The most unfortunate anti-gay logo and slogan in the history of politics

In one of the most unfortunate moves in American politics since Republicans kept referring to the Tea Party “teabagging,” the anti-gay Family Research Council, which has been officially designated a “hate group,” has come up with a rather odd campaign to fight the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down DOMA yesterday.

(Big hat tip to Chris Geidner who first tweeted the logo.)

FRC’s anti-gay campaign is titled “Call 2 Fall.”  (Note the number “2”, done Internet-style – rather than being written out “two” – to attract the younguns.)

The anti-gay campaign’s slogan is “On our knees for America.”

And it’s accompanied by a logo that appears to be a man performing oral sex.

frc-on-our-knees-gay-marriageI’m in too.

Even their little logo they use for the tabs on your Web browser (in the business we call this a favicon) shows the man on his knees:

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You might recall the first time the religious right tried to be “cool” by adopting the youthy Internet-style for the name of an anti-gay campaign.  It was called 2M4M – meaning, “two million for marriage.” Unfortunately, they found out a little too late that 2M4M is actually Internet shorthand for a gay couple looking for a  three-way.

So, first here’s our friend Andy Cobb’s (of Second City fame) video about the unfortunate “teabagging” incident.  Then, the second video, is Andy’s follow-up video about 2M4M.  Seriously, do yourself a favor and watch both videos – they’re hilarious:

And now the second video about 2M4M:

Update: Chris has now posted on this as well.

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  • David Nova

    or maybe her tongue is deep in her cheek….

  • Robbie Bobby

    I get it ;) but the sentence as it was written here was a stupid joke and it went over my head. sorry to all the intellectual heavyweights to whom it made immediate sense.

  • Alan

    …well, you’re not wrong.

  • Urbano Macchi

    Radical homosexuals find sexual innuendo in nearly everything.

  • dcinsider

    I believe my point was that anyone who does any work for FRC and is gay, is a Jewish Nazi.

  • patchbran

    i still haven’t recovered from that teabagging for jesus lady back when the tin foil hat club 1st named itself

  • patchbran

    why do the religious have absolutely no sense of irony? or humor?

  • Jolie S. Evans

    as Gladys answered I am shocked that any body able to earn $5181 in 4 weeks on the computer. have you read this webpage w­w­w.K­E­P­2.c­o­m

  • Thom Allen

    Representative Richard Hertz, MD (urology) wants to take a long, slow look.

  • Thom Allen

    Anita Hand is ready to volunteer.

  • novadust

    u mean *rather than being written out “to”*.

  • Ian Harac

    I’m sorry, I thought this was the Internet. Without childish nitpicking, there’d be nothing here but porn and lolcats.

  • cinesimonj


  • cinesimonj

    I find it hilarious and bizarre that some people still think such childish nitpicking is required.

  • DP2010

    People have more than one reason to be on their knees. Oral sex isn’t of such dominating importance to everyone’s life that there should never be any other reason to make a logo with a man on his knees.

  • UncleBucky

    I don’t know if you are rude or arrogant. Seriously. This is bar talk. There is no need to be snooty or rude.

  • Drew2U

    That’s not true–I personally know one neo-conservative who had a self aware bone in his body–mine.

  • Cthulhu0818

    Will they bring in Dick Armey to force the lobbying through?

  • Cthulhu0818

    Seriously, are you that lazy? Or just afraid of what it might say?

    No true Scotsman

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    For the practice of wearing a kilt without undergarments, see True Scotsman.

    No true Scotsman is an informal fallacy, an ad hoc attempt to retain an unreasoned assertion.[1] When faced with a counterexample to a universal claim, rather than denying the counterexample or rejecting the original universal claim, this fallacy modifies the subject of the assertion to exclude the specific case or others like it by rhetoric, without reference to any specific objective rule.Contents [hide]

    The use of the term was advanced by British philosopher Antony Flew:

    Imagine Hamish McDonald, a Scotsman, sitting down with his Glasgow Morning Herald and seeing an article about how the “Brighton Sex Maniac Strikes Again”. Hamish is shocked and declares that “No Scotsman would do such a thing”. The next day he sits down to read his Glasgow Morning Herald again; and, this time, finds an article about an Aberdeen man whose brutal actions make the Brighton sex maniac seem almost gentlemanly. This fact shows that Hamish was wrong in his opinion but is he going to admit this? Not likely. This time he says, “No true Scotsman would do such a thing”.[2]

    When the statement “all A are B” is qualified like this to exclude those A which are not B, this is a form of begging the question; the conclusion is assumed by the definition of “true A”.


