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Gay History – January 21: Caligula, Frederick the Great, Winston Churchill and SpongeBob Squarepants

January 21st.

41 A.D. – Roman Emperor Caligula was assassinated at the Palatine Games by his own officers after a reign of only four years, noted for his madness and cruelty including arbitrary murder. His taste in men was far reaching. In fact, his taste for anything sexual, male, female, relative or animal seems far reaching. One of his playmates was a priest who he enjoyed screwing in public at religious events. He forced his officers into regular sex bouts. He is reported to have made them kiss his middle finger in public.

 76 AD – Roman Emperor Hadrian was born near Seville Spain. Hadrian built the famous wall on the Northern fringe of the empire, in Britain, and put down the last serious uprising by the Jews. When his lover Antinous mysteriously drowned in the Nile Hadrian went into a deep despair then put all of his wealth into building memorials to his lover, even building a city in his name. It said that the beautiful Antinous copmmitted suicide before old age destroyed his looks. He was 21.

1712  –  Frederick the Great was born in Berlin, Germany. Perhaps in another life he would have been a poet or an architect, but his father wanted him to be a warrior. Frederick fled with his lover Hans von Katte, but the pair was captured and Frederick was forced to watch von Katte’s execution. On his father’s death, when Frederick became emperor, he went to the palace of Sans-Soucci at Potsdam and came into his own. He excluded women and surrounded himself with sexual young men. On hearing that a particularly well endowed soldier had been arrested for “Beastiality with his horse,” the emperor said “Fool don’t put him in irons, put him in the infantry.”

1965  – Winston Churchill (1874-1965) died. He had been Britain’s wartime prime minister whose courageous leadership and defiant rhetoric had fortified the English during their long struggle against Hitler’s Germany. “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat,” he stated upon becoming prime minister at the beginning of the war. He called Hitler’s Reich a “monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime.” Following the war, he coined the term “Iron Curtain” to describe the barrier between areas in Eastern Europe under Soviet control and the free West. In his biography of W. Somerset Maugham, Ted Morgan writes that Maugham once asked Churchill if it were true as Churchill’s mother had claimed, that the statesman had affairs with men in his youth. “Not ture!” Churchill replied. “But, I once went to bed with a man to see what it was like.” (The man turned out to be British musical-comedy star Ivor Novello) “And, what was it like?” Maugham asked. “Musical,” Churchill replied.

1975  – The first international Lesbian Conference is held in Montreal. It was attended by more than 200 delegates from Canada and the US.

1978  – 25-year-old French songwriter/record producer Cerrone‘s Eurodisco hit Supernature tops Billboard’s Dance chart.

2005 – The anti-gay group Focus on the Family alleges that popular cartoon character Spongebob Square Pants promotes homosexuality and becomes a laughingstock.

In 2005, a promotional video which showed SpongeBob along with other characters from children’s shows singing together to promote diversity and tolerance was criticized by a Christian evangelical group in the United States because they saw the character SpongeBob being used as an advocate for homosexuality though the video contained “no reference to sex, sexual lifestyle or sexual identity.” James Dobson of Focus on the Family accused the makers of the video of promoting homosexuality due to a gay rights group sponsoring the video.

The incident led to questions as to whether or not SpongeBob is a gay character.  In 2002, when SpongeBob’s popularity with gay men grew,

Dobson later stated that his comments were taken out of context and that his original complaints were not with SpongeBob or any of the characters in the video but with the organization that sponsored the video, the We Are Family Foundation. Dobson noted that the We Are Family Foundation had posted pro-homosexual material on its website, but later removed it. After the laughable controversy, John H. Thomas, the United Church of Christ’s general minister and president, said they would welcome SpongeBob into their ministry. He said “Jesus didn’t turn people away. Neither do we”.

"Christian" Hate Groups Form Anti-LGBTQ Equality Act Coalition For The Children Of Course

“Christian” Hate Groups Form Anti-LGBTQ Equality Act Coalition For The Children Of Course

Via NBC News:

A new initiative backed by a coalition of right-wing organizations is courting lawmakers and parents in an effort to stop the passage of the Equality Act — a federal LGBTQ rights bill — and promote policies targeting transgender Americans at the federal and state levels.

Backed by the Alliance Defending Freedom, Family Policy Alliance, Heritage Foundation and other national and local groups, the Promise to America’s Children coalition says it is fighting “a culture – and sadly, a government – around us seek to sexualize our children for the sake of a political agenda.”

