Considering all credible polls show Americans supporting Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal by somewhere in the ballpark of 60-70%, we’re thinking the American Family Association might want to reconsider its strategy here:
The nation’s largest homosexual activist group, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), has just released its “2011 Guide to companies, products and services that support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace inclusion.”
The Home Depot is listed as a Top 20 national retailer for promoting homosexuality by placing in HRC’s “highest workplace equality score” category.
The HRC was one of the foremost advocates in pushing for repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy last month. In fact, Senator Joe Lieberman said “the repeal would not have happened without…the Human Rights Campaign.”
Did you catch that? Homosexuals can now bring their lifestyle into military service because of HRC’s efforts, and The Home Depot says it “is proud to support HRC’s efforts.”
This is a clear signal that The Home Depot supports repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and allowing “out and proud” homosexuals to serve in our nation’s military.
So you know how folks on the far-right are always talking about how military chaplains are going to be unfairly stifled once sexual orientation no longer poses a liability to any soldier? Yea, well — for an example of what kind of chaplain activity these folks are really looking to protect, listen to conservative darling Gordon Klingenschmitt tell Peter LaBarbera his tale of what went down under his own religious military service. Apparently for this former chaplain, “exorcism” of the “foul spirit of lesbian” so that said lesbian could marry Jesus was the order of the faith-filled day:
The social conservatives keep wanting to talk about the Manhattan Declaration and Apple’s decision to remove its associated, supposedly benign app from the iTunes store. For instance, check out this snippet from the National Organization For Marriage’s latest e-blast:
So okay, fine. We’ll play along. In fact: Let’s go ahead, take a moment, and remind them of a few things about their precious little document/app.
(D) Five SPLC-designated hate groups (Traditional Values Coalition, Abiding Truth Ministries, American Family Association, Family Research Council, Watchmen on the Walls) have at least one associate on one of the twosignatories lists. Now, of course the “pro-family” folks are all attacking the SPLC as being agenda-driven and therefore without credence. But not a one of them has even attempted to (much less succeeded at) refuting the documented claims that got these groups on the highly selective list (particularly odd, considering it’d be in the “outraged” non-listees’ interests to note that SPLC does make careful distinctions).
(E) The most major voice behind the Declaration, Chuck Colson, has all kinds of nasty, hurtful comments on the record that more than belie NOM’s “reasonable and civil debate” claim. Like warning about gays’ marriages leading to “Cultural Armageddon,” for instance:
Or comparing Manhattan Declaration supporters’ mission as constituting “non-cooperation with evil,” for another:
“This kind of principled non-cooperation with evil won’t be easy—there are signs of a reduced tolerance for that most basic of American values, religious freedom. As we’ve discussed many times on BreakPoint, Christian organizations are losing tax-exempt status for refusing to buy in to homosexual “marriage.” Some are going out of business rather than cave into immoral demands—such as placing children for adoption with homosexual couples. Conscientious medical personnel are being sued or being fired for obeying their consciences.
I say, enough is enough. The Church must take a stand. And with the release of the Manhattan Declaration, that’s exactly what we are doing.”
Or perhaps our favorite: The time when Chuckles admitted just how he sees the tens of thousands of soul-crushed people who took to the streets in the national, almost entirely peaceful protests against Proposition 8
“When I watched the violence on television, memories came back of earlier generations of thugs: Bull Conner, who, with the help of brutal cops, used violence and intimidation to chase African Americans out of the public square. Or roving gangs of Nazi brownshirts who ruled the streets of Germany during Hitler’s rise to power. Do opponents of Proposition 8 who attacked Mormons and their churches think they’re any better than Bull Conner, or nicer than Nazi thugs? I don’t.” [SOURCE]
(G) The Declaration repeats (as did the app) the oft-bastardized claims:
“In New Jersey, after the establishment of a quasi-marital “civil unions” scheme, a Methodist institution was stripped of its tax exempt status when it declined, as a matter of religious conscience, to permit a facility it owned and operated to be used for ceremonies blessing homosexual unions.”
The reality is that the church pavilion was receiving a SPECIAL tax benefit under the Green Acres tax-exemption. This tax break was always a bonus — a privilege bestowed upon eligible non-profits that open their private lands and/or accommodations up for public usage. Public, as in ALL of the public, not some. And since LGBT people are part of New Jersey’s public and civil unions are the law, A PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION MUST EITHER ACCOMMODATE THE PUBLIC OR STOP RECEIVING THESE KINDS OF PUBLIC HANDOUTS! A church can ABSOLUTELY keep gay couples from marrying in their own pavilion. However, they cannot receive special state, federal, and local tax breaks if they are going to pick and choose which kinds of couples are allowed to use the pavilion! In this NJ case, they still received the tax-exemption for the rest of their properties, which weren’t found to be in violation. But the pavilion in question was acting outside the rules for this particular state program.
(H) The Declaration refers to gays who are seeking civil fairness as really seeking “a right to engage in immoral sexual practices.”
(I) need not say more. Apple pulled the app not because gays are out to shut down speech — but rather because gay activists gave attention to the offenses contained within the app and larger Declaration. The merits (or lack) thereof are what did the Declaration supporters in. But of course, yet again, they take no responsibility for what they have said and done, since the victim strategy makes the seem so much more sympathetic.