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World Congress Of Families Timed To Commemorate Anti-Gay Riot In Georgia

A number of American Religious Right leaders will be headed to the former Soviet republic of Georgia next week for the annual World Congress of Families, which is organized by the Illinois-based Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society. As Peter noted earlier this week, the event will coincide with the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, which the head of the Georgian Orthodox Church has designated the “Day of Family Strength and Respect for Parents.”

It’s not a coincidence that WCF will be in Georgia on that day, May 17, or that Georgian Orthodox leaders picked the anti-homophobia day to commemorate “family strength.” As Tbilisi-based journalist Giorgi Lomsadze noted in EurasiaNet.org yesterday, the renaming of the anti-homophobia day and the timing of WCF coincide with the anniversary a violent attack on LGBT-rights protesters three years ago:

The convention, timed to coincide with the day of a violent 2013 mob attack on an anti-homophobia rally in Tbilisi, will be hosted by a Levan Vasadze, a dagger-sporting homophobic knight dressed in Georgian national attire. Vasadze participated and is alleged to have helped organize the 2013 attack that relegated Georgia’s nascent LGBTQ-rights movement to the periphery of national discourse.

To counter the symbolism of the May 17 anniversary of the mob attack on LGBTQ supporters as a day for celebrating gender and sexual diversity, Georgia’s Orthodox Church pronounced that date as the Day of Family. The Illinois-based World Family Congress subsequently announced its tenth annual conference would also coincide with the anniversary.

The New Yorker’s Natalia Antelava described the violence that erupted after a group of clergymen led a “huge mob” against a small anti-homophobia demonstration in Tbilisi in 2013, ultimately injuring 17 people:

“Fuck your mothers,” a priest shouted.

Another priest came armed with a stool. Their followers carried rocks, sticks, and crucifixes. “Kill them! Don’t let them leave alive,” they screamed.

They smashed heads, windows of shops, and a minibus in which activists tried to escape. Twelve people, including three policemen, were seriously injured.

“Before the van arrived, about ten girls—gay rights activists—were being taunted by a growing, frothing mob. A stone was thrown and split a girl’s head open.… This mob was the creation of the Georgian Orthodox Church and the Georgian government has so far been gutless in standing up to the Church to protect the rights of its citizens. Shame on you, Georgia. Shame on you,” Paul Rimple, a Tbilisi-based journalist, posted on his Facebook page. He later wrote about it for the Moscow Times.

The BBC captured footage of anti-gay protesters attacking a van carrying the anti-homophobia protesters.

Lomsadze notes that WCF’s cheerleading of anti-LGBT sentiment in Georgia, “wittingly or not, might be helping a Russian foreign policy agenda in the region” since the Kremlin has used the issue of LGBT rights in an effort stir up anti-Western sentiment and solidify its influence in the region:

As it descends upon Georgia, the World Congress of Families, wittingly or not, might be helping a Russian foreign policy agenda in the region. Fanning the flames of homophobia has long been Moscow’s soft-power way to urge its former Soviet satellites, including Georgia, to distance themselves from the West. Before Georgia signed an Association Agreement with the EU in 2014, the Russian propaganda machine was put into gear, describing the landmark treaty as essentially Georgia’s gay marriage with Europe. Brussels had to issue public assurances that the treaty, meant for political and economic harmonization, does not contain any fine print requiring Georgia to allow same-sex marriages.

In reality, same-sex marriage is a non-issue in Georgia, where LGBTQ people cannot gather safely in public much less demand marriage rights. Nevertheless, some of the country’s own politicians run on an anti-gay marriage platform, pandering to widespread conservative attitudes and the position of the much-revered Georgian Church. A pending parliamentary vote seeks to amend the Georgian constitution to state that lawful marriage is limited to opposite sex partners.

“Would you want such marriage in your family, men in bridal veils, hairy, bearded men?” asked Tamaz Mechiauri, of the Georgian Dream Party, when asked to explain the reasoning for the bill.

