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Conversion Therapy Event At Brigham Young University Quickly Cancelled After Discovery By The Public

BYU

On Sunday night, a flyer surfaced on Reddit for an event planned for Nov. 22 at Brigham Young University-Idaho (BYU-I), which is owned and operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) and was suddenly cancelled after the public caught wind of it.

“Confused about the confusion about same-gender attraction? People can and do overcome same-gender attraction and enjoy rich, full lives with marriage partners of the opposite-sex without regrets,” the flyer promised and then went on to tlak about “an evening of discussion with a professional counselor who has helped many overcome same-gender attraction.”

The so-called “professional counselor” in question is Michael D. Williams whose personal page directs readers to Family Structure Studies, a project of the anti-gay hate group National Organization for Marriage backed Witherspoon Institute.  The data usedon that prosuggested that children of same-sex couples are worse off than their peers, comes from an infamous 2012 study by sociology professor Mark Regnerus, which has been widely discredited by academic and medical associations. The study was later disavowed by the editorial board of the very journal in which it was published.

On his “professional blog“, Williams has authored several anti-gay and anti-transgender posts. In one, he refers to Leelah Alcorn—a transgender girl who committed suicide in December 2014, prompting the Obama administration to officially oppose conversion therapy—as a “troubled young man” and also predicted that that the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Obergefell will have “dire consequences,” and claims that “[h]omes with same-sex ‘parents’ are remarkably unstable” and that the term “same-sex marriage” is “a misnomer and oxymoron.”

BYU-Idaho spokesperson released a statement saying that the event was planned and subsequently cancelled by a local student congregation, not the university itself and added that. “While this event was originally planned to use a campus classroom, it was not initiated by BYU-Idaho”

Williams released the following statement:

“Due to negative publicity the presentation has been called off.. I regret that the fears of some who’ve experienced repression and bigotry have resulted in others not being allowed to learn alternative viewpoints and options.”

In the 197o’s Brigham Young University used electroshock aversion therapy on gay students.

A Brief History Of The Unspoken Tortures of Homosexuals At The Hands of the Mormon Church

Mormon Church Won't Oppose Utah's Gay Conversion Therapy Torture Ban

Today In Irony: Mormon Church Bitchslaps Kim Davis: “We Shouldn’t Be Having Culture Wars Over Same-Sex Marriage”

Mormon Church Kills LGBT bill

Anti-gay Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis is having a very bad week.  First the rabidly crazy Westboro Baptist Church picketed her fat ass earlier this week in Kentucky for being a “fake Christian and adulterer” and breaking the law, And now the squeaky clean anti-gay Mormon Church has publicly denounced her.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports:

Kim Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky, cannot use her Christian faith as a justification for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gays, a high-ranking Mormon authority said Tuesday. Public officials “are not free to apply personal convictions — religious or other — in place of the defined responsibilities of their public offices,” LDS apostle Dallin H. Oaks said in a speech in Sacramento, Calif. “A county clerk’s recent invoking of religious reasons to justify refusal by her office and staff to issue marriage licenses to same-gender couples violates this principle.”

“First, parties with different views on the relationship between church and state should advocate and act with civility,” Oaks said. “We all lose when an atmosphere of anger or hostility or contention prevails. We all lose when we cannot debate public policies without resorting to boycotts, firings and intimidation of our adversaries.” Next, he said, compromise should be the goal. “On the big issues that divide adversaries on these issues, both sides should seek a balance, not a total victory,” Oaks advised. “For example, religionists should not seek a veto over all nondiscrimination laws that offend their religion, and the proponents of nondiscrimination should not seek a veto over all assertions of religious freedom.

A message from the Morom Church who brough us Prop 8 and has lost over a million followers due to its past stand on lesbians and gays.

Mormon LGBT Group Denied Permission To March In Salt Lake City and Provo Parades

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The Mormon LGBT group Mormons Building Bridges has once again been denied permission for the second straight year.to march in two of the most popular parades in the SLC/Provo, UT area.  The Days of ’47 Parade in Salt Lake City and the Freedom Festival Grand Parade in Provo.

In line with the Days of ’47 Parade’s theme of “Pioneers — Forging a New Frontier,” Mormons Building Bridges had proposed a “Utah’s LGBT Pioneers” entry. It would have featured six LGBT leaders from business, education and public service riding in an antique convertible.

Greg James, executive vice president of the Days of ’47 said the decision was based on its belief that Mormons Building Bridges is an advocacy group.

The rules for the July 24 parade forbid advocacy groups of any kind “whether it’s a group you might agree with or don’t agree with. We don’t do anything that’s advocacy. This one is advocacy,”

Mormons Building Bridges was founded in 2012 with the goal of improving the relations between The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the gay community. The group is nonpartisan.

