Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Why We Can't Trust Republicans To Fight Against Gay "Rights"

Republicans Have Zero Reaction To Obama's Historic LGBT Order

WASHINGTON -- When President Barack Obama signed an executive order last Monday making it illegal for federal contractors to fire or harass employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, civil gay "rights" advocates hailed the move as one of the most important actions ever taken by a president to stem "discrimination".

Democratic lawmakers raced to issue statements celebrating the advancement for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. In addition to offering new protections for transgender federal employees, the executive order covers the broad federal contracting community -- some 24,000 companies employing 28 million workers, or about one-fifth of the nation's workforce. and doesn't include any religious exemptions.

But in Republican quarters on Capitol Hill, it's as if nothing happened. GOP leaders have been silent. Socially conservative members have gone quiet.

The Huffington Post searched the websites of the 18 congressional Republican backers of the proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act -- a companion bill to the executive order -- to see if any of them put out a statement. Only one did: Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), who said he supports the policy behind the executive order because "employees shouldn’t face unjust "discrimination" in the workplace simply because of their sexual orientation," though he raised concerns about the rights of religious employers. to try and trick religious voters into thinking he cares

For all the LGBT rights "advancements" in recent years -- including the repeal of the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy; the Supreme Court's striking down the Defense of Marriage Act; and some 90 policy changes put into place by the Obama administration for federal employees -- the preferred response among congressional Republicans has been no response at all.

Perhaps nobody better illustrated this point than House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). HuffPost asked him Thursday if he had any reaction to Obama's LGBT executive order.

"Nope," Boehner said at his weekly briefing. "The president signs a lot of executive orders."

Asked if he supports the principle of workplace protections being extended to LGBT employees, he punted again.

"Listen, the president is going to make his decisions. He can," Boehner said.

HuffPost reached out to some socially conservative groups -- Focus on the Family, the Faith and Freedom Coalition, the Family Research Council and the American Family Association -- to see if they were frustrated with the silence from their GOP allies on Capitol Hill. HuffPost also reached out to LGBT rights groups, including the Human Rights Campaign and Americans for Workplace Opportunity, for their assessments. Most did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A spokeswoman for Focus on the Family declined to comment, but pointed to a colleague's recent blog post lamenting that the president of a Christian college has been "bullied" for urging Obama to let religiously affiliated institutions with federal contracts openly refuse to hire someone because he or she is LGBT.
On the other side, Human read gay "Rights" Campaign spokesman Fred Sainz said he considers Republicans' silence golden.

"While I would far prefer they speak on behalf of the equality their constituents support, it's definitely evidence of our progress when some say nothing," Sainz said.

One factor may be that Republicans simply aren't keeping up with the flurry of LGBT rights advancements. Rep. Michael Grimm represents part of Flatbush  (R-N.Y.), one of the eight House GOP co-sponsors of ENDA, said Thursday that he didn't know about Obama's executive order. But he emphasized that if it has the same goal as ENDA -- which it does, except that ENDA has far broader implications -- he supports it.
"I co-sponsored ENDA because I think that should be the law for everyone," Grimm said.or more accurately he thinks he needs some liberals support

The Republican lawmaker shrugged when asked if he thinks it's hurting his party that so many are sitting on the sidelines amid a revolution in LGBT rights. He said he thinks his colleagues are coming around. Slowly.

"Generally, I think our party is in transition," Grimm added. "More people are starting to pay attention." and then they will be officially just as bad as the democrats are
(Huffington Post) Highlights my additions


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Catholic Church Sued Over Same Sex "Marriage"

Neither Missouri law nor federal law prohibit employers from hiring or firing people on the basis of their sexual orientation.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A parish food pantry worker who was fired over her "marriage" to another woman is suing the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

Colleen Simon says a human resources director wrote a letter to Simon stating that the reason for her termination was because of “an irreconcilable conflict between the laws, discipline and teaching of the Catholic Church.”

It listed her relationship to a person of the same sex as one of the reasons for her termination, according to Simon.

