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February 16, 2017

Trump Surrounds Himself with White Supremacists

It’s the 21st century, and white supremacists are controlling the White House. After World War II, the nation was “great” because the United States had defeated Nazism during World War II. Less than a century ago, neo-Nazis are a key component in leading the country.

steve-bannonSteve Bannon, de facto president, has received a great deal of press, including posts in this blog. Readers of Breitbart.com learned about the high “black crime” and the “Muslim hordes” beating down the gates of “Western civilization.” Readers also learned that women who use contraceptives are ugly, but that’s another story.

stephen-millerSenior advisor Stephen Miller made a huge name for himself on last Sunday’s talk shows by explaining that the supreme power of and last word in U.S. government is DDT—a position of czar. College roommate of Richard Spencer, a major white supremacist leader, Miller fiercely advocates for “ethno-nationalism,” a way of claiming the superiority of whites and the belief that U.S. culture needs to force out anyone not believing in the nation’s “Judeo-Christian values.” Miller communicated this on the talk shows in his falsehood that “millions” of “illegal aliens” voted against DDT. [Above photo by Jabin Botsford]

Miller was behind DDT’s anti-Muslim rhetoric, probably writing DDT’s speech that “complained darkly that Muslim communities within the United States were sheltering terrorists.” He wrote other strident speeches, including DDT’s declaration that “nobody knows the system better than me, which is why I alone can fix it.” In Miller’s view, immigration is one of the greatest “existential issues” in the nation, according to a former Miller colleague. Mostly behind the scenes until last Sunday, Miller is equally instrumental as Steve Bannon to DDT’s agenda of exclusion and white hegemony.

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 09:  U.S. President Donald Trump (C) put his hand on the shoulder of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) after introducing him before Sessions's swearing in ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House February 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump also signed three executive orders immediately after the swearing in ceremony. Also pictured is U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (L).  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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Well-known racist, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions the Third has just been anointed Attorney General after Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and his minions blocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) from reading a Coretta Scott King letter about Sessions’ racist behavior. As DDT’s lap dog, he will protect all the president’s illegal actions. Sessions is now the leading law enforcement official of the entire nation, charged with protecting civil rights for racial minorities and other vulnerable populations. We can look forward to Sessions’ protecting the Ku Klux Klan and other white populations.

gorkaSebastian Gorka, DDT’s deputy assistant and former “national security” editor for Breitbart.com, is rabidly Islamophobic and a promoter—perhaps creator—of the term “fake news” for anyone who criticizes DDT. He also strongly supported the omission of any reference to Jews in the Holocaust remembrance statement, possibly because he’s also anti-Semitic.

medalA medal he sports in photographs, the Order of Vitéz, belongs to a Hungarian group identified in the State Department as collaborator with the Nazis during World War II. [visual] The medal of the “vitézi rend,” established by virulently anti-Semitic Miklós Horthy in 1920, was used to “knight” military members and could be inherited. The medal could be inherited, in Gorka’s case most likely from his grandfather. As a Nazi Germany ally, Hungary passed anti-Semitic legislation in 1938 and sent 100,000 Jewish men to forced labor in 1941.

In 1944, Hungary first put 440,000 Jews into ghettos and then deported 425,000 of them to Auschwitz-Birkenau where three-fourths of them were gassed on arrival. The others died from disease, starvation, and other brutal treatment. By the end of the Holocaust, 75 percent of Hungarian Jews were dead. The “knightly order” was banned after the war, but right-wing émigrés kept the organization alive. Anti-Semites again brag about predecessors being a “vitéz.”

michael-antonDDT has added another white supremacist to his team on the National Security Council. Michael Anton, aka Publius Decius Mus, wrote “The Flight 93 Election” for racist Trump supporters, comparing Trump’s campaign to the hijacked plane on 9/11 that passengers took back by force. As a communications aide for the National Security Council in 2001, he participated in preparing the case for invading Iraq that included the myth that Saddam Hussein wanted uranium from Africa. Like DDT, Anton has later disavowed that he supported the Iraq War. [Photo: AP/Carolyn Kaster]

Anton’s essay “Toward a Sensible, Coherent Trumpism” defended pre-world War II anti-Semitism:

“Diversity” is not ‘our strength’; it’s a source of weakness, tension and disunion. America is not a ‘nation of immigrants’; we are originally a nation of settlers, who later chose to admit immigrants, and later still not to, and who may justly open or close our doors solely at our own discretion, without deference to forced pieties.”

