National Review Online blogger Ed Whelan attacked the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division for assigning two gay attorneys to the team of attorneys working on Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC, a case in which the Supreme Court will address the extent to which religious organizations can engage in discrimination without running afoul of sex discrimination law.
In a blog post, Whelan quoted discredited research from Pajamas Media to attack one of the attorneys, Aaron Schuham, for his previous position with Americans United for Separation of Church and State, an organization dedicated to preserving the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
But Whelan then went a step further, stating that Schuham has a "same-sex partner [who] is ... Chris Anders, federal policy director for the ACLU's LGBT Rights project." Whelan further reported that another Justice Department attorney working on the case, Sharon McGowan, "was also a staffer on the ACLU's LGBT Rights project" and that she is married to a woman who is "the Family Equality Council's 'federal lobbyist on gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender family issues.' "
Whelan then used this information to spin a conspiracy theory about the Justice Department possibly using the discrimination case as a step in their agenda to "have gay causes trump religious liberty":
Thus, insofar as personnel is policy,* it may well be that the Obama DOJ's hostility to the ministerial exemption in the Hosanna-Tabor case is part and parcel of a broader ideological agenda that would have gay causes trump religious liberty.
So, in Whelan's opinion, should all gay lawyers have been barred from working on a case that deals with the application of anti-discrimination laws to religious freedom, or just the ones who were previously gay-rights activists or have same-sex partners who are gay-rights activists? Or is it OK to assign gay lawyers to the case, but only if the Justice Department takes a position more to Whelan's liking? Whatever Whelan meant, it's a ridiculous argument.
From the September 6 edition of Fox Business' America's Nightly Scoreboard:
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From the August 31 edition of CBN's The 700 Club:
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Glenn Beck announced that to follow up his rally in Jerusalem, he will be appearing at High Point Church in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday. That church is notable for a particularly horrific example of anti-gay bigotry: its decision to cancel a memorial service for a Gulf War veteran because the deceased man was gay.
In 2007, the church volunteered to host a memorial service for Cecil Sinclair, a Navy veteran who served in the Gulf War. However, the day before the memorial service was to be held, the church withdrew its invitation. The Associated Press reported at the time that family members said that the church knew Sinclair was gay, but canceled the service "after his obituary listed his life partner as one of his survivors."
According to the AP, High Point pastor Rev. Gary Simons said that "no one knew Sinclair, who was not a church member, was gay until the day before the Thursday service, when staff members putting together his video tribute saw pictures of men 'engaging in clear affection, kissing and embracing.' " The AP continued:
Simons said the church believes homosexuality is a sin, and it would have appeared to endorse that lifestyle if the service had been held there.
"We did decline to host the service - not based on hatred, not based on discrimination, but based on principle," Simons told The Associated Press. "Had we known it on the day they first spoke about it - yes, we would have declined then. It's not that we didn't love the family."
Simons said the decision had nothing to do with the obituary. He said the church offered to pay for another site for the service, made the video and provided food for more than 100 relatives and friends.
"Even though we could not condone that lifestyle, we went above and beyond for the family through many acts of love and kindness," Simons said.
[Simons' sister Kathleen] Wright called the church's claim about the pictures "a bold-faced lie." She said she provided numerous family pictures of Sinclair, including some with his partner, but said none showed men kissing or hugging.
Beck has a pattern of associating with virulently anti-gay figures.
For the past couple of weeks, Pajamas Media (PJM) has been pushing what they believe to be is a profound disclosure of personal information about new employees at the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division. PJM contributors Hans von Spakovsky and J. Christian Adams have been struggling to make the case that the Obama administration is politicizing the DOJ the way the Bush administration was found to have done, and now that they've gone through the trouble of filing a lawsuit to obtain the resumes of everyone hired at DOJ's Civil Rights Division since 2009, they are desperate to make their investment worthwhile. As a result, PJM has decided to run with the theme that "every single one" of the new hires is a "far-left" liberal.
