Don Davis

On Email Gay Bashing, Or, ENDA's Already Getting Ugly

Filed By Don Davis | March 24, 2010 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics, The Movement
Tags: Barack Obama, civil rights, Democrats, election 2010, ENDA, GBLT, human rights abuses, LBGT, politics, Republican

It wasn't but a couple of days ago that we had a conversation about The Fear and the emails that are used to spread it, and I figured we had dealt with the topic, and that we'd move on to new things.

Well, we would be moving on, Gentle Reader, if it wasn't for the fact that an email came in today that was so ugly, so disturbing, and so indicative of what we are about to see as the battle over the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) begins to heat up (ENDA being possibly the next "big contentious thing" that this Administration hopes to accomplish), that I had to interrupt my story schedule to bring it to your attention.

"Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people."

--W.C. Fields

For those not yet aware, let's do a bit of background: there have been a series of civil rights laws passed over the years, providing protections related to the right to vote, providing for equality in housing and employment based on race, or religion, or ethnicity, or gender, and providing protections for the disabled.

What is missing is a law protecting those who are gay or those who might view gender in a way that's different than what the most fundamentalist church in town views as "normal" from discrimination in housing and employment; the idea is that ENDA (officially known as H.R. 3017, Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2009) is intended to fill that gap.

The House Education and Labor Committee has held hearings on the bill, but that's as far as it's gone so far. Now that the pressure is easing to get health care reform through Congress, there are people who would like to advance ENDA from a bill to a law...and I'm one of 'em.

"Do You Support The Homosexual Agenda?"

So, naturally, when an email came into my inbox asking "Do You Support The Homosexual Agenda?" I thought to myself: "why, yes, I do", and opened the darn thing.

As it turns out, the sender, "Public Advocate of the United States" (which, I assume, is not to be confused with "The Advocate"), is not a supporter of Teh Gay Agenda...but that's not really a surprise, is it?

In fact, the group is against...well, pretty much everything, including:

"...The National Endowment of the Arts and the federal funding and endorsement of pornography and obscenity as legitimate forms of art;

The mainstream media's promotion and glorification of drug abuse, teenage sex, gangs, atheism, homosexuality and other immoral behavior and beliefs;

The passage of hate crimes and thought control legislation that creates inequality in our state and federal legal systems..."

All of which they present with no apparent sense of the contradictions inherent in their own positions...which is also not really a surprise.

Anyway, according to the email...

"The Radical Homosexuals claim you and other pro-family Americans actually now support same-sex marriage, special job preferences for homosexuals and promotion of the homosexual lifestyle in schools..."

First off (and I had to do some research to confirm this), The Radical Homosexuals are not a band, which is too bad, because that would be one sweet name to put on a marquee.

Secondly, Angry Conservative Fundraising Guy, the country is split, almost 60/40, in favor of civil unions, this according to Pew...and when it comes to actual marriage, Pew counts it at 53% against, 39% for...which means The Radical Homosexuals are more correct in their assertions than Angry Conservative Fundraising Guy might like.

But let's move on:

"...You see, the Radical Homosexuals are storming through Washington demanding passage of their agenda.

And with the passage of Thought Control last year, they say NOW is the time to push their perverse "life-style" on every man, women and child in America.

And they insist YOU actually support them.

The Homosexual Lobby played a major role in electing Obama and the majorities he enjoys in both houses of Congress.

I can only begin to imagine all the damage the Radical Homosexuals will do with their allies controlling the House of Representatives, the Senate and the White House.

As the President of Public Advocate of the U.S., I've devoted twenty-seven years to battling the radical homosexuals in Washington.

Backed by Hollywood celebrities, the media and millions of your tax dollars, the Radical Homosexuals have many Congressmen quivering with fear -- and they have a Radical Homosexual-friendly majority in control of Congress..."

(A quick word regarding emphasis: throughout this story, where emphasis occurs, it's as it was presented in the original, except that for technical reasons I had to change underlined words to italics.)

Storming?

Thought Control?

A Quivering Majority of the Members of Congress?

