Nat'l Gay and Lesbian Task Force admits: "HIV is a gay disease"

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Michigan family values group welcomes admission,
urges lawmakers to block homosexual “rights” legislation

Nat’l Gay & Lesbian Task Force admits: “HIV is a gay disease”

DETROIT, Mi. — A Michigan family values organization Wednesday welcomed the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force’s startling admission that homosexual activity is predominantly responsible for the spread of the HIV virus in the U.S. and called on Michigan legislative leaders to block pending legislation that would give special “protected class” status to individuals who engage in such behavior.

Matt Foreman, executive director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force — in an address Friday to the National Conference on Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender Equality in Detroit — shocked attendees by calling HIV “a gay disease.” Despite medical data identifying homosexual activity among males as by far the largest single source of HIV infection in the U.S., homosexual activists have routinely condemned conservative and public health organizations for characterizing the disease as being predominantly associated with and spread by homosexual behavior.

Foreman further shocked attendees by himself referring to such data, saying that “with 70 percent of the people in this country living with HIV being gay or bi(-sexual), we cannot deny that HIV is a gay disease. We have to own that and face up to that.”

See Foreman’s formal remarks, last paragraph, page 3: http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/exec_director/cc08_state_of_movement.pdf

Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan and co-author of the Marriage Protection Amendment approved by Michigan voters in 2004, responded to Foreman’s comments by saying the nationally prominent homosexual activist “shouldn’t stop there.”

“Before whatever dose of truth serum somebody slipped him wears off,” Glenn said, “Foreman should also publicly accept responsibility for professionally promoting a lifestyle that’s medically associated with a dramatically higher risk of domestic violence, mental illness, substance abuse, eating disorders, life-threatening diseases such as AIDS, cancer, and hepatitis, and premature death by up to twenty years.”

Glenn said his and other traditional values organizations will continue to “truthfully warn the public and particularly young people about the severe threat homosexual behavior poses to both personal and public health.”

“The only difference is, we will now quote Matt Foreman and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in truthfully characterizing HIV infection in the U.S. as a predominantly homosexual-related disease, and challenge Michigan’s Triangle Foundation or any other homosexual activist group to dispute that characterization.”

Foreman’s comments are a dramatic departure from the long-standing strategic and rhetorical orthodoxy of the homosexual “rights” movement, which in the past has heatedly objected to any such characterization by critics of its political agenda.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force itself, in an August 2004 news release quoting Foreman, attacked the Bush Administration for “nominat(ing) individuals with extreme anti-gay views to the federal bench and other federal positions, including nominating Christian evangelical Jerry Thacker, who has called AIDS the ‘gay plague.'”
http://www.thetaskforce.org/press/releases/pr729_082704

The San Francisco Chronicle reported in 2003 regarding Thacker: “Blasted by controversy over his characterizations of AIDS as a ‘gay plague,’ Christian activist Jerry Thacker — who is infected with the AIDS virus along with his wife and daughter — withdrew his nomination to a presidential AIDS advisory council Thursday.” http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2003/01/24/MN240928.DTL

Homosexual activists reacted similarly last month to news reports of medical researchers’ finding that a new strain of drug-resistant bacterial infection is also being transmitted largely by homosexual activity at a rate “13 times greater for gay men than for the rest of the (San Francisco) population.” http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/01/15/MNI5UE0L8.DTL&hw=MRSA+gay&sn=001&sc=1000
Homosexual activists immediately decried the news reports for suggesting — based on medical fact — that homosexual behavior is associated with a dramatically higher risk of the MRSA infection. According to Concerned Women for America, a pro-family group which followed the story, homosexual activist groups immediately accused critics of having “claimed the outbreak was ‘the new AIDS,’ a ‘new gay disease’ and ‘the gay plague.’â€? http://www.cwfa.org/articles/14584/CFI/family/index.htm

Glenn said that in light of homosexual activists’ typical response to such medical findings, Foreman’s “startling new party line of admitting rather than denying medical fact about the health hazards of homosexual behavior — at least regarding HIV — has apparently left some homosexual activists in a quandary, and in shock.”

