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At the end of March, 2012, National Organization for Marriage internal strategy documents were released through court order.

NOM’s documents described a repugnant strategy of “driving a wedge” between African-Americans and gays, and of fanning hostility between them.

Because . . . don’t you know .  ..  NOM is all about love. And, what U.S. society most needs, is wedges driven, and hostilities fanned between minorities.

Civil rights legend Julian Bond said of the NOM documents “It confirmed a suspicion that some evil hand was behind this.”

The New York Times condemned NOM for its “poisonous political approach.”  NOM additionally has been discovered inflaming hatred of Jews in order to advance its radical anti-gay-rights agenda.

One item in the NOM strategy documents that provoked derision in March, was NOM’s expressed intent to hire an anti-gay goon to lure children of same-sex parents into shit-talking their parents on camera.

At the time, it appeared NOM had made that plan, but was unable to find children of same-sex parents to defame those parents.

Yet NOM found a devious way to make it appear that they had “found” children to bear testimony against gay parents.

NOM co-founder Robert P. George arranged for $785,000 of funding for a “study” that was supposed to be an election year anti-gay-parent bloodbath. The money came from The Witherspoon Institute, where George is a Senior Fellow, and the Bradley Foundation, where he is a Board member. The Bradley Foundation is notorious, incidentally, for funding extremist anti-Muslim bigots.

Mark Regnerus, a known anti-gay theocrat and a sociologist at the University of Texas, Austin, carried out George‘s dirty anti-gay smear assignment. Regnerus’s bio on the Christian Trinity College site finds him saying that his faith — which in this case, must be read as his anti-gay bigotry — informs his research. Regnerus purported to survey children “raised” by gay parents through to the 1990s; a fundamental lie in all of his propagandizing was that actual same-sex-headed families were too hard to find, so he had to settle for broken heterosexual homes in which one parent turned out to be “gay.”

Had Regnerus wanted to find study subjects substantially raised by gay parents through the 1990s, he would have been able to find such families. Despite the prejudice, gay people in committed relationships, raising children existed at the time.  It happened, not all that rarely, that children of heterosexual parents lost to accidents or disease were raised by gay relatives.  Robert George could not be bothered to fund such a study; the $785,000 had to be guaranteed to wind up smearing gay parents in particular, and gay people generally.  NOM is the organization that holds anti-gay rallies where speakers yell through megaphones that homosexuals are “worthy to death.” NOM’s William Duncan gave a Liberty (so-called) University symposium session titled “Homosexuals or Homo Sapiens; Who Deserves Protected Class Status?”

Isn’t that special? NOM says gay people aren’t human. We should study the history of the world, to see whether any anti-minority bigot has ever previously said that the target of its bigotry was not even human.

One shocking, shabby thing is that “sociologists” from Brigham Young University were involved in the study design. Brigham Young has an “Honor Code” that 1) forbids all members of the BYU community from acting on homosexual desires, and; 2) says that no one may advocate homosexuality or promote homosexual relations as being morally acceptable.

Get it?  A study commissioned by the leader of the NOMzis for use as a weapon against gay people and their rights, was designed by “sociologists” whose university forbids them to “advocate homosexuality” or to “promote homosexual relations as being morally acceptable.”

The anti-gay fix was in, even before the study began. And, it must be noted, there is no way for anybody to “fact check” Regnerus’s data. Properly, the study protects respondents’ confidentiality. Yet, that means the public must take on faith that survey respondents answered truthfully and that no respondents were paid flunkeys. Given Robert George’s overstuffed history of behaving unethically in his gay-bashing politics, no dirty trick should be considered too low for him to unleash it. The study, indeed, is itself a dirty trick, now being promoted in dirty trick ways by George and his anti-gay political henchmen.

