Frustrated by the scare tactics and outright lies that we’ve been seeing in the health care debate? Shocked by the mainstreaming of the “Birther” nonsense? You shouldn’t be. The gay community has been fighting these tactics for a very long time.
Let’s do some mix-n-match, shall we?
First mainstream outrageous lie: The “Birther” claim that President Obama is secretly from another country and is therefore secretly not president.
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The Birthers later came up with a clearly faked Kenyan birth certificate and presented it to a judge as evidence.
Match that to the 1979 book Homosexuality in Perspective by Masters & Johnson, long one of the most referenced tools of the ex-gay industry. Turns out co-author Virginia Johnson, suspected that the research was faked even before it was published. But what’s a little faked research when you have lies to spread?
Next mainstream outrageous lie: Living wills are a secret plot to kill old people.
Outrageous, right? Transparent nonsense that shouldn’t get past first graders? Let’s match that with last fall’s Prop 8 campaign, which told people that gays are drug-addled STD-ridden child molesters.
Ridiculous! You’d have to be a freakin’ moron to fall for such pap. Except people did fall for it, didn’t they?
Republicans and the Religious Right have been using these kind of scare tactics for decades. Why? Because it works. The question now is whether right-minded people who don’t understand this phenomenon will listen to what the LGBT community has to say, and whether confronting such outrageous lies in the mainstream will help the LGBT civil rights cause in the future.
A quick P.S., just because I can. Here’s Birther leader Orly Taitz’s MSNBC on-air meltdown. It’s as painful as it is embarrassing. Remember, she’s their leader.