Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Rick Scarborough slanders HBO and Alexandra Pelosi

Hey Mr. Pastor of Hate SBC Baptist buffoon Rick Scarborough of Vision America in Lufkin, Tx. or Nacogdoches, Tx, or wherever you are today spreading your Gospel of Hate:

Here sir is the definition of the word "slander":

  • words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another.
  • an abusive attack on a person's character or good name.

There is nothing "good" in your character, nothing "false" in Nancy Pelosi's daughters HBO account of how crazy you lunatic Baptist extremists are. We voted you OUT. Go Away!


Press Release dated today from Vision America and Rev. Rick Scarborough at Vision America.
Vision America Rejects HBO's Slander of Evangelicals

NACOGDOCHES, Texas, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Vision America

President Reverend Rick Scarborough today expressed dismay and objection to HBO's supposed documentary on evangelical Christians, "Friends of God,"which premiered on January 25 and will run at various times through themonth of February.Scarborough is one of the evangelical leaders appearing in thedocumentary."'Friends of God,' is about what you'd expect from a cable networkwhich most serious minded evangelicals do not even allow in their homes,
due to the content of its programming," Scarborough declared.

The special, directed by Alexandra Pelosi (daughter of House SpeakerNancy Pelosi), focuses on every oddity imaginable -- including "Christianwrestling" and "Christian miniature golf" -- to make 80 million Americansfrom all walks of life seem freakish."I wasn't even aware that such things existed until someone alerted methat I was in the documentary and I began investigating it," Scarborough said.

Scarborough observes: "I was also troubled by the subtle camera techniques which made Christians look less than normal, framed in the context of a primary emphasis on Dr. Ted Haggard, who resigned as president of the National Association of Evangelicals and was dismissed as senior pastor of his church. Haggard, who resigned his post amidst scandal, was
interviewed longer than anyone else. Was Pelosi implying that we are all hypocrites?

"If you choose to watch 'Friends of God,' understand that what you're seeing is an attempt to denigrate evangelical Christians. Take it for what it is -- a cleverly packaged assault, designed to undermine the valuablecontributions to our country of 80 million Bible-believing Americans,"
Scarborough cautioned.

To schedule an interview with Dr. Scarborough, contact Don Feder at
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God Bless Ya Alexandra Pelosi! Thanks for exposing the Gospel of Hate and Hypocracy known as Rev. Rick Scarborough and his Vision America based in East Texas.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Rick Scarborough Has It Wrong Again

Or, maybe Rick misrepresents his numbers! Considering his pathetic website ranking numbers on Alexa.com, that would be my guess. Or, maybe mainstream Christian America is a little more liberal than he thinks. They are just sick and tired of this new push for preachers to stop doing good things for the world and get into politics/ form another non-profit company/ overpay themselves / hire a public image departement. Maybe guys like Rick Scarborough should just shut up and go back to their narrow minded SBC Baptist Churches and concentrate on their Bibles....or go feed the homeless in America, or go teach the World about the Jesus Christ the rest of us know and appreciate. Just go away Rick Scarborough, shut the doors of your Vision America in Lufkin, stop preaching hatred, and take a pay cut and live off less than the hundreds of thousands of dollars in salary and benefits and cars you pay yourself while preaching this Gospel of Hate!
Rick Said It: link from http://www.rightwingwatch.org

Rick Scarborough, a key organizer of politically-charged “Patriot Pastors,” claimed
Bush was beholden to the Religious Right to take up their causes:
While the president spoke, I couldn’t help but groan inwardly as I reflected on the
squandered opportunities of the past six years of a "conservative" majority. As
he concluded his remarks with “God Bless,” it dawned on me that the speech
didn’t contain even a passing reference to the issues that sent millions of
Christians to the polls in 2000, 2002 and 2004 - making Bush a two-term
president and giving his party a majority in Congress for six years - the first
time in more than half-a-century that Republicans controlled the presidency and
both Houses of Congress. Whatever else they voted for….Values Voters did not
turn out in past elections so their concerns could be ignored the day after the
election. Is it any wonder that so many us stayed home last November?

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Deb Price on Don't Ask Don't Tell -

Amazing Editorial by the amazing Deb Price on Don't Ask Don't Tell. Click here to read it

Prediction. In the next few years expect a reversal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell!"

As completely insulting as it is to gay folks to choose a time when we in the middle of a war with a tab approaching a trillion dollars and body bags stacking up on every street corner in Baghdad , the time is now to end the ridiculous Clinton era shaft and official "thanks for your support"" legislation "don't ask don't tell just lie" in the military.

The millions we have spent driving out some of our country's most neeeded, talented, and highly educated linguists (a very high percentage who happen to be gay or lesbian!) is nothing short of shameful.

Of course this will drive the religious extremist nuts like Rev. Rick Scarborough at Lufkin, Texas based Vision America and James Dobson crazy - it might even cause nutbag Rev. James Kennedy at Coral Ridge Ministries to blow a heart valve down in Fort Lauderdale --but rest assured when the going gets tough the military just might realize that soldiers are soldiers, and being forced to lie about who you are is not way to start any job anywhere.


