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Rick Warren, Liar! (and overview of the Fiasco) December 23, 2008

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Popular Pastor, Rick Warren is now speaking out of both sides of his mouth. In response to the controversy over his comparisons between gay marriage and incest and pedophilia, Warren has posted a video blog on his website denying that he ever made such a comparison.

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Rick Warren–Severe Cognitive Dissonance December 18, 2008

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Rick Warren will be giving the Invocation at Obama’s Presidential Inauguration.  This choice has sparked controversey among the right who feel that a pro-lifer should not be a part of a pro-choice President’s Inauguration.  It has also ignited outrage on the left because Rick Warren supported Prop 8, recently equated gays with pedophiles, and has supported the criminalization of homosexuality in African nations.

From a recent interview with BeliefNet

Warren: “I’m opposed to having a brother and sister be together and call that marriage. I’m opposed to an older guy marrying a child and calling that a marriage. I’m opposed to one guy having multiple wives and calling that marriage.”

Waldman: “You think those are equivalent to gays getting married?”

Warren: “Oh, I do.”

Warren went on to say that he is not a homophobe, has gay friends, has eaten dinner in gay homes, and believes that gay couples should have other civil rights like benefits and insurance.

Yet how can he be friends with gay couples if he believes that their relationships or marriages (after all the 18,000 gay couples that got married in CA may end up keeping their marriages) are morally equivalent to incest or pedophilia?

And what about Rick Warren’s comments in Uganda which are diametrically opposed to his comments with BeliefNet that he views gays should have all equal rights and protections except for marriage?

Dr [Rick] Warren said that homosexuality is not a natural way of life and thus not a human right. “We shall not tolerate this aspect at all,” Dr Warren said.

Rick Warren was speaking in Uganda, an African nation that criminalizes homosexuality.

How can Rick Warren believe that gays in America should have all civil rights except marriage while simultaneously advocating for gays in Africa to be imprisoned or worse?

Its seems Rick Warren is like many of the other Right Wingers who experience severe cognitive dissonance (thats where people hold two opposing beliefs at the same time).

Either that or he is a liar.

 My Open Letter to Pastor Rick Warren…..

Dear Pastor Rick Warren,

How can you compare two gay adults in a loving, committed, consensual, and legal relationship to an adult who rapes a child?

Don’t you realize that the myth that gays are child molesters or just as bad has lead to hate crimes against gays where people have been beaten and murdered?

How can you say that gay marriage could lead to bestiality or pedophile marriages when animals and children cannot give legal consent and cannot enter into legal contracts/license?

Why do you say that gay marriage would lead to polygamy when the countries that have gay marriage (Canada, South African, much of Europe and soon Nepal) do not allow polygamous marriages?

Why do you say that every culture and religion has disallowed gay marriage when that is a lie since several Native American cultures/religions use to allow forms of homosexual marriage with their Two Spirits/Berdaches and Medieval Europe had Brotherhood Marriages where men married other men and the Dahomey of West Africa use to allow women to marry other women?

Why do you say that gay marriage will lead to Pastors being jailed when that is not true because America has a much stronger Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Speech than most of Europe?  We don’t have those kind of hate speech laws and what happened to that Swedish preacher could not happen here.

Why do you say that you believe GLBT Americans should have all civil rights except marriage while supporting the criminalization of GLBT citizens in African nations?

Why do you lie on all these issues?  Isn’t lying a sin?  Shouldn’t you repent and apologize to the GLBT community for all the hurt and pain you have afflicted on them?

Love in Christ,

Josh

Mike Huckabee, Dangerous Theocrat December 12, 2008

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Although admired by many evangelicals, Mike Huckabee, did not get enough traction during the Republican primaries.  After all why would moderates vote for such an extremist?  However, now with his weekend show on Fox News and the release of his new book, Huckabee seems poised to re-position himself.

Yet, Huckabee isn’t going to shift towards the center.  He believes that the moderates can be sacrificed and that Republicans and Conservatives can win again by going hard core far right and reawaken the evangelical base.