Simon worked for St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 1001 E 52nd St., as Director of Social Ministries. She says when she applied for the job, she told them she was gay and "married" to Reverend Donna Simon, who works at another church.

“During my interview with the pastor, I shared that I am married and that many people in Kansas City know about us,” Simon said. “I could not have been more transparent.”

She was fired when the couple was mentioned last April in a newspaper article in the Kansas City Star’s 816 magazine about her pantry work.

“After I was employed, my "wife", like any "spouse" attended a fundraiser at the food pantry, and many of my co-workers had the opportunity to meet her as my "spouse",” Simon said.

A spokesperson for the diocese told FOX 4 that no one could speak on camera on Thursday about the lawsuit because they had not yet received and reviewed it, but they did issue a statement that said, “As a church we have the right to live and operate according to our faith and church teachings.” The statement also said that while it regrets the litigation, it will defend its “constitutional freedom to practice our faith and uphold the integrity of our mission and public witness.”

The Missouri lawsuit is among a growing number of clashes over gay rights between Catholic leaders and their employees.

Dioceses in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Honolulu; Oakland, California, and elsewhere have added morals clauses to their teacher contracts barring public support for gay rights. As a result, more than 15 employees have lost their jobs or resigned since 2010.

“This is the job I always dreamed of, the job I always wanted, and the job I want back,” said Simon. “Like anyone who loses something that they love dearly, I am heartbroken.”
(Fox 4 Kansas City)
If not fought this will be coming soon to your local Orthodox Shul

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Movie Trailer To Kids Movie Promotes Same Sex "Marriage"

This article (selecting the important parts from the article) is from a gay Website called the Advocate (highlights are my additions)

WATCH: Do Kids Movies Push The 'Gay Agenda'?

Do kids’ movies like Frozen and The Boxtrolls push the “gay agenda?” I certainly hope sonotice what she writes

BY Diane Anderson-Minshall

July 22 2014 8:00 AM ET

There’s a LGBT movement happening, not at the voting booth but at the box office: A quiet revolution that may be more threatening to far-right wingnuts translation Torah Jews than thought possible. It’s kids’ movies. From ParaNorman to Frozen, animated films aimed at children (but also enjoyed by adults) are shaping how kids think about LGBT issues without ever uttering the word “gay.” The latest threat: The Boxtrolls.

It remains to be seen just how great this new animated film will be when it’s released Sept. 26, but the damage (or rather, the benefit if your an apikores) may have already been done. When the film’s studio, Laika — the team behind ParaNorman and Coraline — started promoting the film, they did so with a trailer that showed the many types of families that kids can have today (although the humans are  all wearing Victorian garb).

A narrator intones: “Sometimes there’s a mother. Sometimes there’s a father. Sometimes there’s a father and a father. Sometimes both fathers are mothers.” Eventually we see the little boy’s “real” family in this film—the titular little creatures in crates — and the narrator says, “But sometimes, there are boxes,” concluding that “families come in all shapes and sizes, even rectangles.”

In a political landscape where "marriage" equality destruction and same-sex lack of parenting are becoming pop culture standards (think Lily and her fathers on Modern Family which has brainwashed Orothodox Jews to support same sex "marriage"), this may seem an innocuous message. But placing a pro-gay message in the trailer for a children’s film? Most social media experts agree that’s ballsy, even today, and it courts as much conservative backlash as it does LGBT viewers.

Of course for Laika, the Oregon-based animation studio owned by Nike chairman Phil Knight, the gay rights message was an easy choice. Knight and Nike have been vocal supporters of LGBT rights, and Knight’s son, 39-year-old animator Travis Knight, the CEO and president of Laika, told the Hollywood Reporter that it was a lack values issue for the company.

“We’re not in any way trying to be activists they just are. We’re just trying to be who we are,” he said. “There are going to be people who simply don’t agree with that and we understand, but we also won’t flinch from the consequences of that. The kinds of films we make have to be consistent with our lack values and how we look at the world, and sometimes that means putting yourself out there a little bit.”