See :Servicemembers Defense League Website

Sign: Lift the Ban Petition

Chicago Tribune Editorial:

The Chicago Tribune called for an end to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," saying, "Most measures that could be taken to add more troops would take several years to make a difference. By that time it's not at all clear we'll need them. But eliminating "don't ask, don't tell" would have an impact right away. And it would remove, finally, the cruel and unfair burden placed on gay patriots who are forced to lie about who they are for the privilege of serving their country."

Rev's Otwell Rick Scarborough Connection

Rev. W. N. Otwell is an East Texas kook racist preacher from Mt. Enterprise, Texas. His cult family stands with Fred Phelps at many funerals, etc. So what is the W. N. Otwell connection to Rev. Rick Scarborough other than they live a few miles apart from each other?
1. They both are preachers
2. They both are Baptists
3. They both preach hate
4. They both oppose stem cell research
5. They both live in East Texas
6. They attend, organize, and are arrested at each others' ten commandments rallies.
7. They both are UN-Christian

The Otwell clan (might we say cult!?) was arrested at the Rev. Rick Scarborough Vision America rally in Alabama to support their mutual buddy and fellow idiot Roy Moore. Click the link for more information on their crazy ideas in the blog post titled "Hating in the Name of God." It is excellent.

Link here

"Four days after the Oklahoma City bombing, at a national Christian Identity gathering in Missouri, W.N. Otwell, who runs an armed compound in east Texas, spoke. "You go look in the Old Testament," he said. "God did not mind killing a bunch of women and kids. God talks about slaughter! Don't leave one suckling! Don't leave no babies! Don't leave nothing! Kill them!" Sadly, he's quite correct; that is indeed God's message."


Exposing the Hate Rev. Rick Scarborough of Lufkin Texas based Vision Ameria.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Mainstream Baptist on Rick Scarborough

Richard Land and Richard Rick Scarborough =narrow minded bigot lobbyists

Link from: http://mainstreambaptist.blogspot.com

"Underwood was reponding to criticisms by Richard Land and Rick Scarborough who have tried to discredit the New Baptist Covenant by charicaturizing it is as a movement within the Democratic party rather than as a movement within the Kingdom of God.

Land and Scarborough were both leading organizers of efforts to take over
the SBC. They were also leading organizers of efforts by the Religious Right to
take over the GOP. The Religious Right has taken over the GOP. Land and
Scarborough are both leading organizers of thinly disguised get-out-the-vote campaigns for Republican candidates. It is natural for Land and Scarborough to
equate movements of Baptists with secular politics. They have been doing it for
more than thirty years.

Carter has been working to unify Baptists for years. SBC leaders have often
been participants in dialogue sessions with Carter discussing that goal in the
past. Carter's desire for Baptist unity has nothing to do with secular politics.

Bill Clinton is a Baptist, a fact that SBC leaders readily acknowledged when they were calling for his church to exercise discipline over him for marital infidelity during his presidency.

Long before Clinton got involved, SBC leaders made it clear that they have no concern for Baptist unity. Instead, they incessantly deny the spiritual
fidelity of any and all Baptists who do not share their goal of unifying the GOP around the "Christian Nationalist" political agenda of the Religious

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Rick Scarborough calls Stem Cell Research "Cloning to Kill"

Rick titled his book "Liberalism Kills Kids" --so now Liberals and Stem Cells Kill Kids?

Or, might it just be possible sir that you are killing our kids, or our kids future kids? Yes you Rev. Rick Scarborough and Vision America in Lufkin, Texas and other misguided parents of the extremist, fundamentalist, new Texas GOP, holy roller, SBC Baptists, preachers who fail to support medical research persuasion. Yes, stem cell research just might someday soon save a life of a kid.

With all respect to my dad and especially my mom who hates this phrase "JUST SHUT UP!" One of the most promising studies to save future humans of the terminal horrible cancer which afflicts him involves embryonic stem cells.

[ quote below from Rick Scarborough Vision America update at visionamerica.us ]

"New York Governor George Pataki and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani both are pro-abortion. Senator John McCain says he’s pro-life, but wants taxpayers to finance embryonic stem-cell research (AKA: cloning-to-kill)."

Rick Scarborough in Bed With Topeka Whore?

Go on -- nominate this Brownbutt guy - Brownback - whoever. Same tired message, same tired old Rev. Rick Scarborough. Go Rick Go! M-O-R-O-N!

Brownback Says He Can Win Presidential Nomination in '08
Thursday, December 14, 2006
By: Rick Scarborough

Christians may have a champion in next Presidential election

Kansas Senator Sam Brownback, an ardent pro-lifer and long-time friend of Vision America, has filed papers for an exploratory committee to test the waters for a presidential campaign.

But in an interview with the Topeka Capital Journal, Brownback (who has served 12 years in the House and Senate) says he can win the GOP nomination, despite the higher-visibility candidates in the field. The Senator told the paper, "I think once the candidates’ positions are known on the various topics, I’m going to win this."

He may have been referring to the fact that the four frontrunners for the GOP nomination all have records on abortion that range from awful to open-to-doubt.

New York Governor George Pataki and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani both are pro-abortion. Senator John McCain says he’s pro-life, but wants taxpayers to finance embryonic stem-cell research (AKA: cloning-to-kill).

