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Homosexuality: How Much Difference Lies Between US Anti-Gay Groups And Iran?

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The anti-gay positions and hate speech of America’s religious right extremists — including anti-gay groups like NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, and the so-called “pro-family,” anti-gay hate groups, like the American Family Association and the Family Research Council — are sounding eerily similar to all but the most-extreme public policy positions on homosexuality of the Islamic Republic of Iran, designated by the U.S. Department of State as a “state sponsor of terrorism.”

From claims that Hollywood is working to “normalize” homosexuality, claims that President Obama is working to spread homosexuality around the world, suggestions he is working to eliminate heterosexual marriage, force Americans into same-sex marriages, and claims of indoctrination of youth into homosexuality through the education system, America’s anti-gay organizations, radical religious institutions, and anti-gay hate groups are echoing some of Iran’s anti-gay propaganda.

In a wild conspiracy theory posing as public policy, Iran’s state-sponsored national newspaper is charging the West and Israel with collusion to “spread homosexuality” around the world in an effort to oppress the masses and to achieve “world domination.”

“A report in a state-controlled Iranian paper last week asserting that the ‘Zionist regime’ ‘spreads homosexuality’ across the globe in order to pursue its goal of world domination has sparked fierce criticism from experts on Iran because of its homophobia and anti- Semitism,” the Jerusalem Post reported:

Mashregh News, an outlet affiliated with radical Islamists in Qom, wrote that the US and the UK are using money from Jews to spread homosexuality throughout the world. The article blasted Israel for promoting demonstrations for gay rights and specifically decried Tel Aviv as the gay paradise on earth. It also ridiculed Conservative Judaism for accepting gay rabbis, and urged Western governments to stop people from engaging in gay – and therefore immoral – actions, and provide medical treatment for homosexuals in order to stop their conduct.

Dr. Wahied Wahdat-Hagh, an expert on minority groups in Iran, told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday that the article is “against gays, against the West and anti-Semitic.” He added that “the text legitimizes the execution of gays in Iran; they made a text not only to ridicule the West but to provide a reason why Iran executes gays.”

The Iranian report also attacked Hollywood for depicting gays in positive terms on the silver screen. Moreover, according to the article, schools in California include homosexuality in their education plans because of a recommendation of a Jewish university.

 

While American anti-gay organizations are stopping short of calling for the execution of LGBT people in the U.S., attacking Hollywood and the government for supporting LGBT rights is a daily event, and some representatives of anti-gay organizations, like Bryan Fischer, the public face of the certified anti-gay hate group, American Family Association, have called for homosexuals to be jailed. In other cases, one North Carolina pastor this spring called for LGBT people to be penned up in internment camps. Another called for young children to have their possible homosexuality beaten out of them.

Conservatives in California are outraged over SB 48, the Fair, Accurate, Inclusive, and Respectful (FAIR) Education Act, that will ensure the contributions of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and disabled Americans are properly taught in California schools.

Right wing extremist Randy Thomasson, who heads the anti-gay hate group Save California, started “Protect Your Children From Harvey Milk Gay Day In Schools,” and calls the FAIR Act “the most in-your-face sexual brainwashing yet.”

Iran’s Mashregh News apparently gave no explanation of how people are being turned into homosexuals, nor was there any explanation of how turning people into homosexuals or “spreading homosexuality” around the world would enable Israel and the West to achieve world domination.

Regardless, many of Iran’s ludicrous claims are strikingly similar to those made by some anti-gay organizations, the radical religious right, and anti-gay hate groups here in America.

Brian Brown, president of NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, who last month called gay people gay people “homosexual thugs and bullies” and just this past Friday, sent one of his many infamous fudaising emails to supporters, stating:

After watching the President’s speech last night, one thing is clear: Obama hasn’t just endorsed homosexual marriage as the official, national policy of the United States of America.

Obama is running for re-election on a platform to re-define marriage for everyone.

But don’t take my word for it. Obama’s official, national platform has codified homosexual marriage as its policy for all Americans!

You see, Obama’s platform actually calls for the “full repeal of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act” and imposes “one man and one man” marriage on all of us.

So-called “low-information voters” easily could read Brown’s email and believe President Obama is outlawing “traditional marriage” and forcing everyone into a same-sex marriage.

