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Fundamentalist Christians Preaching Hatred of Homosexuals

Bush threatens veto of Hate Crime Prevention Act of 2007

Topics on this page include: Suing for the "religious right" to hate | Evangelicals Press for Acceptance of Lesbians and Gays | Christocrats insistence that people can "leave" homosexuality | Fighting hate crime laws | Christocrats claim they're under attack by gays | Militant Slavic immigrants fight LGBT rights | Mark Foley scandal; religious right blames gays | Missouri town organizes to drive out gay business | Maryland governor fires bigot | Religious right boycotts Ford | Religious right tries to stop gay-friendly corporate trend | Religious right boycotts Wal-Mart over LGBT connection | Funeral crasher Fred Phelps | Anti-gay pastor arrested | Religious right reacts to Brokeback Mountain | Hate in the News

Jewish Congregation Among Faith Groups in Solidarity As Sacramento LGBT Community Is Shaken by Hate Murder
Anti-gay Slavic Christian community suspected of harboring killer

by JewsOnFirst.org, July 25, 2007

Last month interfaith clergy groups marched in the lead of gay pride parades in several cities, sending a message of tolerance to haters and disparagers. Only days after their show of solidarity, the interfaith group in one of those cities, Sacramento, came together again in sadness to celebrate a life cut short by hatred of gays.

On July 1st a Russian-speaking group harassed a group of Fijians, as both groups picnicked at a local lake. The Russian speakers reportedly hurled anti-gay epithets at the Fijians and one of them punched 26-year-old Satender Singh, who fell and sustained a brain injury. His family took him off life support the following week. Continue.

Recorded Conversations with two Sacramento leaders
Rabbi Mona Alfi of Congregation B'nai Israel and Dr. Darrick Lawson, president emeritus of the Stonewall Democrats of Greater Sacramento, discuss their work for social justice

Interviews and introduction by Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak, JewsOnFirst.org, July 17, 2007

Rabbi Mona Alfi of Congregation B'nai Israel, and Dr. Derrick Lawson, president emeritus of the Stonewall Democrats of Sacramento, took a leadership role in Sacramento's Pride parade. Then both came forward to bring the community together in the wake of the murder of Satender Singh in an apparent anti-gay hate crime. They are ideally situated to help us understand the events of the last several weeks.

In the recorded conversation, Rabbi Alfi emphasizes her community's efforts to develop a social action program to bring "Torah" into the community. She speaks about her own and her congregation's long-time commitment to social justice.

Dr. Darrick Lawson is a long time leader in the Sacramento LGBT community. His own story of finding a faith that made room for his relationship to God -- and that God loves him for who he is -- is very moving. Dr. Lawson also speaks emphatically about the fundamentalist Slavic Christian community's responsibility for creating a climate in which hate speech has progressed to violence.

http://www.jewsonfirst.org/audio-video/

Suing for the "religious right" to hate

A religious right legal group is suing to overturn Georgia Tech's policies protecting LGBT students against hate and harassment and discrimination. Meanwhile, a national group of Christian judges and lawyers has started working to overturn LGBT protections. Several school systems have been hit with lawsuits. It is worth imagining the reaction if the target was some other protected group (racial or religious minorities come to mind). Please click here

Supreme Court Asked To Review 'Homophobic Fliers' Ruling

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff, June 7, 2007

(Oakland, California) Lawyers for two city of Oakland workers have asked the US Supreme Court to review a ruling that found the city had not violated their civil rights when it removed homophobic fliers from the workplace.

After an e-mail was distributed in 2003 to employees at the Community and Economic Development Agency containing information on a National Coming Out Day rally a group of Christian workers put up fliers on bulletin boards announcing the formation of the Good News Employee Association . Continue.

Some Evangelicals Press for Acceptance of Lesbians and Gays



Punk Rock Gay Christians Rule!
An Interview with punk rocker/preacher Jay Bakker, featured in the Sundance Channel series One Punk Under God

by Jack E. Jett for JewsOnFirst.org, January 2, 2007

In 1995, God Bless The Go Go’s was released. They sang, “the drag queens have the navy tossing in their bed, Mary ate a little lamb and punk rock is not dead.” As an aged punk rocker, I am so thankful that I have lived long enough to see the fusion of Christianity and punk rock come to fruition... In my opinion, it is long overdue.

Jay Bakker is evangelistic royalty. As the son of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, he is the Prince William of TV evangelists. The irony of all this is that the Bakkers' PTL [Praise the Lord] Network was one of the few TV events that punk rockers used to watch, more for its camp value than its message. Continue.

Gay and Evangelical, Seeking Paths of Acceptance

By Neela Banerjee, The New York Times, December 12, 2006

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Justin Lee believes that the Virgin birth was real, that there is a heaven and a hell, that salvation comes through Christ alone and that he, the 29-year-old son of Southern Baptists, is an evangelical Christian.

Just as he is certain about the tenets of his faith, Mr. Lee also knows he is gay, that he did not choose it and cannot change it.

To many people, Mr. Lee is a walking contradiction, and most evangelicals and gay people alike consider Christians like him horribly deluded about their faith. "I’ve gotten hate mail from both sides," said Mr. Lee, who runs gaychristian.net, a Web site with 4,700 registered users that mostly attracts gay evangelicals. Continue.

Evangelical churches join the gay rights vanguard.
Southern Bellwether

by Daniel Redman, The New Republic Online, December 14, 2006

Walk into Covenant Community Church of Birmingham, Alabama, on a Sunday morning, and you'll see a scene reminiscent of any other evangelical church across the state. The sanctuary is crowded with congregants greeting each other before the service. The minister chats with the deacons, the organist arranges his music on the stand, and children escape their parent's grasp momentarily to run up and down the aisles. But Covenant is unlike most churches in Alabama. Its pastor, J.R. Finney II, is gay. So are most of its congregants. Founded in 1981 with 12 members in an unmarked storefront, today Finney preaches to a flock of 350 in a two-building complex that can barely contain the congregation's growing numbers. And, while Covenant is the largest gay church in the state, it is not alone. From major cities like Montgomery and Huntsville to working-class towns like Gadsden, gay-led, gay-founded churches are flourishing in the heart of the conservative South, providing gay Alabamans with a supportive environment in which to worship. Across the state, there are six gay-focused churches, and even more "open and affirming" Episcopal, Unitarian, and United Church of Christ congregations. Continue.

When religion loses its credibility

Column by Oliver "Buzz" Thomas, USA Today, November 20, 2006. Thomas is a Baptist minister and author of an upcoming book, 10 Things Your Minister Wants to Tell You (But Can't Because He Needs the Job).

What if Christian leaders are wrong about homosexuality? I suppose, much as a newspaper maintains its credibility by setting the record straight, church leaders would need to do the same:

Correction: Despite what you might have read, heard or been taught throughout your churchgoing life, homosexuality is, in fact, determined at birth and is not to be condemned by God's followers.

Based on a few recent headlines, we won't be seeing that admission anytime soon. Continue.

The spurious homophobic "research" which the religious right repeatedly cites

Paul Cameron, working out of his own Family Research Institute in Colorado Springs, is the source of much of the outrageous "research" cited by religious right homophobes. His "findings" that homosexuals are disproportionately pedophiles and diseased, that the life expectancy of gays is 43 years, and that homosexuality is "contagious" have been repeatedly discredited, but Christocrats continue to cite them. Please click here


Christocrats' grotesque insistence that people can "leave" homosexuality

Focus on the Family and other religious right organizations are vigorously selling the idea -- disparaged by every medical authority in the country -- that it is possible to "cure" homosexuals or "convert" them to heterosexuality. Please click here for reports and resources.

Bush threatens veto of Hate Crime Prevention Act of 2007

Hate Crimes Bill Stalled

365Gay.com, July 19, 2007

(Washington) The hate crimes bill stalled yesterday after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) withdrew an Iraq defense measure to which the hate crimes bill was attached.

“The Senate obviously devoted all of its attention to the Iraq war,” said Brad Luna, spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, told the Southern Voice. “This had nothing to do with the hate crimes bill.” Continue.

Ministers say hate crimes act could muzzle them

Oren Dorell, USA Today, June 15, 2007

Minister Harry Jackson recalls being told about the black men who were lynched near his home in Florida in the 1950s and his family's flight to Ohio after a state trooper threatened his father at gunpoint for helping blacks register to vote.

"That was a real hate crime," Jackson says.

Crimes such as those spurred black ministers to join the civil rights movement of the '50s and '60s, which led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.

Today, Jackson, pastor of the Hope Christian Church in Lanham, Md., leads a movement against what gay activists say is their civil rights act: the Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007. Continue.

Hate crimes

Opinion Article by Michael Gallo, Courier Post Online (Cherry Hill, NJ), June 16, 2007

We need to pass the Matthew Shepard Act now. One in six hate crimes is motivated by the victim's sexual orientation. We have had a federal hate crimes law on the books since 1969, yet it's never included crimes targeting victims because of their sexual orientation.

The Matthew Shepard Act is a bipartisan bill that would expand the definition of hate crimes to include attacks based on a victim's gender, sexual orientation or disability. The Matthew Shepard Act would apply only to violent attacks based on the victim's gender, sexual orientation or disability.

