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Mission America’s Linda Harvey went on The Janet Mefferd Show yesterday to promote her new book, “Maybe He’s Not Gay,” which encourages gay teenagers to renounce homosexuality.

Mefferd asked Harvey what advice she would give to the friends and family of a teen who wants to come out as gay. “The first thing,” Havey advised, is “they do not need to come out to everyone.”

"That’s the beginning of many troubling roads for young people," Harvey said of coming out. That’s when they announce it and they feel like they have to live up to that, or down to that, standard they set for themselves. And it begins to label them, they put these labels on themselves.”

From the 04.07.2014 edition of Salem Radio Network’s The Janet Mefferd Show:

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Anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera is outraged by the existence of Christian gay rights supporters and is afraid of a plot to “steal Christianity.”

During Saturday’s edition of Mission America Radio, LaBarbera told host Linda Harvey that columnist Kirsten Powers’ opposition to Arizona’s “right-to-discriminate” bill is proof of the warning that “there’s a huge movement on the left” to “steal Christianity to make it pro-sin, pro-homosexuality.”

Harvey agreed and said that people are “sick and tired” of the gay rights movement: “There is no evidence homosexuality is inborn, it’s a learned desire and behavior and so we just have to keep standing on that truth and we know tons of people agree. You’ve had calls recently with people out of the blue are saying, ‘I want to be involved,’ who have never been involved before. They are sick and tired of it.”

 

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As Kyle noted earlier, Linda Harvey of Mission America joined the American Family Association’s Tim Wildmon and Ed Vitagliano today for a riveting discussion about homosexuality and Harvey’s new book, “Maybe He’s Not Gay: Another View on Homosexuality.”

But the informative conversation didn’t end with the anti-gay activists’ thoughts on “gaydar.” Later in the interview, they moved on discussing to how homosexuality is like anorexia, a theory that Harvey apparently lays out in her book.

Vitagliano agreed with Harvey’s assessment that just as anorexic people are “driven by an impulse not to eat” because they believe they are overweight, gay people are under the false impression that they are gay and so think they are attracted to people of the same sex. “It’s such a perfect and biblical view of a person who sees themselves as homosexual,” he said.

“Your body is made to eat, otherwise you will starve; with homosexuals, your body is not made for the kind of relations they have, it’s made for heterosexuality,” Harvey added later in the interview. “We’re basically all heterosexuals.”

She concluded that both people with eating disorders and gay people are “deluded” and on a path to “self-destruction.”

From the 01.31.2014 edition of AFR’s Today’s Issues:

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According to Linda Harvey, among God’s gifts to the world is the feeling that gay people are “yucky,” or at least that is what she said during an interview yesterday with Sandy Rios of the American Family Association.

Harvey, who runs the Ohio-based group Mission America, was plugging her book Maybe He’s Not Gay, which is meant to explain to young people why homosexuality is wrong. “What’s happening to children is the whole reason I got into this issue to begin with because they are being manipulated at very impressionable ages,” Harvey told Rios, lamenting that children are being told “you need to not find this stuff repulsive.”

“You need to find these sex acts, once you find out about them at way too early an age, you need to not find them repulsive,” Harvey said. “The yuck factor is being taken away from our kids and that is a huge preventive issue and a common sense issue on homosexuality where people know, wait I would never do that, yeah that’s a basic instinct that God has given you and it’s the right one.”

“What’s at stake is the future of civilization,” Harvey continued, warning that the gay rights will “overturn every vestige of civilization.” She said gays will “overturn male-female dating patterns, everything, every cultural norm that children are being taught so we really need to stand up against this.” 

From the 01.16.2014 edition of AFR’s Sandy Rios In The Morning:

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Yesterday, Linda Harvey of Mission America cited a hoax story of a transgender girl in Florence, Colorado, supposedly harassing other students in school. Even though the story was debunked earlier this month, Religious Right activists and conservative news outlets ran with the story.

The Pacific Justice Institute concocted the smear campaign against the Colorado student, who has since been placed on suicide watch, and has since admitted that it has no evidence to back up the charges.

But since such fictitious tales like a boy getting disciplined in school for praying and Planned Parenthood teaching how to cover up domestic abuse never seem to die if they support Religious Right conspiracy theories, Harvey played up the discredited harassment claims anyway and called it a sign that liberals are “using our children as guinea pigs” for their “diabolical experiments.”


