Analysis of six
Internet hate sites which attack
Gays and Lesbians
[We have added some of our own comments] to the
||The Creator's rights Party at http://www.christiangallery.com
(now defunct) is a Christian group that opposes women's rights to have an abortion, the theory of
evolution, etc. They sell bumper stickers for $3.00 each. Typical wording are: "Jail
Faggots," "Execute Murderers [and] Abortionists," "Abortionists
kill babies for $." They reveal the homosexual plank in their party platform in
an essay at: http://www.christiangallery.com/1stmurdr.html#faggots
They propose, as an act of love, to arrest every gay and lesbian, and arrest every
supporter of equal rights for homosexuals. This will give them an "opportunity to
be delivered from their bondage to whatever it is that is moving them to choose behavior
that will inevitably cause them to be burned in the fire [of hell]." [They do not appear to have a plan to achieve this deliverance once gays
and lesbians are in jail.] Their essay at http://www.christiangallery.com/arstfags.htm
accuses homosexuals of being guilty of murder because they: "destroy the
definition of manhood, removing from that word any distinctive that would separate it from
other words. To destroy the distinctive activities of the man is to remove the presence of
the man as surely as if the man himself were literally destroyed. If nobody does what the
man is supposed to do, then the man literally is destroyed, or at least paralyzed and
thereby made unfit for any activity except death...In short, homosexuals are vaginally
defeated males or vaginally defeated females whose very existence is defined in terms of
their commitment to destroy the historical meanings of man and woman."
Christiangallery.com has created a new crime: semantic murder.
One of the additional
sites on Christian Gallery.com was the Nuremberg Files. The latter was found
guilty of threatening abortion providers and was severely fined. Christian Gallery's
internet service provider removed the entire website.
||The Occidental Pan-Aryan Crusader at http://www.crusader.net
attempts to unite the "European and European-American world for the preservation
of the Aryan race." It is an equal-opportunity hate site, directing its hatred
against Jews, African-Americans, Spanish-Americans, immigrants from India and Asia, as well
as gays, lesbians, and probably anyone else who is different. It supports both
Christianity and European pagan religions. They have spawned the Cyber Nationalist Group
(CNG) which repeats much of the material described above. In addition, they make
some interesting points of their own:
||The American Psychiatric Association only agreed to remove homosexuality from
its list of mental illnesses in 1973 because they were intimidated and disrupted by the National
Gay and Lesbian Task Force - not for any scientific reason.
||Only about 1 or 2% of Americans are gay or lesbian
||40% of lesbians have dead or divorced mothers [With the divorce
rate in the U.S. at about 50%, this number seems low for both heterosexual women and
||"Homosexuality results from environmental factors: molestation, bad parenting,
or lack of heterosexual outlet." They believe that if we reduce child
molestation, improve parenting skills and presumably give young people plenty of
opportunity for sexual expression, then homosexuality will be eliminated.
Their quotations from professional mental health literature date to 1975 and before.
||The Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas has perhaps the best known
gay/lesbian hate site on the Internet, at: http://www.godhatesfags.com/
It had the catchy name "God Hates Fags." On 1999-AUG-18, the ownership of this web site was transferred
to a totally different webmaster: "godlovesfags.com"
It picked up a pink background and incorporated a gay-positive message. Many
of the essays in that site were lifted from our web site without
acknowledgement. This we feel is regrettable for two reasons: Some of the
text copied is two or more years old, and is obsolete. No hyperlinks were
provided so that their readers could access more information. For example,
they copied part of our essay that describes faith groups' approach to
homosexuality. But they did not provided hyperlinks so that their readers
could find out what their own denomination's position is.|
only lasted a few days. The Westboro Baptist Church regained its
full domain name. Jon Bell, a
journalist for the Topeka Capital-Journal wrote an expose on the
Church and on Fred Phelps, its minister and the family patriarch..
The essay appears as an attachment to a lawsuit by Bell against the newspaper. He claims
that Fred Phelps is "a disbarred lawyer and Baptist preacher from Mississippi."