It does not criminalize thoughts or free speech. According to a recent Gallup poll, 68 percent of Americans cutting across race, religion and ideology favor strengthening laws to give local police and sheriff's departments the tools and resources they need to prevent and prosecute heinous acts of prejudice. Continue.

The Ballad Of Ake Green

By Rick Perlstein, TomPaine.com, June 07, 2007

If you are a conservative Christian in America, it is likely that Ake Green is a household name—and that you know beyond a shadow of a doubt in 2004 that Senator Kennedy had introduced a bill to visit his fate on American ministers who preach God's word about homosexuality.

You'd have to actually have read Kennedy's S. 966 to find out, as these good ministers of the gospel counted on their flocks not to do, that this was a dastardly lie. Read it backwards, sideways, up and down. Read it a thousand times. The law covers physical violence, nothing else. Those visions of thought police and preachers in jail are simply made up. Invented. Big Lie propaganda. Click here.

Chained to Liberty - The American Way

Opinion Article by Harry R. Jackson, Jr., Townhall.com, June 4, 2007. Harry R. Jackson Jr. is founder and Chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition as well as author of The Warriors Heart: Rules of Engagement for the Spiritual War Zone.

For me, a seemingly innocuous bill known in the Senate as Matthew Shepard's Law (S1105) can lead us down a slippery slope that ultimately limits our freedoms. The proposed hate crimes legislation does not provide adequate protection of free speech.

Many seasoned legal minds believe that S1105 and its companion House bill HR 1592 are discriminatory measures that criminalize thoughts, feelings, and beliefs, and provide greater protection to some victims than others simply because of an inherent status or a lifestyle that they have chosen such as gay, lesbian, or sexual orientation. Continue.

Religious, political leaders urged to welcome gays into the fold

Advocate.com, June 05, 2007

A coalition of national faith leaders issued an open letter Monday to more than 20,000 religious and political leaders, calling for a faith-based approach that supports diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. The letter, published by the Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing, challenges religious leaders to use the pulpit to spread a welcoming message to all people while educating themselves about the diversity of human sexuality.

Aside from thousands of religious leaders, each U.S. congressional member will receive the document. Continue.

Survey Shows Bush, Public Out Of Step On Gay Hate Bill

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff, May 18, 2007

(Washington) Facing a threatened veto by President Bush legislation adding sexuality to a federal hate crime law has the support of more than two-thirds of the American public a new national poll shows.

The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act passed the House earlier this month and is pending in the Senate. Shortly before the House vote the White House issued a statement that if the measure passes Congress the President's aides would recommend he veto it. Continue.

Jewish Groups Set To Fight Veto of Hate-Crimes Bill

By Nathan Guttman, Forward, May 11, 2007

Washington - Jewish groups are gearing up to fight the president’s expected veto of a hate crimes bill opposed by Christian conservatives.

The measure, which broadens the authority of the federal government in dealing with hate crimes, is strongly opposed by the Bush administration and by the religious right, at least in part because it expands the definition of hate crimes to include violence motivated by discrimination based on gender or on sexual orientation.

Jewish organizations are playing a leading role in the coalition pushing the bill, with almost all of them — except the Orthodox ones — taking action to promote the passage of the measure. The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crime Prevention Act of 2007 passed the House floor last week, in a 237-180 vote. The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to begin debating the bill within two weeks. Continue.

Hate crime bill veto is vowed
The House votes to expand the law for sexuality and gender bias. The White House says that's unnecessary.

Richard Simon, The Los Angeles Times, May 4, 2007

Washington -- A long-stalled bill that would expand the federal hate crime law to cover violent acts based on a victim's gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability is headed for approval in the Democratic-controlled Congress but faces a White House veto threat.

The House on Thursday approved the measure, the first major expansion of the hate crime statute since it was enacted in 1968. Senate approval is expected soon, putting the controversial bill on the president's desk for the first time since it was proposed nearly a decade ago.

Under intense pressure from conservative religious organizations to derail the bill, the White House on Thursday called it "unnecessary and constitutionally questionable," issuing the latest in a string of veto threats aimed at the congressional Democratic majority. Continue.

Christians urged to voice opposition to 'hate crimes' legislation on Tuesday

Allie Martin and Jody Brown, Focus on the Family (One News Hour) May 11, 2007

An evangelistic ministry known as Repent America is asking Christians to flood Capitol Hill with emails, phone calls, and faxes next Tuesday in a national effort to petition lawmakers about the dangers of the recently approved "hate crimes" bill. The legislation is expected to be voted on in the Senate by the end of next week and would provide grants to state and local jurisdictions to enforce their hate-crime laws.

Pro-family groups fear that the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 (HR 1592) -- approved by the U.S. House on May 3 -- is the first step toward government regulation of attitudes and beliefs. Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family, for example, has stated that the true intent of the legislation is "to muzzle people of faith who dare to express their moral and biblical concerns about homosexuality." And reading the Bible in a certain way, he added, may make one "guilty of committing a 'thought crime.'" Continue

House Votes to Expand Hate-Crime Protection

David Stout, The New York Times, May 4, 2007

The House of Representatives voted on Thursday to extend hate-crime protection to people who are victimized because of their sexuality. But the most immediate effect may be to set up another veto showdown between Democrats and President Bush.

By 237 to 180, the House voted to cover crimes spurred by a victim’s "gender, sexual orientation, gender identity" or disability under the hate-crime designation, which currently applies to people who are attacked because of their race, religion, color or national origin.

"The bill is passed," Representative Barney Frank, a Massachusetts Democrat who is gay, announced to applause, most of it from Democrats. Continue.

Dr. Dobson Applauds Bush’s Pledge to Veto 'Hate-Crimes' Bill
U.S. House passes legislation contradicting the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection.

Wendy Cloyd, Focus on the Family, May 3, 2007

Dr. James Dobson said he’s thankful President Bush has indicated he will veto the controversial and misleading "hate-crimes" bill that passed the U.S. House today.

"We applaud the president's courage in standing up for the Constitution and the principle of equal protection under the law," the founder and chairman of Focus on the Family Action said. "The American justice system should never create second-class victims, and it is a first-class act of wisdom and fairness for the president to pledge to veto this unnecessary bill."

The White House indicated it favors strong criminal penalties for violent crime directed at any individual, but considers H.R. 1592 "unnecessary and constitutionally questionable." Continue

Pro-Homosexual/Drag Queen Bill On Fast Track In House Of Representatives!
Under the cover of fighting so-called ‘hate crimes,’ H.R. 1592 will be used to fund anti-Christian, pro-homosexual/drag queen materials for children -- and divert scarce federal resources away from fighting Islamic terrorism.

Traditional Values Coalition news release, not dated

H.R. 1592, the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2007 is moving quickly in the House of Representatives. A hearing on H.R. 1592 is scheduled in the House Judiciary Committee for April 17th; with a mark-up in subcommittee expected the next day! A week later, the legislation is expected to be voted out of the full committee and move to the House floor for a quick vote.

We must defeat this dangerous bill.

If passed and signed into law, it will be used to establish a legal framework to investigate, persecute and prosecute pastors, businessmen and others whose actions are based upon and reflect the truths found in the Bible. So-called "hate speech" could become the target of zealous pro-homosexual federal prosecutors -- which could include a pastor’s sermon against homosexual behaviors!

H.R. 1592 is based upon a false premise: That there’s an epidemic of so-called "hate crimes" against homosexuals and drag queens that needs federal involvement for local law enforcement officials! Continue

Thank Lawmakers Who Voted Against the 'Hate-Crimes' Bill
Let them know you noticed how they voted

Stuart Shepard, Citizenlink.net, Focus on the Family, May 8, 2007

The House of Representatives voted last Thursday in favor of "hate-crimes" legislation that would create a special, favored class for homosexuals and pave the way for limits on religious speech.

Dr. James C. Dobson, founder and chairman of Focus on the Family Action, said the backers of the bill are hoping people won't catch on that "the true intent of the legislation is not to punish what is already illegal. It is to muzzle people of faith who dare to express their moral and biblical concerns about homosexuality."

Ashley Horne, federal legislative analyst for Focus on the Family Action, explained why a simple thank you can have a big impact.

"Imagine if your boss always piled work on you, and then never said thank you for a job well done," she said. "Legislators need to hear thanks from their ‘bosses’ when they vote correctly, and particularly when they do so at political cost. Continue

Feder says 'hate crimes' law would 'criminalize' Judeo-Christian ethic

Jim Brown, OneNewsNow.com, May 9, 2007

The head of a Jewish pro-family group says so-called "hate crimes" legislation in the U.S. Congress targets evangelical and other Bible-believing Christians "because of their embrace of Judeo-Christian morality." Conservative groups continue to warn Americans about the threat posed by the hate crimes bill passed by the House and have already begun an effort to defeat a similar measure that awaits a vote in the Senate.

Don Feder, president of Jews Against Anti-Christian Defamation, says if the proposed hate crimes legislation is enacted, it will for the first time in history place homosexual behavior in the same protected status under federal law as race and religion.

