AT&T, Comcast trade group penned viscerally anti-gay memo

A horrifically anti-gay memo, written by ALEC, a trade group endorsed and funded by some of America’s largest corporations, including Google, AT&T and Comcast, has been unearthed by People for the American Way, and it’s a doozy.

The trade association that companies are members of, and help finance, is called ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council), and it’s basically a special interest lobby for promoting conservatism.

Among the conservative views ALEC has pushed over the years is a virulent opposition to the civil rights of gays and lesbians. (ALEC is also a lead proponent of climate change denialism, among other pet fringe conservative causes.)

The recently-found ALEC memo, dated 1985, is beyond belief.  Even considering the age of the memo, it’s difficult to believe that Google, AT&T, Comcast and a whole host of other large American corporations would associate with a group that actively painted gays and lesbians as pedophiles, for starters.

And in the second part of this story, below, I’ll show you why this wasn’t just a one-time hit for ALEC.  ALEC has been walking hand in hand with the anti-gay religious right for decades.

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The Homosexual Lifestyle

Let’s look at the just-unearthed ALEC memo. There’s a lot of reference to threat gays pose to children:

“The homosexual makes the conscious choice to pursue members of his or her own sex. In fact, it is because homosexual influence upon children alters their normal sex role development that minority status should be questioned.”

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Particularly interesting (read: disgusting) is the section that ALEC titled “The Homosexual Lifestyle.”  In that section, we learn that gays can be separated into six categories:

The Blatant is “limp wristed.”

The Secret Lifer leads a “double life”

The Desperate “frequents the public restrooms, massage parlors, and bathhouses in his or her question for immediate sex.”

The Adjusted “are those who attend gay bars and pool parties to pick up a lover and try to conduct a ‘conventional’ gay marriage. However, most marriages between homosexuals are shortlived due to frequent acts of infidelity.”

The Bisexual

The Situational (prisoners)

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Pedophelia

My favorite section of the ALEC memo is the one titled “Pedophilia.”  The entire section, and most the memo, looks copies straight from the religious right – and their people are in fact quoted in the memo.

I’m not even going to quote this section – let me just publish it, in full. Read for yourself:

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The memo goes on, and on.

But let’s fast forward a few decades, to show that ALEC’s anti-gay bigotry wasn’t just a one-hit wonder.

Religious right anti-gay leader runs ALEC’s effort targeting Kinsey in 2004

ALEC did a report in 2004 on Alfred Kinsey.  Kinsey has long been a sore topic for the religious right, and they’ve regularly tried to undercut his work as the religious right believes Kinsey is the basis for all modern sexual freedom, from abortion rights to gay rights.

reisman-alecSo it’s telling that ALEC produced a report on Kinsey – it’s difficult to believe that they weren’t doing the religious right’s dirty work.  And in fact, there’s proof they were.

ALEC’s Kinsey report was put together by its “Subcommittee on Junk Science.”  And who was the “scientific advisor” to this committee, and a spokeswoman for the final report? None other than religious right anti-gay research queen Judith Reisman, who now is a professor at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University.

Reisman is well known in gay circles as one of the top anti-gay religious right “scientists” of the past few decades.  The fact that ALEC was embracing Reisman and her anti-gay religious right agenda not ten years ago – 20 years after the hideous anti-gay memo – means that ALEC’s anti-gay animus wasn’t a bug, it was a feature.

Let me share with you one of my favorite Reisman quotes:

“‘I would suggest to you,’ she said, ‘that while the homosexual population may right now be one to two percent, hold your breath, people, because the recruitment is loud; it is clear; it is everywhere. You’ll be seeing, I would say, twenty percent or more, probably thirty percent, or even more than that, of the young population will be moving into homosexual activity.’ ” – Judith Reisman

Reisman also once did a rather infamous “study” of personal ads in order to “prove” just how perverted gays are (all she proved was the sexual desires of people who publish personal ads in one magazine).  But you get the flavor of where she’s coming from.  Virulently anti-gay.  Here’s a summary of Reisman’s “research”:

The Advocate is not a “fringe” homosexual publication. It is the largest and most respected “mainstream” homosexual periodical in America. However, The Advocate is typical in that, like other homosexual publications, it markets pornography and sexually explicit materials and personal ads.

The Reisman and Johnson Report, a new study by Drs. Judith Reisman and Charles Johnson subtitled “Partner Solicitation Characteristics as an Expression of Male Sexual Orientation,” compares five years’ worth of personal ads in The Advocate with male heterosexual personal ads in The Washingtonian, a coffee table monthly published in the nation’s capital.

The authors find that 98% of Advocate clients seek casual sex, often through prostitution. By contrast, 87% of Washingtonian clients seek long-term fidelity. A typical Washingtonian ad stresses character traits, while a typical Advocate ad stresses size of body parts, adeptness at certain sexual
acts, and such erotica as sadomasochism and fetishes.

Reisman and Johnson conclude, “There is no measured commonality of outcome, purpose, or process between the heterosexual population and the homosexual population under study.”

The report also documents that all homosexual publications contain pornography material, but few “mainstream” publications do so. If anyone is “obsessed,” with the issue of homosexuality, it is male homosexuals seeking lust, not love.

Google’s ALEC’s Reisman: It’s a “myth” that the Nazis targeted gays

Google’s ALEC’s Reisman gets particularly annoyed at the “myth” that Hitler targeted gays (one wonders if Google, AT&T and Comcast agree):

Thus we read that Washington D.C.’s new Holocaust Museum has legitimized the claims of “gay rights” leaders that the Nazis singled out homosexuals — like Jews — for massive persecution. This particular myth has grown like ragweed until it has become one of the great falsehoods of our time.

Rather, Reisman goes on to claim, gays were Nazis.

Yeah, tell that to this guy:

Gays in Nazi Germany were considered a threat to German purity. The Nazis arrested 100,000 men, with 10,000 to 15,000 sent to concentration camps to die.

Gays in Nazi Germany were considered a threat to German purity. The Nazis arrested 100,000 men, with 10,000 to 15,000 sent to concentration camps to die.

Oh that’s right, you can’t. He’s dead.  (Learn more about Hitler’s persecution of gays at the US Holocaust Museum.)

This is the woman that ALEC embraced.  This is the ALEC that Google is paying.

Oh but there’s more. Reisman recently wrote, for example, about a theory that pornography emits pheromones that turn people gay:

Liberty University professor Judith Reisman is out with a column in WorldNetDaily today which seems to blame homosexuality on “erototoxins,” or mind-altering chemicals, which she believes are emitted from pornography.

She points to a lecture which called pornography a “visual pheromone” to argue that sex-ed rewires the brain and consequently promotes homosexuality.

Reisman points to a case where pheromones were used to confuse male gypsy moths in order to prevent them from mating with females, which is apparently like how pornography could be confusing men and making them less attracted to women, or something.

I really can’t overstate how nutty, and vicious, Reisman is, and always has been.

For Google’s ALEC to embrace this woman is prima facie evidence of just how far-right, anti-gay, and downright evil the organization really is.  One need look no further than this article, which lists a number of Reisman’s recent theories, including rants about the Boy Scouts and banning masturbation, and how this will stop gay pedophiles, or something.

Seriously, go read the article, then ask yourself why ALEC would embrace this woman and make her one of their spokeswomen?

Then ask yourself why Google, AT&T and Comcast would embrace ALEC.


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