Red Party Foundation Kickoff Party at BJ’s

The Red Party Foundation Kick-Off Party at BJ’s NXS on April 21 raised an estimated $4,000, according to J.T. Williams, co-founder of the organization. The money will go straight to the Red Party Foundation, which was formed earlier this year as a 501(c)(3) by Williams and Jared Pearce. Last week’s fundraiser was the first of several leading up to the annual Red Party in September benefiting the Legacy Counseling Center and Founders Cottage. “I was pleasantly surprised at how well the underwear auction went,” Williams said. “James Deets and John Rieger were the big bidders, both bidding $200-plus for a pair of Candid Underwear that was worn at the time by BJ’s bartenders and dancers.” The Red Party Foundation’s website, at www.RedPartyDallas.com, is under construction by Clint Thomson of Celeratec, who is donating his services.

Photos by Chuck Dube/MarceloMedia

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Chick-Fil-A’s WinShape Foundation: Now partnering with NOM’s Ruth Institute

Okay so this is going to take a little explanation. But stick with it. It’s a good find, especially in light of the recent Chick-Fil-A/Pennsylvania Family Institute sponsorship controversy and Chick-Fil-A’s corporate silence on the matter.

So alright, let’s begin with some background on the two players we’ll be discussing:

  • Screen Shot 2011-01-06 At 2.46.27 PmThe Winshape Foundation is the charitable of Chick-Fil-A and its founder Truett Cathy. The foundation has several Christian focuses, all focused on strengthening certain values. Fair enough. In a perfect world we would all be able to come together and jointly work for some of their very valid goals.

Okay, so Ruth has been pushing something called The Reel Love Video Challenge. We showed you a promo for the contest back in December. Basically, the idea is for young people to make :30 second videos telling what lifelong love means to them. And again, just like with the Winshape Foundation’s work, the whole contest would be totally benign and even positive, if not for Ruth/NOM’s agenda towards LGBT people.

Right, so today we were mindlessly knocking around the Reel Love video site, primarily as a distraction. However, through our bored surfing we happened to catch note of a few new references to something unfamiliar to our “culture war” eyes. Something called LoveIsHere.com:

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[SOURCE: Ruth Institute's Reel Love Video Challenge]

Never before hearing of such a site, we grew curious. So the next thing we did was take a look at the coding of the Ruth Institute’s “Reel Love” site 9as one commonly does, right?). This is what we found:

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[SOURCE: Ruth Institute's Reel Love Video Challenge]

For the non-HTML geeky: Basically the highlighted coding shows that the frame on the site into which the videos are posted is actually not hosted on Ruth’s “Reel Love” site, but rather is coming from a separate, unannounced ‘Love Is Here” site. So growing even more curious, we headed over to LoveIsHere.com, where the only content at this point is this:

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[SOURCE: LoveIsHere.com]

Okay, so this landing page is written in the same theme and style as the “Reel Love” contest. So it would seem that this is a planned effort that Ruth will use to turn this contest into further movement for their cause. Right. Whatever. Not out of line for them to do so, as far as the effort itself goes.

But — but, but but: It’s when one looks down a little further on this launch page that it gets interesting:

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[SOURCE: LoveIsHere.com]

See what it says down there? Yup, that’s right: This planned site with undeniable ties to Ruth (and therefore NOM) is a project of Chick-Fil-A’s WinShape Foundation. The same Chick-Fil-A that already has some unanswered questions regarding a (now-scrubbed) sponsorship claimed by Pennsylvania’s leading anti-marriage equality group.

Now, who knows how LGBT-focused this yet-to-launch site will be. The content plan that we dug up doesn’t seem explicitly LGBT-focused:

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But still: The Ruth Institute is *BEYOND* focused on gays and the civil discrimination thereof. Morse even tours around on NOM-sanctioned buses for that “godly” cause:



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When we see major American companies getting in bed with that which threatens our own bedrooms, we can’t help but take note. Here’s hoping Chick-Fil-A/WinShape (to whom we’ve registered contact) will this time offer a response.

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*UPDATE: In a very odd turn of events, the site seems to have somewhat launched in the literally minutes since our post went up. Now when one loads the site, the 1/11/11 landing page is (usually) gone and there is some aggregated content from other sources. We say “usually,” because sometimes we still get the landing page.

*UPDATE2: Here’s the direct LIH page where the Ruth contest is hosted: http://loveishere.com/partners/videos/2/drjweighsin.html. Also, Ruth’s E.D. created a pdf document wherein she encourage bloggers to embed the contest, complete with LIH URL, onto their own sites. The connections could not be more obvious.

