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11/14/2008

UPI trafficking an appalling lie

by Jeremy Hooper

The following egregiously erroneous story comes not from one of the "pro-family" groups, but rather from the Rev. Moon-owned syndicate, United Press International. Have a look:

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Opponents of California's Proposition 8 have released blacklists with confidential information regarding donations in support of the ban on same-sex marriage.

Blacklists have appeared on Web sites such as AntiGayBlacklist.com, each featuring the names of people -- and businesses -- who apparently supported Proposition 8 before it was passed on Election Day, CBS reported Thursday.

The release of the blacklists comes as a number of California businesses have been targeted by same-sex marriage advocates for boycotts in the wake of the initiative's passing.

Some people have argued the presence of the blacklists goes against the very nature of the United States and say the lists should be removed.

"I understand the anger, but I think we need to channel it," Molly McKay of Marriage Equality USA told CBS. "Into conversations, into moving forward because, you know again, hate vs. hate produces more hate."

I was completely disgusted," engineer Chris Lee, whose name is featured in one of the lists, said. "This sort of blacklist should only appear in communist countries, should not be found in the United States."


Proposition 8 opponents release blacklists [UPI]

Only problem? THESE LISTS ARE PUBLIC RECORD! Donor rolls, on both sides are released not by activists, but rather by the state of California, as required by law! And the general public has a right to form a reaction to these rolls!! And in fact, the more "communist" idea, if you want to go down that road, would be to deny people their freedom to access and speak out against this public info!

Not to mention that during the crucial months of the "yes on 8" campaign, their staff wrote memos to companies who were donating to the "no" side, and not only threatened them, but also demanded an equal donation to their cause! So whereas most of us in the gay community have simply highlighted the public record and let the reactions fall where the may, the "yes on 8" side, through an official campaign on official campaign letterhead, actively tried to bully pro-gay businesses into going the anti-gay way! THAT is true intimidation!

But hey, UPI -- why miss an opportunity to keep the "radical gay" meme alive, right? Your owner, who once compared gays to "dirty dung eating dogs," would surely be proud.

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Moon --- sure, another one!!!! The boycotts as we have been following for months and months and months (Ford, McDonald's, Hallmark, etc.) are the staple of the good christian groups. Now they get pissy because we fight back. Blows my mind (isn't that what Moon used to do to his zombie followers????? - the blowing the mind thing, not boycott!!!!) Must be its" Boycott - christians only

Posted by: tom | Nov 14, 2008 3:27:03 PM

Irony:

'I was completely disgusted," engineer Chris Lee, whose name is featured in one of the lists, said. "This sort of blacklist should only appear in communist countries, should not be found in the United States." '

Yup. The United States has never had blacklists before. That is practically communist. Unless of course...we're 'fighting' the communists, and putting suspected ones on a blacklist. Then it's anti-communist.

But good, right-thinking americans who just want to live in peace and quiet (with an emphasis placed on quietness from those homos)--that's practically Commie stuff! Don't you see the distinction?

Posted by: PSUdain | Nov 14, 2008 3:40:20 PM

"Not to mention that during the crucial months of the "yes on 8" campaign, their staff wrote memos to companies who were donating to the "no" side, and not only threatened them, but also demanded an equal donation to their cause! So whereas most of us in the gay community have simply highlighted the public record and let the reactions fall where the may, the "yes on 8" side, through an official campaign on official campaign letterhead, actively tried to bully pro-gay businesses into going the anti-gay way! THAT is true intimidation!"

Except, of course, when gay people practice it.

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1859323,00.html?xid=site-cnn-partner

"Even before the passage of Prop. 8, the group Californians Against Hate compiled and published a "dishonor roll" of individuals (and their company affiliations) who gave $5,000 or more in support of the measure. Phone numbers and websites were added, along with commentary about some of the larger donors, all public information obtained through the California secretary of state's office......

Karger says a "soft boycott" his group had started against Bolthouse Farms — which gave $100,000 to Prop. 8 — was dropped after he reached a settlement with the company. Bolthouse Farms was to give an equal amount of money to gay rights political causes. The amount ultimately equaled $110,00"

By the way, Californians Against Hate is allegedly a tax-exempt organization -- which means that, if gays like Jeremy were being consistent, they would demand that its tax exemption be stripped for political activity.

Posted by: North Dallas Thirty | Dec 2, 2008 1:05:59 PM

Everyone: North Dallas Thirty is an anonymous conservative whose one claim to gay "fame" is trolling websites and starting flame wars. There is no conversation to be had, with dialogue of no apparent interest.

Engage him (her?) if you want, but do not expect any interaction from us. It's completely counterproductive.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Dec 2, 2008 1:16:44 PM

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