Outgoing Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney appears to be a recent convert to the pro-life cause. But many activists are skeptical, noting that, as a candidate for governor in 2002, Romney went out of his way to trumpet his support for "a woman’s right to choose."

Over the years, I’ve developed great affection and respect for Senator Brownback, who was the recipient of Vision America’s "National Hero of The Faith Award" in 2005, for his solid stands for faith and family and his defense of the unborn. In years past, this award has gone to such outstanding Americans as former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, Congressman Walter Jones and former Attorney General John Ashcroft.

The Senator was scheduled to speak at Vision America’s "The War On Christians And The Values Voter in 2006" conference, but was prevented from doing so by last-minute Senate business.

As a 501-C-3, Vision America takes no position on candidates, other than to educate our members on their records and stands.

Ethics Daily on Rev. Rick Scarborough

Tues, Jan 23, 2007

Bob Allen
Vision America founder Rick Scarborough turned a "New Baptist Covenant" proposed by former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton into a fund-raising pitch, calling it an effort to deceive Christians into believing the Bible is compatible with abortion, gay rights and opposition to Israel.
In a fund-raising letter, Scarborough, a former Southern Baptist pastor in Pearland, Texas, pledged to "expose the lie" that brought religious leaders together Jan. 9 in Atlanta to announce a major meeting early in 2008 to offer an alternative Baptist voice to often-negative messages of the Religious Right.

"Christians, beware!" Scarborough warned. "Scripture itself warns that wolves will approach the flock in sheepskins in order to devour the sheep. Jimmy Carter's gentle nature and Bill Clinton's clever oratory must not be allowed to pull the wool over the eyes of innocent churchgoers. While many may find comfort in snuggling up to such powerful public figures, it is the duty of Godly men to expose the lie that brought together religious and political figures like those gathered at the press conference in Atlanta. With God's help, I intend to do just that."

Scarborough pointed out that a planned mega-gathering "Celebration of a New Baptist Covenant" Jan. 30-Feb. 1, 2008 at the Georgia World Congress Center is "not coincidentally" nine months away from the next presidential election. "Perhaps Senator Hillary Clinton will be invited to lecture on honesty in government--or Senator Barack Obama can share his thoughts on abortion," he chided.

Scarborough said the meeting gives the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, "what has to date been a relatively small and modest [SBC] breakaway group" working with Carter and Clinton on the project, "a new lease on life.""The Clinton/Carter movement toward this alliance proves what many conservatives within the Southern Baptist Convention always knew: That theological liberalism always leads to political liberalism--as both begin with the assumption that God’s word is not verifiably true and that man is the center of his own universe," Scarborough said."This new alliance is designed to undermine the moral authority of the church," he continued, "to deceive the public into believing that Christianity is compatible with gay marriage, embryonic stem cell research, a head-in-the-sand foreign policy and the betrayal of Israel."

Scarborough said there is nothing wrong with the image of the Southern Baptist Convention, which has grown some of the largest churches in the world, has seminaries filled with young preachers and supports more than 5,000 missionaries around the world. "I assure you that Vision America is not going to allow this deception to go unchallenged," Scarborough closed. "We are planning a major response the Clinton/Carter press conference. Stay tuned for more information."

The newsletter article includes a link inviting readers to "make a tax-deductible donation to support the ongoing work of Vision America."

Scarborough launched Vision America in 1998 as a national effort to mobilize pastors against moral issues like abortion and homosexual rights. He launched pastor mobilization programs in South Dakota, South Carolina, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas and Missouri. He took a lead role in passing a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in Texas. His "Patriot Pastors" network numbers about 5,000.

Vision America conducted a Judicial War on Faith National Conference in Washington in 2006, 10 days after the death of Terri Schiavo, and has sponsored two annual conferences on "The War on Christians and Value Voters."

He has been interviewed by The Los Angeles Times, C-SPAN, "The Alan Combs Show," "Point of View," PBS, Bott Radio and "Larry King Live."

While not as well known as Christian Right figures like James Dobson and Pat Robertson, Scarborough has ties with powerful political figures like former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. He once told the Washington Post, "One of my goals in life is to give the Republican Party courage."

Scarborough wrote recently of his "great affection and respect" for Brownback, who announced Saturday he is running for president in 2008. Vision America gave Brownback its "National Hero of The Faith Award" in 2005. Sen. Brownback was scheduled to speak at Vision America's "War on Christians" conference in 2006 but canceled.

Scarborough told the Dallas Morning News many evangelicals might not vote for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, because of his Mormon faith.

"I would hope most people in the Christian conservative movement are mature enough in their politics not to just write him off because he's a Mormon," Scarborough said. "But I do think that gives a lot of people pause."

Bob Allen is managing editor of EthicsDaily.com.

Previous related stories:
Moderate Baptists Seek Unity to Work on 21st Century Issues
BCE Leader Defends 'Golden Rule' Baptists
Richard Land Doesn't Get Baptist 'Covenant'Think Differently About Partisanship Issue at 2008 Baptist Gathering

Where is the Outrage? [ right here !]