He pointed to comments by Todd Heywood, a Lansing homosexual activist who writes for Between the Lines, a homosexual advocacy newsmagazine published in metro Detroit, who told the Lansing State Journal:

“This story is likely to gain political traction in the coming days, weeks and months. When leaders of the right wing claim HIV AIDS as a gay disease, we all balk at that claim. But what happens when a national gay leader says it?” http://noise.typepad.com/election_countdown/2008/02/a-gay-disease.html

Foreman’s comment “rocked the American gay community,” Heywood wrote in an article for the Michigan Messenger, an alternative online news site. http://www.michiganmessenger.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=838

Derek Smiertka, former executive director of the Oakland County Republican Party under past chairman L. Brooks Patterson, and now executive director of Michigan Equality, a Lansing-based homosexual activist group, said:

“Although I disagree scientifically that it is a gay disease, our behavior reflects poorly when we look at hard numbers. We really have to take a hard look in the mirror before we start looking at other parts of the community. A good long hard look in the mirror.”

However, Glenn noted that Foreman and the Task Force are not the first homosexual activists to abandon homosexual activists’ politically correct orthodoxy by acknowledging the medical facts regarding HIV.

Lifesite News reported in 2006: “The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center has abandoned a long-held homosexual activist contention by declaring on billboards posted throughout Southern California that HIV/AIDS is a ‘gay disease.’ According to a report by the Los Angeles Times, the Center is trying to address rapidly increasing HIV infection rates among the homosexual population by rallying the gay community to increasing vigilance against exposure to the disease. Activists for the homosexual lifestyle have, until this current development, strongly, and sometimes vehemently refused to admit that the disease is predominantly generated among homosexual men. The ad campaign…is in part a response to the findings of public health officials, who have noted that three out of four cases of HIV infections are found in men who engage in homosexual activity, the United Press International reported.” http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/oct/06100404.html

As a follow up to Foreman’s remarks, Glenn Wednesday e-mailed a statement to Michigan state Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop and Speaker of the House Andy Dillon to advise them of Foreman’s admission and urge them to oppose a collection of bills he said “would further the threat to personal and public health by legitimizing, promoting, and protecting the unhealthy sexual practices which the nation’s leading homosexual lobby now admits is responsible for the spread of HIV.”

“Homosexual activists’ belated admission comes too late for HIV victims whose lives might have been saved had homosexual activists told the truth sooner, instead of condemning those who told the truth,” Glenn wrote, “but it’s not too late for you to ensure that legislation that would give special rights and protection to such behavior, and thus put more lives at risk, is not allowed to become law.”

Glenn specifically cited legislation in the Democrat-controlled House that would statutorily allow homosexual couples for the first time in Michigan to adopt children, “thus putting children at much greater risk of second-hand exposure to all the mental, emotional, and physical health-related traumas medically associated with homosexual behavior.”

He also cited pending legislation in the Michigan House that would amend the state’s “hate crime” and “civil rights” laws to grant special “protected class” and legally-recognized minority status to individuals expressly on the basis of their “sexual orientation” toward engaging in homosexual or bisexual behavior, the very behavior Foreman admitted is responsible for the spread of HIV.

He also cited legislation, already approved by the House, which would — rather than simply protect all public school students from all bullying regardless of its motivation — require public school districts instead to segregate students into special “protected class” categories, including “sexual orientation,” then dole out protection based expressly on students’ membership in such categories.

Glenn noted that Democratic control of the Michigan House is largely attributable to homosexual activist billionaire Jon Stryker of Kalamazoo, who contributed $5 million of his own funds during the 2006 election to an independent expenditure campaign to unseat the then Republican majority.

Foreman during his remarks Friday credited Stryker in part for homosexual activists’ political successes in 2006: “It was leaders like Jon Stryker…who helped fund campaigns to take out bigots and elect pro-(Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender) candidates.”