Bell alleges that brutal abuse was common in the Phelps household. He refers in his
article to a letter by 47 religious leaders from the Topeka area who have condemned his
"Godhatesfags" was a popular site; their visitor counter read 266,297
on 1998-SEP-17. It had accumulated a count of 5,353,910 counts by
2005-SEP-03. However, they don't indicate when the count began. The Webmaster
Phelps. As of the earlier date, 739 Alexa visitors have scanned the site. 22 had
expressed their opinion of the site. 1 selected the "I like this site
option." 21 selected "I dislike this site." (Alexa is a free Web navigation service.)
The site seemed to be continually on the move. Their initial ISP was Kansas State
University. When the University was inundated by angry Emails, they pulled the site.
However, it was back on-line in a few hours at the advice of the university lawyer.
According to Loren Javier, the interactive media director for Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
church has had a difficult time obtaining an internet service provider. She claims that it
was kicked off "pair Networks," "NetGate," and other
ISPs. It was also hosted by KC One Internet Services. It was then
hosted by Cyber Promotions
Ben Phelps reports that the site receives about 50 Emails per day; most
are negative. There are more critical letters from persons identifying
themselves as Christians than from gays and lesbians.
The home page showed an inverted U.S. flag - an international sign of distress.
There are pictures of members
of the church engage in peaceful sidewalk demonstrations, carrying posters reading: "God
Hates Fags," "Fags Hate God," "AIDS cures Fags,"
"Fags Burn in Hell," "Fags are Nature Freaks."
Church members frequently picket funerals of persons who have died of AIDS; they feel that
this is a compassionate activity. Mourners often are thinking of their own mortality, of
heaven and hell. That is an ideal time to hit them with thoughts of hell
fire and damnation.
Some points raised on his site:
||Their home page has a hyperlink to a page "Sodomites preach
tolerance but they practice intimidation." The page contains an interesting
symbol: a pink triangle representing the gay and lesbian community, and a stylized
swastika dripping in blood.|
||They had a FAQ section. They claim that "The only true Jews
are Christians." The church appears to have a wide circle of groups that it
||the religious right: "...lukewarm cowards...Whores. Self-righteous hypocrites"
||liberals: "modern day Saduccees...bleeding heart liberals"
||gays and lesbians: "...God hates all WORKERS of iniquity (e.g.
||people who are gay-positive: "...anyone who supports fags is just as guilty as
they are. You are both worthy of death."
||other clergy: "maudlin, kissy-pooh, feel-good, touchy-feely preachers"
||physicians performing abortions: "God hates baby-killers."
||Their Fag Facts section contains some amazing assertions; most are
believed to have been wildly inaccurate. Some examples:
||that "homosexuals account for half the murders in large cities." (It
is not clear whether gays and lesbians are victims or perpetrators of the homicides).
||homosexuals account for only 1 to 2% of the population of the U.S.
||homosexuals are responsible for 50% of the suicides
||the media age at death of gay men is 42; that of lesbians is 45.
||homosexuals are 19 times as likely to die in a traffic accident than the average person
||part of the gay agenda is to turn people away from Christianity
||the term "sexual orientation" includes exhibitionism, sadism, masochism,
pedophilia, necrophilia, etc.
||They have a fliers section where they publish a few hundred leaflets
that they have distributed. Some of the more interesting ones are "Goodbye, Royal
Whore" (referring to Lady Diane), "Mother Theresa in Hell,"
"Interfaith of Topeka [is] another sodomite propaganda scam..." One of
their more interesting bulletins commented on same-sex marriage in Hawaii. They wrote:
"...Hawaii is fit only for fags, perfectly suited to be a sanitarium for the
compulsory quarantine of all guilty homosexual AIDS carriers...Hawaii, the Islands of the
Damned. Anteroom to Hell. Sperm Bank of Satan."|
||A photo section shows pictures of attractive young people, smiling and
holding signs "Turn or Burn" and "God Hates Fags."|
||A pickets section lists future location where the WBC will be
||Their fag churches section lists policies of liberal and mainline
Christian and Jewish groups towards homosexuals as members, candidates for ordination, and
eligibility to have their unions blessed. They define "Any church that allows
fags to be members is a fag church."|
||Their sound archive has two dozen brief sound recordings of raw hate.|
Many Internet sites have responded negatively to the WBC. A few are:
||The American Guardian offers "frontline defense against:" child
porn, child abuse, abortion, sexual exploitation of children, homosexuality and adultery.
