May 18, 2016

For conservative Christians, the “Obama homosexual revolution” means civil war.

Rick Wiles, speaking on his Trunews program earlier this week, lamented the Obama administration’s new directive telling every public school district in the country to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identity, and warned the decision would lead to civil war.

On his popular program Wiles said the nation is headed for civil war, and it’s all President Obama’s fault:

I’m going to tell you where I think we’re going: civil war. I believe this is the opening shot from Obama for civil war.

Referring to the Obama administration as “the command center of the Obama homosexual revolution” Wiles predicted that most parents and school officials would “cave” and “sacrifice their children at the altar of sexual perversion,” while those good Christians who protested would be “beaten in the streets with batons” and “hosed down with firehoses.”

Wiles added:

I’m not calling for violence. I’m calling for massive civil disobedience. Shut down the system. My God, what do we have to do? They’re coming after your innocent children! Just when do you get off of your fat rear end and do something? I’m so sick and tired of these cowards in the churches. Lazy, worthless cowards! They’re coming for your children! They’re coming right into your schools to pervert your children!

Wiles continued by making the outrageous claim that President Obama (and Satan) intend to “rape your children”:

We’re living in a funhouse. In a house of horrors. The president — the fake president, he’s a fake president, he’s not a legitimate American president, he’s a fake and he’s been allowed to do these wicked things for eight years because there’s been no resistance to him, and now he’s going for it, he’s got the pedal to the metal. He’s coming into the schools to rape your children. Let’s be honest about it. Satan wants to rape your children. I’m telling you, there’s going to be confrontation in the country. There will be a group of people who just say, ‘This is it, I’m done, at this point, we resist and we’re pushing back.’

Bottom line: Conservative Christians continue to panic as transgender bathroom hysteria fuels dangerous fantasies of civil war and Christian persecution.

(H/T Right Wing Watch)

Rick Wiles (Image via YouTube)
Rick Wiles (Image via YouTube)
May 1, 2016

Fueled by irrational fear and bigotry, over one million Christians boycott Target.

More than one million people have signed a petition promising to boycott Target because of its new transgender-inclusive bathroom policy.

The petition, sponsored by the American Family Association, a Christian hate group, promotes propaganda and hate speech against transsexual people while pretending to protect children.

Ostensibly, the petition claims to protect “women and children,” but in reality it is a thinly veiled expression of Christian bigotry and hatred towards the transgender community.

The petition advocates for a boycott against Target after the company released a statement in support of transgender people’s right to use the bathroom. In the statement Target says it encourages transgender people to use whichever restroom or fitting room that matches their gender identity, saying inclusivity is a “core belief at Target.”

Yet what should have been a non-controversial statement of tolerance set off a firestorm of Christian panic, and the petition and boycott campaign against Target is the result of that panic.

In response to the transgender bathroom hysteria aimed at Target, a counter petition at MoveOn.org has been launched. Currently the petition has over a 100,000 signatures and reads:

I pledge to support Target and any other business that stands up for transgender rights and accommodates transgender people in their restroom use.

The boycott and petition against Target is part of a shameful and vile attack on transgender people that promotes a discredited and malicious myth that transgender people using public bathrooms pose some sort of threat. However, the facts show that transgender people using public bathrooms do not pose a threat to others.

Yet despite the facts, the myth continues. Last week a notorious conservative Christian lawyer threatened transgender bathroom users with gun violence. Anita Staver, president of the theocratic law group The Liberty Counsel, issued a thinly veiled death threat to transgender people via Twitter. Staver said she will carry a gun to Target so she can shoot transgender bathroom users.

In response to the hate, good people need to reject the transgender bathroom hysteria sweeping the nation, and stand up for transgender individuals and those who support transgender individuals, like Target.

Bottom line: Target’s brave stand for fair treatment of all citizens should be rewarded, not punished.