Perkins: Gov’t Employees Viewing Porn Because Obama 'Has Interjected Sex Into Any And Everything'

Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, invited Rep. Mark Meadows to his “Washington Watch” program on Wednesday to discuss a recent report alleging that there are “unbelievable” amounts of child pornography on the computers of employees of U.S. defense and intelligence agencies, which gave Meadows an opportunity to discuss a bill he has introduced trying to block porn on government computers.

Perkins, who has linked the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to everything from suicides to sexual assaults to the Secret Service prostitution scandal, was quick to draw a line between porn viewing by government employees and the Obama administration’s having “interjected sex into any and everything.”

After Meadows told Perkins that along with harming the individuals involved, the porn “creates an unhealthy workplace” for everybody, Perkins responded:

Well, and a good example of this is in the military, where I was just reading a story in the Army Times where they’re suggesting that upwards of 20 percent of those in the military are addicted to online pornography. But then, we’ve seen how this administration has interjected sex into any and everything and, in particular, the military, where sexual assaults are going through the roof. Now, there are a number of factors that come into play there, but certainly this has to be part of it.

Perkins returned to the topic later in the program, once again linking sexual assaults in the military to the policy allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly and linking porn viewing by government employees in general to the “sexually charged environment” promoted by Obama.

“Of course, the military has been ground zero in the president’s sexual agenda, first repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, women in frontline combat … and guess what’s happened?” he said. “I know this will surprise you, but sexual assaults have gone through the roof.”

“That’s the result of this sexually charged environment, the results of policies of the Obama administration,” he said. “So we shouldn’t be surprised that every other agency is having these issues.”

After Meeting With Trump, Roy Blunt Says He's 'For Him'

Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt, who faces a tough reelection battle in part thanks to Donald Trump’s ascendance to the top of the GOP ticket, was one of the members of Congress to meet with Trump in Washington yesterday, an opportunity that his staff said he would use to warn the presidential candidate about the language he uses on the campaign trail.

In an interview with home-state radio host Jamie Allman this morning, Blunt lamented the nasty rhetoric on “both sides” in the election and, apparently taking a cue from his colleague Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, declined to explicitly say he was endorsing Trump, merely saying that he was “for him.”

“Do you endorse Donald Trump?” Allman asked.

“I’m for him,” Blunt replied, “and look forward to helping them understand what can be done to get regulation under control and move forward.”

Blunt told Allman that he had a “good meeting” with Trump.

“And Donald talked, as you might imagine,” he said, “but he also listened and we had a chance to talk as well and I think there’s some real potential to get things done, like getting the regulators under control and figure out how the Congress can take responsibility for regulation again. I think things like getting Obamacare off the books and getting better health care policies on the books are all very possible with him, and I don’t think they’re possible with Mrs. Clinton at all.”

“Do you think that Donald Trump is a conservative?” Allman asked

Blunt paused for an awkwardly long time before responding: “He says he’s a conservative and I don’t have any reason to doubt that. Do all conservatives agree on everything? No. But I sure think he’s more conservative than Mrs. Clinton.”

E.W. Jackson: 'Dictatorship Of The Sexual Proletariat' Committing 'Cultural Terrorism,' Leading Us To 'Moral Darkness'

E.W. Jackson, the Virginia pastor who was the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in 2013, has a mild and reasonable response to a planned Obama administration directive on school restroom access for transgender students:

We are witnessing American society's descent into moral darkness. With each passing day we fall farther and faster into an abyss where truth and fixed ethical guideposts do not exist. It is the moral equivalent for the nation of the advanced stages of Alzheimer's for an individual, when the victim forgets his own identity.

When an educated and articulate United States Attorney General stands before the public and says that the long held expectation that males and females use specifically designated restrooms is a mere "pretext" for discrimination, we have fallen through the rabbit hole. When the President dictates bathroom policy for the entire public school system, we are witnessing official delusion at the highest level.

