The anti-gay positions and hate speech of America’s religious right extremists — including anti-gay groups like NOM, the National Organization For Marriage,Â and theÂ so-called “pro-family,”Â anti-gay hate groups, like the American Family Association and the Family Research CouncilÂ —Â are sounding eerily similar to all but the most-extreme public policy positions on homosexuality of the Islamic Republic of Iran, designated by theÂ 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 â€“ and therefore immoral â€“ actions, and provide medical treatment for homosexuals in order to stop their conduct.
Dr. Wahied Wahdat-Hagh, an expert on minority groups in Iran, toldÂ The Jerusalem PostÂ on Tuesday that the article is â€œagainst gays, against the West and anti-Semitic.â€ He added that â€œthe 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.â€
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,Â 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, theÂ 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 â€œProtect Your Children From Harvey Milk Gay Day In Schools,â€ and calls the FAIR Act â€œthe most in-your-face sexual brainwashing yet.â€
Iran’s Mashregh NewsÂ 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 ofÂ NOM, the National Organization For Marriage, who last month called gay people gay people â€œhomosexual thugs and bulliesâ€ andÂ 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 theÂ Catholic League, including people like hate group headÂ 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 â€“ including changing the definition of marriage â€“ is a breach of the Stateâ€™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 WatchÂ commented on those who signed the letter:
The list of signatories is mighty long, including former House Majority LeaderÂ Tom DeLay; Liberty Counselâ€™sÂ Mat StaverÂ andÂ Matt Barber; American Family Associationâ€™sÂ Tim Wildmon; Catholic Leagueâ€™sÂ Bill Donohue; Vision Americaâ€™sÂ Rick Scarborough;Â Rabbi Daniel Lapin; American Civil Rights Unionâ€™sÂ Robert Knight; Concerned Women for Americaâ€™sÂ Janice Shaw Crouse;Â Pastor Jim Garlow; WNDâ€™sÂ David Kupelian; TFPâ€™sÂ C. Preston Noell III; conservative activistÂ Richard Viguerie; World Congress of Familiesâ€™Don Feder; Media Research Centerâ€™sÂ Brent Bozell; Traditional Values Coalitionâ€™sÂ Louis SheldonÂ andAndrea Lafferty; and the Southern Baptist Conventionâ€™sÂ Paige Peterson.
Other activists likeÂ Peter LaBarbera of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality,Â Scott Lively of Defend the Family InternationalÂ andÂ Sharon Slater of Family Watch InternationalÂ are also among the signatories, as isÂ Mission Americaâ€™s Linda Harvey, who believes people shouldÂ refuse careÂ 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 â€œThe Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party,â€ which says that Nazism was a movement inspired by homosexuals, and â€œSeven Steps to Recruit-Proof Your Child,â€ a guide to prevent what he calls â€œpro-homosexual indoctrination.â€
In June, theÂ Alliance Defense FundÂ (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 â€œHollywood activistsâ€ and claiming that all the Prop 8 rulings, which have all found Prop 8 unconstitutional, â€œwere little more than an attack on the character and judgment of millions of Californians.â€
Also in June, Chuck Norris “wrote an opinion piece …Â blastingÂ 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 groupÂ American Family Association, via their One Million Moms group, claimed,Â â€œHollywood 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?
“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.Â 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 hadÂ repeatedly attacked same-sex marriage and homosexuality. He wrongly stated â€œhomosexual behaviorâ€ is more â€œdangerous than smoking, it lowers the life expectancy dramatically.â€ Colson also falsely stated that legalizing same-sex marriage was â€œsanctioning behavior known to be dangerous.â€ And, again falsely, stated that gays and lesbians â€œdonâ€™t want marriage; they want their sexual choices affirmed as normal and moral.â€
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 â€œproperlyâ€ raised their children.
â€œTodayâ€™s ruling by a three-judge panel upheld a lower court decision by now-retired federal Judge Vaughn Walker in August 2010. Judge Walker laterÂ admitted he is himself a homosexualÂ and has had a long-term partner, meaning that he potentially stood to personally benefit from the legalization of same-sex â€œâ€˜marriageâ€™.â€
â€œTodayâ€™s decision was disappointing but not surprising, coming fromÂ the most liberalÂ Circuit Court in the country. ThisÂ Hollywood-fundedÂ lawsuit, which seeks to imposeÂ San Francisco valuesÂ on the entire country, may eventually reach the Supreme Court. This is not about constitutional governance but the insistence of a group of activists toÂ force their will on their fellow citizens.
