Homophobia

Bigots Break Crowdfunding Site’s Record ‘Helping’ Homophobic Bakers Pay Lesbian Couple

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It seems that in 21st century America, bigotry can be profitable. Just ask Melissa and Aaron Klein.

The Kleins were the owners of “Sweet Cakes by Melissa,” the Gresham, Oregon bakery that was recently fined $135,000 in a case involving their refusal to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. The case has pitted the “oh, look at us poor, oppressed Christians” crowd against sane people who understand that public businesses are obligated to serve the public.

The Kleins were so upset at the thought that they might have to serve people who don’t meet with their approval, they closed their doors. Earlier this year they set up a GoFundMe page, which netted them some $109,000, which they were allowed to keep, before it was shut down. So the Kleins moved their begging campaign to another site, Continue To Give. Because nothing says “personal responsibility” to a conservative like asking for a handout from people you don’t know.

Continue To Give advertises as “a faith based giving platform,” and at the top of the homepage there’s a link for people to donate to help Sweet Cakes by Melissa. Note how the link calls for donors to “support Sweetcakes by Melissa and religious freedom.

Continue To Give

The campaign appears to be paying off for the Kleins, as the Washington Times reports that, as of July 14, they have collected$352,500 in donations. Jesse Wellhoefer, who founded Continue To Give, says that is an all time record in the three year history of the site. Wellhoefer says that he has received many of the same sort of complaints that caused GoFundMe to take down the Klein’s campaign there. He says:

“Lots of people have been asking us to take it off. Our response has been, ‘Thank you for your concern, have a great day and God bless you.’”

Of course Wellhoefer isn’t going to take down the Kleins’ fundraising campaign. Praise the Lord and pass the collection plate. Continue To Give gets 3.9 percent of the funds donated, plus 60 cents per donation. With over 7,600 donations, that means Wellhoefer’s site has collected over $18,000 from just this one campaign. To be fair, some of that money will be used to pay the credit card transaction fees, but even after those have been paid, Wellhoefer’s site still gets to bank a decent amount of money.

The Kleins released a statement through their lawyer, which reads:

We are humbled and thankful for the generosity and support of the American public. The amount shows that Americans all over this country are acting on their beliefs and loudly saying that they do not agree with a government that punishes people for their religious beliefs.

At this time, we do not know exactly how we will use the funds that have been donated to us because:  1) Since our business was shut down two years ago, we are continuing to face financial hardship 2) We are unsure at this time what other costs may be associated with our case in the future as we continue to stand strong for our freedom 3) We are seeking advice regarding how the government will tax the money we’ve been given and 4) We are waiting to see whether BOLI will stay the collection of the $135,000 (at an interest rate of 9%) during the appeal.

The “mission statement” on the Continue To Give page for the Kleins says:

“Every American should be free to live and work according to their faith without the government punishing them for doing so.”

Isn’t it also fair to say that every American should be free to purchase what they choose, from whatever business they choose, without being denied service because of the personal prejudices of the business owner?

Here’s an idea. Say you own a business, and your religious beliefs tell you to disapprove of someone’s lifestyle. Instead of taking the route the Kleins took, why not do this? Provide the service, take their money, then donate that money to your church, or to a charity. You don’t have to keep what you consider tainted money, you don’t break the law because you provided the service, and your church or a charity gets help for doing things you approve of. Surely Jesus would be ok with that, right?

Best of all, you don’t have to go begging for money from strangers. Unless enriching yourself by asking other bigots to support your bigotry is really what you want to do.

Bachmann’s Husband Calls Homosexuals ‘Barbarians’ Who ‘Need To Be Educated’ And ‘Disciplined’

Shades of 1935 Germany!

Think Progress

When trying to figure out where presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) gets her stringent, anti-gay views, you only have to look as far as her husband. Dr. Marcus Bachmann, who has described himself as his wife’s “strategist,” runs a Christian-based counseling center in Minnesota that has been rumored to offer reparative treatment for those looking to “ungay” themselves.

Just last summer, Dr. Bachmann explained his position on homosexuality while offering theoretical advice to parents concerned that one of their children was gay.

BACHMANN: We have to understand: barbarians need to be educated. They need to be disciplined. Just because someone feels it or thinks it doesn’t mean that we are supposed to go down that road. That’s what is called the sinful nature. We have a responsibility as parents and as authority figures not to encourage such thoughts and feelings from moving into the action steps…

And let’s face it: what is our culture, what is our public education system doing today? They are giving full, wide-open doors to children, not only giving encouragement to think it but to encourage action steps. That’s why when we understand what truly is the percentage of homosexuals in this country, it is small. But by these open doors, I can see and we are experiencing, that it is starting to increase.

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Family values? Seriously?

I was going through my blogroll list and came across this site

There was no text to go with the pictures but none was actually needed. 

I will say that the so-called Family Values  family (Rick Santorum’s picture) and the Obama family, who is viewed by the right wing as just the opposite of a family values  family, show a vast contrast in that way of thinking.

Just saying…

The Conservative Lie

 

Ugandan Newspaper Publishes Names of ‘Top 100’ Homosexuals, Calls for Their Hanging

The relevance of this outrageous story reaches back to  many Republican politicians, especially those affiliated with “C” Street and the “Christian Right” . 

