Man Attacks Priest He Claims Molested Him 35 Years Ago

43-year-old William Lynch was arrested by police in Santa Clara, California on Friday for the May 10, 2010 attack on Jesuit Priest Jerold Lindner.

The AP reports on the attack and the decades-long anger that apparently led up to it:

Lynch During a confrontation at the Jesuits’ Sacred Heart retirement home in Los Gatos, Calif., Mr. Lynch repeatedly punched Father Lindner in the face and body after the priest said he did not recognize him, said Sgt. Rick Sung, a spokesman for the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department. Mr. Lynch and his younger brother settled with the Jesuits of the California Province, a Roman Catholic religious order, for 5,000 in 1998 after accusing Father Lindner of abusing them in 1975 during weekend camping trips in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Mr. Harris said the boys, who were 7 and 5 at the time, were raped and forced to have oral sex with each other while Father Lindner watched. Father Lindner, 65, has been accused of abuse by nearly a dozen people, including his sister and nieces and nephews.

Investigators connected Mr. Lynch to the attack using phone records, Sergeant Sung said. A half-hour before the episode, a caller identifying himself as Eric called the home and said someone would arrive shortly to inform Father Lindner of a family member’s death. Father Lindner was able to drive himself to the hospital after the attack. He did not return a call left on his answering machine. He has previously denied abusing the Lynch boys and has not been criminally charged. The abuse falls outside the statute of limitations.

The attack was foreshadowed in an interview Lynch conducted with the LA Times in 2002 in which he told the newspaper: “Many times I thought of driving down to L.A. and confronting Father Jerry. I wanted to exorcise all of the rage and anger and bitterness he put into me. You can’t put into words what this guy did to me. He stole my innocence and destroyed my life.”


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HRC claims Obama has done more for gays than any president in history

I’m not sure that’s true at all. Yes, Bill Clinton signed DOMA and DADT. But his outreach to gays and lesbians was historic. Bob Hattoy, openly HIV+ and gay, speaking at the Democratic Convention during prime time. Roberta Achtenberg as HUD assistant secretary. The first openly gay ambassador. An openly gay man as a senior adviser to the President. And scores of openly gay people across the entire administration.

That was historic.

What President Obama has done the past 19 months, the word “historic” doesn’t come to mind. Status quo is more like it. Obama did what any other Democratic president would have done.

Can you really say that Obama did more for gay rights than Hillary would have done? No. And I sure as hell voted for him because I thought at the time that he would.

Can you really say that Obama was more audaciously in favor of gay rights, for his times, than Bill Clinton was for his times? I don’t think so.

So when the Human Rights Campaign goes on TV and parrots another administration talking point, that “this administration and this President have done more for LGBT people than certainly any president in history,” I really have to challenge that.

The issue isn’t whether Barack Obama appointed more openly gay people today than Bill Clinton did twenty years ago – he sure as hell should have, and would have, as would any Democratic president. The issue is whether Barack Obama has been our fierce advocate, as promised.

And he has not.

Yeah, Barack Obama is better than an anti-gay bigot Republican (though neither would seem terribly committed to truly repealing DADT and DOMA, nor passing ENDA – if Obama were truly committed, he’d have made even a single phone call for the DADT filibuster a few weeks ago, and he didn’t – though he did find time to phone the WNBA champs).

Being better than a raging homophobe is faint praise for a man who promised to be so much more. Barack Obama was handed the greatest chance to effect real change in a generation. And he blew it. Don’t expect me to express my gratitude to a guy who was handed a Rolls Royce and gave me a Hundai in return.

PS And let’s stop with the “better than any president before him” line. Are we really to express our gratitude that Obama is better on gay issues than George Washington?




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Valerie ‘Lifestyle Choice’ Jarrett falsely claims DOJ required to defend all laws; says critics don’t ‘actually understand’ process

Senior  Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett also appears to take a swipe at those of you aren’t happy with the President’s less-than-fierce advocacy on this issue. Apparently, you just don’t understand the way things work.  (Oh trust me, I think we’re beginning to.)  From Igor Volsky in The Wonk Room.

JARRETT: Until Congress repeals it, the Justice Department is doing what it is required to do, and that is to defend the laws of the land. But I want to be very clear, the President thinks that it is time for the policy to end and that is what he intends to ask Congress to do.

You know what, c. Believe me, we wish that it were another way because the President has been so clear. And I think there are many members of the gay community who actually understand this, and who are working with us to try to put pressure on Congress to repeal it. It’s clear that vast majority of American people think that it should not be the law. And we are determined to have Congress revoke it. But we have to go through that orderly process.

I think it’s time someone got Valerie Jarrett a new set of misinformation talking points, because the current ones have already been debunked, embarrassingly so.

No, Valerie, DOJ is not required to defend, or appeal, or enforce every law.  That’s a lie.  Newsweek did the best summation of the options the President has here, but to quote from their story, “Most experts in constitutional and military law say [President Obama] has other options” than simply appealing, defending and enforcing the law.

