Ed Team

Good Touch...Bad Touch

Filed By Ed Team | April 11, 2005 11:18 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Marriage Equality, Media

Micah Clark has kindly noticed our hard work and time spent fighting for equal rights as evidenced in this section of his most recent mailing:
Pro-family Leader Targeted

It is not uncommon for anyone who holds a firm belief to experience condemnation in today's morally relevant culture. If you hold a view that is politically incorrect, conservative or faith-based you can pretty-much guarantee a hostile reaction.

Such is the case for my friend Eric Miller, head of Indiana's largest pro-family organization, Advance America. Radical gay-rights activists are outraged that Indiana has taken the first step toward allowing the people to vote on a Constitutional Amendment to preserve marriage to what it is - the bringing together of only one male and one female.

A group calling itself the Indiana Action Network is passing out flyers (1 2)in Indianapolis shopping center parking lots attacking Miller and what they call the "ultra-conservative" Indiana General Assembly.

The language of the flyer is, curious, but not as bizzare as its timing. Last week Kansas became the 18th state to amend its constitution to define marriage and to prevent the creation of counterfeit marriages like "civil unions" which are being used as legal wedges in courts in efforts to overturn state laws.

Kansas voters overwhelmingly approved their marriage amendment with a 70 percent statewide approval. (The final 40-point margin of victory was higher than polls were predicting.) A new poll from CNN/USA Today/Gallup has found that support for marriage preservation is growing nationally with 68% opposition to same-sex marriage.

If Indiana voters are allowed to vote on this issue in 2008, some experts predict that by then, up to 30 states will have passed marriage amendments.

Take heart Eric . . . you're well within the majority on this issue.

Now, although I'm excited to see that our work is not going unnoticed, his recap of the Kansas amendment is fairly accurate. We have got to get our community to work together instead of ripping each other apart in a shameful pissing match to see which group should receive 59.345% recognition because they did X, Y, and Z at the ABC action/protest/rally. How many more defeats do GLBTs need to see before they realize that the religious political extremists are bending us over a barrel and fisting us...without using lube?

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AUTHOR: Marla R. Stevens

DATE: 4/12/2005 12:36:46 AM

Congratulations on doing enough to earn Micah's notice, although I'll take issue with his characterization of Advance America being "pro-family". It's vehemently anti-gay -- in a sort of unawarely homoerotic way (check their original logo of two robust Aryan youth with what looks for all the world like a Deutsche Lebensborn Mutter walking three paces behind in an "oops, I guess we gotta include on of 'them'" guilty afterthought sort of way) and it's vehemently anti-choice but I haven't noticed them expending much energy on anything that actually makes family life better or families stronger or healthier or more prosperous or more stable or loving or any of the other things that really qualify as pro-family. (see NGLTF's Report: 'Marriage Protection Week' Sponsors: Are They Really Interested in 'Building Strong and Healthy Marriages?' - October 15, 2003 http://www.thetaskforce.org/reslibrary/list.cfm?pubTypeID=2 )What Micah and ilk do not realize is that, in a way, they are doing us a favor by exposing the depth of the mass homophobia and homohatred in America and, in so doing, forcing gay people and our allies to snap out of our denial about it, hopefully to action. It doesn't change that the generation gap is in our favor and that it makes them dinosaurs who have yet to look up to see that great big ol' comet headed their way.


DATE: 4/12/2005 12:42:56 AM

I'm SHOCKED! People that protest too much ....usually have the biggest closets. Ever hear the story of why he's such a hater? Very interesting to say the least. I've been one to be loud and critical of local activist groups. That being said, I was at the IE dinner, and the IAN job fair.

AUTHOR: Jerame Davis

DATE: 4/12/2005 12:46:53 AM

The story as to why Micah is so vehemently anti-gay is a good one. Perhaps I will do the research and put up a post about it sometime soon.He's an interesting character to say the least.

AUTHOR: Steph Mineart

DATE: 4/12/2005 05:57:16 AM

I like how they carefully omitted mentioning what the content of the flyer said (that SJR7 discrimination will kill economic development and turn away the employees the state needs to attract) and made it out to be merely an attack on Eric Miller.They don't dare repeat the real ideas in the flyer, because they know their legitimate points they have no answer for.


DATE: 4/12/2005 09:10:04 AM

Oh they don't care if Indiana loses jobs. They know that Jesus will give them jobs running the rides at Jesusland and Christ Jesus World.As for the pissing matches, I totally agree. Infighting and backstabbing only play into the hands of the Millerjugend.

AUTHOR: Bil Browning

DATE: 4/12/2005 05:59:02 PM

It's great that Jeff's fliers are being noticed. I thought it telling that Micah didn't bother to show his minions what the flier said... As Steph commented, that would have given the fliers legitimacy. Instead they are "strange" and "bizarre." I think Clark's anti-gay rhetoric and attacks on my family from a "pro-family" advocate are "strange" and "bizarre." I guess the devil's in the details, eh?