Accuracy in Media

The Washington Post editorial page has joined lesbian MSNBC commentator Rachel Maddow in blasting the government of Uganda for considering a law to protect children from homosexual predators and the dangerous public health impact of the homosexual lifestyle. Despite its moderate views on some foreign policy issues, the Post has always come down firmly on the side of making homosexuality into a special right that should be protected and even glorified by governmental institutions. Now it wants to impose that view on Uganda’s mostly Christian population. 

The January 7 editorial was probably written by Post editorial writer and homosexual activist Jonathan Capehart, since he covers these issues and wrote a blog post on January 5 griping about the Ugandan bill. Like Maddow, who has been campaigning against the legislation, Capehart falsely claimed it would make homosexuality “a crime punishable by death.”

“If the law passes, Uganda should be punished by the international community,” Capehart thundered. “I would love for the U.S. to strip the country of foreign aid. Nothing focuses the mind like cash deprivation.”

The Post editorial says the proposed Ugandan law against homosexual conduct, including the deliberate spreading of the AIDS virus, is “homophobic” and will “foment hate.” In fact, the bill is designed to save lives by curtailing the spread of homosexual conduct and a disease that kills millions.

The determination of this major paper to use its influence to impose acceptance of homosexuality on Uganda, possibly using foreign aid as a lever, is not something that generates outrage or even concern in the rest of the nation’s media. Rather, a humorous skit on the David Letterman show about Obama’s first openly transgender appointment is what has led to a media firestorm, with publicized demands from various “gay rights” groups for apologies from Letterman to avoid “violence” and “hate.”

The silly Media Matters group is even claiming that WorldNetDaily is guilty of “bigotry” for referring to the appointee as Mitchell rather than Amanda Simpson. Mitchell was the name before the man had sex-change surgery.

There is a determined effort to prevent the media from reporting a natural reaction of revulsion to this kind of perversion. Part of that effort includes accepting the terminology of the “gay” community. 

But some aren’t buying. “This is a man-and by the way he is a man; he’s not a woman-who is one of the leaders in crusading for so-called ‘civil rights’ based on gender-confused behavior,” Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth was quoted as saying by onenewsnow.com  “Gender identity disorder” is “a recognized mental illness that should be treated-not affirmed and protected,” points out Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council.

Indeed, according to WebMD, “Gender identity disorder typically is diagnosed by a trained mental health professional (psychiatrist or psychologist).”

But thanks to the financial largesse of George Soros, who puts money into such groups as Simpson’s National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and the Transgender Law Center in San Francisco, the “right” to be highlighted as a “transgender” individual is being presented as fact.

The Post seems to find normal heterosexuality, not gender identity confusion, to be a disorder. It had previously condemned General Peter Pace for expressing his view that homosexuality is immoral. The Post was also one of the first papers to run “gay marriage” announcements.

It is clear that Jonathan Capehart’s basic problem is with the Christian character of the opposition to his lifestyle.

The Uganda motto is “For God and My Country.” Its national anthem, “Oh Uganda, Land of Beauty,” includes the words: “Oh, Uganda! may God uphold thee. We lay our future in thy hand.
United, free for liberty. Together we’ll always stand.”

This kind of language rubs some people in liberal-left circles the wrong way. Look at how “progressives” in the media are going ballistic because Brit Hume of Fox News suggested that Tiger Woods accept the Christian faith in order to clean up his life.

Capehart, a former officer of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, used to specialize in covering gay sex clubs, supposedly to expose their unsafe sexual practices. “At the YMCA after a swim, Jonathan Capehart, naked, frequently lingers under the wallmounted driers and observes men beckoning from the adjacent toilet stall,” is how POZ magazine covered one of Capehart’s adventures into the homosexual culture. It was an assignment, the magazine explained, for the New York Daily News, where he previously worked. He became such an expert that he emerged as a contributor to the volume, “Policing Public Sex: Queer Politics and the Future of AIDS Activism.”

The Post says sponsors of the bill in Uganda are “ignorant.” But perhaps they don’t want the gay sex clubs that Capehart “exposed” to start appearing in their country.

What you will NOT learn from the Post editorial is that Uganda, which is 85 percent Christian, is still trying to recover from a time when King Mwanga forced his homosexuality and pedophilia on others. After Uganda began to convert to Christianity in the 1800s, a group of young Catholic Christian men, led by Charles Lwanga, refused to be sodomized by the King. As a result, they were tortured and killed. The executions are now remembered on June 3, Martyrs’ Day, a national holiday in Uganda. Lwanga was made a Saint in the Catholic Church.

“We respect a nation’s right to defend its culture and values,” the Post says. But it won’t explain why Uganda wants to defend its culture and values against the homosexual movement, which was started in this country by a supporter of the North American Man-Boy Love Association, a communist named Harry Hay.

