Mixed bag open thread: pedophiles, pathetic GOPers, a busted ex-gay therapist, and more

Here’s a look at what I’ve been Tweeting and Facebooking today.

* After Promising To ‘Repeal And Replace’ Obama’s Health Law, Republicans Have No Replacement. Gee, is anyone surprised? Think Progress:

When Fox News contributor Juan Williams challenged [The Weekly Standard’s Bill] Kristol to explain “what are you going to replace it with?”, Kristol told Williams not to worry, because there would be hearings in a few months and Republicans would probably come up with something by then.

* Karen Ocamb @ LGBTPOV: Does Sen. John McCain Owe Gay Servicemembers an Apology?

* Joe My God – This Week In Holy Crimes. So many pious pedophiles – from all around the country – it gives you agita. Just one example –

Florida: Pastor Gordon Libby charged with kidnapping a 14 year-old from a Walmart and then masturbating in the victim’s presence. Libby is the founder of the clergy recruitment firm Pastors4U.

* Is the Black Church Dead? Debate Flares Among African-American Christians. This is about the “prosperity gospel” ministers of black megachurches:

They’re pastors, but they’re really in the Halloween costume of a Fortune 500 CEO. And in the process they’re trick-or-treating the people,” Jonathan L. Walton, an assistant professor of African-American religion at Harvard Divinity School, told an appreciative audience three days earlier at Ebenezer Baptist Church in downtown Atlanta.

* David Badash: Best Palin “Surveyors Marks, Not Crosshairs” Debunking Ever.

* QNotes: S.C. GOP strategist: Gays want ‘special protected class’. Consultant Wesley Donehue:

There are many Republicans in the General Assembly who will flat out try to kill any bill providing more gay rights. They aren’t the problem for the S.C Alliance (sic). Their problem will be the many forward-thinking Republicans who are sympathetic to their cause, but won’t go for putting more laws on the books and creating a special protected class.

Matt Comer of QNotes:

Unfortunately, Donehue is right on one point: Many South Carolina Republicans (and even some Democrats, mind you) will fight tooth-and-nail to stop pro-equality legislation. What’s sadder is that some legislators, like state Rep. Greg Delleney (R-Chester), will also fight to specifically exclude LGBT people from what should be relatively non-controversial health and education legislation.”

* MetroWeekly: A Kinder, Gentler DOMA? News Analysis: DOJ’s continued defense of DOMA may have taken on a softer tone, but it can’t erase the sharp underpinnings of the discriminatory 1996 law.

* Towleroad: Tea Party Holds Anti-Same-Sex Marriage Rally In Iowa.

The marriage debate in Iowa continues to heat up. About 35 people gathered in Council Bluffs, Iowa yesterday as part of a Tea Party sponsored rally in support of a ban on same-sex marriage in that state. Headlining the event was wingnut freshman Republican State Representative Kim Pearson who, along with Republicans Tom Shaw of Laurens and Glen Massie, has helped draft legislation to impeach the remaining four justices on the Iowa Supreme Court.

And this money quote from Pearson:

“The definition of marriage is between one man and one woman. God is our ultimate lawgiver.”

* And how about this great news from across the pond: Christian therapist who claims she can help gay men go straight faces faces being stripped of her psych accreditation.

Lesley Pilkington, 60, will appear before a professional conduct panel and faces losing her accreditation with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

…Mrs Pilkington, a devout Christian who says she ‘understands the issues’ because her son is gay, has treated around ten patients using the controversial Sexual Orientation Change Efforts programme over the past decade.

In tapes of her sessions with Mr Strudwick he asks her if she views homosexuality as ‘a mental illness, an addiction or an anti-religious phenomenon’.

She replies: ‘It is all of that.’

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Video: If God Inc. made an ‘ex-gay’ infomercial, it’d look exactly like this:

Does God Love Gay People? from TrueLife.org on Vimeo.

All this smug, junk science-laden possession of the world’s concrete answers can be yours for just three low payments of: (1) A sex life that matches your desires, (2) companionship that jibes with your instincts, and (3) personal worth free from myopic limitations on what supposedly constitutes homo sapien morality. Call now — operators are standing by.

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Truth Wins Out Announces Philadephia Protest Of “Ex-Gay” Group NARTH

Truth Wins Out, our heroes in the battle against the cruelties of the “ex-gay” industry, have launched the Lift My Luggage! website to promote their November 6th protest at the annual convention of NARTH in Philadelphia.

The National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) is having its annual convention in Philadelphia (Nov. 5-7). The notorious “ex-gay” group is hoping that Americans have amnesia and don’t remember that its most “prominent” board member, George Rekers, was forced to resign in May. Rekers stepped down after he was caught vacationing with a male escort he met on RentBoy.com. When asked why he had hired the young man, Rekers said it was to, “lift his luggage.” As the infamous quacks at NARTH gather for their annual convention, let’s Remind America that NARTH is a pseudo-scientific organization that is more about Rent Boys than research.

