Liberty Counsel: Upcoming conference to focus on “consequences” of homosexual attraction

by D. Bennett

The Liberty Counsel has announced an upcoming conference at the Liberty University School of Law discussing “homosexuality and its consequences,” which will take place February 12. The School of Law will also be hosting a symposium on gay rights and the First Amendment on February 13.

“The broader homosexual agenda has politicized radicalism of homosexuality,” the Counsel writes. Such an agenda is, according to the Counsel, “aggressive and intent on trampling upon the fundamental freedoms of anyone who may disapprove.”

As such, “this conference is vitally important.”

Focus on the Family

by Jessica Bryan

Focus accused GLSEN of “sexualizing” Santa Claus in a theatrical fundraiser entitled Santa Claus is Coming Out! The group also argued that “Every child needs a mom and a dad” is “more than a campaign slogan,” argued that the case in Alameda, California shows how gay rights activists are attempting to trump parental rights in school curriculum, argued that promotion of “unrestrained sexual license” is a form of governmental control over the masses a la Brave New World, and discussed the vote in the New York Senate to not legalize gay marriage and LGBT efforts through campaign contributions to “redefine marriage.”

The group also wrote about the  3-judge panel of 9th Circuit judges who issued a preliminary ruling about the release of the internal documents of the Prop. 8 proponents, saying that it is likely that they will not be forced to release them.  Focus also criticized the research of a postdoctoral student in Canada who argues that porn does not change men’s perception of women or their relationships with them.

An email from Focus discussed the negative impact of porn on families and communities.

A second email from the group noted that some argue that a UN climate treaty may be a threat to U.S. sovereignty and “have a devastating impact on U.S. families.”

A third email from focus includes an interview with Jim Daly about the Manhattan Declaration.

Liberty Counsel: Adam Lambert warrants FCC complaint

by D. Bennett

The Liberty Counsel reports that it has filed a complaint with the FCC against ABC for broadcasting Adam Lambert’s American Music Awards performance, calling the performance “outrageously lewd and filthy.”

The Counsel complains that the network consciously chose not to edit Lambert’s performance, quoting the network as saying it would be “what everyone will be talking about tomorrow.”

“This shows,” the Counsel writes, “that ABC used Lambert’s obscene sexual conduct and not his vocal performance to promote its show.”

The complaint blasts ABC for broadcasting, among other things, “simulated oral sex…sadomasochistic conduct, and homosexual open-mouth kissing.”

Family Research Council

by Jessica Bryan

The FRC’s latest posts included one about visiting a federal prison and how they can be “incubators for terrorists,” discussed the Obama Administration “pushing the homosexual agenda,” linked to some “articles of interest,” criticized Obama to bowing to foreign heads of state like the Emperor of Japan and the king of Saudi Arabia, reminisced about Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, criticized Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to try terrorists in New York City,  criticized Obama for his long decision-making process with regards to the U.S. Afghanistan policy, discussed public funding for abortion in health care reform and the Stupak-Pitts amendment, and talked about the Senate vote to bring the health care reform bill to the floor for debate.

A Washington Update email from the FRC discussed Sen. Harry Reid’s plans for the Senate health care reform bill, talked about Obama’s nomination of Chai Feldblum to the EEOC, and advertised Mark Rodgers lecture entitled “Culture Upstream of Politics: Why Art and Entertainment Are Essential to Communicating Truth.”

An email from the group talked about the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), arguing that it threatens “traditional values and religious freedom.”  They also argued that:

This law would punish anyone in the workplace who dares oppose homosexual behavior, cross-dressing and other unhealthy behaviors. The liberals intentionally want to define “discrimination” very vaguely so that their allies in the courts and federal and state agencies will have broad latitude to silence traditional moral viewpoints about sexuality.

The email also asked subscribers to donate to the group to help them fight against ENDA.

Faith In Public Life: LDS Church Backs Gay Rights Ordinance

Faith in Public Life is reporting the LDS (Mormon) Church has backed Salt Lake City’s proposed gay rights ordinance. According to a church representative:

“The church supports these ordinances because they are fair and reasonable and do not do violence to the institution of marriage,” church spokesman Michael Otterson said in the presentation. “The church remains unequivocally committed to defending the bedrock foundation of marriage between a man and a woman.”

Faith in Public Life has taken no position either in favor or against the move.

FRC

by Jessica Bryan

The FRC posted about partisan media and the SEC’s new enforcement management executive.

The group also discussed results from a recent GSS survey.  Focus said “adults in always-intact marriages who worship at least weekly are the least likely of all to have had adulterous sexual relations.”

In a Washington Update email, Focus discussed the HHS’s “National Resource Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Elders,” abortion in health care legislation, the D.C. Marriage rally, and a discussion set for Thursday about “Religious Practice and the Family: What the Research Says.”

ADF: St. Louis to end “unconstitutional” policy

by D. Bennett

The Alliance Defense Fund reports that the city of St. Louis has agreed to stop enforcing a “problematic literature distribution policy,” thus avoiding a lawsuit filed by an ADF-associated attorney.

The city threatened members of a Christian group with arrest in 2006 as the group was handing out literature at the city’s annual “Pridefest” event.

“Christian groups shouldn’t be banned from public areas for expressing their beliefs,” said ADF-allied attorney Rick Nelson. “We are pleased that the city of St. Louis now recognizes the First Amendment rights of ministries who wish to share their viewpoint on important social and moral issues at events taking place at public locations.”