The Illinois state House of Representatives voted Wednesday to approve a bill to includes historical figures in the LGBT civil rights movement in K-12 history textbooks and requires schools to include “the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State” in official textbooks.
The educational method is intended to reduce anti-LGBT bullying in schools by teaching students about the historical place of LGBT figures in American society.
“We think all students are better off when we teach them the full breadth of history,” Brian Johnson, the CEO of the LGBT organization Equality Illinois, said of the bill last year. “It makes them more likely to understand that a diverse cast has contributed to our society.”
Anti-LGBT “Christian” groups like Concerned Christian Americans and the Illinois Family Institute, which has been declared an LGBT hate group cited their own “religious objections” and those of some unnamed students families.
“It is well known that the controversies of the transgender and homosexual movements are in direct contradiction to the clear Judeo-Christian beliefs of many in Illinois,” said Illinois Family Institute lobbyist Ralph Rivera, in a memo to legislators. “Schools should teach that we should be respectful of each student and each person. This is what we all agree on. However, schools should not be used to advocate for lifestyles that are against the religious values of the students and parents.”
The measure now heads to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s (D) desk where he is expected to sign it.
The former home hate-group of “Porno Pete” Peter LaBarbera, The Illinois Family Institute (the state affiliate of the American Family Association) now led by B-list hate monger Laurie Higgins is responding to supporters who are angry that Higgin’s urged her group’s members to watch a video of Dan Savage’s “repugnant” appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher last summer.
“Why view photos from Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen? Why view photos of lynchings? Why view photos of aborted babies? Why view the photo of the young napalmed Vietnamese girl? Why view photos of animals caught in steel leg traps or baby seals bludgeoned to death? Aren’t these images shocking and obscene? I am not equating the enormity of the evil of the Holocaust and the American genocide of pre-born babies to that of the homosexuality-affirming movement. I am, rather, illuminating the necessity of occasionally viewing the evil in our midst about which humans have a remarkable capacity to delude themselves. As Christians, however, we should remain conscious of the fact that a life of unrepentant homoerotic activity will result in eternal separation from God. How do we measure the magnitude of temporal suffering relative to that of eternal suffering?”
Its amazing that Laurie Higgins and her ilk are way more obsessed with my sex life than I am.
The Illinois Family Institute which was designated an anti-gay “hate group” in 2009 is running scared that lawmakers who will reconvene under Springfield’s Capitol dome today and that the Democratic controlled Illinois Senate could get started as early as today with legislation to legalize same-sex marriage.
Over the weekend Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George urged parishioners to let state lawmakers know they oppose gay marriage and wrote letter to priests in the Roman Catholic archdiocese telling them to do the same.
George wrote that allowing gay couples to marry would be “acting against the common good of society.” and that “Civil laws that establish ‘same-sex marriage’ create a legal fiction. The state has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible.”
Image below via the awesome Jeremy Hooper at Good As You
Laurie Higgins and The Illinois Family Institute which IS an officially recognized hate group listed along side the Ku Klux Klan and Stormfront came to the defense of of Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George’s comments that the “gay liberation movement” has “morph(ed) into something like the Ku Klux Klan, demonstrating in the streets against Catholicism.
The virulent hatred many homosexual activists have for Catholic (and Protestant) orthodoxy is fully comparable to the virulent hatred that members of the KKK had. Perhaps the Trib’s editorial board should spend more time visiting some of the infamous “gay” blogs whose commenter’s regularly spew intolerant, uncivil, and vulgar hatred toward the Catholic Church.
Moi? Spew intolerant, il, and vulgar hatred? Shut the fuck up you evil dried up bitch!
Higgins in the past has compared homosexuality to Nazism, likening the German Evangelical Church’s weak response to fascism to the “American church’s failure to respond appropriately to the spread of radical, heretical, destructive views of homosexuality.” Elsewhere, Higgins has pined for the days when gays were in the closet. “There was something profoundly good for society about the prior stigmatization of homosexual practice… . [W]hen homosexuals were ‘in the closet,’ (along with fornicators, polyamorists, cross-dressers, and ‘transexuals’), they weren’t acquiring and raising children.” She’s also said that McDonald’s, because it ran a gay-friendly TV ad, is “hell bent on using its resources to promote subversive moral, social, and political views about homosexuality to our children.”
So who’s the cross burning KKK sheet wearer now?
A few years ago the officially recognized anti-gay hate group the Illinois Family Institute, then run by undercover leatherman “Porno Pete” LaBarbera now of infamous Americans for Truth About Homosexuality set up the website called Protect Marriage Illinois when they laughingly and unsuccessfully tried to get a anti-gay marriage referendum on the ballot because of failing to gather enough valid signatures. (And many of the ones they did gather were that of people who didn’t exist, were dead, and just outright fraudulent)
After years of inactivity Protect Marriage Illinois now has a placard that reads ‘Citizen Petitions to Protect Marriage in Illinois’ is coming soon, with the Americans for Truth email as a contact.” (Hello Porno Pete!)
So here we go again. Bit its not as bad as it seems. And its all part of a publicity stunt by LaBarbera the anti gay huckster. He must be short on Right Wing Welfare funds.
Other than the fact that same-sex marriages already cannot be legally entered into in Illinois. Voter referendums in Illinois are advisory only. And all constitutional amendments must originate in the Legislature. Also Illinois sets the bar very high to avoid the debacle seen in many other states where voters (not the legislature) vote on often superfluous measures tailored to benefit special interests which is why you never see NOM throwing away money in Illinois.
It’s a meaningless exercise and you can bet that good ol’ Porno Pete isn’t making that clear to potential donors that its all for nothing and it’s only to pad his email list and get some extra donations.
