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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Seeing Right Through Exodus International’s “Allies, Too!” Campaign

by @ 3:04 pm. Filed under Ex-gays, Exodus, Gay News, hate speech

It has been said that when a person is being dishonest, others can see right through them. That was the first thought I had after reading Mike Ensley’s latest post on the Exodus Blog. In the post, I observe 3 “pop-shots” or “low blows” taken at gay and lesbian advocates, yet the rest of the post talks about a call to “set aside our agenda on the issues”. I have a need to see that someones words and actions match. I do not feel that is the case in this blog post by Mike Ensley.

Sorry Mike, but if you really want anyone to believe your effort is coming from a place of compassion and not a place of political movement, you are going to need to make a little more effort. Taking pop shots at those who demand equal treatment while at the same time asking us to put down our agenda would also mean you doing the same in the email where you asked us to do it. (whoa, I am out of breath from that statement).

Mike Ensley writes:

“You may have discovered that sometimes those who advocate “tolerance” and “diversity” are really only seeking to get their own viewpoint up on a soapbox–and silence or smear anyone who dares to disagree.”

He follows that with:

We believe that tolerance means people treat each other with respect even when they disagree, that we are willing to hear each other out, engage in dialog, and pursue a peaceful and friendly environment even when we can’t get others to come over to our way of thinking.

While we here at Replace the Lies with Truth, agree with Exodus internationals’ meaning of tolerance, we do not agree you can make a call for tolerance while making snide statements that gays want to silence you. That would be part of the agenda you asked us to put down. My answer to you and Exodus:

YOU FIRST!

To make this even more transparent to me, I read though the new website for Allies Too where I found this sentence:

Wait a minute, aren’t you the ones who hate gays?

If that’s what you think, it’s about time you stop believing the lie that people with different beliefs about sexuality hate those who embrace homosexuality. We don’t. We don’t want to hurt others, and our goal isn’t for anyone to be unhappy.

Again, I see right through this. If they really wanted to see us happy, or even not see us unhappy, why have they hired a political lobbyist to help insure we have no rights. This is Exodus International, who has taken a public stance against hate crime legislation, against nondiscrimination policies in the workplace and fought any attempts to offer any legal recognition to gay couples. The goal is most certainly to make us “unhappy”. If Exodus is going to make these cute little statements, we as GLBT folks would like to see the actions that back up the words. Don’t just talk the talk, but WALK THE WALK!

2 Responses to “Seeing Right Through Exodus International’s “Allies, Too!” Campaign”

  1. Emproph Says:

    Try it now:

    “You may have discovered that sometimes [Exodus] who advocates “tolerance” and “diversity” is really only seeking to get their own viewpoint up on a soapbox–and silence or smear anyone who dares to disagree.”

    And:

    Wait a minute, aren’t you the ones who hate [minority rights]?

    If that’s what you think, it’s about time you stop believing the lie that people with different beliefs about [equality] hate those who embrace [equal rights]. We don’t. We don’t want to hurt others, and our goal isn’t for anyone to be unhappy.

    Much better.

  2. Emproph Says:

    GLSEN: Ally Week – October 14-20, 2007
    EXODUS: Allies, Too! November 5 – 9, 2007

    GLSEN: The 2007 Day of Silence was on April 18
    ADF: The Day of Truth [was] scheduled for April 19, 2007

    These efforts are by nature, intrinsically anti-gay. They are counter protests, in timing and in message – not to mention in name.

    They are based solely on being against something. Not “pro” anything, other than to be “pro-ANTI” something, namely homosexuality.

    So be it, but in addition to exposing this hypocrisy, I think the real issue of our complaint should be about how they don’t even realize this.

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