(Image via Twitter)
(Image via Twitter)
April 23, 2016

Transgender bathroom hysteria fuels Christian bigotry: #BoycottTarget goes viral.

Christian bigots have launched a boycott against Target after the company released a statement earlier this week in support of transgender people.

In the statement Target says it encourages transgender people to use whichever restroom or fitting room that matches their gender identity, saying inclusivity is a “core belief at Target.”

Yet what should have been a non-controversial statement of tolerance set off a firestorm of Christian panic.

In response to Target’s statement of inclusivity, The American Family Association, a conservative Christian advocacy group, started a petition on social media using the hashtag #BoycottTarget.

As of Sunday morning the petition had already gathered over 327,000 signatures and had been widely shared by conservative Christians via social media. The petition reads:

Target’s store policy endangers women and children by allowing men to frequent women’s facilities.

Until Target makes the safety of women and children a priority, I will shop elsewhere.

Ostensibly, the petition claims to protect “women and children,” but in reality it is a thinly veiled expression of Christian bigotry and hatred towards the transgender community.

The petition plays on the discredited and malicious myth that transgender people using public bathrooms pose some sort of threat. However, the facts show that transgender people using public bathrooms do not pose a threat to others.

A recent report issued by Media Matters cites experts from twelve states – including law enforcement officials, state human rights workers, and sexual assault victims advocates – who debunk the myth that transgender non-discrimination laws and policies have any relation to incidents of sexual assault or harassment in public restrooms.

In fact, if one is concerned about public bathroom safety, it is Republican politicians, and not transgender people, that are most likely to be engaged in sexual misconduct. Multiple reports indicate that no transgender individual has ever been arrested for sexual misconduct in a public bathroom, while at least three Republican lawmakers have been arrested for sexual misconduct in a public restroom.

Bottom line: The irrational backlash against Target’s humane policy is another example of transgender bathroom hysteria. It is a myth that transgender people pose a danger in public bathrooms, a myth promoted by conservative Christians who hate what they don’t understand.

(Image via Twitter)
(Image via Twitter)
May 31, 2016

Evangelist James Dobson says transgender people using public bathrooms should be shot.

In an anti-Obama rant the Focus on the Family founder said that transgender people using public restrooms should be shot. Writing for World Net Daily Dobson complained about President Obama’s order to “every public school in America to open all its bathroom facilities including those that are in use by a member of the opposite sex.” Dobson wrote:

Would you remain passive after knowing that a strange-looking man, dressed like a woman, has been peering over toilet cubicles to watch your wife in a private moment? What should be done to the pervert who was using mirrors to watch women and girls in their stalls? If you are a dad, I pray you will protect your little girls from men who walk in unannounced, unzip their pants and urinate in front of them. If this had happened 100 years ago, someone might have been shot. Where is today’s manhood? God help us!

In short, Dobson is giving Christians permission to shoot transgender people using a public bathroom.

Raw Story notes that in his post Dobson comes dangerously close to echoing the same rhetoric that was used by white men in the south when organizing a lynching.

Warning that the Obama administration’s recent directive on the rights of transgender students could bring down all of Western civilization, Dobson asked:

Have we gone absolutely mad? Did it upset you when the president of the United States ordered every public school in America to open all its bathroom facilities including those that are in use by a member of the opposite sex?

Dobson continues:

The president’s order made me furious, and then sick to my stomach. How dare this man do something so audacious and unthinkable!

Dobson accuses Obama of “warping our children” and “wielding dictatorial powers never envisioned in the law” –  a “tyrant” who is “is determined to change Western civilization forever.”

Dobson goes on to lament the changing world, writing:

How the world has changed! Who would have believed a day would come during my lifetime when boys could meander into the private sanctuary of girls’ toilets, or that it would someday be a civil right for men to use women’s locker rooms and showers without permission or apology? Imagine sex-absorbed junior high boys ogling the bodies of developing pubescent girls or standing beside them in their showers. Have we gone absolutely mad? What ever happened to modesty, safety, and Christian mores?