And that's only what he can begin to imagine:

"...Frankly if you really do support the radical Homosexual Agenda -- or if you just no longer care enough to stand up for the family -- insiders in Congress say the entire Homosexual Agenda could pass in a matter of months.

*** Special job rights for homosexuals and lesbians. Businesses may have to adopt hiring quotas to protect themselves from lawsuits. Every homosexual fired or not hired becomes a potential federal civil rights lawsuit.

Radical homosexuals will terrorize day care centers, hospitals, churches and private schools. Traditional moral values will be shattered by federal law.

*** Same-sex marriages and adoptions. Wedding-gown clad men smooching before some left-wing clergy or state official is just the beginning.

You'll see men hand-in-hand skipping down to adoption centers to "pick out" a little boy for themselves.

*** Homosexual advocacy in schools. Your children or grandchildren will be taught homosexuality is moral, natural and good. High school children will learn perverted sex acts as part of "safe sex" education.

With condoms already handed out in many schools, Radical Homosexuals will have little trouble adopting today's "if it feels good do it" sex-ed curriculum to their agenda.

And to add insult to injury, lobbyists for the Homosexual Agenda are paid off with your tax dollars!

That's right, radical homosexual groups like the Gay-Lesbian Task Force and ACT-UP receive millions from the government.

Hundreds of millions of dollars flow from taxpayers to homosexual activists through funding for homosexual "art," so-called AIDS-awareness programs, and research grants..."

WARNING: Spit Take Ahead

OK...so...at this point I need you to sit back down and take a deep breath, because it's about to get a whole lot weirder.

I do not want you drinking anything while you read this next passage.

I don't want you eating, either.

There are a few of you who may...oh, how should I put this...it's possible that you may have some doubts about your own mental health.

To paraphrase comedian Lewis Black: if you go to an International House of Pancakes and you have "body issues", you will inevitably feel better about yourself after the visit; this because there is always someone there who is at least 400 pounds heavier than you will ever weigh, ever, in your entire life.

The next portion of this email represents the International House of Mental Health, and there's someone there 400 times crazier than you...and it's this guy:

"...One stormy night I drove to a mailshop hidden deep in a nearly deserted stand of warehouses. I'd heard something was up and wanted to see for myself.

As I rounded the final turn my eyes nearly popped. Tractor-trailers pulled up to loading docks, cars and vans everywhere and long-haired, earring-pierced men scurrying around running forklifts, inserters and huge printing presses.

Trembling with worry I went inside. It was worse than I ever imagined.

Row after row of boxes bulging with pro-homosexual petitions lined the walls, stacked to the ceiling.

My mind reeled as I realized hundreds, maybe thousands, more boxes were already loaded on the tractor-trailers. And still more petitions were flying off the press.

Suddenly a dark-haired man screeched, "Delgaudio what are you doing here?" Dozens of men began moving toward me. I'd been recognized.

As I retreated to my car, the man chortled, "This time Delgaudio we can't lose."

Driving away, my eyes filled with tears as I realized he might be right. This time the Radical Homosexuals could win.

You see, even though homosexuals are just 1% of the population, if every one sent a petition to Congress it would generate a tidal wave of two or three million petitions or more.

Hundreds of thousands of pro-homosexual petitions will soon flood Congress , and my friends in Congress tell me there's virtually nothing on Capitol Hill from the tens of millions of Americans like you who oppose the radical Homosexual Agenda and the Gay Bill of Special Rights.

I made up my mind that night to write to you and as many other patriotic Americans as possible. To stop the Radical Homosexuals and protect traditional marriage there must be an immediate outpouring from folks like you...."

I need to interrupt for a quick second to ask a question: is it just me, or is the only difference between that story and a bad gay porn film that there's nobody knocking at the door saying: "here's the pizza...and here's the pepperoni"?

"...Homosexual activists mock me in the halls of Congress. They say it's too late because Americans like you don't care enough to help, especially with the Democrats in control of Congress and the White House..."

Hey, Angry Conservative Fundraising Guy: just because someone mocks you in the hall, it doesn't mean they're some kind of homosexual activist.

They could be mental health activists, for example, or activists promoting better education...and, of course, it's always possible they're from the Netherlands.