PROTEST SPONSORS: Equality Forum, William Way LGBT Community Center, MCC Philadelphia, Pam Spaulding (Pam’s House Blend), Joe Jervis (Joe.My.God) and Jeremy Hooper (Good As You).

As noted above, JMG is a co-sponsor and I’m already on the hunt for a fabulous pink suitcase to wheel up to the doors of the NARTH convention. Visit the Lift My Luggage! site for directions to the event. I hope to see lots of you in Philly on November 6th! Drinkies at Woody’s after?

Joe. My. God.

—  John Wright

Media O’Ds on (R-DE) — but why the relatively huge ‘ex-gay’ pass?

Christine O’Donnell chatter is everywhere. Bill Maher is rolling out new clips every week, with a younger incarnation of the U.S. Senate nominee talking about witchcraft (she played around) or evolution (Darwin didn’t even play a round). Elsewhere on the cable dial, folks like Rachel Maddow have gotten much mileage out of that old MTV clip with a twentysomething (R-DE) showing no love for self love. Other mainstream media pundits have made hay out of O’Donnell’s implications regarding the Vince Foster murder, her views on stem cell research, her belief that pornography equates adultery, and a whole host of the conservative Castle-wrecker’s views on other social issues. All are fair game. All have been picked apart.

But over the weekend, while stuck on a long-ish flight, yours truly took the opportunity to catch up on some of the dead tree media that’d been stacking up in my office to the point where A&E might consider the desk for a “Hoarders” episode. And while making my way through all of those weeklies and dailies and monthlies, I was first struck by just how much ink has been spilled on O’Donnell in the past few weeks. To say that the media has nationalized this one local election in a very small state would be like saying Lindsey Lohan has strayed just a tad from her squeaky clean Parent Trap image. In truth, O’D fears abound in both situations.

Though beyond just the sheer amount of coverage, the thing that struck me most in terms of this site’s LGBT interests: How shockingly little play the GOP nominee’s past “ex-gay” work has received in the mainstream media. It’s gotten Screen Shot 2010-09-27 At 7.52.17 Amsome mention, sure. But in commentary after commentary, I came across writers hitting the same exact touchstones. There was the onanism. There were the spellbinding witch comments. And the pornography mentions were hardcore. But the “ex-gay” views, so prominently fleshed out in the online media streams in which I more typically swim, don’t seem to rank even a quarter as highly in a large portion of the commentariat’s minds as do those sexual matters that seem more sweeping. This comparative shut out echoed a taped piece I had seen on NBC’s “Today” a few days after the Delaware primary, where the sole focus was on O’Donnell controversy, but where “gays can change” never ranked. The most logical presumption is that some in the mainstream channels of communication see the “ex-gay” stuff as a more limited, niche concern: A spark plug with gay readers, but less palatable for the ‘ros.

Screen Shot 2010-09-27 At 8.37.00 AmBut here’s the thing: Support for the “ex-gay” movement goes well beyond sexual orientation. To advocate for the modern “ex-gay” movement, the advocating voice must overlook the lock-solid opinion of all credible science and instead get in bed with far-right-created groups and personalities (links on O’Donnell’s SALT ministries sent readers to groups like NARTH and personalities like Paul Cameron) who hope to change the script to meet their convenience rather than to write the script from the world that is conveniently at hand. To get behind the “ex-gay” movement at the level that Christine did — which has been so wonderfully fleshed out on Maddow, online on sites like this one, in press releases from Wayne Besen’s Truth Wins Out, and in long form on sites like The Daily Beast — one has to aggressively push a uniquely dangerous form of deception and rejection. Standards that should be of interest, concern, or at least note to *anyone* looking into O’Donnell’s record.

One thing I’ve always tried to do here on G-A-Y is to break LGBT matters out of the confinements that have limited the conversation, and instead show how this fight is really a HUMAN RIGHTS situation. Christine O’Donnell’s candidacy provides a unique opportunity to do just that. The national spotlight couldn’t be brighter. Her past commitment to “false sexual identities” could not be more evident. Doesn’t this attempt to “change” both humans and scientific realities matter at least as much as whether or not the candidate has ever cast a spell? Because it certainly matters more to this writer. It likely matters more to Ellen Degeneres:



And it hopefully matters more to the Delaware public.

Good As You

—  John Wright

Rachel talks Christine O’Donnell’s ex-gay history with Wayne Besen

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Christine O’Donnell’s Formerly “Ex-Gay” Employee Speaks Out

(Via JMG reader Dennis)

Joe. My. God.

—  John Wright

Maddow Tears Into “Ex-Gay” Proponent And Senate Candidate Christine O’Donnell

Joe. My. God.

—  John Wright