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GLAAD Accused Of Creating “Ministry of Propaganda” To Silence Anti-Gay Right

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GLAAD is being accused of censoring the anti-gay radical religious right, and creating a “ministry of propaganda to silence opponents of [the] homosexual agenda” by a consortium of the very people whose voices GLAAD is attempting to amplify. Last week, as The New Civil Rights Movement reported, GLAAD launched its brand-new Commentator Accountability Project (CAP), designed to house and catalog all the anti-gay comments coming from the top three dozen anti-gay professional pundits. But since CAP’s launch, the anti-gay religious right has twisted and turned the intention of the project, attacking it and GLAAD with lies and mis-information.

READ: Gay-Basher Chuck Colson: “I Can’t Think of A Single Time” I’ve Gay Bashed

Today, Catholic Online’s Deacon Keith Fournier wrote a ludicrous and ridiculous attack, titled, “GLAAD Sets Up Ministry of Propaganda to Silence Opponents of Homosexual Agenda.” Fournier writes:

In a sign of their growing intolerance of people who hold positions other than those of the Homosexual Cultural Revolution, the Media Watchdog Organization which calls itself “GLAAD” (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) has issued a blacklist of commentators.

This effort is called the “Commentator Accountability Project“. The blacklist includes some people I know and admire. It also includes some of my favorite commentators, in both the Catholic and evangelical protestant communities. For example, both Robert George and Chuck Colson have been blacklisted.

The effort recruits likeminded parties to “spy”. They are asked to send reports in to GLAAD if these commentators are featured in local media. GLAAD will then pressure the media sources to not feature their writing. In effect, the organization has established a ministry of propaganda. Its purpose seems to be to ensure that only the positions of the Homosexual Equivalency movement are allowed to be read, heard or considered.

Aside from the either communistic or Harry Potter-esque overtones of the title, the content is an embarrassment of misinformation — at best. As the image, right, a screenshot from Fournier’s piece, shows, the right is accusing GLAAD of censorship, another misunderstanding of the First Amendment.

“Homosexual Cultural Revolution”? Really? What does that even mean? The only other use of that strange and incorrect term appears to be from TFP. Who is TFP? ”Tradition, Family, Property” is an anti-gay neo-fascist para-military cult accused of assassination plots against President Reagan and the Pope. TFP has been described by the UN as “an ultramontane Catholic group, strongest in Brazil and Argentina, which among other things maintains that all Popes since John XXIII have come under Marxist influence.”

That said, let’s be clear. GLAAD’s CAP is no “blacklist of commentators.” The mere accusation is embarrassingly false on its face.

Fournier writes two of his “favorite commentators,” “Robert George and Chuck Colson have been blacklisted.”

Who are these people?

Well, as The New Civil Rights Movement wrote yesterday, “Colson, best-known as a Watergate felon turned prison minister, is also one of the triumvirate  – along with NOM, National Organization For Marriage founder Robert George – who drafted the virulently anti-gay ‘Manhattan Declaration.’ And last year he also wrote, ”gay marriage’ will inevitably undermine all marriages‘.”

Colson vehemently denies he is a gay-basher. We respectfully disagree, and offer mounds of proof.

And as for Robert George, well, he founded NOM. And sadly, that’s only the tip of the anti-gay iceberg.

Aside from his strange need to Capitalize Words That Don’t Require Capitalization, Fournier misunderstands and mis-characterizes GLAAD’s Commentator Accountability Project entirely.

How?

The New Civil Rights Movement reached out to GLAAD this morning, and received this response from Herndon Graddick, GLAAD’s Vice President of Communications and Programs:

“These anti-gay activists are scared that people are going to see their actual records. It’s completely Orwellian that they are yelling about being silenced when what we are actually doing is making sure people see and hear what they’ve actually said. We want the media to know just exactly who they are dealing with when they put these people on their air. Scott Lively, who is profiled by our project, calls for the criminalization of the public advocacy of gay rights. That’s not just advocating for people to be put in jail for being gay…he’s calling for straight people who are vocally supportive of gay people to be put in jail too. The anti-gay industry doesn’t want Americans to know the depth of their extremism.”

And that’s exactly the point.

Because when the average American sees these people, like Tony Perkins, who has appeared on, of all places, MSNBC more than any other cable news network, he seems balanced and fair and reasonable. But few people get to see or hear what he and his SPLC-certified anti-gay hate group actually says to its base, when they think average Americans are not listening.

GLAAD’s CAP will help everyone see and hear what the professional anti-gay industry really thinks and says.

