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The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #76756] Tue, 21 April 2020 17:35 Go to next message
Bensiamin is currently offline  Bensiamin   United States

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In Today's issue of The New Yorker magazine, a piece all should read by Jeffrey Toobin (a lawyer by training) about this administrations ongoing effort to disenfranchise LGBTQ people. I've posted about it before, and created it now as a stand-alone topic because the effort is continuing apace in America., all of it part of pandering to the religious right.

It begins with a treatment of the Trump administration approach to "religious freedom," pithily summarizing Attorney General William Barr's fire-breathing lecture at Notre Dame University last year, by saying, "Translated, this means that the rest of society--including the government--must accommodate the religious beliefs of others, even if it means violating the rights supposedly guaranteed to all. These religious groups want special privilege, not equal treatment under the law--and the Trump Administration wants to indulge their political desires."

Toobin then goes on: "Religious freedom in an Administration-wide initiative, and there's no doubt about the primary target: the LGBTQ community...the government is trying to make it easier to discriminate against gay people."

New Yorker link here.

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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #76758 is a reply to message #76756] Tue, 21 April 2020 22:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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This issue is simmering, just below the radar of most Americans, even to a large degre conservative Americans. Why? Because it's not something they think about unless they are LGBT or unless they know someone who is. As a result, no one is "really" paying attention, not even the media (with certain exceptions). It's a low level foment. Things are happening, and no one is really watching, and many of those who are don't know what to do to get anyone's attention.



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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #76763 is a reply to message #76756] Wed, 22 April 2020 20:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Teddy: thanks for your confirming suspicions! 

For those trying to support shelter in place guidelines, care for family members, staying sane, or just not connecting the dots, don't think for a second that what Trump's administration is doing is slowing down a bit. Trump and his team of troglodytes continue unabated to stack the courts with ultra-conservatives, weaken the EPA, change the education system to favor charter schools, disenfranchise certain categories of citizens of rights...and yes, that includes LGBTQ people.

This post will look long, but it's a quick read unless you want to click the links and read the articles. Let's just take the role of Franklin Graham and Donald Trump as an example. In February of 2018, the NY Times published an article titled "Billy Graham Warned Against Embracing a President. His Son Has Gone Another way."

http://forum.iomfats.org/?t=getfile&id=5102&private=0

NY Times link

That son is Franklin Graham, a homophobe who is CEO of Samaritan's Purse (a $700 million/year nonprofit corporation) and who is among the leading evangelical voices not just opposing LGBTQ rights, but rolling them back! A quick example:

http://forum.iomfats.org/?t=getfile&id=5101&private=0

Last year the NY Times reported on the winning strategies of coalitions to make abortion illegal and rescind same-sex marriage laws.

http://forum.iomfats.org/?t=getfile&id=5103&private=0

NY Times link

Most recently, as reported by The Guardian, as a result of strong push back from LGBTQ groups in the UK, Graham was forced to cancel his tour of "crusades" for May of this year. Thanks for strong LBGTQ voices in the UK, and a sensible religious response!

http://forum.iomfats.org/?t=getfile&id=5104&private=0

So, why should this matter to readers of the IOMFATS forum? Because of the power Franklin Graham is gaining under this administration. Consider these two gems reported by LGBTQ Nation:

Pastor Franklin Graham's anti-LGBTQ nonprofit organization Samaritan's Purse is operating a tent hospital in New York City's Central Park to help with the coronavirus pandemic, but Graham claims that the tent hospital won't discriminate against anyone who needs treatment. A gay man who tried to volunteer, however, says the group turned him away.

Graham has a long history of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, including accusing former Mayor Pete Buttigieg of "flaunting" his homosexuality and saying that STIs are a result of people who don't "follow God's guidelines" for sexuality.

While he regularly posts anti-LGBTQ messages to Facebook, Graham isn't a dime store bigot spewing hatred to get attention. He is the president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse, an organization with operations in over 100 countries and $700 million in revenue in 2018.