Their arguments have so far provided no evidence whatsoever that qualified, similarly-situated conservative applicants to the Civil Rights Division were turned away for a lack of liberal credentials. Instead, they rely on the assertion that because all of the new hires are liberal, it defies probability that conservatives weren't rejected for political reasons. Despite the logical inadequacy of this argument, it relies on a definition of "liberal" that is completely constructed by von Spakovsky and Adams. Their frantic attempts to make a case of politicization against Attorney General Eric Holder and the Obama administration results in a broad, and at times ridiculous, characterization of what activities and affiliations constitute sufficient evidence of one's liberal worldview.
Here are just a few of the previous employers and affiliations that PJM believes are liberal (which by contrast reveals a lot about what von Spakovsky and Adams must believe conservative values do or do not encompass):
Glenn Beck's "Restoring Courage" rally in Israel features religious figures who espouse anti-gay bigotry.
This afternoon on America Live, Megyn Kelly interviewed Rick Santorum, the long-shot Republican presidential candidate with barely any support who, according to the segment's premise, isn't getting enough media attention.
Like any "hard news" journalist would, Kelly told Santorum how she thinks he is "an incredibly nice guy" who "look[s] out for other people," and contrasted her sunny opinion of the Republican politician with that of her gay and lesbian friends, who apparently don't care for Santorum because he called gay marriage "wrong" and "destructive of the family." So, said Kelly: "I want to give you the opportunity to speak to those people now to explain why they should not feel that way about you."
If only gay people knew Rick Santorum like objective journalist Megyn Kelly knows Rick Santorum. Perhaps they might not be so quick to judge the man who likened them to zoophiles and sex offenders.
From the August 19 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Rush Limbaugh Show:
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Fox & Friends recently hosted Andrea Lafferty, president of the Traditional Values Coalition (TVC), an organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has labeled an anti-gay "hate group." Lafferty, who has described SPLC's designation of her group as a "badge of honor," is the latest member of an organization that SPLC has designated as a hate group or otherwise criticized for propagating hateful rhetoric to be invited to speak on Fox News.
In an August 3 Washington Times column, Gary Bauer, president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families, criticized a California law that requires public schools to include historical contributions of the LGBT community. Bauer referred to the LGBT community as "one of the most conspicuous, strident and disproportionately influential groups in American life." From the Times:
In July, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a first-of-its-kind bill mandating the teaching of a subject about which he thinks Golden State public school students remain unacceptably unenlightened.
But the latest addition to the California public school curriculum will not help our children learn how to write a complete sentence, locate their home state on a map or even run a mile.
Instead, it aspires to sensitize students, as early as kindergarten, to the travails of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. The FAIR Education Act requires the inclusion of the contributions of "sexual minorities" in California public school history lessons and textbooks.
As this new law suggests, homosexual rights advocates have convinced many Americans that they are large in number but short on influence. The opposite is true. In fact, LGBT Americans have become one of the most conspicuous, strident and disproportionately influential groups in American life.
From the August 3 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Glenn Beck Program:
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In an August 1 blog post for Andrew Breitbart's Big Peace, Paul Hair attacked the U.S. government for deciding to drop deportation proceedings against an undocumented immigrant who married his same-sex U.S. citizen partner (deportations against opposite sex couples are traditionally dropped in such circumstances). Consistent with the course taken by Breitbart and his bloggers on gay rights issues, Hair warned people to "be prepared for the left to open the doors to sodomites from around the world under the guise that they are 'asylum seekers' needing to get away from oppression."
From Hair's piece:
"FoxNews.com published an article on July 1 entitled, "Halt to Deportation of Citizen's Same-Sex Partner Draws Fire" (HT: The Core Report). The article says the executive branch has ignored the law and allowed a foreign invader to remain in our nation, recognizing the male invader's "marriage" to an American man."
"And as leftists always do, they justify this blatant defiance of the law by saying they are correct for doing so."
