or social studies. The curriculum, as designed, will change how children learn as much of our history has been distorted or eliminated by the authors of Common Core.. Teachers will teach to the test only.. They say that it is to the child’s benefit not to teach them critical thinking and problem solving, but rather to memorize desired information; teaching to tests only.. It will be the dumbing down of our children.

Many of our states currently have superior curriculum to CC but it will be discarded in favor of the inferior CC Curriculum.. California is one State believe it or not.. The adoption of Common Core Curriculum Standards will be substantially identical across all states, “a one size fits all” and does not address the unique individuality of each child. It is teaching children all the same thing at the same time regardless of their developmental or language differences.

These are just a few examples of what Common Core is and why it is dangerous for our children and us. Many corporations are lining up at the gravy trough as they will be poised to make a bundle especially the tech industries.. Microsoft, Google, AT&T, and many others are signed on along with Exxon Mobile, Walmart, General Electric, Warren Buffet, and George Soros. William Ayres of the Weather Underground Terrorist organization along with his good friend, Linda Darling Hammond, both far left radicals; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Jeb Bush is a strong proponent.

Mark Tucker, President of the National Center on Education and the Economy is another radical from the Clinton era and was instrumental in the development of this plan. His plan in a letter to Hillary Clinton in Nov. 1992 lays out his goal to “remold the entire American system” into a seamless web that literally extends from cradle to grave” and is the same system for everyone (Common Core). Tucker’s plan would change the mission of the schools from teaching children academic basics and knowledge to training them to serve the global economy in jobs selected by workforce boards. Hence all the corporate involvement.

Tucker’s plan was implemented in 3 laws and passed and signed by President Clinton in 1994. “The Goals 2000 Act,” “The School-to-Work Act” and the “Reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act.”

Arne Duncan, Sec. of Education is a strong proponent with UNESCO. So are the Pearson Foundation and Gulen Foundation (Charter Schools in the US), just to name a few.

 Now, I guess we could just chalk this up to another rant by another right-wing zealot. However, to do so might just not serve us well. In the years 2011-2012, approximately 1,972,433 kids were homeschooled in the United States. Another 5.5 million were enrolled in private Christian schools. With the current push to either Christianize our public schools, or to remove students from public education, the number of students who could be affected by this is almost unfathomable.

The byline of Frontline Ministries is “Taking Every Thought Captive.” Yet, public school opponents claim that our children are being “indoctrinated.” Of course, this sort of hypocrisy is one of the staples of the Dominionist movement. However, the indoctrination of the greatest asset that we, as Americans have, into a cult-like belief system that warps and bends all sense of logic, and as the end result produces a populace that moves in lockstep to a theocratic dogma is a frightening scenario. Our children represent the future, and the future depends on the present.

Virginia Republicans Nominate Bigotry To Lead Them

Ken Cuccinelli

Ken Cuccinelli

Virginia – we have a problem! On November 5, of this year you will go to the polls to elect your State Governor and just last week, the Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, won the Republican nomination – seriously? Not only did he win the nomination – but he did so by acclamation! What’s up with that?

Obviously, Virginians haven’t thought this through! Cuccinelli is an ultra-right ideologue with an agenda. And…if that isn’t enough, The Virginia Republican delegates selected E.W. Jackson for Cuccinelli’s Lt. Governor. Now, if that isn’t a pair to draw to!

Let’s look at this.

Cuccinelli is a pro-lifer who believes that life begins at conception. As a former Virginia Senator, good ole boy, Ken, introduced legislation that would prohibit children of illegal immigrants born in the U.S. from becoming citizens. Additionally, he believes that an inability to speak English in the workplace qualifies as grounds for termination.

He is a major 2nd Amendment advocate who believes that a person should only be disqualified for conceal carry permit by a court ruling based on the applicant’s past actions. So, I guess, if a person has a history of mental illness, but hasn’t committed a violent act YET, that person should be given a liscense to carry a firearm.

According to Cuccinelli, the only sex-education that should be taught in public schools is absitenance education.

