Tuesday, January 31, 2006

In Memoriam



Coretta Scott King
1927  -  2006


From Chicago speechs by Coretta Scott King on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Martin Luther Kings assassination:

"I still hear people say that I should not be talking about the rights of lesbian and gay people and I should stick to the issue of racial justice.  But I hasten to remind them that Martin Luther King Jr. said, 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.'  I appeal to everyone who believes in Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream to make room at the table of brother- and sisterhood for lesbian and gay people."
   -    31 March 1998

and

"Homophobia is like racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in that it seeks to dehumanize a large group of people, to deny their humanity, their dignity and personhood.  This sets the stage for further repression and violence that spread all too easily to victimize the next minority group."

"We are all tied together in a single garment of destiny . . . I can never be what I ought to be until you are allowed to be what you ought to be," she said, quoting her husband.  "I've always felt that homophobic attitudes and policies were unjust and unworthy of a free society and must be opposed by all Americans who believe in democracy."

"For many years now, I have been an outspoken supporter of civil and human rights for gay and lesbian people.  Gays and lesbians stood up for civil rights in Montgomery, Selma, in Albany, Ga. and St. Augustine, Fla., and many other campaigns of the Civil Rights Movement.  Many of these courageous men and women were fighting for my freedom at a time when they could find few voices for their own, and I salute their contributions."
   -    1  April 1998

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Monday, January 30, 2006

Straight Pride.com


O
ne might think the notion of a "Straight Pride" group would be at best silly, but, as with all things associated with the extremism of the religious right, Straight Pride has a more shadowy history.

In most reports about the group the focus first turns toward a 2002 United States District Court ruling that found that a Woodbury (MN) High School student, Elliot Chambers, had experienced a free speech infringement at the hands of his school principal when he had been told not to wear a StraightPride.com black hooded sweat shirt with the words "Straight Pride - straightpride.com" printed in white lettering across its front while he was in school.  Chambers' litigation was underwritten by the radical, religious right anti-gay organization AFA (American Family Association).  In an entry on its website, the AFA also provides a link to the source of Chambers' sweat shirt, StraightPride.com.

In the years following the court's ruling there have been a number of college campus groups set up modeled after Chambers' own original campaign as a Christian who opposed tolerance of gays and lesbians under the guise of defending the group they argue is most under fire today - heterosexuals.  Never mind that in two thirds of United States when can legally be fired for being lesbian or gay.  Forget that gay families are under legal fire by groups like Blier's.  Nope, it's heterosexuals who've got it bad.  Sorta like white people.

I know, I know, that sounds ridiculous but here's the thing.  Craig Storm, the founder of StraightPride.com is also concerned about the plight of white Americans.  In fact he's so concerned that he joined the discussion forum at Stormfront.org.  Although since it was discovered that he was a regular poster at Stormfront and had received praise there from the racist, neo-Nazi hate-monger, David Duke, for his work at StraightPride.com, Storm has had his anti-gay, racist and handgun obsessed posts deleted from the hate-site.  Here's a copy of his membership profile that was posted last year at another website that monitors the activities of religious hate groups.

StraightPride.com made the blogosphere's bigtime when this post appeared last year at Jesus' General website. Five days later StraightPride.com's new Director of Public Relations, Adam Key, resigned from the organization after he too had confirmed Craig Storm's neo-Nazi connections.  Since then the StraightPride.com website has gone silent, although it appears that T-shirts and such are still available for purchase there.  Naturally, Blier's group offers Straight Pride handouts in its publications section.

Center for American Cultural Renewal/Vermont Renewal. StraightPride.com.  American Family Association. Stormfront.org.

Birds of a feather...

UPDATE (4/18): Welcome Gay Youth UK readers!



What do fellow GOP conservatives say about The Center for American Cultural Renewal? "...(A)n organization with no Washington presence and little clout with social conservatives outside Vermont where it is based."



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