While the Uganda bill goes too far even for pro-family activists in the United States and several provisions will probably be eliminated or modified before final passage, it does not advocate the death penalty for being homosexual. Instead, the death penalty is proposed for cases of “aggravated homosexuality,” mostly involving pedophilia and rape. The bill was introduced by a Ugandan parliamentarian named David Bahati, a member of the ruling National Resistance Movement and a Christian.

While opposing anti-homosexual legislation in Uganda, Capehart is a cheerleader for Obama’s pro-homosexual agenda here.

Capehart supports Obama’s threat to homosexualize the Armed Forces, saying in a blog post on April 15, 2009, that “Gay men and lesbians should be allowed to serve. They should be allowed to serve openly.”

Capehart was taking issue with an op-ed in the Post by the founding members of Flag and General Officers for the Military, who said that, in their experience, and that of more than 1,000 retired flag and general officers who had signed an open letter to President Obama and Congress, repeal of the law against open homosexuality in the military “would prompt many dedicated people to leave the military.” They noted that polling by the Military Times publication of its active-duty subscribers over the past four years indicates that 58 percent have consistently opposed repeal and that, in its most recent survey, 10 percent said they would not re-enlist if that happened, and 14 percent said they would consider leaving.

Homosexual Activist

When he is not writing editorials promoting the homosexual movement, he is participating in it.

Capehart traveled to San Francisco in December, where he appeared at the 25th International Gay & Lesbian Leadership Conference, along with openly “gay politicians” such as Reps. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), and Jared Polis (D-Colo.)

Another speaker at the event was Jim Kolbe, an openly homosexual former Republican member of Congress who came under investigation by the U.S. Attorney in Phoenix because of a 1996 camping trip he took with two male former pages, both of them 17-years-old. No charges were filed, however.

The conference program features an ad from LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgendered) elected officials saying they would “resist” campaign contributions from the tobacco industry because of the threat to public health posed by smoking. However, a workshop at the conference noted that HIV/AIDS “is still a deadly disease and a major health concern for the LGBT community,” almost 30 years after HIV was first identified.

According to federal figures, 77 percent of adults and adolescents living with AIDS in the U.S. are male. Of this figure, 61 percent got AIDS through homosexual relations and another eight percent through homosexual relations and drug abuse. Perhaps Ugandan politicians understand the significance of these numbers.  

The FAIR Foundation points out that AIDS gets far more federal money for research than 16 diseases that kill a million more people a year. But don’t look for Capehart to write a Post editorial on the unfairness of this.

It turns out that John Berry, director of Obama’s Office of Personnel Management, was at the San Francisco conference with Capehart. Berry is described as “the Obama administration’s highest ranking gay appointee” and probably had some role in-or knowledge of-the groundbreaking “transgender” appointment.

The Obama administration went one step further, inserting language into the federal jobs website explicitly banning employment discrimination based on “gender identity,” even though Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council pointed out that “Congress has never passed a law saying that.”

Don’t look for a Post editorial from Capehart taking issue with Obama’s use of executive power to benefit this special interest group.

“This new policy applies only to the federal government,” Perkins says. “But there is a bill being considered in Congress, the so-called ‘Employment Non-Discrimination Act’ (ENDA), which would require every employer in America to open every position to homosexuals (by making ‘sexual orientation’ a protected category) and ‘transgenders’ (by protecting ‘gender identity’).” 

Perkins says, “All American employers including Christian owned businesses and potentially Christian ministries would be affected.”

He calls it “Obama’s Crossdresser Protection Bill.” Not surprisingly, the Post has supported ENDA.

Conspiracy Theory

Ignoring a real scandal-the founding of the U.S. gay rights movement by a communist pervert, who has been praised by Education Department official Kevin Jennings-Terry Gross of National Public Radio and Rachel Maddow of MSNBC have publicized charges by a left-wing writer named Jeff Sharlet that a Christian fellowship group dubbed “The Family” is working behind-the-scenes here and abroad to promote Christian values

Sharlet, who has appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” as an “expert” on the subject, wrote The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power, which has been seized upon by “progressive” media as some kind of exposé of a sinister conspiracy.

A contributor to Rolling Stone, The Nation, and Mother Jones magazines, Sharlet has been brought on to link members of “The Family,” such as Senator Jame Inhofe, to Christians in Uganda and other countries. Inhofe doesn’t hide his Christianity but has stated his belief that the Ugandan anti-homosexual bill goes too far. 

Sharlet apparently got his start with a grant from the Pew Charitable Trust in 2003, which enabled him to launch a newsletter covering religion for New York University’s Center for Religion and Media.

Referring to Sharlet and his book, the 2009 newsletter of the Center for Religion and Media says, “In the past few months, his knowledge of this small but powerful group of politicians and business elite gained national attention as crucial to understanding the first year of resistance to Democratic domination of DC politics.”