Did it upset you when the president of the United States ordered every public school in America to open all its bathroom facilities including those that are in use by a member of the opposite sex? The president’s order made me furious, and then sick to my stomach. How dare this man do something so audacious and unthinkable! His letter from the White House carried an implied threat to withhold federal money from local schools, which rocked the halls of public education. Who is this politician that is spending your hard-earned tax dollars to manipulate school officials, anyway? Who is it that is warping our children? It is Barack Obama, one of the worst presidents in American history, and it is time we stood up and said so!

Dobson attacks Target’s transgender-friendly bathroom policy:

(You are probably aware that Target has taken a stand to allow persons who “self-identify” as a man or woman to use the restroom of their choice. In addition to Target Stores, the following retailers have also decided, against the objection of their customers, to create “gender neutral” bathrooms: Starbucks, Ross, Walgreens, Toys “R” Us, and Barnes & Noble. My wife, Shirley, and I will no longer patronize these stores, and I hope millions of others will do likewise.)

And continues his demonization of Obama:

Let’s talk more about Barack Obama, who is a tyrant in many ways. How dare he assault centuries of modesty and moral beliefs! By what authority does he tell parents and school officials what to teach children under their care? Christian parents, does this outrageous order violate something deep within your sense of propriety? The president has already maneuvered the courts to undermine a 5,000-year-old definition of marriage, after experiencing his infamous epiphany. Now he is determined to change Western civilization forever. He becomes more reckless and defiant as his second term comes to an end. Never has an American president been so absorbed with the use and abuse of power, and unfortunately, he still has seven months to go. What is next?

Dobson concludes by urging parents to protect their children from ideas he considers to be dangerous:

Clearly, there are serious implications here for mothers and fathers. I urge you to protect your boys and girls from those who are espousing these views. Shield them from gender feminism and from those who would confuse their sexuality. They will be under increasing political pressure in years to come.

Dobson’s rant is a long and sustained howl from a conservative Christian angry that his privilege has been challenged. The fact that he is giving Christian conservatives permission to shoot transgender people using a public bathroom is despicable and irresponsible: a potent reminder of the bigotry, prejudice, and danger transgender people must face on a daily basis.

Bottom line: Dobson is dangerous.

James Dobson (Image via Twitter)
James Dobson (Image via Twitter)

 

May 23, 2016

Glenn Beck complains transgender bathrooms are part of a plot to normalize pedophilia.

Today on his radio program a distraught Glenn Beck claimed transgender bathrooms will lead to the normalization of pedophilia.

Reacting to the recent announcement by Hershey Park that its guests and employees are allowed to use the restrooms that match the gender with which they identify, Beck went on a rant on his radio show this morning, complaining that transgender bathrooms  “are being jammed down our throat.”

(Question: Why is it that conservatives always worry about things being “jammed down our throat” when complaining about equal rights for LGBT people?)

On his program Beck declared:

If you don’t stand up now. I guarantee you the next thing that will be mainstreamed will be pedophilia.

Beck tried to distinguish between marriage equality and transgender-friendly bathrooms, insisting the push for transgender equality is “not normal,” while arguing marriage equality for lesbians and gay men was inevitable.

Beck opined:

Transgender bathrooms have come out of nowhere, and are being jammed down our throat. I guarantee you, I guarantee you the next stop on this train is pedophilia. I guarantee it. They will normalize pedophilia.

Beck is known for making wild and inaccurate claims. Earlier this year Beck claimed God Killed Scalia for Ted Cruz, arguing that God had to kill Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to promote the presidential candidacy of Ted Cruz.

Yet despite God’s efforts, and Scalia’s sacrifice, Cruz lost. Go figure.

