Tuesday, May 25, 2010

An Exemplary Policy: Commendable, Worthy of Imitation

[Trigger warning: Anti-gay violence and eliminationist rhetoric]

From time to time, I take a stroll through Conservapedia, a Wikipedia knockoff that claims to be "A Trustworthy Encyclopedia" but which, in reality, is a rightwing propaganda source. And poorly-written at that.

For instance, the article on "Lesbianism" explains "Homosexuality normally focuses on men more than in women, but the problem is not minor." Homosexuality isn't a sentient being. It is no more capable of "focusing" on men or women than is an apple tree.

In and article on the "Homosexual Agenda," somebody included this gem:

"Vic Eliason of Crosstalk America rightly points out that if all Americans turned homosexual it would only take a few generations for the United States to lose most of the population of the country through lack of procreation. This would make the US more vulnerable to attack by our enemies."

Aside from the minor detail that Turning Everyone Gay has yet to be added to the Homosexual Agenda (and I would totes know if it was), it is cute that the author's primary concern is not so much the dying off the American population but that this lack of Americans would "make the US more vulnerable to attack by our enemies."

Speaking of homosexuality, did I mention that some of the longest and most numerous articles on Conservapedia are about homosexuality? This phenomenon is not surprising, of course, as it is a truth universally-acknowledged that some Christians love talking about homosexuality more than they do about Jesus or the Good News.

Shorter them: Homosexuality is sick and wrong and, therefore, gay people should die.

Yes, really.

Many anti-gay folks rarely reveal, even if they harbor such thoughts in their hearts, an explicit statement that gay people should be murdered for being gay. Conservapedia, however, let's it all hang out. The last paragraph of its "homosexual agenda" article reads thusly:

"Some well known individuals/groups in the United States who actively oppose the homosexual agenda are: Focus on the Family, Peter LaBarbera's American's for Truth, the Traditional Values Coalition (Louis Sheldon is a chairman of the Traditional Values Coalition), and Matt Barber of Concerned Women of America. Outside of the United States, Iran is notable for their exemplary policy of executing known or suspected homosexuals."

Tomorrow, let's read between the lines and ask ourselves whether less courageous anti-gays would agree that the elimination of "homosexuals" and/or homosexuality would constitute an "exemplary policy."

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