"This is ironic," Feder contends, "when you consider the fact that congressmen take their oath of office in the presence of a Bible whose injunctions concerning homosexual acts are crystal clear." He goes on to state, "for the record," that "race is innate, religion is a matter of conscience, [but] sexual behavior is neither." Continue

Hate Crimes Bill Heads To House Vote

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff, April 26, 2007

(Washington) Legislation that would add crimes based on sexuality to the federal hate crime law passed out of the House Judiciary Committee late Wednesday night and now heads to the floor of the House of Representatives for a vote.

Called the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, it would allow the Department of Justice to assist local authorities in investigating and prosecuting cases in which violence occurs.

"Law enforcement is now one step closer to getting the extra tools they need to combat hate violence,” said Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese in a statement. Continue.

Including Gays In Hate Crime Law 'An Affront' Groups Say

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff, April 24, 2007

(Washington) Legislation that would add crimes against gays and lesbians under federal hate crime law has come under fire from a collection of African-American leaders and a group that claims to cure "unwanted same-sex attraction' through faith.

Called the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, it would allow the Department of Justice to assist local authorities in investigating and prosecuting cases in which violence occurs.

The measure was introduced in the Senate earlier this month (story) and in the House in March.

House subcommittee hearings were held last week and the subcommittee, headed by Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), could vote on the bill later this week.

Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr., Pastor Marvin Winans, Bishop Larry Brandon and Bishop Liston Paige, Jr. were joined at a Washington news conference on Tuesday to denounce adding gays to the hate crime bill. Continue.

Senate Bill Would Include Gays In Hate Crime Law

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff, April 12, 2007

(Washington) Legislation to included crimes against gays and lesbians in federal hate crime laws was reintroduced in the Senate Thursday.

A similar bill was reintroduced in the House last month. Continue.

NOW Welcomes Introduction of Comprehensive Hate Crimes Bill

News release, National Organization for Women, April 12, 2007

Washington - The National Organization for Women is proud to stand today with Senators Ted Kennedy and Gordon Smith they introduce the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, a law that will penalize and help to prevent hate-based violent crimes. The most comprehensive hate crimes legislation ever introduced in Congress, this law will finally classify as hate crimes certain violent, criminal acts that are motivated by the victim's gender, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.

Current federal hate crimes laws define hate crimes as those in which the victim is targeted because of her or his race, color, religion or national origin. At NOW, we know that these are not the only groups that are targeted. Many NOW members know first hand how deeply these vicious crimes of hate can affect our lives, and expanding the classification is critical to women’s health and safety. Continue.

Ex-gays build opposition to hate crimes bill

by Tom Strode, Baptist Press, April 20, 2007

WASHINGTON (BP)--Congress has initiated a renewed attempt to expand hate crimes protections to homosexuals and transgendered individuals, and opponents have mounted a counter effort they realize will be difficult to sustain on Capitol Hill.

Bills to expand the categories protected under hate crimes laws to include homosexuality and other sexual identities have been introduced in both the Senate and House of Representatives. A subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the issue April 17, and a full committee vote is expected soon, reportedly during the week of April 23-27. Continue.

Bill Would Include Gays Under Hate Crimes Law

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff, March 21, 2007

(Washington) Legislation to included crimes against gays and lesbians in federal hate crime laws was reintroduced in the House Wednesday.

The measure passed the House in the last Congress but was dropped in the then Republican-controlled Senate in May. Continue.

Fighting against protective hate-crime, discrimination and harassment laws

Gay-rights activists hopeful about agenda's new prospects
Groups say they're close to getting a hate crimes measure passed in the new Congress.

By Johanna Neuman, The Los Angeles Times, December 3, 2006

WASHINGTON -- The gay-rights movement suffered a setback in last month's midterm election when seven states passed initiatives banning same-sex marriage or domestic partnerships. But with Democrats about to take control of Congress, some of its other legislative goals appear within reach -- including making violence against gays a hate crime and outlawing workplace discrimination.

For the last 12 years of Republican control of Congress, gay-rights organizations set aside their push for legal protections in order to defend against conservative measures such as same-sex marriage bans.

With the realignment of the House and Senate next month, gay and lesbian groups say they are tantalizingly close to having enough votes to ensure passage of at least the hate crimes bill, and perhaps the discrimination measure, which once failed in the Senate by one vote. Continue.

FBI Enters Probe Of Attacks On Lesbians

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff, December 15, 2006

(Ada, Oklahoma) The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been asked to help with the investigation into two attacks on women Ada Oklahoma where homophobic epithets were marked on their bodies.

But apart from helping develop a profile of suspects in the case there is little the FBI can do. Gays and lesbians are not protected under federal hate crime legislation.

Sara Kaspereit, 20, said she was grabbed by two men as she got out of her car in front of her home on Monday. One of the men carved the word lesbian into her forearm. Continue.

Hate Crimes Bill Dropped

by Paul Johnson, 365Gay.com, May 7, 2006

(Washington) Legislation that would have included crimes against gays and lesbians in federal hate crime laws has been dropped in the Senate.

Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass) has been trying to get the measure passed since 1999. This session he tacked it onto a national sex offender bill.

The sex offender registry bill has been tied up in the Senate for months as Kennedy fought to have the hate crime provision passed.

Late last week he pulled the amendment allowing the sex offender bill to pass unanimously after Republicans threatened to block passage of the sex offender legislation pin the blame on "liberal Democrats" and gay activists. Continue

Hate-crimes provisions struck from House bill

Advocate.com, March 10, 2006

"The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has eliminated hate-crimes provisions benefiting gays and lesbians from a child safety bill. The language had been added to the Children's Safety and Violent Crimes Reduction Act of 2005 on a strong bipartisan vote last fall, but Republican Congressman James Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin used a procedural move to get rid of it." Click here for the report.

The Traditional Values Coalition's campaign against including LGBT individuals in hate crimes legislation. Item 1.

The Traditional Values group's hate-filled screed is entitled Hate Crime Legislation: Unequal Treatment Under the Law. Its subtitle, "Homosexual-instigated hate crime laws punish a person's thoughts and beliefs, and they violate freedom of religion and speech," is far milder than the contents of the six-page document. It claims that "homosexuals frequently file false 'hate crime' reports in order to push forward the homosexual agenda (sic) or for personal gain."

But most egregiously, the Traditional Values group employs such lies to fan its followers' homophobia and prompt them to act on its evident agenda, preventing the day when "'Hate crime' laws will eventually be used against pastors who preach against homosexuality from the pulpit." Substitute "Jews" for "homosexuality." Enough said. Click here to read the tract, a pdf document, on the Traditional Values Coalition's site.

This topic -- including sections on state hate crime laws -- continues. Go.

The Mark Foley scandal; Christian right blames gays

JewsOnFirst Summary October 9, 2006. Last week Associate Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism Mark Pelavin called on religious right leader Tony Perkins to apologize for using the Mark Foley scandal "to perpetuate an old and despicable stereotype that gay men are prone to be child molesters." Pelavin's call came after Perkins, who heads the Family Research Council, made the pedophilia claim in an email entitled "Pro-Homosexual Political Correctness Sowed Seeds for Foley Scandal." On October 9, Perkins sent out another email claiming that a "network" of gay Congress members and staffers has restrained the Republican Party from a full-bore assault on homosexuals.

Reform Jewish Leader Blasts Family Research Council’s Statement on Homosexuality and Child Molestation
Pelavin: “As Jews, we know well the dangers inherent in broad, fear-mongering accusations that blame societal ills on a particular social group.”

News release, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, October 4, 2006

Washington, DC, October 4, 2006 – In response to Tony Perkins’ article for the Family Research Council titled “Pro-Homosexual Political Correctness Sowed Seeds for Foley Scandal,” Mark Pelavin, Associate Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, wrote to Mr. Perkins taking issue with his claims. The text of the letter follows: Continue.

Pro-Homosexual Political Correctness Sowed Seeds for Foley Scandal

Tony Perkins, Family Research Council, October 2, 2006

Democrats seeking to exploit the resignation of Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) are right to criticize the slow response of Republican congressional leaders to his communications with male pages. But neither party seems likely to address the real issue, which is the link between homosexuality and child sexual abuse. Foley, an unmarried 52-year-old representative, had always refused to answer questions about his sexual orientation. Now that his emails and messages to teenage male pages have been revealed, it appears clear that Foley is a homosexual with a particular attraction to underage boys. While pro-homosexual activists like to claim that pedophilia is a completely distinct orientation from homosexuality, evidence shows a disproportionate overlap between the two. Continue.

Email from Tony Perkins: "The Politically Incorrect Truth"

Sent October 5, 2006

In the last few days I've worked nearly two dozen media interviews on the scandal surrounding Republican Cong. Mark Foley (R-FL) into an already tight schedule that has had me crisscrossing the country. [View appearance on MSNBC's "Hardball"] The response has been interesting. I've been attacked by the Left and some partisans on the Right. One issue that has sent the Left into a tizzy is the point I made in Monday's Update about the link between male homosexuality and child sexual abuse. Continue.

Party of Whose Values?