Even neoconservative Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, is critical, comparing Anton to the Nazi political theorist Carl Schmitt. Kristol wrote:

“The Bannon-Anton wing of the Trump White House has a penchant for semi-conspiratorial analyses and semi-kooky prescriptions. And for them, being responsible isn’t a virtue. Which is worrisome.”

As Heather Digby Parton wrote for Salon, DDT found his supporters among those who “see the Obama years as a conscious destruction of civil society through politically correct racial McCarthyism, confiscatory taxes, overbearing regulation, religious oppression, rampant crime and disarmament of the populace” that they learned “on Fox News, heard about from Rush Limbaugh and read about on Breitbart News for nearly a decade.”

DDT’s minions reported what was being pushed on these sources of lies, that Common Core is a disaster, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl “traitorous,”  DDT looks down from his plan and sees the nation as a “war zone” with high crime where all blacks live in violent, squalid ghettos. DDT pictures the U.S. on the edge of social and economic collapse. And these falsehoods are pushed by the white supremacists who DDT has selected to surround him.

“White nationalism” means hostility to Muslims, racial stereotypes of Hispanics, and contempt for blacks. Bannon recently wrote, “In America and Europe, working people are reasserting their right to control their own destinies.” “Working” is dogwhistle for “white” in the same way that Bannon meant Jews and other minorities when he denigrated “cosmopolitan elites.”

Neither Miller nor Bannon supported Andrew Puzder, accusing him of not being strong enough on anti-immigration. After wife-abusing Steve Bannon got rid of wife-abusing Puzder, who withdrew his nomination for Labor Department secretary, conservative Alex Acosta has appeared as a nominee for that position. Acosta’s resume includes clerking for Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, confirmation to the National Labor Board, and top federal prosecutor in Miami.

acostaIt was his position on the DOJ Civil Rights Division during George W. Bush’s first term that led to his problems. Acosta’s oversaw the official with hiring authority who allowed employment of only conservative lawyers opposed to civil rights, including police abuse and voting rights violations. A report found that “Acosta took no action to alert those in his chain of command.” As a DOJ official, Acosta participated in Bush’s efforts to win Ohio by telling a judge to side with GOP attorneys when Democrats tried to reinstate the purged names of 23,000 voters. Acosta’s action caused him to lose out in his application to be the law school head at the University of Florida. A question is how Bannon and Miller will cope with Acosta’s pro-Muslim testimony in a congressional hearing.

The last two years have seen a rise in anti-Muslim hate groups in the United States with an almost three-fold increase just last year from 34 to 101. “As the radical right was energized by the candidacy of Donald Trump,” the overall number of domestic hate groups is now 917 in a “resurgence of white nationalism.” The report added that the new groups “were almost entirely focused on Trump and seemed to live off his candidacy.” The FBI reported a 67-percent surge of hate crimes against Muslims in 2015.

Today DDT again called himself  “the least racist [person you have seen in your entire life].” These are the people he chooses to “make America great again.”

June 18, 2015

Victories Accompanied by Another Tragic Shooting

A three-judge panel of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled 2-1 in Turkmen v. Ashcroft that George W. Bush officials can be sued for roundups and illegal detentions. Plaintiffs of Arab and Middle Eastern descent were held for three to eight months in New York for being “suspected terrorists” and claim that they were abused and profiled by guards and other authority figures. That decision was presented the day after 78 senators voted against torture. Twenty-one senators favor torture, and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was out of town, presumably campaigning.

In a 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Sons of Confederate Veterans cannot force Texas to allow the Confederate flag on car license plates. The astonishing part of the ruling is the fifth justice who voted with the four liberal judges—Clarence Thomas. He also dissented with a majority in Virginia v. Black (2003), writing that cross-burning violates the First Amendment right to free speech because it “has almost invariably meant lawlessness and understandably instills in its victims well-grounded fear of physical violence.” Not all Southern states have the same concern about the state’s endorsement of racism: South Carolina still flies the Confederate flag on state capitol grounds and allows Confederate vanity license plates.

