Ruben Diaz

Ruben Diaz Claims Satan Runs Public Schools

New York state Sen. Ruben Diaz told “March for Marriage” participants today that even if the Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage, they must continue the fight because the American people are behind them.

He pointed to the case of government organized prayer in public schools, which was ruled unconstitutional in the 1962 case Engel v. Vitale. As a result, Diaz maintained, Satan took over the schools, leading to waves of crime and disobedience.

Diaz said this year’s decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway proves that the cause to preserve government-sponsored prayer is not lost, and that anti-gay activists can win as well. He went on to falsely claim that neither voters nor lawmakers have voted to legalize same-sex marriage.

Right Wing Round-Up - 6/10/14

NOM's 'Historic' Fail

For weeks, the National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown has been touting the “historic” March for Marriage, telling supporters “this is our time” to "change history." A month ago he wrote excitedly about a “game-changer,” a $500,000 matching gift from one of the major donors that keep NOM afloat. Brown had been inspired by a massive turnout for an anti-marriage-equality protest  in France, and hoped for something similar in Washington. But even with big donors and heavy-weight Religious Right co-sponsors, Brown and his allies couldn’t pull it off. Not even close.

In reality, NOM’s rally had a few, perhaps several, thousand attendees.  (NOM’s Thomas Peters claims 15,000, which seems, um, generous.) And every time one of the speakers tried to make the crowd feel like part of a larger movement by talking about the 200,000 people they said marched recently for one-man/one-woman marriage in Puerto Rico, or the hundreds of thousands or millions in France and Spain, or even the 585,000 who have signed the Manhattan Declaration or the half million who marched against legal abortion, it only served to highlight how few bothered to show up in Washington. According to various speakers, the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia sent five busloads; anti-gay state senator Ruben Diaz claimed 32 buses from New York. Brian Brown gave a shout out to some Chinese Christians from Chicago.

The ethnically diverse speakers’ list was a mix of old and new, including some familiar faces on the anti-gay circuit, such as Harry Jackson, Gary Bauer, and Iowa’s Bob Vander Plaats. Harry Jackson led the crowd in a chant that he said was a prayer for the Supreme Court: “Let God arise and his enemies be scattered.” Bauer delivered a blustery message to the Republican Party that if they “bail” on marriage, he’ll lead as many people as he can out of the GOP (which may not be that much of a threat). Vander Plaats urged Supreme Court justices to look to the Founding Fathers, Billy Graham, and Pope Francis. Also speaking were Doug Mainwaring, now making the circuit as the anti-equality gay man the Religious Right loves to love; Frank Schubert, the mastermind of the dishonest Prop 8 campaign and every anti-equality campaign since then; and Jim Garlow, who made a name for himself among the Religious Right with his pro-Prop 8 organizing. Garlow insisted you cannot call yourself a Christian and support the Court’s “obliterating” what he called a “core aspect of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” (Garlow should have seen the packed crowd at the morning’s pro-equality interfaith service at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation.) Garlow warned Supreme Court justices that they will one day stand before “the Chief Justice of the Universe” and will be held accountable if they defy His ways.

A couple of groups sent under-30 speakers to say how wrong the media is to suggest that Millennials are a lost cause on this issue.  But facts are facts, and polls show that support for marriage equality is overwhelming among under-30 Americans: 72 percent of Millennials believe same-sex couples should be able to get legally married, including 58 percent of under-30 Republicans.

Many of the speakers were on-message to the point of being boringly redundant, repeating the message on marchers’ pre-printed signs: “Kids do best with a mom and a dad” and “Every child deserves a mom and a dad.” Sometimes this came with a strong shot of gender stereotypes: mothers provide tenderness and fathers provide protection.  Brian Brown even showed a video of the Religious Right’s newest heroine, the 11-year old who testified against marriage equality in Minnesota and asked which of her parents she did not need, her mother or father. Perhaps someone could explain that no same-sex couples seeking to get married have any desire to force her to get rid of either parent.

NOM’s backers for the marriage march included the far-far-right-wing Catholic group Tradition, Family & Property, with its scarlet banners, capes, and marching band (see Adele Stan’s reminder who TFP is), Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council, a couple of Catholic dioceses, the Knights of Columbus and the Institute on Religion and Democracy.  Brown gave special thanks to the Mormon-run GFC Foundation for providing grants for buses.

