Religious Right talk show host Janet Mefferd is using an attempted murder case in Jacksonville, Florida, to attack protections for the transgender community. On her Facebook page, Mefferd links to a New York Daily News article about how “a Florida man tried to kill a 9-year-old-girl in a Best Buy bathroom,” but was stopped after a customer heard the screams and informed the staff.
Although the suspect is not transgender and Jacksonville does not have a policy on sexual orientation and gender identity protections, Mefferd claims that the case is evidence that transgender-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances, or, as she calls them, “bathroom bills,” are “horrible pieces of legislation that need to be defeated.”
Last week we noted that Glenn Beck had started promoting a new conspiracy claiming that a racist, anti-gay black nationalist Department of Homeland Security employee named Ayo Kimathi was responsible for the shortage of ammunition in this country, because he was buying it all up for the government in preparation for a coming race war.
Beck insisted that Kimathi was "in charge of buying all of the bullets for the Department of Homeland Security," which, as we pointed out, was totally false.
Kimathi's actual position was as a "Small Business Specialist" within the ICE Office of Acquisition Management, meaning that it was his job to "provide advice to small business owners on individual procurement opportunities and how to do business" with the various government agencies.
As the SPLC, which first broke the story, reported, "among his duties at DHS and ICE is speaking at various vendor events. He’s one of the agency’s public faces. It is his job to advocate for small business owners 'white, black, historically disadvantaged, disabled veteran-owned, everybody.'"
Helping small businesses navigate the government procurement system is, obviously, not quite the same thing as being "in charge of buying all of the bullets for the Department of Homeland Security" ... so, of course, Beck repeated the same false claim on his radio broadcast today.
"At the Department of Homeland Security," Beck said, "he is the acquisitions officer for Immigration and Customs Enforcement who is in charge of buying all the weapons and ammunition for the government ... This is the guy who's in charge of buying it all":
It wasn't true when Beck said it last week and it was just as untrue when he repeated it today - and it will continue to be untrue every time Beck repeats it in the future, which he will most certainly will do because he simply does not care that it is false, so long as it feeds his narrative and helps him promote his agenda.
UPDATE: Robertson's CBN yanked our video off YouTube, but you can still watch it here on Daily Motion. It was also taken down by Vimeo:
UPDATE II: A third party (we wonder who!) flagged the Dailymotion video for "infringing upon [their] intellectual property rights." It is now available on Flickr.com.
UPDATE III: YouTube has restored the video in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Today on the 700 Club, Pat Robertson told co-host Terry Meeuwsen that gay men in cities like San Francisco attempt to spread HIV/AIDS to others by cutting them with a special ring when shaking hands. However, one could not hear Robertson make the remarks on the episode his Christian Broadcasting Network posted online, as the company once again appears to have edited Robertson’s comments after they aired.
While responding to a question from a woman who wondered if it was wrong for the church not to inform her that a man she was driving to worship services is “dying of AIDS,” Robertson admitted that he “used to think it was transmitted by saliva and other things, now they say it may be sexual contact.”
“What to say if you’re driving an elderly man whose got AIDS? Don’t have sex with them,” Robertson said, “unless there’s a cut or some bodily fluid transmission, I think you’re not going to catch it.”
But Robertson didn’t stop there.
“There are laws now, I think the homosexual community has put these draconian laws on the books that prohibit people from discussing this particular affliction, you can tell somebody you had a heart attack, you can tell them they’ve got high blood pressure, but you can’t tell anybody you’ve got AIDS,” he continued.
Despite Meeuwsen’s best attempts to steer the conversation away from Robertson’s anti-gay paranoia, Robertson insisted that gay people use special rings to transmit the virus.
“You know what they do in San Francisco, some in the gay community there they want to get people so if they got the stuff they’ll have a ring, you shake hands, and the ring’s got a little thing where you cut your finger,” Robertson said. “Really. It’s that kind of vicious stuff, which would be the equivalent of murder.”
At the 39:00 mark, you can see that CBN clearly edited out Robertson’s comments.
UPDATE: CBN has also removed the YouTube video of the exchange.
UPDATE II: Robertson issued a non-apology to The Atlantic, saying that he "regret[s] that my remarks had been misunderstood, but this often happens because people do not listen to the context of remarks which are being said."
Of course, unlike CBN, we provided the entire exchange:
I was asked by a viewer whether she had a right to leave her church because she had been asked to transport an elderly man who had AIDS and about whose condition she had not been informed. My advice was that the risk of contagion in those circumstances was quite low and that she should continue to attend the church and not worry about the incident.
In my own experience, our organization sponsored a meeting years ago in San Francisco where trained security officers warned me about shaking hands because, in those days, certain AIDS-infected activists were deliberately trying to infect people like me by virtue of rings which would cut fingers and transfer blood.
