Earlier this month, Facebook rolled out a special rainbow flag reaction emoji, allowing users to honor the LGBT community when responding to friends’ photos, statuses and other posts. Facebook officials said they created the reaction in an effort to “celebrate love and diversity” while reaffirming the company’s stance as “a platform that supports all communities.”
The move did not sit well with some extremist right-wing “Christians”
On June 24, Facebook user Hikmat Hanna posted an image asking the social network to create a cross reaction emoji. The next day, Hanna’s post was shared by Arizona-based anti-LGBT evangelist Joshua Feuerstein, who shared the image with his more than two million bigoted Facebook followers.
Feuerstein’s post had racked up more than 19,000 likes, and had been shared more than 9,000 times. “You can’t cheat nature. God cannot create people of the same sex to ever fall in love with one another,” one person commented. “He can’t.” Added another: “People took a symbol like the rainbow which means beauty and a non-destructive action and turned it into a destructive sinful symbol.”
Despite the many requests from Feuerstein and his
lemmings followers Facebook won’t give in. “This reaction is not actually available on Facebook, and is not something we’re working on.”
Feuerstein’s anti-gay alt-right conservative views are well-known. In 2015, he unsuccessfully tried to order a cake that read, “We do not support gay marriage,” from a Florida bakery. Later that year, he made headlines when he recorded a video blasting Starbucks for using minimalist red cups without any direct reference to Christmas during the holiday season.
Feuerstein also uploaded a video onto the video-sharing website Vimeo.com in which he is shown saying, “I say, tonight, we punish Planned Parenthood. I think it’s time that abortion doctors should have to run and hide and be afraid for their life.” [sic] The original video was taken down on November 30, 2015 in the aftermath of the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooting but it was saved and reposted onto YouTube by many of his followers.
Another feather in the conservative Christianst hypocrisy cap. Bill Johnson from Alabama has been spreading his seed in New Zealand without the knowledge of his wife back in Podunk, USA. According to Realbollywood News:
Bill Johnson, who unsuccessfully ran for the governorship of Alabama in 2009, has spent most of 2011 in Christchurch for work purposes.
He used the persona ”chchbill” on online donor registries to meet women wishing to get pregnant.
Johnson discussed making donations to at least nine women, and three are now pregnant, while he has also assisted a further three with donations in the past month.
He said he was unable to have children with his wife, Kathy, who remains in the US. [Why does his website say he has 3 children?]
While she knew he wanted to be a sperm donor, she was unaware of the pregnancies and he wasn’t planning to tell her until the children were born.
The women he donated sperm to included a number of lesbian couples – despite him campaigning on a conservative Christian platform that opposed gay marriage.
Mari Carmen Aponte, ia a Washington lawyer and Hispanic activist, who ahs been serving as U.S. Ambassador in San Salvador since Obama, in response to Republican opposition to her nomination, made her a recess appointee in September 2010 afte.
Aponte’s temporary appointment is about to run out and once again the GOP lawmakers are up in arms resisting a Senate confirmation because of old, unfounded rumors that her boyfriend was a Cuban spy and new GOP “christian conservative” outrage over a summertime opinion piece that Aponte wrote on gay rights. in La Prensa Grafica, a daily newspaper in El Salvador, in response to a State Department cable to ambassadors worldwide urging them to recognize gay pride month.
Thirteen years ago, during the Clinton administration. Reports about Aponte surfaced (vis Jesse helms) that a former live-in boyfriend, Roberto Tamayo, had ties to Cuban intelligence in Fidel Castro’s regime and that Cuban intelligence agents had tried to recruit her. The FBI cleared her. Amd on two occasions, Aponte has received top-secret security clearances.
But whats really upsetting the GOP is the Op-Ed that Aponte wrote on June 28, 2010 for La Prensa Grafica.
In the Spanish-language piece titled, “For the Elimination of Prejudices Wherever They Exist,” Aponte wrote: “No one should be subjected to aggression because of who he is or who he loves. Homophobia and brutal hostility are often based on lack of understanding about what it truly means to be gay or transgender. To avoid negative perceptions, we must work together with education and support for those facing those who promote hatred.”
Even though El Salvador was among the than 80 nations that had signed a U.N. declaration for the elimination of violence against gays and lesbians and El Salvador President Mauricio Funes had signed a decree in May 2010 prohibiting discrimination by the government based on sexual orientation the GOP is using this to lead a crusade to block Apointe’s permanent apointment because several Salvadoran family and religious groups have complained that Aponte is “abusing her diplomatic status, showing a clear disdain concerning our values and cultural identity.”
Jim DeMint who is leading the crusade to block Aponte re-appointment is using the GOP and El Salvadores homophobia and the old speculation about her personal life now to wage a war against her. “Our relationship with the Salvadoran people has been one of trust and friendship for decades. We should not risk that by appointing an ambassador who shows such a blatant disregard for their culture and refuses to clear unsettled doubts about her previous relationships. It’s time to bring Ms. Aponte home.”