Waymon Hudson

Fundie Endorsement Watch: Janet "The Sheep" Folger

Filed By Waymon Hudson | March 22, 2008 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Living, Politics
Tags: Center for Reclaiming America, Faith2Action, Janet Folger, John McCain

And the right-wing bigots keep coming to McCain's side...McCain Folger 2.png

The latest fundie to join the McCain bandwagon is Janet Folger, the former national director of the Center for Reclaiming America, the ultra right-wing religious group started by the late Rev. James Kennedy. She is currently head of Faith2Action, whose focus is "stopping the criminalization of Christianity by the homosexual agenda."

Let's take closer look at crazy-bigot Folger, shall we? Pander away, McCain!

Baaa Baaa, Janet, have you any morals?

Until just recently, Janet Folger was squarely against McCain. Folger made it perfectly clear that only "sheep" would support McCain, while the principled "shepherds" were intent on backing Huckabee. She prayed for bad weather to keep voter turnout down and launching a front-group to attack Mitt Romney and John McCain. She went on record saying:

Sheep follow the pundits, the polls, political expediency and promised perks. Shepherds follow principle.

But what has Folger done now that McCain has secured the nomination and Huckabee has dropped out? She has abandoned all her talk of sheep and shepherds and declared that the principled thing to do is to vote for John McCain.

She does this with a crazy analogy about a burning building full of kids, saying that "the vast majority of those kids are going to be carried out alive with his (McCain's) pro-life policies and judges." She goes on to say:

And Clinton or Obama will deadbolt the fire exits and rip out the sprinklers. They will then lock arms and prevent any of us from entering the building to rescue the children inside. They will also prevent notification of parents whose children are about to be burned alive.

Way to pull the wool over your own eyes, Folger.

"Anita Bryant was right"

Let's take a quick stroll down Janet "The Sheep" Folger memory lane, shall we?

Folger is the author of "The Criminalization of Christianity." In the book she says:

The biggest threat to our religious freedoms today, bar none, is the homosexual agenda! There is a war going on for the future of our country. Most people know that. What they may not know is that if Christians lose this war, the result won't merely be enduring public policy we disagree with--it will be a prison sentence for those who oppose it.

Folger uses this stance to oppose hate crimes legislation, support sodomy laws (I guess sending gays to prison is better than sending Christians there), and oppose gay adoption, among many other anti-gay stances.

The book is dedicated to Anita Bryant, with the inscription reading: "To all those with courage to speak the truth in the face of ridicule, blame, assault, censorship, and the threat of being criminalized: Including Anita Bryant ..."

Read more in her mind-numbing column "Anita Bryant was right."

Folger and Naugle: A match made in bigot heaven

Folger reached her hate-filled heaven this past summer when she teamed up with Mayor Jim Naugle of Fort Lauderdale.

folger-naugle.jpgJanet "The Sheep" Folger gave Naugle her "Protector of the Family" award for his attacks on the gay community and co-founded the Naugle support group called "Healthy Public Places" with a collection of extremely anti-gay religious-right groups including Americans for Truth, Concerned Women for America, and Coral Ridge Ministries. Great company to keep, huh?

But she has even better friends. In her column supporting Naugle, Folger uses "research" from a Dr. Fields saying:

The problem (of gay sex in public restrooms) is worse than they are willing to admit, and it's not just in Ft. Lauderdale. Dr. E. Fields, in his book 'Is Homosexual Activity Normal?, reveals '41 percent of homosexuals say they have had sex with strangers in public restrooms.'

Edward Fields is a chiropractor who has spent the last 55 years involved with various neo-Nazi organizations in the United States. Great sourcing, Janet. A Nazi chiropractor is definitely someone you want to get scientific information from.

Will McCain shepherd his flock?

So I wonder if McCain will come out and denounce Folger and her endorsement? He seems to have the sheep falling in line as he panders to the right-wing base. I guess his talk of America being a "Christian nation" has really gotten the fundies in line.

Pander on, McCain! Pander on...


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I'm more than just a little disappointed that I haven't had sex with a stranger in a public restroom, given that it's supposedly so prevelant in the queer community. Perhaps I need to fly to Minneapolis?

Michael Bedwell | March 22, 2008 3:51 PM

We agree about a great deal, Waymon. Certainly about the mendacious and meanspirited mindsets of McCain, Folger, et al.

But may I respectfully discourage you and others from using pictures of them that only mock the chance odd way they looked when the picture was snapped. A battle of who can be made to look the most ridiculous in photos is not a battle of ideas or beliefs, and one everyone of us would lose at one point or another.

