You Know You’re in Trouble When Alan Keyes is Your Hero

I’m sad I missed the “Values Voters Presidential Debate”, but I’m not alone. All the first-tier presidential candidates skipped it as well. The big winner was apparently Mike Huckabee according to the World Nut Daily, he apparently was the most hateful of them all. But the nuts are clearly upset at being snubbed by the candidates that actually have a chance of being nominated:

Debate panelist Rabbi Aryeh Spero of the Jewish Action Alliance asked, “How can we expect these no-show candidates to take on Osama bin Laden and other world leaders when they’re afraid to show up and answer questions from Phyllis Schlafly?”

I don’t know. Given the choice I’d avoid Phyllis Schlafly and her “values”. She’s a harridan. My favorite quote from her is “It’s very healthy for a young girl to be deterred from promiscuity by fear of contracting a painful, incurable disease, or cervical cancer, or sterility, or the likelihood of giving birth to a dead, blind, or brain-damaged baby even ten years later when she may be happily married.”

I also love how avoiding hateful bigots means that you kowtow to terrorism. Charming group, really.

Anyway, onto Alan Keyes. He made a big score in the hate fest according to the American Family News Network for his vociferous attacks on the homosexual agenda.

Three-time Republican presidential candidate Alan Keyes is taking aim at fellow GOP candidates who are reluctant to support a federal marriage amendment. During last night’s Values Voters Presidential Debate in Fort Lauderdale, Ambassador Keyes at times sounded like a fiery gospel preacher. When asked what he would do to counter the homosexual agenda if president, Keyes voiced support for a constitutional amendment banning same-sex “marriage,” and said he would defend the “natural family.”

“We have to restore the understanding of what marriage is,” he said. “I heard tonight a shocking statement that somehow the state can withdraw its respect for and support for the natural family as ordained by God.

Apparently the family ordained by god is actually the modern family, not the types of families you usually read about in the good book with polygamy, selling daughters etc. The types of families that are described in the Bible, these days lead to criminal charges, just ask the FLDS.

Crank Science Alert

Box Turtle Bulletin has been tracking the latest ex-gay study that purports to show a 30-50% efficacy in making homosexuals into heterosexuals through the Exodus ex-gay ministry.

Initial problems with the study which went to a Christian publisher rather than peer review – the authors Stanton L. Jones and Mark Yarhouse (of Regent University have an interesting history in this field:

Jones and Yarhouse have collaborated at least three times before. They wrote “The Use, Misuse and Abuse of Science in the Ecclesiastical Homosexuality Debates,” which appeared in the 2000 anthology Homosexuality, Science, and the “Plain Sense” of Scripture (edited by David L Balch and published by Eerdmans). That chapter was based largely on an earlier article they wrote for the Christian Scholar’s Review in 1997 titled “Science and the Ecclesiastical Homosexuality Debates.” They also contributed a chapter titled “The Homosexual Client” in the 1997 anthology Christian Counseling Ethics (edited by R.K. Sanders and published by InterVarsity).

Already some red flags indicating this study might have some biases. What about some of the results?
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Bad news for lying “Family Values” associations

One of the problems with denialists is that they simply can’t accept that science doesn’t conform to their ideology. For instance, it’s not enough to just be morally opposed to abortion, the anti-choice organizations have to misrepresent risks of the procedure, including promoting the false link (NCI) between abortion and breast cancer.

Recently, Talk to Action exposed the lies of Crisis Pregnancy centers, and the dishonest tactics they use to misrepresent the services they offer and lie about the risks of abortion. These centers which use federal money to misrepresent the science, are nothing more than a taxpayer-funded anti-choice scam.

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Who’s Afraid of Gay Incestuous Monkey Sex?

Sociologists are. Or so says Inside Higher Ed.

Sociologists — especially those who study sexuality — have for years done research that was considered controversial or troublesome by politicians or deans. Many scholars are proud of following their research ideas where they lead — whatever others may think. But at a session Monday at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, sociologists considered the possibility that some of their colleagues may feel enough heat right now that they are avoiding certain topics or are being forced to compromise on either the language or substance of their research.

One paper at the session featured what may be the most eye-catching title of the meeting: “Erections, Mounting and AIDS: Incestuous Gay Monkey Sex (or seven words you can’t write in your NIH grant).” While the title drew laughter from the crowd here, the paper left many worried. Joanna Kempner, a research associate at the Princeton University Center for Health and Wellbeing, shared preliminary results of her study of the impact of having one’s sexuality-related research attacked by politicians. (In fact, the words from her paper title all come from words whose use was attacked by conservative groups.)

Kempner studied 162 researchers who in 2003 either had their research questioned by lawmakers who tried (and almost succeeded in the House of Representatives) to have their projects blocked for support from the NIH or whose work appeared on what became known as “the hit list” of projects for which the Traditional Values Coalition tried to generate opposition. The research projects — all of which had been approved through the peer review process at the NIH — involved such topics as prostitution, gay sex, unsafe sexual acts, and drug use. Kempner interviewed some of the researchers and sent an e-mail survey to all of them.

More below the fold…
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Congressional Bigotry

What is it about “family” organizations and bigotry? That’s some definition of family they’ve got there. The latest comes courtesy of the American Family News Network, and features the lovely hate of Congressman Bill Sali.

“We have not only a Hindu prayer being offered in the Senate, we have a Muslim member of the House of Representatives now, Keith Ellison from Minnesota. Those are changes — and they are not what was envisioned by the Founding Fathers,” asserts Sali.

Sali says America was built on Christian principles that were derived from scripture. He also says the only way the United States has been allowed to exist in a world that is so hostile to Christian principles is through “the protective hand of God.”

“You know, the Lord can cause the rain to fall on the just and the unjust alike,” says the Idaho Republican.