Don’t believe me?  How about Ted Olsen, George W. Bush’s solicitor general:

As Ted Olson — former Solicitor General under President George W. Bush — explains, “it happens every once in awhile at the federal level when the solicitor general, on behalf of the U.S., will confess error or decline to defend a law.”

“I don’t know what is going through the [Obama] administration’s thought process on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’” Olson said. “It would be appropriate for them to say ‘the law has been deemed unconstitutional, we are not going to seek further review of that.’”

Guess you’re wrong, Valerie.

Not to mention, if Valerie Jarrett is so sure that “the Justice Department is required to defend the law of the land,” then why has the Obama administration refused to enforce lots of other laws since they came into office?  We’ve enumerated them before.  Let me share with you a bit of that post:

A) Last October the Obama administration outright ignored federal law regarding marijuana because it was at odd’s with the administration’s policy preferences with regards to medical marijuana.

B) Then there is President Obama’s use of signing statements to simply ignore laws passed by Congress.

C) Then there’s this from the NYT just two months ago:

T]he approach will make it harder to keep track of which statutes the White House believes it can disregard….

[T]he administration will consider itself free to disregard new laws it considers unconstitutional….

Mr. Obama nevertheless challenged dozens of provisions early last year. The last time was in June, when his claim that he could disobey a new law requiring officials to push the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to adopt certain policies angered Congress….

Last year the Obama administration disregarded a statute that forbid State Department officials to attend United Nations meetings led by nations deemed state sponsors of terrorism. Congress has included that restriction in several recent bills.

D) Then there was the time that the Obama administration refused to enforce immigration laws because they didn’t comport with the administration’s policy preferences.

Need I go on?

I’d like to think that a senior White House official, who just spoke at the HRC dinner, isn’t lying to our community about the state of play with regards to DOJ and the law.  I’d like to think that she’s simply seriously ignorant of how all of this works.  But this isn’t the first time the Obama administration has tried to mislead the gay community on this issue.  They do it a lot.  And it’s always the same false talking points about how they have no other option than to defend the law.

And it’s a lie.

Finally, with all due respect to Valerie Jarrett, why is the White House using someone who thinks being gay is a “lifestyle choice” to be their top spokesperson on gay issues?  Regardless of whether it was a simple slip of the tongue for Jarrett’s to use the phrase to recently describe a now-dead gay bullying victim, her use of the anachronistic and supremely offensive language shows that she is not intimately familiar with our community and our issues.  No gay spokesperson would use that phrase, ever.  But it seems there aren’t any senior White House advisers who are openly gay (or Cabinet secretaries, or Supreme Court nominees), and the only gay spokespeople they have are unfortunately relatively low level.  So we have to rely – the President has to rely when getting advice on our issues – on someone who thinks the state of play in the gay community is offensive religious right talking points from twenty years ago.

The Obama administration has done this much damage to the gay community’s decades-long relationship with the Democrat party in only 19 months.  Imagine how bad it’s going to be at the end of four years.




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Audio: ‘It doesn’t matter what society does’ says duo that claims gays don’t matter in society

Tony Perkins is a man who tells church congregations that gays are being “held captive by the enemy,” who tells the military that the open service-supporting Commander in Chief is “willing to jeopardize our nation’s security to advance the agenda of the radical homosexual lobby,” and who daily says to the public, through his position as head of the conservative behemoth Family Research Council, that LGBT people should remain unequal, unprotected, and unworthy of a slice of America’s proverbial pie.

Peter Sprigg, FRC’s Senior Policy Fellow, has gone even further than Tony:



*SOURCE: Gays seek immigration reform [Medill Reports]



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But don’t you DARE blame either of these two men for fostering the sort of world that causes gay people to internalize negative messages. You know, because it doesn’t matter what society does:

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(Tony Perkins speaks first, Sprigg second)

*AUDIO SOURCE: Washington Watch Weekly [FRC]

Wash, wash, wash those hands of responsibility all you want, boys. Your heart, mind, and lips are all over the historical record.




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Audio: Don’t blame me for mental anguish, says he who claims gays ‘yield to sexual immorality’

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*AUDIO SOURCE: Bullying Knows No Bounds [Chuck Colson's Breakpoint]




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Government Seeding Americans With Gay-Causing MSG In Juice Boxes, Claims Rational Texas Radio Host

Texas-based radio host Alex Jones, of The Alex Jones Show, knows America's real problem isn't with more gays on television, but more gays in real life. Who's to blame? The government, of course: Jones says he's seen the documents proving the feds are engaged in a "chemical warfare operation … so that people don't have children." And how are they feeding distributing these nefarious nelly chemicals? By putting MSG in juice boxes! It makes dudes want to wear skirts and put on lipstick! Mr. Jones also happens to operate the websites Infowars.com and PrisonPlanet.com, which alternate between attacking Lady Gaga fans and pumping up gold prices. (Update: Appears this clip has been circulating for a few months.)

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Professor Claims Anti-Straight Bias

A professor at a Catholic college in Buffalo, New York claims that he was discriminated against because he is heterosexual.
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