â€œThis ruling substituteâ€™s judicialÂ tyrannyÂ 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.
â€œHowever, we remain confident that in the end, the Supreme Court will reject theÂ absurdargument that the authors of our Constitution created or even implied a â€˜rightâ€™ toÂ homosexual â€˜marriage,â€™Â and will instead uphold the right of the people to govern themselves.â€
Gay Star News addsÂ 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.
â€˜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,â€™ the report claimed.
Last month, theÂ 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 parentsÂ and from same-sex couples. Here’s what he said:
Disagreement is not hatred. We donâ€™t hate anyone. In fact, we love homosexuals enough to tell them the truth about theÂ risksÂ involved in theirÂ 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,Â ironically,Â claimed â€œthe homosexual agenda is just like Islam,â€ then said of gays â€” repeatedly â€” â€œthey are Nazis.â€
â€œThe homosexual agenda is just like Islam: there is no room for dissent, there is no room to leave, once youâ€™re in, you canâ€™t leave. Muslims wonâ€™t let you leave, homosexuals wonâ€™t let you leave â€“ if you leave, they claim youâ€™re faking it, so thereâ€™s no way out. Thereâ€™s no freedom of choice, thereâ€™s no freedom of religion â€“ if you have religious views about homosexual behavior, you are squashed.
â€œI 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 â€“ itâ€™s no different; itâ€™s the Spanish Inquisition all over again.
â€œLadies 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. Theyâ€™ll do the same thing to you that the Nazis did to their opponents in Nazi Germany.â€™
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, aÂ “state sponsor of terrorism.”
Editor’s note: All bolding is added.
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Adam Schiff Prosecutes the Case Against Ginni Thomas on MSNBC After ‘Stunning’ Revelations
The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee offered a brutal analysis after a bombshell new report on efforts by Ginni Thomas seeking to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
“Virginia ‘Ginni’ Thomas, the conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, pressed Arizona lawmakers after the 2020 election to set aside Joe Biden’s popular-vote victory and choose “a clean slate of Electors,” according to emails obtained by The Washington Post. The emails, sent by Ginni Thomas to a pair of lawmakers on Nov. 9, 2020, argued that legislators needed to intervene because the vote had been marred by fraud,” the newspaper reported.
MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace interviewed Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) for analysis.
Schiff, a former federal prosecutor who was the impeachment manager during Trump’s first trial and is a member of the House Select Committee Investigating the Jan. 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol, was asked by Wallace if the select committee would interview Ginni Thomas.
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“There are several stunning things to me about what is publicly known and has been revealed about Ginni Thomas. Here, she is weighing in with state legislators in Arizona, seeking to get them to essentially send a bogus slate of electors, that didn’t represent who won the popular election in Arizona,” Schiff said.
He referenced legal proceedings over the subpoena of “coup memo” author John Eastman.
“And you know, the judge in California, Judge Carter and the case involving Eastman, this lawyer, describes what the former president was involved in as a criminal conspiracy.”
“That was a conspiracy to interfere with the joint session, to defraud people, and here you have the wife of a Supreme Court justice engaged in a parallel effort to get Arizona to improperly cast aside the votes of millions,” he charged. “And also to add to it, her husband, on the Supreme Court, writing a dissent in a case, arguing providing records to Congress that might have revealed those same emails.”
“That conflict of interest just screams at you,” Schiff said.
Watch the segment below or at this link.
‘Fear-Driven Alliance’: Conservative Explains Why Far-Right CPAC ‘Opportunists’ and ‘Paranoids’ Are Meeting in Hungary
The rise of authoritarianism and fascism growing within the Republican Party was discussed by the opening panel on MSNBC’s “The Reidout” on Friday.
Host Joy Reid noted how the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is being held in Hungary this year, which is ruled by strongman Viktor Orbán.
