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American Family Association

By |2009-02-19T09:00:00-05:00February 19th, 2009|Opinions|

Homosexuals hate Jesus and have waged war against anyone who believes in Him. Such is the premise of the American Family Association’s hour-long infomercial “Silencing Christians.”
Host Janet Parshall begins with a look at “After the Ball: How America Will Conquer Its Fear and Hatred of Gays in the ’90s” and the “powerful and sophisticated propaganda techniques” the book lays out: desensitizing, jamming (which Parshall describes as breaking a machine with a tire iron) and conversion.
“Silencing the Christians” spends the next hour using “powerful and sophisticated propaganda techniques” like desensitizing, jamming and conversion to show how gays are horrible and ruining the world. At no time do they ever give gays credit for teaching them these techniques, which is really insulting since gays obviously invented propaganda back in the ’90s.
The video is basically a big Creep of the Week family reunion. The AFA has stuffed it to the gills with every anti-gay catch phrase and trigger possible. For starters, there’s a segment called “Radical Agenda: Indoctrinating School Children” in which it is explained that homosexuals are making Ashland, Ky. the next San Francisco.
Janice Crouse, senior fellow of the Beverly LaHay Institute, says of children, “One day they’re reading about puppy dogs,” and the next they’re reading about twink princes doing it in the locker room (I’m kind of paraphrasing).
“We have plenty of evidence at the experiential level that says kids can’t handle this,” Crouse says about children learning about same-sex parents. While she speaks, an image is shown of a hand pressed against a pane of glass, rain streaming between the fingers (the universal symbol for “children can’t cope with two mommies or two daddies.” If you didn’t already know that it’s probably because you’re complicit in silencing the Christians who would’ve told you).
Then there’s the “gay rights are not civil rights” argument. Liberty Council’s Matt Barber argues that since gays were never bought and sold as slaves they really have nothing to complain about. After all, they could always just become “ex-homosexuals.”
Proof that Jesus shampoo can wash that gay right out of your hair is presented in the form of Christine Sneeringer, director of ex-gay ministry Worthy Creations (not to be confused with Precious Creations, the online scrapbooking store, or Another Bad Creation, the ’90s preteen hip-hop group). Sneeringer was sexually abused and her father beat her mother, which helps perpetuate the idea that homosexuality is an illness borne out of abuse.
Sneeringer’s deliverance from evil? Why, a church softball team, of course. “I was surrounded by Christians because it was a Baptist church,” she says. “It was like I woke up one day and said, ‘I want to be like them.'”
Oh, and she also says that it’s “a self-fulfilling prophecy” that boys who are called fag by their peers because they aren’t good at sports will become gay. Which makes these anti-gay groups’ opposition to anti-bullying laws even more confusing.
Claim after claim made in the film defies all logic and reason.
Barber says, “Nobody advocates violence against anyone for any reason,” a thesis that wouldn’t fly in the most basic college writing class.
But hey, it’s not the AFA’s job to make sense. It’s their job to sell the idea that gays are scary. And they’re having to stretch the truth further and further to do it.

About the Author:

D'Anne Witkowski is a writer living in Michigan with her wife and son. She has been writing about LGBTQ+ politics for nearly two decades. Follow her on Twitter @MamaDWitkowski.
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