Such a common gesture CAN be valid if it illustrates a point about the subject. For instance, the countless times Bush fils has been captured on camera looking stupid or Cheney appearing malevolent are no accident. I have a photo I found online of a Folger-like woman from Massachusetts frozen in mid-homophobic speech rage. It perfectly illustrates not just her madness but also the irrational hate that feeds it.

The more we resort to simply mocking our enemies the more we risk reinforcing the tendency of some, however unconscious, not to want to take them seriously. In your wonderful activism, I'm sure you've often been frustrated trying to enlist others who refuse to believe there IS a problem worth getting off their bar stool or writing a check or voting. "Is that all there is? Then let's keep dancing. Bring out the booze and have a ball...if that's all there is."

Such unintended consequences can apply to words, too. I admit to often using the term "loons" in regard to people I consider not just hopelessly but willfully stupid. But I wouldn't use that for someone however stupid who had real power like Bush. For the same reason I have tried without success to convince a popular blogger to stop using the term "wingnut" for people like Naugle and Folger. It makes very dangerous people sound merely daffy, and no one ever volunteered to go to war against mere cartoons. I've mocked McCain's age-related limitations but his greatest threat is timeless.

Thanks and keep up the fight!

I understand what you are saying, Michael, but I disagree with you a bit.

I am the kind of person that refuses to buy into the perfectly airbrushed and sanitized pictures that people like Folger and McCain paint of themselves. They think by looking like holly-homemaker or a kind grandpa that they can spew whatever hate and vitriol they like.

I choose instead to post pictures of how I see them, of how I feel best represents the views they are expressing. That's why I choose ugly shots, because their views and words are ugly to me. I don’t see the point in painting them in flattering light, even in the photos I choose.

But I’m glad you agree with the substance of the article, even if you don’t like my photo choices. That’s the important part of the message to me.

So how is our "agenda" seeking to criminalize christianity? In fact, would someone Please tell me what this fearsome and monolithic "agenda" is?

Sorry Michael, but the only word that comes to mind for people like this is 'crazy'. I guess we could be more scientific about it and say she is delusional and paranoid, maybe add in monomaniacal and borderline. She definitely has issues with reality.

I think the best thing we could do is maybe arrange for her to get therapy. She needs it, poor thing.

I always laugh whenever I hear the words, "homosexual agenda." To me, this phrase requires that there has to be something written down somewhere so non-"homosexuals" can refer to it at at moment's notice.

I did a Google search on that phrase and got 402,000 entries. If you look at the top entries, you find out that everyone BUT "homosexuals" have a copy of this so-called agenda. How come none of us were asked to submit this agenda? Did anyone who is reading this blog get asked to contribute to the AGENDA?

The religious hate groups took it upon themselves to create this so-called "homosexual agenda" without ever asking any "homosexuals" to contribute, basing everything solely on their opinion of what our agenda is suppose to be. It's as if someone decided to take certain passages from the Bible and determined what the intent of the passage was suppose to be without asking the author of that passage what his intentions was. Oh wait! They do that, too.

(Yes, I know. The authors of the Bible are dead. It's just me trying to make a point.)

You didn't get your pocket copy of the "agenda", Monica? I thought all of us LGBTQ folks got it with the toaster when we were indoctrinated. LOL...

;)

I didn't get the memo on where to get my toaster and pocket agenda. How come I'm always last to get the memo?

"No respect! I get no respect."

Monica, I just want to say that I love the way you think and write, but most of all I love your sense of humor! You go girl.

(blush)

The previous one was blank. What happen? Bil or Alex, could you delete #9?

Damn, I didn't get it either, and I could use a toaster!

I took care of it, Monica. I know you were too busy flirting. ;)

It was blank because you used the arrows around your "blush", which the program read as HTML code. Always use parentheses or quotes.

That was covered in the pocket homosexual agenda too, so I'm not suprised you didn’t know. LOL...

Waymon,
See, that proves it. I don't have the "agenda."

My ex-girlfriend had one of those "homosexual" toasters. It's looks like a regular toaster, only on its side. This way you can have one piece of toast that's a "top," and the other is a "bottom."

You mean the agenda guide would have taught me HTML too!

Too bad I already took a class, but if you can, please rush me the toaster and guide so I can join in your agenda.

Top and bottom toast, great concept. I guess it helps a lot on which side to butter.

What?!? Did everyone miss indoctrination day in elementary school? Maybe we need to ask Folger and the religious zealots for their extra copies that they seem to be referring to all the time...

And I so want to make a "I can be the butter in the top and bottom toast” joke, but I will refrain. :)

LOL, go ahead and make the joke Waymon, they already accuse us of gross immorality, one more joke won't make a difference.

I was checking out some of the sites, like peter labarbera's americans for truth about homosexuality, and I noticed, they do not have any place for comments!