They are at: http://www.thundernet.org/ The
site received a "Best of the Christian Web" award for 1998. As of
1998-SEP-19, the were the 86th most popular religion site on the Internet. The bulk of the
site deals with homosexuality, although they cover such side issues as "Thou
Shall Not Commit Adultry [sic]," "hate crimes against Christians,"
"Why we support the Disney boycott," etc.|
Much of the site is similar
to those described above. Some unique points that they raise are:
||They quote Ref. Jerry Falwell who said that homosexuality will "bring down the
wrath of God upon America." That is probably a reference to God's destruction of
Sodom. [An alternative interpretation of the Sodom
story in Genesis 19 is that the city's destruction was caused by their cruel treatment of strangers and other minorities.
It could be argued that the continued oppression of gays is more likely to trigger God's
destruction of America.]
||Their home page appears to consider humanists, homosexuals and abusive pedophiles as
interchangeable members of the same group, and in league with Satan.
||under the category of "General Lifestyle of All Homosexuals" they
feature a chart comparing the behavior of gays and lesbians with what they call "normal"
people. Their data looks very suspicious (e.g. gays are 90 times more likely to molest
children; lesbians are 23 times more likely to commit a sex-related crime; lesbians are 11
times more likely to have sex with a non-human species. Their final item appears to be the
least likely of all: lesbians are 1.5 times more likely to have had an abortion than the
average woman! They offer no sources for any of these data.
||They object to the use of the rainbow symbol by gays and lesbians. They argue that the
"Rainbow is one of God's trademarks." They consider its use by the
homosexual community as "un-Godly." They suggest that Christians
and Jews "RECLAIM THE RAINBOW!! They suggest adoption of a red/ orange/
yellow/ green/ blue/ mauve rainbow flag, with a blue rectangle in the upper left corner. A
red Roman cross is centered in the rectangle.
||"Statistically, homosexuals are more likely to die young, commit suicide, abuse
alcohol and drugs, are more apt to be murdered and more apt to be killed in a traffic
accident than the general population." [They offer no
sources to back up this data. However, one would expect higher rates of suicide,
depression, drug use etc. in the homosexual community because of the extreme hatred
directed against gays and lesbians by some religious institutions, Web sites, etc. The
best way to reduce these statistics is to cut out the homophobia.]
||SHADOWGOV.COM is at http://www.shadowgov.com/.
It is sponsored by the Official Bob Enyart Live Web Site. Bob Enyart hosts a
syndicated nightly TV talk show that is broadcast or carried by cable TV into 80 U.S.
cities. It is also broadcast via short wave and on the Internet at http://www.enyart.com . Enyart was a state coordinator
for Operation Rescue Colorado. He has been called "Denver's answer to
SHADOWGOV.COM is a fictional essay which describes the
takeover of the existing American government by a shadow government of the Christian
religious right. The United States becomes a theocratic dictatorship overnight. In their
first two days in office, the new government issues two proclamations, implementing a
number of basic changes in the country:
||All inmates currently on death row were to be publicly executed on the second day of the
||"The penalty for murder is death, as is the penalty for attempted murder,
conspiracy to murder, advocacy of murder and all other capital crimes," such as
||Individuals convicted of performing an abortion would be executed. Painless executions
would be abolished. The victim's families would have the right to kill the convicted
murder, by stabbing, shooting, strangulation, etc.
||Persons convicted of advocating access to abortion would be executed.
||Feminists Pat Schroeder and Gloria Alred were arrested and tried for the new crime of
advocating access to legal abortions.
||Jury trials were suspended; all trials are by judge. The accused are tried almost
immediately without having any time to prepare their case or hire a lawyer. The rationale
is that the community has a right to a speedy trial. The penalty for being in contempt of
court is flogging.
||Homosexual establishments (e.g. bars, publishing facilities, support groups, etc.) are
closed and padlocked
||"Anyone performing homosexual behavior, upon conviction, will be executed."
||The media debates whether the death penalty requires gay or lesbian sexual activity, or
whether it would include the mere state of having a homosexual orientation.
Only two out of the first five days of the new administration are available online. The
full manuscript of The First Five Days are available for $24.95. The
Webmaster writes: "Your order supports the spread of these