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09/21/2009

Audio: FOF hopes '80s/'90s-born voters were also born yesterday

by Jeremy Hooper

At this weekend's so-called Values Voters Summit, Focus on the Family president Jim Daly dedicated his speaking time to how his greying movement can reach the so called "millennial" generation. So to help him make his progress-stifling points, Daly hosted a Q&A with Esther Fleece, the young person who FOF has hired specifically for the purpose of speaking to the set for whom the '80s are the oldies.

Below you will find the marriage-focused portion of Fleece & Daly's chat.

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(click to play audio clip)

Think of Esther's as being sort of like FOF's horse whisperer. Except instead of getting in the mind of a bucking bronco, Ms. Fleece's mission is to propagate and outdated, oftentimes discriminatory, sometimes hostile message for a generation that doesn't speak Falwell. It's a tough job, but someone (in this partisan world where some people refuse to realize that their personal faith should not set policy) has to do it.

So what's the message they're massaging for "Gossip Girl" generation? Well naturally, that same-sex marriage equality is somehow bad because lots of heteros get divorced. And that stopping gay people's unions constitutes some sort of a "battle" in which Godly people must engage, or else the heightened ability for loving couples to enter into legal unions is going to obliterate the concept of "traditional marriage." WHAT THE HUH?!?!?

Look, FOF can Fleece the young people all they want. But we'd be willing to bet our '70s era birth certificates that not only are the young voters going to reject these cockamamie ideas about marital cause and effect, but that the more FOF tries to translate their Reagan generation playbook so that it speaks to those who came alive during the restrictive age of Bush, the more damage they are going to do to the anti-equality cause. Today's young voters are not only post-Harvey, post-Ellen, and post-"Will & Grace": They are post-several states where gays have married without incident! FOF can go ahead tell them that Adam Lambert is fit to be both a second place contestant and a second class citizen: But don't be surprised when this same voting block tells FOF that discrimination is as passé as a "Real World" season wherein none of the (hetero) houseguests hooked up within the first two weeks.

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She probably belongs to a Steve Anderson type of church and has never had to apply critical thinking in her life. She probably believes people walked with dinosaurs and that the earth is 6000 years old. Most likely home schooled and if she went to college, most likely Liberty or its equivalent. Brainwashed without an original thought in her head.

Posted by: Mykelb | Sep 21, 2009 9:10:05 PM

Hi Mykelb,

If you google me you will know I am a graduate of a state university and have went to public school all of my life.

:)
Esther

Posted by: Esther | Oct 2, 2009 1:40:06 AM

Oh Snap! Direct experience is what its all about, isn't it? That's why gay people, just like straight people and ex-gay people, are all equal before God in their direct experience of God's Word and their reading of God's Word and what they choose to take away from it.

Posted by: Daniel Loftus | Oct 17, 2009 2:24:40 AM

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