Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Anti-Gay Groups Rally Against Same-Sex Marriage Outside Maryland State Capitol and Other Wrong Ideas

This is the mindset of those fighting equal marriage. It would be funny if some people were not believing it. All of these were found at joemygod.com today.

Concerned Women Are Concernstipated That Gay Marriage Will Curse Maryland

"There can be no doubt that America and the state of Maryland have been richly blessed throughout our history. And I hope we can all recognize that those blessings did not come in the abstract. They are the direct result of policies that found their underpinning in the teachings of Christ. Our Founders recognized that. It is a simple calculation. We cannot expect to receive the same blessings we have in the past if we enact polices that go directly against the ones that brought us the blessings in the first place." Mario Diaz, legal counsel for Concerned Women For America.

Gay Marriage Caused 9/11

"Satan has warred mightily against this region, and has effectively neutralized it through the influence of principalities of rationalism, humanism, intellectual pride and spiritual arrogance. Massachusetts, as well as all of New England, has become a cemetery of churches, a breeding ground for heretical doctrine, and intellectual furnace energizing attitudes of godlessness, rational arrogance and secularism. It is no coincidence, of course, that something as dramatically distant from the Christian worldview as gay marriage would be originated in this region.

"Is it exaggerated to see prophetic significance in the fact that on September 11, 2001 Boston served as the point of departure for the deadly forces that spread so much destruction and havoc in this nation and all over the world? What took place at the material level is now being carried out at the moral and spiritual level, as the virus of homosexuality and gay marriage begins to spread dramatically all over this nation and perhaps the world." - Pastor Roberto Miranda, whose endorsement of Mitt Romney was touted yesterday on Romney's official campaign site. (Via Right Wing Watch & Good As You)

VIRGINIA: Senate Panel Rejects Bill To Protect Gays From Hiring Discrimination
By a narrow vote of 8-7, yesterday the Virginia state Senate General Laws Committee rejected a bill to add sexual orientation to list of classes protected from discrimination in state hiring. Anti-gay groups testified that the bill was unneeded because there is no proof that gays are discriminated against.
A similar measure was passed by the Senate last year when it had a Democratic majority, only to be defeated in the Republican-led House of Delegates. Republicans won effective control of the Senate in the November election. Abbin, D-Alexandria, had the support of labor unions, teacher and public-employee associations, and AARP, the over-50 lobby group. The socially conservative Family Foundation and the Virginia Association of Independent Baptists opposed the measure.

Employee Rips Off NY Archdiocese For More Than $1 Million - But She Went to Mass Every Day!

Another good one from joemygod.com

But she prayed and went to Mass every day!
Anita Collins, 67, was wearing a crucifix and handcuffs at her arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court for grand larceny and falsifying business records — charges that could send her to jail for up to 25 years if she is convicted. The white-haired bookkeeper alternately prayed and glared at the news photographers as investigators laid out her alleged scam. She did not enter a plea and was ordered held on $750,000 bail. “She held herself out to be a religious woman going to church every day,” said Assistant District Attorney Amy Justiniano said. “Yet, behind their backs she would lie and steal.”
Compared to their kiddie-fucking payouts, the Archdiocese will probably just file this loss under "miscellaneous." Meanwhile Collins will go to confession, be ordered to say ten "my bads," and she'll be square with the house.

Senator Janet Howell Attaches Rectal Exam Amendment To Anti-Abortion Bill In Virginia - She is a Hero!

This came up from Buzzfeed.com. Very funny

The Virginia legislature is trying to pass a bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion. According to CBS:
The legislation would require all women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound image taken to determine the gestational age of the fetus. It says each patient must be given the opportunity to see the image or hear the fetal heartbeat, but not required to do so.
After the ultrasound, women who live less than 100 miles from the medical facility would have to wait at least 24 hours before having the abortion except in the event of a medical emergency. Women who live more than 100 miles away would have to wait only two hours.
Senator Janet Howell didn't think this was fair.
So, she proposed an amendment that would require men to to undergo a digital rectal exam and cardiac stress test before being treated for erectile dysfunction.
She told the Huffington Post:
The Virginia senate is about to pass a bill that will require a woman to have totally unnecessary medical procedure at their cost and inconvenience. If we're going to do that to women, why not do that to men?
Unfortunately, in the end, the amendement didn't pass. It was narrowly rejected by a vote of 21 to 19. It should be noted that there are only 7 women in the Virginia senate. 6 of them voted in favor of Senator Howell's amendment.