LGBTQ Nation Link

Maybe you've heard recently that Trump announced he was canceling financial support for the World Health Organization (WHO) right in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. Well, today we get this piece of reporting from American Atheists!

http://forum.iomfats.org/?t=getfile&id=5105&private=0

American Atheists link on WHO funding

These things are not to be considered flukes, or incidental activities by fringe nuts. This is all of a piece. Five southern states in the US are trying to not just outlaw abortion, but also outlaw same-sex marriage. That will be a significant blow to LGBTQ rights.

Remember: the price of liberty is eternal vigilance, and that applies to LGBTQ people as well. Fortunately so far all of this effort is on the American side of the pond. But, never fear, these religious conservatives have world-wide aims!

[Updated on: Wed, 22 April 2020 20:53]




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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #76766 is a reply to message #76756] Thu, 23 April 2020 08:28 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #76767 is a reply to message #76766] Thu, 23 April 2020 15:02 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Talo: Thanks for sharing this eye-opening image.

I asked Talo for the reference, and the map comes from a report published a year ago in EuroNews titled:

LGBT rights in Europe: Some countries 'moving backwards on equality for first time in a decade

The take away, then, is that the move to disenfranchise LGBTQ people is essentially worldwide, even in Europe. Notably the harshest efforts are in eastern Europe, but let's not forget Timmy's post of a couple of months ago from a Bishop in the Church of England contending marriage is for hetero couples only!

The EuroNews article can be viewed here.

We should all be understanding what kinds of philosophies and movements are behind this phenomenon, because if it continues it will soon have real world consequences.

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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #76769 is a reply to message #76767] Thu, 23 April 2020 15:27 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Much more info is available here:  https://www.ilga-europe.org/resources/news/latest-news/10th- rainbow-europe-confirmed-stagnation-and-regression-lgbti-equ ality

ILGA-Europe are a driving force for political, legal and social change in Europe and Central Asia. Our vision is of a world where dignity, freedoms and full enjoyment of human rights are protected and ensured to everyone regardless of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics.

ILGA-Europe are an independent, international non-governmental umbrella organisation bringing together over 600 organisations from 54 countries in Europe and Central Asia. We are part of the wider international ILGA organisation, but ILGA-Europe were established as a separate region of ILGA and an independent legal entity in 1996. ILGA itself was created in 1978.

Rainbow Europe info here: https://www.rainbow-europe.org/#8633/0/0



Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #76789 is a reply to message #76756] Mon, 27 April 2020 20:08 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Half of Russia what to either eliminate or isolate gay and lesbian people, according to a study from the Levada Center.

While the number supporting elimination is down since 1989, it is still shockingly high, and when coupled with the desire to isolate, constitutes a serious threat to LGBTQ people from most Russians. It should be lost on no one that this is a despotic county where the regime is closely in cahoots with the Russian Orthodox Church.

Link to article

Here's an interesting image of "militant" Russian Christianity, provided by Geron Kees!

http://forum.iomfats.org/?t=getfile&id=5113&private=0



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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #76790 is a reply to message #76763] Mon, 27 April 2020 21:39 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Franklin Graham has over 8 million followers on Facebook. I would imagine that this is a world wide following and not just the evangelicals in the U.S. But still, the man has sway over the hearts and minds of a great many people.

He posts at least weekly on what a tremendous job he believes President Trump is doing and re-secures his lip attachment to Trump's hind end.  It must be working wonderfully well since Trump wants to direct WHO spending to Graham's Evangelical outread program, Samaritan's Purse.

I, and a few friends, follow Franky boy on Facebook as well.  When he posts we add our comments right along with his sheep. We remind the people reading his diatribe just what it means to be a true Christian. If you'd like to join us, put his name into the search field on your Facebook page. When you get there, don't hit the LIKE button... ugh. But click on "follow" so you can be notified when he is attempting to secure a new hold on our President's posterior. Don't attack him please as his sheep expect that.  Remind them instead of the President's true behavior and its likely result to our nation and our world.
Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #76791 is a reply to message #76790] Mon, 27 April 2020 21:54 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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pretty please can we make him prove he's a christian? Mark 16 17:18 

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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #76793 is a reply to message #76789] Tue, 28 April 2020 02:27 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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"Bensiamin wrote on Mon, 27 April 2020 13:08"
Here's an interesting image of "militant" Russian Christianity, provided by Geron Kees!

http://forum.iomfats.org/?t=getfile&id=5113&private=0


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We need one of those pics with a cute little white country church with steeple on it...