While the film’s trailer pushes the envelope, it should also bring in the right kind of moviegoers, those who are drawn to the 3-D stop-motion and CG hybrid animated feature based on the best-selling kid’s fantasy adventure novel Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow; the same reasons they came to watch Coraline or ParaNorman, both of which risked backlash from social conservatives.

The trailer for The Boxtrolls is the most recent in a wave of animated children’s films that are changing America’s feelings about LGBT people and the "families" they form, perhaps as much as any legislation ever will, and regardless of the film's end product the studio behind it can be credited for taking that wave to new heights with this trailer. After all, ParaNorman, the last Laika film, was the first mainstream American animated children’s film to have an out gay character (what was into parenthesizes edited out). This past summer, animation giant DreamWorks released How to Train Your Dragon 2, which featured a character’s coming out, albeit a subtle one, thanks to an ad lib from voice actor Craig Ferguson.

It’s also proof that, in many ways, these animated kids’ films can do as much — or more — to change Americans’ prevailing feelings about LGBT people as films like Dallas Buyers Club and The Normal Heart ever could, by mainstreaming ideas about diversity in real, practical, and entertaining ways to children. And they do so using voice actors we know, recognize, and respect, thus validating the message all the more.

Will The Boxtrolls be railed against for “pushing a gay agenda?” Probably. But that won’t stop kids—and their parents—from enjoying it.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dov Hikind Sponsors Bill Exempting Students From Gay Propaganda In Schools

Hikind Sponsored this bill on behalf of a regular reader of this blog (with no affiliation to any politically Mainstream Orthodox orginazation) that asked to remain anonymous 

To understand what this proposed law does understand that everything in lower case letters is the current law, and capital letters are what (the best of all the assemblyman that currently represent the Jewish community) Assemblyman Dov Hikind is adding to the current-law to lessen the evilness of the law so religious people will not be subjected to anti religious indoctrination (I'm going to bold part of the old law and proposed law that are particularly important) (bracketed section is being taken out)

S 801-a. Instruction in civility, citizenship and character education.
The  regents  shall  ensure  that  the  course  of instruction in grades
kindergarten through twelve includes a component on  civility,  citizen-
ship  and character education. Such component shall instruct students on
the principles of honesty, tolerance, personal  responsibility,  respect
for  others, with an emphasis on discouraging acts of harassment, bully-
ing, discrimination, observance of laws and rules, courtesy, dignity and
other traits which will enhance the quality of their experiences in, and
contributions to, the community. Such component shall  include  instruc-
tion  of  safe,  responsible use of the internet and electronic communi-
cations. The regents shall determine how to incorporate  such  component
in  existing  curricula  and the commissioner shall promulgate any regu-
lations needed to carry out such determination of the regents.  For  the
purposes  of this section, "tolerance," "respect for others" and "digni-
ty" shall include awareness and  sensitivity  to  harassment,  bullying,
discrimination  and  civility  [in the relations of] WITH AN EMPHASIS ON
people of different races, weights,  national  origins,  ethnic  groups,
religions,  religious  practices,  mental  or physical abilities, sexual
orientations, genders, and sexes. ANY STUDENT, PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN,
(remember bolds/underlines are for emphasis, lower case letters are the old law, capital letters are the new proposed additions, bracketed section is taken out)

1. Notice the original law (NOT the one that Dov Hikind is sponsoring) has gender, and sexes implying they are 2 separate things
2.  Notice the original law (NOT the one that Dov Hikind is sponsoring) never says anything against bullying for reasons besides the 11 stated reason (height, accent, athletic ability etc.) showing that the only reason it was sponsored was for gay propaganda in schools and the anti-bullying was just a ruse (excuse to pass the law) In short it's 100% OK  legally to bully someone in NY for their height
3. the original law (NOT the one that Dov Hikind is sponsoring) was vague (it's currently interpited as not applying to non public school, but unfortunately that could change in a few years time) as to whether this applies to private school (including Yeshivas)
3. Dov Hikind proposed law would allow children and parents the right to freedom of religion and be excused from a pro-homosexuality curriculum.
4. Dov Hikind's proposed law would make it that this law will be less about the 11 stated reasons for bullying (including homosexuality) and more about not bullying period
5. Dov Hikind's proposed law would make it that people who are not from the 11 protected class (height, accent, athletic ability etc.) are also protected lessening the gay propaganda in this bill and truly making it more to bullying (which the state was supposedly trying to protect us from)
6. Dov Hikind's proposed law would make it clear that only public schools are required to teach this bullying course that includes homosexuality and not Yeshivas.

