Wednesday, March 05, 2014

All of the 'evil and dirty' things that the gays do

Phil Burress
Yesterday, courtesy of People for the American Way's Right Wing Watch, I read Ohio anti-gay activist Phil Burress make a claim that gay men have "as many as 200 sex partners."

A day later, Burress' outrageous claim continues to haunt me not only for its inanity but because it brings to focus something which has been dwelling in my mind for a long time in little bits and pieces.

I've read and heard so accusations against the lgbt community by the religious right that I've now come to the conclusion that these folks are just sloppy with what they say. Seriously, it's as if they don't care that eventually, someone will demonstrate just how incoherent their claims are.

So with that in mind, bear with me here. The following are the claims made about the lgbt community over the years by religious right and anti-gay activists:

Gays are sick people:

 Their [gay] minds are perverted, they’re frankly sick people psychologically, mentally, and emotionally.” – Bishop EW Jackson 

 Yet almost all gays make lots of money:

 “You know, I saw yesterday how much -- how much money the homosexual community has. I mean, good gracious, the average homosexual makes four times more than I do . . . I mean, they're not -- these people are not in poverty or hurting or denied or anything else.” – Donald Wildmon, American Family Association 

Gays are only a small part of the population: 

“Relying on three large data sets: the General Social Survey, the National Health and Social Life Survey, and the U.S. census, a recent study in Demography estimates the number of exclusive male homosexuals in the general population at 2.5 percent and exclusive lesbians at 1.4 percent.” – Family Research Council in its inaccurate brief “Homosexuality and Child Abuse” 

 Yet gays “control” the culture: 

“Homosexual activists in many ways, drive our culture, they decide what’s going to be in a movie, we see all the portrayals, homosexuals are the most positively portrayed in the movies and on television.” – Peter LaBarbera, Americans for Truth 

 Gays “bully” all of those who oppose them: 

“Instead, what we have is the gay Gestapo who go out and try to intimidate morally, economically, professionally, and personally anyone who speaks out against the homosexual agenda.” – Jeffrey Kuhner, The Washington Times 

Gays “Recruit” children:

 “. . . Folks who cannot reproduce want to recruit your children. What we are facing is a radical force of people who want to change what America looks for the next twenty years . . .” – Bishop Harry Jackson 

And are plotting to either destroy or change America and “silence” Christians:

 “Those special gay rights would require Christians not to speak against –would require us Christians not to speak against homosexual rights . . . because if we did, we could be charged with bullying or censored for it.” – Buster Wilson, American Family Association 

“Through a carefully crafted, decades-old propaganda campaign, homosexuals have successful cast homosexuals - many of whom enjoy positions of influence and affluence - as a disadvantage minority” – Matt Barber, Unmasking the “Gay” Agenda 

And while generating all of this mayhem, gays still manage to find time to have all sorts of mind-boggling wild sex with multiple partners:

“One study determined that homosexual males have from between 20 to 106 sexual partners per year. It’s no wonder that homosexual men account for over 50% of all hepatitis cases, and still account for over 50% of all AIDS cases despite the fact that they only make up 1-3% of the population.” – Matt Barber, The Gay Agenda vs. Family Values, December 12, 2004 

“Homosexual activists claim their lifestyle, which in some cases includes thousands of sexual partners, should be sanctioned, protected, and granted special rights by society. Would you critique this stance?“ – a question on Dr. James Dobson's web page. Dobson is the former head of Focus on the Family.

Allow me to surmise.  According to the religious right, the lgbt community is comprised of sad and sick individuals who make a lot of money, who are only a very small of the population but yet control the culture, bully those who oppose us, recruit children, and work to silence Christians and alter America while finding the time to have lots and lots and lots of sex.

Wow! How do we find time to do all of that? How do we find time to be all of that? But what boggles my mind even more is the claim by Matt Barber of the Liberty Counsel that we have been engaging in a "propaganda campaign" for decades. Barber is neither the first nor the only anti-gay activist claiming that the lgbt community has been engaging in a long-term Machiavellian plan to control America and supposedly cast ourselves as victims.

