Fundie Watch: August 2009

"Senator Kennedy did not go to England"

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | August 31, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

It was inevitable that some lamebrain conservative would try to make political lemonade with the lemons of Ted Kennedy's death. So Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women For America, stepped into the lemonade stand. She just pointed out that when...Read More


Vermont Marriages to Begin at Midnight

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 31, 2009 | 2:30 PM | comments

The first same-sex marriages for Vermont are set to begin tomorrow (just after midnight tonight), Tuesday September 1st. Congratulations Vermonters!! There isn't expected to be a large rush of marriages in the first days, like there were when Vermont became...Read More


The Peter's flaccid fed lawsuit against Holiday Inn charges 'religious discrimination'

Filed by Pam Spaulding | August 31, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Back in 2007, Americans For Truth About Homosexuality was planning to hold one of its pitiful fundraising banquets at the Holiday Inn Select in LaBarbera's town of Naperville. He told staff there that there that he expected the homophobia-laden event...Read More


Bob McDonnell Disingenously Claims His Christianist Views on Gays, Etc., Have Changed

Filed by Michael Hamar | August 30, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

I nearly choked to death on my morning coffee when I saw a headline on the Washington Post website that read as follows: A Different Side of McDonnell Va. candidate says views changed since '89 thesis critiquing working women, gays,...Read More


Why America Pretends to Separate Church and State

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | August 29, 2009 | 4:00 PM | comments

The other day, the Washington Post carried a seemingly innocuous little story about Brian Brown, head of NOM, who is now establishing his organization in the nation's capital. The newspaper actually tried to make the point about how "sane" and...Read More


Kentucky Judge says Homeland Security isn't Dependent on God

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 27, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

In a story that is sure to get Dick Cheney out of his undisclosed location, a Judge in Kentucky struck down a 2006 state law that required the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security to stress: dependence on Almighty God as...Read More


Bob "Dubya" McDonnell - Virginia's Future Governor?

Filed by Michael Hamar | August 26, 2009 | 12:30 PM | comments

As an activist and political junkie, to date the race for Governor of Virginia is leaving me on the verge of being despondent. The reasons are many, but the principal ones are A lack luster Democrat candidate in the form...Read More


PFOX victorious in gaining protections for ex-gays?

Filed by Austen Crowder | August 25, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

Well, isn't this just special? In a precedent setting case, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia has ruled that former homosexuals are a protected class that must be recognized under sexual orientation non-discrimination laws. The Court held that,...Read More


Tobias Wolff (and Lou Dobbs!) slay NOM's Gallagher on DOMA

Filed by Pam Spaulding | August 21, 2009 | 3:00 PM | comments

Tobias Wolff, law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, does a great job of taking on the irrelevant bile coming out of the piehole of the National Organization of Marriage's Maggie Gallagher during a debate on CNN. What's amusing is...Read More


Rise of hate groups in Virginia

Filed by Michael Hamar | August 20, 2009 | 3:30 PM | comments

I have written about the rise of hate groups and also anti-Semitic vandalism in this area previously. Now one of the local television stations has opened its eyes to the phenomenon - which is a timely story in as much...Read More


AFA steals from Bilerico Project

Filed by Bil Browning | August 20, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Why does the American Family Institute (AFA) and their local affiliates feel that they are above both the rule of law and the the rules set forth in the Bible they claim to follow so closely? In June of 2007,...Read More


Goshen approves inclusive Civil Rights Amendment, will South Bend follow?