Christians Should Boycott Starbucks Because Homosexuals Only Live To 42

I saw this at joemygod.com
Pastor Andrew invites your $10,000 donation which can be made by Paypal or by a posthumous direction of stocks in your will. Or you can CALL HIM at 877-537-8734.

UPDATE: Readers point out this clip from the VERY masculine Pastor Steven Andrew. GURL! Where's that hissing radiator? Kind of explains everything, doesn't it?

I couldn't get past the first 2 minutes either. He is one of those self hating gay men created by the damage done by Hate Groups. He is stuck in a loop of lies.
The image is linked to the site with the full article this guy wrote about Starbucks.
I love Starbucks. Not the sweet stuff but a cup of strong coffee with some 2% is the best.
I am very glad they are not religious. No public company should be.
I love the line, "If your church still uses Starbucks, then your pastor is a friend of the world."
I think being a friend to the world sounds like a good thing. Don't you?
If his facts are even close to being correct, I think he is going to find most people don't give a shit enough to give up a great cup of coffee.
I almost feel sorry for this guy.

Where Did Groundhog Day Come From?

This is  a very interesting piece on the history of Groundhog Day.
Miss Cellania
Where Did Groundhog Day Come From?
by Miss Cellania - January 31, 2012 - 8:45 AM

Read the full text here: http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/115426#ixzz1l350P6XM
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Monday, January 30, 2012

Matt Baume with this weeks Marriage News Watch

Obama Is Coming For You - Plus My Thoughts

I saw this at joemygod.com this morning. Read first, then we will chat.

"Mr. Obama is a militant secularist. His aim is to purge religion from the public square, forcing it to retreat into the private sphere - making it nothing more than a personal lifestyle choice. He wants us to leave our faith at the door when engaging in civic life. Yet religion is natural to human beings. The only way radical progressives can forge a secular social order is through a repressive state.

"The Obama administration is eroding the First Amendment, assaulting the conscience rights and religious liberties of Catholics and waging a relentless campaign to destroy America’s Judeo-Christian values. Catholics must engage in civil disobedience. Otherwise, Mr. Obama will succeed in dismantling our republic. Today, he is coming for us. Tomorrow, it will be you." - Radio host Jeffrey Kuhner, writing for the Washington Times.

PREVIOUSLY: Kuhner also says that homosexuality will destroy human civilization.
I believe everything in the first paragraph minis the word "radical".
I believe that is what the separation of church and state is about.
Our freedom of speech is not in question otherwise the Westboro Baptist Church would not be allowed to show up screaming God hates everyone.
Our freedom to worship is not an issue otherwise our country would not be dotted with every kind of religious houses of worship.
What we can not allow is any one religion to govern over a diverse secular population.
Faith is fine, Religion is fine. It is also something someone chooses. Yes, choosing to believe something and follow those beliefs is a freedom we all enjoy. Or is it?
In the comment section an unknown person made a good point...
"Is it always? Most people are brainwashed into it as children so are never really given a choice. Most seem incapable of extricating themselves from it for a number of reasons. It's like hooking children on sugar-coated, nictotine-gum and then saying their smoking as adults is just a lifestyle choice when the reality is far more insidious.

