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Who Needs The Fourth Of July When You Can Celebrate Your Ex-Gay Independence Pride All Month Long?

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The Family Research Council has created two new fake “ex-gay” groups to further their rabidly anti-gay agenda. In honor of this attack, they are declaring July “Ex-Gay Month.”

Anti-gay conservatives are having a really rough time. You should definitely go to Amazon and send them a carton of Kleenex. Anti-gay conservatives hate the month of June especially  because it is officially Gay Pride month. And Barack Obama, the President of the United States, celebrates LGBT Pride. Then, there are those pesky June events that keep getting in their way, like the Supreme Court rendering unconstitutional sodomy laws, as they did on June 26, 2003, and then rendering unconstitutional DOMA ten years later (to the day!), and then there’s the world’s top “ex-gay” organization, Exodus International, admitting “ex-gay” isn’t a real thing, and disbanding.

So, if you thought the radical religious right were going to announce July as Heterosexual Pride month — you’d be wrong. Heterosexual Pride only happens on ludicrous Facebook pages and Change.org petitions.

But they have named July “Ex-Gay Pride Month.”

Yes, July.

July, the month named in honor of the Roman General Julius Caesar — who was rumored to have had gay affairs. Oh, irony.

A group practically no one’s ever heard of before, Voice of the Voiceless, has designated July to be “Ex-Gay Pride Month” “in order to draw attention to the ever-increasing phenomenon of ex-gays or former homosexuals; that is, individuals who formerly had unwanted same-sex attractions and/or lived an LGBT-identified life, but now do not. These individuals may be in heterosexual relationships, pursuing heterosexuality, or living celibate lives as former homosexuals.”

Yes, the “ever-increasing phenomenon.” These folks likely don’t believe in climate change, but they believe Jesus will take their gay away if they pray.

What is “ex-gay pride?” Voice of the Voiceless says it’s a “time to recognize the unique experiences of ex-gays and former homosexuals and celebrate their existence in American culture.”

VoV is currently organizing events in the month of July to highlight the unique role of ex-gays in American culture and draw attention to increasing discrimination and hostility towards the ex-gay community in society.

The “unique role of ex-gays in American culture”? What would that be?

“WHY Ex-Gay Pride? Because former homosexuals are the last invisible minority in American culture and are increasingly subject to hostility from anti-ex-gay activists and the media at large, who is influenced heavily by the gay-activist lobby that discriminates and marginalizes former homosexuals. VoV estimates that ex-gays number in the tens of thousands (at least), but due to intimation and hostility, the exact numbers are unknown.”

That “hostility” is because practically every major medical association has stated so-called reparative or ex-gay therapy is not only useless, but harmful for the patient.

Amusingly, anti-gay hate mongers like Linda Harvey of the anti-gay hate group Mission America claim there are no homosexual people in the world, but is actually touting the “former homosexual” group and their “Ex-Gay Pride month.”

Whois Lookup | Domain Availability - Registration Information-1Now, back to Voice of the Voiceless.

It turns out the reason we haven’t heard of them is because they’re a new creation by the anti-gay hate group, Family Research Council.

The website of Voice of the Voiceless was registered in March of this year, by its leader, Christopher Doyle.

Doyle is also the Director of the International Healing Foundation, which “was founded by psychotherapist, Richard Cohen, in 1990.”

Richard Cohen is another ex-gay crackpot who appeared a few years ago on The Rachel Maddow Show. It didn’t go well for him.

Doyle, according to the International Healing Foundation’s website, is “the first ever recipient of the Dr. Joseph Nicolosi Award for early career excellence.”

Dr. Joseph Nicolosi is the founder of the wholly-in-ill-repute “ex-gay” organization known as NARTH. You know who else was high up in NARTH? Board Member George “lift my luggage” Rekers, who got caught coming home from a European vacation with a “rent boy.”

(NARTH, by the way, seems to have had their IRS tax-exempt status revoked earlier this year.)