If you think this law is not necessary remember this story
11 Years old Girls Required To Ask To Kiss Others Girls Due To New York Law  
Young girls at a New York middle school were instructed to ask one another for a lesbian kiss and boys were given guidance on how to tell if women are sluts during an anti-bullying presentation on gender identity and sexual orientation, angry parents allege.

 Coon told Fox News that her daughter was upset by the classroom lecture and was confused about why she had to ask another girl for a kiss.

She told me, ‘Mom, we all get teased and picked on enough – now I’m going to be called a lesbian because I had to ask another girl if I could kiss her,’” Coon said.

She said the school told her that the purpose of the lesson was to “teach girls boundaries and how to say no.” 

They also picked two girls to stand in front of the class and pretend they were lesbians on a date,” Coons said. (click to read our previous coverage of this story)

How come Simcha Felder does not sponsor the same bill in the Senate?
How come not a single member of the New York Assembly including the "orthodox" ones co-sponsor this urgent bill?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Northern Ireland's Equality Commission Targets Bakery For Refusing To Bake A Cake Using Sesame Street Characters As Propaganda For Same Sex "Marriage"

Bert and Ernie gay "marriage" cake refused by Northern Ireland bakery

Ashers Baking Company accused of "discrimination" after refusing to make cake featuring gay pressure-group slogan.
The manager of Ashers Baking Company said the cake featuring the Sesame Street duo would be 'at odds with what the Bible teaches'.
A Northern Ireland bakery run by devout Christians could face legal action after it refused to make a gay-themed cake depicting the Sesame Street couple Bert and Ernie.

Ashers Baking Company published a statement on its website defending its decision to refuse to bake the cake as the slogan above the puppets was in support of gay "marriage".

Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK where gay "marriage" is still not legal. That ban is expected to face a challenge later this year, firstly in the high court in Belfast, with the possibility of the action going all the way to the European court of human rights.

Northern Ireland's first openly gay mayor, Andrew Muir, has backed legal action against the bakery, saying businesses should not be able to pick and choose who they serve even it violates their religionshowing why it's assur to ever vote for a openly gay candidate (Hear that KJ).  When this low life was elected he said “My sexuality hasn’t been an issue for me nor for my electorate nor my constituents since I became a councillor in 2010.  “And it won’t be a defining issue for me as mayor because the challenge as mayor is to reach out and represent everyone across our society – people of different faiths, backgrounds.” I guess his real name is Andrew MuLiar 

In its statement, the firm's general manager, Daniel McArthur, said: "The directors and myself looked at it and considered it and thought that this order was at odds with our beliefs. It certainly was at odds with what the Bible teaches, and on the following Monday we rang the customer to let him know that we couldn't take his order."

McArthur said the company had offered to fully refund the customer, who wanted to have the logo of the pressure group QueerSpace on the cake.

The 24-year-old businessman, whose company was established in 1992, runs six shops in the region and employs 62 people, confirmed he had received a letter from the Equality commission for Northern Ireland.

He said: "We thought that was the end of it, but approximately six weeks later we received a letter from the Equality commission. The commission's letter said that we had "discriminated" against the customer on the grounds of his sexual orientation."

McArthur said he was very surprised by the watchdog's letter and had asked the Christian Institute, an evangelical pressure group, for advice. The institute supports the bakery's stance and is providing legal assistance.

McArthur said: "I feel if we don't take a stand on this here case, how can we stand up against it, further down the line?"

