The American Family Association can best be defined as a group of American Fundamentalist Christian Troublemakers!
On yesterday’s broadcast of the “Today’s Issues” radio program, American Family Association president Tim Wildmon voiced his displeasure with those “ignorant people” who claim that Islam and Christianity are both “peaceful religions.”
As Wildmon sees it, Christianity is very obviously a peaceful religion while Islam very obviously is not and so anyone who attempts to equate the two does so either out of ignorance or intentional deceit because, unlike the Quran, there is nothing in the Bible that calls for non-believers to be put to death.
“The Quran has explicit admonitions or instructions for followers of Allah to do violence and harm against the infidel,” Wildmon fumed. “There’s nothing like that in the Bible, that tells the Christian to go out and decapitate the infidel”:
This makes us wonder if Wildmon has ever read the Bible, especially Deuteronomy 13:6 If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known, 7 gods of the peoples around you, whether near or far, from one end of the land to the other), 8 do not yield to them or listen to them. Show them no pity. Do not spare them or shield them. 9 You must certainly put them to death. Your hand must be the first in putting them to death, and then the hands of all the people. 10 Stone them to death, because they tried to turn you away from the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 11-Then all Israel will hear and be afraid, and no one among you will do such an evil thing again.12- If you hear it said about one of the towns the Lord your God is giving you to live in-13 that troublemakers have arisen among you and have led the people of their town astray, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods you have not known), -14 then you must inquire, probe and investigate it thoroughly. And if it is true and it has been proved that this detestable thing has been done among you, 15- you must certainly put to the sword all who live in that town. You must destroy it completely, both its people and its livestock. 16- You are to gather all the plunder of the town into the middle of the public square and completely burn the town and all its plunder as a whole burnt offering to the Lord your God. That town is to remain a ruin forever, never to be rebuilt.
Article by Frederick Clarkson, PRA, Oct. 29, 2014. Re-posted to In Perspective by Al Bratton, Nov. 11, 2014.
As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” That vision of history’s progression has been well illustrated by the past year’s landslide of advances for marriage equality. And as we move closer to a more just society, the nature of the opposition is revealed in the nature of the backlash.
“The Christian Right has been operating on multiple fronts to stop—or at least limit—the scope of the advance of marriage equality, including seeking to enable business owners, civil workers, and elected officials to openly discriminate against LGBTQ couples by co-opting the progressive principle of religious liberty. The most dramatic example of this is in Mississippi, where recently passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act authorizes just such discrimination by businesses—and is being challenged in federal court.”
“As the case proceeds, we may hear more about one of the most remarkable marriage equality victories in the landslide of federal court victories this year. General Synod of the United Church of Christ v. Cooper.”
“The United Church of Christ, whose origins go back to Plymouth Rock, won a stunning victory for both marriage equality and religious liberty when they overturned North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage. The federal judge ruled (PDF) that the state could not criminalize the role of clergy in solemnizing the same-sex unions of members of their congregations. “It is clear,” U.S. District Court Judge Max Cogburn declared, “ … that North Carolina laws … threatening to penalize those who would solemnize such marriages, are unconstitutional.”
“Judge Cogburn’s ruling underscores that religious liberty is only possible in the context of religious pluralism—in which all religious and non-religious points of view have equal standing under the law. It also helps to clarify that when Christian Right leaders talk about religious liberty—they often really mean theocratic religious supremacism.”
“Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, took to the airwaves after the filing of UCC’s suit to claim that the church is not really Christian, and that those who support gay rights don’t have the same rights as conservative Christians—because ‘true religious freedom’ only applies to ‘orthodox religious viewpoints.’” ”
“Perkins’ blunt statements are a sobering reminder that theocratic factions of the U.S. Right have long sought to regain the religious and political hegemony they lost when the Constitution was ratified in the 18th century. The arc of the moral universe is not bending their way, and demagogues like Perkins are abusing the idea of religious liberty to beat down people with whom they religiously and politically disagree.”
“We didn’t bring this lawsuit to make others conform to our beliefs, but to vindicate the right of all faiths to freely exercise their religious practices,” said Donald C. Clark Jr., general counsel of the United Church of Christ.”
“The historic wins for marriage equality and our willingness to seek justice through the courts,” said president Michael D. Castle of the Alliance of Baptists, “not only places us as a leading witness for justice, but also allows the Alliance of Baptists to offer a powerful and prophetic witness to a Christian faith where love always trumps fear, and where the welcome of Jesus always trumps hate and archaic religious dogma.”
“The Alliance of Baptists—progressives who fled the fundamentalist takeover of the Southern Baptist Convention in the ‘80s— and the Central Conference of American Rabbis signed onto the UCC suit as co-plaintiffs, along with a number of individual clergy from a variety of religious traditions.”
“Depriving rabbis of the freedom to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies in North Carolina,’ Rabbi Steven Fox, Chief Executive of the Conference stated, ‘stigmatizes our religious beliefs and relegates many of our congregants and community members to second-class status.'”
“’There is no more central tenet to our faith,’ added Fox and several other Reform rabbis in the wake of the Windsor decision of the Supreme Court last year, ‘than the notion that all human beings are created in the image of the Divine, and, as such, entitled to equal treatment and equal opportunity… Thanks to the Court’s decision, the federal government will now recognize these marriages as well, while still respecting the rights and views of those faith traditions that choose not to sanctify such marriages.’”
“No one speaks for all of Christianity, let alone all people of faith. But there are certainly authentic spokespeople for religious liberty. Let’s not allow the Christian Right to drown them out or shout them down.”