Meanwhile, if you stick around long enough through July, the last day of the month, July 31, will be the First Annual Ex-Gay Pride Month Celebration — featuring (possibly) none other than Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who has been invited to attend.

“The ‘traditional marriage’-touting Family Research Council plans to usher in the first annual ‘Ex-Gay Pride Month’ dinner in an attempt to promote ‘ex-gay’ rights,” the Huffington Post reports:

The event is scheduled for the end of July, just weeks after the Supreme Court’s landmark rulings in favor of gay rights. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has been extended an invitation as an honorable attendee.

The Family Research Council’s legislative affiliate, FRC Action, will officially launch two new ex-gay rights organizations, Voice of the Voiceless and Equality and Justice For All, during the dinner in Washington, D.C., on July 31.

“Come celebrate the lives of former homosexuals and hear about their unique stories and achievements!” reads the invitation.

In addition to Bachman, the Heritage Foundation’s Jim DeMint, the Liberty Counsel’s Matthew Staver and Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) — who on Friday introduced a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage — have all been invited to speak.

Huelskamp last week introduced a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

Sounds like a fun time for all — where can we buy tickets?

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Sean Spicer Bitterly Complains the Press Is Treating Jen Psaki Better Than They Did Him

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As part of a deep dive into the growing popularity of White House press secretary Jen Psaki who has a legion of admirers on social media due to her handling of press, former Donald Trump press secretary Sean Spicer complained to the New York Times that she has gotten a free pass from the media that he never got.

According to the report, even Peter Doocy of Fox News had high praise for Psaki despite his almost daily battles with Psaki that have become widely shared on Twitter and evening newscasts.

“It never feels like I’m getting smacked down or vice versa,” Doocy admitted. “I understand why it looks like that, some of the ways that stuff gets clipped, but it doesn’t feel like that in the room.”

He added, “When I got back from my wedding she made a point to tell everybody in the briefing room that I just got married. That’s a transcript I can print out and show to my kids one day.”

As for Spicer, who eventually resigned following combative press conferences that were famously mocked on Saturday Night Live — with actor Melissa McCarthy portraying a bullying and manic Spicer — he thinks he was held to a higher standard than the current press secretary.

“‘I walked into the lion’s den every day — she walks into a bunch of kittens,'” Sean Spicer, Mr. Trump’s first press secretary and now the 6 p.m. anchor on Newsmax, said in an interview,” the Times’ Michael Grynbaum wrote.

Spicer also took exception to Psaki taking a dig at him during a press conference after President Joe Biden asked him to resign from the board of the United States Military Academy when she was asked about his performance in her job as well as appearances by Kellyanne Conway defending Donald Trump.

Psaki replied, “I will let others evaluate whether they think Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer and others were qualified.”

That led Spicer to complain, “Jen chose to stand and question my qualifications and services to this country. Once she did that, the gloves were off.”

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GOP Gov. Kristi Noem Won’t Make Kids Wear Masks in Schools But She Is Trying to Make Them Pray

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South Dakota’s Republican Governor Kristi Noem refuses to mandate masks for schoolchildren and teachers but she’s trying to make students pray in public. Gov. Noem, who is widely expected to run for president in 2024, has let the coronavirus run rampant in her state of just 886,667 people – a population so small New York City’s is ten times larger. And yet coronavirus is running rampant in South Dakota, which ranks number eight in the nation for coronavirus cases per capita.

Governor Noem just made clear she does not see herself as a government or political leader, but as a religious one. Speaking to Real America’s Voice personality David Brody, Noem declared she will bring back prayer in schools (even though voluntary prayer has always been legal) and thinks political leaders are supposed to “minister” to their constituents.

Complaining that the actions other government leaders are taking “are not biblical,” Noem says they are supposed to “line up with God,” which is false.

“I think that it’s really time for all of us to look at the actions of our leaders and see if they line up with the word of God,” Noem said, “see if they’re biblical and if they really are following through on those actions that God’s called us to do to protect people, to serve people, and to really minister to them.”

Protecting, serving, and ministering – but not in the fight against the deadly pandemic.