One person with South Carolina Confederate plates is the white man in a hoodie who went to a Bible study class last night in an historic Charleston (SC) church where he killed nine people with a gun he bought from the money that his father gave him for his 21st birthday. The killing was on the same date that Denmark Vesey, a former slave, was targeted for what white Charlestonians believed was a revolt. Vesey was captured on June 22 and executed on July 2.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said that the people, all Black, were murdered because they were Christians, and another presidential candidate, Rick Santorum, agreed with Graham. The Fox network and other conservative media are spreading the same word. To them, the location of killings in a church identifies the murder of a “war on Christians.” Fox & Friends also claimed that the deaths could have been prevented if the congregation had been armed, and they pulled in Virginia’s former lieutenant governor candidate to back them up. Known for calling the LGBT rights movement a “cancer” and President Obama as a “radical anti-American” and “anti-Christian,” E. W. Jackson urged “pastors and men in these churches to prepare to defend themselves,” and host Brian Kilmeade wondered if giving pastors a gun could help with “security.” Later in the show, Steve Doocy and Elisabeth Hasselbeck agreed.

Once again Fox spreads the insanity. An analysis of 62 mass public shootings over a 30-year period by Mother Jones found no cases in which an ordinary civilian with a gun stopped an attack although some instances showed that a gun caused the death or injury of that person.

Presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) told an audience of social conservatives:

“There’s a sickness in our country. There’s something terribly wrong. But it isn’t going to be fixed by your government. It’s people straying away, it’s people not understanding where salvation comes from. I think if we understand that, we’ll have better expectations of what to expect from government.”

Paul did not give any solutions about curing the “sickness.”

confederate flagThe day after this tragedy, flags at the South Carolina capitol are at half mast—except for the Confederate flag. Gov. Nikki Haley cried at the news conference about the killings but earlier said that she didn’t think that the Confederate flag presented an image problem. Today Haley’s press secretary said that only the General Assembly had the legal authority to do something about the flag. No one from that body has responded to any requests about it. South Carolina is one of five states without a state hate crime law and celebrated “Confederate Memorial Day” last month.

South Carolina has 19 known hate groups, including two Ku Klux Klans and four “white nationalist” organizations. Of course, they aren’t “terrorist groups” because they aren’t Muslims. Six neo-Confederate groups listed include two branches of the League of the South, which advocates for Southern secession and “the advancement of Anglo-Celtic culture.” The Council of Conservative Citizens is opposed to racial integration and affirmative action “and similar measures to destroy or denigrate the European-American heritage, including the heritage of the Southern people.” One of its key figures, Kyle Rogers, said, “I don’t see a legacy of oppression. Blacks have always benefited from being in the United States.” Other hate groups include three neo-Nazi cells, a chapter of the racist skinhead movement Confederate Hammerskins, a branch of black separatist organization Nation of Islam, an “anti-gay” church and an anti-immigration protest group called Americans Have Had Enough.

Graham and other conservatives have been spreading the fear about foreign terrorists and claiming that the U.S. needs to go to war in order to be safe. At the same time, these people ignore heavily armed, violent domestic terrorists, many of them supported by the law. How many of these groups exist in the country is unknown because the Department of Homeland Security stopped an investigation into homeland terrorism six years ago.

Daryl Johnson, a top government counterterrorism analyst, spent six years working at Homeland Security, collecting extensive data on far-right extremist groups posing threats to people in the United States. After the first election of President Obama, these groups went farther right, and Johnson reported that radical Islam is just a small portion of the terrorism groups within the nation. He noted that five totally domestic groups considered using weapons of mass destruction during his investigation, and the same warnings were expressed by the two principal non-government groups that track domestic terrorism: the New York-based Anti-Defamation League and the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Last year the SPLC listed 13 major incidents and arrests last year, almost double the annual number in previous years. In 2010, the number of hate groups topped 1,000 in 2010, for the first time in at least two decades.

After Johnson was forced out of his position, President Obama has received an unprecedented number of death threats, hate groups have gained ground, and white supremacist attacks are regularly occurring. In places such as Nevada’s Bundy ranch, terrorists successfully faced down the federal government. Congress holds hearings about Muslim extremism but says nothing about domestic terrorism. Their silence allows the extremist movement to grow as the common statement after tragedies such as the one at the South Carolina church is that the event shouldn’t be politicized and people need to have time to mourn before taking action. The only action that occurs after mass shootings at this time is an increasing laxness of gun laws.

The killer’s license plate had three Confederate flags, and the patches on his jacket were flags of Rhodesia and apartheid-era South Africa with brutal segregation policies. He also shouted, “You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.” That’s racism, not an attack on Christianity. And people with these beliefs aren’t going to change them just because Rand Paul thinks that it’s a good idea.