Family Research Council, Tony Perkins Washington Update, October 9, 2006

Perkins suggests that a "network" of gay Congress members and staffers covered up the Foley affair. He writes: "This raises yet another plausible question for values voters: has the social agenda of the GOP been stalled by homosexual members and or staffers? When we look over events of this Congress, we have to wonder. This was the first House to pass a pro-homosexual hate crimes bill. The marriage protection amendment was considered very late in the term with no progress toward passage... Despite overwhelming popular approval, the party seldom campaigns as the defender of marriage. The GOP will have to decide whether it wants to be the party that defends the traditional moral and family values that our nation was built upon and directed by for two centuries. Put another way, does the party want to represent values voters or Mark Foley and friends?" Click here for Perkins' message.

Jewish Reform Movement Tells Conservatives To Stop Blaming Gays For Foley Affair

by 365Gay.com, October 4, 2006

(Washington) The Reform Movement - the largest branch of Judaism in the United States - on Wednesday told a conservative Christian group to stop gay-bashing over the Foley Affair.

Following the disclosure that former Republican Congressman Mark Foley had engaged in a series of sexual emails with teenage pages, Tony Perkins, the President of the conservative Christian group the Family Research Council penned an article for the council and widely distributed by conservative groups titled “Pro-Homosexual Political Correctness Sowed Seeds for Foley Scandal.” Continue.

Christian Leaders Blame Foley Scandal On “Radical Gay Rights Movement,” “Political Correctness,” “Tolerance and Diversity”

Forward, October 3, 2006

The Forward just received a statement from a coalition of conservative Christian leaders that expresses outrage over the Mark Foley scandal and calls for a full investigation, not the least because:

We are very concerned that the early warnings of Mr. Foley’s odd behavior toward young male pages may have been overlooked or treated with deference, fearing a backlash from the radical gay rights movement because of Mr. Foley’s sexual orientation. It appears that the integrity of the conservative majority has given way to political correctness, trading the virtues of decency and respect for that of tolerance and diversity.

Click here for the full statement.

The Role of the Religious Right in the Foley Affair

By Hans Johnson, In These Times, October 12, 2006

Complete lack of independence from the GOP is one reason the religious right has a hand in the scandals like the Foley affair. A telltale habit of extremism is its refusal to look in the mirror.

Take Focus on the Family: Reacting to the revelation of former Republican Rep. Mark Foley’s predatory behavior, Jim Dobson, the head of the $100-million-a-year mega-nonprofit based in Colorado Springs, sounded neither concerned nor contemplative, but instead like a conspiracy theorist. “(It was released by liberals) on the last day of the session of Congress,” he told a nationwide audience of radio listeners on Oct. 6. “They’ve held it for years, and they threw it out there on the last day of the session demanding that the Speaker of the House resign.”

Dobson has practice in wild-eyed accusation. Indeed, it’s a tone he’s perfected to the point of being stuck in a rut. Whereas most bona fide religious leaders would treat misdeeds by cronies of their cause somberly and look to the scriptures of their faith as a reference point, Dobson and his peers on the religious right shift straight into attack mode.

This incapacity for reflection and failure to direct moral criticism close to home are distinguishing characteristics of extremism. They are also crucial ingredients in the recipe for the Foley scandal. Year after year, by aiming their scrutiny and disgust at Democrats, gay activists and “liberals,” Focus on the Family has created a climate of impunity for conservatives indulging in the very sort of manipulation, endangerment and arrogance at issue in the current scandal. Continue.

The Gay Old Party Comes Out

By Frank Rich, The New York Times (via Truthout), October 15, 2006

Paging Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council: Here’s a gay Republican story you probably did not hear last week. On Tuesday a card-carrying homosexual, Mark Dybul, was sworn into office at the State Department with his partner holding the Bible. Dr. Dybul, the administration’s new global AIDS coordinator, was flanked by Laura Bush and Condi Rice. In her official remarks, the secretary of state referred to the mother of Dr. Dybul’s partner as his “mother-in-law.”

Could wedding bells be far behind? It was all on display, photo included, on www.state.gov. And while you’re cruising the Internet, a little creative Googling will yield a long list of who else is gay, openly and not, in the highest ranks of both the Bush administration and the Republican hierarchy. The openly gay range from Steve Herbits, the prescient right-hand consultant to Donald Rumsfeld who foresees disaster in Iraq in Bob Woodward’s book “State of Denial,” to Israel Hernandez, the former Bush personal aide and current Commerce Department official whom the president nicknamed “Altoid boy.” (Let’s not go there.)

If anything good has come out of the Foley scandal, it is surely this: The revelation that the political party fond of demonizing homosexuals each election year is as well-stocked with trusted and accomplished gay leaders as virtually every other power center in America. “What you’re really seeing is the Republican Party on the Hill,” says Rich Tafel, the former leader of the gay Log Cabin Republicans whom George W. Bush refused to meet with during the 2000 campaign. “Across the board gay people are in leadership positions.” Yet it is this same party’s Congressional leadership that in 2006 did almost nothing about government spending, Iraq, immigration or ethics reform, but did drop everything to focus on a doomed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Continue.

Hill Republicans Air Out the Closet
Foley Scandal Points Up Acceptance And Anxieties of Gay Staffers

By Jose Antonio Vargas, The Washington Post, October 20, 2006

In October 1993, after the ban on gays in the military was replaced with a "don't ask, don't tell" policy, three Oklahoma congressmen said they wouldn't hire an openly gay person onto their staffs. Then-Rep. Jim Inhofe (R) told the Tulsa World: "I would not appoint a gay person in that type of leadership position."

That declaration sent a ripple of fear across a certain set on Capitol Hill. A small, bipartisan group of staffers huddled and formed the Lesbian and Gay Congressional Staff Association, which now has a confidential e-mail list of more than 200. And a frustrated aide contacted the Tulsa World and gave an anonymous interview. Continue.

Foley scandal exposes gay-straight in GOP
Controversy points up acceptance, anxieties of gay Republican staffers.

By Scott Shepard, The Austin-American Statesman, October 22, 2006

The scandal over former Rep. Mark Foley's explicit electronic messages to teenage male pages has highlighted a previously unacknowledged dividing line within the Republican Party: between straight and gay conservatives.

The Foley scandal has exposed the "don't ask, don't tell" attitude with which many Republican lawmakers regard gay staffers on Capitol Hill, a more tolerant approach than the one Republican politicians generally present to their supporters come election time. Continue.

Will Foley Scandal Hurt Gay Politicians?

by The Associated Press, 365Gay.com, October 19, 2006

(Washington) They are members of an increasingly exclusive club — a district attorney and a mayor from southern California, a legislator from Minnesota, a handful of others scattered across the country. They are elected officials who are Republican and openly gay.

"People think it's an oxymoron," said the Minnesota state senator, Paul Koering. "How can you be gay and be in the Republican Party?" Continue

Gary Bauer email casts Foley scandal as Democratic Party plot

Bauer's End of Day email for October 5, 2006

COUNTDOWN FOR CONTROL OF CONGRESS: 33 DAYS TO ELECTION DAY

More Ugliness To Come

In the decades I have spent in Washington “fighting the good fight,” I don’t think I have ever seen politics sink to this cesspool level. It is becoming clearer by the day that a cadre of leftwing “hit men” and “slash and burn” organizations intend to destroy the Republican Party, the pro-family movement and anyone who stands in their way of getting power this November. The Foley scandal was round one. Continue.

Gary Bauer email casts Foley scandal as media conspiracy

Bauer's End of Day email for October 16, 2006

Generally, the media tell Americans that voting is important, a cherished right for which others have fought and died. The right to vote has been expanded numerous times throughout our nation’s history to include groups once disenfranchised, but now there appears to be a coordinated effort to dissuade a certain segment of Americans from voting. As I have reported to you in recent days, some on the Left are using the Mark Foley scandal to suppress turnout of conservative Christians. The Media Research Center noted that reporting on this sex scandal by the former Republican member of Congress is running at an 8-to-1 ratio over the conviction of a former Democrat member of Congress for sexual assault against a minor. In many stories, reporters editorialize on how the Foley affair will keep Christians away from the polls, while the facts appear secondary to the “news.”

Debate shifts after Foley says he's gay

AP, Advocate.com, October 5, 2006

By finally acknowledging after years of evasion that he is gay, Mark Foley has altered the debate among conservatives and gays over his overtures to male pages in Congress. Some conservatives say House Republican leaders knew previously of Foley's sexual orientation and were too lax in investigating his actions for fear of seeming bigoted. Some gays blame Foley's personal problems on being so long in the closet while representing a party hostile to many gay rights causes.

''This is the problem with the closet: It's a terrible place to be, and it's got to be worse if you're a Republican,'' said Democratic representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, who in 1987 became the first member of Congress to voluntarily make his homosexuality public. Continue.

Foley: Who's to Blame?

Column by Joe Solmonese, President of the Human Rights Campaign, Huffington Post, October 4, 2006

It occurs to me, in watching the Republican leadership and their allies scramble for an alibi that flies in the scandal surrounding Congressman Mark Foley, that no one is stating one, obvious fact: that for all Americans, gay or straight, it is simply unacceptable to engage in solicitous behavior with teenagers.

Why do I feel the need to state the obvious? While Foley has left town, his colleagues are rushing to get back on message with less than five weeks left to the midterm elections. And when all else fails this group, they fall back to a time-tested formula: blame the gays.