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Russia has become a dangerous place for dissent. Its ex-KGB president, Vladimir Putin, has accomplished what Republicans in America only dream of: he’s built an electoral majority by appealing to the most religious and conservative elements of society, including by courting the alliance of the Russian Orthodox Church. With his victories, he’s becoming increasingly autocratic, dispensing with even the pretense of democracy.

Besides his notorious sidestepping of term-limit laws, he’s presided overshow-trial prosecutions ofpolitical opponents and reformers on flimsy or trumped-up charges. He’s brought down the wrath of the state against artists who mock religion. He’s looked the other way ascrusading journalists have been brutally beaten and murdered, and his government may have been directly involved in at least one such killing. In the classic tactic of dictators everywhere, he’s diverting attention from his own authoritarianism by painting a marginalized minority as a powerful and sinister enemy corrupting society from within. In this case, the invented enemy is Russia’s LGBT community.

Over the last few years, Putin’s rubber-stamp parliament has passed a series ofincreasingly draconian anti-gay laws. The most recent of these outlaws “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations”—a term so deliberately vague and sweeping that Russian activists can be (and have been) arrested merely for holding up a sign in public reading “Gay is normal.” It effectively silences any advocacy for LGBT rights or even any public acknowledgment of LGBT people’s existence. An even more horrific bill now under consideration would take away children (both adopted and biological) from gay and lesbian parents.

With the Russian government sending clear signals that LGBT people are beneath moral consideration, it’s no surprise that violent homophobes in Russian society are feeling increasingly disinhibited. We’ve seen the premeditated torture and murder of gay people, and gangs of skinheads assaulting gay-rights protestors in public, sometimes with the police looking on, sometimes with the police’s active assistance.

In this climate of deepening fear and brutality, we’re already starting to see an exodus of gay people from Russian society, like the journalist Masha Gessen, who’s calling on Western nations to grant asylum: “The only way at this point that the U.S. can help Russian gays and lesbians is [to] get us the hell out of here." The historical parallel to the exodus of Jewish people from pre-World War II Nazi Germany seems impossible to ignore.

The fact that the 2014 Winter Olympics will be in Sochi, Russia, has focused international attention and outrage on Putin’s crackdown. The playwright Harvey Fierstein, among others, has argued that we should boycott the Olympics in protest. With corporate sponsors getting nervous, the IOC initially tried to allay people’s fears by assuring them that foreign visitors in Russia wouldn’t be subject to the anti-gay laws. But that was quickly undercut by Russian government ministers insisting that the laws will apply to everyone, including athletes, journalists and spectators. In the face of this, the IOC announced that all protests and political statements by athletes would be forbidden at the Olympics, thus making it clear whose side it’s on.

Whether the international community should boycott Sochi is a wrenching political question. A boycott would be a huge embarrassment for Russia, to be sure. But it’s not at all clear it would actually weaken Putin’s power the way divestment from apartheid South Africa did. If anything, the people who’d be most directly harmed by an Olympic boycott would be the athletes, who spend their whole lives training for this chance to prove themselves. Gay medalists like Greg Louganis have argued that rather than boycott, athletes should use the global stage of the Olympics as a platform to protest Russian bigotry, IOC be damned. On the other hand, given the political climate in Russia and the anti-gay violence that occurs with impunity, it’s not clear that LGBT people and allies would even be safe there.

But although these are difficult dilemmas with no easy answers, there’s one group of people who aren’t morally conflicted at all: American right-wing religious extremists. A long list of religious-right figures have lined up to praise Russia, loudly insisting that its brutal suppression and persecution of gay people is exactly what we need at home. Here are some of them:

  • On the Christian news site OneNewsNow, an article by Charlie Butts opens with the headline, “Russia sees America’s error, may ban public homosexuality.” It quotes Tim Todd, the head of Revival Fires International Ministries and an “evangelist who works in Russia,” as saying he “believes the move afoot there to ban the public display of homosexuality is because the nation’s leaders—both political and religious—have seen the damage American culture has suffered from the homosexual movement.”
  • Linda Harvey, founder of the anti-gay hate group Mission: America, said on her radio program that Christians should pray for the Russian laws to continue, saying that by forbidding gay pride parades and adoption by gay couples, “they are protecting kids… What responsible adult would have a problem with keeping kids on a path of high moral standards?”
  • Peter LaBarbera, an anti-gay evangelical and head of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, said, “Russians do not want to follow America’s reckless and decadent promotion of gender confusion, sexual perversion, and anti-biblical ideologies to youth” (source) and sneered at the idea of offering asylum to Russian LGBT people.
  • Bill Owens, the religious liaison of the National Organization for Marriage,sent out an e-mail saying he was “intrigued” by the Russian law and saw it as a sign of Russia’s leaders “attempting to stem the tide of moral decline.” He also said, “I applaud the Russians for taking a stand for children!”
  • Bryan Fischer, spokesman for the American Family Association, said hewholeheartedly supports the Russian law and has said that, if anything, it doesn’t go far enough: “Heterosexuality is God’s design. Policies that encourage young people to think this are good ideas.”
  • Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, wrote in an editorial for the Daily Caller that “there is no human right to teach school children about sexual practices, neither is there a human right to parade your sexual preferences and practices down public streets.” He also said he “admire[s] some of the things they’re doing in Russia" and that he plans to travel there to meet with government officials to offer his support.
  • Another CFHRI official, Stefano Gemmarini, praised Russia for barring gay pride parades and seemingly implied that some of the fines laid out in the bill aren’t severe enough, saying “$155 is hardly unmanageable for homosexuals who want to kiss in public.”
  • The World Congress of Families, a Christian-right group based in Illinois,plans to hold its 2014 annual conference at the Kremlin in a show of support for the Russian laws. The WCF website says that Russia, “with its historic commitment to deep spirituality and morality, can be a hope for the natural family supporters from all over the world.” A WCF spokesman, Larry Jacobs, added that “Russia could be a great ally for conservatives” and cheered its anti-gay laws as a “great idea” (source).
  • Another American anti-gay group, MassResistance, has praised the Russian laws and said that a mob of thugs who assaulted gay-rights protestors were “provoked” by the protesters kissing in public. This is the same group that’s praised a draconian anti-gay Nigerian law.
  • Scott Lively, an American evangelical who helped draft the proposed Ugandan “Kill the Gays” bill (and who’s being sued in Massachusetts for crimes against humanity because of it), conducted a speaking tour in Russia in 2007 and has praised the anti-LGBT laws for reflecting ideas he advocated at the time. He’s said that “Russia could become a model pro-family society” and went so far as to say that Russia “is becoming a beacon of freedom to those who love God’s design for the family” (source).

Even though the religious right’s power is slowly ebbing in America, they’re working to export American-style culture wars all over the world. As the world ever so slowly becomes more peaceful and tolerant, they’re engaged in a rearguard action, planting the seeds of theocracy wherever they can, urging developing countries to be more authoritarian, more repressive, more intolerant of differences. They’ve partially succeeded, to devastating effect, in countries like Uganda where domestic homophobia makes fertile soil for their brand of paranoia and unrelenting hatred. We’re now seeing that same deadly symbiosis in Russia.

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Linda Harvey of Mission America is deeply troubled that Dr. Eliza Byard of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network addressed the ceremony marking the 50th Anniversary on the March on Washington. According to Harvey, “GLSEN’s idea of promoting homosexuality and gender confusion to kids is deeply harmful and these behaviors are certainly not anything close to civil rights.”

She took it one step further by reiterating her belief that GLSEN and similar groups focusing on LGBT-inclusive education actually promote abuse. “These actions are pure evil and should be declared child abuse,” Harvey charged, demanding that conservatives begin “calling this lunacy what it is.”

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Linda Harvey of Mission America is furious about the United Nations Human Rights Office’s Free and Equal initiative, warning that it will contribute to the “oppression” of parents and curtail the freedom of speech. She described the campaign, which promotes legal protections based on gender identity and sexual orientation, as “deceptive” since universal rights do not “apply to harmful, high risk, sexual conduct that no one needs to do.”

“No one, if these people have their way, would have the actual universal human right to live out a religious belief that upholds man-woman sexuality within marriage as the standard and all other sexual practices as sinful,” Harvey continued, alleging that the campaign is focused on “denying free speech and other rights, including forcing the indoctrination of children into accepting homosexuality whether their parents like it or not.”

She maintained that the “incidences of oppression and discrimination” by LGBT rights advocates “against people of faith and against parents are piling up.”

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Ohio-based Religious Right activist Linda Harvey today expressed outrage that a district court judge ruled on behalf of a gay couple, who are both Ohio residents but were married in Maryland, against the state’s ban on same-sex unions. One of the men has Lou Gehrig’s disease and is seeking to have his partner listed on his death certificate as his surviving spouse and be buried in the same family plot.

