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The Highest Form of Ignorance

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

One has to wonder just what Martin Luther King, Jr. would have thought about those who would oppress a whole group of people based on sexual orientation. We have to wonder how he would have responded to the concientious stupidity of the radical right wing hate mongers who spew their venom while attempting to persecute homosexuals in the name of God.

Last week, Mat Staver and Sean Akers of the Liberty Counsel demonstrated their ignorance and stupidity, yet again, when they appeared on the Faith and Freedom show hosted by Staver. Outraged that a U.S. Department of Agriculture promoted a Gay Pride event, Staver claimed that the newsletter” is proof that the USDA intimidates employees if they don’t participate.” Akers, on the other hand, argued that the agency is using Saul Alinsky tactics “to wage a quiet revolution” and a “culture war.” – See more at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/staver-obama-violating-first-amendment-affirming-immoral-and-unhealthy-homosexuality#sthash.4LzP75hJ.dpuf

They then had their panties in a bunch over a brochure that had been published by DOJPride, which is an LGBT rights group comprised of Department of Justice employees. The brochure was aimed at creating an all-inclusive work environment which Staver and Akers claim “cripples free speech.”

According to Staver, “Essentially what we have in this administration is an LGBT affirmative action program. This is the most outrageous violation of conscience and the First Amendment that I have seen within any federal agency to force people’s conscience to affirm something that historically has been, and according to natural law and biblical revelation, is unnatural, immoral and unhealthy.”

But, the Liberty Counsel is only one of the organizations working overtime to vilify the gay community. We certainly cannot ignore The Family Research Council and their leader, the infamous Tony Perkins who believes that the alarming number of sexual assaults in the military can be blamed upon gays and the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

And then there is poor old Mike Huckabee who teamed up with Penny Nance from Concerned Women for America to bemoan the current state of affairs and warn that people who live in states with marriage equality have “lost their rights,” and that every fear that people have had about gay rights is now coming true.

Now, not to be upstaged, Pat Robertson just had to add his two cents to the mix of obtusely ignorant rants on the 700 Club today. From Right Wing Watch:

Following the BSA’s decision to lift its ban on openly gay youth, Robertson on the 700 Club today said that it is a “terrible shame” that a “tiny minority” is “willing to rip apart the framework of traditional marriage; to rip apart an organization that has done so much good for young people, the Boy Scouts; to rip apart certain of these other things that we have counted as important in our society; all for one thing: that the way they do sex will be accepted in the mainstream of society.”

These are some of those people who are considered to be “the chosen ones,” the prophets, the apostles within the Dominionist Movement. Maybe they aren’t familiar with the Bard. Perhaps Shakespeare could enlighten them:

“Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.” (William Shakespeare

Or, perhaps they would be better off to shut the hell up rather than show their ignorance to the rest of the world.

The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about. (Wayne Dyer)

 

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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:

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“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.

The Family Research Council – Hate & Bigotry Wrapped Up In Religious Zealotry

The Family Research Council

Hate & Bigotry Wrapped Up In Religious Zealotry

By Nicole Nichols

logoThere is little wonder that the Family Research Council was designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center three years ago. The real puzzlement lies in the fact that even after such a designation the center has done nothing to ameliorate those charges and everything to live up to that characterization.

During the recent flap over the Boy Scouts of America’s consideration to allow homosexual youth and scout masters into their rank and file, something that shouldn’t even be a question mark, the Family Research Council and its members were sent into paroxysms of rage. The anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti-non-Christian group wasted no time in pooling the resources of dozens of other similar groups together to publish this full-page advertisement in USA Today reaching readers throughout the country:

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Once the decision had been tabled until May, the Council celebrated and thanked all of those who supported them as President Tony Perkins issued the following statement:

tony 2“However, it is not enough that they postpone a decision. Instead, the BSA board should publicly re-affirm their current standards, as they did just last July. We look forward to continuing to work with scouting parents, leaders of the faith-based organizations that charter over two-thirds of the packs and the troops. We will also continue to communicate with the Scout leadership about the grave consequences that would result if they were to compromise their moral standards in the face of threats from corporate elites and homosexual activists.”

