Friday, June 25, 2004

Google News Alerts 

I periodically do news searches for "gay lesbian" on both Yahoo! and Google. The interesting difference between the news gathering services is that Google tends to pick up on some of the articles originating from the fringes of the political spectrum. It's interesting to read the stuff that's being distributed by the various anti-gay organizations, but I also subscribe to the Google news alerts and it can be disturbing to have these articles which condemn me and my life delivered right into my mailbox.

If you do a Google news search now, the most recent story (29 minutes ago at this point) is a column from American Daily, a very conservative news and commentary site. The article is titled "Homosexual Marriage is Abortion to Marriage," and it pulls out all the stops of rhetoric and scare tactics. The author refers to judges as "black-robed priest kings," and lashes out at gay citizens, those who support diversity, abortion rights activists, and even his fellow Christians who aren't enough in agreement with him:

"The pretty people who take the most pride in their sin – the abortion and homosexual lobbyists, politicians, and media advocates – act like they’re in a hometown parade in Sodom or Gomorrah. Indeed they are. Satan, himself, could ride on the first float in a Women’s Reproductive Rights/Gay and Lesbian Day parade and Christian clergy would march behind. The same apostate church that dismisses the Bible in the arrogant pride of their inclusiveness, diversity, welcoming, and progressiveness proclaims itself as the ‘Christian’ voice for abortion and homosexuality. These sissy Christians spread dissent and provide cover for anti-Christian laws and politicians."

And who is this man? Some sheltered fellow from the backwoods who has never ventured from his hometown? Nope. According to his bio:

James Atticus Bowden has worked as a Defense Department consultant specializing in inter-disciplinary long range 'futures' studies for over a decade. He retired from the United States Army after 20 years of service as an Infantry Officer. He is a 1972 graduate of the United States Military Academy and earned graduate degrees from Harvard University and Columbia University. He resides in Virginia.

He is highly educated, with a good deal of that education coming in fairly liberal and diverse institutions, and now works advising the Defense Department on planning for the future. But I'm sure he doesn't let his religious views influence the recommendations he makes to his governmental clients. I'd love to read some of his official policy papers to compare his writing style to that of his column.

I did a little digging to find some of his other columns and found this one from last December. In Happy Thanksgiving, Now Leave, he expresses his opinions on immigration, legal and illegal. He sums it up with this suggestion:

It’s time to say, "Happy Thanksgiving, illegal immigrants, now leave. This is our American home, not a whorehouse. We will invite some people in and defend to keep uninvited strangers out."

The DOD pays this man to provide them with his insights on the world.

Posted by Beth Henderson at 3:53 PM