    A simple rendition of the fallacy would be:[3]

    Person A: “No Scotsman puts sugar on his porridge.”Person B: “I am Scottish, and I put sugar on my porridge.”Person A: “Then you are not a true Scotsman.”

    An example of a political application of the fallacy could be in asserting that “no democracy starts a war”, then distinguishing between mature or “true” democracies, which never start wars, and “emerging democracies”, which may start them.[4] At issue is whether or not something labelled as an “emerging democracy” is actually a democracy or something in a different conceptual category.
    When you read in the news about “Muslim” terrorists engaging in terrorism, you don’t sit there and say, “well, they aren’t true Muslims” do you? Of course you don’t.

  • Cthulhu0818

    They say they loathe it, but they think about it more than gay people do.

  • Cthulhu0818

    Because violence against gays is Jesus’s way, right?

  • Cthulhu0818

    Well, that and sex with animals, right, Frothy Santorum?

  • Cthulhu0818

    And you’re clueless. And that’s as funny as that unfortunate logo.

  • Cthulhu0818

    The jokes are you fundy anti gay homophobes. And clearly, you’re so nose deep in your bibble you don’t see why it’s hysterical, even to straight people.

  • Rikki Raccoon

    “Or a straight person with a sense of humor.”

    Indeed. And a subversive soul. :)

  • Rikki Raccoon

    Yep, if they hired an outside firm rather than trying to do all of this themselves, ain’t no way this wasn’t deliberate.

  • Or a straight person with a sense of humor. But I agree that someone knew how funny this is and at least approved it. I did meet some conservatives who worked in ad agency art departments but they tended to be of the libertarian rather than the theocon variety.

  • Rikki Raccoon

    If it was done by an outside professional ad agency, I very much doubt the humor, given how very blatant it is, was unintentional. These people know what they’re doing. The person given the task of developing the ad campaign was probably gay and pissed. In which case, good for them. :)

  • Rikki Raccoon

    Yes, of course it’s a joke. The whole point is that these conservative and religious groups repeatedly *accidentally* use phrasing and imagery that others recognize as having established, raunchy sexual meanings. Watch the two videos. “Teabagging,” which was intended to reference/call to mind the Boston Tea Party, *does* mean putting one’s testicles in another’s mouth, to huge swathes of people. “2M4M,” which was intended to be a super-cool-and-hip abbreviation standing for “Two Million For Marriage,” *does* mean “gay male couple seeks third male for threesome,” to even larger swathes of people. And taken as a whole, this logo and slogan *scream* “bawdy sex joke.” Run it past any graphic design professional who *hasn’t* been hiding under a giant, prude rock for the last 20 years and see what they think.

    No one’s suggesting that they did it on purpose (although if they have some kind of mole in their marketing/graphic design department who *did* do it on purpose, that’d be *awesome*), but that’s the point. They’re *painfully* out-of-touch with the youth and Internet-savvy demographics they’re trying to reach, and they embarrass themselves over and over and over. Pathetic, but *wildly* funny.

  • KarenMrsLloydRichards

    Call 2 Fall: “Glory Whole, for a United Christian America.”

  • slavdude

    Once that’s done, they’ll bring in Dill Doe to ram the case home.

  • Beeswax, Not Yours Inc.

    That is some serious narcissism.

  • Ian Harac

    One quibble.. there’s no such thing as an “official”, as in, “declared so by the government”, hate group. The SPLC, and probably a lot of other private organizations, have declared the FRC to be a hate group, but the term has no legal meaning, i.e., the FRC is still granted tax exemptions as a non-profit organization, etc. The FRC can declare the SPLC a “hate group”, and it means just as much. Sorry to nitpick, but there’s a substantial myth that the government can decide a group is a “hate group” and that this will have some meaning or purpose. (The FBI does investigate hate groups if there’s a likelihood of violent action, but there’s no official “list” that is made available to the public, AFAIAK.)