Perkins has a long standing history of hatred and bigotry toward all things non-Christian and non-heterosexual. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Liberty University, an Evangelical Christian school in Virginia, that steeps its students in creationism and dominionist dogma.

Perkins went on to become a police officer, a television reporter, and a two-term legislator in the Louisiana House of Representatives. While in office, Perkins pushed for prayer in public schools and to prevent what he called “Censorship of America’s Christian Heritage.” He authored the nation’s first covenant marriage law which would permit divorce only in cases of physical abuse, abandonment, imprisonment, or after two years of separation.

Believing that judicial nominees were being blocked by U.S. Senate Democrats, who were waging a war against orthodox religious views, and that the nominees were being persecuted for their Christian beliefs, Perkins organized Justice Sunday, an attempt to mobilize the Evangelical Christian base into support of Christian judicial nominees.

Klansman David Duke

Klansman David Duke

Tony Perkins is no saint. In 1996, he was campaign manager for Woody Jenkins who was running against Mary Landrieu. He paid a whopping $82,500 to Ku Klux Klansman David Duke for Duke’s mailing list, a stunt that ended up in the campaign being fined for false disclosure after his attempt to hide the payment to the nefarious racist.

But, his elbow-rubbing with white supremacists didn’t end there as he continued his bigotry with the Council of Conservative Citizens, a group which has also been named a hate group by the SPLC and which outwardly considers black people as a “retrograde species of humanity.”

Perkins has been the head honcho at the Family Research Council since 2003. The Council is an offshoot of James Dobson’s Focus on the Family. Because of the political nature of the Council, the founders believed it might threaten the tax-exempt status of Focus on the Family, hence the separation of the two entities.

The first president of the FRC was Gary Bauer, an evangelical Christian, politician and Ronald Reagan acolyte of equal intolerance to Perkins.

The FRC is extremely active in the political arena and in policy making decisions. With a membership of approximately a half-million, and a cadre of heavy-hitting, well-heeled board members and staff, they enter the halls of government on local, state, and federal levels with a fair amount of clout.

Focusing on all things Christian, the FRC is virulently anti-abortion, anti-separation of church and state, anti-homosexual, anti-immigrant, and anti-pornography. They are one of the leading organizations in funding the conservative movement. Every Fall, the FRC Action group holds the Values Voters Summit, comprised of Christian activists and voters in Washington, DC. where conservative  presidential and congressional hopefuls can be heard and evaluated. In 2012, those who participated included: Rep. Michelle Bachmann; Gary Bauer; Glenn Beck; Gen. William Boykin; Governor Jan Brewer; Rep. Eric Cantor; Sen. Ted Cruz; Sen. Jim DeMint; Rep. Jeff Fortenberry; Governor Mike Huckabee; Rep. Tim Huelskamp; Rep. Jim Jordan; Rep. Steve King; Rep. James Lankford; Governor Bob McDonnell; Lt. Col. Oliver North; Sen. Rand Paul; Governor Mitt Romney; Rep. Paul Ryan; and Sen. Rick Santorum.

This is but a sampling of those who the FRC has great influence over. The Complete roster can be seen here: http://www.valuesvotersummit.org/speakers.

During the 2012, summit, a group Dream Act activists and GetEQUAL activists staged a protest during Mitt Romney’s speech. Apparently, the good Christians present weren’t called upon to feel very Christ-like on that evening and began throwing punches and shoving the young protestors.  Brent Bozell was introducing a speaker and from the podium he told the protestors to leave and told the audience “if you see any protestors, beat ‘em up.” Felipe Matos, one of the protestors,  gave this account:

“As soon as we started our action and pulled out a giant rainbow flag in full sight, conference participants morphed into an angry mob. Some screamed, “Our values are not killing you! It’s AIDS, and you’re spreading it!” Others told us, “Get out of my country!” even though Sean Watkins, one of our activists from Ohio, served in the military during the Iraq War. It was horrifying to see participants and security guards attacking one of our lead organizers in D.C., Charles Butler, pushing and choking him so much that he was out of breath and fell to the floor a few times.”