According to Congressman Sali, the only way the U.S. can continue to survive is under that protective hand of God. He states when a Hindu prayer is offered, “that’s a different god” and that it “creates problems for the longevity of this country.”

Yes, the founding fathers also did not envision women’s suffrage, a civil war over slavery, and a bunch of other amendments either. Who are these charming families that think the ideal America was formed 200 years ago, and refuses to acknowledge that the constitution is a living document? Tthe United States aims to become a “more perfect” union, we didn’t start out perfect.

Do us all a favor and send this one back next year Idaho.

FRC wants gays out of baseball, mom’s apple pie

Sounds dirty doesn’t it? But the homobigot fake family values group, the Family Research Council, is dead serious about keeping teh gays out of baseball games.

This past Sunday, at the San Diego Padres baseball game, what was advertised as a “Free Floppy Hat Night” for kids under 14 turned out to be a double play. While the Padres management was enticing families with the giveaway for kids, it was also promoting the evening as a Gay Pride night at the ballpark. Children who received free hats were treated to the Gay Man’s Chorus of San Diego singing the national anthem prior to what one homosexual group billed as “Out at the Park with the San Diego Padres.”

The San Diego Padres organization should be ashamed that they would promote such an event on a night they specifically designed for the family. On this curveball of an evening, the Padres struck out.

Click the link below to contact the San Diego Padres and tell them that baseball is a family game that shouldn’t be used as an exhibition of homosexual lifestyles. The national pastime is just that: an opportunity for fans of the sport to enjoy a game and take respite from the daily grind. It’s not place for politics – or political correctness.

We’ve provided a short sample text you can sign or modify as you like to the Padres. Let’s tell major league baseball to leave politics aside at the turnstile.

That’s right, please, tell the Padres what you think.

After all, if children see gay people or hear them sing, it’s like a siren-song of gayosity that will convert them to the homosexual lifestyle, or something. That’s my current hypothesis. My other one is that the FRC is such a shameless coven of bigots that they feel they can intimidate business owners out of allowing gays to show their faces (and sing) at public events. They believe it is socially acceptable in this century to force gays back in the closet out of some ridiculous appeal to protecting kids. Oh won’t somebody please think of the Children!

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Family Research Council endorses Homobigot Surgeon General

Bible Belt Blogger brings us this excerpt from the Family Research Council’s “Dear Praying Friends” letter:

Surgeon General Nominee under Fire – Dr. James Holsinger, President Bush’s nominee for Surgeon General, has been harshly condemned by pro-homosexual activists for a 1991 paper he wrote for the Methodist Church describing male gay sex as unnatural and unhealthy. Sen. Barak Obama (D-IL) attacked Holsinger and President Bush saying, “…The Surgeon General’s office is no place for bigotry…that would trump sound science.” But Holsinger’s work catalogued the obvious. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that of over 600,000 American men with AIDS, the largest category is men who practice homosexuality. Other diseases such as hepatitis, cancer, gonorrhea, and syphilis are increasingly prevalent in the homosexual community. Dr. Holsinger’s credentials are impeccable. He served as Kentucky’s health secretary, chancellor of the University of Kentucky’s medical center, has taught at several medical schools and spent over three decades in the Army Reserve, retiring in 1993 as a major general. Holsinger is being subjected to character assassination for doing precisely what a Surgeon General should do, bring health facts to light. (see Resume, Negative Effects, Fairness)

Pray that Dr. Holsinger will receive an honest and fair hearing from the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.
May the larger effort to make approval of the homosexual lifestyle a qualification for public office not succeed (Pr 6:16-18; 17:15; Ps 31:11-13; Zec 8:16-17; Eph 4:25; Rev 12:10).

For those of you interested, here is what Holsinger wrote about homosexuals here – and see our previous discussion. It’s interesting, many religious groups have refused to endorse or challenged Holsinger. Notably, Fred Phelps and his band of merry Baptists is supportive of Holsinger’s nomination. You know it’s bad when you need support and the only people who show up are either the KKK, or the crazy preacher who holds up the “God Hates Fags” signs.

This is also why I consider the Family Research Council a denialist organization. In support of Holsigner’s bad science they have claimed that such research is sound, citing such research as this. Such research is by no means the mainstream view of medical science, is actually quite the opposite of what most doctors and medical experts believe, and Box Turtle Bulletin shows why Holsinger’s report is the classic compilation of cherry-picked data, misrepresentation and lies about scientific findings.

It would be one thing if the just said they don’t like gays or that they believe it’s immoral. So what? People are going to be bigots, there is very little one can do, and it at least would be an honest position. But it’s completely different when groups like these try to suggest that science is on their side when it clearly is not. It is completely absurd to assert that there are scientific reasons homosexuality should be immoral or is fundamentally unhealthy, and such misrepresentations and lies are a testament to the “values” these family organizations truly hold to. That’s why the fake family values organizations aren’t just bigots, they’re denialists too.

Write you senator, oppose this nomination, the Surgeon General should not be a homobigot.

Good and bad signs from the Chronicle

The San Francisco Chronicle wrote this article Monday on a recent effort to encourage gay and lesbian couples in San Francisco to foster children. The problem?

They uncritically cited Paul Cameron and his bogus research which is just self-published bigotry and hatred, with no scientific validity.

But there are signs of hope…

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Who are the denialists? (Part II)

What kind of family value is lying? That’s the foremost question in my mind when I consider the family values organizations that use false research, lies and denialism to justify their agenda of disparaging contraception, sex education, homosexuality, and exaggerating the dangers of abortion.

In light of Falwell’s death, I thought it would be appropriate to advance the discussion of the use of denialist techniques to reinforce bigotry and an anti-feminist agenda in the name of family values.
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