Make no mistake about it, Huckabee is a hard core right winger.

In 1992 he expressed his views that the Federal Government should not fund AIDS research.  He also expressed his belief that Aids patients and gays should be round up and placed in quarantine camps. 

If you think that point of view is too radical to be shared by other Conservatives today– consider the views of Pastor Steve Kerns and his wife, State Representative of Oklahoma, Sally Kern….

    “We have to get rid of that and start curing those sinners. It’s past time that this nation stopped placating sin and start putting them in education programs. Courts can force drug offenders into treatment centers and violent people into anger management. There’s no reason our courts can’t do that with homos.”

Huckabee has also said that the Constitution should be changed to be more in line with the Bible.

The separation between Church and State be damned, one supposes, from ol’ Huckster’s point of view.

Huckabee has also stated that gay rights are not civil rights because gays have not experienced physical persecution. 

Umm, Huck, what about gays being burned at the stake during the Inquisition?  What about gay men being castrated during Colonial America?  What about some Native American tribes being exterminated because they accepted homosexuals/berdaches/Two Spirits?  What about thousands of gays being slaughtered during the Holocaust? What about gays being forced into institutions and lobotomized or recieving electro-shock therapy in recent American History?  What about the Stonewall Riots?  What about Matthew Shepard and Lawrence King?  What about many Middle Eastern and African countries that imprison and/or execute gays just for being homosexual?

Mike Huckabee v. Jon Stewart on gay marriage…

Jon Stewart of the Daily Show adeptly argues that Religion is much more of a lifestyle choice than homosexuality is yet religion is afforded many rights and protections.

Mike Huckabee is a dangerous politician who would distort the lines between Church and State, set up a Theocracy, and go all Nazi on gays in America if he could get away with it.

GOP Senators Block Auto Bailout December 12, 2008

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The auto bailout passed through the House but was blocked by GOP Senators in the Senate, last night Dec. 11th 2008.  The White House is considering using some of the funds from the Wall Street bailout to help the Big 3 in the Auto Industry.

The collapse of the auto industry could cost millions of jobs.   There are those in the GOP who want to bust up the Unions before they would give aid to the Auto companies.

While the GOP is playing to their economic elitist base, they risk tarnishing their image among moderates and progressives.  The Republican Party is often seen as being for coorperations and the rich at the expense of the middle class and the poor.

Do Republicans want a depression?

A condition of the bailout that most agree upon is that the Auto companies need to restructure and produce green efficient cars.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Racist December 5, 2008

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On the December 2nd 2008 show of The View, Elisabeth Hasselbeck referred to Medical Doctor and Spiritualist, Deepak Chopra as “glitter glasses whatshisname” and said he should “go burn a bowel of incense” in a jab against his Hindu derived spiritual beliefs.

Fans from the Television Without Pity website spearheaded an effort to contact ABC and ask that Hasselbeck apologize.  On today’s Dec. 4th show, Elisabeth gave a half baked apology right before a commercial break.  She did not explain the context of the apology nor did she explain why some Indian Americans, Hindus, and others were offended by her remarks.

Elisabeth had taken a jab at Deepak after he did an interview on CNN about the Mumbai terrorist attacks.  Deepak Chopra criticized America’s foriegn policy (Iraq war, civilian casualties) for causing outrage and resentment among the Islamic world which many scholars maintain contributes to turning moderates into radicals.

The Wall Street Journal also attacked Chopra, saying that he blamed America for terrorism.

Chopra responded to the attacks with a very nuanced interview with the Huffington Post.  Deepak and his son will also have editorials published in Friday’s edition of The Wall Street Journal where they will respond to the criticisms.

Here are some excerpts from Deepak Chopra’s interview at the Huffington Post…

“I didn’t blame America,” Chopra says and then elaborates that placing blame is complex and that Pakistan is suffering because of the people that don’t want Pakistan to have a relationship with a nuclear-armed India. “The worst thing India could have done is to have a nuclear deal and to be part of a nuclear club… Why are we selectively choosing to have nuclear deals and making the rest of the world feel unsafe?”

