May 11, 1999
EX-GAY ADS: TRUTH IN LOVE, MY ASS
Militant fundamentalists have just launched another series of ads, this time
on TV, asserting that if gays simply found Jesus they would miraculously become
straight - no word from the fundamentalists on whether this trick works for Jews
and Muslims too. Not surprisingly, the anti-gay crowd again says that these ads
are about "love" and reaching out to gays, and not about politics.
Unfortunately for them, one of their own just turned them in.
First, let's look at what they claim:
- On May 10, 1999, the American Family Association put out an email update
claiming that the purpose of the ads was for "reaching out to individuals
struggling with homosexuality".
- And as far back as July 30, 1998, Janet Folger of the Center for Reclaiming
America, and the architect of the recent ex-gay ad campaign, went on Nightline,
where she twice stated that the ads were not politically motivated.
* "The ad campaign is really not political."
* "just to make sure it wasn't political..." [she went on to explain
what she did to ensure the ads weren't political - the rest of this quote is
But look what I found nestled on page A2 of the today's Washington Post (May
"The groups chose Washington to debut the TV ads because 'that's where
the policymakers are,' said Bob Carter of the Center for Reclaiming
The ex-gay ads are airing first in Washington, DC because "that's where
the policymakers are?" Are the militant fundamentalists suggesting that
Washington policymakers are all a bunch of homos? Or is their goal just a tad
more political, and hypocritical, than they'd like to admit. The bottom line:
the Center for Reclaiming America, the architect of the ex-gay ads, just
admitted that the goal of these ads isn't to help gays, it's to influence public
policy in Washington, DC against the interest of gay Americans.
Of course, the true political angle behind the ads is really not news. The
New York Times on August 13, 1998 reported that Janet Folger wanted the ads
"to strike at the assumption that...gay people therefore need protection
under anti-discrimination laws". Folger herself admits that the ads are
intended to influence partisan legislation.
That ain't love. That's politics, honey.
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