Fox Sides With MSNBC, CNN On Matter Of ‘Gay Rights’

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The “Code of Ethics” of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) says that the media should “avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived.” But on the issue of homosexual rights, the media, from the left to the right, have taken a side. This includes the Fox News Channel, which many conservatives had hoped would stay true to its word of being “Fair and Balanced” on the issue of gay rights.

The Fox News Channel is joining CBS News and CNN as “silver” sponsors of the upcoming National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) 20th annual New York “Headlines and Headliners” fundraising event. Gold sponsors include ABC News and Comcast Universal, owner of NBC and MSNBC. Daytime talk-show host Meredith Vieira is the host of this year’s event.

The SPJ ethics code urges the media to “avoid political and other outside activities that may compromise integrity or impartiality, or may damage credibility.”

But apparently that ethical standard doesn’t apply to media involvement in the homosexual movement.

Meanwhile, the media-supported Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is ecstatic that the ABC Family network show “The Fosters” has aired a kiss between two 13-year-old boys. The show features two lesbians as “parents” and includes a “transgender teen.”

Media sponsors of the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards include 21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News; Comcast/NBC Universal; Time Warner, parent of CNN; CBS Corporation; and Bloomberg.

Don’t expect the media to trumpet the news in any headlines or stories about their financial involvement in the homosexual movement. It is a secret that has to be kept hidden from the public because it constitutes a blatant violation of acceptable standards of journalistic behavior and media ethics.

The pro-gay bias in the media is not a big secret, of course. But the involvement of Fox News in the cause may come as a surprise to some. You can be sure Fox News will not admit on the air that the news channel has taken sides in the ongoing debate and that it financially supports the NLGJA.

We have tried over the years without success to get Fox News chief Roger Ailes to explain why his channel pours money into the NLGJA. He simply ignores our inquiries. Many conservatives in the media are reluctant to press the issue out of fear they could be blackballed from appearing on the channel.

The bias shows up in certain ways, such as when the channel forced anchor Bret Baier to pull out of a Catholic conference devoted to traditional marriage. Reputed homosexual and Fox News anchor Shepard Smith occasionally badmouths supporters of traditional values on the air.

The NLGJA fundraiser two years ago showed Smith posing for a selfie taken by CNN anchor Don Lemon. Others posing for the picture included CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield, MSNBC host Ronan Farrow, Fox News anchor Jamie Colby, and ABC News correspondent Amy Robach.

Washington Blade Editor Kevin Naff claims to have “outed” Smith in 2005 “after Smith hit on him in a Manhattan bar,” according to the gay newspaper’s account.

As the Supreme Court prepares to rule in a case that could impose homosexual marriage on all 50 states, the pro-gay term “marriage equality” is being used more frequently by the media. It is supposed to imply that giving special status to a traditional marriage between a man and a woman is somehow discriminatory.

Bill O’Reilly of Fox News, supposedly the hard-right conservative on the channel, says that homosexuals have the most “compelling” argument, and that opponents only “thump the Bible.” The Bible condemns homosexual acts and declares that God’s plan for a family stems from a male-female union.

You can see from the list of “Special Guests” for this year’s NLGJA fundraiser that while outlets such as Fox News and MSNBC may disagree over some issues, on the matter of gay rights they are united. The list of “Special Guests” includes:

  • Brooke Baldwin, CNN
  • Ashleigh Banfield, CNN
  • Josh Barro, The New York Times and MSNBC
  • Jason Bellini, The Wall Street Journal
  • Gio Benitez, ABC News
  • Kate Bolduan, CNN
  • Malan Breton, Fashion Designer
  • Contessa Brewer, WNBC
  • Frank Bruni, The New York Times
  • Jason Carroll, CNN
  • Carol Costello, CNN
  • Jamie Colby, FOX News
  • Frank DiLella, NY1
  • Ronan Farrow, MSNBC
  • Melissa Francis, FOX Business
  • Kendis Gibson, ABC News
  • Stephanie Gosk, NBC News
  • LZ Granderson, ESPN and CNN
  • Kimberly Guilfoyle, FOX News
  • Sara Haines, ABC News
  • Patrick Healy, The New York Times
  • Simon Hobbs, CNBC
  • Joseph Kapsch, The Wrap
  • Randi Kaye, CNN
  • Don Lemon, CNN
  • Tom Llamas, ABC News
  • Miguel Marquez, CNN
  • Erin Moriarty, CBS News
  • Bryan Norcross, The Weather Channel
  • Soledad O’Brien, Al Jazeera America
  • Richard Quest, CNN
  • Trish Regan, FOX Business
  • Rick Reichmuth, FOX News
  • Amy Robach, ABC News
  • Thomas Roberts, MSNBC
  • Troy Roberts, CBS News
  • Christine Romans, CNN
  • Mara Schiavocampo, ABC News
  • Brian Stelter, CNN
  • Kris Van Cleave, CBS News
  • Cecilia Vega, ABC News
  • Ali Velshi, Al Jazeera America
  • Gerri Willis, FOX Business
  • Jenna Wolfe, NBC News

The participation of representatives from Al Jazeera, which is funded by the Middle Eastern government of Qatar, is surprising. In Qatar, according to the State Department:

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons faced discrimination under the law and in practice. The law prohibits same-sex sexual conduct between men but does not explicitly prohibit same-sex relations between women.

The State Department says a man convicted of having same-sex sexual relations with a man 16-years-old or older in Qatar is subject to a sentence of seven years in prison, but that the number of such cases that came before this nation’s courts during 2013 was unknown.

In advance of the New York fundraiser, the NLGJA is hosting another event known as the LGBT Media Journalists Convening, as well as the NLGJA’s National Convention and 11th Annual LGBT Media Summit in San Francisco in September.

The theme for the latter event is “Coming Home,” a reference to San Francisco’s reputation as the “Gay Capital of the U.S.”

This article originally appeared at AIM.org and is reprinted here with permission.

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Employee Pens Devastating Open Letter To Home Depot Regarding Its Pro-Gay Agenda

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In a six-page screed directed toward home improvement chain Home Depot, one employee recently blasted the company’s position promoting homosexuality – while disparaging those with a religious aversion to such deviancy. Timothy Noffsinger began by criticizing a corporate celebration of LGBT History Month and consistent pressure to embrace so-called inclusion.

Though the idea of inclusion might be attractive to those on the receiving end, Noffsinger noted that he and other socially conservative Christians in the company enjoy no such consideration.

“Promoting LGBT lifestyles as ‘INCLUSION’ demonstrations sexual confusion,” he wrote, “and amounts to preaching a message against God that requires employees to accept deviant behavior and normal and good.”

He went on to cite the biblical basis for his position, urging those with similar convictions to treat homosexuals with Christ’s love without validating their lifestyle.

“We should warn LGBT individuals that God will not tolerate those who destroy His order of creation,” Noffsinger wrote. “Because He loves us, the Lord says ‘I will punish those who do evil.’ Truly, LGBT are destroying themselves and other people around them.”

The Home Depot, however, is taking “the destructive side in our present culture war,” he wrote, alleging the company “promotes all this evil” and “undermines professionalism in the workplace.”

In the end, he explained, employees are left with two options: “either be divisive, or acquiesce to evil.”

He posed a question to members of the company’s board of directors, inquiring whether they would be able to “function as though there were nothing wrong and work effectively” should CEO Craig Menear arrive at a meeting “in lipstick and a wig wearing a skirt and pantyhose.”

That scenario, he posited, is similar to the one in which he and his colleagues are forced to work.

“The same discord would take hostage any workplace,” he said. “Certainly, it harms the professional image of the store where I work.”

Noffsinger concluded with a list of steps the board could take to restore the company. His suggestions included forgoing any support of LGBT causes, take a stand against social bullies, and return to the economic principles that propelled the company to great successes.

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Lesbian Couple Accuses Wedding Videographer Of Discrimination

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A homosexual couple in Bexley, Ohio, made headlines recently after reacting to a local Christian business owner’s stance on gay marriage by filing a discrimination complaint with the Bexley Area Chamber of Commerce.

The current controversy began when Jenn Moffitt and Jerra Kincely sought the services of Next Door Stories, a videography business owned by Courtney Schmackers, pictured. In response to the lesbian couple’s inquiry, Schmackers offered a polite and succinct refusal.

“Unfortunately at this time I do not offer services for same-sex weddings,” she wrote.

Instead of accepting the business owner’s position and moving on to a more receptive videographer, however, Moffitt and Kincely decided to make their grievance public. CNN reported that the two women complained to the local chamber and publicized their disagreement via social media.

The chamber released a letter in which it stated that its board “believes that discrimination in any form is wrong and should not be tolerated,” indicating that members will be developing new policies to deal with the issue. For those hoping city leaders will get involved on the lesbian couple’s behalf, Bexley Mayor Ben Kessler explained why that is not happening.

Though he acknowledged that the local government is “concerned” about the experience Moffitt and Kincely had in their communication with Schmackers, Kessler noted that the chamber is a “private entity” in no way controlled by the city.

