Bil Browning

Is theft a family value?

Filed By Bil Browning | June 22, 2007 8:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Marriage Equality, Media
Tags: AFA, American Family Association, Don Wildmon, Indianapolis, Indy Pride, LGBT activism, photo, pride, theft

Wow. It's official. I'm a "homosexual activist." And you may be too!

The American Family Association (AFA) sent out an action alert today slamming Governor Mitch Daniels. Earlier this month the Guv was asked whether he would push for a state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. "I do believe there are other things more important to our future, at least other things that a governor and the people around him can try to work on. And, secondly, I'm always trying to bring this state together, and we don't have, I don't believe, the luxury of division," Governor Daniels replied.

The attack e-mail goes on to bemoan that the Governor sent a letter to Indy Pride that was printed in the pride guide. It claims that the governor "was not concerned about divisiveness" when Indianapolis had a gay pride parade a few days earlier. Because, you know, the parade and pride festival were sooooo shocking! And they even have pictures -- "taken by homosexual activists" -- to prove it to you! Seriously! Click here to see them.

Recognize the 2nd picture? The one of bilerico readers Zach and Christian? Uh, yeah. I did too. Here they are side-by-side - the AFA site and my original photo.

AFA stole this picture
Click to enlarge

So what's a guy to do? Well, first I clicked on over to my Flickr account and made sure that my picture wasn't covered under Creative Commons. And it isn't; it's copyright. And then I called former bilerico contributor Karen Celestino-Horseman. She's an attorney. The AFA should expect a cease and desist letter soon.

But I want to know if you saw your picture on the AFA gallery! See one of your pics up there? Leave a comment or email me so I can get you in touch with Karen and she can help get your photo taken down.



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Wilson46201 | June 22, 2007 8:18 PM

I noticed that photos featuring Scott Keller and another with a large Jon Elrod sign were featured. Are the HoosierTaliban sending coded signals to vote against those 2 Republican candidates?

Pssst: their Democratic opponents are just as Sodomite-friendly (if not more so) thus you will have folk backing the Sodomite-agenda in office nevertheless ... hating the homos is sooo last-century!

WWJD? Probably not steal from others' websites. But what do I know. Just another dammned sodomite here!

Wilson46201 | June 22, 2007 10:52 PM

Oddly enough, this is a major story: the 2nd paragraph, that is. I had not heard about the Mini-Guv making such a statement concerning SJR-7. That is news to me and I follow the news way too closely. Could you please amplify with more details about the Daniels statement? It sounds very, very good for us...

Schellinger for the Democrats wont be supporting the SJR-7 hatefest. Does this mean Mitch is also forswearing such a time-tested, hoary GOP wedge-issue? Can Bosma and his Statehouse crazies resist the allure of wedge-whacking the homos?

You can read the story here, Wilson. I'll do a story about it on Monday.

Zach Adamson | June 24, 2007 12:15 AM

All's I know is Christian and I did not give any permission of our pictures to be used on the AFA's web sight. When Bil took the picture.. the first thing he said was that it was gona be on the web site and was that ok... Any help we can give let us know.. :-)

My neighbor's photo is on there and I'm sure they would NOT be pleased to know their photos are being used for hate speech. How exactly does one go about addressing that?

Holy shit. A year later and it's still up there! This goes beyond disrespect to outright begging for a lawsuit.