If you read Regnerus’s study conclusion, he nowhere directly states that a homosexual parent ipso facto provokes a bad outcome for children raised. Yet, Regnerus appears to be in synch with the predictable NOMzi & Company gay-bashing political uses being made of his study. For an ABC TV interview, Regnerus says that his study found that children of homosexual parents have dramatically worse outcomes than children of heterosexual married parents. The lying hypocrite is representing his study results to a mass audience, by claiming that his own study says things which it does not say.

And if you really want to enter into a realm of stunned disbelief of how this hayseed prostituted himself to NOM’s Robert George, get a load of his video interview with a University of Texas organ.

Here is how this chuckleheaded small fry academic explains why he did not want to do this study through the National Institute of Health: “I had a feeling when we started this project that it would not survive the politics of, in my opinion, the peer review system at the National Institute of Health (funding) — and it takes so long to get money from them, and there are revisions and revisions; I understand that works to the long-term benefit of science, but some scholars don’t feel like going that route.

Got it? Robert George‘s hinterlands academic whore did not want to submit his work for rigorous peer review that would have required him to revise, and revise, to correct glaring errors in his work. If you can stand to watch the whole video, notice Regnerus’s body language when the interviewer asks him if he knows any people who were raised by gay parents. The bigot makes a dramatic backward-leaning body motion, his head tilted back, as if in a state of total inner turmoil over having been presented with the question; when finally he returns to a normal seated position, he says “Yep” – in that gay-bashing bigot’s “Some of my best friends are gay” manner that nobody among us has ever previously heard.

Are George and his NOMzis expecting for this anti-gay hackwork to fly for them in court? Yes. George‘s Witherspoon Institute published an article: “Supreme Court Take Notice; Two Sociologists Shift the Ground of the Marriage Debate.”

The thing is, Republican anti-gay bigots are losing, and they know it.  They used to accuse President Obama of deliberately sabotaging DOMA-related cases, but Speaker John Boehner allocated over $742,000 to DOMA defense, yet his star attorney Paul Clement is 0-4, often against Republican-appointed judges who ruled DOMA unconstitutional. Absurdly, NOM is now blaming such results on “coastal elites,” a bigot dog whistle for the word “Jews.”

The NOMzis know they can’t win with the truth, so they pay $785,000 for gay-bashing lies. There is no chance that Regnerus’s hack work would hold up in a court — except of course that the Romney-signed NOM pledge calls for him, as president, to appoint only, as attorneys general, federal and Supreme Court Justices, anti-gay-rights extremists who will apply “the original meaning of the Constitution,” which did not allow women to vote, and which called each African-American slave 3/5ths of a human being.

The studies did not treat of a single married same-sex couple, yet George and his NOMzis say that they “shift the ground of the marriage debate.”

Listen; this kind of junk non-science has been used in the past in the United States, against African-Americans, against Chinese, against Jews, the list goes on . . .

It isn’t any more honorable this time around.

Robert George and his Witherspoon Institute now have a bells-and-whistles website devoted exclusively to the study. On that site, you can read gay-bashing propaganda not actually contained in the study, for example; “New studies show that children do best when they are raised by their biological parents in a stable, intact marriage.”

If we are going to be fully honest about “outcomes,” then intact heterosexual marriages have produced the overwhelming majority of major criminals. Charles Manson gang member Lynette Fromme, who tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford, and John Hinckley, Jr., who shot President Ronald Reagan, both grew up in NOM’s cherished “intact biological families.” The overwhelming majority of pedophiles are in heterosexual marriages. Robert George‘s late, hideous co-gay basher Chuck Colson was raised in an “intact biological family;” Colson was known as Richard Nixon’s “dirty tricks man” and “hatchet man;” he once said he would walk over his own grandmother to get Nixon re-elected.  Family values; hello?  After his felony conviction and disbarment, Colson would have been hard-pressed to find a professional-level job; he found a means of getting suckers to send him money, by “finding” Jesus; you are permitted skepticism as to the sincerity of his “faith.” Raj Rajaratnam was raised in an “intact biological family; he is now serving an 11 year prison sentence for 14 counts of conspiracy and securities fraud.

