Stop the Anti Gay propaganda.

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    Feb 11, 2009 9:46 PM GMT
    I just received this letter from HRC. Go to the link and help us stop the hate.

    http://www.hrcactioncenter.org/campaign/stopthespecial/xx5usgrzj57bd8x?


    This Saturday – unless we act right now – a Michigan TV station will air a one-hour anti-LGBT propaganda piece designed to "reveal the truth about the radical homosexual agenda."

    The ultra-right wing American Family Association (AFA) says it produced the 60-minute program to air nation-wide.

    We need thousands of people to speak out IMMEDIATELY against this paid campaign of lies before the program airs on WOOD-TV, the local NBC station in Grand Rapids, MI.

    Tell WOOD-TV to reconsider its decision to air this hour of lies – and instead broadcast a fair debate.

    Make no mistake: this is the opening salvo in a coming battle over pro-equality legislation.

    Just as we are on the cusp of historic change – a federal hate crimes law, protections for LGBT workers against job discrimination – extremist groups like the AFA are launching a well-funded national campaign of hatred and fear to halt our progress.

    This program recycles familiar lies: that hate crime laws will "do away with our freedom of speech," or that pastors will be "criminalized for sharing the love of Jesus Christ." (In fact, the proposed federal hate crimes law explicitly states that it only applies to violent acts – not speech.)

    The "anchor" of this faux-news program, which may have already aired in smaller markets, is controversial talk show host Janet Parshall, who in 2006 suggested Matthew Shepard's lifestyle was responsible for his murder and called gay adoption "state-sanctioned child abuse."

    We cannot let this bigotry go unanswered. We can't let it scare voters, force LGBT people back into a place of shame and hiding, or create an atmosphere of intolerance or hate.

    Tell WOOD-TV program director Craig Cole to reconsider his decision, and instead devote their Sunday public affairs show, "To the Point", to an honest and fair discussion.

    The AFA has worked for years to silence LGBT people and their loved ones. Now it claims to be a victim of censorship. But this isn’t civil and this isn’t a debate. This is lies and anti-gay propaganda launched to defeat an inclusive Hate Crimes bill.

    Thank you for taking action. After you do, please spread the word to friends and family.

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    Feb 11, 2009 10:53 PM GMT
    That link doesn't work
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    Feb 11, 2009 10:57 PM GMT
    Here it is. Thanks for posting...
    http://www.hrcactioncenter.org/campaign/stopthespecial/xx5usgrzj57bd8x?
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    Feb 11, 2009 10:59 PM GMT
    http://www.hrc.org/12122.htm

    "Within an hour of that action alert announcement, the Grand Rapids, MI station which had planned to air the deceptive programming rescinded that offer."


    SUCCESS ALREADY!!!
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    Feb 11, 2009 11:05 PM GMT
    Thanks coolarmydude. That was scary stuff. I'm amazed that the station buckled so easily. I wonder what possessed them to think about airing this in the first place?
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    Feb 11, 2009 11:33 PM GMT
    So do I understand this correctly: this anti-gay program will not air publicly after all?

    But does a risk remain that the AFA will try to give exposure to this program in other markets?

    I'd remind our RJ members that there are a number of pro-Republican, pro-conservative, pro-Christian fundamentalist members here who agree with this sort of thing. Despite all their convoluted arguments and rationalizations, this is the reality of what they support. I hope we'll all remember this the next time they defend Republican policies in the US.

    To support one Republican, is to support them all, and all the anti-gay hatred they stand for.
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    Feb 11, 2009 11:37 PM GMT
    I can say, without irony, that I enjoy that the station's call letters are WOOD.
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    Feb 11, 2009 11:38 PM GMT
    Nice to see the HRC working for a change.
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    Feb 11, 2009 11:44 PM GMT
    RuggerATX saidNice to see the HRC working for a change.


    I hope they throw a big party with an open bar, free food, and lots of famous people to celebrate their success. (And it is a success)
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    Feb 11, 2009 11:44 PM GMT
    RuggerATX saidNice to see the HRC working for a change.

    Yeah. I contribute to the HRC, since they're a major ball carrier for gay rights. But their ineffectiveness has been a real problem. I agree it's about time they actually got some results for once. Maybe Obama in the White House has given them the balls they've lacked for the last 8 years.
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    Feb 12, 2009 2:25 AM GMT
    The HRC's been stepping it up since Prop 8 passed, or so it seems. With grass root groups like Jointheimpact.com starting, I think they realized that our community is sick of supporting groups that sit back and talk, but take no action with the funds we donate to them aside from sending out an online petition.

    Kudos to them on such swift action! Now, they if would get over the fear of putting the word "gay" anywhere near their name.
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    Feb 12, 2009 2:29 AM GMT
    GwgTrunks saidThe HRC's been stepping it up since Prop 8 passed, or so it seems. With grass root groups like Jointheimpact.com starting, I think they realized that our community is sick of supporting groups that sit back and talk, but take no action with the funds we donate to them aside from sending out an online petition.

    Kudos to them on such swift action! Now, they if would get over the fear of putting the word "gay" anywhere near their name.

    Well said! I hope the HRC is listening.