"In other words, be prepared for the left to open the doors to sodomites from around the world under the guise that they are 'asylum seekers' needing to get away from oppression. In fact, the left is already using this method. And if you think conservatives are demonized now for opposing the invasion and colonization of America, just think how bad we'll be vilified for, 'Wanting to torture and murder homosexuals all over the world by making them live under oppressive regimes where their lives are even worse than they are here under the Christian Taliban!'"
Pat Buchanan wrote in his recent syndicated column that accused Norway mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik may be "evil," but when it comes to his reported belief that there's a coming "climactic conflict between a once-Christian West and an Islamic world ... Breivik may be right." Buchanan, who also serves as an MSNBC analyst, has a long history marred by bigotry and hostility toward non-whites.
New rule for bigoted slurs: If Glenn Beck didn't see it, it never happened.
During the Tea Party protests on Capitol Hill over health-care reform, several Democratic Representatives had to pass through a crowd of protesters to get between different buildings. TPM reporter Brian Beutler reported:
Early this afternoon, standing outside a Democratic whip meeting in the Longworth House office building, I watched Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) make his way out the door, en route to the neighboring Rayburn building. As he rounded the corner toward the exit, wading through a huge crowd of tea partiers and other health care protesters, an elderly white man screamed "Barney, you faggot"--a line that caused dozens of his confederates to erupt in laughter.
After that incident, Capitol police threatened to expel the protesters from the building, but were outnumbered and quickly overwhelmed. Tea party protesters equipped with high-end video cameras were summoned to film the encounter and the officers ultimately relented.
According to Beck, this is a "lie." After a long-winded rant about conservative victimization for sometimes being accused to racism, Beck said today:
And for the one thousandth time, no one called John Lewis the n-word. No one called Barney Frank the f-word. It didn't happen. Stop the lies.
Then again, it's not a far leap for Beck to go from trying to clear the record of things he actually said to denying first-hand accounts of hateful things Tea Party protesters have said.
In his July 22 WorldNetDaily column, Larry Klayman defended GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, who recently left a church which has reportedly been associated with anti-Catholic viewpoints, against the "activist ultra left gay and lesbian 'community' " that is trying to "destroy" her campaign. Klayman further wrote that "the left -- now led ironically by its pro-Muslim president, Barack Hussein Obama, wants to squeeze the teachings of the likes of Jesus and Moses from our public schools and our society in general." He added: "By pushing government as our God, and having the government condone and endorse the homosexual lifestyle through such institutions as 'gay marriage,' they want to squeeze God out of our lives, and instead hand over our mores and values to the 'devil.' " From Klayman's column:
Rachel Maddow, of course, is a proud lesbian, and she openly boasts of her sexual preference on her MSNBC show. She, like the other homosexuals and leftists who seek to conveniently destroy Michele Bachmann and Bradlee in one fell swoop, is free to practice her sexuality as she pleases. Why, then, are we conservative Christians and Jews not allowed to express our views about the ungodly pitfalls of the gay political agenda and live our lives as we please?
It is because we have been in an intense culture war in this country; the left -- now led ironically by its pro-Muslim president, Barack Hussein Obama, wants to squeeze the teachings of the likes of Jesus and Moses from our public schools and our society in general. By pushing government as our God, and having the government condone and endorse the homosexual lifestyle through such institutions as "gay marriage," they want to squeeze God out of our lives, and instead hand over our mores and values to the "devil."
The destruction of the Michele Bachmanns, Bradlee Deans and other evangelical Christians in particular is necessary for gay activists to take over the country, as they stand in their way. And by destroying Bachmann and Dean, the gay agenda will then have free reign to impose its lifestyle on our youth.
Well, Bradlee Dean and You Can Run But You Cannot Hide International are not going to roll over. Just watch what my clients do in the next week. I can assure you that Rachel Maddow, MSNBC and their ultra-left gay and frequently atheist comrades will see that Bradlee, like Jesus, is no pushover.
Conservative Christians and Jews will win this culture war. But it will take strong and committed action -- unafraid of the consequences. Because the future of our nation's youth is at stake -- much more society as a whole.