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thepoliticalfreakshow:

Almost from the moment that the Houston City Council passed HERO- the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance - last May 28, opponents dedicated to repealing it have been collecting signatures to get a referendum on the November ballot.

The ordinance “prohibits discrimination on the basis of protected characteristics in city employment, city services, city contracting services, housing, public accommodations and private employment.” Included in those protected characteristics are members of LGBT community, and chief among the opposition’s complaints is that the law allows transexuals to use whatever bathroom he or she identifies with. You can see that fear literally writ large across the top of their petition above. 

The group, who call themselves the No Unequal Rights Coalitionfiled their petition, (photo above left) with 50,000 signatures, more than twice the number needed, July 5. The City Secretary declared 30,000 of them had been verified as Houston voters.

Annise.jpgThe very next day, Houston’s mayor, Annise Parker, (right) announced the formation of a coalition of legal and advocacy groups that would fight the referendum and educate voters should the issue make it onto the ballot. 

Mayor Parker:

"This was not a narrowly-focused, special-interest ordinance. This is something that the business and civic community of Houston was firmly behind, and we fully expect if there is a campaign that it will be a spirited campaign, but we’ll have the same outcome in November as we had around the council table."

Mayor Parker was more than a little courageous during the passage of HERO, ignoring personal insults to herself and her wife and recall threats should the measure pass, but it is unclear whether the HEROpetition group which has decided to challenge No Unequal Rights’ petition is part of the mayor’s coalition or is acting on their own.

From the “About Us” section of the website

HEROpetition.com is dedicated to shining a light on the public petition process through the open records process in order to allow people to know those who are actively seeking to deprive Houstonians of equal rights.

We are also here to serve the public good by allowing the public to participate in an independent  review of the petition to identify fraud or other improper activity that may not otherwise be identified by the limited verification process underway be the City Secretary.

HEROpetition is in the process of publishing all the signatures collected by No Unequal Rights with the hope of disqualifying enough of them to keep HERO off the ballot. They claim to have evidence of fraud both in the collection of signatures and in the signatures themselves:

"There is documented evidence of deliberate voter fraud that may actually put petition signers at risk of criminal prosecution, including video of a petition gatherer telling people they could register to vote and immediately sign the petition - a direct violation of Texas Election Law."

Mayor Parker seemed to echo that suspicion in a recent statement:

"Houston does not discriminate, Houston will not discriminate and Houston will not be fooled by misinformation, hyperbole - I would use the word "lies" but I’m going to back off from that - and people who are just simply unwilling to read the ordinance for themselves."

HEROpetition is asking Houston citizens to look at it the petition for any evidence of fraud, and gives contact information and instructions on what to do if you find a suspicious entry. No Unequal Rights is predictably outraged. 

I love it when Democrats fight back! 

Images: HEROPetition 

Mayor Parker’s image via Facebook

The vice president of a notorious right-wing legal organization has spent much of 2014 developing one of the most extreme anti-LGBT “news” sites on the internet. Now he’s using the site to hawk a treasure trove of right-wing merchandise and souvenirs.

In January of 2014, Liberty Counsel vice president Matt Barber launched BarbWire.com, a website that claims to offer news and opinion “from a decidedly biblical worldview.”

Though BarbWire isn’t exclusively an anti-LGBT website – the site spares some vitriol for immigrantsMuslimsreproductive choice, and President Barack Obama – LGBT topics have dominated its content since its inception. BarbWire’s first post championed Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson for his comments comparing gay people to murderers and equating homosexuality with bestiality. 

In its short existence, the site has featured commentary some of America’s most notorious homophobes; Scott Lively, an American pastor closely linked to anti-LGBT persecution in Uganda and Russia; the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer, who blames gay men for the HolocaustLaurie Higgins of the Illinois Family Institute, another anti-LGBT hate group; and Robert Oscar Lopez, an anti-gay activist who has made a second career of publishing bizarre gay erotica novels.

Unsurprisingly, BarbWire has become a hub for the kind of anti-LGBT propaganda that even many conservative news sites shy away from:

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But BarbWire is more than just a platform for publishing the Right’s more unsavory anti-LGBT sentiments – it’s also a money-making scheme for Liberty Counsel’s Barber.

In July, subscribers to BarbWire’s mailing list began receiving emails peddling products from Patriot Depot, a website that offers “supplies for the conservative revolution.”

