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02/16/2009

WV video: Armed and disgusting

by Jeremy Hooper

We're not sure what it would take for us to graphically depict our families as existing behind an assassin's scope. Even with the constant attacks that the "pro-family" community wages against us, our minds still don't draw a direct comparison between the far-right's biased pushes and a brain-shattering bullet. So when making political videos in which we lash out against those same pushes, we never stop and say, "Hey -- wouldn't it be cool if we put a shotgun's sight lines right on top of the daughter of two gay dudes, implying that our political opponents want to murder the pre-adolescent?" We both value life and condemn murder a little too much to trivialize either in such a disgusting fashion.

Unfortunately, as you'll see at the :57 mark of this newly surfaced video, our opposition fails to have this same ethical problem:

But in their defense, they did show some restraint. The scene of Ellen Degeneres feasting on the head of a toddler child seems to have been left on the cutting room floor.

Way to show some class, frighteningly unscrupulous loathers of same-sex love!

WV: Fake 'gay sniper' video targeting families, spreads paranoid, hate-filled victim meme [PHB]

**So who's behind the vid? Well, it's on the YouTube page of the West Virginia Family Policy Council, which is affiliated with Focus on the Family, Family Research Council, and the like. So we assume that coalition is behind it, at least in part.

Also some the imagery, both in the video and the coordinated website, has been used in other state campaigns. So this is clearly not some independent message -- it's a coordinated "pro-family" attempt to target WV in 2010.

WVA Blue has tracked down some other info:
"Know Your Wingnuts: wvformarriage.com" or "W.Va. GOP unveils 2010 GOTV plan" [WVA Blue]

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Your thoughts

I get annoyed by blatant inaccuracies spread by videos like this one.

-Some schools may not celebrate Father's Day because some schools are celebrating summer vacation instead.
-Though it's been said many times, any biblical definition or God's definition of marriage is totally irrelevant because of the separation of church and state.
-The church must lead? Maybe on spiritual issues, but certainly not on civics issues.
-Judges are not under pressure to be progressive as much as to uphold equality according to the law.
-Seriously, how does allowing gay marriage take away religious freedom? They make it sound like we are out to dissolve all heterosexual marriages and force them into gay marriages instead.

Spreading fear instead of reason, how low. Especially when all we want to do is be happy.

Posted by: matt's gay! | Feb 16, 2009 6:23:14 PM

I already flagged it as hate speech on YouTube.

I do note that in their map of the U.S. the entire northeast and mid-Atlantic is missing.

My assumption is this will be aired in the churches to inflame the base.

Posted by: Tony P | Feb 16, 2009 6:26:10 PM

Anyone else catch the photoshopped picture at around 2:13? I guess they figured there weren't enough minorities represented up to that point and they needed to be "inclusive" in at least one area. I almost fell out of my chair laughing as soon as that picture popped up!

Posted by: nashtrav | Feb 16, 2009 7:25:19 PM

I just can't watch their videos anymore. Maybe it's because I spend my days working with kids who SOMETIMES have two parents to help them that actually care. Usually they are lucky to have one emotionally present parent period. I am stretched to my limit even understanding how people can sit there and say that two emotionally present and active parents is a bad thing.

To sit there and tell me I'm a bad person for wanting all families based on love to have the same rights is too much. I know I need to watch them to understand their views, but right now I can't do it. If they want to get down on the front lines with me and work with these kids that need parents then I'd welcome them, until then I'm not interested in their bull anymore.

I will however still read this site and others like it. they keep me up to date on the political points that are important. This may be hypocritical, but I'm to emotionally drained these days to care. I just need to feel good for a few minutes, and this site (and BTB) do that for me. Sorry for the rant. And thanks for all you do Jeremy.

Piper

Posted by: Piper | Feb 17, 2009 1:43:39 AM

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