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by David Badash on March 9, 2010

in Bigotry Watch,Discrimination

Facebook, the six-year old social networking site that helps more than 350 million friends, families, colleagues, and companies keep in touch, is fast becoming the online home to another type of social network: anti-gay hate groups.

Fast-forming, often created by people who post false profiles just to gain the ability to create their hate group, anti-gay hate groups on Facebook are filled with claims of religiosity, or just plain unadulterated ignorance, bigotry, and hate. Facebook management has been criticized for their slow response and poor monitoring of new groups and content, despite the fact that these groups violate Facebook’s “Statement of Rights and Responsibilities,” its Terms of Service (TOS) which states,

“You will not post content that is hateful, threatening, pornographic, or that contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence.”


“You will not use Facebook to do anything unlawful, misleading, malicious, or discriminatory.”

And yet, despite many, many attempts to report these groups, they still exist. Facebook, it seems, all but refuses to remove them.

Eighteenth century Parisian writer and philosopher Voltaire is (mistakenly) credited to have said,

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

Those days are long gone. The rest of Western Society has evolved. In 2008, the New York Times ran an article titled, “Hate speech or free speech? What much of West bans is protected in U.S.

In O’Reilly, a well-respected tech blog, discussing Facebook’s “Holocaust denial and racist ‘white pride’ groups,” Caitlyn Martin writes,

“The Facebook pages in question do appear to violate the laws of at least 15 nations and the European Union as a whole. Despite clear prohibitions against hate and illegal, misleading or discriminatory activity Facebook continues to allow and indeed defend pages that violate it’s own terms.”

But here in the U.S., surprisingly, “free speech,” codified in our Bill Of Rights as part of the First Amendment to the Constitution, is not especially well-understood. For example, former-Governor Sarah Palin, famous for so many misstatements, exhibited her ignorance during the 2008 presidential campaign, stating,

“If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations,” Palin told host Chris Plante, “then I don’t know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media.”

Glenn Greenwald reminded Palin, and us, what our “First Amendment rights” are:

“The First Amendment is actually not that complicated. It can be read from start to finish in about 10 seconds. It bars the Government from abridging free speech rights. It doesn’t have anything to do with whether you’re free to say things without being criticized, or whether you can comment on blogs without being edited, or whether people can bar you from their private planes because they don’t like what you’ve said.

“If anything, Palin has this exactly backwards, since one thing that the First Amendment does actually guarantee is a free press. Thus, when the press criticizes a political candidate and a Governor such as Palin, that is a classic example of First Amendment rights being exercised, not abridged.”

But when someone claims they can write or post whatever they want, on Facebook, Twitter, or a blog, they may be unaware that there actually are limits. And those limits can be dictated by the platform or website’s owners, like Facebook. Once an organization adopts service rules, it becomes their responsibility to administer them fairly and evenly and consistently. And Facebook has neglected to do so, despite numerous reports and requests.

In a litigious society such as ours, where libel and slander cases are often merely opportunities for financial gain, it’s amazing Facebook executives, who employ more than one thousand people and had revenue in excess of $300 million in 2008, have been so slow to react.

There are dozens, at least, of active anti-gay hate groups. Some have just a few members, some have a few hundred. Some, thousands.

Some, like “WE DONT WANT TO LEARN ABOUT NO LESBIAN’S OR GAYS AT SCHOOL!!!” offer this as their official description:

“beeing gay is an sickness, the goverment should use time to show them the right path, instead of just accepting it!!
give a lesbian girl some time with an boy,let her get to know him,let her use some time with him,sexually and the same thing with the boy and SEE THE DIFFERENCE!!
beeing gay, is just an confusion that has been created in the mind of the human, because HUMANS are afraid of the unknown!”

That’s verbatim, spelling errors and stupidity unedited.

Then there’s “Death Note,” a group with 575 members. It’s purpose?

“if you want 2 kill s 1 join this group
y3ni if u hate gays ; boyaas or anything like that just come here and write his/her name on the post and with 40 seconds the person will die of a heartattack

u can change the time and type of death as you like”

I started to make a list of the anti-gay hate groups, but realized that there were just too many. “HELP US REPORT HOMOPHOBIC HATE GROUPS ON FACEBOOK” has an excellent list, most of which are still active, which means Facebook isn’t doing much, if anything, to shut these groups down, again, despite that these groups violate Facebook’s own TOS.

Here’s a partial list — only a small spattering — of anti-gay hate groups:

I’m against gay marriage, and I will not keep quiet about it!

Keep Queers Out of America


I Bet I Can Find 1,000,000 People Who Are Anti Gay Rights


I hate Faggots

people who hate fags

GAY ? news flash : we fuckin’ hate you !!