Geron...???



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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #76796 is a reply to message #76789] Tue, 28 April 2020 08:27 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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"Bensiamin wrote on Mon, 27 April 2020 20:08"


Here's an interesting image of "militant" Russian Christianity, provided by Geron Kees!

http://forum.iomfats.org/?t=getfile&id=5113&private=0


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imagine a 13-year-old boy, living in a small town in Southern Siberia, who has never heard of 'actual' gay people, who is totally naive and finds himself in the situation where he feels sexually frustrated and attracted to this singer Díma Bilán (Uh, a pop-star! You could've done it better, Nikita!) who was very popular back in the early 2000s in Russia. Confused? Maybe. Scared to death? That'd be about right.
That's how I remember the first time I ever knew I was different. And it took me quite some time to figure out what it was and how to deal with it.


You can get a get a good idea of life in other countries by reading personal accounts: check out https://www.stonewall.org.uk/cy/node/32140

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n 2012 when Putin was getting elected for the third time a gay rights organisation existed in Russia, Deti 404. It was closed down because Putin passed a law which made it illegal to tell kids that gays exist. So read Nikita's story about coming out and don't ever believe you are safe where you are, especially if you live in America!
Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #76802 is a reply to message #76793] Tue, 28 April 2020 18:32 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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The tank church is the work of Russian-born sculptor Kris Kuksi, now based in, I think, Kansas. He has done a number of these works, all fascinating, but as he is Russian-born he seems to feel that the somewhat stark lines of Orthodox church architecture are the most synchronized with the quietly lethal architecture of the modern tank. He has no little country churches on treads as of this time, and short of Photoshopping one, I don't have one on hand.

Kuksi has done other work that perhaps comments well on our current times.

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Darth Vader would feel quite at home.
Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #76828 is a reply to message #76802] Sun, 03 May 2020 16:41 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I recently became acquainted with the writings of Jame Finn on Medium. He's self described as "Writer, Runner, Marine, Ariman, Former LGBTQ and HIB activist, Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation, Polyglot, Middle-aged, uppity faggot" which is quite a list of activities!

The point of the post is that he recently published an amazingly eloquent and well written piece titled "Sometime Church is Child Abuse" that I suggest everyone who is serious about the religious assault on LGBTQ rights, as well as the overall role of religion on LGBTQ youth...to say nothing of suicide and other consequences, should read.

Link to Medium


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"Bensiamin wrote on Sun, 03 May 2020 17:41"
I recently became acquainted with the writings of Jame Finn on Medium. He's self described as "Writer, Runner, Marine, Ariman, Former LGBTQ and HIB activist, Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation, Polyglot, Middle-aged, uppity faggot" which is quite a list of activities!

The point of the post is that he recently published an amazingly eloquent and well written piece titled "Sometime Church is Child Abuse" that I suggest everyone who is serious about the religious assault on LGBTQ rights, as well as the overall role of religion on LGBTQ youth...to say nothing of suicide and other consequences, should read.

Link to Medium


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It gives no advice that I could see for dealing with his aunt, who might not even know he has a problem. It puts the burden on the kid's father. It's well written, eloquent, and misses the kid's needs, assuming the kid not to be a hypothetical kid.

[Updated on: Sun, 03 May 2020 22:19]




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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #76832 is a reply to message #76829] Mon, 04 May 2020 15:04 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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In my view it doesn't matter if the piece is written as an essay, an opinion piece or a "Dear Abby" letter about a hypothetical kid.

First, and foremost, as to needs, Finn makes the point that is obvious to anyone who is LGBTQ, but is a completely foreign concept to the rest, namely that "LGBTQ kids live in world where gay means bad and where casual, cutting jokes are background noise." As he points, out, they internalize a LOT of that. Non-LGBTQ people are clueless about this background noise and the impacts it can have.

That's just in society and education in general. Move that dynamic into the church setting where doctrine and theology are added to the mix and it becomes quite toxic. Thus, the comment that "in Sunday School and during the main service, those same nice people teach you how broken you are. They use nasty words sometimes, even while they're smiling."

