Friday, March 03, 2006

Straight?    Unhappy?    Cease & Desist!

resource of the Center for American Cultural Renewal has been Jerry Falwell's Liberty Counsel.  Having failed repeatedly in the marketplace of ideas, the religious culture warriors are more frequently turning to litigation as a favored tactic to silence the opposition, as in the case of the parody above of the ludicrously ineffective fundie billboard campaign in support of so-called reparative therapy.

The post late last summer of this parody of the Exodus International billboard has resulted in the Liberty Counsel's chief legal thug, Michael Staver, sending a Cease and Desist letter to the website Justinsomnia.  Staver's organization has backed Kevin Blier and his group in a variety of actions, such as interfering in a lesbian couple's Family Court proceeding and in seeking to overturn longstanding Vermont legislative tradition.

The issue of religious litigiousness with regards to gay free speech needs more discussion.  Bloggers are responding to the call here, here, here and here, just to name a few.  Can you help?

There's not too much irony in the idea of fundie lawyers protecting the trademark of an "ex-gay" recruiting billboard, eh?  As Jason so smartassedly summed it all up:

UPDATE (3/4):  For those who may be unaware, Exodus International is run by this guy, Alan Chambers.

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'Nuff said.  Ex-GayWatch and Wayne Besen have more on this snake.

UPDATE (3/6):  Uh oh.  Looks like trouble!  The forces of faith are starting to rally at Edicts of Nancy and Jesus' General.

Mike Tidmus adds a thought:

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."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Keep up the good work in keeping watch on people like this.
-signed, a Fellow Normal Person :)

Tue Mar 07, 10:27:00 AM EST  

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