Lucky Louie and Dour Don: Crazed Christianists on parade
By Mel Seesholtz, Ph.D.
Online Journal Contributing Writer
May 9, 2008, 00:16
The �thinking� of Louis P. Sheldon, founder and chairman of
the Traditional Values Coalition, was once again vomited forth in a late April
2008 TVC diatribe titled Earth Day: The
Rantings Of Chicken Little Marxists.
The Earth Day speakers will do what
they have done every year since 1970 when the first Earth Day was held: They
will trash America as the fountain of all
pollution; call for more government
regulation of businesses; and continue fighting
against energy independence for our nation. Ironically, on the first Earth
Day, radical environmentalists were ranting about the alleged coming dangers of
�global cooling.� Today, they�re ranting about global warming. So, which is it? As we will see, the jury is still out on how to interpret
complex and incomplete scientific data on global climate changes. [italics
If discredited �Lucky
Louie� and the rest of the gnomes at TVC would read something other than
their own preposterous propaganda they might realize that . . .
A. America is not
the fountain of �all pollution,� but it is -- undeniably -- one of the major contributors. The U.S. is the largest single emitter of
carbon dioxide from the burning of fossil fuels. Some other facts:
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin account
for 20% of the carbon pollution in the United States with only 5% of the
world�s total pollution. The Midwest alone is responsible for more global
warming pollution than most countries across the globe except for China, India,
Russia and Japan. [Global
Compared with the rest of the world, American auto emissions are
disproportionately high. With only 5 percent of the world�s population and 30
percent of the world�s automobiles, the United States contributes 48 percent of
the world�s automotive C02 emissions. [Time to Cut Pollution From
But then again, science means nothing to Lucky Louie, who
thinks exorcisms are a way to �cure� homosexuals: �Lou Sheldon suggested
exorcism is necessary to �release� a person from homosexual lifestyle.� No
doubt he also believes epilepsy is caused by demonic possession.
regulation of businesses.� Few are in favor of enabling already incompetent
�government� gaining more power. But in the case of pollution and global
warming, only government can impose regulations on big business whose sole purpose is profits, regardless of
the costs to consumers and the planet.
There�s also an ironic twist to Sheldon�s statement. He and
the TVC love when governments pass laws denying the civil right to the civil
institution called �marriage� to some Americans: the same Americans Sheldon is
obsessed with demeaning in every possible way. Two people getting married
affects far fewer than big oil gouging all
against energy independence for our nation.� What Sheldon and his
ultra-conservative brethren mean is more oil drilling in this country. They
lobby hard for opening wildlife preserves and wilderness
areas to the very same oil companies that are already raping the planet and
the consumer. What Earth Day advocates is clean, renewable energy independence,
something Sheldon thinks is subversive and �Marxian,�
an economic/political theory that analyzed the means of production and who�s
controlling them and whose profiting from them even though they themselves
Q. What does Sheldon and the TVC produce?
A. Vile, hate-mongering rhetoric.
Q. How do they support themselves?
A. By leeching off others and bilking the sheeple: �click
here to donate.�
Perhaps Lucky Louie should get a real job. He also might
want to try helping people instead of hurting them. That�s not likely though.
Following the 9/11 attacks, Sheldon argued
against giving aid to the
surviving members of gay and lesbian partnerships, many of whom had children.
He�s also repeatedly suggested putting men, women and children with HIV -- and
gays, of course -- in concentration
warming, global cooling. Two sides of the same coin. If Sheldon had done some
research, he would have known that. But then again, he and the TVC are
notorious for ignoring or twisting facts to suit their agenda.
That the polar ice caps are melting is not in question. The
evidence is incontrovertible. Over an extended period of time all that fresh
water dumping into the north Atlantic could have an
effect on the North Atlantic current that transfers heat from equatorial
regions and keeps the northern hemisphere from experiencing extreme cooling.
Beyond that possibility, it�s common sense that all the additional water would
raise ocean levels, thereby threatening coastal cities and populations
E. �The jury is
still out.� No it�s not. The evidence is clear for anyone with common sense --
something Sheldon and the TVC lack -- that the enormous amounts of greenhouse
gasses humans are pumping into the atmosphere every day must have an effect. The overwhelming majority of scientific minds
on planet earth agree.
Moreover, the perverted, anti-science
Bush administration -- which Sheldon wholeheartedly supports and defends -- is
notorious for twisting science to suit its and big businesses� agenda. The
alarm was raised several years ago in an editorial that appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer and several
other major newspapers:
The Bush administration has repeatedly
twisted the science on lead paint, clean air, sex education, endangered
species, worker safety -- you name it -- in service of its political agenda.