There’s the “’Say Hello To My Little Friend’ Garden Gnome,” available for $18.95:

A tin “Don’t Tread On Me” sign could be yours for $14.95:

You could purchase an “Obama’s Last Day Countdown Clock” for $12.95:

And nothing will stick it to liberals quite like Rise, Kill, & Eat, a paean to “edible wildlife” from “Genesis to Revelation” featuring a foreword by Ted Nugent:

Both BarbWire.com and Patriot Depot are part of Liberty Alliance, a network of conservative web sites and web stores. 

BarbWire And Liberty Counsel

BarbWire’s anti-LGBT extremism closely mirrors the work Barber is known for at Liberty Counsel.

Led by Mathew Staver, Liberty Counsel is the legal arm of the Jerry Falwell-founded Liberty University. Billed as a nonprofit “litigation, education, and policy organization,” Liberty Counsel is notorious for championing even the most extreme anti-gay causes in the name of religious freedom. The organization defended Scott Lively against a federal human rights lawsuit stemming from his role in a 2009 bill that would have imposed the death penalty for homosexuality in Uganda. While Liberty Counsel fancies itself as a serious conservative legal organization, it also churns out bombastic statements denouncing LGBT-inclusive education as “sexual assault” on the nation’s children.

Despite his fondness for fringe causes, Staver’s connections in conservative media and politics have helped elevate Liberty Counsel to a prominent position on the Religious Right. A close associate of Fox News host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Staver is a repeat guest on Fox and has testified before Congress in support of “ex-gay” therapy. In recent weeks, Liberty Counsel garnered headlines for defending Florida’s same-sex marriage ban in court.

And though Liberty Counsel is not formally affiliated with BarbWire.com, Staver hasn’t hesitated to be a frequent contributor to his deputy’s website. (Sample headlines: “Obama Puts Homosexual Rights Over Children’s Innocence,” “Sharia Law Is A Growing Threat To American Culture,” and “36,000 New Reasons To Impeach Obama.”)

For years, conservative outlets like Fox have reliably offered Liberty Counsel favorable, accountability-free treatment, allowing figures like Staver to depict Liberty Counsel’s work as part of a noble effort to defend religious liberty and obscuring the group’s true extremism. Now, in order to disseminate that extremism unfiltered, the group’s vice president felt compelled to create his own “news” site – offering an ugly look at the animus that motivates his organization’s work.

See Also: Right Wing Watch’s archives about BarbWire.com

h/t: Luke Brinker at Equality Matters

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Ohio State University marching band director Jonathan Waters was abruptly fired this week, following a two-month investigation of the band’s rumored hazing rituals that found he witnessed and silently approved of the deeply offensive, disgusting and blatantly homophobic conduct happening among its members.

According to the report, obtained and published by Deadspin, band members kept a physical booklet that included the lyrics to the vulgar parody “fight songs” they wrote. While many of the songs are directly inspired by the fight songs of rival schools (“Come blow us, Michigan, Our cocks are waiting for you”), some of the most vulgar songs are totally out of left field.

Take, for instance, this one called “Proud to be a Homosexual”. Set to the tune of “God Bless the USA”, the chorus reads:

And I”m proud to be a homosexual,
Where at least I can run free.
And I won’t forget the fags with AIDS,
Who gave that right to me.
And I’ll gladly bend over,and spread my cheeks,
So you may sodomize me.

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The lovely “Pieces of Baritone Shit” is even more shocking:

Bite my ass and lick my balls you mother fucking queers,
Get on your knees and tell me how the megaphone fits up your mother-fucking ass YOU GAY FAGS!
Lick my balls and lube up your ass,
Anal sex gives you nasty gas.
Fuck you, you big gay fags.
You pieces of Baritone shit!

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Another song, titled “Brigham Young is a Goddamn Queer”, is…well…here:

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The report also reveals the disgusting nicknames given to underclassmen, almost all inspired directly by sexual acts. A female student “pretending to be a vibrating sex toy” was named “E Row Vibrator”; a male student “conducting a full-body demonstration of a flaccid penis becoming erect” was “Jizzy.”

Other names given to students included “Jewoobs,” “Squirt,” “Testicles,” “Twat Thumper,” and “Twinkle Dick.”

As expected, the news has led to media hunt in search of Waters’ all-time lows. Early this morning, Ohio State University released an audio clip of Waters “disciplining” a band member:

The public, understandably, is outraged:

This Illini fan HATES Ohio State, and this is yet more reason I HATE them. 

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Many may have forgotten, but Tea Party Congresswoman Michele Bachmann got her start in politics by being one of Minnesota’s most anti-gay activists. Like many, the school board was her stomping ground, and Bachmann quickly gained a strong base among the radical religious right. 

Bachmann claimed “the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it’s bondage. It is personal bondage, personal despair and personal enslavement.”  She insisted it is “child abuse” to even discuss homosexuality with children. And she’s called being gay “the very real issue of sexual dysfunction.”

