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Saunders: I'm Not Homophobic, I'm Homoskeptic

Is a bigot less of a bigot if you refer to him as a skeptic? Peter Saunders, CEO of the UK-based Christian Medical Fellowship, wrote an article this week challenging the definition of homophobia, and labeling himself not as homophobic, but “homoskeptic.”

 

Being judged “homophobic” can cost you dearly. … For many people “homophobia” is actually about “having a fear of being accused of being bigoted, prejudiced or discriminating against homosexual people”. This fear, which is increasingly common, causes people to take a defensive posture in order to avoid attracting disapproval or adverse publicity. This may take the form of changing ones public position, pretending to adopt views in accordance with the prevailing liberal consensus, actively denying ones real beliefs or simply abstaining from expressing an opinion when the matter is discussed. This kind of “homophobia” is becoming increasingly common amongst those who belong to religious faiths which teach that sex outside marriage is wrong (ie. most world faiths) and it is not difficult to come up with examples of (often) prominent people in whom the condition is well advanced. For people who don’t hate, dislike or fear gay people, but simply believe that sex between people who are not married (including all sex between those of the same sex) is morally wrong, we need a new term. I’d like to propose the term “homoskeptic” - a term that is not yet in common use and hence arguably open to (re)definition

 

In the comments section of NOM’s post in support of Saunders’ “redefinition,” a user under the handle of AnonyGrl responded:

 

And I would like to suggest that people who don't hate or fear African Americans but simply think that they are morally inferior should be called afroskeptics. And people who don't hate or fear women but think that they just shouldn't get paid the same as men or have control of their own bodies should be gynoskeptics.

 

Saunders may want to think of himself as homoskeptic, but we know better. He is attempting to make homophobia sound morally acceptable, and it’s not.

Childress: Gay Rights Activists Are Like Those Who Wanted To Kill Jesus

Rabid anti-choice activist Clenard Childress, who believes that gay rights are a sign of the End Times, is now comparing advocates of LGBT equality to the people in the Bible that called for Jesus' death. Wrongly suggesting that the American Psychological Association believes that homosexuality is a choice (the group says the opposite), Childress also claims that gays and lesbians can't claim to have civil rights "because your sexual orientation could be flawed." Childress writes:

The Roman Empire had been occupying and subjugating Israel for multiple years along with the religious elite. They were enslaved to man outwardly and sin inwardly and blind to both. Certainly at that point, Jesus saw the futility of trying to reach that audience with truth, yet out of compassion he persisted. The elites were determined to twist and malign the facts to accommodate their lifestyle, though in error. They lived in a vacuum of denial refusing to see the obvious. When truth is ignored, or denied, the course often taken by those in denial is to first obfuscate, then defame, diminish, and finally denounce the messenger. This crowd resorted to using the "N-word" of that day: "Samaritan," and even went so far as declaring that Jesus was the devil. Sound familiar?

It is similar today, for instead of examining the data, this generation's elites combat truth with ideology, character assassination, deception, and of course, denial. The two defining issues of the day which will determine the course of our culture, and the destiny of our nation, are abortion and homosexuality... Pro-choice, and homosexual and lesbian activists, all claim their cause is a Civil Rights issue. Yet the "Civil Rights" of the unborn children are being denied, and it is intellectually dishonest to claim a "right" for yourself, and by so doing, deny the rights of someone else, especially when that someone is an unborn infant. These individuals are completely wrong because you do not give Civil Rights to sexual orientation because your sexual orientation could be flawed. "Civil Rights" are based on "Birth Rights," and according to the APA, homosexuality and lesbianism is an acquired behavior, not something like the color of your skin — something you're born with. You were not born homosexual, so sexual preference is not a Civil Right — it's a preference.

