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03/16/2006

After all these years, it's still Wildmon who stigmatizes the most offensively

by Jeremy Hooper

   Reacting to the Soulforce Equality Ride's visiting of various Christian colleges to discuss gay issues, the American Family Association's Don Wildmon (pic.) recently proposed his own hypothetical trip to "the homosexual bathhouses." On American Family Radio's AFA Report, Wildmon said, in part:

"WILDMON: ...What if we had organized a tour and said, "We're going to the bathhouses in -- in 24 cities -- the homosexual bathhouses -- and we're going to confront these people, you know, for what they're doing," etc. -- etc. -- how would the media play that?"

Well since you asked -- we obviously can't be sure, but we think a media portrayal of such an undertaking would go something like this:

CHUCK: ...and he very well may be impeached. Sue.

SUE: Thanks Chuck. In other news tonight, the folks from the American Family Association today inexplicably showed up outside of a local "bathhouse." Now, bathhouses are described as meeting places for some gay men, but like strip clubs, sex shops, adult video stores, and other locales that exist in the heterosexual realm are not accurate representations of the straight community, bathhouses are in no way representative of homosexuals as a whole. Though the AFA says their visit was to counter the Soulforce Equality Ride -- which is a tour of Christian colleges organized by gay activists enraged that they're being painted as if their sexuality is inconsistent with their faith -- it's unclear why the AFA chose these venues to protest. It makes no more sense as a retaliatory endeavor than does a gay activist standing outside of Scores to protest heterosexuality. The use of this location is undoubtedly just another attempt by these folks to stigmatize gays as sex-obsessed heathens who spend their every waking hour engaged in behavior that mainstream society would find reprehensible.

And now Sam has a check of the weather. Real scorcher today, huh Sam?

SAM: It sure was, Sue...


If you'd like to hear the most stereotypical voice one could possibly imagine for an anti-gay activist, Media Matters has the full audio of the offensive bathhouse linkage. Enjoy, immoral whores.

AFA's Wildmon proposed a hypothetical tour of gay bathhouses, repeated misinformation on average gay incomes [Media Matters]

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