Monday, June 30, 2008

This is fantastic

The American Family Association, as you might guess from the name, is one of these proto-fascist organizations that fetishizes the mythical past of hunky-doriness in family life.  You know, before Jimmy Carter invented gay people.  Anyway, to illustrate the abdication of intellectual integrity that is required to belong to the AFA, here is their news item on the Olympic trials held this weekend:

Homosexual eases into 100 final at Olympic trials.
Tyson Homosexual easily won his semifinal for the 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials and seemed to save something for the final later Sunday.
His wind-aided 9.85 seconds was a fairly cut-and-dry performance compared to what happened a day earlier. On Saturday, Homosexual misjudged the finish in his opening heat and had to scramble to finish fourth, then in his quarterfinal a couple of hours later, ran 9.77 to break the American record that had stood since 1999. […]
Homosexual didn’t get off to a particularly strong start in the first semifinal, but by the halfway mark he had established a comfortable lead. He slowed somewhat over the final 10 meters-nothing like the way-too-soon complete shutdown that almost cost him Saturday. Asked how he felt, Homosexual said: “A little fatigued.” 

You'll notice something kind of strange. It's quite obvious that they aren't saying that this man IS a homosexual, but from the article it appears that his NAME is Tyson Homosexual. And odd moniker, to be sure. Of course, if you paid any attention, you'd know that in fact the winner of the Olympic trial in the 100m was one Tyson Gay.

The AFA, in their infinite spite-filled plague on reason and freedom, have decided to auto-correct their AP wire feed to replace every instance of the word "gay" with the word "homosexual". As it is quite likely that most staffers at the AFA cannot actually read, it isn't too surprising that this slipped by them. Of course it leaves open the question of why the AFA feels the need to keep the word "gay" off of their site, but finds "homosexual" to be alright.

Even more importantly, it points out clearly that the only way to pursue intolerant bigotry is to actually edit the truth. We can't have things like facts getting in the way of our blind hatred, now can we?

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