  • Scott W. Bell

    Apparently, Wendy’s just re-posting a tweet from Porno Pete.

  • Scott W. Bell

    Wendy, I’m deeply offended that any one would think that an oral sex joke would be my first thought…far from it!

  • SLC

    Is that a joke? If not, that’s particularly paranoid. If you look on the FRC’s website, it is clearly a depiction of someone praying. I think they are overestimating the FRC’s sense of irony or humor if they really think this is depicting oral sex. Frankly, however much the FRC may not be a friend of the gay community, this seems like attributing specious intentions to them. Unless this quote, taken from their website, is both a simultaneous call to prayer and to personally engage in oral sex, which seems unlikely: “I will answer God’s call to fall on my knees in humility and seek His face in repentance so that He might forgive my sins and heal our land.” I don’t like FRC’s tune, but I’m pretty sure this post is seeing things that aren’t there.

  • ChrisBnSF

    I would only change one thing: “I’m in” to “It’s in!!”

  • rlmesq

    “Glory, glory hole… uh, we meant hallelujah!”

  • cwazycajun


  • cwazycajun

    mabey he applys it thinkly on a comunion wafer

  • Drew2U

    ‘Grab your ankles for America!’

  • Drew2U

    ”Please don’t bother Mr. Bachmann when he’s Vanessa.”

  • Drew2U

    Those dern hummersheckshuls sperlin’ ever’thang.

  • Big_Bad_Bald_Bastard

    Their next campaign slogan will be “Reach around the Supreme Court to defend marriage.”

  • UncleBucky

    The issue is NOT the label, “Christian”.

    The issue is about the actions of a person who calls him/herself a “Christian”.

    I could not care less about the label. Paul invented it and Jesus did not.

  • UncleBucky

    Why don’t YOU TELL ME about that?

    I am not going to have an argument with you. But if you think this is important, just go ahead and plop the text and then explain it.

    I so hate it when people say “look it up”.


  • Jafafa Hots

    You didn’t look up “no true scotsman.”

  • Andybud

    I’m pretty sure you don’t have to be gay to enjoy oral sex. Perhaps if you tried either giving it or receiving it, you’d lighten up a bit.

  • Ryan Searfoss

    Not a self-aware bone in the body of any neo-conservative in this country. Tea-baggers, anyone?

  • BlueIdaho

    I’m Episcopalian and I have never prayed that way. On the other hand there have been a few times when I have assumed that position. :-)

  • John (not McCain)

    Does Jesus spit or swallow?

  • nicho

    How do you know they’re praying? That’s your assumption. I’ve never seen anyone pray like that. KKKrisitans usually stand up tall and wave their arms in the air to make sure everyone sees them — in direct violation of Jesus’ very specific orders not to do that.

  • ArthurH

    This is the funniest faux pas I’ve seen by the so-called superreligionists since one argued you couldn’t make women priests because priests are supposed to look like Jesus only to be peppered with endless variations of jokes about how most Catholic priests mostly closely resemble Buddha.

  • JoeNCA

    Or the makers of the graphic had a Freudian slip.

  • JoeNCA

    As a Protestant I must agree. My sister converted to Catholicism and the mass at her wedding was the most exercise I ever had in a church!

  • DJK

    She’s just pissed that bigotry is losing in the US.

  • LIghten up, Wendy.

  • Wendy

    don’t U dare use a graphic of a person on their knees praying! Gays will turn it into an oral sex joke…perverts..

  • I assumed (perhaps wrongly) that the work was done by an ad agency or PR firm.

  • samizdat

    These religionist pearl-clutchers do provide the most inadvertently humorous fodder for derision, don’t they?

    Hmmm, I think they need to show the person in the chair enjoying the nice little Fishtian c***sucker’s oral ministrations. More authentico that way.

  • dcinsider

    if you work in the art department for FRC and are gay, someone needs to take you out back and beat the crap out of you.

