Justin's Political Corner

Aug 29

A gay dad’s open letter to the homophobic parents in my home state of Georgia who threw away their gay son -

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Another young person has been thrown out of his home for coming out as gay.

I have written about this on a number of occasions covering such events in the United StatesNigeria and Uganda.

This time the event was recorded. Trying to imagine the evil some people can impart on their children is no longer necessary. Now we can hear them in their own self righteous voices

It started when the family called 20-year-old Daniel Pierce to an “intervention.” He left his phone recorder going during the confrontation and was later posted online as “How not to react when your child tells you he is gay.” It has now gone viral.

In the video, Daniel explains to what sounds like his mother, step-mother and father that he is gay. The choices this set of parents makes as a reaction are almost as bad as they possibly could be.

His mother makes a statement at the outset that becomes increasingly shocking as the video proceeds and the parenting adults collectively verbally attack and physically abuse the young man.

The mother’s statement is: “I have known since you were a young boy that you were gay.” If there was ever clear pointed evidence that Daniel was “born that way,” her comment would be it.

She knows who her child is, yet due to her own personal agenda she pretends he is making a choice and coldly rejects him as a result.

Watch:

This is my open letter to Daniel’s parents.

To Daniel’s family:

Now you know.

You have handled this badly. I don’t know you, and I don’t know of what you are capable, good or bad. I hope that there are better people within each one of you than those displayed on that video.

I am a parent as you are. For me, contributing to my sons’ welfare, personal joy and life success is my purpose and mission in this world. I hope that somehow in your own warped way, that you want that for Daniel. I have written to children killed by parents who feared they might grow up as gay, and I can’t be sure those aren’t individuals who share your mindset.

To Daniel’s dad: I hear great frustration of not being thanked for having provided the food and “roof over the head” of a child for twenty years. Accomplishing that is no small feat — I have two sons, 11 and 12, and I provide for them. I have to. I will not get thanked for it. It’s cool, it is the gig I signed up for. Part of being a parent is being your child’s oxygen. They need us to survive, but they do not thank us as they take each breath. We just have to provide for them, because being a parent means you do that.

We seek to inspire our children to be the best they can be, and to do that, we have to know who they are. You all now know Daniel.

Choice is relevant here, but not for Daniel. It is for you. You are choosing only to accept him if he is as you want him to be, rather than who he really is. Instead of embracing this child that you nurtured through life, you cling to a bastardized concept of “the word of God” that has turned a religious practice into an exercise of superstition.

Where exactly you get this religious mandate is itself a mystery. The Bible does not define itself as being “the word of God.” It defines Jesus, and Jesus alone as being “The Word.” Jesus never once claims that gay people choose to be gay. The Bible directs us to the covenant of God, under Jesus, as written on one’s own HEART and HIS MIND (Hebrews 8).

I believe that Daniel DID ask God, and God wrote back on Daniel’s heart and mind, “I made you gay.” God generally does not cc others so, you getting a copy of that directive is unlikely. That is what the Bible says and you can choose to believe it if you want.

To Daniel’s Mom: At the beginning of the recording you tell him you love him. He says he believes you. I don’t believe you.

For me, my sons come first — before my dogma, before my standing in the local community, before anything. If I was Abraham in the desert and Jason and Jesse were strapped to a stone slab, and a big voice in the sky was telling me to make a sacrifice of them to Him, I would turn to the heavens and say “Screw you.”

That’s how monumental my kids are to me — they are beyond biblical proportions of importance. All the real parents I know feel the same about their kids.

Daniel has very little choice here. He is who he is, and now thanks to your rejection, he will do what he has to in order to survive. Our community will come around him, love him support him. He will be our son now and we will give him healthy alternatives. Many in his situation do not get that chance. They end up on the street and within weeks are surviving through less than savory means.

We will watch Daniel, and encourage him to grow. We will give him hope for his life, and a vision for an inspiring purpose. That purpose for him may or may not include a family of his own. We will show him how to find joy and fulfillment, and he will do it without you. Unlike you, we will let him know he can be his authentic true self.

Your choices are important ones that will affect the rest of your lives. Rejecting is a choice. Not caring for Daniel is a choice. Saving your face in the community over the well being of your son is a choice. What is your best possible choice? That would be a sincere re-evaluation of your priorities, bringing him home, and working towards a level of acceptance.

