just came across this article by Bradlee Dean titled HOMOSEXUAL MANIFESTO:
SATIRE OR REALITY?
Bradlee Dean is an
ordained preacher, talk-show host of the Sons of Liberty Radio, and has a ministry, You Can Run But You
Cannot Hide International. He speaks in High Schools and College campuses all
over America and produced a documentary "My War". Dean's promotion
likens him to Martin Luther King Jnr. I THINK NOT!
The Homosexual Manifesto,
referred to in Dean's commentary
is an article written by Michael
Swift in 1987. Swifts article
was written at the request of the Gay
Community News as satirical "proof" of the so-called insidious and
perverted "Gay Agenda" that conservative right wing Christian were
claiming . The original article was titled "Gay Revolutionary".
Context is everything
The 1987 essay was written after nearly two decades of relentless hostile opposition from religious groups while
gay and lesbian people sort to change laws that classed them as criminals and discriminated against them in areas such as
employment and housing. Groups such as Jerry Falwell's Moral Majority, James
Dobson's Focus on the Family, Concerned Women for America, Family Research
Council, Pat Robertson's The Christian Coalition and Anita Bryant's Save our Children campaign being the most
After years of cruel and hurtful lies being told about gay and lesbian
people including claims that we recruit and we will take over the world unless
we are stopped, Michael Swift wrote this piece in response. It (tongue in
cheek) describes a scenario in which homosexual men dominate American society
and suppress all things heterosexual. It was a joke. No gay or lesbian
people since 1987 have used it as a blueprint for takeover. The majority
wouldn't even know of it's existence.
30 years later religious conservatives still quote this text, but they always
omit the vital first line, which
sets the context for the piece.
"This essay is an
outré, madness, a tragic, cruel fantasy, an eruption of inner rage, on how the
oppressed desperately dream of being the oppressor."
Every version of this essay found on Christian websites and books always
fail to mention this important fact. This is not and has never been the gay
professionally produced video quotes Michael Swifts article as fact with clever
images to reinforce the fear-mongering message
Dean wants to portray.
Dean, as a Christian, I would like to remind you of a couple of bible
verses. Exodus 20:16 "Thou shalt not bear false
witness against thy neighbour" and Exodus 23:1 "Do not spread
false reports". Either you haven't
done your research about the piece you quoted or you have intentionally used it
manipulatively to incite fear and anti-gay activism. Whichever it is, both are
inappropriate and un-Christian. The latter is evil.
Take action (only two
- Go to the video Homosexual Manifesto Threatens America
- Click on the thumbs down icon under the heading 'I dislike this'
- Hover your mouse over the flag on the right (report) and click
- Check Hateful or abusive content
- Drop down menu select Promotes hatred or violence
- Optional: You have the option of writing 500 characters of why you think this should be removed.
- Hit submit.
Here's what I wrote:
video is about an essay that was written as a satire. To quote the author
Michael Swift "This essay is an outré, madness, a tragic, cruel fantasy,
an eruption of inner rage, on how the oppressed desperately dream of being the
oppressor." The person who put this up is using it irresponsibly to
promote hatred of gay and lesbian people and justify anti-gay beliefs and motivate
people to oppose moves for equality and to end discrimination. It is offensive
- More on the infamous Bradlee Dean in the Huffington Post here
- And also a piece by my friend Kathy Verbiest Baldock on her blog here,
© Anthony Venn-Brown
Anthony Venn-Brown is the co-founder and former leader of Freedom2b, Australia’s largest network of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people from Christian backgrounds. He is also an educator and consultant on LGBT/faith issues and leader in deconstructing the ‘ex-gay’ myth. Anthony’s autobiography 'A Life of Unlearning', details his journey from married, high profile preacher in Australia’s mega-churches to living as an openly gay man. Anthony has been twice voted ‘One of the 25 Most Influential Gay and Lesbian Australians’ (2007 & 2009) and was one of four finalists for the 2011 ACON Community Hero Award. He is also the founder and director of Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International.
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