The intersection where gay politics meets the religion right

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  1. D_Ireonsyd_Colonrinse

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    "Doctor" James Dobson's website for "Focus on the Family" opens with this mission statement:

    "To cooperate with the Holy Spirit in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible by nurturing and defending the God-ordained institution of the family and promoting biblical truths worldwide."

    In the political section are articles you'd pretty much expect to find on a right-wing evangelical religious site like Focus on the Family ("Dr. Dobson Denounces Connecticut Same-Sex Marriage Ruling", "Groundbreaking Study Confirms Sexual Orientation Change Possible", "Orlando Ex-Gay Day Event Sparks Conversation, Debate" -- this website is very big on the so-called "ex-gay movement").

    In the online store, along with the "He Lives!" flags, one can purchase a "Lettuce Pray" charm bracelet (it's shaped like a head of lettuce - with the words "Lettuce Pray), "purity rings", and anti-gay marriage coffee mugs.

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    Tony Perkins' "Family Research Council" website has a whole shopping list of troubling issues (under a section entitled "The Issues"): judicial activism, "abstinence and sexual health", abortion, stem cells, pornography, and, of course, gay marriage.

    Even though FRC has a (I believe) tax-exempt status, I found numerous political-action articles (like "Passage of the So-called Stimulus Plan Means Deeper Debt, little Tax Relief for Families" and "Family Research Council Submits Brief Defending California's Prop 8", "FRC to Host Panel Discussion on Religious Liberty and California Counterfeit Marriage").

    The term "counterfeit marriage" is very big on these sites, and many articles frequently put the word gay in quotation marks ("gay") -- as if the word itself were suspect, not legitimate.

    In the Family Reseach Council's online store, you can order copies of the new brochures "Homosexuality is Not a Civil Right" and "The Other Side of Tolerance: How Homosexual Activism Threatens Liberty" -- there's something called a "marriage protection kit" (whatever that is), and, for 15 bucks, the paperback "Outrage: How Gay Activists and Liberal Judges are Trashing Democracy to Redefine Marriage".

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    The conservative website "Concerned Women for America" (CWA) gets straight to the point. Under the section entitled "Unmasking the 'Gay' Agenda" (yes, the word gay is encapsulated in quotation marks) is this paragraph:

    "Americans who self-identify as “gay” or lesbian comprise roughly one to three percent of the population. Yet the homosexual movement — led by extremist homosexual pressure groups like the so-called Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — represent, per capita, one of America’s most powerful and well-funded political lobbies. Consider that HRC and the HRC foundation alone have an annual budget in excess of 50 million. Through a carefully crafted, decades-old propaganda campaign, homosexual activists have successfully cast homosexuals — many of whom enjoy positions of influence and affluence — as a disadvantaged minority. They have repackaged and sold to the public behaviors which thousands of years of history, every major world religion and uncompromising human biology have long identified as immoral and sexually deviant."

    Notice how the paragraph downplays the gay population's percentage ("one to three percent")....I love that phrase "through a carefully crafted, decades-old propaganda campaign"... and gays are rountinely described as "extremist", "militant" or "activist"...

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    To conservative posters on this site: THIS IS A PART OF YOUR REPUBLICAN PARTY'S PLATFORM. The above political/religious groups frequently raise money for and lobby republican congresspersons with legislation requests.

    I think it's high time for the republican party to CUT THE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS LOOSE. Kick them out of the "Big Tent". Make a clean break. The social cons are only derailing your attempt at focussing on the real issues the country faces.
     
  2. B_Nick4444

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    I'm not a Repub, so that aspect I don't find troubling

    I do find their claims to be "Christian" deeply offensive

    Nevertheless, the describe issues are trivial -- there are far more important things to deal with
     
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    Im a Christian... and Republican. But I have no problem with gay marriage. Its no ones right as a believer to impose our values and beliefs on non-believers. Especially since the Bible and its principles were not written for non believers.
     
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