Whatever you choose, it will define you forever. You will either be defined as the people who worked to grow as parents, or the people who should never have been parents in the first place.

If you do have any love in you at all, it will fester and one day you will find yourself sitting upright in bed, having a better educated sense about the nature of the true God, and realize that you have made a horrific and terrible mistake. One that, at that point, you may not be able to fix.

You may truly be cold loveless shells. Certainly, it appears that one or more of you deserves to be in jail right now for assault. Instead of looking for healing, you may launch into a further tirade of homophobia and tell us about the vengeful God that you emulate.

You will not need to preach to us about hell, however. We will see it in your eyes.

Riverfront Times Seeks Juvenile Records for Officer Darren Wilson -

Good move, Riverfront Times! Since The St. Louis Post-Dispatch & STLtoday.com is seeking the juvenile records of now-deceased Mike Brown, it’s only fair that the RFT does so for Wilson. 

Relevant section to Missouri’s Juvenile Section: http://www.moga.mo.gov/statutes/c200-299/2110000321.htm

h/t: Riverfront Times

Federal Judge Blocks Harsh Texas Abortion Restricitions -

H/T: Paul J. Weber at HuffPost Politics

BREAKING: Mississippi judge throws out Chris McDaniel's lawsuit against election result, says he missed deadline -

(Source: thepoliticalfreakshow)

7 Scandals In 7 Days: One Governor's Very Bad Week -

thepoliticalfreakshow:

1. While speaking to college students, he assumed (wrongly) that an immigration activist was undocumented.

7 Scandals In 7 Days: One Governor's Very Bad Week

No really. It went like this:

http://www.flagpole.com/news/in-the-loop/gov-nathan-deal-presumes-uga-immigration-activists-are-undocumented

Gov. Deal: I presume you are…. [undocumented]
Woman: I don’t know why you thought I was undocumented. Is it because I look Hispanic?

Apparently you can tell a person’s citizenship status just by looking at them. #NewSuperpower

2. An investigation showed Gov. Deal rewarded the families who bankrolled his campaign with plum seats on the state’s top boards.

7 Scandals In 7 Days: One Governor's Very Bad Week

Yea, we did a spit take too when we saw the headline.

Side note: Gov. Deal appointed only 5 women and 1 African-American out of 51 seats. #Diversity

3. A leaked email from Gov. Deal’s staff promised favors for state legislators in return for campaign contributions.

7 Scandals In 7 Days: One Governor's Very Bad Week

You just can’t make this stuff up.

4. On Wednesday, a watchdog group filed a complaint against the governor’s top staff for illegal conduct.

7 Scandals In 7 Days: One Governor's Very Bad Week

The governor’s top staff intervened in an ethics investigation of his campaign, allegedly even threatening the top ethics official. The silver fox has seen a lot in his day, but we think he would agree this is just wrong.

5. Now the governor is struggling to explain why he takes $10k a month from a business that owes Georgia $74 million in back taxes.

7 Scandals In 7 Days: One Governor's Very Bad Week

Because earning millions for yourself always takes priority over funding education or helping middle-class families…

6. And a judge is questioning why the state hid evidence in a major ethics trial that kept the governor off the witness stand.

7 Scandals In 7 Days: One Governor's Very Bad Week

What memos? There were no memos? We promise!

7. When you act like this, it’s probably better to keep the press away. Maybe that’s why he stayed silent as a journalist was dragged out of a GOP rally Gov. Deal was headlining.

7 Scandals In 7 Days: One Governor's Very Bad Week

Gov. Deal sat idly by as a videographer was dragged from a public rally.

Did we mention that she was invited to the event? So much for transparency.
Gov. Deal, of course, had no comment.

What. A. Week.

7 Scandals In 7 Days: One Governor's Very Bad Week

7 scandals in 7 days.

We know, it’s hard to keep up.