Beck is not the only religious extremist to panic at the thought of transgender-friendly bathrooms. Currently there is a transgender bathroom hysteria sweeping the nation. Yet the truth is, church is more dangerous for children than a transgender-friendly bathroom.  

(H/T Right Wing Watch)

Glenn Beck (Image via Screen Grab)
Glenn Beck (Image via Screen Grab)
May 21, 2016

A child is more likely to be molested at church than in a transgender-friendly bathroom.

As the transgender bathroom hysteria rages across the nation, it is important to remember where the real danger is for children. And despite the hysteria, a church is much more dangerous for a child than a public bathroom.

Earlier this week a gay Alabama lawmaker discusses the fact that church is a greater threat to children than transgender-friendly bathrooms. In a touching op-ed post, state representative Patricia Todd discussed the difficulties of being transgender, and the myths surrounding the transgender community.

As for “the bathroom issue” Todd notes:

No evidence has been uncovered showing that fears of transgender persons and “the bathroom issue” are warranted. Several states, school districts and corporations have adopted their own policies affirming transgender people’s right to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity and have not reported problems.

As for the plight of transgender people, Todd reports:

In a study from UCLA’s Williams Institute, nearly 70% of transgender people said they had experienced verbal harassment in a situation involving gender-segregated bathrooms, while nearly 10% reported physical assault.

As for the safety of children, Todd observes:

Most child predators are male (The National Center for Victims of Crime) and The Child Molestation Research & Prevention Institute notes that 90% of child molesters target children in their network of family and friends, and the majority are men married to women.

In other words, the real danger to children is not strangers in a public bathroom, but people they know, and are taught to trust.

Indeed, anyone who pays attention to the news recognizes that youth pastors are often associated with the sexual abuse of children, and of course there is always the despicable, ongoing, and never-ending sexual abuse of children in the Catholic church.

American News X reports in 2014 the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) came out with a report on sexual abuse in the Catholic church. The report indicates that from 1950-2013, 17,259 victims made accusations and 6,427 clerics had been counted as “not implausibly” or “credibly” accused. In addition, it should be noted that these numbers do not account for underreporting, or include the unusually large number victims who came forward in 2003 in the wake of the Boston Globe‘s eye-opening report on sexual abuse in the Catholic church by their Spotlight team.

American News X also reports evangelical leaders have grown concerned enough about sexual abuse in their ranks that they have launched the “Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment” (GRACE) to train, educate and help faith communities prevent the rampant child sexual abuse in America’s churches.

A presentation titled “Offenders Within The Church: Who Are They And How Do They Operate?” gives an ominous indication of the grave threat facing children in American churches, including the fact that reported child abuse accusations against US protestant churches average 70 per week (GRACE also acknowledges that the actual number is probably much higher due to under-reporting.)

In fact, GRACE even has a name for this phenomenon that contributes to sexual abuse in churches: The Five Exploitations:

  1. Exploitation of “religious cover”: Child molesters’ apparent embrace of religious practices and doctrine gives them access to children while providing cover for their behavior.
  2. Exploitation of faith: “The victim’s own analysis of religious doctrine may result in confusion and silence.”
  3. Exploitation of power: Children are taught to submit to authority “from the earliest age.”
  4. Exploitation of needs: Churches are always in need of volunteers and don’t always have the resources to thoroughly vet everyone. On top of that, churchgoers often come in need of support and spiritual solace.
  5. Exploitation of trust: Churches foster a trusting environment, especially for families with children, and children are taught to trust in God and those whom they see as His representatives.

As for the big myth that transgender people using public bathrooms pose some sort of threat, a report issued by Media Matters cites experts from twelve states – including law enforcement officials, state human rights workers, and sexual assault victims advocates – who debunk the myth that transgender non-discrimination laws have any relation to incidents of sexual assault or harassment in public restrooms.

Bottom line: Children are much more likely to be molested at church than in a transgender-friendly bathroom.