January 5, 2015

Steve Scalise Scandal, White Supremacy

Fox network is well-known its unfair and unbalanced view of events, lying to protect conservatives and excoriate everyone else. A rare exception to this channel policy came from Greta Van Susteran when she criticized Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) for lacking the “moral courage” to resign from his third-place leadership position as Majority Whip in the U.S. House. Debates have swirled throughout the country for the past week after it was revealed that Scalise was the keynote speaker at a convention of the white supremacist, hate group European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO) in 2002, invited by the efforts of KKK Grand Wizard David Duke.

Scalise’s excuse for his speech was that he had no idea about the beliefs of EURO and didn’t know that Duke was connected to the organization. His talk, however, was targeted to a specific audience because it focused on how government programs favor minorities over white people. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said that Scalise could keep the position as Majority Whip because he had apologized (in the usual, “it was a mistake I regret”) and because the event was 12 years ago. Evidently, that is the statute of limitations for wrong-doing from one Republican to another.

Van Susteran pointed out that the support for the KKK by the third most powerful GOP member of the House sent a bad message to everyone except the conservative white voters:

“I don’t know if it’s fair to Scalise or not fair to Scalise, but associating with David Duke is grossly unwise. Everyone knows who David Duke is. I realized this was 12 years ago. But if you want to send a message to the American people, the Republicans and Democrats, this would have been the opportunity to say he should step aside, whether it’s fair or not, and send a message that we’re not going to have this distraction, we really do want to have everybody on board.”

Trying to protect Scalise, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) compared Scalise to Jesus because of the congressman’s nobility in sitting down with these evil-doers, just as Jesus would have done. Scalise’s actions were very positive, according to King, because he was helping “the sick,” something that King actually fiercely opposes through his policies against Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act.

In 1999, while considering a run for U.S. representative from Louisiana, Scalise said that he “embraces many” of Duke’s “conservative” views. Being the keynote speaker for a racist group is not Scalise’s only openness about his opposition to civil rights. He voted against the Martin Luther King holiday twice. In 1999, Scalise was one of just three “no” votes on a Martin Luther King holiday measure, and five years later, he was one of just six Louisiana legislators who opposed King holiday legislation, versus 90 state House members who supported it. Other GOP leaders have also voted against the holiday, but recanted. Former Vice President Dick Cheney (R) changed his mind in 1983 and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in 1999. Scalise clung to his opposition into the 21st century.

As a state legislator elected from the same precincts where Duke was once strong, Scalise voted against legislation to establish protections for victims of hate crimes based on race. He is also connected to the Family Research Council, another hate group.

The GOP has struggled with bigotry among its members. Trent Lott lost his position as Senate Majority Leader after his 2002 praise for Strom Thurmond’s 1948 segregationist platform. Boehner called King an “a**hole” for the Iowan’s racial views on Latino immigrants. Last year, the GOP establishment rejected Chris McDaniel during his Senate campaign in Mississippi because of the candidate’s role at a neo-Confederate and pro-secessionist conference.

Scalise is also not Boehner’s first struggle with wrong-doing by GOP House members. Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN), left in 2010 after an affair with a staffer, and the next year Boehner told Rep. Chris Lee (R-NY) to leave after trying to meet women through the Craigslist personals. Last year, after Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) was filmed kissing a married staffer, not his own wife, then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) called for McAllister’s resignation. The most recent departure came last week following Boehner’s meeting with newly-elected Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) after he pleaded guilty in December 2014 to a felony tax evasion.

The standards for being forced out of the House seem fuzzy, but evidently adultery, not illegal, is unethical, but speaking with radical racist groups is acceptable for the GOP leadership. Hitting on women online ends a career, but friendly relationships with neo-Nazis works in a person’s favor.

David Duke, who Scalise once praised for his political views, is unhappy about the possibility that Scalise could lose his new position. Livid that the “Zionist” media and the GOP are concerned about Scalise’s speech, Duke threatens to reveal names of other politicians who have secret ties with Duke if the GOP turns on Scalise. Duke has called Scalise “a fine family man” with whom he often agrees. According to Duke, Scalise gave his speech at the convention via a teleconference in Russia and discussed his conspiracy theory about how “Israeli treachery” was involved in the 9/11 attacks.

