March 11th, 2009

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Have you ever heard of the "Turner Diaries"? It is a ridiculous and hateful right-wing novel written by William Luther Pierce that turned into inspiration for Timothy McVeigh and other murderers. How about the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion"? It was a book from 1864 that purported to be a roadmap for jews to rule the world. It was a false proof of jewish conspiracy, and continues to be justification for anti-semitic violence even today.

Ok, now have you heard of "After the Ball"? Published in 1989? By the well-known gay leaders Marshall Kirk and Hunter Madsen? No? Never heard of them?

Well, anti-gay hate groups say that the book forms the core beliefs of everyone involved in the gay rights movement today. The Christian Broadcasting Network says that "the two men [Kirk and Madsen] proposed using tactics on 'straight' America that are remarkably similar to the brainwashing methods of Mao Tse-Tung's Communist Chinese -- mixed with Madison Avenue's most persuasive selling techniques." Wow... I've studied gay politics for the past decade. It's amazing that I've never heard of such a seminal book. It's so wide-spread and influential that it's out of print, and used copies run over $50 each.

You don't think the religious right is inflating things out of proportion and making shit up in order to hurt gay people, do you? No, they wouldn't do that... would they?

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