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Loaded Orygun: Dishing the Dirt; Killing the Grass

[Update: Check out the possible new OutsidePride.com website redesign! - click here.]

TJ over at Loaded Orygun has the 'scoop' on an Oregon business that decided to use their customer database to spread 'the seed' of hate. If you haven't figured it out they sell yard and garden products.

The email, from Troy Hake, the CEO of "Outside Pride" (ironic isn't it), started off like this:

"This is not your typical newsletter from Outsidepride.com, Inc. In fact, this is the first one in six years which is not business related."

Completely OK - it's his decision that would directly effect his business. It's just not exactly a standard business practice. He continues to rant about CBS showing two males who happen to be gay. Gay people on TV? Appalling isn't it?!

"The very next show was Without A Trace. The whole last half hour of this show was about two lesbians who were struggling with their feelings of lesbianism. It ended with full acceptance from one father and the two lesbians making out. Yes, they were kissing right at the end of the show on public prime time television."

At which point Mr. Hake had to put a pillow over his lap during the above scene.

So I've seen shows in primetime that show much more than a simple kiss--though with straight people. I've seen simulated sex on a dining room table at 9pm on a Sunday night. Can you believe they show that on the very day I was at church!

Moving on. Mr. Hake says:

"Now, I am NOT trying to bash homosexuals and I am not a bigot; however, I feel homosexuality is morally wrong and should not be "promoted" as what is the norm for society. Text books are being rewritten as I am writing this to "highlight" every homosexual who has made a contribution to society. There are teachers who have been asked to make sure students know that, "This person in history was a homosexual." History is being rewritten to promote homosexuality and prime time television is doing its best to make homosexuality a "normal" behavior. If homosexuality was the norm, civilization would have ceased to exist thousands of years ago. Procreation takes a man and a woman. There was Adam and then there was Eve, not Adam and Steve.

There are literally tens of thousand of you reading this email right now. If you are tired of the way public television is going let CBS know! It will only take about 1 minute of your time. Again, just go to www.cbs.com and click the feedback link at the bottom. It is time the majority speak up and not let the minority run this country. The majority can bring back the Christian heritage this country was founded on because it is, "In God We Trust."

Thank you for your time,

Troy Hake
Outsidepride.com, Inc.

TJ at Loaded Orygun had this to say:
Obviously the letter's a fairly standard version of "I'm not a bigot, but here's why I hate gays for being gay" social conservativsm, but there are some curious questions that arise:

  • Who expects to get a gaybashing email polemic from the guy that sells you fescue? I suppose he knows his customers, and many of them will nod in agreement as they read it, but typically one of the first rules in business is don't be controversial and don't open yourself up to potentially bad publicity. Given that I pulled this from the most popular political website in the world, good luck getting the toothpaste back into the tube on that one.

  • Note the not-so-clever conflation of opposing same-sex marriage with being repulsed by gay affection or themes, and feeling under seige knowing gay people exist--"I know the vast majority of you will agree with me as all polls indicate."

  • Two men hugging is perverse, two women kissing an abomination. But apparently for Mr. Hake's kids, violence-themed shows like Cold Case and Without a Trace are just dandy!

  • If anyone has one of those "Great Fags in History" textbooks he's talking about, please let me know which bookstore carries them. I always wondered if Charlemagne was penetrating more than the Turks' defenses, if you know what I mean.

  • Why does he want us to complain to CBS about what's on "public television?"

  • Head on over to Loaded Orygun to read more about it.
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