They say the most asnine things, then do not leave any place for someone to comment on them. They also love to take quotes and items out of context, they will print a copy of the "gay agenda" and treat it seriously, when it is pretty obvious that the whole thing was written as a joke.

The really scary part is that, these people seem to believe all the crap they put out, no matter how farfetched, in fact the more farfetched the better.

How can someone take such idiots seriously.

"To all those with courage to speak the truth in the face of ridicule, blame, assault, censorship, and the threat of being criminalized..."

I'm going to take you up on that Janet. Everybody else can just turn their faces away at this time or do whatever you want. Janet Folger is a fucking worthless, useless cunt whose every breath is an affront, just like that vicious, malignant bitch, Sally Kern. They enrage me every single day. I would have to work very hard to restrain myself from slapping the shit out of them should I ever see their malicious faces out in public. I am very glad I live nowhere near either of them, and have no intention of ever getting near them because I wouldn't want to go back to jail. No, I don't care if you like my comments. They probably won't be posted long anyway. My life is directly affected by these goddamned people, and I'm sick of them and their male prick counterparts maligning all of us with their fucking lies, lies, lies, and more lies every single goddamned day of our lives. I hope their hearts burst in their chests at 3:27 p.m. tomorrow and they drop down dead. I would spit on their corpses and piss on their graves.

Could you really let us know how you feel UsQueers. I mean don't hold back now.

One of the main problems is that, they tell the lies so often, to themselves and others, that they start to believe it themselves. They refuse to believe that any interpretation of the bible but their own could be true. Logic and reason is useless, any argument marks you as "against" the "true" doctrine, and a pawn of the "homosexual agenda".

They have such a martyr complex, maybe we should oblige them, send them to Iraq, somewhere around Basra, then they can be martyrs all they want.

lady.amarant (simone) | March 23, 2008 3:48 AM

What absolutely floors me about Ms. Folger and people like her is how absolutely, dumbly hypocritical they are. I mean, they keep on about Christianity being criminalised and the like - come-on, prevent that by criminalising brain chemistry and psychology instead? Or even if you argue that being gay or trans are lifestyles, how is christianity as a lifestyle any different? Why should their lifestyle be forced on my children in school, or on TV, or anywhere else?

I mean, this quote, applied out of context, could apply to any gay or trans activist out there:

Quote:
"To all those with courage to speak the truth in the face of ridicule, blame, assault, censorship, and the threat of being criminalized: Including Anita Bryant ..."

Oky, maybe not the "Including Anita Bryant" part.

UsQueers-

I can understand your anger, but let's keep the comments section a little less foul. Not everyone enjoys reading 8 curse words in one paragraph. :)

Although it is always fun reading the "c" word first thing in the morning.

Lesbians only get a toaster when they "recruit" a "straight" woman to Sapphistry, gentlemen. We have different rules.

As far as the images, well, fair is fair in the public relaions was. The Right has been using pictures from ancient parades with a NAMBLA presensce for ages, pictures of events in Folsom Street and other photographic prepresentations that have little to do with the great majority of us, particularly Lesbians.

As for the agenda, well, here is the Femme Lesbian version written sme years ago; I saved it when I read it:
The real gay agenda
will be implimented soon. this will include tasteful window treatments
being mandatory, fashion consultations for country western stars and
NASCAR fans, make up consultations for teleganvelist ministers wives,
women's tennis and golf becoming the major prime time sports events,
ellen de generes being made white house press secretary, replacement of
the ten commandments in public places with "Miss Manners ten do's and
don'ts for impeccably correct behaviour" , recognition of diet pepsi as
the true american beverage, required visits of NFL stars to "queer eye,"
Opera Nights instead of the american music awards, arm wrestling matches
on tv set up between Janet Reno and Ann Coulter, the official version of
the national anthem being done as a techno dance remix, the end of all
of that horrid heterosexual soft porn on daytime tv and replacement with
purely Lesbian plots, a new version of "I Love Lucy: featuring Lucy Liu
and Margaret Cho as the couple; ........

The Homosexual Agenda

8:00 a.m. Wake up. Wonder where you are.

8:01 a.m. Realize you are lying on 100 percent cotton sheets of at least a 300 count, so don't panic; you're not slumming.

8:02 a.m. Realize you are actually in your own bed for a change. Wake stranger next to you and tell them you are late for work so won't be able to cook breakfast for them. Mutter "sorry" as you help him look for his far-flung underwear. You find out that you tore his boxers while ripping them off him last night, so you "loan" him a pair of boxer-briefs, but not the new ones because you never intend to see him again.

