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  1. says

    It’s a shame that they don’t allow comments on a video they titled “Take a Stand.” Guess it’s ok for them to take a stand against civil rights and to promote hate, but they don’t want anyone to take a stand against them.

  2. Mike says

    Wow, these folks are really in panic mode aren’t they. Their propaganda is way over the top. What a bunch of whiners… “We’re upset because it’s not OK to discriminate against gay people anymore…”

  3. Jexer says

    That’s right. Stand up, be heard, express your bigotry honestly. Oppose human equality and we’ll make sure not to treat you like equals… though more kindly than you have treated us for centuries.

    Ugh. I want those 6 minutes of my life back. What a repulsive video.

  4. Mike says

    Has anyone noticed the “subliminal” frames in color scattered here and there through the video? At first I though they were just video glitches.

  5. Pender says

    No, of course not, Brian In Texas. That “statistic” comes from a “study” by an anti-gay activist that consisted of counting up obituaries in a gay magazine during the height of the AIDS crisis and averaging the ages of the deceased. It’s like measuring the Jewish life expectancy by averaging the ages of Jews who died in Germany during the Holocaust and concluding that matzoh will kill you.

  6. JerzeeMike says

    @DEVIN TAIT, me too DEVIN. I sent YouTube a respectful but strong note regarding this video since they don’t have the courage to allow for commentary. Restricting freedom of speech in most UNAMERICAN indeed.

  7. Timmeeeyyy says

    So when was the last time a kid committed suicide or was killed, bullied, beaten, had to drop out of school because he’s a Christian?

    Twisted.

  8. Tom@NWOH says

    I flagged it as well for hatred against a protected group. As I was watching I kept thinking wow…and you people and your WWJD? Well, he would do the opposite. How sad that their hatred and ignorance blind them to the message of their G-d.

  9. brent says

    Haha! Gay people sometimes get sick, get depressed, “accept” abusive relationships, have suicidal thoughts, and die early. Yet they are extremely powerful and effectively spread their homosexual agenda! Wait what?

  10. Rico says

    There are so many things wrong with this campaign of hatred, besides moving back the clock on the type of bullying that has young children committing suicide, that it is hard to know what to address.

    I will address the issue of reparative therapy, the idea that if one prays hard enough they can be delivered from the sin of homosexuality . . . and what? . . . gain the love and acceptance of those who would otherwise withhold their love.

    I’ve been down that road. I denied my homosexuality, I confided in my pastor, but it was not confidentiality and love that awaited me.

    I was told that when one accepts Christ into their life as their personal savior, that all things are made new, and yet my pastor broke my confidence in him, and treated me as if I was the “old” person and greeted with the same intolerance and hatred as he did before I invited Christ into my life and told all the young men, the single men in the church that I was gay . . . and placed me on unequal footing with the other men in the church.

    There will be Christian Haters out there who would say that mine is unique, an isolated case of an errant pastor, but I think we can see through the hate mongering widespread campaigns that my story is not unique, and if isolated, is isolated to an entire group of people . . . gay, lesbian and transgendered people.

    It is not gay people who threaten the holy bonds of matrimony, it is men who abuse, or neglect their wive, husbands and wives who break their vows and cheat on each other.

    I was in a church, a church that disfellowshipped me for sins of homosexuality and in this same church, my brother slept with his best friends wife, and his best friend with his wife. I saw several couples who had been close that divorced and married each other spouses.

    I see in this country, fathers who are killing their children, shooting them, dropping them off bridges, mothers who are strapping them into their car seats and driving them into a lake. Isolated incidences . . . maybe but you hear it with greater frequency . . . but what is epidemic is the way parents ignore and neglect their children.

    They are worried what gay people will do to the holy state of matrimony, but they have nothing to say about a network that has taken something that is not to be entered into lightly and turned it into a reality-based game show.

    The American family is in danger, but the danger is a cancer . . . it comes from within the family itself. If there is a God, and if there is to be a judgment day, on that day when he confronts these people with their broken vows, the violence or neglect they practiced in their marriages and as parents, he won’t be interested in their excuses about the gay neighbors.

    “The gays made me do it!”

    There’s nothing like taking responsibility for one’s self . . . is there?

  11. JohnInManhattan says

    I flagged the video as well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-7lSLmGkq0

    Did you catch the Exodus International tag at the end of the video? I know that re-closeted homosexual RANDY “freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ” THOMAS, EVP of Exodus International, is a regular reader of Towleroad (Hi, Randy!) since he regularly lifts posts from here to post on his own site: http://www.randythomas.org/

    More info here:
    http://genocideforjesus.blogspot.com/2009/02/exodus-international-alliance-defense.html

    and to counter the Day Of Silence, the “Day Of Truth”:
    http://www.dayoftruth.org/main/default.aspx

  12. JohnInManhattan says

    It is to laugh.

    FROM http://www.dayoftruth.org/about/default.aspx

    “The Day of Truth was established to counter the promotion of the homosexual agenda and express an opposing viewpoint from a Christian perspective.

    In the past, students who have attempted to speak against the promotion of the homosexual agenda have been censored or, in some cases, punished for their beliefs. It is important that students stand up for their First Amendment right to hear and speak the Truth about human sexuality in order to protect that freedom for future generations. The Day of Truth provides an opportunity to speak the Truth in love and have an honest conversation about homosexuality and at the same time publicly exercise your constitutional right to free speech.

    Participating students are encouraged to wear T-shirts and pass out cards (not during class time) with the following message:

    I’m speaking the Truth to break the silence.

    True tolerance means that people with differing — even opposing — viewpoints can freely exchange ideas and respectfully listen to each other.

    It’s time for an honest conversation about homosexuality.

    There’s freedom to change if you want to.
    Let’s talk.

    The Day of Truth is scheduled for April 20, 2009. This is three days after GLSEN (The Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) will sponsor the “Day of Silence.” GLSEN’s Day of Silence encourages students to remain silent throughout the day. It is part of their overall strategy to change how our society perceives homosexual behavior. But the Day of Silence is a misnomer, because what is truly being silenced is the Truth.”

  13. Michael says

    Yes, please, let’s all flag it. I keep trying to see if there’s a way to see how many flags it’s gotten, but I can’t find one.

    In any event, let’s all send a message to YouTube….

  14. Danny says

    Gee, who knew that the Day of Silence involved the forcible and involuntary application of duct tape to all schoolchildren? The things you learn on Youtube! At 1:40 it reminds me of Pink Floyd’s The Wall.

    This video is laughable. It really is like something out of the 1950s, and the black and white style only underscores this. I actually think the NOM storm ad is a greater threat b/c it makes false assertions about SSM that might be taken as true. This video by contrast, is so utterly ridiculous and so at odds with what actually happens in public schools, that any straight person with kids will know it is BS.

  15. says

    They call it a CULTURE WAR; is it really?

    Why is it that THEIR SIDE has NO CASUALTIES WHATSOEVER from this “war” – NONE – while OUR SIDE has 1,000’s and 1,000’s of horror stories? And why is it that our “leaders” are still terrified of sharing these stories? (like in the PROP 8 FIASCO?).

    To sum up:

    THEM – no harm
    US – we have LOST our own children, homes, pensions, careers, mental “health”, and even our dignity. Some war. They have the upper legal hand and we “protest” instead of REVOLT.

  16. robertmalcolm says

    As I always ask … what are they so afraid of? As well it’s a sad commentary on the parents of those children involved that they were allowed to participate in such a hateful video. Sad indeed.

  17. JohnInManhattan says

    removed “by the user”, not YouTube. The Illinois Family Institute probably pulled the vid due to the dismal ratings. It’ll be back… with the rating function disabled.

  18. Sean says

    That means: Keep flagging it and bring it to youtubes attention.I would flag a video even if it promoted racism.Flag it as many times as it takes for youtube to remove it themselves.These right-wingers are so damn predictable.

  19. Lez says

    What diatribe – is this how white slave owners justified having black slaves!

    Religion itself (and I mean all of them) may not be the problem but the people who run it sure can be – this is just pure hatred because your not like me, how long before the swastikas start appearing in some of these churches.

    I watched it on youtube and have also flagged it.

  20. Chad says

    Wow..
    Maybe if we were excepted as equals in all aspects of society, there wouldn’t be as much drug & alcohol abuse, suicide and sexual transmitted disease in our community. Did they ever think of that when they were making this beautiful film?
    Well, whatever, judging from the long list of sinners at the end, we will have a lot of company in hell. But they left out a very large and important group: self-righteous twats.

  21. MTB says

    It’s shameful that so called “God Fearing” Christains spent so much time and energy on a good old fashion fire and brim stone serman and never bothered to consider the people they were hurting.

    They forget “Judge not, lest you be judged..” and plain ole christain charity. Neighbors throughout their state being shut out of their homes, children sleeping in shelters, the streets or their parents cars and going to sleep each night hungry.

    For people so concerned about their children they had no problem ignoring the children who are suffering. Wonder how many children could have been fed, or families helped to not loose their home if they had put their energies time and money there instead. Wonder how they are going to explain to their God that instead of loving one another as he instructed they chose to pick up the first stone. Amazingly they hold on a few pages of the bible and throw away the rest of the book in their actions.

  22. Kevin says

    Troglodytes on the wrong side of history trying desperately to drag us all back to the mid 20th Century. Sad that their own children will be the ones to suffer most. They will be remembered in the same way we remember lynchings in Mississippi, the confederacy and slave traders and owners.

  23. Jon says

    I’ve also flagged for religious discrimination. I firmly believe that anything this misinformed and hateful only makes moderate Christian allies look as offensive as their radical Christianofascist opposites in the eyes of viewers. Only ignorance would allow anyone to think this message represents the reality of all Christians.

  24. mike says

    Phew! Christian propaganda is alive and well! Well, my gay brothers (and sisters), get ready for more–much, much more like this. Expect violence and hatred like we’ve never seen. The christianists are in their death throes. They know it but they will not go quietly. They will use every vile lie they can to discredit our fight for human dignity and full civil equality in America. I am thankful for a place like Towleroad. So many articulate, perceptive and courageous people. It gives me hope.

  25. Brandie says

    I can’t beleive they can take themselves seriously enough to even finish filming that horrible film. When they started showing the flag, I thught they were going to burst out an apple pie and have June Clever serve it up to the “good” christians.

  26. David C says

    “The Illinois Family Institute, a certified hate group…”

    Certified by whom? The US government? The Vatican? Disney World?

    Andy Towle, do you even have a brain in your head? There’s no such thing as a process for certifying some organization a hate group.

    The IFI is considered a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Their listing of IFI as such is an expression of the SPLC’s judgment; it is not proof of anything as your statement implied.

    Yes, I know you included a link to SPLC’s list, but that’s not nearly good enough. You should have simply said the IFI is on the SPLC’s list of hate groups in the US and included the link.

  27. Cathy M says

    I’m embaressed that there are so many ignorant, brainwashed, scared people out there who are like impressionable little children and will totally eat this up. This is the kind of propaganda that scared young parents into voting for Prop Hate in CA. I remember one ad portrayed a little kindergardener coming home from school to tell his Mommy how he learned about gay sex today. So bizarre.
    Education about this kind of propaganda is the equal rights movement’s only chance.

  28. aaa says

    “I cried. I cried and I yearned to take up arms against these people. I’M NOT A FUCKING DEVIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

    Well, you are if you’re into kink like BDSM. *snickers*

    But seriously, there are people out there who use a slippery slope argument to equate homosexuality and relations between consenting adults to things like necrophilia, pedophilia and bestiality. These people have no moral compass whatsoever.

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