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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: Brian Tashman at RWW

mediamattersforamerica:

Fox News spent a segment mocking and laughing at Illinois State University’s decision to accommodate LGBT students with all-gender restroom signs, stating, “we’re all a little confused by it.”

Turns out, a lot of people don’t share Fox’s bewilderment. 

The following day, host Steve Doocy conducted man-on-the-street interviews with the sign, asking random “Fox fans” what they thought it meant. 

Much to Fox’s dismay, not a single fan (including a young boy) responded to the question with the confusion and outrage that Fox expected. 

Watch the full interview — it’s pretty great. 

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Steve Doocy discovered that in a hilariously awkward piece of live television on Thursday. The co-host ventured outside the midtown-Manhattan studios to round up a handful of people on the street — identified by Doocy as “Fox fans” — to get their reactions to the new bathroom signage at Illinois State University.

The school announced earlier this month that it will replace the “family” signs adorned outside single-stall restrooms and replace them with “all-gender” signs.

The updated signage will include a symbol of a half-man and half-woman, which has Doocy and company pretty confused and unsettled. The hand-picked crew of “Fox fans”? Not so much.

When Doocy asked a boy if he “would have any idea” what the symbol meant, the youngster suggested it might indicate a “family restroom.”

An older man next to the boy agreed.

"I could see that," he said.

At that point, confident that he had planted the seeds for some righteous indignation, Doocy explained the moral deterioration at Illinois State University.

"See, they were designated as ‘family restrooms’ in the past and now, apparently, they’re going to be known as ‘all-gender’ restrooms," Doocy explained.

"Does that make sense?" he asked a woman.

It did make sense.

"Restrooms for both genders," she said cheerily.

Doocy was persistent.

"That’s right. Bathrooms for both genders, or transgenders," he said, turning to a man in a Pittsburgh Pirates T-shirt. Surely, he shares Doocy’s mixture of confusion and anxiety!

"Transgender, that’s right," the man replied dully.

Ultimately, a dismayed Doocy kicked it back to the studio, where co-host Brian Kilmeade offered a response that really said it all.

"Well, they’re better people than us," Kilmeade said. "I could not figure it out and we had the story in front of us. It makes no sense. Why is the torso so big and the dress so small?"

Watch video, via Media Matters.

Right-wing radio host Alex Jones posted a report online today in which he urged listeners to seriously consider the truth behind Joan Rivers’ statement that Barack Obama is the first gay president because his wife, Michelle, is a “tranny.”

“Well, Joan Rivers talked about it the other day, and now it’s an international news story,” he said. “The question is, ‘Who is Michelle Obama? Is she really a woman? Is she a man?’”

“Now, I’m not drawing any conclusions here,” Jones continued, “but I know this — it’s fair to question anything and everything this administration says. I can’t think of an administration in history that’s been caught with such a perfect record of everything they say and do being a lie or a fraud.”

“These people are the authors of such tyranny that they shouldn’t whine and complain when the public doesn’t believe anything they’re saying — especially when every time I look at ‘Michelle’ or ‘Michael’ Obama, the First Lady, or First Tranny, something doesn’t look right.”

“She doesn’t look like any black woman I’ve ever known,” Jones said. “She’s got shoulders that are wider than a man’s, which physiologically doesn’t happen. You can put three heads on a man’s shoulders, and two heads on a woman’s shoulders — that’s a known anatomy.”

Jones claimed that the only women he’s ever seen with such wide shoulders suffer from a “chromosomal disorder” caused “by all this toxic waste and GMO that’s been introduced.” He then showed an image of the Wikipedia page for “Klinefelter syndrome, where you are basically part female, part male,” before cutting to an image of a printed-out copy of the same Wikipedia page.

People who have this disorder, Jones said, “look just like ‘Michelle’ Obama.”

“For me,” he continued, “this really isn’t just a laughing matter. It’s not just the sexuality, but the very genetics of the human species across the board is being manipulated.”

“There’s also been a small percentage, a small statistic, of men who identify as females and females who identify as males,” Jones added. “And I don’t judge that, I’m just sick of the societal obsession with it. It’s clearly being pushed, and what I’m tired of is the force-feeding of all of this culturally, to reduce population and break up the family.”

After a brief denunciation of political correctness, Jones returned to the topic of state-run sexuality, claiming that Aldous Huxley intended Brave New World to be an instructional manual that his brother, who Jones alleged worked for the United Nations, would use “to end the sexes as we know it, and create biological androids to serve the state.”