So these Christians are being perceived as obstacles to the Obama agenda.

Sharlet is also the source of the claim that there is a sinister effort underway to transform the U.S. military into some kind of cult-like Christian conservative force.

This seems absurd, especially in light of the incident involving Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Muslim fanatic who was coddled and protected in the Armed Forces until he killed 13 people and wounded 32 others during a November 5 shooting at Fort Hood.

As events show, the real danger to our soldiers in uniform and the public at large is obviously and clearly militant Islam and its deranged and fanatical followers.

It turns out that the “The Family” has members from both political parties who are liberals and conservatives and simply share a Christian commitment. They don’t have a website and don’t go out of their way to advertise their good works, making them suspicious in the eyes of Rachel Maddow, Terry Gross & Company.

 

 

OBAMA OFFICIALS EMBRACE GLOBAL SOCIALISM

Former Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean said on December 8 that “cooperation” between European socialists and the Democratic Party has “intensified significantly” over the last several years and involves “regular contact” at “Congress, Senate, party and foundation levels.” He added that “efforts have been remarkable from both sides.”

But at a “Global Progress Conference” in October, President Barack Obama’s pollster, Joel Benenson, acknowledged that socialized medicine in the U.S. faces a serious obstacle. He said that while Europeans are receptive to the expansion of government in their lives, in America there is an anti-government culture which prevents people from “expecting the State to solve their problems.”

“This explains why Obama will find it difficult to implement the social coverage plans such as a broader health service,” Benenson reportedly said.

The conference was held in Madrid, Spain under the patronage of Spain’s socialist Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, whose pro-homosexual and pro-abortion policies have led to street protests by thousands of supporters of traditional values. Zapatero is also under fire for a jobless rate of nearly 18 percent.

European Socialism

Dean’s comments came in a video address in which he joked that his failure to personally attend the Party of European Socialists (PES) convention, which was advertised as a “carbon neutral congress,” was actually a smart move because he avoided flying and contributing to global warming. “We’ve saved a lot of carbon,” Dean said.

In his comments, Dean called for a “long-term global vision” for the transformation of the global economy and mentioned that disgraced Democratic President Bill Clinton had previously spoken at a meeting of the PES-sponsored Global Progressive Forum.

The Global Progressive Forum is also sponsored by the Socialist International, whose U.S. affiliate, the Democratic Socialists of America, includes long-time backers of Barack Obama.

“Free-market globalization alone cannot achieve social justice,” Dean told the PES convention. “What the world needs is a global New Deal.”

He defined this as a “transition to a low-carbon economy” involving “a major transformation in the patterns of production and consumption.” This will include “large-scale investments and mechanisms” to share the costs and the policies, he said. His remarks came on the eve of the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen.

Dean never used the words “world government,” but did declare that “We need a new institutional framework to govern, manage and monitor implementation.”

In order to bring this about, the PES Congress issued a “Call to Action” urging the imposition of a “global financial transaction tax” that would generate hundreds of billions of dollars and “provide funding for long-term public investments, to finance global development and climate change.”

Obama’s January 14 proposal for a tax on banks for their role in the global financial crisis is the first step in the process to get such a measure enacted into law. 

In another PES document, “A New Direction for Progressive Societies,” the group urged a “progressive peace policy” that says “…we fully support the initiative of the US administration in favor of global disarmament” and urges the “deepening [of] transatlantic cooperation with the new US administration.”

In April 2007, PES President Poul Nyrup Rasmussen reported that European socialists held a meeting “in the Democrats HQ in Washington,” met with officials of the party and Democratic members of Congress, and agreed that “PES activist groups” in various U.S. cities would start working together.

Photos of the trip showed Rasmussen meeting with such figures as Senator Ben Cardin, Senator Bernie Sanders, officials of the Brookings Institution, Howard Dean, and AFL-CIO President John W. Sweeney, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.

The “Global New Deal” was also the theme of the October “Global Progress Conference” in Madrid, Spain, sponsored by the Center for American Progress, the IDEAS Foundation, and the Heinrich Boell Foundation, an affiliate of the German Green Party. A summary of remarks said that the conference was perceived to be the “starting point for a new global progressive alliance.”

The Center for American Progress is a George Soros-funded entity run by former Clinton official John Podesta, who co-chaired the Obama-Biden Transition Project.

In addition to Obama and various Democratic Party candidates, elected officials, and campaign organizations, Benenson’s clients have included the AFL-CIO, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Brookings Institution, the Soros Foundation, and the Working Families Party, an ACORN front. His firm currently represents British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, a prominent advocate of a global tax who is facing re-election in June 2010. Brown’s socialist Labor Party is a member



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