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Sex Education, Swedish Anti-Gay Style

Jim Burroway

February 27th, 2008

The Swedish newspaper Göteborgs-Tidningen reported a surprising story yesterday. How would you like for your six-year-old kid to receive this for a birthday message?

When Rufus, aged 6, was about to open his birth day present, something unexpected fell out of the box: a “business card” from an anti-gay organization.

Happy Birthday!

For those among us who don’t read Swedish, the card reads:

Homosexuals transmit AIDS when they are licking each others butt holes. What else are they doing? Visit www.amoso.se.

Dislike homosexuality, not the homosexual person.

Little Rufus’ father, Peter Karisson bought the toy at a Toys-R-Us store in Göteborg. It is still unknown how the calling card found its way into the box.

AMOSO is a Swedish acronym for “Exposing myths about sexual orientation,” and is run by Ron Linden (a.k.a. Ronnie Lindén), a Swede living in the US. His web site features all the worst examples of junk science commonly found in extremist anti-gay propaganda, including more evidence of an unhealthy fascination with “rimming” and citations of Paul Cameron’s research. In fact, the English language version reads very much like Paul Cameron’s “Medical Consequences of What Homosexuals Do” — so much so that Cameron may as well have been Lindén’s protegé. Lindén appears to misquote and misuse many of the same sometimes obscure sources that Cameron misuses, using much of the same language and methods.

Lindén is an ardent supporter of Åke Green, the Swedish Pentecostal preacher who had been convicted of hate speech when he preached against homosexuality in a sermon. That conviction was overturned by the Swedish Supreme Court. Contrary to what many American anti-gay activists claim, Rev. Green was never jailed although he was sentenced by a lower court to serve one month. He remained free throughout his appeals. Sweden does not have an American-style free speech clause in their constitution. Lindén runs a web site supporting Green called akegreen.org

Let’s hope ambushing six-year-olds on their birthday doesn’t become new tactic among anti-gay extremists.

Hat tip and English translations: Tor Billgren.

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Jarred
February 28th, 2008 | LINK

And yet, we’re the ones constantly accused of targeting youth for recruitment.

Daniel Gonzales
February 28th, 2008 | LINK

I take it that photo of the man with facial hair is not of 6-year old Rufus?

zortnac
February 28th, 2008 | LINK

I used to work in a bookstore where we’d find shelves loaded with religious tracts and similar business cards stuffed here and there, hidden within the cover of a book or between books.

The people in my case didn’t seem to show much respect or tact through their actions either.

Suricou Raven
February 28th, 2008 | LINK

I think the next stage is to accuse gays of endangering children by forcing Christians to warn them about anal sex.

NancyP
March 5th, 2008 | LINK

Exactly what message is a 6 year old going to get from this?

“Ha-ha! That man said “butt-hole”"

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