Conservative homophobic bomb terrorism in Austin, Texas

This United States TV video about lethal bomb terror in Texas says about itself:

Austin bombing suspect wrote about gay marriage, abortion in class blog

Mark Conditt wrote several blog posts about gay marriage, abortion and the death penalty.

From Associated Pressin the USA today:

Conditt grew up in Pflugerville, a suburb just northeast of Austin where he was still living after moving out of his parents’ home. It’s not far from the site of the first of the four package bombings – a March 2 explosion that killed a 39-year-old man, Anthony House. …

In those [blog] posts, a blogger identifying himself as Mark Conditt of Pflugerville wrote that gay marriage should be illegal. He also … argued in favor of the death penalty. …

Of gay marriage, Conditt wrote: “Homosexuality is not natural. Just look at the male and female bodies. They are obviously designed to couple.”

In these blog posts, Conditt called himself a conservative.


Moonies’ mass shotgun wedding in the USA

Moonies' mass AR-15 wedding in the USA

By Josh Salisbury, 3rd March 2018, 9:37 AM:

Anti-gay church marries couples toting assault rifles in gun control protest

An anti-gay church has married dozens of straight couples toting deadly assault rifles, in a protest over gun control.

The World Peace and Unification Sanctuary, from Newfoundland, Pennsylvania, held a mass ceremony to marry the couples and encouraged them to bring their weapons with them.

The Church – which has a homophobic, racist and anti-Semitic ideology according the Southern Poverty Law Centre, a hate monitoring body – believes that guns are the ‘rods of iron’ referred to in the Old Testament.

Attendees at the ceremony wore crowns made of bullets and venerated the AR-15s that they had bought with them for their wedding ceremony. An AR-15 was used in the Parkland school shooting in Florida on February 14 which left 17 dead.

Demonstrators against Moonies' AR-15 mass wedding

A nearby school was forced to close over concerns for children’s safety as the religious group held their ceremony, while state police watched over the elaborate ritual to ease community tensions.

The group is an offshoot of the controversial Unification Church established by the late self-styled messiah, Rev Sun Myung Moon.

Followers of the Unification Church, known as ‘moonies’, often took part in mass weddings, with critics alleging that attendees were made to marry complete strangers.

Neither the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary nor its parent organisation believe in equal marriage.

The cult views guns as “religious accoutrements” and has become increasingly vocal following the growing clamour for greater gun control in the United States.

“Each of us is called to use the power of the ‘rod of iron’ not to arm or oppress as has been done in satanic kingdoms of this world, but to protect God’s children”, said the Sanctuary’s leader, Rev. Hyung Jin Moon in a statement.

British neonazi planned homophobic massacre

Ethan Stables posing with a Nazi flag at his flat in Barrow, Cumbria (Greater Manchester Police)

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Ethan Stables trial: Neo-Nazi convicted of planning terror attack at gay pride event

Police found machete and axe at 20-year-old’s home after he said he was ‘going to war’

Lizzie Dearden, Home Affairs Correspondent

A neo-Nazi has been convicted of planning a terror attack at a gay pride event after posting violent homophobic rants online.

Armed police stopped Ethan Stables as he was travelling to the celebration at a pub in Cumbria, finding weapons including a machete and axe at his home.

They had been tipped off by a member of a far-right Facebook group who saw the unemployed 20-year-old post a message saying he was “going to war” and planned to “slaughter every single one of the gay bastards”.

Leeds Crown Court was shown footage of Stables saying “gays look nicer on fire” and burning a rainbow flag before his arrest on 23 June.

Prosecutor Jonathan Sandiford said Stables espoused homophobic, racist and Nazi views online, taking a selfie with a swastika flag hanging on his bedroom wall.

The defendant searched online for information on joining neo-Nazi groups Combat 18 and National Action – a banned terrorist organisation – while researching how to prepare for a “race war”.

The jury was told Stables, who was expelled from school after putting another pupil in a headlock, was interested in the Columbine High School massacre and viewed graphic footage of terror attacks, torture, massacres, executions and extreme violence.

Evidence presented in court showed he made a series of Google searches on a prospective attack, including one reading “I want to go on a killing spree” and another on “how to be a terrorist”.

Police examination of his devices showed he also searched “how to make chemical poison”, “what is prison like for a murderer” and “do you get haircuts in prison”.

Stables had also researched how to make a bomb at home, with investigators finding a collection of match heads in his flat.

While swapping messages with fellow extremists, he blamed the fact that he was unemployed on “faggots, n******, spastics” and the Equalities Act.

Stables also expressed hatred of Muslims and Jews, claiming in a WhatApp message a month before his arrest: “My country is being raped. I might just become a skinhead and kill people.” …

Prosecutors said he became aware the venue was to host a LGBT+ pride night and travelled there to “take photographs [and do] reconnaissance of that public house with a view to launching an attack later that evening”. …

His mother told the court he became radicalised after a trip to Germany to see a young woman, while Stables said he had been “brainwashed” by right-wing extremists he met while living in hostels.

The verdict came after another far-right extremist, Darren Osborne, was jailed for life for launching the Finsbury Park terror attack.

The father-of-four killed one man and injured several others when he ploughed a van into Muslim worshippers leaving Ramadan prayers in June.

USA: Growing number of killings tied to young white supremacists. A new report shines a light on the transition from online hate to real world ramifications: here.

British Conservative party homophobia

This video from England says about itself:

9 October 2012

Conservative party conference delegates discuss gay marriage

On the fringe of the Conservative conference in Birmingham on Monday, Ann Widdecombe and the former archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, were among those addressing a Coalition for Marriage rally against same-sex marriage. Here, Michael White hears the views of Tory supporters as well as protesters outside the conference.

From PinkNews in Britain:

More Conservative Party members support the death penalty than same-sex marriage

Benjamin Butterworth

4th January 2018, 1:29 PM

Most Conservative Party members still oppose the right of same-sex couples to marry, according to new research.

Academics at Queen Mary University of London found almost six in ten card-carrying Tories aren’t supportive of marriage equality, despite the move being introduced by a Conservative prime minister.

The report branded Tory members a “breed apart” from their counterparts in Labour, Liberal Democrats and the SNP after research revealed stark differences on major issues.

The study, based on polling by YouGov, found that just 41 percent of Tory members back same-sex marriage.

Labour party members were the most likely to be info favour, with 85 percent of members in support, while 84 percent of Lib Dems and 81 percent of SNP are supportive.

Re-introducing the death penalty was considerably more popular among Tory members than marriage equality, with 54% of Conservatives in favour of bringing back capital punishment.

Tory reshuffle gaffes prompt derision. It’s shambolic business as usual as out-of-ideas May rearranges the furniture at No 10: here.

UK: Cabinet reshuffle leaves May’s government impotent and divided: here.

Religious homophobia in the USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

Christian Pastor Calls for Killing All Gay People

4 December 2014

Steven Anderson, a Baptist pastor in Arizona, calls for the death of all gays.

From PinkNews in Britain:

None of America’s 100 largest churches affirm LGBT people

Nick Duffy

1st January 2018, 2:32 PM

Megachurches across the US are preaching rejection of LGBT people, a study has found.

Church Clarity launched earlier this year to monitor the way that LGBTQ issues are taught about in churches across the US.

The organisation looks at the teachings of individual churches, to break down a list of those that are welcoming to LGBT people and those that are not.

However, an analysis of the 100 largest churches in the US has led to a disturbing find.

0% of the 100 largest churches in the US, as listed in Christian magazine Outreach Magazine, have explicit affirming LGBTQ+ policies.

Of the 100 churches, 35 have clear policies that reject LGBT people.

A further 54 have unclear policies on LGBT issues, while 11 omit all mention of the issue from publicly-accessible records.

0 of the churches were found to be affirming.

Southern Baptist megachurches were the most likely to actively preach rejection of LGBT people, with 62% found to do so.

47% of Independent Christian Churches also rejected LGBT people.

Religion News Service columnist Jonathan Merritt noted: “While progressive Christians often claim that same-sex issues have largely been settled, America’s mega-churches have apparently not received the memo.

“None of them have policies affirming same-sex people and relationships.

“This staggering statistic will doubtlessly provide firepower to conservative Christians who claim that LGBTQ+ affirmation is a slippery slope to liberalism and a congregation killer.”

Given the old-school conservatism, it is perhaps unsurprising that the largest churches were also overwhelmingly white and male.

93% of the megachurches were led by a white pastor, while 99% are led by a man.

Church Clarity’s co-founder Tim Schraeder said: “Part of the reason we chose to release this now is because the New Year is a time when people decide to reengage with religion by attending church.

“As people of faith commit to new resolutions, we wanted to set them up for success by helping them make the most informed decision.”

George Mekhail added: “We hope that increased clarity will inspire necessary questions and waves of change within the church.

“As we close out 2017, we’ll continue to verify church submissions to our database and score churches’ actively enforced policies that impact LGBTQ individuals,”

The lack of inclusion in megachurches does not mean that there are no LGBT-friendly churches, however.

Of the 537 churches that the website has published info on to date, 90 have been scored as affirming.

A popular Los Angeles megachurch pastor recently claimed that there is no such thing as gay people.

The claim came from Pastor John MacArthur of the Grace Community Church in Los Angeles, a 3,500-seat megachurch which is popular with evangelicals.

MacArthur insisted: “No one is gay. If you mean by that, that that’s some hardwiring, no one is gay.”

He elaborated: “People commit adultery, they commit sins of homosexuality, they lie, they steal, they cheat.

“It’s like saying, ‘I keep robbing banks, but I’m a robber. I’m a bank robber. What am I gonna do? I’m a bank robber.’ That is not an excuse for what you do.

“Are there certain kind of impulses that lead people in that direction? Yes. But I think one of the really deadly aspects of this is to let people define themselves as gay.

“They are not gay any more than an adulterer is hardwired to be forced by his own nature to commit adultery. Those are all behavioral sins that are condemned in scripture.

“God didn’t hardwire anybody in such a way that they are not responsible for certain behaviors.

“And so we need to cancel that out of the sin list and welcome them into the kingdom of God, because you can’t do anything else?

“But I think we do no service to people who are caught in the vicious sins of homosexuality by letting them define themselves by that sin.”

MacArthur previously advised parents of gay children to disown them and “turn them over to Satan”.

Responding to a letter from a parent whose son had just come out, he said: “If they profess to be a Christian, you have to alienate them.

“You have to separate them. You can’t condone that. It’s inconsistent with Christ.

“So you isolate them, you don’t have a meal with them, you separate yourself from them.

“You turn them over to Satan as it were as scripture says.”

Related: Donald Trump poses in Oval Office with pastor who claims gay people molest children

An Ohio lawmaker who routinely touted his Christian faith and anti-LGBT views has resigned after being caught having sex with a man in his office. Wes Goodman, who is the Republican state legislator for Ohio, is married to a woman who is assistant director of an annual anti-abortion rally known as March for Life: here.

Donald Trump, a year of anti-LGBTQ policies

This 24 March 2017 music video, recorded in Canada, is called Green Day: No racism, no sexism, no homophobia and NO Donald Trump. Holiday live at London, Ontario.

By Peter Montgomery in the USA:

From a trans ban to Roy Moore: A review of the first year of the most “pro-gay” president

President Trump has been terribly anti-LGBTQ in his first year in office

12.25.2017•1:00 PM

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump thrilled conservative gay leaders. He promised to “do everything in my power to protect LGBTQ citizens” and described himself as “fine” with marriage equality, which he said had been “settled” by the U.S. Supreme Court. Gay Republicans, who have had little experience with candidates expressing anything other than hostility, lost all sense of perspective. Chris Barron, a co-founder of GOProud, pronounced Trump “a better friend to the LGBT community than Hillary Clinton could ever be.” Breitbartista Milo Yiannapoulos [sic; Yiannopoulos] went even further, declaring, “Donald Trump is the most pro-gay candidate in American electoral history.” Both statements were obviously and wildly untrue, as Trump’s damaging first year in office has made clear. As Miranda’s recent post noted, this was the year that the Religious Right moved into the White House. And the consequences for LGBTQ people have been predictably awful.

It is true that Trump once held up a rainbow flag someone handed him at a rally. But more often he was on stage at Religious Right events waving his Bible and pledging to make Christian conservatives more powerful while giving them the Supreme Court of their dreams. There was no way that Trump could keep his promises to the Religious Right—which delivered an overwhelming majority of white evangelical voters to Trump—without sacrificing the rights and well-being of LGBTQ Americans.

Indeed, last December, anti-LGBTQ extremist Scott Lively celebrated the election of Trump, who he said wisely concealed his anti-equality agenda as a candidate. Lively predicted that after Trump named new Supreme Court justices, “Kennedy and his homosexualist fellow travelers will presumably never again be able to repeat their past acts of violence to the Constitution and its Biblical foundations.”

Many LGBTQ people have been or will be harmed by broad-based Trump-GOP policies, like the tax bill and its assault on the Affordable Care Act, that also affect millions of non-LGBTQ Americans. But LGBTQ Americans are also facing very focused attacks from the Trump administration. That’s why NBC called Trump’s first 100 days “fear-inducing” for LGBTQ Americans. And by mid-year, German Lopez at Vox was calling Trump’s campaign promises to the LGBTQ community “total bullshit” and Luke Darby at GQ was calling the administration “a disaster for LGBT Americans.” The Human Rights Campaign’s Sarah McBride went even further, writing in Cosmopolitan that the Trump administration has “revealed itself to be the ugliest, most explicitly anti-LGBTQ presidency in U.S. history.” Journalist Michelangelo Signorile seconded that emotion in September.

Here are some of the low points:

Anti-Equality Judges

Trump’s tepid support for marriage equality—the Supreme Court “settled” the issue and he was “fine” with it—was always in conflict with his pledge to name Supreme Court justices from a list pre-approved by two right-wing organizations, the Federalist Society and the Heritage Foundation. The Federalist Society is committed to bringing about right-wing ideological domination in the federal judiciary. And the Heritage Foundation is explicitly committed to waging a multi-faceted campaign to reverse the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling. They defiantly insist that the Supreme Court’s ruling—which they denounce as illegitimate—settled nothing.

It’s worth noting that months before Trump’s “fine” comment, he sang a different tune when speaking with the Christian Broadcasting Network. Speaking to that audience, he called the marriage equality ruling “shocking” and said he had been “very much in favor of letting the states decide” whether to let gay people get married. He assured CBN’s David Brody that conservative evangelicals “can trust me on traditional marriage.”

Trump had pledged to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant for more than a year by Antonin Scalia’s death—and Republican senators’ unconscionable refusal to even consider President Barack Obama’s nominee—with a judge in the mold of the intensely anti-gay Scalia. The Religious Right was thrilled with the nomination of Neil Gorsuch, who showed his stripes with an ideologically strident but legally and logically flawed dissent in a case involving the rights of gay parents. Shannon Minter, a prominent LGBTQ legal advocate, accused Gorsuch of “deliberately trying to muddy the waters” and “trying to provide a road map for hostile state courts” to treat same-sex couples differently from other married couples.

Among Trump’s other awful nominees for lifetime jobs on the federal bench: Matthew Kacsmaryk, deputy general counsel at First Liberty Institute, who opposes anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people; Damien Schiff, who slammed an anti-bullying program for promoting the “homosexual lifestyle”; and Jeff Mateer, who called transgender children part of “Satan’s plan.” Mateer’s nomination was withdrawn after it faced intense criticism.

In an exposé of the anti-equality Alliance Defending Freedom, journalist Sarah Posner noted that Trump’s solicitor general, Noel Francisco, is an ADF-allied attorney, and that at least four of Trump’s judicial nominees have ADF ties.

Stripping protections from LGBTQ students, parents and families

One of the first official actions by the Trump administration was the rescinding of an Obama administration letter that had urged public schools to respect the right of transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms appropriate to their gender identity. Then-press secretary Sean Spicer said Trump saw this is a “states’ rights issue.”

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in May at a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing that states should be free to funnel tax dollars to private schools that discriminate against LGBTQ students and families.

Ban on Transgender Servicemembers

Trump announced via Twitter that he would ban transgender people from serving in the armed forces “in any capacity,” a policy adopted at the urging of Religious Right leaders like Tony Perkins and over the objections of military leaders. The policy change, while yet to be fully implemented, threatens to upend the lives and careers of thousands of trans people now serving honorably in the military.

Defending Anti-Gay Discrimination

The Department of Justice reversed itself and staked out a legal position in opposition to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, telling a federal appeals court that the ban on sex discrimination in the 1964 Civil Rights Act does not apply to discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Reinforcing the Religious Right’s Weaponization of Religious Liberty

Religious Right leaders have made a major strategic push to redefine religious liberty as a weapon against laws that protect LGBTQ people from discrimination. Trump brought anti-gay Religious Right leaders to the White House to celebrate his signing of an executive order on religious liberty; while it did not go as far as conservative evangelicals had hoped, the order left it in Jeff Sessions’ hands to develop the policy. When it comes to protecting civil rights, you really don’t want to be in Jeff Sessions’ hands. Sessions’ guidance on religious liberty included vague but broad language, saying “at least some for-profit corporations” can refuse to hire workers whose beliefs and conduct are not “consistent with the employer’s religious beliefs.”

In a behind-closed-doors speech to the anti-gay Religious Right legal group Alliance Defending Freedom, Sessions praised the group’s work to create religious exemptions to anti-discrimination laws.

The Trump administration has urged the Supreme Court to back a Colorado baker who ran afoul of the state’s anti-discrimination law by refusing to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple. Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern called the administration’s brief in the case “cynical, dishonest, and embarrassing.” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders echoed comments made by the solicitor general’s office and said Trump would have no problem with businesses hanging signs saying they don’t serve LGBT customers.

Trump also supports passage of the First Amendment Defense Act, which would enshrine the Religious Right’s desired right to discriminate into federal law.

Empowering an anti-LGBTQ inner circle

In addition to Cabinet nominees like Sessions, DeVos, and Ben Carson, Trump has surrounded himself with anti-LGBT Religious Right activists and leaders and given them powerful positions within the Executive Branch. For example, Roger Severino, a former Heritage Foundation staffer with what a dozen U.S. senators described as “a long history of making bigoted statements toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people”, is now leading the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services.

The intensely anti-LGBTQ Family Research Council has bragged of its victories, which include placing former FRC staffers in “top positions” at the Department of Health and Human Services. FRC’s Ken Blackwell, who says that homosexuality “defies barnyard logic”, led the domestic policy operation for Trump’s transition team.

ProPublica revealed in April that James Renne, who was part of Trump’s transition “landing team” at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence before snagging a senior job at the Department of Education, had helped to orchestrate a scandalous purge of LGBTQ employees and information at the Office of Special Counsel during the George W. Bush administration.

Trump has also boosted the public profile of anti-LGBTQ activists like Robert Jeffress, one of Trump’s earliest and most ardent evangelical supporters. Jeffress was chosen to preach at a private service before Trump’s inauguration and has remained a high-profile defender of the administration. Jeffress calls homosexuality “a miserable lifestyle,” said that marriage equality is “the greatest sign of the End Times that we see in our country right now,” and declared that “as a nation, we cannot be blessed by God if we’re rejecting God.”

Appointing anti-LGBT activists to United Nations Delegation

Trump appointed officials from C-Fam and the Heritage Foundation to the U.S. delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. C-Fam, also classified as an anti-LGBTQ hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, is so committed to resisting any recognition of the human rights of LGBTQ people in international agreements that it has teamed up with some of the world’s most repressive regimes to safeguard “traditional” notions of gender, sexuality and family.

Praising Anti-LGBTQ Groups

Trump’s first year in office has been one long thank-you to the conservative white evangelicals who voted overwhelmingly to make him president. Trump and Pence joined other GOP leaders at Ralph Reed’s Road to Majority conference in June; Trump spoke at the opening luncheon, where he said, “I will never, ever let you down”. A few months later, Trump was back before Religious Right activists at the Values Voter Summit, which is convened by the Family Research Council, designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-LGBTQ hate group.

Supporting Roy Moore

Roy Moore, twice removed from his position as Alabama’s chief justice, was the most extreme anti-LGBTQ candidate in recent memory. Moore’s hostility to gay people extends far beyond marriage equality; he believes homosexuality should be criminalized. Yet Trump not only backed Moore’s candidacy with speeches and robocalls, he also dragged the Republican National Committee into spending money on Moore’s behalf.

Trump Praises Republican Senate Candidate Who Spoke At Rally With Holocaust Denier: here.

Loyalty to Trump the new Republican ‘litmus test’: GOP representative: here.

Kill LGBTQ people, Texas Republican politician says

This video from the USA says about itself:

21 May 2012

Mississippi conservative Republican State Representative Andy Gipson posted a message on his Facebook page which calls for putting to death gays and lesbians.

That was over five years ago. And now …

By David Edwards in the USA:

Texas GOP candidate cites ‘Biblical law’ on homosexuals and vows to ‘gladly execute a convicted sodomite

24 December 2017

A Texas Republican candidate for governor cited what he said was “Biblical law” last week and vowed to “gladly execute” convicted LGBT people.

Out Smart magazine first reported that Larry Kilgore made the remarks about homosexuals on Twitter.

“I’d gladly execute a convicted adulterer, sodomite or bestialiter,” he wrote. “Biblical law is a blessin.”

Kilgore told Lone Star Q in 2014 that he believes LGBT people deserve to be put to death.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The vice chair of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents announced Thursday, December 21, he would resign after an uproar over a comment on public affairs television that appeared to liken gay people to pedophiles: here.

Republican Candidate Goes Full Nazi: Jews “Pretend” to be White to Undermine the White Race. Paul Nehlen is openly spewing white nationalist hate speech: here.