Now not all the news here is bad:

"...If you won't help, I'm afraid there is little more I can do.

But the fact is, even if every person responds it won't be enough to counter all the radical homosexuals are doing.

And not everyone will respond. Some are cowed by how pro-family Americans are portrayed on TV. Others will count on someone else to fight the fight and carry the load. I don't believe you are like that..."

Just a real quick little bit of advice for the author of this piece, if I may be so bold.

Context matters, as those who used the word "Teabag" just a bit too freely discovered last spring, much to our delight, and when you're busy stirring up The Fear Of The Radical Homosexual, I would be careful how I throw around terms like "carry the load".

Next time, Angry Conservative Fundraising Guy, consider hiring a panel of 13-year-old boys who like Beavis and Butthead DVDs for a focus group before you hit the "Send" button and this sort of thing might not happen again.

The rest of this is a great big fundraiser which includes a series of links to what the sender calls a "Morality Survey", but what I call either a push-poll or a handy one-page checklist of the arguments you can expect to hear over the next few months.

Let's Wrap This Up

Now I think we've all seen enough of this for today, but here's what I want you to take away from our conversation:

ENDA will be used as a tool to continue spreading hate in the run-up to this year's elections...and really, really, really creepy people will be trying to scare you using really, really, really turgid (and I do mean turgid) prose.

The imaging will be ugly, with the fears of pedophilia and crossdressing and things being rammed down throats likely to all play starring roles in the Conserva-theater that's soon to come.

I also expect to see more "outings", à la Karl Rove's usual practice--even against other Republicans, which has already apparently happened in this cycle, in the Illinois Senate Republican primary.

"...Stop imagining, unravel the truth and ask: "just who is it happening to?"

Everything that the passenger do, the driver experience, too

So if humanity is one then we all get burned when it's hell that we're traveling through..."

--From the song "The Travelers", by Brother Ali.

There is no reason for us to blow this one.

The Conservative craziness that's coming may become so extreme that even the Republicans no longer want any part of these people, but I wouldn't count on it.

What I would count on is that this is the kind of fight we want to be having--as long as we're out there having it.

Talk to your friends, talk to those people in line at the espresso stand, and (here's one for the Captain in all of us), maybe even talk to the attractive individual working out next to you at the gym. Make them understand what this election is really going to be about, how desperate the other side is, and why we can't afford to let them win.

The Radical HomoFearoPhobians are already hard at work, so get out there and do the same.

Unless, of course, you'd prefer another summer of really, really, awful Teabagging.


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Homosexuals *and* lesbians?

So, wait, what -- lesbians aren't homosexual?

Damn it, why don't people tell me these things!

i thought i had signed up for homofearophobian email updates on who fits into which categories...but apparently my computer is rejecting them as malthought, or something.

We're more fun so we get our own categories, Antonia;
Sapphist, Tribade, Lesbian, Practitioner of that love which dare not speak it's name, Anadryne, Inhabitant of the 'Cult of the Clirotis,' DAughters of Bilitis, etc....

here's another irony for you: i assume that a fairly large number of the recipients of this email are fans of "the jerry springer show", which is famous, of course, for the audience chant "we love lesbians".

Yup;
Straight men's favourite fantasy, it seems, and de riguer in every straight porn move, the requisite Lesbian scene.
Then, on Sunday morning, we run of the mill Lesbians are the sick and diseased object of their sermons, not the straight men in the pews who were wanking to Lesbian imagery just the night before.

The same goes for transsexuals. So many transphobic men watch "shemale" porn in secret. It is regularly in the top ranking on many porn sites. These men talk like they want to kill you or fuck you, but usually it's both. And they have the nerve to call us confused!

"These men talk like they want to kill you or fuck you, but usually it's both."

actually, i think there's probably a web site somewhere for that, too...but i just don't have the energy today to conduct that rather sad search, so we'll have to leave it as speculation for now.

bill clinton said it best: he wasn't doing anything to monica...she was doing it to him.

love to read more on tbp but still getting attack site warnings. got here from other site.

with any luck, that's going to be cleared up soon, and life will return to normal once again.

well, kind of sort of normal, anyway.

