Saturday, September 11, 2010

The 'Complete' Words of love?

No one should ever be deceived by the "I'm only expressing my personal, deeply held religious beliefs" talking points of religious right groups and supporters. It is about hate, pure and simple, as well as fear and ignorance.

Well they can tell you better than me:

Linda Harvey - the former advertising executive who "found Jesus"  and founded the religious right group Mission America. Subsequently this supposedly entitles her to become an "expert" of all things regarding the lgbt community. It allows her to say the following mess:

When people have views supporting homosexuality, they should not be involved with youth in any way, period. Here’s why:
• They will provide inaccurate, misleading information to kids;
• They may limit a student’s opportunity to hear warnings about the behavior;
• They may advocate or model inappropriate behavior;
• They may be directly involved in the molestation of kids themselves; or
• They may be in a position to allow others to do so. - Fairy Tales Don't Come True: Impressionable Kids and Homosexuality

Kevin McCullough - conservative columnist, leader of the so-called "Musclehead Revolution" and an all-around strange character who feels that since he is a man who has fathered a son whose skin is darker than the average African American (his exact words), he can tell the black community just how "evil" Obama is.

Hush up y'all about how "right" McCullough may be about Obama. The point is that his ridiculous comments about the President falls in line with the absolutely inane things he has said about the lgbt community in 2003: 

The "alphas" in homosexual relationships, be they men or women, are many times recruiting younger partners. A vast percentage of those who enter the homosexual life do so after having been sexually initiated by an older person of their sex – be it consensual or not – it usually has the feel of enticement or seduction. - The 'gay' truth

Guy Adams - Rounding out the lower echeleon list of anti-gay nobodies is this mean looking fellow, Guy Adams. If you are not familiar with him there is a reason for that. In 2006, the one-time bodyguard of  Alan Keyes said probably the most ugly, rudest thing ever about lgbts. It was so nasty that I don't think that Peter LaBarbera or Matt Barber at their most logically gymnastic could defend it:

The newest thing in Chicago, it's becoming a trend—and you're going to find this hard to believe—sex with infants. It's not enough that they have—you know, when you engage in perversion, and homosexuality is perversion—we don't hate the gays mind you, we don't hate them, we hate what they're doing—pretty soon that perversion is like addiction, it's not enough, so you need to graduate to something else. You need to move on. So now they're having sex with animals, a small group that's getting bigger, sex with infants, sex in the street in Chicago out in the open—it's just getting more and more perverted. So, I just don’t believe that there are a lot of really, really good gays.

After this comment, Adams has since retreated into his cocoon of crazy and I haven't heard from him since.

Ken Hutcherson - Of course this list must be multi-racial because ignorant, homophobic comments are like diseases; they know no color, gender, or religion. And who better to put in this list than perennial Microsoft stock threatener Ken Hutcherson. Hutcherson has never met a self-aggrandizing comment that he didn't like.

But the one thing he does not like are polite men because polite men are not macho:

"If I was in a drugstore and some guy opened the door for me, I'd rip his arm off and beat him with the wet end."

Supposedly it was a joke. But Hutcherson comes across as funny as "the itch." And his comments take a deeper resonance when one remembers his past protests against GLSEN's Day of Silence.

Chris Buttars - This lovely Utah representative who looks as if he has a low tolerance for gassy people doesn't necessarily like lgbts. But the folks in Utah seem to like him because they keep electing him to office. Maybe some folks like to hear such comments as

Homosexuality will always be a sexual perversion. And you say that around here now and everybody goes nuts. But I don't care. They're mean. They want to talk about being nice. They're the meanest buggers I have ever seen. It's just like the Muslims. Muslims are good people and their religion is anti-war. But it’s been taken over by the radical side. What is the morals of a gay person? You can't answer that because anything goes. They're probably the greatest threat to America going down I know of."

Anita Bryant - Come on guys. You know that girlfriend was going to be included. Anita Bryant who galvanized both sides of the aisle of gay rights in her successful attempt to get a Florida non-discrimination ordinance repealed in . She claimed to do it because she was worried that gays "recruit" children. I bet you all think that her quote about gays supposedly recruiting children is the reason why she made this list. It isn't. She had a funnier quote in Playboy magazine:

In a long Playboy interview, Bryant claimed that homosexuals are called "fruits" because "they eat the forbidden fruit of the tree of life. God referred to men as trees, and because the homosexuals eat the forbidden fruit, which is male sperm."

Speaking of fruits, everyone knows the story of how she was hit in the face with a fruit pie by an angry gay activist. Hell, seeing that picture is required for every lgbt entering the "lifestyle."  Well let me just say for the record that I totally disagree with her being hit with the pie. But God help me, when she broke down while praying after getting the pieing, I didn't feel sorry for her.

Reverend Gregory Daniels - Daniels was a black minister in Chicago. In 2004, he made the following comment:

"If the KKK opposes gay marriage, I would ride with them."

He later tried to de-emphasize the stupidity of his comment by saying that it was a mere indication of how strong he as a black man oppose gay marriage.

I say Rev. Daniels is !#@#*!!@ and also (CENSORED)!

His First Amendment right to say stupid crap is beside the point. I'm not against him speaking his mind.

But shouldn't one have a mind before choosing to speak it.  For those who are curious, the picture I choose to show is not a picture of the Rev. Daniels, but a jackass - my equivalent of any black man who will brag about teaming up with the Ku Klux Klan for any reason.

Robert Knight - Presenting the man who both Peter LaBarbera and Matt Barber aspires to be - a man who has made an entire career out of lying and denigrating the lives of lgbts. In his sojourns with the Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America, Media Research Council, and the Coral Ridge Ministries, just what ugly thing has Robert Knight NOT said about lgbts. I'm like a kid in a candy store trying to pick out his worst comment. But I think the following would suffice rather nicely:

(Robert Knight) says there is a cavalier attitude on the part of pro-homosexual advocates, who believe there is nothing wrong with homosexual sex, and therefore, if the kids happen to get exposed to it, their response is "So what? Maybe some of them might be gay, and maybe this will inspire them." - Parents Warned Against 'Family-Unfriendly' Film Festivals

Paul Cameron- If you have followed any of my work, then you should KNOW that Cameron was going to be on the list. Aside from pushing bad studies about lgbts, Cameron has been known to say some outrageous things about us, including my personal favorite:

“If you isolate sexuality as something solely for one’s own personal amusement, and all you want is the most satisfying orgasm you can get—and that is what homosexuality seems to be—then homosexuality seems too powerful to resist. The evidence is that men do a better job on men, and women on women if all you are looking for is an orgasm." - Rolling Stone, March, 18, 1999

This is so untrue. Why if this were the case, then straight men would figure out a way to have gay sex without being labeled as "gay"

On second thought, forget I said that.

Peter Sprigg - No doubt you are asking why Peter Sprigg? With all of the good comments that I could get from such lovely anti-gay folks as Matt Barber, Peter LaBarbera, Pat Robertson, etc just did I choose Family Research Council member Peter Sprigg.

Only because in a brief moment of lucidity, he became honest and revealed just what he would like to do to lgbts:

" . . . I would much prefer to export homosexuals from the United States than to import them into the United States because we believe that homosexuality is destructive to society."

 Forget all of this crap about "loving the sinner but hating the sin" or about "wanting to help people break from a destructive lifestyle." To Sprigg, we are like those rats which overran the German village of Hamelin before the Pied Piper came to town.

Pat Buchanan - Buchanan, the "respected" journalist and former White House employee who probably single handedly gave the 1992 Presidential election to Bill Clinton after his "culture war" speech at the Republican National Convention held that same year hasn't exactly been a friend to the lgbt community

In all honesty, Buchanan, as the link shows, doesn't seem to care for anyone not fitting his "specifications" of a true American, but his verbal attacks on the lgbt community gone beyond the pale of ugly. They are best typified by this missive thrown at those suffering from HIV/AIDS in 1983:

The poor homosexuals -- they have declared war upon nature, and now nature is extracting an awful retribution (AIDS)." 

or 1990:

"With 80,000 dead of AIDS, our promiscuous homosexuals appear literally hell-bent on Satanism and suicide,"

or 1993:

"AIDS is nature's retribution for violating the laws of nature."

Donnie McClurkin - Don't act shocked. You know I was going to include him. After his  uncalled for attack against the lgbt community, McClurkin definitely makes this list. His comments against young gay men of color were as follows:

“I see feminine men, feminine boys, everywhere I go … No, don’t applaud ‘cuz it ain’t funny. It’s because we failed. I see them everywhere.”

I'm having flashbacks of that little boy in the Sixth Sense.

Of course in his screed,  McClurkin didn't want to leave the sistas out. He had this to say about young lesbians:

"These young girls are just as bad as the boys in homosexuality, you don't see it. They can hide . . . but there are some evil young hard butch girls."

McClurkin has in the past claimed that he was molested and that led to him being gay. He has also said that through the "power of Jesus," he is no longer gay.

I say two things.

1. When someone like McClurkin says that they have been "delivered from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ,"  that usually means they are going to go through life more celibate than a monk in coma.

2. If by chance McClurkin ever announces that he is dating a woman or about to marry a woman, I suggest that we all stop what we are doing and start looking for Rod Serling. Because we will definitely be in the Twilight Zone.

Matt Barber - And then there is the Liberty Counsel's Matt Barber, the author of the following statement on why anti-discrimination protection for lgbts would be a bad idea:

“Imagine, if you will, a 280 lb linebacker who likes to wear a dress and high heels and lipstick, you know comes to church wanting a job at the front desk as a receptionist and they turn him away because they don’t feel that that represents their values or the image that they’re trying to hold at that church, under ENDA they could be held accountable for discrimination against that individual.”

And then there is my new personal favorite when he described lgbt relationships as one man violently cramming his penis into another man’s lower intestine and calling it ‘love."

In 2005, he lost his job at AllState Insurance in part for penning an anti-gay column. Since that time, the story was spun that he was fired due to his beliefs and he has parlayed that narrative into cinchy gigs with Concerned Women for America, the Liberty Counsel, and a book deal. However, like all religious right stories of gay persecution, there are details omitted (such as Barber using AllState Insurance equipment to write his column or him identifying himself as an employee of AllState in the same column). To paraphrase critic Mary McCarthy's famous statement on playwright Lillian Hellman, just about all of Barber's tale of being a victim of the "gay agenda" is a lie including the words "and" and "the."

But seeing that he predates Carrie Prejean as a religious right figure of alleged gay persecution, let's all pray that no freaky videos or pictures of Barber pop up.

Despite what they say, gay men are not that desperate to see naked flesh.

Michael Savage - I have a new drinking game for you. Listen to Michael Savage and take a drink every time he makes comments comparing someone to either Hilter or Nazis. However for the purpose of this post, the comments he made to a caller of his (defunct) television show  in 2007 puts him over the top:

"Oh, you're one of the sodomites. You should only get AIDS and die, you pig. How's that? Why don't you see if you can sue me, you pig."

This outburst led to his firing. Funny thing about that. The only time I ever watched Savage's show was when this incident happened.

Maybe I should start watching Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck.

Alan Keyes - Alan Keyes reminds me of a restaurant which tries to fill patrons on appetizers because it has no entrees. Other than his longwinded way of presenting the issues, the consistent way he keeps losing every elected office he runs for, and for the fact that he wastes his intelligence, just what has Alan Keyes accomplished to get all of the attention he does?.

Perhaps among other things, it's comments like the following:

" Hitler and his supporters were Satanists and homosexuals. That's just a true statement. . . .   - People for the American Way, "Hostile Climate," 1997, p.26.

Keyes once actually made me cry. It was when he ran (and lost) the Illinois Senate race against now President Obama. I wept over the shame that for the first time in history, two black men were running against each other for Congress and one of them was certifiably loony

Jimmy Swaggart - Televangelist Jimmy Swaggart likes his rough-looking prostitutes, but he doesn't necessarily care for gay men as seen by this comment he made in 2004:

"I've never seen a man in my life I wanted to marry. And I'm gonna be blunt and plain: if one ever looks at me like that, I'm gonna kill him and tell God he died.

Now Jimmy, if any gay man looked at you that way, we in the community would kill him before you had the chance. . .for having bad taste.

Jesse Helms- I am only bringing up the late North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms because the young folks may not remember his lovely sentiments regarding the lgbt community. He never minced words about how he felt. For example, Helms was very straightforward as to why he opposed Roberta Achtenberg to be assistant secretary for fair housing at the Department of Housing and Urban Development :

“She’s a damn lesbian. I’m not going to put a lesbian in a position like that.”

I'm told Helms changed his mind after being assured that Achtenberg was a "doggone lesbian," three steps below a "damned lesbian."

Seriously, Achtenberg did get the job and I need to say something here. Though I loathed Helms, his candor was refreshing, if not altogether totally repulsive. I would rather deal with him than the phony "we love you but we would love you more if you just knew your place" histronics of Maggie Gallagher and company.

At least with Helms, you knew where you stood, even if it were in a pool of quicksand.

The narrative of lgbts being pushy, angry, hypocritical, intolerant folks is a myth. We weren't exactly the ones who started this mess. And though Maggie Gallagher, Brian Brown, the folks at the National Organization for Marriage, Peter LaBarbera, and other various groups and entities like to portray us as the aggressors, they aren't exactly innocent or blameless.

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