As to homosexuality, Ken says, “My view is that homosexual acts, not homosexuality, but homosexual acts are wrong. They’re intrinsically wrong. And I think in a natural law based country it’s appropriate to have policies that reflect that. … They don’t comport with natural law. I happen to think that it represents (to put it politely; I need my thesaurus to be polite) behavior that is not healthy to an individual and in aggregate is not healthy to society.”

 Additionally, Ken Cuccinelli is a friend of big oil and gas and very much against prioritizing any form of green energy. According to his Wikipedia profile:

“On February 16, 2010, Cuccinelli filed a request with the United States Environmental Protection Agency to reopen its proceeding regarding EPA’s finding that greenhouse gases endanger public health. He also sought judicial review of EPA’s finding in Federal court. His press statement explained, “We cannot allow unelected bureaucrats with political agendas to use falsified data to regulate American industry and drive our economy into the ground”.On March 19, Cuccinelli announced that the total number of states supporting Virginia’s position is now at least 15.

“On April 1, 2010, Cuccinelli announced he would challenge the March 2010 standards for fuel efficiency for cars and trucks finalized by the Obama administration and Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Air Act.”

However, if those things don’t give Virginians a good enough reason to send Cuccinelli packing, looking at the agenda of E.W. Jackson should absolutely deliver the message.

Earl Walker Jackson

Earl Walker Jackson

Earl Walker Jackson, Sr. is a minister, an attorney, and a politician. He is the founder and current president of  Staying True To America’s National Destiny (S.T.A.N.D., an ultra-conservative non-profit organization that’s dedicated to restoring America’s Judeo-Christian ethics.

Jackson claims that he was raised as a Democrat, but his religious views led him to “embrace conservatism.” In 2012, he recorded a video encouraging all African-Americans to leave the Democratic Party claiming that it had abandoned the values of the black community and that blacks had “developed a slavish devotion to the party.”

Right Wing Watch has given us a pretty good insight into just what those American Judeo-Christian values are to Jackson:

Jackson on gays and lesbians:

  • Referred to gays and lesbians as “perverted,” “degenerate,” “spiritually darkened” and “frankly very sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally.”
  • Said regarding homosexuality: “it poisons culture, it destroys families, it destroys societies; it brings the judgment of God unlike very few things that we can think of.”
  • Argued that gays seek to “sexualize [children] at the earliest possible age” and use “totalitarian” tactics.
  • Claimed gays are hurting black women: “I’ve heard a lot of young black ladies that a lot of young black men seem to be gay. I’ve heard them complain about it, they say ‘so many of these guys are homosexuals’ and they are frankly frustrated by it.”
  • Demanded the reinstitution of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell : “The military has been decimated by this lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender policy that has now been implemented. It’s an abomination and it’s only going to weaken us militarily and they need to undo it,” warning that the policy’s repeal is a “disaster of historic proportions.”
  • Contended that homosexuality is “killing black men by the thousands” and said of gay rights advocates: “what they’re promoting is killing people.”
  • Called GLSEN founder and anti-bullying activist Kevin Jennings a “radical homosexual activist” who should have been “imprisoned” in a letter demanding he resign as head of the Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools.
  • Said there is a “direct connection” between gays and pedophilia.

Jackson on Obama and Democrats:

  • Wondered how the Democratic Party “managed to hold on to black Christians in spite of an agenda worthy of the Antichrist.”
  • Proclaimed that “the Democrat Party has shown itself to be anti-Christian, anti-Bible, anti-family, anti-life and anti-God… We’re calling people to come out of the Democrat Party and not support candidates who represent its values and the rebellion that it represents against God. That certainly would include President Barack Obama.”
  • Claimed that Democratic Party supporters are “insulting their faith and blaspheming their God” by supporting a “coalition of the godless.”
  • Warned that ministers who support Obama “are going to have to answer to God” if they encourage “their congregations to support this abomination.”
  • Said Democrats believe “that the Bible is a lie and indeed they are saying that God is a liar.”
  • Argued that “liberalism and their ideas have done more to kill black folks whom they claim so much to love than the Ku Klux Klan, lynching and slavery and Jim Crow ever did, now that’s a fact.”
  • Maintained that Obama “seems to have a lot of sympathy for even radical Islam” and “clearly has Muslim sensibilities,” arguing that Obama “certainly does have a lot of affection and favor for Islam, that seems to be his priority…Christianity, I don’t really think about that with him, I really don’t, that’s a joke.”
  • Compared Democratic leaders to “slave masters” who make sure that black people who disagree with them are “punished.”
  • Insisted that Planned Parenthood “has been far more lethal to Black lives than the KKK ever was.”
  • Predicted that African Americans will “overwhelmingly” vote against Obama as a result of his endorsement of marriage equality and a move of God to “stir the hearts of His people” and push them against the Democrats.
  • Maintained that the President and First Lady are both Communist sympathizers who dislike America.

Now, I have to ask the question – “Is that REALLY what Virginians want representing them?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right-Wing Hissy-Fit

BSAOh boy! Now those pesky little boy scouts have gone and done it! What the hell was that Board thinking? Now they have the whole of the right-wing fundies on a tear! Good Grief! Imagine doing something like allowing kids who happen to be gay to become a Boy Scout! Why, that flies in the face of all that is holy! I mean, after-all, they will all go camping together, and use the same showers, and, you know, it might rub off! They might recruit otherwise straight, upstanding boys into their lifestyle!

With the ruling of the Boy Scouts of America which will now allow openly gay boys into their organization, the bigoted asshats on the right are on the warpath. They have taken to Twitter and Facebook and other social media to condemn the decision and they aren’t mincing any words.

Rick-perry3Rick Perry, the Dominionist Governor of Texas who favors secession claimed to be “Saddened” that the “BSA bends to the whim of political correctness.” I guess he would rather the BSA continue to discriminate against countless young men who want nothing more than to have some camaraderie with their peers.

birdenstineOklahoma Representative Jim Birdenstine, who was equally offended, grumbled “If the Left were truly tolerant, they would tolerate the Boy Scouts being who they have always been.” That’s right, Jim, we should have just allowed them to continue their bigoted practices and to teach our children to be just like you.

EricksonErick Erickson, the ultra conservative blogger from Red State claimed to have no problem with the BSA making that decision and then told us that “I honestly cannot see me now enrolling my son in the scouts as a result.” Well, that’s too bad. Depriving your child of that experience is a shame. Just think what he could have learned.

FischerOf course, Bryan Fischer from the American Family hate group just had to weigh in. In his usual irascible manner, Bryan said “BSA now stands for Boy Sodomizers of America, because that’s what will happen. Mark my words.” You know, one has to wonder about Bryan. The man doth protest too much.

tony-perkins-photoThen there is Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council who whined “Boy Scouts’ Decision Another Casualty of Moral Compromise.” Of course, we know that the guardians of morality don’t consider how ‘moral’ it is to oppress and discriminate against an entire group of people. That must be a Christian thing?

Matt-BarberDominionist attorney Matt Barber from the Liberty Council issued a rather touching statement, Boy Scouts of America: Born February 8, 1910. Died, May 23, 2013. RIP.” Uh, correct me if I am wrong, but Barber’s specialty is “Constitutional Law.” Since when is it Constitutional to infringe upon a person’s rights?

There were others, all of them similar. Immediately following the BSA’s decision a group of members of the BSA, including parents, scoutmasters, Eagle Scouts, and other leaders announced they would start another group which would adhere to their “timeless values.” They issued the following statement:

OMHSTATEMENT

 

“It is with great sadness and deep disappointment that we recognize on this day that the most influential youth program in America has turned a tragic corner. The vote today to allow open and avowed homosexuality into Scouting will completely transform it into an unprincipled and risky proposition for parents. It is truly a sad day for Scouting.

The Boy Scouts of America has a logo that bears the phrase ‘Timeless Values.’ Today, the BSA can no longer use this phrase in good faith. It has demonstrated by its actions that the organization’s values are not timeless, and instead they are governed by changing tides of polls, politics and public opinion.