I sort of wonder sometimes if the behaviour of these people in trying to push religion into everything is the same as that of a junky trying to make sure he can get a hit on every street corner."
I think this person nailed it.  I also think it goes hand in hand with the new study, done by researcher Gordon Hodson, a psychologist at Brock University in Ontario, Canada, finds that those with low intelligence gravitate towards conservatism and are prone to embrace prejudice of things they don't understand or that are different.
Is fear and ignorance a choice? NO.
Granted if a person has a low IQ, they may not make the best choices but it does not mean they can not learn about the options available to choose from. Fear stems from ignorance.
Lets see if I understand all this...
A few smart people who have been "indoctrinated" from birth feel the need to "indoctrinate" and/or take advantage of those who are less likely to make their own choices for reasons stated above.
They often refer to them as "sheep of their flock".
They refer to a holy book in which they "choose" what passages they will live by and teach/preach to the flock.
Some of them teach/preach one thing but live another. For example: Gay is bad but I am gay. Adultery is bad but I cheat on my spouse. Drinking is bad but I just got a DUI.
Some of the rules in the holy book have to do with food and clothing but they ignore those all together.
Any infraction by the "sheep" is looked down on so one of 3 things have to happen.
1. The misguided sheep must change their ways even if they can't like being gay.
2. They must repent before their leader and ask for forgiveness with the promise to never do it again.
3.Or they could just leave. This is an option that is never discussed among the sheep.
For some faiths, leaving means to never speak to any flock member again.
Now this kind of hold on the "flock of sheep" does give one a sense of power which can drive them to want the rest of the people to live under their chosen beliefs. They believe this so strongly that they are willing to say anything to make everyone else look very bad. This includes ignoring scientific studies and facts.
Yes I do believe that faith/religion should not be part of the diverse secular law.
Secular law has to cover everyone regardless of their beliefs.
Calling for Catholics to engage in civil disobedience is promoting one "flock" to push their chosen beliefs on to the secular population. I don't think they really want to do that in light of the problems and issues with the Catholic Church.
As for Kuhner also saying that homosexuality will destroy human civilization, well......
I guess he is not a student of history because we have been here all along and will continue to be part of the human experience for the remainder of time humans will exists. I can say with certainty that human civilization will not be destroyed by us LGBT's. In fact, we have improved the human experience. They just refuse to learn or see what we have done. Yet.
Poor sheep.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

The Chameleon Artist - Awesome Art!

Cecilia Paredes’ elaborate paintings could easily be mistaken for your everyday wallpaper. That is, if it weren’t for the fact that the Peruvian artist manages to blend her own body into each piece of art. (via)     Buzzfeed.com


Research Study: Low IQ Correlates With Prejudice and Bigotry


Found at bilerico.com
I've often wondered how Christianists and the Tea Party crowd can cling to beliefs that defy logic and scientific fact. Now, thanks to a study out of Canada, we may have the answer: They're simply stupid. I mean, literally dumb from a low intelligence perspective.
The new study, done by researcher Gordon Hodson, a psychologist at Brock University in Ontario, Canada, finds that those with low intelligence gravitate towards conservatism and are prone to embrace prejudice of things they don't understand or that are different. I can already hear Tony Perkins, Fox News talking heads and the anti-gay professional Christian set howling and bellowing that Hodson's work is biased or slanted.
When you think of about, however, the correlation tracks with a great deal of everyday experience in dealing with people. If you can't think for yourself, you're an easy target for demagogues who like to blame problems and failings on "the other."Here are some highlights from Yahoo News on the study findings:
There's no gentle way to put it: People who give in to racism and prejudice may simply be dumb, according to a new study that is bound to stir public controversy.
The research finds that children with low intelligence are more likely to hold prejudiced attitudes as adults. These findings point to a vicious cycle, according to lead researcher Gordon Hodson, a psychologist at Brock University in Ontario. Low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, the study found. Those ideologies, in turn, stress hierarchy and resistance to change, attitudes that can contribute to prejudice. ...
The findings combine three hot-button topics. "They've pulled off the trifecta of controversial topics," said Brian Nosek, a social and cognitive psychologist at the University of Virginia who was not involved in the study. "When one selects intelligence, political ideology and racism and looks at any of the relationships between those three variables, it's bound to upset somebody."
Polling data and social and political science research do show that prejudice is more common in those who hold right-wing ideals that those of other political persuasions ...
Earlier studies have found links between low levels of education and higher levels of prejudice, Hodson said, so studying intelligence seemed a logical next step ... As suspected, low intelligence in childhood corresponded with racism in adulthood. But the factor that explained the relationship between these two variables was political: When researchers included social conservatism in the analysis, those ideologies accounted for much of the link between brains and bias. People with lower cognitive abilities also had less contact with people of other races.
Hodson was quick to note that the despite the link found between low intelligence and social conservatism, the researchers aren't implying that all liberals are brilliant and all conservatives stupid. The research is a study of averages over large groups, he said.
Nonetheless, there is reason to believe that strict right-wing ideology might appeal to those who have trouble grasping the complexity of the world. "Socially conservative ideologies tend to offer structure and order," Hodson said, explaining why these beliefs might draw those with low intelligence. "Unfortunately, many of these features can also contribute to prejudice."
They found that what applies to racism may also apply to homophobia. People who were poorer at abstract reasoning were more likely to exhibit prejudice against gays. As in the U.K. citizens, a lack of contact with gays and more acceptance of right-wing authoritarianism explained the link.
Interestingly, this study would seem to affirms some prior reports that found that evangelical Christians had lower IQ's and lower levels of education than denominations such as Episcopalians and Lutherans.