Jerry Boykin

Jerry Boykin

Recently, General Jerry Boykin was chosen to fill the seat of Executive Vice President for the Family Research Council. Boykin brings a whole new dimension the Council as he is well known for his noxious Islamophobic views. As a 36-year veteran of the military, and a former U.S. deputy undersecretary of defense under Donald Rumsfeld, Boykin likened the War on Terror to a battle against Satan, claimed that George W. Bush was put into office by God, and was censured by the Army for giving speeches at various Christian events while in full-dress uniform.

During his tenure, he ranted that Muslims hate America, and stated that the military is recruiting a spiritual army that will draw strength from a greater power to destroy their enemies. According to Boykin, Islam is not a religion and does not deserve First Amendment protection.

In Jerry Boykin’s world,  mosques should be banned in the United States.  After all,  “we are at war” against the threat of Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood, which he says is trying to implement Sharia law in the U.S.  Of course, his history of incendiary remarks drew a lot of heat recently and he was forced to withdraw from delivering a speech at the 2012 National Prayer Breakfast, held at West Point in February, thanks to a lot of pressure from the good folks at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.  A few months after that, in July, the FRC hired Boykin as executive vice president. We can only imagine what he will bring to their already hate-filled feast.

Along with the big push against the Boy Scouts of America, the FRC has recently taken up the fight against the Violence Against Women Act. Calling  upon their membership, the FRC sent out an email alert and quoted Phyllis Schlafly who wrote:

schlafly-460x307“[VAWA] has done little or no good for real victims of domestic violence, while its funds have been used to fill feminist coffers and to lobby for feminist objectives and laws. Although every spending bill should be subject to rigorous auditing procedures in order to curb waste and fraud, VAWA has somehow ducked accountability for the [$660 million] a year it doles out to radical feminist organizations.”

The email went on to say:

“Among the bill’s most egregious parts is a provision that would ban funds to grantees who may have religious objections to homosexuality–even if no documented case of refused services has been found. It also includes special assistance for homosexual victims.”

The FRC is a dangerous organization posing a real threat to the very fabric of a multicultural society such as ours. Their every move and motivation is based a dark undercurrent of hatred, ignorance, and fear, and they have become very adept at spreading their pernicious message to millions of vulnerable individuals. Additionally, they have been successful in promoting and electing lawmakers into positions of power who will succumb to the pressure and the purse of those who seek to force us into the abyss of a societal demise.

Who's Who In The FRC

Who’s Who In The FRC

 

Divine Scrutiny In The Voting Booth – God Is Watching

Divine Scrutiny In The Voting Booth

God is Watching

By Nicole Nichols

I’ll bet you didn’t know that when you cast your vote in November you were being tested! And, I’ll lay another wager that you had no idea that God was the proctor of that test! How many of you went to the polls realizing that you were under such divine scrutiny?

jacksonPrior to the election, Dominionist Pastor Harry Jackson was making predictions that black and Hispanic Christians would vote for Romney over Obama because of Obama’s stands on abortion and same-sex marriage. He asserted that re-election of President Obama would bring “divine judgment upon America,” and that God was already hard at work trying to remove anyone who favors same sex marriage from office.

Gee, I thought that God was all-powerful and that if he wanted something like that done he could do so with a nod of the head! My bad. Little did I realize that he would have to tax himself to accomplish such a feat. At any rate, if Jackson is correct, God really didn’t do so well this time around.

So now what? I mean, African Americans and Hispanics voted and President Obama was given another shot at running the United States of America. The sky didn’t fall, and the Rapture didn’t come. The Mayan Calendar ended in a whimper and the mighty right-wing zealots are still licking their wounds.

Well, Jackson has somewhat of an apocalyptic view. He now believes that God has redirected his focus from those in office to the voters who just didn’t see things his way. Now God is going to “take out” those who voted for Obama as well as those who “don’t care about homosexual marriage.” He says that God doesn’t like the fact that voters chose “race over grace.”