By contrast, there is the life story of Jordan Pisey Windle. Jordan was born in Cambodia, where he was orphaned at 1 year of age. Until he was two, he survived in a roofless orphanage. Jerry Windle, an American gay man, adopted him, nurse him back to health, and now is doing everything possible to encourage his son’s precocious diving talent. This summer, at 13, Jordan is going to the Olympic trials. Meantime, Jerry started seeing Andrés Rodriguez. After they had been dating for a while, Jordan asked Andrés “Are you going to join our family? Can I call you Papi?” Do not expect for any bigot’s mind to be changed by the heartwarming story of Jerry’s adoption of Jordan. In particular, do not expect for the arch anti-gay bigot Robert George to make any effort to go meet that family, and to learn empathy for them. For one, Robert George is not enough of a mensch — he is not decent enough — ever to acknowledge how wrong he has been. Even more significantly though, Robert George is too accustomed to living off of the gay-bashing bigotry cash cow; how do you think he got $785,000 to pay a podunk academic to carry out his election year anti-gay hit job?

The George-Regnerus study, we must note, used a disproportional number of broken African-American and Hispanic marriages, meaning that a lack of resources very likely had more to do with the “bad” outcomes than did homosexuality. But why would Robert George care about that, why would Robert George care about doing something actually directed at improving child outcomes, when he can instead pin the blame for all of the “bad” outcomes on his hated homosexuals?

Daniel Wikler of the Harvard School of Public Health is the Mary B. Saltonstall Professor of Population Ethics and Professor of Ethics and Population Health.

Asked for comment about Robert George’s funding of Regnerus’s study, Professor Wikler said: “You can imagine what I think of these tactics.”

 

New York City– based novelist and freelance writer Scott Rose’s LGBT– interest by– line has appeared on Advocate .com, PoliticusUSA .com, The New York Blade, Queerty .com, Girlfriends and in numerous additional venues. Among his other interests are the arts, boating and yachting, wine and food, travel, poker and dogs. His “Mr. David Cooper’s Happy Suicide” is about a New York City advertising executive assigned to a condom account.

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Principal Ordered Librarian to Take Down Holocaust Survivor’s Famous Quote Just Days Before Holocaust Remembrance Day

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A Pennsylvania principal drew criticism last week after telling a Bucks County school librarian to take down posters with a famous quote by Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Peace Prize winning human rights activist, professor, and Holocaust survivor, just days before Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Central Bucks School District reportedly has ties to an organization that appears on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of anti-LGBTQ hate groups.

Despite being under investigation by the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Office of Civil Rights after an ACLU complaint, the Central Bucks School District earlier this month voted 6-3 to pass “a contentious policy that bans teachers from engaging in ‘advocacy activities’ and displaying inclusive symbols like Pride flags in their classrooms,” WHYY reported earlier this month.

Citing that new rule, known as Policy 321, the school principal told Central Bucks High School South librarian Matt Pecic to take down four posters that displayed Wiesel’s famous quote from his 1986 Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, WHYY reports.

“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented,” Wiesel said.

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The principal reportedly told Pecic if he did not comply human resources would have to get involved. Pecic, who has worked for the school district for three decades, met with the principal accompanied by his union representative.

“If I didn’t take it down, I knew there would be consequences that could impact me,” Pecic said. “It’s a horrible feeling. And you feel like you have to do something that you don’t agree with.”

Making the issue even more difficult, “Pecic’s ninth-grade daughter, a Central Bucks student at Holicong Middle School, originally emailed him the quote,” WHYY reports.

“This is where I get choked up,” Pecic said. “She said that ‘this quote reminds me of you.’”

Pecic describes himself as someone who often speaks up, “if I disagree with something, especially if I think it’s not for the benefit of students, I will say something.”

On Thursday, after uproar from the community, the district stepped in and allowed the posters with Wiesel’s quote to be put back up.