(H/T Patricia ToddAmerican News X)

(Image via Facebook)
(Image via Facebook)
July 22, 2014

Biblical morality? Transgender people should be prohibited from using public bathrooms according to Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt, the Republican nominee for House District 15 in the Colorado House of Representatives.

The leading Christian conservative and Tea Party darling argues that because the Bible (Deuteronomy 23) prohibits transgender people from entering a church, they should be prohibited from using gender appropriate public bathrooms as well.

On his “Pray In Jesus Name” program yesterday, Klingenschmitt discussed a lawsuit filed against Hobby Lobby by a transgender female employee who claims that she was denied access to the women’s restroom facilities.  Klingenschmitt said:

“The Scriptures say in Deuteronomy 23 that he that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord. And if they can’t enter the congregation of the Lord, they certainly shouldn’t be allowed to enter the ladies bathroom.”

Klingenschmitt, a former Navy Chaplain, is no stranger to controversy. The homophobic, demon obsessed, Christian conservative previously claimed that President Obama is possessed by demonic spirits; and that regardless of what the courts on earth rule, Jesus will eventually rule against gay marriage and toss all gays into Hell

Most recently, the GOP candidate advocated exorcism for atheists: Wanting everyone to be “free to enjoy the worship of Jesus Christ,” the Republican nominee argued atheists should face exorcism in order to feel more comfortable in church.

(H/T Right Wing Watch)

Gordon “Dr. Chaps” Klingenschmitt

 

November 28, 2020

So What’s The Problem? Conservative Christians are worried that President-elect Joe Biden will create a transgender atheist army for the anti-Christ.

Conservative Christian activist and former Colorado state legislator Gordon Klingenschmitt is warning his fellow Christians that Joe Biden will “transgenderize” the U.S. military and “punish Christian soldiers.”

In a newsletter to his followers Klingenschmitt writes:

Female solders and students will be forced to share common showers and rooms with cross-dressing men or boys with male anatomy, within hours of Biden’s inauguration.

Klingenschmitt continues:

Christian troops who object to sharing co-ed showers and bunks with opposite gender anatomy will be vilified as ‘discriminators’ and punished, demoted, discharged or court-martialed. Mark my words. The devil wants an atheist army for the Antichrist, soon.

Klingenschmitt, a former Navy Chaplain, is no stranger to controversy. The homophobic, demon obsessed, Christian conservative previously claimed that President Obama is possessed by demonic spirits; and that regardless of what the courts on earth rule, Jesus will eventually rule against gay marriage and toss all gays into Hell.

More recently, the former GOP lawmaker advocated exorcism for atheists. Wanting everyone to be “free to enjoy the worship of Jesus Christ,” the Republican argued atheists should face exorcism in order to feel more comfortable in church.

Klingenschmitt also believes that transgender people should be prohibited from using public bathrooms. For example, on his “Pray In Jesus Name” program, Klingenschmitt discussed a lawsuit filed against Hobby Lobby by a transgender female employee who claimed that she was denied access to the women’s restroom facilities.  Klingenschmitt said:

The Scriptures say in Deuteronomy 23 that he that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord. And if they can’t enter the congregation of the Lord, they certainly shouldn’t be allowed to enter the ladies bathroom.

Bottom line: Conservative Christian activist and former Colorado state legislator Gordon Klingenschmitt is warning his fellow Christians that Joe Biden will “transgenderize” the U.S. military and “punish Christian soldiers” while creating a “transgender atheist army.”

Conservative Christians Fear Biden Will Create ‘Transgender Atheist Army’ (Image via YouTube)
Conservative Christians Fear Biden Will Create ‘Transgender Atheist Army’ (Image via YouTube)
November 30, 2018

She was only trying to use the bathroom when school staff forced open the stall door, exposing the minor to several leering adult staff members.

In a deplorable demonstration of transgender discrimination and poor judgment, staff members at Osseo Senior High School in Maple Grove, Minnesota, can be seen on video forcing open a bathroom stall door because a transgender teen was using the toilet.