Kill All Gays

join if you hate homosexuals


AnTi GaYs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You may choose to dismiss these as tiny, or inconsequential, but I would disagree. Despite their obvious stupidity, inability to gather a large base, or spell, they empower their members to feel comfortable with their hate. And that’s dangerous, because hate breeds more hate. It multiplies, exponentially.

Facebook anti-gay hate groups simply embolden their readers and members to “come out” from any societal suggestions that hate is wrong. Even prominent members of mainstream groups like the GOP, and right-wing bloggers have taken to likening “political correctness” to “a war on Judeo-Christianty” and “Shariah law.” Shorter version: It’s OK to publicly spew your hate.

Because the net effect of their actions breeds acceptability of hatred toward the LGBTQ community, I believe groups like the National Organization for Marriage can be labeled hate groups. I believe working to ban same-sex marriage is a hate crime.

Also dangerous is a group like “Ban Same-Sex Marriage.” I first came upon it and for a split-second wondered if it were fair to include it here. I mean, I spend my days, and nights, working to advance civil rights and marriage equality, so of course a group like, “Ban Same-Sex Marriage” is anathema to my work and my life. But can you call it a “hate group” on the same plane as, for example, “Kill All Gays” if they are (“merely”) advocating banning same-sex marriage? Well, yes, you can.

But the group “Ban Same-Sex Marriage” is even worse. They pretend to be a Christian forum for discussing banning same-sex marriage:

“Well, being a Christian, I believe that marriage is a sacred union between a man and a wife, as described in the Bible. Therefore, same-sex marriage is an affront to the Bible and Godly standing, and therefore should not be allowed to stand.”

Blah, blah, blah, heard it a million times before.

But then, in their rules, they include this:

“This group only refers to the United States. Not the world, not foreign countries, not anywhere else. We as Americans cannot pass foreign laws on other nations and impose our will on them. However, in this nation, we can stop homosexuality right now. All framers of debate should keep this in mind when posting. We may make arguments about homsexuality [sic] as it applies to the world, but as for banning same-sex marriage, we are only talking about the U.S.A.”

Catch that?

“we can stop homosexuality right now.”


So, this group, shrouded in the bible, well-written, and well-populated (1786 members as of this writing) wants to “stop homosexuality right now.” Not just “Ban Same-Sex Marriage,” but “stop homosexuality right now.”

What to do?

Well, first, visit all these sites, and the ones on “Get these anti-gay groups off facebook!” and click the link in the bottom left-hand corner that says, “Report Group.”

Second, tell all your friends, your neighbors, your family. Share this post with them. Repost it on Facebook, Twitter, email it, etc.

Third, join the following Facebook groups, and ask your friends and family to also. There is strength in numbers.

Petition to Remove All Anti-Gay Groups

Report Gay Hate on Facebook

Stop gay hate speech on facebook

Get these anti-gay groups off facebook! (Great site!)

And finally, take solace knowing that over 20,000 have joined the group, “Ban the “GAY EXTERMINATORS” from Facebook.”

Success! Facebook shut down most of these anti-gay hate groups just hours after this post was published! Read, “Facebook Or Hate Book? Facebook Shuts Down Anti-Gay Hate Groups!

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J-Dub March 9, 2010 at 4:51 pm

I say if assholes want to expose themselves as bigots voluntarily, let 'em. Easier to weed them out. Good luck finding a decent job if your FB profile is linked to a group called "I Hate Gays."

jaysays March 9, 2010 at 5:06 pm

I think these groups serve a very important purpose. They illustrate, unequivocally, that the arguments against equal rights are not based upon logic, human compassion, reasoning or the law as Maggie Gallagher and her cohorts of hate try to appear in the media. Rather, they are rooted in evil, inspiring the murder and imprisonment of innocent people.

Rob March 9, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Thank you for this article.
J-Dub makes an excellent point.
Where groups like this let the roaches gather and spout their tired rhetoric, it also makes them easy to spot.
It's time for to step up and enforce their stated policies.

Sean March 10, 2010 at 1:25 am

I noticed many of the links are no longer valid. I hope they are gone for good.

Joel March 10, 2010 at 1:52 am

Well said David…..One thing I did notice as soon as FB deletes the pages. The haters start a new one. I wish FB was like other sites that need to reviewed before becoming public….Wishful thinking.? When a hate crime is linked to one of the Hate Groups, Maybe FB will get sued.

adam March 10, 2010 at 2:22 am

no.. THIS is hate book

SporkGod May 2, 2010 at 5:03 pm

indeed, spread the word of our benevolence my kinsman, so that our ranks may swell proudly, and so that I may go and buy some take-out mexican food (lunch break)

JayC March 10, 2010 at 5:03 am

How about a Class Action Lawsuit against Facebook for letting these Anti Gay and Hate Groups remain on Facebook as a violation of our Civil rights?

