Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Exodus International dropping support of anti-gay event Day of Truth

From the Department of What Took Them So Long:

A national Christian organization will stop sponsoring an annual event that encourages school students to "counter the promotion of homosexual behavior" because the event has become too divisive and confrontational, the group's president told CNN on Wednesday.

"All the recent attention to bullying helped us realize that we need to equip kids to live out biblical tolerance and grace while treating their neighbors as they'd like to be treated, whether they agree with them or not," said Alan Chambers, President of Exodus International, the group that sponsored the event this year.

Called the Day of Truth, the annual April event has been pushed by influential conservative Christian groups as a way to counter to the annual Day of Silence, an event promoted by gay rights advocates to highlight threats against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.

The Day of Truth, held on the same day as the Day of Silence, "was established to counter the promotion of homosexual behavior and to express an opposing viewpoint from a Christian perspective," according to a manual for this year's event published by Exodus International.

On the Day of Silence, students take a "a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in their schools," according to a web site run by the event's sponsor, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).

The Day of Silence began in 1996. The Day of Truth started in 2005 and attracted the participation of 6,000 students nationwide this year, Chambers said.

"I thank Exodus for making this very important step," said GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard on Wednesday after hearing of Exodus' decision. "The Day of Truth was an effort to push a very specific set of opinions about homosexuality into schools in a way that was inappropriate and divisive."
More here

It's a nice article but let's be honest. The Day of Truth was a flop from the beginning. It was a bad idea pushing bad information on children. Compared to the Day of Silence, the Day of Truth paled like snow. It got very little support and even less media attention, unlike the Day of Silence, which so many folks got on board. Exodus International probably pulled support from Day of Truth to save face.

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Hat tip to Truth Wins Out

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Groups demand apology for Sen. DeMint's comments against gays and women and other Wednesday midday news briefs

Gay, women's groups wants apology from SC's DeMint - Good luck with getting that from Senator DeMint(ed).

'Reply all': NC state lawmaker sends out mass email calling gays 'fruitloops' and 'queers' - Apparently it's "disrespect the lgbts" month on the legislative calendars in North and South Carolina.

The Religious Right’s Violent Bully Pulpit - More proof of the religious right's fraud on lgbt America.

Clearly the recent suicides have hit Linda Harvey's nerve; but hey, at least she still feels nerves -- dead gay teens do not - The former ad executive who "found Jesus" spreads her manure again.

Andrew Shirvell Needs to be Fired If We Want to End Violence Against Gays - Well duh.

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Jennifer Keeton controversy, AFA prove link between racism and homophobia

Two recent incidents underscore just how linked racism and homophobia are.

The first involves Jennifer Keeton, the Augusta State University student who who unsuccessfully sued the university claiming that she was forced to compromise her beliefs about homosexuality in order to receive her degree. She just got some new defenders recently:

The Ku Klux Klan will hold a rally in support of the Augusta State University counseling student who claims her First Amendment rights were violated when the school ordered her to learn more about the homosexual community.

Bobby Spurlock, who identified himself as imperial wizard knighthawk and grand dragon of South Carolina and North Carolina, said the KKK has met with school officials and plans to protest the school's treatment of 24-year-old Jennifer Keeton on Oct. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. Klan members will be in full dress across from the school's main Walton Way entrance in the median at Fleming Avenue.

Spurlock said the KKK believes Keeton's rights were violated when the school required her to participate in a remediation program after she objected to counseling homosexuals.

"It's your constitutional right, so how could you tell someone you have to do something completely different?" Spurlock said. "We're not out to harm her. We're trying to protest the constitutional rights that they are trying to take away from her."

In Keeton's defense, she has not affiliated herself with this group.

Now the other case involves American Family Association's One News Now. Usually one can count on them to bash lgbts. But recently, the phony news service attacked not only President Obama but African-Americans who "dare" to continue to support him:

"It's a fascinating question, and it's one where I think because God chose to paint our skin a different color, we'll never know exactly what that experience is like," notes Janet Parshall, Christian conservative radio personality. "But I think that at some level, it has to be 'I want him to succeed because he was the first African-American president we had. So I will stay with him until the last possible minute.'"

But Parshall tells American Family Radio's Today's Issues program that that thinking goes against the aspirations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who dreamed of a day when people would be judged by their character rather than their skin color

Bear in mind Parshall is the same person who refers to lgbt families as "pretend families" and also, according to Media Matters, called the adoption of children by same-sex couples "state-sanctioned child abuse."

But the best part of the One News Now article is the comment section in which some of the supposed Christian readers of the publication let their true feeling show:

The average Afro-American does not understand that Obama is not trying to help any American, they grasp only that He is the same color. Mr Obama has an agenda, and, that is to completel;y destroy America, and no race, party, or anything counts except those who are helping him.

The correct name for the race is negro. They are either racist or stupid and I could make a case either way.

Sadly, with all the talk about ending racism, black racism in this administration continues to rear it's ugly head. The continued claims that most Americans who oppose Obama because he is black are nothing but propoganda to attempt to shut people up by playing the race card. It's disgraceful. Obama is failing, first and foremost, because he is a socialist/Marxist idealogue, and he will follow his Marxist ideas into abject failure because is also arrogant and narcissitc. Obama continues to make up facts and figures and lie to people about the healtcare and financial bills. Morally, he promotes infanticide via abortion and sexual perversion through many channels. He can lie all he wants, but he ultimately can't hide his failures and immoral behaviors that continue to weaken our country and drive us into financial and moral bankruptcy.

Some say stupidity, some say racism as for why blacks overwhelmingly support Obama. I think it's a combination of the two. Many are clearly racist as they want nothing to do with other races of people. And when you analyze Obama's economic policy, he ultimately hurts blacks in the long run, so their inability to recognize this justifies the position that it is stupidity (combined with apathy) that blinds them. And I think an alarmingly high percentage of blacks anticipated Obama just handing out money and freebies to them if elected. That is clear stupidity. But when you examine the inner city culture, the rap music scene and the absolute dismantling of the black family unit, I am not surprised by this at all. Conservative thought centered around a 100% return to God and His kingdom is the only antidote for this.

It's no secret to anyone with their eyes open that blacks are the most racist group in America - by a wide margin. How else can you explain the overwhelming support for Obama by the black population? That and playing the race card at the drop of a hat are indeed NOT what MLK had in mind. It will never stop however, as long as people like Obama, Sharpton and Jackson are making their livings off racism. Bad situation to be sure.

It is a shame that the most racist people in America have turned out to be Blacks. Not all of course but as a group they have become more so while at the same time whites have become much less.

Blacks don't have any sense when it comes to voting. They back the most corrupt person if they are a) negro, or b) anyone who promises them the world for free. Look at the Black Caucus if you want to see a group of scum!

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