LOOK: Michele Bachmann’s Top Ten Anti-Gay Quotes

After Rep. Bachmann’s disastrous 2012 presidential campaign, for which she, her husband, and her campaign have been the target of several ethics investigations by several entities, including the Office of Congressional Ethics, the nation heard less and less from the four-term, 58-year old, Evangelical Christian Congresswoman, who announced last year she will not be seeking a fifth term.

Less and less, until now.

This week Bachmann announced, “there’s a chance I could run" for President.

And on Wednesday, Rep. Bachmann gave an interview with the conservative radio show, “Faith & Victory,” and harkened back to her extremist anti-gay roots.

Calling it “the rise of tyranny,” Bachmann claims there is “legislation being pushed all across the United States to punish people who don’t agree with” LGBT equality.

"It’s the basis for hate speech laws across the United States," Bachmann said. "This is an effort to have government coerce, force, speech and behavior, and it’s being pushed and advocated by the gay community."

Bachmann, who has spent decades railing against the LGBT community, same-sex marriage, and even gay people raising children, now claims that she supports a “diversity of opinion,” but the LGBT community does not.

"Today," Bachmann continued, "the big push is on transgender."

"I believe we’re going to see coming an effort for multiple in marriage. Not just tow, but multiple in marriage. I think they want to legalize that."

"Also, they want to abolish age of consent laws. We would do away with statutory rape laws, so adults would be able to freely prey on little children sexually. That’s the deviance that we’re seeing embraced in our culture today.”

Listen:

Editor’s note: This is the first in a short series of excerpts from Bachmann’s interview — stay tuned for more later in the day.

Image by Gage Skidmore via Flickr
Hat tip and audio: Right Wing Watch

h/t: Kyle Mantyla at RWW

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

H/T: Brian Tashman at RWW

Fox News contributor Erick Erickson endorsed a congressional candidate’s assertion that “the homosexual movement” is “destroying America.” 

On July 22, Georgia Republican Jody Hice won the Republican primary to succeed Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) in the state’s 10th congressional district. In the wake of Hice’s victory, BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kacynski highlighted 11 examples of Hice’s history of inflammatory commentary on LGBT issues.

Erickson, who has endorsed Hice, responded to Kaczynski’s post by tweeting that “most every conservatives [sic]” would agree with items “1, 5, 9, and maybe 10”:

The passages Erickson endorsed included Hice’s claim that “the homosexual movement is … destroying America by aggressively seeking to destroy traditional families, religion, and marriages for the purpose of removing all societal moral boundaries”:

The item Erickson thought most conservatives would “maybe” agree with concerned Hice’s suggestion that gay people can change their sexual orientation:

Erickson himself has made clear that he endorses harmful and discredited efforts to change gay people’s identities, having written on June 20 that gay people must “overcome” the “struggle” of homosexuality.

At Fox, Erickson stands out as one of the network’s most rabidly anti-LGBT commentators. He has previously written that gay people are on the “road to hell” and warned businesses that serve gay couples that they are “aiding and abetting” sin.

Moreover, Erickson is a prominent supporter of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a right-wing legal group working internationally to help criminalize homosexuality.

H/T: Luke Brinker at Equality Matters

thepoliticalfreakshow:

This is Jody Hice

This is Jody Hice
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On Tuesday, Jody Hice, a pastor and talk radio host, secured a win in a Republican primary to replace Rep. Paul Broun, who is retiring after a failed bid for Senate in Georgia.

The win by Hice all but guarantees he will be the next congressman from Georgia’s 10th District, which overwhelming voted for Mitt Romney over Barack Obama in 2012.

Hice is popular with some of the grassroots Republican kingmakers, such as conservative Redstate contributor and Fox News co-founder Erick Erickson who tweeted Tuesday night, “JODY HICE WINS!!!! AWESOME.”

But Hice also represents a anti-gay viewpoint based on pseudo-science and outdated myths about gay Americans. The view is very present in his 2012 book, It’s Now or Never: A Call to Reclaim America.

At Mother Jones, Tim Murphy has already pointed out some of the more provocative passages.

In one section of his book, Hice extensively quotes a 1987 column by gay writer Michael Swift, which suggests gay people want to sodomize children.

The column is satirical.

1. Take for instance this passage from his book claiming “the homosexual movement is also destroying America by aggressively seeking to destroy traditional families, religion and marriages for the purpose of removing all societal moral boundaries.”