A political advisor to David Duke, Kenny Knight, claimed that Scalise spoke to a civil group, not EURO and denied any involvement with Duke’s organization. Yet public records showed that Knight was an officer in EURO at one time.

Scalise is now the pick of the House GOP caucus to lead them in their new role in the 114th Congress totally controlled by Republicans. If he stays in that position, he represents the GOP party. It also might be a party that is afraid of Duke’s revelations, meaning that Duke is partly in control of the GOP.

Whites will be the minority in the United States in the year 2042. Steve Scalise is 49 years and could see his race become a minority during his lifetime. That’s something that Republicans might want to think about in picking leaders connected to white supremacists.

Republican leaders had hoped that silence will make the Scalise scandal blow over, but continuing publicity is damaging the congressman’s reputation. Other GOP legislators are forced to defend his actions, and the toxicity is growing, with doubts about fundraising for GOP candidates who support his past behavior. Editorials in hometown newspapers of these legislators aer calling for Scalise to step down. Another question is whether Scalise can be successful in persuading lawmakers to support the House GOP agenda, especially in the growing divisiveness of the GOP members of the House. Conservative activists like Mark Levin, Erick Erickson, and Sarah Palin want him out of GOP leadership.

His continued part of the leadership leaves the GOP open to criticism as shown by the White House’s press secretary, Josh Earnest when he said that it “says a lot about what the [GOP] Conference’s priorities and values are” that Scalise has remained in leadership. Earnest twice repeated a Scalise quote from before he was in Congress that he is like former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke “without the baggage.”

Senior Democratic officials think that the Scalise scandal could be worth millions of dollars in donations from their own supporters and sent out a press release to 30 GOP-held districts asking whether that member will “stand behind Scalise despite Scalise’s past rallying voters at white supremacists rallies?”

At this time, Boehner is sticking to his guns, and Scalise is maintaining silence, refusing almost all interview requests and no longer lobbying colleagues for support. Boehner actually benefits from Scalise’s problems because the Louisiana representative might have defeated Boehner for House Speaker.

The 114th Congress starts tomorrow, and a Majority Whip cannot continue to avoid the media. If Scalise keeps the position, protests will weaken, but the message will always be present.

August 27, 2014

Lively Runs for Massachusetts Governor

Little did my partner and I realize what the drastic changes for our lives during the next two decades after we retired from teaching and moved from Arizona to the coast of Oregon. It was 1992, the year of the virulently anti-LGBT Proposition 9 that led to thousands of closeted people in the state coming out in response to the proposed ballot measure. (Note that this wasn’t the only Measure 9: it was followed eight years later by another anti-LGBT measure, ironically numbered Measure 9.)  was the Oregon Citizens Alliance, led by Lon Mabon and Scott Lively. We joined the other LGBT people who came out of the closet because of the outrageous Prop 8 and have had a very different life because of our freedom in Oregon.

Mabon has disappeared, but the 58-year-old Lively has made his mark around the world in the past 22 years. He disappeared from the Oregon scene with his move to California where he founded the Abiding Truth Ministries, designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

Lively is highly qualified in hatred. He and his believers think that “the gays” are responsible for every problem in history and in the Bible from the Spanish Inquisition and Holocaust to the need for Noah’s ark. According to Lively, God’s anger about wedding songs for gay weddings caused the flood.

In the recent release of his book The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party, co-written with Kevin Abrams, Lively wrote that gay people are responsible for Nazi atrocities and accuses gays in the United States currently carrying out the same agenda against Christians in this country.

His hatred went international in 2002 at a conference in Uganda about the connection between homosexuality and pornography. That speech led to others and then to meetings with government officials. Seven years later, Lively was a key speaker in Uganda where he proclaimed that homosexuality caused the Rwandan genocide, Nazism, and AIDS, a justifiable punishment by God. After his impassioned speeches, the Ugandan legislature introduced its infamous “Kill the Gays” bill, downgraded to “Jail the Gays” bill that removed the death penalty. The bill passed but was recently overturned on a technical basis.

On behalf of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), the Center for Constitution Rights has filed a federal lawsuit against Scott Lively and Abiding Truth Ministries. The complaint states that he specifically sought out Uganda to further his agenda, knowing that Uganda was fertile ground to “meaningfully provoke and bring about the persecution of the LGBT community.”  It connects his actions to the escalation of anti-gay propaganda and persecution in Uganda. The suit is the first known sexual identity and gender discrimination suit under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), which allows foreign victims to sue corporations, governments and individuals for human rights violations.