The news media, once thought of as guardians of truth, have surrendered to the censors and propagandists. Journalists are supposed to be fair to both sides of an issue. Instead, as with climate change, many reporters have sided with the speech authoritarians to deny a platform to those who disagree.

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We want to teach our children Judeo-Christian morality, which by the way does not entail hatred of people who live differently. We want to be left alone to live our lives, and we want to leave others alone to live theirs. Unfortunately, that will never be enough for the cultural communists. They want a dictatorship of the sexual proletariat, and all must adhere or be punished. Christians have been fired from their jobs, driven from their businesses, dragged into court, fined and even put in jail. This is cultural terrorism, sanitized of explicit violence, but nonetheless using fear to force conformity.

We must vehemently oppose it, but have compassion for the people trapped in the modern sexual liberation movement. They are indeed victims, but of indoctrination, not discrimination. Only a Third Great Awakening will bring our society out of this confusion. America was founded on the solid rock of self-evident truths, but in the modern age the Creator of truth is being rejected. We have forgotten who we are and why we are a shining city on a hill. May the moral darkness that threatens to enslave us give way to the light of truth that has always made us free.

Daubenmire: 'Sodomy-Focused Army' Trying To 'Ramrod Sexual Anarchy Down The Throats Of Mainstream America'

“Coach” Dave Daubenmire defended Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore in a column yesterday, praising the anti-LGBT justice for standing up to the “judicial tyranny” that is “breaking out all across America” as “sexual deviants” have created a “sodomy-focused army” to “ram-rod sexual anarchy down the throats of mainstream America.”

Moore was suspended last week over charges that he violated judicial ethics when he flouted federal court rulings on marriage equality.

Daubenmire directs readers to a website maintained by far-right activist Matt Trewhella, who urges state and local officials to defy the federal courts on issues that violate what they interpret as God’s law.

Judicial tyranny is breaking out all across America, as Obama’s Justice Department is being used to “fundamentally transform” this nation. This transformation is being accomplished by the out-of-control oligarchy currently masquerading as a court system.

I have a stunner to share with you…but let me lay some ground work for you.

“Transgender” restrooms are all of the rage in America today. In fact, they have become so important to the sexual deviants that it has now garnered the support of the Obama administration, as they try to ram-rod sexual anarchy down the throats of mainstream America.

This fight is not about restrooms, although that is the avenue that they have chosen to drive their legal bulldozers down in their attempt to change the landscape of America. This sodomy-focused army is hell-bent on removing all sexual standards in this nation. Their blitzkrieg through the courts would rival the cultural destruction of Sherman’s march to the sea.

And it is built upon a lie…a Two-Card Monty …that would make even the world’s greatest magicians envious…and they have been able to pull it off in full view of the brain-dead American people.

Here is the skinny. Sodomy-based marriage is not now, nor has it ever been, legal. It is a lie. As I will show you in just a few sentences, it is the all-time greatest legal sleight of hand ever pulled in any society…ever.

Judge Roy Moore is standing on solid ground. We must awaken Americans to the sham that five unelected judges have pulled on this nation. This is tyranny at its most egregious.

Tony Perkins: Trans Bathroom Directive Meant To Cause 'Social Chaos,' Destroy A Generation

Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, is reacting with characteristic calm to the planned Obama administration directive on schools letting students use the restroom that matches their gender identity.

Last night, Perkins wrote on Twitter that the Obama administration is “sacrificing children to advance an evil agenda”:

He followed up his tweet with a fundraising email today warning that the directive is all part of a plan to “break down all sexual inhibition and morality,” cause “social chaos” and “destroy Christian morality, religious freedom, and the next generation”:

FRC has a plan to counteract this outrage, and you are part of it . But first, let me explain why public school restrooms have become "Ground Zero" in the effort to destroy Christian morality, religious freedom, and the next generation, using "gender identity" as a weapon.