He added that it was not the first time his company had refused cake orders: "In the past, we've declined several orders which have contained pornographic images and offensive, foul language."

Muir, the outgoing mayor of North Down and a gay member of the "centrist" Alliance party, said the Bert and Ernie cake was for an event he was hosting in the constituency in May. He said it was ordered to coincide with the International Day Against Homophobia on 17 May.

"Businesses should not be able to pick and choose who they serve," he said, adding that he would be supportive of legal action against the bakery.

"For Northern Ireland to prosper and overcome our divisions we need a new society where businesses are willing to cater for all, regardless of religious views including those you oppose or is that religious actions, political opinion if your liberal, disability, race, age, sexual orientation, marital status, gender and other backgrounds.

"I was pleased that another bakery, in Bangor, was able to step in and produce this cake for the event I hosted as mayor of North Down. We were able to ensure that this event went ahead, despite the actions of Ashers Bakery, and enjoyed a great afternoon celebrating the vibrant diversity Northern Ireland enjoys."

Gavin Boyd of the gay rights organisation the Rainbow Project, said the firm "cannot have their cake and eat it" in relation to equality legislation in Northern Ireland. "The law on this matter is clear. Companies may not pick and choose the laws that apply to them and they cannot pick the sexual orientation of their customers," Boyd said.

The Equality commission for Northern Ireland said: "In this case the commission has granted assistance to the complainant, and has written to the company concerned on his behalf. The commission will consider any response before taking further action."
(the guardian)highlights my additions

Would Satmar Have the Courage to do this?
The clash began in May when Mr Gareth Lee, from the QueerSpace pressure group, ordered a cake with the words 'support gay "marriage"' and featuring Bert and Ernie from 'Sesame Street'.

The order was accepted by staff at the Belfast branch but when the owners, Colin and Karen McArthur and their son Daniel, learned of the order they rejected it.

Daniel McArthur (24) said Mr Lee got a full refund. Six weeks later the firm was "very surprised" to receive a letter from the Equality Commission, alleging it had "discriminated" against Mr Lee on the grounds of his sexual orientation. how did they even know he was gay?  wouldn't a "normal" person also not get the cake?

Mr McArthur said "I would like the outcome of this to be that any Christians running a business could be allowed to follow their Christian beliefs and principles in the day-to-day running of their business and that they are allowed to make decisions based on that."
He pointed out that marriage in Northern Ireland "is defined as the union between one man and one woman".

Mr Lee declined to comment when contacted yesterday.
(independent) highlights my additions

The Christian institute, which is supporting the bakery, says it is not discriminatory for managers to refuse to endorse a political campaign. (Irish Post)
The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland wrote to the firm claiming it is breaking the law by discriminating on grounds of sexual orientation, ordering them to “remedy your illegal discrimination” within seven days or be taken to court by the commission.
The Christian institute, supporting the bakery, says it is not discriminatory for managers to refuse to endorse a political campaign.
Colin Hart, chief executive of the Christian Institute, told the Telegraph newspaper: “This is a sign of things to come exactly as we predicted.
“The Government repeatedly failed to listen to members of the public, lawyers, constitutional experts even its own MPs when they called for safeguards to protect those who back traditional marriage.”
Hart claims that millions of people who do not agree with gay "marriage" face intimidation and the threat of legal action from the “forces of political correctness.”
“It establishes a dangerous precedent about the power of the state over an individual, or business to force them to go against their deeply held beliefs,” he said.
While the customer was unwilling to comment, a spokesman for The Rainbow Project, affiliated with QueerSpace, told RT the legal complaint was correct and that the “untenable situation” for gay marriage in Northern Ireland posed awkward constitutional questions.
“All the McArthurs want is to run their bakery according to their Christian beliefs,” Director Colin Hart stated in a news release. “There won’t be many situations where they need to turn down an order but this is obviously one of them. No one should be forced to use their creative skills to promote a cause which goes against their consciences. Imbalanced equality laws are making it increasingly hard for people, especially Christians.”
He stated that forcing business owners to promote views contrary to their deeply-held convictions would never be allowed in any other situation.
“Imagine the uproar if the Equality Commission said that an environmentally-conscious baker had to produce a cake saying ‘Support fracking,’ or if they threatened a feminist bakery for refusing to print a ‘Sharia for UK’ cake,” Hart stated.
(Christian News)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Michael Simanowitz, And Phillip Goldfeder Vote To Ban Therapists From Helping People Overcome Homosexual Desires

