Friday, January 30, 2015
Chris Smith, who represents New Jersey’s 4th district in the US House of Representatives, made the comments during Tuesday’s sitting of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, a day when 12 men were reportedly arrested for attending an alleged same-sex wedding in Nigeria.
The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Caucus of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee blasted the comments, calling them “close-minded and “appalling”.
“It’s simple: LGBT rights are human rights. It’s shocking that Smith — or anyone in his position — would make such close-minded comments to the contrary,” said Chris Hillmann, LGBT Caucus Co-Chair.
“For a person in his position to dehumanize such a large segment of our society and to suggest that members of the LGBT community are creating hurdles for US diplomats is appalling on so many levels. Representative Smith should apologize for trying to pit some people’s human rights against those of others.”
The caucus said Mr Smith’s position is particularly offensive given that he serves as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organisations —a “position from which human rights should be defended, not attacked.”
Ty Cobb, Director of the Human Rights Campaign, said: “On a day when 12 men were reportedly arrested for simply attending an alleged LGBT wedding in Nigeria … it is unconscionable that Representative Smith would not only object to the basic human rights of LGBT people, but argue that their rights should not be part of the administration’s policy in Nigeria.”
New Jersey LGBT activist Jay Lassiter framed the anti-gay Congressman's comments, noting that in "Chris Smith’s world we don’t construe gays rights with human rights, but we do conflate supporting gays with somehow enabling terrorism."
It should be of interest that Rep. Smith received $10,000 from the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council in the 2014 election cycle.
The very notion that his man was appointed by the GOP to serve as the chairman for Global Human Rights, is a disgrace and representative to everything that is wrong with the Republican party.
The GOP is doing exactly as I expected, which is the systematic dismantling of ever LGBT gain over the last 6 years...make note, it's only been one month since they have assumed control of the Congress...imagine what damage they can do over the next 23 months before the elections in 2016.
Buckle up bois and girls, it's gonna be a bumpy ride.
Thursday, January 29, 2015
"I had hoped that, as has happened with women and racial minorities, our predominately Christian culture would recognize that God's children, the homosexuals in our midst, cry out for compassion and acceptance.
In this decade, alas, exactly the opposite has happened.
Positions have hardened and homosexuals have been demonized, condemned to a "lifestyle" rather than invited to a life in the household of faith.
It amazes me that any homosexuals would continue to want any part of a community, religious or otherwise. that in the name of God has behaved toward them with such contempt."
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on Wednesday filed a judicial ethics complaint against Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore over his public comments on a federal judge's ruling striking down Alabama's ban on gay marriage.
In a letter addressed to Governor Robert Bentley released to the media, Moore stated that with regard to marriage Alabama's laws “have always recognized the Biblical admonition stated by our Lord” and called on Bentley and Alabama judges to defy the ruling, calling it “judicial tyranny.”
In comments with the media, Moore declared “we will have a confrontation” if the order is enforced.
The SPLC filed its complaint with the Judicial Inquiry Commission of Alabama, the same court that ousted Moore from the bench in 2003 for refusing to remove from public property a monument of the Ten Commandments which he had commissioned.
“Moore is once again wrapping himself in the Bible and thumbing his nose at the federal courts and federal law,” SPLC President Richard Cohen said in a statement. “As a private citizen, Moore is entitled to his views. But as the chief justice of Alabama, he has a responsibility to recognize the supremacy of federal law and to conform his conduct to the canons of judicial ethics.”
The SPLC charges in its complaint that Moore is encouraging lawlessness by “attempting to assemble a virtual army of state officials and judges to oppose the federal judiciary and its 'tyranny' – the opposite of what is expected from the state's chief judge.” It also accuses Moore of improper public comment on pending and impending proceedings.
Judge Moore has actually taken a stand against the judicial system that he works for, at the very least he should be removed from his position.