Harvey called their lawsuit “nonsense” and charged that if the men wanted to be married, they should have married women: “There’s no discrimination or inequality, either of these men could be married to a woman.” She said that the couple is in a pretend marriage, just like a girl who pretends to be a doctor simply because she believes she is one:

Can marriage just be what anyone thinks it is? Here’s a possible analogy. Sophie wants to be a doctor, she’s never gone to medical school but in her mind she’s qualified to treat patients, even perform surgery. But the law only allows the practice of medicine by those who have attended medical school, passed the state board exams and so on. But isn’t this unequal protection? Aren’t Sophie’s fantasies valid? She believes she should be allowed to practice medicine therefore the requirements to be a licensed MD are unconstitutional for her.

That’s right: a married gay person is no different than an unlicensed surgeon.

h/t: Brian Tashman at RWW

Mission America’s Linda Harvey yesterday accused the National Education Association of pushing “non-factual, pro-homosexual propaganda” that will “harm” children across the country.

“The nation’s teachers’ union, which has many, many homosexual delegates, will disseminate this depravity throughout our nation,” Harvey warned. “This is truly heartbreaking and outrageous and will only stop when the moms and dads of America go to their state legislatures and stop it.”

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Earlier this month, a pair of nine year old twin sisters with two moms introduced President Obama at an LGBT Pride Month reception at the White House, and Linda Harvey is predictably disturbed about the whole thing, accusing Obama and gay activists of exploiting children in “support of a radical agenda”:

But there is hope, Harvey went on to inform her listeners, because July is “Ex-Gay Pride Month”:

Voice of the Voiceless (VoV) is excited to announce the First Annual Ex-Gay Pride Month in July 2013! If you or your organization is interested in partnering to help sponsor our Ex-Gay Pride Awareness Day on the Washington, DC National Mall and Evening Dinner/Reception, please contact Co-Founder and Acting Director, Christopher Doyle at cdoyle@voiceofthevoiceless.info

We are actively working to receive a Presidential Proclamation from The White House to commemorate Ex-Gay Pride Month and are speaking with members of Congress to recognize and participate in our first annual Awareness Event on the National Mall and Evening Dinner/Reception in Washington, DC. See below for more details on Ex-Gay Pride!

When is Ex-Gay Pride? VoV is strategically holding Ex-Gay Pride Month in July, after June’s annual gay pride month, in order to draw attention to the ever-increasing phenomenon of ex-gays or former homosexuals; that is, individuals who formerly had unwanted same-sex attractions and/or lived an LGBT-identified life, but now do not. These individuals may be in heterosexual relationships, pursuing heterosexuality, or living celibate lives as former homosexuals.

WHAT is Ex-Gay Pride? A time to recognize the unique experiences of ex-gays and former homosexuals and celebrate their existence in American culture. VoV is currently organizing events in the month of July to highlight the unique role of ex-gays in American culture and draw attention to increasing discrimination and hostility towards the ex-gay community in society.

WHY Ex-Gay Pride? Because former homosexuals are the last invisible minority in American culture and are increasingly subject to hostility from anti-ex-gay activists and the media at large, who is influenced heavily by the gay-activist lobby that discriminates and marginalizes former homosexuals. VoV estimates that ex-gays number in the tens of thousands (at least), but due to intimation and hostility, the exact numbers are unknown.

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Mission: America’s Harvey: “Gays deserve to be fired.”

Mission America’s Linda Harvey reiterated her belief that schools, and employers in general, should have the right to fire LGBT personnel and urged them to exercise that right. She said that the only person to blame for getting fired is the LGBT employee who refuses to accept their employer’s “high moral standards” and “insist[s] on displaying these lifestyles to everyone and forcing their acceptance.” She said that “no one needs to be involved in homosexuality” and that the “homosexual lifestyle” is incompatible with being “an excellent employee” as it “shows a disrespect” to others. 

h/t: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/harvey-gays-deserve-be-fired-because-they-insist-displaying-their-lifestyles-everyone

Linda Harvey of Mission America is worried that “homosexual news blogs” and other websites “that are sympathetic to the social and political goals of the homosexual movement” may actually trick young people, who could simply be visiting such sites in order to research the debate on same-sex marriage, into becoming gay by putting them in close reach of “homosexual-themed pornography.”

“Schools, Hollywood and even the top leaders in our country are all busy selling homosexuality to kids,” Harvey warned, adding that pornography and other “deceptive influences” are also “convincing [kids] to believe they are gay.”

h/t: RWW