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“We regret that the decision was made to remove it,” the district said in a statement, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported,  “and in a manner that promotes not only the importance of the novel, but continued awareness and education surrounding the Holocaust and its National Day of Remembrance this coming Friday. The district apologizes for any hurt or concerns this has caused, particularly for those in the Jewish community.”

The Central Bucks School District hired a public relations firm, Devine + Partners, at the cost of $15,000 a month, “in an attempt to repair strained public relations and improve the school district’s image,” The Buck’s County Herald reported last summer.

Devine + Partners was hired to help after “a series of executive decisions made by the Central Bucks School District, most of which appear targeted towards the LGBTQ+ student body.”

“This includes the removal of Pride Flags in the classroom, under the justification that they were political symbols, and as such, not fit for the classroom. It also includes only allowing students to attend Human Growth and Development classes that matched with their assigned genders at birth, and pausing said classes shortly after they began, effectively outing these students to their teachers and peers.”

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WHYY is a separate report notes on Monday that the Central Bucks School District has ties to an anti-LGBTQ hate group, the Family Research Council.

The district is currently reviewing five books after rolling out a new, harsh policy “which aims to keep books that a yet-to-be-determined group might deem ‘inappropriate’ for unspecified ‘sexualized content’ out of school libraries,” WHYY reported in July.

“Recent updates to the policy were reviewed by a conservative Christian law firm, Independence Law Center, as first reported by the Bucks County Courier Times,” WHYY adds. “The Independence Law Center is the legal arm of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, which is a statewide branch of the national organization Family Research Council, an anti-LGBTQ Christian nationalist group designated as an extremist hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.”

Earlier this month NBC 10 Philadelphia reported on the passage of Policy 321 by the school board. Watch below or at this link.

 

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Criminal Charges Against Trump Possible as Manhattan DA Presents Grand Jury With Evidence in Hush Money Probe

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Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has empaneled a special grand jury and prosecutors are now presenting evidence against Donald Trump in their revived investigation into hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and one other woman during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Calling it “a dramatic escalation of an inquiry that once appeared to have reached a dead end,” The New York Times reports the Manhattan DA is “laying the groundwork for potential criminal charges against the former president in the coming months,” and says it “a clear signal” that Bragg “is nearing a decision about whether to charge Mr. Trump.”

Among the witnesses testifying is David Pecker, “the former publisher of The National Enquirer, the tabloid that helped broker the deal” with Daniels.

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Prosecutors have also contacted members of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, and have subpoenaed phone records and other documents that could provide evidence.

But The Times notes that a “conviction is not a sure thing, in part because a case could hinge on showing that Mr. Trump and his company falsified records to hide the payout from voters days before the 2016 election, a low-level felony charge that would be based on a largely untested legal theory. The case would also rely on the testimony of Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s former fixer who made the payment and who himself pleaded guilty to federal charges related to the hush money in 2018.”

Cohen broke with Trump and in 2016, “made the extraordinary admission in court on Tuesday that Mr. Trump had directed him to arrange payments to two women during the 2016 campaign to keep them from speaking publicly about affairs they said they had with Mr. Trump,” The Times reported in 2018.

The payments were made “for the principal purpose of influencing the election” for president in 2016, Cohen testified.

He was sentenced to 36 months in prison.

“Days before then-President Donald Trump left the White House, federal prosecutors in New York discussed whether to potentially charge Trump with campaign finance crimes once he was out of office,” CNN reported on Friday, citing a new book from CNN senior legal analyst Elie Honig.

But they “decided to not seek an indictment of Trump for several reasons, Honig writes, including the political ramifications and the fact that Trump’s other scandals, such as efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election and the January 6, 2021, insurrection, ‘made the campaign finance violations seem somehow trivial and outdated by comparison.'”

Award-winning journalist and author Brian Karem tweeted: “As someone who worked extensively with [Michael Cohen] on the book ‘Revenge’ I can say this: Facts show that the MOST dangerous criminal case against Donald Trump could be made by the Manhattan D.A.”

Read The Times’ full report here.

This article has been updated to include Brian Karem’s tweet.

