‘Pro-family’ politics: Black-robed judges = bad; armed black-robed preachers = yes!

Jim-GarlowMore from anti-LGBT equality pastor Jim Garlow:

Garlow recalls how pastors before the Revolutionary War led people to godliness. “…When these pastors would complete their sermons, they would take off their black robes — they preached in vestments at those times — … [and] underneath that would be the attire of military,” he shares. “They would pick up a musket and [ask]: ‘Who’s going to go fight with me?’

“And so the revolutionary armies during that time came from pastors leading the churches. It’s known as the Blacked-Robed Regiment.”

That same kind of leadership, says the California pastor, is needed today. “And we need a black-robed regiment today,” he urges. “We need pastors who are willing to stand up. And we need persons who are in the pews to stand up with them — a black-robed regiment of laypersons — who’s going to take [a like stand]. We’re going to have to spiritually see our nation change.”

Pastor: Christians need to make a difference on Nov. 2 [ONN]

You say you want a revolution? Well, you know: We all want to change the world.

But when you talk about destruction, don’t you know that you can count me out?




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If you retain the Iowa judges, communists win. Or something.

Screen Shot 2010-10-28 At 4.48.21 PmThe National Organization For Marriage is still working the canard the claims pro-retention voices are rejecting the right to vote on judges itself. Though this time, with Soviet Union compares thrown in for some extra conservative oomph:

In Iowa the great Judge Bus tour continues to make history, rolling through the Iowa countryside to possibly one of the greatest and most historic victories of our time: victory over judicial arrogance, ignorance and tyranny! The Judge Bus is making a whistle-stop tour of dozens of Iowa towns with one great message: The people of Iowa have a right to vote no to judges.

Period.

That may seem obvious. After all, it’s not really an election unless the people have a choice. The Soviet Union held faux-elections where the results were foreordained. And the elites of Iowa have gathered together to try to send an amazingly similar bad message: There’s something wrong with you if you flip the ballot and vote no on judges. They are trying to shame the good people of Iowa into the idea that it’s wrong to vote “no” on judges.

No. Please. Stop. You’re wrong. You discourage deep thought on this issue. Blah, blah blah, blah. [::Yawn::]

So as not to sound like a broken record (kids, ask your parents), we’re just going to re-link our other “Iowa For Freedom” posts from today:

Audio: Iowa for (reductive, one-dimension retention)

Unimagined rights’, detailed by advocates of gay-less fantasy world

Or go read Brian Brown’s full e-blast and form your own fatigued frustrations:

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@IowaForFreedom/@JudgeBus: A faith-based war on gays’ ring fingers with judges as the convenient vehicle

Most of the other folks associated with the judicial retention campaign are more mealy-mouthed, making it sound as if the so-called “Iowa For Freedom” effort is made up of a non-partisan, non-faith-based coalition that cares solely about civil law and its boundaries. But leave it to Bryan Fischer — an early Iowa For Freedom Bryan-Fischerbacker whose employer, the American Family Association, is a major force behind the effort — to come right out and admit what we all know: That the campaign is inordinately dependent on those who wish to cast a religious-based vote against same-sex marriage itself:

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*AUDIO SOURCE: Bryan Fischer, 10/25 [AFA Radio]

It’s enraging, really. Three judges who chose to go to law school rather than seminary and whose duties quite literally require a separation of church and state to adequately do their jobs are now being subjected to the anti-LGBT whims of evangelical conservatives. On marriage equality, there is no way these judges could have shown any sort of sense in the eyes of Bryan and Fischer and company, unless the answer was a firm and flat NO! And because “no” is not the answer they found in the constitution, they are now being punished by a well-financed, well-connected, highly one-sided, vindictive effort to force them into retirement.

Who would Jesus spite? Judicial independents (and independence), apparently.

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**EARLIER FISCHER: He’s the guy who’s said that “homosexuals in the military gave us…six million dead Jews,” who’s said “homosexuals should be disqualified from public office,” who has called on Christian conservatives to breed gays and progressives out of existence, has called gay sex a “form of domestic terrorism,” who’s said only gays were savage enough for Hitler, has compared gays to heroin abusers, has directly compared laws against gay soldiers to those that apply to bank robbers, who once invoked a Biblical story about stabbing “sexually immoral” people with spears, saying we need this kind of action in modern day, and who has spoken out against gays serving as public school teachers, and who has blamed gay activists for dead gay kids, saying that: “If we want to see fewer students commit suicide, we want fewer homosexual students.”