The unholy Rev. Rick Scarborough of Lufkin, Texas based Vision America did get mention in this blogpost, check it out for yourself... We agree, is how perfectly worded!

Serves them right. And don’t blame our President. It’s moments like these
that make me think the church is dead. Oh, it will go on baptising people,
holding revivals, expressing outrage at the private, consensual actions of
individuals that have no direct bearing on their own rights to life, liberty and
the pursuit of happiness, there will be more Justice Sundays, there will be more
Christian self help best sellers, there will be new and bigger mega churches,
their leaders will continue to hold the Republican Party and the rest of us
hostage to its narrow and bigoted agenda, and on and on. But the church’s heart
and soul, or the lack thereof, is being exposed, subordinated to the demands and
ambitions of conservative politics, commercial empire, and “doctrinal purity”.
Maybe David Brooks will eventually be proven right, that last week was a tipping
point, a deciding moment in the future of the country’s politics, a seminal
event in this nation’s summer of discontent, a symbol of the growing dis-ease in
the country. But if our churches are any indication, the result won’t be a
progressive revival and maybe not even a “centrist” establishment. And that
leaves some other alternatives that I’d rather not contemplate.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Complaint Filed Against Seller of Ex-Gay Video Featuring Fallen Ex-Gay

More hypocracy from Tupelo, MS based American Family Association. Same false research and marketing used by James Dobson and Rev. Rick Scarborough in the Gospel of Hate....and shame on you Michael Mike Johnston --your mother must be real proud to have made that video with you years ago! Mike Johnston is a good reason why you should never send your child to an "ex gay" brainwashing camp, ever.

Ex-Gay Watch: Complaint Filed Against Seller of Ex-Gay Video Featuring Fallen Ex-Gay:

"Earlier this week XGW's Timothy Kincaid wrote about fallen ex-gay Michael Johnston's appearance in the video 'It's Not Gay' which is still being sold by several anti-gay organizations. This morning gay activist Wayne Besen filed a complaint against one such organization, Americans For Truth, for selling what Besen calls 'a fraudulent video' with the Illinois Attorney General.
Posted at January 18, 2007 10:40 AMEarlier this week XGW's Timothy Kincaid wrote about fallen ex-gay Michael Johnston's appearance in the video 'It's Not Gay' which is still being sold by several anti-gay organizations. This morning gay activist Wayne Besen filed a complaint against one such organization, Americans For Truth, for selling what Besen calls 'a fraudulent video' with the Illinois Attorney General.
Posted at January 18, 2007 10:40 AM"

Saturday, January 20, 2007

ACS Recommends HPV Vaccine

Of course the Rev. Rick Scarborough fools of the World and their non-profit organizations likeVision America Mobilized of Lufkin, Texas will continue to oppose HPV vaccines, stem cells, and the like. Forget medicine and real doctors -- trust only in the narrow minded religion and decisions of the right wing nuts at the Southern Baptist Conventions.
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ACS :: ACS Recommends HPV Vaccine

Friday, January 19, 2007

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

I have a dream.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Attn: Rev. Rick Scarborough

Should We Hate Rev. Rick Scarborough?

A repost of my first post - - and what this web blog is all about.

Hometown Memories

Growing up in East Texas I have fond memories of beautiful places like Sam Rayburn Lake, summers at Crystal Beach, and canoeing with my dad on Village Creek. I have been so blessed and lucky in my life to have wonderful supportive parents...parents who back in the early eighties did stuggle with the news of my homosexuality.While home with my father in late 2005, (who had just discovered that he would probably not live another year due to a rare cancer) I was very touched the day my parents ran out to vote AGAINST the ridiculous Texas anti-gay marriage amendment efforts to write discrimination into law. It was very obvious that we [gay peoples] would be clobbered due to the hateful agenda of the right wing Christians [disguised as family men] but I can't say that I have ever been more at home and felt so lucky to have two amazing and supportive parents.

You're always proud of where you came from despite some of the craziness you see around you when growing up. As conservative as my parents were on economic issues, I also found that they were progressive in regards to tolerance and inclusion of other races and religions. Im lucky in that because I know that hate breeds hate. Up until recently I had thought that my [GLBT] community might be only a generation/twenty years or so before most of the old bigoted people of the US were gone - as in D-E-A-D. [as in the Wizard of Oz song Ding Dong the Wicked Witch is DEAD!] Young kids just get it these days, they know gay people as their uncles and aunts and teachers and friends, and also from TV shows and networks like MTV who have done an amazing job to raise awareness about hate and intolerance in America

.I fell asleep early the night of the "stop the gays from marrying" election in Texas without even watching a return only to wake up in the bed in a cold sweat after a dream which included a cast of characters including Matthew Shepard, Paul Broussard, James Byrd, and a few other strangers from my childhood. Byrd was murdered about twenty miles from where I was sleeping, Matthew Shepard a thousand miles away in Wyoming, my sad bipolar Aunt Patsy who died years ago after being sucked into a Christian cult in Pensacola [after the pastor told her that she didnt need her medicine] ; my post college friend Paul Broussard from Houston who was later murdered by teenagers carrying baseball bats in Houston's gay neighborhood Montrose; and a Pentecostal girl who was in my sisters Brownie troop whose name I couldnt recall. It was a random scary dream that got me thinking about all of this hate in the area of Texas where I grew up and in America in general.