“So we can make jokes about ‘Michelle’ Obama having some type of mutation or chromosomal disorder,” he said, “but bottom line, this is effecting all of us, and all of our children.”

Theories like the one Jones expressed on Wednesday have led some to wonder whether he might be a so-called “false flag.”

From the 07.09.2014 edition of Genesis Communications Network’s The Alex Jones Show:

h/t: Scott Kaufman at The Raw Story

The hosts of Fox & Friends mocked Illinois State University’s decision to accommodate LGBT students by designating certain campus restrooms as gender-neutral.

During the July 9 edition of Fox & Friends, Fox’s Heather Nauert reported on Illinois State University’s decision to re-label a number of single stall restrooms on campus, designating them “all-gender” restrooms rather than “family” restrooms.  The change is expected to affect approximately 10 restrooms and won’t affect the functionality of any of the facilities. Designating gender-neutral restrooms on campus is a common practice aimed at accommodating growing populations of transgender and gender-variant students, who often face harassment and even violence in public restrooms.

Nauert, who incorrectly identified the university as Indiana State University, attributed the decision to the “P.C. police.” Members of the Fox & Friends crew could be heard laughing throughout the segment, and Nauert concluded by stating “we’re all a little confused by it”:

Fox & Friends has a habit of ridiculing gender-neutral accommodations as ridiculous or unnecessary. The show has mocked gender-neutral passports, passport applications, college housing policies, student financial aid forms, and marriage licenses. In all of these cases, the changes were minor adjustments made to acknowledge members of the LGBT community. And in all of these cases, Fox & Friends jumped at the opportunity to turn gender-neutral accommodations into an early morning punch lines.

From the 07.09.2014 edition of FNC’s Fox and Friends

Dear Heather Nauert and the rest of the Fixed and Fools crowd, transgender-bashing is NOT FUNNY AT ALL!

h/t: Carlos Maza at Equality Matters 

mediamattersforamerica

h/t: Zack Ford at Think Progress LGBT

thepoliticalfreakshow:

When the Supreme Court hands the LGBT community a victory, it’s hard to hide it. After all, allowing states to legalize marriage is not something you can sneak by the nation. But when the Supreme Court unleashes a nightmare, it’s not easy spot. But that’s exactly what the court did this week in a ruling that has the potential to wreak havoc on everything from marriage equality to HIV treatments.

The case involved the craft-store chain Hobby Lobby. The store had sued the federal government because it did not want to provide contraceptives to employees, as mandated under the Affordable Care Act. Hobby Lobby objected on religious grounds, arguing that corporations have the same right to religious expression as individuals.

The Supreme Court agreed. In his majority decision, Justice Samuel Alito took pains to insist that the ruling applied only to “closely-held” corporations and even more specifically was “concerned solely with the contraceptive mandate.”

Don’t you believe it.

With the ruling, the Court has created a giant legal loophole that the religious right will exploit for years to come. And a lot of that legal challenge will be directed toward gay issues. It’s not a coincidence that the legal group representing Hobby Lobby, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, titles itself after the same principle that opponents of marriage equality keep trumpeting. 

Now Alito was careful to say that the decision didn’t allow corporations the right to “provide a shield for employers who might cloak illegal discrimination as a religious practice.” But Alito’s definition of illegal discrimination may not extend to LGBT rights. The only example he cited in his ruling involved racial discrimination. He was conspicuously silent on other types of discrimination, including discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. 

That has opened the door to legal challenges from antigay opponents. Already, the impact of the ruling is expanding. The Justices granted Wheaton College, an evangelical institutionknown for its antigay policies, an exemption from responding to certain requirements of the Affordable Care Act on religious grounds, even though Wheaton is not a closely held corporation.

In her dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor complained that the Court had changed the playing field just three days after the Hobby Lobby ruling. “Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word,” Sotomayor wrote. “Not so today.”

“The Supreme Court has ruled that for-profit corporations have religious rights and have accorded them religious exemptions,” said Doug Kendall, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center. “Despite their attempts to qualify that ruling, it opens the floodgates to claims by corporations for religious exemptions.”

Now that the floodgates are open, expect the challenges to follow. Here are five nightmare scenarios that are now possible because of the Hobby Lobby ruling.

1. A corporation refuses to offer benefits to same-sex married couples, even in states that recognize those marriages.

The Hobby Lobby ruling allows corporations raise objections to laws others have to follow because of “sincerely held beliefs.” Is there any belief more sincerely held by religious conservatives than that the state shouldn’t acknowledge same-sex relationships? Imagine the weight of a corporation brought to bear on HR policies regarding gay couples. It could make the debates about refusing to bake wedding cakes seem like small in comparison.

