Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Hate group claims it wants to reach out to gay youth

I wish this was funny, but according to Right Wing Watch, it's actual fact:
The American Family Association without fail hurls some of the most derogatory and incendiary rhetoric at the gay community,. For example, the group’s spokesman Bryan Fischer claims that gays are like drug addicts, domestic terrorists and Nazis and are responsible for the Holocaust, and the organization’s general manager blamed gays for Hurricane Isaac and linked the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell to an increase in suicides in the military.

But now the anti-gay group hopes to teach people how to “reach out with biblical compassion” to gay youth, which they routinely call “Big Gay.”

The AFA’s Rightly Concerned blog reposted an article from Kerby Anderson Probe Ministries about the “gay agenda in schools,” fitting with the AFA’s new campaign to stop “Mix it Up at Lunch Day” out of the fear young people will eat the gay “poisoned candy.”

The blog post warns that homosexuality in and of itself leads to health and psychiatric problems and suggests anti-bullying efforts are simply attempts to “increase homosexual behavior among students.” Ironically, Anderson cites a study which concludes “educational efforts, prevention programs, and health services must be designed to address the unique needs of GLB youth” to argue that schools should not assist their gay, lesbian and bisexual students in anyway…unless it is with ex-gay therapy. “We should reach out to those caught in the sin of homosexuality and offer them hope and point them to Jesus Christ so that they will find freedom from the sexual sin that binds their lives,” Anderson writes, claiming that “many in the homosexual lifestyle are there because of some emotional brokenness in their families” and are “trying to meet their emotional needs in ungodly ways.”

I got only two ideas for the AFA. If you want to reach gay youth, then stop making them feel like they are freaks with your nasty rhetoric. Or better yet, why don't you just cease to exist.

At the very least, FIRE this guy. Quickly. As in last year:

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'Anti-gay religious right plagiarist now exploiting Martin Luther King, Jr' and other Wednesday midday news briefs

Land: Fighting Abortion & Gay Marriage is Like MLK Fighting for Racial Justice - Fascinating that the same folks who accuse gays of exploiting the civil rights movement are doing it themselves:

There is a HUGE irony with Richard Land exploiting the civil rights movement. Earlier this year, he faced an ugly controversy for accusing President Obama and other African-American leaders of using the Trayvon Martin case to "gin up votes" for Obama. And the controversy gets funnier. It turns out that Land plagiarized his comments from someone else's piece. Ultimately, he was reprimanded by the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission and lost his weekly radio show.

In other news:

Why The Gallaudet University Incident Reveals Nothing About Marriage Equality - In a sad attempt to get support for an anti-marriage equality initiative, the religious right is exploiting another cause celebre. 

 Illinois Hate Group Attacks School’s New Transgender-Inclusive Policies - They just can't help themselves. 

 DOMA Defense By House Republican Leaders Has Cost Nearly $1.5 Million - And they have thus far lost EVERY case. 

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GoProud embraces its second-class citizen status with pride

The conservative gay group GoProud has been tweeting its support of Mitt Romney and bragging on twitter about appearing on Fox News and such.

But for me, it's all about presentation. To whit, check out what the lgbts who are supporting Obama have been doing:

To my knowledge, GoProud has yet to film a pro-Romney commercial and my guess is that the organization probably won't. After all, it would really piss off the religious right supporters of Romney such as the National Organization for Marriage and the Family Research Council.

So I bet Romney really appreciates GoProud. Not only does the organization give him undeserved credibility on gay issues in the eyes of some pundits (i.e. Fox News), but it embraces its second-class citizen status like it was a hungry lover.

I guess it's always good for SOME PEOPLE to know their place.

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