After a lot of reading I could confirm something I already knew - that Hate Speech often results in Violence and even murder against the targeted minority group.It really doesn't take a genius to connect the dots of hate in East Texas, or anywhere for that matter. I find it rather embarrassing that East Texas is known to be a bastion of intolerance and home to many white supremcist groups like the KKK of Vidor and Cleveland, Tx.

As a kid I remember that big billboard as you drove into Jasper, Texas on the way to the Lake that read "Jasper, The Jewel of the Forest." Unfortunately little old Jasper, Texas (a city which was one of the least redneck of any of the little towns in East Texas in my opinion ) is now a city (and County) with a major image problem struggling to attract new industry and residents.

Is it any wonder that right wing terrorists shot a hole in the window of Planned Parenthood in Lufkin recently? Lufkin has a new organization named Vision America Mobilized, Inc which is run by a right wing ex Baptist nut preacher named Rev. Rick Scarborough. Scarborough selected Lufkin for his new headquarters, spreads his message to the local Rotary club, and organizes public rallies to save America from activist judges and gay marriages.

Do speakers like Alan Keyes and Scarborough incite violence and gun shot holes into places like Lufkin's Planned Parenthood? Considering the company that they keep, and those they allow to speak and exhibit at their "Christian rallies" - you have to know that the answer here is absoultely, Yes! You just dont allow nationalist right wing folks into you church or conferences Dr. Scarborough who publish and write books adovcating the death sentence for gays and lesbians, or announce that Katrina might be due to America's gays and lesbians and/or jews.

Have you ever noticed how these right wing Christian fundies seem to be so sensitive when labeled homophobic, and how they get so angry when added to a Hate Watch List or being identified as a Hate Group? Have you been sick at your stomach lately when you see them in the news claiming that they are being persecuted in America (hell.... They've taken over and ruined the Republican Party, supposedly have weekly conference calls with President George Bush, have seen GB move literally Billions of dollars in social programs to their fundamentalist, often unlicensed Christian non profits, they control Congress, and on and on.

I just don't get it.Open minded People who consider themselves to be both Christian and Patriotic really should maybe dig a little deeper into these fundamentalist hate groups before they blow the window out of another Planned Parenthood Office, or before their mean spirited rhetoric ends the life of another Matthew Shepard, Paul Broussard, or James Byrd.

Go out and buy a few of Rick Scarborough books at Amazon (..and don't spend more than 0.36 cents on any of the used books if possible) Go out and read "Kingdom Coming" by Michelle Goldberg, which is an excellent read. Do it before these uber right wing nutbag Dominionist preachers disguised as Christian Family men brainwashes the rest of America, before their little army of home-schooled bigots are old enough to vote, before you find yourself living in an America which has declared Christianity as the official and only allowed religion, before you find every public building plastered with the ten commandments, and before they attempt (and it will only be an attempt I can assure you) to crimininalize every aspect of life for GLBT people, or throw us in jail, or attempt to kill or "exterminate" us as did Hitler.

Do it before the children of this Country are brainwashed and taught to hate by these so called Christians, their global TV and radio networks, and their cash heavy non profit organizations. Say yes to Values which support all families and no to the hate campaigns of people and groups like Alan Keyes, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Vision America, Rick Scarborough, Tom Delay, Ralph Reed, the KKK, the Conservative Citizens of America, Rick Santaorum, Ann Coulter, Gary Bauer, Phyllis Schafely, James Kennedy, Exodus Ministries, Love Won Out, the AFA, and their friends.

We need a Better Vision for America without the tired Un-Christian message of these off the chart right wing fools.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Dr. Martin Luther King

Dr. Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King lay in rest at the Martin Luther King, Jr Center in Atlanta -less than a mile from my home.
I am sure they both roll over and scream every time their preacher daughter Elder Bernice King comes in from her suburban Atlanta megachurch to pay them a visit or to organize a rally to change our laws and Constitution and legalize discrimination of GLBT people in America.
Does anyone else find it to be rather tacky that Bernice is selling a new DVD on her website which is mostly clips of the Coretta Scott King funeral. Bernice honey you just don't get it.

EQUALITY , Maya Angelou

EQUALITY - Written by the Famous African American Author Maya Angelou.


You declare you see me dimly through a glass which will not shine, though I stand before you boldly, trim in rank and making time.

You do own to hear me faintly as a whisper out of range, while my drums beat out the message and the rhythms never change.

Equality, and I will be free. Equality, and I will be free
You announce my ways are wanton, that I fly from man to man, but if I'm just a shadow to you, could you ever understand?

We have lived a painful history, we know the shameful past, but I keep on marching forward, and you keep on coming last.

Equality, and I will be free. Equality, and I will be free.

Take the blinders from your vision, take the padding from your ears, and confess you've heard me crying, and admit you've seen my tears.

Hear the tempo so compelling, hear the blood throb through my veins. Yes, my drums are beating nightly, and the rhythms never change.

Equality, and I will be free. Equality, and I will be free.

