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Bigot of the Week Award: May 10, Texas Gov. Rick Perry

10 May
Bigot of the Week

Bigot of the Week

As the date draws near for the Boy Scouts of America to take their next vote on just how icky the gays are, the hypothetically Christian far right is mounting its vocal protests of any change in Scout policy. There are plenty of BWA nominees in the making, but my friend Jennifer Carey sent me the clear winner this week.

The Family Research Council hosted its bigotastic “Stand With Scouts Sunday” last weekend. Hosted by the ever nefarious Tony Perkins, it was a festival of hate disguised as religious freedom and family values. One of the virtual guests at the Jamboree of Hate was Texas Governor Rick Perry. Somehow his inability to form a cohesive sentence qualifies him as an FRC guest spokesman.

Perry calls civil rights for gay scouts and leaders the “flavor of the month” and mere “pop culture.” He then manages to toss a bit of Texas Pride into his babblings, invoking the spectre of Sam Houston. He refers to Houston’s opposition to slavery and secession as the kind of principled stand the Scouts would be taking by NOT changing their homophobic practices.

MEMO TO PERRY: Houston’s actions were principled because they represented ADVOCACY of human rights. That’s really not what you’re talking about here…

Dishonorable mention this week goes to wrestler Jay Briscoe. The Ring of Honor Champion displays some real dishonor in his response to the creation of marriage equality in Delaware this week. He tweeted a congratulatory message “if that makes you happy,” then added a truly disturbing follow-up.

… try and teach my kids that there’s nothing wrong with that and I’ll f**king shoot you!

Wow! Briscoe manages to oppose education, trivialize equal rights under the law, and make a strong argument for gun control all in one tweet.

Number 4 Bigot of the Year 2012: The Catholic Church

28 Dec
Number 4 Bigot of 2012

Number 4 Bigot of 2012

Regular TSM readers know that I have real suspicion of organized religion and its role in privileging dominant forces in the power structure, thus sustaining a white, heteronormative discourse. While some denominations have inched toward inclusion and social justice, the Catholic church leadership of the 21st Century has abandoned its traditions of caring in favor of narrow political dogma and oppression–completely abandoning any dedication to social justice. This year, the hate filled voices of Pope Benedict XVI and his bishops have proved that more loudly than ever.

Not content to stick with centuries old traditions of misogyny and homophobia, the bishops danced a cruel jig across the lines of church and state, issuing proclamations about candidates and electoral issues willy nilly. Some, like Newark Archbishop John Myers, went so far as to suggest that priests refuse communion to parishioners who support marriage equality, reproductive choice, or progressive candidates–my, Who Would Jesus Hate?

The church spent the year emptying its venomous purse as well. The single largest contributor to anti-equality campaigns in the four states that voted on marriage equality this fall was the Catholic Church. It spent over $2 MILLION fighting fairness. When added to money contributed by the Catholic group Knights of Columbus and the National Organization for Marriage, a church ally that uses local congregations to raise funds, Catholic contributions exceeded $6 million. How much poverty could that fight? How many lives could have been saved instead of harmed?

Just to add insult to injury, the Pope used his biggest speech of the year, the Christmas Message, to spew a little more homophobia and transphobia.

There is no denying the crisis that threatens it (the family) to its foundations — especially in the Western world. When such commitment is repudiated, the key figures of human existence likewise vanish: father, mother, child — essential elements of the experience of being human are lost.

Again I ask, who would Jesus hate?  I don’t want to dismiss the progressive Catholics that exist, but I feel it necessary to remind everyone that every time you tithe, a portion of that tithe goes to Rome and the Pope.

Sadly, there are a number of homophobia dishonorable mentions this year. High on the list, nearly taking the crown from Benedict’s head, is the Boy Scouts of America, which pretended to consider its anti-gay policies and then doubled down on them. Fake researcher Mark Regnerus and his “gay families are harmful” study funded by NOM and its Catholic allies wraps up this unholy trinity in a foul shroud.