Let's answer some of the most pressing questions I am often asked:

QUESTION: "Why is the Obama administration trying to mainstream 'transgenderism' and force schools to accommodate students who want to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of the opposite sex?

ANSWER: It's all part of a radical movement trying to destroy the fact that God created man and woman -- and that somehow people can choose what gender they want to be. The ultimate goal is to break down all sexual inhibition and morality -- a goal that would result in social chaos.

And the only way they can pull off this scheme? Big government .

Think of it. If government can force the "normalization" or even the celebration of something as universally unnatural as men using women's restrooms and vice versa, then it can force the rest of its agenda on the American people very easily.

And consider this, if the White House can dictate the bathroom policies of the nation, then what is beyond its reach? The answer is absolutely nothing.

QUESTION: "Do you think that the ultimate goal is to destroy the impact of Christianity in our country?"

ANSWER: Definitely, yes.

Christianity is a hindrance to what the secularists in the Obama administration and "Progressive" special interest groups ultimately want to do.

QUESTION: "The federal government . . . state governments . . . municipalities . . . even corporations and pro sports teams seem to be pushing special rights based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Can we really turn back the tide?"

ANSWER: Yes! We can and will if we have the courage to take a stand and call this foolishness what it is. But we are at a point where Christians have to lose their fear of what other people say -- or do.

Miss. Gov.: Anti-LGBT Law 'Prevents Discrimination' But We’re Still Getting 'Bullied'

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant joined the Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins on his “Washington Watch” program yesterday to discuss the criticism he’s been receiving for a law he signed that permits businesses in the state to refuse services to LGBT people and others.

Perkins told Bryan that the ACLU is suing the state over the new law because it only cares about religious freedom claims “that don’t conflict with its sexual agenda.”

“Well, of course,” Bryant said. “I mean, they cherry-pick these issues. If they had any integrity at all, they would say, ‘We understand Mississippi is actually trying to make sure that Christians and people of other faiths are not discriminated against.’ It is a nondiscriminatory law. It prevents discrimination against simply that segment of the population that has a deeply held religious view about marriage.”

He added that his “dear friend Pat McCrory,” the governor of North Carolina, is facing similar backlash for a sweeping bill aimed at removing legal protections for LGBT people.

“And we’re criticized, we’re threatened, we’re bullied, we’re told by corporations that we’re doing the wrong thing?” he asked. “Where on earth have we come to simply say, ‘I do not wish my daughter in her school or in her university to have to have a male in the shower and in the dressing room and in the restrooms.’”

He said, however, that he had some hope: “I think the rest of the nation is beginning to wake up and say, ‘What world do they think we’re living in? This is not Hollywood, this is not more liberal areas, this is America, where common sense still prevails.’”

SBA List Goes After GOP Congresswoman Who Raised Concerns About Rape Survivors

The Susan B. Anthony List, which serves as the electoral arm of the anti-abortion movement and is particularly focused on electing anti-choice women, is for the first time endorsing a male candidate over an anti-choice woman in a Republican primary, backing Rep. George Holding against Rep. Renee Ellmers in a recently redrawn congressional district in North Carolina.

The anti-choice movement turned on Ellmers back in January 2015 when she led a group of anti-abortion Republicans who objected at the last minute to a provision in a 20-week abortion ban that would have exempted rape survivors from the ban only if they first reported their rape to law enforcement.

Ellmers said at the time that the reporting requirement was “completely unrealistic” and “further victimized the victims of rape,” also suggesting that including it could feed into pro-choice criticisms of Republicans.

The objections of Ellmers and her allies caused the bill to be pulled from consideration right before a vote that was scheduled to coincide with the March for Life and the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, frustrating and embarrassing anti-choice leaders who consider the legislation to be their top priority on Capitol Hill.

Anti-choice groups immediatelyvowed to exact revenge. Although the movement was slow to jump into the primary race, anti-choice activists successfully lobbied to keep Ellmers off a select committee investigating Planned Parenthood and in March National Right to Life Committee endorsed her opponent, Holding.

