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AFT calls this writer 'confused'; but then again, they also call themselves 'truth'ful

by Jeremy Hooper

From the website of Americans For Truth comes this piece directly involving this site and this writer:

PBS’ “In the Life” Profiles Confused LGBT Youth
February 27th, 2007

By Sonja Dalton

Parents and church leaders, to understand what is at stake with the “gay” political/cultural agenda, you really must watch this pro-homosexuality program online — it’s most enlightening:

February 2007 — The Principles of Youth [click to watch]
Program segments include:

I’m Still Emily — In the Life asserts that an Iowa teenager that considers herself lesbian is also a devout Christian. Of course, God clearly says otherwise. Jesus did indeed die for Emily’s sins, as well as those of all mankind, but He demands repentance — change.

Hebrews 11:26-27 teaches “For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries.”

Emily’s pastor at New Hope Evangelical Church provided excellent counsel to her: God made Eve for Adam and He blessed that heterosexual union. The Bible addresses homosexual behavior and calls it sin. There are two good options for a Christian struggling with same-sex attraction: either honor God’s word and live in celibacy or develop greater faith to battle and overcome homosexuality to achieve greater joy. Let us pray that she will listen to him.

Good As You — Profiles the blog of Jeremy Hooper, 26, who claims in this program not to throw bombs in his “new form” of homosexual activism. (Check out Hooper’s blog and judge for yourself….) Jeremy’s Tennessee family opposes his behavior, but his “partner” Andrew’s parents approve.

Miss Elizabeth Latex
— (Remember that this segment is purportedly for/about YOUTH…) Madonna introduced “vogueing,” a form of dancing that originated in the underground homosexual club scene. “Elizabeth Latex” is a Puerto Rican male that dresses and survived as a prostitute and now lives as a vogue-dancing female and works for House of Latex — along with his brother who also cross-dresses. Sadly, both spent much of their childhood in foster care.

Coming Out Stories — Heartbreaking.

And here is the response that your humble scribe sent Ms. Dalton:

Ms. Dalton,

What this writer actually said in the piece is that "I
don't throw bombs, I just take the bombs that are thrown at us and sort of casually toss them aside" My mother (who was/is a fantastic parent) always said, "If you're going to quote me, quote me correctly." By not acknowledging that it is the "bomb throwing" of groups like Americans For Truth that make this site necessary in the first place, you take away the crux of my quote.

Secondly -- PLEASE have your friends comes to this site and "judge" for themselves! You will not find ONE entry in almost 3,500 in which this site has sat down and just baselessly attacked evangelical Christians or anyone's right to worship as they please. Every single thing that is written on G-A-Y in terms of our opposition is a response to something that the anti-gay groups and leaders have said or done about our lives, loves, and right to peaceably coexist! There is no name-calling or character assassination. It is the MESSAGE of anti-gay hostility that G-A-Y attacks, not the people who embrace it.

Also, no matter how much you disagree with my life, please do not further degrade me by placing Andrew's role in that life in quotes. Even though you may not agree with it, he is my partner in every sense of the word. The two of us are so disgustingly attached at the hip that we rarely even go to the grocery store without the other. We share in all of life's undertakings, which makes us non-debatable partners. It's understood why your team places words like "gay" and "marriage" in quotes. It's for the same reasons that we write "pro-family" and "ex-gay" in the same manner -- we find the terms debatable. However, the reality of the Hooper-Shulman partnership is without dispute.

Lastly, Andrew's parents don't approve or disapprove of our coupling. It's simply a non-issue for them! As ones who embrace the reality of this world and the diversity of the human population, they don't think about our lives as situations to which they even have the right to look at in a disapproving fashion. They know they raised an amazing son, and they see the love that Andrew and I share. In our family, it is viewed as the blessing that it truly is.

I know these words will fall on deaf ears, but I felt the need to reach out and make contact. If you have further questions or comments, please do no hesitate to reply.



