We’ve covered under-the-radar conservative Steve Malzberg several times, frankly because his willingness/desire to use the most churlish anti-gay talking points possible makes him one of the most strident anti-LGBT voices on mainstream talk radio. So now, here’s another one for the files, with Steve and guest Jeff Kuhner (of the Unification Church-funded conservative spinsheet The Washington Times) proudly acting like particularly dramatic children who have had their G.I. Joes taken away:
The Conservative Political Action Conference has veered too liberal in
inviting the gay Republican group GOProud, according to Concerned
Women for America and the Family Research Council, both which will not
participate in February. Advocate.com: Daily News
David Brock and Richard Socarides of Equality Matters appeared on Hardball last night to discuss opposition to lgbt equality.
Said Brock: "I was in the right wing then and I knew what they were doing then and I know what they're doing now. It's a phony wedge, culture war issue for the right wing. For their base. They exploit gay people and they exploit the fear of gay people to gin up their base. That's what they do…It's a totally cynical thing. I know, I was in the right wing, so that's what's going on here."
Brock, a former Republican, also said it was "self-loathing" that contributed to his political views at the time.
A conservative British MP whose sexuality has long been an open secret
is stepping out of the closet by attending the launch of a support group
for gay politicians, according to his agent. Advocate.com: Daily News
FRC Action PAC Pledges to Support Conservative Primary Challengers to Any U.S. Senator Voting to Overturn ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ During Lame-Duck Session
December 17, 2010
WASHINGTON, D.C. – FRC Action PAC, the political action committee connected with FRC Action, the lobbying arm of the Family Research Council, announced today that it will endorse and fund conservative primary challengers to any U.S. Senator who votes to overturn “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” during the lame-duck session.
FRC Action PAC President Connie Mackey made the following comments:
“We are pledging today to endorse, and help fund, conservative primary challengers to any U.S. Senator who votes during the lame-duck session to overturn ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ FRC Action PAC will work to remove any U.S. Senator who would place liberal special interests ahead of the priorities of the American people.
“The U.S. Senate has twice rejected the overturn of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ Despite this, Majority Leader Harry Reid continues with his obsession while failing to address the essential responsibilities of the federal government. As three of the four service chiefs have made clear, the men and women of the Armed Forces who are engaged in fighting two wars should not be distracted by Congress using them to advance a liberal social agenda. Using the Senate’s time in the lame-duck session to pay back his liberal political base is simply absurd and demonstrates once again Senator Reid’s misplaced priorities. Members of the Senate should refuse to become accomplices in helping Harry Reid advance his agenda over the American people’s agenda,” concluded Mackey. [Press Release Source]
Page 1 of the Family Research Council’s “Slippery Slope To Same-Sex Marriage” document,
which compares same-sex marriage to bestiality in both graphic and text:
So do your homework, Fox News. It’s not “conservative group™” that earned ire: IT’S GROUPS THAT DO DOCUMENTED CRAP LIKE THIS (and so much more — see our 6 year archive)!
The Family Research Council has long been dishing it like a sneaky lunch lady dishes rancid mashed potatoes: With spite, malice, and plenty of deceptive cover from an inorganic gravy train. If some of us want to see them eat it, it’s not because we are partisan or agenda-driven. It’s because we’re sick of these rotten, empty calories being passed off as party of a healthy debate.
Candi Cushman is Focus on the Family’s resident “expert” on school bullying, regularly landing punditry gigs in mainstream papers like The Denver Post and on networks like MSNBC or CNN. In the media, she is a common counterpoint to the pro-equality side’s reasoned points — the “from the right” voice meant to “balance out” the other (i.e. inclusive) view.
So when we see the rhetoric that Candi pushes on Focus on the Family’s own web properties….
…we who hope to actually curb bullying through accurate information, credible science, an embrace of the the world’s true normalcy, and a network of needed support tend to look on with interest. And when we see stuff like this, we get a truly sick feeling our stomachs:
Without God, and without following His intentions for us, all the good of sexuality is distorted. The good news, in the midst of our sexual brokenness, is that God still loves us deeply. He longs to reconnect with each of us and to begin healing, restoring and transforming us. He invites each of us to respond to His love.
All throughout Scripture, we see that God has a special place in His heart for people who are messed up sexually. Jesus’ ancestors included prostitutes and adulterers, and He brought forgiveness and restoration to many people who were caught in sexual brokenness. In the same way, Jesus is standing with His arms open to each of us. We’ve all had our identity, relationships, sexuality and desires impacted by sin. He invites us to experience new life, forgiveness, true relational intimacy with Him and healthy relationships with others.
As Christians, children of God and followers of Jesus, we have a unique opportunity to offer this good news to our classmates and those around us. In a disordered and hurting world we can offer hope, healing and renewal.
The “unique opportunity to offer this good news to our classmates”: That is exactly what Candi wants in public schools. She wants to tell parents that gay people are “messed up sexually.” She wants to use “ex-gays” like Jeff Johnston to paint homosexuality as just another bullet point on a list of “sexual brokenness.” And most egregiously: Candi wants this wholly unscientific belief taught in *public* schools as just another equal viewpoint, with the accurate sexuality information that the pro-fairness touts routinely painted as some sort of “special rights agenda.” On shows like “AC:360,” she’ll never come right out and say she wants to “change” gays. Instead she voices more neutral-sounding support. And she talks in dog whistles meant to direct her supporters towards more revelatory pieces like the one above.
Candi and her Focus on the Family colleagues have every right to hold these condemnatory viewpoints, which they can then administer to their own families, their own churches, their own private schools, and their own evangelical news outlets like “The 700 Club” or TBN. But we are talking about public schools here. As in the whole public. A public where certain sects are demonstrably wounded by discrimination and harassment. In that world, religious freedom means the freedom for a kid to go to a tax-supported place of learning and not be told that their gay family member is in need of theological “hope, healing and renewal.” And a word where public education certainly means sexuality teaching that limits itself to the spectrum of sexuality that the ENTIRE. CREDIBLE. SCIENTIFIC. COMMUNITY. accepts, and that does not lend credence to some flux “ex-gay” state simply because its practitioners have confused peer-reviewed research with peer-echoed persistence.
Back when Iowa's Governor-elect Terry Branstad was campaigning, he told the Cedar Rapids Gazette that he supported civil unions for gays — a remark that came only after he denounced same-sex marriage as what caused the ruin of "ancient societies," and argued only children raised by a father and a mother truly do well in life. And so, while saying he was fine "with people that want to live together and raise a child and things like that," he declared he did not want the state to hold a constitutional convention to overturn the State Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling. Too bad: Conservatives are going to push him to do it.