This narrative begins with the Family Research Council, the hatemongering right-wing group which is claiming that Foley wasn't stopped because of a culture that "rejects sexual restraints in the name of diversity." They would be hard-pressed, however, to find any credible organization or person who finds that sexual harassment and solicitation of a teenager fall under the rubric of diversity. Continue.

Christocrats claim they're under attack by gays

Conservatives Say Religion Under Attack By Gays

by The Associated Press, 365Gay.com, September 14, 2006

(Washington) Religious conservative leaders, sensing declining alarm over same-sex marriage, are warning that the debate over homosexuality has prompted attacks on religious freedom.

By expanding the discussion from marriage to religious expression, social conservatives say they will reconnect with religious voters and religious leaders who don't necessarily view same-sex unions as a threat.

"There are a number of pastors that said, 'Look, we don't get involved in politics, I'm not going to get involved in this issue, I just want to preach the gospel,'" said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council. "When they realize their ability to preach the gospel may very well be at stake, they may reconsider their involvement."

Perkins and others are building a case file of anecdotes where they say religious people have spoken out against gay marriage only to be punished. Perkins specifically cited the decision by Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich in June to fire his appointee to the Washington area transit board after the board member referred to homosexuals as "persons of sexual deviancy." Continue

Militant Slavic Christians fight LGBT rights

Militant Slavic Christians threaten progress on gay rights in California
Immigrants who fled Soviet persecution to California menacing Sacramento LGBT community

by JewsOnFirst, August 9, 2006

Aggressive Slavic Christian immigrants are terrorizing gays and lesbians in Sacramento. These militants, organized through their churches, have been in the forefront of religious right opposition to legislation promoting respect of gays and lesbians in California's public schools. So fierce has that opposition been, that the bill's author was forced to remove one of its two sections.

Such a retreat is unusual in California, a blue, generally gay-friendly state. But Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, in response to the religious right's onslaught, promised to veto the measure, Senate Bill 1437, before the legislature even acted on it.

So this week, citing "endless distortions and falsehoods," Sen. Sheila Kuehl, the bill's author and the state's first openly lesbian legislator, removed language requiring school textbooks to mention the sexual orientation of historically significant gay and lesbian individuals. Continue

For Gays, a Loud New Foe
Sacramento's large enclave of immigrant Slavic evangelicals is becoming a force on social issues. Their actions shock many.

By Rone Tempest, The Los Angeles Times, October 13, 2006

This in-depth report tells how the Slavic Christians settled in large numbers in Sacramento and have been effectively organized against gay rights. Click here.

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Clash of convictions
Slavic immigrants' crusade against homosexuality collides with gays' battle for acceptance, equal rights

By Dorothy Korber and Deepa Ranganathan, The Sacramento Bee, August 6, 2006

Thousands of religious refugees mass in the streets of Sacramento to shout "Shame!" Their targets, with their own history of persecution still fresh and raw, retort: "Go back to Russia!"

How did it come to this?

In the last few months, the growing conflict between Sacramento's Slavic Christians and its politically savvy gay community has erupted on campuses, at school board hearings, and on the grounds of the Capitol. Continue

Governor vetoes gay teaching measure
He says current laws guard against discrimination

Greg Lucas, San Francisco Chronicle, September 7, 2006

Sacramento -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have prohibited teaching or textbooks that negatively portray people based on sexual orientation, saying existing law already contains protections against discrimination.

The Republican governor's veto was not unexpected. He said he would reject the bill in its initial form when it required textbooks to include the political and cultural contributions of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Continue.

Equality California Criticizes Governor's Veto Of Bias-Free Curriculum Act

Equality California, September 6, 2006

Sacramento, CA – Earlier today, Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed Senate Bill 1437, the Bias-Free Curriculum Act, authored by Senator Shelia Kuehl (D-Santa Monica) and sponsored by Equality California (EQCA). A simple nondiscrimination measure, SB 1437 would have extended existing laws prohibiting discrimination on the bases of race, sex, disability, nationality, and religion in textbooks, instructional materials, and school sponsored activities to include sexual orientation and gender identity. Continue.

Pro-Family Groups Hail Veto of California's Sexual Indoctrination Bills
Traditional Values Crowd Applauds Gov. Schwarzenegger's Termination of 'Triple Threat' Legislation

By Fred Jackson and Chad Groening, AgapePress, September 29, 2006

Pro-family groups in California and across the United States are celebrating Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Thursday veto of two pro-homosexual bills. The bills were two of three pieces of legislation regarded by pro-family leaders as "sexual indoctrination bills," which would have, among other things, mandated pro-homosexual policy and curriculum changes in the state's schools. Continue.

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Acts of hatred and derision

Appalling Meanness in Missouri
Small town organizes to drive out gay-owned business

by JewsOnFirst.org, July 18, 2006

The email appeal we received this weekend from Chaz Franzke and Jim Thideman was astonishing. They were appealing for funds to hire expert witnesses for a lawsuit to stop a shameful seven-year vendetta against them organized by some of the citizens and churches of Ava, Missouri.

Neighbors of Franzke's and Thideman's Cactus Canyon campground, which caters to gay men, had put hogs on adjacent property with the intent of harming their business, their email said. And when Franzke and Thideman sued to stop the destruction, the legal arm of the American Family Association, a major religious right group, stepped in with free legal assistance for their tormentors.

We contacted Franzke and he provided us with details and documents showing their experiences to be much worse than the terse email, with which we begin their story. Our interview follows, after which are a Cactus Canyon news release, links to news reports and the lawsuit filed by Franzke and Thideman. Continue

Conservative Leader: New Gay Trend 'Sex With Infants'

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff, August 3, 2006

(New York City) An organizer for the conservative Renew America is under fire for linking homosexuality with infant pedophilia.

"The newest thing in Chicago, it's becoming a trend, and you're gonna find this hard to believe...sex with infants," Guy Adams told an Internet radio show hosted by fellow conservative Stacy L. Harp. Continue

RADIO SHOW INCITES HATRED BY FALSELY CLAIMING GAYS HAVE SEX WITH INFANTS AND ANIMALS
Renew America’s Guy Adams Reaches New Low In Gay Bashing, Says TWO

News Release, Truth Wins Out, August 3, 2006

Miami Beach, FLA. – Truth Wins Out today called on Renew America’s Chairman Alan Keyes to dismiss Guy Adams, the group’s Deputy National Grassroots Director, after he made hateful and defamatory remarks against the gay and lesbian community on an Internet radio show. Adams’ comments linking homosexuality with infant pedophilia reached “a deplorable new low in gay bashing,” said TWO’s executive director Wayne Besen.

On August 2, Adams appeared on “The Right View,” an Internet radio show hosted by Neo-Puritan operative Stacy L. Harp. While discussing the recent Gay Games, a sporting event for the GLBT community that recently took place in Chicago, Adams made his outlandish comments: Continue

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Maryland's Republican governor fires bigot

Analysis by JewsOnFirst: (June 21, 2006) Until last week, when he fired Robert J. Smith, one of his appointees to the Washington DC transit agency for calling homosexuality "deviant" behavior, Governor Robert Ehrlich had an abysmal record on LGBT rights. He vetoed bills providing for partner rights and opposed marriage equality and was generally responsive to the Republican legislative caucus, which leans far to the right. Now, though, as he prepares to run for reelection this fall against a liberal Democrat, Ehrlich is moving to the center, say knowledgeable observers.

The move won't cost Ehrlich much, said one source. He may anger his religious right base, but he knows he won't lose them. Notably, Maryland religious right organizations have not even protested Ehrlich's move. Only a national organization, the Family Research Council, is ginning up its followers to denounce Ehrlich (and perhaps send a donation to the FRC).

Ehrlich appointee fired over remark
Transit official equates gay lifestyle with deviancy

By Jennifer Skalka, The Baltimore Sun, June 16, 2006

WASHINGTON // Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. fired one of his appointees to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority yesterday after the board member asserted on a local cable talk show that homosexuals lived a life of "sexual deviancy." Continue

Equality Maryland Praises Governor Ehrlich For Removing Anti-Gay Metro Board Member
Governor's Appointee Referred to Gay People as "Sexual Deviants" On Cable Television Show

News Release, Equality Maryland, June 16, 2006

Annapolis, MD – Equality Maryland, Maryland’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender advocacy organization, thanked Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. Friday for his actions in swiftly removing anti-gay Metro Board Member Robert J. Smith, an Ehrlich appointee. Continue

Sexual Liberty Trumps Religious Liberty

Tony Perkins, President, Family Research Council, Washington Update, June 16, 2006

In this update Perkins encourages protest to Ehrlich (and to the EPA which is observing Gay Pride month).

Maryland governor, Robert Ehrlich (R) caved into radical homosexual activists and fired Robert J. Smith as his appointee to the Washington, D.C. Metro Board. All sides agree that Smith is an unusually diligent member of the Metro Board and that he actually reads the detailed financial reports of the capital region's excellent subway system. So what was Smith's offense? He expressed his belief as a Roman Catholic that homosexual behavior is "deviant." Smith made the statement as part of a political discussion about the marriage amendment on a cable TV channel, a venue completely apart from his duties as a Metro Board Member. Ehrlich acted quickly to meet the demand of openly homosexual Metro Board member Jim Graham that Smith recant his statement or be removed. Ehrlich's removal of Smith shows he is willing to deny religious liberty and freedom of speech to believing Catholics to appease militant homosexuals.

