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Meet The Vatican’s Anti-Gay Propaganda Partner: Mark Regnerus

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Mark Regnerus, the discredited and disgraced researcher and purveyor of an infamous anti-gay study, has been working with the Vatican to produce anti-gay propaganda films.

In 2012 a relatively unknown associate professor at the University of Texas/Austin released what he claimed was a study of adult children who had been raised by gay parents and/or same-sex couples. The study by Mark Regnerus was analyzed and dissected by many, including by The New Civil Rights Movement, which published a total of more than 75 articles (Google search) related to the study, its funding, and the scientific community’s response to the study.

Overall, the study was immediately discredited for many reasons, including the fact that it did not study adult children raised by gay parents or same-sex couples. In fact, only a handful (two or three) of the study’s thousands of participants had in fact been raised by gay parents.

What Regnerus did study was adult children who came from, forgive the expression, “broken homes.” These were not adults raised by gay parents, but adults raised by parents who divorced or who had troubled marriages. One question was enough for Regnerus to claim a participant’s parents were gay: Have either of your parents ever had sex or a relationship with a person of the same gender?

Today, thanks to LGBT blogger Jeremy Hooper, (who deserves the title of researcher I think more than Regnerus,)we’ve learned how Mark Regnerus has been spending his time lately. He’s been traveling the world creating an anti-gay video series for the Vatican.

This week, as many are aware, the Pope has been hosting about 30 top anti-gay activists, like Tony Perkins and Rick Warren, at the Vatican for a conference on “traditional” marriage, called Humanum. The main theme of the conference and Regnerus’ propaganda videos is “complementarity,” the Catholic Church’s latest dogma to claim that same-sex relationships are bad because, forgive this expression also, the penis should only be placed in a vagina.

“What a truly bizarre choice,” Hooper writes at Good As You of the revelation that the Vatican would work with Regnerus. “Like almost too bizarre to be believed, frankly. It seems that the Vatican isn’t only courting “culture war”—it’s begging for one.”

Here the trailer, should you care to learn about the cosmic nature of man being made for woman, etc.:

And the full series:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8_0_ZbhhYk&list=PLZF6OmdXSyh6JTMGALzs3MEuhpfW4p59b 

One last (perhaps obvious) note: Gay people are not against the family, nor are we against marriage. We’re merely opposed to the idea that gay people should be excluded from those institutions. 

 

Image via Mark Regnerus

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'ANGRY AND APPALLED'

Former Trump Defense Secretary Mattis Breaks Silence – Scorches Ex-Boss – Stands Up for Protestors in Scathing Statement

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Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general who served in the military from 1969 to 2013, has finally broken his long silence. In a scathing rebuke far more devastating than any delivered by any former Trump official (except his resignation letter), Mattis denounces Trump for violating the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens, and stands up for the protestors.

“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try,” Mattis says, as The Atlantic reports.

“Instead, he tries to divide us,” Mattis writes. “We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children.”

He goes on to contrast the American ethos of unity with Nazi ideology. “Instructions given by the military departments to our troops before the Normandy invasion reminded soldiers that ‘The Nazi slogan for destroying us … was “Divide and Conquer.” Our American answer is “In Union there is Strength.”’ We must summon that unity to surmount this crisis—confident that we are better than our politics.”

Mattis makes clear he is disgusted with how Trump has handled the protests across the nation – and that he supports the protestors.

“I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution. Never did I dream that troops taking that same oath would be ordered under any circumstance to violate the Constitutional rights of their fellow citizens—much less to provide a bizarre photo op for the elected commander-in-chief, with military leadership standing alongside.”

He doesn’t stop there.

“I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled,” Mattis writes. “The words ‘Equal Justice Under Law’ are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding. It is a wholesome and unifying demand—one that all of us should be able to get behind. We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values—our values as people and our values as a nation.” He goes on, “We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution.”

Read The Atlantic’s full report, or Mattis’ full statement at CNN.

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WHAT LEADERSHIP LOOKS LIKE

‘Showing Off With These Complete Sentences’: Internet Rejoices as ‘Real President’ Obama Speaks – ‘I Miss Him’

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Former President Barack Obama delivered forward-looking, encouraging remarks in response to the police killing of George Floyd and the ongoing nationwide protests, and the Internet rejoiced. President Obama’s comments, part of a town hall organized by his My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, were focused for his younger audience, and were short and seemingly off-the-cuff, yet inspired a nation thirsting for caring, intelligence, and leadership.

Take a look.

 

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FASCISM

The Pentagon Announced It Was Pulling Hundreds of Troops Out of DC. The Defense Secretary Just Canceled That Order.

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It took Secretary of Defense Mark Esper just two hours to countermand a decision the Pentagon had announced, that it was pulling hundreds of active-duty troops out of Washington, D.C.

“Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told The Associated Press that the reversal came after Esper attended a meeting at the White House, and after other internal Pentagon discussions,” the AP reports. “It is unclear if Esper met with President Donald Trump. McCarthy said he believes the change was based on ensuring there is enough military support in the region to respond to any protest problems if needed.”

Secretary Esper surprised many Wednesday morning when he announced at a hastily-called press conference he disagrees with invoking The Insurrection Act to deploy U.S. troops to cities across the nation to, as President Donald Trump has said, “quell” protestors. President Trump fully supports invoking the law, and has already heavily militarized D.C.

In more than 140 cities Americans have been protesting the police killing of an unarmed, handcuffed Black man, George Floyd, now for nine days and nights.

President Donald Trump has demanded mayors and governors “dominate” the protestors, and has posted threatening tweets advocating his position against the protestors.

About one hour ago several large military vehicles were deployed to the area in front of St. John’s Church, where President Trump held his Bible photo-op on Monday.

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