March 22nd, 2007
On March 20, The San Francisco Chronicle reported on a murder victim whose naked body was found near a freeway. According to the news report, Inspector Karen Lynch of the San Francisco Police’s homicide detail “said it appeared the victim had been in the process of becoming a woman.”
That same day, Mike Savage (real name, Michael Alan Weiner), a San Francisco-based syndicated talk radio host, reacted to that news report this way:
[San Francisco police inspector Karen] Lynch said it appeared the victim had been in the process of becoming a woman…
And then they go into “she said transgender victims” going on and on “extremely violent” going on and on “are frequently left partially clothed or completely nude, it’s making a statement and humiliating the victim,” blah-blah-blah. I am so beyond fed up with freaks….
…But you know what? You’re never gonna make me respect the freak. I don’t want to respect the freak. The freak ought to be glad that they’re allowed to walk around without begging for something. You know, I’m sick and tired of the whole country begging, bending over backwards for the junkie, the freak, the pervert, the illegal immigrant. All of them are better than everybody else. Sick. Everything is upside down.
I bring up those two communities specifically because they are homes to Focus on the Family and Exodus International respectively. And as I mentioned previously, Mike Haley — who is not only a director of gender issues at Focus on the Family’s Public Policy Division, but also the board chairman for Exodus International — had this to say about hate crimes at the Love Won Out conference in Phoenix:
I think, too, we also have to be just as quick to also stand up when we do see the gay and lesbian community being come against as the Body of Christ. We need to be the first to speak out to say that what happened to Matthew Shepard was a terrible incident and should never happen again. And that we within the Body of Christ are wanting to protect that community and put our money where our mouth is…
I brought this up previously when Andrew Anthos was murdered and nobody “put their money where their mouth is.” Some have suggested that this incident may be too obscure for them to notice. Okay, maybe. Although as I pointed out then, they are perfectly capable of scouring up some pretty obscure stuff when they want to.
But this is not obscure. Michael Savage is a national broadcaster. His show is carried on more than 300 radio stations across the country. He often shares the same airwaves with other popular talk show hosts like Rush Limbaugh, Laura Schlessinger, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham. These are not obscure radio stations and he is not an obscure radio personality. He is the third most popular talk radio host in the nation.
And yet, Focus and Exodus remain silent as a very popular conservative commentator spews what can only be described as hateful filth across the airwaves and into hundreds of homes across America. Someone was brutally murdered, Michael Savage justified it, and Focus and Exodus remained silent.
(Well, not entirely silent. Focus on the Family did take the time today to re-iterated their opposition to hate crimes legislation by trotting out the same old “special rights” nonsense — even though the FBI reported that in 2005 there were 23 anti-heterosexual, 58 anti-Protestant and 935 anti-white hate crime incidents. Are their rights “special”?)
Christ said, “Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’.” The meaning is clear. If you say you’re going to do something, then just do it. Don’t say something ought to be done simply because it will make your audience think the kinder of you. Say what you mean and mean what you say. This is all anyone has a right to ask.
Denouncing Savage’s hatred should not be that difficult. You should not have to think about it. There’s no controversy in it, is there?
In this original BTB Investigation, we unveil the tragic story of Kirk Murphy, a four-year-old boy who was treated for “cross-gender disturbance” in 1970 by a young grad student by the name of George Rekers. This story is a stark reminder that there are severe and damaging consequences when therapists try to ensure that boys will be boys.
When we first reported on three American anti-gay activists traveling to Kampala for a three-day conference, we had no idea that it would be the first report of a long string of events leading to a proposal to institute the death penalty for LGBT people. But that is exactly what happened. In this report, we review our collection of more than 500 posts to tell the story of one nation’s embrace of hatred toward gay people. This report will be updated continuously as events continue to unfold. Check here for the latest updates.
In 2005, the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote that “[Paul] Cameron’s ‘science’ echoes Nazi Germany.” What the SPLC didn”t know was Cameron doesn’t just “echo” Nazi Germany. He quoted extensively from one of the Final Solution’s architects. This puts his fascination with quarantines, mandatory tattoos, and extermination being a “plausible idea” in a whole new and deeply disturbing light.
On February 10, I attended an all-day “Love Won Out” ex-gay conference in Phoenix, put on by Focus on the Family and Exodus International. In this series of reports, I talk about what I learned there: the people who go to these conferences, the things that they hear, and what this all means for them, their families and for the rest of us.
Prologue: Why I Went To “Love Won Out”
Part 1: What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Part 2: Parents Struggle With “No Exceptions”
Part 3: A Whole New Dialect
Part 4: It Depends On How The Meaning of the Word "Change" Changes
Part 5: A Candid Explanation For "Change"
Using the same research methods employed by most anti-gay political pressure groups, we examine the statistics and the case studies that dispel many of the myths about heterosexuality. Download your copy today!
And don‘t miss our companion report, How To Write An Anti-Gay Tract In Fifteen Easy Steps.
Anti-gay activists often charge that gay men and women pose a threat to children. In this report, we explore the supposed connection between homosexuality and child sexual abuse, the conclusions reached by the most knowledgeable professionals in the field, and how anti-gay activists continue to ignore their findings. This has tremendous consequences, not just for gay men and women, but more importantly for the safety of all our children.
Anti-gay activists often cite the “Dutch Study” to claim that gay unions last only about 1½ years and that the these men have an average of eight additional partners per year outside of their steady relationship. In this report, we will take you step by step into the study to see whether the claims are true.
Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council submitted an Amicus Brief to the Maryland Court of Appeals as that court prepared to consider the issue of gay marriage. We examine just one small section of that brief to reveal the junk science and fraudulent claims of the Family “Research” Council.
The FBI’s annual Hate Crime Statistics aren’t as complete as they ought to be, and their report for 2004 was no exception. In fact, their most recent report has quite a few glaring holes. Holes big enough for Daniel Fetty to fall through.