Continue

Ehrlich slammed for firing official

By Jon Ward and Tarron Lively, The Washington Times, June 23, 2006

Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. is receiving criticism nationally and locally for his decision last week to fire a Metro Board member who said in a public forum that he thinks homosexuals are "persons of sexual deviancy."

"Mr. Ehrlich is using his power as governor to declare that a tenet of the Catholic faith is a form of bigotry. That's a bigoted act on Mr. Ehrlich's part," said Robert Knight, director of the Culture and Family Institute of Concerned Women for America, a national Christian group based in the District. Continue

Governor Who Fired Pro-Family Employee Appoints Openly Homosexual Judge

Gudrun Schultz, LifeSiteNews.com, June 26, 2006

Governor Robert Ehrlich has appointed an openly homosexual judge to the Baltimore District Court, one week after firing an appointee to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority for speaking out against the homosexual lifestyle.

Judge Christopher Panos, 47, has been appointed as special master to the city Circuit Court family division. Panos has been in a homosexual relationship with partner Dennis Cashen for 17 years, and the two are raising a young girl, Cate, reported the AP. Continue

It's the Behavior, Stupid! -- and Other Observations of a So-Called 'Homophobe'

J. Matt Barber, Agape Press, June 20, 2006

Barber, who writes for far-right publications, delivers a rambling homophobic diatribe in which Governor Ehrlich's firing of Robert Smith is Exhibit A:

Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich (a Republican) recently caved in to pressure by radical "gay" activists and fired Smith for engaging in public "hate-speech." What did Smith say? In an interview on a local cable television program, while discussing so-called "homosexual marriage," Smith replied to a speaker who asserted that homosexuals did not want the government interfering in their sex life. Smith countered by summing up his own Roman Catholic beliefs on the subject: "That's fine, that's fine," said Smith, "... but that doesn't mean that government should proffer a special place of entitlement within the laws of the United States for persons of sexual deviancy."
Whoa ... stop the presses! Call in the "hate" police! You mean Smith had the gall to refer to homosexual behavior as deviant? We should all demand he be shackled and dragged off to a "progressive" re-education camp and flogged with a rolled-up copy of The Advocate until he involuntarily blurts out ... "Bible, bad -- homo, good."

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Religious right tries to stop Ford ads in gay publications

Note: Despite repeated claims by the religious right that the boycott is "working,"... In an extensive August 19th report on Ford's decision to temporarily stop production at some plants to cope with slow sales of its pickups and SUV's, The New York Times did not so much as mention the religious right boycott as a cause of Ford's problems. Click here.

Letter Urges Ford to Stay out of Culture Battle

by Josh Montez, Focus on the Family, August 11, 2006

78 Ford dealerships in Texas have asked Ford Motor Company to stop advertising in homosexual publications.

The American Family Association obtained a letter sent by The Texas Ford Dealers Advertising Fund saying Ford’s ad campaign to the gay community is turning other customers away from buying Ford vehicles. AFA’s Randy Sharp says the dealers on the ground "get it." Continue

Anti-Gay Group Claims To Have Ford Against The Ropes

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff, July 14, 2006

(Washington) The American Family Association says its boycott of Ford Motor Co. is really hurting the company and that Ford will soon hold an emergency meeting for its dealers. Ford is not acknowledging the boycott as significant. Click here.

AFA versus Ford, Round 2
Conservative group claims Ford backs ‘homosexual polygamy’

By Eric Ervin, Southern Voice, June 23, 2006

The Conservative Group's latest boycott against Ford might just be just blowing exhaust fumes, as results from a recent survey show most consumers are not bothered by a company’s outreach to gay buyers. Click here.

Ford Sponsors Homosexual Media Awards, Desperate Housewives

Action Alert by American Family Association, June 26, 2006

In an effort to keep its boycott of Ford alive -- if only to its own supporters -- the relgious right organization American Family Association is claiming that Ford just "suddenly" started balancing its advertising in gay publications with ad buys in Christian media "in an effort to overcome the boycott called by AFA..." Click here

Religious Conservatives Rush To Cheer Automaker's Troubles

By Jennifer Siegel, Forward, June 16, 2006

Siegel reports the Ford dealer in Colorado Springs, home to major religious right groups says he has experienced no loss of sales due to the boycott beyond some emails and phone calls. Some erstwhile boycotters have actually bought cars. Click for the report.

You Will Absolutely Not Believe What Ford Has Done Now

Action Alert from American Family Association, May 25, 2006

The group wrote to tell its supporters "The boycott is working. The value of Ford stock has gone down 13% since the boycott began, while sales continue to drop." That they were supposed to believe. What the association said readers would not believe is a Ford ad in a publication with an article on "homosexual polygamy." Click here.

Gay ads spur Ford boycott
Conservative coalition says automaker reneged on agreement to stop ads in alternative media

By David Shepardson, The Detroit News, March 14, 2006

"A group of 19 conservative groups on Monday reinstated a boycott of Ford Motor Co. cars and trucks because the automaker backed away from a pledge to stop advertising in publications aimed at gays and lesbians.

"The proposed yearlong boycott, led by the Tupelo, Miss.-based American Family Association, stems from the groups' belief that Ford has not 'remained neutral in the cultural battles.'" Click here to read the report.

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Religious right tries to stop gay-friendly corporate trend

Out at work, and that's OK
Corporations offer greater support for gay, lesbian employees, report finds

Wyatt Buchanan, San Francisco Chronicle, September 20, 2006

Major U.S. corporations have dramatically increased their support of gay and lesbian employees over the past five years, according to a report released by a gay rights organization Tuesday.

The annual report rates how corporations treat gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees based on domestic partner benefits, discrimination policies, advertising and marketing, and other categories. A total of 138 businesses received perfect scores, up from 13 in the first report in 2002. Continue.

Record number of companies make 'gay friendly' list

By Michael Foust, Baptist Press, September 22, 2006

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--A record number of U.S. companies -- including such big names as AT&T, Coca-Cola, Ford, Kraft and Walgreens -- received perfect scores this year for being "gay friendly" according to an annual report by the nation's largest homosexual activist organization. Continue

Kraft shareholders defeat anti-gay proposal

by Larry Buhl, PlanetOut Network, April 28, 2006

Kraft Foods Inc. shareholders overwhelmingly rejected a proposal this week to end the company's sponsorship of Gay Games VII, while similar proposals pending at other large corporations were expected to fail.

The Northfield, Ill.-based company's donation of $25,000 to the games rankled Dr. Marcella Meyer of Chicago, who asked fellow Kraft shareholders to end company sponsorship because, as she put it, gay activity increases the likelihood of transmission of sexually transmitted diseases. Continue

Religious right boycotts Wal-Mart over LGBT connection

Note: The first of these items appeared at the same time that Wal-Mart rolled out a campaign based on its concession to the religous right in the cultural war over using Christmas (instead of the pluralistic "holidays") in its holiday marketing. Please click here.

Christians Voicing Their Concern at Wal-Mart's Arkansas Headquarters

By Ed Thomas, AgapePress, December 15, 2006

Leaders at Wal-Mart's corporate headquarters are seeing members of a Christian pro-family organization on the grounds this weekend who are looking to witness the gospel and exhort the company to return to its roots.

Operation Save America expanded to a special mission called "Operation Save Wal-Mart" this year, and representatives will be at the chain's Bentonville, Arkansas, corporate headquarters December 14-16. OSA spokeswoman Dr. Pat McEwen says they will be doing the same thing they have done at individual store locations for just over the last month.

"The same thing," he emphasizes. "We intend to proclaim the gospel, because we're really not a protest -- we're a proclamation of the gospel, and we're calling Wal-Mart back to her roots."

She calls them Christian roots -- as well as family and Sam Walton-founded roots -- that have been blackmailed by supporters of the homosexual agenda and abortion industries. And her group's continued appearances at various store locations are necessary, she says, despite Wal-Mart's statement last month that seemed to convince most pro-family opposition that they were backing away from their policy of financials donations and support of homosexual commerce. Continue.

Antigay group drops plans to boycott Wal-Mart

AP, Advocate.com, November 22, 2006

An antigay Christian group that had called on supporters to boycott Wal-Mart's post-Thanksgiving Day sales to protest the retailer's support of gay rights groups withdrew its objections on Tuesday. The American Family Association, which had been asking supporters to stay away from Wal-Mart on Friday and Saturday—two of the busiest shopping days of the year—said it was pleased that Wal-Mart had pledged in a statement to stay away from controversial causes.

Wal-Mart said it would make changes in the way it contributes to such groups, earmarking funds only for specific causes it supports, such as workplace equality, rather than giving unrestricted gifts.

Joe Solmonese, head of the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign, said the change is minor and praised Wal-Mart for sticking with its commitments to diversity and equality despite the threats from the American Family Association. ''I don't see it as backpedaling by Wal-Mart,'' Solmonese said. ''I think the AFA failed and thought to themselves, Let's declare victory and hope nobody notices.'' Continue.