Jackson serves as Senior Pastor at Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland. He is also a regional bishop in the Fellowship of International Churches. He founded and chairs the High Impact Leadership Coalition which is comprised of a group of ministers who oppose abortion and same-sex marriage.

Believing that President Obama is in a “committed relationship” with black voters, Jackson has claimed that relationship has become an “adulterous” one.

Jackson: “The black community is in an adulterous relationship with President Obama,” Jackson said. “He is asking us to stray from the most basic tenets of Scripture – that marriage is an institution made by God for man and woman to become one and procreate. He’s telling us it’s fine to hold onto our beliefs but that it’s also okay to accept his stance on a position that goes against that core belief.”

“This is no different than a married person having a relationship with someone other than their spouse,” said Jackson.

In actuality, Jackson is nothing more than a water boy for the Family Research Council and the National Organization For Marriage. He doesn’t see that because his ego is too fragile. NOM bought him for 20 thousand a year and whenever they need to appeal to the black community, guess who they parade out?  This tactic is certainly nothing new. However, it is demeaning both to Jackson and the black community.

While relaying his predictions on Trinity Broadcasting Network, he stepped into applauding the notion of the Seven Mountains Mandate, which advocates dominion over the seven areas of culture in our society, claiming that Christians will prevail and “replace Obama’s False Church.”

Jackson is but one of many who have been duped and bamboozled into doing the dirty work of the religious right. Much like the drug lords who send children into their gutter to deliver their wares, so as not to get their hands dirty or attract too much attention, the dominionist cult is not much different. When there is a job to do that might end badly, or might garner negative attention they rely on their lackeys to deliver. They truly are master manipulators.

This, however, doesn’t absolve Rev. Harry Jackson. Jackson is an educated man. But, like so many, his ego can be appealed to and stroked enough to make him believe that he truly is somebody who is valued. Just as there are millions of mainstream Christians sitting in the pews of steeple jacked churches across this country every Sunday never realizing that their minds are being warped with the dogma of a cult and by a malevolently twisted cult leader.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Separation of Church & State????

You only thought there was such a thing as separation of church and state. In this election year we are being smacked right in the face with the ugly fact that such a notion is just a pipe dream. As churches across America pick up the “Take America Back For Jesus” mantra, the radical religious right is fueling their gusto with may staged events all around the country.

In what seems to be an endless litany of scripture bastardizations, and a chorus of not so subtle amens, one event after another is being announced to coerce and badger their huge flocks into marching enmasse to the voting booths in November to cast out the evil black President and replace him with something far more sinister.

The latest? They aren’t waiting for that Sunday before election day. On Sunday, September 8, the Family Research Council, and the American Family Assoiciation, both of which are designated hate groups, will present a live, streaming simulcast from the First Baptist Church of Charlotte to over 2,000 churches and home groups nationwide.

According to their membership email:

FRC President Tony Perkins will serve as host for the simulcast which will also feature former Senator Rick Santorum, actor and producer Kirk Cameron, Shirley Dobson, and video messages from Franklin Graham, and Dr. Fred Luter, the new president of the Southern Baptist Convention.

“iPledge Sunday: A Call to Faith, Family, and Freedom,”the simulcast will gather Christians from across the country to celebrate Christian citizenship and exhort Christians to rise up on Election Day and make their voices heard. Over 2,000 churches and home groups are pledged to participate in what is expected to be the largest nationwide pre-election gathering of Christian voters.

Prior to the simulcast, FRC President Tony Perkins, Sen. Santorum, New York City Councilman Fernando Cabrera and Bishop Harry Jackson will hold a news conference to pre-view the simulcast and discuss the role of values voters in this year’s election. Both can be streamed live online for those unable to attend in-person.

This is but the beginning of the onslaught that church-goers are in for. Scripted sermons, voter packages, voter drives, and lots of instructions to circumvent the separtion of church and state laws are already going out to clergy across the country. The bully pulpits are not going to wait…they will raise their ugly fists, spew their hell-fire and brimstone, and intimidate their brain-washed and cowed congregations into submission by November 6th, come hell or high-water.