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05/07/2009

Greg, no one 'hates' you. We detest anti-scientific anti-truths!

by Jeremy Hooper

Last year, we caught professional "ex-gay" Greg Quinlan misrepresenting a quote from noted geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, which then set off a whole chain of nutty in which he labeled the ExGayWatch site a "hate group," repeatedly denied to acknowledge followup quotes in which Dr. 200809290822-1.JpgCollins further distanced himself from Quinlan's misuse, and overall proved himself to be less-than-trustworthy when it comes to fair and accurate representation of the LGBT community. But now, many months later, Quinlan might have outdone even this past misstep. How? Well, by suggesting that the PFLAG organization hates heteros, intimating that they possibly had something to do with the burning of Sarah Palin's church, and flat-out stating that giving money to pro-acceptance groups amounts to "hate."

These are comments that Quinlan presented yesterday at a PepsiCo shareholders meeting:

"Last year PepsiCo gave away half a million dollars to PFLAG, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. PFLAG is a gay organization that supports tolerance for gays but does not believe in tolerance for ex-gays and other heterosexuals. When Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin's church sponsored an ex-gay conference last year, PFLAG issued press releases against Sarah Palin and organized protests at her church. This same church was later anonymously vandalized by fire, reminiscent of the burning of black churches in the South during the civil rights movement. Churches should welcome former homosexuals like me, and PepsiCo should not fund organizations like PFLAG that do not welcome diversity, but promote hatred.

I have been shouted and heckled by PFLAG members because I am out and open in society as a former homosexual. Why does PepsiCo fund groups like PFLAG that hate people who are different from them? This is not tolerance or inclusion by any definition.

By funding PFLAG, PepsiCo promotes fear and hostility against the ex-gay community and our supporters, and spreads lies about ex-gay organizations. Diversity does not mean funding one organization so that it can attack another.

Currently, there is a boycott of PepsiCo by AFA, the American Family Association. AFA is a grassroots organization of concerned families across the country that successfully boycotted Ford Motor products for donating money to gay activist organizations. Now they're boycotting Pepsi products. Their boycott petition already has over 300,000 signatures at www.boycottpepsico.com.

The PepsiCo Board of Directors approved a $13 million total compensation package for the CEO, Indra Nooyi, in addition to her free personal use of the PepsiCo company plane, and a car and chauffer for commuting. So PepsiCo can afford to issue a shareholders report revealing how your money is being spent on dubious charities that support hate against ex-gays like me."
Pepsi Shareholders Asked to Stop Funding Hate [PR Newswire]

If successful, we hear Greg will next work to convince the shareholders that prayer can change the company's cola into wine, and that if they don't accept his personally held belief (that no credible body of science supports), then they too are nothing but intolerant haters.

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Your thoughts

I sent Pepsi an e-mail thanking them for their support of PFLAG.

Quinlan's life is a lie. Why should we expect him to be truthful about anything else?

Posted by: Bonnie_Half-Elven | May 7, 2009 12:33:22 PM

"I have been shouted and heckled by PFLAG members because I am out and open in society as a former homosexual."

No, Greg - you've been heckled because you've got some problems with paranoia; lashing out at passerbys when you set up an "ex-gay" booth at various events because you're skurred that somebody may be a "mole" for a pro-gay organization.

Plus the fact that used to sport a mohawk (to make you look hetero?) is STILL good laughing material.

Posted by: Scott | May 7, 2009 2:20:08 PM

Of course PFLAG hates heterosexuals because they are a group comprised almost entirely of... oh wait... they are heterosexuals themselves. Doh!

Posted by: Timothy | May 7, 2009 2:27:42 PM

I drink tons of Diet Pepsi (perhaps too much), and my wife drinks tons of Gatorade. I never thought I'd be so proud of it! I have sent Ms. Nooyi, who deserves everything she gets because her company makes good products, pictures of all the cans and bottles in our recycling along with notes. Now, while Mr. Quinlan is clearly a less than compelling prescence and has probably made our case for us, I still suggest that other LGBT and supportive Pepsi fans keep our own notes, calls, e-mails, and pictures going, too.

Posted by: GreenEyedLilo | May 7, 2009 7:05:36 PM

If you want to see what PFOX really thinks of us, you should read the section 'For ExGay Eyes only' - a place on the website where exgays can say what they like.
http://pfox.org/for_exgay_eyes_only.html

The comments are driven by bigotry and superstition. I really hope you alert Pepsi to this, and I hope PFLAG is offering robust rebuttals to this devious, malicious, deceitful campaign. PFOX has sunk to a new level. They should be ashamed of themselves.

Here are some comments:

"u know we seperate our selves from everyone
its not the str8s that do the most seperating its the gays...
its the gays that do the segregating
they make up their own community
they have to act a certain way now b/c they are out and its stupid they act all gay
So basically they aren't being themselves
We convince ourselves that we are born gay to make ourselves feel better"

"It not just the fact that gays want to believe their sexuality is right and acceptable, they want everyone else to believe it too, that way it lets them off the hook. It's almost as if they think the more people they can get to accept and agree with the gay lifestyle, the more accepting God will be with it. I know because that’s what I used to do."


Posted by: A.T | May 7, 2009 7:41:23 PM

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