In perhaps one of the most damning pieces of evidence that the anti-gay religious right is promoting much of the same language as presented by Iran, and is in lockstep with most of Iran’s false beliefs about homosexuality, 98 representatives of groups like the Catholic League, including people like hate group head Scott Lively, signed a letter that condemned the U.S. government’s participation in a Prague gay pride event. Here are a few excerpts from the letter:

“anything which undermines the family – including changing the definition of marriage – is a breach of the State’s responsibility to protect this indispensable institution which precedes government and makes a stable and free society possible.”

Washington is aggressively promoting the ‘gay’ agenda internationally, including same-sex ‘marriage’ and the stigmatization and marginalization of any who object to the same.”

“We can not imagine a worse form of cultural imperialism than Washington trying to force approval of the ‘gay’ agenda on societies with traditional values.”

Right Wing Watch commented on those who signed the letter:

The list of signatories is mighty long, including former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay; Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver and Matt Barber; American Family Association’s Tim Wildmon; Catholic League’s Bill Donohue; Vision America’s Rick Scarborough; Rabbi Daniel Lapin; American Civil Rights Union’s Robert Knight; Concerned Women for America’s Janice Shaw Crouse; Pastor Jim Garlow; WND’s David Kupelian; TFP’s C. Preston Noell III; conservative activist Richard Viguerie; World Congress of Families’Don Feder; Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell; Traditional Values Coalition’s Louis Sheldon andAndrea Lafferty; and the Southern Baptist Convention’s Paige Peterson.

Other activists like Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, Scott Lively of Defend the Family International and Sharon Slater of Family Watch International are also among the signatories, as is Mission America’s Linda Harvey, who believes people should refuse care for themselves and their children from openly gay doctors and nurses.

Speaking of Scott Lively, he has been tied to Uganda’s infamous “Kill The Gays” bill, and a lawsuit filed in U.S. federal court is “accusing him of violating international law by inciting the persecution of gay men and lesbians in Uganda,” the New York Times in March reported:

Mr. Lively is the founder and president of Abiding Truth Ministries. He is also the author of “The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party,” which says that Nazism was a movement inspired by homosexuals, and “Seven Steps to Recruit-Proof Your Child,” a guide to prevent what he calls “pro-homosexual indoctrination.”

In June, the Alliance Defense Fund (now the Alliance Defending Freedom), part of a team of anti-gay Christian lawyers who work to infuse biblical law into U.S. law, and who defended Prop 8 in court, released a statement decrying “Hollywood activists” and claiming that all the Prop 8 rulings, which have all found Prop 8 unconstitutional, “were little more than an attack on the character and judgment of millions of Californians.”

Also in June, Chuck Norris “wrote an opinion piece … blasting President Obama and portraying him as a puppet master working behind the scenes to create a ‘pro-gay Boy Scouts of America’ and promote an increasingly pro-gay agenda,” the L.A. Times reported.

Two weeks ago, the anti-gay hate group American Family Association, via their One Million Moms group, claimed, “Hollywood is continuing to push an agenda that homosexuality is acceptable when scripture states clearly it is a sin.”

Remember that collusion to ‘spread homosexuality’ around the world?

The late Chuck Colson, co-creator of the anarchy-based Manhattan Declaration, in 2003 wrote:

“To ask the government to crack down on smoking and at the same time promote homosexual behavior is lunacy. Both practices damage people’s health, although there is an important difference: Homosexual practices shorten a person’s life expectancy far more than smoking.  Of course, the hazard is also to the nation’s health.”

Colson, before his death earlier this year, was a popular prison minister and Watergate felon, and had repeatedly attacked same-sex marriage and homosexuality. He wrongly stated “homosexual behavior” is more “dangerous than smoking, it lowers the life expectancy dramatically.” Colson also falsely stated that legalizing same-sex marriage was “sanctioning behavior known to be dangerous.” And, again falsely, stated that gays and lesbians “don’t want marriage; they want their sexual choices affirmed as normal and moral.”

And as late as last year, despite years of research to the contrary, Colson was publicly advocating that homosexuality was both a choice and avoidable if parents “properly” raised their children.

In February, when Prop 8 was once again declared unconstitutional, here’s what Tony Perkins who runs the anti-gay hate group Family Research Council, offered in response to the news:

“Today’s ruling by a three-judge panel upheld a lower court decision by now-retired federal Judge Vaughn Walker in August 2010. Judge Walker later admitted he is himself a homosexual and has had a long-term partner, meaning that he potentially stood to personally benefit from the legalization of same-sex “‘marriage’.”