Wal-Mart boycott called over link to gay group

By Marilyn Geewax, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, November 11, 2006

Washington -- Conservative Christian organizations are contacting supporters to urge a Thanksgiving weekend boycott of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. because the company is offering to pay a commission to a small nonprofit gay organization for sending buyers its way.

Each purchase made by clicking through the Washington D.C. Center for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender People's Web site to Wal-Mart's retail site generates a payment to the group worth 5 percent of the sale.

Donald Wildmon, chairman of the Mississippi-based American Family Association, said Friday that his group has sent e-mails to 3 million supporters urging a boycott because the deal suggests Wal-Mart executives believe "the homosexual agenda is worthy of their support." Continue.

Wal-Mart faces boycott
Preacher says retailer ‘blackmailed by homosexual agenda’

By ZACK HUDSON, Southern Voice (Atlanta), November 17, 2006

Attention Wal-Mart shoppers: Rev. Philip “Flip” Benham, founder of Operation Save America, says he knows something about who you are, and more importantly, who you aren’t.

“The homosexual community isn’t going to shop at Wal-Mart. That’s not where they shop,” said Benham, whose organization tasks itself with combating the agendas of Muslims, abortion rights groups, and gay men and lesbians.

But Wal-Mart officials are betting otherwise with a new wave of stores opening in major metropolitan markets throughout the United States — including the first Wal-Mart location inside Atlanta, which opened Oct. 18 on Howell Mill Drive in gay-centric Midtown. Continue.

Alabama Baptists Blast Wal-Mart For Gay Inclusion

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff, November 17, 2006

(Hoover, Alabama) The Alabama state branch of the Southern Baptist Convention is the latest to condemn Wal-Mart for barring discrimination against gays and lesbians in its code of ethics and for forging an alliance with the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Continue.

Wal-Mart Policies Continue Alienating Workers, Pro-Family Shoppers

By Ed Thomas, AgapePress, November 13, 2006

The union-backed movement "Wake-Up Wal-Mart" recently made public certain documents outlining the stores' new attendance policy, which reportedly considers employees absent for a whole day for typical scenarios like clocking in more than ten minutes late or leaving work early. Such practices have led to accusations that the retail giant is no longer employee-friendly and is trying to drive out longtime workers.

According to Associated Press, Wal-Mart spokesman John Smiley denies trying to push out workers and says the chain is only enforcing already existing policy for consistency's sake, pursuant to a better work and shopping environment. However, this move comes at a time when the corporation has changed to a higher-deductible health insurance plan and capped pay on its hourly pay grades.

Janet Baird is a former employee who has been protesting outside her local Wal-Mart stores because of the corporation's affiliation with a homosexual chamber of commerce group. She says she is not surprised at this latest flap concerning the attendance policy, and that the corporate officials are "really making it almost impossible" for many workers to keep their jobs. Continue.

Wal-Mart Gives $60,000 To Homosexual Group To Support Homosexual Agenda In Workplace
Sign the pledge not to shop at Wal-Mart on the Friday and Saturday following Thankgiving

American Family Association boycott sign-up, November 2006

Wal-Mart has gone on record that they are an advocate for the homosexual agenda. In the Out & Equal 2006 Workplace Summit Program Guide, Wal-Mart placed a full-page ad which explicitly stated that it would be an advocate for the homosexual movement. Keep in mind this ad was developed for the homosexual conference and aimed at participating homosexual groups. Continue.

Fred Phelps, funeral crasher

Phelps to Protest Ledger's Funeral
The Westboro Baptist Church, led by extremist Fred Phelps, is planning on picketing the funeral of Brokeback Mountain star Heath Ledger.

Advocate.com, January 25, 2008

The church, which is well known for demonstrating outside the funerals of fallen military personnel and AIDS victims, announced its plans in a press release citing Leviticus 18:22, which denounces homosexuality. While Ledger was not gay, he took on the role of Ennis Del Mar, a gay cowboy in Brokeback Mountain.

“God hates the sordid, tacky bucket of slime seasoned with vomit known as Brokeback Mountain," the press release said, "and He hates all persons having anything to do whatsoever with it." Continue.

Heath Ledger Funeral Protest; Westboro Baptist Church Heath Ledger Funeral Picket

The PopCrunch Show, January 23rd, 2008

The PopCrunch Show, a blog which bills itself as a "celebrity tabloid," has reproduced the Westboro Baptist Church's flier advertising its picket of the Ledger funeral. It has also posted links to news coverage. Click here.

Heath Ledger's Funeral Is No Place For Bigots

News release, Anti-Defamation League, January 24, 2008

New York, NY, January 24, 2008 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), responding to the Westboro Baptist Church's plan to turn Heath Ledger's death into a homophobic spectacle, said the actor's funeral "should be no place for haters, and especially a gay basher like Fred Phelps."

Phelps and his virulently homophobic church have vowed to picket the actor's funeral, objecting to what they view as the actor's support of homosexuality through his starring role in the film "Brokeback Mountain." It is a time-honored strategy for Phelps, a notorious hater who uses high-profile funerals as a means to promote his unique brand of bigotry to the masses. Continue.

Phelps Thwarted In Bid To Erect Anti-Gay Statue In Matthew Shepard Hometown

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff, July 27, 2007

(Casper, Wyoming) The City of Casper, Wyoming has rejected an offer from anti-gay preacher Fred Phelps to erect a statue dedicated to Matthew Shepard.

Phelps, who runs the GodHatesFags website, first gained national attention when he and his followers demonstrated at the funeral of Matthew Shepard in Casper in 1998.

Shepard was murdered in a homophobic attack by two men. Continue.

Federal judge protects Missouri ban on funeral protests

Baptist Press, February 2, 2007

WASHINGTON (BP)--A federal judge has turned back an effort by a controversial Kansas church to block enforcement of a Missouri law barring protests at funerals.

The ruling delivered a setback to the efforts of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., to mount unhindered picketing and protests at military funerals in Missouri. In recent years, the independent Baptist church led by Fred Phelps has sent groups to protest at funerals for U.S. service members killed in Iraq, proclaiming in signs and verbal messages their belief that the deaths are evidence of God’s judgment upon America for condoning homosexuality. Continue.

Phelps: Billy Graham A Gay Shill

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff, June 9, 2006

(Greensboro, North Carolina) When Southern Baptists meet next week in Greensboro, North Carolina for their annual convention they'll be met by a protest like they have never seen before - one accusing them of being too liberal - especially when it comes to gays. Continue

Dead Marine's Dad Sues Anti-Gay Pastor

by The Associated Press, 365Gay.com, June 3, 2006

(Baltimore, Maryland) The father of a Maryland Marine who died in Iraq plans to sue an extremist group that picketed his son's funeral, according to his lawyer.

Albert Snyder of York, Pa., the father of Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder of Westminster, will sue the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., for unspecified actual and punitive damages, according to attorney Sean Summers of York. The civil suit will claim defamation, invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Continue

Outrage at Funeral Protests Pushes Lawmakers to Act

By Lizette Alvarez, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, April 17, 2006

"In the past few months, nine states, including Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Indiana, have approved laws that restrict demonstrations at a funeral or burial. In addition, 23 state legislatures are getting ready to vote on similar bills, and Congress, which has received thousands of e-mail messages on the issue, expects to take up legislation in May dealing with demonstrations at federal cemeteries." Click here for the report

Fred Phelps Confronted

By Jeff Golimowski, KAKE-TV (Wichita, Kansas), February 2, 2006

Video report on Pastor Fred Phelps who preaches homophobic hate at the funerals of soldiers, attributing their deaths to divine retribution for homosexuality. "He says he protests to help people repent and America is doomed if it doesn't heed his message. A first step for the national repentance? He says it is criminalizing sodomy." Click here for the transcript and a link to the video.

United against hate

By David W. Shelton, Advocate.com, February 24, 2006

When Fred Phelps showed up in Fort Campbell, Ky., to blame the gays for Iraq War casualties, the region's gay community found instant solidarity among Army wives and soldiers.Click here for Shelton's column..

Arrest of anti-gay pastor for propositioning a male officer

Anti-Gay Pastor Has Constitutional Right To Pick Up Male Hustlers For Sex Lawyer Says

by The Associated Press, 365Gay.com, February 23, 2007

(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) The lawyer for a former Baptist church leader who had spoken out against homosexuality said Thursday the minister has a constitutional right to solicit sex from an undercover policeman.

The Rev. Lonnie W. Latham had supported a resolution calling on gays and lesbians to reject their "sinful, destructive lifestyle" before his Jan. 3, 2006, arrest outside the Habana Inn in Oklahoma City. Continue.

Police arrest pastor on lewdness complaint

By Jesse Olivarez, The Oklahoman, January 5, 2006

A senior pastor at a Tulsa Baptist church who also served on the executive body of the national Southern Baptist General Convention was arrested for propositioning a male undercover officer. Pastor Lonnie Wayne Latham said he was running a prayer ministry and the police set him up. They said he voiced no prayers, but a cover story about visiting from Dallas. Click here to read the report.

