Adam Bink

Hate mail, with a twist

Filed By Adam Bink | May 23, 2010 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Site News
Tags: hate mail, OpenLeft.com, unsubscribe e-mail

Many of you have probably read some posts on hate mail we blogfolk receive. It can be pretty special stuff. I get something like that with a twist: e-mail unsubscribe mail.

At my home blog, OpenLeft.com, where I write and organize campaigns around LGBT and broader progressive issues, we have our e-mail list, OpenLeft Action, which we use for opportunities to make progressive dents around the country. Our subscribers will tell you we e-mail them probably one quarter as much as other progressive organizations. That's because we know what it's like to get a deluge of e-mail, and so we only take action and contact them when we see a really key opportunity to make a difference (you can sign up for OpenLeft's action alerts).

Nonetheless, like any organization, folks want to unsubscribe, which is understandable. For my own interest and to figure out how we can be a better political action organization, I always read through the unsubscribe comments.

About 80-85% of them are because folks receive too much e-mail in their inbox overall, but some of them are pretty far out there. So today, I present you with the best (or worst, depending on your point of view) I've found on LGBT action alerts we've sent out. Even better, vote for your favorite in the extended entry.

Enjoy. Have a good rest of the weekend.

LGBT IS A CROCK OF SHIT. THERE'S NO NEED TO BE MEAN TO ANYONE, HOWEVER SUCH A SMALL MINORITY DEMANDING SPECIAL TREATMENT IS ABSURD. NORMAL PEOPLE ARE FIRST COMMANDMENT PEOPLE, OTHERS DO NOT DESERVE ANY EXTRAORDINARY SPECIAL CONSIDERATION OTHER THAN TO LIVE THEIR LIVES AS THEY SEE FIT

canceling b/c your website is nothing but a false-flag operation by secretly self-loathing, homosexual republicans.

Never heard of you guys, and frankly, gay rights ranks at 2057th place behind global warming, energy sustainability, the economy, the national debt load, education, affordable housing and helping the Albatross population from extinction.

I do not support your life style. If every one was like you the human race would cease. Think about that.

Putting LGBT issue into the spotlight will destroy Obama's chances at a 2nd term. Please stop.

This country isn't worth saving.

Fed up with gay activists yelling "me first, me first".

I am a Christian and marriage is for a man and woman ONLY, from Bible. Call your your thing something else that isn't a term taken from the Bible. I will pray for you all though.

I do not believe in gay marriages. The government offered gays a civil union that would give them the same rights as married couples but that was not good enough for them and why not. They keep using it as their argument. If gay was meant to be then why are the anatomy's of male and female different? I think the gay subject has just about run it's course. If you didn't think it was wrong there wouldn't be people jumping out of the closet to make it a big deal. You don't see people announcing that they are straight. Just go about your life and keep your lifestyle to yourself. We're sick of hearing about it.

If the voters in Maine don't want gays to be equally as miserable as heterosexuals that has no effect on my life.

Sticking it to a male's ass is repelling.

Unsubscribing because I love Jesus and want to glorify Him in all aspects of life.


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I love it when people say "Think about THAT!" when what they're positing has no thought put into it whatsoever.

I always enjoy the "if everyone were gay, then we would die out" argument, because it shows a lot about the person using it. They think everyone should be the same, not us.

It's also comedically stupid and easily countered by getting the speaker in their own logic.
Ok, so we'd all die out of we were all gay and therefore being gay is wrong (which is bullshit, for the record. We're far too stubborn of a species to be stopped that easily)?

Then being male is wrong. If we were all male, we'd die out.
Being just about ANYTHING is wrong because if we were all it, we wouldn't survive as a species.
Everyone's a doctor? We're screwed. Everyone's a mechanic? Nope, still screwed. How about a farmer? Ok, maybe but good luck having enough space for that.

Can the phobes grow a brain? Please? I'm so tired of these moronic remarks.

Renee Thomas | May 23, 2010 9:57 PM

Sadly, one never seems to go wrong underestimating humanity's capacity for stupidity, ignorance or hatred.

If this Jesus cat ever existed at all and decided to stage a comeback, I would hope, after many years of studying Buddhism, that I could recognize him.

Of his so-called followers? Of many of them, I'm far less than sure.

A. J. Lopp | May 24, 2010 3:27 PM

Obviously, being a Pope is wrong, because if everyone was a Pope the human species would die out!

I like it for another reason: s/he assumes that if society treated gays better, everyone would turn gay. It sounds like that person is keeping certain feelings at bay only by thinking about everything s/he could lose....

Rose Matthews | May 24, 2010 3:57 AM

So the human race dying out is a bad thing ? I am rather glad I've done my bit towards that.

A. J. Lopp | May 24, 2010 3:30 PM

Gee, I just thought of something ... Mr. 2057 doesn't realize the best way to save the albatross from extinction might be for the entire human race to turn gay!

diddlygrl | May 24, 2010 11:25 AM

I had to vote for the Equality misery entry,because straight or gay, people seem to have a propensity for screwing up their relationships if they aren't careful.

so how in the world did these people get involved with your site and the newsletters to begin with? did they think that you were simply a leftist organization that was going to talk about Bernadine Dohrn, Tim Rudd and SDS?

it's understandable that someone might opt out of an email subscription because it gets too intrusive or it's not as interesting as one hoped, but to subscribe to something that you absolutely have no taste for? what gives with these people?

I was thinking that too, except more along the lines of: how many Dems think this but just won't say it?

A. J. Lopp | May 24, 2010 3:39 PM

I had to vote for "sticking it to a male's ass" ... it's so Leviticus of him ... apparently this guy thinks that men use their butt openings to do #2 and women don't.

He also implies that women all across America smile and throw their legs in the air every time their man wants to tail-bang them. What planet is this guy living on? I have a few straight male friends who would like to move there.

Harold A. Maio | May 29, 2010 12:13 PM

I voted for "I Love Jesus" beause the writer apparently does not know him, or his philosophy.