On its website, the Promise to America’s Children coalition says anyone who signs the pledge is not signaling support or opposition to legislation, “with the exception of the federal Equality Act, which clearly violates all principles of this Promise.”

This incarnation of the Equality Act was approved by the US House this week along in a party-line vote with 3 Republicans breaking ranks, but the EA faces an uncertain future in the Senate, where it will surely be met with a filibuster effort.

The first version of the Equality Act was introduced to Congress in 1974 by the late Bella Abzug.

Anti-Vaxxer Dies In Texas After Family Sued Minnesota Hospital That Wanted To Pull The Plug

Anti-Gay Hate Group Office Declared “COVID-19 Outbreak Site”

One of the original so-called “christian”anti-lgbt hate groups James Dobson’s Focus on the Family has been tracked to and declared as a Covid-19 ourtbreal site in Colorado.

Via Warren Throckmorton 

With three lab confirmed cases and one probable case of COVID-19, Focus on the Family headquarters in Colorado Springs, CO has been declared a COVID-19 Outbreak site.

The CO Dept of Public Health defines an outbreak as two or more cases confirmed by a lab test found in a location. Focus on the Family has declared itself to be a church so it will make my list of church outbreaks. The El Paso County site indicates the outbreak is in the bookstore.

CO is one of the states which tracks outbreaks by location and does a great job of making data available to the public on a weekly basis.

Focus on the Family was founded in 1977 in by James Dobson, As of the 2017 tax filing year, Focus on the Family declared itself to be a church, “primarily to protect the confidentiality of our donors.”

Civil rights advocacy groups identify Focus on the Family as a major opponent of gay rights. The Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights and hate group monitoring organization, described Focus on the Family as one of a “dozen major groups [which] help drive the religious right’s anti-gay crusade”

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Focus on the Family Hate Group Founder James Dobson: If Martin Luther King Was Alive Today He’d Oppose The Equality Act

James Dobson, founder of one of America’s so-called “christian” anti-LGBT hate groups Focus on the Family wrote an op-ed on behalf of his James Dobson Family Institute where he condemned the Equality Act which would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act to give federal protections to LGBT american citizens calling it “treacherous”, “radical”, and claiming that the late great Martin Luther King Jr. would be opposed to it.

Wrote Dobson:

“Make no mistake – the so-called Equality Act is nothing but a thinly veiled attempt to finish off religious liberty in America once and for all, which ought to be plainly obvious based upon a cursory reading of the First Amendment.

The proposal, H.R. 5 and S. 788, would provide special protections for the LGBT community throughout American society. It would state that religious beliefs are not a defense in a dispute between gay rights and constitutionally protected religious rights.

I wish I could say I was shocked to see the speed with which Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats have brought to committee the sweet sounding but entirely treacherous Equality Act.

This decision demonstrates a frightening willingness by those on the left to advance a radical social agenda at a time when our nation already faces so many other divisive challenges.

Simply put, by creating a protected class of citizens out of the LGBT community, this bill places Christians who believe in traditional marriage at grave legal and civil jeopardy.

While no evangelical Christian would ever support hate or violence of any kind against an LGBT individual – or any other person for that matter – to modify the 1964 Civil Rights Act with this wrong-headed bill would not only be legally fraught, it would also put moral equivalence to the unprecedented, centuries-long struggle of countless millions of African Americans to gain freedom from slavery and the persistent, systematic oppression that followed.

Dobson said that whereas “the Civil Rights movement of the 60s was born out of deep faith and in congruence with God’s Word, this bill tramples both underfoot.

In fact, I believe that if Martin Luther King Jr. were alive today, we would be standing together in opposition to the Equality Act. We must refrain from the dangerous tendency to divide America into smaller and smaller sub-groups defined first and foremost by our grievances. We are one nation, under God, and we are already blessed with a Constitution and First Amendment that protects every American without criminalizing our most sincerely held religious beliefs.”

What Dobson fails to mention that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on color, race, … employment discrimination on the basis of an individual’s religion, so it is itself a special protected class of citizen.

As for Martin Luther King, Jr., he was not an advocate of LGBT rights, nor was he an enemy, The truth is no one really knows because MLK never publicly talked about the subject. But what we do know is that his right-hand man Bayard Rustin was an openly gay man and that his widow, Coretta Scott King has has been an outspoken supporter of LGBT rights.