The article doesn't address the aunt because she is the problem and doesn't' know it!

The burden does go to the kid's father, as the legal guardian, responsible party and decision maker. The advice is right there: the Dad needs to stop enabling the abuse and protect his son from it. If the Dad can read this (especially the reference to the study that found that the more LGBTQ people go to church, the more mentally unhealthy they are) and not stop the visits to the aunt and going to church, then its time to call protective services!

Most religious people with strong opinions go on the defensive immediately. Talking to them is about as productive as arguing with believers in conspiracy theories. The tone and style of this piece points out some very significant problems and needs in non-accusatory language, and in a format many of those people might be willing to read.




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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #76835 is a reply to message #76832] Mon, 04 May 2020 20:11 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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"Bensiamin wrote on Mon, 04 May 2020 08:04"
First, and foremost, as to needs, Finn makes the point that is obvious to anyone who is LGBTQ, but is a completely foreign concept to the rest, namely that "LGBTQ kids live in world where gay means bad and where casual, cutting jokes are background noise." As he points, out, they internalize a LOT of that. Non-LGBTQ people are clueless about this background noise and the impacts it can have.



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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #76948 is a reply to message #76835] Sun, 31 May 2020 16:46 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Late breaking news on the religious front.

The policy body of the Presbyterian Church in America (i.e. PCA, to be distinguished from Presbyterian Church-USA) is the General Assembly, which is not meeting this year due to the pandemic. However, last year it created a committee to study and report on Human Sexuality (specifically homosexuality and transgenderism), and that committee has just released their report. PCA is a much newer and move conservative Presbyterian denomination, who among other things, don't believe in allowing women to hold leadership positions!

A summary that all should read is titled Presbyterians to LGBTs: go to hell on Medium by Jonathan (who regularly writes on theology and LGBTQ subjects), and which contains a link to the actual report.

The news? Presbyterians have been studying "the homosexual issue" since the mid-70's, and while they give the outward and public appearance of being tolerant and accepting to LGBTQ persons into membership (see Denominational table for PC-USA by clicking here), deep down not only haven't things changed, but in many ways have gotten worse.

With this study, PCA is not just saying "Go to hell," they appear to be doubling down in terms of doctrine and theology too. At the outset they state "We affirm that marriage is to be between one man and one woman." Then for good measure, they add that marriage is for the purpose of husband and wife to procreate, and "All other forms of sexual intimacy, including all forms of lust and same-sex sexual activity of any kind, are sinful."

After a slap at trans people by saying "God opposes the confusion of man as woman and woman as man," they go on to lay bare the basis of their position: "We affirm that from the sin of our first parents we have received an inherited guilt and an inherited depravity." This is Calvin's doctrine of Total Depravity (i.e. comprehensive corruption), which was fully embraced by John Knox, the founder of Presbyterianism in the 16th Century, and by extension means that homosexuality is a depraved sin.

Then, to add insult to injury, they go so far as to recommend "that those in our churches would be wise to avoid the term 'gay Christian,'..."because for many in our culture, to self-identify as 'gay' suggests that one is engaged in homosexual practice. At the very least, the term normally communicates the presence and approval of same-sex sexual attraction as morally neutrally or morally praiseworthy. Even if 'gay,' for some Christians, simply means 'same-sex attraction,' it is still inappropriate to juxtapose this sinful desire, or any other sinful desire, as an identity marker alongside our identity as new creations in Christ."

Wow! You can't be gay and Christian any more!

By labeling homosexuality as a "choice," they clearly infer that it can be "cured," and that in turn opens the door to reparative therapy!

So, according to this report, what's left for "the gays?" Friendship, living a celibate life and overcoming their homosexual desires rather than accepting and being comfortable with it. In other words, this report urges the PCA to ignore fifty years of psychiatric, psychological and biological research that has shown sexual orientation is biological, and to reaffirm their position based on a theological doctrine that was defined at the end of the Dark Ages!

How's that for progress!

[Updated on: Mon, 01 June 2020 19:06]




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"Bensiamin wrote on Sun, 31 May 2020 09:46"
How's that for progress!