Additional dishonorable mention goes to NOM itself and to the ironically named Family Research Council. Both spent huge amounts of time and energy spewing homophobia and pretending to offer “balanced” views to common sense positions of equality. Happily, they lost just about every issue they supported.  So much fear, misogyny, and homophobia.  I guess it is true, the squeaky wheel (Pope Benny the Rat) wants the grease.

Hero of the Week Award: December 14, the Merck Foundation

14 Dec
Hero of the Week

Hero of the Week

This week another organization adds itself resoundingly to the chorus opposing the Boy Scouts of America’s discrimination and bigotry. Thank you to my friend and fighter for social justice, Ani Allison for inspiring me to write this weeks’ HWA. The Merck Company Foundation has a long history of giving and philanthropy. It has also been a major supporter of the Scouts, recognizing “the fine work that the BSA has done in communities throughout the country.”

As they reviewed giving for 2013, however, they realized that core BSA values are inconsistent with Foundation principles. As a result, they are suspending all funding and related activities.

The Merck Foundation believes that it is critical to honor and support a foundational policy of diversity and inclusion in all funding decisions…We cannot continue to provide support to an organization with a policy that is contrary to one of our core beliefs.

Emphasizing the importance of this decision, the Foundation made it clear that it is withholding more than dollars:

The decision to suspend support applies to direct funding from the Merck Foundation, the matching of gifts from Merck employees, and paid time off for volunteering.

Officials tied the decision directly to the Scouts’ reiteration of its homophobic antigay stand earlier this year. Other major funders like Intel and United Parcel Service have already withdrawn at least direct financial support.

As a side note, official hate group the Family Research Council have severed their ties with UPS over the BSA decision just as holiday shipping time got underway. As you make your shipping decisions, remember to support equality and thank UPS with your business.

Honorable mention goes to Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Rice has served the country ably and well. She was on President Obama’s short list to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton as Secretary of State. Sadly, a group of angry Republican obstructionists led by John McCain (R – Get Off My Lawn) vowed to fight her nomination. Yes, McCain is such a good judge of what is good for the country–Sarah Palin–enough said.  As a result, Rice has put country ahead of self — again — and withdrawn from consideration, writing to the President

If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly—to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities. […] That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country.

What a loss for America, once again thanks to the Pseudopatriot Senator. Does McCain have no sense of decency?

REMINDER: Hero of the Year nominations are still coming in. Please submit your suggestions by December 23 so we can celebrate the finest five heroes!

Number 4 Bigot of the Year Award 2011: Corporate America

29 Dec

Number 4 Bigot of 2011

Corporate America received more than two dozen nominations from TSM readers as Bigot of the Year. 2011 was a particularly nasty and ugly year to witness how corporations are willing to discriminate based on gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, and gender conformity.  Here were some of the top offenders of 2010: Target and its significant donation to key anti-gay politicians that profit from being homophobic and anti-woman; Gold’s Gym funding the misogynistic and homophobic Karl Rove; Walmart holding such enormous political clout as a corporation that even the United States Supreme Court refused to heard the collective voices of millions of women who faced and continue to face discrimination; and of course Lowe’s which helps to perpetuate the vile myth that Muslims should be feared and can’t be trusted.  Yes, these are just a few of the corporations that are lumped together as a cancerous mass that have earned the dubious honor of the number 4 Bigot of the Year Award.

Flashback 2010: The Number 4 Bigot of 2010 was the ever charm free Family Research Council.

Who Would Jesus Hate?

20 Feb

One of the scariest aspects of the lunacy that drives the Right-wing agenda in America today is its claim of divine right. The Querulous Quartet and all their ilk regularly invoke their faith as the justification for their actions. After all, who can argue with actions inspired by God?

T.A. Barnhart published a brilliant piece on BlueOregon this weekend that calls out the artificiality of this claim. Using the wonderful example of Mr. Rogers, a true Christian who promoted loving values without ever even invoking God, Barnhart demolishes the howling hypocrisy of those who trade in biblical invocations without practicing any true Christian values.