If they have no problem calling for, say, the imprisonment or death of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, when talking amongst themselves, on their radio stations, talk shows, press releases, and conventions, why are they so deathly afraid of the rest of America hearing their words?

 Image, top: World War II propaganda poster.

 

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Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott in a press conference that left reporters frustrated defended his actions and insisted his earlier praise for law enforcement’s widely criticized response to the Uvalde school massacre was the result of being “misled.”

“I am livid about what happened,” Abbott declared, blaming others for his “recitation of what people in that room told me.”

Critics aren’t buying his claims.

Abbott, who’s in the middle of a heated re-election campaign, appeared extremely defensive when reporters asked him questions.

“Let’s be clear about one thing. None of the laws I signed this past session had any intersection with this crime at all,” Abbott told reporters when asked if he would call the legislature back for a special session, as The Texas Tribune’s Sewell Chan noted.

“No law that I signed allowed him to get a gun,” Abbott insisted.

“The answers fell pretty flat,” opined MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, who noted the press event lasted just 36 minutes, less time than the police officers “stood outside and did nothing,” which was 47 minutes.

Abbott ended the press conference with many reporters almost begging him to take more questions. As the governor got up and left one frustrated reporter was caught on a hot mic saying “unbelievable.”

Chan, who is the editor in chief of the Tribune, added on Twitter: “Abbott rejects background checks as a simplistic and ineffective fix. Wouldn’t have prevented Sutherland Springs and Santa Fe shootings, he says. Tries to turn focus to broken mental health system.”

Former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi on MSNBC delivered a strong rebuke to Governor Abbott’s remarks.

“No amount of free flights, no amount of free caskets, no amount of mental health counseling is going to bring back any one of those murdered children,” Figliuzzi said, referring to Abbott’s announcement an anonymous donor is putting up  $175,000 for funeral expenses of those who were murdered in the shooting and said the state will pay for mental health treatment.

Abbott also insisted that since Texas became a state it’s been legal for 18-year-olds to buy long guns.

Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was murdered in the Parkland school shooting, blasted Abbott:

And long guns of today, as Figliuzzi noted, are often semi-automatic “killing machines.”

“The governor seems completely unable to understand that he can easily make a distinction when you’re talking about whether an 18-year-old should buy an assault rifle or not. And all he cares about is a century of history in Texas on long guns. We didn’t have the AR-15 style assault weapons back then.  He can easily make a distinction and say, ‘you can go hunting, here are the rifles you can do, you can buy, you can possess – and here’s an assault-style rifle.'”

“If he thinks that people are stupid and unable to understand that there is a clear distinction between a killing machine and a hunting rifle, that he’s taking us all for fools.”

 

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The Texas Democratic State Senator who represents Uvalde stood up during Greg Abbott’s Friday afternoon press conference and almost begged the Republican Governor to “do something” about gun violence after Tuesday’s massacre at Robb Elementary School that took 21 lives.

Abbott was trying to place the blame for the school shooting on mental health despite the gunman having no documented issues, and told attendees, “we’re focusing our attention on the wrong thing.”

That was not good enough for Democratic State Senator Roland Gutierrez, who politely introduced himself and said, “I’m not making a political speech.”

“My colleagues are asking for a special session, you’re getting a letter tomorrow,” from the Senate Democratic Caucus.

“We’ve asked for gun control changes – I’m asking you now, bring us back in three weeks.”

Gutierrez grew emotional, sounding as if he was choking up, and added, “I apologize for interrupting your press conference about the needs of this community. I’ve been here for three days with all of these elected officials – this county judge has been working his ass off,” he continued.

“I don’t know how to express the loss of the families that I’ve talked to,” he added.

“You have to do something, man,” Gutierrez said, all but begging the governor to take action, and saying his “own colleagues are calling me and telling me this is enough.”

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Watch: Right Wing Host at NRA Convention Likens 18 Year Olds Buying Guns to 3rd Graders Deciding Gender

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A host from a right-wing streaming service covering the NRA convention in Houston decided to compare conservatives’ growing active opposition to the rights and existence of transgender people, to the majority of Americans demanding expanded gun control legislation.

“We are being told by the left that a third-grader has the knowledge to determine if they were born a boy or they were born a girl, whether or not they want to stay that gender that they were born with,” said Brian Glenn, Right Side Broadcasting’s director of programming and correspondent.

“And if we feel like at a third grade you can make decisions on your gender, then I think by the time you’re 18 you should have enough maturity – assuming you’re not a complete psychopath – to buy a handgun and exercise your Second Amendment.”

Of course, that hypothetical third-grader is harming exactly no one and later can reverse that decision if they choose, which the vast majority do not.

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