**EARLIER: This is also the guy who Baptist Press columnist Penna Dexter says should advise us all on politics and religion: Just ask yourself where you’d stand in a Penna Dexter/Bryan Fischer world [G-A-Y]




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NOM’s Iowa ‘toss the judges’ bus tour is another big FAIL

Equality supporters 98, NOM 42. That was the tally at the first stop for the NOM tour bus in Iowa.

NOM simply doesn’t give up, and sadly there has been a lot of money poured into Iowa to get rid of the judges responsible for marriage equality in that state. But the kickoff stop has proven that hate doesn’t draw crowds for Brian Brown or Maggie Gallagher. It’s embarrassing from a PR perspective. Prop 8 Trial Tracker has coverage:

This morning on the steps of the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines, 98 equality supporters and several media outlets assembled to kickoff the Homegrown Justice Tour, a counter-tour organizing events in cities across Iowa to greet the Judge Bus.

…Here is Congressman Steve King speaking in front of the “podium”


P8TT’s Arisha Michelle Hatch:

We had the opportunity to talk to one of those supporters who repeatedly referred to same-sex marriage as “sodomy-marriage” and expressed concerns that legalization would lead to the “desecration” of the institution, as well as, the proliferation of AIDS.

Next, the Judge Bus made a quick stop in Atlantic – so quick, in fact, that we arrived on the scene several minutes after the Judge Bus had already left (we left about 20 minutes after the bus because we stayed behind to interview Brian Brown, who has opted travel in a rental car behind the Judge Bus.)

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Anti-Gay Hate Groups Launch Bus Tour Targeting Pro-Equality Judges in Iowa

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Last week I wrote a lengthy post on the new hate-a-palooza bus tour in Iowa, meant to drive up support for the campaign to oust state Supreme Court justices who approved marriage equality, and sponsored by a coalition of anti-gay hate groups like NOM and the AFA.

NOM's Brian Brown tweeted the photo above of the bus at its first stop, revved up and ready to hate.

The WaPo covers the kick-off:

At a Statehouse rally Monday to kick off a bus tour, gay marriage opponents pleaded their case for why voters on Nov. 2 should opt not to retain Chief Justice Marsha Ternus, and justices David Baker and Michael Streit. Iowa voters have never ousted a state Supreme Court justice.

"I can't overstate the significance of what is about to happen in Iowa," said Brian Brown, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based National Organization for Marriage. "The whole country is looking at you. This cannot be overstated."

At a counter rally about 100 yards away, organizers argued that anti-gay rights groups that have been spent more than 0,000 to oust the justices are only focused on the one issue and don't care about the damage they'll do to the state's judicial appointment process.

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"We are going to send a message all the way across America. These judges are rogue judges and they're arrogant," Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King told the crowd Monday, standing in front of a bus emblazoned with the justices faces with the word "No," superimposed on them.

The campaign is well-funded: "Thus far, the campaign to remove the justices has spent more than 0,000 and those who want to retain them have spent 7,000, much of it on television ads. The National Organization for Marriage has been the biggest spender, contributing 5,000 to efforts to remove the judges. About 0,000 has come from the AFA Action Inc., the political arm of the Mississippi-based American Family Association. The Campaign for Working Families, a Washington-based group, also spent 0,000, and the Washington-based Family Research Council added ,000. The Iowa-based Iowa Family Policy Center has spent roughly ,000."

Another group, Fair Courts for Us, is holding a series of press conferences and events around the state meant to counter the Judge Bus' hateful message.

Watch its first press conference, held today in Des Moines (tomorrow in Sioux City, Carroll, and Mason City, AFTER THE JUMP



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New NOM/Iowa For Freedom strategy: Iowa judges wrong b/c of distance from Boston

*NOTE: This is the ad referenced in this post.

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*UPDATE: What scholar Mark McCormick actually said, sans fear noises and editing:

There is no such thing as an ‘activist judge,’ in the sense that I’m aware of — in the sense of a judge who does not believe that he or she is carrying out his or her responsibility — it’s really just common knowledge, I think, among members of the bar and the judiciary that the role of the courts is to interpret and to assure that the statutes and constitution are enforced, and it’s not activist to interpret the Equal Protection Clause of the federal and state constitutions to a situation following precedent.



