Author Archives: Mel Seesholtz, Ph.D.

Perhaps it is time for a federal marriage amendment

When the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its ruling on DOMA and Prop 8, the American Dream of equality for all citizens took another step forward. The LGBT community celebrated nationwide. Those who were disappointed that SCOTUS voted for equality didn’t have much to say at first, but two anti-equality patriarchs did offer their thoughts. Continue reading

Exposing religious jingoism and biblical literalism: Part II

As ordained priest, theologian, psychotherapist and professor of psychology Dr. Daniel Helminiak noted in his book, What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality, the literal approach to interpretation “cannot use the Bible to answer pressing questions of our day.” Doing so leads to cherry-picking and selective reading and a host of contradictions, not to mention actions that today would be seen as criminal. Continue reading

Exposing religious jingoism and biblical literalism: Part I

Two recent events brought the debate about civil equality back into the headlines and, once again, threaten to turn a country supposedly dedicated to human dignity and equal rights for all Americans into a state in which religious jingoism and biblical literalism attempt to dictate civil law. The observation was made by ordained priest, theologian, psychotherapist, professor of psychology, and author of What the Bible Really Says about Homosexuality, Dr. Daniel Helminiak, in a May 15, 2012, CNN article: Continue reading

The latest victim of anti-gay rhetoric

I’d like all of you self-righteous anti-gay crusaders to look into the eyes of fourteen year-old Kenneth Weishuhn, Jr. Continue reading

We should probably thank Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh. The Voice of the GOP. The Voice of Conservatism. The Voice indicted in “a long-running prescription fraud case.” Continue reading

Rick Santorum and Adam Sutler: Theopolitics at its worst

In his “Clear the Air” segment, MSNBC anchor Martin Bashir recently compared Rick Santorum to an Orwellian dictator and noted that the former Pennsylvania senator regularly “sounds like a theocrat.” Mr. Bashir is, of course, correct, but I think there’s a better comparison. Rick Santorum acts and sounds very much like the theofascist High Chancellor Adam Sutler in the 2005 film V for Vendetta. Continue reading

In memory of Eric James Borges

Once again, another talented, loving young man has taken his life as a result of homophobia inspired and encouraged by people such as Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, and Pope Benedict XVI. Continue reading

Candidates for president at a “Values Voter” political summit sponsored by hate groups

What’s wrong with this picture?

In his 2006 book American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America, Chris Hedges documented how theopolitics was at work corrupting the American ideal of civil equality for all citizens. Continue reading

Homogenized religious dogma and political ideology: A toxic blend of vows and pledges

Part 3 of a three-part series

The ferocity with which some oppose equal civil rights for gay and lesbian Americans can be perplexing. They certainly don’t have the best interests of their fellow citizens in mind, and it’s a real stretch to suppose that they truly believe they’re “doing God’s work” by working to hurt people they don’t even know. It seems are more like that they’re power-hungry megalomaniacs who will use any means to accomplish their personal goals. Continue reading

Homogenized religious dogma and political ideology: A toxic blend of vows and pledges

Part 2 of a three-part series

Bob Vander Plaats was in the forefront of the right-wing campaign to unseat three Iowa state Supreme Court justices up for reelection because they voted to uphold the state’s constitution’s guarantee of civil equality in relation to the civil institution called “marriage.” (The Iowa’s Supreme Court decision was unanimous.) He ran for governor of Iowa three times, and served as the Iowa state chair of Mike Huckabee’s 2008 presidential campaign. Continue reading

Homogenized religious dogma and political ideology: A toxic blend of vows and pledges

Part 1 of a three-part series

I’ve been studying and writing about gay and lesbian issues since 2003. What got me started was then Senator Rick Santorum’s comments in an AP interview in which he compared gay sex to bestiality (among other things). Those comments made him the poster-boy for malicious theopolitical rants, an image he reinforced when speaking on the floor of the U.S. Senate during its debate of the Federal Marriage Amendment. With histrionic bravado Mr. Santorum proclaimed, “the future of our country hangs in the balance because the future of marriage hangs in the balance. Isn’t that the ultimate homeland security—standing up and defending marriage?” Continue reading

Desperation and the radical Christian Right

Bryan Fischer is director of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association and host of the daily “Focal Point” radio talk program on AFR Talk (a division of the American Family Association). Continue reading

They continue to preach hate in the name of ‘God

After reading Elijah Friedeman’s promising, but somewhat confusing article “Hey, let’s stop the gay-bashing” on the American Family Association website – home of Bryan Fischer, arguably T-H-E most disgusting, hate-mongering homophobe masquerading as a “Christian” – I decided to take some time off. Would Friedeman’s article have any effect on AFA and Fischer? Continue reading