Jeremy Hooper
Good As You

If you'd like to watch the program, we encourage you to visit the "In The Life" website and have a look for yourself. But if you'll excuse this writer, I must go diffuse the big-ass bomb that just flew through my Firefox window.

PBS’ “In the Life” Profiles Confused LGBT Youth [AFT]

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Your thoughts

"In the Life asserts that an Iowa teenager that considers herself lesbian is also a devout Christian. Of course, God clearly says otherwise."

WHAT!? - God says she is not a devout Christian? Even if the folks at AFT believe that God prohibits homosexuality, how can they know whether or not Emily is a devout Christian? This is so presumptuous and self-righteous I don't even know where to begin. Wow, I wonder what God thinks about these guys speaking for him.

Well, at least they're promoting your blog.

How old is that "In The Life" episode now anyway? It's from '05 isn't it. Seems like it took them a little while to get around to responding to it. I guess someone at AFT happened to be watching PBS last weekend.

Posted by: GayMormonBoy | Feb 27, 2007 1:14:45 PM

I do believe it aired originally in January of '06.

Posted by: drhaber | Feb 27, 2007 1:32:34 PM

You are correct, DrHaber. Filmed October/November 2005 and aired for the first time in January/February of '06. Although I would say that the exposure seems to be even greater this time around, likely because of the online viewership.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Feb 27, 2007 1:34:54 PM

It amazes me that this cultish form of Christianity allows people to speak for God, take the teachings of God out of context, and try to condemn others in contrast to the very teachings of Jesus. Everywhere that they've twisted the words of the Bible to condemn gay people, are passages that they choose to ignore for themselves.

It's not enough that they think they have the only path to heaven, but they think they can dictate who is real and who isn't. They don't acknowledge your relationship, so they put it in quotes. One wonders, if they really had power, if they would simply put all gay people in quotes. Oh, but there ilk has already proposed concentration of gay people; haven't they? Oh well. So much for the values of Jesus.

Posted by: ptboat | Feb 27, 2007 2:22:43 PM

I hate it when people speak for "God". If they wish to worship an invisible fairy tale, that's their business and none of mine - but if they then assign immesurable authority to this fairy, and use that to mentally abuse those who do not conform to their narrow view of "normality", then that's going too far...

And it *is* mental abuse. Heck, if the victim believes in the sky fairy as well, then it's tantamount to torture.

Posted by: | Feb 27, 2007 3:11:04 PM

I watched your show last night and I was extremely touched emotionally and was turned back to when I was in high school and how I felt when I was growing up and the thoughts that went through my mind on how I was to be accepted and how I needed to act and what to say so I wouldn't be "caught" as a Fag or Gay. It was a terrible time in my life me wanting and screaming on the inside to come out and have people still like and love me for who I am.

I finally came out to my family in 1994 when I was a graduating senior and although my half-brother came out a few years before myself, I still had my father to deal with and my family wasn't open about it at all. Actually the subject never came up. I'm sure I wasn't sure what was happening with my mind. It was still the most joyous day of my life! After I told my family, I didn't care who knew so I was a bit anxious to tell the world. Not a very smart thing as I live in a very shallow minded community. It is getting better, but it has decades to go.

Anyway, I just want to tip my hat and say thank you for your work for the world to see and hopefully someday very soon we can live in peace and harmony without hate and ridicuel.

Your friend,

Kevin Johnson

of Elkhorn, Wisconsin

Posted by: Kevin | Feb 28, 2007 3:18:04 AM

I just saw the program last night and thought it was great! You came across as intelligent and funny and very caring.
I'm straight but I believe in love and not discrimination.
PS. Even though you have a dog, I hope you will check out my website, www.menandcats.com, about men who love cats! I'd love to have a "men who love cats who love men who love cats" section.

Posted by: Janine | Feb 28, 2007 8:03:40 AM

Just curious Jeremy...where in Tennessee did you grow up? I'm from Tennessee and live in Nashville with my parter of 17 years.

Posted by: roger | Nov 25, 2007 7:51:34 PM

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