MICHIGAN: Anti-Gay Counseling Student Wins Right To Sue School For Expulsion

I have been watching this case since it hit the news. Please read. The links below the article will lead you to information on this issue thanks to Joe's library at joemygod.com.

Counseling student Julea Ward has won the right to sue the university that expelled her for refusing to meet with hellbound LGBT students.
A three-member panel of the court said Julea Ward can argue her religious discrimination suit against the university before a federal court jury in Detroit. “Ward’s free speech claim deserves to go to a jury,” Judge Jeffrey Sutton said in an opinion joined by Julia Gibbons and John Adams. Adams is a federal district judge from northern Ohio who was sitting by designation on the appeals court. “Although the university submits it dismissed Ward from the program because her request for a referral violated the ACA (American Counseling Association) code of ethics, a reasonable jury could find otherwise — that the code of ethics contains no such bar and that the university deployed it as a pretext for punishing Ward’s religious views and speech.”
Ward is being represented by the fascist Alliance Defense Fund, who crowed: "Public universities shouldn’t force students to violate their religious beliefs to get a degree."
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 While it would seem to be a cut and dry case, this is leading to a host of problems.
 We have seen a few "Religious Discrimination" cases where the law had changed and now some people will be required to perform duties they find offensive and against their beliefs. Most have been signing marriage certificates for gays and lesbians. The incident at Macy's was a woman not allowing transgender people to use the dressing room even after she was reminded that Macy's does NOT discriminate. All of the above lost their job and became the poster children for known hate groups.
  The hate groups love to find any reason to twist things to create a new victim.
  The problem with this victim is she was not employed but a student who chosen to become a counselor.
  When she decided to pursue a degree, it was made clear what the requirements for the degree entailed including the American Counseling Association code of ethics. This code reads in part,"Association members recognize diversity and embrace a cross-cultural approach in support of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of people within their social and cultural contexts."
  The school requires each student to take a diversity training course in line with this code. She is asking the school to allow her complete her degree without taking this class because she does not want to counsel any LGBT people. It would be against her religious beliefs.
  Most say she could finish the degree like everyone else then create a business somewhere where she could discriminate or find a job and refer clients she finds offensive to other counselors.
  A few people are screaming this is treading on their religious freedom and she should be excused from learning anything that goes against her faith. Most of these people are associated with religious based hate groups that are supporting her and have turned her into their latest victim of the gay agenda.
  The fact that she is able to take this to court presents several problems.
 This code of ethics was developed by it's many members to insure a moral standard that would fit a diverse secular population.
 Should she be able to alter those ethics because of her chosen religion?
 If she was a Muslim instead of Christian, would she had gotten this far?
 If she had issue an argument against any other minority, would that be OK as long as it is against her chosen faith?
But because she is a Christian and and her target for discrimination is LGBTs  makes it right?
She should loose. She should never have made it this far. This is a waste of the courts time and money.
Discrimination for any reason is wrong.

I know a "slippery slope" when I see one.


Cut Leaf Illustrations For Plant For The Planet

Found at buzzfeed.com
Creative agency Legas Delaney put together this beautiful campaign for the environmental organization Plant for the Planet. The carvings in the leaves represent their ability to absorb carbon dioxide.


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