Written by Maya Angelou
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We Shall Over Come

Monday, January 15, 2007

Daughter Misses Point of King's Legacy

Martin Luther King:

'So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists will we be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremist for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice?'

Giuliani's Primary Hurdle - washingtonpost.com

Get ready for the mudslinging fellow Americans. I just can't wait. Scarborough is such an idiot clown that every time he opens his mouth the World laughs. Preachers spreading all that hate and division isn't well received by most of us voters with real Values.

Go Rick Go! More Press Releases! More Online Petitions! Recruit More Patriot Pastors! Hunt For One More Value Voter! Stir Up Your Homophobic Hate Group Members!! Peek in Our Windows! Erect A New Monument for Jesus! Beat Up A Muslim! Crank up your PR and Image Departments at Vision America.

All we ask of you Rev. Rick Scarborough is that continue to say stupid things, wear ugly purple ties, oppose stem cells, and bash those homos. You and your goals for a "Christian Nation" are helping many Americans pack up their bags and run at full speed to the DNC.

Faster Pussycat!

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Giuliani's Primary Hurdle - washingtonpost.com:

"If the Republican Party wants to send the social conservatives home for good, all they have to do is nominate Rudy Giuliani,' said Rick Scarborough, a Southern Baptist minister and president of Vision America. 'It's an insult to the pro-Christian agenda. . . . He's going to spend a lot of money finding he can't get out of the Republican primaries.'"

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Liberalism Didn't Kill Paul Broussard

Liberalism Didn't Kill Paul Broussard Rev. Rick Scarborough. East Texas Hate Did! How dare you oppose hate crimes legislation when so many hate crimes are coming out of your own part of Texas. How dare you roast Janet Folger as a "hero" when her Coral Ridge anti gay campaign might have had some influence on the killers of Matthew Shepard. How dare you NOT suport stem cell research to save future young kids - future "Katherines" No Sir Rev. Rick it is not the Liberals who are killing our children!
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From Outsmartmagazine.com - this is the best account of Paul's murder in July 1991. I'd call the President but he never supported hate crimes legislation even while in Texas after this murder and the James Byrd murder. The Worst President in US history is not a great advocate for the victims of hate crimes like Paul and their families.

On the night of July 4, 1991, Paul Broussard, a 27-year-old gay banker in Houston, and two of his friends, Cary Anderson and Richard Delaunay, were assaulted as they traversed a parking lot in the Montrose area. Their assailants were 10 youths from the Woodlands, an upscale suburb north of Houston. The boys (all but three were only 17, the eldest was 22) had been cruising the Montrose area earlier that evening, harassing those they presumed gay by throwing rocks at them. With their "queer rocks" as they called them, they had already smashed the windshield of a car and hit a passing man in the mouth. When the attackers encountered the three men, they began by asking for the directions to Heaven, a nearby gay nightclub. Upon being told the directions, the boys leapt out of their two cars and assaulted Broussard and his friends with fists, steel-toed boots, two-by-fours studded with nails, and at least one knife. Broussard’s two friends, Delaunay and Anderson, although injured, managed to escape. Broussard, however, was trapped and subjected to a vicious beating.

As they assaulted Broussard, according to Delaunay, the boys were cheering and yelling wildly, roaring like the crowd in a football game. "We were the football," as Delaunay later said. In the end Paul Broussard suffered multiple cuts and abrasions, a puncture by a nail driven through a board, a broken rib, bruised testicles, three stab wounds–and death. As he lay almost unconscious on the ground with his hand raised as if pleading for mercy or for help, two of the assailants rifled his pockets and took his comb as a "souvenir." Then the boys drove off, still yelling and cheering. As they returned to the Woodlands going north up I-45, the two carloads of assailants drove side-by-side down the highway, leaning out of the windows and slapping palms together in noisy "high-fives." They capped off the evening with a pre-dawn breakfast at a Denny’s restaurant. According to later depositions, it was at the Denny’s that Jon Buice showed a knife to some of the others, and bragged that with it he had "stuck the queer."
After being treated by EMS on the spot, Paul Broussard was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital. Although medical and hospital staff did all they could to save his life, in the end the bleeding from the wounds could not be stemmed. Broussard died in the hospital an agonizing eight-and-a-half hours later. Nancy Rodriguez, Broussard’s mother, flew into Houston the next day from Atlanta. She met with the Houston police, along with Richard Delaunay and Carey Anderson. The newspapers originally carried the story as just another murder, an all-too-common occurrence in Houston. However, the gay community was alerted by local activists. Large-scale public protests followed, some in front of the home of the mayor, with Nancy Rodriguez and Queer Nation participating. Due to the resulting media attention, a girl who dated one of the assailants, reacting to a story on Crime-Stoppers, called the police and turned the boys in. Within days, all were arrested.

Although the wheels of justice ground slowly, all were eventually convicted, some with pleas of guilty, others in criminal trial. Jon Buice, who confessed to having wielded the knife that apparently made the fatal wound, received the longest sentence–45 years for murder. Another of the assailants, Paul Chance Dillion, was convicted on one count of attempted murder served concurrently with one count of aggravated attempted murder, and was released March 2000.
Five of the boys received probation or deferred adjudication. Nancy Rodriguez and her family, aided by Andy Kahan, of the Houston Crime Victim's Office, worked with the D.A. on setting the terms–the first time this had been done in Harris County. Sentences included boot camp in summer, 500 hours of community service to the gay and lesbian community in Houston, and attending a Parents of Murdered Children meeting. The court also ordered them to pay for Anderson’s hospital bill and Broussard’s funeral.