Take for instance this passage from his book claiming "the homosexual movement is also destroying America by aggressively seeking to destroy traditional families, religion and marriages for the purpose of removing all societal moral boundaries."
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2. In the subsequent paragraph, Hice says gay Americans will die sooner than straight Americans and have higher suicide rates as a result of their sexual orientation.

In the subsequent paragraph, Hice says gay Americans will die sooner than straight Americans and have higher suicide rates as a result of their sexual orientation.
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3. Later, Hice dismisses the seriousness of gay bullying:

Later, Hice dismisses the seriousness of gay bullying:
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4. Hice is also quick to claim children are being recruited to be gay and indoctrinated “under the buzzword, ‘tolerance.’”

Hice is also quick to claim children are being recruited to be gay and indoctrinated "under the buzzword, 'tolerance.'"
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5. Hice claims “the homosexual movement wants to eliminate free speech.”

Hice claims "the homosexual movement wants to eliminate free speech."
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6. Drawing on the essay from Michael Swift that Hice doesn’t realize is satirical, he claims there is an “overall agenda of militant homosexuality.”

Drawing on the essay from Michael Swift that Hice doesn't realize is satirical, he claims there is an "overall agenda of militant homosexuality."
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7. Hice has said being gay is equivalent to drug addiction and alcoholism.


In a November 2013 segment on his radio program, Hice reacted to the banning of gay conversion therapy for minors, a practice that has been widely dismissed, by saying, “We are enslaving and entrapping potentially hundreds of thousands of individuals in a lifestyle that frankly they are not. And it’s all for the sake of political correctness.”

Hice went on to compare being gay to alcoholism, drug addiction, “tendencies to lie,” and “tendencies to be violent.”

8. Hice believes that speaking against “a person who is a crossdresser” is now a hate crime, in comments he made in a August 2013 radio program slamming gay rights.


“You can’t even speak against a person who is a cross-dresser or a man who wants to believe himself to be a woman and wants to use a women’s restroom….and if we speak against it or look cross-eyed at such a thing then we are guilty of a hate crime.”

9. On his radio program in 2012 he said “homosexuals have the right to be married,” just not “to one another.”

10. On the same radio show, Hice called it “totally unreasonable” to compare marriage equality with the Civil Rights struggle because “you cannot change your race” but “thousands and thousands of people” have chosen not to be gay.

11. Hice has also compared the lack of a parent of one gender in a same-sex couple with children to “losing mom or dad in a car accident.”

Source: Andrew Kaczynski for Buzzfeed

h/t: Kyle Mantyla at RWW

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Jody Hice is a pastor running to replace Rep. Paul Broun in Georgia’s 10th Congressional district. He also hosts The Jody Hice Show, a local radio show in Georgia “that is centered around defending liberty.”

Jody Hice is a pastor running to replace Rep. Paul Broun in Georgia's 10th Congressional district. He also hosts The Jody Hice Show , a local radio show in Georgia "that is centered around defending liberty."

Hice previously ran for Congress in 2010, losing to current Rep. Rob Woodall in a runoff. He is likely to make a runoff again in a crowded field to replace Broun. Jody Hice Facebook

On one episode of Hice’s radio show, the topic of marriage equality came up. Hice had a few thoughts.

Hice says marriage equality will have an “enormous, erosive effect on marriage and family.”


He says “homosexuals have the right to be married” just not “to one another.”

And that children need two parents of different genders to grow up in the most “healthy, psychological, emotional, spiritual, physical” environment.

Hice calls it “totally unreasonable” to compare marriage equality with the Civil Rights struggle because “you cannot change your race” but “thousands and thousands of people” have chosen not to be gay.

He adds that “our Constitution does not protect sexual preference,” and compares the lack of a parent of one gender in same-sex couple with children to “losing mom or dad in a car accident.”

Source: Andrew Kaczynski for Buzzfeed

thepoliticalfreakshow:

ESPN2 host Keith Olbermann ripped former NFL coach and current NBC sports commentator Tony Dungy for anti-gay comments Dungy made about football player Michael Sam.

Dungy, an avowed evangelical Christian, recently told the Tampa Tribune that he would not have drafted Sam, the first openly gay football player in NFL history, because he “wouldn’t want to deal with” the media attention that surrounds trailblazing, barrier-breaking athletes like him.

The Washington Post's Cindy Boren rightly points out the stunning hypocrisy in Dungy’s sudden concern about “distractions,” since Dungy was the man who helped dog-fighting barbarian Michael Vick rebuild his career and rehabilitate his image.

In a segment on his show yesterday, Olbermann called Dungy out for his hypocritical and homophobic double standards, and named Dungy the “Worst Person in the Sports World.”

H/T: Miranda Blue at RWW