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Christian fundamentalist Rev. Grant Storms, 53, protester of the largest gay event in New Orleans, the Southern Decadence festival, was arrested for obscenity at Lafreniere Park, New Orleans.
Mr Storm said he was urinating in a bottle on his lunch break, but two witnesses say they saw him masturbating. His bail was set at $5,000 but he was released due to overcrowding at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center jail.
Southern Decadence organiser, Chuck Robinson, told the Times-Picayune: “He’s done everything through the years to disturb [the festival] and try to make it into something nasty.
“If the Rev. Storms is caught doing that in our city, it is ludicrous and heinous that he would have the nerve to complain about any kind of sexuality.”
According to the Advocate, “Storms has orchestrated counter-events for Southern Decadence in the past, and in 2004, filed a lawsuit against gay rights group Action Wisconsin for defamation, but the suit was thrown out of court. He has also been an advocate for cleaning up the French Quarter, and has gone as far as filming sexual acts that took place during Southern Decadence, and screening his videos to lawmakers as a way to coerce them to stop allowing the annual festival from taking place.”
http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2011/03/01/anti-gay-christian-pastor-arrested-for-alleged-masturbation-in-front-of-children/Christian fundamentalist Rev. Grant Storms, 53, protester of the largest gay event in... more
Every year, the Rev. Grant Storms takes his bullhorn and his anti-gay rhetoric to the Southern Decadence festival in New Orleans. This year, he might not make it -- he was just arrested for masturbating near a children's playground in Metairie.
Storms, 53, was spotted by two different witnesses with his pants unzipped and his eyes trained on kids playing on Friday afternoon.
The women asked a park employee to call the sheriff.
NOLA.com reports that Storms was released without paying bond because of jail overcrowding.
Storms is well-known to many in New Orleans' gay community, since he makes a scene every Labor Day weekend at the gay celebration known as Southern Decadence.
"He's done everything through the years to disturb that and try to make it into something nasty that it's not," Southern Decadence organizer Chuck Robinson told NOLA. "If the Rev. Storms is caught doing that in our city, it is ludicrous and heinous that he would have the nerve to complain about any kind of sexuality."Every year, the Rev. Grant Storms takes his bullhorn and his anti-gay rhetoric to the... more
‘Appalling’ law lets schools expel gay students | Sydney Morning Herald
A SENIOR Anglican bishop calls it “appalling” and a gay and lesbian rights group condemns it as “deeply offensive”, but the Attorney-General, John Hatzistergos, backs a NSW law that allows private schools to expel gay students simply for being gay.Crikey!
‘Appalling’ law lets schools expel gay students | Sydney... more
Bryan Safi loves Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches but loathes the anti-gay agenda. So imagine his angst at the revelation that his favorite fast-food joint is helping the forces trying to block same-sex marriage. Will infoMania's "That's Gay" correspondent listen to his stomach or his soul?
That's Gay is a recurring segment on the weekly television show infoMania. In each episode of That's Gay, Bryan Safi explores gay issues and stereotypes as they are portrayed by the clueless media. For more Bryan visit http://current.com/groups/thats-gay/ and Current TV.
infoMania is a half-hour comedy show that airs weekly on Current TV. Picture the ultimate office water-cooler, only with funnier co-workers who willingly stay up late imbibing all forms of media so you don't have to. Caveat: Bring your own water. Hosted by Brett Erlich and co-starring Sergio Cilli, Erin Gibson, Ben Hoffman and Bryan Safi, infoMania airs on Thursdays at 11/10c on Current TV.
Go to http://current.com/infomania for more, and make sure to check out our Facebook profile for special features at http://facebook.com/infomania.Bryan Safi loves Chick-fil-A chicken sandwiches but loathes the anti-gay agenda. So... more
Capt. Owen Honors is relieved of command for 'lack of good judgment and professionalism.' The incident highlights the military's cultural struggle as it faces repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell.'
