Monday, July 21, 2014

People for the American Way issues nine-page report debunking phony right-wing gay victimization narratives

The report is entitled The Persecution Complex: The Religious Right’s Deceptive Rallying Cry:
     The tales of horror keep pouring in: Two middle school girls are forced into a lesbian kiss as part of an anti-bullying program; an Air Force sergeant is fired because he opposes same-sex marriage; a high school track team is disqualified from a meet after an athlete thanks God for the team’s victory; a Veterans Affairs hospital bans Christmas cards with religious messages; a man fixing the lights in a Christmas tree falls victim to a wave of War-on-Christmas violence; an elementary school student is punished for praying over his school lunch; a little boy is forced to take a psychological evaluation after drawing a picture of Jesus.
     None of these stories is true. But each has become a stock tale for Religious Right broadcasters, activists, and in some cases elected officials... (Read more)

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