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04/22/2008

The only name we need to call her is 'wrong'

by Jeremy Hooper

Picture 11-69There are some "pro-family" activists whose rhetoric is so heated, it almost seems like they are really stealth pro-gay operatives who've gone undercover within the conservative movement as a way to undermine that side's credibility and self-professed ownership of morality. Janet Folger is such a personality.

Speaking about the bully-combatting Day of Silence that will be observed in many of our nation's public schools this Friday, Folger writes the following on WorldNetDaily:

The homosexual activists have declared a "Day of Silence" this Friday in public schools. Many schools are joining them by allowing students not to participate in class discussions to demonstrate their homosexual advocacy. Some students are staying home. That's fine. Some students are speaking up – that's better – especially with an audience that won't talk back for once. They might actually get a few words of truth in about a dangerous lifestyle without being called a bigot, for a change.

By the way, kids, here's the definition of the word for future reference:

Big-ot: 1. noun. a conservative who is winning a debate with a liberal. See also: Syn. intolerant, extremist, homophobe, anti-choice, Nazi.

But here's the best response to schools advocating an agenda that knocks an average of 20 years off your child's lifespan: Inform the school district that if they participate in promoting behavior that is harmful to minors, they are in violation of state law and that you, as a parent or citizen, will pursue all legal consequences available to you.

Alright, so first off: We DESPISE the way folks like Folger try and make it sound as if gay activists cannot challenge their side without calling them names. Here at G-A-Y, we present a voice of opposition to these campaigns of stigmatization on a daily basis. But guess what? We don't call anyone a "bigot." We instead challenge the lies, misrepresentations, and myopic presentations that they try and pass off as fact. But since it's far more convenient for them to write us off as a band of militants who don't understand the meaning of tolerance, they trivialize our side's objections as "militant," "radical" stone-throwing. Which is pretty funny (though not in the 'ha, ha' way) considering that their side seems to find little fault in writing us off as diseased sinners, or to throw incredibly hurtful stones at our lives and loves!

But looking past Folger's attempts to make herself feel better about her chosen career path by oversimplifying her opposition's pushback: How dare she continue to use that widely discredited, outdated lie that queerness takes 20 years off one's life?! Honestly, the way these folks use this "stat" without even considering the caveats that the researchers themselves have issued regarding their work is truly macabre. They write off the collective body of science that suggests a bio-genetic root to sexuality, yet they cling to one or two studies that, due to their methods of collection and timing during the earlier days of the AIDS crisis, painted a dire picture of the ravages that the plague has waged on the gay community. And they continue to operate with the mindset that helped the disease get out of hand in the first place: Decrying those who were hit earliest and hardest, as if they're suffering is at the hand of a vengeful God. It's sick, quite frankly!

And then, where the holy hell does she get off threatening schools with legal action if they recognize this secular, universal call to stop bullying and harassment?! Public schools have a right and even DUTY to protect every one of their students. And if they provide a supportive atmosphere for students to hold their peaceful demonstration without punishment, then they are not only acting in accordance with the law, but also in accordance with DECENCY! The "Day of Silence" is about ending a problem towards which we've turned a blind eye for far too long. It's not a gay/straight, Christian/atheist, Democrat/Republican, liberal/conservative tit for tat. It's a rational call to end irrational complacency!

Janet Folger, we understand why you are resorting to more vehement tactics in days of recent, as it's becoming more and more apparent that the era of religious right dominance that has provided your discriminatory side with cover for the past few decades is quickly going the way of Reaganomics. But dear, your vocal protestations are only increasing the speed at which the anti-gay community is heading toward the Annals of Unfortunate Civil Rights History. "Change" is becoming the narrative for Americans on both sides of the aisle. And in terms of gay rights, that "change" is not an emboldening of your side's ideas that gays can morph into something called an "ex-gay." The change as it applies to you is one that is bringing greater peace and acceptance for not only the queer community, but also the friends, neighbors, and loved ones with whom they share the world.

If you want to write of what we are saying to you as an act of name-calling that proves you are winning this debate, then be our guest. You may have caused us tears in the past, dear But quite frankly, this stage of your "culture war" game-playing is only helping us to reach the last laugh that we've always known would be ours.

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Your thoughts

and she continues that "homosexuality knocks 20 years off of your life" lie

Posted by: a. mcewen | Apr 22, 2008 11:43:32 AM

Isn't it sick? They seem to take such joy in it telling it!

Posted by: G-A-Y | Apr 22, 2008 11:46:42 AM

When was the last time Janet got fucked? 1975?

Posted by: Scott | Apr 22, 2008 12:00:45 PM

That's just childish, Scott. And it stands in total opposition to the point we were trying to make.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Apr 22, 2008 12:09:57 PM

Yes, they are losing control and they hate it. You know, when you cut the head off a snake it can still strike with venom, and it will still wiggle around for awhile. But I promise you it will never talk to you about right and wrong.

Posted by: revtj | Apr 22, 2008 1:24:18 PM

G-A-Y,

My point is Janet needs to get laid.

It strikes me kind of funny that she's this pro-family "leader", but I can't find any info as to whether Folger even has a family of her own.

She falls into the man-wannabe category. Like Coulter (no kids/never married), and Star Parker (had SEVERAL kids, but chose to have them all ripped out of her cooter before they were even born).

These pro-family "women" are just weirdos. That's my opinion.

Posted by: Scott | Apr 22, 2008 1:36:17 PM

The silver lining to all of this is that these people are constantly saying Homosexuals are out to indoctrinate "the children" but the truth of the matter is they are doing the job for us. More and more the next generation is seeing just how hateful and misguided these people really are.

Posted by: Alonzo | Apr 22, 2008 2:22:50 PM

People like this serve a purpose. Much like the westboror baptists, the claims they make are so outragious, their rhetoric so inflammatory, that very few people take them seriously. Still, those few people can make things difficult.

Posted by: | Apr 22, 2008 5:28:31 PM

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