“We have a very self-righteous attitude towards the rest of the world. We have no understanding of how these violent ideologies are born. We want to just go to war and kill the terrorists. Well, the bad news is you can kill as many terrorists as you want, but you cannot kill terrorism. In order to kill terrorism it’s gonna have to be a 50-year Marshall Plan to not build war torn cities, but to build ideas. To rebuild violence torn minds. To educate them, to help them, to cooperate with them, to create economic partnerships so that the rage disappears, and to understand them. There are very simple rules for having a dialogue. You respect your enemy. You talk to them with the attitude, ‘Yes. We understand that you also have injustice and we also feel injustice. Can we have a room here for forgiveness on both sides? Can we refrain from belligerence?’ The more belligerent we get, the more belligerent the radicals get.”

Chopra says that, according to Rabinowitz, “I’m a purveyor of aromatherapy, enemas, I say happy thoughts make people happy.” He touches on Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s comment that he should “go light some incense.” He takes personally when the media dismisses thousands of years of wisdom and traditions, and is patient in explaining that aromatherapy and incense work through neuro-associative conditioning. If anyone bothered to ask, he would mention that he is a neuro-endocrinologist and that everything he studies has a medical basis. “If you really examine this, this is racism. This is bigotry. This is hatred. This is prejudice. And this is total lack of knowledge of another person’s culture.” You can almost hear him rolling his eyes when he says, “The only time I’ve prescribed enemas is when somebody has constipation.”

War on Torture December 3, 2008

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The November 30th edition of the Washington Post contains a fascinating article by “Matthew Alexander” who was an Interrogator that sought to get information from detainees in Iraq.  Matthew is using an alias for security reasons and details how he witnessed the types of tortures that were used in Abu Ghraib.  He refued to participate in torture and would not allow those under his command to participate in acts of torture either.  Instead he used cultural understanding and non-abusive psychological techniques to interrogate detainees and ilicit good information from them.

Torture was against Matthew’s “moral fabric” and it should be considered against the values that the Federal government and the American people stand for.  Not only is torture barbaric and inhumane but it could also result in faulty intelligence.  After all someone is more inclined to tell you what they think you want to hear whether its true or not if it will help make the pain go away.

Matthew also states that many of the foreign fighters/terrorists that came to Iraq after our invasion, came because of the abuses that occured at Abu Ghraib.  The abuses of detainees at Abu Ghraib incited rage and resentment among radical groups througout the Middle East.

Matthew writes…

I learned in Iraq that the No. 1 reason foreign fighters flocked there to fight were the abuses carried out at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. Our policy of torture was directly and swiftly recruiting fighters for al-Qaeda in Iraq. The large majority of suicide bombings in Iraq are still carried out by these foreigners. They are also involved in most of the attacks on U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq. It’s no exaggeration to say that at least half of our losses and casualties in that country have come at the hands of foreigners who joined the fray because of our program of detainee abuse. The number of U.S. soldiers who have died because of our torture policy will never be definitively known, but it is fair to say that it is close to the number of lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001. How anyone can say that torture keeps Americans safe is beyond me — unless you don’t count American soldiers as Americans.

Besides waterboarding and other acts of torture the Bush Administration also utilized a policy called “Extraordinary Rendition” where detainees were sent to nations that were known for brutal torture.

At Guantanamo, many detainees have been held for years without being told what they are being charged with and without any evidence presented against them.

President Elect Obama insists that he is against torture and wants to restore America’s moral standing in the world.  He also wants to find a way to close Guantanamo.

Sadly, the policies of torture during the Bush Administration will likely be a stain on America’s foreign policy that will be used to incite radicals into terrorism for many years to come.

