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10/03/2006

Arlington Group PR 101: Must always find some way to blame gay activists

by Jeremy Hooper

From a press release on the Mark Foley fiasco, issued by the highly-gay-unfriendly Arlington Group:

We are very concerned that the early warnings of Mr. Foley's odd behavior toward young male pages may have been overlooked or treated with deference, fearing a backlash from the radical gay rights movement because of Mr. Foley's sexual orientation. It appears that the integrity of the conservative majority has given way to political correctness, trading the virtues of decency and respect for that of tolerance and diversity. No one should be surprised at the results of such a tragic exchange.

Wait a minute -- there would've been a backlash from the "radical" gay rights movement had early warnings been heeded? Using what rationale? The issue here is improper, underage sexual behavior, not that Foley was gay and closeted (as much as the "pro-family" folks would like to link the two). No matter when the situation revealed itself, the response from gay right activists would be what it is today: condemnation of Foley's behavior.

As for the conservative majority's "integrity" giving way "to political correctness, trading the virtues of decency and respect for that of tolerance and diversity" -- again, nice try. We're not seeking tolerance for this sort of (alleged) behavior. Stop trying to make the subplot of this story yet another one of you guys' popular "blame the gays" game! It is quite clear who deserves fault for this situation, and it ain't HRC or GLAAD! It's the guy who created AOL Instant Messenger. Clearly. Go get 'em, "pro-family" bulldogs!

Arlington Group Condemns Activities of Foley [Arlington Group release via US Newswire]

***More on Republican leaders' slow response from Tony Perkins' Washington Update:

"They discounted or downplayed earlier reports concerning Foley's behavior--probably because they did not want to appear "homophobic." The Foley scandal shows what happens when political correctness is put ahead of protecting children."

Because if there's one thing this current group of GOP leaders has demonstrated over the past few years, it really is a fear of being called homophobic! Always striving for their next Advocate cover, those Repubs!

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