Tuesday, January 07, 2014

A lesson in anti-gay 'paraphrasing' via Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council

Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates' memoir has just been published and Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council sent out the following tweet:

This is the portion of Gates' memoir which Sprigg paraphrased:

“For me, 2010 was a year of continued conflict and a couple of important White House breaches of faith,” he writes. The first, he says, was Obama’s decision to seek the repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy toward gays serving in the military. Though Gates says he supported the decision, there had been months and months of debate, with details still to work out. On one day’s notice, Obama informed Gates and Mullen that he would announce his request for a repeal of the law. Obama had “blindsided Admiral Mullen and me,” Gates writes. 

Now some may say that this still doesn't look good, but I disagree. Sprigg's tweet fails to mention that Gates supported the decision to repeal DADT. The only problem was that Obama, as per his prerogative as President, pushed for the decision more immediately than Gates wanted.

The way Sprigg tweets, it fits his organization's false narrative of Obama supposedly pushing a "radical homosexual agenda" when the truth is less about agenda and more about a simple disagreement as to the immediacy of policy change.

'Utah marriage opponents denies calling for an 'uprising'' and other Tuesday midday news briefs

AFA Affiliate Defends Russian 'Gay Propaganda' Law Don't get mad. Broadcast.  

Did Sheriff Richard Mack Really Call For An Uprising Against Gay Marriage In Utah? - Utah marriage equality opponents - "Hey, we never said a thing about an 'uprising' because of marriage equality. I mean no one said it in the meeting and just because the word was in our literature didn't mean we were talking about violence. We were really talking about a nice game of croquet where everyone participating gets trophies . . ." 

Pittsburgh City Council Elects First Openly Gay President - Looks like our nefarious plan to "indoctrinate" the Pittsburgh Steelers is right on track. I get Troy Polamulu  

Evander Holyfield Has Homophobic Beliefs But ‘Love For Gays’ - Don't they all. That's like getting slapped in the face and then being kissed on the lips by the same person. In spite of what some folks claim, lgbts neither figuratively nor literally go for that crap.

 17 Politicians Who've Faced Gay Rumors Or Sex Scandals - No comment two times. Those who know what I mean know what I mean (and that's not a typo.)

NOM's Brian Brown whines about being called a bigot while acting like a bigot

Apparently the irony of acting like a bigot while decrying being called a bigot is something National Organization for Marriage's Brian Brown never considered as he recently railed at the gay marriage conducted at the Rose Parade:

"All along, we’ve been hearing from activists who support same-sex marriage, ‘Hey, if we redefine marriage, it won’t have any effect on you, this is about loving individuals, what they decide to do, it will have no effect on you.’ Well, lo and behold, it has to be shoved in the face of families -- many of whom voted to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman – on a float at a family event. … We know that when you redefine marriage this is taught in schools, we know that teachers tell kids that folks who believe in this notion of marriage as a union between a man and a woman are discriminating, they’re the functional equivalent of bigots. And now it hasn’t even stopped in the classroom, now the idea has to be, well, at family events we need to make a point to have a same-sex marriage to sort of put it right in their faces and call them out. Well, that’s just wrong. In America, we can disagree over key issues, but the idea that you would target children and make this about using a family event to sort of indoctrinate kids, that’s just wrong."

Or in other words:

Yep, no bigotry there.