The Morning Quote

Today, the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is being lived out by bakers, photographers, florists, ministers, county clerks, and owners of wedding venues who have lost their businesses, been forced to pay exorbitant fines, been threatened with jail, and made to choose between the natural created order of marriage between one man and one woman and judges who side with same-sex couples.

–Renowned Southern Poverty Law Center hate group Liberty Council’s Matt Staver, on Martin Luther King Day.

Kids: Remember To Turn In Your Permission Slips…

gay-christmas elves

…if you want to be gay.

You know your home state has rolled forward a good bit when some of the high school kids want to form a gay club. That’s the news today where I grew up, in Rankin County, Mississippi.

Their elders, on the other hand, don’t sound so welcoming. When the idea of a club for gay students came up at a school board meeting last night, superintendent Lynn Weathersby suggested that the best way to curb clubs they “don’t want to endorse and don’t want” is to make the kids first get permission from their parents.

Oh, my. Don’t want and don’t want to endorse? That’s welcoming to some very vulnerable kids (who do commit suicide at much elevated rates over their straight peers).

So single out the gay clubs, make their members get permission slips from their parents. What about the other clubs? Chess Club, Geography Club, what about the Black Student Union or the Fashion Club (hi Daria!), or any of the other clubs and unions? Will they need permission slips, too? Do you think any of those kids will have problems getting permission slips signed? (OK, I probably wouldn’t want to sign the Chess club one…)

The 3-Martini Stupid—UPDATED

Lakewood, Colorado church halted the funeral for a 33-year-old lesbian and turned away her grieving family and friends on Saturday over the funeral party’s refusal to remove photos of the deceased kissing and holding her beloved wife from a remembrance video.

The Denver Post reported that hundreds of mourners had gathered to pay their last respects to Vanessa Collier when New Hope Ministries Pastor Ray Chavez brought the proceedings to an abrupt halt.

The funeral could only go forward in his church, Chavez said, if mourners removed any visible evidence that Collier was a lesbian, including photos taken with her partner, Christina, which he insisted must be edited out of the video.

OK, not to put too fine a spin on it, but this is why Y’all Qaeda has no credibility when they say that they love the sinner. She’s dead, she’s in the coffin. This is sheer spite and malice; they still want to punish Collier and by extrapolation all of her friends and family. And don’t think for a moment that Chavez would then pray for her if they did edit out the video as he demanded, he would probably smile with grim satisfaction that he got one more dig in.

These kinds of Xristians are terrible human beings.

Read the rest at Raw Story

UPDATE 1: It gets worse: they had to pick up the casket and move it across the street to continue.

Claim Cowder Update: My Husband Isn’t Gay…

he’s just a great big tool.

Back in December, we said that we would come back for Claim Chowder when we linked to the promo for this TLC special (TLC is now clearly the Theocracy-Lite Channel, giving the Quiverful-movement heroes The Duggars a platform for their strange brand of female-subjugation fundamentalism), in which gay Mormon men marry straight Mormon women and then declare themselves straight somehow, as they go out cruising/oogling men in Utah:

And now for the Claim Chowder update: our friends over at Truth Wins Out have a review up, somehow they saw a preview show I guess (the TLC program airs Sunday Jan. 11). TWO thinks that the show probably back-fired for TLC:

With trepidation I watched “My Husband’s Not Gay.” I feared that it would be an effective tool to recruit impressionable youth into “ex-gay” programs, promote junk science, and airbrush the pain that often results from unstable mixed orientation marriages.

To my surprise, this show backfired. It may actually help the LGBT community, while harming the very “ex-gay” programs that this show sought to promote. The featured subjects appeared insincere, unconvincing, and gayer than Liberace in spandex.

It’s a very funny review, please go read and enjoy.

What TLC does not tell us about the stars of the program is that they are, in fact, part of a Mormon ex-gay therapy movement called North Star. One of the series stars, Pret, is actually on the board of directors:

I hope that these women get nice settlements in the sure-to-be-pending divorces, because if this isn’t emotional abuse, I don’t know what is. Grown (gay) men having slumber parties without their wives? Gimme a break.

On a more serious note, in the same news cycle in which we have a transgendered teen, Leelah Alcorn, kill herself because of lack of acceptance in her very conservative Christian family, TLC really has a tin ear to bring us this treif, regardless if it backfires on them or not. I would say that TLC should be ashamed, but that gives them some sort of moral acceptance, which they clearly do not deserve.

(Hat tip: Scissorhead Bluegal)

News That Will Drive You To Drink

We have not heard from our old pal Rev. Fishsticks yet this year, but thankfully he is here now to tell us that 1) gay people should not be allowed to hold public office and 2) that the First Amendment is being destroyed by gay people having equal rights, because somehow giving rights to the ‘mos is taking them away from Y’all Qaeda.

Something New For Y’all Qaeda To Boycott?

I don’t know if it is real, but all I could think of is the letter that Concerned Women For America will write to announce their boycott. As I’ve noted before, the growing list of products and places that they are boycotting means sooner or later they are going to be living in mud huts eating twigs and grubs.

News That Will Drive You To Drink

Baby, the theocrats want you to know that you were NOT born that way:

PFOX’s Executive Director, Regina Griggs, says that…

“…twins have the same genes or DNA. They are nurtured in equal prenatal conditions. If homosexuality is caused by genetics or prenatal conditions and one twin is gay, the co-twin should also be gay…Because identical twins are always genetically identical, homosexuality cannot be genetically dictated. No one is born gay.”

I suppose Mr. Griggs was too busy to read Gregor Mendel’s study of sweet peas, or even look at Carl Linnaeus’ work because she was so busy refuting Charles Darwin. This is one of those moments where I am amazed my desk is still standing given the head-pounding that it has received over the years.

WTF Is The Matter With Kansas Now?

The return of the “We Don’t Serve Your Kind Law.

Kansas again is looking at codifying the right to discriminate into law, presumably to protect Christians running secular business on main street from having to serve icky gay people. The new twist this time is that is going to include Public Employees, so you know, if the Fire Fighters who thinks the sodomite’s house should burn down, will let it burn, or if the Paramedics don’t want to touch the gay, well, they don’t have to. The Librarian wouldn’t have to check out books, and I suppose teachers could refuse students.

Kansas Governor Brownback continues to defy a Federal Judge’s order to recognize same-sex marriages in Kansas, so Vegas odds are really good that he would sign this bill if it should pass.

The Morning Quote

“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them,” Anderson read aloud.

“And that, my friend, is the cure for AIDS,” he said. “It was right there in the Bible all along — and they’re out spending billions of dollars in research and testing. It’s curable — right there. Because if you executed the homos like God recommends, you wouldn’t have all this AIDS running rampant.”

–Pastor Steven Anderson, from the terrible sand kingdom of Arizonastan, who says that we can have an AIDS-free world by Christmas if we just jump on it.