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Why am I not surprised. I don't know if you've noticed, but ever since the Obergefell vs. Hodges decision that legalized same sex marriage here in the US there has been an amost across the board, steady, and continuous roll back/push back of human decency in regards to LGBT+ rights and acceptance. The only real progress being made in the last 5 years since that decision has been in the area of various states and local jurisdictions passing laws prohibiting reparative therapy on minors. 



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Teddy: you are absolutely correct in your observation, and that is the purpose of this Forum thread. What underlies the "continuous roll back/push back" on same-sex marriage rights is conservative Christianity, who have made it part of their culture war. And, what supports that effort is doctrine and theology. The Presbyterian news is a reset on the part of that supposedly moderate denomination.

The other bad news in their study, though, is that beyond ignoring science, they clearly focus on getting over or getting past "being homosexual," which while not overlty promoting reparative therary, can easily be used to support it. Even though state laws are being passed in the US, they're not necessarily working, as James Finn points out in his piece We Must Ban LBGTQ Conversion Therapy For Real, that you can link to on Medium by clicking here.



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THE ASSAULT CONTINUES

This week NBC News reported on an LGBTQ news item that pretty well got lost in the coverage of the Black Lives Matter protests, police violence and the pandemic: namely that the Trump administration (in the form of the Dept. of Justice) argued that adoption agencies should be able to reject gay couples.

Specifically, the Trump administration submitted a brief to the Supreme Court on Wednesday arguing that a taxpayer-funded organization should be able to refuse to work with same-sex couples and others whom the group considers to be in violation of its religious beliefs.

To read the article click here.

While this is of a part with the court rulings that a baker should be able to deny services (baking a wedding cake) for a gay couple if it goes against the baker's religious beliefs, it is also part of a larger conservative agenda, and that is the continued effort to remove rights and protections from LGBTQ people.

Anne Applebaum, in an astonishingly insightful article on "collaborators" describes how Attorney General Bill Barr and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have collaborated with Trump to advance their religious beliefs. Both Pence and Pompeo she argues, "have convinced themselves that they are in a biblical moment... All of the things they care about--outlawing abortion and same-sex marriage, and (though this is never said out loud) maintaining a white majority in America--are under threat. Time is growing short. They believe that we are approaching the Rapture, and this is a moment of deep religious significance."

Of note, there it is: the Trump Administration is actively working to win the culture wars. It's not just a grass roots effort being carried out by conservative churches and PACs and lobbying groups. The efforts to rescind same-sex marriage laws is not limited to a few red neck and backward southern states. It is the agenda of the Administration, abetted by the conservative religious wing, whether Catholic (Barr) or Evangelical (Pence and Pompeo).

Applebaum summarizes the underlying motivation: "most white conservative Christians don't want piety from this president; they want power. In Trump, they see a champion who will restore them to their rightful place at the center of American life, while using his terrible swift sword to punish their enemies."

To read Anne Applebaum's article in The Atlantic, click here.

It's time to get involved, become active, register people to vote, turn out the vote...whatever it takes to remove Trump and this administration from office in the November election.




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If you refer to the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen 1789 the basis of the American constitution, then the American citizens have a right to demand an account of his actions from their President.

Article XV  The society has the right of requesting an account from any public agent of its administration.


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Talo: technically true, but all the branches of government are now headed up by Trump stooges, and he's managed to turn the Republicans in Congress into a cowering mass of ass lickers (with an exception or two), and has thus managed to advance an "immunity from prosecution while in office" narrative that protects him till he's out. At that point he could be brought up on charges. He knows it, and it's one of the reasons he'll fight like the devil to stay and may have to be forced to depart.