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$1 Billion Campaign From Group ‘Linked to Staunchly Conservative Causes’ Will Try to ‘Redeem Jesus’ Brand’ in Super Bowl Ads

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From electric vehicles to cosmetics, and even the word “mummy,” there is a lot of rebranding going on.

Bowing to anger from right-wingers and conservative commentators, M&M’s decided to rebrand the decades-old multi-colored candies after outrage over its latest addition, purple, and its new “spokescandy,” also named “Purple.”

“Roughly a year ago, Mars Wrigley updated the look of its M&M’s characters, announcing an initiative to make the mascots fit a ‘more dynamic, progressive world.’ As part of these changes, the company introduced new designs of some of M&M’s characters and wrote weirdly elaborate backstories for others. Most notably, the company made the green M&M less ‘sexy’ by shortening her legs and replacing her high-heeled boots with sneakers,” Vox Media’s Polygon reported last week.

Fox News personality Tucker Carlson infamously has waged war on the “woke” spokescandies, declaring at one point, “M&M’s will not be satisfied until every last cartoon character is deeply unappealing and totally androgynous.”

Fast forward to now: Actress and comedian Maya Rudolph is their new spokesperson, although the “spokescandies,” perhaps after some additional rebranding, will be returning in a new ad on Super Bowl Sunday.

Which brings us to the rebranding of another icon: Jesus Christ.

He too will be part of the Super Bowl Sunday ads.

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Over the next three years a $1 billion mostly-dark-money campaign – which reportedly will include funds from billionaire right wing anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ funder David Green, the founder of Hobby Lobby – will promote Jesus in ads, including during the Super Bowl on February 12. Those two Super Bowl ads to “to redeem Jesus’ brand” will cost $20 million, Religion News Service reports.

The campaign to promote Jesus includes $100 million in ads declaring “He Gets Us,” from “the Servant Foundation, an Overland Park, Kansas, nonprofit that does business as The Signatry,” RNS adds.

The “donors backing the campaign have until recently remained anonymous — in early 2022, organizers only told Religion News Service that funding came from ‘like-minded families who desire to see the Jesus of the Bible represented in today’s culture with the same relevance and impact He had 2000 years ago.'”

But the full list of donors remains unknown.

“Jason Vanderground, president of Haven, a branding firm based in Grand Haven, Michigan, that is working on the ‘He Gets Us’ campaign, confirmed that the Greens are one of the major funders, among a variety of donors and families who have gotten behind it.”

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In a Washington Post interview last year, Vanderground “said Christians see their faith as the greatest love story, but those outside the faith see Christians as a hate group.”

But rather than try to convince self-identified followers of Christ to act as Jesus would want, right-wing interests are spending $1 billion to convince others of what Christianity is supposed to be about.

“Our research shows that many people’s only exposure to Jesus is through Christians who reflect him imperfectly, and too often in ways that create a distorted or incomplete picture of his radical compassion and love for others,” Vanderground told The Washington Post. “We believe it’s more important now than ever for the real, authentic Jesus to be represented in the public marketplace as he is in the Bible.”

Some are not impressed, and are more-or-less asking, “What would Jesus do?”

“They are latching on to this touchy-feely, conveniently vague, designer Jesus,” podcaster, author, and secular activist Seth Andrews told RNS. Andrews “poses the question of what Jesus would think of the amount of money spent on the ads. Would he prefer that the money be spent on ministering to people’s physical needs or making the world a better place?”

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“Or would he say, no, go ahead and spend $100 million to tell everybody how great I am?”

On-air, CNN said, “at first blush, it can all read like a stand against radical right-wing politics and related divisiveness,” but adds that “some are calling this a ‘right-wing stunt for politics.'”

“‘He Gets Us’ is funded by anonymous donors acting through a Kansas non-profit linked to staunchly conservative causes,” CNN’s report (video below) notes, saying it “raises alarms for some skeptics.”

Watch CNN’s report below or at this link.

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