Many of the nation's most prominent scientists have had enough.
More than 60 scientists -- including Nobel laureates, winners of the
National Medal of Science, heads of leading universities and biomedical research
institutes, and former presidential science advisers -- called on Congress last
week to investigate this disturbing pattern of censorship and suppression.
�When scientific knowledge has been
found to be in conflict with its political goals, the administration has often
manipulated the process through which science enters into its decisions,� the
scientists said in a statement issued Wednesday.
They�re alarmed by mounting evidence that the Bush White House has, in
different incidents, stacked advisory committees with unqualified appointees,
disbanded panels that provided unwanted advice, and refused to seek advice. The
administration has edited reports, deleted reports, ignored reports, and hidden
them on shelves. . . .
Documentation of the Bush administration�s use and misuse of science can be
found at www.politicsandscience.org or in a new report �Scientific Integrity in
Policymaking� from the Union of Concerned Scientists at www.ucsusa.org.
Then as now, Sheldon and the TVC turn a blind eye to reality
in order to propagate their self-serving agenda . . . and line their coffers.
Self-serving agendas meant to line coffers. That�s also the modus operandi and goal of Sheldon�s
Wildmon and his American Family Association. Both men and their
organizations use fallacious stereotypes, gross exaggerations and outright lies
to scare the sheeple into sending them money for their malicious campaigns
against some Americans. Visit their websites. You�ll quickly see that anti-gay
rhetoric is their stock and trade. The vast majority of their �articles� are
aimed at demeaning gay and lesbian Americans. AFA�s video They�re Coming to Your Town is a prime example.
It�s purpose is clear: profit from scaring the sheeple into
believing that hordes of homosexuals are descending on them to rape their
children and turn all men into flaming queens and all women into butch dykes.
The 28-minute DVD sells for a �suggested donation� of $14.95, plus S&H, of
And then there�s Wildmon�s buddy Peter LaBarbera and his
organization, Americans for Truth. LaBarbera and his organization have as their
sole purpose to fight against
equality for gay and lesbian Americans and
their families, demean them in any way possible along the way and, of
course, line their coffers in doing so. LaBarbera and AFT continued to promote
AFA�s �It�s Not Gay� DVD even after it had been exposed as a fraud, as Wayne
The anti-gay groups, the American
Family Association and Americans for Truth should be immediately shut down for
committing wanton and craven acts of fraud. They are unabashed con artists
duping their own members by selling a product both groups have admitted was
The merchandise in question is the AFA�s anti-gay video �It�s Not Gay,� which
is described on the box as �former homosexuals tell a story few have heard.�
Unfortunately, the story most Americans have not heard is that Michael
Johnston, the supposedly ex-gay star of the video, is a fake that witnesses
claim participated in unethical and possibly illegal sexual behavior. . . .
So much for AFT�s notion of �truth.�
And who exactly are these so-called �Christian� and
�pro-family� money-grubbing gurus and their organization fighting?
released the results of a groundbreaking poll Wednesday [April 30, 2008] that
found only 2.9% of Americans older than 18 identify as LGB [lesbian, gay,
bisexual] . . .
All that time, all that energy, and all that money used to
demean and denigrate less than 3 percent of the population. There hasn�t been a
clearer case of self-righteous, religion-based bigotry since �good Christians�
were exterminating �sub-human� Native Americans and using the Bible to justify
slavery and, later, segregation.
True to those traditions, the AFA chairman recently got his
knickers in a twist yet again about the fact that gay people exist and, like
everyone else, fall in love. In one of his patented hysterical Action Alerts,
Wildmon attacked Proctor and Gamble for sponsoring a daytime soap that recently
featured two men expressing love for each other, something dour Don called
�repulsive!� The exclamation point is his.
In his Action Alert Wildmon claimed �the P&G effort will
desensitize viewers to the homosexual lifestyle and help make the unhealthy and
immoral lifestyle more acceptable to society, especially to children and
�Unhealthy and immoral�? What�s unhealthy and immoral is
campaigns against gay Americans. But
Wildmon and the AFA are all about encouraging bigotry and hate . . . by
whatever means necessary. That�s abundantly clear in his use of �children and
youth�: a standard scare tactic -- and one of Lucky Louie Sheldon�s favorites
-- that gay men and women are trying �to recruit� children. (For a more
complete expose, see �America�s New McCarthyism: Homosexual Stereotypes, Myths,
and the Politics of Fear,� Popular
Culture Review, 16:2, August 2005, 83-115.)
