Tuesday, July 12, 2016

We have been so focused on the Democratic party platform, that we failed to notice the anti-LGBT planks in the Republican party platform.

Courtesy of the New Civil Rights Movement:  

Republican National Committee subcommittee members Monday voted to approve a plank embracing the use of harmful anti-LGBT conversion therapy, after it was introduced by the head of a certified anti-gay hate group. The plank will be voted on by a committee and then all RNC voting members before becoming an official part of the 2016 platform. 

Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, an RNC delegate, Monday morning met with RNC chair Reince Priebus, reportedly to discuss including the call to support medically dangerous efforts that claim to change a person's sexual orientation.

Of course as many of you know this whole "conversion therapy" consists mostly of shaming the young gay person for their "sinful" feelings and frightening them with eternal damnation if they do not renounce their devil inspired perversions and instead embrace the only lifestyle accepted by their church, parents, and peers.

Other language in the draft of the party platform includes retaining the opposition to abortion rights, including Trump's tough anti-trade rhetoric, and doing away with the pushing for a Constitutional Amendment that would define marriage as being only between a man and a woman.

There was also a part in there about pornography:  

Republican delegates unanimously adopted an amendment to their draft platform Monday morning that called pornography “a public health crisis” and a “public menace” that is destroying lives.

Holy Meese Commission Batman!

If it is any consolation, much like the Democratic party platform, there is no guarantee that a President Trump, or any other GOP politicians would push for any of these policies, despite their inclusion on the platform.

Think of it as a blueprint which numerous political hopefuls will borrow from to drum up support from the base, but which most of them will completely forget about the minute they are sworn in.

Still the very fact of its inclusion gives us an idea of where the Republican party stands on the issues.

And clearly, for the most part, that it still somewhere back in 1955.


  1. Because we have mass pornographers that are mowing down people left and right.

    Because people are dying due to pornography.

    Because.....OMG. I can't even formulate another thought. The stupid is SO stupid.

    Nothing about guns? Just "we need to convert gay people" and "pornography is bad."

    OK. Flamin' asinine idjits.

    No wonder they've got Mrs. P and Mr. T as their spokespeople.

    I'm going back to my first cuppa. Thanks for this being the leadoff. Ruined the first several minutes of my peaceful, nonsmoky morning. (There is quite a large fire burning on the hill behind us...marching ever closer each day/night. They're estimating it'll be here in about 6 days. So I wait.)

    Back to the stupid. OMG, that's all I can say.

  2. Maple6:27 AM

    Well, it couldn't be clearer: There are no sane, sensible Republicans anymore. The GOP has been taken over by the Teavangelicals. Preibus and cohorts have been solely focused on keeping the support of the TPs and the so-called Christian right. The sad fact is that some Republican stalwarts still haven't recognized (or come to terms with) the fact that their Party no longer exists. Snowdrift Snookie unfortunately got her wish. The good news is that there are more than enough sane, sensible, progressive folks in the US to make sure the GOP as it now exists never wins the White House again.

  3. Anonymous6:36 AM

    As the parent of a gay adult this bothers me no end. It also saddens me deeply for all those kids who are gay and have parents who support the republican platform. My daughter has told us so many times that the unconditional support she received at home saved her life and made her teenage years so much easier. Today, she is married to a great gal and very happy. Thank goodness society is changing in the right direction.

  4. Anonymous6:42 AM

    OT? Joe Knew>

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  5. Anonymous6:49 AM

    They're running away from Trump, but then create this platform. Is it Trump throwing the election, or the GOP?

  6. Connie6:51 AM

    It is frustrating/amazing how Republicans continue to display intense levels of cognitive dissonance. In public they are all for the squashing of pornography but in private they are the most avid of consumers. Healthy people own their vices. Crazy are on the river in Egypt (Denial).

    As for Tony Perkins.... well, since he doesn't consider me a 'real' person who has lived in the USA all their life, a person deserving of equality and the same rights he enjoys....

    I hope people treat him as he's treated others. Isn't that his 'golden rule'? Perhaps that is what worries him so - being treated as he's treated everyone else who doesn't exactly match his flavor of faith or skin tone.

  7. Anonymous7:02 AM

    OT CA>

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  8. Anonymous7:10 AM

    So is there one thing in there about improving the economy? Helping schools (not church schools, GOP.) Respecting women? I tell you, any woman or young person and anyone not an older white male who supports these creeps should be deported.

  9. As a (retired) political scientist, I can tell you that presidents do try to keep their promises. After all, that's how they got elected so that's how they are going to get re-elected. So what is in a platform truly does presage what the party and the president will try to do in the future (although all bets are off with Trump).


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  12. Anonymous8:44 AM

    Today in Phoenix, Chris Simcox, the former militia nutball, Fox News star,and Tea Party candidate for Senate was sentenced to almost two decades in the slammer for child molestation.

    Another victim of the Palin Curse ?

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  14. I really hope one of Trump's ex girlfriends tells us that he used to watch gay porn while she - I'll stop right there because I don't want that image in my brain. The GOPT needs to stay out of everyone's private lives.

  15. Anonymous9:21 AM

    Can we presume this puts Mr. Michelle Bachman back in business? His clinic got so much taxpayers money "converting" the gay ones so maybe time to rev up the revenue? Michelle involved in the platform rules to up the family income?

  16. LGBT Republicans is an oxymoron.

  17. Anonymous9:35 AM

    The Republicsns stance on the LGBQ community is one of the reasons I will NEVER vote Republican.

  18. "...doing away with the pushing for a Constitutional Amendment that would define marriage as being only between a man and a woman." Point of clarification--the platform continues to advocate for a marriage defining amendment. Delegates ultimately voted to retain language calling for a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage, and reaffirmed their opposition to abortion.

  19. Leland1:43 PM

    Hhhmmm. Who says the republican party isn't supporting Humpty Trumpty? They sure are trying to piss off those groups he HASN'T ticked off!

  20. Anonymous2:57 PM

    They also added the garbage about transgenders and the bathrooms.

    Are they going to issue ID's to everyone or is everyone going to be required to carry their birth certificates around?

  21. Anonymous3:01 PM

    Looks like a platform overly concerned with sex and taking away the rights of others.

    Majority of porn is viewed by people living in red states.

  22. Anita Winecooler3:55 PM

    for a block of blockheads claiming to take the moral ground, they sure are more than interested in what others do in the privacy of their own homes and their legal viewing and reading habits as adults.
    The over emphasis on the LGBT community leads me to think there are many latent homosexuals in the GOP, but they're fools for voting the GOP. Who wants to belong to a party that doesn't want them?


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