Earlier this year Governor Gary Herbert signed into law an LGBT non-discrimination bill a, paving the way for equal rights among members of the LGBT community. Unfortunately the bill was filled with many religious exemptions and looked much better on paper than it actually was.

Over Hyped Strawman LGBT Anti-discrimination Bill Clears Legislature in Utah, Discrimination Bill Pending‏

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After a much over-hyped PR spin Bill SB296 passed he Utah House on Wednesday. The bill itself to will enact Utah’s first statewide non-discrimination protections for the gay and transgender community, while providing safeguards for religious liberty. (ie. MAJOR Religious exemptions)

The bill itself, which bears a close resemblance to the recently failed and much criticized version of ENDA has been much hyped by many major LGBT organizations because to quote Zach Ford of ThinkProgress: “It may be the best Bill that could pass there.”

S.B. 296, however, is far from a perfect bill. It contains a lot of provisions that are unique to the legal climate of Utah that would not translate elsewhere. Given the ubiquitous presence of the Church of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) in Utah, it may be the best bill that could pass there — and is thus better than no protections. Though it does contain some interesting new ideas that could be adapted elsewhere, it is by no means a model for other states to consider.

For example, the bill only protects LGBT people in employment and housing; it does not address public accommodations (e.g. how businesses treat customers). Thus, as a civil rights bill, it pales compared to the more universal protections afforded other classes like race at the national level. It also falls short of the wider array of protections offered by many other states, and the kind of proposals activists hope to soon see introduced in Congress.

The bill also exempts any employers that constitute “a religious organization, a religious corporation sole, a religious association, a religious society, a religious educational institution, or a religious leader, when that individual is acting in the capacity of a religious leader.” Religious leaders are specifically defined as somebody who is an “authorized representative” of a religious organization. The exemption also extends to any corporation or association that is an affiliate or subsidiary of such a religious organization. The Boy Scouts of America (BSA), which is quite prominent in Utah because of LDS support, enjoys its own specific exemption

And now after all the trumpeting and priase from the Human Rights Campaign and Equality Utah who seem to be the only LGBT people in Utah thrilled about this straw-man “anti-discrimination bil” that protects the Mormon’s more than our own community, the Utah legislation is ALSO advancing a seperate “religious freedom” bill (SB297) which allows the church and its related entities to NOT have to recognize ‘LEGAL’ same-sex marriages and allow public employee to discriminate against by refusing to provide equal access to government benefits.

What a royal clusterfuck. And all brought to you by our LGBT organizations who are willing to accept crumbs so it looks like they are doing something.

TLC To Air Self-Loathing Homo Special ‘My Husband’s Not Gay’ In January – Video

my husbands not gay

 

As if letting the anti-gay reglious sect known as the Duggar Klan continue their show wasn’t bad enough. Now TLC (otherwise known as The Lactating Channel)  will be airing a“Special” in January  about fours self-loathing Mormon closet cases called “My Husband’s Not Gay”  who don’t identify themselves as homosexual despite having strong attractions to men.

Via The Wrap:

The show focuses on three married couples: Jeff and Tanya, Pret and Megan, and Curtis and Tera. Joining the cast is 35-year-old Tom, the bachelor of the group who enjoys fishing and baseball and served as a missionary in Long Beach.

All cast members are devout Mormons belonging to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The special will follow the cast as they navigate life while explaining to outsiders their unique marriages.

“I get a little defensive when somebody calls my husband gay,” one wife says.

The special is produced by Hot Snakes Media which has produced such “reality television” classics and “Amish Mafia” and “Breaking Amish”

TLC is owned by The Discovery Channel.

 

Mormons vs. Masturbation Scare Film – Watch: “Saving Private Hardon” – Video

Saving Private Hardon

Courtesy of  Brigham Young University–Idaho comes this creepy and hysterical public service message to male students urging them to identify friends they think are masturbating too much to religious officials, and comparing the gesture to rescuing a fellow soldier during war.

“If you need to, talk to your bishop,” school president Kim B. Clark says in the video, “Wounded On The Battlefield,” aka “Saving Private Hardon” which was released last month. “Tell someone who can do something that you have a friend in trouble.”

 “A lonely, confused young man gets addicted to pornography. His roommates know, but they do nothing to help him.”

Jeez, guys, can’t somebody just lend the poor guy a hand?

