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GLAAD Asks ‘Where Are So-Called ‘Family’ Organizations On Black Friday?’

by David Badash on November 23, 2012

in families,News

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Ross Murray, Director of Religion, Faith and Values at GLAAD, is asking, “Where are so-called ‘family’ organizations on Black Friday?” Murray, who notes he is a gay Christian, writes that “Many anti-LGBT activists claim they are not ‘against’ anyone, but ‘for’ strong families. So why are they silent about a culture that sends people away from their families to the mall?”

GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, is taking these anti-LGBT organizations to task. From anti-gay groups like NOM, the National Organization For Marriage and to Focus on the Family, to SPLC-certified anti-gay hate groups like American Family Association and Family Research Council, Murray writes in his Washington Post op-ed:

If these organizations believe that “strengthening a family” is done through working every day to make life harder for LGBT people, then it’s clear that these organizations have a lot to learn about what actually constitutes a family.

“Where are the alarm bells concerning Black Friday?,” Murray asks. “Why have none of the self-described ‘family organizations’ said that Thanksgiving is ‘under attack?’ Where is the outrage that what precious little family time we have is being destroyed?”

The organizations who make their living off of attacking the lives and relationships of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people (who also happen to be among the loudest claiming that there’s a “War on Christmas”) have been utterly silent that Thanksgiving, perhaps the most family-oriented holiday on our American calendar, is becoming a holiday dedicated to fighting other shoppers for the lowest deals.

As a gay Christian, I am also concerned with strengthening families. Often work, school, and social lives leave families precious little quality time together. Holidays like Thanksgiving offer a sanctuary for families from all the daily pressures and responsibilities that come in our modern life. I, for one, am thankful to have an opportunity to gather with those closest to me and offer thanks for what I have.

Well, where are the so-called “family” groups on Black Friday?

The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer, perhaps the most out-spoken anti-gay leader among the radical religious right “family” groups, today spent the morning on Twitter, posting disgusting tweets like these two:



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BJLincoln November 23, 2012 at 6:20 pm

They don't care about families. They only care about what other people are doing. They are probably in line somewhere getting gifts for their families so if they are doing it then it must be OK.
Fischer is one of the biggest bigot blowhards in the business. He does not like anyone who is not str8, white, male, and Christian.

Rsyk November 24, 2012 at 1:04 am

They don't attack it because Black Friday is an over hyped mess that actually generates much less physical sales than is often reported. In fact, Black Friday didn't explode until online shopping became a thing. Snopes has even done a bit on this. It's right here.
I'm assuming family organizations don't attack Black Friday because they took two seconds to see if it was an actual phenomenon, or just media overblowing things because there's nothing else to report on the day after Thanksgiving.
This is a stupid idea, built on a dumber idea, that's founded entirely in myth. When you want to "take someone to task" for not acting on something, it's probably a good idea to make sure that thing is a thing that actually exists.

jarredh November 26, 2012 at 11:55 am

These groups have a history of erecting straw man arguments in order to tear them down. As such, I find your proposed explanation — that they checked their facts when it came to Black Friday — a little difficult to believe..

Rsyk November 26, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Does it matter why they didn't bring it up? In all likely-hood, it's something that they simply don't care about. The only reason the media cares about it is because it's something that sounds ominous that they can report on in a day otherwise devoid of news.
The point being, this is a stupid argument for GLAAD to bring to the forefront. Were it to gain any momentum, it sets GLAAD up for an obvious response. And that response will be backed by facts and statistical evidence. Regardless of what it's meant to do, or why it was brought up in the first place, the only thing this can accomplish is making GLAAD look incompetent, and the organizations they're targeting seem more level-headed in comparison. From a completely outside perspective on this issue, GLAAD comes across as a group of incompetents unable to even access a fact checker. If they can't get this right, and it took me literally five seconds to debunk with no prior knowledge of the issue, it doesn't send a good message about the quality of their organization.
I hope this little bit of stupidity doesn't get picked up by anyone else, if only because it could be ruthlessly exploited by anyone with half a mind to do so.

Jarred Harris November 26, 2012 at 10:50 pm

As I said, you're talking about organizations who don't use facts and prefer to make their own shit up. There's no reason to believe they will actually do any fact checking to respond to this particular statement.

And to be honest, this:

the only thing this can accomplish is making…the organizations they're targeting seem more level-headed in comparison.

leaves me wondering just how much you know about the groups being targeted. We're talking about groups that parrot and create fake "scientific" research on a daily basis and still try to sell LGBT* people as sexual predators. I doubt anything would make them seem level-headed, let alone something as comparatively innocuous as this one statement by GLAAD.

From a completely outside perspective on this issue

Just how "outside" is your perspective, then? Is it so far outside that you're trying to speak on organizations you actually know very little about?

Rsyk November 27, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Whoever they're targeting doesn't matter. It could be NOM, the FRC, the FBI, the AFA. (American Farmland Association.) Stupid is stupid, regardless of the source. Even if you believe in an organizations message or other actions, that's no reason to tolerate it when they do something badly.
I'm well aware of NOM's history of misinformation, of their stances and practices. I'm also aware of people and organizations on the opposing end who engage in the exact same practices. It's intolerable on both ends. This article is not talking about the organizations of broad terms, or their actions. Even being aware the things these organizations do, and the levels of stupidity they are capable of (The Top Ten Threats Facing Teens Today comes to mind) does not have any bearing on this action by GLAAD.
If you're going to tout the superiority of your argument on grounds of intelligence, moral superiority, or whatever else, do not tolerate or support the practices of your side if you would decry them coming from another.
Have a problem with NOM relying on a misrepresentation of facts? Then why are you defending a movement like this, which founds it's argument on a misrepresentation of statistical facts? Because you agree with one group and not the other? That's a double standard.

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