Farah: Obama's Israel Policy Caused Deadly Tornadoes

Joining other Religious Right activists who have held President Obama responsible for the deadly tornadoes in the Midwest because of his approach to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, WorldNetDaily editor Joseph Farah is now directly linking Obama's speech on Israel's borders to the disaster in Joplin, Missouri. He even suggests that Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans as a result of President Bush's foreign policy decisions:

Bible prophecy may have a bad name in the light of Harold Camping's misguided date-setting, but the biggest sign of the end may have been overlooked in all the rapture hysteria of the May 21st weekend.

Once again, we saw the U.S. hit with a series of deadly superstorms following Barack Obama's pledge to return Israel to pre-1967 borders.

Just days after Obama insisted Israel must give up lands it won through military victory with its enemies, some 200 people were killed by a tornado in Joplin, Mo.

There's a pattern here.

We saw it in Katrina, when George Bush forced Israel's withdrawal from Gaza. In fact, as everyone from Israeli rabbis to U.S. senators have noted, it seems to happen every single time the U.S. pressures Israel to divide the land.

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It goes right back to Genesis and God's pledge to bless those who bless the children of Israel and curse those who curse them.

That is a prophecy that has seen every empire of the world come and go – yet Israel remains. It may be chastened by God. It may be dispersed. It may be divided according to His will. But God has punished every nation that has come against Israel. Each one has been judged.

Anti-Choice Leaders Blame Planned Parenthood For The "Darfur Of America"

Religious Right groups are launching another billboard campaign against Planned Parenthood for allegedly committing genocide against the African American community. Following billboards featuring Barack Obama and a young black girl reading "The Most Dangerous Place For An African American Is In the Womb," anti-choice organization are out with a new billboard accusing Planned Parenthood of targeting the black community for extermination. The leadership of the latest California billboard campaign even likened the work of the women's health group to the ongoing genocide in Darfur:

The Issues4Life Foundation and The Radiance Foundation, launch a TooManyAborted.Com abortion awareness and pro-adoption themed campaign, entitled "BLACK&BEAUTIFUL." This Black American led initiative exposes Planned Parenthood's racist and eugenics-based history and unaltered course. Sixty (60) "BLACK&BEAUTIFUL" billboards are placed throughout Oakland.

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Walter B. Hoye II, President of the Issues4Life Foundation, a Black American leader committed to ending abortion, has raised awareness nationwide. "The impact of abortion in the Black Community is the Darfur of America," Hoye declares, citing the 15 million Black American lives that have been aborted since 1973.

The Radiance Foundation's co-founder, Ryan Bomberger, created the TooManyAborted.Com campaign and is an adoptee and adoptive father. "Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion chain, is a failure. They haven't budged the national unintended pregnancy rate since 1995 but are relentlessly dedicated to increasing their annual share of abortions. They heavily advocate a singular 'choice' that feeds their $1 billion dollar tax-payer subsidized budget," Bomberger says.

Fischer: Gay Adoption Is A "Social Disaster"

The American Family Association's Bryan Fischer is warning that the adoption of children by same-sex couples is a "social tragedy of the first order." Calling adoption by gay parents "a devastating trend" of "narcissistic" and "self-centered adults," Fischer said that families led by same-sex couples are the greatest threat to children today:

The pages of the New York Times Monday morning were all aflutter with a story extolling the skyrocketing increase in the number of gay couples who are adopting children.

This is a social disaster, a social tragedy of the first order, and is something no society that cares for its youngest and most vulnerable citizens would do.

Every homosexual adoption places a child in a home with a missing mother or father. No society that loves children and places their welfare ahead of the desires of narcissistic adults would ever do this.
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Placing children in settings that even homosexuals admit are inherently unstable and even dangerous is obviously a terrible, terrible idea.

While the trend line for gay adoptions is “absolutely straight up,” according to Adam Pertman of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, Gary Gates of the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law at UCLA estimates that only four percent of the adopted population lives in gay-headed homes.

That means it’s not too late to halt and reverse this devastating trend. Vulnerable young children, who have no choice in these matters, deserve no less from the adults in the room. Family, after all, is about optimal nurturing environments for children, not about self-centered adults getting what they want.

