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Border Patrol Beating Videos: He is a Southern Baptist pastor whose views on most things are abhorrent to UsQueers.com, but the video playlist below also contains evidence that sometimes it does require physical sacrifice to stand up for our rights these days. The Border Patrol attacks the same man.
A. McEwen, the author of this work, is a 36-year-old African-American gay man living in Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.A. His blog, Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters: The Blog is named after his published book entitled Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters: Exposing the Lies of the Anti-Gay Industry. Two of his lists are included here in the interests of generating a greater audience for his blog and for his book so that this rebuttal information is as widely available as possible. We have made minor cosmetic changes.
In their zeal to prove the worst about the gay community, the anti-gay industry has created a house of pseudo-scientific studies based on distortions, lies, headless monsters, and legitimate studies taken out of context which are then pushed by fake experts, Ph.D.s, conservative columnists and bloggers, and ignorant people of faith all willing to sacrifice their integrity on the altar of an alleged higher calling.
The purpose of this webpage is to record how the anti-gay industry (i.e. religious right) uses lies and deceptions to demonize the lgbt community and keep us from our God-given right of self-determination as well as our rights as Americans to be protected under the law.
By all means, use this page to educate yourselves and others.
The Top Six
Religious right (anti-gay industry) distortion techniques
1. Using nonrepresentative or out-of-date studies to make generalizations, or distorting legitimate studies to give misleading conclusions.
Example - Anti-gay industry talking point - Same-sex marriage and gay adoption are bad ideas because research shows that the best places to raise children are in homes with a mother and a father.
The truth: The research only looked at heterosexual two-parent households as opposed to heterosexual single-parent households. Same-gender households were never included.
Point of fact: The following researchers have complained about how the anti-gay industry has misused their work (scroll down the page at the Anti-Gay Lies and Liars blogsite for Time Line) - A. Nicholas Groth; the six researchers of a Canadian study (Robert S. Hogg, Stefan A. Strathdee, Kevin J.P. Craib, Michael V. Shaughnessy, Julio Montaner, and Martin T. Schehter); Dr. Robert Garofalo; Lisa Waldner; Patrick Letellier; Dr. Kyle Pruett; Dr. Joanne Hall; Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc; Carol Gilligan; and Dr. Robert Spitzer.
2. Repetition - Despite the fact that several physicians and researchers complain about the distortion of their work by the anti-gay industry, corrections are usually not made.
3. Conspiracy Theory - Claiming that gays and lesbians are consistently plotting to “erode traditional values.”
Example - “The agenda of homosexual activists is basically to change America from what they perceive as looking down on homosexual behavior, to the affirmation of and societal acceptance of homosexual behavior. It is an agenda that they basically set in the late 1980s, in a book called After the Ball, where they laid out a six-point plan for how they could transform the beliefs of ordinary Americans with regard to homosexual behavior—in a decade-long time frame.” - Craig Osten, Q&A: “The Homosexual Agenda”, Focus on the Family, July 25, 2003
4. Dire Consequences - Claiming that a pro-gay law or ordinance will lead to negative consequences without proof that the consequences will take place.
Example 1 - “Imagine, if you will, a 280-pound 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.” - Matt Barber, Concerned Women for America, 2007
Example 2 - “H.R. 254 elevates one group of Americans above others, creating a special class of victims. All things being equal, it means that if a five-foot, two-inch grandmother is violently attacked on the street, she is less worthy of justice than the six-foot, four-inch homosexual man who is attacked by the same assailant.” - Matt Barber, Concerned Women for America, 2007
5. Phony Experts - Creating their own “experts” on the gay and lesbian community.
6. Dehumanizing Semantics - Consistently using language (i.e. demonstrative verbs and adjectives) in their talking points, sound bites, and press releases to make gays and lesbians seem like impersonal, threatening outsiders.
Example 1 - “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
Example 2 - “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
Example 3 - “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
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