GAYS MUST IGNORE RUSSIAN CHILDREN
Certain activists from the so-called American Christian-Right proudly take credit for the latest Russian anti-gay laws. Scott Lively, formerly associated with the Tupelo MS based American Family Association is one activist proudly hailing his presence in Russia promoting anti-gay hate legislation. Others of his ilk have announced publicly their support of Putin’s Law. All in the name of Christianity! Homophobia has been defeated in America. American Homophobes merely moved some of their bigoted operations to Russia. And Africa!
Homophobics have always used the “Children Are Abused By Homosexual Pedophiles ” mantra in their phony anti-gay activism. -ABratt ,1-18-14.
Tim Wildmon’s One News Now foul-mouthed columnist, Michele Malkin’s anti-Common Core rant:
Just when you thought the Obama administration couldn’t antagonize America any further, along comes Education Secretary Arne Duncan. He didn’t just attack “white suburban moms” and children over their criticism of the Common Core “standards”/testing/data-mining program. The feds’ top educrat also managed to insult every one of the nation’s minority families and educators who oppose Fed Ed’s threat to academic excellence, local control and student privacy.
On Friday, while defending the beleaguered Common Core program in a meeting with state school superintendents, Duncan unleashed a brazen race and class warfare attack on grassroots foes. As The Washington Post reported, Duncan sneered that he found it “fascinating” that the revolt came from “white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were. As a brown-skinned suburban mom opposed to Common Core, I can tell you I’ve personally met moms and dads of all races, ethnicities, backgrounds and parts of the country over the past year who have sacrificed to get their…
[Lies: Christian-Right Created Lies/ Co-opted Conspiracy Theory Lies: ABratt]
Dedication to the truth – The first implication of the eighth commandment flows from the importance and essential nature of the truth. The Catechism teaches:
Christians must be dedicated to the truth and live according to it. The Old Testament attests that God is the source of all truth. His Word is truth. His Law is truth. His “faithfulness endures to all generations.”[Ps 119:90; Prov 8:7; 2 Sam 7:28; Ps 119:142] Since God is “true,” the members of his people are called to live in the truth. (Catechism 2465) To follow Jesus is to live in “the Spirit of truth,” whom the Father sends in his name and who leads “into all the truth.”[Jn 16:13] To his disciples Jesus teaches the unconditional love of truth: “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes or No.’”[Mt 5:37] (CCC # 2466).
Witness to the truth – Not only are to be dedicated to the truth and to love it, we are to witness to it by word and deed. This is particularly the case with the truth of our faith, the truth which has set us free. This witness is a transmission of the faith in words and deeds. Witness is an act of justice that establishes the truth or makes it known. All Christians by the example of their lives and the witness of their word, wherever they live, have an obligation to manifest the new man which they have put on in Baptism and to reveal the power of the Holy Spirit by whom they were strengthened at Confirmation. (CCC # 2472).
Since the eighth commandment upholds the goodness and beauty of the truth we must avoid all sins against the truth. There are numerous ways that the truth is undermined. It will be fruitful for us to consider them each in turn.
Right Wing Watch: “We are not sure what is going on over at the American Family Association but for the last week or so, Bryan Fischer has been coming up with some stuff that is crazy, even by his standards.”
You know, what’s really disgusting to me are these Bi-Sexual Homophobes who continue to disgrace America. –ABratt
Like birds of a feather, two-of-a-kind roost together.-AB
Fischer: Limbaugh A Victim Of “Secular Sharia”
Right-Wing Watch, 3-5-12
Furthermore, the fact that Limbaugh has been forced to apologize for accurately calling Fluke a slut is proof that “secular fundamentalists” are just like “Islamic fundamentalists” because “leftists are pursuing their own caliphate in America with secular fundamentalism enshrined as their version of sharia law” for the purpose of destroying Christian morality:
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Spotlighting The “Dark Side” Of America
“I Like Your Christ. I Do Not Like Your Christians. They Are Unlike Your Christ.”– Gandhi
Tony Perkins: Social Conservatives Are ‘Not Judgmental’
By Ingor Volsky, TP, 1-20-12, Re-posted by Al Bratt, 1-22-12
“The Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins appeared on MSNBC this morning to discuss last night’s GOP presidential debate and the recent revelations that Newt Gingrich allegedly asked his second wife for an open marriage.”
“The conservative leader — who regularly condemns gay people,…”
[And Jesus Wept, Again!] – AB
Two Characteristics I Automatically Assign To The Christian Fundamentalist’s quest for political power: One is “To Lie” and Two is “To Buy” in the name of the Almighty.– AB
“Perry’s Controversial Money Man”
by Michelle Goldberg, Sept. 6, 2011, Daily Beast
“Archconservative James Leininger bankrolled Perry’s rise, helped religious fundamentalists take over the Texas GOP, and is lining up Christian leaders behind the governor’s 2012 bid.”
“During the last weeks of his 1998 race for Texas lieutenant governor, Rick Perry was tied with Democrat John Sharp, and many expected him to lose. That’s when James Leininger, an archconservative San Antonio multimillionaire, and two other Texas tycoons stepped forward with a $1.1 million loan for a last-minute media blitz. It was more than 10 percent of the total Perry raised for that race, and it probably was decisive—Perry won with 50.4 percent of the vote. ‘I congratulate Leininger,’ Sharp later told The Austin Chronicle. ‘He wanted to buy the reins of state government. And by God, he got them.’”