(click on the link for the full article)Capt. Owen Honors is relieved of command for 'lack of good judgment and... more
Mariana van Zeller is a Vanguard correspondent who reported from Uganda earlier this year.
The anti-homosexual campaign in Uganda continued this week with the local tabloid Rolling Stone publishing the second part of its "Hang Them" series. The latest edition reportedly names about another dozen gays in the country.
But Rolling Stone’s outing campaign may have hit a snag -- a judge in Uganda ordered the paper to stop publishing the names and photos of people it says are homosexual.Mariana van Zeller is a Vanguard correspondent who reported from Uganda earlier this... more
Arkansas education officials condemn anti-gay posts by a school board member. A screen grab shows anti-gay comments on the Facebook page of Clint McCance. The state Education Department is "dismayed," a spokeswoman says.Arkansas education officials condemn anti-gay posts by a school board member. A screen... more
NYC police have arrested the ninth and final suspect in the brutal attacks on four people touched off because gang members thought one of their recruits was gay. Ruddy Vargas-Perez, 22, was arrested by members of the Bronx violent felony squad.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31R0_R23qUoNYC police have arrested the ninth and final suspect in the brutal attacks on four... more
It’s official: A Minnesota disclosure law, enacted in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, was upheld by a federal judge on Monday.
U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank for the District of Minnesota denied a temporary injunction in a lawsuit brought by supporters of Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, including an anti-abortion group and an anti-tax organization. They sued to overturn the law on free speech grounds and had asked Frank to suspend the disclosure requirements immediately.
Frank answered with a firm no.
“Invalidating the election laws at issue here would likely result in corporations making independent expenditures without any reporting or disclosure on the eve of the upcoming general election on November 2, 2010,” his ruling said. “This result so close to the election would clearly harm the state, Minnesota voters, and the general public interest.”
The lawsuit, brought by Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life and Taxpayers League of Minnesota, argued that the disclosure law — which made possible the discovery of political donations made within the state by Target and other companies — was so burdensome that it infringed upon the groups’ first amendment rights. It’s an argument akin to what the National Organization for Marriage has been arguing in its lawsuits against the state of Maine and California — and the ruling today represents another blow to the logic of NOM’s case.
Even in its Citizens United decision, the Supreme Court upheld federal disclosure requirements as constitutional by a vote of 8-1. Some state laws are more rigorous (and therefore perhaps more burdensome), but none seem likely to be overturned wholesale on the grounds that they stifle free speech.It’s official: A Minnesota disclosure law, enacted in the wake of the Supreme... more
Cover your ears, because boy do we have a spoiler for you! Tom Emmer, the Republican who wants to be Minnesota's next governor, and who Target is throwing its weight behind, doesn't just want to keep marriage out of the hands of gays. Emmer also wants to keep bully protection from them too.
The Safe Schools for All bill, vetoed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty last year and opposed by Emmer as a state rep, would also get the ax under an Emmer administration, the candidate told an audience(http://minnesotaindependent.com/64600/advocates-say-anti-bullying-laws-needed-emmer-says-no) at the Minnesota State Fair debate. But what about the three bullying-related student suicides in the Anoka-Hennepin School District alone? And all those allegations of even teachers participating in the ridicule of fey kids?(http://www.queerty.com/there-are-repercussions-when-teachers-make-fun-of-a-high-school-students-sexuality-20090813/)
While the other gubernatorial candidates, including Mark Dayton, said they'd sign it, Emmer insisted, "I would have to see what it looks like. I’ll tell you right now, bullying is a serious issue. You’re talking to the parent of seven kids — Jacquie and I have seven kids — we’re very, we’re very aware of what happens when a child is faced with an uncomfortable situation at school or out in a public place. But tell you what, it’s up to the parents, Jacquie and I, to educate our children, how they handle that situation. We’re the ones who have to be the front line of defense for our children. I don’t want the government doing that for us."