“We’ve seen our society, our culture, degrade, as we’ve removed God out of our lives, and people become what they spend their time doing,” Noem declared. “When I was growing up, we spent every Sunday morning, every night, every Wednesday night in church, we were our church, family was a part of our life, we read the Bible every day as a family together, and spent time with each other, recognizing that we were created to serve others.”

Again, Noem makes clear she does not believe serving and protecting others has anything to do with COVID-19.

“I don’t know families do that as much anymore and those biblical values are learned, in the family, And they’re learned in church when the doors are open so people can be there and be taught.”

“We in South Dakota, have decided to take action to really stand for biblical principles. We had a bill that was passed during legislative session two years ago that put the the motto ‘In God We Trust’ in every single school building it is displayed. Now in every K-12 school building in the state of South Dakota.

“I have legislation that we’ll be proposing this year that will allow us to pray in schools, again, I really believe that focusing on those foundational biblical principles that teach us that every life has value every person has a purpose will recenter our kids and help us really heal this division that we see taking over our country.”

MSNBC’s Steve Benen notes, “given that the United States is a democracy, and not a theocracy, officials’ actions are supposed to line up with the Constitution and the rule of law, not how some people interpret scripture.”

“What the governor seemed to be suggesting, however, isn’t a system in which students pray on their own,” he adds, “but one in which school officials intervene in children’s religious lives. In the United States, that’s not legal: As my friends at Americans United for Separation of Church and State recently explained, ‘The South Dakota Supreme Court struck down mandatory recitation of the Lord’s Prayer in the state’s public schools in 1929. The U.S. Supreme Court invalidated school-sponsored prayer and Bible reading in public schools in 1962 and ’63.'”

 

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Architect of Texas Abortion Ban Also Criticized ‘Court-Invented Rights to Homosexual Behavior and Same-Sex Marriage’

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The architect of what is now Texas law, Governor Greg Abbott‘s “heartbeat” legislation that bans all abortion after six weeks, attacked the constitutional rights of same-sex couples to marriage, and sex between persons of the same sex, in a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court this past summer. In that brief he also called same-sex marriage a “judicial concoction,” and argued that women should merely abstain from sexual intercourse as a method to “control their reproductive lives.”

Former Texas solicitor general and Federalist Society member Jonathan Mitchell, The Guardian reports, “who played a pivotal role in designing the legal framework of the state’s near-total abortion ban, also argued on behalf of anti-abortion group Texas Right to Life that women would still be able to terminate pregnancies if Roe was overturned by traveling to ‘wealthy pro-abortion’ states like California and New York with the help of ‘taxpayer subsidies.'”

“Women can ‘control their reproductive lives’ without access to abortion; they can do so by refraining from sexual intercourse,” Mitchell wrote in the brief. “One can imagine a scenario in which a woman has chosen to engage in unprotected (or insufficiently protected) sexual intercourse on the assumption that an abortion will be available to her later. But when this court announces the overruling of Roe, that individual can simply change their behavior in response to the court’s decision if she no longer wants to take the risk of an unwanted pregnancy.”

“In the same brief, which calls for Roe to be overturned,” The Guardian adds, “Mitchell and co-counsel Adam Mortara, an anti-abortion activist and lawyer who clerked for the supreme court justice Clarence Thomas, said such a decision could open the door for other ‘lawless’ rights and protections to be reversed, including the right to have gay sex and the right to same-sex marriage.”

In their July, 2021 Supreme Court amicus brief, Mitchell and Mortara also call “interracial marriage” one of several “supposed constitutional ‘rights’ that have no basis in constitutional text or historical practice.” Among them, “court-imposed ‘substantive due process’ rights whose textual and historical provenance are equally dubious.”

On same-sex marriage and sex their opinion was devastatingly ruthless.

“The news is not as good for those who hope to preserve the court-invented rights to homosexual behavior and same-sex marriage,” the amicus brief reads. “These ‘rights,’ like the right to abortion from Roe, are judicial concoctions, and there is no other source of law that can be invoked to salvage their existence.”

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