Veteran LGBT writer, blogger, and activist Alvin McEwen today published a fourteen-page booklet, ”How They See Us: Unmasking The Religious Right War on Gay America,” which details some of the more offensive attacks by the right on the LGBT community.
Calling the anti-gay propaganda of anti-gay organizations and hate groups “a big lie” that “no one tells … better than religious right groups,” McEwen writes:
What these groups do is nothing new and it’s certainly nothing Christian or moral about it. When any groupspreads propaganda, it’s always “in defense” of something and it usually scapegoats a group undeservingof such hostilities. Whether it be the defense of “Southernculture,” the “German homeland,” or “Judeo-Christianvalues,” it all adds up to the same thing – isolating aninnocent group as the essence of evil and claiming that if only said group were put in its place, the world would bea better place.It’s a big lie and unfortunately, no one tells the lie betterthan religious right groups.
Perhaps the most important revelation from McEwen is the section titled, “Lack of coherence.” An excerpt:
Gays are sick people:
“Facing the reality that you have unwanted homosexual feelings can cause tremendous turmoil - especially if those feelings conflict with deeply held values, beliefs and life goals. We know what it’s like. We’ve been there.”
Yet almost all gays make lots of money:
“You know, I saw yesterday how much — how much money the homosexual community has. I mean, good gracious, the average homosexual makes four times more than I do . . . I mean, they’re not — these people are not in poverty or hurting or denied or anything else.”
“What needs to be taken away from this booklet is that religious right propaganda about the gay community is just that –propaganda. It is neither rooted in fact nor Biblical faith,” McEwen rightly notes:
The vile accusations that so-called family-oriented groups lodgeagainst the gay community are no different than those lodged against African-Americans by white supremacists groups oraccusations lodged against the Jewish community by anti-Semitic groups. They are all preconceived notions rooted in fearand lies. The only difference being that anti-gay propaganda is sometimes mistaken as “personal deeply held religiousbeliefs” and expressions of the Christian faith.
McEwen is the author of the 2007 must-read, Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters: Exposing the Lies of the Anti-Gay Industry.
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