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08/04/2005

Concerning all concerned: 'Concerned Women' concern themselves with concerned ex-employee concerning Red Cross concerns

by Jeremy Hooper

   Those silly Concerned Women For America are coming to the defense of a man who was fired from the American Red Cross this summer, for what they say was his refusal to "celebrate homosexuality" during Gay Pride Month. So it sounds like he just didn't want to hop on Pride Parade float, party with some drag queens, or shake his booty at a tea dance, right? Well maybe in the real world kiddies, but in the world where anti-gay is "pro-family" and marriage is involved in some sort of crazy scary war, "not celebrating homosexuality" means unapologetically demonizing and stigmatizing those who embrace a society where equality and acceptance are the name of the game.

CWFA reports that in an email to some of his head administrators, the man, Michael Hartman, said he thinks "it's disgraceful that while most of us [at the Red Cross] are trying to save lives, a select few are using this organization to promote their own lifestyles which in my opinion are unacceptable." In that same missive, he also reportedly told his gay coworkers that are "personally involved in this lifestyle…I think it's important that you know I have nothing against you as a person but the life you've chosen to live." In a later, post-termination email to the Pacific Justice Institute, Hartman is said to have asserted his belief that the Red Cross "harbors and encourages this sexual cancer, that we all know is eroding our society."

Well that certainly is a non-celebration, now isn't it?

CWFA goes on to quote Hartman as saying, "If the public knew what was going on within the Red Cross I have no doubt their unselfish support would screech to a halt." Well, we'd like to think not; though we totally believe that if the public were aware of just how fervently and frighteningly you extreme "pro-family" types were pushing for homosexual eradication, rabid anti-gay sentiment would certainly drop like a mofo overnight.

Now if only we could give blood...

Man Fired By American Red Cross For Not Celebrating Homosexuality [CWFA]

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