Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Gays Want Political Influence; Film at 11

I just laugh at breathless articles like this one from OneNewsNow, the AFA’s news outlet. The religious right is shocked – shocked! – to find out that those they oppose politically are seeking political influence just like they are themselves. Here’s the facts:

The Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute is teaming up with homosexual groups such as the Human Rights Campaign, the Stonewall Democrats, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force for an initiative called the “Presidential Appointments Project.” It is being billed as a “talent bank” for openly homosexual professionals who want to “set or influence” policies of a potential Obama, McCain, or Clinton administration. The Institute is seeking resumes and says it will present approved applications to the transition team of the eventual presidential nominees.

OMG! You mean political activist groups actually want to be part of the political process and have a role in shaping public policy? I’m stunned. Absolutely stunned. Cue the predictably ridiculous reaction from the men at Concerned Women for America:

Matt Barber, policy director for cultural issues at Washington, DC-based Concerned Women for America, says the project puts to rest the notion that there is no “gay agenda.” He says the homosexual lobby is committed to infiltrating the executive branch with people who define their identity based on changeable, sexually deviant behavior.

“The ultimate goal, of course, being to have people who engage in these aberrant sexual behaviors in a position of power to influence public policy in such a way that they gain more power,” he explains.

Imagine that. The goal of a political advocacy group is to gain acceptance for their ideas in politics. What will those clever gay people think up next? Next they’ll recommend voting for politicians who agree with them. And what idiotic anti-gay screed would be complete without that “special rights” rhetoric?

Members of the homosexual lobby have done a masterful job of equating their chosen, changeable sexual behavior with immutable characteristics such as skin color, says Barber.

“They’re comparing apples to oranges, of course, because they are not the same,” he says of the homosexual lobby’s attempt at comparison. “They have hijacked the language of the genuine civil rights movement and, as such, in corporations around the country and in various governmental entities are considered minorities worthy of special consideration and special rights in terms of hiring practices.”

Special rights for mutable characteristics. Like….religion, for instance? A recent Pew survey shows that nearly 50% of Americans have changed their religious views during their lifetime. Religion is a far more mutable trait than sexual orientation could possibly be. I guess we better repeal the laws that say you can’t discriminate on the basis of religion, right? After all, that’s a mutable characteristic. We wouldn’t want Christians to have “special rights” would we?


  1. #1 Farb
    February 29, 2008

    So, this Barber fellow is Policy Director For Cultural Issues at Concerned Women For America?

    And he’s on a tear about public-policy gender issues?

    I think you owe me a new irony meter, Ed.

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