Melissa delos Reyes March 10, 2010 at 9:01 am

I discovered this anti-gay hate page in Filipino. The title translates to "Burn All Gay People." Me and my friends have been reporting this hate page for two months but facebook does nothing to shut it down. Maybe because of the language barrier, but the anti-gay hate page is really revolting, advocating the murder and burning of all gay people. Please help me to report and shut down this anti-gay hate page. Thank you!

pridebook March 10, 2010 at 12:54 pm

This one will make an interesting experiment, Melissa, to evaluate FBs response (which so far has been abysmal) – I have also posted this to our fb-page as a 'call to action' for the 1897 members on the page.

As for it being a language-barrier thing – it's not a valid excuse for fb to overlook it. Given 15s and Google, I was able to find a couple machine translations that confirmed it was a group that needed our attention!

Melissa delos Reyes March 10, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Thank you! I hope we can shut down all anti-gay hate pages and groups on facebook whatever the language. May I know the name of your facebook page? I want to join it.

pridebook March 10, 2010 at 2:50 pm :-)

MindlessMay May 2, 2010 at 1:20 am

OK…so I'm somewhat slow at responding to things due to having only half a brain but non the less here it goes. There is one reason for such hate of gay people, only one! They are what one calls 'closet queens'. They hate themselves and feel that by ridding the world of what turns them on will cure their urges. Who knew?

Shiny May 2, 2010 at 5:01 pm
SporkGod May 2, 2010 at 1:07 pm

on a serious note, if all people can do is spread their hatred, they should not have membership here. they really should find somewhere else to be and something else to do. if they actually have something to bring to the table, some real conversation, then perhaps they can retain membership. this has been a problem in bbs and irc chats/boards for years. perhaps a maturity/civility test is in order.

SporkGod May 2, 2010 at 5:07 pm

here/there/wherever (except hatebook)

jordyclements September 2, 2010 at 4:04 pm

If you'd like an example of Facebook being used for good, check out their article. A Facebook group calling out the Omaha World-Herlad for its discrimination actually forced the paper to change its policies:

BMG September 5, 2010 at 10:20 am

I find it incredible that most people want to end the discrimination on Facebook… even Facebook says it doesn't like discrimination… BUT in their own rules they state that no sex offenders can join. HYPOCRITES!!! Why? …I know I have to explain it to you because even though you may dislike all types of discrimination, I bet you accept this form of discrimination as justified. According to the REAL research done by the U.S. Government, less than 5 percent of sex offenders are actually continuously dangerous.

BMG September 5, 2010 at 10:20 am

What about the teenagers who did something stupid like urinating in public or mooning or streaking… or the young adult who did something dumb at a party or on the computer? Facebook treats all sex offenders as dangerous predatory pedophiles and that's just not the case. This fear is the fault of politicians and the media. There was a case where the police felt a mother did not do enough to prevent her 15 year old teenage daughter from getting pregnant and so THE MOTHER was prosecuted and registered as a danger to children… so I guess she can't have a Facebook account "just in case" ??? What a stupid planet we live on!!! As long as this type of discrimination is justified… it will not be seen as discrimination and thus Facebook will continue to do it while at the same time condemning discrimination.

BMG September 5, 2010 at 10:27 am

The fact is that if you just look at the facts, you will see that this is all hype and fear-mongering. It is a fact that 95% of all new sex crimes are committed by those NOT on the registry. That should tell you something about the politicians and uneducated public screaming a 90% recidivism rate. The numbers just don't match. I am sure Facebook caved in to the pressures of stupid people who can't look up facts for themselves. Myspace didn't seem to cave in though, at least, officially. Facebook executives are spreading hate. While their hate is justified to some degree… it does not mean it's right. Also, if someone really wanted to do something bad on Facebook, they would do it regardless of their rules. How often do you hear Facebook horror stories? Once a year? Less? Use your head.

Demand Equality March 27, 2011 at 1:58 am

so how did you do it? Why were these gay bashers kicked to the curb so fast? Who saw your article and made the decision to shut those theocRATS down? And now how do we get the real gay bashers off of Facebook?
And the rest of the free gay bashing bully pulpits designated at hate groups by Southern Poverty Law Center, People for the American Way and Americans United for Separation of Church (see for the full list – many of which also have free bully pulpits on Twitter & Youtube)

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