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06/30/2008

Shocking exposé: Pro-gay person supports pro-gay causes!

by Jeremy Hooper

Social conservatives have a new pro-gay bogeyman, and his name is Tim Gill. Here's an ominous new video on Gill that's been produced by Focus on the Family:

Weird thing about the vid? Despite the general foreboding tone, they really don't point to anything that Gill is supposedly doing wrong. He and his Gill Action Fund, like so many groups and individuals on their side, are simply working for a political landscape that's more conducive to his societal vision. Nothing improper. Nothing outside the boundary of acceptability. And so in this warning sign, FOF almost seems to be bemoaning that Gill's not on their side of the "culture war" rather challenging his work.

And what's with Kim Trobee's last line? Is she just going ahead and admitting that her side is going to lose seats in New York? I mean, she's right. It's just that we've never heard FOF so defeatist (or accurate)!

Tim Gill Contributes Millions to Homosexual Activism [CitizenLink]

**For more on Mr. Gill's progressive work, be sure to read Kerry Elveld's fantastic Advocate cover story: The Gay Goodfellas [Advocate]

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Your thoughts

FOTF is notorious for bemoaning the actions of others while doing the exact same thing themselves.

I find it amusing that CGE says Tim Gill "likes to control his image and what's said about him"

Um, CG, your boss won't even let his picture be taken from a certain angle lest it show his receding hairline. And he only goes on talk shows (Fox and Larry King) where he can control the format. He is a massive control-freak who apparently has a pretty nasty temper to boot.

Posted by: Jon-Marc | Jun 30, 2008 1:02:50 PM

I don't know of any gay man that doesn't want a "scalp on his belt" once in a while.

*rimshot*

Posted by: Jamie | Jun 30, 2008 1:40:11 PM

Yea, what was with that comment?! Just an odd video all around!

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jun 30, 2008 1:47:46 PM

That's a fund raising ploy. The thing that FOF and the Republican party do best is raise money. But their product is hitting with a resounding thud this election year - and that isn't only the sound of a McCain speech. They pick Gill and demonize him as the worst of the bad, but they do it in an overtly fawning fashion. "This guy's evil to the core, but we really admire his brilliantly perverse and maniacal plan."

I (personally) wouldn't be very swayed by the fawning platitudes from those two (or that crowd), but the hordes on that side eat that shit up. And for FOF, this is going to be a very expensive year - especially since they are attacking both parties. In '06 they went negative to the tune of about $4mil, it could be much more negative this year.

In '06 they say that Gill put $15mil into causes that helped to oust 50 of 70 conservatives. But what they don't say is that the tide of blind support from the fundies is evaporating when it comes to conservative candidates who "talk" their talk, but do little of their bidding.

Candidates who instead, when elected, favor of some other agenda that the fundies neither benefit from, nor were aware that they were supporting. That Gill does contribute money to progressive causes may have a profound impact on the outcome, but by far the biggest impact is due to the betrayal from those conservative elected officials.

And it it were just an "agenda thing," they could pass off the blame to their opponents. The old, "Well, we tried but the opposition is still too strong!" Even though that lame excuse doesn't work as well now because they had no opposition to speak of - in '06 specifically, and still to a great extent in '08 as well.

But, now they're stuck defending the fact that they not only didn't kowtow to the fundies every whim, but also they're defending the actions that they did happily and with full knowledge perpetrate.

These guys now can't escape being held up against the backdrop of an economy that is in the toilet and inflation that is particularly due to dubya's war on Islam that has jacked up the price of oil. Factor that in with one poorly managed war in Afghanistan bolstered by an exceptionally stupid and much more poorly executed war in Iraq, and these guys end up smelling like the dung heap from which they blossomed.

I see this as a rather desperate plea from FOF to the "faithful" few to keep them from breaking the bank. They spit-shine a wrinkled prune to give it a "happy" face, but the typically "gloating" aire of self-confidence has evaporated. It is almost as if they have given up, in hopes of living to fight another day.

Of course, in this case, it just comes down to two old broads, a video camera and a microphone (sounds perversely torrid when put that way). So who really knows. . . but we can hope.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Jun 30, 2008 4:20:46 PM

Re Tim Gill:

“Targeted 70 conservative candidates, 50 lost their races”

So so far, the monolithic and ever foreboding homosexual menace is on target a full 20 out of every 70 tries.
Run for your lives…

Carrie Gordon Earl (of Focus on the Family’s $100 million organization) : “He also has the means. He’s a millionaire. So he has the money.”
--
Carrie, and Kim, next time you may want to consider doing your interviews while playing the craps table on the Vegas strip.

For the sake of increased credibility of course.

Posted by: Emproph | Jun 30, 2008 4:38:47 PM

I especially love the part at the end where she says that "Although we don't have the funds that Mr. Gill has, we can volunteer..."

OK, so you mean to day the FOF is broke? I know that last year they had to lay off @ 150 employee due to lower than expected donations, HOWEVER according to an article in the Colorado Springs "The Gazette" on September 11, 2007:

"Jim Daly, Focus president and CEO, said that the organization expects to take in about $1 million more than in 2005-06 by the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30 but that the increase doesn’t offset inflation.

“Our budget was fairly aggressive. The projected budget was $150 million. It looks like it will come in about $8 million under, at $142 million,” Schneeberger said."

So they still had a budget of over $140 MILLION last year and they are claiming poverty and are asking for volunteers???

Once again, they have only proven that not only are they LYING to the press, state and federal legislators but also to the very people that support them. And they have the NERVE to call themselves Christian???

Posted by: Kevin | Jun 30, 2008 6:56:25 PM

Oh, I always have to laugh when they claim poverty (which they do quite frequently). That organization has more money than (the) God (that they deny to gays)!!

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jun 30, 2008 7:03:54 PM

It's just ironic that they criticize Gill and his "wealthy homosexual friends," (wish I had some of those,) for influencing political races by contributing to progressive candidates and then advise conservatives to do EXACTLY THE SAME THING by contributing money and time to conservative candidates.

Posted by: GayMormonBoy | Jun 30, 2008 10:59:57 PM

I love it when she says "Alot of people are going to be wondering, What can we do as 'believers' to temper that influence?" but instead she should be saying "Alot of people are going to be wondering, What can we do as 'haters' to temper that influence?"

Posted by: Andrew | Jul 1, 2008 5:03:11 AM

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