Furthermore, it does not appear the business owner will face a fate like that of an Oregon bakery investigated by the state, fined, and forced to close its doors after refusing to bake a same-sex wedding cake. Though Ohio – one of a dwindling number of states in which gay marriage is still banned – does not have legislation on the books specifically protecting religious beliefs as a defense against discrimination claims, Bexley is currently one of its cities without an ordinance prohibiting discrimination against individuals based on sexual orientation.

Western Journalism reached out to Schmackers for comment but did not receive a response as of our publishing deadline. A social media link to her business’ website leads to a page indicating the user’s “account has expired.”

h/t: Christian Post

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What This Woman Raised By Lesbian Parents Just Said Destroys The Liberal Gay-Parenting Narrative

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A controversial book first published some 25 years ago — “Heather Has Two Mommies” — has just been reissued. As an article on Yahoo! Parenting notes, “Heather Has Two Mommies” was among the first such publications to present a favorable view of a family in which two lesbians raise a child; and it served as a rallying cry for many on the left who embrace and seek to mainstream such same-sex parenting.

“…it represented a startling first in children’s literature — a story about the daughter of lesbians — and in the years since, the book has inspired everything from political ire and library bans to feelings of overwhelming gratitude and belonging within other gay families.”

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Image Credit: Amazon.com

Now, coinciding with issuance of the new version of the first-ever lesbian-themed children’s book is an open letter written by a 31-year-old mother of four who says, “Do you remember that book, ‘Heather Has Two Mommies’? That was my life.”

Heather Barwick, who used to be an advocate for gay marriage when she was in her 20’s, says she has experienced a big change of heart. In her stunning letter, she says she missed out on having her father around while growing up.

The young woman declares that “children need a mother and father.”

Barwick’s open letter is published in full on the website The Federalist. While not at all hostile toward or resentful of her two female parents, Barwick reveals, “It’s only now, as I watch my children loving and being loved by their father each day, that I see the beauty and wisdom in traditional marriage and parenting.”

An article in The Daily Mail notes that Barwick came to the realization that same-sex marriage and child-rearing is not fair to the kids only after starting to attend church with her future husband. That’s when she claims her “father wound” began to heal.

‘It really wasn’t until I came to Christ that I felt that burden lifted off of me. And I’m not bitter. I’m not angry,’ she said. ‘I forgive my dad.’

And Heather Barwick says she’s willing to brave the probable ill feelings that will be directed toward her by advocates of same-sex marriage and parenting — willing to face the reaction on behalf of others like her — saying that there are many who have been afraid to speak up in favor of traditional families…afraid of the hate that could be directed their way.

Many of us are too scared to speak up and tell you about our hurt and pain, because for whatever reason it feels like you’re not listening. That you don’t want to hear.

If we say we are hurting because we were raised by same-sex parents, we are either ignored or labeled a hater.

You can read the entirety of Heather Barwick’s remarkable open letter to the gay community by going here.

h/t: The Daily Mail

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Embattled Judge Teams Up With Conservative Law Firm To Fight Suit Over Gay Marriage

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As Western Journalism has previously reported, Alabama Supreme Court Judge Roy Moore has served as a lightning rod for leftist vitriol based on his opinions in some high-profiled cases. For example, he not only indicated his state should do more to ensure presidential candidates meet citizenship requirements; he asserted Barack Obama’s background deserved such additional scrutiny.

Going back even further, he faced professional backlash for his strong defense of traditional principles – including the display of the Ten Commandments – and was forced out of his position only to be reinstated as chief justice on the strength of his popularity among voters.

Most recently, Moore has weighed in on the gay marriage debate by issuing an administrative order earlier this year protecting Alabama’s constitutional defense of traditional marriage by negating a subsequent decision by a federal district court in the state. All but one of his fellow state Supreme Court justices sided with his position that a gay marriage prohibition is not unconstitutional.

In response, however, gay activist groups rose up in opposition to Moore, going so far as to file a suit against him alleging a violation of their constitutional rights. Moore continues to fight the rising pressure to, on a federal level, saddle every state with gay marriage provisions in apparent violation of the Tenth Amendment. The judge has partnered with the U.S. Justice Foundation to defend himself against allegations included in the suit.

This week, Moore’s attorneys presented a motion to dismiss the suit and, in accompanying court documents, detailed the reasons his order should stand. Claims in the suit itself are inaccurate, the brief asserts, specifically those alleging Moore instructed probate judges in Alabama to disobey a federal order. More accurately, USJF attorneys explain, he emphasized their duty to uphold existing state marriage laws.

Beyond the complaints levied by the plaintiffs, Moore’s lawyers assert any such suit is constitutionally inappropriate. By citing the provisions of the Eleventh Amendment, lawyers maintain Moore is immune from federal lawsuits in response to his actions as a state official.

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