crossposted on Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters
According to People for the American Way's Right-Wing Watch, a very nauseating but interesting incident recently took place.
Two homophobes conducted a radio interview and agreed the gay community is full of disease-ridden folks who should be discriminated against:
Linda Harvey of Mission America interviewed Gary Glenn, the head of the American Family Association’s Michigan chapter, during her radio show on how the Religious Right should respond to gay rights victories. Glenn, a prominent activist that Mike Huckabee calls his “very special friend,” warned that companies should be wary of hiring lesbian and gay employees because of what Glenn calls the “severe medical consequences” of being gay. Approvingly, Harvey argued that employers should take note that gays lives unstable lives and added, “I would not think of a homosexual person as a good employment risk”.
People for the American Way has the audio, but I won't pollute this blog with that mess. I will just post the pertinent part of the transcript:
Glenn: What ridiculous folly to suggest that only those individuals who engage in homosexual behavior given all of its severe medical consequences constitute the best and the brightest. It’s not really bright to engage in behavior that puts you at dramatically higher risk of mental illness and substance abuse and AIDS and cancer and hepatitis, and according to various sources, premature death. So to suggest that engaging in that type of behavior defines someone as the best and brightest, which seems to be the line coming out of corporate America, is just ridiculous.
Harvey: You’re right. And higher rates of domestic violence and unstable relationships. I would not think of a homosexual person as a good employment risk, I just wouldn’t.
First of all, let's get Harvey out of the way. She is a woman masking her ignorance behind a religious identity. She is merely a former ad executive who “found Jesus.” Of course in her supposed “discovery of Jesus,” Harvey seems to have intentionally forgotten his comments about love and truth.
Harvey and her miniscule, totally irrelevant, probably one-person organization (Mission America) is always on hand to say some of the ugliest, filthiest untruths about the gay community. She even blamed us for the mortgage crisis:
According to Harvey, who believes that gay people use “demonic manipulation” to recruit children and told parents to “separate your child” from their gay friends, maintains that same-sex couples create a “sin-based family” that is “constructed around sexual deviance.” By affirming and promoting sin, Harvey says that “other sins are more likely to scurry in through the cracks,” like “substance abuse” and “poor decisions about finances.” She claims that the mortgage crisis has its roots in tolerance of homosexuality since “sexual and material covetousness are usually sin siblings,” and alleges that the acceptance of gay and lesbian families leads to social ills like “infidelity, divorce, gambling or porn addictions, job instability, credit card default, domestic abuse, sexual deviance, and criminality,” along with more children born out of wedlock and declining church attendance.
Harvey was also behind the recent pathetic attempted GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network) smear which no one – except for me because I love laughing at homophobic liars – paid any attention to.
Older folks would probably refer to Harvey as a “few fries short of a Happy Meal” or a person “whose head isn't wrapped tight enough.” But to some evangelicals, she is considered as a perfect Christian activist.
Now Glenn is a bit more complicated. As the American Family Association of Michigan leader, he has a long history of lying. That nonsense he repeated to Harvey about gay health is very interesting, seeing that he tried to pull the same figures on me last year.
At that time, Glenn said that homosexual behavior should be criminalized. I called him out on it and he attempted to answer me back. However, his comments were pathetic, pretty much saying the same thing he said to Harvey.
However, I had sources and was able to not only back up what I said, but also reveal that Glenn was being highly deceptive. He used scientific data which talked about negative gay health behaviors to demonize the community, but intentionally discarded the part of the data which placed the blame for these behaviors on homophobia.
Witness the meeting of a true believer and a man who will repeat lies for spotlight.
And please note that there are no differences between the two. Both are dangerous and both are simply pathetic.