October 22nd, 2012
It’s been a while since we bopped over to the National Organization for Marriage’s website to see how things are going. But here’s how they’re doing:
Dump Starbucks – NOM has been dumping Starbucks for at least as far back as April, so by now anyone who is going to boycott Starbucks has pretty much already signed their pledge, leaving it peaked out at 48,382. They’ve only picked up about 3,000 signatures in the past 3-4 months. Needless to say, Starbucks isn’t trembling.
Dump General Mills – This dump was even smaller. At 24,611 individuals pledging to “look for substitutes” to General Mills brands, this is a colossal failure.
Keep the Republic and Marriage – Concerned that the world is going to discover any day now that almost every single cent they have comes from the Roman Catholic Church or one of it’s adjunct organizations, NOM started this website to rally their followers to donate and get on their list. It’s not going so well. In the three weeks that they’ve been pushing this project, they have managed to get 371 signatures on their roster, several of which are employees and Board Members.
Matching Pledge – Also about three weeks old is NOM’s double-down matching pledge. It’s doing a little better, but if their goal was to pick up small donors I don’t think they’ve done that. With one week to go until the election, NOM has raised $539,367 of their million dollar goal (bringing the total donation to $1,618,101). If we were to assume that this was related to their Republic marriage list, that would be about $1,500 per donor (an unlikely idea) so we can white off the “gee, look at our everyday average-joe contributors”.
But, then again, this is all just dressing and for show. NOM doesn’t need donors or supporters; their funding source has very very deep pockets.
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.