Sunday, July 1, 2007

Mothers safeguard your young daughters! (Updated: 7/8)

FOX News, always ready to bring us the important issues, has recently run a short story on The O'Reilly Factor uncovering the lesbian "gang movement." According to Bill O'Reilly and "Fox crime analyst" Rod Wheeler, gangs of lesbians (such as DTO -- Dykes Taking Over), are attacking men, raping young girls and indoctrinating people into homosexuality. And these are not isolated instances, oh no, according to Wheeler it is all over the country -- over 150 networks in DC alone.

As Sarah Warn, editor over at AfterEllen puts it, "Yes, it's true, we're just one cell short of being a full-fledged terrorist network. Don't bother asking us where bin Laden is — we'll never tell!"

Interestingly, if one were to head over to NBC and read the coverage of the story there, a different picture emerges. In addition, the few news stories put out about these alleged "lesbian gangs" have been painfully one-sided. As one blogger states, when Eyewitness News put out a report on this supposed issue, "When they finally interview two women who actually claim to be in Gays Taking Over (both in prison for robbery), the women seem confused by the allegations that GTO members assault or rape other women — or even that it’s a gang."

The legitimacy of Rod Wheeler as an actual crime analyst is also questionable and one has to wonder when he states that "These are lesbians that actually carry pink pistols ... They use these. They commit crimes, and they cause a lot of hurt to a lot of people." Apparently Rod has gotten his facts confused with an organization called The Pink Pistols -- which is not a gang, but rather a queer pro-gun rights organization which is dedicated to protecting “the legal, safe, and responsible use of firearms for self-defense of the sexual-minority community.”

If one reads up on these supposed lesbian gangs which some claim are "infiltrating" schools across the nation, it seems to be more a case of sexual minority students actually standing up for themselves. As this article from Arcadia University suggests, lesbian aggression may just be cases of young girls standing up for themselves or lashing out at those who show them intolerance. According to GLSEN (the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network), four out of five lesbian, gay or bisexual teens had been physically or verbally harassed in school. And according to one teen interviewed in AU's article, the DTO acronym is merely a symbol, such as the rainbow flag, and not a sign for a formal organization. "It lets people know who we are, and we're proud of it."

It's just like conservatives to treat any open displays of homosexuality as attempts to "recruit" people into an alternative lifestyle. One would hope that if this type of aggression truly is going on in schools, it can serve to highlight the need for more awareness of the issues faced by LGBT teenagers and not as a means to further persecute a vulnerable minority.

I hope that Bush has heard this important report from O'Reilly because it looks as though the War on Terror needs to be expanded to protect freedom-loving Americans from those scary lesbians with their pink pistols.

Here's the full report (if you can manage to make it all the way through)

UPDATE: While the O'Reilly "report" was good for a few laughs, overall, it really just made me angry. And that anger was only refueled after reading this intelligence report from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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