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AFA vs. AAA: The former is certainly earning its 'F'

by Jeremy Hooper

The American Family Association is going after Triple-A for offering family memberships to gay-headed households. It's the same old anti-LGBT nonsense. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

What's interesting, however, is how fully most everyone who has read their piece seems to despise what the AFA is doing:

(*The comment in this box is not our comment. For some reason it is embedded in the webpage's coding, so that everyone who now tries to leave a comment sees it)
AAA Recognizes gay couples as 'married' and a 'family' [AFA]

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Your thoughts

Their attitude is absolutely disgusting, as usual. My Gods, they really don't want us to have *anything*!

I agree wholeheartedly with the message in that comment box, but not with hacking even the AFA's site. Hope that's not what happened.

Posted by: GreenEyedLilo | Aug 7, 2009 10:02:38 AM

Remember the good ole days when groups like the AFA said that they weren't trying to prevent gay couples from getting any benefits? They were just trying to protect marriage and that any private business is free to offer whatever benefits it wants to?

Posted by: stojef | Aug 7, 2009 10:59:22 AM

Are the ratings for the AFA post, or for the anti-AFA comment? It's hard to tell in this screen-save, and lord knows I don't want to give them even one more hit to add to their traffic total.

Still, it's pretty amazing how the minds of these people work. Since the Christian right is allied with the Republican party, they've now decided that the bible decrees pro-business policies, deregulation of industries, and debunking of global climate change in the name of American enterprise. But God forbid that a company should make a pitch for the GLBT market. It turns out that "pro-business" has its limits even for these people.

Posted by: Diogenes | Aug 7, 2009 11:28:46 AM

Just sent a letter in to the AAA CEO Robert Darbelnet at RDarbelnet@national.aaa.com congratulating him and his company on their policy change - didn't do it via AFA's page, tho, as I didn't want to start getting AFA's drivel in my inbox or make them aware of my email address. Go AAA!! Funny how all the ratings on the comments section are 1-star, yet at the top, it claims there's a 1.5-star cumulative rating. hmmmm....

Posted by: Chris | Aug 7, 2009 1:19:44 PM

I can just see the rantings now:

"Why should 'gays' and 'lesbians' be offered the same discounts as normal families with children? Studies show homosexuals have higher than average incomes. They don't need discounts. Additionally, parents are not going to be happy when they check in to what they thought was a family hotel only to learn that there are homosexuals in the same hotel - possibly down the hall!"

Posted by: stojef | Aug 7, 2009 1:34:07 PM

Oh BROTHER, I think these folks at FOF and the AFA, all of them have far too much time on their hands, I wonder why they aren't out feeding the hungry, visiting the sick, visting those in prison, extending love to all just as they are?
Oh, I forgot, that would be to emulate Jesus, and these folks only use the name of God to justify their own petty, personal, prejudices and hates. Personally, I think using God's name to justify hate and violence (ANYONE'S GOD!) is blasphemy of the highest order!

Posted by: William Rogers RN (Ret.) | Aug 8, 2009 4:14:52 PM

"..I wonder why they aren't out feeding the hungry, visiting the sick, visting those in prison, extending love to all just as they are?"

The answer to that is actually quite simple.. none of those other activities pay as well as this gig. And, none of the others are nearly as fun, or sadistically pleasurable. These guys have become accustomed to the lifestyle that they enjoy as the face of bigotry. And one day, hopefully in the not too distant future, their ability to raid the wallets of the flockers simply based on baseless hatred and fear of us will diminish. And then, they'll have to find someone else to hate on.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Aug 9, 2009 2:42:06 AM

And, one other thing.. most of those guys probably receive most of their funding from very few wealthy individuals or organizations. Those organizations have a vested interest in ensuring that the hordes are too busy hating us, so that they have no time to realize what they actually are doing. By funding this "culture war", they get to divert attention away from other issues that the hordes should really be interested in. And, at the same time they get to look like they are the ONLY ones actively standing up on the side of the social cons.

They get to play on some common, easily stoked, fear and hatred, while diverting attention away from other issues that should be more important to the hordes, and at the same time look like the good guys. How do you get seventy year old social conservatives to ignore issues that actually affect them (like cuts in California to Medicare and Medical).. you make them much more angry about something else that doesn't even affect them.

Every penny spent by the 'powers that be' on diverting attention away from tangible issues, and onto bogus, fake issues, results in dollars that they capture because of the status quo. And, more importantly, they get to trick voters into electing their hand-picked candidates. Candidates who will always vote for the lobby that brought them to the dance.

And all of that comes at a surprisingly insignificant cost. We should not ever be fooled into believing that grassroots efforts are keeping the AFAs, the FOFs, the Values-Voters and the Gallaghers of the world in business. They're AstroTurf through and through.

Posted by: Dick Mills | Aug 9, 2009 3:07:12 AM

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