Yeah, pesky big brother! Get out of the way of parents teaching their kids whether or not pushing the faggot down the steps is okay.Cover your ears, because boy do we have a spoiler for you! Tom Emmer, the Republican... more
A Florida pastor may have called off his plan to burn Qurans on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. But David Grisham, the leader of a militant evangelical group in Amarillo, tells the local CBS affiliate(http://www.newschannel10.com/global/story.asp?s=13135412) that he plans to publicly burn the Muslim holy book on Saturday. Grisham is the leader of Repent Amarillo, which gained attention in January when it launched a boycott of Houston after the city elected on openly gay mayor, Annise Parker:
> According to Grisham, he has questioned why he should go through with his plan,
> but in the end, he feels it is right.
> “Terrorism was seeded by the ideas in the Quran. It’s the Quran that has put our troops
> in danger. Burning one isn’t going to put our troops in danger. It’s the ideas contained
> in that book that put them in danger,” said Grisham.
Grisham is a security guard at a NUCLEAR-BOMB facility called Pantex, according to media reports. Repent Amarillo goes by the moniker “Army of God” and refers to itself as the “special forces of spiritual warfare.” The group has also gained attention for a campaign to shut down a local swingers club, as well as a “warfare map” posted on its website identifying its enemies in Amarillo.A Florida pastor may have called off his plan to burn Qurans on the anniversary of the... more
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A few Target Corp. and Best Buy Co. institutional shareholders weighed in Thursday on the flap over the companies' political donations in Minnesota, urging the boards of both retailers to increase their oversight of campaign contributions.
Walden Asset Management and Trillium Asset Management Corp., both of Boston, and Bethesda, Md.-based Calvert Asset Management Co. filed shareholder resolutions with both companies. Together, the three firms control less than 1 percent of each company's outstanding shares - 1.1 million Target shares worth $57.5 million and 344,000 Best Buy shares worth $11.3 million - but they are moving the debate over the political giving to a new arena.
"A good corporate political contribution policy should prevent the kind of debacle Target and Best Buy walked into," said Trillium vice president Shelley Alpern. "We expect companies to evaluate candidates based upon the range of their positions - not simply one area - and assess whether they are in alignment with their core values. But these companies' policies are clearly lacking that."
The shareholders said the donations don't mesh with corporate values that include workplace protections for gay employees and risk harming the companies' brands. Walden senior vice president Tim Smith said such giving can have "a major negative impact on company reputations and business."
The Target resolution urges the board to review the effect of future political contributions on the company's public image, sales and profitability and to consider the cost of backing a candidate whose politics conflict with the company's public stances.
The three investment companies together submitted the resolution to Target, while Calvert and Trillium filed the Best Buy shareholder proposal. One of Trillium's clients, the Portland, Ore.-based Equity Foundation, divested a small Target holding of 170 shares on Wednesday.MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A few Target Corp. and Best Buy Co. institutional shareholders... more
Crawling back into the sunlight after a the publicity nightmare it created for itself, Target and CEO Gregg Steinhafel now say the company is "genuinely sorry" for donating $150,000 in cash and services to the political action committee MN Forward. Steinhafel also told employees (and, by proxy, consumers) today, "We remain fully committed to fostering an environment that supports and respects the rights and beliefs of all individuals. " But how can Target remain fully committed to something it never had in the first place?
"The truth is not that Target and its leadership have suddenly turned on their commitment to gay rights. It's more that it never really existed to begin with." So says The Awl's Abe Sauer, who's been on top of Target's anti-gay political donations. "Further research shows that Target has funneled significant funding to the most socially conservative of Republicans and that it boasts a frightening culture of anti-gay candidate support from Target's own stable of top executives."
We already knew CEO Steinhafel personally donated money to the campaign of Rep. Michele Bachmann, easily one of America's worst people to hold elected office. But the anti-gay money from Target's toppers doesn't end there.