Scary thing is, these tactics work. My suggestion to our lawmakers is to pass ENDA and repeal DADT. Take them off the political table for 2010 elections. Teabaggers and church leaders will use them to raise money and politicians will use them to get votes. Take them off the table now.

It's up to each of us to start doing the heavy lifting and pressure our lawmakers to pass these bills now. ACT UP!! GET EQUAL!!

i do agree that the smart play is to move on this stuff now--but if you want to get enda out the door by june 30th (or even july 15th) things will have to move fast, and as of monday no further hearings are scheduled in the house.

doma will be even tougher to get out 60 days or more before the november election, which is still sufficient time to refute and discredit the crazy opposition narrative that is sure to come.

the bigger question is: do these tactics work?

they do, but with a caveat.

like heroin, you have to keep "upping the dose" if you want to get the same amount of reaction from the same audiences over time...but the problem there is that as the level of "dosage" grows you become "toxic" to a larger and larger pool of voters, which is exactly what's happening to the homofearophobics right now.

political battles are won in the center of the electorate, and i'll happily concede to the homofearophobics the 25% that are inclined to follow their path...especially as it's helping us in the middle.

the big "take away" here: we need to be framing the narrative, not the opposition, and this is the time to get ahead of their messaging.

come august, we get a second chance to "youtube" some of these folks and put their crazy on full display, so don't forget to get those cameras and recorders working as well.

...the important question here is did the email come with a tin foil hat???

cause it taint offical if it dident come wit one... they's using them why-fye radio waves! you needs a tin foil hat!

becuase i care about the environment, i stopped ordering the disposable tin fiol hats some time ago.

now i wear an aluminum colander, which is not just more stylish...it gets getter radio reception, too.

problem with those aluminum colanders.
the why fry can still get thru them holes.

actually, that's not a problem at all.

if you know the wavelength of the signal you hope to receive, you just buy a colander with the correct sized holes...and that's why i can only receive the am station in san francisco from which michael savage originated.

kgo...all talk, all the time.

i am...in love...i am, thanks to my "savage hat", because i never fear having to hear anyone say they're sorry.

Some one best check the guy who sent out that mass mailing to make sure he actually swallows his meds the next time. Sadly those people that get elected seem to listen to this type of crap which is why ENDA has been proposed since 1994 and not yet passed into law.

it's hard to say: since we're talking about american health care, there's no guarantee that this guy is even getting the meds he presumably needs...but it's also entirely possible he's medicating with something that's causing these delusions as well.

either way...better him than me, i guess.

...and, to echo Joanna Sue's comment above, why ENDA has a very low chance of ever being passed.

Sadly, the majority of citizens in this country only listen to what the talking heads and their church leaders tell them, which further fuels their own notions of racism, bias, and homophobia.

To win, the community as a whole needs to step up, and educate, not berate. Show them what LGBTQ folks are just as varied as straight folks, and that what is done in the privacy of one's bedroom will not cause their property values or NASCAR races to be cancelled.

Seriously... its 2010, not 1910. America needs to grow up.

so...here's the thing about being a church leader or talking head: if either your dire predictions don't come true or your "prayer intercession" doesn't solve the problem, people begin to doubt.

this was a real problem in the 14th and 15th centuries in europe, when religious "assistance" could not stop the recurrences of the plague or end the century-long famine that was the 14th century in northern europe.

the loss of faith was so strong that the catholic church lost a huge amount of influence, a situation from which it never seems to have fully recovered.

the fundamentalists of today face the same risk: if "sky no fall down" pretty soon (and as you note, it didn't in the year 1000, or 1500, or 2000...), it's gonna be harder and harder to keep up the fear as the number of people who just don't buy into it any more keeps growing.

I haven't yet received my petition. Who do I need to contact? ;-)

i believe the corporate office contact address is:

marvin the martian
1 explosive space modulator drive
hellas planitia
mars

thanks so much.

i'm just about to start on the next "under the radar" seattle story, so keep an eye out for that as well.

hint: it involves a company i won't name now...except to tell you it starts with "m" and rhymes with "ricrosoft".