The mere fact, the man can't see the hypocrisy of a judge tyrannically defying another judges decision based on the premise of judicial activism is only further demonstration of his inability to be unbiased in anything not relating to his religious *values* (or lack thereof )
Reading the *fine print* on this story though, as I understand it, the AFA is still funding his talk show...so, unofficially, he is still the spokesman and voice of the AFA.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The law is no longer on the agenda for the Ukraine's current session for the Verkhovna Rada, meaning it will not return for debate. In 2012, the parliament voted unanimously for a bill that would bring its law in line with Russia's homophobic policies.
Religious groups also collected tens of thousands of signatures calling on lawmakers to ensure children do not grow up seeing same-sex relationships as 'normal'. Over the last two years, the adopted bill was 'frozen' - not discussed, debated or voted on again, left in the fringes of parliament's agenda. But after the election in October, and a new constituted Verkhovna Rada, it appears that Ukraine now wants nothing to do with Russia - including its anti-gay policies. In parliament this week, deputies voted to call Russia an 'aggressor state'.
It happened on the basis of Article 95 of the Parliamentary Rules, stating the 'Verkhovna Rada may withdraw the bill from consideration if the bill has lost its relevance'. Svyatovslav Sheremet, a gay rights activist based in Ukraine, said: 'The idea that the country could use LGBT citizens must be extremely tempting for a number of the deputies. 'But now, with the understanding homophobia is linked to Russia and the "Russian world", such initiatives can hardly expect to succeed.'
Now don't go getting the idea that Ukraine's government is suddenly softening on anti-gay animus,
nope, just as homophobic as before, they just really hate Russia that much!
Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern has defended filing three bills targeting the gay community, saying that sexual orientation is a choice gay people can make.
One bill, titled the Preservation and Sovereignty of Marriage Act, threatens government employees who issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. Gay couples started marrying in the state in October after the Supreme Court refused to review an appeals court's ruling declaring unconstitutional a 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples.
The bill seeks to cut off government funding for the licensing or support of such unions in Oklahoma.
Kern's other proposals include allowing parents to seek therapy to change an LGBT teen's sexuality without state interference and allowing businesses to refuse service “to any lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender person, group or association.”
“It's a bill about freedom,” Kern said of her legislative proposal on conversion therapy. “Why shouldn't a parent have the freedom to take their child who's struggling with same sex attraction, which we're having more and more of today. Why? Because it's promoted and pushed in the schools.”
On her marriage bill, Kern asked, “Who do we answer to?”
“Do we answer to the judges or do we answer to the people of the state of Oklahoma?”
“They have every right to believe the way they want,” she said. “They have every right to practice the lifestyle they want to, but they don't have the right to push it down the throat of the rest of America to where we have to say we accept it morally. And that's what they want. It's like oil and water, it won't mix.”
The whole premise of this,” she continued, “is are you born this way, homosexual or not? And the homosexuals say we're born this way so you have to accept us. There's no credible scientific evidence showing this.”
Kern, a Baptist minister's wife, suggested that gay rights supporters are attempting to undermine religion: “If there was proof, then see this book right here, the Bible? Throw it out. This book has stood the test of time and you're not gong to find proof.”
Troy Stevenson, executive director of LGBT rights advocate Freedom Oklahoma, criticized the bills, saying, “It's basically a re-institution of segregation, except this time the gay community won't have a water fountain sitting there, it will be straights only.”
The 68-year-old Kern previously made headlines for saying that “the homosexual agenda is a bigger threat than terrorism” at a 2008 gathering of Republicans.
Sally, just because pseudo-religious terrorist like you, have been oppressing and torturing homosexuals for 2 thousand years, doesn't make it a religious right.
It's evil, vile and disgusting, just like you.
Ask yourself Sally, how much homosexual blood has been spilled in the name of Jesus, how many lives have been ruined, how many gay men, women and children have been forcibly tortured by religious zealots?
Now ask yourself, how much heterosexual blood has been spilled by homosexuals?
Have you ever seen, read or heard of just one case where a heterosexual person has been attacked by a homosexual, just for being heterosexual?
Come on, just one?