The three other primary assailants received 15-year (and one day) prison sentences for their admitted participation in the beatings. At the time of the sentencing, Nancy Rodriguez protested that the sentences for the three were too light. "Nothing is enough," she said. "They’ve been walking around now for 18 months while my son’s been lying in the ground." Brian Bradley of Queer Nation said, "Fifteen years and one day with the possibility of parole in 15 months is not right." Those three with 15-year sentences might serve as little as three years in prison. Jon Buice himself is currently up for parole consideration in 2003, after serving only 12 years of his 45-year sentence.

DEPORT MURDERER Javier Aguirre >

Paul's Murderers To Be Released In Texas

Sadlly, Two of the killers of Paul are going to be released soon - after only fifteen years in a Texas prison - apparently both are Mexicans and not US Citizens. Since the religious right is so crazy on deporting all Mexican illegals immediately, how about if you and your militias and your border defense clubs start with two of the Murderers of Paul Broussard ?

After fifteen years in Texas prison these two brothers will be released -- since they are not U.S. Citizens lets send their ass packing to Mexico the very day they hit the exit door at the Penitentiary. Maybe had we enforced immigration laws in the first place they wouldn't have been in Texas in the first place.

Alert Lou Dobbs - Call ICE - Write Your Texas Congressperson -Do Something. ACT UP

Two men convicted in 1991 gay killing about to be paroled
Mother of victim requests photos of inmates
HOUSTON (AP) Jan 5, 11:29 AM

The impending parole of two of the people convicted in the 1991 gang beating and stabbing death of a gay banker has prompted the victim's mother to ask for current photos of the men.

Nancy Rodriguez said she wanted the photos so she will be able to recognize them if they should come to her door.

"To be honest with you, I fear for the safety of my family," she said in a story in Friday's Houston Chronicle.

Paul Broussard was 27 when he and two friends were attacked as they left a gay nightclub in the Montrose area of Houston. His friends escaped with minor injuries. Broussard was beaten, kicked and stabbed to death.

Ten teens from The Woodlands were convicted in his death. Five received probation and one has since completed his sentence.

Jaime Aguirre, 34, and his brother, Javier Aguirre, 32, are set to be released later this month. They face deportation to Mexico upon their release but Rodriguez fears they could return to this country. Leandro Ramirez, 32, is to be released on parole in March. Jon Buice, who was sentenced to 45 years, faces a parole hearing in October.

Michelle Lyons, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, said Rodriguez will be given the photos she requested.

"We release such photos all the time," she said.

Rodriguez, who now lives in Georgia, has testified at numerous parole hearings in efforts to keep Broussard's attackers in prison.

Andy Kahan, crime victim advocate for the mayor's office, said the Aguirres had been kept in prison as long as possible.

"They were sentenced to 15 years, and they've just about maxed out their time — same with Ramirez," he said.

Gay prison activist Ray Hill said he is trying to stop the Aguirres' deportation.

I know them and I've come to learn that they are not homophobic," Hill said. "I am a gay man; they are friends of mine."

"Worst Christian Mouth of the Year"

How Perfect! How Embarassing! East Texas' very own ex Baptist preacher turned politico and messenger of hate Rev. Ricky Scarborough was named by Blogger Brian Kaylor of popular web blog "For God's Sake Shut Up!" as the very Worst Christian Mouth of the Year. Thank you Brian Kaylor, we couldn't agree more! With so many choices out there, we realize that this must have been a difficult one to choose a winner.

For God's Sake Shut Up!: Worst Christian Mouth of the Year:

Rev. Rick Scarborough of Lufkin, Texas based Vision America Inc. named "Worst Christian Mouth of the Year" by online Blogger.

"It is time for the 2nd annual “Worst Christian Mouth of the Year” award to (dis)honor the Christian who most hurt the cause with their dumb statements. This decision is made after examining the posts here from the whole year to see which individuals were often critiqued for their comments. The winners (or is that losers) are chosen based on a quantitative and qualitative evaluation, and sadly there were many to pick from.

The 2006 winner is (drum-roll please): Rick Scarborough for his comments supporting Tom DeLay, his “War on Christians” conference, and other remarks throughout the year as he played the game of politics. Scarborough, it should be noted, was one of those in the number three spot last year, which was a group award for all of those who said Hurricane Katrina was God’s punishment."

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Koran Debate by Leoanard Pitts

Leonard Pitts is always just right on with his columns. Exactly. Thank you Leonard Pitts! Click on the link to go to the full article on the MiamiHerald.com website. As always, it is the friends of Rev. Rick Scarborough who are out in the public saying that Congressman Ellison should have taken his oath on a Bible vs. the Koran. Sorry, Not in my America you stupid assholes!