  • Let’s see…the FRC logo shows them on their knees, and the pitch asks for money. In Nevada this may be legal, but since when are prostitutes given tax-free status?

  • Maybe Mr. Bachmann could explain.

  • UncleBucky

    Oh, let me clarify. When I talk about the actions that describe a “Christan” I typically mean the things that Jesus said to do, not all the dogma, ritual and nonsense that has been applied to his words by others, especially Paul, Church Fathers, et al. OK?

  • John, my friend, you are missing the point. Organization’s like FRC are usually run by men that pray for oral sex….when nobody is around to see it, of course.

  • UncleBucky

    If you did that and you encouraged others to do the same, I would have drinks with you. I would even buy the first round!

  • UncleBucky

    Bingo! And I call that sort of creature a “christianIST”.

    Yet, a person could be any other faith, even an agnostic or atheist and still behave exactly as Jesus had told us to (not to mention other wise people such as Buddha, Rumi, etc.)

  • UncleBucky

    Christian is what?

    If I call myself a “Christian” but then I don’t DO what it involves, I am no such thing.

    That is the purpose of the term “christianIST”. A christianIST uses the label “Christian” but either does not do the work that Jesus told us to do or a christianIST does DAMAGE to the message of Jesus.

    I don’t care whether Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian, United Church of Christ, yada yada yada is the true church or not. That’s all Faith-y dogma stuff. The divisions are caused by dogmatic disagreements or social antagonisms.

    I care about actions, Jafafa. A Muslim can act better than a so-called “Christian” IMHO.

    Personally, I don’t belong to any Christian church anymore. They annoy me generally in that they hold more faith and less actions (not all, of course, there are some marvellous assemblies, parishes and groups. But the bad boys in dresses and the bad ministers with their hands down somebody else’s pants whilst calling me names for whom I love have dropped the other shoe for me.

    Nip into Beatitudes, Parables, the Lord’s Prayer (up to but not incl. the “doxology”), related passages and the Letter of James to see where “REAL” followers of Jesus oughta be busy.

    I am a REAL follower of Jesus. I am also for all intents and purposes an Atheist. Go figure.

    Or if you don’t go figure, read Lucretius’ DE·RERUM·NATURA. You can learn a lot about it through Stephen Greenblatt’s “The Swerve – How the World Became Modern”. (I am not related to author or publ.)

    There. Now which “Christianity” is the REAL one?

    Dogmatically, none. Action-wise, none, for the most part, not even on Sundays.

  • BrianWPB

    Looks like when of them Islamics praying to Meccer.

  • Easy_to_Refute_Wingnuts

    Watch out for the KY fried chicken, it’s terrible!

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    You know, sometimes I get a lot of grief for being a gay Christian. That grief comes from fellow LGBT people and mostly from fellow Christians. I have absolutely no objection to getting on one’s knees to pray. However, I have absolutely no objection to getting on one’s knees for other reasons. It does tend to make other people very happy, as well as myself. In fact John Scotus, you may want to try both. It must be on your mind if you dropped by to make that comment.

  • Thom Allen

    And they’re so out of touch with the real world that they’re clueless.

  • Thom Allen

    What makes you think it’s a “he”? Sounds like you’re fixated on gay sex like most of the other conservatives a la frothy, Caraboobie, Bachmaniac et al.

  • Thom Allen

    As in “Call to Fall to your Knees to Blow Me.”

  • What in hell are they thinkin?

    Heh. That’s almost as clueless as the infamous “Bend Over for Romney” logo:

  • Thom Allen

    Depends on which one you’ve joined. If you’re in Kansas, the Wailing Batshit Cult is the One True Church. Utah? The Morans (sic). Appalachia? The Snake Biters. If you’re Republican most fundie sects qualify.

  • Aaron D

    I hope to pray, this weekend! It’s been a while :(

  • PeteSchult

    What’s gonna be served at the 2nd cumming?

  • Mike_in_the_Tundra

    Wow. You did a poll? I know a few guys that you missed.

    Mistakes like this, tea bagging, and 2M4M makes me think that certain right wingers have a super boring sex life. I guess any heterosexual who think mostly about gay sex has to have a very inhibited sex life.