NY Assembly bans gay conversion therapy for kids

on June 16, 2014 at 5:59 PM, updated June 16, 2014 at 6:11 PM
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP)  -- New York's Assembly has passed a ban against health professionals trying to change a child's sexual orientation through therapy.
Why The APA Says repetitive Therapy is harmful
On Monday the Democratic-led Assembly passed the ban 86 to 28. It would prohibit licensed psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, mental health practitioners and physicians from using conversion therapy on anyone under 18 remember many molestation victims go on to develop attraction for members of he same sex, so this bill is pro sexual molestation. Clergy would not be included.
 The American Psychological Association says there is no evidence so-called gay conversion therapy can change someone's sexual orientation . However the former head of the APA Nicholas Cummings, who is led the fight to declassify homosexuality as a mental illness, has admitted gays can change! 
(The New American)

Bans against gay conversion therapy have already gone into law in New Jersey and California. A proposed ban was voted down in Illinois in April.

Opponents of the ban say that it may infringe on a person's freedom of speech. (read this to understand why they also don't say freedom of religion rather only use free speech)

The bill has been sent to the Republican-led Senate for consideration. and BH didn't get voted on before the session ended
This is from the opening statement of the bill that the "Orthodox" Michael Simanowitz, Phillip Goldfeder, David Weprin, and Shelly Silver were maskim to by voting for this bill.
 a.  Being  lesbian,  gay,  bisexual  or  transgender is not a disease, disorder, illness, deficiency, or shortcoming.  The  major  professional associations  of  mental  health  practitioners  and  researchers in the United States have recognized this fact for nearly 40 years. (bill)

Remember that many rabbanim (from all circles) stated there was a chiyuv for those who have a teivah for mishkav zachar to go for therapy to get help

Listen to Rav Yoshe Ber Soloveitchik on the possibility of changing homosexual inclination, and his strong opposition, to the liberal view of a therapists role in dealing with homosexuality.

Mordechai Levovitz (YMS) who wants to ban this describes something that is clearly not harmful

“Then modern Orthodox high schools were sending their kids to a conversion therapy program. The school psychologist would try to change them from being gay to straight. Their methods included having the kid repeating the verse in the Bible over and over again for 45 minutes. Looking at pictures of AIDS victims and colorectal cancer victims and say ‘this is what comes of homosexual sex.’ Kids were being "traumatized". We haven’t heard that lately. Now the complaints kids have is that they don’t hear anybody from the administration using the word ‘gay’, and worry about what would happen if they come out. "Orthodox" high schools are starting to think proactively about it,” says Levovitz. “We’re heading in the "right" direction.”

For the remainder of this post all those politicians who acted problematically that have a decent sized Orthodox population in their district will be highlighted yellow, those that have a sizable Orthodox community will be highlighted green
"Orthodox" politicians will be highlighted blue.


(MS) COSPNSR Titone, Jaffee, O'Donnell, Barrett, Roberts, Skoufis, Zebrowski, Schimel, Rosenthal, Kavanagh, Bronson, Mosley, Brindisi, Paulin, Cahill, Lifton, Ortiz, Magnarelli, Davila, Weprin, Dinowitz, Moya, Peoples-Stokes, Titus

 MLTSPNSR Arroyo, Braunstein, Brennan, Buchwald, Cook, Hevesi, Lavine, Millman, Ryan, Sepulveda, Skartados, Stirpe, Thiele

A06983 Votes:

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listen to Rav Yoshe Ber's complete statement!

The Senate sponsors of the bill 

                      STAVISKY, TKACZYK, VALESKY