Michael Crawford

Anti-gay activists called out in full page ad

Filed By Michael Crawford | December 11, 2008 6:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Media, The Movement
Tags: No Mob Veto, prop 8 protests, Truth Wins Out, Wayne Besen

If anti-gay activists that they could get away with running a misleading ad about LGBT people in the New York Times, they were wrong. Truth Wins Out, lead by activist Wayne Besen, struck back with a full page ad in the Salt Lake Tribune.

Says Besen:

These anti-gay activists are crying wolf on the Proposition 8 protests, but they actually are a wolf in sheep's clothing that preaches religious tolerance while practicing the most defamatory form of religious bigotry. We refuse to permit this orchestrated campaign to rewrite history, nor will we allow some of the most notorious Mormon bashers in America to pose as friends of the Latter-day Saints.

See the ad after the jump.

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It's about damned time!

Don't stop now...keep hitting the bastards...take out a full page ad in EBONY and JET magazines doing the same thing, but targeting the lies Black megachurch ministers have told.

Brynn Craffey Brynn Craffey | December 11, 2008 8:11 PM

Michael, I like the ad.

But I'd go further: I think it's time that religion lose its tax-exemption and special status in this country. For one thing, if religious leaders and institutions are going to get involved in politics as deeply as they have since Reagan, they don't deserve tax exemption.

Likewise, when one looks objectively at religion, it's hard not to conclude that religious belief has led to many more evil acts in the world than good. Like Bill Maher suggests in "Religilous," if we don't back away quickly from religious superstition and bigotry, we risk blowing up the planet in an atomic conflagration.

So which is scarier, having a black man in the oval office, or having someone who believes in the rapture and thinks armageddon is due any minute now?

I think at least in part, the American public answered that question this past election cycle when they rejected the fear and hate mongering of the republicans and religious right, and voted for the only sane choice in the presidential race.

I am afraid that, if you do look objectively at the last few elections, the first amendment took a pretty bad beating as far as the establishment clause goes. I agree with Brynn, it is past time for churches to stop getting preferential treatment as far as taxes goes, since they have proven they can't keep their hands out of the political cookie jar. How is it a fair and level playing field, when they use their tax exempt status to raise money and the pulpit each Sunday, to try and sway the political process in favor of their pet issues?

If they want to call the tune, they should have to pay the piper, just like the rest of us.

Did you see that Cizik was fired from his job as a lobbyist for the Evangelical association yesterday for admitting in an NPR interview that he voted for Obama, supported civil unions, and was wishy-washy on marriage equality? I'm doing a post on it for this morning unless you want to grab it first.

Interesting ad. But when are we going to get off the defensive in the ad war?

I suppose we won't, since we're out-funded, and the foundation of the movement is a defense against homophobia.