Hate Groups Claim Victory, Praise Evan Lowe For Shelving Anti-Gay Conversion Therapy

Hate Groups Claim Victory, Praise Evan Low For Shelving Anti-Gay Conversion Therapy

Last week we reported about California Assemblyman Evan Low who at the last minute shelved his bill AB 2943 that would outlaw so-called “gay conversion therapy” as a fraudulent practice despite having more than enough vote to pass it after talking “evangelical leaders”. (Lowe is up for re-election in November)

Many extremist “Christians” and anti-LGBT hate groups are claiming this as a victory.

James Dobson – the founder of the first and most vehemently anti-LGBT hate group Focus on the Family – was quick to claim victory after the announcement and praised extremist religious leaders for standing up against the “pro-LGBT legislation”.  

I am very grateful to all of the pastors, counselors and our families in California and across the country who spoke up and made their voices heard. It is incumbent on us to make sure we still have the right to make the best mental-health decisions for our children, our loved ones, and ourselves and that parental rights are protected now and for generations to come.”

California Family Council President Jonathan Keller, were also “grateful: for all the dialogue over the bill that led to its eventual “demise.”

“We are inexpressibly grateful to Assembly member Low for meeting personally with faith leaders over the last several months and sincerely listening to our concerns,” Keller expressed, according to ChurchLeaders.com. “AB 2943 would have tragically limited our ability to offer compassionate support related to sexual orientation and gender identity – and even to preach Jesus’ message of unconditional love and life transformation.”

“Low – who is openly gay said Friday that – after meeting this summer with the faith leaders – he would instead try again next year with a new version of the proposal [that] they could feel more comfortable with.

Coward.

Anti-LGBT Hate Group Focus on the Family Declares Itself A Church With IRS To Evade Taxes and Disclosures

Via  Right Wing Watch:

Focus on the Family, the behemoth Religious Right organization founded by James Dobson, has declared itself to be a church, thereby avoiding a requirement that it file public tax documents, according to IRS records and a document available on the organization’s website.

Focus on the Family filed as a non-church 501(c)(3) nonprofit as recently as the 2014 fiscal year, submitting to the IRS a publicly available Form 990 as most tax-exempt nonprofits are required to do. But when the group posted a Form 990 for the 2015 fiscal year on its website—dated October 26, 2017, and reporting a massive budget of $89 million—it was emblazoned with the message “Not required to file and not filed with the IRS. Not for public inspection.”

Gail Harmon, an attorney who has advised nonprofits on tax law for more than 30 years, said that she had never before seen a nonprofit organization declare itself a church. “I just found it shocking,” she said. “There’s nothing about them that meets the traditional definition of what a church is,” she said. “They don’t have a congregation, they don’t have the rites of various parts of a person’s life. There’s a whole system for what a church is.”

There is clear biblical precedent for this. It’s just like the story about how Jesus helped the money changers reincorporate into pass-through entitles in order to avoid double taxation from the Romans, while maintaining their right to engage in nakedly partisan advocacy and anti-LGBT hate.

WATCH – Mike Pence’s Speech To Anti-LGBT Hate Group: “You have an ally in Trump”

As I reported yesterday here yesterday.

Pence began his speech by delivering greetings from Trump, “a good friend of mine, who’s a leader, who’s a believer, who’s a tireless defender of the values that will make America great again,” and praising firebrand Focus on the Family founder James Dobson as a “friend” and a “mentor.” “I promise you, Focus on the Family, you have an unwavering ally in President Donald Trump,” he said.

Pence assured the group that Trump would stand beside them in defense of “those who are persecuted for their faith, no matter the country they call home or the creed they profess,” a remarkable pronouncement from an administration that is attempting to enact a religiously motivated travel ban and is currently in the process of deporting dozens of Iraqi Christians.

“President Trump has stood without apology for the most vulnerable in our society, the aged, the disabled, the infirm and the unborn,” he added, another jarring statement coming the day after the Senate GOP released a health care bill that could slash healthcare options for disabled people, the elderly and pregnant women. – Right Wing Watch:

Mike Pence Compares Donald Trump to Martin Luther King Jr.

Mike Pence To Speak At Anti-LGBT Hate Group Focus on the Family’s 40th Anniversary Celebration

 

Mike Pence will speak on behalf of the Trump Administration at the 40th anniversary celebration of the granddaddy of LGBT hate groups, Focus on the Family tonight in a “closed doors” party.