 

Garlow Announces First Annual "Ruben Diaz Courage Award"

Jim Garlow has recently become a leading figure in promoting the Alliance Defense Fund's "Pulpit Initiative" which encourages pastors to challenge the IRS by speaking on political issues during their sermons and endorsing candidates.

On the ADF's "Speak Up" blog, a post appeared the other day announcing that Garlow would be hosting a "webinar" today to promote the effort that would feature New York state Senator Ruben Diaz, one of the most consistently vociferous anti-gay leaders operating today.

The post has since been removed, but we retained a copy of it in which Diaz was hailed as perhaps "the most courageous pastor in America":

Who is the most courageous pastor in America? There are likely many candidates for this title, but I would nominate Pastor Ruben Diaz of New York City. After you hear what he stands for and what he has endured, you might want to nominate him, too.

But more importantly, you have the privilege of hearing him in a special nationwide webinar for pastors (from either your phone or your computer) this Wednesday, August 31 at 9 AM Pacific, 10 AM Mountain, 11 AM Central, 12 Noon Eastern.

Ruben serves as pastor of, the Christian Community Neighborhood Church in New York City, in the Bronx. But there is more. He is a New York State Senator. But there is even more. Prior to being a Senator, he served on the New York City Council, winning the election 79% to 22%, the only ordained minister serving on the council.

But there is yet even more. In liberal New York City, he is 100% pro-life, one of very few – if not the only – Democrat State Senator to hold to the biblical position.

And – as you would expect – yes, there is even more. Pastor Diaz has fought hard for traditional, natural marriage, the only Democrat to stand for one man-one woman marriage in bitterly fought legislative battles year after year.

But Pastor Diaz stood – like a rock. And he has paid dearly.

Bottom line: (1) he may well be the most courageous pastor in America, and (2) you can hear him in a pastors webinar interview the Wednesday, August 31.

Today, we listened in to the webinar where Jim Garlow positively gushed over Diaz and announced that he would be the first recipient of the first annual "Ruben Diaz Courage Award" from the Newt Gingrich-founded Renewing American Leadership organization:

Garlow: You know that I am so impressed with your story and there's all kind of details that we can't go into right now. But I'm so impressed with how you have stood that an organization that I'm chairman of in Washington DC called Renewing American Leadership - as soon as we can, I hope in the next few week - I'm going to be with you in New York City and I want to present to you what I think is the first annual Ruben Diaz Courage Award that will go to elected officials each year who are willing to withstand the tide of public pressure to stand for moral and biblical issues. But you are modeling something that is such a huge encouragement to us ...

Diaz: I'm honored and humbled to hear you say that. I'm praying and waiting for that day so that I can meet you and hug you and praise the Lord together.

Garlow: I think anyone listening sees why Ruben Diaz has an award named after him. I'm going to be presenting the first annual to him, the Ruben Diaz Courage Award. Senator Diaz, we bless you, we love you, it's a joy to know you this way and I'll look forward to meeting you in person.

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Right Wing Leftovers

  • Sen. Arlen Specter has cancelled his appearance at an "anti-Islamic" gathering organized by Daniel Pipes.
  • The hits just keep coming for Michael Steele.
  • Is the move to make Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Ambassador to China really a good opportunity to spread the Mormon gospel?
  • Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry signed a measure to place a privately funded monument of the Ten Commandments at the Capitol despite concerns that it could draw a costly legal challenge.
  • Finally, On Top Magazine covered the recent anti-marriage rally in New York:
  • New York's most vocal gay marriage opponent is a senator from the Bronx, Senator Ruben Diaz. Immediately after the governor announced he would personally shepherd the gay marriage bill through the Legislature, Diaz, a Pentecostal minister who heads the New York Hispanic Clergy Organization, called for the anti-gay marriage rally.

    “They accuse us of homophobia,” Diaz told an estimated crown of 20,000. “They accuse us of being radicals … They accuse us of many thing because they want to close the mouth of the church.”

    “The sleeping giant has awakened and nothing can make him go back to sleep,” Diaz roared.

    Speakers decried Paterson and his political allies for supporting gay marriage, saying they would be run out of town.

    “The day will come when the hand of God shall use these people to take him out, out, out,” said Rev. Miguel Rivera, president of the National Coalition of Latino Ministers.