Anti-Gay Pundits and their Gay family and Friends November 25, 2008

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Newt Gingrich recently referenced what he called “gay and secular fascists” that are ready to “use violence to impose their will on America” on the O Reilly Factor on Fox News which led to his lesbian sister, Candace Gingrich, publishing a response to her brother on the Huffington Post. Here is an excerpt of what she wrote…

This is a movement of the people that you most fear. It’s a movement of progress — and your words on FOX News only show how truly desperate you are to maintain control of a world that is changing before your very eyes.

Newt also has a gay cousin, Darrel Gingrich.  Newt is not the only Right Wing pundit with gay relatives or gay friends.

Laura Ingraham is notorious for her past homophobia.  Former college classmates of hers say that she use to out gay classmates when she was in college.  Laura also has a gay brother, whom she was estranged from for many years due to her homophobia.  She eventually saw the love and care that he had for his dying partner and now she says that her views on homosexuality have been “tempered”.  Yet, you can still hear her portray gay rights issues in negative terms on her radio show and in her appearances at Fox.

Bill O Reilly has also toned down his rhetoric on gay issues since having befriended a gay couple who has adopted children, although his program, the O Reilly Factor, still often portrays gays as “fascists” who shouldn’t be “clustered near children.”

Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter are friends with former gay porn star, Matthew Sanchez aka Rod Majors.  Yet, Malkin’s blog has many posters that refer to gay rights activists as “domestic terrorists” and “Al Gayda” and she regularly publishes anti-gay articles for Town Hall while Ann Coulter continues to use gay slurs like “faggot”.

Do these people really believe the vile that they spew and are they really homophobic?  Or do they simply cater to a niche market of uneducated bigots?

FOX: When Gays and Christians Attack! November 22, 2008

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Just when you thought you’ve had enough of the old “Fear and Smear” routine, Fox News tries to paint gays as Christian-hating anarchists.

Shortly after Prop 8 was passed, a small group of anarchists from the group Bash Back invaded a church and shouted that it was ok to be gay and threw some papers around.  In the video shown on the O Reilly Factor it looked like 4 young people were involved.  Of course the Right Wing media tried to smear the entire gay community and gay rights movement with this event.  Fox News did not even mention that these individuals were from the Bash Back group and in no way represented the mainstream gay community.

Another recent incident involved a group of Christians being chased out of the Castro area in CA by an angry gay mob.  The Christian group had gone outside of gay clubs in a gay neighborhood to pray and sing.  Of course they knew that many gays and lesbians were very upset about Prop 8 and the church’s involvement in this political issue.

One of the Christian women (who the O Reilly Factor dubbed a Christian Missionary) claims that she was hit in the head by a Bible and repeatedly kicked by a gay man.  Yet that specific incident was not caught on camera, she did not press charges, and there are no pictures of her injuries.

As Joe My God reports, the Christians in the Castro incident were affliated with Joel’s Army, a Christian dominionist group.  Dominionists wish to impose Biblical Law onto the government.  They also wish to convert gays to straight.  Of course Fox News ignored this affiliation.

Of course violence on all sides should be condemned and no one should be invading churches or vandalizing.

However, these isolated cases are just that, isolated and anectodal.

There have been many protests since Prop 8 passed and over 100,000 people have taken part in protests, marches, or vigils and the overwhelming majority of them have been peaceful.   Yet, the Right Wing Media is trying to smear an entire community and movement based on the actions of a few.  Of course its not surprising since they rely on the “smear and fear” tactic to excite their base and to incite prejudice against vulnerable minorities which they use as scapegoats.

Luckily for us, more and more people are beginning to reject these smears.

Its also hilarious how the Right Wingers are blasting gays for boycotting when this practice has been a major page in their own playbooks.  The American Family Association (AFA) has boycotted Ford and McDonalds for being pro-gay and even got a gay executive fired at McDonalds.  Bill O Reilly has called for boycotts of businesses like Pepsi when they endorsed Ludicrus and even called for a boycott of France because they did not approve of Bush’s war in Iraq.

