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Gay Snipers Stalking WV Families

Jim Burroway

February 16th, 2009

At least that’s the image being promoted in this video, by a group pushing for an anti-gay constitutional amendment for West Virginia. Over the course of five minutes, we learn that a married gay couple from California could move to West Virginia (no, seriously! That could totally happen!) and open up that state toward recognizing same sex marriages. Which is just a stones-throw away from having an unsuspecting bubble-blowing families sitting innocently on their all-American front porches being put in the crosshairs and blown away.

And to think that this irresponsible image went out right as Jim David Adkisson was sentenced for training his scope on a gay-friendly church. Images matter, especially in a well-armed state like West Virginia. This conjured image of a “homosexual threat” has clearly crossed the line.

By the way, we also learn that public schools no longer celebrate Father’s Day. Wait a minute. That couldn’t be because it’s celebrated on the third Sunday in June while school’s out, could it? Naah, it’s a much better story when it’s all the gays’ fault.



February 16th, 2009 | LINK

I guess I’m a bad bad gay because I don’t have a rifle or sniper scope.

Scott P.
February 16th, 2009 | LINK

This is sickening.

There will be violence generated by this video, but it will be directed against gay people.

David C.
February 16th, 2009 | LINK

There will be violence generated by this video, but it will be directed against gay people.

Of course, that’s the idea, and if it isn’t physical violence, it will be violence at the ballot box, and likely both. That is what the purveyors of this kind of crap are hoping for and crave (but would deny). Though pathetic, pathological, and preposterous, there will be people that will take the bait, hook, line, and sinker. Hard to say who is the real culprit in that.

February 16th, 2009 | LINK

These people are monsters. If Jesus were alive, he’d be leading the mob to tar and feather them.

February 16th, 2009 | LINK

The America Forever ad in the newspaper and their “anti-species” t-shirt and now this video… it makes you wonder:

We are getting under THEIR skin. They’re worried. They are seeing our potential success for gaining equality and these are their desperate attempts to thwart our advances with an increasingly sympathetic populace.

Bruce Garrett
February 16th, 2009 | LINK

Yes…we in the Homosexual Conspiracy have been working patiently on The Gay Agenda for many decades. It was We who conspired many years ago to end the school year before Father’s Day, so there would be no Father’s Day celebrations in school. Our cunning plan was a complete success. Or would have been if it wasn’t for you meddling kids…

Thank you Jim, for another good catch of how devious the anti-gay propagandists are. That little tidbit is actually, to my mind, way more telling then the crosshairs.

February 16th, 2009 | LINK

I hope that ALL of us in the gay community have learned our bitter lessons from the California Prop. 8 battle that we lost.

These “Christians” will lie, cheat, steal, extort and do WHATEVER IT TAKES to enact legislation AGAINST members of the entire LGBT community.

We cannot allow these people to control the debate and malign us with impunity.

We cannot sit back and allow ourselves to think that nobody will actually “buy” what these people are selling. Because as we all learned in the bitter lessons of Prop. 8, Prop. 102, Amendment 2 and Act 1, the electorate WILL believe these things hook, line and sinker!


Ben in Oakland
February 16th, 2009 | LINK

Louie–better to say no more closet, no more closet campaigns.

The closet was the reaosn we lost on 8, not the anti-gays. We cooperated with them by sraying in the closet in the campaign.

Regan DuCasse
February 16th, 2009 | LINK

Fear based ads won the Prop. 8 campaign. And there is nothing so profoundly bad as fear based public policy.

No court or leader who cares to be taken seriously or person who cares about their duty to the public should allow such things.
Especially against a minority that’s already been maligned and defamed so much, not even 15 year old gay students are safe from cold blooded execution at school, nor straight brothers walking home together who happen to be affectionate towards each other.

Fear and violence are not the tools of the gay community for being believed and respected, so how can they be blamed for it?

David C.
February 16th, 2009 | LINK

No court or leader who cares to be taken seriously or person who cares about their duty to the public should allow such things.

This presumes that the leaders in question are principled. I would be more likely to trust jurists (judges). The nonsense about “activist judges” was manufactured by right-wing ideologues.

Every smear tactic has and will be used against gay people. It is up to us to ensure that we rise above such tactics and not give into the temptation to become just like our oppressors. Nevertheless, we must be firm, vigilant, and work to be heard.

Stefano A
February 16th, 2009 | LINK


This is a bit of a distraction, but regarding America Forever that you mentioned . . .

Sandra Rodriguez and Jonas Filho (who filed the incorporation papers for the foundation) have broken the law in two ways with America Forever and that ad: First, the non-profit is operating illegally, the incorporation papers for the foundation lapsed in 2007; Second, thus they’re asking for financial donations for a no longer recognized nonprofit, and even if their non-profit status hadn’t lapsed it’s illegal for the type of nonprofit they registered as with the State Dept of Commerce to take money for use for political purposes.

February 16th, 2009 | LINK

If these people don’t care what God says “Love your neighbor”, then I’m sure they could care less about what the law of man says “lapsed corporation”.

They don’t care and there are people in positions of power that will simply look the other way and not prosecute them equally under the law!

We need to stop with the focus groups and polling, etc.


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