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AFA's 'culture war' now targeting surnames

by Jeremy Hooper

You know how the American Family Association's One News Now site frequently changes AP wire stories so that the word "gay" will instead read "homosexual"? Well now things are getting RIDICULOUS, even for them:

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The player in question?


Way to fight that "Rudy Gay agenda," One News Now!!

Timberwolves trade Mayo to Memphis for Love ["AP" via ONN]

**An intersting theory: Because the words "gay" and "mayo" were both in this story, it hit One News Now's attention because they are currently monitoring for stories about the Heinz ad controversy. After all, it's not like they usually write about NBA stories.

***UPDATE, 6/28
: They've now changed their story so that it reads "Rudy Gay."

***UPDATE, 6/28: Oh, but it's happened again! Look at this headline about the forthcoming debut of Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay:

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Yes, that's right -- the "Homosexual" in the headline refers to Tyson Gay.

Although we're just shocked they let the "Hooker" surname go through. We would have thought they'd change it to "Lady of Ill Repute" or something.

Hooker aims to build on her fast 100; Homosexual to debut [ONN]

**UPDATE, 6/29: And in the most ironic of twists, the following email just arrived in our inbox:

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Oh yea, they can TOTALLY be "trusted." Trusted to mislead, that is!

**UPDATE, 7/1: Wow, we REALLY should have pushed this story. It's now all over the Internet.

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Your thoughts

Clearly, like with all their other work their edits to AP stories are mindless.

Posted by: Daimeon | Jun 27, 2008 1:00:26 PM

So does this mean they have a computer program that searches for news items with certain terms, automatically changes those terms, and posts the items to their website, with no human involvement? I can't imagine even the most brain-dead, underpaid, and disinterested intern making this mistake. And, will this computer go to heaven for bashing the queers?

Posted by: Joel | Jun 27, 2008 1:01:51 PM

THAT is the funniest thing EVER.

I need to call our local Memphis news outlets. Somebody is bound to find that funny.

Posted by: evan | Jun 27, 2008 1:06:43 PM

....ya think? Lets put Wall-E on it and see what happens!

Posted by: LOrion | Jun 27, 2008 1:13:45 PM

Oh Dear, that is hillarious.

Posted by: gary | Jun 27, 2008 1:48:49 PM

This is hilarity of "cdesign proponentsists" proportions.

Posted by: zortnac | Jun 27, 2008 2:06:48 PM

An explanation of zortnac's comment, for those not in the loop:


Posted by: G-A-Y | Jun 27, 2008 2:09:58 PM

People from the Chicago area may remember something similar happening years ago, when the Northwest Herald printed a story about an Enola Gay airplane exhibit coming to a local college as part of a World War II presentation. The enormous headline atop this story?

"Enola homosexual comes to MCC."

As a copyeditor, I have nightmares about things like this happening to me. And yes, Joel, some newspapers still use software that automatically changes "offensive" words to their politically correct forms. Nevermind that the Associated Press (and nearly every gay rights organization) considers "homosexuals" the offensive term for gays and lesbians.

This is why you don't use spell check or grammar check, friends!

Posted by: Kate | Jun 27, 2008 6:30:05 PM

Hahahaha, that left me with a huge grin on my face after a nice bout of laughter.

Posted by: | Jun 27, 2008 6:58:14 PM


Oh, man, that's just too good. And yes, that means the "christian perspective" they boast of is in fact inserted by a "Search and Replace" command.

Un Believable.

Posted by: Willie Hewes | Jun 28, 2008 11:57:22 AM

These are hillarious . .read the article.


Posted by: Gary | Jun 30, 2008 2:51:55 AM

And now they will change your name if they don't like it....
Yea I don't get why they didn't change HOOKER too. ... In fact I thought you were going
to say they had... and I was trying to figure out from what?.... HO? Just wait to see what the Chinese names'll be!

Posted by: Lorion | Jun 30, 2008 6:22:59 PM

OK, I admit I was a little slow with the first article. But since it wouldn't copy and I had to retype it I managed to see these 'other things'
Here's the original.


"Minnesota Timberwolves fans went to bed wondering how O.J Mayo would fit in with their guard-heavy team.

Memphis backers hit the hay hoping Kevin Love would open things up for Rudy Homosexual on the frontcourt."

1) Who would ever trade love for mayo?

2) I think mayo could help anyone fit into a guard-heavy team....its pretty slippery.

3)...and backers hoping love would open things up for.....well the mayo would help.

4) Then we get to it Rudy HOMOSEXUAL helping in the frontcourt...most of them help in the backcourt, no?

So if you all already had these, again I apologize for being a little slow...maybe mayoless.

Posted by: LOrion | Jun 30, 2008 6:46:05 PM

Proof the devil is alive an well on planet earth, and she has cleverly disguised herself as Donald E. Wildmon.

Posted by: James | Jul 8, 2008 2:23:31 PM

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