Yet, somehow gays are anarchist and anti-democracy when they boycott businesses who are anti-gay or who gave money to Yes on 8 which helped take some of their civil rights away.

You have to love the hypocrisy of the Religious Right.

Center-Right? Christian Women have Abortions too! November 22, 2008

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The election illuminated many aspects of America’s social and cultural demographics. One of the most interesting phenomena was that in the states where anti-gay legislation were passed, ballot measures to limit aspects of abortion rights were resoundingly defeated. Many of the same Evangelical Christians that voted against gay marriage also voted against limiting abortion.

How could this be? Evangelicals are divided on abortion rights and gay rights? But I thought they were equally against both and that these were the wedge issues that they use as their battle cry to rally up the base.

Well as it turns out and I’m embarrassed that I’ve never thought about this before– there is a huge Elephant in the room when it comes to the Conservative Evangelical Community…..

Many Christian women have abortions too!

In fact there have been qualitative and quantitative studies on this.

A study in 1995 found that 18% of a sample of 1000 women who had abortions, identified themselves as Christians.

http://mypage.direct.ca/w/writer/anti-tales.html

A study in 2006 suggests that out of the 1 million abortions in 2000, Christian women may have accounted for 570,000 of those 1 million.

http://truthpatrol.blogsp…as-many-abortions-as.html

I’d say the “Culture War” on Reproductive Rights is pretty much over.

We’ve got to end the “Culture War” on Gay Rights. After all there is another Elephant in the Room– Churches are full of gays! (Did you know that famous Christian Music Singer/Songwriter Ray Boltz came out in September of this year?).

Proposition 8 November 22, 2008

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This election saw the historical triump of Barack Obama becoming the first African American President.  Yet, the election also saw a setback in gay rights with anti-gay ballot initiatives being passed in California, Florida, Arizona, and Arkansas.

Florida banned gay marriage and domestic partnerships.  Arkansas banned gay adoption and foster care by banning all unmarried couples (straight or gay) from adopting or taking foster children.  If this law is deemed retroactive, then what happens to those who already adopted or taken foster children?  I have heard that some gays are afraid that their children will be taken away.  The Arkansas government and children services groups were adamantly against banning gays from adopting or taking foster children but sadly many of the people of Arkansas still hold irrational fears about gays.

In California, Proposition 8 was passed by a 4% margin and the pre-existing right of gay marriage was taken away.  The CA Supreme Court had ruled that gay marriage was both a constitutional right and a civil right based on the Equal Rights and Protections Clause.  They had also declared that gays were a minority on the same level as other ethnic, religious, and gender minority groups.  During that time 18,000 gay couples were married.  If Prop 8 is retroactive then these 18,000 will lose their marriages.

Should civil rights be put up to a popular vote?  Conservatives complain about “activist judges” yet the Court’s gave women and African Americans their equal rights and overturned the ban on inter-racial marriage against the will of the majority of Americans at those times.

It is part of the Court’s role and a part of the Constitution (see 9th and 14th Amendments) to protect vulnerable minority’s against the tyranny of the majority.

Prop 8 has re-ignited the Gay Rights movement.  On Saturday, Nov. 15th more than 100,000 people protested for marriage equality and gay rights across this Nation.

This new movement is grassroots and netroots and you can keep up with future events at Join the Impact.

The CA Supreme Court will hear the legal challenges against Prop 8.

The challenges rest on whether or not Prop 8 revises rather than amends the Constitution because it contradicts the Equal Rights and Protections Clause.  And if it is a revision then it would be an illegal initiative because revisions require passing through 2/3rds of the legislature before it can be put to a popular vote.

This argument is a Hail Mary pass.  Within the last 100 years the CA Supreme Court has only seen 9 cases where they argued an amendment was a revision (sweeping structural change) and in only 3 of those cases did they decide that the amendment was actually a revision.

Even if the CA Supreme Court upholds Prop 8, gays and their straight allies can introduce another amendment next election to repeal Prop 8.