New York Magazine

Several days ago an unregistered, English-language tabloid in Uganda published a front-page headline announcing “100 PICTURES OF UGANDA’S TOP HOMOS LEAK,” and stamped the cover with a yellow label declaring, “Hang Them.” Inside the paper, alongside the men’s photos were printed their names and addresses. Since the paper hit stands, at least four of the men on the list have been attacked. (Still more are in hiding.) This comes a year after a legislator introduced a bill that would have set the death penalty for homosexual acts, a bill that was set aside after international uproar. “Before the introduction of the bill in parliament most people did not mind about our activities. But since then, we are harassed by many people who hate homosexuality,” Patrick Ndede, 27, told the Washington Post. “The publicity the bill got made many people come to know about us and they started mistreating us.”

The article — in a publication called Rolling Stone, which is not related to the U.S. magazine of the same name — also claimed that a deadly new disease was spreading among homosexuals in Uganda, and that homosexuals were raiding schools to recruit “one million children.”

This is not the first time that a paper in Uganda has named “top homos.” Red Pepper, another tabloid, produced a similar self-titled “killer dossier” around this same time last year.

In 2009, the United States donated an estimated $285 million to the Ugandan government through PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief started by George Bush in 2003. Since its inception, Uganda has received over $1.2 billion in aid from the U.S. to combat HIV/AIDS, an epidemic that is flourishing there among the community of men who have sex with men. Rather than distribute condoms or educate gay men to help stop the spread of the disease, the Ugandan official response is to exclude them from services and wage a cultural and legal war against them. When this latest article came out, the government only offered to suspend the tabloid’s circulation because it had not yet officially registered. Once it files the proper paperwork, it may resume publication without facing punishment.

This essay by Jamie Kirchick from the Los Angeles Times last year does a good job of explaining the conflict between the United States’ AIDS funding to Uganda and that country’s policy toward some of its most at-risk citizens. Newsweek has also taken a good look at this issue. Far from improving as a result of the help of the United States, the situation for gays in Uganda seems to only be getting worse.

‘Hang them’: Uganda paper publishes photos of gays [WP]

Breitbart complains ralliers are portrayed as “racist, sexist, homophobe, Islamophobe”

Media Matters

Hey Breitbart, look to your left:

During his speech at FreedomWorks’ September 12 rally on the National Mall, Andrew Breitbart berated the media for portraying tea party ralliers as “racist, sexist, homophobe,” and “Islamophobe,” but the crowd he addressed was full of inflammatory signs:

Hey Breitbart, look to your left | Media Matter…, posted with vodpod

Go to Media Matters to see the rest of the racist, homophobic, Islamophobic pictures.

Pat Buchanan suggests Judge Walker struck down Proposition 8 because he is gay.

Think Progress

Last night, after U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that denying gays and lesbians the right to marry violated the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution, supporters of Proposition 8 expressed disappointment and pledged to appeal the decision all the way up to the Supreme Court. Some conservative activists lashed out against Judge Walker, using his sexual orientation to dismiss the decision altogether. This morning, MSNBC commentator Pat Buchanan argued that same-sex marriage was unnatural and suggested that Walker ruled against Proposition 8 because he is gay:

BUCHANAN: It is unnatural…an older white guy handed down the decision and he happened to be gay. That might have had something to do with it.

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The Wonk Room has a list of conservatives using Walker’s sexual orientation as an excuse and explains the irony behind the allegation.

Pastor Hosting ‘International Burn A Quran Day’: ‘We Have Nothing Against Muslims’

The insanity that has gripped the right wing in the form of homophobia, xenophobia, racism, anti-poor/anti-unemployed campaigns and anti-Islam rhetoric,  are simply un–American and unacceptable in American society. 

The principles that this country was founded on ( including the 13th and 14th amendments) have been trampled on and totally ignored by the GOP/Tea Party. 

One has to wonder just how far they will go with this anti-muslim fervor, which is just one of their targets of hate and disdain.

Think Progress

On September 11, 2010, the extremist evangelical Dove World Church — whose pastor, Terry Jones, has written a book called “Islam Is Of The Devil” — plans to host “International Burn A Quran Day,” when it will burn Muslims’ sacred text and encourage others across the world to do so as well. Churchmember Wayne Sapp has even posted an instructional video that explains how and why to burn the Islamic text.

CNN host Rick Sanchez invited Jones on his show yesterday to ask him about the inflammatory action. When Sanchez pressed Jones about why he would try to anger the world’s Muslims by burning their sacred text, the evangelical pastor replied, “Well, for one thing, to us, the book is not sacred,” provoking laughter from the CNN host.

Jones later went on to explain, “What we are also doing by the burning of the Quran, we’re saying stop, stop to Islam, stop to Islamic law, stop to brutality. We have nothing against Muslims, they are welcome in our country.” When Sanchez asked him how he would feel if Muslims burned the Bible, Jones admitted he wouldn’t like it but emphasized that it was his “right” to burn the Islamic text because “we live in America”:

SANCHEZ: Do you know how many Muslims there are in the world?

JONES: I think there are 1.5 billion.

SANCHEZ: Yeah. I ask you that because that’s a very big number. Why would you want to do this to 1.5 billion people by burning their most sacred book? That’s crazy.

JONES: Well, for one thing, to us, the book is not sacred.

SANCHEZ: But it is to them, it’s sacred to them. […]

JONES: What we’re also doing by the burning of the Quran on 9/11 is we’re saying stop. Stop to Islam. Stop to Islamic law. Stop to brutality. We have nothing against Muslims, they are welcome in our country. […]

SANCHEZ: How would you feel if a Muslim said to you, what you just said to them? I have no problem with you Mr. Christian, you’re welcome in my country, but I’m burning your Bible.

JONES: I would not like it. But it’s our right. We live in America!

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