Michigan Newspaper Runs Anti-Gay Ad

You may remember that, several months ago, Family Research Council and Request Foods took out a full-page ad in Michigan's Holland Sentinel. The ad was a list of lies about gays and lesbians. Looks like another homophobic ad has made its way onto the pages of the newspaper.

The half-page ad features a picture of two men in a casual embrace along with anti-gay biblical quotes and the phrase “How sad when God’s original design is twisted.” It was put together and paid for by a Pastor named Earl Shetler, who also runs a tree removal service in Saugatuck, Michigan, a popular gay and lesbain resort town.

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  1. Does that ad seriously say "people maker?" Does that appeal to anyone? Yes, you are merely a factoring for manufacturing people, which themselves will just be factories. We are no better than the virus, which seeks single-mindedly to replicate over and over until we consume all.

    Such a poor ad just demonstrates the lack of thought behind this campaign and its people.

    Posted by: Matt S. | Nov 28, 2010 12:54:47 PM

  2. Best way to learn "God's design" is a life-long study of science and philosophy--something I doubt this pastor does well (or does). Throwing scripture around is what fools do.

    Posted by: Adrian | Nov 28, 2010 1:01:47 PM

  3. I wonder if the couple in the ad (actually any of the couples) know how their image is being used.

    Posted by: Houndentenor | Nov 28, 2010 1:02:11 PM

  4. Why yes, I would like you to pay to have a free 26 page booklet printed and mailed to me.

    Posted by: John M | Nov 28, 2010 1:04:06 PM

  5. I dunno, those two dudes seem like they're having a pretty enjoyable day. Sunshine, reading the newspaper in a park, get some hugs and kisses from your squeeze -- that seems pretty right on.

    Posted by: naughtylola | Nov 28, 2010 1:10:18 PM

  6. "Tree removal service" sounds like a euphemism for Lumber jack to me and we all know what that means; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQOMxz-O7Sc

    Posted by: cornvalley | Nov 28, 2010 1:13:29 PM

  7. This is ridiculous for the 21st century. Would this newspaper accept an ad from the KKK or an anti-Jewish organization? I think not. We need to start calling this for what it is, hate speech. The 1st amendment only applies to governmental organizations limiting speech, it doesn't apply to private industry - otherwise you'd see lawsuits from the KKK. We need to start calling these news organizations out for propagating this nonsense.

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 28, 2010 1:26:44 PM

  8. what a sick joke to play on those hetero folks who are not capable of having children. Sickening, I tell you sickening. WWJD if he know this sick fuck was picking on his own creations?

    Posted by: Cubbie | Nov 28, 2010 1:42:31 PM

  9. I wonder if ABC knows that still of the male couple is actually taken from a "What Would You Do Segment" dealing ironically with how people react to gay PDA as seen here... recognize the couple?


    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Nov 28, 2010 1:43:18 PM

  10. Saugatuck is a breath of fresh air smack dab in the middle of right wing conservative hypocritical Western Michigan. It is odd that Pastor Jackass would choose to locate in such a progressive town. It is not surprising, however, that this ad ran in the Holland Sentinel. Just up the road from Saugatuck, Holland is an entirely different world.

    Posted by: Mark | Nov 28, 2010 1:54:18 PM

  11. Stupid that this group can buy an ad like this, but the picture of the male couple is very sweet. I think the verbiage is so ridiculous, and that image so endearing that it might actually help our cause a bit. Thanks tree remover!!

    Posted by: Troy | Nov 28, 2010 2:37:05 PM

  12. I hope every gay person in Saugatuck encourages all of their friends and everyone they know to stop using this guys tree removal business. They need to financially ruin him.

    Posted by: Joe | Nov 28, 2010 2:40:32 PM

  13. I live in Saugatuck and we've started a campaign against this a-hole. Believe me! The name of the company is A Cut Above Tree Service and, with the help of many, many friends, we are getting the word out there. This company has taken a ton of money from the gay and lesbian community here in Saugatuck and that's ended now. We have condo assosciations as well as many, many individuals and couples (gay and straight) who have vowed never to use this service again.
    Also, he ran another ad, in the same anti-gay genre on the 26th and we've circulated that as well.
    This guy is just, imho, a huge douche-bag who has nothing better to do. He's spending the money that we gave him, against us. But, just to let you know, pretty much everyone who's important, knows this guy is a bit off.

    Posted by: Gregg | Nov 28, 2010 3:15:37 PM

  14. If it is a pic from ABC's What Would You Do? I wonder if the hate filled author/creator and the paper got permission to use it - I think ABC should sue for damages.

    Posted by: Dan | Nov 28, 2010 3:31:14 PM

  15. How sad when God's people are so fucking twisted! :(

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Nov 28, 2010 3:47:51 PM

  16. Personally I think we should all call the number shown and request the 26 page booklet and help them spend their money. Imagine if that number were put on facebook. Hmmmm.... Leave your name and address and the booklet will be mailed to you at no charge! I think I might just give it a go.

    Posted by: Randy | Nov 28, 2010 4:10:53 PM

  17. @DAN

    Yep if you watch the video I listed the link to above and go to about 3:53, there it is...

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Nov 28, 2010 4:27:07 PM

  18. Anybody up for a national newspaper ad campaign calling out evangelicals for their bigotry and hatred? And I mean a campaign that hits them to the core of their stupidity: their religion!

    Posted by: mikej | Nov 28, 2010 4:30:49 PM

  19. would someone PLEASE alert the gays in ABC's legal department?

    Posted by: pete | Nov 28, 2010 4:32:27 PM

  20. There are plenty of straight people, too, in Saugatuck, Holland, and elsewhere in the area who would be happy to boycott this guy's business. Boycotting the Holland Sentinel for the offensive ad wouldn't be a bad idea either.

    Posted by: Michigander | Nov 28, 2010 6:39:57 PM

  21. The Rev. Shetler needs to remove the stick up his own ass before criticising the wood up another's.

    Posted by: MajorTom | Nov 28, 2010 7:20:42 PM


    Posted by: shannon | Nov 28, 2010 7:31:25 PM

  23. Oh please, it's in Holland, MI. That place is chock full of crazy-ass Dutch Reformists. A friend of mine was told in high school that she couldn't be friends with someone because she was "a Catholic who was going to burn in Hell." That place is the home to Hope College!

    Not surprising at all.

    Posted by: Luminum | Nov 28, 2010 7:36:18 PM

  24. It isn't sad. it's beautiful.

    "One day mankind will understand that it was man who created god rather than god who created man. Just hope as a species we survive long enough to realise it."

    - HK, Hong Kong (ex pat), 28/11/2010 10:21

    Posted by: ravewulf | Nov 28, 2010 7:45:31 PM

  25. Request Foods is somehow connected to Campbell's Soup Co. I think they would be interested to know.

    Posted by: Drew | Nov 28, 2010 9:16:39 PM

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