The saddest part of today’s decision is what the organization is teaching our children and young people in the program.

The BSA is teaching our kids that when your values become unpopular, just change them.

The BSA is teaching our kids that when your convictions are challenged, just cave to peer pressure.

The BSA is teaching our kids that public opinion polls are more important than principles.

Today, the BSA is teaching our kids that you should not stand up for what is right instead you should stand up for what is popular.

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to “prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.”

The BSA is teaching our kids through its new mission that we don’t make ethical and moral choices through the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law but we make them like an unprincipled politician does, by putting your finger in the air and seeing which way the wind is blowing or by looking at the latest polling results.

What kind of a message are we sending to young people about being brave when its top adult leaders don’t even have the courage to stand up to the pressure of a militant lobby when the bullies in Washington DC, Hollywood or even some of their own renegade councils start pressuring and harassing them?

Each and every one of the thousands of Scouting families that have supported and followed our movement must now make a very difficult decision. We respect the right for each parent and family to decide whether they will continue their membership in the Boy Scouts of American or not.

Many, like me and my family, cannot continue to support an organization more concerned with the intolerant demands of activists while compromising the safety and security of the young people they swore to serve. In July of last year, after a two year study from 2010 to 2012, the BSA’s eleven member task force unanimously concluded that their existing policy on this issue was “the absolute best policy for the Boy Scouts of America.” Suddenly, less than a year later, that is abruptly reversed.

We hoped to keep sex and politics out of Scouting. Now we grieve for those young boys who will not have the wonderful traditions and experiences that so many of us have had in Scouting.

Despite this setback, we will look to the future. I am pleased to announce that OnMyHonor.Net along with other likeminded organizations, parents and BSA members, are announcing a coalition meeting that will take place next month in Louisville, Kentucky. There we will discuss the creation of a new character development organization for boys. While the meeting will be private, your voice is very important to us and will be represented there. We will host and facilitate a national coalition meeting of former BSA parents and other youth leaders who wish to return to truly timeless values that once made the BSA great. We welcome your comments as we develop our plans. Please share your thoughts with us at Contact@OnMyHonor.Net

We grieve today, not because we are faced with leaving Scouting, but because the Boy Scouts of America has left us. Its leadership has turned its back on 103 years of abiding by a mission to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices. Instead, it is embarking on a pathway of social experimentation that we believe will place at risk the very youth the organization is entrusted to serve, while rendering as hollow the tenets of the Scout Oath. Many of us find that unacceptable, and we have a desire to explore how we might serve families and young people at the highest standard originally intended by Scouting’s founder, Robert Baden-Powell.”

The new organization can be found at On My Honor.

It would appear that no matter how hard we try to eliminate or allieviate the racism, bigotry, and hatred in this country there will always be those who cloak themselves in the American flag, thump their Bibles, carry their crosses, and claim to be virtuous. However, the tide is turning – a little slower than we would like – but turning just the same.

Dominionist Speak

brainWhen I first started researching Dominionism and the dangers that it poses, I thought my brain would explode! It has been one of the most challenging feats that I have ever attempted.

This learning curve was exacerbated by the sheer number of individuals and entities involved in the movement, but it was the terminology that created the most frustrating of all obstacles I had to overcome.

As I have stated many times over, the Dominionists are masters at deception and stealth maneuvers. They have become extremely savvy at marketing and branding themselves as anything other than what they truly are. And…they certainly have a way with words.

In order to gain a reasonable understanding of what they are truly all about and how they differ from mainstream Christians I knew that I had to understand the terminology behind their movement as well as the Christian religion in general. Consequently, I began to generate a glossary of the most common terms and definitions associated with both.

This glossary is anything but complete – it is a work in progress and will be added to on a regular basis. However, I thought that it might prove helpful to others who are trying to understand this subject.

NOTE: The Glossary does not include the many buzz-words and phrases that are used by Dominionist to bamboozle and confound the unsuspecting. That will appear in a post dedicated to just that.