  • Wow. You think he’s performing oral sex. Everyone else thinks he’s praying. Sounds like you have a warped mind.

  • Oh, dear — amazing what just a little ignorance of the thing you are protesting about can lead to.

  • It’s all they think about, clearly.

  • You could at least get the name of the blog you’re “responding” to correct.

  • PeteWa

    spam. pathetic, blogwhoring spam.

  • judybrowni

    Warning: racist, sexist, bigoted moron.

    As are all the racists, sexists and bigots.

    The sad thing is, these half-wits think they’re clever.

  • judybrowni

    They just can’t help themselves, can they?

  • nicho

    You are one sick dude. I feel really sorry for you.

  • You so do not belong here.

    Folks, don’t bother following that link. Nothing but racism, hatred of liberals and progressives, sexist cheesecake, and regressive bigotry over there.

  • Whenever I see things like this I just know that someone in the art department got the (probably) unintentional humor and was laughing too hard to tell anyone.

  • Samuel Gonzalez
  • emjayay

    Obviously, the Roman Catholic Church is the One True Church. Just ask them.

  • Samuel Gonzalez
  • Jim Olson


  • PeteWa

    What will those whacky closet cases come up with next?

    I especially loved the “I’m in!” the closet part.

  • Thom Allen

    FRC is now consulting the crack attorneys Getty U. Rocksoff, A. M. Wood and Den Tall Damm for their oral arguments on whether this is a failure to discharge their duties.

  • Phil Perspective

    He was still in charge or the RNC when the 2010 wipeout took place. Reince’s only accomplishment is the presidency of Willard Romney.

  • Indigo

    LOL! Are we bad people?

  • Jafafa Hots

    I’m waiting for a statement from Dick India before I believe anything.

  • Jafafa Hots

    Please look up “no true Scotsman fallacy.”

    If they call themselves Christian, they’re Christian. There are hundreds of sects of Christianity all swearing that they are the only true Christians and all others are false.

    Tell me please, which one is TRUE Christianity.

    Especially since there is no contemporary evidence of the eixistence of this person, all we have is just-so stories and recycled myths about Jesus that had been used before for many prophets. Virgin birth, rising from the dead, all of it.

    Whose just-so stories are the right ones?
    Which “Christianity” is the REAL one?

  • Tor

    I’ll buy a case.

  • Tor

    Too easy.

  • Jafafa Hots

    What a friend we have in Jesus…

  • Don’t get around much, huh?

  • lilyannerose

    Mayhaps he’s just repeating the words “Jesus wept” over and over and over and over again!

  • Kataphractos

    Kentucky Gel Lubricants?

  • Kataphractos

    So this is a real thing and not a satire site?

  • ScottColbert

    It should really have it’s own month.

  • Irony and satire are completely lost on you, aren’t they?

  • Shannon Hubbell

    Discarded slogan: “Are you in yet?”

  • Nah, for Protestants, it would’ve looked more like this:

  • Robbie Bobby

    I don’t think they meant “call two fall”, dummies. the “2” supplants “to” as in “call to fall”.

  • TommyNIK

    Fundies are just…plain….dumb.

  • slappymagoo

    I’m in. But just the tip. I’m not going all in till you beg me for it.

  • cole3244

    even though the bigots hate sodomy (gay style) they can’t take their eyes off of the act, like drivers passing an accident, you gotta look.

  • RepubAnon

    Or “Kristians” – ever see the fake crab meat labelled as “Krab”? Kristians are fake Christians that label themselves as followers of Christ’s teachings and philosophy, yet follow neither.

  • Indigo

    LOL! “Revolutionaries don’t cry.”

  • Indigo

    I picked up on that too. Maybe that’s how Protestants do it? :-)

  • Indigo

    So to speak? Take a deep breath, everybody, it’s malaprops Thursday! :-)

  • howdychef

    Or we could just drop all of the nonsense all together and be nice to each other. you know, just throwing it out there.

  • bkmn

    FYI – Tony Perkins approved this message!

  • SkippyFlipjack

    Gotcha :)

  • Leota2

    I’ll bet my next check the artist is in the ” family” and they are clueless . . .