We think it’s safe to say that #GeorgiasReady for an honest government. #ChangeTheDeal

Source: Team Carter for Buzzfeed Community

Phyllis Schlafly: Women Can Avoid Sexual Assault By Focusing on Marriage, Not Career -

h/t: Miranda Blue at RWW

Ousted New England Supermarket CEO Returns Following Protests By Employees -

crooksandliars:

Ousted New England Supermarket CEO Returns Following Protests By Employees

As Lawrence O’Donnell noted in his Rewrite segment Thursday night, so much for the warped definition of “class warfare” and the working class being envious of the rich that Republicans like Mitt Romney and his ilk are constantly carrying on about. These employees proved that if you actually pay them well, respect them and act like you care about them, they’ll stand up for you.

Here’s more from The Boston Globe: Market Basket uprising’s success hard to replicate:

As celebration gave way to reflection the day after protesting Market Basket employees won the return of their leader, Arthur T. Demoulas, it remained unclear if the miracle of Tewksbury was truly a breakthrough moment for middle-class workers or a one-time phenomenon.

Ultimately what looked like a kamikaze mission ended in success, and as Demoulas offered thanks and congratulations Thursday morning outside company headquarters, one elated employee after another said they would do it again.

read more

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Georgia 20-Year-Old Secretly Records His Coming Out As Gay To His Parents, What Happened Next Is Extremely Violent & Uncalled For [TW: Abuse, Neglect, Verbal Abuse, Physical Abuse, Anti-LGBT Bigotry, Homophobia, Right-Wing Extremism]
Daniel Ashley Pierce from Georgia posted a video to his Facebook page Tuesday. That video, which was later posted to Reddit and YouTube, has gone viral, with almost 850,000 views in just two days. It depicts his family’s response to him coming out. In the video, Daniel’s mother says she knew since he was “a tiny little boy” that he is gay, but she also say that he has “made a choice” to be gay.
Daniel’s boyfriend set up a GoFundMe page to help Daniel with living expenses. The New Civil Rights Movement has been told by a person in touch with Daniel that he is safe, living with a trusted relative, and he’s “overwhelmed” by all that’s happened.
The video begins with a woman, possibly Daniel’s mother, saying, “Daniel, I want to tell you before I say anything else, that I love you.”

WATCH: Secretly-Recorded Coming Out Video That Is Almost Every LGBT Child’s Nightmare Goes Viral

"You can deny it all you want to," the woman continues, "but I believe in the word of God, and God creates nobody that way," Daniel’s mother tells him. "It’s a path that you have chosen to choose."
Daniel, who is 20, talks about his biology and psychology classes. He tells his family he believes that “scientific proof trumps the word of God.”
"You go by all the scientific stuff you want to," she responds. "I’m going by the word of God."
The woman then says, “we will not support you any longer.”
"You will need to move out, and find wherever you can to live," she adds. "Because I will not let people believe that I condone what you do."
As the exchange heats up, there sounds like a slap, the camera is jarred, and Daniel says, “You’re not going to fucking hit me.”
Someone else says, “Son of a bitch,” and it sounds like a physical altercation is underway.
Daniel is called “a damn queer,” ”a disgrace,” and “a little piece of shit.”
Someone, likely a woman, says, “I’ll beat you…” 
In the end, the family disowns Daniel, some members appear to get physically, emotionally, and verbally abusive, and they hide behind their Bible.
In an email, Daniel told the Huffington Post today why he started to record the video. ”I wanted to make sure there was evidence in case something happened.”
The Huffington Post adds that Daniel “came out as gay last October. At the time, his father was unresponsive and his stepmother seemed supportive. However, things took a turn for the worse Wednesday when Pierce found himself a part of what he describes as a ‘delayed intervention’ involving his father, stepmother and grandparents. He apparently captured footage of the interaction on camera.”

"Their reaction was pretty much expected [once] I chose to leave instead of pray because they have always been very vocal about not supporting the gay lifestyle," he told HuffPost. "My [stepmother’s] reaction was the most surprising and hurtful."
The family members involved in the intervention, which he says was “driven by my grandparents,” have not contacted the media, but they left Pierce a voicemail telling him to remove the video of the incident from YouTube. Pierce also says he did not contact police over the apparent altercation in the video.

Daniel’s boyfriend posted the video to Reddit. A friend of Daniel’s posted it to YouTube, and Dan Savage posted it on his blog, followed by Joe.My.God. and The New Civil Rights Movement. Soon after other sites, including the Backlot and The Advocate, had published it as well.
Here’s the video again.
(Caution: trigger warning.)

