Yesterday, Joseph Farah wrote and published an article, �Kill the
Christians,� on his WorldNetDaily website. He was allegedly attacking an article
I�d written (as a private citizen) for Online
Journal, but he completely ignored the article�s argument and substance:
the need for equality legislation to address the fact that �nearly one-fifth
(17.6 percent) of students had been physically assaulted because of their
sexual orientation and over a tenth (11.8 percent) because of their gender
expression.� Instead he launched into a vicious personal attack and
professional assault, replete with childish name-calling and a vocabulary
foreign to all professional journalists.
Aside from calling me a little rat, Mr. Farah insulted Penn
State�s 60,000-plus students � �the unsuspecting skulls full of mush who attend
Penn State� � as well as institutions of higher education nationwide � �the
sewers that are America�s universities.�
The title of Mr. Farah�s article defined yellow journalism.
No where in my essay � or in my life � have I ever called for anyone to be killed, unlike some who have a problem
with gay people:
the 1985 Conservative Political Action Conference, Cameron announced to the
attendees, �Unless we get medically lucky, in three or four years, one of the
options discussed will be the extermination of homosexuals.� According to an
interview with former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, Cameron was recommending
the extermination option as early as 1983. � Mark
E. Pietrzyk, News-Telegraph, March 10, 1995.
Paul Cameron�s �studies� are frequently cited by the
Christian Right in their theo-political attacks on the LGBT community.
Mr. Farah based his erroneous claim that I advocated killing
Christians on the article�s last lines:
A very wise woman recently asked me
�Who will rid us of the evil lunatics?�
We will. We must. Public education and
a civil, civilized society depend upon it.
Aside from being taken out of context, when did �rid� become
�kill�? To be sure, I would like to �rid� the U.S. Senate of politicians such
Santorum, but certainly wish the man no physical harm. And yes, I do
believe those who openly advocate discrimination against fellow citizens in the
public arena are �evil.�
Not surprisingly, wanting to inflict physical harm was the
forte of this WND reader who sent me the following e-mail:
It is truely [sic] a shame that dualing [sic]
is no longer allowed in our country, because I would love to call you out and
put a round right between your eyes.
Have a miserable day.
John XXXXXX [last name redacted]
And then there was this vulgar, pro-discrimination missive
from another WDN reader with a desire to bump me off:
You�re one radical little queerbait.
Joe Farah has you pegged at
Worldnetdaily.com. I�d love to bump into you on the street sometime.
It�s filthy little sodomite trash like
you that fuck up our kids and destroy a once-great nation.
May you and your panty-wearing, rainbow
flag waving queerfellows roast in Hell.
Suck my cock, freak!
James M. XXXXXX [last name redacted]
Mr. Farah accused me of wanting to squelch debate and
opposition, and seemed particularly offended by my statement that he �lorded
over� WND. He conveniently forgot to include the links provided for �lorded over� and
The first link was to
Exhibit 24: Joseph Farah, Crusher of Dissent
By Terry Krepel
Joseph Farah top himself after advocating
the murder of adulterers?
Why, bring back the Hollywood blacklist, of course!
off by an article in which Johnny Depp allegedly called the United States a
�dumb puppy that has big teeth� (though he said later his views were misrepresented and insisted he wasn�t trying to be
anti-American) Farah called for that draconian solution in a
Sept. 4 column.
Farah�s reasoned reaction to Depp? �I say we should make certain this
scumbucket never works in America again.� . . .
The second, �Joseph Farah� link was background to the first:
Exhibit 22: The First Thing We Do, Let�s Kill
All the Adulterers
By Terry Krepel
not often you find people who are not Ann Coulter endorse killing people who
haven�t broken any laws in articles printed in major publications, but that is
indeed what WorldNetDaily�s Joseph Farah does in a
Jan. 30 column. . . .
Again not surprisingly, Mr. Farah concluded his ad hominem attack with a call for
McCarthy-like purging of all those who hold opinions other than those with
which he agrees.
As the two e-mails from WND readers above cited (and
there were plenty more using antigay vulgarity and expressing a similar desire
to �kill� me), Mr. Farah succeeded in inciting violence, which is precisely the reason SB 1437 and similar
legislation is needed, and why the rhetoric of the Christian Right is anything
but �Christian� or �right.