I regret that my remarks had been misunderstood, but this often happens because people do not listen to the context of remarks which are being said. In no wise [sic] were my remarks meant as an indictment of the homosexual community or, for that fact, to those infected with this dreadful disease.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) filled in for Tony Perkins on the Family Research Council's Washington Watch radio program yesterday where he interviewed ultraconservative activist Alan Keyes. He reminisced about voting for Keyes for president and different gatherings they both addressed, a conversation which naturally progressed into a discussion of how elitist forces threaten to cull the world’s population and turn everyone into slaves.
The former presidential candidate said efforts to prevent “global warming, which has been proven to be wrong,” are part of a plan to “cut back the population of the world.” Keyes also made a reference to Bill Gates, who has been attacked by conspiracy theorists for explaining that vaccinations and increased healthcare access slow down population growth.
Keyes told Gohmert that elites are bent on “culling the population” and “actually believe that we’re a blight on the face of the planet, we human beings, and we should therefore be put on a path toward our own semi-extinction. I often try to get people to see that if you think about it, if we actually get back to the levels they’re talking about, it would just be these elitists and the people needed to service them. That’s all that will be left in the world.”
“That’s right, that’s a scary thought,” Gohmert replied.
Gohmert cited a Wall Street Journal article, “America’s Baby Bust,” to claim that abortion is harming America’s future: “It’s not the fertility rate -- women, I think, I haven’t seen any evidence that they are less fertile -- it’s that we are producing less live children.” He maintained that the abortion rate among African Americans “borders on abomination, it’s just horrendous.”
Keyes blamed America’s economic problems on the breakdown of the family, which he of course tied to gay marriage.
“We’re saying that the institution of marriage is no longer to be understood of the context of [parental] responsibilities, that’s what this whole homosexual marriage debate is about,” Keyes said. “We’re going down a road where everything is all about hedonism, pleasure, self-satisfaction and self-contentment; meanwhile we’re suffering devastating economic effects.”
Bryan Fischer began his radio program yesterday with a discussion of Psalm 111; in particular, the verse that states that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding."
"That is the basic divide in our culture," Fischer claimed, asserting that liberals cannot be wise or have any understanding because they do not fear the Lord.
"We talk everyday for two hours about how clueless people on the left are. Why is that? Because they do not have the fear of the Lord. You cannot be clued in, you can't be discerning, you can't be perceptive, you can't be wise unless you begin with a holy reverence for God":
Larry Klayman thinks that the Obama presidency is no different, if not worse, than the Nazi occupation of countries like France, and that anti-Obama activists may need to form “a government in exile.”
The Judicial Watch founder, who has fantasized about a coup to oust Obama, writes in his column yesterday that Obama’s opponents may need to take a page from Charles de Gaulle during World War II and establish an alternative government since “our nation in 2013 has indeed been seized by modern-day Nazis, whose methods of enslaving us are far less transparent and potentially equally effective as those of Adolf Hitler.”
Surely the Obama administration and the NSA have to be held legally accountable and so too do those Republicans and other Democrats who have gone along with this outrage. A thorough investigation needs to be undertaken into this gross abuse of the rights of privacy of We the People.
And, that is the reason that Freedom Watch has filed class-action lawsuits against Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and the cell phone and Internet providers who, like Nazi Germany's industrialists, collaborated in this fascist scheme to obviously coerce and blackmail their perceived adversaries into submission.
The nation is now in the hands of despots of all political stripes and, as I have said many times before in these columns, our current state of affairs, while regrettably not yet apparent to the majority of citizens, is much worse than it was in the years leading up to the first American revolution. King George III did not have the technological capability to spy on all who inhabited the colonies. Today, we live in a world where our Founding Fathers would have had their communications intercepted and then been rounded up and imprisoned and executed, before they even had a chance to debate and sign the Declaration of Independence at Constitution Hall in Philadelphia. Couple this with the Obama administration's access to drones, its stockpiling of guns and ammunition and its obvious plans to one day confiscate our guns and thus our means of self defense, and you have a totalitarian state on the present or near horizon.
Yes, the time has come for the American people to rise up and legally rid the nation of Obama and his Democrat and Republican collaborators. As a prelude to this, perhaps we need a government in exile, much like Charles de Gaulle implemented when the Nazis seized control of his country during World War II. Like Vichy France, our nation in 2013 has indeed been seized by modern-day Nazis, whose methods of enslaving us are far less transparent and potentially equally effective as those of Adolf Hitler.
Finally, Kelly Boggs warns that "the push to have homosexuality accepted as natural, normal and healthy in the United States knows no compromise. The movement to have homosexuality celebrated in America will not stop, nor will it be satisfied, until all voices that would even whisper it is sinful are squelched."