A year ago, a federal judge refused to dismiss the lawsuit. U.S. District Court Judge Michael A. Ponsor ruled that the plaintiffs were on solid ground under international and federal law and that First Amendment arguments were “premature.” Ponsor wrote, “[Lively] has allegedly supported and actively participated in worldwide initiatives, with a substantial focus on Uganda, aimed at repressing free expression by LGBTI groups, destroying the organizations that support them, intimidating LGBTI individuals, and even criminalizing the very status of being lesbian or gay.”

Lively’s European came from his organization, Watchmen on the Wall, that he co-founded with a Russian radio host and Latvian pastor. In his 50-city European tour in 2007, Lively declared LGBT rights “as the most dangerous political movement in the world.” Lively is partially responsible for Russia’s anti-LGBT law, causing an increase in anti-LGBT violence and discrimination that Lively blames on the LGBT people themselves. During a radio interview with Bryan Fischer, Lively has taken credit for the Russian law: “I believe I did have something to do with that. I included [these suggestions] in my letter to the Russian people that I published in the very last city of the tour, which was St. Petersburg, and of course, St. Petersburg turns out to be the first city that adopted this law.”

While appearing on religious-right activist Linda Harvey’s “Mission America” radio show, Lively explained that the only LGBT violence in Russia is “gay-on-gay crime.” He said that “the guys that are beating up gays in Russia … are butch homosexuals who are beating up effeminate homosexuals, the same thing that happened in Germany.” In both these situations, Lively has no credible evidence to back up his claims.

Lively also wanted the Russians to adopt the rainbow “as a Russian symbol, a Christian symbol” and said that he met with Russian Orthodox Church’s leadership to present this idea. His idea was that the Russian Olympics could be held under the banner of the rainbow stating “the rainbow belongs to God.” He said:

“It looks like they are going to do that. Get all the pro-family organizations to come along to declare 2014 ‘The Year of God’s Rainbow’ and all of us adopt it—I’m wearing a pin right now that says ‘Reclaim The Rainbow: Ezekiel 1:28’—I think all of us should just start taking the rainbow, putting it on our webpages, wearing it and just take it away from them, it doesn’t belong to them.”

I haven’t noticed that happening.

Six years ago, Lively moved himself and the Ministries to Springfield (MA) where he’s working on his latest goal—running for governor. After talking about running for Massachusetts governor for a few years, Lively has now submitted the necessary 10,000 valid signatures to be an independent candidate for the position. As gubernatorial candidate, Lively has tried to disclaim his involvement with the Ugandan law, but records show that he told reporters that he was “one of the people that helped to start the pro-family movement there. … This was all new to them.” He also said that his campaign against homosexuality was like a “nuclear bomb” against the so-called gay agenda.

Lively has not restricted himself to bashing his description of “the gay agenda.” He said that he “would prosecute abortionists for aggravated first-degree murder if it were in my power to do so.” He believes that the educational Common Core is “Commie Core,” that notions like the DREAM Act are “Marxist,” and that public employee unions are “unconstitutional.”

In his announcement as a candidate, Lively did include condemnation of homosexuality, but he’s also concentrating on changing Massachusetts into a religious state. “They need a leader who will remind the people that Massachusetts was founded upon Jesus Christ and the Bible and that our future security and prosperity depend on restoring our trust in Him. ‘Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!’ Psalm 33:12.:

The candidate knows full well that he has no chance of winning: “My main goal in running for Governor is to advocate Biblical values in the political arena,” he wrote on his website. He does think that “real conservatives” will take back the GOP.

Meanwhile, Democrats are cheering him on. Radical-right votes are sure to go to Lively and away from the mainstream Republican, especially if front-runner, pro-choice Charlie Baker wins the GOP candidacy at the 9/11/14 primary. In 2010, Brian Camenker of MassResistance said:

“Lively is everything that Charlie Baker is not. He is principled, pro-family, pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-2nd-amendment, pro-religion, pro-parents’ rights, and utterly fearless.”

Run, Scott, run!