FRC: Gay-Straight Alliances Make Kids Unhealthy

When the Gay-Straight Alliance Network was awarded federal funds to help LGBT youth facing health and academic challenges, naturally the Family Research Council had something to say. Peter Sprigg, the FRC's senior fellow who wants to see homosexuality criminalized and gays "exported," thinks that helping youth on issues of mental, physical and sexual health will actually make kids less healthy. In an interview with the American Family Association's OneNewsNow, Sprigg explains that instead the government should encourage LGBT youth to become ex-gays:

The Gay-Straight Alliance Network is thrilled to have its first-ever federal grant of $285,000 for its "Safe and Healthy LGBT Youth Project."

The GSA Network says the money will be used to lower the health risks for those involved in the homosexual lifestyle. But according to Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council (FRC), lesbian, "gay," bisexual and transgender youth actually need to explore ways to change their sexual behavior.

"That is not what this...grant recipient -- Gay-Straight Alliance Network -- is geared towards at all," Sprigg laments. "They're geared towards accepting these kinds of high-risk behaviors."

Jon Huntsman: Hockey Moms Unite!

Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman has chosen to take a low-profile approach with his campaign so far, and he skipped the CNN debate last Monday. However, since he is planning a formal announcement for next week, we decided he is due for a little attention – and what better way than with a throwback to the retro days: September 2008.

For those with fuzzy memories of the 2008 Republican National Convention, Huntsman gave a keynote address/pep rally introducing Sarah Palin as the vice-presidential nominee. The theme of his speech was that we have all “been looking for Sarah!” – to “kick a few fannies and raise a little hell” in Washington.

Well, we found her – and her TV show, and her bus tour – and now we can’t get rid of her. Let’s see what Huntsman tells us we’re looking for this time when he officially throws his hat into the ring.

 

Right Wing Round-Up

  • PFAW Memo: Debate Takeaway: Not A Single Moderate in the GOP Field.
  • Benjy Sarlin @ TPM: Muslims, Medicare, And Mandates: The Top 5 Moments From The GOP Debate.
  • Alex Alvarez @ Mediaite: ABC News Questions Ties Between Newt Gingrich’s Charity And For-Profit Business.
  • Ryan @ Texas Freedom Network: Houston Clergy Respond to Gov. Perry.
  • Ben Dimiero @ County Fair: Is This What Passes For Accountability At Fox News?
  • Laura Conaway @ Maddow Blog: Marriage equality wins two. (New York State would make three).
  • David Weigel: The Most Offensive Political Ad Ever, This Hour.
  • Finally, most of us are going to be in Minneapolis for the Netroots Nation conference for the next several days, so posting here will probably be sporadic, at best, for the rest of the week.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Mychal Massie says "Michelle Obama is the very worst of what freedom in America allows one to become."
  • It is good to see that Grover Norquist ties to corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff have in no way damaged his credibility.
  • In that case, I kind of hope that Michele Bachmann wins the GOP nomination because when she loses, we'll be rid of her completely.
  • Obviously what Anthony Weiner needs is the "atonement found only in Jesus Christ."
  • Finally, apparently CIA Director Leon Panetta is a communist spy.

Is Hollywood Brainwashing Americans Into Supporting Gay-Rights?

Conservative writer Ben Shapiro joined Pat Robertson on The 700 Club to discuss his new book, Primetime Propaganda, and Hollywood’s advocacy of gay-rights and progressive values. Shapiro’s book argues that shows from ‘Sesame Street’ to ‘Friends’ are pushing left-wing beliefs to viewers, and tells Robertson that what is most despicable are television shows that back gay-rights. Shapiro believes that television shows exclude conservative actors and writers while increasingly include openly gay characters in order to manipulate people into supporting marriage equality. Robertson lamented, “the American people overwhelmingly vote for traditional marriage between a man and a woman, what is it with Hollywood, I mean they are inserting gays one after another, as a matter of fact straight actors are being forced to play gay roles.”

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