2. A business refuses to hire any openly LGBT employees. Alito said that the Hobby Lobby ruling denies that “discrimination in hiring, for example on the basis of race, might be cloaked as religious practice to escape legal sanction.” On the basis of race, perhaps. But not necessarily on other grounds. A business that is vehemently antigay would be willing to test supposition in court. They may not succeed, but there’s no guarantee that they wouldn’t. And it won’t be just hiring practices. The problem might not stop at the workplace: it could be extended to real estate transactions as well.

3. A company objects to providing HIV prevention drugs. Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) dramatically cuts the risk of HIV transmission, and gay men by the thousands are signing up for the prescription medication (Truvada). But it’s expensive, and in most cases it needs to be covered by company medical insurance. But it could be considered a kind of HIV-prevention–like a condom. Companies run by antigay activists, who often cloak bigotry in religious terms, could easily argue that it is tantamount to encouraging sodomy. We already know how some religious conservatives feel about condoms. The Hobby Lobby decision doesn’t really differentiate among the types of treatments that can’t be challenged on religious grounds. Once again, it will be left to other courts to sort that out.

4. Trangender people are shut out of medical benefits. More and more, courts are recognizing gays and lesbians as a class that deserves protection under the law. However, not so for transgender people, for whom legal protections are still lagging. Jenny Pizer, law and policy director at Lambda Legal, says that companies could object to medical treatments that transgender employees need, using objections to the treatments themselves as the excuse. That would be an easier case to win, unfortunately, than one targeting employees for gender identity.

5. The proposed executive order banning workplace discrimination by federal contractors could be in jeopardy. Within a day of the Hobby Lobby ruling, an argument broke out about the proposed executive order banning workplace discrimination among federal contractors. “The government would be saying you can’t get the benefits of getting a federal contract unless you give up your religious liberty rights,” said Kevin Theriot, vice president of Alliance Defending Freedom, a religious right legal group. “It’s another form of coercion.”

There’s already talk about putting a big, fat religious exemption into the executive order,which would lessen its impact and enshrine the right of federal contractors to discriminate.

thepoliticalfreakshow:

Comedian Joan Rivers caught a reporter by surprise on Tuesday with a very matter-of-fact statement that First Lady Michelle Obama “is a tranny,” which, she says, makes Barack Obama the first gay president.

Rivers, 81, who officiated a same-sex couple’s impromptu wedding at book signing event earlier this week, was asked by a reporter what she thought the likelihood of the U.S. having either a woman or a gay president in the near future.

“We already have that with Obama. You know Michelle is a tranny,” she said.

The unidentified reporter, seemingly unsure of what he just heard, followed-up: “I’m sorry. She’s a what?”

“A transgender,” Rivers replied. “We all know.”

E! needs to fire Joan Rivers ASAP!

h/t: Katherine Cross at RH Reality Check

Fox News contributor Ben Carson is slated to keynote an event hosted by the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI) - an anti-LGBT hate group that is notorious for inventing a fake story about a transgender teen harassing people in a public restroom.

In a June 27 email, PJI announced that Ben Carson would be the keynote speaker at its October “Celebration of Justice" event:

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PJI was added to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) list of anti-LGBT hate groups in February due to the group’s history of extreme and dishonest attacks on the LGBT community. The group has led the charge against even basic protections for LGBT youth, supported harmful “ex-gay” therapy for minors, and is a regular fixture on Fox News.

Last October, while fighting against a measure that would allow transgender students to use their preferred restroom facilities in school, PJI was caught fabricating a bogus story about a transgender girl harassing other students in a women’s bathroom. The story was eventually debunked, but the transgender girl cited in PJI’s report was placed on suicide watch due to the tremendous amount of negative attention PJI’s lie brought her.

PJI isn’t the first anti-LGBT group Carson has aligned himself with. Last October, he was the keynote speaker at a banquet for the Illinois Family Institute (IFI), another SPLC-designated hate group. Earlier this month, Carson was the keynote speaker at the National Organization for Marriage's (NOM) gala event.

Carson’s own history of anti-LGBT commentary ignited a firestorm of controversy in 2013. Rather than back away from his extreme positions, Carson seems to have settled for helping raise money for some of the most damaging anti-LGBT groups in the country.

h/t: Carlos Maza at MMFA

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h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW