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Target Vs The American Family Association

Category: Gay Rights
Posted: 04/26/16 00:52

by Dave Mindeman

The American Family Association is at war with Target Corp. Claiming half a million people pledging to boycott Target stores, they say that the Target company has anti-family values in their bathroom policy:

Target has crossed the line by intentionally exposing women and girls to voyeurs and sexual predators with their restroom and dressing room policy.

And what exactly is this ghastly policy?

Target decided "to allow transgender employees and customers to use restrooms that correspond with their gender identity."

Horrors!

Now Target could have just said nothing - after all it is unlikely that how bathrooms are being used in their stores will actually change. But, in the light of more and more state laws making arguments that use of bathrooms, for some reason, needs to be regulated, Target decided that a uniform statement is necessary.

Because they defined it, the American Family Association decided that this was unacceptable and grounds for a membership boycott.

Is that really something to cause a boycott?

The American Family Association is a social issue throwback organization. Organized in 1977 in Mississippi of all places, this group takes us back to the 1980's.

They sell homeschool products like this....

Evolution of Darwin Series 3 DVD Set

This DVD boxed set features three of today's most popular creationist scientists and speakers. Each presents important, little-known information about Charles Darwin and his ideas that, in many ways, changed the world. This unique and well-illustrated series will equip every student, parent, and pastor who desires to be more effective in evangelizing and training the next generation!

A bargain at $20.99

or....

Dragons or Dinosaurs DVD

For centuries, dinosaurs have been used to discredit the Bible but Dragons or Dinosaurs? will present new, clear, and stunning visual evidence that uses them to actually verify the Bible''s history.

Another bargain at $19.95

And they also sell coffee....

American Family Coffee...in Freedom, Blessing, or Courage flavors.
Just $10.95 a pouch.

Maybe they want their followers to just not shop the "competition".

I wouldn't sweat it Target - these characters all shop at WalMart anyway.
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Houston Tramples Individual Rights Over Bathrooms

Category: Gay Rights
Posted: 11/04/15 02:04, Edited: 11/04/15 02:11

by Dave Mindeman

One of the more disappointing election night results for Nov 3rd was the defeat and recall of a city ordinance which protected gay and transgender rights in housing, employment, city contracting and business services. This type of legislation has passed in other cities without a huge amount of controversy, but in Houston it received stiff opposition.

And the winning slogan that defeated this ordinance is a little unusual....
No Men in Women's Bathrooms.

Opponents of the measure said that this ordinance would "allow men claiming to be women to enter women's bathrooms and inflict harm."

Wow. Just wow.

I am not sure if I am missing something regarding public bathrooms but there doesn't seem to be any "secret key" that is gender exclusive. I remember being in a hurry in an airport and running into a bathroom without paying attention and when I didn't see any urinals, I knew I was in the wrong place. Fortunately, no one was in the bathroom at the time and my quick exit was not noticed. I also remember going into a gas station to use a bathroom and found the men's room locked. The clerk at the counter noticed my attempt at entry and pointed out..."the ladies room is open...go ahead." So I did. I never considered the idea that I could be in violation of some city ordinance.

I guess my point is that if men enter a woman's bathroom what is stopping them exactly? And if they intend to "inflict harm" is their a higher level of "harm" if it happens in the wrong gender bathroom?

The Lt. Governor of Texas was jubilant at the victory....

"It was about protecting our grandmoms, and our mothers and our wives and our sisters and our daughters and our granddaughters," Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a Republican, told cheering opponents who gathered at an election night party at a Houston hotel. "I'm glad Houston led tonight to end this constant political-correctness attack on what we know in our heart and our gut as Americans is not right."

So this was a "protecting our women" crusade I guess.

I'm not sure where the idea of protecting employment rights and housing rights got lost in this particular election. Obviously the fear mongering tactic worked and kept the "sanctity of the women's bathroom" safe for the womenfolk. But the idea that simple rights of protection in such basic areas of life can be upended by a bathroom campaign gives us some idea how little those rights mean in Texas - at least how little they mean for "certain people".

All I can say is that it is disappointing to see the great progress that has been made over the last few years, stymied by such foolishness.

If you really want to do something for women's bathrooms that is really productive....make them bigger with more stalls.
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"Make No Law Respecting An Establishment Of Religion"

Category: Gay Rights
Posted: 09/02/15 04:07

by Dave Mindeman

We are hearing a lot about the First Amendment these days...

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...

The conservative right has made a big deal about the "free exercise" of a personal religious belief.

But they tend to ignore the more important aspect..."make no law respecting an establishment of religion".

In the case of the Kentucky clerk who is denying marriage applications to gay couples, we have a violation of that First Amendment clause.

The clerk represents the State of Kentucky. She has established that her religious belief takes precedence over anyone who seeks out her government services.

She has established her religion as the law of that county.

She has lost in court...all the way up to the Supreme Court. And since she has violated the First Amendment, she needs to be fired. Held in contempt. And if it were me, she would be sent to jail.

You do not get to "exercise" your personal religious beliefs if you hold a government job. You just don't. You are expected to expedite the standing legal regulations which your job espouses.

And the fact that other Kentucky officials are allowing this "exercise" means that they should be held in contempt as well. This isn't about God's law...take that to your church. If your job is to work for the government, then you don't get to interpret the laws as you see fit.

You just get to do the job, period.

This lady's 15 minutes of fame are now up.
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