Since Congress passed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in 1993, American society has began accepting gays and lesbians both legally and socially, relegating support for the ban to some fairly radical corners of the political spectrum. As a result, social conservative groups like the American Family’s Association (AFA), Family Research Council (FRC), and the Center for Military Readiness are becoming increasingly irrelevant, but they are no less inflammatory. Over at Pam’s House Blend, guest blogger and former AFA insider Joe Murray reveals how these organizations have continued to manufacture fear to make money and hold on to what’s left of their constituency:
There is no denying that homophobia became a worthwhile business for many on the right and has yielded a number of straw men struggles. The battle for marriage, the fight against Heather and her two mommies, and the fictional “homosexual agenda” were created for one reason – it produced a cash cow. [...] Need to see how the cow works? Look no further than the American Family Association (AFA).
In its battle to keep patriots from serving in the U.S. Armed Forces for no other reason than their sexual orientation, the AFA is preparing to educate supporters about the importance of Don’t Ask/Don’t Tell (DADT)….When the reader opens the AFA email, he cannot help but see a picture of what appears to be a U.S. soldier sitting alone on a Middle Eastern street. The solider looks exhausted, isolated, and desperate. His picture is centered and on his right (viewer’s left), are the words “DON’T ASK” and on his left (viewer’s right) are the words “DON’T TELL.”
The insinuation is clear – thanks to the power of the “homosexual” lobby and a complacent administration, U.S. soldiers are left stranded on the battlefield as a new batch of recruits are soon to be inducted into the military under the rainbow flag. In other words, the image is an unfortunate manipulation of U.S. troops to further a profitable political message.
I pointed out last week that the Family Research Council claimed that Congressional Democrats were moving to repeal DOMA in order raise funds. And today, Kyle Mantyla of Right Wing Watch notices that Tony Perkins has invented the notion that President Obama has abandoned the term “religious freedom” in favor of “religious worship” to “completely secularize America.” Mantyla discovers that Obama used the phrase “religious freedom” just four days ago and that “a search of the White House website returns 124 uses of the phrase ‘freedom of religion’ compared to just 9 uses of ‘freedom of worship.’” Conversely, “a search of the George W. Bush White House website archive also returns exactly 124 mentions of ‘freedom of religion’ versus 33 uses of ‘freedom of worship,’” he notes.
This evening’s “Mission Compromised” webcast — which will certainly rely on similar tactics — will feature Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) and Representative Todd Akin (R-MO). Interestingly, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee and now a strong supporter of DADT, is not scheduled to appear.