Now, Susan B. Anthony List’s Marjorie Dannenfelser tells Roll Call, her group will work to defeat Ellmers because “You’re not really an effective political organization if you can’t respond to the derailment of your number one priority.”

Yes, the anti-choice movement was angry about the optics of Ellmers’ move to derail the 20-week ban. And they can’t be thrilled that she was an early endorser of Donald Trump back when Dannenfelser and others were urging the GOP to pick literally anyone else . But the issue it comes down to is a rape exception. The Susan B. Anthony List and its allies are now punishing a congresswoman who agrees with their policy priorities simply because she publicly mentioned the impact that one of their bills might have on rape survivors.

Anti-Abortion Leader Compares Presidential Election To Choice Between Killing 10 People And 100

Father Frank Pavone, the head of Priests for Life, is one of the anti-abortion leaders who have reluctantly come around to Donald Trump now that he is the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, saying last week that for abortion rights opponents, the choice between Trump and a Democrat is a choice “between doubt and certainty.”

Pavone explained his thinking more in an interview Tuesday on Ave Maria Radio, saying that he reminds people who are having doubts about voting for Trump about the importance of Supreme Court nominations and presents them with an utterly depressing analogy:

Here’s the analogy I’ve been using for folks to consider: It’s like being on a runaway train. Let’s presume, it’s an odd situation, but let’s presume that you’re at the controls of a runaway train. And the train cannot be stopped and you know that at the end of the track it’s going to do damage, so you can’t stop the train. But supposed the only thing you could do is to switch the track that the train is on so that at the end of Track A it’s going to kill 10 people and at the end of Track B it’s going to kill 100 people. Now, you don’t want to kill anybody. Nobody wants to kill anybody. But you can’t stop the train.

So, what are you going to do? Are you going to say, ‘Oh, I’m not going to do anything’? Or are you going to do your best to switch it to the track where it’s going to do less damage. Now, some people say, ‘I don’t want to kill 10 people and I don’t want to kill 100 people, so I’m not going to do anything.’ Yeah, but if the train is on the track, then, to do the more damage, don’t you share responsibility for not doing something to try to minimize the damage?

This is not the choice between the lesser of two evils: We don’t choose evil at all. It’s a choice to limit evil. And the choice to limit evil is a good.

He added that according to the catechism, voting is “morally obligatory.”

Anne Graham Lotz: 9/11 Was Warning From God About Evolution, Church-State Separation

Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, visited Iowa talk radio host Steve Deace today to discuss her new book, “The Daniel Prayer,” and once again urged Americans to turn to God in order to avoid divine wrath caused by things like church-state separation and the theory of evolution.

Lotz told Deace she was praying that “some of this craziness would settle down” in a nation that “seems to be shaking its fist in God’s face and telling him to get out of our politics, get out of our schools, get out of our businesses, get out of our marketplace, get off the streets” and is “basically abandoning God as a culture and as a nation.”

When we abandon God, she said, “the Bible says God abandons us and He backs away and takes His hand of favor, blessing, His hand of protection away from us and He abandons us.”

If Americans repent, she said, then “there will be peace on our streets” and God will begin to "reveal the plots of our enemies and terrorists before they are carried out” and “control the weather patterns and protect us from these violent storms that are taking human life.”

She added that “God allows bad things to happen” like the September 11 attacks and the mass shooting in San Bernardino “to show us that we need Him, you know, we’re desperate without him.”

She later told Deace that the U.S. is under the judgment of God in part because of the embrace of the theory of evolution, which started “this downward spiral away from God.”

If America does not return to God, she said, we’ll keep seeing “just the chaos at every level”… such as the Justice Department’s lawsuit against North Carolina for its new discriminatory anti-LGBT law, which she said is “evidence that God has backed away and he’s removed His hand of blessing, favor, protection, and he’s just turning us over to ourselves.”

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