Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Home Depot attacked for supporting THE GAYS

I received the following "action alert" from the American Family Association via an online friend of mine:

According to the 2010 Southern Maine Pride website, Home Depot signed on as a major sponsor of its 2010 Gay Pride events. But simply financing and marching in the parade wasn't enough for the big box chain.

Home Depot also signed on as a "festival" vendor, conducting Kid's Craft Workshops for children in the midst of loud and boisterous gay activities.

To this end, Home Depot is basically encouraging the attendance of children at events which openly expose them to transvestites, cross-dressers, and homosexual activists

. . . Gay pride events have a long track record for offensive public displays of homosexual conduct. Obviously, Home Depot is OK with the idea of exposing children to an unhealthy and risky environment. So much so, it is willing to also celebrate it by participating in its promotion, as demonstrated in these photos from the 2010 Maine and Boston events.

And do you want to see the two photos which the AFA claims is proof that children are being exposed to danger during gay pride? Here they are:

Oh the horror! Someone call Batman. Unfortunately this isn't the first time that the religious right have attacked Home Depot for sponsoring a Pride event. Last year, the Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber made the same illogical argument. And it probably won't be the last.

Unfortunately some pride parades do have the reputation of being a bit risque, but not all pride are the same.

It's like I said last year at the time of Barber's attack on Home Depot:

a. many same-sex families include children

b. not all Pride events fit the stereotype of half naked men and women running around in open areas dancing to disco music and bumping and grinding into each other.

Down here in Columbia, SC, we are proud of the fact that our lgbt festivals (including Black Pride held this week) are highly family friendly.

The American Family Association's diatribe proves just how the religious right want to paint us into a corner when it comes to children. They are always quick to imply that we harm children but never address the fact that we are raising children.

Think about it. When folks like Maggie Gallagher and Barber talk about how same-sex marriage will hurt children, they never acknowledge the fact that lgbt families have children.

It's not an unintentional oversight.

Related post:

Matt Barber's ignorance is a blast from the past

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Anonymous said...

Oh my God! People in orange aprons! The depravity!

Or do they consider aprons on men to be cross-dressing and dangerous gender confusion?

Other than context, you won't see anything at pride that you either don't see everyday, or at the beach, or on Halloween.

Anonymous said...

I have a thought about this.

The reason they are so adamant about protecting the children is because they know that if kids grow up seeing gay as a normal part of the human condition, the gig is up.

It is already evident that the northeaster U.S. is roughly 20% atheist. Fairly significant that one fifth of the population doesn't subscribe to the sky fairy arguments.

This scares the ever loving crap out of the religious bigots.

Anonymous said...

If I'm going to be honest, I actually have to agree that using children to make a political statement is wrong...

To me this is no different than the Tea Partiers or even Fred Phelps using small children to carry signs and push their agendas.

Leave the kids at home... and leave the activism to the adults.

BlackTsunami said...

Uh no. There is nothing wrong with a child expressing love and pride for his family. You simply cannot compare that to tea bagging mess.

Anonymous said...

It's not what you see at a pride, it's the message.

BlackTsunami said...

I agree and the message is good. Children expressing love for their families is always good.