Filed by Donna Pandori | August 20, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

Breaking news in Goshen: Dozens of people Tuesday night passionately pleaded for and against the addition of sexual orientation language to Goshen's Community Relations Commission ordinance. In a 4-3 vote the Goshen council voted in favor of the amendment that...Read More


Finding the Humor in Life

Filed by Guest Blogger | August 19, 2009 | 10:00 AM | comments

Editor's Note: Today's Guest Contributor is the Reverend Donna Tara Lee, a Gainesville Florida out and proud M2F transgender activist. I, for one, am getting quite over all the doom and gloom stories and posts about being transgender. Before I...Read More


Anchorage Mayor Vetoes LGBT Rights Ordinance: The Power of Privilege

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 18, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

It looks like we won the battle against discrimination and no one bothered to tell us! At least that seems to be the opinion of Mayor Dan Sullivan of Anchorage, Alaska. Sullivan has vetoed an ordinance that would ban discrimination...Read More


One More Time...Marriage Is Not a "Church-based Tradition"

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | August 18, 2009 | 12:00 PM | comments

Back in 1957, when I was 21 and closeted, I tied the knot with a heterosexual European guy named Yuriy. We did the deed at City Hall in New York City. My mother had wanted to see me walk down...Read More


Regurgitated homophobia at "God Has a Better Way"

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 18, 2009 | 9:30 AM | comments

Political duty led me to read the speech delivered a couple of weeks ago at an anti-gay rally -- pardon me, a "God has a better way" rally -- in North Carolina. The speech was crafted to reflect how Christians...Read More


We Said No Special Rights Dag Nabbit!

Filed by Donna Pandori | August 18, 2009 | 9:00 AM | comments

Patrick Mangan, Executive Director of the Citizens for Community Values of Indiana (CCV) submitted a scathing "opinion" in the South Bend Tribune about South Bend Mayor Steven Luecke's recent executive order. Luecke's executive order bars discrimination on the basis of...Read More


Weird Science: A Laughable New "Scientific" Study on Ex-Gay Conversion

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 13, 2009 | 7:00 PM | comments

Sometime you just have to shake your head when right-wing fundamentalists claim to use science... A new "study" has been released, conveniently on the heels of the American Psychological Association adopting a resolution calling on mental health professionals to stop...Read More


Poor NOM: Seems Hate Just Isn't as Popular as it Used to Be

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 12, 2009 | 4:30 PM | comments

Excuse me while I shed a tear... It seems the rabid right-wing fundies are having to do lots of backpedaling and begging lately. Yesterday, I wrote about poor "Focus on the Family" putting out the pleading email about their 6...Read More


Run For Your Life!

Filed by Donna Pandori | August 12, 2009 | 11:00 AM | comments

A "warning" is circulating today by various and sundry religious right-wing media outlets urging "families" everywhere to beware this Saturday! Why? "Militant homosexuals" around the nation are gathering to protest. "Honey, hide the children, lock the doors, close the windows,...Read More


Cry Me a River: 'Focus on the Family' Running Out of Cash

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 11, 2009 | 6:00 PM | comments

I'm not smiling at the misfortune of the fundies. Really, I'm not. The good folks over at Amplify got a pleading letter from Focus on the Fundraising... er... "Focus on the Family" whining about the hard economic times and what...Read More


A Steaming Cup O' Hate with Your Tim Hortons' Doughnut- and a late breaking update

Filed by Waymon Hudson | August 10, 2009 | 2:00 PM | comments

UPDATE: It looks like the pressure and attention worked. Just as this was publishing, Tim Hortons updated their website with the message that they are pulling support for the NOM event: "It has come to our attention that the Rhode...Read More


The Town Hall Debacle: Whatever Happened to Robert's Rules of Order?

Filed by Patricia Nell Warren | August 09, 2009 | 5:30 PM | comments

I'm baffled by the "successes" of Republican disrupters as they shout down efforts to discuss healthcare reform at town halls across the country. It's time for somebody to ask the obvious question. Why is parliamentary procedure not being enforced at...Read More


Why "Sex Change" Surgery is Medically Necessary

Filed by Mercedes Allen | August 05, 2009 | 1:30 PM | comments

The panic machine is in full swing, from far-right conservatives trying to terrorize Americans out of wanting universal health care. There are half-truths, such as the story of Ontarioan Shona Holmes who had to abandon Canada's public health system and...Read More