Mormon Governor Gary Herbert Says Utah Will Not Recognize Existing Gay Marriages

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert announced on Wednesday that the state would not recognize same-sex marriages performed before the Supreme Court issued a stay on Judge Robert Shelby’s ruling striking down the state’s ban,

 Salt Lake Tribune reports:

Based on counsel from the Attorney General’s Office regarding the Supreme Court decision, state recognition of same-sex marital status is ON HOLD until further notice. Please understand this position is not intended to comment on the legal status of those same-sex marriages – that is for the courts to decide. The intent of this communication is to direct state agency compliance with current laws that prohibit the state from recognizing same-sex marriages. Wherever individuals are in the process of availing themselves of state services related to same-sex marital status, that process is on hold and will stay exactly in that position until a final court decision is issued. For example, if a same-sex married couple previously changed their names on new drivers licenses, those licenses should not be revoked. If a same-sex couple seeks to change their names on drivers licenses now, the law does not allow the state agency to recognize the marriage therefore the new drivers licenses cannot be issued.

A lawyer Back2Stonewall has consulted states that Herbert has no legal authority to do this and confirms that this will open up the state of Utah to thousands of litigation cases by same-sex married couples.

Herbert, a devout Mormon who helped build the temple in Provo, Utah has been accused of taking bribes on a major highway project by a party that offered to do the job for the “lowest and best” bid.  It was later revealed that Governor Herbert took quite a bit of campaign cash from the contractor awarded the job even though he he did not meet the bidding criteria.

 

Mormon Former AZ Sheriff Richard Mack Calls For “Uprising” In Utah Against Same Sex Marriage

Crazy ass Richard Mack

 

He’s a graduate of the FBI National Academy who preaches that county sheriffs are the highest legitimate law enforcement officials in the land. He’s a hard-right libertarian who believes the federal government has no authority to require drivers to wear seat belts and who once demanded the government give him back the $4,800 he paid in income taxes.

Meet former Graham County, Ariz., Sheriff Richard Mack who at a rally held Saturday by The Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers, Association, a coalition of anti-gay sheriffs and homophobic conservative who has put out the “call for an uprising” against same-sex marriage in Utah.

FOX13 reports.

Said Former Graham County, Ariz., Sheriff Richard Mack

“The people of Utah have rights, too, not just the homosexuals. The homosexuals are shoving their agenda down our throats…That’s a lie. That’s an absolute lie [that the federal government’s ruling overrules Utah’s laws]. We have a right to raise our kids without homosexuals being part of the Boy Scouts, the schools and teachers and doing everything. They can be all that, but don’t shove your agenda down my kid’s throat. We have a right to raise our kids how we want not how you want.  We don’t want any more of your gay appreciation parades.””

Mack also said the U.S. Constitution was written to protect God-given, innate rights. “You’re never going to convince us that homosexual marriage is one of those innate, God-given rights. It’s not,” he said.  If you read the Bible, you will plainly and simply see that it’s not.”

Mack, created the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association about three years ago to “take back America county by county, state by state.”  and to advance the principle that sheriffs must resist the government.

“The county sheriff is the one who can say to the feds, ‘Beyond these bounds you shall not pass,’” Mack writes on the CSPOA website. He further writes that hundreds of police officers, sheriffs and others have “expressed a desire to be part of this Holy Cause of Liberty.” He vows to train them, state by state, and says that the local governments they represent will issue a “Declaration to the Federal Government regarding the abuses that we will no longer tolerate or accept.” That declaration, he says, will be enforced by those lawmen. “In short, the CSPOA will be the army to set our nation free.”

Ah those peace loving Mormons.

Osmond Family Brother Alan Ratchets Up The Hate, Attacks LGBT’s Over Utah’s ENDA Bill

Alan Osmond

For the past few years I have been reporting on and off  about Alan Osmond, best known for his years as one of the Osmond Family singers. (The one with the z~mutton chops) and who now currently serves on the high council of the Orem Suncrest Stake in Orem, Utah for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons)

For the past few years Osmond  has been crusading against gay marriage hiding behind religion as so many bigots do.  Now Osmond is expanding his horizon of hate using every vile trick in the book from lying about the transgender community to “its all about the children” to try to stop Utah’s Non-discimination Bill .

In the screed below Osmond proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that his bigotry is based in hate and ignorance and that “real” religion has nothing to do with it.

From Alan Osmond’s TheFamily.com

As we draw together with family at this precious time of year, I hope you will consider how important family and gender are to each of us, as illustrated by this surprising new bill that redefines gender (and eventually family,) and makes it illegal to disagree.