ACLU Argues Anti-Gay Pastor Bust Is Gay Rights Case

by 365Gay.com Newscenter Staff, January 12, 2006

Because Baptist pastor Lonnie Latham offered no money to the undercover officer he allegedly propositioned for oral sex, he ought not to have been arrested, contends the ACLU of Oklahoma; the Supreme Court's decision protecting same-sex activity by consenting adults ought to have prevented the pastor's arrest. Click here to read the report.

Articles of faith
The religious right's high-profile moral and ethical failures could be a direct result of repressive religion

By Rev. Steven Baines, Advocate.com, January 26, 2006

"As someone who was raised and ordained as a Southern Baptist, I was saddened, but not shocked, at news of the recent arrest of the Reverend Lonnie Latham, a minister from Tulsa, Okla., and executive committee member of the virulently antigay Southern Baptist Convention." Click here for the report. (See below for reports on Rev. Latham.)

Religious right's reaction to Brokeback Mountain

First-Person: Sexual confusion and the end of friendship

By R. Albert Mohler Jr., Baptist Press, December 14, 2005

The title of this review by the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary accurately reflects his sour, dire review. Click here to read the report.

Homosexual Agenda Pushed in Movies Like Brokeback Mountain

By Paul Strand, CBN.com, ca. January 13, 2006

"Brokeback Mountain is the biggest, boldest attempt yet by Hollywood to gain sympathy, if not outright support, for those practicing the homosexual lifestyle.

"As CBN News reports, it is not just an isolated effort. There is a well-planned propaganda campaign at work -- a campaign laid out all the way back in the 1980s." Click here for the article.

Traditional Values Coalition brings out "ex-gays" in crude attack on film, Brokeback Mountain

Family Values Coalition, December 14, 2005

In one swipe at the widely praised movie, a self-styled "ex-gay" says: "In the end, don't be fooled. This movie is not a 'love story' at all. Ask the real wives, children and families whose lives have been destroyed, as they have 'lived' Brokeback Mountain. Personally, I would have made the movie from the wives' and children's perspective and appropriately called it Heartbreak Hotel."

The TVC's executive director is quoted saying: "Hollywood screen writers and producers apparently think that it's their duty to teach middle America that homosexual conduct and cross-dressing are normal behaviors that should be affirmed in our culture. They're wrong, and we will never accept the belief that same-sex relationships or transvestism are simply normal variations of human sexuality. These behaviors reveal deep-seated psychological problems that should be treated not affirmed." Click here to go to the film "review."

'Brokeback:' Conservative Christians try reviews, not protests, for controversial movies

John Leland, New York Times, December 26, 2005

"Like other reviewers of "Brokeback Mountain," Steven Isaac was impressed by the quality of the filmmaking.But for Isaac, who reviews movies for the conservative Christian organization Focus on the Family, the movie, about a love affair between two male ranch hands, posed other critical challenges." Click here to read the report.

Hate in the News


Feds target gay Iowan senator
A state senator from Iowa defends his innocence after a federal probe finds he may have had a hand in a case of extortion.

News Release, Advocate.com, August 15, 2007

Iowa's highest ranking openly gay elected official has been indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice for extortion, facing fines up to $250,000 and 20 years in prison. State Senator Matt McCoy, 41, allegedly attempted to obtain $100 for each installation of a home security system from an ADT dealership in Des Moines, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Continue.

Church Cancels Funeral After Discovering Decorated Vet Was Gay

News Release, 365Gay.com, August 10, 2007

(Dallas, Texas) A mega-church in Arlington, Texas has reportedly cancelled at the last minute a funeral service for a Navy veteran who died while awaiting a heart transplant after learning he was gay.

Cecil Sinclair died on Monday. He was 46.

A native of Fort Worth, Sinclair was a Navy veteran who served in Desert Storm helping rescuers find downed pilots.

Most recently he had been in failing health. Six years ago he developed a heart condition and was on a list for a transplant. On Monday he died of complications following surgery intended to keep him alive until a new heart became available. Continue.

Gay vet mourned; megachurch pastor adds spin

Advocate.com, August 14, 2007

The Texas megachurch pastor who reneged on a Navy vet's funeral after learning he was gay defended his refusal in a media statement Sunday, while the deceased's loved ones went ahead with an unfettered tribute to his life.

Cecil Sinclair, 46, was remembered Thursday night by his partner, Paul Wagner, family, and about 125 guests at an Arlington, Texas, funeral home, longtime friend Greg Britt told Gay.com. The former American Airlines staffer had died of surgical complications while awaiting a heart transplant. Continue.

Michael Savage and Bill O'Reilly Must Go
Michael Savage thinks gay parenting is child abuse and Bill O'Reilly boasts of being part of the "white, Christian, male power structure." It's time we build a new structure.

Rory O'Connor, AlterNet, June 12, 2007.

I wanted to talk to Michael Savage and Bill O'Reilly -- but they were too busy talking to talk.

I wanted to ask talk show host Savage (born Michael Alan Weiner) about his continuing attacks on gay parenting and LGBT people in general. And I wanted to ask talk show host O'Reilly about the "white, Christian, male power structure" he says he's a part of.

But first Mr. Savage Weiner. His daily syndicated radio show 'Savage Nation' appears on about 350 stations, reaching an estimated eight million listeners weekly. The program is syndicated by Talk Radio Network, which also distributes Laura Ingraham's right-wing chat show. Continue

Antigay senator wants further scrutiny of pro-gay judicial nominee

AP, Advocate.com, December 20, 2006

U.S. senator Sam Brownback, who wants to champion socially conservative causes in the presidential race, said Tuesday he wants a Senate panel to requestion a judicial nominee who attended a same-sex union ceremony. Brownback, a Kansas Republican, said he wants Michigan state judge Janet Neff to testify about her role in the 2002 Massachusetts ceremony, her legal views on same-sex unions, and her ability to be impartial if called on to rule on such cases. Continue.

How the 'taxpayer census' fights the 'homosexual agenda'

David Lazarus Column, San Francisco Chronicle, December 22, 2006

Columnist Lazarus details how an official-looking government census survey turned out to be a fundraising mailing from the Christian Seniors Association, a unit of the Traditional Values Coalition (TVC). The group, purportedly an alternative to the AARP, is headed by the son-in-law of TVC Chairman Lou Sheldon.

Lazarus reports that "of the nine questions it asks, six involve a slanted look at Social Security and three involve donating money to the right-wing organization." He continues: "What the mailer doesn't tell you, though, at least not in so many words, is that any funds contributed to the Christian Seniors Association will in fact go to its parent group, the Traditional Values Coalition." Click here for the column.

Experts and LGBT advocates slam Dobson's "Two Mommies" op-ed

December 2006

Time Magazine invited Focus on the Family Chairman James Dobson to write an opinion article about the just announced pregancy of Vice President Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter Mary and her partner -- and the results were predictable. Scientists Dobson cited repudiated his claim that children do better with married heterosexual parenting, and equality advocates are reproaching Time. All this just as calls for acceptance of gays begin to penetrate the Christian right. Click here for the collection we prepared.

CLOSING DOORS? Membership in the Baptist State Convention got a little more exclusive this week in Greensboro

By Mary Giunca, The Winston-Salem Journal, November 18, 2006

A spokesman for the Baptist State Convention said that the passage of a motion earlier in the week to cut ties with congregations that affirm or approve of homosexuality was a necessary statement in a world of moral ambiguity.

But some Baptists fear that the move indicates a further tightening of boundaries for convention membership in a denomination that has historically valued autonomy in its individual churches.

On Tuesday, the convention, which met in Greensboro, adopted the Sanderson Motion - a policy that also allows the group to investigate whether member churches are gay-friendly. Continue.

Organization chastises Crist for 'radical homosexual agenda'

Tallahassee Democrat, November 17, 2006

TALLAHASSEE -- An organization fighting what it calls a "radical homosexual agenda" is trying to put pressure on the Florida Senate for rejection of an item on the proposed questionnaire for Gov.-elect Charlie Crist's top appointees.

The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee staff was directed, after the past legislative session, to revise the executive check list used in Senate confirmation of department heads, board members and other major nominees chosen by the governor. The more-detailed survey, if approved by Senate President Ken Pruitt, would ask applicants if they have ever been accused of several forms of "workplace misconduct" -- including sexual harassment or job discrimination based on race, age, gender or sexual orientation.

The Florida Family Association has often fought pornography and city or county ordinances extending civil rights protections to gays. After a Tallahassee Democrat news report last weekend about several changes in the Senate questionnaire, the association this week flashed an alert to its members -- urging them to bombard Pruitt with protests. Continue.

Landscapers Cause Furor by Shunning Gay Clients

By Ralph Blumenthal, The New York Times, November 11, 2006

HOUSTON, Nov. 10 -- Last month, a local landscaping firm prompted a furor here by telling a gay couple in an e-mail message, "We choose not to work for homosexuals."

The message quickly made its way around the Internet, and the company, Garden Guy Inc., was bombarded with threats and hate mail. But since then, the company’s owners say they have gained far more business than they have lost.

In an interview Friday, Sabrina Farber, 34, co-owner of the company with her husband, Todd, 37, said the company had picked up $40,000 in new business in the past two weeks, while losing only two clients worth about $500 each a year. Continue.