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*MORE: McCormick calls out the campaign for what it is, while IFF head Bob Vander Plaats refuses to tell the public where the money’s coming from:




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Video: Iowa activist [noun] judges [verb]

We keep thinking we’re going to wake up from the anti-civic nightmare of Iowa Supreme Court justices having their jobs threatened because of one single (unanimous) opinion out of the thousands that they’ve taken on in their careers. The idea that certain people’s personal faith objections are meant to roll back others’ civil rights. The idea that majority votes should decide the application of civil law to a minority population. The idea that “But what about the children?!?!?!” should matter more than the sound arguments that were actually presented to the court. The idea that it’s fair to wage well-financed, largely partisan campaigns against judges who can not, will not, and should not enter into the contentious waters of political campaigning. The idea that blatantly misrepresenting the highly respected Sandra Day O’Connor is an acceptable thing to do. The idea that a co-equal branch of America government has somehow been neutered of its responsibilities — the same exact responsibilities that have settled other civil rights matters, even when public opinion was much more against these matters than it is against same-sex marriage today.

But unfortunately, the so-called “Iowa For Mob Rule”Iowa For Freedom” group keeps making more videos showing us that this nightmare is a reality in 2010 America:



Uh huh, right. You’re the one being “attacked” Mr. Laudner. That’s like a vindictive guest at a grade school sleepover saying that the decision to put itching powder in a classmate’s sleeping bag was justified because said classmate had the nerve to complain when his or her mere existence was used as an antagonist in one of the slumber party’s earlier-told ghost stories!

The truth: This campaign against the Iowa judges goes against everything that the fair and independent judiciary can, is, and should be about. Here’s just hoping that a larger portion of the Iowa public will reserve their torches and pitchforks for Halloween night and not election day. Our shared America treats are counting on the principled rejection of these ghastly unfair tricks!




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Video: Iowa For Freedom’s continued passion for shooting down judges, domesticated game birds

TIP #1: If you get a pop filter for your microphone, then your voiceover’s plosives will not explode in the viewers’ ears. Blue Microphones makes a good one.

TIP #2: If you actually read the Varnum decision through an objective lens and think a little more critically about the independent judiciary’s role in American governance, you might see that the seven Iowa Supreme Court justice’s unanimous decision in favor of marriage equality was not “against the will of the people,” but rather in favor of protecting people from unconstitutional bias. It didn’t “make law”: It protect everyone’s right to live under it. Civilly.

TIP #3: If you tone down the fear music just a little bit, future civil rights documentarians will have a much harder time inserting your fear-mongering ad into their cinematic look backs at un-American bias, making your unique role in stifling equality less shorthanded for your grandkids’ consumption.

TIP #4: Dead turkeys, while found on the dinner forks of many, may not be the best political visual. Especially when your team is undeniably in the aggressor seat, gunning for the domestic game that you’ve personally determined does not deserve to fly.

TIP #5: Saying you are “for freedom” does not make it so:

No need to tip us for this crucial advice, IFF. Your failure at this costly, dangerous, anti-civic campaign will be enough of a payback.

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*SEE ALSO: Our complete Iowa For Freedom archive




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Why some Iowans will vote to fire judges (Hint: careful examination of jurisprudence not #1 basis)

The so-called “Iowa For Mob Rule” “Iowa For Freedom” group has an interactive map feature where locals can leave their name, location, and a brief comment about why they are planning to vote against the retention of three of the seven justices who found gender discrimination in civil marriage law to be unconstitutional. Comments that give us some insight into what’s guiding this rage:

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Add Your Name to the Map [Iowa For Freedom]

So we have a whole lot of God, mixed in with fundamental misunderstanding of the term “opinion” as it applies to the judiciary (similar to the misunderstanding of the word “theory” in science), and topped off with the unbelievable view that out of all of our enemies foreign or domestic, it’s judges like the Iowa seven who are America’s “single biggest enemy.” This in a one-sided political campaign where the judges aren’t going to pause their lives and spend their cash on defending their record. So essentially we have Iowa For Freedom using fake Sandra Day O’Connor quotes, giving false civics lessons about the people supposedly always getting decide all minority rights, and waging an all-out war against sitting ducks who have done nothing more than base their decision on their learned reading of the constitution rather than their own, largely faith-based personal whims.

And here I thought corn was the only Iowa export able to give me indigestion.




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Video: Activist judges NOM ad



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(H/t: Towle)

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***The ad in question: Iowa For Fear Ads [G-A-Y]

**A radio version of the ad: Audio: First the gay marriages, then the pledge-ripping, gun-banning, homeschool closures [G-A-Y]

*The “logic” behind this campaign: Iowa For [Partisan Fervor Based on Personal Whims Rather than Constitutional Fairness] [G-A-Y]

*The disgusting way this NOM/Iowa For Freedom Coalition misrepped retired SCOTUS justice Sandra Day O’Connor: Iowa For Freedom: Liars. [G-A-Y]




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