Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Exodus International, butts, and gays 'ramming their agenda down the throats of Americans'

A quote today from Alan Chambers, the president of the "ex-gay" group Exodus International, caught my attention:

“Criticism is easy to come by at Exodus,” said Chambers. “We are a large and diverse organization made up of many members. Our growth over the years has caused us to not always know what the hand or foot are doing, which sometimes causes us to look like we are ‘all butt’.

Granted, Chambers's admission comes as no surprise to anyone who follows the madness of anti-gay groups, but his verbiage stands up because it brings to mind something that needs to be addressed.

Why do so many homophobic people constantly complain about the so-called "homosexual agenda" being "rammed down their throats?

I kid you not. It's like that adage that every black person knows at least one person who goes by the nickname of "Peaches." I don't remember a week going in a long time by without reading something by someone homophobic claiming that gays and lesbians want to "ram" something "down their throats."

And why is that? Is it a skillful use of semantics? Semantics is a very important part of the religious right's propaganda campaign against the lgbt community. Through skillful phrasing, religious right spokespeople can semantically describe the lgbt community as invaders seeking to rape, pillage, and cause basic havoc, like so:

“But unfortunately, the evangelist observes, many Christians have been bullied into submission on the aggressive homosexual agenda in public schools.” - Evangelist Proposes to Combat Homosexual Agenda in Public Education, Agape Press, May 11, 2005

“Elsewhere in the battle against the homosexual agenda, the Broward County School Board in Florida has voted to allow a pro-homosexual group to indoctrinate its teachers on tolerance.” - Children Adopted by Homosexuals Suffer, Family Advocate Says, Agape Press, April 25, 2002

“The ACLU continues to use a law license to bully school districts and harass parents in order to brainwash their kids abut the ‘normalcy’ of homosexuality.” - Jan LaRue, ACLU Seeks Mandatory Homosexual Sensitivity Training, Concerned Women for America press release, July 14, 2005

.“For the third time in recent years, voters in Maine will go to the voting booth to stop the homosexual agenda being (from) being forced on them by activists and their own legislature” - Maine Activist Condemns Elitist Lawmakers Pushing Homosexual Agenda, the American Family Association, July 15, 2005
“One pro-family advocate feels the ACLU, in its efforts to force the homosexual agenda in American schools, is using the bullying tactics of Chairman Mao to ‘reprogram’ staff and students on the issue of homosexuality.” - Knight: ACLU’s Pro-Homosexual ‘Bullying’ Tactics Reminiscent of Chairman Mao, Agape Press, July 21, 2005

Of course maybe I could be acting needlessly paranoid.

Maybe the Rekers rentboy scandal has me looking to see a secret scared gay or lesbian behind every anti-gay comment.

Maybe sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.

See, now they got me talking about stuff to be placed in people's mouths.

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Buffy said...

All I see is a great deal of projection.

Blogsy said...

It makes you wonder if they don't have a wheel with all their buzz words written on them that they spin to come up with what they're going to put in their press releases.