While Bob Woodson of the Center for Neighborhood Enterprises, a speaker at today’s event, lamented that low-income African Americans are being ignored in today’s politics, he blamed their plight on gay people, immigrants, women and environmentalists. Perhaps he has forgotten that many African Americans are gay, immigrants and environmentalists, and at least a half are women!
After quoting columnist Courtland Milloy, who has written that the poor are facing a “nightmare,” Woodson lamented that “everybody has come in front of them on the bus. Gays, immigrants, women, environmentalists, we never hear any talk about the conditions confronting poor blacks and poor people in general.”
He then recounted a story about how one black man was happy that the Ku Klux Klan would be demonstrating in a poor neighborhood because they could “get rid of these drug dealers.”
Doyle, of Richard Cohen’s International Healing Foundation and a new ex-gay group Voice of the Voiceless, accused Chambers of “throwing some ex-gay leaders under the bus” and acting in an “inappropriate” manner.
He even wrote a passive aggressive letter that he wants Exodus to “offer to the ex-gay community” as an apology for its “ignorance,” “narcissism,” and refusal to accept “cutting-edge therapeutic techniques that were developed to help individuals heal the wounds that lead to [same-sex attraction].”
“Please forgive Alan Chambers for leaking confidential e-mails of our former colleagues to a homosexual activist website who used it against them. That was really bad!”
Following the bizarre letter, Doyle predicted that Exodus “will continue to walk in blindness” and “lead others into similar confusion.”
In preparation for their closure in late July, the leadership of Exodus embarked on a global apology tour. First, with their President Alan Chambers’ appearance on “Our America” with Lisa Ling to say he’s sorry to several participants who felt they were harmed by the work of Exodus. Next, with several visits to churches and Christian universities across the United States. And most recently, before officially closing their doors, their Vice President offered yet another apology to gays, while at the same time, throwing some ex-gay leaders under the bus.
While I believe the apologies are sincere are well-meaning, some of these statements, specifically their condemnation of the work of ex-gay leaders, both within and outside the Exodus International umbrella, are inappropriate and ill-advised. In short, while attempting to right some wrongs for members of the gay community they hurt, the Exodus leadership is “throwing the baby out with the bathwater” when it comes to ex-gays.
It’s really troubling to see these daggers thrown at the ex-gay community without a proper response. So rather than simply point out the errors in the Exodus leadership, I am going to propose an apology that the now extinct Exodus International Board of Directors should offer to the ex-gay community.
Dear Ex-Gay Community,
We are sorry that the leadership of Exodus International didn’t seek out professional psychotherapy to understand the roots of our homosexual feelings. Instead, we merely repressed our urges and hoped that God would take them away if we prayed hard enough.
We also deeply regret that we didn’t pursue advanced degrees in counseling or psychology so we could truly help others who were struggling with unwanted SSA resolve their issues and experience real change.
Now that we look back at our leadership, relying on clichés, slogans, and simplistic answers to complex sexual orientation issues was not the way to go. Rather than embrace cutting-edge therapeutic techniques that were developed to help individuals heal the wounds that lead to SSA, we are deeply saddened that we attacked our allies in the psychological community, most of who are also people of faith. Out of fear and ignorance, we failed to embrace solutions that could bring about real and lasting change.
We would like to ask for forgiveness for making statements, pronouncement, and judgments on behalf of dozens of Exodus member-ministries across the USA, instead of seeking their feedback and making decisions based on a consensus. In essence, our Board of Directors behaved as an oligarchy instead of a democracy. When the members we ruled over didn’t like our direction, instead of humbly listening to them, we promptly dismissed them, arrogantly condemned them, and swiftly exiled them.
Finally, we are sorry that once we realized we were unable to effectively lead, we did not appoint more qualified individuals to take over Exodus International. Instead, our narcissism allowed us to mistakenly believe that if we couldn’t help individuals who experience SSA pursue heterosexuality, than no one could or should.
How foolish of us to believe that our member ministries would stand aside and allow us to destroy their work and reputations. We are sorry that our bad leadership has fragmented the ex-gay community and caused over half of our member ministries to leave and form the Restored Hope Network. We also regret that this has created a great financial difficulty for our organization and caused many of us unemployment.
Exodus International Board of Directors
PS: Please forgive Alan Chambers for leaking confidential e-mails of our former colleagues to a homosexual activist website who used it against them. That was really bad!
In summary, because the ex-gay community will never receive this apology from the leadership of Exodus International, I will summarize as to what you can expect from them moving forward.
They will continue to struggle with their own homosexual feelings. They will continue to walk in blindness over the causes and meaning of their SSA, and therefore, lead others into similar confusion. Lastly, they will continue to (try to) be buddies with homosexual activists while rejecting the truth that ex-gay ministries offer. How very sad that the largest and most influential ex-gay ministry has resorted to a popularity club for their narcissistic leaders.