Target's current group of top corporate officers have supported a murderers row of anti-gay politicians. Even more confusing, some of those anti-gay candidates supported by Target's PAC and its executives don't even represent Minnesota.
Of the small handful of donations he's made, Target CFO Douglas Scovanner has given to both Rep. John Kline and Rep. Erik Paulson. John Kline joined Bachmann with a group of Republican members of Congress who put their names on a lawsuit to force the District of Columbia to put gay marriage to a Prop 8-like referendum. Meanwhile, Paulson supports amending the constitution to ban gay equality.
Of the five candidates to whom Target CMO Michael Francis has donated, three are George W. Bush and the aforementioned John Kline and Erik Paulson. Target's Chief Information Officer Beth Jacob gave her largest personal donation ever to Erik Paulson. John Kline also received money from Terrence Scully, Target's president of financial services. So did anti-gay amendment-supporter Mitch McConnell, who isn't even a representative of Minnesota.
And equally tellingly:
All of these executives also gave money to former Minnesota senator Norm Coleman during his much contested 2008 race against Al Franken. Even largely politically inactive Target executives, such as Executive VP of Stores Troy Risch, gave to Coleman in 2008.
Al Franken, who is a very staunch supporter of complete gay equality, received zero dollars from Target executives or the Target PAC. Coleman, meanwhile, supported a constitutional amendment against gay equality.
And while those are all individual donations, which the heinous Supreme Court decision in Citizens United wouldn't affect, Target's own PAC, the newly formed Citizens Political Forum, has been funneling money to groups like Freedom First PAC, the fiefdom of outgoing Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, whose record on LGBT equality is terrible. It's one more way some of the billions Target generates every year finds the pockets of bigoted politicos.
Target and its executive suite have a clear connection to a slew of anti-gay candidates. Listening, then, to the company trumpet its commitment to diversity and equal rights and blah blah flies in the direct face of what these individuals are doing in private. And while every American has the right, deservedly so, to donate money to politicians they support, consumers also have a right to understand that as they spend dollar after dollar with Target, the company's earnings increase, and these executives' salaries, bonuses, and equity stakes in the company become more lucrative. Which gives them more money to donate to political candidates who want nothing more than to zap rights away from queer Americans.
I'd write something about Target's executives now having "a target on their backs," but it turns out they always have. We just never put on our special goggles to see it.Crawling back into the sunlight after a the publicity nightmare it created for itself,... more
The anti-gay legislation investigated in Vanguard's "Missionaries of Hate" is stalled in committee and, according to local gay activists in the country, unlikely to pass during this current parliamentary session.
Correspondent Mariana van Zeller said she was taken aback by the fervor surrounding the anti-gay movement, especially at one of Pastor Ssempa’s inflammatory church rallies.
"One of the shocking experiences that we had [in Uganda] was being in this congregation, with children, old women, and there he was with his laptop, showing these very graphic images of gay porn," Mariana said. [Watch more commentary with Mariana.] "You could see the faces of the congregation. They were completely shocked. And this is what they are taking home with them."
The anti-gay legislation investigated in Vanguard's "Missionaries of... more
Matt Morris, the married gay singer-songwriter and one-time Mickey Mouse Club member, was thrilled when Best Buy started airing promo videos for his new record When Everything Breaks Open. Then he found out Best Buy was funding the effort to elect anti-gay Tom Emmer governor of Minnesota.
So Morris — who you might remember from dueting with regular collaborator Justin Timberlake during the Haiti relief telethon — took down the video he originally recorded (with much excitement) of him visiting his local Best Buy, and replaced it with the one above. So while he doesn't want you to ban Best Buy outright — after all, he wants you to go into the store and buy his CD — he would love for you to take his record off the rack and replace it with some informational material about what the money you spend in Best Buy goes toward.Matt Morris, the married gay singer-songwriter and one-time Mickey Mouse Club member,... more
A supporter of the anti-gay US group National Organisation for Marriage has claimed that banning gay marriage will save states money.
The claim, which goes against most credible research, was made by Tamara Scott, Iowa's director of Concerned Women of America, at a rally in Des Moines this weekend.
She said that traditional families were being threatened by same-sex marriage, leading to costly social breakdown.
Generally, research shows that allowing same-sex marriage benefits states financially. California's gay marriage trial heard earlier this year that if more gay people married, they would increase school district revenues, real estate, payroll and sales taxes and would be more likely to be insured.
Married people are more likely to be wealthier than their unmarried counterparts and a Williams Institute study last year said that if half of all US cohabiting gay couples married, this would boost the economy by about $9.5 billion (£5.8 billion).
There is also much research to show that allowing gay people to marry can empower them, lessening rates of mental ill health and providing better environments for their children.
But Ms Scott claimed that the economic downturn could be blamed on the social costs of "traditional families" being threatened by gay marriage, the Iowa Independent reports.
Citing a study from a Washington DC-based Christian group from 2009, she said: “It costs you, the taxpayer, as high as $280 billion a year for fragmented families, according to the Family Research Council.
“If we would correct the breakdown of the family by one per cent, we could save the taxpayer $3 billion a year.
"An easy fix and a better fix long term for our children… When the family is healthy, the community benefits. When the family is hurting, society will pay the cost one way or another. We can fix this economic downturn very easily by fixing some hearts.”
At a pro-gay marriage rally in Des Moines on the same day, the claims were rubbished by Iowa first lady Mari Culver.
Ms Culver told the newspaper: “Heterosexuals have not done a great job with marriage and the family. I think a strong middle class makes a strong economy. I think (NOM) is looking for some economic cover, rather than revealing that some in their group are simply anti-gay.”A supporter of the anti-gay US group National Organisation for Marriage has claimed... more
The contrast between Emmer's outspoken conservatism and Target's moderate image is striking. Emmer lauds Arizona's strict approach to illegal immigration and once advocated chemical castration for sex offenders.The contrast between Emmer's outspoken conservatism and Target's moderate... more
Tim Tebow, who in January shot highly-publicized anti-choice, anti-abortion ads for anti-gay evangelical group Focus on the Family, has signed a multi-year contract as the new spokesman for Jockey underwear , which sees a partner in Tebow's values. Said Jockey Chairman and CEO Debra S.
Said Jockey Chairman and CEO Debra S. Waller: “Tim is a highly gifted athlete with a positive attitude and an admirable character. We at Jockey see a very bright future with Tim, and believe that he is an excellent representative for the brand. Tim is genuine, smart and driven and those qualities align well with Jockey. We look forward to building a long and collaborative relationship with him in the coming years.”Tim Tebow, who in January shot highly-publicized anti-choice, anti-abortion ads for... more
Peter LaBarbera’s Americans for Truth about Homosexuality is preparing to teach teens how gays are trying to destroy America. The schedule is now available.
Recently, we told you about AFTAH’s planned “Truth Academy” near Chicago. This event is only open to attendees who come with references proving that they support AFTAH’s anti-gay agenda.
We wrote to Peter LaBarbera and expressed our understanding that he likely did not have the resources to provide security and did not want disruptive people in attendance. We asked if one of us or a representative could attend, and participate only at the level LaBarbera deemed appropriate.
He responded, explaining that he would have to run the idea past his advisory board. The only further reply received was from one of his board members to Peter, recommending that Peter “blow them off” this year and let the event grow, perhaps including the press in the future.
LaBarbera’s closed door to the press and to anyone not able to prove that they, as required, “share AFTAH’s belief that homosexuality is immoral and that the GLBT movement is destructive to America and a direct threat to our religious freedom” has brought criticism and the assumption that this “Truth Academy” will more likely be a three-day gay-bashing session which LaBarbera does not want public.
The recently released curriculum suggests that this may well be the case.
Truth Academy Instructors:
* Matt Barber, Liberty Counsel ; Board Member, AFTAH
* Cliff Kincaid, America’s Survival; Accuracy in Media
* Prof. Robert Gagnon, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, author, The Bible and Homosexual Practice
* Arthur Goldberg, Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality (JONAH), author, Light in the Closet: Torah, Homosexuality, and the Power to Change
* Laurie Higgins, Illinois Family Institute
* Robert Knight, Coral Ridge Ministries; author, Radical Rulers: The White House Elites Who Are Pushing America Towards Socialism, keynote presenter
* Peter LaBarbera, Americans For Truth About Homosexuality
* Prof. Rena Lindevaldsen, Liberty University School of Law
* Greg Quinlan, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX); Pro-Family Network
* Ryan Sorba, Young Conservatives of California
Welcoming Remarks, Peter LaBarbera, President, Americans For Truth About Homosexuality: “From gay pride to gay tyranny”
10:10 – 11:10 – Prof. Rena Lindevaldsen, Liberty University School of Law: “History of modern ‘gay’ activism and the courts”
11:20-12:20 – Matt Barber, Liberty Counsel; Board Member, AFTAH: “Masculine Christianity: a non-defensive approach to the Culture War over homosexuality”
1:20-2:20 – Ryan Sorba, Young Conservatives of California: “The ‘born gay hoax”
2:30 – 3:30 – Laurie Higgins, Illinois Family Institute: “Using reason and logic in answering pro-homosexuality arguments”
3:40-4:40 – Arthur Goldberg, JONAH (Jews Offering Healthy Alternatives to Homosexuality), author, Light in the Closet: Torah, Homosexuality, and the Power to Change: “Can gays change? Is gay parenting good for kids? Presenting the research on homosexuality”
4:50-6:00 – PANEL DISCUSSION and Q & A:
Theme: “Can the effort to ‘mainstream’ homosexuality in American culture be stopped?”
Panelists: Rena Lindevaldsen, Matt Barber, Laurie Higgins, Ryan Sorba, Arthur Goldberg, and Greg Quinlan, Cliff Kincaid; Moderator: Peter LaBarbera
7:45 – 9:15 – Greg Quinlan, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX); Pro-Family Network: “An Ex-Gay Christian Discusses Love, Truth and Homosexuality”
9:00 – 10:00 – Prof. Robert Gagnon, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary: “From abomination to ‘gay’: answering ‘queer theology’ — Old Testament”
10:10 – 11:10 – Prof. Rena Lindevaldsen, Liberty University School of Law: “The zero-sum game: homosexuality-based ‘rights’ vs. religious and First Amendment freedoms”
11:20-12:20 – Laurie Higgins, Illinois Family Institute: “Corrupting children, politicizing schools: the homosexual youth agenda”
1:20-2:20 – Arthur Goldberg, JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality: “The gender confusion agenda: ‘transgender rights’”
2:30 – 3:30 – Cliff Kincaid, America’s Survival, Accuracy in Media: “The battle over blood: ‘gay’ health risks and public policy”
3:40-4:40 – Prof. Rena Lindevaldsen, Liberty U. School of Law: “The legal strategy to stop homosexual ‘marriage’: triumphs and pitfalls”
5:00-6:00 – PANEL DISCUSSION and Q & A:
Theme: “Returning the debate to behavior – getting off the ‘GLBT’ playing field”
Panelists: Rena Lindevaldsen, Matt Barber, Laurie Higgins, Ryan Sorba, Arthur Goldberg, Cliff Kincaid, Robert Knight, Robert Gagnon, Gregg Quinlan; Moderator: Peter LaBarbera
7:45 – 9:15 – Robert Knight, Coral Ridge Ministries; author, Radical Rulers: The White House Elites Who Are Pushing America Towards Socialism: “From destroying DOMA to homosexualizing the military: Obama’s radical homosexual/transsexual agenda for America”
9:00 – 10:00 – Prof. Robert Gagnon, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary: “’Jesus Never Said Anything about Homosexuality’”; Answering ‘Queer Theology’ — New Testament”
10:10 – 11:10 – Robert Knight, Coral Ridge Ministries: “Destructive legacy: Alfred Kinsey and the (Homo)Sexual Revolution”
11:20-12:20 – Greg Quinlan, PFOX, Pro-Family Network: “The big, pink plan for a lavender culture”/”How to lobby effectively”
1:20-2:20 – Cliff Kincaid, America’s Survival; Accuracy in Media: “Combating pro-homosexual media bias, confronting pro-gay ‘conservatives’”
2:30-3:40 – Prof. Robert Gagnon, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary: “Agreeing with God: a truly biblical approach toward ‘out and proud’ homosexuality”
3:50-4:50 – Ryan Sorba, Young Conservatives of California: “Confronting the zeitgeist: new strategies to turn around younger Americans on ‘gay rights’”
5:00-6:00 – Matt Barber, Liberty Counsel, AFTAH Board Member: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Bleed: stopping Obama’s campaign to homosexualize the U.S. military”
6:00-6:20 – Closing remarks, Peter LaBarbera, Americans For Truth
These session titles do not indicate a focus on “helping” homosexuals. Instead, nearly every session is geared toward teaching teens that homosexuals are trying to destroy their Christian way of life, or training teens to lead a cultural war against homosexuals. The Truth Academy’s apparent goal is to push gays out of all segments of society and ensure their continued second-class-citizen status.
Please be aware that some Internet filters categorize AFTAH’s site as a hate site; you may not be able to access it from some computers.http://www.secularnewsdaily.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/0-150x150.jpg... more
Americans United has compiled a list of “stealth” evangelical organizations who target middle and high schools with former pro athletes, rock bands, and more . . . to get kids’ interest, then sell them on Jesus. Oh, and they charge schools for the privilege of hosting their revivals.
The July/August 2010 cover of AU’s Church & State warns of “Stealth Evangelism in the Public Schools“. The cover story tells of David Jenkins, a Methodist minister in Kansas, who fought the efforts of an evangelical group coming to the local high school.(http://www.au.org/media/church-and-state/archives/2010/07/stealth-evangelism-and-the.html)
A number of evangelical organizations are touring high schools across the nation. One, “Sports World”, sells administrators on discussions of character from former professional athletes. Others talk about drug and alcohol abuse, suicide prevention, and other issues of concern for teens. Trouble is, the sessions turns into revival meetings by their end . . . and some school districts are caught unawares.
Another group, You Can Run But You Cannot Hide, is fronted by rock band Junkyard Prophet, who performs in public schools and then shares a message of “new life in Christ”. The organization is a favorite of Minnesota’s infamous extremist Republican representative Michelle Bachmann, who has lent her name twice to help the group raise money. If guilt by association isn’t adequate, lead singer Bradlee Dean’s comments on a radio ministry show might paint a more clear picture of their message:
“Muslims are calling for the executions of homosexuals in America,” Dean said on a ministry radio show May 15. “This just shows you they themselves are upholding the laws that are even in the Bible of the Judeo-Christian God, but they seem to be more moral than even the American Christians do, because these people are livid about enforcing their laws. They know homosexuality is an abomination.”
Unbelievably, some of these groups even convince school districts to pay them to attend — either defraying expenses, or a flat fee. Taxpayer funds are being used to hire groups to indoctrinate children at mandatory-attendance assemblies.
Americans United has also provided a listing and information about eight of these organizations, describing their modus operandi, budget, and mission. Have a look at the listing HERE. (http://www.au.org/media/church-and-state/archives/2010/07/stealth-evangelism.html)Americans United has compiled a list of “stealth” evangelical... more