And here’s the GoFundMe page Daniel’s boyfriend set up for him. Daniel now has control of the page we’re told, and we have been told he will be the one who gets all the proceeds from the page, which currently stand at over $23,000.
Please remember, if you are an LGBT child or teen in need of help, the National Runaway Switchboard at 1-800-RUNAWAY can help you. The Ali Forney Center has a local and national LGBT youth online resource guide. In the Atlanta, Georgia area Lost-n-Found Youth serves LGBT homeless youth. They’re also on Facebook.
Source: David Badash for The New Civil Rights Movement

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Georgia 20-Year-Old Secretly Records His Coming Out As Gay To His Parents, What Happened Next Is Extremely Violent & Uncalled For [TW: Abuse, Neglect, Verbal Abuse, Physical Abuse, Anti-LGBT Bigotry, Homophobia, Right-Wing Extremism]

Daniel Ashley Pierce from Georgia posted a video to his Facebook page Tuesday. That video, which was later posted to Reddit and YouTube, has gone viral, with almost 850,000 views in just two days. It depicts his family’s response to him coming out. In the video, Daniel’s mother says she knew since he was “a tiny little boy” that he is gay, but she also say that he has “made a choice” to be gay.

Daniel’s boyfriend set up a GoFundMe page to help Daniel with living expenses. The New Civil Rights Movement has been told by a person in touch with Daniel that he is safe, living with a trusted relative, and he’s “overwhelmed” by all that’s happened.

The video begins with a woman, possibly Daniel’s mother, saying, “Daniel, I want to tell you before I say anything else, that I love you.”

WATCH: Secretly-Recorded Coming Out Video That Is Almost Every LGBT Child’s Nightmare Goes Viral

"You can deny it all you want to," the woman continues, "but I believe in the word of God, and God creates nobody that way," Daniel’s mother tells him. "It’s a path that you have chosen to choose."

Daniel, who is 20, talks about his biology and psychology classes. He tells his family he believes that “scientific proof trumps the word of God.”

"You go by all the scientific stuff you want to," she responds. "I’m going by the word of God."

The woman then says, “we will not support you any longer.”

"You will need to move out, and find wherever you can to live," she adds. "Because I will not let people believe that I condone what you do."

As the exchange heats up, there sounds like a slap, the camera is jarred, and Daniel says, “You’re not going to fucking hit me.”

Someone else says, “Son of a bitch,” and it sounds like a physical altercation is underway.

Daniel is called “a damn queer,” ”a disgrace,” and “a little piece of shit.”

Someone, likely a woman, says, “I’ll beat you…” 

In the end, the family disowns Daniel, some members appear to get physically, emotionally, and verbally abusive, and they hide behind their Bible.

In an email, Daniel told the Huffington Post today why he started to record the video. ”I wanted to make sure there was evidence in case something happened.”

The Huffington Post adds that Daniel “came out as gay last October. At the time, his father was unresponsive and his stepmother seemed supportive. However, things took a turn for the worse Wednesday when Pierce found himself a part of what he describes as a ‘delayed intervention’ involving his father, stepmother and grandparents. He apparently captured footage of the interaction on camera.”

"Their reaction was pretty much expected [once] I chose to leave instead of pray because they have always been very vocal about not supporting the gay lifestyle," he told HuffPost. "My [stepmother’s] reaction was the most surprising and hurtful."

The family members involved in the intervention, which he says was “driven by my grandparents,” have not contacted the media, but they left Pierce a voicemail telling him to remove the video of the incident from YouTube. Pierce also says he did not contact police over the apparent altercation in the video.

Daniel’s boyfriend posted the video to Reddit. A friend of Daniel’s posted it to YouTube, and Dan Savage posted it on his blog, followed by Joe.My.God. and The New Civil Rights Movement. Soon after other sites, including the Backlot and The Advocate, had published it as well.

Here’s the video again.

(Caution: trigger warning.)

And here’s the GoFundMe page Daniel’s boyfriend set up for him. Daniel now has control of the page we’re told, and we have been told he will be the one who gets all the proceeds from the page, which currently stand at over $23,000.

Please remember, if you are an LGBT child or teen in need of help, the National Runaway Switchboard at 1-800-RUNAWAY can help you. The Ali Forney Center has a local and national LGBT youth online resource guide. In the Atlanta, Georgia area Lost-n-Found Youth serves LGBT homeless youth. They’re also on Facebook.