Not to be forgotten is that the majority of Republicans still support him (especially those without college educations), and very few of them can see beyond their own personal grievances. Many of those are real, but none seem to be able to see that this huckster is using them for his benefit not theirs, and keeps them hooked by appealing to their anger and sense of privelege. Mckay Coppins wrote an insightful piece last week in The Atlantic titled "The Christians Who Loved Trump's Stunt," in whcih he says:

"Andrew Whitehead, a sociologist at Clemson University, has argued that Trump's religious base can best be understood through the lens of Christian nationalism.  Christian nationalism is often not really about theology (and thus can't be ascribed to all conservative churchgoers): "It's about identity, enforcing hierarchy, and order...To Trump, the Bible and the church are not symbols of faith; they are weapons of culture war. And to many of his Christian supporters watching at home, the pandering wasn't an act of inauthenticity; it was a sign of allegiance--and shared dominance."

The link to the article is here

The sad reality is that little is likely to happen. What happened to Bush for starting a fake war with all the loss of life and treasure? The societal tide certainly seems to be turning in the past two weeks, so with luck we'll get him out of office and take most of his Congressioinal enablers along too!



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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77041 is a reply to message #77039] Tue, 09 June 2020 22:23 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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"Bensiamin wrote on Tue, 09 June 2020 08:15"
...but all the branches of government are now headed up by Trump stooges, and he's managed to turn the Republicans in Congress into a cowering mass of ass lickers (with an exception or two), and has thus managed to advance an "immunity from prosecution while in office" narrative that protects him till he's out.

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It is purely speculation on my part, but my suspicion is that, like the unholy blackmail aliance of the sixties between LBJ and J Edgar Hoover, Trump has an ally within the intelligence community or even paid for intelligence from within the trump organization, that allows him to hold an unnatural power over most of the Republican politicians of consequence. Perhaps I am naive but I seen no other exlanation why there are not a few more GOP politicians on the order of Mitt Romney or John McCain who are willing to stand up to the reprobate. 



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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77052 is a reply to message #76756] Thu, 11 June 2020 17:41 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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It used to be that "a picture is worth a thousand words," but now it seems the truer statement is that a video can replace a whole book!

So, here's one my friend Michael in Australian sent me (before I found it!), that speaks to both the Evangelical assualt on LGBTQ rights, the religious hypocrisy and a host of other related matters.

You can watch the YouTube video here.

http://forum.iomfats.org/?t=getfile&id=5139&private=0



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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77070 is a reply to message #77052] Mon, 15 June 2020 02:08 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Breaking news, and it's more important than the Republican National Convention moving to Jacksonville!

The Republican National Committee (RNC) has decided to re-use the party's anti-LGBTQ political platform from 2016 because the coronavirus epidemic prevents the RNC from assembling the thousands of national delegates required to draft a new one. As such, the Republican platform will continue to oppose same-sex marriage and the expansion of civil rights for sexual orientation and gender identity while supporting President Donald Trump's transgender military ban, conversion therapy and businesses discriminating against same-sex couples.

Gays and lesbians have had the right to marry for five years. An overwhelming majority of Americans support LGBTQ rights, yet, in order to drive his Evangelical Christian base into a fervor of support, here we go again!

Read the whole article on LGBTQ Nation by clicking here.




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And more breaking news, and this one is a huge deal: In landmark case, Supreme Court rules civil rights law protects LGBTQ+ workers

The Supreme Court rules 1964 civil rights law bars employers from discriminating against workers based on sexual orientation or transgender status.

The importance should be obvious during an administration that is trying to undermine LGBTQ rights, and in the face of states trying to advance trans discrimination and remove same-sex marriage rights.

It's also huge because not only did Cheif Justice John Roberts decide in the affirmative, so did Justice Neil Gorsuch (a Trump appointee), and only two of the conservative judges voted against. If you're Trump, that's got to really sting!

You can read the article in The Guardian by clicking here.



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It seems that Gorsuch is playing well with other children. That was unexpected and the better for it



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"timmy wrote on Mon, 15 June 2020 15:16"
It seems that Gorsuch is playing well with other children. That was unexpected and the better for it

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The crazy part of this is that Gorsuch is the main reason christians use as justification for their henious act of voting the orange reprobate into office. He and the other guy were their bet on turning the court conservative. Now what are they going to do? How are they going to justify themselves now?  