  • UncleBucky

    Either closet cases or double graphic artist agents, hahaha!

  • UncleBucky

    Thumpers and fundies are christianISTs, not Christians.

    And there is a risk that Christianity, invented by Paul, not Jesus, is far from the original ideas expressed in as little as the Lord’s Prayer. Add to that, that the Beatitudes, Parables, and related passages barely made it in without being completely overlayed with Paulism, who wrote before the gospel authors.

    Bottom line, I would love to hear from some people that truly represent Christians, such as The Christian Left and many Catholics, Orthodox, Episcopalians, Methodists, Presbyterians and a few others who follow Jesus rather than Paul exclusively. There are MORE followers of Jesus than there are christianISTs, no?

    We need to assemble a cadre of REAL followers of Jesus and set the networks and cable stations with them rather than letting the stupid people within the media (the conservative media!!!!!) do the choosing.

  • OMG, I didn’t realize I had posted Andy’s teabagging video and not the 2M4M one – just added it at the bottom, so to speak

  • Thom Allen

    The vision of Michele and Mrs. Bachmann on their knees . . . REEEEpulsive!

  • Do as Becca said, watch that video

  • It’s so brilliant.

  • Thom Allen

    Yes, the internet is quite famous. Then there’s you . . .

  • Swallow if you love Jesus?

  • Monoceros Forth

    Excellent catch, Skippy!

  • CattyNineTails

    Brings a whole new meaning to a “come to Jesus moment” …

  • SkippyFlipjack

    Something about that seems very familiar.. ah right, from a website supporting the plaintiff in Lawrence v. Texas ten years ago..

  • “I’m in!” — Sponsored by KY Gel Lubricant.

  • Or, as was suggested, not a closet case at all, but a gay designer who decided to exact ironic revenge on the bigots by rubbing their faces in Teh Gey.

  • Monoceros Forth

    Well, if they think that they can pray away marriage equality then they’re welcome to try. I’ll even endure such prayers in public if it means taking their time away from more noxious pursuits.

  • judybrowni

    C’mon, after all, the only graphic designers who would deign to work for Republicans, would have to be closet cases.

    With ONE THING on their poor repressed minds.

  • pappyvet

    put me down for that :]

  • pappyvet


  • Vint Serfing

    [Even their little logo they use for the tabs on your Web browser shows the man on his knees]

    It’s called a favicon. Ever heard of the Internet?

  • Thom Allen

    Hard to kneel when you have that rattlesnake in your mouth. You need room to move when you get bitten.

  • Thom Allen

    Family Research Council spokesperson announces a correction. He says that there was a typo in the name of the new anti-gay blog. Instead of Call2Fall it should be Call2FAIL.

  • MyrddinWilt

    I think that Michael Steele chap they picked as RNC chair was a plant as well. He screwed up their electoral strategy, made the GOP a laughing stock and took several millions of dollars for doing so.

  • MyrddinWilt

    I nominate June 30th as national oral sex day.

  • Penitence is the antithesis of the American Taliban.

  • Gary Harmer

    Yeah…gotta get a grip on things, y’know!

  • Monoceros Forth

    Do the current gang of American religious zealots even go in for kneeling in prayer? I would guess that even such a minor gesture of humbling oneself isn’t the fundie way, since it does involve humility.

  • Haven’t said, “I’m in” for a few decades now.

  • Play the Andy Cobb video. You’ll fall off again. ;-)

  • S1AMER

    I hurt myself falling off my chair. It’s your fault, John.

  • Has to be. I was raised Catholic and spend more than a few hours in the pews. My first impression was, “That ain’t how you kneel, unless you’ve got both hands wrapped firmly around something sturdy.”

  • I for one am happy to see the bigots on their knees, all submissive, hopeless and defeated.

    Seems appropriate, no?

  • LOL

  • AnitaMann

    Runner up for the slogan was “On our backs with legs open wide, holding our ankles, and freshly douched… for America.” They thought it was too wordy.

  • Jim Olson

    I think their PR firm has a secret gay working for them, who is a master of subterfuge.

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