Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A stupid and misleading question courtesy of Janet Folger

If homosexuals aren't having illegal sex in the public restrooms why are they so upset about a mayor trying to stop it?

That ridiculous question comes from Janet Folger. She is referring to a situation involving Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jim Naugle. Naugle seems to be intent on attacking the lgbts in his community with a series of ugly comments and proposals.

This includes a plan to install a $250,000 robo toilet. Naugle claims that the toilet will curb activities of gay sex in public restrooms; something he says is rampant.

I should tell you that area police have refuted Naugle's claim:

According to Sgt. Frank Sousa, "There's no evidence, no reports or arrests made for any men having sex in any restrooms."

But Naugle soldiers on with his claims and backing him is Folger in a column today where she announced that Naugle was the recipient of a "Protector of the Family" award.

It was in this column that Folger asked that stupid question.

Well let me answer it.

Janet, if there is any problem with public sex (which the police have said there isn't), then it should be handled in a way that is quick and effective and does not stigmatize a group of people for the actions of a few.

I am a black gay men.

I do not have sex in public restrooms.

And when I say that, I speak for a huge number of lgbts.

I get angry at any inferrence that public sex is my nature as a gay man just like I get angry with any inferrence that criminal behavior is my nature as a black man.

The way Naugle has addressed the situation is no different than a white woman tiptoeing around me because she heard of a purse snatching in another city involving a black man.

As a proud gay black man, I will not allow anyone to stigmatize me and my lgbt brothers and sisters as oversexed fiends.

Because we aren't.

And the sad thing is that many so-called Christians don't seem to care that Naugle was not telling the truth about public gay sex. Many of them have written letters to the editor and responded online preaching admonitions against homosexuality.

I get it. Homosexuality is wrong but lying about lgbts is perfectly okay.

This is just par for the course for Folger by the way. She and her group, Faith2Action, have been strident in their attempts to defeat the new hate crimes legislation, including pushing the lie that lgbts seek to criminalize pastors for speaking out against homosexuality in the pulpit.

Last week, she reached the upper echelon of hypocrisy.

Folger has made a career out of claiming that Christians are being persecuted for their religious beliefs. She even wrote a book, The Criminalization of Christianity, that continues to press this theory.

However, she thinks its perfectly alright for Christians to act in a persecuting manner towards other religions.

Check out what she said about the incident of the Hindu minister being interrupted as he gave the opening prayer in the Senate:

"If you look and see what God's position is on idolatry, he's not fond of it, to put it lightly," says the Christian activist. "And what we've got to do is side with where God is on this -- and he is not for praying to millions of false gods on the floor of the United States Senate, which incidentally was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to one nation under God."

Folger says the three Christian activists who were arrested for disrupting the Hindu prayer "are heroes and history will show them as such."

I guess in Folger's world, mischaracterization and persecution should be tolerated if Christians are doing them.

It's not a world that I want to live in and I don't care what anyone's religious view of homosexuality is, you cannot tell me that this is a world God advocates.