“Today’s decision was disappointing but not surprising, coming from the most liberal Circuit Court in the country. This Hollywood-funded lawsuit, which seeks to impose San Francisco values on the entire country, may eventually reach the Supreme Court. This is not about constitutional governance but the insistence of a group of activists to force their will on their fellow citizens.

“This ruling substitute’s judicial tyranny for the will of the people, who in the majority of states have amended their constitutions, as California did, to preserve marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

“However, we remain confident that in the end, the Supreme Court will reject the absurdargument that the authors of our Constitution created or even implied a ‘right’ to homosexual ‘marriage,’ and will instead uphold the right of the people to govern themselves.”

Gay Star News adds of Iran’s attack:

The article also suggested that Western support for LGBT rights was disingenuous as if it was motivated by genuine concern it would offer them medical support to refrain from homosexuality.

‘If support for homosexuals stemmed from humane considerations or defense of human rights, it would be in the form of providing individual assistance to these people, who need care and medical treatment to rescue them from the immoral actions that undermine the family institution,’ the report claimed.

Last month, the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer began a campaign to convince Americans there should be an “underground railroad” to help steal children away from their gay parents and from same-sex couples. Here’s what he said:

Disagreement is not hatred. We don’t hate anyone. In fact, we love homosexuals enough to tell them the truth about the risks involved in their lifestyle choices. But for those who hate the truth, the truth will seem to be hate.

In 2010, Fischer said of his attempts to deter people from being gay, “you can’t go wrong telling people the truth about behavior that could destroy them.”

Last year, Fischer, whose show on American Family Radio is broadcast by more than 180 radio stations in 38 states, ironically, claimed “the homosexual agenda is just like Islam,” then said of gays — repeatedly — “they are Nazis.”

“The homosexual agenda is just like Islam: there is no room for dissent, there is no room to leave, once you’re in, you can’t leave. Muslims won’t let you leave, homosexuals won’t let you leave – if you leave, they claim you’re faking it, so there’s no way out. There’s no freedom of choice, there’s no freedom of religion – if you have religious views about homosexual behavior, you are squashed.

“I mean, ladies and gentlemen, they are Nazis. Homosexual activists, when it comes to freedom of speech, are Nazis. When it comes to freedom of religion, they are Nazis. There is no room in their world dissent, there is no room in their world for disagreement, there is no room in their world for criticism. You criticize homosexual behavior, they tag you as a bigot and a homophobe and then they got to work to silence you just like the Roman Catholic Church did in the days of Galileo – it’s no different; it’s the Spanish Inquisition all over again.

“Ladies and gentlemen, they are Nazis. Do not be under any illusions about what homosexual activists will do with your freedoms and your religion if they have the opportunity. They’ll do the same thing to you that the Nazis did to their opponents in Nazi Germany.’

When it comes to promoting the hatred of gay people, there’s little difference between the the public policy positions of anti-gay organizations and anti-gay hate groups tied to religious right extremists, and Iran, a “state sponsor of terrorism.”

Editor’s note: All bolding is added.

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January 6 police officer Michael Fanone calls Kevin McCarty a “f**king weasel b**ch”

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Michael Fanone — the police officer who was almost killed by ex-President Donald Trump’s followers during the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol — has referred to House Minority Speaker Kevin McCarthy a “f**king weasel b**ch.”

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Fanone noted that McCarthy “deflected his way through a meeting with Fanone and Jan. 6 casualty Brian Sicknick’s mother — the dead man’s mother … as he nixed any chance of a bipartisan Jan. 6 commission because of so-called political factors.”

Fanone said of McCarthy, “I think at night, when the lights are turned off, Abe Lincoln and Ronald Reagan have some pretty choice words to say about the fact that they have to hang on Kevin McCarthy’s wall.”

“They did some f**king above-average things. And they’ve got to adorn the wall of this f**king weasel b**ch named Kevin McCarthy, with his fake f**king spray-on tan, whose f**king claim to fame, at least in my eyes, is the fact that he amassed a collection of Donald Trump’s favorite-flavored Starburst, put them in a Mason jar, and presented them to f**king Donald Trump. What the f**k, dude?”

When asked to suggest Republican congress members to sit on the January 6 committee, McCarthy had initially suggested five people, including Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Jim Banks (R-Ind.).  Both voted against certifying the 2020 election. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi thought the men would undermine the committee’s mission.

After refusing to accept the men, McCarthy withdrew all of his nominees for the panel and said, “This panel has lost all legitimacy and credibility and shows the Speaker is more interested in playing politics than seeking the truth.”

