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Mental note: Don't let the AFA write our obituary when we die

by Jeremy Hooper

200802270943Speaking about the late Ric Weiland, a founding Microsoft employee and gay rights activist who recently made news for the $65 million endowment that he left behind to gay rights and HIV/ AIDS organizations, the American Family Association's One News Now site today says the following about his death:

Weiland, who retired in 1988, committed suicide in 2006 at age 53 after a long struggle with depression and homosexuality.

Yes, that's right -- those bastions of journalistic excellence at the AFA are attributing homosexuality as a "struggle" that, like depression, led to Mr. Weiland's suicide.  Forget the fact that there is NO indication that the happily-partnered gay rights activist who lived in a very liberal city had even slight misgivings about being gay.  Since the AFA is determined to make gayness look like a mind-crippling disease rather than an orientation, they'll just take it upon themselves to make post-mortem suppositions about Mr. Weiland's life.

But hey, why wouldn't a "pro-family", "pro-life" group take such a stance?  After all, there's absolutely nothing about stigmatizing homosexuality as a mental illness that might lead folks to drive themselves to harm.  Right?

Million$ to pro-homosexual groups bad news for Christians, says activist [ONN]

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They seem to have edited the piece to remove the "and homoexuality" part.

Posted by: KipEsquire | Feb 27, 2008 9:57:42 AM

No Kip, I actually just put up the wrong source link. Fixed now.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Feb 27, 2008 10:01:51 AM

Your link seems to be to a Feb 24th article in ONN by Elizabeth Gillespie, AP writer. It seemed to be unbiased and well written.

I think the link you want is:


This one is the same news story, but now re-written on Feb 27th by somebody named Jim Brown of ONN. It now, apparently, includes the typical bias, lies and hate so typical of AFA.


Posted by: dave b. | Feb 27, 2008 11:21:58 AM

Dam, I thought I had corrected it! Okay, it should be fixed now.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Feb 27, 2008 11:27:44 AM

OMG...and they are the ones who always accuse us of lying! Aren't they supposed to be the good Christians who aren't suppose to lie?

Posted by: Alonzo | Feb 27, 2008 11:55:08 AM

It's really just sick to mischaracterize someone else's personal tragedy and death to fit your own political goals.

Posted by: GayMormonBoy | Feb 27, 2008 12:08:40 PM

"committed suicide after a long struggle with depression and black skin color"

"committed suicide after a long struggle with depression and a Jewish identity"

"committed suicide after a long struggle with depression and being born a woman"

"committed suicide after a long struggle with depression and heterosexuality"

We are the only sort of people about who they could widely get away with saying this sort of thing.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Feb 27, 2008 12:20:44 PM

OK am I reading this right from the article:
"[B]ecause what you're doing is creating a financial incentive for students to publicly declare their homosexuality at a young age," he explains. "And when you throw money in the mix, you're encouraging students to declare their homosexuality; you're promoting homosexuality among young people -- as if they needed it with all the pro-gay messages in our culture."

Is he saying that when we come out we somehow get some sort of financial incentives? I did not get a check (or even a copy of the elusive "gay agenda" when I came out. Granted, I was raised Mormon and did not come out until I was 38, so maybe I did not come out young enought to qualify... sigh.

I wish I could say that I can't beleive he is turning a tragic death into yet another plea for his attempt to futher promote hatred, bias, and discrimination against a minority of the population, however, I have read to much from this man to be surprised by this tactic.

Posted by: Todd | Feb 27, 2008 12:25:29 PM

You didn't get your check, Todd? You should call Martha in Accounting.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Feb 27, 2008 12:30:46 PM

Ric was an acquaintance of mine, and trust me, He had no "struggle" with being Gay.

He was smart as hell, quiet and unassuming . . .with a wicked sense of humor.

Ric knew how blessed he was, and gave to causes that He was passionate about. He was very active with the causes He supported. . .most people never had a clue concerning his wealth.

Clinical Depression is a chemical imbalance that effects every segment of society. It doesn't discriminate between the wealthy and the poor. Shame on the AFA (and others) for trying to make a connection concerning Ric's sexuality to His death.

Ric should be lauded as a champion not only for the Gay community, but for everything he stood for . . . Gay rights, Cancer research, and countless charities.

The extent of His philanthropy was far reaching, and most estimates put it at 100 million before he died. I would double that estimate, many, many organizations benefited not knowing where it came from.

That said, I suppose it's expected that Dobson and his cronies would try to spin a gift of love for humanity into something that would benefit their hate.

Posted by: Gary | Feb 27, 2008 4:45:49 PM

Thanks for this, Gary.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Feb 27, 2008 4:50:51 PM

Why not mirror their tactics?

Start publishing obituaries of Christian celebs and politicos who die that leverage similar tactics.

Imagine. . . "After years of poor health and struggles with Christianity, Jerry Falwell died yesterday."

"After struggling with Christianity for years, so-and-so committed suicide."

"So-and-so's struggle with Christianity resulted in his tragic death at age 40."

Bonus points for the "Paul Cameron" wannabe who posits "science" that "proves" how Christianity shortens one's life and leads to depression, sexual abuse of children, and various other health conditions. ;)

Posted by: Brian Miller | Mar 3, 2008 5:06:12 PM

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