8:05 a.m. Tell the stranger, whose name eludes you, "It was fun. I'll give you a call," as you usher him out the door, avoiding his egregious morning-breath.

8:06 a.m. Crumple and dispose of the piece of paper with his telephone number on it when you get to the kitchen.

8:07 a.m. Make a high protein breakfast while watching the Today show. Wonder if the stories you've heard about Matt Lauer are true. Decide they must be.

8:30 a.m. Italian or domestic? Decide to go with three-button Italian and the only shirt that is clean.

8:45 a.m. Climb into red Z4 and try not to look too much like Barbie driving one of her accessories as you pull out of your underground parking. Revos or Armanis? Go with Revos.

9:35 a.m. Stroll into office.

9:36 a.m. Close door to office and call best friend and laugh about the guy who spent the night at your condo. Point out something annoying about best friend's boyfriend but quickly add "It doesn't matter what everyone else thinks, just as long as you love him."

10:15 a.m. Leave office, telling your secretary you are "meeting with a client." Pretend not to notice her insubordinate roll of her eyes (or the cloying "poem" she has tacked to her cubicle wall).

10:30 a.m. Hair appointment for lowlights and cut. Purchase of Aveda anti-humectant pomade.

11:30 a.m. Run into personal trainer at gym. Pester him about getting you Human Growth Hormone. Spend 30 minutes talking to friends on your cell phone while using Hammer Strength machines, preparing a mental-matrix of which circuit parties everyone is going to and which are now passe.

12:00pm Tan. Schedule back-waxing in time for Saturday party where you know you will end up shirtless.

12:30 p.m. Pay trainer for anabolic steroids and schedule a workout. Shower, taking ten minutes to knot your tie while you check-out your best friend's boyfriend undress with the calculation of someone used to wearing a t-back and having dollars stuffed in their crotch.

1:00 p.m. Meet someone for whom you only know his waist, chest and penis size from AOL M4M chat for lunch at a hot, new restaurant. Because the maître d' recognizes you from a gay bar, you are whisked past the Christian heterosexual couples who have been waiting patiently for a table since 12:30.

2:30 p.m. "Dessert at your place." Find out, once again, people lie on AOL.

3:30 p.m. Assume complete control of the U.S., state, and local governments (in addition to other nations' governments); destroy all healthy Christian marriages; recruit all children grades Kindergarten through 12 into your amoral, filthy lifestyle; secure complete control of the media, starting with sitcoms; molest innocent children; give AIDS to as many people as you can; host a pornographic "art" exhibit at your local art museum; and turn people away from Jesus, causing them to burn forever in Hell.

4:10 p.m. Time permitting, bring about the general decline of Western Civilization and look like you are having way too much fun doing it.

4:30 p.m. Take a disco-nap to prevent facial wrinkles from the stress of world conquest and being so terribly witty.

6:00 p.m. Open a fabulous new bottle of Malbec.

6:47 P.M. Bake Ketamine for weekend. Test recipe.

7:00 P.M. Go to Abercrombie & Fitch and announce in a loud voice, "Over!"

7:40 P.M. Stop looking at the photographic displays at Abercrombie & Fitch and go to a cool store to begin shopping.

8:30 p.m. Light dinner with catty homosexual friends at a restaurant you will be "over" by the time it gets its first review in the local paper.

10:30 p.m. Cocktails at a debauched gay bar, trying to avoid alcoholic queens who can't navigate a crowd with a lit cigarette in one hand and a Stoli in a cheap plastic cup in the other. Make audible remark about how "trashy" people who still think smoking is acceptable are.

12:00 a.m. "Nightcap at your place." Find out that people lie in bars, too.

You realy didnt expect the socalist right in the GOP not to support McCain now did you?Thats my tag forwhat most call the far right etc yes my friends we who would love to see a more moderate GOP are stuck with these nut jobs.After all they never will go to the Democrats so when the likes of Rush and friends scream im supporting Hillary dont belive a word of it!

When will there be a real third party for folks like me?To conservative for the left and to liberal for the right go figure.

Wayne,

As someone who knows you from many meetings and rallies I am extremely dissappointed in the comment you made in regards to Chiropracters.
This is the comment, "A Nazi chiropractor is definitely someone you want to get scientific information from."
This is degrading to the profession and shows you have a little bigotry going on yourself. Maybe you should dig into that before you go casting stones at others my friend.

Dick-

Read the post again, my friend. I was not calling all chiropractors Nazis, just this one who actually IS a Nazi. And that he presents himself as a sociologist and comments on statistics that have nothing to do with his specialty is a whole other can of worms.

It wasn't a slap to all chiropractors, just this nutty one. No need to get all upset.

And the name is Waymon, not Wayne.

So what did you think about the actual post?