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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77085 is a reply to message #77079] Tue, 16 June 2020 14:50 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Often it is the losers rueful comments after a loss that give away their real motivations. A NY Times article today has quite a collection:

"No question it is going to make it harder to defend our religious freedom, as far as an organization being able to hire people of like mind," said Franklin Graham, who leads Samaritan's Purse, a large evangelical relief group. "I find this to be a very sad day," he said. "I don't know how this is going to protect us." AS IN, THEY'RE THE ONES THAT NEED TO BE PROTECTED!

The ruling would have "seismic implications" for religious freedom and would potentially set off years of lawsuits for religious organizations, said Russell Moore, the president of the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention. "There's a common assumption in secular America that as the culture changes that evangelicals and Roman Catholicism and other forms of religion will morph and change along with it," he said. "I don't think that is true...Most evangelicals and Catholics and others who hold to a traditional Christian ethic are countercultural."

"I am deeply concerned that the U.S. Supreme Court has effectively redefined the legal meaning of 'sex' in our nation's civil rights law," the president of the Catholic bishops' conference, Archbishop José H. Gomez, said in a statement. "This is an injustice that will have implications in many areas of life...Protecting our neighbors from unjust discrimination does not require redefining human nature," NOTHING ABOUT JUSTICE FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE, ONLY ABOUT AN INJUSTICE ON THE CHURCH AND THE ARGUMENT ABOUT HUMAN NATURE!

Lest anone forget, the human nature argument is that what's normal is hetero only, and all homo relationships are intrinsic moral faults and depraved sins!
Read the article by clicking here



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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77086 is a reply to message #77085] Tue, 16 June 2020 16:49 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Does 'Supreme' mean that there is nowhere for the religionazis to appeal?

Forgive my lack of knowledge, but I'm used to US superlatives, like "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" which may or may not have been

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The United States Supreme Court is the highest court in the United States.  There is not another court to which an appeal may be made.

Court opinions can, however be suverted in three ways that i know of:

First, the United States Congress can re-write laws which SOMETIMES may get around what the Supreme Court intended.

Second:  A constitutional amendment can be proposed which would override the Court's decision.  However, this is usually a long and difficult process/

Third, the Executive Branch of government, headed by the President, can refuse to carry out the Court's meaning and ruling.  While this is not common, it has happened at least twice in history of which I am aware.  As President Andrew Jackson once famously said, "The Supreme Court has made its decision.  Let them enforce it."

However, since that time, the executive branch has, more often than not, at least grudgingly carried out the court's rulings.

However, this board is not the right place to write books upon books discussing this in miniscule and arcane detail.
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"Bisexual_Guy wrote on Tue, 16 June 2020 22:40"
The United States Supreme Court is the highest court in the United States.  There is not another court to which an appeal may be made.

Court opinions can, however be suverted in three ways that i know of:

First, the United States Congress can re-write laws which SOMETIMES may get around what the Supreme Court intended.

Second:  A constitutional amendment can be proposed which would override the Court's decision.  However, this is usually a long and difficult process/

Third, the Executive Branch of government, headed by the President, can refuse to carry out the Court's meaning and ruling.  While this is not common, it has happened at least twice in history of which I am aware.  As President Andrew Jackson once famously said, "The Supreme Court has made its decision.  Let them enforce it."

However, since that time, the executive branch has, more often than not, at least grudgingly carried out the court's rulings.

However, this board is not the right place to write books upon books discussing this in miniscule and arcane detail.


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That is one of the best and most concise explanations I've seen on the topic. Thanks. 



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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77102 is a reply to message #76756] Sat, 20 June 2020 18:14 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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The Supreme Court decision was very important, but don't celebrate too soon!

"The Trump administration Friday moved forward with a rule that rolls back health care protections for transgender people, even as the Supreme Court barred sex discrimination against LGBT individuals on the job. The rule from the Department of Health and Human Services was published in the Federal Register, the official record of the executive branch, with an effective date of Aug. 18. That will set off a barrage of lawsuits from gay rights and women's groups. It also signals to religious and social conservatives in President Donald Trump's political base that the administration remains committed to their causes as the president pursues his reelection."

Read the article by clicking here




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Should you decide in the near future when life hopefully gets more back to normal, that you would like to visit Europe, it's a big place, bigger than just the 27 member countries of the European Union. One of those EU countries is Poland, a beautiful country which escaped Russian control with the demise of communism. If you think you might like to visit that country - THINK AGAIN.

