Blogger Alvin McEwen has published a booklet called How They See Us: Unmasking the Religious Right War on Gay America (embedded below). which deftly exposes the most common anti-gay propaganda, its links, where it originates—and what they get wrong. Some of the material I hadn’t seen anywhere else.
I check out Alvin’s blog, called Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters, from time to time because he frequently does this sort of debunking there. I think it’s very useful.
He says on his blog that he was most surprised by people who wanted him to go after religion, rather than just religious bigotry. Alvin says, “The goal of this booklet was not to bash religion. I would never want to bash anyone’s religious beliefs.” I think that’s sensible, since we need rational religious allies to help take down the radical right.
He also noted there are those who think if we ignore the bigots they’ll just go away. “We deliberately underestimate the reach and power of religious right groups and then get angry when these groups demonstrate that reach and power,” Alvin says. Right again.
Give it a read or, better yet, download it for yourself. Bigots throughout the English-speaking world use the same propaganda, and that includes New Zealand and Australia, too. This booklet, with its copious references and documentation, can be a very useful resource in the fight for full legal equality.