GLAAD has joined with CBS to prepare a public service announcement (PSA) which will air during the As the World Turns soap opera on May 9. The PSA features an actor who’s character on the soap is struggling to tell his parents that he his gay, along with the actress who plays his mother.
The spot urges viewers to take a stand against the discrimination and prejudice faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, and directs them to GLAAD.org where they can find resources for parents, youth, families and friends.
Traditional Values Coalition spokesperson Andrea Lafferty is upset.
TVC is one of the most virulently anti-gay organizations and seldom even makes the pretence of “loving the sinner”. Lafferty, and her father Lou Sheldon, spend a significant portion of their time and effort in demonizing gay people and fighting against any rights or equality that gay people may seek to achieve. For example, a section of the TVC website is dedicated to providing “reporters, editors, and other opinion leaders with accurate information on the relationship between homosexuality and the molestation of children.”
As the PSA addresses anti-gay discrimination and prejudice, Lafferty is concerned about how it might reflect on her and other like her:
“The underlying message of GLAAD’s PSA is that anyone who opposes homosexual conduct is prejudiced or intolerant. This is propaganda, not accurate information.”
But Lafferty goes beyond her indignation at having her prejudice and intolerance criticized. She endorses the ex-gay movement.
The homosexual condition is not in-born or unchangeable. Thousands of ex-homosexuals can attest to this fact and their testimonies are well documented by Exodus International.
(Mrs. Lafferty may want to recheck her count of the testimonies. On the Exodus International website, there are testimonials from 25 ex-gay men, 17 ex-gay women, and 2 ex-gay youth. That’s 44, not “thousands” and some of those listed admit that they continue to have same-sex attraction.)
This alliance between TVC and Exodus may seem natural for those who support anti-gay political and religious goals. However, the ex-gay movement was founded on the idea that churches had evidenced so much hostility to those with same-sex attraction that an outreach was needed to understand SSA afflicted people and bring them to “wholeness”. It seems to me to be unlikely that any outreach to gay persons can be made while in partnership with an organization that makes the following claims:
Homosexuals seldom openly admit that they want to sexually assault children, but their literature and their actions tell another story.
The effort to push adult/child sex isn’t limited to these three homosexual activists. It is part of the overall homosexual movement.
GLSEN targets children for recruitment into the homosexual lifestyle as well as cross-dressing/sex change operations
Homosexual activists are now beginning to openly admit that they don’t want to marry just to have a normal home life. They want same-sex marriage as a way of destroying the concept of marriage altogether-and of introducing polygamy and polyamory (group sex) as “families.”
A person who assaults a homosexual will receive a stiffer penalty than a person who assaults a heterosexual for the same crime.
What this film [Brokeback Mountain] does not deal with is the dysfunctional nature and social consequences of the same-sex lifestyle. Homosexual behavior is no different than tobacco or alcohol abuse.
A dangerous Marxist/Leftist/Homosexual/Islamic coalition has formed – and we’d better be willing to fight it with everything in our power.
This sort of rhetoric is extreme and is readily recognized by any gay person as untrue. It is difficult to imagine how this sort of language would entice anyone who is gay to consider participating in an ex-gay ministry.
CLARIFICATION: It has been rightly pointed out that while TVC is now using the language of Exodus, there has not been a formal public association with TVC on Exodus’ part.
However, Exodus claims on its website that it “has challenged those who respond to homosexuals with ignorance and fear”. And while it would seem difficult to find an organization that has responded more to homosexuals with ignorance and fear than TVC, we are unable to locate any instance in which Exodus has challenged them.
TVC has allied itselves with Exodus. And until Exodus clarifies that they disavow the extremist and hateful positions of TVC, we have little to suggest that this show of support is not mutual.
If there ever was a way in which Exodus can repudiate the church’s messages of ignorance and fear, this would be it. We call on the leadership of Exodus to issue a statement repudiating TVC and their false, harmful, and hateful rhetoric.