How come this is the first time I've heard of such a plan?

Seriously, who's in charge of this thing? Is it the Gay Mafia or, as some anti-gay activists call us, "Big Gay?" How do I become a member? And if I do, can I be given a super cool alter-ego.

No joke. I've always imagined myself as sort of a James Bond villain with a alter-ego name like "Coochie Everlasting" or "Baron von Superbitch." I can just see myself leading an army of killer drag queens who wear razor blade studded wigs like actress Pam Grier wore in Coffy. Or better yet, they can convert their stiletto heels into miniature machines guns and shoot heat seeking missiles from their false brassieres.

It could totally work.

In all seriousness, while it is fun to laugh at the ridiculous lies anti-gay activists say about us, let's not forget that  there are people who take these claims as fact. And unfortunately, as we have seen in places like Russia and Uganda, these people generally act upon that ignorance.

So let's not spend so much time laughing that we forget to call out anti-gay propaganda  for the lies that they are.

Editor's note - My list of anti-gay comments is a semi-brief rehashing from a larger list in How They See Us: Unmasking the Religious Right War on Gay America.


Greg said...

“You know, I saw yesterday how much -- how much money the homosexual community has. I mean, good gracious, the average homosexual makes four times more than I do . . . I mean, they're not -- these people are not in poverty or hurting or denied or anything else.” – Donald Wildmon, American Family Association

He retired in 2010, but his son's compensation for the same AFA position is $126,000.

So, the "average homosexual" makes a half million dollars a year?

Anonymous said...

Also in their world all gay people are male.

Disregarding the number one straight fantasy is two women to-gether.

Glenn Ingersoll said...

I understand President Obama is the worst of tyrants - yet totally ineffectual.

They only love Israel because its existence is a sign of the End Times.

These people!

Anonymous said...

I've always thought the 2.5% number was suspect.

For example the city I live in, at about 188,000 would have 4,700 gay men. I'd say there's more of us than that.

And bisexuality - they really don't want to know what Kinsey had to say about that, because bisexuals are some 30% to 40% of the population. Hrrummph!

Miss Ann said...

Gee, where have I heard that bull about a group that's 1 - 3% of the population influencing pop culture, running entertainment, having more money than anyone else and depending on what hate group you listen to, are all sick and depraved? Except for the accusations of how many sexual partners gay men have, just change the word gay to Jew. We have heard this kind of hate thing before in this country. Just, they keep it to themselves anymore, (especially when their white robes are at the cleaners,) and substitute gays as their dangerous whipping boys.

Patrick said...

"And if I do, can I be given a super cool alter-ego?"

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who's had that thought after reading some of the things these people come up with. Let us know if you find out how to get gay super-villain identities. I call dibs on Gay-lactus, Destroyer of Civilization.

Unknown said...

No, our best sexual fantasy involves at least three lesbians.
And not from a typical softball team or Mainline Protestant seminary "focus group".

Mykelb said...

Their claims are just like their bible; noxious, divisive, paternalistic, contradictory, factually inaccurate, derogatory, vile, and completely without reason, intellect or based in scientific evidence. So much for Wingnutistan and its inhabitants.

itgrowls said...

"Phil Burress claimed that gay men have "as many as 200 sex partners.""

Spsssh back when I was in Atlanta an single I wish! LOL

Gary said...

Let's not forget the fact that many of these statements are false or "bad" argument (logic).
"Gay men sleep with over 200 men". That assumes that this is a bad thing, which MANY gay and straight people would disagree with, but more importantly...there are MANY, MANY documented heterosexuals that have had that many plus many MORE! According to this man's thinking, then all straight people aren't worthy of marriage or protections either.

People need to take the time, and demand that anyone making statements such as this provide evidence, facts, and remember to call them on "false argument" there are many online resources that provide excellent information.

But, I'm preaching to the choir aren't I? :-)
Best and Bless

medussa said...

I think you meant "summarize", instead of "surmise".
Other than that, this was an excellent summary and conclusion...
Thanks for that.