100 municipalities in that country have declared themselves LGBT FREE ZONES  Yes you read that correctly, a large part of the predominantly Catholic, conservative country is homophobic. No, actually worse than homophobic, they do not want any homosexuals living in their country. I could lose my cool and rant, but I know Polish people and they are not all of the same mind set. Certainly not my gay best friend!

Take a look at the LGBT FREE ZONES (highlighted in pink) and don't go there, maybe, dont go to the country at all. 

https://s31242.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Screenshot-2020-02-25-at-17.52.47.png

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"Talo Segura wrote on Tue, 23 June 2020 10:16"
100 municipalities in that country have declared themselves LGBT FREE ZONES  Yes you read that correctly, a large part of the predominantly Catholic, conservative country is homophobic. No, actually worse than homophobic, they do not want any homosexuals living in their country. I could lose my cool and rant, but I know Polish people and they are not all of the same mind set. Certainly not my gay best friend!

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It stands to reason, being they are not that long out from under absolute authoritarian rule on the part of their government. And in the vacuum left by the departure of that government another religious authoritarianism steps in to fill the void and rule the hearts and minds of those who are politically minded. But so sad and appalling.



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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77106 is a reply to message #77105] Wed, 24 June 2020 03:11 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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"Teddy wrote on Tue, 23 June 2020 21:10"

"Talo Segura wrote on Tue, 23 June 2020 10:16"
100 municipalities in that country have declared themselves LGBT FREE ZONES  Yes you read that correctly, a large part of the predominantly Catholic, conservative country is homophobic. No, actually worse than homophobic, they do not want any homosexuals living in their country. I could lose my cool and rant, but I know Polish people and they are not all of the same mind set. Certainly not my gay best friend!


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It stands to reason, being they are not that long out from under absolute authoritarian rule on the part of their government. And in the vacuum left by the departure of that government another religious authoritarianism steps in to fill the void and rule the hearts and minds of those who are politically minded. But so sad and appalling.

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Teddy - notwithstanding Soviet authoritarianism and changes in government, the thing not to be forgotten about Poland is that it has always been one of the "most Catholic" countries in Europe. I have to believe the LGBTQ exclusion zones have the same root cause in Catholic Poland as the Evangelical move to undo same-sex marriage in the US.

Religion at work...at it's best!



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"Bensiamin wrote on Tue, 23 June 2020 20:11"

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Teddy - notwithstanding Soviet authoritarianism and changes in government, the thing not to be forgotten about Poland is that it has always been one of the "most Catholic" countries in Europe. I have to believe the LGBTQ exclusion zones have the same root cause in Catholic Poland as the Evangelical move to undo same-sex marriage in the US.


Religion at work...at it's best!

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I agree. It was not my intent to imply that Soviet authoritarianism was a main cause or thee manin cause, but rather that without that, what.. 40 years? of authoritarian rule the likely hood of at least a somewhat more tolerant atmosphere in Poland than we currently have is almost guaranteed, Catholicism notwithstanding. But it did happen and we have what we have.

And the same root cause? Yes, I believe you are correct. I have what I imagine is a fairly pesimistic viewpoint on how things will go here in the US, and quite possibly around the world when it comes to our rainbow rights. If we step back and look at the political atmosphere worldwide right now, and not just here in the US, it appears to me as if we are in the beginning stages of a hard swing to the right into authoritarinism and fascism. I hope I'm wrong but the movement is gaining ground seemingly rapidly around the globe. Or maybe I've been reading too much of Rigby Taylor? Smile



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Re: The Assault on LGBTQ Rights  [message #77126 is a reply to message #77107] Tue, 30 June 2020 00:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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A little additional info to support Talo's earlier post with map about Gay Unfriendly places in Europe.

First, The most gay-friendly countries:
http://forum.iomfats.org/?t=getfile&id=5149&private=0

Then, they most gay-unfriendly countries:

http://forum.iomfats.org/?t=getfile&id=5150&private=0

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You surprise me with Malta: it was, for very long time, a very conservative Catholic community.
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