August 21, 2012

Journalists Claim Family Research Council Not Hate Group

Last week, 28-year-old Floyd Lee Corkins II shot the security guard at the Family Research Council’s (FRC) headquarters in Washington, D.C. Because he was restrained, he couldn’t shoot anyone else with his 9mm handgun. This seems to be the first shooting within the past few years on conservative groups; the others, sometimes wholesale slaughter, have been directed at liberals or minorities such as the Sikhs or just seemingly in general, as the one in the Colorado movie theater.

Terrified about labeling shootings as hate crimes and doing something about people having the right to purchase guns without any permits, the right-wingers have said that these shootings of liberals have had nothing to do with political philosophy, that it is just one crazy person killing others without any political reason. Now we have a liberal shooting someone connected with conservatives. Is it still just one crazy person without any political perspective? Not when the conservatives are the target.

Tony Perkins, FRC leader, said that critics gave Corkins “a license to shoot an unarmed man.” He also wants the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) declared a hate group. Judson Phillips, founder of Tea Party Nation, said, “It was left on right violence. It is soon to be the new norm.” These people represent those who have previously claimed that conservatives calling on violence has nothing to do with all the people being killed in the name of conservatism.

Other people, fighting the possibility that the growing number of killings related to politics and prejudice might help even a tiny bit of gun control, waffled about whether it’s possible that people use personal ideology to kill others.  is one of those who tries to look as if he is sitting on the fence. After explaining that the shooting at FRC had nothing to do with the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and the SPLC labeling FRC as a “hate group,” he continues by explaining that the liberal organizations are “reckless” in doing this.

Then Milbank tries to explain how FRC are really good guys, just disagreeing with the HRC and the SPLC, that it isn’t like groups like the Aryan Nations, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Westboro Baptist Church. To prove his point, he uses the most benign quote possible.

Milbank overlooks the fact that officials in the FRC have claimed  that pedophilia is “a homosexual problem” and that homosexuality should be criminalized. One FRC official said that he wanted to “export homosexuals from the United States” and advocated the criminalizing of homosexuality. A 1999 FRC pamphlet reads: “One of the primary goals of the homosexual rights movement is to abolish all age of consent laws and to eventually recognize pedophiles as the prophets of a new sexual order.” Their philosophy hasn’t changed. Perkins himself has said that “the research is overwhelming that homosexuality poses a danger to children” despite the fact that research concludes the opposite.

Another hate group that doesn’t seem to bother Milbank is the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) which has committed fraud in its attempts to stop marriage equality. Now NOM has said that the attack “is the clearest sign we’ve seen that labeling pro-marrige groups as ‘hateful’ must end.” Spokespeople for NOM have compared homosexuality to bestiality and child abuse (Rev. William Owens) and compared gay rights groups to Nazis whose actions recall “the times of Hitler” (Bishop Harry Jackson).

Anyone who believes that the FRC doesn’t promote hate when it spews bile about the dangers of LGBT people should consider the number of violent acts against those classified as “homosexual”—the murder of one lesbian and near-killing of another in Texas, the mutilation of the lesbian in Nebraska, and on and on. The FBI reported almost 14 hate crimes against lesbians and gays every day—every day—in 2009. Because many LGBT people do not report hate crimes or police refuse to accept crimes as being in this category, there are surely far more than this number.

Through their vicious diatribes, hate groups promote bullying of children and LGBT youth suicide. Here are some frightening statistics about LGBTQ youth: 65.4 percent experienced sexual harassment; 68.6 percent felt unsafe in high school; 83.2 percent suffered verbal harassment; 40.1 percent reported physical harassment; and 18.8 percent reported being assaulted. LGBT youth are 2-3 times more like to consider suicide than non-LGBTQ youth. They also have a much higher percentage of homelessness than other young people. These LGBTQ youth suffer from hate, usually promoted by hate groups claiming to be Christian.

The SPLC’s decision to classify FRC as a hate group uses the group’s record of purveying stereotypes, prejudice, and junk science as a justification to deny LGBT people equal rights and criminalize their conduct. Hate may be permitted under the First Amendment but so is declaring another organization a hate group. If these organizations claimed that people of color are inherently prone to committing certain crimes and called for laws restricting their behavior, they would certainly be called a hate group. The same holds true for saying these things about LGBT people.

Maybe the lesson will come home to these hate groups. If they consider ideas can cause violence against them, they might consider that their ideology can result in violence against the people they oppose.

And journalists who think that the FRC is just a nice, mainstream Christian group should dig a little deeper into the facts. It’s not hard to find.

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