**UPDATE3: It seems the plan is to launch this LIH effort on Saturday January 8th, with a featured 60 second spot airing during the TV movie CHANGE OF PLANS (on FOX, 8pm EST). This per an email posted on Bill Coffin’s site. The same Bill Coffin who, on 12/1/10, Tweeted the following:

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Joe Farah’s well-worn recipe for railing about conservatives ‘destroying society’s foundation’

 

The list of conservatives surrendering has been noticed by the homosexual activists, as the homosexual blogger notes: “Ted Olson, Margaret Hoover, Meghan McCain, Glenn Beck, Laura Bush, Steve Schmidt, Cindy McCain, Charlie Baker, Elisabeth Hasselbeck … it’s like each day a new high-profile conservative jumps on the marriage equality bandwagon.”

I, for one, don’t plan on giving up. Someone needs to hold the celebrities accountable. Someone needs to offer correction. If we lose the battle over marriage, I’m not sure there’s much left to preserve. Marriage is literally the building block of our civilization. Destroy it and you destroy the foundation.

The enemy knows this.

– From his column, “Conservative surrender on same-sex marriage?”

Don’t you just love being “the enemy”? I’d love it more if we actually had more equality wins under our belt. But I digress…

WorldNetDaily’s Joseph Farah stepped away from his spittle-covered keyboard for a few days, but he’s back at it, continuing to repeat his despair over GOProud’s upcoming Homocon and the conservatives he says are contributing to the “destruction of society’s foundation” for supporting marriage equality.

I really don’t understand what is going on in Farah’s head; how many ways can he write the same tired diatribe — it’s a well-worn recipe:

1. Mention the traitors. Today he lists “Ted Olson, Margaret Hoover, Meghan McCain, Glenn Beck, Laura Bush, Steve Schmidt, Cindy McCain, Charlie Baker, Elisabeth Hasselbeck.” I know he’s getting that massive moustache wet with spit typing those names in.

2. Dump on Ann Coulter. Traitor #1 on his list. She has earned a special place in Farah’s hell for agreeing to headline Homocon; he publicly dumped her as a personal friend and rejected her for his fundie conference. She has to be mentioned in each column and e-blast. On Twitter he wails: “By the way, how come Ann Coulter is getting all the publicity and I’m the publicity whore?” Joe, you’re getting plenty of publicity, it’s just all bad.

3. Mention and trash “homosexual infiltrators” GOProud. Farah has done more to raise the profile of this upstart gay Republican group than any other single source. GOProud’s Chris Barron and Jimmy LaSalvia should write him a check for PR services. Farah’s problem with gay Republicans is that they were much more compliant in the closet. They were always there in the party and about a quarter of LGBTs still vote GOP anyway, so Farah’s just incensed that some have gotten too uppity and kicked open the political closet door.

4. Start the bible beating. Today’s column is pathetic on so many levels. We get hoary servings of Leviticus, Romans and Matthew. Joe is under the impression that many of these vile conservatives are fundies, and are bucking the man upstairs and should shake in fear. Look at this:

There is no middle ground on this issue. Either you believe the Bible or you don’t.

If you don’t, there are consequences. If you do, you are obligated to take a stand for righteousness. Of course, there are worldly consequences for that, too – for some apparently too great to accept.

Followers of Jesus have a choice: They can please God or please men. They can accept God’s laws, which are not burdensome, and obey them, or they can reject them and try to tickle the ears of men. They can offend God or offend men.

This is a huge assumption on Farah’s part. My guess is that most of the traitor conservatives mentioned above are either: 1) unchurched, and thus don’t care; 2) have a faith that is more open than Farah’s; 3) non-believers; and/or 4) simply tired and offended by the political bedroom-peeping proclivities of people like Farah dressed up as moral righteousness.

I’m sure they’ll take your suggestions under advisement, Joe.

Related:

* Today’s Joe Farah Cry for Help: Homocon represents GOP ‘appeasement of the open celebration of sin’

* WND’s Farah obsesses over GOProud’s ‘infiltration and subversion of the conservative movement’

* Mike Signorile interviews WND’s Farah – on Coulter’s ‘betrayal’: ‘My Eyes Have Been Opened’

* Coulter on fundie Take Back America confab: ‘They’re a bunch of fake Christians’

* WorldNetDaily’s Farah in complete meltdown as high-profile conservatives ‘embrace the homos’
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