Ending Privacy concern about Urquhart’s new “non-discrimination” bill are spreading like wild fire, some going so far as to name this the “Bathroom Bill,” referring to lines 584-589:

“….It is a discriminatory and prohibited employment practice to deny an employee access to restrooms, shower facilities, or dressing facilities that are consistent with the employee’s gender identity” ( Meaning gender “without regard to the individual’s designated sex at birth.” as defined in lines 88-91 )

Rather than denying the problems, the LGBT simply labels the response to legal wording as “paranoia“or “bathroom panic.” But bathroom confusion is only the first issue created by this redefinition. Being accused of hate crimes when you complain is the second. 

                                 California’s Transgender student bill

                                 45 year old man using women’s showing facility

                                 Transgender boy accused of sexual harassment in girls restroom

                                 Girls threatened with Hate crimes if they complain

Redefining Gender

Even if the bathroom language were absent the bill would have the same essential problems. Urquhart’s non-discrimination billdefines and creates two new types of gender or sexual identities:

“Gender identity” means an individual’s internal sense of gender, without regard to the individual’s designated sex at birth. Evidence of gender identity may include an individual’s self-identification, as well as the individual’s gender-related appearance, mannerisms, and other gender-related characteristics. (lines 88-91)

“Sexual orientation” means an individual’s actual or perceived orientation as heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual. (lines 124-125)

Creating new than redefining privacy. Gender law, much like marriage law, is not meant to serve the emotional needs of society, but rather to be the structure that protects women and children and even men from unchecked sexual impulse.Gender is the way we organize privacy.

It is the way we structure modesty and standards of public decency.

 We regulate the institution of marriage based on gender complementarity When marriage fails, our state law works to protect the child’s relationship with both the mother and the father, not based on what the parents want, but based on the child’s right to have both genders modeled in his life.

 Man/woman marriage is the only way to protect the child’s biological right to have both a mother and a father- two distinctly different gifts.

Man/woman marriage is only possible in a system of two genders

Adoption follows the same premise-All born of man and woman, all raised by man and woman.

 Invitro fertilization laws protect an infant’s right to have both a male and female parent, declaring it cruel to create children with the life plan that they will have no father.

Owning children irrelevant to their own emotional or biological needs for both mother and father, creates a solid foundation for human trafficking–(in French and the English translation)

If we end gender as a “sex designated at birth” and replace it with gender as an “orientation,” all of these gender based protections will end, legalizing gay adoption and gay in vitro-fertilization, punishing those who decline to participate.

                                 Adoption agencies forced to close

                                 Lesbians given power to create fatherless children 

                                 OB forced to create child for lesbian couple

                                 Methodist church forced to host gay marriage

Codifying “orientations” makes it legally acceptable, if not a legally ideal, to abandon commitments and obligations, in preference to a “sense of gender” or “sincerely held belief,” based not on a child’s needs, but on adults’ desires,or “perception of orientation;” making all of us objects in other people’s needs, rather than adults meeting our obligations to society and children. This attitude will weaken our cultural commitment to self restraint and responsibility. It will affect divorce cases and custody battles adversely, as well as weakening marriage culture in general. Can we imagine that the court could condemn parents who abandoned children in order to follow their legally protected orientation?

Since Utah’s Marriage Amendment relies upon a clear understanding of marriage as a “legal union between a man and a woman” it is imperative that we hold clear legal signals as to what gender means in Utah law.

Activist lawyers and judges are hungry to exploit such a contradiction in Utah’s code.  In this way Utah would unavoidably join the several states forced by judges to accept gay marriage, is ending “every child’s right to have both a  mother and a father.”

This debate will come to an abrupt finish within 6-9 weeks.

We, and ask them to stop a redefinition of gender as created by the non-discrimination bill. Together we can make a dramatic difference in the world we leave our children

 

Speechless.

GOP Senators Introduce Bill To Allow Discrimination Against LGBT Individuals

Mike Lee

Spurred on by Tony Perkins (pictured above) and his extreme right-wing funded hate group the Family Research Council a  dozen Republican senators have introduced a bill called the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act that would bar the government from denying any person or group tax-exempt status for exercising their so-called “religious beliefs” and would give ANY “non-profit” group a ‘license to discriminate’ against LGBT individuals.

“Religious freedom is a foundation principle to our great nation, and it’s something that Louisianians and folks across the country cherish — including the millions of Americans, like myself, who support traditional marriage,” Sen. David Vitter, R-La.,and co-sponsor of the bill. “But, for a number of reasons, this basic freedom is under attack by the current administration. This bill will protect groups from administrative attacks, such as additional hurdles with taxes or obtaining federal grants or contracts.” (Yes.  This is the SAME David Vitter whose “Family Values” were exposed back in 2007, when it was revealed that he had been involved in a high-profile prostitution ring in Washington D.C.)

Vitter is an original co-sponsor of the bill wriiten by Senator Mike Lee R-UT (and Mormon) along with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla.