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FRC Hits Holland, MI with Anti-Gay Ad Based on Discredited Pamphlet as City Considers Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

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Holland, Michigan is considering an anti-discrimination ordinance that would cover sexual orientation and gender identity. On July 23, Tony Perkins' Family Research Council and Request Foods took out a full page ad in the Holland Sentinel broadcasting untruths based on a fraudulent, discredited pamphlet. Gay groups are strategizing on how to respond.

Perkins Pride Source reports:

"A steering committee for the group Holland Is Ready, which is supporting efforts to pass the anti-discrimination ordinance, planned to meet Wednesday morning to decide its course of action. 'I was sad to see this ad in our local paper, but it's typical of groups like the FRC, who are becoming more and more desperate in their communication,' said Jennifer Adams, an organizer of the group. 'Their approach is to engender fear by spreading blatant untruths about LGBT people.' Adams said it would not alter the work of Holland Is Ready. 'Our work will continue to remain focused on equality for all based on actions of justice, awareness and love," she said. Among other things, the ad said homosexuals can be changed into heterosexuals "sometimes spontaneously, and sometimes as a result of therapeutic interventions,' that homosexuals experience considerably higher levels of mental illness and substance abuse than heterosexuals and that gay people are not seriously disadvantaged by discrimination."

They add: "Request Foods is a frozen-food maker that has received millions in grants from the state of Michigan. One of its biggest clients is Campbell's Soup. Request Foods President Jack DeWitt has also contributed thousands to Family Research Council's political action committee."

Alvin McEwen notes that the claims made in FRC's ad are based on a discredited pamphlet called "The Top Ten Myths About Homosexuality" which uses research from George Rekers' "ex-gay" group NARTH.

Writes McEwen

"Most importantly, Ten Myths intentionally distorts information to make it seem that negative behaviors, i.e. drug and alcohol abuse, are indicative of the lgbt orientation. The pamphlet accomplishes this by citing data in regards to the lgbt community and such negative behaviors while omitting the fact that much of the data places the blame on homophobia for these negative behaviors. It is apparent that in the fictional world inhabited by the Family Research Council, lgbts being able to live without fear of discrimination is a sin, but lying about the lgbt community is allowed."

 

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  1. Time to file a defamation suit.

    Posted by: Bob | Jul 28, 2010 9:13:09 AM


  2. I just got back from a vacation in that area (Holland/Saugatuck/Douglas). It was lovely. I can't imagine that the residents will allow this, but then again I've occasionally been guilty of overestimating the morality of straight people.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jul 28, 2010 9:20:13 AM


  3. Well then, let's just make "Gay" a religion (see also: Scientology), and bars will become tax-free (cover charge=tithing, and think of how easy it will be to commit a day to the Lord aka Cher).

    And voila, protected.

    Posted by: Rebel | Jul 28, 2010 9:40:17 AM


  4. I hate these people with every fiber of my being, and it tarnishes my esteem of any who call themselves religious.

    Posted by: Matthew | Jul 28, 2010 10:14:07 AM


  5. It still amazes me that people build their careers on trying to ruin the lives of others. Tony Perkins and Family Research Council are pure evil.

    Posted by: KFLO | Jul 28, 2010 10:14:55 AM


  6. Sad that there are people who will buy this crap hook, line and sinker.

    A bunch of frightened, ignorant, hateful, small minded people are a dangerous thing.

    Posted by: Rich | Jul 28, 2010 10:23:42 AM


  7. As it happens Campbells soup is quite proud of the fact that they were rated a TOP Company in the 2009 Equality Index

    They might just want to know about Request Foods.

    http://www.campbellsoupcompany.com/Feedback.aspx

    Posted by: Will | Jul 28, 2010 10:25:01 AM


  8. well everytime that commericial comes on TV with Actor Jeff Daniels promoting Michigan..I change the chanel ...Id NEVER go to that Hateful,Bigoted,Discriminatory state.

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jul 28, 2010 10:42:10 AM


  9. why do I have this DEEP Urge to Punch Perkins Right in the Face...while kicking him hard as possible in the ballz?

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jul 28, 2010 10:44:12 AM


  10. This isn't too surprising. The wealthy father of Erik Prince (of Blackwater fame) is from Holland, MI and helped co-found FRC.

    Posted by: Tintin Malfoy | Jul 28, 2010 10:50:05 AM


  11. Homosexual behavior is a choice, just as is heterosexual behavior is a choice, just as any other behavior is a choice. I'm gay, but could choose to have sex with a woman even though it goes against my orientation.

    Sexual orientation, no matter what it is, is not a choice. The science supporting the immutability of sexual orientation is slim, but consistent. It's slim because research into sexual orientation is relatively recent. All persons are subject to a "complex mix of developmental factors." The generality of the arguments enhances their "truthiness."

    However, since the opposition to equality is largely driven by religious opinions, not by either science or human decency or core American values, the argument that homosexuality is only a behavior will persist.

    Besides, it helps the FRC raise money.

    Posted by: jpeckjr | Jul 28, 2010 11:15:29 AM


  12. We need to check Mr. Perkins computer and I can guarantee you that you will find plenty of Gay Porn on it. This dude is so Gay is not even funny!

    Posted by: Sean | Jul 28, 2010 11:29:04 AM


  13. Vile, just vile. I would love to just bash'em. Disgusting.

    Posted by: nikko | Jul 28, 2010 11:36:56 AM


  14. Myth: some people are born gay
    Fact: Insufficient evidence either way. There are factors that are associated with a higher likelyhood of being gay, some ARE some and ARE NOT genetic. Correlation != causation.

    Myth: sexual orientation can never change
    Fact: (sarcasm) true, of course. Just go tell a homophobe that someday they'll crave giving up their ass and they'll tell you that will NEVER happen.(end sarcasm) SOME people's attraction changes. Some people's don't.

    Myth: 10% of the population is gay.
    Fact: 3% is openly gay, the other 7% are on the down low. ;)

    Myth: Homosexuals do not suffer a higher level of psychological disorders than heterosexuals.
    Fact: (sarcasm)True. But then again you classify being homosexual as a psychological disorder, so that's a 100% strike against us.(end sarcasm) ... given that a large minority of people feel it's their right to ridicule, harass, discriminate and abuse us for who we are, is there any surprise that people that come out in homophobic states have problems adjusting? Whose fault is that? Hmmmm?

    Myth: Homosexuals are seriously disadvantaged by discrimination.
    Fact: I saw what happened to my peers when they came out. I stayed home and studied my ass off so I could get to college and out of that intolerant hick filled town. It is BECAUSE of the disadvantages of discrimination that some of us become half-crazed over-achievers, and even then still we're still treated as lessor citizens.

    Perkin's go f yourself.

    Posted by: jexer | Jul 28, 2010 12:29:19 PM


  15. The one that really pisses me off every time is the one about us experiencing higher levels of mental illness and substance abuse. Perhaps if they tried living in a society where their orientation had been held as invalid from birth, where they felt they had to hide an important part of who they are from those closest to them until adulthood, where once "out" the only places to meet were bars and clubs, and where if you met someone and wanted to be with them your relationship was not recognised as valid.... maybe THEN they'd understand.

    Gregory Flood wrote something that was helpful to me when I was coming out 25 years ago. He said it's "as if the RESULTS of years of negative conditioning somehow proved that the basic premise of that conditioning was valid - like burning down a house to prove it was made of ashes"

    Posted by: Greg | Jul 28, 2010 12:30:20 PM


  16. NO

    Posted by: A | Jul 28, 2010 5:06:13 PM


  17. Oh please, Holland is FILLED with Conservative Dutch Reformists. That legislation will pass whether or not FRC throws their bad science at the residents there. If they believe that Catholics are going to Hell, I doubt that the rights of LGBT people are going to get much further.

    Posted by: Luminum | Jul 28, 2010 7:32:07 PM


  18. @Rebel: I just fell a little bit in love with you.

    Posted by: wilburinla | Jul 29, 2010 2:47:03 AM


  19. Send a letter to the editor of this newspaper: [email protected]

    Posted by: MacPHX | Nov 28, 2010 12:58:07 PM


  20. There is a good reason why the Southern Poverty Law Center named the FRC a hate group. The information provided here just supports the soundness of their decision.

    Posted by: David McCain | Nov 29, 2010 11:33:55 AM


  21. they should just leave the gay people alone they dont bother no one. but every one has to pick on them it just shows tehya re all baegets

    Posted by: ann | Feb 17, 2011 11:00:26 AM


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