    “The politicians are unleashing chaos on our children, on our families, and on our nation by redefining marriage. One thing stands in the way of this chaos – you,” Tony Perkins, president of the socially conservative Family Research Council, told the crowd.

 

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Ruben Diaz Posts Archive

Brian Tashman, Thursday 06/19/2014, 12:00pm
New York state Sen. Ruben Diaz told “March for Marriage” participants today that even if the Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage, they must continue the fight because the American people are behind them. He pointed to the case of government organized prayer in public schools, which was ruled unconstitutional in the 1962 case Engel v. Vitale. As a result, Diaz maintained, Satan took over the schools, leading to waves of crime and disobedience. Diaz said this year’s decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway proves that the cause to preserve government-sponsored prayer is... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 06/10/2014, 4:33pm
Joe Jervis: Anti-Gay Site Calls On Men To "Occupy" City's Ladies Rooms. Andrew Kaczynski @ BuzzFeed: Tony Perkins On Bergdahl: "In Wartime Deserters Are Shot." Evan McMurry @ Mediaite: Fox’s Ablow Demands Warnings on Facebook, Slender Man: ‘Where Is the Surgeon General?’ Andrew Prokop @ Vox: A GOP Congressman’s story shows us how money in politics really works. Joseph Ehrman-Dupre @ Towleroad: Ruben Diaz is Bussing People to NOM's Anti-Gay Marriage March But Not Telling Them. MORE >
Peter Montgomery, Tuesday 03/26/2013, 3:02pm
For weeks, the National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown has been touting the “historic” March for Marriage, telling supporters “this is our time” to "change history." A month ago he wrote excitedly about a “game-changer,” a $500,000 matching gift from one of the major donors that keep NOM afloat. Brown had been inspired by a massive turnout for an anti-marriage-equality protest  in France, and hoped for something similar in Washington. But even with big donors and heavy-weight Religious Right co-sponsors, Brown and his allies... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 08/31/2011, 12:59pm
Jim Garlow has recently become a leading figure in promoting the Alliance Defense Fund's "Pulpit Initiative" which encourages pastors to challenge the IRS by speaking on political issues during their sermons and endorsing candidates. On the ADF's "Speak Up" blog, a post appeared the other day announcing that Garlow would be hosting a "webinar" today to promote the effort that would feature New York state Senator Ruben Diaz, one of the most consistently vociferous anti-gay leaders operating today. The post has since been removed, but we retained a copy of it... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 08/09/2010, 4:47pm
Michael B. Keegan @ Huffington Post: The GOP v. the 14th Amendment. Bartholomew’s Notes on Religion: Ex-Muslim Pastor Warns of Exploitation by “Corrupt ‘Underbelly’ of the Right Wing Political Movement”. David Monday @ Crooks & Liars: David Boies: Tony Perkins appeals to 'fear and prejudice' against gays. Media Matters: Tony Perkins' fearmongering about same-sex parenting is refuted by medical consensus. Joe.My.God: NY Sen. Ruben Diaz: Same-Sex Marriage Will Bring The End Of The World. Jason Hancock @ Iowa Independent: Push... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 07/29/2010, 4:59pm
Miranda @ PFAW Blog: GOP Blocks 20 Judicial Nominees, Rebuffs Goodwin Liu Again Evan McMorris-Santoro @ TPM: Anti-Mosque Protester To TPM: Muslims Hate Dogs And America Too. Bartholomew's Notes On Religion: Karl Rove at Apocalyptic Christian Right Rally in Canada. Towleroad: Ruben Diaz Sr. Calls on Biblical Warriors to Fight Gay Marriage. Good As You: NOM featured speaker Brad Brandon's extremist quips. Tanya Somanader @ Think Progress: Iowa GOP Supports Amendment To Strip Obama’s Citizenship Because He Won The Nobel Peace Prize. Joe.My.God: Jerusalem's... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 05/19/2009, 5:19pm
Sen. Arlen Specter has cancelled his appearance at an "anti-Islamic" gathering organized by Daniel Pipes.The hits just keep coming for Michael Steele.Is the move to make Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Ambassador to China really a good opportunity to spread the Mormon gospel?Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry signed a measure to place a privately funded monument of the Ten Commandments at the Capitol despite concerns that it could draw a costly legal challenge.Finally, On Top Magazine covered the recent anti-marriage rally in New York:New York's most vocal gay marriage opponent is a senator from the... MORE >