In response, Glenn said AFA-Michigan “will continue to oppose efforts by homosexual activists and their allies in Michigan’s Democrat-controlled House to push homosexual activist Jon Stryker’s agenda into law, including bills that would legitimize, enable, and protect the very behavior the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force now admits is predominantly responsible for transmission of the HIV virus,” Glenn wrote.

Last year, Foreman in a nationwide news release accused Glenn and Catholic Cardinal Adam Maida of Detroit — by virtue of their public support of Michigan’s Marriage Protection Amendment — of being responsible for inciting the alleged beating death of a 72 year old Detroit man who identified himself as being involved in the homosexual lifestyle. http://www.thetaskforce.org/press/releases/prMF_022307

Detroit police later announced they found no evidence of any beating, and the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s office ruled the death the result of a fall caused by arthritic paralysis of the man’s neck. http://www.websitetoolbox.com/tool/post/baptistwatch/vpost?id=1797389

However, Foreman has never retracted or apologized for the false accusation.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS — Conservative group sues MSU over same-sex benefits

“A conservative group on Wednesday sued to stop Michigan State University from offering health insurance to the partners of gay workers and said the school is violating a 2004 amendment to the state constitution. The American Family Association of Michigan filed the lawsuit…and hopes to get a ruling setting a precedent that would block domestic partner benefits at other state universities. …The purpose of the suit is to ensure that courts rule on the constitutionality of domestic partner benefits at public universities, said Patrick Gillen, an attorney for the Thomas More Law Center in Ann Arbor, which is representing the American Family Association.

…In 2004, Michigan voters approved a constitutional amendment that made the union between a man and a woman the only agreement recognized as a marriage ‘or similar union for any purpose.’ …’If MSU doesn’t allow an employee to put her elderly grandmother or little sister on the university’s health insurance, how do they justify singling out only employees involved in a homosexual relationship for special treatment?’ said Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan. Glenn and Gillen wrote the 2004 amendment.”

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AGAPE PRESS — Activist: Student clubs promoting risky behavior should be booted from campus

“A federal judge barred the Lubbock Gay Straight Alliance from meeting on (a high school) campus, citing the school district’s right to determine ‘what subject matter is considered obscene or inappropriate.’ (American Family Association of Michigan President Gary) Glenn says if Forest Hills School Board in Michigan ‘truly cared about young people who are ensnared by deviant behavior, they would tell them the truth that homosexuality is harmful and to be avoided.’ The family advocate explains that no school is mandated to allow clubs that promote deviancy.”

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AGAPE PRESS
Tupelo, Mississippi
July 3, 2006

Activist says clubs promoting risky
behavior should be booted from campus

By Jim Brown

A Michigan school board is defying the requests of parents who want Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs banned in the district.

Despite the objections of concerned parents, the Forest Hills School Board has vowed it will not shut down three GSA clubs in the district. The board claims the federal Equal Access Act requires schools to allow sex-based clubs. But Gary Glenn, director of the American Family Association of Michigan, says schools can ban student groups that promote risky behavior — and it has already been done, he adds.
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Petition to STOP the University of Michigan class 'HOW TO BE GAY: MALE HOMOSEXUALITY AND INITIATION?'

AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION OF MICHIGAN

Click here to download the petition to STOP the University of Michigan from using my tax dollars to pay for the class entitled

“HOW TO BE GAY: MALE HOMOSEXUALITY AND INITIATION�

The University of Michigan Fall 2005 Catalogue states that our tax-funded university this fall is offering students at Ann Arbor a class entitled, “How to be Gay: Male Homosexuality & Initiation.� The catalogue course description states that the class “will examine the general topic of the role that initiation plays in the formation of gay identity� and that “the course itself will constitute an experiment in the very process of initiation that it hopes to understand.� We urge Gov. Granholm, the Legislature, and the University of Michigan Board of Regents to do everything possible to stop U-M officials from using our tax dollars to recruit students into a class whose stated purpose is to “experiment� in the “initiation� of teenage males into a high-risk lifestyle of homosexual behavior.