“They have elections, of a sort, but also hamper voters’ abilities to make informed choices and heavily control the outcome that the elections are essentially a show,” she explained. “These are the autocratic dreams of a far-right leader obsessed with solidifying a Christian monoculture and who, in 2014, declared his intention to build an illiberal new state citing China, Russia and Turkey as role models. Flash forward to today where CPAC, the once conservative gathering that is now simply a cesspool of the far-right running amok, is holding its conference in Budapest.”
For analysis, Reid interviewed conservative writer Tom Nichols.
Nichols warned “there is a nihilistic, fear-driven alliance here with a group of opportunists, and I want to get back to this issue of about Hungary, the really dangerous thing here is that some of these people believe very deeply in — in some of this stuff and yet others, and I would say people like [Tucker] Carlson and Matt Schlapp and some of the other people capering about in Budapest, don’t believe in any of this and don’t believe in anything of this other than the extension of their own personal power and wealth.
“And when you have this coalition of shallow, empty opportunists along with with a group of paranoids, basically, then you have a really dangerous movement because each side has to keep upping the ante to kind of justify why they are doing the things they are doing,” he explained.
“A lot of this is an act, but the problem is you then paint yourself into a corner… You have to start actually trying to put forward policies and carry things out that, that make you look as if you believe the things that you’re doing. And then after a while, whether it’s an act or its opportunism is no longer relevant: You have become the thing you’ve been prancing about and pretending to be,” he explained.
Watch the segment below or at this link.
Catholic Archbishop Defies Vatican by Banning Speaker Nancy Pelosi From Holy Communion – via Twitter
Calling her stance on abortion a “most serious scandal,” and a “grave evil” San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone publicly announced Friday that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, whose district encompasses his diocese, is now banned from taking Holy Communion.
Archbishop Cordileone, a far right activist who repeatedly has challenged Pope Francis, is now in violation of directions from the Vatican to not politicize the Sacraments. Cordileone’s very public decree – made via Twitter – comes just weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule on a case that is expected to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“After numerous attempts to speak with Speaker Pelosi to help her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing, an the danger to her own soul she is risking, I have determined that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion,” Cordileone tweeted, an apparent attempt to embarrass to the greatest degree possible the Democrat who is second in line to the Presidency,
After numerous attempts to speak with Speaker Pelosi to help her understand the grave evil she is perpetrating, the scandal she is causing, an the danger to her own soul she is risking, I have determined that she is not to be admitted to Holy Communion. https://t.co/l7M85CyG86
— Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone (@ArchCordileone) May 20, 2022
“I am hereby notifying you that you are not to present yourself for Holy Communion and, should you do so, you are not to be admitted to Holy Communion, until such time as you publically [sic] repudiate your advocacy for the legitimacy of abortion and confess and receive absolution of this grave sin in the sacrament of Penance,” Cordileone wrote in that letter to the Speaker.
Fox News calls it “an escalation in a decades-long tension between the Roman Catholic Church and liberal Democratic politicians on abortion,” but in fact other extremist archbishops have taken the same stance against other notable Democrats.
Catholics believe the Pope is God’s infallible representative on earth. Last fall Pope Francis chastised far right Catholic bishops in America who were gearing up to ban President Joe Biden from receiving Holy Communion. In June the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) overwhelmingly voted to move toward chastising Biden for his abortion stance, despite the Vatican issuing a clear warning they were not to do so.
President Biden is a devout Catholic who personally opposes abortion but knows as President it is his role to uphold a woman’s right to choose, something has has worked strongly to support and strongly believes in.
“What must the pastor do?” Pope Francis said, The New York Times reported last September when a reporter asked him about President Biden and abortion. “Be a pastor, don’t go condemning. Be a pastor, because he is a pastor also for the excommunicated.”
“I have never refused the eucharist to anyone,” Pope Francis told reporters. The Times aded Francis said bishops should be pastors not politicians.
The Pope also told reporters, “communion is not a prize for the perfect,” and “the eucharist is not the reward of saints but the bread of sinners.”
The San Francisco Chronicle adds that Pope Francis “welcomed Biden for a private meeting at the Vatican last fall and Biden said the Pope told him he was a ‘good Catholic.’ Biden received Communion at St. Peter’s during that trip.”
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