I told you to LOVE one another

Sadly, the examples of this kind of fakery are all too prevalent:

  • Banning Gay/Straight Alliances in the name of Catholic values while comparing the LGBT community to Nazis
  • Preachers devoting whole sermons to the evils of homosexuality while ignoring poverty and homelessness
  • A mother being berated by her minister for a blog post about loving her son
  • A “christian activist” from the U.S. helping create homophobic legislation in Uganda
  • A Georgia congressman calling homosexuality a capital offense, using the bible as his source
  • That same congressman practicing his christian values by attacking rape victims
  • A fast-food restaurant famous for its christian values sponsoring rabidly anti-gay seminars
  • The Governor of Alabama telling people that non-Christians are unworthy in a public speech
  • A “family values” organization using teen suicides to blame the gay community
  • The Pope himself promoting violence against the gay community

The list goes on and on. Apparently all of these people learned scripture where Michele Bachmann leanred history. (Bachmann herself is a big user of false christianity to explain her ranting.) How dare these people misuse God as a weapon? True Christians like Chuck Currie, Kathy Baldock, and Daphne’s mom have a very difficult task  making a true message of love and hope heard over these miscreants. People who truly understand what family values are get drowned out by bigots who have co-opted the language.

I’m certainly not a biblical scholar, but this behavior puts me in mind of a couple of verses.  How about the 9th Commandment: Thou shalt not bear false witness. It seems that such regular abuse of scripture in the name of power certainly violates that edict. Seeing all the damage done and the potential good works avoided by warriors in the name of Christ, I think also of a very simple line.

“Jesus wept.”

Number 4 Bigot of the Year Award

28 Dec

Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council (FRC), made the list of hate groups this year for the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). In the wake of now over a dozen gay teen suicides, I found it unconscionable that Perkins and his “gay, merry band ” of cohorts would respond with: “gay suicide victims are abnormal.”  Perkins et. al., identify themselves as “christians.”  Now they are furious that the SPLC has listed them as a “hate” group.  Yea, how dare the SPLC call them haters just because they are!  Sorry, Perkins.  You can’t have it both ways.  You can’t be both the persecutor and victim.  We are all familiar enough with your work to know you are NOT the victim.  The dubious honor of the Number 4 Bigot of the Year award goes to Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council.  I only hope with increased awareness, this group will have a declining influence in our government–John Boehner, stop giving audience to these hate groups!

Perkins and Fisher, the Real Terrorists

20 Dec

Even with DADT soon to be relegated to history books, we must not let our guard down.  The Family Research Council (FRC) and The American Family Association (AFA) are spewing such venom, the likes of which are not just shameful, but embarrassing on a global stage. You may remember that the President of FRC, Tony Perkins, blamed gay suicide victims for being “abnormal.”  You probably also remember Bryan Fisher, of AFA, calling on Christian conservatives “to breed gays and progressives out of existence.”  I would like to just ignore these vicious haters, but as a gay man I don’t have the luxury of ignoring them.  These men and their organizations wield a great deal of power and influence.  Their hate and fear SELL.  Their money speaks to the conservatives in congress, the very conservatives that fought against the repeal of DADT, the very conservatives that want to protect and preserve an elite, white, super wealthy class.  The LGBTQ community must remain vigilant and continue to speak truth to power.  Unlike the idiot Log Cabin Republicans who vote against our best interest and the interest of civil rights in general.  None of us can rest while some of us are oppressed.  To see the entire article, click here.

Bigot of the Week Award: November 26

26 Nov

It looked as though the Salvation Army was going to win this week’s award, and trust me, their putting hate before serving needy families right now certainly earns them the BWA, however the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) helped influence this week’s award.  Yes, the BWA goes to the Family Research Council (FRC), now added to the list of Hate Groups by the SPLC.  Tony Perkins, the head of the FRC is outraged that people are accusing them of hate, just because they do promote hate and discrimination.  The FRC supported Jim DeMint’s efforts to fire all gay teachers.  The always charm free Perkins said that “gay teens try suicide because they know homosexuality is abnormal.”  Really?  Really?  And how would one describe the behavior of a purported heterosexual man that does nothing but obsess over homosexuals?

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