Source: David Badash for The New Civil Rights Movement

Why Isn't The US Mentioned In The Bible? Because So Many Americans Will Be Raptured In The End Times -

H/T: Miranda Blue at RWW 

Liberty Counsel's Barber: Fayetteville Non-Discrimination Ordinance Is Forcing Citizens to Engage In 'A Mass Delusion' -

h/t: Kyle Mantyla at RWW

THE FAMILY GETS EVEN MORE INTERESTING: Sister of Suspected Boston Marathon Bombers Arrested for Bomb Threat -

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Image The Associated Press.Aliana Tsarnaeva, sister of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, listens during a hearing in South Boston District Court Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, in Boston. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS. )

Ailina Tsarnaeva, the sister of accused Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, surrendered to police on Wednesday.

According to The New York Post, the 23-year-old Tsarnaeva turned herself in at a Manhattan police precinct for allegedly threatening her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend

"I know people who can put a bomb on you,” Tsarnaeva allegedly said. 

She was charged with making a phone threat and aggravated harassment, according to the paper. Tsarnaeva’s boyfriend, George Briones, is currently in the midst of a legal battle with his ex-girlfriend for custody of their children. The woman, who has not been named, reportedly alerted authorities after Tsarnaeva called her home in Harlem, New York on Wednesday.

Tsarnaeva lives with her sister, Bella Tsarnaeva in North Bergen, New Jersey, just outside of Manhattan, the Associated Press reported.

Her parents, who are originally from Chechnya, now live in Dagestan. Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the children’s mother, has maintained her sons’ innocence. Tamerlan, 26, was killed in a shootout with police just days after the bombing and Dzhokhar, 21, is currently awaiting trial in prison in Devens, Massachusetts.

Source; David Ludwig for The Wire

BarbWire.com's Gina Miller: "We'll End Rape Culture When Women Stop Dressing Like Strumpets, Prostitutes, And Porn Stars" [TW: Slut-Shaming, Misogyny, Rape Culture, Sexism, Enabling of Rape Culture] -

h/t: Kyle Mantyla at RWW

Cliven Bundy Spawn Boycott School When Told They Can't Bring Knives -

h/t: Ahiza Garcia at TPM

Aug 28

Here's The Story Behind 20-Year Old's Secretly Recorded Coming Out Viral Video -

h/t: David Badash at The New Civil Rights Movement

Fox's Erick Erickson Understands Why "So Many" Believe Obama "Is A Closet Muslim Jihadist Sympathizer" -

Fox News contributor Erick Erickson responded to President Obama’s press conference addressing the Islamic State by asserting that he understands why “so many” believe Obama “is a closet Muslim jihadist sympathizer.”

On August 28, Obama held a press conference to deliver remarks the Islamic State and recent developments in Ukraine. During his statement, Obama explained that U.S. airstrikes have allowed Kurdish forces to push back the extremists, but added that more needed to be done with allies to root out the “cancer” that is the Islamic State:

As I’ve said, rooting out a cancer like ISIL will not be quick or easy, but I’m confident that we can and we will, working closely with our allies and our partners. For our part, I’ve directed Secretary Hagel and our Joint Chiefs of Staff to prepare a range of options. I’ll be meeting with my National Security Council again this evening as we continue to develop that strategy. And I’ve been consulting with members of Congress, and I’ll continue to do so in the days ahead.

Despite Obama’s strong condemnation of the Islamic State, Erickson said on his radio show that “I don’t believe Barack Obama is a closet Muslim jihadi sympathizer. But I now - today, after this press conference — totally understand why so many of you think he is.” Erickson repeated the incendiary comment on Twitter: 

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Erickson’s inflammatory remark is the latest in a long line of extreme rhetoric from the Fox contributor. In 2012, Erickson called Obama a “composite Kenyan” on his blog RedState. He also has a history of sexist and homophobic comments: Erickson labeled Texas state lawmaker and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis ”Abortion Barbie” and claimed that gay people need to “overcome” the “struggle” of homosexuality.


From the 08.28.2014 edition of WSB’s The Erick Erickson Show:


h/t: Olivia Marshall at MMFA