The Rolling Stone article notes that, on January 6, 2021, Fanone was “pulled into the crowd, beaten with pipes and the pole of a Blue Lives Matter flag, tazed at the base of his skull, suffered a heart attack and a traumatic brain injury, and fended off attackers with pleas of ‘I got kids’ before losing consciousness for more than four minutes.”

Right-wing media has since claimed he is oversensitive and a “false flag liberal” while other random people have told him that they hope his children are raped and killed.

Fanone said of the Capitol, “F**k that place, and f**k the people inside it too.”

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Florida’s Rubio Challenged Over His Past Opposition to Disaster Relief — and Gets Fact-Checked

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With Florida reeling from the massive amount of damage — estimated in the billions — inflicted by Hurricane Ian, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R) was asked by CNN host Dana Bash how to reconcile his request for financial help from the federal government given his opposition to similar requests from other states following a natural disaster.

In a rare appearance on CNN, Rubio tried to explain away his complaints about other funding bills by stating he felt they were larded with pork-barrel projects that he didn’t feel were justified.

“Senator, you wrote a letter Friday to the Senate Appropriations Committee asking for disaster relief dollars for desperately needed resources to rebuild Florida communities,” host Bash began. “After Hurricane Sandy hit northeastern states in 2012, you voted no on the $50 billion relief package.”

“I know you supported a smaller version,” she continued. “But why should other senators vote for relief for your state when you didn’t vote for a package to help theirs?”

RELATED: Florida GOP senator cornered on CNN over delayed evacuation order before Hurricane Ian hit

“Oh, I’ve always voted for hurricane and disaster relief,” the Florida Republican protested. “I’ve even voted for it without pay-fors. What I didn’t vote for in Sandy is because they included a roof for a museum in Washington, d.c., for fisheries in Alaska. It had been loaded up with things that had nothing to do with disaster relief.”

“I would never put out there we should use a disaster relief package for Florida as a way to pay for all kinds of other things people want around the country,” he continued. “So I think that’s that’s the key at moments like this. In Sandy, unfortunately, they loaded it up, they really did, with a bunch of things that had nothing to do with Sandy. I voted for every disaster relief package especially that’s clean and I’ll continue to do so. When it comes to Florida, we’ll do that again and make sure the package is clean and doesn’t have stuff for other people in there.”

“I read the congressional research report and the roof was damaged.” Bash corrected him. “In any event, my question is about the future. Are you telling me that if Hurricane Ian relief contains anything that smells like pork, you’ll vote no?”

“Sure. I’ll fight against it having pork in it– that’s the key,” he responded.

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‘Thinly-Veiled Incitement to Violence and Overt Racism’: Trump’s Truth Social Post Sparks Outrage

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Donald Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter “due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” but on Friday night took his social media approach to his Truth Social website.

Trump accused Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell of having a “death wish” after a government shutdown was averted.

“Must immediately seek help and advise (sic) from his China loving wife, Coco Chow!” he said of Elaine Chao, who served in his cabinet for four years as Secretary of Transportation.

Trump’s post generated outrage online.

“Nothing to see here,” conservative lawyer George Conway tweeted. “Just a former president of the United States seeking to incite violence against the minority leader of the United States Senate and launching a racist verbal attack on the leader’s wife.”

Former federal prosecutor Shanlon Wu wrote, “Donald Trump using blatant racist tactics in his desperate attacks on McConnell by trying to ridicule Asian American former Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao’s name calling her ‘Coco Chow’ — [McConnell] and [GOP] should call him out and reject his racist hate — will they do it?”

“Hardly shocking that Trump would threaten Mitch McConnell by capitalizing the words ‘death wish’ — dog whistle invitation to Trump’s extremist supporters — same Trump who believed his own VP Pence deserved to be lynched by the angry Jan. 6 mob Trump incited to violence,” Wu added.

Janai Nelson, the president of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, wrote, “I double dare all major media outlets to call this what it is: thinly-veiled incitement to violence and overt racism.”

Podcaster Fred Wellman said, “Elaine Chao was Trump’s Secretary of Transportation for 4 years and he just called her the ridiculously racist nickname ‘Coco Chow.’ Yes…you are a racist if you still support this broken *sshole.”

Jonah Goldberg, the editor-in-chief of The Dispatch, wrote, “Look, I think the gross bigotry, stupidity, dishonesty, and demagoguery of this is obvious on so many levels and I’m embarrassed for the country. But, because no one else will, I feel I have to point out he also misspelled advice.”

 

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