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Linda Harvey’s Dishonesty about the Day of Silence

Timothy Kincaid

May 22nd, 2008

some-woman.JPGLinda Harvey is one of the most extreme anti-gays. Her writings reveal a woman with little regard for fact or constitutional protections.

  • She claims that “Child molestation is an everyday occurrence because of the increased access homosexuals have to our children” and advocates banning gay people from teaching (a position so radical that Ronald Reagan opposed it in 1978).
  • She claims that the vast majority of gay people are only employed sporadically due to their instability.
  • She believes that HIV is “almost exclusively a homosexual male and drug addict epidemic” and advocates that “gay social establishments should close until HIV rates are seriously reduced”.
  • She claims that for a Pastor to believe that gay persons can be Christian “is deliberate rebellion against God’s word and His created order of male/female genders and marriage.”

In short, Linda is a woman driven by her objection to anything gay and she’ll not hesitate to say anything to advance her goal of changing America into a nation that conforms to her religious ideals. Honesty, integrity, empathy, or the Golden Rule seem not to be particularly important to this quest.

Linda through her organization Mission:America was a leader in the anti-gay opposition to the Day of Silence. Linda compiled and distributed a list of grievances which sought to portray the Day of Silence as an aggressive act against Christians. Some of these listed abuses seem almost impossible to believe.

In fact, they were so extreme that Dr. Warren Throckmorton, a conservative psychology professor with interest in sexual orientation issues, decided to check up on a few of Linda’s stories. Not surprisingly, what he found did not square with what Linda said.

For example, Linda said

Kirksville, Mo.: A parent reported that the Kirksville High School principal and superintendent laughed when she asked if her child could be excused from participating in the school’s Day of Silence. According to Mission America, she said, “They called me a narrow-minded bigot and refused to give excused absences.”

Dr. Throckmorton did not find that to be confirmed.

Curious, I called the Kirksville High School Superintendent of schools, Pat Williams about the allegation of name-calling. When I read the account to him, he said, “That’s absolutely false. I did not use that language with any parent or in response to any inquiry.”

Throckmorton also spoke with the principal of the school and found that while absences were not excused, the school also allowed the Day of Truth and did not allow either event to disrupt the teaching process.

I emailed Linda Harvey at Mission America to see if I could interview the parent involved but she declined to provide more information or contact the person who made the allegation. The Kirksville administrators were not aware of any allegations surrounding the Day of Silence until I called. In my opinion, the the information provided by Mr. Williams and Mr. Michael and the fact that the school district also allowed the Day of Truth detract from the credibility of the anonymous allegation.

Throckmorton also found out that claims Harvey made about an event in Mesa, AZ, were materially different from police reports. He concludes

And those were just the first two bulletpoints. I guess you can’t believe everything you read.

Dr. Throckmorton and I differ strongly about the appropriate theological, social, and legal responses to persons who are same-sex attracted. But we agree that dishonesty should never be a tool used in the debate over social policy about homosexuality.

Sadly, too many anti-gays (and too many pro-gays) are willing to make any claim that advances their cause. And for what? Ultimately the truth comes out and then what has one gained in exchange for their integrity?

If conservative Christians worried about their religious freedoms want to have their concerns taken seriously, they need to rid their movement of liars, extremist, and haters. Then perhaps we can find common ground where the rights of all can be respected.



TJ McFisty
May 22nd, 2008 | LINK

She’s so going to hell for breaking the Ten Commandments about bearing false witness. I should send her a kind reminder about that little tidbit.

Ben in Oakland
May 22nd, 2008 | LINK

Do you mean they would actually have to act like Christians, in the narrowest sense of the term?

Shame on you for even implying that truth, fairness, logic, and compassion, have any place in this conversation.

L. Junius Brutus
May 22nd, 2008 | LINK

She is a seriously disturbed woman. On one of the ‘Christian’ radio shows I listen to for my amusement, talking about the Day of Silence (I believe), she said: “This is about boys having anal sex with each other.” So she fantasizes about the sex lives of teenagers. Creep.

May 22nd, 2008 | LINK

I am saddened that people actually pay any attention to the person. I really don’t understand how someone who has such obvious emotional and mental problems can be taken seriously by anyone but her psychologist.

Jason D
May 22nd, 2008 | LINK

What about the log in her eye? Isn’t she supposed to remove that before talking to me (or anyone else)?

What about “let he who is without sin cast the first stone”?

May 23rd, 2008 | LINK

Wow, she’s much prettier and more innocent looking than the evil witch I imagined her as.

(Not that I don’t still think of her as an evil witch.)

May 23rd, 2008 | LINK

Wow. Her website reads like Landover Baptist, only with more products and ways to donate. In a fair America this woman would be convicted of fraud, for soliciting donations based on outright lies. That she is allowed to run her scam with 501(c)3 tax-exempt status is completely outrageous.

May 23rd, 2008 | LINK

“Ultimately the truth comes out and then what has one gained in exchange for their integrity?”

The problem is that the truth might come out to those of us that are deeply entrenched in these issues, but for the casual observer (especially those people that aren’t going to listen to what the gay side has to say), the truth doesn’t necessarily come out, and people like Linda Harvey are able to get away with this nonsense.

Can a group or class of people sue for libel? I guess not…

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