Action Alert: Help stop special rights for homosexual behavior, cross-dressing in Dearborn Heights

Dear AFA-Michigan supporter,

As we prepare once again to respond to requests from local citizens to help them defend their community from homosexual activists’ political agenda — see news article below — we deeply appreciate any financial support you can offer.

Under pressure from the Triangle Foundation, the Dearborn City Council last week voted unanimously — including state Republican Party co-chair Margy Van Houten — in favor of enacting a new ordinance that creates special “protected class” status based on so-called “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”

The “gender identity” language in particular is so radical in its effects that even openly homosexual Congressman Barney Frank, D-Mass., refused to include it in his federal “gay rights” legislation.
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Genesee Teacher Among Those Nabbed in "Gay" Sex Sting?

“Officials at the Genesee school district will not confirm if a teacher there was among those arrested as part of a recent gay sex sting operation at Richfield County Park. …Gary Glenn, President of the Michigan chapter of the American Family Associaiton, agreed with (a) demand for names. ‘I can’t believe the media there hasn’t named who these educators are,’ Glenn said.”
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Eighth suspect in park sex case pleads no contest

“(T)he American Family Association of Michigan…has supported the sweeps to keep the park family-friendly. …The AFA is suggesting that two educators arrested in the sting be suspended from their jobs and removed from ‘positions of proximity to and authority over young children.'” The Flint Journal
June 15, 2005

Please see Saturday’s follow-up story (following). Key points to remember to protect your family and children:

* A fourth of those arrested were previously convicted sex offenders.

* Another fourth of those arrested were public school teachers or principals. In at least three earlier sweeps of public sex offenders in Michigan and neighboring states, public school employees were among those arrested. Sexual deviants purposely seek out employment and volunteer positions — schools, the Boy Scouts, etc. — that give them access to children.

* Genesee County’s Richfield Park is just one of nearly 90 public locations in Michigan advertised on homosexual activist web sites as locations where men can go to engage in homosexual activity. The list includes parks, highway rest areas, and public libraries. (Thankfully, the best known of these sites — headquartered in New Orleans — is currently disabled by hurricane damage.)
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Forum in Ferndale to offer advice for gay families

“Gary Glenn of Midland, who helped lead the campaign that (supported) Proposal 2, is president of the American Family Association of Michigan, a nonprofit group that he said is supported by 3,300 individuals and churches across the state. ‘We believe as a matter of public policy that Michigan should join those states that exclusively limit adoption or foster-care placement to households headed by a married man and woman,’ Glenn said.”
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Pro-family groups applaud homosexual 'public sex' park arrests

“AFA of Michigan and a group of Flint pastors are praising Genesee County’s Sheriff Robert Pickell for protecting children and public health by making sure Richfield County Park does not continue to be used by homosexuals as a meeting place for sex. Glenn, who is the president of AFA-Michigan, says families have a right to visit a county park without being exposed to public sodomy.”
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Pickell: "I don't want to take sides"

“(Genesee County) Sheriff Robert J. Pickell met with leaders of the American Family Association of Michigan on Wednesday but said that he’s staying out of a war of words between the conservative group and the Triangle Foundation, a gay rights organization. The organizations have been battling over the arrest of eight men, including two educators and a county employee, during a sex sting at Richfield County Park in late May and early this month. …Pickell met Tuesday with Triangle, which calls itself Michigan’s leading organization serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allied communities, then met with AFA-Michigan President Gary Glenn and several area pastors Wednesday. Glenn came out of that meeting saying parents ‘have a right to know if men employed in our public schools were among those arrested for soliciting homosexual activity.’ Pickell has already said an assistant principal and teacher were among the men ticketed for being a disorderly person, but he hasn’t identified either.”

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