I've read that it was Rev. Rick Scarborough who was in Washington DC to help newly elected Steve Stockman (voted one of the worst legislators in history) after he defeated House legend Cong. Jack Brooks. Instead of the normal pledge and oath, Rev. Scarborough helped Stockman pledge his allegience to the "Christian Flag" - I guess since he thinks Thomas Jefferson had some thought that America is or should be a "Christian" nation.

My Republican parents think that I should have no fear of these Christian fanatics like the Rev Scarborough and Otwell's who even conservative America views as "loonies" with no power. I disagree of course, take a look at the extremist agenda of the Texas GOP, which was once run statewide by normal professional conservatives versus the coalitions of fundamentalist Christian nuts who took over.

MiamiHerald.com 01/08/2007 Koran debate another reminder of intolerance
:"Koran debate another reminder of intolerance

On Thursday, Keith Ellison took his ceremonial oath of office as a Democratic representative from Minnesota using Thomas Jefferson's Koran. From this, we learn the following surprising fact: Thomas Jefferson owned a Koran.

Which probably shouldn't surprise us at all. Jefferson was renowned for his restless intellect and wide-ranging interests. Still, one hopes the tacit reminder that this Founding Father and author of American values did not fear the Koran will silence those who have condemned Ellison's decision to use that book for his swearing in. One hopes, but one does not expect."

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HPV vaccine proposal likely to stir debate | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

I am sure the religious nuts like Rev. Rick Scarborough and Vision America will oppose HPV vaccines screaming "abstinence only!" Maybe Liberalism actually doesnt kill our kids Rev. Rick Scarborough -maybe narrow minded preachers and fundamentalist Christians who oppose stem cell research and safe sex education are killing are kids. Would you support stem cell research had it resulted in a cure for diseases which have affected YOUR family the past few years?

I would love to see a stem cell be tagged as a part of the cure for a nasty cancer called Leiomyoscarcoma which my family has come to know the past year and a half. It is a good reason why you fundie preachers should shut up and let researchers and physcians practice medicine. !

HPV vaccine proposal likely to stir debate Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

A plan requiring sixth-grade girls to be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer can expect a flurry of opposition in the Texas Legislature.

Critics contend that bills already filed in both houses would take away parents' rights, send the wrong message to impressionable young girls and cost more than many parents can afford.

"Don't we put seat belts on our kids, helmets on bike riders?" asked state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio, sponsor of the Senate bill. "This is one more thing we can do to protect our daughters."

State Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, the sponsor of the bill in the House of Representatives, said she is hopeful about its chances but not quite optimistic. She said "ideology has prevailed over science" lately.

The bills would require girls to have received the vaccine to enter the sixth grade, but include opt-out provisions.

The vaccine, known under the trade name Gardasil, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in June, and a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee soon after it was recommended that girls and women 11 to 26 receive it.

The vaccine targets the human papillomavirus, the most common sexually transmitted infection in the country and the cause of nearly all cervical cancers.

Though the infection often clears up on its own, it leads to about 10,000 U.S. cases of cervical cancer a year and 3,700 deaths.

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Rev. Rick Scarborough -Lunatic Fringe

Rev. Rick Scarborough of Vision America Inc. is the bonehead in on the left in this photo. He looks a little tired in this photo, but not as bad as the bozo on the far right. I am sure they were praying for their guy George Bush...

" It’s easy to dismiss such talk as the rumblings of a lunatic fringe."

From Liberty Magazine Article
by Rob Balston

The Reverend Rick Scarborough is a Texas minister with big dreams of the national stage. Welcoming attendees to a recent gathering in Washington, D.C., the stocky ex-college football player said bluntly, “This is perhaps the most important conference in the city of Washington this year.”

The topic of this momentous occasion wasn’t terrorism, the economy, or global warming. Rather, the event, as described by Scarborough, would target “renegade judges who exceed their constitutional authority.”

Bashing federal judges is suddenly all the rage among those who labor to make the United States an officially fundamentalist Christian nation. Seeking to keep ahead of the curve, Scarborough convened the conference in early April under the auspices of his newly formed Judeo-Christian Council for Constitutional Restoration.

Under the fancy name lies an organization with big—some would say radical—ideas: The federal courts, Scarborough and his supporters argue, have become an unelected, out-of-control oligarchy of black-robed elitists who must be made to give quarter. The conference was designed to find the best way to do that.

“This nation cannot long exist in the vacuum of atheism that is being forced on us by the court,” Scarborough declared.
There is, however, one problem: The United States has long operated under the separation of powers. The three branches of government—executive, legislative, and judicial—are coequal but exercise checks and balances over one another. Thus critics say what Scarborough is proposing is nothing short of a revolution: bringing the courts under the sway of Congress would destroy that delicate balance and strike at a core principle of U.S. government.

None of this fazes Scarborough. To Scarborough and his supporters, issues such as same-sex marriage, abortion, prayer in the public schools, display of religious symbols by government, and others define the national character. They’ve seen many of their legislative efforts in these areas nullified by the courts. Even a Supreme Court with seven of nine members nominated by Republican presidents has failed to produce rulings that please the Religious Right. The answer, they are increasingly saying, isn’t to change the courts; it’s to neuter them.

Link to Liberty Magazine Article

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Same OLD Tired Rick Scarborough

Yawn. What an idiot.