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How ungrateful of them!

by Jeremy Hooper

So check this out: The folks at the American Family Association's One News Now site, apparently no fans of the type of traffic we deliver them when we link to their silly stories, have put a redirect on their articles so that all of our traffic instead goes to another site.

Look, here are some links that we have tried to post to One News Now stories in the past month. As you will see if you try clicking any them, they won't take you to the ONN story. Instead they take you to a religious test to see if you are a "good" person or not:

(***UPDATE, 8/5/08: Instead of the "good person test," the links now seem to redirect to a "Rick Roll")

Oh My God -- how ridiculously childish! What are you so afraid of, AFA? After all, dissenting opinion is really not the Devil that you've all made it out to be. And this latest stunt? Well it just provides yet another example of how desperate you all are to keep out the gays who are trying to pull back your falsely compassionate curtain!

**NOTE: It should also be noted that the AFA hasn't been approving any (non-hostile, non-controversial, non-profanity-laden) comments that we've tried to leave on their posts. Others say they've had the same experience.

**NOTE2: If you really want to get the links to work, all you have to do is copy the link and paste it into a browser window. Also, there are some work-arounds we can do on our end to make the links work. But that's not really the point. The point for us is that the AFA has dared to do this in the first place. It's just so -- revelatory.

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Your thoughts

I noticed this earlier and did not realize I had been directed to the test through your link. I must admit it is creative which is more credit than I would normally give this group. Oh, according to the test, I am, apparently, going to hell... I hope someone there makes a good martini because I hear it is warmer than Palm Springs in the summertime which is hard to imagine...

Also hard to imagine? Any kind of loving God who would send his children to eternal torment for not loving someone in the correct way. Sheesh! I guess that is why I don't beleive in an actual "hell" of any kind.

Posted by: Loki | Mar 28, 2008 8:18:44 PM

I was wondering why my browser kept redirecting me, all I can say is WOW.


Posted by: Eric | Mar 28, 2008 11:06:08 PM

Quite apparently these people have not outgrown the mentality of a three-year-old.


Posted by: dave b | Mar 28, 2008 11:10:15 PM

They haven't done that to me yet. I guess I'm too unimportant. LOL

Posted by: a. mcewen | Mar 29, 2008 12:24:35 AM

For whatever reason, I'm not being redirected...maybe they grew up in the past three hours since the last comment...

Posted by: PSUdain | Mar 29, 2008 2:20:19 AM

Thankfully copy and past still works
If you can get your ISP changed (not that i really know what i'm talking about)
In any case i hope this doesn't affect your blogging, because there childish antics certainly wont stop me from trying to get my voice across on there sites (though like you said that allready isn't happening.

Posted by: Patrick B | Mar 29, 2008 3:41:20 AM

There is a work-around to AFA's childish antics: Just highlight the link's text, copy it, and paste it into your browser's address bar.

Posted by: Richard Rush | Mar 29, 2008 8:55:55 AM

I like that the quiz will not allow you to answer 'No' to all the questions. It will just say that you're not being honest. So basically, everyone is going to hell?

Posted by: PW | Mar 29, 2008 10:37:08 AM

Hey Jeremy!

Love you muchly...

Isn't it a little hypocritical for AFA to redirect anyone traveling from this site to their's... I mean, aren't your readers the people those good Christians should be directing their attention to?

Posted by: Mikey Garcia | Mar 29, 2008 7:50:10 PM

Hey Mikey -- thanks for the kind words!

And yes, it would seem counterproductive to their cause to do the redirect. The whole thing is just SO bizarre. So far we've determined that the same redirect has been applied to Pam's House Blend. We're still waiting to see how sweeping the whole endeavor is.

Odd. But it's good to know that we bother them that much!

Posted by: G-A-Y | Mar 29, 2008 8:18:08 PM

The links work from the RSS feed, but not directly from the web page as you said.

Posted by: djsaab | Mar 30, 2008 10:39:27 AM

I'm confused how this works.

Here is a link from AFA:

I am curious if it will re-direct if it does it will blow my mind because I don't get how they do that.


Posted by: Eric | Mar 30, 2008 5:31:11 PM

I here by nominate Sally Kern and the AFA for the Paragraph 175 Spirit Award.

Posted by: PodJumper | Mar 30, 2008 10:42:11 PM

I have an idea, have a redirect thru a neutral site, maybe give their pages tinyurl redirects so the AFA wouldnt play games with you.

Posted by: Matt from California | Mar 31, 2008 2:14:05 PM

Matt: There are several ways we can workaround the links in order to make them work. That's not the issue here. The issue is that they've chosen to implement this coding in the first place.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Mar 31, 2008 2:19:47 PM

This is hilarious...there's no other way to put it. The mindset of these people...

Posted by: zortnac | Mar 31, 2008 2:52:42 PM

Haha, I can't get enough of this test. If you select from the outright that you're not a good person it asks you to go back and start again.

It reminds me of a kid on a schoolyard trying to get you to play along with a mental game that's got some sort of "gotcha!" at the end of it. Any time you deviate from the exact sequence of responses they want you to answer with, they get frustrated.

Posted by: zortnac | Mar 31, 2008 3:12:30 PM

If you have the ability to make 'tabs' in your browser, I think you'll just go the normal site- least that's what I'm doing.

Posted by: Ravvie | Mar 31, 2008 5:23:17 PM

Yea, Ravvie -- because tabs are essentially like cutting and pating the url, which also works.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Mar 31, 2008 5:25:01 PM

Workaround demo:


onenewsnow.com must be filtering based on the "referrer" header of incoming browser requests. anonym.to is one of a number of Web redirectors that will replace the "referrer" header. tinyurl.com could be used too.

Posted by: amk | Jun 1, 2008 9:27:37 PM

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