FotF is a far right wing organization that peddles harmful junk science like conversion therapy and lobbies for the erosion of rights for LGBTQ people and families. The Trump Administration’s ceremonial endorsement of Focus on the Family’s agenda during Pride Month is a blatant slap in the face to the LGBT community and just another show of their hostility and opposition to LGBTQ equality.

“Vice President Mike Pence has been a tireless advocate for families throughout his service in government,” said Focus President Jim Daly. “We’re honored to have him join us in marking 40 years of saving marriages in crisis, equipping moms and dads to thrive as parents, speaking to crucial policy issues and creating a culture of life in our nation.”

Focus on the Family threatened that marriage equality will bring the destruction of civilization, and it has referred to the children of same-sex couples as “human guinea pigs.” They continue to promote the junk science behind conversion therapy, advocate for discriminatory policies and engage in other actions that cause real harm to LGBTQ people and families. Mike Pence has repeatedly praised the organization’s founder, James Dobson, and even called him his mentor at a gathering of anti-LGBTQ activists in June.

Over the years, Focus on the Family has made anti-LGBTQ activism a cornerstone of its work. Focus on the Family founder James Dobson has said that the battle against LGBT rights is essentially a “second civil war” to put control of the U.S. government in the right hands, meaning those who reject LGBT rights.

In 2009, Focus employee Juan Ovalle was arrested on two felony accounts of soliciting sex with a child via the internet. Ovalle was arrested when he drove to Lakewood, Colorado to meet a 15 year old girl who he had cybered with online – the “girl” turned out to be an undercover police detective.

And of course according to James Dobson the Sandy Hook massacre was caused by abortion and same-sex marriage. .

Want to make a bet that Mike Pence won’t speak about that?

 

Anti-Gay Grifter “Reverend” Franklin Graham: Stay Away From Satanic Gay People – Audio

Frankin Graham

“We have allowed the Enemy to come into our churches. I was talking to some Christians and they were talking about how they invited these gay children to come into their home and to come into the church and that they were wanting to influence them. And I thought to myself, they’re not going to influence those kids; those kids are going to influence those parent’s children. What happens is we think we can fight by smiling and being real nice and loving.

“We have to understand who the Enemy is and what he wants to do. He wants to devour our homes. He wants to devour this nation and we have to be so careful who we let our kids hang out with. We have to be so careful who we let into the churches. You have immoral people who get into the churches and it begins to effect the others in the church and it is dangerous.” – Franklin Graham, speaking at a Colorado church event organized b Focus on the Family hate group leader James Dobson.

You have immoral people who get into the churches…” Said Franklin Graham with no self-awareness whatsoever.

 

Hundreds Of Bigots Rally In Kentucky In Support Of Anti-Gay Marriage County Clerk Kim Davis [VIDEO]

KY Idiots rally

 

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports:

At a rally Saturday behind the Kentucky Capitol, several thousand people sang hymns, prayed, and praised three county clerks who refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. They also heard Republican political candidates, including gubernatorial hopeful Matt Bevin, and legislators criticize Democrats, especially Gov. Steve Beshear and Attorney General Jack Conway, the Democrats’ nominee for governor this fall. Kent Ostrander, executive director of The Family Foundation, said the event was not anti-gay or anti-lesbian. “All living humanity needs God,” he said. The purpose of the rally, said Ostrander, was to support religious liberty and freedom of conscience for Kentucky’s county clerks in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision. He said it was likely the nation’s first statewide gathering focusing on such First Amendment rights. Ostrander reminded the crowd that the Kentucky legislature in 2013 passed a law to prohibit government from infringing on any citizen’s religious liberty unless it has a compelling interest. He said the religious liberty of three county clerks — Kim Davis of Rowan County, Kay Schwartz of Whitley County and Casey Davis of Casey County — is under attack because of their religious conviction that they cannot use their names on a license form to authorize a same-sex marriage. Ostrander noted that Beshear has told the clerks to do their jobs or quit. “Governor, please do your job or quit,” Ostrander said to loud applause.

The original estimate  of “thousands” by the Lexington-Herald Leader is being disputed and sources close to this site in Frankfort put the number more at a few hundred.

The Family Foundation is an affiliate of the anti-gay hate group Focus on the Family.

Despite advance notice no counter-rally was planned by any LGBT rights organization.