The nonsensical nature of Wildmon�s allegation is
underscored by the fact that �As the World Turns� is a daytime soap opera. Daytime, when all good little boys and girls
are in school. Funny that prudish Wildmon has nothing to say about the kissing,
bedroom and other sex scenes that figure so prominently in daytime soaps, isn�t
it? But the AFA boycott king is single-minded in his efforts to demean gay
Americans and hurt any company that believes in equality for all, as Jack Neff
noted in his recent Ad Age Mobile article:
the AFA . . . ended a boycott of
P&G in 2005 after declaring victory of sorts. At that point, the AFA said
P&G appeared to have pulled its ads from shows such as �Will & Grace�
and �Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.� P&G said nothing to dispute that notion
then, but a later analysis by Advertising Age found P&G actually had
increased spending on the shows targeted by the AFA during and after the
�P&G is a company that values diversity,� the P&G spokeswoman said. �We
strive to be a responsible advertiser, sponsoring programming that enable us to
connect with a diverse consumer base. . . . The story of Luke and Noah on �As
the World Turns� is intended to be an
authentic reflection of what�s happening in society today. . . . We
recognize that there are times when the subject matter of content P&G
sponsors will not be acceptable to all people as we strive to reach a very
diverse group of consumers.� [italics added]
What�s happening in American society today is that bigots
like Sheldon, Wildmon and LaBarbera are losing. Equality, civility and reality
Christianity wanes in a shift to center: Signs can be seen in society and the
By Adam Hamilton
Apr. 28, 2008
The reasons for this decline were many, including missteps in the mainline
church�s approach. But it also reflected a time of social upheaval that left
many in society yearning for a clear, black-and-white faith -- in other words,
Now the growth of these conservative churches is likely to stall, then decline,
unless they recognize the changes happening in society, which will leave them
increasingly disconnected from emerging generations. . . .
I sense it in the passion of a young pastor who leads a relatively new
nondenominational church. He recently led his congregation to carry signs in a
crowded shopping area in Kansas City announcing that �God loves gay people.�
And, on this issue, I hear it when speaking with my teenage daughter�s friends
who attend more conservative churches, yet who reject their parents� views on
homosexuality. . . .
I hear it in the willingness of an increasing number of traditionally
conservative churches to embrace women in leadership positions in the church,
including female pastors.
Apparently Wildmon�s first Action Alert was a bust, so on
May 2 he and AFA sent another:
P&G has added homosexual lovers to
its soap opera �As the World Turns.� It has also added scenes of homosexuals
with open mouth kissing. The motive
behind P&G�s push is to desensitize viewers, especially younger viewers, to
the homosexual lifestyle. The ultimate goal of homosexual activists is
homosexual marriage. [italics added]
�Open mouth kissing.� How dreadful! An expression of passion
and love is against dour Don�s credo. So, apparently, is any sense of reality
and honesty. His claiming to know �the
motive� for P&G�s inclusion of a gay couple is nothing less than
preposterous arrogance from someone who profits greatly
from demeaning and hurting people:
According to AFA�s 2005 IRS 990 (its
tax return), founder Donald E. Wildmon received about $110,000 with benefits,
plus over $30,000 in expense account and other allowances -- including a
housing allowance of over $31,000. AFA president Tim Wildmon got about
$100,000, and the organization's secretary, Forrest Daniels, received slightly
more than $80,000.
Gay people exist. They fall in love. They kiss. They form
families and raise children. Being able to legally marry would indeed help
those families. But Wildmon doesn�t give a damn about those American families. His and the AFA�s focus is only on those
(dysfunctional) families who share their jaundiced view of reality and who
�click here to donate.�
But the best was yet to come. On May 6, 2008 Wildmon and the
AFA sent out another Action Alert:
Procter & Gamble heard from the
g-ys, then changed its rules
Company changed procedure after allowing g-ys time to call
Following its support for the h-mos-xual agenda, Procter & Gamble
established a toll-free number for people to register their opinions for or
against P&G�s promotion of the g-y agenda, including open mouth kissing
between g-ys. It gave a toll-free number which was heavily promoted on g-y Web
sites for a week to give those favoring the promotion of h-mos-xuality an
opportunity to call. Monday, after AFA had put out the word that P&G wanted
to hear from AFA supporters, P&G abruptly ended it.