The transgender teen said she was “scared and violated” when the group of adults forcibly opened a private stall while she used the bathroom in her Minnesota school.

The teen captured her horrifying ordeal on video:

The Daily Dot explains:

The minute-long video documents a young woman breaking into the stall the student is using, and leaving the door open as she stands with her back to the stall. At least two other men accompany her, one of whom appears to be hiding from the camera.

From behind the camera, the student, identified as Cece by Pink News, can be heard saying:

Look at that. I’m using the bathroom right now and they just violated me. They’re some perverts.

There’s no concern to safety just because I’m using the bathroom.

I’m so scared and violated right now. They just walked into the bathroom while I was using the bathroom for no reason.

According to reports, school district officials said there was no bathroom ban and that the social media post misrepresented what occurred. In a statement a spokesperson for Osseo Schools said:

Social media posts are significantly misrepresenting the incident and that staff works very hard every day to help ensure an inclusive school where all students feel welcome, respected and safe. We wish we could provide additional details about this incident but are committed to protecting the student’s right to data privacy.

However, the district will not explain why the bathroom door was forced open.

The reaction on Twitter was mostly outrage at the poor treatment the student was forced to endure:

Bottom line: Staff members at a Minnesota High School can be seen on video forcing open a bathroom stall door while a transgender teen was trying to use the toilet.

Watch: High School Staff Forces Bathroom Stall Door Open While Trans Girl Uses Toilet (Image via Facebook)
Watch: High School Staff Forces Bathroom Stall Door Open While Trans Girl Uses Toilet (Image via Facebook)
August 14, 2018

A middle-school in Oklahoma is closed after vigilante parents citing the Bible threaten the life of a 12-year-old transgender student.

In a horrific story out of Oklahoma parents of students at Achille Middle-School threatened a transgender girl with castration and a beating because she used the girls’ bathroom.

KXII reports:

Several law enforcement agencies have stepped in after parents made threats to harm a 12-year-old Achille Public Schools student on social media last week.

The parents, meeting in a private Facebook group for parents of students at Achille Middle-School, referred to the 12-year-old student named Maddie as “it,” “this thing,” and “half baked maggot.”

One member of the Facebook group, Eddie Belcher, wrote:

If he wants to be a female make him a female. A good sharp knife will do the job really quick.

Parents Burney and Jamie Crenshaw are apparently leading the group of violent vigilante parents threatening the 12-year-old student’s life. On Facebook Jamie Crenshaw repeatedly misgendered Maddie several times while stoking the fire of hatred and bigotry. On one Facebook post Crenshaw wrote:

The transgender is already using the girls bathroom. We have been told how the school has gone above and beyond to make sure he [sic] has his [sic] own restroom yet he [sic] is still using the girls.

News9 reports that the page containing the original Facebook posts is now unavailable on Facebook, but some screenshots have been saved and shared several times online. For example:

As one might expect, parents were quick to cite the Bible and their Christian faith as a justification to abuse and threaten the 12-year-old girl:

Commenting on the story, Troy Stevenson, an Oklahoma City civil rights attorney, calls the comments by the parents “horrific,” noting:

They were actually inciting physical violence, quite possibly the murder of this twelve-year-old young person, this little girl.

ThinkProgress reports Maddie’s mother, Brandy Rose, says her daughter has gone from being upbeat and positive to being afraid for her life:

She’s an awesome kid. To see any fear in her, I can’t explain how bad that hurts me for them to hurt her.

Bottom line: Parents at a rural Oklahoma middle-school threaten the life of a 12-year-old transgender student for using the bathroom.

Oklahoma Middle-School Closed After Vigilante Parents Threaten Transgender Student (Image via Screen Grab)
Oklahoma Middle-School Closed After Vigilante Parents Threaten Transgender Student (Image via Screen Grab)



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