Charlatan, grifter, crook, fraud and huckster.
Those are the nicest words to describe “Porno Pete” LaBarbera
Hate for $$$’s
How’s that for a lesson in TRUTH Pete?
The OFFICIALLY recognized LGBT hate group, The Illinois Family Institute has issued a Martin Luther King Day Press Release which is filled with anti-gay rhetoric, unscientific theories and just plain hate in which it tries it basically states that LGBT rights are not civil rights.
For years, homosexual activists and their allies have manufactured and exploited an absurd and offensive analogy between homosexuality and race in order to advance their moral and political agenda. Homosexualists use the heroic battle to end racial discrimination as a Trojan Horse to eradicate moral judgments about homosexual conduct. All civilized persons — particularly African-Americans — should be outraged. Regarding this analogy, homosexualists have no ethical commitments to either logic or evidence, and they have no regard for the black family in America that already experiences tremendous struggles
If our elected leaders truly hold as ignorant an understanding of the nature of homosexuality as evidenced in these statements, then they don’t deserve their positions. These statements reveal the utterly foolish, erroneous, and offensive idea that homosexuality is equivalent in nature to race. There is no evidence or justification to warrant such an analogy.
Race or skin color is 100 percent heritable, absolutely immutable and carries no behavioral implications whatsoever. Homosexuality, on the other hand, is defined by desire and voluntary sexual acts that are open to moral assessment. There is no research proving that homosexuality is immutable or biologically determined. In addition, homosexuality carries inherent behavioral implications that all societies throughout history have deemed immoral.
Homosexual activists and their allies are advancing their subversive moral and political goals by hijacking the rhetoric of the Civil Rights Movement and Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. They seek to intimidate philosophical conservatives into silence by associating them with racism and bigotry. Volitional homosexual acts are not equivalent to race. And morals beliefs regarding volitional homosexual conduct are not equivalent to racism.
It may not be racism, but like racism, it is all about bigotry and civil rights. perhaps these idiots don;t know that doesn’t know that MLK’s best friend was a gay man and that Coretta Scott – King supported the effort for LGBT equality under the law which makes it even more heinous that they pervert a day recognizing King for their own hateful and evil agenda.
The bigots like those at The Illinois Family Institute want people to be able to discriminate against gays with impunity, and want their rationalization that what they do is not just as evil as discriminating against Blacks. But it is.
I am sure that if MLK were alive today he’s have a few choice words for these evil hateful people.
This comes from the bigoted bullshit spewing mouth of David Smith, executive of the SPLC-designated hate group, the Illinois Family Institute, who in the missive below somehow does not mention that the IFI also opposed the hospital visitation for same sex partners – No they aren’t a hate group. Not at all.
“We are very disappointed that the Illinois General Assembly succumbed to emotional manipulation instead of reasoned justifiable evidence regarding the government’s recognition of the public purpose of marriage. Proponents engaged in embarrassing and maudlin displays of sentimentality intended to emotionally manipulate rather than intellectually persuade their colleagues. Illinois is now among the unfortunate minority of states with legalized civil unions.
“The state has the dubious honor of being not only one of the most politically corrupt states in America, but also one with a dearth of wise and courageous leaders. Even when four state representatives argued deceitfully from the floor that this bill was needed to assure hospital visits for homosexual partners, not one conservative representative made clear that on April 15, 2010 President Obama issued an executive order mandating hospital visitation for same sex partners that applies to any hospital that receives Medicare or Medicaid funds, which is virtually every hospital. Today is not merely a sad day; it’s a tragic day for Illinois”
Cry me a fucking river. Douchebag.
Just to prove that being anti-gay douchebags isn’t only a man’s job we have Linda Harvey and Laura Higgins are issuing their final directions for Christian students to walk out of any school that participates in this year’s GLSEN Day Of Silence next Friday.
Below is a joint message to parents from the Summer’s Eve Twin Pack Laurie Higgins (Illinois Family Institute) and Linda Harvey (Mission America).
Explain to your children why you’re taking a stand:
a. Homosexual behavior is not an innate identity.
b. No matter what factors may influence homosexual feelings, freely chosen homosexual behavior is immoral and should be resisted.
c. Homosexuality is not equivalent to race.
d. Disapproval of homosexuality is not equivalent to racism; nor is it hatred; nor is it bullying; nor does it constitute an incitement to violence. It is permissible and ethical to express disapproval of homosexuality. Just because someone may feel bad when hearing that someone disapproves of homosexuality does not mean that disapproval is cruel or wrong.
e. No school should support a view of homosexuality that is unproven and controversial, and that is physically, emotionally, and spiritually destructive to individuals and society.
f. No school should allow instructional time to be politicized.
Encourage your church leadership to follow the bold example of Pastor Ken Hutcherson who vocally opposed “Day of Silence” in his community in Redmond, Washington. He led the Walkout in his community, and over 600 out of 1,400 students were called out of school on the Day of Silence. Let your light shine by spreading the word to your church and neighbors. Explain that school districts lose money for every absence, which may help convince administrations and school boards that it is not merely unethical but fiscally irresponsible to allow the classroom to be used for political purposes
Well isn’t that…….special.
One thing that this shows over and over again is that Christianity = Hate. For all their Bullshit about Jesus and Christian “love” they are a hateful and nasty group of people who hide behind the concept of religion to spew their evil venom onto others.
Sad and pathetic people and these two cunts are a very real example of this. (I hate using the “c” word but it does fit in this instance.
PLEASE feel free to contact Linda & Laurie and let them know how you feel about their endorsement of anti-gay bullying and harassment and what a pair of bitches they really are.