Would anyone like to guess why the �o,� �e� and �a� are
missing from �homosexual� and �gay�? Has Wildmon sunk to a new, even more
childish low? Or perhaps he now sees correct spelling as �unChristian.� Or
perhaps he has seen the light and decided to worship homosexuals and gays and,
therefore, has -- in reverence -- deleted key letters as so some when spelling
As of May 6, the toll-free P&G number was no longer
active, but that didn�t stop dour Don: �We urge you to spend a few cents to
register your complaint with P&G. Here is P&G�s corporate number to
call: 513-983-1100. (Please get others to call P&G at
Lou Sheldon and Don Wildmon are the past: a past well
forgotten. To be sure, they will exert some influence for now, but that will
wane as has their �click here to make a donation� fundraising. They cling to a
dark past in which hate and discrimination wrapped in perverted religion
prevailed. But that shroud is being shredded.
Study: Young Gays
Expect Future Long-term Commitments
April 24, 2008
A new study shows that many lesbian and gay youths, much like their
heterosexual peers, expect to have long-term committed relationships and raise
families in the future, according to an April 23 press release from Rockway
And well they should. They�re pro-family, as the Hunter College poll noted: �younger gays (aged
18 to 25) . . . placed access to marriage and adoption rights as their highest
priorities . . . younger LGBs value �the freedom to live their lives� in
similar fashion to heterosexual Americans.�
And that�s what scares the crap out of Sheldon, Wildmon,
LaBarbera, and the rest of the Christianist Taliban�s
sanctimonious leaders who claim they and they alone know how everyone should be
and everyone should live. They and their theofascist
dictates and ideology
are losing, as Adam Hamilton noted in his analysis.
Sheldon, Wildmon, LaBarbera, and the rest of �the boys� and
their twisted ideology are anachronisms. Their time has passed:
Evangelical Manifesto' criticizes politics of faith
(AP) -- Conservative Christian leaders who believe the word �evangelical� has
lost its religious meaning plan to release a starkly self-critical document
saying the movement has become too political and has diminished the Gospel
through its approach to the culture wars.
The statement, called �An Evangelical Manifesto,� condemns Christians on the
right and left for using faith to express political views without regard to the
truth of the Bible, according to a draft of the document obtained Friday [May
2] by The Associated Press.
�That way faith loses its independence, Christians become �useful idiots� for one political party or another, and the
Christian faith becomes an ideology,� according to the draft. [italics added]
Useful -- and profitable -- idiots is indeed how Sheldon,
Wildmon and LaBarbera seem to view and use those who are still gullible enough
to believe their vile, hate-filled propaganda. Real Christians and all people
of true faith are increasingly disgusted with such fanaticism and are moving
Not surprisingly, AFA�s �news� service One News Now ran two
articles about the Evangelical Manifesto. Both were critical and defensive,
also not surprising since Sheldon, Wildmon, LaBarbera -- as well as James
Dobson of Focus on the Family, Tony Perkins of Family Research Counsel and, of
course, �God�s� right-hand profiteer Pat Robertson -- are exactly the type of
single-minded (abortion and gay marriage), politically oriented �evangelicals�
the manifesto targeted.
The final version of the Evangelical Manifesto: A
Declaration of Evangelical Identity and Public Commitment was released on
May 7, 2007, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. As expected, it
called on evangelicals to expand their concern �beyond single-issue politics,
such as abortion and marriage.� The position was endorsed by a broad array of
liberal and conservative religious leaders including social justice activist
Jim Wallis and Richard Cizik of the National Association of Evangelicals, Kay
Arthur of Precept Ministries, Ergun Caner of Liberty University, author Max
Lucado, and Moody Church pastor Erwin Lutzer.
Larry Ross, public relations officer at Christianity Toady and one of the drafters of the Manifesto, had
some interesting things to say after noting that the term �evangelical� is more
often than not used politically, culturally, and socially, and has even become
a marketing demographic:
When you have evangelical leaders who
make predictions in the name of God [eg. Pat Robertson and John
Hagee], which by biblical standards are openly false prophecy, something is
badly wrong. When scholars and writers can look at the evangelical political
movement and describe them as theocrats -- or worse, as fascists -- something
is badly wrong.
�Wrong� is an understatement. �Rotted� would be more to the
point. And the term would be �theofascists,� an appropriate label applied to
who have not endorsed the manifesto: James Dobson of Focus on the
Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, Gary Bauer of American Values,
Perkins of Family Research Council.
here�s to a bright, theofascist-free future in which all people are equal
citizens and can live freely in society, make their own personal decisions and
be who they are, and when the concerns and efforts of the pious are more
appropriately directed. Who knows: there may even come a time when people can
celebrate Earth Day without someone like Lucky
Louie Sheldon lambasting them. And perhaps dour Don Wildmon and the gnomes
at AFA will actually learn to spell �homosexual� and �gay.�
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